Australian Police: Apple Maps Flaw Is ‘Potentially Life-Threatening’

Australian Police Apple Maps Flaw Is 'Potentially Life-Threatening'Inaccurate, inconvenient, ill-conceived … now add “potentially life-threatening” to the list of words being used to describe flaws in Apple’s much maligned maps app.

‘Stranded for up to 24 hours’

Police in Mildura, Australia are warning drivers to be careful about using Apple Maps to find the city, which the app has placed more than 40 miles (70 kilometers) away in the Outback. Calling it a “potentially life-threatening issue,” police say the mapping system lists Mildura, a city of 30,000 people, as being in the middle of Murray-Sunset National Park. Several motorists have had to be rescued by police from the park, which police say has no water supply and where temperatures can reach a blistering 46 degrees Celsius (114 Fahrenheit).

“Some of the motorists located by police have been stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water and have walked long distances through dangerous terrain to get phone reception,” Mildura police said in a statement. “Police have contacted Apple in relation to the issue and hope the matter is rectified promptly to ensure the safety of motorists travelling to Mildura. Anyone travelling to Mildura or other locations within Victoria should rely on other forms of mapping until this matter is rectified.”


‘Widely panned’

Apple spokesman Adam Howorth would not comment on the Australian police allegations, but told CNN that Apple is “working hard to fix Maps.” Rival systems to Apple’s, including Google Maps, listed Mildura in the correct location, northeast of Murray-Sunset National Park. Apple Maps, which replaced the Google Maps app on Apple mobile devices when the tech giant released its iOS 6 platform in September, has been widely panned by critics and users alike. Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized for Maps shortly after its release. In a September letter posted on Apple’s website, Cook wrote:

“We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.”

Have you encountered other problems while using the Apple Maps? Which do you prefer using — Apple Maps, or Google Maps?

Source: CNN

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Google’s Nexus Q Is Designed And Manufactured In The U.S.A.

Forget the applications like video and audio streaming, or the built-in speakers. The most noteworthy feature of Google’s new Nexus Q device may be this: It’s made in the United States.

The gadget, about the size and shape of a Magic 8 Ball, is billed by Google as “the first social streaming player.” It can be connected to a TV, has its own speakers, and can stream music and video from the cloud as well as connect an Android tablet or phone with home electronics.

Google hasn’t played up its origin, even though the vast majority of electronics are manufactured in China or other countries where labor is cheaper than in the U.S. Electronics companies, like those in many other sectors, for years have flocked to China to take advantage of cheap labor costs and loose business regulations.


Most famously, Apple has appeared in headlines over its relationship with Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturer that makes its iPads and iPhones. Foxconn has been accused of unsafe and unfair working conditions in recent years. Apple has announced it’s working to improve conditions at its supply-chain plants, and CEO Tim Cook visited a Foxconn factory earlier this year.

But as wages and other costs begin to increase in China, a handful of mostly smaller companies has begun bringing those jobs back to the States. Late last year, an analysis by the Boston Consulting Group predicted that 2015 will be a “tipping point” when it will make more sense for many industries to keep their plants closer to home.

Do you like Google’s Nexus Q? Do you agree that industries should start bringing back jobs to the States instead of outsourcing to China and other countries? Share your comments with us!

Source: CNN

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