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Testing Internet Speed Without Flash


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Kicking The Flash Habit #1

I am determined to rid all traces of Adobe Flash Player® from my systems, but occasionally I still need it… like when testing internet speed.

I’ve used Okla’s Speedtest.net happily for years, but it was time for a change.

Enter HTML5

Turns out there are many great replacements to be had, all Flash-free.

 

Internet Speed Test for any Device, Upload/Download/Ping Speeds, HTML5 speed test for your broadband service or mobile carrier, No App required.

Source: Bandwith Place – HTML5 Internet Speed Test (no Flash required!)

Google Maps Tricks (5 awesome ones!)


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5 Google Maps Tricks You May Not Know

As a long-time Google Maps for Android user, I thought I knew most, if not all, the cool tricks to be had. Thanks to this article from Tech Insider, I’ve learned a few more!

Did you know that you can do these?

  1. Get Turn-by-turn Driving Directions Without Being Connected To The Internet!
  2. Use The App To Find The Cheapest Gas Along Your Route
  3. Find Coffee Shops, Restaurants, And More Along Your Route
  4. Use Voice Commands in Navigation Mode
  5. See Popular Times at Restaurants

 

1. Get Turn-by-turn Driving Directions Without Being Connected To The Internet!

Android users can get turn-by-turn driving directions without an internet connection. This can be great if you’re in another country and don’t want to get hit with expensive data overage fees.

To get offline maps, you must download an area ahead of time — it can be a city or even a country — when you have a WiFi connection.

To do this, search for a place and tap what Google refers to as the Place Sheet at the bottom of the screen. Then tap “download” on the right.

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You’ll then see a window that will show the area that it will download. That window is adjustable, but the bigger the area, the larger the file size. You’ll be able to use Google Maps for driving directions and even search for addresses when you don’t have a connection to the internet.

(iOS users can still get offline maps, but they can’t get turn-by-turn driving directions.)

 

2. Use The App To Find The Cheapest Gas Along Your Route

Use the app to find the cheapest gas along your route.

You can now use Google Maps to find the least expensive place to fill up your tank, and you won’t have to retype your destination after you’re routed to the gas station.

To find gas stations and gas prices, tap the magnifying glass on the top of your screen. Choose “gas stations” from the dropdown menu. Google Maps will even tell you how much time will be added to your trip if you detour for gas.

 

3. Find Coffee Shops, Restaurants, And More Along Your Route

Again, looking for these businesses along your route won’t mess with your final destination. Google Maps will show you ratings and how much time will be added to your trip if you visit one of the businesses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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