A walkie talkie app has become a big deal for those in Hurricane Irma’s path
As Hurricane Irma barreled its way through several Florida cities on Sunday, a phone app named Zello helped keep people there informed.
Zello, which was founded in 2012 and works like a public walkie talkie that anyone with WiFi access or cellular data can connect to, was downloaded by 6 million people in the week leading up to the hurricane, according to Recode.
People across Florida have used the app to share information about the storm and help with emergency situations.
We recently wrote about Zello and its use by Hurricane Harvey rescue workers in Texas to find victims in hurricane affected areas.
The ‘iPhone X’ will be revealed soon
When Apple holds its launch event on Tuesday, it’s expected to reveal three new iPhones.
One will be named the “iPhone X,” reports Bloomberg.
The name could be derived from this year’s iPhone release marking the iPhone’s 10-year anniversary, Bloomberg also said. The iPhone X is expected to be revealed alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
After Equifax breach, some U.S. officials have spoken out
Last week, news broke that the credit reporting agency Equifax had been breached by a cyber attack that affected about 143 million of the agency’s users.
Since then, a number of U.S. agencies and lawmakers have spoken out in rebuke.
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee said that it would hold a hearing to find out what happened, according to Axios.
The House Financial Services Committee said similar, while Senators John Thune, R-North Dakota, and Bill Nelson, D-Florida, sent a letter to Equifax that said this:
This announcement raises a number of concerns given the sensitivity of the personal data implicated and, consequently, the severity of risk consumers may face. As one of the three major credit reporting agencies in the United States, Equifax collects highly-sensitive information on American consumers.
Internal data at Google shows the company pays woman less than men
A spreadsheet compiled by roughly 1,200 Google employees, or 2 percent of the company’s workforce, revealed that the aveagre pay for women at nearly each level of the company is lower than that for men, reports The New York Times.
Men’s bonuses at the company also tend to be higher than women’s, and woman are paid less especially at mid-level jobs, with the level 3 salary for men averaging $112,400 while averaging $106,700 for women.
The internal document will not help Google’s image as it continues to be examined by the U.S. Department of Labor for its gender pay gap. The data from Google also adds to the well documented pay gap issue in the tech industry.
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