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PetChatz is a Videophone for Keeping in Touch With Pets

How many times have you gone out to spend the weekend in the Poconos with some family and wondered if your Border Collie, Tyrion, was lonely? For years, you’d have to have to spend the entire vacation worrying whether your furry friend would even remember you by the time you got back.

Well worry no longer, because PetChatz is a wall mounted video calling solution for people to keep in touch with their pets. The device uses an app which connects with your smartphone and allows you to place video calls to it from any in the world. It can even dispense little treats at the touch of a button.

The device also comes with a host of modern features, such as recording for later playback, a microphone and speaker for further communication, and can even be linked to stream DogTV, a video channel service for dogs. But be aware that by picking one of these up, you have to accept having your friends see you as that person. You know, the one with the mini TV/phone for their dog.

It’s $379, which is a small price to pay for anyone who loves their pets enough to video chat with them, though at that price it might just be cheaper to buy them an iPhone. Not a new one of course, but at least a refurbished 5S, Tyrion’s worth that much.

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Skype Rolls Out Free Video Messaging Feature on All Platforms

Skype Video Messaging
Skype has unveiled a new video messaging feature that takes a page from 1986’s hit sci-fi flick 2001: A Space Odyssey. Just like David Bowman in the movie, users will now be able to send and receive video messages for free. The feature is available on all platforms, so it doesn’t matter if you’re using Skype on your laptop or on your iOS or Android mobile device.

It’s probably one feature you’ve always wanted, but never really knew you needed until Skype rolled it out. It’ll definitely come in handy when you want to leave contacts a message that you can’t really articulate properly or express fully using mere text alone.

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