Newsletter: Apple: Amnesty International’s Next Target & Google Map’s New Feature

Newsletter: Apple: Amnesty International’s Next Target & Google Map’s New Feature

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The medium is the message. This is merely to say that the personal and social consequences of any medium – that is, of any extension of ourselves – result from the new scale that is introduced into our affairs by each extension of ourselves, or by any new technology.” ~  Marshall McLuhan

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ACCUSES APPLE OF DECEIVING CHINESE ICLOUD USERS

THE STORY

Amnesty International launches a social media campaign against Apple and accused it of deceiving iCloud users in China.

WHAT IS THE ISSUE?

Amnesty International is an NGO marching a campaign to stop wrong happenings on social media. Their latest target is everyone’s favorite tech brand, Apple. You might remember that last month Apple transferred the iCloud data of Chinese users to mainland China, when China insisted. Amnesty is taking charge and accusing Apple of deceiving Chinese iCloud users by letting Chinese government scrutinize their personal data. Apple transferred the operation of its iCloud service for Chinese users to Guizhou-Cloud Big Data. All the photos, contacts, documents, messages and other data of Chinese users were moved to Guizhou-Cloud Big Data.

The campaign is against the partial behavior done with Chinese users. Thanks to this decision, now their data could be under constant surveillance and the privacy is no longer a trait of saving the data online.

This decision itself mocks the famous super bowl ad 1984 when Apple first introduced Macintosh. The ad suggests that Apple is the company which beliefs in freedom of expression. This upheaval has just started when Tim Cook, is visiting Beijing to co-chair some reputable business forum. Impeccable Timing, isn’t it?

IS APPLE REALLY GUILTY?

After all of this, there is a dilemma whether Apple is really guilty or not. According to the legislature laws ordained in China in 2017, all the cloud services should be handled by the Chinese companies. So, Apple was given with the choice to either establish joint ventures with Chinese partners or lease server space inside China.

So, Apple made its choice and transferred the data to Guizhou-Cloud Big Data. The step is posing risk for Chinese users. Now, merely expressing their emotions, communicating with people, basically doing things that are not approved by authorities can put them at risk and might result into imprisonment.

Nicholas Bequelin, East Asia Director at Amnesty International, stated, “Tim Cook is not being upfront with Apple’s Chinese users when insisting that their private data will always be secure. Apple’s pursuit of profits has left Chinese iCloud users facing huge new privacy risks. Tim Cook preaches the importance of privacy but for Apple’s Chinese customers’ these commitments are meaningless. It is pure doublethink. By handing over its China iCloud service to a local company without sufficient safeguards, the Chinese authorities now have potentially unfettered access to all Apple’s Chinese customers’ iCloud data. Apple knows it, yet has not warned its customers in China of the risks.”

COULD THIS BE CONSIDERED AS A ROUGH PATCH FOR TECHNOLOGY?

With Twitter already in clutches of the NGO and Apple now added to the social media campaign due to its doublethink, it seems that no matter how technology has profited us but these shortcomings make us think that it would have been better if we were living in stone age.

Technology being the biggest help in many ways has been the need but it has also turned up as the risk of exposing your private life to the world and violating basic human rights. All of this needs to be toned down and we, the users and appreciators of technology need an assurance for security and privacy.


GOOGLE MAPS ON IPHONE CAN HELP YOU ESTIMATE WAIT TIME IN RESTAURANTS

THE STORY

Now with your iPhone, you can book a table and estimate wait time at your favorite restaurants using Google Maps.

WHAT IS THE FEATURE CAPABLE OF?

Ever thought of a day, on which all you want is a cup of coffee and muffin to get through the day. However, when you turn up to your favorite restaurant, you can’t find a table for you, saddening, right?

One of the ways to avoid it would be booking a table in advance but what if you get a sudden urge to taste your favorite sushi at a Chinese restaurant around the corner, then what?

Well, if you have an iPhone, don’t have to worry about it anymore, as Google Maps for iPhone now tells you the average wait time for restaurants around the world.

This feature already works for Google Search since November 2017 and now it is coming to Google Maps too.

So, now a restaurant’s information card within the app will provide you detail info about the popular times hour by hour throughout the day, and how crowded the place is when you are looking. Moreover, it also informs you about the time of day when you might have to wait for the longest so that you could plan accordingly.

WHAT OTHER FEATURES WERE ADDED?

There are other features added to Google Maps with this update. The update brings improvements for transit directions which will let you know the most efficient route to your train.

The feature is available in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Budapest, Moscow, Kiev, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, and Delhi. It is coming to more locations soon.

Google Maps has been working on the software to make it more efficient. The new design of the icons will make it easier to identify useful or interesting places nearby.

Also Read: How To Unlock Google Maps’ Hidden Driving Mode?

According to Liz Hunt, product manager of Google Maps, the concurrent work follows a revamp in the interface design, with an aim to reflect “your world, right now,”

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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