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Need to check the status of a flight? Google offers a free textmessage service that distributes flight status reports and other airline information. Just text message Google at 466453 (which spells Google on a cell phone’s keyboard) and enter the abbreviated airline name (for example, American Airlines is AA) and flight number, and Google will leave a text message on your phone.

The smallest, lightest projector for the traveling CPA: Toshiba’s TDP-FF1AU LED projector measures 5.5 by 2.2 by 4.0 inches and weighs 1.1 pounds (1.7 with its battery). Be advised that it needs a darkened room to produce a good image. It comes bundled with a 23-inch folding projection screen. Price: $699.


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.