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CPA Tech Advisor requests Innovation Award Nominations

The nomination period for the fifth annual Tax & Accounting Technology Innovation Awards has been extended to allow companies to submit their products and services until April 11, 2008. The Innovation Awards are sponsored by The CPA Technology Advisor, the leading independent technology magazine for tax and accounting professionals. The awards will be presented in Los Angeles on June 12, 2007, at a special event at the California Accounting and Business Show & Conference.
Technology

Microsoft issues warning over Word flaw that allows targeted attacks

Microsoft has issued a security advisory about a software flaw that may affect Word users.Microsoft said it was investigating reports of "very limited, targeted attacks using a vulnerability in the Microsoft Jet Database Engine that can be exploited through Microsoft Word."The Microsoft Jet Database Engine is a database manager.
Education & Careers

Microsoft offers Office Ultimate 2007 to students at steep discount

Microsoft's The Ultimate Steal promotion is offering eligible students Office Ultimate 2007 software for purchase at $59.95 though the end of April. Students are also offered free access to the software for 25 launches before purchase. The full retail cost for Office Ultimate 2007 is $679.Students with a valid e-mail address ending in edu who are enrolled in a U.S.
Technology

Security patch for Excel doesn’t add up

An Excel security patch issued by Microsoft is creating math problems, as a bug causes Excel to return zeroes instead of the correct number in certain cases.The problem occurs only for some Excel users, and only when certain types of macros are run within the program, due to a bug in the MS08-014 patch, which was issued last week, IDG News Service reported.In an online warning posted March 13, Bill Sisk, Microsoft security response communications m
Technology

Microsoft programs have difficulty dealing with leap year

According to the Microsoft Exchange 2007 team blog, system administrators attempting to configure Exchange e-mail networks on February 29th may have been met with the curt system message: "The Exchange server address list service failed to respond. This could be because of an address list or e-mail address policy configuration error."The error, it turns out, is Microsoft's, as several of its programs are unable to cope with the leap year date of February 29th.
Technology

Google's anti-malware team uncovers million of potentially infected sites

Research by the search engine Google's anti-malware team uncovered more than 3 million potentially harmful Web sites. Weekly samples of infected sites among search results reached 1.3 percent in January, 2008 - a threefold increase on last year.
A&A

Microsoft announces worldwide availability of Office Live Workspace

Microsoft Corporation has announced the public availability of Microsoft Office Live Workspace beta, the new Web-based extension of Microsoft Office that lets people access their documents online and share their work with others. Office Live Workspace was among the first entries in the new wave of online services in Microsoft's software plus services vision previewed last fall.Office Live Workspace is now available worldwide in English.
Technology

E-Postcard friendly-looking, but damaging

A computer virus masquerading as a digital postcard could install a Trojan, or worm hijacking software on your computer, allowing others full access to your PC. Simply clicking on the link contained in the e-mail message launches the malicious software (malware). "The bad thing is it opens what they call a back door and what that will do is allow someone at some point to exploit your computer in any number of ways," computer technician Dan Blanchard told NBC News.The e-mails look innocent enough.
Practice Management

New strategy for building online communities

By Lynn Sheehan Building online communities for stakeholders including employees, staff, customers, and partners to increase communication, collaboration, and learning is a crucial strategic program to attract and retain the next generation of employees. Generally, it takes a catalyst to push stakeholders to interact online—especially the over-30 crowd.
Technology

The secrets of effective Web marketing

By James PenningtonAt a recent seminar with the Chartered Institute of Marketing at UK's Warwick University, National B2B Centre consultant James Pennington presented some pointers on how to make your website a more effective marketing mechanism.First things first - plan your websiteSo many people sit down and start working on their website, then they stop and never get started again, because they haven't thought about what they are trying to do.
Technology

Thomson Tax & Accounting launches OneSource Tax

Thomson Tax & Accounting, a segment of The Thomson Corporation, has released OneSource Tax, a portal interface designed to help corporate tax departments easily access tax tools, manage workflows, and track key information."The vision behind developing the OneSource Tax platform was driven by the need to create a tool that would allow our customers to better manage their workflows through the integration and utilization of the entire Thomson Tax & Accounting portfolio of software and services for the corporate tax market," said Michael Knighton, vice president of Corporate Workflow Tools fo
Technology

'Reports of VBA's demise have been greatly exaggerated'

Over the past few weeks, Microsoft has tried to reassure user-programmers that it would continue to offer Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) within Office applications. Rumors and controversy have swirled since last month's release of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, which did not include support for VBA.
Technology

Excel flagged as corporate security weak spot

Microsoft's Excel spreadsheet program has become a primary target for hacking attacks, according to security experts recently interviewed by Redmond magazine. In the last 12 months, for example, Symantec has identified at least six Excel vulnerabilities for which there were no patches.
Technology

Accessing the World Wide Web from the comforts of the world

There are numerous buzzwords floating through the world of business today, but recently it seems that wireless fidelity access has been tossed around more than others. Places like restaurants, train stations and airports, libraries, hotels, hospitals, coffee shops, bookstores, and many other public places are opening their networks to the public, either for free or for a small cost, giving laptops, Wi-Fi phones and other suitable portable devices instant access to the Internet.
Practice Management

Far from remote: The risks of mobile working

As many as 81 percent of hiring managers have policies in place that allow employees to work remotely, according to a study performed by Yoh, a talent and outsourcing services provider. And the results of a study released by study released by Cisco and Insight Express, an independent surveyor, which polled 1,000 remote workers in 10 countries, found that teleworkers frequently hijack neighbors' wireless networks, share computers with non-employees, and open e-mail from unknown sources.
Technology

Business on the move

Love it or hate it, modern mobile technology means we're always on demand. Sometimes you have to know when to switch off. Recent news states that some airlines are making preparations to allow the use of mobile phones in flight, signaling the end of being "uncontactable." Now no one can leave their work at the office. Of course, being able to work at will, almost anywhere and anytime, has radically changed the way we do business. But it's a double-edged sword. On the one hand, mobile communications means workers have more flexibility and can be more productive.
Technology

New gadgets ease the pain of traveling

So much about traveling is beyond your control: delayed flights, too-small seats, poor service, annoying passengers, traffic jams, pre-packaged meals (or none at all)... the list is endless. Why not tune out some of the aggravation with some of the newest gadgets?
Technology

Internet disruptions a 'close shave' for India

Internet speeds slowed for several days after three Internet cables in the Mediterranean Sea were sliced, disrupting service in the Middle East and India, but observers say major outsourcing operations adjusted to the crisis well.India has attracted a huge volume of data processing and back-office work, and the largest western businesses felt few effects, FinanceWeek reported. Infosys, for example, India's second largest business process offshoring provider, said its service was unaffected because of redundancies built into its system.
Technology

10 tips to avoid spam

Spam is a fact of Internet life. According to recent figures from the security software industry, more than 80 percent of e-mail traffic is made up of spam. To fight the spam menace, McAfee published following suggestions to help prevent your e-mail address from becoming a target to spammers.Do not post your e-mail address in an unobfuscated form on the Internet.
Technology

Microsoft warns of new 'Zero day' Excel 2003 vulnerability

A Microsoft Security Advisory note issued on January 15th revealed that Excel 2003 had been targeted by attacks on a previously unknown vulnerability. The advisory provided few specific details, but explained that hackers would need to place a specially crafted Excel file on a Web site to launch an attack.

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