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Weekly Tech News: Smart collars for dogs, plus Google news

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In the world of tech, a lot can happen in seven days. This week we look at a smart collar for dogs, plus Google’s plans to bring search to iMessage, and Google Lens to more users.

 

AKC LINK SMART COLLAR LIKE A FITBIT FOR YOUR DOGSmartCollar.pngImage source: Linkakc.com

Did you know you can get smart collars for your dog now? Wearable technology has been on the increase in the past few years, so it’s no surprise that you can now get some wearable tech for your furry friend. This week we take a look at the AKC Link Smart Collar, described by Mashable as a ‘Fitbit’ for your dog.

The smart collar connects to its own app, allowing pet owners to keep track of their dog’s location. Users can designate a ‘safe zone’ for their dog, and receive a notification if their pet leaves this area. The collar also measures dog’s health and well-being, by tracking movement, activity and temperature. You can even train your dog with the collar using sounds, which is a proven method for building good dog behaviour.

The Link AKC Smart Collar is currently only available to purchase in the US currently, but we hope to see similar products in the Irish market very soon.

 

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Google Search has come to iMessage. Users of the iOS Google Search app can now update their app to include an ‘iMessage extension’, meaning they can now search within iMessage, without leaving their conversation. Users will be able to access this using the iMessage apps drawer on the bottom of the iMessage screen. For example, if you want to search for a restaurant nearby, you can tap on the ‘restaurant’ card, and it’ll take you to the Google Search page.

That’s not the only new feature Google are bringing to iPhones and iPads. iOS 11 users will now be able to drag and drop to quickly move text, images and links to and from the Google app. For more info on these new changes, check out blog.google.

 

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Google had a busy week this week – as well as the above changes for iOS users, the company also announced they will be bringing Google Lens to all Google Photos users on Android.

Google Lens, the company’s visual search engine, was originally only available on Pixel phones through Google Assistant. For those unfamiliar with it, Google Lens uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse photos, allowing users to hold up their camera to landmarks and objects to identify them. Users can also scan items such as business cards to their phone. Users can access the new tool via the Google Photos app.