American Airlines technology director fatally shot while walking his dog in Dallas, police say

Detectives believe the suspect was in a black Nissan pick-up truck that may have a Texas Rangers sticker in the rear window.

DALLAS — Updated at 3:17 p.m. Saturday with a statement from James Faith’s workplace. 

Dallas police are asking for the public’s help in their search for a suspected shooter who killed a 49-year-old man. 

Authorities said around 7:30 a.m. Friday, James Faith left his house with his wife to walk their dog in the 1000 block of Waverly Drive. While walking the dog an unknown suspect approached them and fatally shot Faith, police said. 

Faith worked with Fort-Worth based American Airlines, as a technology director. The company released the following statement Saturday: 

“American Airlines is deeply saddened by the death of James Faith, a director in our technology organization. We are taking care of James’ family and colleagues and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this

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Android’s new sound notifications can let you know when your dog is barking

Android phones can now notify you when they detect certain sounds, which could notify people who are deaf or hard of hearing about important sounds nearby.



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If you turn on the feature, called Sound Notifications, you can have your Android phone inform you about some sounds via a push notification, a flash from your camera light, or by making your phone vibrate. Other devices support Sound Notifications as well, including Wear OS devices, which can send Sound Notifications via text notifications with vibrations. And they work entirely offline, according to Google.

Google says Sound Notifications can listen for ten different noises:

  • Smoke and fire alarms
  • Sirens
  • Shouting
  • Baby sounds
  • Doorbell ringing
  • Knocking
  • Dog barking
  • Appliance beeping
  • Water running
  • Landline phone ringing

Sound Notifications are already installed on Pixel phones and “select other Android phones” and can be turned on from the accessibility

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You wouldn’t hit a dog, so why kill one in Minecraft? Why violence against virtual animals is an ethical issue

Violence against animals in video games is ubiquitous. Players can kill or torture animals in various popular games, including Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto V. The rise of this (increasingly realistic) trend in games, along with people’s tendency to go along with it, raises important questions.


Violence against humans in video games has long been contentious—underpinned by the never-ending debate over whether on-screen violence begets the real thing. But violence against animals in video games has attracted considerably less attention.

In a recently published paper, we argue there is good reason to think violence against animals in video games is problematic—perhaps even more so than in-game violence against humans. We think game violence against animals is more likely to promote disrespect for their living counterparts.

The jury is out

In 2005, Australia banned a first-person shooter game called Postal 2, in which players could mutilate and desecrate (virtual) human bodies.

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Fur real: 40 percent of people would give up dog to keep smartphone

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Really people? 


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Do not, under any circumstances, read this story to your dog. According to a new survey from SimpleTexting, a marketing agency behind mass text-messaging campaigns, 40 percent of smartphone owners would rather give up their pooch for a month than give up their phone. But don’t get too smug, humans, because 42 percent said they’d rather be away from their significant other for a month than surrender their device.

The survey quizzed 1,000 smartphone owners across all US 50 states, asking them what they’d give up to keep their phones.

Beverages proved even easier to give up, as 72 percent said they’d rather give up alcohol for a month, and 64 percent would rather give up coffee than their smartphones. But sex still has power: 53 percent of respondents said they’d

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Dog or smartphone? Survey finds what Americans are willing to give up to keep their devices

It’s no secret we have a connection, possibly obsession, with our smartphones. Often, it’s the first thing we see when we wake up and the last thing before we go to bed. A recent survey wanted to find out what Americans would be willing to sacrifice to keep their phones.

About 40 percent of participants would rather be separated from their dog for a month, than be separated from their smartphone for that long.

Slightly more, 42 percent, would rather be separated from their significant other than their device for a month. Although, after months of a pandemic and stay-at-home orders, we could all use some space.

More than 60 percent would be willing to give up coffee for a month instead of their phone, and 72 percent would rather give up wine for a month.

OK, sure, but what about enduring sometimes annoying or awkward situations. About 44 percent

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