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February 22nd, 2012:

IRS – Top Tax Scams for 2012

Please be careful when processing taxes online to ensure that security controls, privacy, and confidentially are well maintainged

IRS – Top Tax Scams for 2012
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/021712-irs-dirty-dozen-256313.html
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/060211-irs-top-10.html

QUOTE: The Internal Revenue Service this week issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” ranking of tax scams the agency says tend to surface around tax season each year. “Taxpayers should be careful and avoid falling into a trap with the Dirty Dozen,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman in a statement. “Scam artists will tempt people in-person, on-line and by e-mail with misleading promises about lost refunds and free money. Don’t be fooled by these scams.”

Network World Evaluation – Nook Tablet vs. Kindle Fire

Two excellent products are reviewed by Network World as noted below:

Network World – Nook Tablet vs. Kindle Fire
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/022112-nook-kindle-fire-256394.html

QUOTE: While there are some minor differences in the tablets’ overall specifications, the real differences come down to what extra goodies you get from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, such as cloud storage and digital newsstands. In this article we’ll break down the similarities and differences between the Nook and the Kindle Fire and deliver a verdict on which tablet is most worthy of your hard-earned $199.

Hardware: Have we mentioned that these two tablets are very, very similar? Well, they are. The Nook Tablet has 8GB of internal storage and a 1GHz TI OMAP4 dual-core processor. The Kindle, in contrast, features … 8GB of internal storage and a 1GHz TI OMAP4 dual-core processor! The biggest difference hardware-wise is the significant improvements in battery life that B&N is promising to deliver with the Nook. So while the Kindle Fire delivers just eight hours of reading time and 7.5 hours of video time on the Kindle Fire even when the Wi-Fi is turned off, the Nook promises 11.5 hours of reading time and nine hours of video. Not too shabby!

Size and weight: The Nook and the Kindle Fire feature identical 7-inch display screens with resolutions of 1024×600 pixels. The Nook’s weight of 14.1 ounces is ever-so-slightly lighter than the Kindle Fire’s 14.6 ounces. All in all, though, this comes up as a push.

Operating system: They both run on modified versions of Android 2.3 (“Gingerbread”). There’s been no word yet on when either device will get upgraded to either Android 3.0 (“Honeycomb”) or Android 4.0 (“Ice Cream Sandwich”), both of which are optimized for the tablet form factor.

Price: As mentioned before, both tablets will set you back $199 so pricing comes out as yet another push.

Extra goodies: Finally! A clear, definable difference between these two cheapie Android tablets!