Add details to your Microsoft Excel spreadsheets for cities, foods, music, plants, and more. With the data type tool, there’s no need to open your web browser. Just type in a keyword and go! When Microsoft implemented its data type tool in Excel, we showed you just how easy it is to use. You could gather geographical data or add stock details to your sheets without scouring the internet. But the tool goes beyond its early stages of a few data types to over a dozen now, including an automatic data detector. About Data Types in Excel Once you add data to your Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, you can turn words or phrases into data types. Those data types provide you with details from the web that you can also add to your sheet. For example, you can type the word “bacon” in your spreadsheet and turn that word into a food data type. Then, with a click, you can insert nutritional details for bacon in the cells next to it. You can also use the automatic data type. This … [Read more...] about How to Use the Automatic Data Type Tool in Microsoft Excel
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" " An image of Bitcoin and U.S. currencies is displayed on a screen as delegates listen to a panel of speakers during the Interpol World Congress in Singapore on July 4, 2017. ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images In 2017 alone, the price of a Bitcoin exploded from under $1,000 in January to more than $10,000 in early December, earning the top cryptocurrency a market capitalization of more than $167 billion . The surprise success of Bitcoin has opened the floodgates to a torrent of new cryptocurrencies competing for investor dollars. Bitcoin is an invisible digital currency (with no physical backing) that can be sent from one internet user to another. It runs on blockchain technology. The blockchain works by recording financial transactions on a shared digital ledger that's encrypted on a peer-to-peer network. Instead of relying on a large financial institution or centralized servers to process payments, the blockchain runs on thousands of computers or "nodes" … [Read more...] about Beyond Bitcoin: Ethereum Is the Next Big Cryptocurrency
When people refer to running native software, emulation, and software compatibility, what exactly are they referring to? Read on as we delve into the concept of native software. Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision of Stack Exchange, a community-driven grouping of Q&A web sites. The Question SuperUser reader Throsby is curious about what it means to run software natively. He writes: I’ve been wondering what it means for software to run natively. What exactly is such software and how is it different from software that does not run natively? How can I tell if a given piece of software will run natively on my computer? Is there likely to be software already on my computer that runs natively? Read on for an excellent analogy explaining exactly what it means to be native on a given system. The Answer SuperUser contributor Deltik offers a fantastic analogy that highlights what it means for software to be native and … [Read more...] about What Does it Mean for Software to Run Natively?
ProtonMail is a secure email service designed to protect your inbox and identity. So how exactly is ProtonMail different from a “regular” email provider like Gmail? And, more importantly: Is it time to make the switch? What Is ProtonMail? While all major email services claim to respect your privacy, ProtonMail goes further than most in a bid to protect you. That’s what makes it different from the big email providers like Google’s Gmail and Microsoft’s Outlook.com. ProtonMail is one of a handful of so-called secure email providers that shun the traditional webmail route of plentiful free storage and integrated services in favor of heightened privacy and security features. Unlike with Gmail, you’ll have to pay to unlock many of these additional bells and whistles. Google profits off its free Gmail service by showing you ads, while ProtonMail doesn’t have any ads. Google and Microsoft use standard good security practices like two-factor authentication and securing the … [Read more...] about What Is ProtonMail, and Why Is It More Private Than Gmail?
How you fix a problem ultimately depends on what that problem is. At the same time, many of the most common technology problems have simple and easy solutions. Here are 10 common troubleshooting tricks you need to know. Turn It off and on Again It might be a meme at this point, but “ turning it off and on again ” is the solution to many of life’s tech problems. Since a lot of issues are caused by software, turning your computer, smartphone, or other gadgets off and then booting them up again eliminates the problem by “starting over.” Operating systems have lots of processes happening in unison. When one or more of these processes encounters a problem, it can cause a chain reaction and lead to the device not functioning as expected. Sometimes you can identify and restart the particular process that’s causing the problem, but it’s often just easier to restart the device and wipe the slate clean. Restarting is also a good test of whether your problem is related to software … [Read more...] about 10 Tech Troubleshooting Tips to Fix Your Gadgets