When you're working on a large data set in Excel, it can get pretty time consuming to navigate the numerous rows and columns of data in order to identify what's important. That's why we've put together this list of 21 hotkeys you need to know when working with large data sets based on our experience over the years in Finance, consulting and IT. Guaranteed to make your life a lot easier!

Whether you're a student or working in an office, it's hard to escape having to use Microsoft Word. Studying the typing habits of our friends and colleagues, we found that most people spent way too much time searching for simple formatting and functions. This time could be better spent crafting their message instead. So to help save your precious time, here are 26 MS Word Hotkeys everyone should know.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is set to open on the 18th of December and like you, we can't wait for the latest installment in the series. 7 movies and 37 years since the first Star Wars movie was released in 1977, we bring to you some surprising facts about this galaxy, far, far away.

So, why should you buy your own router? Well, if you want to take full advantage of your Internet plan and get the speeds you paid for, the you should probably ditch the modem and router you rent from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and buy your own. Not only will you be able to achieve faster Internet speeds, buying your own router will allow you to access features that are either not available or are locked down in ISP provided devices like Quality of Service (QoS) features and the ability to install custom router firmware.

Dropping your smartphone can be a very painful experience as we can attest to. While the iPhone 6 and 6s' sleek aluminium body and glass screen are nice to look at and touch, they don't provide much grip. In fact, it's probably only a matter of time before your brand new phone slips out of your hand and you end up with a shattered glass screen. Don't let this happen to you - always use protection! To help you, here are six terrific iPhone 6 cases that will help you protect your brand new iPhone, without damaging your wallet.

Project Gutenberg Free ebooks

Looking for a good book to read on your Kindle or tablet? Then we have just the site for you. Project Gutenberg has fifty thousand classics for you to download for free. You read that right, fifty thousand e-books for free, including literary classics such as Pride and Prejudice, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Beowulf as well as non-fiction works such as Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and An Investigation of the Laws of Thought by George Boole.

LG Optimus Exceed 2 - A great throwaway phone

"Today, today Apple is going to reinvent the phone, and here it is." And with those magic words, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world in 2007. At the time of it's release in June 2007, the iPhone was a revolutionary product, changing the mobile phone industry forever by introducing the world to touch screens (no more stylus and keyboards!), apps, high-resolution screens, in a single device yet being oh-so thin . All this computing power came at a price though, with the 8GB model locking you with a 2 year contract with AT&T and costing a whopping $599!


Bernardo Rodrigues, a Brazilian security researcher preparing to give a talk at the Nullbyte Security Conference on cable modem security has discovered a previously undisclosed backdoor within a backdoor that is present on some ARRIS cable modems. The backdoor affects many models including the TG862ATG862GDG860A. According to Bernardo, a search on Shodan, the world's first search-engine for interconnected devices (Internet of Things), reveals over 600,000 affected devices.

Once solely reserved for law enforcement, the Dashboard Camera, or Dash Cam has become increasingly popular with ordinary drivers over the last couple of years. As they become more affordable, with better picture and sound quality as well as additional features like GPS and recording even when the vehicle is turned off, we think every driver shouldn't be without a Dash Cam in their car. Here are 6 reasons why.

It's hard to imagine but just 15 years ago, if we wanted an Internet connection, only wired connections were available. This meant we couldn't stray too far from the telephone socket or cable point, unless you had a really long wire of course! All this changed with the introduction of the router allowing devices to use radio communication.
Trudeaumetre - keeping politicians honest

In the heat of an election campaign, candidates can be prone to making promises they have no way (or intention) of keeping. As the votes are cast and the winner declared, the people are hopeful of the positive impact that the candidate's promised policies and changes will have on their lives. However as the days turn into weeks and into months, who is keeping track of what has been achieved and what still needs to be done?

Microsoft Project Oxford

One of the things that separate humans from machines is that we're able to recognize and distinguish between different emotions when we interact with others. With advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning and computing power in general, apps and programs are being created that are able to recognize speech, identify faces and now even distinguish between different emotions!
Top 5 Combination Cable Modem and Router

The combo modem and router device, commonly known as a gateway, is popular for two main reasons. First, they reduce the amount of setup and configuration that needs to be done to get your home network going. Second, a modem plus router combo device is perceived to be cheaper than getting the two devices separately. A question we've been asked many times is "which is the best combo modem and router?" Here's a list of the best combination devices that are available in 2015 heading in to 2016.
Successful Entrepreneur Quotes 1

We know what we are, but know not what we may be - William Shakespeare 

Wise words by William Shakespeare and we truly believe in the motto that the best is yet to be! With that said, here are 23 inspiring quotes that will uplift you, serve as a reminder or even give you a new perspective on life. 2015 is almost ending but here's to closing it out on a high note and to an even better 2016.
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We get around 300 to 400 emails per day. While most of them are simple enough, requiring only a one or two line reply, the sheer volume makes it hard for us to reply to all of them especially when we're on the move. An email that takes a few seconds to craft on our laptop or desktop, takes at least a minute to type and send on our phones. Multiply that by three hundred or four hundred and you can easily see how tiring and time-consuming it can be.

The new Smart Reply feature in the Inbox by Gmail app that is set to be rolled out later this week is here to help. In a nutshell, its a deep neural network that will guess which of your emails require only a short response and then formulate up to three possible responses which you can edit before sending out.
How to make better decisions 1

"We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us" - Ken Levine. Whether it's moving to a new city, taking up a job offer or even quitting to start your own business, at some point in our lives we'll have to make difficult choices. How do we know which is the right choice for us - the one that will bring us happiness and success instead of doom and peril? Alright, we might have been a bit dramatic there.

On a more serious note, according to bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, truly successful decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking. Helpmydecision.com is a great, free online tool we discovered that will help you distill the considerations important to you, when making a tough decision.

The Internet is all about speed and while we've come a long way from the dark dial-up days of 33.6 kbps and 56 kbps, it could be even faster still. One of the most common complaints we hear is that the actual speed we get is much slower than what was subscribed for from the Internet Service Provider. Now, there could be a whole host of reasons for the slow speeds such as modem and router issues, problems with a specific website and throttling by your ISP. The first step to solving the problem is always to test your speed and find out where you stand.

Color blindness or Color Vision Deficiency, is a condition that affects many more men than women. An estimated 1 in 12 men (8%) and 1 in 200 women (0.5%) are color blind. Contrary to its name, 99% of all colorblind people are not really color blind but color deficient. It's a big misconception that color blind people see the world in black and white or greyscale. If you are affected by color blindness, you would see less colors than someone without the condition, but not none.

Donald Trump Face at the Urinal

It's a feeling that all guys are familiar with - the awkwardness at the urinal. You step into the toilet and quickly scan the scene, spotting 2 available urinals, but you're unsure which one to pick. Our usual advice would be to go for a toilet cubicle or turn around and leave but sometimes there are either no available cubicles and you can't hold it in any longer.

With an estimated 1 billion users, Google's Chrome browser is the undisputed king of browsers at the moment, in 2015. That said, many users aren't familiar with some of the basic features and cool things that Chrome allows you to do. Here are ten not so well known Chrome tips that we feel every user should know. Now, you could keep them to yourself and feel smug every time a noob comes to you for help, but we hope you share them so that everyone can have a better surfing experience. With that said, here are ten tips we feel every Chrome user should know:    

1. Convert units directly in the Omnibox

So first things first. You must be wondering what is this "Omnibox"? Well the Omnibox is the fancy name for the Google Chrome's address bar. It is similar to a traditional browser address bar, but it also allows you to perform other functions such as "search", calculations and conversions as well as we shall see.

Let's say we want to find out what 120 square meters is in square feet. Simply type 120 square meters = square feet in the address bar and you'll see your answer. The format is as follows:

X Unit 1 = Unit 2

2. Use Omnibox to search within a site

If you've visited a page on your Chrome browser before, you can search within that site direct from the Omnibox, without having to visit the site again. For example, to search for the new Star Wars movie on IMDB, type IMDB.com and press the tab key. Now you can enter "Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens" and hit enter. Your results will show matching search results from IMDB.com.

3. Open search results in a new tab

If you want to open your search results in a new tab instead of the current one, hold down the alt key and hit enter to search. Your search results will now open in a new tab. This works whether searching using the Omnibox.

4. Re-open a Closed Tab

It happens to the best of us - accidentally closing a tab. Not to worry, if you closed a tab by mistake, you can open it again using CTRL+SHIFT+T. The hotkey will cycle through your closed tabs so hitting it again will relaunch the tab you closed before the last one and so on.  

5. Save web pages as PDFs

If you want to save a page for offline reading, Google Chrome has a built-in PDF writer that comes in very handy. On any webpage, press Ctrl+P and choose the “Save as PDF” option from the list of available printers.

6. Incognito Window

Press Control + Shift + "N"  to open Chrome window in incognito mode. Sites you visit in incognito mode won't appear in your history and any cookies from the sites opened in this browser window will be deleted when the window is closed. Very useful if you share your computer and don't want embarrassing sites popping up in your search history.

It's important to note that although your browser history and cookies are deleted, your web surfing tracks are still visible to your network provider, such as your employer or ISP via the network logs. There are other practical uses for incognito mode as well, other than keeping your surfing history private (somewhat). 

Using Incognito mode, you can log in to multiple accounts on Facebook, Gmail and other sites from the same device. It also allows you to get unbiased search results as Google will not base your search results on prior search history and cookies.    

7. Chrome Task Manager

Everyone knows the Windows Task Manager but do you know that Google Chrome has it's own Task Manager as well? Pressing  Shift + Esc in Chrome brings up the Chrome task manager which you can then use to end any process running in Chrome that is eating up memory. To do so, click on the process you want to close followed by "End process" at the bottom right of the dialog box.

8. Switch to Google's cached version of a page

Looking for a post or article that got taken down? Google caches many of the pages on the Internet as a record to bring you search results faster. Because of this, you might still be able to retrieve sites or posts that have been taken down. In the address bar, type "cache:" before the URL of the page and hit enter. You'll be taken to the last cached page of that URL by Google, if one is available. In the above image, we looked up the cache for CNN.com and Google retrieved the cache it had of the page from the previous night instead. 

9. Chrome Experiments

Type "chrome://flags" in the address bar to open the Chrome Experiments page. Here you can test out some cool, new and experimental Chrome features before they get deployed in production for the wider audience. As these features are still in the experimental stage and haven't been certified safe for the wider audience, they come with a warning that your browser may delete all your data, or your security and privacy could be compromised in unexpected ways. Proceed with caution!

10. Mute audio of an individual Chrome tab

Here's a cool experimental feature we found in the Chrome flags list. Search for Enable tab audio muting UI control" in the Chrome flags list and click "enable". After restarting your Chrome browser, you will be able to mute the audio of an individual Chrome Tab directly from the audio indicators on the tab strip as we've shown in the above picture. Pretty cool and convenient when you have many tabs open!


So these are our top ten lesser known Google Chrome tips that will take your surfing experience to the next level. We hope you've enjoyed them and will find them useful. Do like and share them on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter using the links below.

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Google's Chrome Internet browser is terrific and it's no surprise that it's the number one browser in the United States. According to the government's Digital Analytics Program (DAP), in the first quarter of 2015, around 34.7% of all visitors to government websites used Chrome. That said, if you're not using Chrome extensions, then you're not taking full advantage of the capabilities that Chrome has to offer. To help you narrow down your selection from the thousands (literally) of extensions out in the Google Webstore, here are our Top 10 Google Chrome Extensions that will completely change your browsing experience.

Although they are two of the most common PC networking equipment around, many people are still confused between a modem and a router. If you're not sure whether you need a router to connect to the Internet or why you can't surf wirelessly with your brand new modem, read on!
Top 5 Cable Modems 2016

By now, we're sure you know that renting a modem from your ISP is a terrible idea and that buying your own modem makes a lot more sense. One question many readers had after reading our follow-up article on things to look out for when buying your own modem is which one would we recommend? While there are thousands of modems out there, we narrowed down our top 5 based on the following criteria:

Do you find the cost of buying Microsoft Office a little prohibitive for home use? We feel exactly the same way so we're excited to inform our readers on the terrific Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP) which we used recently to purchase a copy of Microsoft Office 2013 for US$10 instead of US$135. If your university or company has a contract with Microsoft, this will work for you!

We previously wrote about why renting a modem from your Internet Service Provider is a bad idea both financially and performance wise. Delving deeper into the topic, here are 5 things you should look out for when shopping around for your modem.

Are you paying  your Internet Service Provider (ISP) a monthly modem rental fee? Most ISPs will charge you an $8 to $10 monthly fee for renting one of their modems although they provide you an option to opt out of having to pay these fees if you have your own modem. According to this article on Forbes, modem rentals is big business for ISPs. An estimated 90% of Comcast subscribers rent a modem and modem rentals generated more revenue for Comcast than the Sochi Olympics in 2014. In our opinion, unless you have a phobia of technology or are constantly moving house, you should buy a modem instead of renting.

Like it or not, sometimes it's not the data or analysis you've done, but rather how you present it that sells. We've seen so much good work done not getting enough credit simply because poor formatting makes it look unprofessional when printed. Here are 6 MS Excel formatting techniques that you need to know when printing your spreadsheet.

According to research done by IDC, the total amount of data in the world will grow 300 times from the 133 billion gigabytes in the year 2005, to 40 trillion gigabytes in 2020. That's an estimated 5,200 gigabytes for every man, woman and child on earth! While we're not short of data, we need to visualize and present the data better so that they make more impact. Here are 5 add-ins you have to check out whether you're creating dashboards or want to make a presentation with impact.

Since Google's search engine service was launched in September 1997, it has evolved from just bringing you the most relevant sites related to your search query, to providing the answers that you're looking for. Google Hacks are some built-in functions that not many know about - some are useful while some are just plain weird. Here are ten of our favorites, updated for 2015. Check them out!
Since it's debut in 2009, WhatsApp has grown to become one of the most popular apps with 800 million monthly active subscribers worldwide. A cross-platform instant messaging service that relies on the Internet to send messages, it has now made carrier-billed text messaging via SMS all but extinct, especially when it comes to international and group messaging.   The mobile messaging app handles  around 600 million photos and 64 billion messages - every single day.

Summer is fast approaching and given that it's the busiest travel season of the year, you probably have your vacation booked or are planning to book one soon. That's great! Vacations allow you to relax, recharge and come back to your daily routine refreshed and ready to seize the day. Well, at least that's how it is supposed to be. Instead, we've heard many people complain that they're dreading the holiday season - the crowds, bratty kids, airport security and the list goes on. So we decided to look into the science of how you can enjoy and maximize your vacation happiness and we have some good news to report. When done right, vacations have some amazing benefits for your relationship and also for families as a whole.
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Whether your glass if half-full or half-empty, it's all about perspective. Your point of view has been shaped by TV shows and movies, the books you've read, and the people you surround yourself with.  The good news? Our perspective is within our control. Take some time to read that last sentence again. In effect, we are the masters of our our own destiny.
Master Yoda said it best - "Do or Do Not... There is no TRY". Often, the difference between success and failure is simply showing up. Here are 15 terrific quotes about life that will help you create a vision that will make you want to jump out of bed in the morning and seize the day!
Fernweh is a German word that describes a deep urge to visit new places, experience new cultures, far away from home. It is often used as the new "wanderlust", which is not a surprise, given that both words originated in Germany.

If you're sitting on the beach and looking at the ocean, wishing you could explore what's beyond the horizon, you have felt a fernweh. If you've felt like booking a trip to an exotic country and exploring every thing it has to offer, you have felt a fernweh. Here are 23 terrific posters that will make you want to pack your bags and explore the world!

Let's start the journey

We must take adventures in order to know where we truly belong

Mountains are calling

The mountains are calling, and I must go - John Muir
via: etsy


It's bad manners to keep a vacation waiting
via: citypass

I need vitamin SEA

Life's a wave - Catch it!

I'm going to see the world TV

Go ahead - You never know what could be on the other side

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step - Lao Tzu
via: slumlove

Let's just go and not come back for a while

All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking

Open roads lead to open hearts

If traveling was free, you'd never see me again!

We hope these amazing posters and quotes have stirred the wanderlust in you to travel and explore the world! Be sure to check out our other articles on 6 steps to maximize your vacation happiness and on some of the more unique places less traveled: 

Mount RoraimaFlat-top mountains of Venezuela
Ice Caves: Stunning Ice Caves of Iceland
Marble Caves: Lake Carrera in Chile
Picturesque Drives in UK and Chile
Cano Cristales: River of 5 Colors in Colombia
Lake Hillier: Australia's Pink Wonder 

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