— Google Docs now has a “research” tool that lets you search the web without leaving the program. And you can add footnotes. To try it out, click “tools” in Google and
choose “research.”

— Google Maps ( can be viewed offline. Search for your destination while you’re online and it will still be there if you lose your Internet connection.

— When you’re on a map page and online, hover over the word “traffic” off to the right and click to see if things are moving slow or fast. Click “photos” to see photos of surrounding landmarks, submitted by users. Click “Transit” to find public transportation.

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