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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To Procrastinate Or Not To Procrastinate?

For Hamlet, the student prince, procrastination is just a curse that befalls students. For many, it rings true because for them, school libraries are just for spacing out, ogling sexy schoolmates, downloading from iTunes, and organizing tonight’s booze party. If Hamlet were alive today, his procrastination woes would have been worse than it was, because he’d spend more time speculating and voicing out his anxieties over Facebook and Twitter.

Professor Piers Steel from Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, and the author of The Procrastination Equation, has done an extensive research on this issue. He found out that 95% of the population procrastinate every now and then. Professor Joseph Ferrari of DePaul University Chicago, writer of Still Procrastinating? The No Regrets Guide to Getting It Done, has found that a fifth of the world population can be classified as chronic procrastinators. They complicate — and probably shorten — their lives with unnecessary delay and avoidance of various tasks. Simply looking at these figures gives me the chills.

It is common knowledge that those who procrastinate constantly end up being less wealthy, less healthy, and less happy than those who take action immediately. To make matters worse, our justifications are also untrue. We often say we work best under pressure so we wait for the last possible minute to consummate a task. What a whopper! Time and again, it has been proven that last minute jobs have more mistakes than those done in advance and finished on time. In addition, this behaviour is annoying and inconvenient for others and usually puts us in shameful situations.

People who are in the habit of putting off important decisions are in danger of becoming extinct at work. Extinct, in the sense that their behaviour angers bosses and colleagues, causes floodgates of tears to burst open, and predispose a person to unemployment. In the end, we loathe ourselves when the effects of procrastination catch up with us.

For Piers Steel, human is designed by nature to procrastinate, but he offers a few ways to avoid the pitfalls of this behaviour. First — you can divide the task into small parts and work through them one by one. The other is quite a quick problem solver — offer 50 bucks to a friend and tell him or her that if you don’t finish the task you have started, they can donate it to a political party or endure your hatred. Which one would you prefer?

To procrastinate, or not to procrastinate? Well, it is better to tell Hamlet off and end your procrastinating days once and for all. Unless, of course, you choose to end your procrastination tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year.

Source: BBC News

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