Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Google Maps gets - and then loses

Google Maps Shows Walking Distance As Calories And People Are Pissed Google Maps ditches automatic calorie estimates after users say it's not helpful and even potentially harmful
Frank Williams | 17 October, 2017, 19:16

The experimental feature, styled as a pink cupcake, showed users how many estimated calories in terms of cupcakes that users would burn if they walked to the destination of their destination.

The feature, which apparently was meant to encourage walking instead of driving, also shows users how many mini cupcakes they would burn from their walk. The calories were communicated in equivalence to the amount of "mini cupcakes".

But many users were quick to point out that the feature was incredibly stupid, not just for the possible effect it might have on the estimated 30 million people in the US with eating disorders, but for anyone who doesn't want their fuckin' iPhone telling them how to live their lives without their consent. And it could be very a negative (or even triggering) experience for people who have an eating disorder.

Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro Launched: Here are the Essentials
The device features a 6 inch FHD+ OLED display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. However, Huawei didn't make any announcements regarding the Mate 10 Lite, which was also expected to get launched.

Google responded by telling Buzzfeed that it was only a test feature, not rolled out to everyone, and is being removed by the end of the day.

As TechCrunch reported, Google added the feature to its iOS Maps app about a week ago. Some Twitter users called the calorie counter a trigger for those with eating disorders.

She also criticised it because it could not be turned off, and for being "wildly inaccurate" because it failed to take into account general health information. "Now you can visit these places-along with many other planets and moons-in Google Maps right from your computer". Others said Google was shaming them for opting to take alternative routes, rather than walking. The more you use the Google app, the better it gets.

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