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1. Microsoft Office 2013  

BY J. Carlton Collins, CPA
An essential tool for many CPAs is a dependable computer running Microsoft Office. Accordingly, CPAs have more than a passing interest when Microsoft releases new editions every three years or so. This year should be no exception. With Office 2013, Microsoft has made major modifications related to new touchscreen capabilities, cloud connectivity, and a new subscription pricing plan.

2. Tech talk: What CPAs need to know  

BY Jeff Drew
Tax Code modifications and new FASB rules aren’t the only changes that CPAs have to concern themselves with these days. Whether it’s the security of clients’ data, the implications of migrating to the cloud, or the uncertain future of the once-venerable desktop, rapid technological transformation continues to generate new challenges and opportunities for accounting professionals.

3. A tour of five XBRL tools  

BY Mitchell R. Wenger, CPA, Ph.D., Rick Elam, CPA, Ph.D. and Kelly L. Williams, CPA
Supporters of extensible business reporting language (XBRL) have long touted its potential to transform financial data mining and analysis. Now that potential is starting to become a reality, thanks to several new software applications. These tools are designed to help accountants, investors, and analysts extract data from XBRL documents for use in familiar software applications such as Microsoft Excel.

4. How to develop and publish a mobile app  

BY Jeff Drew
When Susan Bruno set out to launch a mobile application to help women gain control of their finances, and Leonard Wright decided to develop an app to enhance his client interactions, neither wealth manager could foresee the dizzying array of detours and dead-ends they would encounter on the road to the app marketplace.

5. Google, Apple, Samsung surge to top of market for smartphones, tablets, PCs   WebExclusive

BY Jeff Drew
Google, Apple, and Samsung are leading a sales surge in the worldwide smart connected device market—a category consisting of personal computers, tablets, and smartphones—that should continue for at least the next five years, according to new research from International Data Corp. (IDC). The IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Device Tracker found that global shipments of smartphones, tablets, portable computers, and desktops reached a record 303.6 million, valued at $140.4 billion, in the third quarter of 2012, a 27% increase from the same quarter in 2011.

6. Windows 8: Jump or wait?   CPEDirect

BY J. Carlton Collins, CPA
With the Oct. 26 release of Windows 8, Microsoft unveiled a new look and new direction for the operating system that runs 92% of desktop computers worldwide. But Windows 8 isn’t about desktop dominance. It’s about Microsoft seeking to gain a foothold in the mobile market, where Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems rule.

7. Windows 8 keyboard and swipe commands   WebExclusive

BY J. Carlton Collins, CPA
Editor's note: Also read "Windows 8: Jump or wait?" in the November 2012 issue of the JofA. KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS Windows + Arrow Keys: Use this to place an application window to the left/right of the screen and also to maximize/minimize. Windows + Shift + Arrow Keys: Maximize, restore and move any window.

8. Google Play making serious run at Apple’s App Store   WebExclusive

BY Jeff Drew
The battle for control of the mobile device market is heating up in an area long dominated by Apple—mobile application downloads. Google, developer of the Android operating system for smartphones and tablets, announced in a blog post Sept. 26 that users have downloaded mobile apps from the Google Play store more than 25 billion times since it was launched in 2008.

9. Exactly!  

BY J. Carlton Collins, CPA
Q: I am trying to write an IF function in Excel that compares two cells to determine if they are exactly the same, including capitals and lowercase letters, but Excel seems to ignore case when using the IF function. What’s the best way to accomplish this goal? A: Excel’s functions generally ignore case.

10. Hide and link  

BY J. Carlton Collins, CPA
Q: When I open a file that contains external links, Excel 2007 asks whether I want to update those links. Sometimes Excel is unable to update a link and, in this case, I would like to delete the link formula. However, the dialog box does not indicate the worksheet or cell reference that contains the faulty link.
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