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USING GOOGLE MAPS

Google Maps changed how many of us get directions in as big a way as Google Search changed the ways in which we find information online. Google certainly did not invent online maps, but it did figure out how to do it right, by providing an interface through which users could easily scroll around on the map and zoom in and out, and most important, it made sure that it would all be fast. Later, Google added services that made Maps even cooler, with things like satellite imagery and traffic reports.

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Watch your battery! Few things drain your device's battery faster than GPS, so whenever you have Maps or any other application that uses it running, you are reducing your battery power dramatically. Merely locking your device while Maps is up does not shut down the application nor turn off GPS, which is something I learned the hard way on my first Android phone. You need to avoid long-term use of GPS anytime you are not going to be able to plug in your device either while you use it or shortly after.


  

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