Google Maps is getting support for instant messages, but it’s not what you think

2nd January 2019

The last thing we need in Google Maps is support for chat, considering the plethora of messaging apps available on smartphones right now — including Google’s own messaging applications. Some users have discovered that Google Maps will get a Messages menu item soon, but it’s not as bad as you think. It may turn out to be a useful feature and further improve the navigation experience provided by the world’s most popular…

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States selling gas below $2 amid holiday travel season

2nd January 2019

The average price of gasoline has fallen below $2 per gallon in nine states, as an oversupplied oil market sends prices downward ahead of the busy holiday travel season. Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Carolina, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Kansas all had average gas prices below $2 per gallon as of Monday, according to AAA. Iowa had an average price of $2.01. Retail averages have fallen 83 of the past…

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From California to New York, states are raising minimum wages in 2019 for 17 million workers

2nd January 2019

Starting on New Year’s Eve day, Rosa Rivera will make $15 an hour at her McDonald’s job in Manhattan, doubling what she earned just five years ago at the same location. The milestone comes after she and fellow workers advocated tirelessly – sometimes going on strike – for a higher minimum wage since 2012 in the city and state. For Rivera, a 53-year-old Bronx resident who lives with her adult…

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