Discover The New HERE To Replace Your GPS

Nokia recently released (in beta), in Google Play, their very popular GPS mapping application called HERE that could serve as a true replacement for the GPS device in your vehicle.


HERE is totally FREE; and, what makes it standout is that it includes features that is more robust than Google Maps. For example, you can store tons of maps on your Android device (for offline use) that can give you turn-by-turn voice directions without an internet connection. The saved maps are conveniently managed from a separate tab within the applications interface so that they are readily available.

HERE allows you to search, navigate or get directions around the world — even without an Internet connection. Simply save our interactive maps to your phone or tablet and they’ll continue to work for you offline, wherever you are.

With HERE you’ll have a map for every moment. Find restaurants and shops in your area and make spontaneous plans with your friends by sharing your location privately via Glympse. Or prepare for a future trip by personalising maps with all the places you’d like to explore as soon as you arrive. You can even check out ratings and reviews from Trip Advisor, Lonely Planet and more.

Wherever you travel by car, you’ll have offline access to world-class navigation with turn-by-turn voice directions. You’ll even get live traffic and public transport information, so you can always find the quickest way.

HERE is also available on the internet — CLICK HERE…  The internet version is similar to other mapping applications where you can pull up locations and get driving directions. One unique feature is that you can check for traffic issues in the event you are planning a trip or for your daily commute to work.


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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#77)

If you have a yearning to learn about information technology and computers, then be sure to check out the weekly roundup of Geek Squeaks’. The article links you see below are articles and information provided by the sites (and blogs) that are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll.

Geek Squeaks'

Tech-for Everyone
Software License Giveaway Drawing: SPAMFighter Pro

Laptops Review Central
The many features of Toshiba Folio 100

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
Wanted: Cyber Warriors

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Finally, Smooth HD Playback on Slower PCs and Netbooks

Remains of the Day: How Good Software Makes Us “Stupid
How to find high quality images of stuff

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites September 13

Mister Reiner
Firefox vulnerabilities give me the creeps!

WebOS 2.0 Screenshot Pictures Leaked

Kindle Wireless Reading Device

Canadian Tech Blogger
How To: Adding Liquid Cooling To A PC

thePC Security
Free Software Update Software – Secunia PSI 2 BETA

Right On Technology
Google Instant Search
Introduced, Real-Time Results While You Type

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
WOT (Web of Trust) – Is It The Most Important Browser Security Add-on You Need To Install?

EvilFantasy’s Blog
Flash Cookie Cleaners

Plato On-Line
73% of Americans Hit By CyberCrime

Faster PC! Clean! Clean!
How to Remover RegistryClever

Simple Freeware: Screenshoter And Easy Image Modifier

Samsung Galaxy Apollo Coming Soon to Telus

Malware Removal Instructions
Remove (Uninstall Guide)

Chicago Mac/PC Support
Google’s New Scary Security Warning (via Meredith L. Eaton)

I Love Free Software
Create DVD Cover Create CD Cover with UnderCoverXP

Netbook Freeware
The Big Bad Launcher: Simple and Easy to Use
Launcher For Your Netbook

Worthy Tips
Canon PowerShot SD4500IS
available Shooting Modes and Photo Effects

404 Tech Support
Google Maps Instant, YouTube Instant, and YouTube Time Machine

I Want Ice Water
Tokyo in Time Lapse (via Metousiosis)

TTC Shelbyville
Free Sessions for Girl Scout Leaders and Girl Scouts

Burn Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs with CDBurnerXP

Awesome Wallpapers
Windows Se7en Wallpaper Set 31 (Nature)

Laptop Computer Reviews
What Needs to Stop

What’s On My PC
Is magicJack’s VoIP For You


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Tracking Outbreaks of the Swine Flu with Mapping Technology

Who would have ever thought the day would arrive where we could track outbreaks of disease or sickness and make that information visually and publicly available using mapping technology? This past week the Swine Flu has been the topic that has everyone concerned.

From December 2005 through February 2009, a total of 12 human infections with swine influenza were reported from 10 states in the United States. Since March 2009, a number of confirmed human cases of a new strain of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection in the U.S. and internationally have been identified. An investigation into these cases is ongoing. For more information see Human Swine Flu Investigation.
[ Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention ]

I found several tracking sources, that use mapping technology, but the one that I consider the most credible is the:

“HealthMap – Global Disease Alert Map”


About HealthMap

HealthMap brings together disparate data sources to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. This freely available Web site integrates outbreak data of varying reliability, ranging from news sources (such as Google News) to curated personal accounts (such as ProMED) to validated official alerts (such as World Health Organization). Through an automated text processing system, the data is aggregated by disease and displayed by location for user-friendly access to the original alert. HealthMap provides a jumping-off point for real-time information on emerging infectious diseases and has particular interest for public health officials and international travelers.


A second source, is a Google map posted by a Google user, who is identified as a person of biomedical research [ CLICK HERE ]. The map depicts locations where the H1N1 Swine flu is suspect, confirmed or where death has occurred.

Swine Flu - Google Maps

Questions about the Swine Flu?
Check out “Health Blog Q&A: Swine Flu in the U.S. and Mexico”
[ Wall Street Journal ]

Addendum (April 28, 2009): The Wall Street Journal has posted a “Swine Flu Case Map” [ Click Here ] that depicts cases of the Swine Flu according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and government officials.

Swine Flu Case Map


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A User-Friendly and Handy Cloud Resource

When I came across, I was thinking calendars; printable calendars. What I found was not only calendars that you can print (or save as a PDF file), but also found a grab bag of numerous other usable and printable items. Below is a clip from that reflects the categories featured on the site. You can click on any of the links below to visit their site category.

Believe it or not, it is sites like this, that relate to the everyday user that become a popular resource. has landed a spot in the “Freebies” section of the blog…

1clipsm [ Source: ]

Arts and Crafts
Bubble Letters
Coupon Codes
Daily Planners
Flash Cards
Gantt Charts
Health and Exercise
Piano Chords
Save Money
Tournament Brackets
USA Information
Weekly Planners
Word Searches


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