Monthly Archives: July 2013

Accounting Software for Small Business: The Best Software to Use

When it comes to running a business, the software that a business owner uses its going to be important. A man or woman that has accounting-softwaretheir own small business, might not have the resources to hire a staff to handle the accounting aspects of the business. To help a business owner with their accounting needs, there are all kinds of accounting software for small business owners, but an owner should also consider one that will work on a tablet, and also on a Mac computer.

Though there are many different kinds of software available, using accounting software for IPad can be very handy because it will give the owner the chance to work on their business expenses anywhere they happen to be just by logging into it on their device. One software that is versatile enough for everything including use on a Mac computer is called AccountEdge Pro.

Why should someone look into AccountEdge Pro:  Finding accounting software for Mac is not easy because of the Apple operating system. However, what makes AccountEdge Pro great is the fact that it can be used on many different devices including the IPad, the IPhone, a Mac book, or a regular Mac computer. AccountEdge Pro has a lot of great features such as free email support, resources for help if someone needs it, and was created by people who have at least twenty years experience in dealing with the needs of small business owners.

Two versions of the software:  To help a small business owner decide on which software they want, AccountEdge has two different versions of their accounting software. A small business owner might be wondering which version of the software is just right for their business. The difference between the AccountingEdge Basic and the Accounting Edge Pro is in its features.  The Pro edition will allow a small business owner to do such tasks as keeping track of inventory, managing purchases, taking care of payroll, and issuing billing statements to be sent to clients.

A small business owner needs accounting software that can do anything anywhere. The best accounting software will allow a business owner to work from home, their mobile device and in their office is called AccountEdge. With AccountEdge, there are two versions of the accounting software, and with it, a business owner can get the support they need 24 hours a day through email or help topics that are in the software itself.

Startup Advice: Getting Your First Sales – Top Tips from Jake Dunlap of Skaled Consulting

eXprtViews had the chance to sit down with Jake Dunlap, CEO of Skaled consulting.

He shares his top-tips for startups to get to ‘yes’ and land their first sales. Skaled helps startups scale their sales, marketing and business development by providing strategic and operational support.

Dunlap works with many startups and recognizes that many founders can naturally create excitement about their company and innovations, but do not always walk prospects down the right path to purchase. He suggests outlining the sales process early on in the first sales meetings to clarify the steps needed to buy and implement new products and services.

Check out Skaled at www.skaled.com or contact them at info@skaled.com.

The Best Job Search Websites

Ready for a change of workplace? These job sites will help you find, apply to, and ultimately, land your dream job.

Eric GriffithBy Eric GriffithJennifer Bergen

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It’s safe to say we’ve all searched for a job at some point or another. And depending on the job market, you could be going up against 10 other qualified job seekers—or several hundred. According to the Department of Labor, the unemployment rate in the United States hit a high of 10 percent in October 2009, but by April 2013 it had fallen to 7.5 percent, still a far cry from the 2007 low of 4.4 percent. But the recent percentage drop means more companies are hiring and more people are landing jobs. You should be one of them. 

So how exactly are the newly employed finding those jobs? Are they pounding the pavement? Sometimes, but it’s much easier to pound the keyboard. There are dozens of sites designed to find you the perfect gig, and from them we’ve picked our 13 favorites. They do more than just provide a database of job listings to search however. Many of them host your résumé and try to make it as visible as possible to employers looking for the perfect staff. (Need some help in that department? Check out our tips for résumés and cover letters.) Some even take advantage of social networking to get your foot in the door. After all, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

We can’t guarantee you’ll find your dream job right away with these sites, but you’ll certainly get a panoramic view of what’s available in your field. Who knows, you may even decide to explore a new career path.

By the way, you should probably spend less time job searching online than you currently are, according to the experts. In an interview with Forbes, Robert Hellmann, the author ofYour Social Media Job Search, recommends that your job hunt consist of 80 percent personal networking, 10 percent talking to headhunters, and only that last 10 percent for online searches and applications. And if you’re fresh out of school, be sure to study thesenine tech tips for job-hunting grads. Happy hunting!

Do you use other sites in your job hunt? Let us know in the comments which ones you’ve had success with and which need termination.

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On Milwaukee and IndyCar penalties | Ask the Expert IndyCar Series

by Curt Cavin

Question: I made my first trip up to Milwaukee this past weekend with my wife and dad for Father’s Day. Wow! What an awesome event. The atmosphere was amazing, people were friendly and the racing was great. We attend the 500 every year and I think we’ll continue making the trip to Milwaukee as well. (Ryan, Greenwood, Ind.)

Answer: It’s generally been good for all of those reasons, but I thought Andretti Sports Marketing again showed it knows how to put on an event. The infield was terrific, especially the area for the kids. I know the walk-up crowd was limited by the poor weather forecast, but I hope the event continues. It’s terrific and, as you noted, the racing is very good, too.

Question: Now, if anybody complains about Milwakuee, they will have to turn in their race fan badge. (Jim, Indianapolis)

Answer: You won’t hear a peep from me. I love the action at that track, and Saturday’s show was another good example.

Question: Noticed you left the Penske penalty from Texas alone for awhile, then when you did finally get around to it, your story was as if you had no opinion at all. (Big J., Queen Creek, Ariz.)

Answer: I didn’t include my opinion in the newspaper story because that’s not my place; this is. My opinion on these things are, the driver and the entrant are one in the same. If one is penalized, the other is, too, and that’s how it’s been done for years upon years. It’s that way so that a team can’t cheat its way into a driver championship, which ultimately is the only championship that matters to the public. It seems to me there’s been a change in policy the past two seasons regarding driver points being taken away, and that “precedent” is what Derrick Walker referenced. Walker vowed to make the rulebook clear on this subject moving forward, and that’s good. But here’s the real problem and something I’ve been harping on for years: IndyCar needs to be completely transparent with its penalties so that we can gauge consistency. Right now we can’t because we’re not sure what has been levied and what hasn’t.

Question: Just a quick thought: Who would have thought at this point in the season Franchitti and Power would be 10th and 11th in the point standings? (Gregg, Ross Township, Ohio)

Answer: No one. And no one would have thought those two would go more than a calendar year without a win. The most amazing stat of all is that 12 drivers have won a race since Power has. Think about that! That’s mind-boggling. That’s half the field.

Question: In all the talk about Indianapolis installing lights and hosting a night race, be it the Brickyard or the 500, has anyone ever considered IMS might be too big for a night in terms of capacity? When and where has a night race been held that drew 250,000 people and released them at 11 p.m. at night? Largest night race I can think of is the July Daytona race for NASCAR, which might draw 140,000. Can Speedway, Ind., handle 250k people that late at night? (Daniel, Cleveland)

Answer: Actually, that’s long been the argument against lights. I think the feelings on that have softened over the years. I expect we’ll see lights in the next few years.

Question: What do you think of Jeff Burton’s comment that NASCAR is the leader in motor sports safety? NASCAR is the organization that was about two years behind the IRL and CCWS in mandating helmets for over the wall pit crew members. (Michael, Glen Jean, W.V.)

Answer: What else would you expect Jeff Burton to say? But give NASCAR credit for all its progress over the past decade.

Question: In your opinion what does Mark Miles have to do to remain CEO vs. being in a line of the next CEO? (Tony, Indianapolis)

Answer: Ultimately, it comes down to improving the financial bottom line.

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Top 10 Pranks of 2012 || FailArmy

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30 of Marilyn Monroe’s Smartest and Most Insightful Quotes

She embodied the stereotypical persona of the “dumb blonde,” but Marilyn Monroe was no dummy. Today is the actress’ birthday. Most people remember Marilyn as the bombshell with the bedroom eyes, but later stories and personal documents revealed a complex woman who was intellectually curious, poetic, bright, and yes, sometimes sad and deeply emotional. As Monroe’s best friend and former roommate Shelley Winters put it: “If she’d been dumber, she’d have been happier.” We could talk about Monroe’s genuine love for books (she tended to a large personal library), her impressive IQ (reportedly 168), or we could cite those close to her who confirmed that her ” Monroeisms ” were no studio invention, but instead we’ll let her words speak for themselves. Head past the break to enjoy a collection of quotes from the pop culture icon that proves there was more to the woman behind the dazzling and seductive Hollywood facade.

“The ‘public’ scares me, but people I trust.”
“Here is [James] Joyce writing what a woman thinks to herself. Can he, does he really know her innermost thoughts? But after I read the whole book, I could better understand that Joyce is an artist who could penetrate the souls of people, male or female. It really doesn’t matter that Joyce doesn’t have… or never felt a menstrual cramp. To me Leopold Bloom is a central character. He is the despised Irish Jew, married to an Irish Catholic woman. It is through them Joyce develops much of what he wants to say.”
“I have always been deeply terrified to really be someone’s wife since I know from life one cannot love another, ever, really.”
“When you’re famous you kind of run into human nature in a raw kind of way. It stirs up envy, fame does. People you run into feel that, well, who is she who does she think she is, Marilyn Monroe? They feel fame gives them some kind of privilege to walk up to you and say anything to you, you know, of any kind of nature and it won’t hurt your feelings. Like it’s happening to your clothing. One time here I am looking for a home to buy and I stopped at this place. A man came out and was very pleasant and cheerful, and said, ‘Oh, just a moment, I want my wife to meet you.’ Well, she came out and said, “Will you please get off the premises?” You’re always running into people’s unconscious.”
“I don’t understand why people aren’t a little more generous with each other.”

She embodied the stereotypical persona of the “dumb blonde,” but Marilyn Monroe was no dummy. Today is the actress’ birthday. Most people remember Marilyn as the bombshell with the bedroom eyes, but later stories and personal documents revealed a complex woman who was intellectually curious, poetic, bright, and yes, sometimes sad and deeply emotional. As Monroe’s best friend and former roommate Shelley Winters put it: “If she’d been dumber, she’d have been happier.” We could talk about Monroe’s genuine love for books (she tended to a large personal library), her impressive IQ (reportedly 168), or we could cite those close to her who confirmed that her “Monroeisms” were no studio invention, but instead we’ll let her words speak for themselves. Head past the break to enjoy a collection of quotes from the pop culture icon that proves there was more to the woman behind the dazzling and seductive Hollywood facade.

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Smart tech, big data top priorities at Intel Labs

Intel CTO offers glimpse at what the chipmaker is working on to improve people’s lives, rather than just making things faster or more efficient.

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Intel CTO Justin RattnerIntel CTO Justin Rattner at the chipmaker’s annual research summit.

(Credit: Intel)

SAN FRANCISCO — It’s what inside that counts, posited Intel Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner.

Now, for a microprocessor giant, this tagline should be interpreted in multiple ways.

The obvious reading being that, because it’s coming from Intel, the company is touting its own hardware bits.

But being that this is the theme of this year’s Research@Intel summit on Tuesday, the line is also meant to promote what Intel Labs has been cooking up to improve people’s lives and communities rather than to just play a numbers game of making devices more faster or efficient.

This year, the processor giant’s research showcase has been organized into the following four categories: enriching lives, intelligent “everything,” the data society, and tech essentials.

More specifically, some of the projects run the gamut from personalized shopping to connected vehicle safety to discovering relationships among data communities.

For example, Rattner showed a demo of “smart headlights” technology integrated on a vehicle driving through snow, which is being pitched to top-tier automakers right now. Citing the 2010 National Highway Traffic Safety Report, Rattner posited that smart headlights could prevent up to 800,000 crashes, 200,000 injuries, and even 3,000 fatalities.

Intel futurist and chief evangelist Steve Brown argued that “if we can do anything with technology,” then the task is figuring out the best way to spend resources rather than just throwing them at anything and everything.

Brown noted that Intel conducts approximately 250,000 interviews worldwide annually, asking people both what they need and what they want from life.

Those responses have been compiled and analyzed, boiling down to these six categories: learning, entertainment, creativity, wellness, productivity, and feeling connected.

Rattner said these categories represent the kind of research going on at both Intel Labs and around the world right now.

While providing an overview of Intel’s international research facilities, Rattner highlighted the sixth and newest center in China.

Rattner said that “given the massive size of its communications infrastructure,” China was deemed the “perfect place to do this research.”

Thus, promoting Intel’s ongoing evolving mobility strategy, the ICRI for Mobile Networking and Computing specializes in development for telecommunications infrastructure, systems, and services.

Naturally, figuring out what to do about big data is also on the docket at Intel Labs around the world.

One such area is centered on graph analytics technologies, which is enabling analytics based upon sparse data.

“This work is intended to make graph analytics technology ubiquitous and available to the industry at large,” explained Rattner.

The two principle tools are Intel’s Graph Builder and the Graph Lab developed at the ISTC-Cloud Computing center.

Pointing out that both of these products are open-source, Rattner continued that that these should be “rapidly embraced” by the technology community.

Current users include Google, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix and Pandora, among others.

But many of these technologies sprouting up and fueled by big data have also given way to media buzz topics such as “the rise of the sharing economy” and “collaborative consumption.”

While sometimes it seems like news feeds are so saturated with these topics that they lose value, that doesn’t eliminate the opportunities that exist here.

At Intel, research scientists said it is referred to as “the data society.”

“More than ever it’s become not just acceptable but desirable to do things with people we don’t know at all,” remarked Intel Labs director Genevieve Bell, arguing that people are sleeping in the homes of people they don’t know, borrowing the cars of strangers, and even video-streaming romantic dates to online viewers for feedback.

“That seems useful,” Bell said.

This originally appeared here.

Insight: FBI relies on secret U.S. surveillance law, records show

 An illustration picture shows the logo of the U.S. National Security Agency on the display of an iPhone in Berlin, June 7, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

By John Shiffman, Kristina Cooke and Mark Hosenball

WASHINGTON

(Reuters) – The FBI has used secret evidence obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to prosecute at least 27 accused terrorists since 2007, according to a Reuters review of public records.

While the recent spotlight has been on the use of the FISA law by the U.S. National Security Agency for surveillance programs following disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the FBI also makes extensive use of the law for domestic counterterrorism.

The Reuters review highlights the extent to which the FBI has come to rely on FISA to investigate or thwart domestic attacks. It involved searching the national court docket using the database of Westlaw, which is owned by Thomson Reuters Corp, and includes only cases where prosecutors are required to file a notice under FISA. Other cases where FISA was used may be sealed.

The 27 cases in which the Federal Bureau of Investigation has used FISA evidence include both well-publicized and less-known investigations. They range from mass murder charges against Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan for the shootings of 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009, to the arrest in April of an 18-year-old in Chicago accused of planning to join an al Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria. Both men await trial.

In an effort to shore up support for the NSA program, U.S. spy agencies may disclose publicly, as early as Tuesday, for the first time a list of at least 25 terrorist attacks they say were thwarted by the agency’s once-secret surveillance operations. Many, if not all, of those NSA operations also used FISA for intelligence gathering.

When the FBI uses FISA, it seeks approval from judges at the secret U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) for phone, email and electronic surveillance and for searches of property, including “sneak-and-peak” search warrants in which agents covertly enter a businessor home when the occupants are away, and try to leave no trail of their visit.

The public court records, often little more than a one-page notification by a Justice Department attorney, provide no specific details of these covert operations. Some case files include defense challenges to the FISA law; none have been successful.

The court files show that the FBI used FISA warrants in recent cases against an Oregon man charged with aiding a Pakistani suicide bomber; a Philadelphia man accused of joining an Uzbekistan terrorist organization; and two Somali-born Minnesota women convicted of raising funds for al Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab rebels.

They also include FBI investigations of the New York founder of a radical Islamic website and a Moroccan man convicted of plotting a suicide attack at the U.S. Capitol.

An FBI spokeswoman referred questions about the bureau’s use of FISA to the Justice Department, and a spokesman there declined to comment.

SECRET COURT

FISA warrants are issued by the FISC in Washington. It was created in 1978 following congressional hearings that exposed illegal surveillance of U.S. citizens – without court-authorized warrants. The court includes 11 judges, all of whom are veteran federal judges at the trial court level. They are appointed by the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court to seven-year terms.

Applications to the judges for FISA warrants are presented by U.S. prosecutors. While FISA warrants are issued in secret, once an arrest is made by the FBI, U.S. law requires prosecutors to file a short notice to the court if they intend to use classified evidence at trial.

In addition to terrorism cases, the FBI has used FISA warrants in at least nine espionage and arms and military technology smuggling investigations since 2007.

The 27 alleged terrorism cases identified by Reuters in which the FBI used FISA evidence, and later disclosed that fact, represent only a small sampling of warrants issued by the secret court. Last year alone, the government applied for 1,856 FISA warrants and – except for one that was withdrawn – all were granted.

The public records only identify cases in which the FBI used FISA evidence to make terrorism arrests inside the United States.

NSA CASES

In some cases where prosecutors filed a public court notice that the FBI used FISA, the NSA is also involved but the authorities are not required to disclose that in court.

For instance, U.S. officials have since the Snowden disclosures identified two such cases – a U.S. man implicated in the 2009 attack by armed Pakistani militants in Mumbai, India, that killed 166 people, and an attempted plot against the New York City subway the same year.

In the New York case, the alleged plot leader, Najibullah Zazi, pleaded guilty to terrorism charges and is awaiting sentencing. An alleged co-conspirator, Adis Medunjanin, was sentenced to life in prison.

In a paper circulated to Congress on Saturday, U.S. intelligence agencies said that broad NSA email monitoring under a program made public by Snowden, called Prism, played a critical role in leading U.S. investigators to Zazi, while sweeping NSA telephone data collection produced leads that led investigators to Medunjanin.

According to court records, the FBI also used FISA warrants to make cases against:

– Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, 18, of Aurora, Illinois, who was arrested in April for allegedly trying to join al Qaeda-linked fighters in Syria. He is awaiting trial. U.S. officials say he was a friend of Adel Daoud, an American accused of trying to set off a bomb outside a downtown Chicago bar last year.

– Jesse Curtis Morton, a Muslim convert from Brooklyn who founded the Revolution Muslim website, which is linked to a half dozen other terrorism cases inside the United States, according to court documents. Morton is serving a 12-year sentence for posting online threats against the founders of the South Park television program.

– Amine El Khalifi, a Moroccan sentenced last year to 30 years in prison for plotting a suicide attack on the U.S. Capitol.

– Reaz Qadir Khan, a Portland, Oregon, municipal worker charged in April with conspiring to provide material support to a fatal 2009 suicide bombing at a regional Pakistani intelligence headquarters in Lahore. He awaits trial.

– Betim Kaziu, a Brooklyn man convicted of conspiracy to kill U.S. soldiers overseas and sentenced to 27 years in prison.

– Bakhityor Jumaev, a Philadelphia man arrested last year in Denver and charged with being a member of an Islamic terrorist group allegedly seeking to overthrow the government of Uzbekistan. He awaits trial.

– Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan, Somali-born Minnesota women convicted of raising funds for al Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab rebels. Ali was sentenced to 20 years and Hassan was sentenced to 10 years.

(Additional reporting by Matthew Haldane; Editing by Warren Strobel and Martin Howell)

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Real estate rebound: Top plays that you can profit on

— the real estate market is making a comeback so.
What we told you can cash in on that come back with out buying a house joining me now — real estate expert.
Morgan — good morning — — good morning so that interest rates up over 4% now but that’s not really think it’s going to be slowing market you know.
I don’t think — is — interest rates have a huge effect right now and they — in — home buyers come to market China lock in on the still low rates.
A peso the first thing that maybe is gonna make some ears perk up this morning.
House hunter hunting when that act.
So it so if maybe you didn’t and valued and that on hasn’t recovered — — stock market was concerned and I you know home Depot‘s stock of the homebuilders in the last two years there’s still places — make money in the regular trade at.
To some of those places are actually Trulia and — these are relatively new stock offerings.
They operate more like tech companies — they traded higher multiples.
There a little bit expensive compared to other housing related stocks.
But they’ve had a great run this year and analysts expect they’ll keep running Goldman Sachs actually just a pretty — until — But those have great acts by the way they — that measured driving around and see how much I thought — — — work.
How well pigment producers this is wild a lot of people like us are starting to — outside of their houses inside their houses their picks in a not so he can — — on that tail.
Yes — seen — — mileage and we’ve seen paying companies like Sherman Williams they’ve been performing really well on the stock market.
— this is more indirect play these are basically the chemical makers who produced the payments that go into paint companies like Sherman Williams.
So — — worldwide as an example — knocks.
They’re both trading at lower prices have both come off in the last couple of weeks and — you know represent potentially good — — both a really nice — definitely an unexpected trickled out there yeah insurance people here at new homes are gonna have to have some sort of — exactly so we’ve — home sales surge in the last couple of months on those numbers and — keep going especially if mortgage rates keep rising.
— — — — title insurance companies like first American financial.
— is another example these are companies that you can sort of play that more financial side of housing and as far as more homes being built and even people improving their own homes.
They have to have some some way to — that the two black — — the object failed to you NASA this is really interesting automakers obviously this is a play on the auto industry that’s seen really — sales but pick — truck sales specifically.

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