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Google Earth review

Whether you want to view a lifelike rendering of your city or town, preview your next holiday destination, or explore a famous location, Google Maps brings you outstanding world maps with several layers of information that you can customize according to your needs. This is one of those great apps that you should definitely have on your device.

Pros

Many optional layers of information: Google Maps lets you customize which layers of information you want to see: Places, Businesses, Panoramic Photos, Wikipedia, Borders and Labels, Roads, 3D Buildings, and Ocean. The ability to customize them makes the app versatile and … Read more

Twelve apps for new grads

Nationwide, thousands of recent graduates are hanging up caps and gowns and looking forward to a bright future. If you're a recent grad, or if you'd just like to take a summer sabbatical or hit the reset button on your career, read on for our app recommendations to help you gun for that dream job, indulge the travel bug, or continue your education. If you're also shopping for electronics and hardware, check out CNET's Grads Tech Gift Guide.

Job hunting

LinkedIn

Use a social network that's actually beneficial. LinkedIn is one of the best ways … Read more

TripIt Travel Organizer - Free review

TripIt Travel Organizer - Free checks your hotel, airline, car rental, and restaurant confirmation emails and adds maps and weather reports to them, creating a handy itinerary you can access online as well as offline, sync with your calendar, and easily check on any computer or device. The app also lets you add and edit trips manually, but doing this feels a little awkward.

TripIt Travel Organizer - Free installs quickly and requires little setup. The grayscale interface looks drab and isn't optimized to take advantage of the screen space, but remains usable, nevertheless. While this app lets you … Read more

Google Translate review

Google Translate provides access to instant translations to and from dozens of languages, so you'll always have a way to communicate. No matter where you are in the world or who you're trying to talk to, this handy app will ensure you get the information you need.

The main screen of Google Translate features boxes at the top of the screen that you can tap to select the language of origin and the one you'd like to translate into. Just select the languages from the list that pops up, and then type, write, or paste the text … Read more

Field Trip review

Field Trip sends you notifications whenever you're near something of interest, whether you're wandering around your hometown or exploring a new city. If you're interested in the history of an area or just want to find a great local restaurant, this app has the information you're looking for.

Pros

Multiple sources: This app uses multiple and varied sources to provide you with information about everything from historical sites to restaurants and entertainment. You can read Zagat reviews of area restaurants, or learn about the architecture of the buildings in your neighborhood from multiple industry Web sites.… Read more

Google Translate review

One of the most accessible translating apps currently available on Android, Google Translate does a great job at translating individual words but stumbles often when it comes to sentences, especially longer ones. Still, it remains a highly convenient real-time translator with support for all the major languages of the globe and great features like speech and camera translation, as well as offline support.

Google Translate comes with a polished, streamlined interface that's a pleasure to use. The real-time conversion means that if you don't get a word right, you can quickly try a synonym. But that won't … Read more

Airbnb co-founder: Firm could expand beyond lodgings

Airbnb, the online service that matches travelers with homeowners or renters who want to share their homes for a period of time, might be expanding.

Speaking to The Next Web in an interview published Tuesday, Airbnb co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk said his company doesn't believe it's "just in the business of providing accommodation," adding that Airbnb is looking at ways it can provide "more conveniences" to its customers.

Exactly how those "conveniences" will be shared, however, has yet to be determined. Blecharczyk said his company could tie in car service to get folks … Read more

Have VinGardeValise, will travel

Packing for a trip can be a stressful exercise. Not only do all the travel plans and accommodations have to be attended to, but also the question of what to bring along must be considered. And then considered again. And then double and triple checked. Finally, our lives are compressed down into a suitcase, and somehow everything important and necessary must fit into a travel bag. Luckily, when traveling with wine that means getting to choose up to a dozen bottles to bring along.

The VinGardeValise ($169.99) is a wine suitcase. When packed with a full case of wine, … Read more

Trapped in the Time Travel Lab: My puzzling Sunday

"You are trapped in the mysterious laboratory, where it has been said, they study time travel. The door is closed. A lot of hidden clues await you. You wonder if they were able to make time travelling true..." These words on a poster beckon you in to a frantic puzzle-solving team experience that can lead, as it did in my case, to your untimely demise.

Or you might...Escape from the Time Travel Lab.

SCRAP Entertainment's first Real Escape Game was held in Japan, and nowadays the company is putting on events in San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles. In addition to the basic Mysterious Room, people have escaped from the Magic Show, the Werewolf Village, and other sticky scenarios. There are also Real Escape Game branches in Singapore, Taiwan, and China, plus there seem to be at least four live-escape game companies operating in the UK, so I'm going to call this a worldwide phenomenon. If the rest of this sounds fun to you, you may be able to find something similar nearby.… Read more

Caterina Fake's Findery launches to be your living atlas

Caterina Fake wants to make the places around you come alive, and she needs your help to do it.

Co-founder of the once-beloved photo site Flickr and the archetype of the female geek, Fake hopes to prove that she can once again make technology more human -- less about me and more about we. This time around, she's using an app called Findery to put the world's greatest stories in the palm of your hand.

Findery for iPhone, which arrives on the App Store on Thursday, centers around world exploration, with a map for attaching notes in the … Read more