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Pets are a gadget nightmare

Don’t cuddle and drive
Fri Jun 28 2013, 11:54

KEEPING A PET around technological hardware is not as easy as it seems, and our four-legged friends are proving adept at making a mess of things.

We have learned this from experience, which agrees with a press release sent out by an insurance firm. It didn't surprise us. One of us at The INQUIRER has a dog that will chew on anything, including cables, and manages to shed hair into the trays of various computers, DVD players and games machines.

The insurance firm Squaretrade offers advice such as the fact that animals are more likely to chew up an iPad when no one is watching and that it is dangerous to drive with one on your lap.

"After seeing so many claims come in that involved pets, we decided to look into the data and see just how big a problem this was. And the results were pretty astounding," said Squaretrade CMO Ty Shay.

"Using an $800 smartphone as a chew toy is a pricey slipup, not to mention it's the device most of us can't live without."

Squaretrade found that the most affected piece of hardware is the smartphone, which again is no surprise since the blooming things are ubiquitous.

What is perhaps surprising, however, is that people let their dogs chew on them. There is a top four list of pet problems, and this starts with the warning that animals are putting items in their mouth.

A fifth of insurance claims come from people who dropped their device because of their pet, two-thirds are from people who leave hardware in a room with unattended animals, and one in six relate to incidents where pets have peed or vomited on devices. Well, everyone is a critic these days.

Squaretrade claims that marauding dogs and cats have created a $3bn drain on the insurance industry and recommends that you not dangle your kit in front of any kennels. µ


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