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Are you the type of person who flaunts their Excel and Powerpoint skills at every opportunity? Microsoft’s Office Suite is pretty much essential to any kind of job, and knowing how to use it efficiently can make a big difference in how you do your work. But there are a few Microsoft apps that aren’t as well known and can make your life much easier if you work with data regularly. 

Being a data-driven worker makes you a more desirable candidate, so even if you think you might not need these skills, think again. Read more…

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Analysts see uphill climb for Apple HomePod as Amazon and Google rule smart speaker market

2017 was the first year that smart speakers became extremely popular as Christmas and Chanukah gifts. Amazon, who created the category in 2015 with the Amazon Echo, has a huge lead in market share over Google and its Google Home series. This past holiday shopping season saw both Amazon and Google fight over market share by cutting the price on their low-end smart speaker. Combined, both firms have a large lead in smart speaker market share.

During the holidays, the Amazon Echo Dot and the Google Home Mini were both priced at $29. Both were about $50 prior to the sale. Amazon’s cost to produce …

Citi analysts say that there's a 4-in-10 chance that Apple buys Netflix


Apple is sitting with a vault so full of money that even Scrooge McDuck is jealous. Every now and then, Apple uses some of this money to make a small acquisition. For example, the company recently took $400 million out of petty cash to buy music discovery app Shazam. The largest acquisition that Apple has made by itself is the $3 billion it spent to purchase Beats Audio. But if a pair of Citi analysts are correct, there is a chance that Apple will top that record by a factor of approximately 34.

According to Citi analysts Jim Suva and Asiya Merchant, there is a 40% possibility that Apple …

The iPhone X is in the thoughts and prayers of many potential buyers, tip analysts

More than a third of the respondents in a Barclay’s survey who intend to get an iPhone, are eyeing the X. This is good news for Apple, as those indicate a healthy interest in the latest and greatest iPhone going forward. Out of a thousand people in different target demographics and major Western markets plus China, probed on their intention for a phone purchase, 62% indicated acquisition of a new handset in the next year, and 54% of those wanted to go with some kind of an iPhone. 

What’s more, the survey found that there may be 23% switchers, coming …

Analysts expect 'aggressive' iPhone X deals for Black Friday from T-Mobile and Sprint

It ain’t over until it’s over, a wise man once said, and a seemingly wise decision by carriers not to enter any iPhone price wars this holiday season like last year, may soon change when Black Friday hits. After their failed merger talks, both T-Mobile and Sprint are primed for a subscribers fight, and are preparing iPhone X deals that might force Verizon and AT&T to take a hit on their margins, too.

“We suspect the need to maintain net (subscriber) add momentum will drive Sprint and T-Mobile to offer aggressive promotions starting around Black Friday (Nov. 24 following Thanksgiving),” …

Apple shares hit an all-time high as analysts say that iPhone X pre-orders are ahead of expectations

Apple’s market capitalization hit an all-time high today when the company’s shares hit $168.07 during the NASDAQ trading day. And while the stock closed trading on Monday at $166.72, up $3.67 for the day, Apple’s current valuation of  $861 billion brings it closer to being the first company to be worth $1 trillion. To hit that mark, Apple would have to rise 16% to $193.64.

The catalyst for the rally is the strong showing made by the Apple iPhone X once pre-orders were opened up Friday morning. Apple said that orders for the tenth anniversary model were “off the charts,” and that the …

Flexible OLED display shortages may continue for several years, analysts claim

After the word got out about Apple’s decision to move to flexible OLED displays with the upcoming iPhone 8, news of panel shortages started flying around pretty quickly, with some people going as far as claiming the company’s upcoming premium won’t make it in time for the traditional mid-September launch. But while that latter part is almost certainly false, flexible OLED shortages sure seem to be a real problem, and also one that will continue existing for the next few years, according to a new report from Chinese research firm Sigmaintell.

As …

Wall Street analysts predict when the Apple iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and iPhone 8 will launch

There have been a number of rumors suggesting that the tenth anniversary iPhone model, dubbed the Apple iPhone 8, will arrive late. One report had the device launching late in the calendar fourth quarter as Apple tries to decide whether it can place Touch ID under the front screen, or put a button on the back of the handset. As it turns out, a facial recognition system using 3D-scanning seems the most likely answer to keeping the model free from buttons on the front of the device.

After reporting its fiscal third quarter earnings report yesterday, Apple released some estimates about its …

Analysts: Note 8, Galaxy S9 and Note 9 would all have dual cameras

If you had any doubts that the Note 8 will land with a dual camera set, Korean security analysts are in full swing today trying to dispel them. It seems that Samsung Electro-Mechanics, the department that is in charge of mobile camera modules, is expected to have blowout quarters going forward, riding on the coattails of Samsung’s switch to dual cameras for its phones.

According to Kim Rok-ho, an analyst from Hana Financial Investment: “Supplies of dual camera modules for Samsung Electronics’ flagship model starting in the latter half this year will also contribute to Samsung …

The iPhone 8 could be delayed by more than three weeks, Bank of America analysts say

If you’ve been paying attention for the past few months, you may have noticed that 2017 isn’t the best year if you’re a phone maker trying to switch things up. Take Samsung, for example: it’s been wildly publicized that the company intended to put an in-glass fingerprint scanner inside its upcoming Galaxy Note 8, but issues with speed and security ultimately killed those plans.

But Sammy’s not the only kid on the block looking to get rid of the separate fingerprint scanner: Apple has been rumored for a while to be implementing an in-screen Touch ID for …