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5 Camping Gadgets for Serious Internet Addicts


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Google Earth: Find Wireless Hotspots AND Great Fishing Holes
Google Earth's handy mobile apps are just one way to stay connected while out in the Wild Green Yonder.
Google Earth's handy mobile apps are just one way to stay connected while out in the Wild Green Yonder.
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Google Earth is an endlessly entertaining and helpful free application for desktop computers, the Web and mobile devices. Load the Google Earth app onto your smartphone for detailed views of just about anywhere on Earth. You can even explore Mars and the Moon!

Use Google Earth in conjunction with a GPS device or your GPS-enabled smart phone to navigate to fishing holes, hiking trails and any number of geographic locations that aren't marked on old-fashioned paper maps. For internet addicts, Google Earth's search feature allows you to quickly locate campsites that offer WiFi access. Online camping directories such as camp-wireless.org provide waypoints (GPS Coordinates) for campsites around the world that offer internet access. Click the waypoint links to quickly view any these sites in Google Earth. You can even use the waypoint data to create your own custom layer in Google Earth that will allow you to overlay Google Earth's satellite images with locations of your favorite Wi-Fi enabled campgrounds, parks and public spaces.

Using Google Earth to find campsites with Internet access is a great first step, but serious information addicts will want a way to stay connected when they venture away from base camp. Find out how on the next page.


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