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Next-generation computer. The optical computer is one of technology’s Holy Grails, and it came one significant step closer when IBM developed a way to slow the speed of light. No, IBM hasn’t broken Einstein’s Law of Relativity: E=mc2; it just found a way to slow data-encoded light beams, which travel at 186,000 miles per second—too fast for a computer to decipher the code—to a creeping 620 miles per second. That’s getting slow enough for deciphering without losing data. What’s so special about optical computers? They’re potentially much faster, simpler and more energy efficient—and they wouldn’t suffer from the heat and magnetic-interference problems of electric-powered hardware.

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Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.