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…Google can see you?

Google Maps Mobile

Google now knows where you are!

With the release of Google Maps 2.0 (Mobile), Google announced a new feature called My Location. It’s still in Beta (as are most Google products) but the idea is that your phone can now locate you on the map without the use of GPS.

How does it do this?

    The My Location feature takes information broadcast from mobile towers near you to approximate your current location on the map – it’s not GPS, but it comes pretty close (approximately 1000m close, on average).

It’s not exactly going to replace your Garmin, but it’s designed to help with finding local restaurants and gas stations and the like, so I think it’s definitely a cool technology with a lot of possibility.

[Google Maps Mobile]

[Via: Google Press Center]

…Beer sommeliers prefer the term cellarman?

As beer continues its upscale climb with more and more micro-brewers entering the scene, restaurants are yielding to the growing demand by employing beer sommeliers to manage the beer selection, work with the kitchen and help diners pair the proper beer style to their chosen food style. Don Russell, writer for Joe Sixpack, disagrees with the term beer sommelier, preferring cellarman (or woman) instead. Whatever they want to call them though, I welcome any restaurant that wants to have good knowledge of good beer, and I hope it’s a growing trend.

[Joe Sixpack]

[Via: Slashfood]

…Wallpaper* City Guides can help you find your way?

Wallpaper* City Guides

Wallpaper* City Guides are designed to be “the fast-track guide for the smart traveler”. Currently featuring 20 cities with an additional 40 in 2007, they’re pocket-sized, easy-to-use, and discreet, so you don’t have that camera around the neck tourist look as you try to blend into your new atmosphere. Inside, you’ll find “The best restaurants, bars and hotels (including which rooms to request), the most extraordinary stores and sites, and the most enticing architecture and design”. Already live in one of the cities featured? Pick up the Wallpaper Guide for your home turf, and you may just rediscover your favorite stomping grounds.

[Wallpaper* City Guides]

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