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Eleven Cool Mobile Apps to Consider

Mobile imageLast month, we featured five cool web apps for running your firm that were highly recommended by your accounting colleagues. This month, we’re going to stay on the productivity app beat and take a look at the mobile device space. Why mobile? It’s The Age of the Connected Accountant. We asked Rick Telberg, president and CEO of Bay Street Group, the provider of CPA Trendlines research, for his thoughts and research on mobile productivity for CPAs.

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Video Delivers Your Message

Communicating began with sounds - roars, chirps, grunts and so on. Early Homo sapiens did a lot of grunting but started communicating in more detail with pictures on cave walls. Ever since, pictures have been an important means of communicating messages, ideas, and entertainment.

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How Secure Is Cloud Computing?


cloud imageTechnology pop quiz for business owners: What's more secure?
A. Data stored in redundant back-up server installations (or "the cloud"), automatically updated and maintained, in a facility secured from outside threats. Or B. Data stored or backed up to an on-site tape or flash drive, whenever the company's controller or non-IT back-office staffer remembers to do it - then left in the drive? For many, the answer in theory is A, but in practice, it's B. Read more...

Cool Web Apps for Your Firm

You've probably noticed that most new software is now developed for the web rather than the desktop. This actually isn't a trend; instead, I expect web-developed software to become the norm, and perhaps even accelerate, in the years ahead.This is driven by several key factors: Read more...

Tablets, Take 2: Enter iPad 2

Apple iPadThere may be a few folks who still believe that tablets come from the pharmacy. They are not paying attention. As accountants pay attention a lot - here is some data to use as part of your review of the tablet world. On March 9, 2009, AAPL was $83/share. On March 9, 2011, AAPL is $352/share. Whether you are an Apple fan, Apple hater or just do not care, Apple products continue to make a significant impact on how people use computing and technology. The introduction of the iPad 2 Tablet was covered by every category of news service, blogger, even Steven Colbert. All accountants need to consider why or why not the Tablet has a place in their technology world. Read more...

Tech "Toys" for Tax Season Distraction

It sure is a busy, heads down time of year. Taxes, Audits, Business Planning are all on the agenda between January 2 and April 18. With all that is on to be done lists, it is important to recognize what it means that April is coming. For example:

• April 1 - MLB Season opens
• April 4 - NCAA March Madness ends
• April 10 - NHL regular season ends
• April 13 - NBA regular season ends
• April 28 - NFL Draft captivates prime time
• April 29 - Prince William gets married
• Other - Post Tax Season Vacation; My wife's birthday 

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PDF Best Practice Resolutions for 2011

New Year resolutions are often easy to make and even easier to break, but this year PDF users worldwide can make resolutions worth sticking to. As tech enthusiasts try to follow better computing practices for 2011, Nitro PDF Software (www.nitropdf.com) provides easy-to-follow, helpful tips and products for a pain-free year of PDF usage. Read more...

Mobile Apps Are Everywhere

App is arguably the leading new word of the 21st century - so far. Just like the movie favorite, Cracker Jacks, the more we get the more we want. The public's demands for more apps are being answered in very large numbers. The appification of your entire universe has already been active for the past few years. It is your choice to stay on board the Apps express, get on board now, or watch the train leave the station without you. Read more...

The Pre-Season Tech Checklist

Check up artDuring the holidays, any accounting firm worth working for is taking a short break to celebrate its employees, its clients, the adventures of the year and the joys of friends and family. But after the celebration are over and firms will begin to ramp up for the tax and early audit seasons that begin in January. And sometime before those seasons begin, there are a few checklist items that will help them to be smoother.

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Mobile: A World with No Off Switch

On off switchThe work day of my CPA father had a start time, a stop time and a lunch hour (except during tax season). He commuted from the suburbs to the city. While traveling, he read a newspaper, read a book, did some office work or slept. Sure, there were occasional phone calls at night. However, the office was the nucleus of all work including the delivery of paper everything - tax returns, 14 column audit worksheets, correspondence and hand written notes. My father died in 2000 without ever placing his fingers on a computer or cell phone. Today, the office location is wherever we are. Read more...

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