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Wise Owl's monthly (ish) news tweet  |  Issue 39 - October 2020

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The new Excel LET function allows you to store intermediate calculations in variables

The new LET function in Excel effectively allows you to create variables within a formula to hold the results of calculations, as this blog explains.

This month's Power BI update, getting help on DAX and Power BI reports in 3 dimensions!

October's monthly Power BI update includes a new logo and splash screen, on-screen help and the ability for report consumers to personalise visuals that they've published.  There's also an update of Power BI for HoloLens 2, which lets you pretend you're Tom Cruise swiping reports in Minority Report.  On a more down-to-earth level, we've created a list of three top YouTube channels to help you to learn DAX.

The October 2020 Windows update lets you set a colour mode and introduces improvements to Edge

The October 2020 Windows update lets you switch between Edge tabs more easily, provides two more ways to save tabs in Edge and lets you choose a light or dark colour mode for your desktop, but none of these new features will change your life!

This month's competition invites you to solve a logic puzzle

This month's competition is a logic puzzle: work out which neighbours use which modes of transport to travel to which jobs, given just 6 clues (as always, the winner will receive a fifty-pound Amazon voucher).  Last month's word search of US states was won by Vincent Vaughan of Public Health England (you can see the answer and more details here).

Combining two jigsaw puzzles using the same template to produce surreal and disturbing new images

Many jigsaw puzzles are based on the same template, which prompted Vancouver artist Tim Klein to wonder what would happen if you combined pieces from two different puzzles to create a new image.  The results are amazing, if occasionally also a little disturbing too.

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