September 14, 2014

Our 'Lawyer2Lawyer' Podcast Begins its 10th Year · Robert Ambrogi's LawSites



Robert Ambrogi:

This week marks the beginning of the 10th year of Lawyer2Lawyer, the legal-affairs podcast cohosted by J. Craig Williams and me and produced by the Legal Talk Network. We are the longest-running legal podcast and one of the longest-running podcasts of any kind. By my rough count, we've done over 400 shows.




About Adblock Plus-The Scout Report


As far as the staff at Scout is concerned, ads are the bitter cup of the web surfing experience. Enter Adblock Plus, a free browser extension that 300 million users have already downloaded. This handy installation blocks ads all over the web, including YouTube and Facebook. Compatible with Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer


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Apple Watch Update: More Details and Hands-On Impressions-David Pogue



David Pogue had the opportunity to try the AppleWatch and provides some of his impressions :

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DVD release of the 1961 cartoon.

DVD release of the 1961 cartoon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What you also couldn't tell in the keynote presentation was how this watch feels and sounds. It issues little vibrations of various intensities (it can control both the intensity and the rapidity of the vibration), which will have different meanings. For example, one vibration means "turn left" when you're using GPS, and another means "turn right." The watch is light and comfortable, and its sounds are clear and full of personality.

There's a speaker and a microphone on the watch. You can, in fact, take and make phone calls from your wrist, Dick Tracy style. That goofy ergonomic position was first made laughable by the Samsung Gear watches, so I'm not sure how many people will use it -- but you can do it if you want.

Read Pogue's entire review here.

Viewabill



Clients aren't spending less on legal fees. They are spending more carefully. Viewabill shows your clients that you are careful, attentive and efficient. With access to pre-bill information, your clients focus on your work. Not the invoice.

Legal services are not changing; customer service is.

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Clients aren't spending less on legal fees. They are spending more carefully. Viewabill shows your clients that you are careful, attentive and efficient. With access to pre-bill information, your clients focus on your work. Not the invoice.

Legal services are not changing; customer service is.

With Viewabill, keeping clients informed and up-to-date during the billing cycle minimizes write offs. It also speeds up collection times by eliminating the post-invoice back-and-forth. And since your attorneys know their clients may review work-in-progress entries, time entries are entered routinely and accurately.

A little transparency goes a long way. In the "New Normal", client service will be the difference.




September 6, 2014

Judge orders lawyer to put on socks-ABA Journal

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Told by an Indiana judge that a local court rule requires lawyers to wear socks, Todd Glickfield resisted.

"I hate socks," he told Blackford Circuit Judge Dean Young, who at first saw to it that the attorney was privately advised during a break about the need to don the footwear.

After Glickfield said he didn't intend to comply with the no-socks rule unless it was proven to him, Young documented their conversation in an Aug. 26 court order.

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Above the Law provides a copy of the court order (PDF).


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11 Awkward Things About Email | Wait But Why




Email is one of those things that's just a part of your life, period. Most of us know someone who has closed their Facebook account or refused to join in the first place in a little foot-stomping stand by their ego, and you might even know someone who is thrilled with themselves for not owning a smartphone.

But within the adult internet-using world, no one is allowed to not have email.
Not having email today would be the equivalent of not having a phone number--you'd have to be reallydoing your own thing to go there.
And so here we all are, typing things into compose windows, battling down our inboxes, and it's going pretty well--but like any world of social interaction, email has its difficulties.

Today's Tech: A Federal Judge And His iPad (Part 2) « Above the Law: A Legal Web Site



In my last column, I shared how Judge Richard Wesley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is using his iPad while on the bench. I explained how he got started using technology--by using PDFs instead of paper documents--and eventually transitioned to using his iPad for many of his judicial duties. And we learned that not only does he use an iPad, he has managed to convince some of his Second Circuit colleagues to do the same, thus reducing the amount of paper used by the judges.

It was clear from my last column that Judge Wesley is sold on the benefits of using technology. But he's also well aware of the drawbacks--a topic I promised to cover in today's column. So let's get started.

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Offer Unbundled Legal Services to Compete in Today's Legal Market



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Startups and entrepreneurs in need of legal assistance are seeking alternatives to the traditional law firm model for convenience and affordability. Law firms are responding by providing unbundled legal services through different models, and doing so without sacrificing revenue.

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August 31, 2014

Evernote As My iPad Task Manager | iPad Insight



Thomas:

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The main reason I decided to try Evernote out as a task manager is its ability to show a lot of context for a given task. When I have to "finish my expense report" it's really helpful to be able to keep all of my PDF receipts and the expense report Excel sheet right inside of that note. That way, once the notification pops up to remind me, all I have to do is tap on the note, and all the files I need are gathered in one place for me to get right to work.

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Read more.


August 29, 2014

Sony Digital E-Ink Tablet

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SONY:

Yellow pads, loose papers, and file folders are a thing of the past. Sony's handheld letter-size Digital Paper lets you easily and securely access files, make and upload handwritten notes and annotated documents, save the files or archive for sharing with clients, colleagues, and co-workers. Increase productivity and streamline collaboration with others via shared files that show your markings and highlights. This superlative tool is durable, portable, and easy to use, with a user-friendly screen that reflects ambient light for easy legibility both indoors and out. Digital Paper makes an ideal complement to laptops and tablets.

Read and work on new documents or archives in sharp,
easy-to-read text and graphics, full letter size, so you
never need to scroll to read.¹ Digital Paper has a 13.3"
display that renders full-page letter-size (8.5" x 11")
documents in PDF format.

Just like writing with pen on paper, use the stylus to write
fluidly and directly on the panel, as well as easily highlight
and erase text. You have the same ease of movement,
plus the surface rejects your palm, so functionality is
never disrupted, the way it is on regular tablets.

Since files can be stored in a document repository,
you can collaborate with colleagues who need to work on
the same files or save your documents to the archives.

Using a service² like Box.com, Digital Paper lets you transfer your documents to and from the Cloud - wirelessly. Then view them, annotations and all, on any other device of your choosing, whether it's a tablet, PC, Mac, or smartphone. So you can read, annotate, and save a PDF, then share it with your colleagues via your Box.com account.





August 28, 2014

Dropbox for Lawyers and Law Firms: the User Guide--Lawyerist



Dropbox is popular with lawyers. According to the ABA's most-recent technology survey, 58% of lawyers use Dropbox, making it the most popular online file storage option among lawyers. Here is everything you need to know about Dropbox, from how to install it to securing your client files.





iWatch reportedly set to debut in September--Gizmag




According to a report from Re/Code, Apple is set to announce its wearable device at its upcoming iPhone event in September. Though invites haven't gone out yet, the same publication previously reported that the event would happen on September 9.

August 25, 2014

Paperless Tip: Never Ever Send Word Files as Correspondence-The Lawyerist



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Never ever ever send a Word file as "correspondence." A Word file -- or a WordPerfect, OpenOffice.org, or Pages file -- is not a document. PDFs are documents. Word files are drafts. And sending a draft that includes your digital letterhead and signature to anyone is just plain stupid. Here's why.

August 24, 2014

Ruby on the App Store on iTunes



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- one touch to access invoice history and update your credit card information
- one touch to call or email Ruby
- receive push notifications for new messages



Today's Tech: A Federal Judge And His iPad (Part 1) « Above the Law:



By Nicole Black

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And it's not just practicing lawyers who use tablets. Believe it or not, judges do, too. In fact, not only do some of them use tablets -- some of them rely on their tablets to get their jobs done. Judge Richard Wesley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is one of those judges. In this two-part series, I'm going to share with you how he uses his iPad to increase his efficiency on the bench and what he thinks about the effects of technology on the legal profession.

For Judge Wesley, the iPad is an indispensable tool that he uses on a daily basis. "The iPad was a game changer for me," he explains. "With it, I can work from anywhere as long as I have wifi access. Once I realized that I could log into the federal court's virtual private network and work securely from any location, the rest was history."

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Judge Wesley uses his iPad in a number ways, all of which provide him with increased flexibility, convenience, and efficiency. "I use it to prepare for an upcoming sitting. My secretary downloads all briefs and records. I review the files, add bookmarks, highlight sections, and add comments on them and highlight aspects of them. I also add comment boxes in which I list questions I want to ask about a particular section. Then I synchronize the changes with my hard drive in my chambers so the document no longer resides on my iPad," he explains. "Also, my clerks produce bench memos for me, which I mark up, and they also include hyperlinks to the cases referred to so that clicking on the link takes me right into Westlaw."

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Read entire article here.




August 22, 2014

Phone Forums and Webinars - Retirement Plans



 Sept. 4 Phone Forum: Correcting Retirement Plan Mistakes Using IRS Correction Programs


Sign up now for this Sept. 4 phone forum and learn how the IRS correction programs for retirement plans work, how to address common plan failures, tips to expedite submissions and how to resolve issues that can't be addressed under the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System.




August 18, 2014

Civil Code changes to protect animal rights in Quebec | CTV News



Civil Code changes to protect animal rights in Quebec | CTV News.

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Once the Civil Code is amended, cats, dogs and other animals will no longer be considered as "personal property" but as living, "sentient" creatures. That is a formula that has already been adopted by several European countries.

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August 17, 2014

You can carry a privacy-minded wireless hotspot in your pocket--engadget

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Devices like the Safeplug can deter companies and governments from snooping on your devices at home, but they're not much good when you're on the road. That's where the PORTAL (Personal Onion Router To Assure Liberty) project comes into play. Load the customized firmware on to certain travel hotspots (some TP-Link models and their clones) and you can maintain strong privacy anywhere you have internet access, without using special software; think of it as an anti-surveillance tool in your pocket. It not only puts you on the Tor anonymity network that spies hate so much, but supports connection masking add-ons that prevent your Tor data from being blocked. You can visit China without worrying that you'll have to use an insecure, heavily censored connection just to get online.


Pogoplug's new Safeplug anonymizes all your home's web browsing for $49-Engadget

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English: Tor Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


It's easy to worry about internet privacy these days, but it can be a pain to set up a Tor connection that keeps the snoops and thieves at bay. Pogoplug wants to simplify the process with its newly available Safeplug adapter. 


Google Adds User Account Menu to Chrome Canary-TNW Blog

Logo used from the start of the Chrome project...

Logo used from the start of the Chrome project until March 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




Google Chrome has supported multiple user accounts for years now, but the options to add and manage them have been buried in the browser's settings. In fact, if you actually navigate to the proper section (Hit the menu button, choose Settings, and scroll down to "Users") and add a few users, you can't actually switch between them from there.

Google is toying with a complete revamp of the user account system in its browser, clearly borrowing a lot from Chrome OS

Read the entire article and check out the illustrations here.