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Millions of pet owners are installing cameras to spy on their pets



As millions of people head back to the office, the question remains about what to do with all of those “Covid pets” that were raised during the pandemic.

A recent study conducted by Finder has shed light on the growing trend of pet owners using surveillance technology to keep an eye on their furry companions while they are away from home.

According to the findings, millions of pet owners are now utilising video cameras to monitor their pets remotely.

Spying on pets

The research, which surveyed 1,062 respondents, including 570 pet owners, revealed that approximately 1 in 5 (22%) pet parents admit to spying on their pets using these devices.

This translates to around 1.4 million households across Australia that have installed pet cameras to gain insights into the activities of their beloved cats and dogs when they are not around.

An additional 7% of pet owners expressed their intentions to install such cameras in the future, emphasizing the growing popularity of this technology among pet enthusiasts.

Pet ownership

Australia boasts one of the highest rates of pet ownership globally, with an estimated 28.7 million pets residing in the country today.

In terms of households, the survey noted that 69% of homes with pets now own surveillance cameras to monitor their animals, marking a notable increase from 61% in 2019.

Interestingly, the survey also found that the adoption of pet cameras varies across generations.

Millennials are leading the charge, with nearly 1 in 3 (28%) of them admitting to having installed these devices, in contrast to 20% of individuals from Generation X.

Emotional connection

Gary Ross Hunter, an insurance expert at Finder, shared insights into this emerging trend, highlighting the emotional connection between pet owners and their animals. He stated, “Millions of Aussies can’t stand to be separated from their pets and are flocking to this tech to keep a watchful eye on their four-legged friends. Some of these setups even have voice and treat delivery capability.

“The Big Brother tactics let them catch their animals when they’re up to no good or simply ease separation anxiety.”

However, despite the growing reliance on surveillance technology, only a small fraction of Australian pet owners have invested in pet insurance.

Finder’s Consumer Sentiment Tracker indicated that a mere 16% of pet owners have secured pet insurance policies, raising concerns about the financial protection of these cherished animals.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Julian Assange’s last stand before extradition



Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is allegedly being targeted by the United States government and former President Donald Trump for his role in exposing classified information.

According to Assange’s lawyer, this targeting is a result of the controversial revelations made by WikiLeaks, which have often put the U.S. government in a precarious position.

Assange, who has been residing in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid extradition, now faces renewed concerns about his safety and legal battles.

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Qantas appoints new Chairman amid board renewal



Qantas Airways has announced significant changes to its board, including the appointment of John Mullen as the new chairman, as part of its ongoing renewal strategy following a tumultuous period for the airline.

John Mullen, former chairman of Telstra, will assume the role of chairman of Qantas’ board, succeeding Richard Goyder.

John Mullen, former chairman of Telstra.

Mullen will officially join the board as a non-executive director and chairman-elect on July 1, with plans to take on the chairman’s responsibilities ahead of the company’s annual general meeting in October.

In addition to Mullen’s appointment, Dr. Nora Scheinkestel will also join the board as a non-executive director and chair of the remuneration committee effective March 1, 2024.

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Richard Goyder, outgoing chairman of Qantas, remarked that these changes mark a new chapter for the airline following a period of significant challenges, including the early resignation of former CEO Alan Joyce and Goyder’s own decision to step down.

Goyder expressed confidence in Mullen’s ability to lead Qantas into its next phase, citing Mullen’s extensive experience as a director and chairman of large and complex companies, as well as his distinguished executive career in the transport sector both domestically and internationally.

“These changes reflect a new chapter for Qantas, and John brings a wealth of experience that makes him the right choice to lead the national carrier into its next phase,” stated Goyder.

The announcement comes amidst ongoing efforts by Qantas to navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and reshape its operations to adapt to changing market dynamics.

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Google goes rogue as search engine falls short?



In the digital era, where instant access to information is the norm, Google has emerged as the go-to source for swift answers. However, a recent study has raised a cautionary flag, suggesting that the top search result on Google may not always be the most reliable or accurate.

Dr. Karen Sutherland from USC sheds light on the factors influencing Google search result rankings, emphasizing the importance of users exercising caution to avoid being misled by potentially inaccurate information. The interview explores the role of search engine optimization (SEO) in determining rankings, questions the reliability of the top search result as an indicator of accuracy, and delves into strategies for increasing awareness about the limitations of search engines. As we navigate the vast digital landscape, a critical eye and awareness are essential tools to discern the accuracy of the information provided by the seemingly omnipotent search engine.

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