‘hatch’ A Virtual Pet With New Ios App

Meet Fugu: bright, rotund animated creatures that thrive on attention and fresh fruit, and are waiting to hatch on your iPhone or iPod touch. For $1.99, you can adopt and name a unique pet, born with unique markings, eye colors, and personal behavioral ticks. In their own hand-animated world, Fugu eat locally grown fruit, leave post-meal messes for you to clean up, and love lengthy petting sessions, just like a real-life pet. As the creature grows fat with trust and food, it will show off its happy dance and lick the screen (click below to see it action). Once you’ve unlocked 100 percent trust, your Fugu will learn to play Peekaboo, watching for your face in the phone’s front-facing cam, then hiding when you’re not there. Plug your phone in at the end of the day and the creature will snore the night away, without making a peep so you can sleep peacefully and wake up to a rested Fugu in the morning. Good care will lead to in-app features like a Hatch camera, Starfruit, and a bag for storage, which can be unlocked along the way and used to interact better with your virtual pet. Of course, like any domesticated animal, without regular feeding and attention, it may run away after a few days of neglect. The Fugu may be recovered, though with a new lack of trust in its owner. Help it regain its dependence by poking the Fugu’s belly, pinching its cheeks (pictured), and shaking the phone to watch its reactions. Hatch illustrator David Lanham hopes that users will become emotionally connected to his hand-drawn creatures. “It all boils down to, how can we make the engagement with your pet as deep as it can be?” he told Fast Company , adding that his own experiences with a pet dog and a baby girl helped drive his animations. “You need that base impression from real life,” he said. “The unexpected things make your heart melt.” The Hatch concept was born out of collaboration between Impending Inc. and Realmac Software the studios that built the productivity app Clear.

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Shooting A Stray Cat With A Bb Gun Is No Prank, It’s A Felony Punishable With Prison

A cat burglar in the Commons: the mysterious tale of a new Westminster fatcat

I was flabbergasted, said Nowicki following his sentencing this week to probation and credit for two days time served. I couldnt believe the police were kicking in my door and taking me away in handcuffs over this. During his trial, Nowicki contended that he tried to contact the Kent County Animal Shelter and the local Humane Society and was told he could trap the animal and bring it to the shelter. He’d then be charged for the cost of the trap and a fee for surrendering the animal to county authorities. Nowicki said the son of his live-in girlfriend has cat allergies that inflame his asthma, which led Nowicki to fire off what he said was a warning shot to scare off the cat. Kent County Circuit Court Judge Paul Sullivan, a cat owner, said prior to the Nowicki case, he was surprised to find out that the act of shooting a cat with a BB gun could lead to a four-year felony. Sullivan pointed out that Nowicki’s shot did not immediately kill the cat. The animal was taken from the trash can by a neighbor and then euthanized by county officials. The necropsy report introduced at trial in August indicated the bullet damaged the cat’s internal organs and splintered its spine. This poor creature suffered a lot because of what you did to it, Sullivan said.

So far, their efforts have been in vain. But today, I can bring you, dear reader, an exclusive photograph of the dark and shadowy character who has calmly breached Parliamentary security. It was taken in the House of Lords end of the Palace of Westminster on Thursday night: Approached by the Telegraph for a comment, the mystery figure said: “Hsss.pfttt” and ran away. The invader’s identity and origin remains an enigma, but I have established that this is not Mr Speaker’s cat, the only moggie officially resident in the Palace. The Bercow family feline, I’m told, is grey and named “Order”. (No, really.) And no, it’s neither Larry nor Freya of Downing Street: they’re both tabbies and this beast is black with a white bib. Who is the Commons cat burglar and where does it come from? Westminster officials are baffled. Me too. In a dozen years working around the place, I’ve seen all sorts of creatures scuttling about, including foxes and several sorts of rat. But this is the first cat.

BNY Mellon report says cat bond market could more than double to $50 billion by 2018

Commenting on the report, BNY Mellon’s International Head of Insurance Paul Traynor adds: “Insurers and the capital markets can help reduce the disaster gap by working together with big data to deploy new capital to cover new perils in new regions. This will reduce the cost of rebuilding for governments and provide a positive contribution to society.” Traynor continued, “Never has the experience of the insurer been needed more; deploying capital against previously uncovered risks requires deep underwriting and technical expertise. This expertise, as well as the comfort that comes from seeing insurers using their own capital, will encourage the capital markets to invest in more cat bonds.” The report suggests that a combination of legacy and predictive big data models will produce more robust risk modelling for cat bonds. These models should include unstructured data, fast changing data and data generated from an increasing number of sensors, mobile devices and social media applications. BNY Mellon estimates the total amount of insurance-linked securities (ILS) outstanding could reach $150bn by the end of 2018. Of this, $50bn is expected to include publicly traded cat bonds. The report predicts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25 per cent for ILS as an asset class and 20 per cent for cat bonds as a subset of this. This compares to the CAGR of 24 per cent for ILS over the past 13 years and 30 per cent for cat bonds as a subset over the past nine years. BNY Mellon acts as a trustee and paying agent, and collateral agent on cat bonds. It was trustee on 68 per cent of all cat bonds in 20125. Notes to editors: As of September 30, 2013, BNY Mellon Corporate Trust served as trustee and/or paying agent on more than 67,000 debt-related issues globally. Its clients include governments and their agencies, multinational corporations, financial institutions and other entities that access the global debt capital markets. The corporate trust business utilizes its global footprint and expertise to deliver a full range of issuer and related investor services and to develop customized and market-driven solutions. Its range of core services includes debt trustee, paying agency, escrow and other fiduciary offerings.

Adam Thorpe On Memorable Pets In Literature

A dog being groomed at the Pets at Home superstore in Stockport, Greater Manchester

The chain has 360 stores and a string of veterinary surgeries. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian Pets at Home is hoping to cash in on signs of a rise in Keynes’ “animal spirits” among investors by floating on the stock market early next year. A flotation would see Pets at Home join a procession of major UK companies that have listed in London recently. The initial public offering, expected in the first quarter of 2014, would value Britain’s biggest pet retailer at well over 1bn. Pets at Home’s owner, private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), has instructed Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Nomura and its own team to work on the IPO. Royal Mail’s successful privatisation last month added impetus to the previously stagnant market for IPOs. Other recent offerings include Merlin Entertainments, which owns Madame Tussauds, and estate agent Foxtons. KKR bought Pets at Home four years ago for 955m. The pet supplies chain has 360 stores and a string of veterinary surgeries. The chain’s management recently set out a new three-year plan after posting rising annual sales and profits in August. Nick Wood, its chief executive, said he wanted to add new stores and trading formats despite caution over customers’ squeezed incomes. The company declined to comment on the IPO plans, which are said to be at an early stage. Sign up for the Guardian Today Our editors’ picks for the day’s top news and commentary delivered to your inbox each morning.

Pets for vets: Franklin animal shelter picks up adoption costs for veterans

Generally, though, their amoral innocence brings a sense of poignancy unless, as in the case of Pongo and Missis Pongo in Dodie Smiths The Hundred and One Dalmatians (1956), they are more intelligent than their owners. Dickens was persuaded by his children to include their pet raven, Grip, in his great, underrated novel Barnaby Rudge (1841). Grip became simple Barnabys chatty best friend, and inspired Poes famous poem The Raven. Another constant companion is Lady Bertrams lapdog in Mansfield Park (1814), a symbol of her absolute idleness and selfishness: shes much more interested in the pug than her own children, and Jane Austen contrasts its uselessness with the estates working dogs. Obese Count Fosco, the villain in Wilkie Collinss The Woman in White (1859), is made a lot more creepy by his fondness for his frail little pets which include a vicious cockatoo, two singing canaries and a family of white mice who crawl all over his corpulent body as he kisses and fondles them. Related Articles

How to keep pets safe and healthy over the holidays

Make sure you take your food with you, and that the place you are going also has access to the same brand of food,” he advises. If you change food on your pet (especially dogs), they may end up with an upset stomach. Pets and a hectic holiday schedule The holidays are a busy time you’re traveling, there are more people coming in and out of the house, and you’re strapped for time. Forbes notes that the most important thing for pet owners to keep in mind is to keep your pets on their same routine schedule as much as possible. “Change in routines upsets pets,” he says. “During the holidays, people tend to have more house guests or parities, so it is important to make sure your pet is acclimated to those types of situations. If you have a pet who becomes nervous around people, create a quiet place for the pet to relax well in advance of the party or holiday season,” he also suggests. If you will be entertaining a lot this season, start getting your pet ready now. “Gradually start a routine where your pet can have a quiet place, such as a spare bedroom, so that your pet has a positive association with the quiet place,” says Forbes.

The Second Chance for Animals nonprofit volunteer group and the Franklin Township Animal Shelter will reimburse the a portion of the costs of adoption for any new pet adopted by a military veteran, current military personnel, or their families through Saturday. In honor of the sacrifices made by veterans and their families, any veteran who adopts a cat, dog, or other pet from the shelter will receive a reimbursement check to cover up to $60 for adoption costs. The Franklin Township Animal Shelter, in the Municipal Complex at 475 DeMott Lane in the Somerset section of Franklin Township, is open from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Military identification will be needed. All of the shelter’s dogs and cats are healthy, already spayed or neutered, up to date on their shots and waiting for their forever home. Check out photos of Nicky, Skippy, Ogden, Nene or Monet, and their many friends in the gallery above, or at the shelters website .