Google Maps added several updates to its app to make commuting much easier.
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Google Maps is streamlining your commute.
Several new features arrived in the app today that will make it easier to multitask while you’re commuting. The updates are all about keeping you in the Google Maps mobile app while getting to work in your car, on the train, bus, or even on foot. Here’s a quick rundown of the updates:
Instead of toggling between Spotify, Apple Music, or Google Play Music to listen to your favorite playlist while you slog through traffic or hang to a strap on a crowded bus, the Google Maps app now integrates with all of those music players.
So your Spotify playlist to pump you up for the workday will now show up on the bottom of the map you’ve pulled up to get to work.
That music integration is all well and good, but many people might think they don’t use the Google Maps app to get to work — you know where you’re going; you go there five times a week. But a new commute tab shows live traffic updates.
So if your usual route is backed up, Google Maps can now tell you how much longer it’ll take to get to your desk. Or the app can tell you an alternate route to take that might seem counterintuitive but avoids the slow-down.
On Android phones, you can receive notifications about delays as they happen.
Mix it up
You might drive to the train station and then walk to the office so your commute is even more likely to get bogged down by something. Never fear, that’s where the mixed-commute info comes in, with each leg of your journey mapped out with delays and possibly shortcuts.
Your route will even let you know when your train is supposed to arrive so your ETA will be more accurate.
The least favorite part about taking public transit is the guessing game: Will my train be leaving the station just as I walk down the stairs? Will it arrive at 8:25 a.m. like it’s supposed to or be 10 minutes late?
So Google Maps is now working with transit systems in 80 cities worldwide (including Los Angeles; Chicago; Philadelphia; New York; San Francisco; Orange County; Atlanta; Boise, Sanford, Florida; Indianapolis; Boston; St. Louis; Nashville; Austin; San Antonio; Fresno, California; Lansing, Michigan; and Seattle in the U.S. and Toronto; Moscow; Sydney; Vancouver; São Paulo; Amsterdam; Rotterdam; The Hague; Jakarta; Rio De Janeiro; St Petersburg; and Taipei internationally) to show you where your bus or train is in real time. All on the map.
In Sydney the map will show how crowded the bus or train on Transport New South Wales is in real time, so you will know whether you’ll be taking a seat or preparing for a squished ride. The crowd feature is expected to come to more cities soon.
So while Google Maps can’t make the bus appear or that traffic jam disappear (yet), at least now you’ll know what’s going on.
(CNN)From Nollywood actresses to afrobeat superstars, August Udoh, has captured them all.
He’s lauded as Nigeria’s most talented celebrity photographer but it is the stories of those on the very margins of society that are important to him.
The fighters captured in series “Dambe” are ordinary working men. “They have normal jobs. Some are truck drivers, others mechanics,” Udoh told CNN. But with one exception – their downtime is spent competing in martial arts sport dambe.
It’s a traditional form of boxing where competitors fight with a single bounded hand for three rounds. As Udoh’s series title suggests, this martial arts club is underground, its presence spread only through word-of-mouth.
“I had a security guard from the north who was talking about it and he showed me a video posted online,” says Udoh. “I thought this is actually true – there is an underground fighting club that a lot of people in Nigeria don’t know about.”
One armed ‘kill’
Dambe’s history stems from the Hausa people in northern Nigeria and is thought to date back centuries. It was local butchers by trade who competed. The stronger punching hand known as the spear is traditionally tied with cotton and rope, while the other hand shields against opponent’s punches.
Contestants can also kick – the fight ends when an opponent falls to the ground – referred to as a “kill”.
Traditionally the cloth bound hand was dipped in resin and covered in shards of glass – this has been banned. Boxing gloves were introduced in some areas to make the sport safer. But many still consider it a brutal sport due to the injuries inflicted.
Long forgotten, the sport is gaining popularity thanks to dedicated YouTube channels such as Dambe Warriors, which launched last year and has garnered more than 57,000 subscribers and 15 million views.
While Udoh’s images present the raw, unfettered energy of the art’s young competitors, dambe is a poor man’s sport. Fighters are almost certainly low income earners.
For them it’s a chance to make money explains Udoh. Tickets for fights are often sold at around 500 Naira ($1.38) per person. “Usually the fight organizers make 50,000 Naira ($137) a day.”
Victorious competitors can earn anywhere from $20 up to $500, which they can use to feed and take care of their families.
“As a fighter – champions earn a lot,” Udoh said. “If you’ve won a lot of fights then you get paid more. There is a hierarchy thing where you attract high fees because you bring in the crowd.”
Gifts are also given by fans. “People send money back to their parents, one fighter was given a house.”
Nigeria’s wealth gap
Udoh spent a week traveling around Niger and Ogun states talking to the boxers who compete. The photographs raise questions on the widening regional inequalities within the country – which has been widely criticized by humanitarian groups.
Those living in often wealthier states in the south have no concept of how their northern neighbors live explains Udoh. “I have friends who have not been out of Lagos since they were born – so they don’t know.”
“People don’t realize every other state is not like Lagos,” he adds.
The photographs are about shedding light upon such regional disparities Udoh explains. In 2012, he spent a month traveling around Kogi to capture the country’s flood victims.
Kogi, a northern state was the worst affected by the 2012 floods. Some 623,900 people were said to have been displaced as a result and 152,575 hectares of farmland destroyed. Many of the victims homes and infrastructure have not yet been rebuilt says Udoh. The towns today remain virtually unchanged since the floods.
(CNN)One body was recovered Tuesday after floodwaters in Texas damaged homes and forced evacuations, authorities said.
Heavy rainfall caused one river in the central Texas region to rise to a near-record level in about a day, leading to a bridge collapse, flooded homes and evacuations.
The Llano River rose to nearly 40 feet Tuesday in the city of Llano — about 35 feet higher than it was just 24 hours earlier — after 8 to 10 inches of rain fell in the area over the past two days, the National Weather Service said.
A few miles away, in Kingsland, the swollen river rushed against the top of the RM 2900 bridge for hours, eventually causing it to collapse, video from CNN affiliate KEYE showed. No one appeared to be on the bridge, and no injuries were immediately reported.
Video from Darlene Walthall also showed the river washing over the span before the collapse.
The Llano County Office of Emergency Management ordered people living within a quarter mile of the river to evacuate Tuesday morning.
The Llano River meets the Colorado River in Kingsland. Houses near the Colorado were flooded, resident Terri Kleen said. Video that she posted to Instagram showed water rising to the top of boat dock structures.
Uber is reportedly developing a short-term staffing business to offer 1099 independent contractors for events and corporate functions, the Financial Times first reported. Dubbed Uber Works, the service would provide waiters, security guards and other temporary staffers to business partners, a source close to Uber told TechCrunch.
Uber has been working on the project for several months in Chicago, after first trialing the project in Los Angeles. Uber already has a vast network of drivers — all of whom have become familiarized with the process of filing taxes as an independent contractor — who may be looking for additional work. However, Uber’s current pilot program does not include active Uber drivers.
Every relationship has its own rules. Mostly implied, sometimes spoken. But one woman decided to put it in writing and list every demand she had for her boyfriend. The insane agreement probably would have remained between the two of them, if it wasn’t for a surprising turn of events.
The guy traded in his car and left the “contract” inside. Later, Twitter user @kkeyes96 found it and uploaded it online. As it went viral, men all over the internet had moments of silence for their brother, hoping he eventually dodged the biggest bullet of his life. In another twist of the bizarre story, @kkeyes96 had to end up deleting the post. “Too many people who couldn’t read” had mistakenly thought his girlfriend was the author of the list and started to talk trash about her.
Scroll down to read the rules and tell us in the comments if at least two of them sound reasonable.
One guy was so shocked to find a ridiculous relationship “contract” in a used car, he just had to post it online
Melyssa Ford was severely injured in a wreck on a California freeway.( Instagram)
Radio personality Melyssa Ford was retrieving at a Los Angeles hospital Sunday after suffering substantial hurts in a major recent vehicle wreck.
Ford, 41, lost manager traumata, including a skull rupture, when her Jeep flip-flop on the Ventura Freeway on Thursday, her rep told Us Weekly. A tractor trailer-reportedly clipped the back of Ford’s tire and communicated her into a tailspin on the freeway.
“The murderous wallop cast her 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited into a tailspin and the vehicle turned three times before landing upside down, ” the rep told the magazine.
The former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star was surrounded by emergency personnels lying beside the totaled Jeep. A painting posted by talk testify multitude Claudia Jordan pictured the extent of the damage.
Imgur user Rizzivision recently published a fascinating post outlining a series of interesting details from various Disney/Pixar films.
The list is full of tiny observations and cross-references to other films in the Disney/Pixar universe that will make any film geek giddy. If you enjoy reading about interesting and quirky details in films, be sure to check out the subreddit /r/MovideDetails!
1. In The Lion King, unlike the other lions, Scarâ€™s claws are always displayed throughout the movie.
2. In Cars, the flies are actually tiny VW ‘Bugs’ with wings
3. In Zootopia, while Officer Judy Hopps is ticketing cars around the city, she never crosses the street illegally. She always uses a crosswalk and looks both ways before crossing
4. In Monsters Inc, Sullyâ€™s chair has a hole in it to accommodate his tail.
5. In Cars the truck stop advertises â€œconvertible waitressesâ€ i.e., topless.
6. In Ratatouille, Anton Egoâ€™s typewriter resembles a skull and his office a coffin.
7. In Inside Out, two of the memory orbs on the shelves contain scenes from Up. One features Carl & Ellieâ€™s wedding, while the other shows their house.
8. In Toy Story, Woody is trapped in a crate which is stuck under a â€˜Binfordâ€™ tool-box. Binford is the fictional tool company in the TV show Home Improvement which starred Tim Allen, the voice of Buzz Lightyear.
9. After the plane is blown up in The Incredible, Helen (Elastigirl) knows the plane debris is going to fall on them due to seeing the reflection in the water.
10. In The Little Mermaid when King Triton is introduced, you can see Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Kermit the Frog in the crowd.
11. In Hercules, the Fates tell Hades all the planets will align but only show 6 planets. These are the 5 planets plus Earth that the ancient Greeks were aware of and could see with the naked eye.
12. In The Brave Little Toaster, all of the walls in the cottage are cleaned only as high as Blanky can reach.
13. In Finding Nemo, Bruce the shark starts crying when Marlin starts talking about Nemo, saying â€œI never knew my fatherâ€. Male sharks mate with the female then leave, so baby sharks never actually meet their father.
14. The Magic Carpet from Aladdin makes an appearance in Moana
15. The hold up scene in the Incredibles is an homage to a similar scene from Die Hard with a Vengeance, which also starred Samuel L. Jackson.
16. In Toy Story 3, Buzz Lightyearâ€™s batteries are exposed showing the Buy n Large brand, the same company responsible for making WALL-E.
17. In Monsters, Inc. there are multiple sizes of coffee cup for each of the different sized monsters.
18. In Inside Out, while going through Imagination Land, a game box can be seen in the background with Nemo on it called, Find Me.
19. In Coco, you can see a poster for The Incredibles.
20. Insuricare, the company that offers â€œcar life insuranceâ€ to the cars in Cars 2, is the same company Bob Parr works for in The Incredibles.
21. At the end of Ratatouille, Anton Ego is a little bit fatter. This is poignant since he states, â€œI donâ€™t like food, I love it… if I donâ€™t love it I donâ€™t swallow.â€
The format of this dreadfully dull show is identical to others of the Kardashian empire: wearisome incidents of people sitting in kitchens not feeing cheese plates
Is there a least qualified actuality show virtuoso than Rob Kardashian? If you lined up 10 people from the throwing record of A& Es Intervention and Rob Kardashian and had to choose one to base an ongoing television series around, would you ever pick him unless people know his last name? Isnt this a tragedy? Shouldnt we all be more disturbed?
Sunday darkness premiere of the brand-new E! sequence Rob& Chyna distinguishes the return of the black sheep Kardashian to the public eye. Hes invested years of his life unwilling to leave his room, which caused him to addition( his terms) a traction of weight. He gazes less comfortable obliging seeing linked with other human beings than the little orphan girl Newt from the movie Aliens. A Los Angeles Dodgers hat covers whats left of the poorest of the poor people thin, matted hair. His wardrobe contained in T-shirts , nondescript jeans and sneakers. In other messages, when I watch this astoundingly depressing platform, I check myself and what I might become( minus the millions of dollars ).
The first few minutes of Rob& Chyna intend to do us empathize with Rob and his pregnant fiancee Blac Chyna. As an digression, isnt it a bit horrid that Blac Chyna runs almost exclusively by the appoint Chyna in the first escapade now that the original Chyna the former WWE wrestler has died? Its like rummaging through people jewelry after a funeral.
Regardless of what you call her, Blac Chyna is the actual hotshot of this demonstrate, even if her name is second on the pavilion. She came up from the world-famous airstrip fraternities of Atlanta and became something of an entrepreneur, at least in accordance with the rules that we characterize that word in 2016. She took the Kardashian template of monetizing tabloid notoriety through a faith of identity social media ubiquity, branded concoctions, and now, the final section of the puzzle, an E! reality dealership. Shes become a major supporting player in the ongoing Kardashian meta-narrative having a baby with the rapper Tyga, who then leaves her for Kylie Jenner, which leads to Chyna link troops with Rob. Whether or not her relationship with Rob is genuine or a calculated effort to increase her deserving potential is not for me to decide (* cough its bullshit cough *) but what is is whether or not this TV show is good. Its not.
Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting death of teenager Laquan McDonald while on duty, was found guilty on Friday.
A Cook County jury found Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder, as well as 16 counts of aggravated battery ― one for each bullet he fired into McDonald, 17. He was acquitted of official misconduct, and a charge of first-degree murder was vacated for the second-degree conviction.
Judge Vincent Gaughan revoked bail and ordered Van Dyke taken into custody to await sentencing later this month. The officer faces up to 20 years in prison for the second-degree murder charge, and each aggravated battery charge carries a maximum sentence of six to 30 years.
The jury deliberated for less than eight hours over two days in the case, in which Van Dyke faced the possibility of life in prison for shooting McDonald on a Chicago street in October 2014 ― much of the confrontation captured on a police car dashcam.
Van Dyke showed little emotion as the verdict was read by the foreman of the jury, which consisted of eight women and four men. He was promptly led out of the courtroom after the verdict.
Across the city, protesters gathered in groups and waited for the verdict to come down. In front of City Hall, more than two dozen people formed and held signs, according to the Chicago Tribune. Some held phones to their ears as the verdict was read and, upon the word “guilty,” cheered and chanted.
Hundreds more demonstrators marched through downtown streets in celebration as police blocked traffic for them, The New York Times reported. Several jurors, speaking anonymously, told reporters after the hearing that there was never a chance for acquittal during deliberations ― the main discussion surrounded whether to convict on first- or second-degree murder.
Earlier in the day, Chicago police were on high alert as the city prepared for the verdict in the rare trial of an officer accused of murder for an on-duty killing. Hundreds of police were seen packing street corners and city parks. Jurors, who deliberated for five hours on Thursday and about 2 1/2 more on Friday, were sequestered by Judge Vincent Gaughan and kept at an unidentified hotel overnight.
Protesters and police had surrounded the courthouse before the verdict was read. There were reports that some workplaces allowed employees to go home early, and that some Chicago schools were on “soft lockdown” or let students go home in preparation for anticipated protests.
During the trial, Van Dyke testified in his own defense that he feared for his life and that McDonald was behaving erratically (an autopsy revealed PCP in his system). His defense team cited a state law that allows officers to use deadly force if it’s necessary to stop a fleeing suspect who has committed a felony while using a deadly weapon, according to Vice News. McDonald was carrying a knife at the time, but the dashboard camera footage refuted Van Dyke’s claim that the teen was aggressively swinging the blade at him.
“It’s Jason Van Dyke firing bullets, ripping into the flesh of Laquan McDonald 16 times. That’s not justified, that’s not necessary — that’s first-degree murder,” prosecutor Joseph McMahon told jurors, according to NPR. He urged jurors to convict on first-degree murder and aggravated battery.
Van Dyke’s lawyer, Dan Herbert, compared the scene that night to a monster movie, telling jurors that McDonald had attacked a truck driver and slashed a police vehicle’s tires just before he was shot.
“When a monster turns and looks at the victim, that’s when the music starts to play,” the defense lawyer said.
Two alternative jurors who were dismissed from the trial on Thursday said they would have leaned toward finding the officer guilty of murder, according to the Chicago Tribune.
One of them, a white woman, noted that other officers on scene that night didn’t use deadly force.
“Where was [McDonald] actually causing an issue that Jason Van Dyke thought that he needed to use deadly force? I just didn’t understand that,” the alternative juror told the newspaper.
This story has been updated with details from the scene in Chicago.
The new duvet cover has been bought, posters are packed, a favourite teddy has been sneaked in and the car boot is crammed full.
It’s that time of year when young people are heading off to university for the first time.
We asked graduates and older students for their top tips for starting at university.
1. Manage your workload
Kaylie Knowles, 24, studied at Nottingham Trent University, then did her PGCE at Derby University. She says staying on top of the workload is crucial.
“I got on just fine doing my undergrad at Trent, but my final year at Derby was a very stressful year leading me to four or five meltdowns across the year.
“All I’d say is prioritise your workload and make sure you take a break when you feel the workload is getting too much. “
2. Plan out a weekly budget
Mary O’Connell, 23, who did English literature at York University and an MA in Film Studies at King’s College London, recommends setting yourself a weekly budget.
“Don’t spend all your money on Freshers Week. If you haven’t really worked before uni then you may not have seen that much money in your account before. But remember that it’s still a loan that you need to be sensible with.
“Plan out a weekly budget. You can use an app to track your spending if you want to get an idea of how much you’re spending, because it’s something we usually underestimate.”
Sian Reed, 25, who studied marketing at Hull University, followed by an MA in sports journalism at Sheffield Hallam, agrees.
“My first top tip would be learn to budget. I know it sounds all serious but just because your student loan has come in, doesn’t mean you should spend it all at once.
“Just take half an hour or so to sit down and look at what money you have coming in and what you’re spending.
“It might mean making some adjustments like boosting your income or reducing your spending (ask for a student discount everywhere, you’ll be surprised at the sort of places that offer it as they don’t always advertise) but it means you can live comfortably.”
3. Back up your work
Peter Rogers, 22, who graduated from York University last year, says it’s a good idea to back up your work in more than one place.
“We all had gmail accounts through our university, so I used Google Drive to save everything which meant it was stored in the cloud.
“One piece of advice would be to make sure you save different versions of a piece of work as you go along.
“For example, if you are writing an essay on the French Revolution, save it as ‘French Revolution half’ at the halfway stage, and then again as a separate version three-quarters of the way through, etc.
“That way if you do manage to delete a copy you will not have to rewrite from the beginning.”
4. Make the most of the first year
Peter also says that the first year can often be a little lighter academically than subsequent years, so it’s worth enjoying it.
“If your first year doesn’t count towards your overall grade, make the most of the freedom that offers you,” he suggests.
“I still look back and wish I had done a little less work (nobody asks me what grade I got in first year) and spent more time trying out activities, sports or just hanging out with friends.
“Obviously the academic side is important but that really amps up in second and third year anyway.”
5. Don’t be afraid to be choosy about friends
Emmeke Megannety 21, a second-year journalism student at Nottingham Trent University, says it’s worth taking your time to find good friends.
“People starting uni need to remember that the people you meet in your first week will not necessarily be your friends for life.
“Don’t think that you have to stick to people like glue just because you haven’t met anyone else yet.
“Throw yourself into activities and societies, get a job, strike up a conversation with someone at the gym – you’ll make so many friends throughout the year in the oddest of places.”
Mary recommends joining all the societies that interest you.
“You don’t just want your uni friends to be the people on your course and who you live with, so join a society to make friends there,” she says.
“It’s a good way to socialise cheaply, especially if you’re not a big drinker. It also just makes the uni experience more fulfilling.”
6. Look out for people
Sadly many students suffer with mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. Recent statistics show 146 students took their own lives in 2016.
Peter says it’s important to keep an eye on your peers and ask searching questions.
“I was, and continue to be, regularly surprised at the number of people who would look and act fine outwardly but were actually really struggling.
“I think the key here is talking directly, especially with men. I know if I were just asked ‘How are you feeling?’ I’d probably just skirt around the question with a generic answer.
“But if a friend asked ‘Do you think your mental health has been affected by….?’ we might be tempted to answer more honestly.”
7. Eat a balanced diet
Matt Broderick, 29, a graduate from Queens University Belfast, says a poor diet can affect your mood.
“Learn to cook and go to class. I did neither of these things, or very, very little.
“I spent all of my money on really unhealthy oven food or nasty takeaways and barely went to lectures.
“I didn’t realise at the time but I was probably depressed because I was living in an awfully cold and dark house, eating dreadful food and only really leaving the house to go drinking with the odd class or lecture thrown in.
“I wish I could hit the reset button and go to every single lecture, do all of my readings, eat better and spend my time more wisely rather than drinking away my student loan.”
8. Learn to cook on a budget
Picking up on the issue of food, Mary recommends learning how to cook on a budget.
“Stop caring about brands just because you have them at home,” she advises.
“For example, if you’re making something like a bolognese then buy the ‘basics’ version of the chopped tomatoes. It’s not an ingredient you need to have a special brand for – chopped tomatoes is chopped tomatoes.
“Tupperware is your friend: Cook food in bulk then freeze it in meal-sized portions.”
Peter adds: “Like many students I didn’t really have anything other than rudimentary cookery skills before I went, and found learning to cook was reasonably enjoyable.”
9. Stay in touch with friends from home
Mary says keeping in touch with family and friends from back home is a good way of keeping loneliness at bay, and a good chance to speak openly about any problems.
“Uni can be very lonely. Make sure you check in with your home friends who are also at uni and keep track of who might be having a hard time, and make sure you tell your friends if you find yourself struggling.”
10. Stay true to yourself
Sian’s other top tip for university is to “stay true to yourself”.
“At university, students are usually living away from home for the first time which means no parents.
“You don’t have to be an extrovert to enjoy the experience – don’t feel obliged to go on nights out because you feel forced to (you will regret it in the morning).
“University seems to create a drinking culture so it’s okay if you’re not into it. Trust me, you will not be the only non-drinker on campus.
“Alternatively, if you do have a big personality, make the most of your student life, as life after uni is nowhere near as cheap.”
Produced by Katherine Sellgren and Shamaan Freeman-Powell