Technology news July 2008

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LeapFILE announces file-transferring partnership with several CPA societies

LeapFILE, Inc., a provider of on-demand secure file transfer solutions, has just announced a new partnership program with several state CPA associations. This program provides a service called SecureSend as a complimentary benefit to association members that enables them to securely and easily transfer confidential files with their clients.
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Business Intelligence on the rise among small businesses

More SMBs (small and medium businesses, or companies with up to 999 employees) in the United States are seriously considering using BI (business intelligence) software tools to help them better understand market drivers for sales and forecasting, and for increasing their profit margins. There are about 6.3 million SMBs in the U.S., with about 98 percent of them being SBs (small businesses, or companies with up to 99 staff).
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LBMC Technologies to host annual technology event

The LBMC Technologies Conference 2008 will be held on Tuesday, August 26th at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, TN and again on Wednesday, August 27th at the Knoxville Convention Center in Knoxville, TN. The LBMC Technologies Conference 2008 is an opportunity for business professionals and decision makers to learn about the latest technologies available to help them innovate, optimize, and transform their business. This event is free and open to the public, and everyone in the local business community is invited to attend.
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IAC University offers QuickBooks training online

IAC Professionals, a global Virtual Assisting company, has launched its new interactive training site, IAC University.IAC University is a new learning resource for professionals who are looking for training in accounting and Intuit QuickBooks software. IAC University is currently offering three methods for delivery of the training sessions; Web based classrooms, live group classes, and one-on-one training.
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Levi Strauss blames profit drop on SAP enterprise software system

In its 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter that ended on May 25 this year, Levi Strauss said the $47 million drop in profits from the equivalent period last year reflected its implementation of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system at the beginning of the quarter.
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10 Reasons (excuses) you're NOT blogging yet

Scott Ginsburg, aka "The Nametag Guy," was speaking recently at the St. Louis Business Expo, and a lot of people came up to him afterward with questions about blogging. Naturally, those questions came with a fair amount of reasons for NOT blogging. So, that inspired Ginsburg to write this list....10 Reasons Why You're NOT Blogging Yet
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Companies around the world join forces to repair massive Internet flaw

Imagine sitting at your desk and logging onto your bank's Web site to check your accounts. Everything looks normal - but after three failed attempts to log in you are told that you must contact your bank. Just minutes later your bank accounts have been emptied. This scenario might have been the work of science fiction until last week's announcement of a major design flaw in the Domain Name System (DNS) that runs the Internet.
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Microsoft slams window on sales of XP software

Microsoft Corporation has officially pulled the XP operating system from its product line. The move came 18 months after the company launched the Vista operating system.Although Microsoft will not sell the XP program any longer, they will still generate revenue from providing support for the software since the support will no longer be free.
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SEC Chairman Cox will speak at XBRL conference

XBRL International and XBRL US have jointly announced "The Ultimate Client: Business Reporting for Investors, Government and Citizens," a global conference that will explore how improved business and financial reporting through interactive data will affect investor communications, governance, risk and compliance, as well as government reporting.
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Microsoft's had enough: Fighting back at Mac

Perhaps they've seen one too many of those simple and direct "I'm a PC, I'm a Mac" advertisements, but a high level Microsoft exec said the company has awoken from its slumber and will be fighting back."You thought the sleeping giant was still sleeping.
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Microsoft launches new software subscription service

Microsoft will begin selling its Office programs as a subscription service starting in mid-July.Called Equipt (formerly code-named Albany), the package combines Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition, Windows Live OneCare, the security and PC management service, and other free services for $70 a year, which covers three PCs. Microsoft Equipt will be sold in nearly 700 Circuit City stores in the U.S. starting July 15.The annual subscription covers updates, and will save consumers money, analysts say.
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Getting started with social media: Real life examples

Anita Campbell, executive editor of Small Business Trends, recently attended an event in Houston entitled Women in Business. She collected several comments from attendees about their experiences in using social media Web sites and online Web 2.0 tools. Here is what she found.When speaking at events, I get the best response from talking less and asking more - in other words, encouraging the audience to share their examples and ideas. It's more interactive that way. It's more interesting.
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Excel Tip: Using the Excel camera feature

Our sister site, AccountingWEB.co.uk, provides us with an interesting technique for setting the print area on an Excel worksheet to include several individual, distinct areas. This is relatively easy to accomplish by holding down the Control key while selecting additional areas.
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Intuit hits 50,000-member milestone with QuickBooks ProAdvisor program

Intuit Inc. has announced that more than 50,000 accountants, CPAs, and independent business consultants are now members of its QuickBooks ProAdvisor Program. The program provides crucial training, software, technical support, and other resources to help tax and accounting practitioners grow their practices and support clients using QuickBooks financial software.According to Intuit, the success of the program results from its ability to continually expand as the needs of its members' businesses evolve.
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Intuit cuts workforce by 7 percent

Software company Intuit, known for its financial and business software products including Quicken, QuickBooks, TurboTax, and Lacerte, has announced plans to lay off 575 employees, 7 percent of its workforce, as part of a plan to reallocate resources to key growth areas.
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One billion PCs circle the world, number will double in 6 years

The number of installed PCs worldwide has surpassed 1 billion units, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner analysts estimate the worldwide installed base of PCs is growing just under 12 percent annually. At that pace, it will surpass 2 billion units by early 2014.Gartner defines the installed base of PCs as the estimated number of PCs in use as opposed to the number shipped over a given a period, which is reported in Gartner's PC forecast and market share reports.The world's installed base of PCs remains heavily concentrated in mature markets.