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Seven Great Google Maps Alternatives You May Not Have Heard Of

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Google Maps may be the most well known mapping system, but it isn't perfect. If you're looking for different features, more accurate data, live in a country where Google is blocked or don't want to be part of Google's data collecting algorithms, these alternatives can get you where you want to go.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Antelope Canyon Colors

This week's wallpaper is an image of Antelope Canyon, a stunning slot canyon in Arizona in the Southwestern USA. The curves and striations of the sandstone create fantastic waves and forms, most softly rounded, some sharp. The view is from the interior looking out an opening toward a lighter area. Antelope Canyon has some wonderful colors in this image, which shows off the purples, terra cotta, oranges and golds of the textured sandstone. Icons show up quite well in most areas of this background.

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Get Customer Service Phone Numbers for Most Large Companies

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Cut through the corporate phone maze to talk to a human in customer service: these two sites have phone numbers to reach customer service directly for most major corporations and many smaller companies.

Most corporations have online chat or other ways to contact them when an issue comes up, but sometimes you need to talk to a person to get something resolved.

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Download "Coding All-in-One for Dummies" ($17 Value) e-Book Free for a Limited Time

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Get "Coding All-in-One for Dummies" for free through April 16th, 2019. Published by Wiley books, this 800 page e-Book contains nine books in one, here's the list of books:

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45,000 Free Kindle Books

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Find all the Kindle books that are currently free on Amazon in once place (Amazon US only).

Amazon has an ongoing selection of Kindle books you can download for free.
There's a lot of them, but you can choose genres and categories that make browsing for what you want to read easier. Amazon rotates books in and out of the free category. If there's a book you want to read, it's better to get it sooner rather than waiting; it might disappear.

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Download or Listen to Boston Public Library's 48,000+ 78rpm Collection

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Download or listen to more than 48,000 78rpm record “sides” from the Boston Public Library’s sound archive that have been digitized and made freely available by the Internet Archive.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Smoke on the Water

This week's wallpaper is an almost monochrome image of smoke or fog spilling down a wooded, hillside and pouring over the banks onto a calm river. Parts look like a waterfall of fog cascading down the bank. The tops of trees are all that's visible above the mist. This background is muted with a good balance of not too light and not too dark areas. Soft edges manage to convey a sense of movement. Icons show up pretty well on this wallpaper.

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