How to effectively create online interactive maps

Online digital mapping and geolocation has become very popular and widely used. There is a new service that really stands out due to its easy to use interface and robust functionality. Pinmaps.net is an online map creator that offers an easy way to save map points that are customizable and will help you to quickly visualize your customer list, your next trip or your favorite locations.

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Google+ photos get more ‘pop’ with new dynamic range tool

So far, you’ve had to use Snapseed on your phone to add high dynamic range effects to Google+ photos after you’ve taken them — not very convenient if you’re at your computer. That won’t be a problem after today, though. Google has brought its mobile.

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Tell us: how does your smartphone factor into your sex life?

Here at Mobile Nations we like to think of ourselves as being real tech for real people. And we know that in addition to owning smartphones, real people go on dates, send each other photos, have sex, and all sorts of other stuff. The smartphone is playing a greater and greater role in all of that, so we wanted to know just how you are using your smartphone to get it on.

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After 5 Rejections, Apple Accepts App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes

Persistence, it turns out, does pay off. After rejecting it five times, Apple has finally approved an app that tracks every U.S. drone strike and sends a push notification to users every time a flying robot carries out a deadly mission around the world.

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Russian Police Choir Owns the Opening Ceremony With ‘Get Lucky’ Cover

Shut it down, YouTube cover singers. Your “Get Lucky” covers are no longer relevant. The Russian Police Choir performed a delightfully offbeat rendition of Daft Punk’s hit song before Friday’s Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Sochi. Their goofy performance was filled with awkward choreography, big smiles and impressive harmonies.

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Clint Eastwood Saves Man’s Life, Puts Other Legends to Shame

The eyes of the world were trained on Sochi on Friday morning for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, as awesome athletes prepared to perform heroic deedsMeanwhile, there was some quiet heroism back at home in the Heimlich maneuver stakes, from no less a personage than Clint Eastwood.

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Nessie No More? Loch Ness Monster Sightings Dry Up

It seems the Loch Ness Monster has left the building — that is, if she was ever in it. For 18 months there have been no confirmed sightings of the supposed being, said to reside in the second largest body of water in Scotland. It’s the longest period of time without a Nessie sighting in nearly 90 years, the BBC reports.

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Mozilla launches Accounts, an improved Sync feature, and a customizable UI to Firefox Aurora

Mozilla has announced several new features today designed to continue the Firefox browsing experience to any device you use. The company has announced that Accounts will be coming to the browser, along with an improved Sync feature and the ability to customize the user interface.

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Google must post news of privacy fine after French court refuses to suspend order

A French court on Friday refused Google’s last-minute plea to suspend an order imposed by a privacy watchdog, meaning the search giant will have to post a notice on its homepage for a period of 48 hours informing users that the company was fined '150,000 ($204,000) for violating data collection laws.

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Webee: A home hub that's all about the algorithms

The smart home is fine, but I’m still waiting for the anticipatory home. A home that not only accepts programs and can be controlled remotely, but that also has the intelligence to anticipate my needs based on content and my family’s past behavior.

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Here's A First Look At Mike Judge's Hilarious Take On Silicon Valley

Here it is. Mike Judge’s long-awaited and irreverent take on the tech scene in Silicon Valley — creatively titled Silicon Valley — debuts April 6 on HBO. And we’ve got your first look at the show’s trailer, which debuts on the premium cable channel this weekend.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Says iPhone Expansion Plans Include 50 More Carriers This Quarter

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained his views on topics ranging from smartphones to cash return to shareholders. To understand how Apple will make decisions in the future, it’s important to parse his words and thoughts.

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Daily Roundup: FIFA 2014 World Cup Brazil, concept car with a drone companion and more!

You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours.

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How to cheat at Flappy Bird for Android

Victory is just a root away God I hate this game. I just want it to be done so it can go away. Hats off to the developer who figured out how to make a few dollars from endless frustration and a couple hours of coding, but Flappy Bird needs to die. It hit me this afternoon — the best way to stop playing a game is to cheat so hard you'll never be able to match the result by normal means.

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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Olympic Village Selfie

There’s a “social media photo booth” at the Olympic Village in Sochi and the idea is simple, but cool: Athletes step into the booth, take a selfie, share it online. The space is also a convenient place to connect with other Olympians IRL The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has posted several of the photos to Facebook, and here’s one of Team USA women’s bobsledder Elana Meyers.

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8 Eerie Similarities Between Disney Movies and the Opening Ceremony

Bippity boppity boo-yah, the opening ceremony looked familiar The kickoff to the Winter Olympics on Friday included the type of artistry and magic that would make Walt Disney proud. Fireworks cascaded over Sochi and a Prince Charming lookalike danced to Swan Lake.

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All the Weirdest Moments From the Sochi Olympic Opening Ceremony

Giant dancing teddy bears, women in questionable outfits, a girl flying through the air — we’re not describing a Miley Cyrus concert, but rather the Winter Olympics opening ceremony. The Olympics usually stand for tradition, culture and athleticism, but the opening ceremony gives countries a change to add their own particular flair.

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If You Didn’t Get Intro’d To LinkedIn’s Intro, It’s Too Late Now

LinkedIn is killing its Intro service'a function designed to display your contacts’ LinkedIn profiles directly in Apple Mail messages. LinkedIn launched Intro last fall, not even four months ago; the company gave no explanation for its demise.

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Sofa's co-founder and former art director relaunch their static site generator as Cactus for Mac

Koen Bok and Jorn van Dijk, veterans of the acclaimed Dutch software firm Sofa, have released Cactus for Mac, an attractive OS X version of their open-source static site generator. Sofa attracted plenty of attention a couple years ago for the work it did on apps like Kaleidoscope and Versions.

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Ask A VC: Storm Ventures' Jason Lemkin On Inbound Vs. Outbound Enterprise Sales

In this week’s episode of Ask A VC, Storm Ventures’ managing director Jason Lemkin joined us in the studio to talk about enterprise, sales models and more. Lemkin, who sold his e-signature company EchoSign to Adobe in 2011, talked about inbound sales vs.

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OpenTable launches pilot mobile payment program in San Francisco

Soon you’ll be able to use OpenTable to not only book your restaurant reservation, but pay for your meal as well. As rumored last year, the program is currently being tested at new diners and restaurants in San Francisco area, with plans to expand to.

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Strata 2014: Six Don’t-Miss Sessions To Further Your Tech Strategies

Developments in Big Data, and its implications on technology like data visualization, the Internet of Things, and wearables, come about every day. For business and technology leaders, it’s important to learn as much as possible about these trends to be able to make the best use of them and see the most gains in their organizations.

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Detroit Auto Show Looks Ahead — Far Ahead

This year, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS, a.k.a. the Detroit auto show) provided what I think is an interesting metaphor for the auto market of the future.  I’m not talking about the variety of prototypes and next-generation drivetrains – that’s the auto market within the next decade.

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Future Tense: A Digital Detox Test: Unplug Twitter and Facebook. Put Off Email and Smartphone.

When you commit to disconnecting, you wean yourself off the dopamine rush of external affirmation and information.    

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N.S.A. Program Gathers Data on a Third of Nation's Calls, Officials Say

The once-secret initiative is collecting a large amount of landline data but has struggled to take in cellphone information.    

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Google should license its gigabit network knowledge to cities

Building a gigabit network is unfortunately not a fast proposition. It takes time and money to dig trenches or string fiber. But in an op-ed over at Ars Technica, the CEO of Wicked Broadband in Lawrence, Kansas suggests that if Google really wanted to drive broadband competition and gigabit networks it would teach cities how Google thinks about the problem and costs of building fiber.

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Firefox's Chrome-Like Australis Redesign Arrives In Aurora Release Channel

This has been a long time in the making, but after almost three months of testing in the highly experimental Firefox Nightly release channel, Firefox’s new Australis user interface has now found its way into the pre-beta Aurora channel. The new user interface, which the company has been working on for a long time, gives the browser a more Chrome-like look.

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Blizzard to fund competitive gaming at the college level

The world of competitive gaming revolves around young players, but it’s not always easy for them to participate — many of them are college students without the resources to host large tournaments.

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Google Now keeping you on top of the Sochi Olympic Games

New card shows you the upcoming schedule and medal tables If you're taking an interest in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, then Google is giving you a convenient way to do it. This new card has started appearing in Google Now providing us quick access to the upcoming events schedule and current medals table.

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Woman Who Lit Olympic Flame in Sochi Tweeted a Racist Photo of Obama

Friday’s rather spectacular opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, was capped by the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic Cauldron. This is a huge honor, one that Russia bestowed upon acclaimed figure skater Irina Rodnina and hockey legend Vladislav Tretyak.

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34 Thrilling Photos From the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

“Our games will be cool,” assured Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, during his speech at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony Friday. The festivities, which NBC will broadcast stateside at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday, opened with the Parade of Nations, where athletes from 88 national delegations introduced themselves by walking into Fisht Olympic Stadium while wielding their countries’ flags.

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Every Winter Olympics Host City Since 1924 — From Space

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center collected images of all the cities and surrounding areas that have hosted the Winter Olympics since 1924. Most of these photos were taken by satellites, but some are from astronauts who were living on board the International Space Station.

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DARPA Celebrates 56th Birthday With Photo of Cake-Loving Robot

When you’ve been responsible for some of the most amazing and occasionally creepiest technology in human history, you can afford to take a load off every once in a while and celebrate yourself The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, which has been funding research and development for a wide array of defense and military projects for 56 years, chose to celebrate its birthday on Twitter Friday by sharing a whimsical image of — you guessed it — a robot with a birthday cake.

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Airbnb Just Might Solve All of Journalists’ Sochi Problems

As of Friday afternoon, Airbnb listed 700 locations in Sochi, most of which were available. Meanwhile, many of the world’s top sports journalists are whining about their subpar accommodations on Twitter What’s a brand to do? See also: Glee Over Sochi Problems Is a Problem of Its Own For Airbnb, it’s time for a little real-time marketing.

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A History of the Beatles in 50 Photographs

Half a century ago this month, four lads from Liverpool introduced themselves on a U.S. television show and played a few songs. That was all it took for millions of music fans across the States to fall in love with the Beatles. On Feb. 7, 1964, the Beatles arrived at newly named John F.

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Facebook Briefly Goes Down for Some Users

It wasn’t just you — Facebook briefly went down for some users on Friday afternoon. The social network experienced technical issues for many members trying to log onto the site. The news comes as Facebook celebrated its tenth birthday. Maybe it’s getting a jump start on its moody adolescence.

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The Complete Sochi Winter Olympics Schedule for Week 1

After years of preparation, the Sochi Winter Olympics are finally here The run up to the games was not as smooth as Russian President Vladimir Putin might have liked, with the #SochiProblems hashtag overtaking Twitter, the uproar around the nation’s LGBT policies, and the culling of the stray dogs, to name a few See also: What City Is Ever Ready for the Olympics? But some of that may fall by the wayside now that the opening ceremonies are over — It’s time for the athletes to take the stage.

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Labradoodle Creator Regrets Breeding ‘Frankenstien’ of Dogs

For the first time in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show’s 138-year history, mixed breeds are finally being allowed into the competition. Which is very nice and inclusive of them. Sadly, mutts will only be allowed to compete in the “agility” competition, because Westminster has no “standards” with which to judge how attractive they are.

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Why Zimbabwe Walked Before Chile at the Opening Ceremony

Finally, Zimbabwe gets its moment in the Olympic sun. During Friday’s Winter Olympics opening ceremony, athletes from 88 nations marched into Sochi’s Fisht Stadium, waving their country’s flags high above their heads See also: The Evolution of Winter Olympics in GIFs In keeping with International Olympic Committee standards, Greece was the first to walk in the Parade of Nations, and Russia, the games’ host country, walked last.

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Adopting Big Data for Business Decision-Making

Big Data is one of the hottest topics in business right now and continues to be at the forefront of organizations’ strategy, particularly as it has the potential to transform IT departments into empowered strategic partners within business. To better understand this trend, we asked customers at EMC Forums this year to tell us about their Big Data strategies.

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Can A Facelift Make PayPal Friendlier?

While not earth-shattering, the changes are an import upgrade and demonstrate PayPal?s new commitment to product and technology.

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