JAKARTA - Truck driver Agus Tri Pamungkas was not sure how to get to Singakerta village in Ubud, Bali to drop off the truckload of rocks he had driven from Banyuwangi, East Java. So he did what many lost drivers do: check Google Maps. Unfortunately, the app led him down a route that ended with his truck falling off a cliff into the Wos River near Banjar Gelogor, Lodtunduh village, Ubud. Gelogor village guard I Ketut Sumardika said Agus was following a route that was only recommended for motorcycles. "When he got to a bridge, he considered turning back, but because the road was not more than 3 meters [wide], he couldn't turn around," Sumardika said as quoted by kompas.com. Agus continued on the route to a damaged uphill road, where his truck stalled and upended into the river. Those nearby helped rescue the driver by cutting through the bamboo trees at the location. The 23-year-old sustained bruises and sprains and has since been released from the hospital. Agus' father and employer … [Read more...] about Truck falls off cliff in Indonesia after driver follows Google Maps
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Google said it is combating misinformation alongside news organisations in Asia Pacific and around the world through Google News Initiatives. The challenge is how the platforms and newsrooms could together strengthen quality journalism and fight misinformation, said Saiyai Sakawee, communication manager of Google Thailand. One part of this mission is the verified fact-checkers. Google is working to increase the number of verified fact-checkers throughout the ecosystem, Saiyai said, including for Thailand. Saiyai said Google is addressing this challenge in three ways: first, it is building products to elevate quality journalism on its platforms; second, it is collaborating with newsrooms to ensure accurate information, and third, it backs research and builds programmes to improve digital literacy. She explained that Google, as a search engine, is not an oracle of absolute truth. Search results are ranked based on their authoritativeness and relevance. The Google search … [Read more...] about Google vows to be at forefront in fighting disinformation
Business Alphabet Inc's Google will charge hardware firms up to US$40 per device to use its apps under a new licensing system to replace one that the European Union this year deemed anti-competitive, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. 20 Oct 2018 03:55AM (Updated: 20 Oct 2018 03:57AM) Bookmark BRUSSELS/SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc's Google will charge hardware firms up to US$40 per device to use its apps under a new licensing system to replace one that the European Union this year deemed anti-competitive, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.The new fee goes into effect on Oct. 29 for any new smartphone or tablet models launched in the European Economic Area and running Google's Android operating system, the company announced on Tuesday.The fee can be as low as US$2.50 and rises depending on the country and device size, the person said. It is standard across manufacturers, with the majority likely to pay around US$20, the person added.Companies can … [Read more...] about Google to charge Android partners up to US$40 per device for apps: Source
Google is known for its collection of wildly popular products, from Search to Maps to Android. But not everything the company touches turns to gold. Google Glass was supposed to change the world, but it quickly became a punch line. And remember Google Buzz? Now, Google is killing off one more product: Google+, the social network that was supposed to take on Facebook and LinkedIn. Google decided to shutter the service after a software glitch caused Google to expose the personal profile data of hundreds of thousands of Google+ users (though the company says nothing bad happened). Of course, the best innovations are the ones that everybody thinks are doomed to fail, so it makes sense that Google has had its fair share of misses over the years. Still, we counted at least 18 products that have ended up in the Google graveyard (but there are probably more – let us know if we’re missing anything). Here’s a look at some of Google’s biggest misses. … [Read more...] about Google just shut down Google+ for good. Here are 17 other Google products that bombed, died, or disappeared.
Google Maps is adding a helpful new feature for commuters who tend to lose track of time during bus or train ride. It will now send a push notification when the user is approaching their destination."It's much easier for mass transit travellers to doze off or get distracted and miss their intended stop. Now, you'll get a notification that'll make staying on the train or bus too long less likely," The Verge reported late on Friday.Google Maps provide turn-by-turn notifications for driving directions and now, the addition will make the app send a push notification when the user is approaching their stop.This feature will especially help Android users when they use public transit.Log into Google Maps on Android smartphone, enter destination, select directions for transit and tap on the route you want to take to use the new feature.The concept, however, is not completely new.Transit -- a public transit app and mapping service based in Canada has a "Go" feature that takes the user through … [Read more...] about Google Maps to alert you when to get off the bus