Technology news March 2012

Technology

Excel Tip: Using Today() versus NOW()

Excel expert David Ringstrom is sharing his tips for optimizing the way you use Excel in our new Excel Tips series.
Technology

Excel Tip: Text Centering Trick

Excel expert David Ringstrom is sharing his tips for optimizing the way you use Excel in our new Excel Tips series.
AccountingWEB Life

Sales Tax Levies on Digital Downloads Facing Headwinds for Now

It is hard for legislators in cash-strapped states to ignore the explosion in the use of electronic devices - handheld computers, smart phones, iPods, iPads, and e-readers - and not view the many products these devices deliver as a basis for a new sales and use tax.
Technology

Excel Tip: Text Boxes

Excel expert David Ringstrom is sharing his tips for optimizing the way you use Excel in our new Excel Tips series.
Tax

New Xero Survey Reveals Most Common Small Business Financial Mistakes

Xero, the producer of Xero online accounting software for small businesses, has revealed the results of a survey of 500 US accountants and compiled tips to help small business owners take control of their finances during tax season and beyond.
Practice Management

Opportunities Exist for CPAs to Better Leverage Emerging Technology

Like other business professionals, CPAs continue to wrestle with the best strategy to maximize the benefits of emerging technologies, such as mobile devices and cloud computing, according to the 2012 Top Technology Initiatives Survey by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Tax

KPMG Addresses Tax Issues Associated with Working in the Cloud

Do you have a client considering a move to the Cloud? If so, you and your client should be addressing certain tax issues before the move is made.
Practice Management

KPMG Survey Shows Companies Think Cloud Will Improve Data Analysis

After conducting a survey at the Oracle Open World conference, KPMG was able to glean some significant information regarding how companies are feeling about a move to the cloud. Overall, the survey made it clear that companies’ needs are driving their investment decisions when it comes to upgrading their ERP.
Technology

Seven Quick Excel Tips

Here are seven quick Excel tips for: converting data, amortizing tables, spanning Excel across multiple monitors, filtering for blank rows in Excel 2010, recovering unsaved workbooks in Excel 2010, identifying duplicate values in Excel 2007/2010, and recovering damaged Excel workbooks.
A&A

Calcbench Named the Grand Prize Winner of the XBRL Challenge

Calcbench, an open source application that consumes corporate XBRL data and performs comparative analytics, was named the winner of the XBRL Challenge at the XBRL and Financial Analysis Technology Conference on February 29. The contest is for developers of applications that leverage XBRL-formatted data in the SEC EDGAR database.
Practice

Quick Steps to Take in Advance of Google's Privacy Policy Changes

If you use Google products - Gmail, Google, YouTube, etc. - on or after March 1, you'll give them implicit permission to aggregate your web search history and other information Google has gleaned about you into a single mega-dossier.
AccountingWEB Life

Indiana CPA Society Launches Its New Blog: I Was Just Thinkin'

On February 27, the Indiana CPA Society (INCPAS) announced it launched a new blog titled "I was just thinkin'." The goal of the blog is to provide an engaging and collaborative platform that encourages readers to join in a discussion on timely issues and news.