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Google has made its maps more accessible and useful

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Now the options for public transport navigation include the “wheelchair-accessible” function, which filters out buses, trains and metro stations and presents the most convenient possible route for wheelchair users and people with other physical disabilities. The new feature is only available in 6 major cities around the world: Boston, Sydney, Mexico City, London, Tokyo and New York.  In the future, it is planned to issue such maps for other big cities.

To use the maps you need to enter a start and end point and indicate the option “wheelchair-accessible” and then come back to the route parameters. The map will indicate the optimal route option available to everyone including those who are in wheelchairs or using crutches.

Users of Google Maps can now add accessibility information about cafes and restaurants, shops and public places on the information page of each location.

Additionally, they’ve sent Street View cameras into transit stations and other busy areas so users can take a peek at a place ahead of time and make sure they’ll be able to get in and out with ease.

In 2017, comedian Zach Anner tried to ride the New York subway. But even those stations that were designated as “accessible to wheelchairs” did not match this description due to broken elevators, platform spans and other obstacles. The ride which was supposed to last for 28 minutes according to Google Maps ended up to be a trip of a few hours.

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General Motors Still Awaits Permit To Test Self-Driving Cars In New York

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General Motors announced last year it would begin testing its self-driving cars in New York City—a major change from sunny California and Arizona. However, the city of New York has reportedly dragged its feet and hasn’t issued a permit yet.

According to a Jalopnik report last Thursday, there’s been zero movement on the city’s part. The original announcement between GM and the state of New York called for an early-2018 deployment of the self-driving cars. As a reminder, we’re now in the middle of May and quickly approaching the half-way mark of 2018.

The delays could have something to do with the NYC mayor Bill de Blasio’s opposition to robo taxis operating on the city’s streets.

“The Mayor has strenuously opposed this pilot on heavily traveled lower Manhattan streets,” said Seth Stein, a spokesman for the mayor’s office.

Stein’s statement added the state should “stop” GM’s plans immediately.

General Motors and Cruise Automation have continuously tested its self-driving cars, the Cruise AV, in California and Arizona. Tests in those states provide rather ideal conditions for autonomous-driving technology with clear skies, a lack of rain, and warm temperatures. New York City will likely prove a much more challenging locale.

GM has reportedly mapped a “significant” portion of NYC since the automaker announced plans to bring the Cruise AV to the Big Apple. Previously, just five square miles of the city had been mapped.

The automaker hopes to commercialize self-driving cars sometime in 2019.

Source: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2018/05/general-motors-still-awaits-permit-to-test-self-driving-cars-in-new-york/

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Mobile devices’ security

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According to the analysis of the last quarter of 2017, the percentage of people surfing the web via a mobile device has increased up to 84%, while the sales of tablets and notebooks have grown by 23%. Mobility, portability, Internet accessibility and speed of the device are the main priorities. Therefore, the mobile devices market is growing very fast.

But there is a huge gap in the development of portable devices development: security. If we are talking about personal computers, then the security of the devices and all the data on them is quite developed. And it’s an undeniable fact that with the increase in the number of portable devices’ users, security is the main factor that needs to be thought about.

The security of corporate data is as relevant as the personal security. Allowing an employee to use a mobile device both for personal purposes and for work greatly affects the security of corporate data. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a new global concept, a technology that is growing at a high rate in the US and allows the employees to use their own devices at work. Many financial institutions, small and medium business enterprises, need a guarantee that their data will be protected.

Many companies develop their own applications to ensure security of their data. However, creating local programs is very costly. BYOD policy and VPN protection is an incentive to improve the security of mobile devices.

At the moment, the most popular operating systems in the market are IOS, Android, Microsoft and Blackberry. Speaking about Android, thousands of devices are activated every day. There are quite low-cost models of the devices using Android OS, and their popularity is increasing.

According to many experts, software for the security of mobile devices will become even more important. And many companies have already started working on such software. The leader will be a company which offers the product that will satisfy everybody. We will find out who this will be in the next couple of years.

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Shooting in the YouTube office: the identity of the shooter is established

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On Tuesday there was a shooting at the YouTube headquarters in California. The company employees called 911 and wrote about it on social networks pages. There are 1600 employees working at the main office of the company.

Four people were wounded. According to the data from local police the shooter acted alone. The attacker was a woman dressed in black clothes, she had a headscarf on her head. A woman wounded four people, after which she committed suicide. The woman wasn’t related to Youtube company. The woman was a local resident. Her name was Nasim Najafi Aghdam and she was a 39-year-old video blogger.

A woman was found dead. According to preliminary data the incident occurred as a result of the quarrel and is not related to terrorism.

 

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