August 2014 Archives

Evernote As My iPad Task Manager | iPad Insight

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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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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.





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

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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

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

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Letterhead

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.

Ruby on the App Store on iTunes

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For clients of Ruby Receptionists: Update your whereabouts, view messages, and see all of your company's call activity in one place. With Ruby Receptionists for iPhone, you have access to your daily call activity on the go. Let the receptionists know when you're available to take calls with a flick of the wheel.

---NOTE---
To take advantage of Ruby Receptionists for iPhone, you must be a current user of Ruby Receptionists live virtual receptionist service and have a Member Services username and password. To learn more about Ruby, please visit us at www.callruby.com. If you are a current Ruby client and need assistance logging in, please contact 866-611-7829 or staff@callruby.com.

---MOBILE FEATURES---
- view your company's account information to access forwarding phone numbers
- update your whereabouts to temporarily change the instructions that receptionists will follow
- view your company's detailed messages, call activity, and "assist" activity
- save contact info from calls and messages directly to your address book
- 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:

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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.




Phone Forums and Webinars - Retirement Plans

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 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.




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

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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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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.


Google Adds User Account Menu to Chrome Canary-TNW Blog

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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.



Lawyers Won't Lose Clients to DIY Legal Services=Lawyerist

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Sam Glover:

Currently, consumers can pick from a range of options for do-it-yourself legal services. You can get a divorce at OfficeMax, a will from Amazon, and dissolve a partnership with LegalZoom. Those are just a few examples, of course. There are hundreds of DIY legal documents available online and offline.

People who want to do their own legal work are, naturally, not likely to hire a lawyer in the first place. And people who hire lawyers do not want to do their own legal work.

Read Sam's entire piece and find out why he thinks "...now is not the time to panic...".

IRS Repeats Warning about Phone Scams

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The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to represent the IRS.


"There are clear warning signs about these scams, which continue at high levels throughout the nation," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "Taxpayers should remember their first contact with the IRS will not be a call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail. A big red flag for these scams are angry, threatening calls from people who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment. This is not how we operate. People should hang up immediately and contact TIGTA or the IRS."

Additionally, it is important for taxpayers to know that the IRS:

  • Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
  • Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations
  • Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies. 

Teachout Residency Decision- Analysis of "Residency" Under NYS Election Law

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Why surveillance companies hate the iPhone - The Washington Post

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By Craig Timberg

The secrets of one of the world's most prominent surveillance companies, Gamma Group, spilled onto the Internet last week, courtesy of ananonymous leaker who appears to have gained access to sensitive corporate documents. And while they provide illuminating details about the capabilities of Gamma's many spy tools, perhaps the most surprising revelation is about something the company is unable to do: It can't hack into your typical iPhone.

Android phones, some Blackberries and phones running older Microsoft operating systems all are vulnerable to Gamma's spyware, called FinSpy, which can turn your smart phone into a potent surveillance device. Users of the spyware are capable of listening to calls on targeted devices, stealing contacts, activating the microphone, tracking your location and more. But for FinSpy to hack into an iPhone, its owner must have already stripped away much of its built-in security through a process called "jailbreaking." No jailbreak, no FinSpy on your iPhone, at least according to a leakedGamma document dated April 2014.

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When Lawyers Go Electric - EVWORLD.COM

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How many law offices do you know where nine of the attorney's drive the exact same model electric car? Well, meet two of the lawyers at Arnall Golden Gregory in Atlanta who drive Nissan LEAF EVs after discovering they're not only cheap of lease, cost $20 a month to recharge, and, maybe best of all, gives them free access to HOV lanes and toll roads.

Phone Forums and Webinars - Retirement Plans

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August 14 Webinar: Defined Benefit Plan Terminations

Sign up for this August 14 webinar and learn about issues related to terminating a defined benefit retirement plan. The IRS will discuss what defines the date of termination, final funding requirements, PBGC issues, reversions, and what is needed in a notice of intent to terminate the plan.



[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] released a report [press release] Monday finding that the New York City Department of Correction [official website] has routinely violated the constitutional rights of male teenagers at the Rikers Island jail complex. The report was released after a multi-year investigation pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA) [text] was completed, which found that correctional officers relied on physical forms of punishment. No legal action has commenced [Reuters report]...   +read more

Chrome Web Store - Notes for GMail™

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Notes for GMail™ is a web browser extension that offers a seamless way to Add Notes to your emails.

Annotate your Gmail emails and never forget about important things again. Note related phone calls, To-Dos, findings, response drafts etc.

Included features include: annotating emails and email threads, sticky notes in Inbox and custom folders, integrated search, setting email due dates, notes reminders, social networks integration, notes pinning, left-to-right languages support.

Click here for Notes for GMail.

Cooking Dinner tonight - 8/3/14 on Livestream-Nicole Black

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Niki Black, cloud pioneer and legal tech whiz, loves to cook.  One of her most popular features over the years has been her photos of dinner.  Niki has an internet fan club around the world for those photos and recipes.  [For some reason, she is very popular in Japan].

Nike "...takes it up a notch..." (with apologies to Emeril) technologically as she uses her brand new, complimentary Google Glass to LiveStream her dinner preparation.

If you are thinking of exploring the possibilities of Google Glass for your practice, watch Niki learn to use this new tool.  The possibilities for depositions, demonstrations, trial, etc, are numerous.






OfficeSuite Professional (Mobile Office + PDF) on the App Store on iTunes

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Thanks, Randy!!


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