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Counter Intelligence: Toy Translates Barks Into Words

"Bowlingual Voice" translates woofs into phrases



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    If this pooch could talk.

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    • A new toy claims to translates barks into words. The "Bowlingual Voice" says it taps into dogs' emotions based on their barks. A Japanese toymaker, which plans to start selling the device next month, translates a dog's bark with the help of a a microphone and transmitter. The gadget then categorizes a dog's barks into six emotions and plays recordings of matching phrases on a handset.
    • Kindle owners found Amazon had remotely erased copies of George Orwell's "1984" and "Animal Farm." The company said the works had been published by mistake -- but these weren't the first titles removed from the devices and will not likely be the last.  The erasure sets a bad precedent for all mobile devices and suggests we're at risk of losing full ownership of our book, music or movie collection, which we take for granted today.
    • Sleeping at the airport just got a little easier. A travel website that advises bleary-eyed and cash-strapped travelers on the best way to catch some zzzs at airports around the world has ranked to top 10 best and worst for catching some shut-eye. The airport in Changi, Singapore, is No. 1 for being clean and most comfortable to sleep in. JFK and LAX were ranked third and fourth worst, respectively. The worst is Charles de Gaulle in Paris.
    • A new study of how brains and machines interact shows that learning to move a computer mouse or a robotic arm with your mind will be as easy as picking up a new sport. Monkeys used in the research showed that motor memory within the brain-machine interface became engrained -- and mimicked the brain's pattern when picking up new sports like biking.