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Tech Buzz 04/05

Improving online map services, expert web surfing and more

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Street Smart

Before you hit the road, chances are, you'll go to MapQuest.com or Yahoo! Maps, plug in your starting point and destination, and print out directions. That's one of the great free capabilities the web has made available to mobile warriors. But it doesn't stop there anymore.

Yahoo! has added a traffic feature to its maps service. For many major metropolitan areas, from Albany, New York, to Washington, DC, you can get traffic updates and incident reports. That includes construction sites and speed of traffic. Mouse over the little warning signs, and you'll get more details like the nature of construction projects.

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