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Google Maps now gives directions offline

No Internet connection is needed to get turn-by-turn directions and search on Google Maps. Also, Apple Music lands on Android, Facebook scans your phone's photos and Sony finally kills Betamax.

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No Internet connection? No problem for Google Maps.

The smartphone app now lets you save an area so you can search and get turn-by-turn directions anytime -- even offline. Watch CNET Update below to learn how this can come in handy. Meanwhile, the world of Apple Music is now on Android, and Facebook has a new feature that scans the photos in your phone to find your friends:

Watch this: Google Maps now gives directions offline

Also in this report, learn about Pinterest's new photo-detection powers, and we say goodbye to Betamax. (Wait, what?)

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