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These online maps of zip codes and area codes makes it easy for quick reference. Just enter your area code or zip on the search box across the top after clicking one of the following links:

Other options:

In the news…

Circuit City was going out of business, but CircuitCity.com is now up and running again.  They were acquired for $14 million and re-launched online only.  Interesting business direction.

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Did you know Google Maps has several additional tools besides the basic map?  The Distance Measurement Tool allows you to pick points on a map and it will total the feet, miles, or meters between two or more points. I recently used this to see how far I was walking.

Of course this isn’t super accurate as elevation changes and doesn’t follow the road perfect, but will give you a general idea.  Alternatively, you could use Google Earth for more options.

Try it out…

  1. Visit www.google.com/maps
  2. Find your area on the map by searching or scrolling
  3. Click the My Maps link at the top
  4. Put a check in Distance Measurement Tool
  5. Start clicking away on the map

Explore other neat My Map options, like The Weather Channel (radar), GPS, Gas Prices, etc.  Pretty neat.

In the news…
Windows 7 Release Candidate to be available for download on May 5th!  This is just for those ambitions testers and not shipping in new computers until later this year, most likely.  Continue reading…

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The new Google Earth 5 is a must see. I typically only use Google Maps, as you don’t have to install anything, but the latest version includes some neat features that chair side travelers, as well as the small business could utilize:

  1. View changes of areas with historic images
  2. Travel under the sea. Watch associated videos through partners like National Geographic
  3. 3D tours include buildings, terrain, and even Mars
  4. Record your tour, narrate and share with friends

Google Earth: Learn more or download now

In the news…
iPhone update 3.0’s is scheduled for release this summer. It’s rumored to include copy and paste and Internet sharing (tethering). Continue reading…

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Google launched a new service called Google Latitude. You can use your computer on iGoogle’s page, or your smart phone (BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, etc) to locate friends, family, employees, or anyone else that chooses to share their location with you.

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Privacy concerns? A bit creepy some might say. However, each person you choose to share with has to accept your invitation. Even after that, at anytime you can turn location sharing on or off:

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To learn more, check out the video above or visit the Google Latitude page.

Ready to try?
On your smartphone, visit www.google.com/mobile.

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I’m a strong user of Google’s vast array of online tools. Including, Google Maps.

If you’re not using Google Maps, check out the following great introduction video tutorial. Learn how to find businesses and check reviews, get driving directions and select your route, learn about satellite images, and more:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az962pd4IOw

Street View is a really neat feature that allows you to actually SEE the streets in a growing number of major cities (eg. NYC).  Check out this video as well. It’s also a good way to get a second example of how to use Google Maps:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgJSXrkwshg

Get started now: http://maps.google.com

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Google Maps (http://maps.google.com) adds weather and gas prices to their already feature rich maps. Just click My Maps at the top left and choose from several options, including The Weather Channel.

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