Wednesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
For better work/life balance, plan your playtime
If your resolutions for 2013 include achieving a better work-life balance, your calendar holds the key to your success. But, to pull off your goals, you’re going to need to turn the traditional way of thinking upside down. With more people converting to electronic calendars or hovering between paper and online options, how we coordinate our schedules is in flux. But for balance, it’s often better to track personal and professional in one place. More at the Miami Herald.
Port Canaveral plans to discuss new ways of doing business
Port commissioners will meet Friday morning to start discussing how to change the ways they run the business of the port including how meetings are run, as well as employee issues and the relative roles and responsibilities of the elected five-member commission. More at Florida Today.
Tax season is here: One Florida preparer to work 24-7
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Consider it the beginning of tax refund mania: A Boca Raton tax firm will be open 24 hours a day at one location, starting next Monday, to prepare people’s taxes in advance of the Internal Revenue Service accepting the first filed returns on Jan. 30. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
BP paying $332 million to more than 34,000 Florida businesses
Florida accounts for about a fifth of the $1.3 billion paid in the five Gulf Coast states to date. The western Panhandle was the only portion of Florida where oil came ashore. Virtually the entire state, though, suffered economic damages as prospective tourists stayed away due to the perception of oil-soaked beaches. More at the AP.
Survey: More anxiety about personal finances
More than a quarter of Americans surveyed spent less on holiday shopping than expected, which is no surprise considering Americans still feel less financially secure than they did a year ago, according to a Bankrate.com poll More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
It’s appearing more and more like Melbourne-based AuthenTec’s fingerprint sensor will be making its debut on Apple’s new iPhone. Both the AuthenTec sensor and it’s security technology were major reasons why Apple acquired the AuthenTec last July for $356 million. AuthenTec is a 14-year company spun off from Harris Corp. It develops fingerprint-scanning technology for personal computers, cell phones and other devices.