Technology news June 2013

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Three Ways to Convert Text-Based Numbers to Values

Periodically, you may encounter numbers in Excel that you can't sum or use arithmetically. A common cause for this is numbers formatted as text. David Ringstrom describes three ways you can convert numbers that appear trapped under glass into a usable format.
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How to Make Facebook Work for Your Firm

Is Facebook an effective marketing tool or a time-consuming burden? Experts say it could be either, depending on your firm's approach. So how do you build a profitable Facebook strategy? Our experts offer five tips.
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LinkedIn's Updated Features and Expanded Services

LinkedIn has made several changes in recent months, including beefing up its contact features, profile options, and online content.
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LinkedIn Tips Part 6: Lead Generation

In the final segment of Mark Lee's LinkedIn series, he covers what's probably of most interest to accountants – how to use LinkedIn to find prospective clients.
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Plante Moran Survey Asks Businesses to Evaluate Their Innovation IQ

Building on the findings from last year's Innovation Survey, Plante Moran is back for a third year asking organizations throughout the Midwest what fuels innovation in their organizations.
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Automating Data Validation Lists in Excel

Working in an Excel spreadsheet can be somewhat like the Wild West – unless other provisions are made, users can enter any value in any cell. One way you can restrict users to a predefined set of values is by way of Excel's Data Validation feature.
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Improving the Integrity of Excel's SUM Function

My unscientific observation is that the SUM function is the most widely used function within Excel spreadsheets. This function makes it easy to add up multiple cells at once without laboriously adding multiple cells together individually.
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ZenPayroll Adds Contractors to Its Cloud-Based Payroll Service

When ZenPayroll launched in 2012, its mission was to bring the power of modern software to the payroll industry through a Cloud-based service that's easy to use, comprehensive, and accessible 24/7 from any computer or mobile device.
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Microsoft's Chip In Program Offers Crowdfunded Laptops to Students

Microsoft is dipping its corporate toe into the crowdfunding pool. An experimental program dubbed Chip In allows students to tap friends and relatives in a quest to fund their next computer.
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Winners of 2013 Innovation Awards Announced

The winners and finalists for the tenth annual Tax & Accounting Technology Innovation Awards are all Cloud-based solutions, highlighting the movement of accounting and tax experts toward mobile technologies. The awards were presented June 3 by CPA Practice Advisor.

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