The different facets of tech around the world

Technology is definitely different today and around the world and while users are staying tuned to tech sites to read about the latest gadgets and releases in the field, few realize the diversity of international technology news. For instance, you may be surprise to know that in Germany Google Maps has experienced problems with an intersection in Berlin, associating it with Hitler, while all along in Israel, the legislative corp has passed a law that makes Internet porn a sex crime.

In deed, Google had to apologize after the Maps application changed the name of the “Theodor-Heuss-Platz” intersection in Berlin into the “Adolf-Hitler-Platz”, making a terrible reference to the Nazi era. The apology statement released by Google read that it is the community of mapping volunteers, basically Google moderators, who reviews the Google Maps edits that are submitted by other users and that this is an unfortunate edit slip. However, the name change only lasted for a few hours, before being corrected. The funny, or not so funny, part is that this is not the first time Google has had such polemic differences involving Germany. Similar occurrences had to do with Google News, privacy policies and Google Street View.

Meanwhile, the US giant Apple had its EU ban on Mac Pro lifted. For an entire year, Apple was prohibited to sell Mac Pro within the European Union because of fans regulations, which made the famous brand laptops non-compliant with the new European safety regulation. Even though at first Apple sustained that the Mac Pro is completely reliable and safe and refused to change anything, now the issue has been rectified and the laptops have been deemed compliant. Just as in the Google story above, this was not the first time Apple went head to head with EU regulations, as the giant company also had problems with regard to its warranty policies, which have to be bought separately by the consumers.

However, the most surprising news of the tech world seems to be that of Israel making revenge porn a sex crime. To that extent, users are prohibited by law to upload sexual media content, whether photos or videos, without having the consent of all parties. The crime is punishable by up to five years in prison. The law was prompted and inspired by a certain video, which quickly became extremely popular, even viral some may say, a video that featured an offscreen man and his ex-girlfriend, who in fact was the entire attraction of the sexual content. Yifat Kariv, an Israeli female parliamentarian called it “virtual rape” and many women’s groups joined the pledge. All 31 lawmakers that voted approved the law in question.

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