Stuff Office Cat’s Diary – 07/02/13

The louche feline rifles through the day’s stories, including some fantastic news concerning dogs…

Ubuntu phones coming to “two markets” this October

Ubuntu OS will be debuting on the Galaxy Nexus soon, but the news has just come through that honest-to-goodness smartphones designed for and running the new open source platform will be launching this October. According to Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu mobiles will arrive in two “large geographic markets” that month. He wouldn’t say which ones, though, the big spoilsport.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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All dogs in England must be microchipped by 2016

This is probably the best news Office Cat has heard all year: by April 2016 every dog (aka “the poor man’s cat”) in England must be fitted with an RFID chip for identification purposes. The move is an effort to stop people abandoning dogs, which costs the taxpayer and charities some £57m a year. Dog owners who fail to chip their pooches face a £500 fine. And cats? These new laws don’t apply to them, because everyone knows that us felines are never “owned” by a human anyway – we just decide to use them to provide food, warmth and the occasional back-scratch. Good work, Parliament.

Source: The Guardian

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Mophie Juice Pack Helium for iPhone 5 revealed

Got an iPhone 5 and wondering when Mophie’s Juice Pack battery case was showing up? Well, it’s appeared now, and it’s called the Juice Pack Helium, because it’s lighter than the previous Juice Pack Air. It features a 1500 mAh battery that delivers an extra six hours of talk time, seven hours of Wi-Fi web browsing or 30 hours of audio playback to your iPhone 5. US residents can pre-order it now for US$80, and it’s due to start shipping on 19th February. No UK release date or price has been confirmed yet.

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