Technology news September 2008

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Quick IT tips for working from home

Do you work from home? Here are four home working essentials that will make your workplace more efficient and more comfortable:1. A stable broadband Internet line: This is the most important item you need as a home worker. Video conferences will not stutter, file transfers will be zippy, and your productivity will not suffer.2. A comfortable desk and a good chair: These furnishings make working less stressful and more enjoyable.3. A webcam and a VoIP phone: Actually seeing the person with whom you are having a conversation can transform the communication process.
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Deloitte issues IFRS white paper for technology sector

Deloitte has issued a new white paper that provides information to chief financial and information technology officers, senior finance leaders and other corporate executives regarding the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for the technology sector.The paper, seventh in a series launched by Deloitte, is particularly timely given the Securities and Exchange Commission's recently proposed IFRS Roadmap to mandatory adoption of IFRS and proposed rule changes that would allow certain U.S.
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Intuit eliminates separate federal e-file fees for TurboTax Software

Intuit Inc. has announced that it has eliminated the separate charge for federal electronic filing in its TurboTax packaged software products, the nation's leading tax preparation software. This decision more closely aligns the federal TurboTax desktop pricing structure with TurboTax Online where e-file is included with purchase. "Eliminating separate fees for filing individual federal tax returns is the right thing for American taxpayers," said Kiran Patel, senior vice president and general manager of Intuit's Consumer Tax Division.
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Microsoft admits to mistakes with Vista launch

A forensic dissection by Maximum PC of the faults in Windows Vista when it was launched last year has prompted some semi-public soul searching by Microsoft executives.
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Is it YouTube or is it a fake?

After targeting FaceBook and MySpace, hackers have now come out with a fake YouTube page creator program to infect unsuspecting surfers, according to security experts at PandaLabs. Our sister site, AccountingWEB.co.uk, reports that the YTFakeCreator kit was uncovered last week and makes it easy for cyber-criminals to create spoof YouTube pages.
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Conversion to IFRS will challenge information systems and IT personnel

Changes in filing requirements and accounting standards will drive conversion to international financial reporting standards (IFRS) in an organization, but the process of conversion will impact general business information technology systems, according to an analysis published by KPMG, International Financial Reporting Standards: The information systems impacts of IFRS. Every system within an organization that uses financial information will be affected by conversion to
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Becker CPE announces new Web-based CPE product

Becker Professional Review, a provider of professional education serving the accounting and finance professions, announced the launch of its new web-based CPE (Continuing Professional Education) program. Becker brings together over 50 years of experience in professional education from its leading CPA Exam review and in-house CPE products to offer a new level of online CPE learning.
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Excel guru posts 'ultimate list of Excel RSS feeds'

John Walkenbach is a legend in the world of Excel.
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Solution offered for Microsoft Office users frustrated with new menu system

Addintools has announced the Classic Menu for Office 2007 v3.93b, a new update package of the popular suite of tools enabling users to have the MS Office 2003 interface instead of MS Office 2007, with all the functions of the latter. The MS Office 2003 interface can be positioned along with 2007 or you can completely overlay the latter. All the familiar commands can be placed either in a separate pull-down list or in a toolbar, so that they are constantly on hand.This application can be easily deployed to an entire organization or enterprise through its shared server.
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Embracing the Internet as a marketing tool

Every CPA firm has a Web site, but how many of them are using technology to their best advantage in the marketplace?Firm leaders need to ask whether their Web site helps them attract potential clients and keep them, or does it do little more than list services in a boring way that discourages interaction.
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Secure portals increasingly popular to improve client relationships

Accounting firms looking to improve customer service are turning to secure Internet portals to exchange and share information with their clients. The result is broader, clearer communication and increased efficiency.A variety of vendors offer these services to accounting firms, with most charging a monthly fee. The key is to select the services that best match the needs of the firm and the needs of the client in this 24/7 business environment. One option is CPA2Biz, which provides services to AICPA members, but many other private companies offer services as well.
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Our favorite Office Accounting blogs

Have you participated in the AccountingWEB blogs lately? We have a host of experts, ready to regale you with their experiences, offer their commentary and advice, and respond to questions.
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AccountingWEB launches new Microsoft Office Accounting Zone

AccountingWEB is pleased to open the latest area of our Web site, the Office Accounting Zone. This new zone is dedicated to providing the latest news, tips, and commentary on Microsoft's accounting software for those who use the program, help others use the program, or are just curious about Office Accounting.Microsoft went into direct competition with several popular small business accounting programs with its foray into this market.
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Tips for improving your Microsoft Office Accounting experience

Are you new to Office Accounting? Have you got questions about how the program works or how you can improve your use of the program?
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Microsoft searches for nation's top 100 home-based businesses

StartupNation and Microsoft Office Live Small Business have launched the second annual "Home-Based 100" to find the top home-based businesses in the country. Home-based businesses interested in making the list can submit their business profile online, with results to be announced in November.
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Microsoft announces millionth customer sign-up milestone for Office Live Workspace

Microsoft Corp. has announced that only six months after public availability, the beta release of Microsoft Office Live Workspace has reached the 1-million-customer sign-up milestone. Office Live Workspace beta is the free, Web-based extension of Microsoft Office that lets people access their documents online and share their work with others. The Workspace beta was among the first entries in the new wave of online services that embody Microsoft's software-plus-services vision previewed last fall.
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Test version of Google's new Chrome browser gets hard look

Google's new Web browser, Chrome, is getting good reviews since it released its test version last week.According to Bloomberg's Grace Aquino, "It's simpler, a little faster, and less prone to crashing" than browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari.
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IT hiring expected to increase for fourth quarter

Eleven percent of chief information officers (CIOs) surveyed for the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report expect to add staff in the fourth quarter of 2008, and 3 percent forecast personnel reductions. The net 8 percent increase compares with a net 10 percent increase projected last quarter. The majority of respondents, 83 percent, plan to maintain current staffing levels.The IT Hiring Index and Skills Report is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 CIOs from companies across the United States with 100 or more employees.
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Intuit announces QuickBooks features available on BlackBerry and iPhone

Intuit has announced that customers using the company's online version of QuickBooks accounting software can now access their accounts on their BlackBerry and their iPhone. Information Week reports that the application has an optimized interface for the mobile screen and customers can access it through a smartphone's mobile browser. Mobile users can check current bank and credit card balances, track who owes them money and who they owe, find vendor and contact information with addresses via Google Maps, and run QuickBooks balance sheets and profit and loss reports.