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Best free stuff, 2013 edition: The techno traveler

Ian Paul, Jared Newman, Daniel Ionescu, Brad Chacos | May 28, 2013
Here are the six best free tools for the techno traveler.

Also try Google Field Trip, available for iOS and Android. Sort of an amalgam of Where and Google Now, Field Trip notifies you when you wander near a place of interest, whether it be an attraction, an interesting shop or restaurant, a piece of hyper-local history, or any other intriguing landmark. Field Trip's database draws from a wide variety of services including Arcadia and Zagat, and it excels at pointing you to neighborhood highlights that you would otherwise almost certainly miss.

Finally, no trip is complete without a way to find local Wi-Fi hotspots. Enter JiWire's Wi-Fi Finder. This iPhone app draws on a database of more than 550,000 free and paid Wi-Fi locations in 144 countries. Wi-Fi Finder lets you filter searches for hotspots by price (free or paid), specific Internet providers (such as AT&T or Boingo), or specific business types (such as bar or café). When the app finds a Wi-Fi connection that meets your criteria, you can ask to be notified or have the app connect your device to the network automatically. You can also set up Wi-Fi Finder for offline use, just in case you need to find a wireless hotspot in an otherwise dead data zone.


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