Technology news July 2007

Technology

Urgent: New IRS rule for e-file providers

The IRS has established new e-file rules to enable it to more quickly identify fraud schemes including phishing. These new IRS e-file rules apply to all Authorized IRS e-file Providers, including Online Providers, Intermediate Service Providers, and Electronic Return Originators (EROs) that obtain taxpayer information via the Internet directly or through third parties in order to e-file federal returns.Providers must submit to the IRS by August 9, 2007 an Excel spreadsheet that has been encrypted using WINZIP 9 with password protection.
Technology

IASC Foundation seeks candidates for XBRL Advisory Council

The Trustees of the International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC) Foundation are today inviting applications for membership of its XBRL Advisory Council (XAC) and its XBRL Quality Review Team (XQRT).The XAC will provide strategic advice to the Trustees and the Foundation's London-based XBRL team on the future development and adoption of the XBRL Taxonomy for International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs). It will comprise ten members who should broadly reflect the diverse areas and professional interests affected by XBRL adoption and the implementation of IFRS taxonomies.
Technology

Wireless e-mail will have 350 million users by 2010

There will be 350 million business and consumer users of wireless e-mail worldwide by 2010, says Stamford, CT-based information technology research and advisory company Gartner.The latest research report from Gartner has predicted that the increasing accessibility of products and services will allow 350 million business and consumer users access to wireless e-mail by 2010, meaning that 20 percent of all e-mail accounts will be wireless enabled.Across the world, there are fewer than 20 mill
Technology

Excel 2007 Tip: Automatically saving Excel files and finding saved files

Excel 2007 automatically creates a backup of your work every 10 minutes. You can change this setting so that the backup is created more frequently, less frequently, or not at all. This tip explains how to change the AutoRecover feature to suit your personal needs and also shows you where your backed up files are saved.Change AutoRecover settings by following these steps:Click the Office button (the round button in the top left corner of your Excel 2007 screen)Click the Excel Options button that appears beneath the Office menu options.
Technology

Spreadsheet error research: Wasted time worse than mistakes

The time wasted working on bad spreadsheets is a bigger practical problem than errors within Excel models, a leading spreadsheet error expert concluded at the recent European Spreadsheet Risks Interest Group (EuSpRIG) conference in London.Presenting the results of a detailed study of errors in 25 sample spreadsheets, Stephen Powell from the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire found that 15 workbooks contained a total of 117 errors.
Technology

Instant messaging: Another distraction or a tool for collaboration?

Apparently, e-mail isn't fast enough.After years of reluctance to add another potential distraction to their employees' work days, companies are starting to embrace instant messaging.Instant messaging isn't new to the workplace, but it's mainly been used by employees who have installed IM programs on the sly. Now employers are getting into the act. IM programs allow users to start casual, real-time conversations with co-workers on their "buddy lists," which show who is online. With IMs, not only can you get instant answers, but you can talk with multiple people at once.
Technology

New Excel spam hits e-mail

Microsoft Excel is the newest packaging spammers have created for their stock pump-and-dump scams, Commtouch Software has reported, based on the Company's analysis of billions of e-mail messages globally.
Technology

Crowe Chizek responds to Colts fever!

Crowe Chizek and Company LLC is announcing the launch of MyColts.net, the first free social networking site for Indianapolis Colts fans. As fans celebrate the Colts' Super Bowl win, they can now interact with other Colts fans from around the world as they create their own personal profile pages, share blogs, post photos, link to friends and even form groups in their hometowns.
Practice Management

'The new breed' - accountants embrace the entrepreneurial spirit

Business and practice software developer Sage claims to have discovered a "new breed" of accountant willing to embrace technology and an entrepreneurial approach to running their practice.In a survey of 267 practitioners entitled A new breed of accountant, Sage asked them to define themselves according to their growth ambitions and business aspirations in the following categories:Sole practitioner - offering traditional services to estab
Technology

Want to learn about Excel pivot tables? Start here. By David Carter

Pivot tables come free with Microsoft Excel and are a must for anyone who wants to analyse their data. AccountingWEB has been spreading the word for a long time now, and we published our first self-teach tutorial on pivot tables as far back as 1999. There's now a full suite of these tutorials and they have been accessed over 100,000 times. Why tutorials?There are dozens of books out there which will explain to you how to create a pivot table.
Practice

How to protect data - a quick reference

The latest technologies and gadgets make it incredibly easy for your data to be stolen from right under your nose, unless you take steps to protect it.
Technology

Microsoft brings MAC Excel users up to speed

Microsoft's monthly security patch for July featured a fix to some key elements of its spreadsheet program Excel. The patch, however, failed to address the issue for MAC computers.Microsoft has now revised its security bulletin MS07-036 to include a MAC fix as well.
A&A

Google launches new search engine for small businesses

Search engine giant Google is expanding its range into business site search engines facilities with a new search engine starting from $100 a year.The company claims that the hosted Google Custom Search Business Edition can be implemented on a business website in less than 10 minutes and will give visitors better search results once they arrive.The new service expands on the free Custom Search Engine, which includes Google AdWords links alongside the site's own search results and offers some faciliti
Technology

Cracking BlackBerry addiction: First follow these rules

Has technology made us super-efficient, multi-tasking worker bees or just stressed-out, time-wasting drones?The debate is not likely to be settled any time soon in this digital age, but anyone who has given a presentation at a meeting, only to eye their coworkers discreetly scrolling through e-mail messages, would agree that some restraint is needed. And that's not even counting the more egregious displays of over-the-top wireless behavior, such as texting while driving.How important is it to be connected to e-mail at all hours of the day?
Technology

Automating retirement programs can increase savings, retention

Enhancing 401(k) programs with automatic features can generate a double-barreled investment success, enabling employees to save more for retirement and employers to better recruit and retain those employees.That key finding is in a new AARP-commissioned report, "Enhancing 401(k) Value and Participation: Taking the Automatic Approach," released this week by AARP and prepared by global professional services firm Towers Perrin."AARP believes workers should have access to effective retirement plans, and automatic retirement programs are a double-barreled investment success," noted Jon Dauphi
Technology

Getting started with delivering online presentations

There are many intriguing technology alternatives for the firm thinking of starting to offer either in-house, web-based seminars and meetings or making broadcasts available externally to clients or potential clients.An easy way to start is with what you've already got. Microsoft Windows 95 through XP come bundled with Microsoft NetMeeting, a program that allows both audio and video conferencing. If you're broadcasting to an Intranet network, that's the simplest to use because you can chat within your own network behind your firewall with zero additional software or hardware.
Technology

Rating the Webinar experience

Taking an online course or participating in a teleconference is quite different from sitting in a classroom and attending a live, in-person presentation.Traditionally, we think of training experiences and presentations as live classroom or auditorium events. But technology has taken center state and given us many more options for virtual alternatives.
Technology

Online training now an option for CPA review

With the abundance of continuing education programs available over the Internet, and now with the CPA exam itself being offered in a computerized format, it only makes sense that CPA review programs have found a comfortable home online.The online programs tout their convenience and ease of use, making it hard to resist giving up the traditional classroom environment for a work-at-your-own-pace and work-on-your-schedule training program.
Technology

Professional organizations enter online CPE marketplace

The convenience, flexibility and low cost of online continuing professional education has contributed to a marketplace that now includes the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' (AICPA) CPExpress, the Institute of Internal Auditors' (IIA) IIAonlineCPE Courses, and most recently, the Institute of Management Accountants' (IMA) online professional education site, IMA Knowledge Exchange and CPEdge. Packages and prices vary but all of the associations feature access to CPE courses through annual subscriptions.
Technology

Critical Excel vulnerability features in July's 'patch Tuesday'

Excel 2007 featured in the security updates issued by Microsoft on July 10, the traditional second Tuesday scheduled for the company's monthly bulletins.The Excel vulnerability could allow malicious code to be downloaded and run by causing a "buffer overflow" when a user opens a specially crafted Excel file.

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