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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Make Your Mobile Maps Social With Waze

I've had an iPhone for over 2 years now and one of the features that I absolutely depend on is the maps app.  It is rather reliable and having a GPS guided set of directions is a godsend.  But the native maps app on the iPhone while simple, doesn't offer near the functionality of a standalone GPS unit.  There are some great GPS apps for the iPhone, but most of them cost $40 or more.  If you're like me, you'd rather purchase a standalone unit before you would drop that much on a phone application.

As I was looking for a cheap or free solution I stumbled across an application called Waze.  Waze is a collaborative mapping program that gives you much of the functionality of a standalone GPS unit along with some really fun and useful features.  Features such as:
  • 3D/2D Maps
  • Voice Directed Turn-By Turn Directions (no text to speech)
  • Live traffic updates including Police Traps, Hazards, and Traffic Jams.  All user submitted.
  • Intelligent routing.  Can offer multiple routes and learns your route preferences as you go.
  • Map editing and reporting abilities.  You help make the maps better by tracking road changes/additions/deletions on the app and online on waze.com.
  • Completive point system.  Earn points for "munching" roads, submitting road reports, and for just using the app.  See how your score compares to others in the area.
  • The more people using Waze, the better the road information will be in your area, so Waze rewards you for participating.
  • Facebook and Twitter integration.
Waze is a free app available for most smartphones: iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and Blackberry.  For more information on what Waze can do, visit their website - www.waze.com.  You can also check out the introduction below.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Netflix Channel Now Out for the Wii

Tired of swapping out your Netflix watch instantly disk from your Nintendo Wii?  Well good news for you!  There is now a free Netflix channel you can download from the Wii Shop channel.  Once you download, all your Netflix account information will be auto-loaded into the app and you can now turn that Netflix Wii disk into a coaster.

I've used the new channel and my favorite new addition by far is the new search option.  No longer do you need to visit Netflix on your computer and add movies to your Instant Que, now you can look for a movie right on your Wii.

Netflix Instant is now available (diskless) for the PC, Mac, Wii, PS3, X-Box 360, and dozens of other hardware devices.  It sure makes the $8.99 basic account worth it!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Netflix, now for the iPhone!

For movie and TV lovers, Netflix has one of the best deals available.  For as little as $8.99 a month you can rent DVD's off their website and have them mailed to you.  Also included is unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows from their online "Watch Instantly" catalog.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Stay Logged Into Multiple Google Accounts at the Same Time


Have you found yourself needing to log out of one Google or Gmail account just to log into another one in the same web browser?

Google just rolled out a great new feature for those of you needing to access multiple Google accounts.  The only way around this problem before was to log out or use a separate web browser to access 2 or more accounts simultaneously.  Here is how to get the new feature enabled in your Google account.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

How to use Google Voice for free unlimited calling to any mobile number

Google voice is an incredible telecommunications tool.  Not only can use set up Voice as a free local number for your family to call you on, but there are other great ways to utilize the call forwarding services to your advantage.