Pro Tip: Get your dog in on the selfie act with this goofy attachment

Trying to get your canine BFF to look at your iPhone to capture the loving bond between the two of you is difficult, if not downright impossible. Luckily, this new attachment for your iPhone or other smartphone, called the Pooch Selfie (because of course it is), is going to the dogs. Funded at a crazy […]

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Electronics-sniffing dogs can root out USB drives

Criminals don’t just have to worry about someone finding their drug stashes anymore, as police have started to employ highly trained, electronics-sniffing dogs to root out illegal material on USB thumb drives and SD cards. Only five dogs have acquired this particular set of skills that can make them a nightmare for cybercriminals and child […]

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Videoconference With Your Dog Via iPhone Using This Bizarre Remote Treat Dispenser From Petzila

I love my pets, I do. I have two stubborn, cute, snorty little pugs and I consider them part of the family. That’s why I sort of snorted myself when I saw the IndieGogo project page for Petzila, an odd little videoconferencing gadget that purports to let you connect to your pampered pooch via the […]

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OS X Mavericks Isn’t Named After A Cat: It’s Named After A Dog

Yesterday, Apple unveiled OS X 10.9 and joked that after a decade, they were ditching their scheme of naming OS X releases after cats because they’d simply run out of big cat names to use. Instead, from now on, they’d name future versions of OS X after places in California, starting with OS X Mavericks, named after a famous Californian surfing spot.

What’s pretty funny about the choice of ‘Mavericks’ as a name for OS X, though, is that the real-world location is named after a German Shephard, meaning that argue switched from naming their OS X releases after cats to naming them after dogs instead!

According to Matt Warshaw’s book Mavericks: The Story Of Big-Wave Surfing (as recounted by Wikipedia):

In early March 1961, three surfers, Alex Matienzo, Jim Thompson, and Dick Knottmeyer decided to try the distant waves off Pillar Point. With them was a white-haired German Shepherd named Maverick, owned by Matienzo’s roommate. Maverick was used to swimming out with his owner, or with Matienzo, while they were out surfing.

The trio left Maverick on shore, but he swam out and caught up with them. Finding the conditions unsafe for the dog, Matienzo tied him up before rejoining the others. The riders had limited success that day, surfing overhead peaks about 1/4 mile from shore, just along the rocks that are visible from shore. They deemed the bigger outside waves too dangerous.

They decided to name the surfing location after Maverick, who seemed to have gotten the most out of the experience. It became known simply as “Mavericks”.

Of course, it’s not likely there are too many places in California named after dogs, so it seems unlikely that Apple will continue this tradition into 10.10. Still, isn’t it a bit ironic that the animal that eventually put an end to Apple’s line of jungle cats was their most bitter natural enemy, and man’s best friend?

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