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This has proved to be extremely effective when it comes to locating lost or stolen tablets, computers, and smartphones. But what happens when our pets go missing? Luckily, a few companies have been stepping forward to create solutions for our furry friends. Here are a few ways you can track and check in on your pet from your smartphone. Tagg A pet accessory company called Tagg specializes in small GPS trackers that attach to your animal's collar. This lightweight gadget allows you to know exactly where your pet is at all times. You don't have to worry about the elements destroying your Tagg tracker, because it is water resistant and is able to hold up through rough play. You can configure the system to alert you once your pet has left a particular location zone, such as your neighborhood, so that you can be aware of unusual movement. This data can prove to be inst... (more)

Apple's Siri Expansion Setting the Bar for Language Localization

As of iOS 7, users could select over 30 different languages for system-wide use. Recent Apple job listings indicate that the company is trying to expand their Siri language offerings, with positions open for engineers for languages that are currently not supported by the Siri voice feature. Language Career Listings MacRumors first broke the news about the new Siri Language Engineer roles in June 2014. These were eye-catching listings because the job postings address ten languages that are not currently included in the Siri language support roster. The full list includes: Arabic, ... (more)

The Internet of Things Is Coming to a Home Near You

Over the course of the past decade, there's been a lot of hype pertaining to the_ Internet of Things (IoT)_ and how China leads the U.S. in this technology -- yet many who are active on the Internet are still unaware of its existence. In its simplest form, IoT is an evolving wireless network of objects and devices that will eventually all be connected with each other. Using RFID, Bluetooth, GPS and other emerging semantic technology, and working in tandem with cloud computing, Web portals and back-end systems, in essence our "things" will be be able to "talk" with each other. ... (more)

Travel Turning to Technology

At one time, travel plans were made by calling up the local travel agent with hopes that his or her recommendations would result in a great trip at the lowest prices you could get access to. For the truly brave, it meant making a few calls on your own and hoping you could find those hidden gems that were off the beaten path. But face it: Technology has changed all of that. Any number of sites can find you the best prices on hotels and airline tickets. Do a quick search for campervan hire New Zealand, and you can find the best rental companies and prices without having to make lo... (more)

How to Beat the Curve When You're Behind in Big Data

Data management is undergoing a major shift as more and more enterprises are discovering the benefits of Big Data and venturing headfirst into a dynamic new era of innovation and data explosion. Today, there are more opportunities for businesses to gain insights from valuable data than ever before, but they must embrace change to do so. Organizations across the world are embracing this change and beginning to implement Big Data programs. However, with an overwhelming array of moving pieces to consider, some remain puzzled as to where to start. Well, here's some valuable advice o... (more)