For many years, Apple Maps has struggled to compete with its more successful competitor Google Maps. Now, as Bloomberg News reports, Apple is planning to use drones to gather more accurate maps and traffic data. Currently, the company is using a fleet of minivans with specialized cameras and sensors to collect data from cities all over the country. The drones would be used to capture real-time data and push updates to maps rapidly. To make this work, Apple would have to comply with the Federal Aviation Administration's drone regulations. Apple has been releasing some improvements to its native maps app in recent months. In 2015, Apple finally released support for public transit in select cities. And this year, the app has an automatic feature that records where your car is parked based on Bluetooth connectivity as well as other small tweaks. But in directions, Apple Maps is still a little behind Google in accuracy and speed.
Univision is buying Gawker Media for $135 million. Gawker Media declared bankruptcy after Hulk Hogan won $140 million in court from the company for Gawker's publication of a sex tape. Univision is primarily a Spanish-language broadcast company and will own all seven of Gawker's websites. These include Gawker.com, Deadspin and Jezebel. The deal will go through once a bankruptcy judge approves.
Amazon's weary workplace exposed, sparking support, boycotts
1) The old grey lady picked her latest fight, and across the ring is Amazon, the online retail giant specializing in same-day Easy Mac deliveries. An exposé highlighting Amazon's "bruising" workplace exposed the company's controversial culture that reportedly includes unfathomable expectations, harsh management critiques and brutal competition amongst employees. As you can guess, this news isn't sitting so well with consumers. One writer is even calling for a boycott.
2) Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder and CEO, wrote a lengthy memo defending his company, not equating the story's accusations to the Amazon he knows. Since the New York Times' story was released, some 4,000 comments were left online describing Amazon's workplace as both a "great place to work" and as a job "I wouldn't wish...on my worst enemy."
3) So, is an Amazon boycott in your future? Or is Amazon's corporate culture simply status quo?
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Want to really tell your coworkers what you think about their “constructive feedback?” Do it! Just make sure you’re using Gmail, and that you have the next 30 seconds free. Gmail’s new “Undo Send” feature allows you half a minute to recall, um…misguided messages even after you’ve sent them. Current Gmail users can turn the new function on within Gmail’s settings and choose which length of time, from five to 30 seconds, to allow the Undo Send function to remain active. Bad news for those who like to vent with no abandon from their phone, however: Undo Send is not available on Gmail’s mobile app just yet.