9.05.2012

Motorola’s new three smartphones under Google

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At a news conference in New York on Wednesday, Motorola Mobility introduced three smartphones under its Razr brand that will become available for Verizon customers. The focus of these phones was speed, because they could connect to Verizon’s faster fourth-generation network. And they have larger screens than their primary rival, the Apple iPhone.

The new phones, the Droid Razr HD, the Razr M and the Razr Maxx HD, have a cellular modems inside them, which connect with newer, faster fourth-generation LTE networks.

The Droid Razr HD has a 4.7-inch screen with 16 hours of talk time, which is twice as long as many similar phones.

The Razr M, which has a 4.3-inch screen, will be released next week for $100 with a two-year contract from Verizon.

8.09.2012

Guide on Cloud Computing

In a book “10 Steps to a Digital Practice in the Cloud: New Levels of CPA Firm Workflow Efficiency” published by the American Institute of CPAs, the authors describe the 10 steps for getting a digital practice up and running:

  • Get the right technology infrastructure to leverage the cloud.
  • Provision enough Internet bandwidth, both wired and wireless, to operate effectively.
  • Select the right mix of desktops, laptops, mobile devices and software to function in a productive, effective way.
  • Install the right scanning systems to aid the shift to a paperless office. 
  • Deploy a document management system to maximize efficiency with digital records.
  • Use trial balance working paper software, if the firm performs many of these engagements.
  • Transform the firm’s Web site into a full-fledged client portal.
  • Maximize productivity with workflow software.
  • Offer clients cloud-based accounting systems.
  • Have the right plan and tools in place to ensure data security and speedy disaster recovery.

Read full article “Guide on Cloud Computing” at accounting.pettir.com

8.01.2012

Microsoft's Hotmail Rebrands to Outlook

outlook_logoMicrosoft gave its email service Hotmail a complete overhaul on Tuesday, rebranding the portal as Outlook.com. The new Outlook is pretty, refreshing, and chock full of useful features.

The renovated service boasts a minimalist interface that borrows heavily from the tile-driven design of Windows 8. Facebook Chat and Skype's industry-leading video calls will be built into Outlook, and users can open Microsoft Office files directly in web versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Unlike Gmail, Microsoft promises that it won't scan your inbox for keywords to deliver you targeted ads.

Microsoft makes it easy to switch from Gmail to Outlook, which has the ability to easily forward a Gmail account's inbox to Outlook.com with a few simple clicks. In other words, you can use Outlook's interface with your Gmail address.

7.15.2012

Why Do Businesses Need An Accounting System?

Maintaining a set of accounting records is not optional, it's a law! The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires that businesses prepare and retain a set of records and documents that can be audited. Internal Revenue Code requires that business have the ability to compute taxable income by using some sort of common-sense accounting system that clearly reflects income. In addition, the federal legislation requires public companies to have a detail and accurate books, records, and accounts of transactions and dispositions of the assets.

Beyond complying with the law, a company that fails to keep an accurate record of its business transactions may lose revenue and is more likely to operate inefficiently. You can’t successfully manage your business without the accounting system. Success requires the ability to perform financial analysis, which is to accurately measure business growth, profitability, and cash flow, as well as to reasonably estimate your financial condition.

Read full source article at accounting.pettir.com

6.24.2012

Microsoft Surface threatens the Macbook Air & iPad

Microsoft made a big splash when it unveiled Surface, a new line of Windows 8-powered tablets. With a detachable magnetic cover that doubles as a keyboard, Microsoft's soon-to-be-released device transforms itself into an ultra-portable productivity center that could supplant laptops.

Consumers will have their choice of getting the MacBook Air for work and an iPad for play, or killing two birds with one stone by buying Microsoft's beautifully designed, ultra-fast tablet that doubles as a lean full computer.

Surface might be the first tablet to give the iPad some serious competition, but there's still no price tag, no release date, and no real specs — just a couple of journalists who got to play with a Surface prototype for a few minutes.