My prowess with all things technology is a bit like the 2012 crop of GOP candidates for the White House.

Underwhelming by any other name.

And the anecdotal evidence of that could, over the years, easily fill a three-hour sitcom. For example, when we opted to add the DVR package to our new HD TV, my daughters had programmed the remote and thrown it back to me before I had read the table of contents in the owner's manual.

And while attending last week's American Institute of CPAs' Practitioners Symposium and Tech + Conference, were some of the sharpest minds in the profession were assembled, by the second day after myriad sessions and overviews of the merits and drawbacks of the latest hardware and software, I was busy looking for something bright and shiny to play with.

But the good news is that I do know what an iPad and iPhone are and have even become functionally literate on both.

So for those who haven't heard, Accounting Today has debuted a new app for both that allows readers to access the news and analysis content from the book's June digital edition.

At the conference, a number of attendees downloaded the BNA-sponsored app, which can be found here:

Users can access both the current and past issues, and view streaming video (including each issue's video introduction by yours truly). Readers also have the ability to share content through Facebook and Twitter.

This new development got me to thinking about how far our publication has come on technology fronts since we debuted's predecessor, The Electronic Accountant, on CD-ROM in the mid-1990s and felt that introduction approached the same level of cutting edge change as the microprocessor.

I even managed to download the application without placing a panicked call to the IT department. Shortly thereafter, however, I was sending out a series of newswires on the Prac-Tech conference and my NetBook locked up - prompting me to solicit roadside assistance from several of the top tech gurus in attendance.

Some things never change.


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