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Apple Maps leader fired – Fraud problems for Barclays customers – The worst name ever

Apple fires head of mapping team

Richard Williamson has been relieved of his position as the head of the Apple Maps team, after the launch of its attempt to compete with Google Maps was widely criticised for inaccuracy and poor quality directions.

Apple is reported to be working hard to deal with the issues raised by users of its service, which as well as inaccurate directions include unreliable landmark mapping and lack of information on public transport routes. This forced CEO Tim Cook into an embarrassing apology in which he was obliged to recommend that owners of an Apple smartphone used a rival mapping service.

Marketing analyst Noah Elkin called the poor standard of Apple's mapping system "a rare stumble" and backed the company to bounce back from the blow the product suffered. The management reshuffle which sees Williamson leave the company could well be just one move of many made by the technology giant to ensure it does not make the same mistake twice.

It is certainly a significant move, as Williamson was involved in building the software for the very first iPhone and has been at the company for over a decade.


Million of Barclays users exposed to fraud

An investigation by Channel 4 has found that millions of Barclays users may have been exposed to fraud due to a flaw in its contactless payment system.

By working with ViaForensics, a phone security company, the Channel 4 team were able to get access to sensitive credit card information simply by tapping their mobile phone against the wallet of a Barclays customer, or against the pocket they were carrying it in.

Thomas Cannon of ViaForensics said: "I was able to lift out the details from your card... None of it was encrypted; it was simply a case of the details coming out through the air." The issue only affects Barclays Visa cards, with all other forms of credit or debit cards unsusceptible to the data privacy issues.

Barclays commented on the issue, calling customer security its "top priority" and insisted that the visible details are not enough to commit fraud. However, a test by Channel 4 revealed that products could easily be purchased using the stolen information on major retail website Amazon.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has called for urgent action saying the investigation: "revealed serious security flaws in the payment procedures." The statement continued by saying: "We call on the card issuers to act quickly to address this issue and to cancel and replace cards if necessary."


Twitter inspires 'worst name ever'

A child called Hashtag has been labelled the 'worst name ever', with widespread criticism across social media.

The name was discovered in a Facebook post which read: "Hashtag Jameson was born at 10pm last night. She weys 8 pounds and I luv her so much!!! (sic)". Twitter users called the name "cruel", "ridiculous" and "the worst name ever", while one user posted a screenshot of the Facebook post and stated: "I don't want to live on this planet anymore".

While this name is perhaps the most ridiculed in history, Hashtag Jameson is not the first child to be named after a popular social media trend. News broke in Egypt last year of a child named Facebook, while parents have also previously named their newborns after the 'Like' button.

The parents of Hashtag have perhaps unsurprisingly refused to comment on the furore surrounding their child, which serves as an amusing reminder of the changing naming trends which Britain has seen in the past decade, with many traditional names replaced by more 'unique' titles.

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