Technology news May 2012

Practice

No Facebook for You!

"Access Denied." This is the message I received when trying to log in to my Facebook account from an accounting firm's office.
Practice

Constant Interruptions: The Blame Game

The ever-increasing array of technology available to career professionals today accounts for the brunt of distractions we face. Technology, however, has always been with us in one form or another. Self-management capability is the deciding factor as to whether or not technology is intrusive.
Technology

Google Chrome Breaks into Top Spot for Web Browsers

A much-discussed development in the browser world is the recent breakout performance by Google Chrome, which averaged the highest traffic share for a full seven days for the first time.
Education & Careers

Sage Survey: How Small Businesses Deal With an Unpredictable Economy

Sage North America announced the results of its Reinvention of Small Business Study, a survey focused on how small businesses are changing the way they conduct business in an unpredictable economy.
AccountingWEB Life

Business vs. Personal: How to Selectively Share on Facebook

If you have a Facebook account, you’ve probably faced the dilemma of whether to accept a friend request from a business associate.
A&A

Farewell Peachtree Accounting, Hello Sage 50

After thirty-five years, the venerable software program known as Peachtree Accounting is adopting a new moniker - Sage 50 Accounting.
Technology

Money-Saving Web Portals = Secure and Efficient Document Exchange

If your clients are unfamiliar with web portals, you can explain how web portals save everyone time and make the exchange of files easier. For end clients, using a web portal means they never need to be concerned about an e-mail server being bogged down or rejecting the exchange of large QuickBooks files.
Technology

BSA Study Finds Over Half of Computer Users Admit to Pirating Software

According to the Business Software Alliance's (BSA) ninth annual study - 2011 BSA Global Software Piracy Study - the value of software theft is at an astounding all-time high ? $63.4 billion in 2011, up from $58.8 billion in 2010.
Practice

AICPA Survey: 17 Percent of Young Adults Check Bank Accounts Daily

There's little doubt most young adults are obsessed with their digital devices and the latest technology that helps them use those devices. In fact, three times as many young adults check their social media accounts daily as check their bank accounts, according to the results of a national telephone survey conducted for the AICPA.
A&A

AICPA's Online Calculator Estimates Yearly Taxes Paid to All Sources

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has launched the Total Tax Insights calculator, a comprehensive calculator that was developed as a tool to enable taxpayers to estimate the amount they pay each year for the most common federal, state, and local taxes.
Education & Careers

Job Hunting? Ten Tips for Nailing Skype Job Interviews

Skype is a software program that allows two people to speak and see one another via the Internet. Many employers are choosing Skype to conduct job interviews, especially when candidates don't live in their area.
Practice

Getting Social at SXSW

Though it's been over two months since South by Southwest (SXSW) was held, it's an event that keeps on giving. SXSW Interactive, one aspect of the event, is focused on emerging technology. For accounting firms, SXSW Interactive is a way to stay ahead of the curve.
AccountingWEB Life

Smashing the Clock: Conference Focuses on Results-Only Workplace

On April 29, forward-thinking CPAs attended the THRIVEal +CPA Network online conference to explore a revolutionary idea in the accounting world: replacing the profession's conventional billable hours and "presenteeism" work culture with a results-only work environment (ROWE).
Technology

Microsoft Excel: Thirteen Double-Click Tricks

The impact of single-clicking on a menu or object in Microsoft Excel is generally intuitive, but double-clicking sometimes reveals hidden shortcuts. In this article I'll discuss a baker's dozen of techniques where double-clicking can save you time and effort.