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The number of digital assistants will likely match world population by 2021

The number of devices with digital assistants built-in will grow to over 7.5 billion in 2021, claims research and consulting firm Ovum in its Digital Assistant and Voice AI-Capable Device Forecast for 2016 to 2021, which, according to, will match the 7.5-7.7 billion world population. In this report, Ovum looks at the various digital assistants currently available and discusses their past and future. For example, in 2016, about 3.5 billion active devices were already on the market, with over 95 percent of the installed base for Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant in North America alone. Of Apple’s Siri base, 24% was in North America.

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Most in-demand tech language skills

Trying to land a new tech job? HiringSolved’s latest reports uncovers the tech language skills that employers are looking for right now. HiringSolved’s artificial intelligence software, RAI, aggregated data from over 10,000 public social profiles to determine which technology language skills were most likely to result in a person’s being hired or promoted. Based on this data, HiringSolved reveals which technology language skills are most in-demand for the 2017 job market, so you can focus on the ones that will get you hired or promoted.

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The negative effects of multitasking

Researchers have shown that you can improve your overall work performance, complete tasks more quickly, and retain information if you focus on one task at a time. That may seem impossible to do in this era of constant emails, phone calls, social media alerts and texts; but not doing so is making you less productive and lowering your quality of work. Employers have long encouraged multitasking as a way of increasing employee productivity. Research shows it has the opposite effect.

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