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Google Maps shuts down Ukraine’s live traffic feature to protect local users

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According to The Verge, due to neighboring Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Google temporarily disabled the real-time traffic feature provided by Google Maps in Ukraine to protect the safety of local users.

The feature reportedly shows road traffic jams through anonymous location data collected from Android smartphones. An open source intelligence (OSINT) expert said he saw signs of a Russian incursion after spotting an unusual “traffic jam” on the Ukrainian border on Google Maps early last Thursday.

According to Reuters and Vice, Google said it decided to disable the features after consultation with Ukrainian authorities in a move to protect the safety of local users . The features have been disabled from global access, but Google says real-time traffic information will still be available to drivers using navigation in the region.

According to foreign media The Verge, location data collected by map services often provides unexpected information. In 2017, for example, fitness tracking app Strava released user activity maps that unexpectedly showed the locations of several U.S. military bases, showing soldiers running laps around the airport. Likewise, Snapchat’s geolocation feature was used to collect images and videos from the front lines of the Iraq War.

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Solve the lack of storage space Google develops “App Archiving” function for Android

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Google Play product manager Lidia Gaymond announced that Google has developed a feature called “App Archiving” for the Android operating system, which is designed to solve the problem of insufficient 64GB storage space. When you use App Archiving, you can release up to 60% of the storage space, and this function will not uninstall the application, nor delete the user’s personal data, but by deleting some functional components of the application, and These functional components are archived in order to achieve the purpose of “slimming” the mobile phone . When the user uses these applications again, the Android system will restore the archived functions.

This is also a good news for friends who use small memory mobile phones. It is worth noting that Google has provided App Archiving to developers, which is expected to be open to consumers later, so you can look forward to it.

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Apple, Microsoft, Google all fail: products cannot be repaired

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You may know that some brands of equipment are easier to repair than others, but an influential publicity team may have just confirmed your guess. The Verge notes that the U.S. Public Interest Research Group has released a serviceability report card that assesses the ease of repair of devices (based in part on France’s repair scores) and companies’ overall stance on repairs across major laptop and phone brands. score. As you might guess, Apple, Google, and Microsoft are doing poorly, with a D-rated iPhone , and an F-rated — their historically sealed designs, lack of parts, and lobbying for right-to-repair legislation haven’t worked for them Win any score.

No company on the report received an A grade. However, there are some bright spots. Laptops from Acer, Asus, Dell, and Lenovo all received solid B grades for easier access to repair rights and fewer objections to repair rights, while Motorola was the only one to receive this for its relatively repairable phones. A mobile phone manufacturer of grades. HP and Samsung received C grades each.

PIRG’s goals are clear. As with its campaign to open up ventilator repairs, the interest group wants PC and mobile phone makers to incorporate repairability into their designs, after-sales services and politics. PIRG believes that products that are easier to repair can reduce e-waste and save money.

The tech industry is already evolving to some extent. Governments have stepped up pressure on IT companies to accept a “right to repair”, including a plan to enforce laws that support repairs. Some companies are already changing their stance, if in part to block potential legislation. Apple will start selling parts to customers this year, and Microsoft’s newer Surface devices are relatively simple to repair. PIRG’s influence may still help, but it’s not alone in pushing the tech world toward better maintainability.

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Google: Chrome’s latest version is faster than Apple’s latest Safari

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On March 8, Google said that the latest version of the Chrome M99 browser is faster and more responsive than Safari , even on Apple’s own Mac platform.

According to Google, its browser is the fastest on the M1 Mac, about 7% faster than Safari in benchmarks alone; while the Chrome M99 also set a speed record of 300 points in a benchmark created by the Apple WebKit team . Google notes that it tested it on a 14-inch MacBook Pro with a 10-core M1 Max chip and 64 GB of RAM, and then repeated the test on a 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro with 16 GB of RAM.

Chrome ran 252 times per minute, plus or minus 8.6, while Safari had 185, plus or minus 46. There’s about a 30% difference on average, but there’s also a lot of variability in Safari.

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