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  1. Almost every R user knows about popular packages like dplyr and ggplot2. But with 10,000+ packages on CRAN and yet more on GitHub, it's not always easy to unearth libraries with great R functions. One of the best way to find cool, new-to-you R code is to see what other useRs have discovered. So, I'm sharing a few of my discoveries -- and hope you'll share some of yours in return (contact info below).

    Choose a ColorBrewer palette from an interactive app. Need a color scheme for a map or app? ColorBrewer is well known as a source for pre-configured palettes, and the RColorBrewer package imports those into R. But it's not always easy to remember what's available. The tmaptools package's palette_explorer creates an interactive application that shows you the possibilities.

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  2. iCloud sits at the heart of the Apple user experience, connecting and syncing all our devices together and enabling a host of utterly essential tasks. That’s why when iCloud goes wrong, it’s good to follow this checklist to try to make it better.

    iCloud System Status: Is this thing on?

    The first thing to check when iCloud seems to stop working is Apple’s own iCloud System Status page. This lists all the available iCloud services the company provides. If something here is marked as not working and relates to the problem you are experiencing, then you should probably just wait for Apple to address it.

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  3. You might not know it from all the panic-inducing headlines out there, but Android is actually packed with powerful and practical security features. Some are activated by default and protecting you whether you realize it or not, while others are more out of the way but equally deserving of your attention.

    So stop wasting your time worrying about the Android malware monster du jour and which security company is using it to scare you into an unnecessary subscription, and take a moment instead to look through these far more impactful Android security settings — starting with the core elements and moving from there into some more advanced and easily overlooked options.

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  4. When’s the last time you signed a contract on an actual piece of paper? Likely not lately, and likely not any time soon. Printing and manually signing pieces of paper is not only a logistical nightmare, it’s bad business in 2018.HelloSign is one of the leading companies allowing businesses and individuals to collect legally binding e-signatures quickly and securely, and it’s making the case for eSignatures pretty darn clear.

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  5. I’ve been following the T-Mobile Sprint merger story for many years. If I were a betting man, I would say this merger will be approved, with conditions. Let’s take a closer look at why and what we can expect going forward for T-Mobile, Sprint, their opponents and the larger wireless marketplace.

    First, with or without a merger, the wireless industry will continue to grow rapidly and thrive in the new world of 5G. The merger will only impact T-Mobile and Sprint and their ability to be competitive in this new world.

    Second, I have been reading so much push-back from the opposition. While there is plenty, this is really nothing new or different from any other M&A story. The arguments made by opponents seem to be serious, but they only tell part of the story. In my opinion they are not enough to block a merger.

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