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Video Use by Firms Likely to Rise

SocialCPAsThe use of video social media sites by accounting firms will increase this year as indicated by the 2014 Social CPAs Survey. Drawing from responses by 395 participants, the survey found that 38.3 percent of respondents plan to add YouTube or Vimeo to the list of social channels they use during 2015. Google+ also showed strong potential in the online survey.


Technology Outlook 2015: Cloudy

Roman Kepczyk, XcentricA lot of neat new electronic gadgets and devices will be introduced this week at the annual Consumer Electronic show in Las Vegas, Nev. Many will not have a direct impact on the technology at use at tax and accounting firms. Wearable devices and the new Panasonic Bread Maker with gluten-free baking mode probably are not on the buying list.


2015 Gadgets Wish List

Did you get what you want for Christmas? Perhaps not, but this list was sent to Santa before the holiday and, well he didn't bring everything. But you may be able to take the money from your exchanges and shop for something that's truly interesting.


T&B Goes on the Road

Mike Giardina, OfficeTools ProfessionalIt has gotten to the point that talking about business software without addressing the issues of the cloud and mobile access is like discussing peanut butter without jelly. And that applies to the time-and-billing software market, where the spread of portals and remote time entry has been important, if not for use today, for use of those moving to these tools in the near future.


Richardson Gives Technology Outlook

Each year, Dana "Rick" Richardson provides his technology outlook to thousands of CPAs. His presentation is a staple for state CPA socities at their annual conference. In this summary of his presentation, Richardson shares his views of what's head in a wide variety of technology sectors.


XP Support Ending. Big Deal?

David Cieslak, Arxis TechnologyMicrosoft is ending support for the Windows XP today. And with millions still using that operating system will probably find out very quickly whether dire warnings of widespread hacking come true and systems are trashed or become part of a zombie computer army. Or is this is the 2014 version of the Y2K problem, the supposed catastrophe that was supposed to happen when computers went from 1999 to 2000? And nothing much happened.


Clients Need Help Understanding Portals

Christina Wiseman, Thomson Reuters Portals may have been one of the hottest discussion topics for people buying technology products for the tax and accounting community. But hot topics don't equal hot sellers and a recent study of technology use by accounting firms showed that their use of portals is not quite what headlines and stories would lead us to believe. And there may be a very basic reason for that.


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."


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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