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Original Peace
It is not necessary to search for peace. It is within. Your original state is one of peace. External situations will pull you away from your peace. If, that is, you let them. Internal feelings can also pull you away. Tiredness, for example, leads to irritability.

Learn to be in charge of yourself and maintain your peace: centre your awareness on your spiritual form - a tiny star-like point of light, seated in the middle of your forehead. Really experience the difference between You the Sparkling Star, and your body, the physical vehicle. Learn to detach yourself from the vehicle.

Even a few moments of this practice, if done regularly, will return you to your natural state of peace. Tiredness will vanish. Irritability too. And your actions will be filled with love - for the self and others.
 
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Robot police called Reem saluting at Dubai Mall
To reinforce the country’s security force, Dubai Police have unveiled REEM, an autonomous robot police, as a key addition to their fleet of patrolling officers. The world’s first interactive robot police were given the task of patrolling the city’s malls and tourist attractions.
Robot police called Reem saluting at Dubai Mall

The robot police

A few days ago, REEM began his patrolling duties in Dubai Mall where people gathered around in curiosity to discover what the robot is all about. As legitimate as REEM can be, people are able to interact with the robot to report crimes, pay fines, and find out information through the touch screen located on its chest. Any data that will be collected by the robot police will be passed around with the country’s transport and traffic authorities. Brig Khalid Al Razooqi, director general of smart services at Dubai Police, said, “Most people visit police stations or customer service, but with this tool, we can reach the public 24/7”. “It can protect people from crime because it can broadcast what is happening right away to our command and control center”, he continued.

The humanoid robot is equipped with an autonomous navigation system and a touch screen that is capable of moving around any kind of surroundings. REEM is 1.65 m in height and has a built-in base that allows it to move at 5 km/h. Its motorized head vision can perform face tracking and recognition. The robot police is also equipped with sensors and a lithium battery pack that lasts up to 8 hours, which enables it to autonomously roam around without the need for human intervention.
Apart from protecting the public, REEM’s other useful applications include functioning as an entertainer, a guide and a logistical tool. REEM is highly bespoke and can be configured to adapt to the customer’s needs. The robot even has a small, built-in platform that can transport objects around for additional assistance. REEM was made by a multi-national robotics R&D company called PAL Robotics, based in Barcelona, Spain.
Robot police also has a small built-in platform for carrying things
[Image Source: PAL Robotics]
Dubai’s government plans to enhance its security force by making 25% of it robotic by 2030. However, humans will not be replaced with this technological advancement within the force. “We are not going to replace our police officers with this tool”, says Al Razooqi. “But with the number of people in Dubai increasing, we want to relocate police officers so they work in the right areas and can concentrate on providing a safe city”, he added.
REEM’s linguistic skills only include Arabic and English for now, but other languages such as Russian, Chinese, French, and Spanish are aimed to be added to its communication range.
Humanoid robot called Reem
[Image Source: PAL Robotics]
Francesco Ferro, PAL Robotics’ CEO said that other emerging and upcoming robots can learn a few things from REEM. “Besides the fact that our current model REEM can perform a variety of tasks and acts as a human assistant in a variety of environments, it is also modular.  Its modularity makes it an excellent robotic technological platform, from which a variety of other robots can be developed”.
Dubai’s government is also looking to add another REEM model to its security force by next year depending on funding agreements.
Source: PAL Robotics
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It takes great courage to be honest. One of the noblest qualities in a person is the ability to say, “I am sorry, I was wrong, you were right”. It doesn’t really matter about being right, winning arguments or having my ideas accepted. It matters more that I am able to recognise my mistakes, take responsibility for them, learn the lesson and move forward with greater maturity.
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Secrets to Becoming More Stress Resistant
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Sometimes stress can be good for you, especially when it gives you the motivation to complete a task. Successfully dealing with stress provides a feeling of satisfaction and the belief that you can handle challenging situations. A certain amount of stress is necessary for an organism to thrive.

When faced with stressful situations, your body responds with a fight or flight response. While this response is helpful for an animal that might become a predator’s meal, it has limited utility in our modern lives. In fact, if your stress becomes chronic, it could cause serious health challenges.
So how can you cut down on your stress?

While many circumstances might be beyond your control, you do have some choices on how you approach stressful situations:

1. Cope actively. Those who have the most success at controlling stress focus on taking charge of situations and seeking solutions. If you tend to avoid challenges and wait until they only get worse, you’re compounding your stress instead of reducing it.
2. Choose how you perceive stressful circumstances. What you think about a circumstance has the most effect on you and your future in dealing with the situation.
  • Will you be a victim, and feel worse, or will you take action to do what you can to make it better?
3. Relax and defuse your body’s stress response. It’s difficult to exercise direct control over many aspects of your physical stress response. Just try to will your heart rate and blood pressure to a lower level! However, you do have a lot of control over your breathing, both the rate and the depth.
  • Sitting in a quiet place and taking slow, deep breaths can perform miracles. Take a slow, deep breath, hold it for two seconds, and then release it slowly.
  • Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is all the rage today, but it has been around for thousands of years. All it really entails is totally focusing on the task at hand. If you’re folding laundry, you should only be thinking about folding laundry, not thinking about your spouse, work, bills, or anything else.
  • It’s essentially impossible to be stressed in the present moment. In reality, when you’re stressed, you’re either stressing about the past or future. You’re either getting upset about something that’s over or worrying about something that hasn’t happened yet.
4. Get some exercise. A fight or flight response dumps a lot of chemicals into your body that get everything revved up. Burn them off with a healthy dose of exercise.
  • There’s no reason to overdo it, but moving your body around in a vigorous fashion will make you feel a lot better.
5. Take good care of yourself. Most of us tend to marginalize the importance of a healthy diet and adequate sleep. This is a mistake. Your body needs nutritious foods to have a clean energy source. It also needs the proper rest to de-stress and heal from the rigors of the day.
  • Find some stress-free activities than you can enjoy regularly. Maybe golf is your thing. Maybe volunteering makes you feel better. Find a new hobby that engages your mind, like chess or learning the guitar.
6. Be proactive. It is much easier to get your stress level under control when it first starts to rise. When your stress is reaching maximum levels, it’s almost too late at that point to regain control.
  • Pay attention to your body and mind. When you first start becoming stressed, take the appropriate steps to bring it down.
Stress can be very damaging. Animal studies have shown that lifespan is reduced when an animal is subjected to constant stress. Take the necessary steps to get your stress level as low as reasonably possible. The quality of your life will improve and you’ll be happier.

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Never waste time explaining
Who are you
To people who are committed
To misunderstanding you.
Let your action speak
&
Let your deeds show
Who you are..
 
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What comes to your mind when I say the word "introvert"? A shy, timid person? Or someone who thinks they are too-cool-for-school? As an introvert myself, I'm proud to tell you introverts are not what you think they are.
 
Introverts are seen as quiet, reserved, and often rude and reclusive. However, the introvert definition doesn't include being anti-social. Introverts can have great social lives and close friends, and they do enjoy spending time with others, but they feel so tired physically and mentally after a long day of socializing and mingling.

What they need is spending alone time to regain their energies. They mainly appear in places which provides silence and solace like parks, their home, and cafes. They also enjoy a good ole bus ride alone.
But why do introverts act this way?

Scientists have the perfect explanation of introverted behaviors.

Everyone possesses dopamine and acetylcholine in their brains. These are both neurotransmitters linked to pleasure. Scientists[1] discover introverts rely on acetylcholine — a chemical that makes you feel good when you turn inwards; while extroverts respond better to dopamine — a chemical that provides the motivation to seek external rewards and stimulation.

Also, a study[2] in 2012 finds out introverts have thicker gray matter in their prefrontal cortex, which is a region of the brain linked to decision-making and abstract thoughts. This explains introverts tend to sit and ponder alone before making a decision.

At work, introverts mind their own business.

They don't boast, they just take actions. Introverts don't crave the limelight, and they think boasting is another form of attention-seeking. They prefer working hard on their own instead of gaining popularity or likeness from others.
They don't bother to act nice. Don't get me wrong, I don't mean introverts are stuck-up or extroverts are fake. Introverts do not prefer small talks, or even dread chitchats. They think small talks are not acts of niceness, but pointless conversations.
They aren't shy to present themselves, they only say things when it counts. Introverts are often assumed to be soft-spoken and shy, in fact, they are listening and internalizing their thoughts while others speak. They prefer thinking before speaking, and say things that are really meaningful and constructive.
They hate gossips and don't understand why others love it so much. As I have mentioned before, introverts seldom enjoy trivial conversations, and office politics is no exception.
Despite everything, when they make friends at work, they make really close ones. The reason why introverts don't enjoy chitchats is because they prefer deep, introspective conversations with others. They build friendships beyond the surface, but not upon superficial interactions.

If introverts have a choice, they would rather stay at home and spend time together than going out for a date. Introverts enjoy spending quality time with their loved ones in a space with minimal social interactions, simply because a loud and noisy atmosphere it is more draining and boisterous. Also, introverts like to direct their attention on one person, going out just creates more distractions.

They really need a lot of alone time, but it doesn't mean they don't love you. Often times, introverts in relationships are deemed as non-communicative and distant. Their partners (usually extroverts) may feel less attention from them. It's not that they don't love you, it's only because their introverted temperament requires a silent space to absorb and process information from both outside and inside.
 
They let their partners shine. Introverts prefer stepping back and let others have the spotlight, it's the same in relationships. Their introverted nature makes their more extroverted counterparts feel less threatened and competitive for attention.

They don't like to socialize with their partner's friends, but they are willing to try. It all comes back to introverts not liking small talks. They can be friendly and sociable (and may be mistaken as an extrovert), but they find it mentally draining afterwards. They hate being the center of attention too. But because introverts are great listeners, they understand what their partner wants and try to accommodate their needs.

There are a lot of more that constitute someone's personality.

After reading this, you might see a bit of yourself, or you may think "nah, my introverted friends are nothing like this". I just want you to know, there isn't a solid and absolute introvert definition.

People have different degrees of introversion, and it's more important to know introverts can be different from one another, and people may change after time, but just remember, they all share one ultimate similarity — they need their alone time to recharge.

No matter if you are an introvert or extrovert, let us know if there are any other qualities you think an introverted person possess!
 
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Happiness is like Orange Juice
If you consume it Today
It will taste sweet
Don’t keep it for Tomorrow
It will turn Bitter
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We’ve all been there - the horrible, sluggish, dirge of work that is 1pm after a morning of admin and clearing your inbox. In fact, you haven’t gotten anything done since you took a break at noon.
 
Why? Because you didn’t set your priorities properly.
 
Instead of dealing with your biggest, most important task while you had the energy to do so, you do what everyone does when faced with a task they don’t want to do. You procrastinated, telling yourself that you’d clear your schedule of your smaller tasks so that you would have a clear head to tackle the main event.
 
And, as we all know, procrastination leads to cramming work into less time, which means way higher stress levels.
 
To avoid doing this again, here are a few pieces of advice I’ve learned the hard way over the last two and a half years of working remotely. After all, you could be an expert in business process management, but if you’re not taking the right approach to your workday, you’ll be dead in the water by lunchtime.

Deal with your ugliest task first

You’re at your most productive when you start work, so it only makes sense to prioritize your tasks and deal with the biggest, ugliest one as the first item of your day.
 
I know it sounds horrible, but it’s like jumping in the deep end of a swimming pool - the initial shock isn’t pleasant, but in no time at all you’re used to the water. By taking care of your ugliest task first, not only are you (usually) dealing with the thing most playing on your mind, but everything else you do after that will seem like a walk in the park.

Plan out your day the night before

You won’t know what your ugliest task is until you’ve planned out your day. Unfortunately, if you leave that task management until the morning, you’ll be left with the same problem of wasting mental energy doing that instead of your main task.
 
Plan out your day of tasks the day before you have to do them. It doesn’t have to take long, but even 5 minutes of planning to create a bare bones task order and time schedule will save you hours upon hours of productive energy in the long run.

Have set times for clearing your inbox

To completely avoid the temptation to fill your morning with small, unimportant tasks, you’ll want to have a set time in which you clear your inbox.
 
Again, this doesn’t have to be anything complicated, but I’d recommend setting aside 30 minutes to an hour at the end of your day to check your emails, organize any tasks, reply to messages, and so on.

Don’t put off tasks that take less than 20 minutes

Yes, I know I said that you shouldn’t be doing smaller tasks in the morning. I stick by that. However, you also shouldn’t put off tasks which will take you 20 minutes or less to complete.
 
By putting them off you’re doing one of two things. Either they will play on your mind and affect your performance until you finally clear them from your task list, or you’ll put them to the side and forever forget about them.
 
Don’t do either - when sorting through your inbox (or as soon as you get the task if it’s not getting in the way of dealing with your main item for the day) make sure that you start and finish anything that will take you less than 20 minutes. Trust me, you’ll feel a lot better if you do.
 
Follow these four tips and you’ll be well on your way to getting your task list to zero and having a solid productivity system. Also, if you have any productivity tips of your own I’d love to hear them in the comments.

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In order to find solutions to problems, it is important to improve the quality of my thinking. I need to calm my mind by creating peaceful thoughts. The first thing that follows is that problems stop affecting me. I am able to think more clearly, which brings about a solution.
Restoring The Mind-Body Balance

Many people are under the impression that the focus of spirituality is only on the mind and the soul, and the physical body is neglected. But that’s not true. Our physical body is essential to our life and the art of living. It is our vehicle and our home. An appropriate balance of diet, sleep, relaxation and exercise is important for the body. However, when we enter the world of spirituality, the main emphasis is on the mind and the soul. This does not mean that we do not value or take care of our body. Without a healthy body, we would not be able to express ourselves mentally or spiritually. Spiritual progress, which includes the listening/studying and imbibing of spiritual knowledge, the practice of meditation, the inculcation of divine virtues and the spiritual service of others through different means is much easier and better with a healthy body.

Unfortunately, though, we have lost the art or wisdom of balance and for very long we have placed too much emphasis on our physical form, the body; and less emphasis on our spiritual form, the soul, as a result, reducing our spiritual awareness. One of the aims of spirituality is to restore this balance between mind and body so that we can experience well-being and happiness at every level. So while our body and our physical energy are essential, the focus of spirituality is on the mind and the soul, to help regain the balance.
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The Possibility of Reducing Migraines By Changing Diets!

Why is it that certain foods seem to lead to migraines? Would eliminating these foods from your diet be helpful? The science behind whether foods do truly trigger migraines is still cloudy, but it's convincing enough that more and more headache specialists are recommending dietary changes to treat migraines.
 
 
Do Dietary Changes Actually Work?
Designing and carrying out studies on diet interventions for migraines is tricky for a few reasons. For one, it is very hard to assess whether a person actually adheres to a particular diet. Furthermore, there are so many potential migraine-triggering foods that are unique to each person. However, with that being said, one study in "The Journal of Headache and Pain" sought to discover whether a low-fat vegan diet (which naturally eliminates many common migraine food triggers) would reduce migraine attacks. 
 
In this study, 42 participants who suffer from migraines were randomized to one of two groups:
•     A change in diet – which consisted of 4 weeks of a low-fat vegan diet followed by 12 weeks of a "common migraine trigger food" elimination diet (in addition to the low-fat vegan option).
•     A placebo supplement (very small doses of omega-3 and Vitamin E) with no dietary changes.
During the elimination part of the diet the participants avoided eating common migraine-triggering foods. The participants did eventually slowly reintroduce these foods to their diets, one at a time. The eliminated foods included:
• Chocolate
• Sugar
• Nuts and seeds
• Corn, barley, and wheat rye
• Soybeans, chickpeas, peanuts
• All citrus fruits, bananas, and apples
• Sweet potatoes, celery, yam, pepper, eggplant, onion, tomatoes, and garlic
Note: Coffee, tea, and alcohol were also removed from the diet. 
 
There were some problems with the study, mostly limited to diet adherence and the complex design of the study. However, the results were promising as those who changed their diets reported a decrease in migraines. The supplement group, half reported that their headache pain was better, while half reported that there was no change. Furthermore, during the first 16 weeks of the study (when participants adhered most to their diet), those in the diet group had less intense headaches that those from the supplement group.
 
However, with this being said, there was no significant difference between the number of headaches experienced between the two groups. Also, when reporting improved pain during the dietary period, it is not sure whether that was because of the vegan diet, the elimination diet, or both. All in all, this study emphasizes the difficulties that exist when trying to determine the true benefit of dietary interventions to treat migraines.
 
Still, the results do suggest some benefits, which is very encouraging.
 
How Does Food Trigger Migraines?
Food may trigger migraines through an allergic process, in which a person's immune system is activated and an antibody is produced, or through the food intolerance mechanism, in which no antibody is produced but the body still reacts – this is a sensitivity not an allergy. 
 
In the aforementioned study, a low-fat vegan diet encourages the consumption of plant-based foods, many of which contain anti-inflammatory properties. Foods such as meat and dairy could be pro-inflammatory, so by avoiding them, a person may be able to decrease their migraine pain.
 
In fact, this inflammatory effect of certain foods has been proven by scientific evidence. One particular study, found in "Cephalalgia" found that some migraineurs have abnormally high levels of IgG (an antibody) in their bloodstream when exposed to certain foods, such as spices, seafood, starch, nuts, and food additives. Therefore, it is possible that particular foods create a pro-inflammatory state in the migraineur's body, which then lowers the migraine threshold, allowing for other triggers to create a migraine attack.
 
Of course, there might be some other reasons why elimination or restricted diets help to ease a person's migraine attacks. For example, elimination diets can lead to weight loss, and calorie reduction (especially in those who are obese) both of which can lead to more intense migraines.
 
The Bottom Line
While the role of certain foods as migraine triggers is controversial, the truth of the matter is that you should do what makes sense. If a food (or a group of foods) seems to lead to migraines, eliminating it from your diet is sensible, regardless of what scientific research has (or hasn't) proven. In other words, it's wise to listen to your gut. Just be careful to change your diet under the guidance of your physician, so that you can ensure you're getting all the nourishment you need.

 
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Happiness is actually your choice.  If you choose to feel down then you can never be happy.  However, if you keep on moving forward then you can find the happiness that you’ve been dreaming of. 

All of us are going through a lot of struggles in our lives such as break-ups, divorce, the death of a loved one and others. Regardless of what we are going through right now, we must accept this and go on with our lives.
If you want to feel happy and thankful today then you can.
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In Brief

German scientists from the Technical University of Munich have developed an imaging technology that uses Wi-Fi signals to construct 3D hologram images. This could be used to assist in search and rescue operations after disasters.

A Whole New View

If you've played any of the recent Batman video games, you're probably already familiar with his ability to scan through walls using one of the many gadgets he has at his disposal. In real life, German scientists from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) may have developed a technology that could give you a similar Batman-esque skill. What makes it even cooler? Basically all it takes is a Wi-Fi signal.

"It can basically scan a room with someone's Wi-Fi transmission," Philipp Holl said, speaking to Business Insider. Holl and TUM professor Friedemann Reinhard developed the concept behind the technology and published their findings in the journal Physical Review Letters.

It's surprisingly simple, exploiting Wi-Fi's ability to pass through walls. Using two antennas, they record a Wi-Fi field around a particular room. The antennas capture the intensity and the phase of the Wi-Fi field both from its source spot and the places it bounces off from. The result is a holographic image of the room that, while it's not yet vivid, proves that the concept works in practice rather than just theory.

Life-Saving Tech

The ability to see through walls might be a little unsettling at first, as it could open up potential privacy exploitation issues. "Of course, this raises privacy questions. After all, to a certain degree even encrypted signals transmit an image of their surroundings to the outside world," Reinhard said in a press release from TUM, "However, it is rather unlikely that this process will be used for the view into foreign bedrooms in the near future. For that, you would need to go around the building with a large antenna, which would hardly go unnoticed. There are simpler ways available."

The tech could also have many beneficial — if not life-saving — applications. Apart from the potential to be used by spy agencies for legitimate operations requiring the scanning of buildings, it could also be an asset to rescue operations after a disaster such as an earthquake or an avalanche. The antennas could be placed in a truck and then driven around the rubble or debris are to survey and look for survivors.

"These antennas don't need to be big. They can be very small, like the ones in a smartphone," Holl said, meaning they could be easily wielded even in the smallest, most remote, spaces.

Further research, such as on the transparency of specific materials, is needed to refine the technology. But it's exciting to think that superhero technology could come to life in such a way, especially with potentially life-saving applications.
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Helen Bradley
               
Microsoft's updated spreadsheet tool isn't getting a lot of new, whiz-bang features, but it is becoming more functional. That's something both new and experienced users will enjoy—especially a new approach to an old problem that used to require a cumbersome workaround. Complex tasks become easier to perform, thanks to tools such as Recommended Charts and Recommended PivotTables tools. Other changes place choices closer to your data, and use big-business brawn to crunch data right into Excel. To help you get up to speed, read on for 10 new features that make your work easier in the new Excel. Want to know more about the new Office suite? You'll find our full review of Office 2013 here, as well 10 killer features in the new Word 2013 here.

1. Start screen sets the scene

Excel's new Start Screen helps you get to work more quickly. Along its left edge are the most recently used worksheets, any of which can be pinned to your Recent list so they will always be visible. Here, too, you can click Open Other Workbooks to access your files from a disk or the cloud. The Start Screen's top-right corner also shows the SkyDrive (or SharePoint) account you are currently connected to. A range of templates appears here to help you quick start a project. These can also be pinned, or you can use the search feature to look online for other templates. A list of suggested searches can help you get started. New users will appreciate the template choices, and existing users will likee the Recent file list and quick access to existing files. Although the Start Screen can be disabled, I find it useful enough to stick with it. The Open tab has links to recently accessed files and locations.

2. Enjoy a new Backstage View

The Backstage View, introduced in Office 2010, is accessible from the File menu. In Excel this has been revamped to show exactly what you're doing so you can choose the appropriate task. 
The Open tab now gives you access to recently accessed workbooks, making it a combination of the Open and Recent tabs from Excel 2010. You can pin worksheets to this list or click Computer to access recently accessed locations (any of which you can pin permanently here, too). There's also access to your SkyDrive account, and the option to set up additional SkyDrive or SharePoint accounts.
Want to split first and last names into two columns? Look to the new Flash Fill feature.

3. Make Flash Fill magic

The most whiz-bang new feature is the Flash Fill tool. Its predictive data entry can detect patterns and extract and enter data that follows a recognizable pattern. It solves some common problems that currently require cumbersome workarounds to achieve.
One such problem is extracting a person's first name from a column of full names. In a blank column adjacent to the one that contains full names, you simply type the first name and then click the Home tab, and select Fill, Flash Fill. The first names of everyone in the list will be entered into that that column immediately. You can use the same process to extract last names, to join first and last names, to extract months, days or years from dates and even extract values from cells.  While you could have always done this with formulas, now Flash Fill ensures anyone can do it very quickly and easily.
Take the guess work out of which chart to choose to best display your data.

4. Simplify choices with Recommended Charts

This falls somewhere between a whiz-bang new feature and something that makes working in Excel more intuitive. Recommended Charts shows only a subset of chart types that are appropriate to the data you've selected. It will help inexperienced users create charts that help explain the data and don't confuse the viewer.
To use the tool, select the data that you want to chart, click the Insert tab and select Recommended Charts. A dialog appears with a range of charts to choose from—click each in turn to see how your data will look plotted on that chart. Select the desired option and click OK, and the chart is created automatically.
Change the look of your chart by selecting options from the pop-up menu.

5. Chart tools get smarter

In previous versions of Excel, when a chart is selected, the Chart Tools tab revealed three additional tabs: Design, Layout, and Format. The interface is simpler in Excel 2013, with only the Design and Format tabs to choose from.
In addition, a set of icons appears outside the top right edge of a chart when it is selected. Click any of these buttons—Chart  Elements, Chart Styles or Chart Filters—to reveal additional chart formatting options. Click Chart Elements to add or remove elements, such as axis titles and legends; click Chart Styles to change the style and color of your chart; or click Chart Filtersto view filtered data using a live preview.
Quick Analysis offers formatting, totals and charts for analyzing your data.

6. Quickly analyze your data

The new Quick Analysis tool can help both new and experienced users find options for working with selected data. To use it, select the data to analyze, and the Quick Analysis icon  appears in the bottom-right corner of the selected data.
Click that icon, and a dialog appears showing a range of tools for analyzing the data, such as Formatting, Charts, Totals, Tables and Sparklines. Click any option, and a series of selectable choices appear; preview those choices by mousing over them. Next, click the option you like to apply it to your data. This feature speeds up the process of formatting, charting and writing formulas.
PivotTables just became ridiculously simple to create.

7. Answer questions instantly with Pivot Tables

Pivot Tables are a powerful tool for analyzing and answering questions about  your data, but they're not easy for new users to create. For the first time, though, if you can click a mouse key, then you can create a meaningful Pivot Table, thanks to the new Recommended PivotTables. To use it, select your data, including headings, and choose Insert, Recommended PivotTables. A dialog appears showing a series of PivotTables with explanations of what they show. All you need do is to select the table that shows what you want to see, click OK,and the PivotTable is automatically drawn for you.
Excel 2013 now integrates Power View for beefy analysis and reporting.

8. Make quick reports with Power View

The Power View add-in, available for previous versions of Excel, is now integrated inside Excel 2013. Power View is typically used for analyzing large quantities of data brought in from external data sources—just  the sort of tool that big business might use.
Incorporated within Excel, it's now  accessible to anyone. To see it at work, select your data and choose Insert, Power View. The first time you use it, the feature installs automatically. Then a Power View sheet will be added to your workbook, and the analysis report will be created.
You can add a title and then filter the data and organize it to display the way you like. The Power View tab on the Ribbon toolbar displays report format options, such as Theme and text formats, as well View options for Field List and Filters Area panels that you can use to filter and sort your data.
Try to work on a worksheet that someone else is editing? You'll be warned that it's locked. You can view and download it, but can't change it.

9. Share files and work with other people

Working with other people on shared files in real time is a double-edged sword. While it's useful to do this, you will face problems when two people try to change the same item at the same time. In Excel 2013 you can share and work collaboratively on files with others via SkyDrive using the Excel WebApp, and multiple people can work on the same file at the same time. However, you cannot open a worksheet from SkyDrive in Excel 2013 on your local machine if someone else is currently working in the same worksheet. This protects the worksheet against conflicting changes.
Instead, if one person is editing an Excel file that's stored online, others with permission can view and download it, but they cannot change the original, whichis locked until the person working with it is finished.
Like other applications in the Office 2013 suite, Excel 2013 saves files by default to the cloud. You can open, view, and edit Excel files  online in a browser using the Excel WebApp without having Excel 2013 on the local hard drive.
Share your cloud-stored worksheets with friends on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

10. Share work to your social networks

Here's a handy way to share a to-do list, an event planning worksheet, or whatever spreadsheet you desire with your social network. You can now share Excel workbooks with Facebook and more from within Excel 2013 itself. To see the Post to Social Networks option, the best way to save the file first to SkyDrive.
If you haven't saved your file to SkyDrive, then choose File, Share, and click Invite People. You'll be stepped through the process of saving the file to the Cloud so that Save As options later appear automatically. Once this is done, you are returned to the Share panel where the Post to Social Networks option now appears. Here you can select any social network that you have linked to your Office 2013 account. You can select whether viewers can view or edit your shared worksheet, and you can include a message, and then post it for review.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Helen Bradley is a business and lifestyle writer, blogger, photographer; Photoshop and Lightroom professional; and an expat Australian.
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I was having a great morning until I sat down in front of my office computer
"your password has expired" - a server message flashed on my screen, with instructions for changing it.


Coming up with a new code doesn't seem like a big deal, unless you work at my company, where we have to change it monthly, using at least one uppercase character, one lower case character, one symbol and one number.

Oh and the password can't be fewer than eight characters.

And I can't use any of the same passwords I've used in the past three months.

Suddenly I was furious, what didn't make it any better was that I was deeply depressed after my recent divorce.

Disbelief over what she had done to me was what I thought all day.

That didn't mean anything to the empty field with the pulsating cursor, waiting for me to type a password that I have to reenter many times – for the next 30 days.

I remembered a tip I'd heard from my former boss . He'd said " I'm going to use a password that is going to change my life".

I couldn't focus on getting things done in my current mood.

There was clear indication that I needed to regain control over my life, but I couldn't heed them.

My password became the indicator. My password reminded me that I shouldn't let myself be a victim of my recent breakup and that I was strong enough to do something about it.

I made my password – Forgive@her ,

I had to type this password several times every day each time my computer would lock.

Each time I came back from lunch I wrote forgive her.

The simple action changed the way I looked at my ex-wife.

That constant reminder of reconciliation led me to accept the way things happened and helped me deal with my depression.

As one month wore on, I felt a slow healing began to take place.

By the time the server prompted me to change my password following month, I felt free.

The next time I had to change my password I thought about the next thing that I had to get done.

My password became Quit@smoking4ever .

It motivated me to follow my goal and I was able to quit smoking.

One month later, my password became Save4trip@thiland, and in three months I was able to visit Thailand.

Seeing how reminders helped me materialize my goals kept me motivated and excited.

While its sometimes difficult to come up with your next goal, keeping at it brings great results.

After a few months my password was Save4@ring !!!

Life is going to change again !!!
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If you Stay, stay forever,
If you Go, Do it today,
If you change , change for the Better,
And
If you talk,
Make sure you mean
what you say….