Recently, a roadblock led to Google Maps and suggested an alternative route in Colorado. Unfortunately, anyone who took the detour onto a one-lane, muddy road that caused many drivers to get stuck without a way out of the airport) resulted in a traffic jam, which is the last thing you want to see when you catch a flight. But Google Maps said it had a solution! Since the traffic jam was full, he proposed an alternative route to get to the airport. Even better, it promised to do so in almost half the time it took to travel on Peña Boulevard.
Who would not want to live up to that promise? Unfortunately, for about 1
As it turned out, the street where Google Maps had taken so many riders out of service was not open to the public and could not cope with the massive influx of traffic. Local news boards even found a street sign that had fallen to the ground. The whole sequence of events proves again that it usually makes sense to re-estimate the map direction, especially when it comes to halving the travel time by leaving the main road. Even if other people take the same route, they may be hearing the same bad directions as you. [CNN]
In other news:
- UK citizens can add a text to their number: As of today, the British "text to switch" rules apply. The new rules state that the forwarder must reply with this code within one minute when a customer sends SMS to a carrier for a port-out code. That should make switching operators much easier now. [TechRadar]
- Security systems are unusable when turned off: It may seem obvious, but if you have a security system and you do not turn it on, the alarm system can not help you. Security solution company Cove questioned nearly a thousand people who had a burglary, and of those who had a security system, about half admitted it was shut down during the break-in. When it comes to security, people are unfortunately the weakest link. [ZDNet]
- Another city ransomed by ransomware: Now, a third city in Florida has found that their computers are infected with ransomware, notably Ryuk. Ryuk usually infects computers via a malicious link in an email. Earlier, we reported that Lake City paid nearly $ 500,000 to decode its files, and now Key Biscayne is making the same decision. Stop us, if you've heard this before, unfortunately, people are the weakest link when it comes to safety. [Ars Technica]
- Microsoft Deletes Your E-Books: Microsoft sold e-books at its Microsoft Store. However, these are lost and the company deletes the purchases you make and you can no longer read these books. The only good news is that the company has promised to offer refunds for all purchased books. [Gizmodo]
- Electric vehicles in the EU gain more room for space: From today, hybrid or electric vehicles sold in the EU must have an Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS). Hybrid and electric cars are quieter than vehicles with internal combustion engines and can therefore be more dangerous for pedestrians and other road users. The AVAS makes noises when the car is under 19 km / h. Jaguar has already posted a clip of the sound his vehicles generate when they want a preview. [The Verge]
- Google's upcoming Fuchsia operating system receives a developer page: Google is working on an alternative operating system called Fuschia. It is not Linux, Chrome or Android. But it can be somewhere between all these options. Now Google has opened a developer website for those who want to take a closer look at the upcoming operating system. [9to5Google]
- Bixby Gets Third-Party Skills Store: If you're one of the dozens of people who love and use Bixby, this is good news: Bixby gets a store. The Bixby Marketplace will apparently "improve Bixby" by offering tools similar to Alexa Skills. These capsules expand Bixby's capabilities, but are unlikely to be enough for someone to use them intentionally. [Thurott]
- Apple Recalls More MacBooks: MacBook owners just have a hard time. At first, the keyboards went off, then the batteries lit, and now it seems the Logic Board is on strike. Apple says a "small number" of MacBook Air models from 2018 may detect a power problem and replace the Logic Board for free. [9to5Mac]
In 2018, NASA launched the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Spacecraft. Essentially, the TESS is a space telescope (again proving that the word "space" sounds more impressive) and was specifically designed to find planets outside our solar system (exoplanets).
The Space Telescope was a problem working, discovering planets, taking beautiful photos of the stars and even discovering comets. Now NASA says the satellite has found a new exoplanet, and it's the smallest that TESS has found so far. As L 98-59b designates, the planet has about 80% of the size of the earth.
We are interested in near-Earth planets because they are good potential candidates for life as we know it. But size is not everything – gravity is affected, for example, by the nature of the core of a planet, and a world the same size as the Earth could have much more or less gravity depending on the nucleus.
In this case of L 98-59b, the planet's position makes him an unlikely candidate for life – he is in the "Venus Zone," suggesting a runaway greenhouse effect. Venus is a terrible place for all that lives, unless you allow yourself to be whirled by constant hurricane-force winds and acid rain. [Engadget]