The 10 most ridiculous Apple iOS 6 map mistakes

The stretched Eiffel Tower and the vanishing Tokyo station: Apple's new maps don't work too well.

Apple's new mapping service for the iPhone, which is part of its operating system update, is provoking a huge backlash from users, as the system makes mistake after mistake.

Here are ten of the most ridiculous.

1. They shrank the Sears Tower in Chicago:

2. The Manhattan end of the Brooklyn Bridge looks like it's had a bit of an accident:

3. They messed up their image of an Apple store (terrible advertising):

 

4. Helsinki now has a railway station in the park:

5. A greenfield site in Dublin called "Airfield" has been labelled as as an airport:

(Image from Gavan Reilly/TheJournal.ie)

6. A search for "London" sometimes brings you to the one in Canada:

(via ausbt.com)

7. Paddington station's gone:

(via ausbt.com)

8. Doncaster is now only searchable as "Duncaster":

(via phonearea.com)

9. Tokyo station is no more:

(via ausbt.com)

10. And the Eiffel Tower looks kinda odd:

(via theamazingios6maps.tumblr.com)

It seems Apple is taking "think different" to another level.

The earth. Photograph: theamazingios6maps.tumblr.com

Martha Gill writes the weekly Irrational Animals column. You can follow her on Twitter here: @Martha_Gill.

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Tom Watson rouses Labour's conference as he comes out fighting

The party's deputy leader exhilarated delegates with his paean to the Blair and Brown years. 

Tom Watson is down but not out. After Jeremy Corbyn's second landslide victory, and weeks of threats against his position, Labour's deputy leader could have played it safe. Instead, he came out fighting. 

With Corbyn seated directly behind him, he declared: "I don't know why we've been focusing on what was wrong with the Blair and Brown governments for the last six years. But trashing our record is not the way to enhance our brand. We won't win elections like that! And we need to win elections!" As Watson won a standing ovation from the hall and the platform, the Labour leader remained motionless. When a heckler interjected, Watson riposted: "Jeremy, I don't think she got the unity memo." Labour delegates, many of whom hail from the pre-Corbyn era, lapped it up.

Though he warned against another challenge to the leader ("we can't afford to keep doing this"), he offered a starkly different account of the party's past and its future. He reaffirmed Labour's commitment to Nato ("a socialist construct"), with Corbyn left isolated as the platform applauded. The only reference to the leader came when Watson recalled his recent PMQs victory over grammar schools. There were dissenting voices (Watson was heckled as he praised Sadiq Khan for winning an election: "Just like Jeremy Corbyn!"). But one would never have guessed that this was the party which had just re-elected Corbyn. 

There was much more to Watson's speech than this: a fine comic riff on "Saturday's result" (Ed Balls on Strictly), a spirited attack on Theresa May's "ducking and diving; humming and hahing" and a cerebral account of the automation revolution. But it was his paean to Labour history that roused the conference as no other speaker has. 

The party's deputy channelled the spirit of both Hugh Gaitskell ("fight, and fight, and fight again to save the party we love") and his mentor Gordon Brown (emulating his trademark rollcall of New Labour achivements). With his voice cracking, Watson recalled when "from the sunny uplands of increasing prosperity social democratic government started to feel normal to the people of Britain". For Labour, a party that has never been further from power in recent decades, that truly was another age. But for a brief moment, Watson's tubthumper allowed Corbyn's vanquished opponents to relive it. 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.