A new app for smartphones and tablets is helping to conserve Anglesey's red squirrel population.
It lets people pinpoint where they have seen the loveable rodent. Others can then log onto the app and and find out where the squirrels are.
The app has been designed by Llandudno based firm Livetech.
Native red squirrels faced wipe-out from Britain before a conservation effort was launched on Anglesey two decades ago.
The success of the campaign is mostly down to a huge effort to control invasive grey squirrels, which were introduced to Britain from America in 1876 and carry a virus that's fatal to its red cousin.
As a result, the number of grey squirrels grew to 2.5 million while the red squirrel population fell to 120,000.
Now experts say the native reds are bouncing back - on Anglesey the population was down to as low as 40, but it’s now up to a healthy 700 and they're even spreading across the Menai Strait to Bangor on the mainland.
"The data collected through the app is very useful to us because it helps us keep track of where the red squirrels are going. We monitor distribution and abundance. If you go back 15 years hardly anybody saw a red squirrel on the island, but now people are spotting them more and more often."
A new survey claims on average, parents look at their smartphones 240 times a day. Now experts are warning that it could get in the way of their relationship with their children.
Megan Boot reports:
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The Welsh Government says Wales is punching above its weight in the digital sector.
It says, between 2010 and 2013, digital start ups grew by 87% above the UK average of 53%.
Today more then 2,00 people will gather for the Digital 2015 conference. Speakers from Google, Microsoft and Airbus are attending.
Wales is punching above its weight on the world stage in terms of digital innovation, and I look forward to welcoming the key digital leaders innovators and influencers from the national technology scene to Wales.
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A jet powered bike will be tested at Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire this weekend and it may break British records.
Jet Reaction uses an adapted helicopter engine to power it to a possible 450 mph.
It will be driven by Richard Brown, an Oxfordshire based engineer, who conceived and built the vehicle.
A bid for the two-wheeled land speed record will be attempted at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, in America in September.
An outright Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM ) land speed record is one of the finest opportunities any team can have to demonstrate engineering innovation, within the rules applied by the relevant governing bodies the challenge is to engineer a superior machine making it the best in the world.
Animation of Jetbike record attempt (Credit: Dominik Weingarten / Jetreaction.net)
Dyfed Powys Police say potential victims of letter, phone and internet scams have, in some instances, been threatened.
Officers say there has been an increase in the number of reports of scams with some claiming to be from well-known companies including Microsoft, Talk Talk and the Postcode Lottery, seeking access to personal information and money.
In some cases they have become threatening to the receiver of the call when they do not comply with their demands.
We are urging residents throughout Dyfed Powys to stay alert to cold callers.
The majority of these scams work to deceive people into allowing remote access to their computer or giving personal details over the phone or online. Allowing anyone access to your computer puts you at risk of data loss or losing access to your computer or files.
With traditional cold callers at people’s properties, we’ve always advised ‘if in doubt, keep them out’ and exactly the same principle applies here.
Carmarthenshire County Council’s executive board has agreed that solar panels should be installed on the roofs of 2,700 council homes.
An agreement has been reached to adopt a ‘rent a roof’ scheme.
The council thinks tenants could be in line to save around £6.3million on fuel bills over the next 20 years.
It found that around 32 per cent of the housing stock, and all 17 of the council’s sheltered housing schemes, were suitable for solar panels.
The rent a roof model means a third party, which would own the panels, will receive all the income generated from the Feed in Tariff and export tariff for 20 years, but tenants will have reduced fuel bills from the electricity used when the panels are operating.
We are committed to helping our tenants save money by improving their homes and have looked at solar PV systems amongst a wider range of sustainable measures to address fuel poverty as part of our Carmarthenshire Homes Standard Plus (CHS+) business plan.
A group of academics says driverless cars could provide the answer to poor public transport links in rural areas of Wales and the nation’s country roads are an ideal place to pioneer their use.
Engineers at Glyndwr University believe that, subject to local consultation, opportunities to trial use of the revolutionary vehicles should be prioritised in Wales.
They say driverless cars have the potential to be used effectively on the steep, narrow, slow and sinuous roads of Wales.
They believe the vehicles have the potential to significantly improve the quality of life in rural areas, in essence being used as taxis.
We believe that driverless cars have real potential to deliver a sustainable rural economy for Wales.
There is a decline in rural populations as more and more young people head into the city to find work and the offset of this has been that public transport links have become even more infrequent – and non-existent in some areas.
I think we’re looking at five to ten years before something like this could become a reality and it would of course need the consent of people living in rural areas, with all of their concerns addressed.
The academics have submitted their views to the Welsh Government to help inform its Transport Strategy for Wales.
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