Oops! Google Maps ‘Shortcut’ Left Nearly 100 Denver Drivers Stuck in a Field

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When Google Maps came around, those who were awful with directions viewed it as a godsend. Instead of unfolding gigantic maps across their dashboards and squinting at them while driving, this technological innovation allowed for them to get from Point A to Point B in an easy, hands-free manner ... unless you happened to be headed to the Denver International Airport earlier this week.

CNN reports that on Sunday, June 23, Google Maps led approximately 100 drivers astray when it suggested an alternate route out of a heavy traffic jam. The detour ended up being down a muddy road where cars either slid all over the place or became stuck. Those behind the mess were then gridlocked, as the fields and trenches on either side of the one-lane road made it difficult for drivers to turn around.

The road was not labeled as “private” by the app, leading the drivers to believe it was simply a faster way of getting to their destination. What was supposed to be a 23-minute shortcut soon became a three-and-a-half hour ordeal for some.

"We take many factors into account when determining driving routes, including the size of the road and directness of the route,” a Google spokesperson explained. “While we always work to provide the best directions, issues can arise due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather. We encourage all drivers to follow local laws, stay attentive, and use their best judgment while driving."

But some good did emerge from the situation: A few drivers picked up their less fortunate road warriors and gave them lifts to wherever they needed to go. Connie Monsees—one such good Samaritan, who was headed to the airport to pick up her husband—told The Denver Post she offered a ride to two strangers going the same way. "We made it out and they both made their flights," she said. “It was just incredible though."

[h/t CNN]

Still Struggling to Solve a Rubik’s Cube? There’s an App for That

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Solving a Rubik's Cube is an easy way to impress your friends, but you don't need to be a math genius to crack the algorithm. With help from this app spotted by Lifehacker, you don't even need to memorize any tricks.

The Magic Cube Solver is a free app for iOS that calculates the fastest route to solving a Rubik's Cube based on its current pattern. To use it, start by inputting your cube's information by tapping the squares in the app's model and selecting the right colors. Hit "solve" and the tool will display step-by-step visual instructions you can follow to complete the puzzle. The stages are all laid out together and each one comes with a picture of what the cube looks like before and after you make your move, making it easy to follow along. No matter what configuration you're starting with, Magic Cube Solver will show you how to solve it in no more than 22 steps.

The app acts as more than a cheat to a particularly hard pattern. If you're interested in boosting your Rubik's Cube skills, you can select the "solve and learn" option after entering your information. This not only shows you the steps to take to solve it, but why it suggests those steps in the first place. Rather than applying a one-size-fits-all trick to every cube configuration, which isn't always efficient, Magic Cube Solver will teach how to recognize different patterns and show you which tricks work best for each one. The ultimate goal is to equip you with the skills you need to solve any Rubik's Cube without the app's help.

Magic Cube Solve is available to download from the App Store for free. The free version only shows you how to solve the classic three-by-three square cube. Solutions for two-by-two, four-by-four, and void cubes cost extra. To learn more about the Rubik's Cube and its origins, check out our list.

[h/t Lifehacker]

Sprint Will Fix the Cracked Screen on Your Samsung Galaxy for $49—Even if They're Not Your Carrier

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In a move designed to engender some consumer goodwill, phone service carrier Sprint recently announced that it will repair cracked Samsung Galaxy smartphone screens for a set price of $49. And this time, the fine print works in the consumer’s favor. You don’t need to be a Sprint phone plan customer in order to take advantage of the deal.

The program’s website has the details, but it’s a relatively straightforward offer. If you have a damaged Galaxy screen, you can have it repaired regardless of your carrier through February 9, 2020. (The newest Galaxy S10 model is not included in the offer, but it should still be under warranty.)

Here are the eligible phones:

  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8

According to Android Authority, this is actually a pretty good deal as Samsung screen repairs can cost you over $200. You’ll have to take the still-working phone into a Sprint store with repair services in order to take advantage of the offer. (And presumably, be tempted into switching to Sprint if you’re not already a customer.) If the device cannot be repaired, Sprint will give you $150 in store credit toward a new phone. You can find a list of repair locations by here.

[h/t Engadget]

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