Technology news August 2006

Technology

The Two Sides of Cleaning Up E-Waste

The information superhighway is littered with the technology used to get on it.
A&A

Accounting Insight & Analysis for the Post-SOX Environment

On September 5, 2006, BNA, the largest independent publisher of nonpartisan news and information in Washington, D.C., will launch its new Accounting Policy & Practice Series, providing subscribers in the accounting, legal and financial professions with a new dimension of objective and insightful guidance into decision-making in the post-Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) environment.Advertisement
Technology

More Bad Batteries: Recall Expands, but Experts Say Don't Panic

Apple Computer Inc. followed in Dell's footsteps Thursday, recalling 1.8 million lithium-ion batteries after nine notebook computers overheated, slightly burning two people.Apple's move comes after Dell, which is the top PC maker, recalled 4.1 million lithium-ion batteries. In Dell's case, several of the recalled computers actually burst into flames, which was not the case with Apple, Reuters reported.
A&A

Seamless Sales Tax Solutions

A new offering from CCH, Sales Tax Load Utilities for Sage Software, integrates CCH supplied sales and use tax rates with Sage’s leading accounting systems, including MAS 90, MAS 200, MAS 500 and Accpac.
A&A

BWise Supports COSO Guidelines for Smaller Public Companies

BWise, a leading provider of compliance and enterprise risk management software, on Monday announced support for new guidelines from the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO), entitled Internal Control over Financial Reporting – Guidance for Small Public Companies.Advertisement
Technology

Automakers Must Tell Consumers About Black Boxes

Under a new federal rule issued this week by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), automakers, for the first time, will be required to inform new car buyers if an Event Data Recorder (EDR) has been installed on their vehicle by September 1, 2010.
Technology

Dell and Their Customer Satisfaction Issues

With the latest battery recall and increased customer service numbers, can Dell survive? The quarterly American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) has been released and it shows positive but challenging changes in the maturing personal computer category. The survey is produced by the American Society for Quality (ASQ), in cooperation with the University of Michigan and the CFI Group.
Education & Careers

Going Once, Going Twice: A New Paradigm for Accounting Professionals

A new company is trying to change the way businesses find and hire accounting, auditing and information technology services.Advertisement
Technology

Top Laptops for Back-to-School

LAPTOP Magazine has completed its top 10 back-to-school notebooks list, just in time for back-to-school purchases. The magazine delivers hands-on reviews of products for every need and every budget. The reviews consider multiple categories and takes into account tastes, whether it be for the gamer, the chic minded or those with limited budgets.
Tax

E-Passports Now Being Issued to Americans

The U.S. State Department has begun issuing e-passports. These passports have radio frequency identification (RFID) chips embedded in the rear cover of the document. AFP reports that all previously issued passports will remain valid until they expire.
Technology

SEC Offers Software Industry Opportunity to Join in Web-Based Design

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced plans for its own Web tools that will let investors and analysts exploit interactive data to analyze mutual fund and corporate information.
Technology

Celebrity Gift Bags: "Thanks, But No Thanks"

Celebrities who receive over-the-top thank you gifts may start thinking twice before throwing them into the limo and taking them home.The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has its eye on the loot. Celebs will be required to pay taxes on the gift bags they receive at award shows.
A&A

First Online, Remote Check Deposit Service for Small Businesses Introduced

On Monday, IP Commerce, Inc., in partnership with BankServ, introduced the first online, remote check deposit service designed exclusively for small businesses.
Tax

Vishing & Other Personal Security Threats

We might be familiar with “phishing” or the obtaining of your personal information using an e-mail containing a hyperlink. The verbiage in the e-mail leads you to click the link in order to harvest your personal details via a false web site, according to MSNBC.com.
Technology

Dell Recalls Millions of Laptop Computer Batteries

Owners and users of Dell Latitude™, Inspiron™, XPS™ and Dell Precision Mobile Workstation™ notebook computers should be aware that, under rare conditions, certain batteries sold for use with these models may overheat and pose a fire risk. In cooperation with the U.S.
Technology

VirtualLNK Announces New Accounting Release

A leader in the field of professional icon design, VirtualLNK, located in Orlando, Florida, has announced the release of version 2.0 of their best selling Accounting Icon Collection.Advertisement
Technology

Sales Tax Holiday Weekend a Big Hit with Shoppers

Shoppers in ten states and the District of Columbia flocked to stores and malls last weekend to take advantage of “sales tax holidays” timed to benefit back-to-school-shoppers. Two more states, Connecticut and Maryland, have scheduled sales tax holidays during the third week of August. In most states, the tax holiday applies to moderately priced clothes, school supplies and in some states, to computers.
A&A

AICPA Launches Revamped Online CPE Site

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in May rolled out a much faster and user friendly training and library Web site, called CPExpress, formerly known as Infobytes. Feedback is extremely positive, say Dr. Paden Neeley, AICPA Vice President of Group Study and David Tolson, Director of CPE Product Development, who spoke with AccountingWeb recently about how the AICPA’s online CPE offerings and other training options meet the needs of small and mid-sized accounting firms. CPExpress is much faster than the previous site, says Tolson.
Tax

Acquisition Leads to Industry’s Most Comprehensive Tax & Accounting Suite

CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business and part of the Wolters Kluwer Tax, Accounting & Legal division, on Tuesday announced the signing of an agreement to acquire the assets of ATX/Kleinrock, a supplier of tax preparation, accounting and tax research software solutions to more than 48,000 tax professionals and certified public accountants (CPAs) across the U.S.

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