Technology news December 2008

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Staples stores offer QuickBooks 2009 for free for one day only

Intuit and Staples are running a very special deal for small business owners. For one day only, QuickBooks Pro 2009 will be free at all Staples stores. Intuit wants to help small businesses through tough economic times. The regular price at Staples is $199.99. The customer will receive $40 in instant savings. The customer at the store will receive a $159.99 mail-in rebate form. When the customer mails in the rebate form they will receive, some weeks later, a rebate for $159.99.
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Sift Media launches new B2B community for Cloud Computing

Sift Media has today launched BusinessCloud9, a new business-to-business (B2B) community dedicated to the Cloud Computing revolution.The hosted model of Software as a Service (SaaS) has entered the mainstream of enterprise computing, with analysts at research firm Gartner Group predicting that by 2011, 25 percent of new business software will be delivered as a service in The Cloud.Deploying and managing business-critical applications in The Cloud offers a more cost-effective and flexible solution to the computing needs
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Intuit responds to TurboTax customer revolt

Responding to market pressure and consumer outrage, Intuit has reversed its original position and announced that customers using its best-selling TurboTax software can prepare and print multiple returns at no additional cost. Also, free e-filing is included with five Federal returns."We're responding to changing market conditions and customer feedback," said Dan Maurer, general manager of Intuit's consumer division. "We believe this better positions TurboTax in the marketplace with an even stronger value proposition for consumers.
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AccountingWEB Webinar: Creating error proof spreadsheets

In today's fast-paced business world, spreadsheet users don't always have the luxury of double-checking every element of their work, particularly in complex spreadsheets. Fortunately there are some simple practices you can adopt to help minimize the risk of errors in your spreadsheets. You can also learn how to track down errors in spreadsheets built by others. Take an hour tomorrow and get up to speed during our live Creating Error Proof Spreadsheets Webinar.
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TurboTax turmoil: Online reviews pan the top selling software

The holiday season doesn't seem to be very jolly for TurboTax 2008, at least not on Amazon.com where 171 online product reviewers have panned the perennial best selling software with one-star ratings.Users are not complaining about the functionality of TurboTax. The problem, as they see it, is with pricing changes.
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Excel Tip: Hide an Excel Worksheet in Plain Sight

By David Ringstrom, CPAAs you’re probably aware, it’s simple to hide a worksheet in Excel 2007: right-click on the worksheet tab, and then choose Hide. To unhide the worksheet, right-click on any worksheet tab, choose Unhide, and then select the sheet you wish to make visible. It’s a little more effort in earlier versions of Excel: choose Format, Sheet, and then Hide or Unhide to change the visible status of a worksheet.
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Microsoft Convergence 2008: Tool up to harness the winds of change

For those who think the best course of action in an economic downturn is to batten down the hatches and freeze technology investment until sunnier days, Microsoft has a different message. Matt Henkes reports for our sister site, AccountingWEB.co.uk, from Microsoft's recent Convergence conference in Copenhagen.
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Paperless pointers for accountants in business

Document creation in paper form is inherently inefficient in that someone has to do something with it. Once a file has been created, it must be stored in the right place and ultimately destroyed.The cost savings of generating less paper may not be that significant. However, less paper generated means less toner used and fewer files to store the output.
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Better Business Bureau warns of new scheme

Better Business Bureau is alerting consumers and businesses about a phishing scheme that uses both e-mail messages and blog posts directing recipients and viewers to register software with BBB. BBB wants the public to know that such messages and posts are not coming from any element of the BBB System, and that this attack has not affected BBB computer systems or networks nor has any data been comprised.Reports to BBB indicate that targeted businesses have received bogus messages requesting them to "register new software and update contact information" with BBB.

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