Save Your Business Costs by using A Simple Accounting Software

 

 

Various large businesses depend on the most complicated accounting systems to help them keep record of their finances. Those who are just beginning out their small business might not have the funds to purchase these kinds of software. For itself, it is normally a choice between using the common software that comes with your operating system, or earmarking capital subsidizes to purchase simple accounting software.

The more rigorous business owners end up selecting with what is accessible rather than expending more. But, as may be anticipated, they generally end up finding out that they have to pay an abrupt price for not being shrewd enough.

Handbook accounting depicts your financial methods to the probability of mistakes. And, when it comes to business finances, a simple mistake could make you bear big losses. Accounting software works by reducing the margin of errors or completely removing the probability of error. This is due to all the calculation and dispensation of data is done by the computer and not by humans. Business accounting software decreases the role of humans into data entry, so you can make sure that everything is up to the mark.

In general, simple accounting software is priced to meet the financial plan of medium and small-scale business, as well as sole proprietors. Particularly, for small businesses where the owners need to be multi-tasking, accounting software comes as helpful because it removes the need to appoint a full-time accounting staff, or a qualified accountant or auditor.

In fact, some of the most flourishing business today started out small. And, the main reason why they got larger is that their owners had maximum opportunity to concentrate on the expansion challenges and to plan their growth techniques and did not have to expend over time on the balance sheet.

If you are planning to set up a business, it is without doubt a good idea to spend on simple accounting software. Doing so will permit you to focus on more significant business matters rather than on methods that the computer can do for you without any problem.

Always keep in mind that though that no two management accounting systems are completely same. So, ensure to look around, find out your choices, and look for reviews before you buy any accounting software.

How to Clone a Hard Drive

There are a dozen ways you can backup your data, but none can compete with the ease and versatility of cloning your hard drive. Clone hard drive can be used if you want to upgrade your hard drive, or if you want to just moving Windows 10 to SSD.

What makes cloning so good, is that it makes an actual clone of your hard drive, operating system and all your files. If you then insert that hard drive in a new computer, it would be as if it’s the same computer.

To serve as a backup, you just put your new cloned hard drive in a safe place, and in the case of complete computer failure, you just swap out the hard drives and everything will be like you left it.

 

Now that you know why you want to clone your hard drive, lets get down to the how to clone a hard drive.

What you need:

  • Extra hard drive (equal or larger in size than the one you want to clone)
  • Cloning software, like Todo from EaseUS

And that’s all you need.

Your hard drive can be either an external hard drive, or a new internal hard drive. As long it can store more than you currently have.

A perfect setup is to clone your data and operating system to the new internal hard drive, insert in your computer, and store the old hard drive in a safe place in case of computer failure.

That way you also upgrade the available space in your hard drive.

The process is also extremely easy and no technical knowledge is required. Even the most tech-unsavvy person will be able to clone a hard drive.

After you have downloaded your Cloning Software, it’s as easy as connecting the new hard drive and launching the software. Normally the software will have easy step for step guidance making sure you get the results you want.

It will start cloning, and can range anything from a few minutes to a few hours, depending on your hard drive speeds and data size, etc.

That’s literally all there is to it.

Like we said in the beginning, cloning a hard drive literally makes a clone of the whole hard dived being cloned.

That means your operating system will be on the new hard drive as well, no matter if you have Windows 10, 8, Vista, or even XP, it will clone everything. You won’t need to buy new licenses or re register your operating system.

It’s the perfect solution for backups, or if you upgrade your hard drive to a larger one.

If you are interested in Cloning software, Check out Todo from EaseUS or MiniTool Partition Wizard. Both are free to use if you are a home user, although we recommend using EaseUS because they have better after support.

In the end it’s not whether you should or shouldn’t clone your hard drive, but rather when. Especially if you care about backing up your data.

Evernote Says India User Base Crosses 5 Million Mark; Among Top 5 Markets

Cross platform note-taking app Evernote on Monday said it has crossed the five-million user mark in India, making it the fifth largest market for the US-based firm.

At the end of February 2013, the company had announced reaching the one-million user mark in India.

“The rate at which Evernote has grown in the last few years is a strong testament to Evernote’s fit with the Indian market. We are certain that the Indian market will continue to experience massive growth in the coming years,” Evernote General Manager Asia Pacific Troy Malone said.

Founded in 2007, Evernote is privately-held company headquartered in Redwood City, California with nearly 400 employees. Its products reach more than 100 million users worldwide.

The company said India is among the top four countries with exponential new user acquisition rates, along with the US, Brazil, and China.

India ranks number five in terms of total user base. The US ranks as the top market for Evernote with 25 million users, followed by China (17 million), Taiwan (7 million), Brazil (6 million) and India (5 million).

“Our new users have increased by 3,000 percent between December 2014 and September 2015. Evernote users in India are growing rapidly and we expect to meet our next five million users in record time as well. We see great potential in the country moving forward,” it added.

Maharashtra (24.42 percent), Karnataka (20.28 percent) and Delhi (20.25 percent) regions recorded top user activity on average, the company said.

India Funding Roundup: Credr, ShadowFax, CanvasFlip, Zapyle, FitMeIn

Credr
Mumbai-based online second hand bike listing platform Credr raised $15 million (roughly Rs. 99 crores) in its Series A round from Eight Roads Ventures, Fidelity’s proprietary investment arm. Founded in 2014 by IIT Mumbai graduates, the online marketplace operates in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, and Bengaluru, and inspects bikes on 80 parameters, provides doorstep test drives, manages paper transfer, and offers value added services like six months warranty, 24×7 road assistance, 1-year roadside assistance, buyback services to buyers.

ShadowFax
Delhi-based hyperlocal B2B logistics startup ShadowFax has raised $8.5 million (roughly Rs. 56 crores) in a Series A round of funding from Eight Roads Ventures. Founded in 2015 by Vaibhav Khandelwal and Abhishek Bansal, the startup provides delivery solutions to local sellers, with features like API integration, pay per delivery, and real time monitoring. ShadowFax had previously raised angel funding from Kunal Bahl, Rohit Bansal, and Zishaan Hayath earlier this year.

CanvasFlip
Hyderabad-based CanvasFlip, a cloud-based platform for prototyping and testing apps raised $1.2 million (roughly Rs. 7.9 crores) in seed funding from Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners. The firm counts Tech Mahindra, Paytm, Makemytrip, Redbus, Gaana and Magicbricks as clients. CanvasFlip offers a 30 day free trial, while the Premium plan starts at $25 a month.

Zapyle
Bengaluru-based Zapyle, an online marketplace for second hand apparel raised $1 million in seed funding, Vccircle reported. Founded in 2015 by Rashi Menda, the marketplace has apps for Android and iOS serving Internet-savvy women aged between 18-30. Zapyle makes 25 percent commission on the sale value. Online designer wear rental platform Klozee recently closed a seed funding round in August.

FitMeIn
Delhi-based FitMeIn, which provides a monthly membership to over 250 gyms and fitness studios in Delhi, raised $100,000 in seed funding from Green House Ventures. Fitmein provides access to activities like yoga, cardio, dance, interval training, and martial arts for a monthly membership fee, which is converted to a virtual currency called FitCoins. The company will launch its Android and iOS apps soon.

Uber Taxi Protests Spread to Portugal

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Hundreds of taxi drivers blocked roads Tuesday in Lisbon and other Portuguese cities, the latest in a string of protests worldwide against US-based taxi app Uber.

Recent months have seen a flurry of protests by drivers against the controversial smartphone-based taxi service amid claims Uber provides unfair competition by flouting rules and restrictions that regulate professional vehicles.

Uber launched in Lisbon a year ago but Antral, one of Portugal’s main drivers’ associations, obtained earlier this year a civil court ruling preventing the firm operating nationwide.

But the ruling was filed against Uber’s US-based, rather than Europe-based, incarnation.

As some 400 drivers blocked thoroughfares including a main road to Lisbon airport and several hundred more drivers demonstrated in the northern city of Porto and Faro in the south, Antral slammed Uber for “illegally” continuing to operate, Lusa news agency reported.

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Antral, seeking to mobilise around 1,500 of 3,500 of Lisbon’s taxi drivers, said Uber was “continuing to work as before” the court ruling was handed down.

The Portuguese protests come in the wake of similar complaints elsewhere in Europe, the United States and India.

Uber resumed its Indian operations in January after last year being banned following a rape allegation against one of its drivers.

June saw angry scenes in Paris, resulting in rioting by taxi drivers and the arrest of two Uber executives.

The company responded by suspending its lower cost UberPOP service.

Unions representing taxis in Brussels have called a strike for September 16, with drivers from other European capitals also expected to participate.

Uber is currently awaiting a French court decision it hopes will strike down a law passed by the French government that sharply restricts its activities.

Mozilla unveils first public preview of Firefox for iPhone, iPad

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Mozilla will try to win over iPhone and iPad users with its first mobile browser for iOS.Mozilla

Firefox is taking its next big step at trying to carve out a chunk of the iOS market.

The first public preview of the Mozilla browser for iPhones and iPads has started rolling out to users in New Zealand, the company announced in a blog posted Thursday. The goal is to grab feedback from people in one country before expanding the mobile browser to other countries, leading up to a full public global launch later this year.

Desktop versions of Firefox are already available for Windows PCs (including Windows 10) and Macs, while a mobile edition exists for Android devices. In the past, Mozilla had nixed the idea of an iOS version, saying that Apple’s mobile OS was too closed off for third-party browsers. But the company changed its mind late last year after Apple launched iOS 8 with a friendlier environment for non-Apple browsers. There’s also the matter of iOS being a huge market. A December tweet posted by Mozilla Release Manager Lukas Blakk said simply: “We need to be where our users are so we’re going to get Firefox on iOS.”

Being late to the iOS party, though, Firefox faces an uphill battle catching up with such rivals as Apple’s built-in mobile Safari andGoogle Chrome, both of which are popular on the mobile front, as evidenced by the latest stats from Web tracker NetMarketShare. Firefox has also seen demand drop for its desktop version as Chrome has gained more traction among PC users. But the mobile market is of key importance since users increasingly are browsing the Web via their smartphones and tablets rather than their computers.

Just what will the iOS version of Firefox offer? In its blog, Mozilla mentioned three key features so far.

Intelligent Search lets you choose your default search provider and also provides suggested search results. A Firefox Account feature allows you to sync your Firefox passwords, tabs and browser history from your desktop to your iPhone or iPad. The new preview release also includes a Visual Tabs page with thumbnails of your open tabs.

New features will pop up over time based on user feedback as Mozilla preps for the worldwide release of Firefox. The public preview contains an option in the Settings screen through which you can send your feedback directly to the company.

“Our goal is to create a great browsing experience for iOS with Firefox,” Mozilla said in its blog post. “With this first public preview we will be collecting feedback in one country, before we extend availability to get feedback in a few more countries prior to a full public launch. Feedback from this preview release will help us build new features and bring Firefox for iOS to the App Store in the rest of the world later this year.”

Those of you who’d like to try out Firefox for iOS can enter your email address at the sign-up page to be notified when the public preview reaches your country.

Uber links to sensitive ride data now expire after 48 hours

Uber has tweaked one of the features in its app after it was shown to let sensitive trip data become publicly accessible through Google.

The feature lets Uber customers share their ETA, via SMS, with friends and family during a ride. The text that’s sent includes a link to a live map that shows where the rider is during the course of the ride, just like the map shown on the rider’s own smartphone.

On Thursday, links to dozens of the maps could be found on search engines like Google, by performing a site search of trip.uber.com. In addition to the route, the maps show the first names of the rider and driver, and the car and license plate of the driver. On these sites, the source code also includes the exact addresses of the pick-up and destination, and the exact date and time of the ride.

The links were publicly accessible through Google because they had been shared online on social media sites by the people who had received them, Uber said.

Now, riders can continue to share links to the maps, but the links will expire after 48 hours. Uber chief security officer Joe Sullivan announced the change in a tweet on Friday.

The change’s effect can already be seen online. Links that on Thursday had displayed maps now only bring up a web site reading, “Page not found.”

Uber has been subjected to criticisms and questions over privacy and its user data policies. In this instance, the company acted swiftly to mitigate concerns tied to an important data issue.

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Ten of the best back-to-school apps for kids

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There are some excellent educational apps out there, blending serious learning with well-crafted production values and a sense of fun. Photograph: Alamy

The summer holidays are either over or nearly over depending where your child is in the world. Parents are breathing a sigh of relief at the prospect of making a cup of tea without being screamed at / bundled into / forced to referee an over-aggressive game of split-screen Minecraft.

And their children? They’re back at school learning, then coming home every night eager to continue the education on whatever devices at hand. Or, alternatively, to continue eagerly smashing one another’s blocky windows.

But seriously, there are some excellent educational apps out there, blending serious learning with well-crafted production values and a sense of fun. They can complement (not replace) reading books, physical play and conversation in expanding on what children are learning in school.

I’ve picked out 10 of the best examples, swerving pure games and individual stories – as good as the latter can be for early and developing readers – in favour of apps with other kinds of educational intent.

Where you see “IAP” that means In-App Purchases: I’ve tried to explain how they work in the relevant reviews, so you know what you might be charged for.

Endless Wordplay.
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Endless Wordplay.

Endless Wordplay (Free + IAP)
iOS / Android
Developer Originator Kids has made a series of educational apps under its “Endless” brand, and they’re all marvellous: deploying cartoon monsters in the service of teaching children to spell, count and string numbers together. Endless Wordplay is the latest, with rhyming word puzzles and animated sequences that will have children and parents alike laughing. The app is structured into “lessons” with a few included for free, and others buyable by parents in virtual packs.

The Everything Machine.
The Everything Machine.

The Everything Machine (£2.49)
iOS
If you grew up messing around with switches and circuit-boards, The Everything Machine will bring back some fond memories. It encourages children to use the various features of their iOS device, from its camera and microphone to its accelerometer, to create virtual machines on-screen – even running across multiple devices. It’s a digital sandbox, but crucially, one that may inspire kids to delve deeper into micro-electronics in the real world. The app has online resources for parents and children too: a PDF manual and a YouTube channel to spark ideas.

Tynker.
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Tynker.

Tynker (Free + IAP)
iOS / Android
Tynker is one of a clutch of admirable apps – see also Scratch Jr and Hopscotch HD – that aim to introduce children to programming. In this case, that happens over a series of coding lessons, as kids complete tasks by dragging and dropping blocks of code into place, and running the results to see what happens. There’s a free-play mode to create their own programs once they’re comfortable, and a recent update added the ability to control external hardware, including drones. Some of its puzzles are free, while others are sold in £1.49 packs via in-app purchase.

Toca Lab.
Toca Lab.

Toca Lab (£2.49)
iOS / Android
If you’ve ever considered buying your children a chemistry kit, then balked at the prospect of the cat / bedroom / surrounding neighbourhood getting blown up, Toca Lab may be a safe alternative. It’s a fun app for younger children introducing them to the idea of elements, and how they might change when heated up, cooled down, shaken, magnetised or mixed. Each element is represented by a cute character, although the effects are made up. Rather than an accurate chemistry simulator, then, it’s a playful introduction to the topic – and, again, one that may inspire children to explore further when their device is put away.

Hopster.

Hopster (£3.99 a month)
iOS / Android
Can you learn much from watching TV as a child? Several generations unable to count to 10 without laughing like a vampire thanks to Sesame Street would suggest you can. Hopster is a very modern attempt to investigate the educational potential not just of watching, but playing. It’s a bit like a Netflix purely for kids: a £3.99-a-month subscription service with a catalogue of cartoons and shows, many of which will be familiar from broadcast TV. Here, they come paired with simple, accessible learning games including phonics, letter-tracing and creative tasks.

WonderBox.

WonderBox (Free)
iOS
More children than you’d think are using Instagram, even though they’re not supposed to until they turn 13. And tens of millions of children are watching videos on YouTube, even though there’s a lot of inappropriate material there. WonderBox is an inventive attempt to bring the best of both platforms to a family-friendly app for creating and sharing. Controlled by the parent, each family member can try their hand at 120 creative “challenges”, from designing an apartment to taking shadow photos – with the results shared among the group in a social-style feed. There’s also a collection of YouTube videos handpicked by developer Duck Duck Moose for their educational value, and potential to spark real-world creation and play.

Safari Tales.
Safari Tales.

Safari Tales (£2.99)
iOS / Android
Some parents have learned to distrust mobile games featuring cute baby animals over the past few years, thanks to titles using those characters as bait for in-app purchases – for example virtual currency to heal them when sick. Safari Tales is one of the good guys though: not only is it paid for entirely upfront, but it has clear educational goals – “literacy skills through creative play” as its developer puts it. That means children exploring the African savannah playing mini-games and using a “word wheel” to ask questions about what they see, practising their sentence construction. Their adventures are also turned into digital storybooks to share with you, encouraging more reading.

DragonBox Algebra 5+.
DragonBox Algebra 5+.

DragonBox Algebra 5+ (£3.99)
iOS / Android
Linear equations still make my head hurt, 25 years on from studying them at school, so an app designed to “secretly” teach kids algebra is probably on my level, let alone my children’s. DragonBox Algebra 5+ (there’s also a 12+ version for older children) is one of the more polished maths apps, though, with 200 number-puzzles spread across 10 chapters, with a game structure making it entertaining rather than dry. It’s fun to use together, but easy enough to grasp that children can work through at their own pace too.

Cursive Writing Wizard.
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Cursive Writing Wizard (£3.99)
iOS / Android
A handwriting app isn’t intended to replace the important physical pencil-practice that children need when learning to write. But it can be a very good complement to it, reinforcing what they’re learning about letter shapes and joined-up writing. This app has been around for a while, but it’s still one of the most accessible examples. It’s also very customisable: you can enter your own word lists for your children to trace the letters of, whether it’s their own name, pets or words that have a particular meaning for your family. Plus you can see stats on how children use the app, and even watch their tracing replayed.

Teach Your Monster to Read.
Teach Your Monster to Read. Photograph: PR

Teach Your Monster to Read: First Steps (£3.99)
iOS
One important point: “monster” here doesn’t refer to your child, but rather to the virtual monster they’re teaching to read within this app. The theory being that one of the best ways to learn something is to feel like you’re teaching someone else. The focus here is on the early-reading phonics that children learn in school, practising skills like blending letter sounds together. It’s a good introduction to the Teach Your Monster to Read website, which has been available for longer.

That’s my selection, but what apps do your children love that you’d recommend to other parents? The comments section is open for your thoughts.

PayPal launches PayPal.me, a person-to-person payment service

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The pioneer of online payments is aiming to make it easier to send and receive money from friends and colleagues in 18 countries around the globe. On Tuesday, PayPal launched PayPal.me, a person-to-person payment service similar to solutions like Square Cash, PayPal’s own Venmo, as well as add-on services from Facebook and Gmail.

What’s original about PayPal.me is that it centers around a permanent and unique site link. PayPal.me/LukeSkywalker, for example, would be the central location where people could send Luke money.

That site is then hooked into Luke’s PayPal account where he receives funds from friends, family, colleagues, even Sith. When you want people to send you money for that pricey lunch you covered, a communal office gift, or just a plain old IOU, you just send the debtor your PayPal.me link in an email, text, instant messenger, whatever.

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PayPal.me has a very straightforward interface.

PayPal calls the new service your “personal link to getting paid back.” Link, get it? So clever, PayPal.

The downside is that the person paying you back must also have a PayPal account to use the new service. They can’t have just any PayPal account, however—it must be in one of the 18 PayPal.me-compatible countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the U.K.

The impact on you at home: PayPal already has a number of ways to send money to friends, such as Venmo (U.S. only) as well as a regular PayPal transfer (depending on the country). But none are as easy (or as global) as PayPal.me. However, there are other services that are just as easy. We’ve already looked at Square Cash, which is a simple email-based solution for anyone with a U.S. debit card. The solutions from Facebook and Gmail aren’t too shabby, either.

Paying with PayPal.me

Once you’ve got all the prerequisites down, getting paid via PayPal.me is pretty simple. A person visits your PayPal.me site, enters the amount they want to pay, hits Next, signs in with their PayPal account, and approves the payment.

For users who want to get really fancy, you can even add a specific amount to the end of the URL. Let’s say, for example, Luke sent out a group text to his co-workers who are all chipping in $20 each for a wedding gift. Sending PayPal.me/LukeSkywalker/20 would open Luke’s PayPal.me site with $20 already entered and ready to go.

PayPal.me is live now, if you want to claim your own name before it’s gone.

Line Launcher for Android Launched, Focuses on Customisation Features

Rakuten-owned Japanese messaging app Line has launched the Line Launcher for Android users. The launcher is free to download from Google Play and features themes based on the app’s three popular characters – Brown, Cony, and Sally. Other themes are based on scenery and animals.

Once installed, the Line Launcher lets users customise the home screen by adding stickers; change the appearance of apps using different icon packs; add widget shortcuts, and more. Users can mix and match any wallpapers with the icon packs. In addition, to change the look of the device, users can download a new theme or just tap on the ‘Shuffle’ widget to set a new wallpaper.

The Line Launcher also recommends users what apps to download and view Push notifications for the Line app. However, users have the option to disable the features under the Advance Settings menu of the launcher.

The new Line Launcher includes over 3,000 different themes for users. Other widgets sported by Line Launcher are battery power monitor, one-tap boost to free-up memory, a ‘comprehensive’ search engine, contacts, Wi-Fi, location services, and others. Use of custom shortcut to apps or URLs is also possible. Some of the other customisation functions included are tweaking of dock, lock screen, folders, app drawer, and gesture-based activities.

The Line Launcher app weighs 11MB, requires Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich or later OS versions to run, and is available to download from Google Play.