Friday Five for September 8, 2017

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 at 17:24

#1 What's Really Going On With Google Drive

On Thursday, Google made a confusing announcement that could easily scare the crap out of 800 million people: Google Drive's going away--but actually, no, it's not. However, there are a few things you should know about the changes that are coming.  

Read more: Say Bye to the Google Drive App

#2 Florida Gov: Use Google Maps for real-time road closure updates

Google and Florida have teamed up to make Maps a much more useful resource for the state's evacuation plans in preparation for Hurricane Irma's arrival. Florida Governor Rick Scott has advised residents to use various apps and websites to help them navigate their way if they have to leave their homes due to the category 5 storm expected to hit the state this weekend. One of those apps is Google Maps, and the big G promises to mark closed roads in it as soon as its emergency response team notifies the company.  

Read more: Google Maps to the Rescue in Florida

#3 What to expect from Apple's iPhone event on September 12th

Another September, another iPhone event, right? Well, not exactly. Apple celebrated the iPhone's 10th anniversary earlier this year, and all of the rumors have pointed to a radically new and potentially very expensive smartphone to celebrate that milestone. It's all but certain we'll see this new phone, but that's hardly all that we expect Apple to reveal next Tuesday, at the first event in the company's brand-new headquarters. We could see two additional iPhones, Apple Watch updates, an upgraded Apple TV, details on the forthcoming HomePod speaker and possibly more. Apple often likes to surprise us, after all. Here's what we think Tim Cook and company will bring to the table on Tuesday. 

Read more: What to Expect from Apple

#4 Here's How to (Sort of) Find Out if You Were Affected by the Equifax Hack

Equifax announced on Thursday that hackers had gained access to the personal information of 143 million people, mostly US citizens. According to the credit-reporting agency, the data included social security numbers, birth dates, and addresses. It is likely one of the largest hacks in history.

Read more: Was Your Personal Information Hacked?

#5 Huge Solar Flare Disrupts GPS Satellites

The Sun's impact on weather here on Earth is clear: It makes it hot or cold, it powers air currents, it causes water to evaporate making rain, et cetera. But with our increasing reliance on satellites and electronics, you can't forget its more insidious effects--and some satellites got a taste of those yesterday.

Read more: GPS Satellites Getting Some Sun

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