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Google Maps Gets A New Update That Lets You Access Music

Through a new "commute tab", users would be able to see any congestion or disruption on their route before they leave and they will be given specific travel information.

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Google is introducing a new update for its Maps that would now provide more information for commuters. Also, users on Spotify, Apple Music, or Google Play Music will be able to control music playback from within the navigation app which is likely to take less attention than switching between apps.

“Today, we’re rolling out new features on Google Maps to help you take control of your daily commute — enabling you to plan ahead, prepare for the inevitable disruptions, and possibly avoid them altogether,” Ramesh Nagarajan, Group Product Manager, Google Maps, wrote in a blog post late on Monday.

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The latest version of the application includes enhanced voice input.

According to the company, the new updates are rolling out globally via the Google Play Store and Apple App Store starting this week.

Through a new “commute tab”, users would be able to see any congestion or disruption on their route before they leave and they will be given specific travel information for each leg of their journey.

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“We’ll tell you if your commute is going to be a normal one or if you’ll need to budget extra time due to things like an accident or heavy traffic. In case of a delay, we’ll tell you about alternative routes to help you get to work faster.

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“On Android, you’ll also receive notifications about delays and disruptions on your route as they happen, so you can know about an incident before you get caught up in the delay,” Nagarajan added. (IANS)

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Google Walkout Organisers Face Retaliation at Work

Some 20,000 Googlers had protested last year against the Internet giant’s handling of sexual harassment and, more broadly, its workplace policies around equity and transparency

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Two Google employees have said they have been retaliated against for helping to organise a walkout among thousands of company workers in November 2018 and are planning a meeting to discuss alleged instances of retaliation, the media has reported.

Some 20,000 Googlers had protested last year against the Internet giant’s handling of sexual harassment and, more broadly, its workplace policies around equity and transparency.

“We prohibit retaliation in the workplace, and investigate all allegations,” a Google spokesperson was quoted as saying by the Fortune on Monday.

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Claire Stapleton, another walkout organiser and 12-year company veteran, said in the email two months after the protest she was told she would be demoted from her role as marketing manager at YouTube and lose half her reports, according to The Wired.

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Organisers of #GoogleWalkout had published a list of demands for management, including an “end to forced arbitration in cases of harassment and discrimination for all current and future employees” and a “clear, uniform, globally inclusive process for reporting sexual misconduct safely and anonymously”. (IANS)