Technology news August 2013

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Scheduling Conflict: Xero and Intuit Hold Events September 4-5

Two competing small business accounting software providers will be hosting events on the same two days within nearly forty miles of each other in California September 4 and 5, 2013.
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Is a Hybrid Cloud a Reality for CPA Firms?

In short, no. It may be a matter of nuance of terms but, nonetheless, an important aspect to hone in on so we can get a truer picture of things.
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Survey Reveals Majority of Workers Would Rather Work from Home

With discussions about the pros and cons of telecommuting taking place throughout organizations around the world, Kona, the social collaboration platform from Deltek, released the results of a survey showcasing public sentiment on the issue.
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Technology Driving Growth for Small Businesses

What's driving growth for small businesses? According to 72 percent of small businesses surveyed recently by SurePayroll Inc., it's technology – not new hiring – as more companies are doing business online now than a year ago.
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Four Pillars of Document Management: Part 1 - Interoperability - Accounting Firm Technologies Working Together

Using an overlay of software, services, and technologies to manage work is no longer the exception, it's the norm. How well these products work together is termed "interoperability."
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5 Tips to Prevent BYOD Security Breaches at Your Firm

To eliminate redundancy and reduce costs, many companies have implemented a bring your own device (BYOD) policy for their employees. But without the appropriate security controls in place, BYOD could turn into a security nightmare for a firm’s senior management and IT staff.
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Demystifying Search Engine Optimization

If you are like most professionals responsible for marketing an accounting practice, you no doubt are familiar with the term Search Engine Optimization or SEO. For a large number of accounting professionals, however, SEO is like a mystical marketing tactic.
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Identifying Duplicate Values in an Excel List, Part 2

Once you've identified duplicate values in an Excel list, this technique will show you how to change the format of the second and any subsequent instances of the duplicate value.
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Speed Up Microsoft Excel's Help Window

When you access Microsoft Excel's help window, the content is typically derived from a remote server on the Internet, which can cause a delay while the help window loads. David Ringstrom explains how you can eliminate this annoying wait that can break your stride.
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FreshBooks Launches Android App for Small Business Accounting

On August 14, 2013, FreshBooks, the Cloud-based accounting solution designed exclusively for small business owners, launched an android app for service-based professionals who run their businesses on the go.
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Leveraging Big Data in the Modern Tax Function

PwC guest writers Stephanie Maxwell, David Steiner, and Scott Stein focus on the advent of big data as well as solutions and tools that may be leveraged by best-in-class tax departments to make the transition to an efficient and effective member of the digital universe.
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Accountants' Social Media Use Focus of SocialCPAs Survey

When CPA Barry MacQuarrie started the "Social Media Survey" in 2010, he said social networking was still relatively new to the accounting profession. He was curious about how accounting professionals were using such sites as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
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How to Maximize Excel's Recent Items Menu

Depending upon your version of Excel, the Recent list on the File menu can streamline access to both files and folders. If you work on numerous spreadsheets, this list offers marginal value in Excel 2003 and earlier.
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Study Finds Security and Integration among Top Technology Concerns

Systems security and finding a software solution that integrates financial data across multiple functions rank as family offices' top technology concerns, according to new research.
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Worlds Colliding: Convert a Digital Photo into an Excel Spreadsheet

In an unlikely mash-up, Matt Parker of Think Maths offers a free tool that converts a digital photo of your choice into an Excel spreadsheet. If you have Excel 2007 or later, you can try the technique yourself.
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Survey: Most Tax Pros Lack Knowledge about Cyberattacks

When it comes to risks associated with cyber incidents, a majority of tax professionals do not have a firm grasp of what it takes to prevent attacks on their data, according to a new survey from the Travelers Companies Inc.

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