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Thursday, August 30, 2012

IRS Collection Issues Increase

The amount of taxes owed to the U.S. Treasury is more than $350 billion. At the end of 2011, there were more than 10.8 million taxpayer accounts in IRS Collection -- almost double the number of accounts since 2002. The average account owes $10,756 to the IRS. Source: Beyond415; IRS Data Books

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

When The Tail Wags The Dog

An article in the August 28, 2012, Wall Street Journal (can be downloaded from my Skydrive) entitled "U.S. Firms Move Abroad to Cut Taxes" contains some interesting information. While it is difficult to address global, corporate, tax rates without being somewhat partisan, the article does indicate what the "incentive" to relocate companies is. Ideally, tax rates should be established with a goal of fairness rather than a goal of causing certain behaviors. https://skydrive.live.com/#cid=8B35ADFFC37790D0&id=8B35ADFFC37790D0%21253

Monday, August 27, 2012

Excel Tip

In order to keep leading zeros displayed it may be necessary to convert a column of 'formulas' to 'values.' Highlight a column containing formulas, right-click and drage the edge of the column to the right, then drag it back to its original position, and release the mouse button, then select Copy Here as Values Only from the popup menu.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Another 'Word' Tip

In Word 2007 and 2010, to minimize the ribbon, press Ctrl+F1. To restore the ribbon, press Ctrl+F1 again (or double-click a ribbon tab).

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Crop Picture to Shape

Crop a picture according to a shape, such as a heart or start. Within Word, select Crop, Crop to Shape from Size group in Picture Tools tab.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Skype Update

REDMOND, Wash. — It's been almost a year since since Microsoft completed its $8.5 billion acquisition of Internet calling firm Skype, used by consumers and businesses globally to make cheap calls and calls over video. To some regular users, "skyping" has become a verb. Before landing at Microsoft, the company was founded in 2003, and eventually acquired by eBay.USA TODAY's Edward C. Baig recently talked withTony Bates, president of the Skype Division, aboutSkype's direction.Edited for space and clarity. http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2012-08-19/skype-bates-q-and-a/57142138/1

Thursday, August 09, 2012

What To Expect From Search Engines Soon

August 9, 2012 In Star Trek, a computer could answer any question, instantly. “Today, we’re closer to that dream than I ever thought possible during my working life — and here are some of the latest steps we’re taking today to make search even more intelligent, says SVP Google Search Amit Singhal on the Google Official Blog: http://www.kurzweilai.net/building-the-search-engine-of-the-future-one-baby-step-at-a-time?utm_source=KurzweilAI+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=040f2ecf05-UA-946742-1&utm_medium=email

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Smartphone Sales Accelerate

Google's Android operating system dominated the mobile space last quarter, according to new data from research firm IDC. http://www.wirelessweek.com/News/Feeds/2012/08/wireless-android-smartphone-share-quadruples-ios-in-q2/

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Smartphone Market Share

Published: August 01, 2012 in Knowledge@Wharton Smartphone maker HTC has repeatedly cut its earnings and revenue outlook, and is reportedly shuttering its South Korea office. Nokia is struggling with a lukewarm response to its Lumia Windows Phone devices and challenges in markets such as China. And Research in Motion has lost market share and delayed its next generation of smartphones until 2013. http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article.cfm?articleid=3060

ADP indicates July added 163K jobs

Employment in the U.S. nonfarm private business sector increased by 163,000 from June to July, on a seasonally adjusted basis. The estimated gain from May to June was revised down slightly, from the initial estimate of 176,000 to 172,000. http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/pdf/FINAL_Report_July_12.pdf