Can I bring my dog with me? (The Daily Charge, 8/26/2019)
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Today on The Daily charge, peer pressure between Amazon ring and local law enforcement, d 23.
And what's coming on Disney plus and grab your four legged best friend its international Dog Day.
Good morning and welcome to cnet [UNKNOWN] It's Monday august 26 I'm, [UNKNOWN]
I'm [UNKNOWN] and let's start things on the shore like we always do, with some frsh tech news.
Today I'll forgive a very interesting story out about the tactics that Amazon uses to get police to join it's ring camera network.
It's through lots of nagging, perhaps emails, a little peer pressure and offers for free cameras to the employees of the police departments.
For those who don't know, this is for.
The amazon ring neighbors program is basically this neighborhood watch app that creates a surveillance network through doorbell cameras.
There's about 250 police departments signed up now but Alfred you got ahold of some emails between Amazon reps and those at the police department showing a little bit how these relationships get set up.
Can you kind of go through that?
Yeah, all the cool kids are doing it is something usually expected on a playground, not in interactions between Ring executives and police departments.
But that's essentially exactly what we found through these FOIA requests.
In one email, a ring executive even wrote, not sure if peer pressure is a good thing or a bad thing.
Just wanted to let all these other police departments that were joining The ring neighbors network.
And in the initial email they had sent in March 2018.
They had sent an email basically saying, hey, we noticed that there's more crime in your neighborhood.
Would you like to be a part of our network?
Would you like our cameras here.
The police department and Chula Vista, which is in California did not reply for about ten days, and that.
Follow it up again and said, hey, just wanted to check in.
Also, here's a flyer of all our products and $50 discounts for all the police in your department for these ring door bells.
That seemed to have gotten the foot in the door and And you know, a little more than a year later.
So it was like a discount.
They weren't just like giving them for free right away or?
They offered like 2 or 3 cameras for free just to see how it's used.
And then the fifty dollar discount was just for police departments like, personal use if they wanted to get that kind of money.
If people using ring cams on thier own without buying it, or getting it through the police Does the police have access to the video that's recorded on the ring cam?
So the way it works is they have a portal once they sign up with a Bring and they can request for footage in a specific area.
So if I live on a block where police want to know if get footage of a crime happening.
They can request for footage like around that area and say, hey, we need Footage from 5AM to 5PM.
We're looking into a string of car thefts or something like that.
Can you send it over our way.
You have Have complete rights to say no to them but they also know where these cameras are like they don't have the exact address but they have a map of where these cameras are so in some cases we've seen they'll just show up to a person's door and say hey we know you have a ring camera We're looking for footage of this timing, can you give that over?
It's a very different from when a police asked online versus them at your doorsteps asking for footage like that.
Mm-hm, well what are the kind of slippery slope issues that we have to deal with cuz on one hand it's like, okay, so Amazon's a company and [UNKNOWN] people have cameras.
So what are the other sides that we have to think about?
Yeah I see the pro arguments a lot where they talk about I welcome more cameras in our community in the sense that it prevents porch theft or anything like that.
People stealing your packages, but I think it's important to consider that.
Having all of these cameras in neighborhoods are something that police have never had before.
For a while, you know, police have had security footage from like businesses or in like cities but not residential neighborhoods, like on your doorstep or anything like that.
And it's essentially you know, getting around the normal process of getting surveillance cameras which the city has to pay for And now getting citizens to buy these security cameras and then allowing police to basically request for it anytime and in areas that they've never really had access to security footage before.
It's essentially asking people to create their own surveillance networks.
On the backs of Amazon so what happens when they Amazon decides we don't wanna do this anymore and you know, something that please like look that it's like massive tool, it's just no longer available or if they wanna hike up the prices on it.
Having the corporation blanding in with.
This community service is a little interesting to watch.
That's for sure.
Thank you Alfred.
If you guys want to learn more details about this you gotta check up a story.
It's up now is have you followed what came out of Disney d 23.
Their conference for the Disney plus streaming service.
I've seen all the stuff from Marvel face for that was added because when San Diego Comic Con went on.
Marvel showed what they were gonna have for phase 4, and to promote to Disney Plus they talked about the She Hulk show, Moon Knight I believe, and also
Well there's the Mandalorian.
That trailer hits.
What did you think of that?
Well for me that looked amazing for production quality.
So, I am excited.
But it looks cool.
I mean, look, Boba Fett looks and Captain Phasma looked cool in the other movies.
Looking cool, I dont know if that's enough.
Look at that right there.
I didn't say it looks bad.
I mean, and what is interesting is that they also revealed this is not gonna drop all at once.
This is something that you're gonna get episodes weekly.
And I could just foresee everyone, just how they chatted about Game of Thrones all the time, it's gonna be a coming to work Monday, or whatever, and you talk about what happened last week on the Mandalorian.
Yeah, the production quality looks really high, and the idea of not going on this full season, dropping a one time, I think is really smart, where you're setting up a new streaming service, in general.
So people aren't canceling I went again for the month and it's all gone.
Everybody watched it so people will keep coming back to Disney plus, even though they have a, think it's what it's 4k streaming UHD.
They also have seven profiles, all of these really cool features for a low price, but keeping people there using the service month to month that's gonna be important and that's why It's gonna be week to week to week,
Joan, our daily charge favorite Joan, she was over at D 23.
So if you want to get more details on that, check out her story app, but we're also gonna do things all right, different for our third one or Our third story of the day.
Iyaz do you know, today is international Dog Day?
I just found out right now.
Well there you go.
Let's talk some dog tech and honor of today we have with us professional dog trainer Nicole Ellis.
Hello Nicole and with you is Maggie.
Thank you for having us.
I'm really excited.
I don't mind a fluffy story when it's actually fluffy.
So this is great.
[LAUGH] Alright, so Nicole.
Is visiting with Maggie.
Maggie is a therapy dog and they're visiting in connection with Rover.
That's that app that helps you find dog walkers, dog sitters and Nicole works with Rover to provide advice as a trainer for the dog people panel, right?
And there is news out with Rover today, right?
Can you tell us about it?
Yeah, so today's International Dog Day and what better way to celebrate spending the day with your dog.
So rover just launched the dogs day out campaign.
And what that is it's curated walks in 20 cities across the United States that you can do with your dog and there to pet friendly places that not only are pet friendly, but cater to our dogs.
So it's a great way to get out see your city, see some new sites and spend time with your best friend from going to art galleries, the cafes, restaurants, And they range from one to three miles and really a wonderful time just to be able to spend time together.
So those are on the Rover.com blog.
I think it's neat that even if you're visiting a city you don't know well, this is a good way to just get out and site see a little bit.
Absolutely, and I love finding about new places that Not only just welcome dogs but really want them there, that's everything from dodgy menus to giving the dogs water and put a great city to live in when they have those kind of places.
Ever remind dog's place, it has ever [UNKNOWN] and she's about 45, she is just a big dog so people be like [UNKNOWN] in here so it's really nice to see.
To see where it's suppose to be able over your dogs because I see people bringing in everywhere the [UNKNOWN] is supposed to be.
So it's good to have a guess so this [LAUGH] distract [LAUGH] very very cute Maggie, it's nice to have a list of places to go, that's friendly not only just where they are allow but friend.
Absolutely and I love.
What do you think about it?
Yeah we support the business, support animals, [LAUGH] well the cool.
It's not often we have a professional dog trainer here.
So I kind of wanna get your experience.
Well first off, tell us what you do for a living like what is a typical, you know, day in the job for what you do?>> Absolutely.
So I'm a celebrity dog trainer and pet lifestyle expert.
So we talk about everything from pet products to dog training.
Most of my days is going to client's homes and figuring out how to help them have their dogs be more part of their family.
So that's from going out to cafes and being calm and being able to spend our day together, to puppy training, to doing fun tricks and getting your dog maybe certified to be a therapy dog, to be able to volunteer together.
And I'm a big fan of just integrating pets in our lives.
They are part of our family.
So what better way to do that then what training?
How much interaction do you have with technology and what you do because I imagine there's that there's companies who pitch you on things, you know, but it's all sorts [UNKNOWN] Like new ways I see that tech is kind of weaving its way into dog and owner life.>> Yeah.
So the pen industry is huge.
They say it's bigger than movies, video game and music combined.
so of course tech is making its way in and.
From a trainer aspect, we don't see too much of it there's little bits of it but a lot of it's just about the canine bond with the handler and to me that's really important.
But there is a lot of tech stuff that I do love and that I do support using especially if it's better for our pets health, wellness or giving us some insight into them and providing a better quality of life for them.
So few of my favorite things, is Maggie has on right now a GPS.
Good girl I know she's not gonna see that though.
[LAUGH] GPS activity tracker and so her and I have a younger dog, and different age range just like us.
They have different expectations on how much they should be moving and how active they are.
And this lets me see that.
It also will let me track her see where she's been and if she is let's say she's older if she's not as active one day I'll notify me.
Is she feeling okay and these are things I might not notice.
We're all busy and have busy lives and I could take.
She hasn't been moving as much.
Let me see what I can do to make sure she's feeling okay.
Do apps actually take into consideration the breed of the dog at the age of the dog to see if this is a normal.
Behavior patterns because my dogs 13 so when she sleeps all day, that's normal like her moving around a lot to like what's going on?
something's gone wrong.
Do they have that kind of data to go against this
Very much so my dogs are the same size and but one is two and one is 11.
Okay, and so automatically the app set it up that they have different goals to reach and I can adjust them as well.
But some of the stuff you won't even see for a few weeks.
So like It takes into account your dog's itching and activity levels and it take tracks it over time.
So if there is a drastic change it can say hey something's wrong.
Your dog's itching more, your dog's sleeping more, laying on one side more and it's amazing they can get that all from this little device called the whistle.
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