Technology news February 2009

Technology

Remote access software makes professionals more efficient

AdvertorialEvery CPA has had to deal with these or similar situations at some point in his career:You're in your office, working on a client file. You need a report that is at the client's office, on his computer. You're away from your office when you receive a call from a client who needs an immediate response. The information you need to address the situation is on your office computer.
Technology

U.K. accounting software firm seeks U.S. development partner

AdvertorialArithmo is an online accounting package that United Kingdom-based accounting firms rebrand as their own in-house offering. The makers of Arithmo are ready to make their software available in the United States, but need a U.S.-based development partner. The ideal individual or firm will help bridge Arithmo's knowledge gap with regard to U.S.
Technology

Add Contacts or Meetings to Contact Manager or CRM with Two Keystrokes

Product review by David H. Ringstrom, CPAAccountants of a certain age may remember a television show in which contestants would bid on how few notes they'd need to hear to identify an unidentified song. However, instead of saying, "Tom, I can name that tune in 5 notes," you may find yourself thinking, "I can add a new contact to Outlook with just two keystrokes!" The key is a clever program called Anagam that enables you to quickly add onscreen information — without manual transcription — into your contact manager or CRM.
Technology

Monster.com site hacked again

The Monster.com recruitment site has been hacked for the second time in 18 months, reports our sister site, HR Zone.Monster.com revealed in an online notice that hackers had gained access to its database of user IDs, passwords, names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers.
Technology

10 steps to the CPA's perfect backup plan

Today's CPA firm depends on reliable backup and recovery systems. Online backup eliminates the expense and maintenance costs of tape drives, the need to purchase backup servers, and tape storage solutions. The inherent risk of tapes being corrupted, misplaced, damaged, stolen, or not stored offsite is significant. Using online backup eliminates these risks by automating the offsite storage solution with state of the art backup, security, and datacenter technologies.
Technology

It's time accountants got some stimulus money

Accounting professionals and their clients now have more ways to save money and save time through a new program introduced by Intuit Inc. Through its new Power to Get More Done initiative, Intuit is offering significant savings on several of its productivity products and services, $100,000 in stimulus grants for accounting and tax firms, and new training tools to help firms increase productivity and generate growth."The accounting and tax profession is not insulated from the economy.
Technology

Tech firms dominate BusinessWeek's list of Most Influential Firms

BusinessWeek recently ranked the world's 10 most influential firms. Each continues to thrive in the midst of the current global recession. As you'll see, tech firms are well represented on this list:Apple – Known as Apple Computer for much of its 33 years, the word Computer was dropped in 2007 to better reflect the company's dominance over how we purchase and listen to music.
Tax

Free Microsoft Excel-Based 1040 Form Available

By David H. Ringstrom, CPAJust in time for tax season, Glenn Reeves of Burlington, Kansas has created a free Microsoft Excel-based version of the 2008 U.S. Individual Tax Return, commonly known as Form 1040. The spreadsheet includes both pages of Form 1040, as well as these supplemental schedules: 

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