Technology news April 2007

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The Art of Checking E-mails in Meetings

A recent survey reveals what you already know: coworkers from entry-level associates to the highest-level executives are checking their e-mails in the middle of meetings. But do those numbers make it okay?According to the survey: 86 percent of senior executives polled said it is common for professionals they work with to read and respond to e-mail messages during meetings. However, close to one-third of this group (31 percent) disapprove of the practice.
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Wolters Kluwer Tax and Accounting Names Tennola to Lead Business Development

Wolters Kluwer Tax and Accounting (WK TAA), a global leader in providing tax and accounting law information, software and services, has named Paul Tennola as Vice President of Business Development.Tennola will focus on the continued implementation of Wolters Kluwer’s strategic plans for best serving tax and accounting professionals worldwide by finding new market opportunities and successfully managing business development activities throughout WK TAA’s four businesses: CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business; CCH Asia Pacific; CCH Small Firm Services; and CCH Canadian.“This is a very excit
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How to Create List Reports in Excel

List-type reports such as customer addresses, lists of invoices and lists of products are vitally important in running the daily operations of a business. So it is vital that you be able to write your own when you need them. If your package has a full-strength Report Writer function, writing your own list reports may prove difficult. As an alternative approach, try writing them instead in Excel using the Sub-Total and Import External Data commands.
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Real Estate Investor Sings Way to TaxRap Contest Title

Taxpayers and tax preparer may give taxes a bad rap, but rapping about taxes paid off for a 28-year-old real estate investor from Brooklyn, N.Y.Christian Pulfer is the grand prize winner of $25,000 in the TurboTax TaxRap contest. Pulfer's entry, "It's Just a Breeze…G," was selected by guest judge Vanilla Ice from more than 370 homemade rap videos. Intuit sponsored the TaxRap contest, which ran from Feb. 8 to March 30 on YouTube and at www.TheTaxRap.com.
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IRS Extends Turbo Tax E-filing Deadline

Taxpayers who were unable to e-file their tax returns Tuesday using Intuit Inc. software products have until midnight on Thursday, April 19, to file their returns, the Internal Revenue Service announced Wednesday.Potentially up to several hundred thousand last-minute tax filers were affected by company server problems on Tuesday evening, and they or their accountants may have been unable to electronically file returns.
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Security Update: Microsoft Issues Critical Vista Patches

Just before Easter, Microsoft broke from its usual security alert program to issue a bulletin and patches for a vulnerability that could allow malformed Windows animated cursor files to give hackers remote control over infected PCs.
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How to Archive E-mails with Adobe Acrobat

By Simon HurstAs part of the installation of Adobe Acrobat, Acrobat toolbars and menu items are added to the main Microsoft Office programs, including Microsoft Outlook. For Word, PowerPoint and Excel these additional options allow the current "document" to be converted into a PDF file and can then go on to initiate distribution by e-mail or for review. The Acrobat additions to Outlook are somewhat different. They are still concerned with converting to PDF, but go beyond converting individual e-mails and help convert groups of selected e-mails, or whole folders, into a PDF file.
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IRS Wants Extension Requests E-filed

The Internal Revenue Service wants taxpayers who need additional time to complete their tax return to submit their request for an automatic extension electronically by April 17. The IRS expects to receive 9.9 million extensions during 2007 compared with 9.5 million extensions in 2006. The extension allows taxpayers until October 15 to file the tax return. An extension does not give the taxpayer an extension of time to pay.
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More Companies Squeezing Employee Internet Use

Businesses are becoming more and more strict when managing employee Internet use at work, a new survey shows. A national poll from Robert Half Technology revealed more than three-quarters (78 percent) of chief information officers (CIOs) polled recently said their company has either installed content-filtering or blocking software, instituted policies that detail acceptable Web browsing, or done a combination of both. The poll includes responses from more than 1,400 CIOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees.
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Tech Treat: 101 Fantastic Internet Freebies

While arguments have surfaced on AccountingWEB in recent weeks about the value or otherwise of computer magazines, the industry bible PC World has proved its worth by compiling a list of 101 fantastic internet freebies for its May edition.
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White Paper: How to choose an accounting system

Sponsored by SageThe challenges to successfully choosing, installing, and implementing new accounting software are many.
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Cell Phones Eligible for Excise Refund

The Internal Revenue Service reports that a large number of cell-phone users are overlooking the telephone tax refund mistakenly believing that the one-time refund only applies to land-line customers. According to the IRS, most cell-phone users qualify for the federal telephone excise tax refund. In most cases, the refund is also available to land-line, fax and Internet phone customers as well. The method of phone signal transmission does not affect the refund.
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Better Job Cost Tracking with Sage MAS 90 ERP

Automotive Investment Group, an internal advertising group supporting more than 20 automotive dealerships in Arizona, Texas, Georgia. and California often found itself stuck in “Park” when it came to billing at least 1,000 different jobs every month – until the launch of a new accounting software package got the company back in the fast lane.Automotive Investment Group, or AIG, seeks optimum pricing discounts when purchasing newspaper, television, radio and special promotional ads in volume, before allocating costs to individual dealerships.

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