Google Maps translate feature will speak local place-names

Google Translate text-to-speech options let you communicate during foreign travel. Traveling the world but don’t speak the local language? Google Maps should be a bit more useful soon, thanks to some new integration with Google Translate. Typically if you’re in a foreign-language country, Google Maps will show the English place-name followed by the name in the local language below it. Sometime this month, Google Maps will get a new speaker button next to the local place-name, which will fire up Google Translate’s text-to-speech […]

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How Earth Changed In 2015: The View From Far Above

Sometimes the best way to witness planetary happenings – and to gain perspective on them – is from high above. Below are satellite images and aerial photos from the NASA Earth Observatory that capture some of the more dramatic changes that shaped the earth over the past year. Large rivers run atop the Greenland ice sheet NASA This aerial photo captured in July shows large, fast-flowing rivers on top of the Greenland ice sheet abruptly dropping into a seemingly bottomless […]

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More than 5 million People in Vietnam to Benefit from New WB-Financed RS & WS Program

More than 5 million people living in the poorest rural and mountainous areas of Vietnam are expected to benefit from improved access to sanitation and water supply, thanks to a $200 million credit approved today by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors. The funding supports the Results-based Scaling up Rural Sanitation and Water Supply Program, which aims to provide better water supply to 255,000 households and improve sanitation and water supply facilities at 2,720 schools and clinics in 21 provinces in the […]

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Mapping Vietnam’s Poverty Indicators by WB

The WB just launched the new MapVietnam website at www.worldbank.org/mapvietnam/ which provides access to socioeconomic data at the province and district level in both English and Vietnamese. The site is intended to be a resource for journalists, policymakers, researchers, and citizens looking for information on social and economic situations at a local level. The maps illustrate Vietnam’s wide diversity, which can be lost in aggregate statistics. It is available in both English and Vietnamese. Most of the information on the site […]

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