When it comes to travel, I’m a planner. I’m content to spend weeks preparing the perfect holiday getaway: deciding on the ideal destination, finding the cheapest flights and sniffing out the best accommodations. I’ve been dreaming about a trip to Greece next year, and—true story—I’ve already got a spreadsheet to compare potential destinations, organized by flight length and hotel perks.
But the thing I don’t like to do is plot out the nitty-gritty details. I want to visit the important museums and landmarks, but I don’t want to write up a daily itinerary ahead of time. I’m a vegetarian, so I need to find veggie-friendly restaurants, but I’d prefer to stumble upon a good local spot than plan in advance. And, since I don’t speak Greek, I want to be able to navigate transportation options without having to stop and ask people for help all the time.
So I’ve come to rely on some useful Google tools to make my trips work for the way I like to travel. Here’s what I’ve learned so far.
Let Maps do the talking
Getting dropped into a new city is disorienting, and all the more so when you need to ask for help but don’t know how to pronounce the name of the place you’re trying to get to. Google Maps now has a fix for this: When you’ve got a place name up in Maps, just press the new little speaker button next to it, and it will speak out a place’s name and address in the local lingo. And if you want to continue the conversation, Google Maps will quickly link you to the Google Translate app.
Let your phone be your guidebook
New cities are full of new buildings, new foods and even new foliage. But I don’t want to just see these things; I want to learn more about them. That’s where Google Lens comes in as my know-it-all tour guide and interpreter. It can translate a menu, tell me about the landmark I’m standing in front of or identify a tree I’ve never seen before. So whenever I think, “I wonder what that building is for,” I can just use my camera to get an answer in real time.
Get translation help on the go
The Google Assistant’s real-time translation feature, interpreter mode, is now available on Android and iOS phones worldwide, enabling you to have a conversation with someone speaking a foreign language. So if I say, “Hey Google, be my Greek translator,” I can easily communicate with, say, a restaurant server who doesn’t speak English. Interpreter mode works across 44 languages, and it features different ways to communicate suited to your situation: you can type using a keyboard for quiet environments, or manually select what language to speak.
Use your voice to get things done
Typing is fine, but talking is easier, especially when I’m on vacation and want to make everything as simple as possible. The Google Assistant makes it faster to find what I’m looking for and plan what’s next, like weather forecasts, reminders and wake-up alarms. It can also help me with conversions, like “Hey Google, how much is 20 Euros in pounds?”
Take pics, then chill
When I’m in a new place, my camera is always out. But sorting through all those pictures is the opposite of relaxing. So I offload that work onto Google Photos: It backs up my photos for free and lets me search for things in them . And when I want to see all the photos my partner has taken, I can create an album that we can both add photos to. And Photos will remind me of our vacation in the future, too, with story-style highlights at the top of the app.
I live in a big city, which means I don’t get to see the stars much. Traveling somewhere a little less built up means I can hone my Pixel 4 astrophotography skills. It’s easy to use something stable, like a wall, as a makeshift tripod, and then just let the camera do its thing.
As useful as my phone is, I try to be mindful about putting it down and ignoring it as much as I can. And that goes double for when I’m on vacation. Android phones have a whole assortment of Digital Wellbeing features to help you disconnect. My favorite is definitely flip to shhh: Just place your phone screen-side down and it silences notifications until you pick it back up.
Useful Google tools can make your trips work for the way you like to travel. Source: https://www.blog.google/products/maps/let-google-be-your-holiday-travel-tour-guide/
Dave Portnoy Says Bitcoin is a Big Ponzi Scheme But He’ll Be Back
Just months after making a grand entrance in the cryptocurrency space, the Barstool Sports Founder Dave Portnoy reaffirmed that he’s out of the field. In a recent podcast with Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano, the controversial day trader justified his exit by claiming that Bitcoin is a giant Ponzi scheme.
Portnoy’s Controversial Bitcoin History
Portnoy has become one of the most influential and controversial faces of legacy market day trading. Earlier this year, he declared that he’s “coming to Bitcoin,” which attracted lots of attention. Even the Winklevoss twins offered their help to educate him on Bitcoin.
However, his controversy quickly followed him in the vigilant cryptocurrency field, where the community rapidly spotted his pump and dump techniques. After buying several altcoins and claiming a loss of $25,000, Portnoy said that he’s out.
In Pomp’s recent podcast, he reaffirmed that he doesn’t own any digital assets as of now. He went even further by asserting that Bitcoin is “in my mind one big Ponzi scheme.” He argued that “you get in, and you just have to not be the one left holding the bag.”
Interestingly, though, his 2020 purchase of Bitcoin wasn’t the first. He admitted that he bought about $50,000 worth of BTC during the parabolic price increase in 2017 at about $15,000. When asked if he still holds the coins, Portnoy said that he lost the hardware wallet.
Lack Of Accountability Is A Problem, But I’ll Be Back: Portnoy
One of the most notable features regarding Bitcoin has been the anonymity of the creator – Satoshi Nakamoto. Although the pseudonym is well-known and disputed, and some people claim to be Nakamoto, the true identity remains a mystery to this day.
Portnoy believes that this is a problem. He argued that if he ends up losing money or being scammed, he prefers to know who’s the person behind the entire operation. With Bitcoin, though, this “lack of accountability” raises concerns that he’s not comfortable with. Nevertheless, he noted that he’s planning to get back into BTC:
“I’ll get back. I’ve been saying that I’ll be back into Bitcoin. I don’t know when, but I’ll be back.”
He argued that the community and mostly the memes attracted him the most in the first place, and it’s what he misses the most.
China’s Blockchain-Based Service Network (BSN) Integrates Tezos
- The popular blockchain company Tezos has become the last integrated network into China’s ambitious Blockchain-based Services Network (BSN).
- Developers can employ the Tezos protocol through BSN’s global public city nodes and portals for a “simplified development and deployment experience.”
- All three global public city nodes, namely Hong Kong, California, and Paris, have integrated with the Tezos Blockchain in both mainnet and testnet.
- Developers wanting to utilize the Tezos blockchain need to set up an account on BSN’s website and head towards the “permissionless services” section.
- Upon choosing the preferred public city node, developers need to “create a new project” and “choose the chain” (mainnet or testnet).
- After seeing the new project’s creation based on the Tezos blockchain, the next step is to insert Project ID, Project Key, and Access Address from the Project List.
“All APIs provided by Tezos can be accessed in similar ways, and the original data format will be returned.”
- China’s BSN was released earlier this year after some delays prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It enables developers to build applications, smart cities, and even digital economies on top of it without participants having to design a new network from scratch.
- Prior to Tezos, BSN integrated other popular blockchain companies starting with Chainlink’s oracle.
- BSN also integrated the Chinese-based platform NEO to accelerate the adoption of the blockchain technology in the country.
Crypto Price Analysis & Overview September 25th: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Chainlink, and Tezos
Bitcoin dropped by a total of 3% over the past seven days of trading as it reached the $10,600 level today. The cryptocurrency briefly pushed above the $11,000 mark last Friday but could not sustain this level as it broke beneath it during the weekend. On Monday, BTC saw a precipitous 7.5% fall as it dropped from $10,910 to reach as low as $10,200.
Bitcoin continued to head lower on Wednesday as it reached $10,140 before the buyers regrouped to initiate a rebound, which happened yesterday. During the rebound, BTC managed to break back above the 100-days EMA and reach as high as $10,760 – where it ran into resistance at the bearish .382 Fib Retracement.
The coin has dropped slightly from there to trade at $10,600 today.
Looking ahead, if the bulls can continue above the $10,760 level, higher resistance lies at $10,900 $11,000, and $11,200. Added resistance is expected at $11,340 (bearish .618 Fib Retracement), $11,500, and $11,600.
On the other side, the first level of support lies at $10,430 (100-days EMA0. This is followed by support at $10,330, $10,140, and $10,000.
Ethereum suffered a steeper 11.3% price decline over the past week as it reached the $346 level today. The coin was trading above $380 last Friday but started to drop lower during the weekend. On Monday, Ethereum fell from $365 to reach as low as $335 (100-days EMA).
The price decline continued on Wednesday, which saw ETH drop as low as $320. Luckily, the bulls regrouped for a rebound on Thursday in which ETH managed to reach the $252 resistance (bearish .236 Fib Retracement). It also produced a bullish engulfing candle, which is a strong bullish signal.
Moving forward, if the buyers can break the $352 level, resistance lies at $364 (2019 high), $382, $390, and $400.
On the other side, support is first expected at $336 (100-days EMA). Beneath this, support lies at $320, $306, and $300.
Ethereum also struggled against Bitcoin this week as it fell from 0.035 BTC to reach as low as 0.0311 BTC yesterday. The coin had found support yesterday at the .618 Fib Retracement, which allowed it to bounce higher to the current 0.0326 BTC level.
Looking ahead, if the bulls push higher, the first level of resistance lies at 0.033 BTC. Above this, resistance is located at 0.0337 BTC (March 2019 Support), 0.0347 BTC, and 0.0352 BTC.
On the other side, the first level of support lies at 0.032 BTC. This is followed by support at 0.0315 BTC (100-days EMA), 0.0311 BTC (.618 Fib Retracement), and 0.030 BTC.
XRP witnessed a 5.5% price fall this week as the coin dropped from $0.25 to reach as low as $0.22 yesterday. The cryptocurrency managed to rebound from there to get as high as $0.24 today. However, the market is facing resistance at the 100-days EMA and must pass this to continue higher.
If the bulls break $0.24, the first level of resistance lies at $0.251 (bearish .382 Fib Retracement). Following this, resistance lies at $0.261 (bearish .5 Fib Retracement), and $0.271 (bearish .618 Fib Retracement).
On the other side, the first level of support lies at $0.235 (200-days EMA). This is followed by support at $0.23, $0.22, and $0.217.
XRP is also struggling against BTC as it posted a fresh 2-month low at 2165 SAT (downside 1.414 Fib Extension) yesterday. The coin had slipped from 2300 SAT last Friday and continued lower until it hit the 2165 SAT support.
XRP has since bounced higher to reach the 2250 SAT level today.
If the bulls can break 2250 SAT, resistance is first located at 2300 SAT (bearish .382 Fib Retracement). Above this, resistance lies at 2350 SAT (bearish .5 Fib Retracement), 2400 SAT, and 2460 SAT.
Alternatively, support lies at 2200 SAT, 2165 SAT, and 2111 SAT.
LINK saw a substantial 10% price fall over the past seven days, which saw the coin breaking beneath the $10 level and hitting as low as $7.31. There, it found support at a downside 1.272 Fib Extension level, which allowed it to rebound yesterday to reach the $9.90 resistance level today.
If the bulls can break $10, the first level of resistance lies at $10.40. Above this, resistance is found at $11.37 (bearish .382 Fib Retracement), $12, and $12.63 (bearish .5 Fib Retracement).
On the other side, support first lies at $9.00. Beneath this, support is found at $8.67, $8.00, and $7.31.
Against BTC, LINK dropped as low as 0.00072 BTC during the week. It was trading above a 3-month-old rising trend last Friday, but it went on to collapse beneath this support over the weekend. After reaching 0.00072 BTC, LINK bounced higher to get to the current 0.000935 BTC level today. Notice that it has returned to the previous rising trend line, which is now acting as resistance.
Looking ahead, the first level of resistance lies at 0.00095 BTC. This is followed by resistance at 0.001 BTC, 0.00103 BTC (bearish .382 Fib Retracement), and 0.00112 BTC (bearish .5 Fib Retracement).
On the other side, support is first found at 0.00091 BTC. This is followed by support at 0.0082 BTC, 0.00072 BTC, and 0.0007 BTC.
XTZ saw the steepest price fall on this list as it dropped by 13% over the past 7 days. The coin fell beneath the $2.32 (.618 Fib Retracement) support on Friday and continued lower to crate a new 5-month price low as it reached $1.91. This support held over the past few days, and Tezos rebounded from here yesterday to reach $2.15 today.
Looking ahead, if the bulls break $2.20, resistance is found at $2.32, $2.53 (bearish .382 Fib Retracement), and $2.72 (bearish .5 Fib Retracement).
On the other side, the first two levels of support lie at $2.00 and $1.91. Beneath this, support is expected at $1.74 (.786 Fib Retracement), $1.68, and $1.56.
Tezos is suffering further against BTC as it produced a 7-month price low this week after reaching 18,600 SAT. The coin has since bounced from here to break back above 20,000 SAT today.
Looking ahead, the first level of resistance lies at 21,000 SAT. This is followed by resistance at 22,000 SAT, 21,750 SAT, and 24,300 SAT.
On the other side, beneath 20,000 SAT, support lies at 19,380 SAT, 18,600 SATm ad 17,600 SAT (.886 Fib Retracement). Added support lies at 16,600 SAT and 15,600 SAT.
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