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This Feature in Microsoft Excel Is the Best One They've Added in Years

It's like hiring a data scientist or Karl Rove, minus the political slant.<p>Microsoft Excel has that rare distinction of being an app many of us use by default, yet we never talk about it. We're power users, pivoting our tables and typing complex calculations into cells. (Yesterday, I typed a simple …

Software

'Assassin' supernova discovered that is 570bn times brighter than sun

Astronomers find brightest star explosion ever, located 3.8bn light-years away, which is more luminous than entire Milky Way<p>Astronomers have discovered the brightest star explosion ever, a super supernova that easily outshines our entire Milky Way.<p>An international team revealed “the most powerful …

Universe

Why 401(k)s Shouldn't Replace Pensions

It's not just basic finance, it's common sense: A large pool of money invested by professionals will yield far greater returns than small, separate accounts managed by individuals with no professional training in finance.<p>So why do some think that ending Illinois' defined benefit pension system and …

The ways the cloud can accelerate your business

Businesses once hailed the cloud as a way to save money, but recently they’ve changed their tune. Today, the cloud can give businesses a tangible advantage over competitors, and they’re hearing about the benefits directly from their customers.<p>Advantages that improve the customer experience are more …

Big Data

Haggen chain to buy 146 Vons, Pavilions, Albertsons, Safeway stores

A supermarket David is gulping down a Goliath.<p>Next spring, Southern California shoppers will see a new name replacing some of their old grocery standbys: Haggen Inc.<p>The tiny Pacific Northwest chain is buying 146 Vons, Pavilions, Albertsons and Safeway stores, including 83 in California. The Federal …

The Junk Bond Market Is Signalling Bad News For The Stock Market

<i>NOTE: This post was originally published on Dec. 23, 2014.</i><p>I have been watching the junk bond (and leveraged loan) market very closely over the past few months mainly because risk appetites there have been closely tied to stock prices for a very long time. In fact, since the bull market was born in …

Russian Roulette: Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives

<i>The sudden dramatic collapse in the price of oil appears to be an act of geopolitical warfare against Russia. The result could be trillions of dollars in oil derivative losses; and the FDIC could be liable, following repeal of key portions of the Dodd-Frank Act last weekend.</i><p>Senator Elizabeth Warren …

Credit Karma Adds A Second Free Credit Score

If you’ve ever looked for a free credit score online, you may have been unpleasantly surprised to discover that “free” often means just for a limited period, after which you get charged monthly.<p>For instance, the seemingly straightforward FreeCreditScore.com only offers a free score for seven days, …

3 New Tech Tools That Bridge The Gap Between Employers And Workforce Newbies

Navigating the workforce is not a required subject at most colleges — and as many graduates begin their careers, it shows.<p>In fact, according to a study conducted by Bentley University in Massachusetts, 61% of business decision-makers and 63% of corporate recruiters see the level of preparedness of …

“The Interview” was a $15+ million online hit—but more for Google than for Sony

Sony’s big internet video gamble seems to have paid off: <i>The Interview</i>, which the company offered for online rental and purchase on Christmas Eve, earned more than $15 million during its first four days on the internet. The film was rented or purchased more than 2 million times from Dec. 24-27, …

Video on Demand

BP Is Reportedly Trying To Buy A Russian-Owned Siberian Oilfield

The talks concern the Taas-Yuriakh field, which is situated near a pipeline leading to Russia's Pacific coast. It would supply refineries in Russia's Far East and elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region, including China.<p>By 2017, the Taas-Yuriakh field will yield more 100,000 barrels a day, or more …

A Star Xbox Engineer Is Leaving Microsoft

Multerer is the engineer who launched Xbox Live, helped create Xbox One, and launched Microsoft's XNA game development platform.<p>Multerer, known as "Grey Matter" on Xbox Live, had been at Microsoft for nearly 18 years, starting off as an engineer with Microsoft's popular Web server before helping …

Where Big Data Jobs Will Be In 2015

Demand for Computer Systems Analysts with big data expertise increased 89.9% in the last twelve months , and 85.40% for Computer and Information Research Scientists.<p>Demand for Python programming expertise increased 96.9% in big-data related positions in the last twelve months.<p>These and other key …

How the 'Internet of Things' will impact consumers, businesses, and governments in 2016 and beyond

For more than two years, BI Intelligence has closely tracked the growth of the IoT. Specifically, we've analyzed how the IoT ecosystem enables entities (i.e. consumers, businesses, and governments) to connect to, and control, their IoT devices in 16 environments, including manufacturing, the …

Time is running out for RadioShack

RadioShack has made it through its 94th Christmas. But its chances of surviving another year are very much in doubt.<p>The company is saddled with more than 5,000 stores, many of which it can't afford to keep open.<p>Unfortunately for Radio Shack, the company is so cash-strapped that it can't afford to …

Apple Is Using Jimmy Iovine's Music Connections To Try And Secure Exclusive Albums For iTunes

The album was a total surprise. But even without any pre-album hype or promotion, the album dominated the charts, selling more than 800,000 copies in the first three days.<p>That album, "Beyoncé," was an iTunes success story, and it's currently the fastest-selling album in iTunes history.<p>What isn't a …

Disney CEO Bob Iger reflects on working with Steve Jobs: the ‘relationship that most shaped his thinking’

A <i>Fortune</i> interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger, featured on the magazine’s cover (seen below) today, makes much of the importance of Iger’s relationship with Steve Jobs.<p>Fortune’s Michal Lev-Ram writes: “If there is one particular relationship that has most shaped [Bob Iger’s] thinking, it’s the …

4 Best New Health Care Tools of 2014

The apps and websites that can keep you healthier and make you a smarter health care consumer.<p>Every year, there are innovators who come up with fresh …

Health Care

Disney CEO Bob Iger's Empire of Tech

Even in a dress-down gray sweater, Bob Iger looks a bit mechanical. His mouth is almost geometrically straight, his face constructed of some cool …

This Startup Solved Instagram's Spam Problem Before Instagram Did

TheAmplify says its algorithm can connect marketers with only "the perfect influencers."<p>Instagram is worth $35 billion because it's a great platform for marketing to people. But it's not such a great platform when marketers don't have any way of knowing who those people are, or whether they even …

Social Media

Is this peak sharing economy? Presenting the Airbnb for Airbnb

The startup industry has a shorthand by which new startups are described via comparisons to successful startups. "Uber, but for metadata." "Spotify, …

Faster, smarter, slimmer: LG announces its 4K TV lineup for 2015

LG's line of TVs for 2015 are thinner than ever, boast lifelike color, as well as a streamlined interface for accessing online video.<p>Oh, and 4K will …

Report: Windows 10 will have a new browser that's not Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer, Microsoft's venerable but often despised web browser, may be on its way out.<p>That's according to Microsoft Student Partner lead …

Touch ID hackers attempt to take things to next level, no need for physical fingerprint

The hacker who successfully used a fingerprint captured from an iPhone to fool Touch ID now believes it may be possible to perform the same hack without needing access to a physical fingerprint. Speaking at this year’s Chaos Computer Club convention, Jan Krissler – who uses the alias Starbug – …

Tesla unveils all-wheel-drive and autonomous features for its Model S

Electric car maker Tesla injected some new life into its Model S sedan Thursday night by announcing a pair of new features vital to the luxury market.<p>On stage in front of a boisterous crowd of thousands of invited Tesla owners, company chief Elon Musk revealed that both all-wheel drive and …

J.Lo and Iggy Show Off The 'Booty' In New Video

From the editors of ELLE.com, J.Lo and Iggy Azalea's full "Booty" video is finally here.<p><b>UPDATE:</b> Last night, the full video for Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea's "Booty" video was finally released after a series of teasers on J.Lo's Instagram. The new video, which stars a lot of booty as promised, …

The Web Cookie Is Dying. Here's The Creepier Technology That Comes Next

It may raise hackles to think that U.S. intelligence officials might be monitoring your telephone and Internet communications, but for most of us it’s only the marketers who are really interested in our everyday online activities. And with many billions of dollars at stake, companies are …

The African company that trumped Apple to launch first black emoticons - CNN.com

The first ever Afro emoticons have recently been launched by a Mauritius-based app company. Called "Oju," which translates to "faces" in the Nigerian Yoruba language, the icons are meant to tackle a lack of racial diversity in mobile characters.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Driving diversity<p>Leaping ahead<p>The power of …

Forget about learning to code—to get rich in tech, become an accountant

David Ebersman did well as CFO of Genentech, regularly making more than $4 million per year at the biotech firm. But his next career move brought far greater riches.<p>When Facebook was in the market for a finance chief with “public company experience,” it turned to Ebersman (pictured above.) The CFO …

Sheryl Sandberg