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San Francisco, July 15: Google has quietly rolled out a feature in its Maps for Android users where they can see a graph on the best time to travel.

Reportedly available in the US and Britain at the moment, the new travel time graph — among with a common direction route — has bars for half an hour before, and a few hours after the current time.

There’s also a dotted line just above the bars with a time indicated, Android Police reported on Saturday.

This helps users not only how to get somewhere or how long the trip should take but when is the best time to leave (highlighted in either green, yellow, or red to indicate current traffic conditions).

“The new feature is only available for Maps users on Android, and it pops up when you input directions,” The Verge reported.

“Along with showing you the usual estimated time and distance, a new bar graph will also show an estimate of both how long it would have taken a half hour earlier and how long it will take in the next few hours,” the report added.

Google recently rolled out a new home screen on Maps for Android, specifically designed for users in India.

The new home screen loads fast so that millions of people across the country who come online can discover and share great places, even during patchy internet connections.

Now, when users open Google Maps app, they will instantly see a directions card with different modes of transportation.

If users like to access a certain route while on the go without using data, they can save the route to be used offline.

After users update to the latest version of Google Maps, they will see newly added shortcuts on the home screen that will help them explore the app in just a few quick taps.

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Mumbai, April 24: Broadly positive Asian markets pushed the key Indian equity indices higher during the early morning trade session on Tuesday.

According to market observers, healthy buying in banking, automobile and healthcare stocks also supported the key indices’ upward movement.

Around 9.30 a.m., the wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) traded higher by 16 points or 0.15 per cent to 10,600.70 points.

The barometer 30-scrip Sensitive index (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened at 34,491.38 points, traded at 34,597.71 points — up 146.94 points or 0.43 per cent from its previous session’s close.

The Sensex has so far touched a high of 34,604.76 points and a low of 34,465.49 points during the intra-day trade.

The BSE market breadth was bullish with 1,024 advances and 549 declines.

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Key equity indices provisionally end in green

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Mumbai, April 23: The key Indian equity indices provisionally closed in the green on Monday on the back of healthy buying in consumer durables, healthcare and IT stocks.

However, selling pressure on metal and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) stocks trimmed gains in the market.

At 3.30 p.m., the wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) provisionally closed higher by 20.65 points or 0.20 per cent at 10,584.70 points.

The barometer 30-scrip Sensitive index (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened at 34,493.69 points, closed at 34,450.77 points (3.30 p.m.) — up 35.19 points or 0.10 per cent — from its previous session’s close.

The Sensex touched a high of 34,663.95 points and a low of 34,259.27 during the intra-day trade.

The BSE market breadth was bullish with 1,399 advances and 1,284 declines.

On Monday, the major gainers on the BSE were IndusInd Bank, Mahindra and Mahindra, Sun Pharma, Asian Paints and Yes Bank while HDFC Bank, Tata Motors (DVR), Coal India, Hero MotoCorp and ICICI Bank were among the major losers.

On NSE, the top gainers were IndusInd Bank, Mahindra and Mahindra and BPCL. The major losers were Hindalco Industries, Indiabulls Housing Finance and UPL.

On Friday, negative global cues such as high crude oil prices, along with a weak rupee and heavy selling pressure in banking stocks subdued the key Indian equity markets.

The Nifty50 closed at 10,564.05 points on Friday, down 1.25 points or 0.01 per cent from its previous close and the Sensex closed at 34,415.58 points, down 11.71 points or 0.03 per cent.

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TCS first Indian company to achieve $100 billion m-cap

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Mumbai, April 2: IT bellwether Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Monday emerged as the first Indian listed company to cross the $100-billion mark in terms of market capitalisation (m-cap).

Around 11 a.m., the m-cap of the company stood at Rs 675,934.95 crore or $101.60 billion on the BSE.

Shares of the company rose over four per cent to a new high of Rs 3,557 per share.

On Friday, the IT major’s shares rose over seven per cent to Rs 3,419.80 per share, taking its m-cap to over Rs 6.50 lakh crore or around $98 billion — close to the $100 billion mark.

The company’s shares had surged a day after its quarterly results announcement, which reported a net profit for Q4 at Rs 6,925 crore — up 4.6 per cent — from Rs 6,622 crore in the same period in 2017 and up 5.8 per cent sequentially from Rs 6,545 crore a quarter ago.

It also announced 1:1 bonus shares of Re 1 face value to its investors at the end of fiscal 2017-18.

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