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Microsoft Extends XP Anti-Virus Support

Microsoft logoMicrosoft has given users of its Windows XP operating system more time to adjust to the company's decision to end support on April 8. Although Windows XP will no longer be a supported operating system, Microsoft will continue "to provide updates to our antimalware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015."

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Report: 2013 BSI VAR Stars

For this year's VAR Stars, the issue of keeping up with vertical demand while grappling with how quickly to move into the cloud - or how much demand there is for vertical and cloud products now that they have taken on these products - are replacing the recession's worry of where business might come from.

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Technology 2014: Security a Bigger Worry Than Ever

Donny Shimamoto, IntrapriseTechKnowlogiesSo there are wrist-watch devices and other nifty technology toys that were displayed this year at the Consumer Electronics Show. And this week's Big Show of the National Retail Federation was loaded with touch screen products. For a significant minority of accounting firms and small businesses, the big issue for the year is likely to be old technology, in particular the Windows XP operating system and Office 2003 suite which will not be supported after April.

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Mobile Grows In and Out of the Office

David Stenseth, Stenseth Samuelson & BoesePerhaps it is time to stop talking simply about mobile offices and talk about portable offices. Mobile implies users venture away from their facilities and are able to stay connected to the firm's computer system via email and the Internet. Portable means practitioners carry the same devices, particularly tablets, out of and around the office.

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Tax and Accounting Moves to the Cloud

Sandra Gamble, Northwest CPA GroupForgot the fancy arguments about why firms should move to cloud-based products. For accountant Sandra Gamble, there was a very basic realization. "The wow moment was the first tax season when I realized you could get remote access in various ways."

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Smartphones: Great Value, Great Risks

Mark Burnette, LBMCA recent study reported 28 percent of all respondents would give up their significant other before giving up a smartphone. Even if that might not be a completely serious answer by some users, there is no doubt that mobile devices - smartphones and tablet computers – have become pervasive and a critical part of the modern business environment.

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Rick Richardson's 2013 Technology Predictions

Dana Each year, Dana "Rick" Richardson produces a list of technology predictions both for the near future and for the long term. This year's list, as  usual, has been presented at conferences such as the American Institute of CPA's Tech Plus  and those of some state CPA societies.

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Five Things to Know About Online Accounting

cloudIt was just only a few years ago that when a client asked me to recommend them a cloud-based accounting application I had few options to offer. And now, seemingly out of the blue, there are many. Many good ones.

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Social Media Through Girl Named Bill

Struggling with the whole social media thing? Don't know a tweet from a twit? Can't decide if your company should have a Facebook page? Trying to understand the value of Linked-in? I know a guy who's figured it all out. His name is Bill. "I'm a social media God," he told me recently.

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Six Ways Google Will Transform Your Business


GoogleWhen Google held its annual I/O Conference for its developers and partners, it announced a bunch of new products and services. This is a company that doesn’t stop innovating. It is not afraid to invest in new ideas, make changes, expose themselves to criticism. It is also not afraid to kill projects that aren’t working out either. Good for them.

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