Screen Grabs: Vampire Diaries uses Galaxy Note to scratch out sinister signals

Screen Grabs chronicles the uses (and misuses) of real-world gadgets in today’s movies and TV. Send in your sightings (with screen grab!) to screengrabs at engadget dot com

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The residents of Mystic Falls, Virginia are the most tech-savvy bunch of supernatural creatures we’ve ever seen. If Edward Cullen and Bella Swan bothered to email each other, then we’d have been spared the horrors of New Moon. Quite the opposite here, as The Vampire Diaries folks have their fingers close to the undead pulse of gadgets, with one character in last night’s episode refusing to type a text message so they could write out their response with an S-Pen. Fans of the show that keep score should know that it currently stands two to Microsoft, two to Google and the fate of humanity all to play for.

Google Maps Now Uses Real-Time Traffic Data For Travelling Time Estimates

To improve the accuracy of its directions and timing within its Google Maps service. Google has this week launched a new a new update that uses both live and historic traffic data to provide you with a more realistic time for your driving time estimations.

Google’s new traffic feature evaluates current traffic conditions and is constantly being refreshed to provide you with the most accurate, up-to-date estimate possible.

Google Maps Provides Real-Time Traffic Data