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world Updated: Mar 12, 2013 01:25 IST
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Now TV channel for dogs goes on air in Israel
Jerusalem: Israeli TV has gone to the dogs, literally! An Israeli cable TV company has set out to solve the problem of bored pooches by launching the first ever television channel in the country primarily aimed at dogs.

Initially launched in the US last year, Dog TV is now available in Israel and aims to comfort canines left at home alone with a combination of soothing music and special colours which dogs can see.

Available in Israel on Channel 39, Dog TV was launched a year ago in San Diego and is already available all over California, The Independent reported.

Black box that alerts when car breaks down
London: A black box that warns of faults in a car before it breaks down is to be launched by the RAC motoring organisation.

The matchbox-sized device slots into the vehicle's computer system and transmits data before and after a journey.

If the car breaks down or has an accident the it will automatically alert a patrolman with its location and the nature of the problem.

The device updates computers at RAC headquarters with information about how the car is running. If a fault is detected, drivers get a phone call, text or email. The black box also detects engine and gearbox problems, checks batteries, alternators, brake wear, throttles and filters.

China working on internet faster than the West's
London: China is working on new faster and more secure Internet system that would be way ahead of the West, a report published recently has said.

A report published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society last week gave details of China's advances in creating a next-generation Internet that is on a national level and on a larger scale than anything in the West.

One of the most important aspects of its next-generation backbone is a security feature known as Source Address Validation Architecture (SAVA).

Former Vienna orchestra men linked to Nazis
London: Vienna's renowned Philharmonic orchestra has revealed that almost half of its musicians during World War II were Nazis, a report has said.

A panel of historians also revealed that 13 musicians were driven out of the orchestra for being Jewish or married to Jews.

The report comes after Vienna Philharmonic was accused of covering up the ties with the Nazi Party.

According to BBC, details revealed on Sunday showed that 60 of the orchestra's 123 musicians were members of the Nazi party.