News AU: Google Maps agrees to sort its inflated distances in the Queensland Outback

News AU: Google Maps agrees to sort its inflated distances in the Queensland Outback. “Google is working to regain the trust of Queenslanders after dozens of outback businesses said the tech giant’s bad estimates was causing tourists to skip the picturesque region.”

ABC News (Australia): Google Maps’ ‘incorrect’ outback travel times could be deterring tourists, businesses say

ABC News (Australia): Google Maps’ ‘incorrect’ outback travel times could be deterring tourists, businesses say. “From dinosaurs in Winton and Eromanga to the world’s most remote racing event in Birdsville, it’s understandable why the Queensland Government has dubbed 2019 as the year for outback tourism. But business owners in the state’s south-west say travel times on Google Maps are inaccurate and could deter tourists from making the trip.”

Stuff: Social media monitoring important part of DoC rangers job to control crowds lured by Instagram posts

Stuff: Social media monitoring important part of DoC rangers job to control crowds lured by Instagram posts. “Conservation watchdogs are tuning into social media to help mitigate unprecedented tourist demand at our so called secret hotspots. When a scenic hotspot goes viral on social media, it can bring tourists, jobs and money. It can also bring crowds, litter and crime.”

Newsweek: National Parks Closed During Government Shutdown? How To Check Which Ones Are Shuttered

Newsweek: National Parks Closed During Government Shutdown? How To Check Which Ones Are Shuttered. “Those who had planned vacations to national parks during this holiday season are asking similar questions about their planned destinations, and should be aware that many of the popular ones, such as Rocky Mountain National Park, are closed or operating with limited services and amenities. The Grand Canyon is open, and while the visitor center is closed, hotels, lodges and restaurants are open for business.”

TechCrunch: The Google Assistant can now alert you of potential flight delays

TechCrunch: The Google Assistant can now alert you of potential flight delays . “If you’re an experienced traveler, you know that plenty of your delays are due to your plane being stuck somewhere else or because the weather at your local or arrival airport isn’t ideal (I’m looking at you, fogged-in SFO in the morning). So you also know to check on your incoming flight, even when the airline tells you everything is fine, and the FAA’s airspace status pages. But maybe you are not a frequent flier (be glad and rejoice) or don’t care to go through that process. In that case, you’ll be happy to hear that Google today announced that its Assistant will soon proactively notify you on your phone when its algorithms predict that your flight will be late.”

Library of Congress: National Transportation Safety Board Documents Digitized

Library of Congress: National Transportation Safety Board Documents Digitized. “The Law Library of Congress has digitized a collection of National Transportation Safety Board decisions, orders, and petitions. The years of the decisions span from 1973-1982, with the majority falling between 1977 and 1981. Other decisions can be found on the N.T.S.B.’s Document Management System.”

Independent: Airlines Face Crack Down On Use Of ‘Exploitative’ Algorithm That Splits Up Families On Flights

Independent: Airlines Face Crack Down On Use Of ‘Exploitative’ Algorithm That Splits Up Families On Flights. “Algorithms used by airlines to split up those travelling together unless they pay more to sit next to each other have been called ‘exploitative’ by a government minister. Speaking to a parliamentary communications committee, Digital Minister Margot James described the software as ‘a very cynical, exploitative means… to hoodwink the general public’.”