Google Maps is introducing a cool feature this month that will make navigating a foreign country where you don’t speak the local language easier. Leveraging the company’s Translate text-to-speech technology, Google Maps will allow users to automatically speak text in the language of the country they’re currently in. That text could be the address of your hotel, for example, or the name of a local landmark. But why would you need Maps to say the address of your hotel in the local language? In a blog post, Google Maps project manager Laszlo de Brissac does a good job of highlighting a situation most travelers have been in before: Google Maps has made travel easier than ever before. You can scout out a neighborhood before booking a hotel, get directions on the go and even see what nearby restaurants the locals recommend thanks to auto-translated reviews. But when you’re in a foreign country where you don’t speak or read the language, getting around can … [Read more...] about Traveling abroad? Google Maps will now tell your taxi driver where your hotel is in their own language
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Successful traders are like race drivers. They know how to manoeuvre their way at high speeds. What makes them different is that they know what lies under the hood of the vehicle they are driving and how to correct it if there is a breakdown.The charts and indicators that they use are well-researched to the point where they become second nature and muscle memory. They do not need to think before they react; the reaction comes automatically.If you are a scalper who holds a position for a few seconds to a maximum of a few minutes, your reaction has to be automatic. There is no time to think, all the thinking has to be before and after market hours.Close Sivakumar Jayachandran (@justsiva123) trades on the high-speed race track. A scalper 90 percent of whose trades are held for less than two minutes, Siva as he is called by fellow traders was another trader who proved his mettle at the this year’s Investor Carnival held in Goa. Trading on expiry day along with veteran traders, … [Read more...] about Sivakumar Jayachandran: Journey of a BPO employee to a star trader
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