October 2015 Archives

MAC USER: The Apple Watch | Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division

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Victoria L. Herring (vlh@herringlaw.com) practices in Des Moines, Iowa, in an office that has used only Apple/Macs since the early 1980s.

I'm just old enough to remember the comic strip Dick Tracy and its image of the detective talking into his wristwatch, a two-way radio. The Apple Watch can be seen as something similar, but it's more than that. Plus, it's a bit weird to be talking into your wrist, even if there's an Apple Watch on it, so that is not something you'll do all that often.

I did not buy my Apple Watch immediately. I decided to wait and see the early reviews. Besides, I am not in the habit of wearing a watch and normally just look around for a clock or pull out my iPhone to check the time. However, after a few weeks I decided to go ahead and buy an Apple Watch, hoping it would be a good investment. Of course, I didn't buy the top-of-the-line model, not having an extra $17,000 for the gold Apple Watch Edition. Instead, I opted for the $349 Apple Watch Sport with a black sport band and a 38 mm space gray aluminum case. I now have some views on how the Apple Watch has already or will in the future impact my life.



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National Information Center

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The National Information Center (NIC) is a central repository of data about banks and other institutions for which the Federal Reserve has a supervisory, regulatory, or research interest, including both domestic and foreign banking organizations operating in the United States. This web site provides access to NIC data, allowing the public to search for detailed information about banking organizations. 
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ABA Law Student Podcast by Legal Talk Network on iTunes

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Presented by the American Bar Association's Law Student Division, the ABA Law Student Podcast covers issues that affect law students, law schools, and recent grads. From finals and graduation to the bar exam and finding a job, this show is your trusted resource for the next big step.



BY SARAH N. LYNCH

New York state's attorney general is probing whether three major Internet providers could be shortchanging consumers by charging them for faster broadband speeds and failing to deliver the speeds being advertised, according to documents seen by Reuters.

The letters, sent on Friday to executives at Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N), Cablevision Systems Corp (CVC.N) and Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N), ask each company to provide copies of all disclosures they have made to customers, as well as copies of any testing they may have done of their Internet speeds. 

"New Yorkers deserve the Internet speeds they pay for. But, it turns out, many of us may be paying for one thing, and getting another," Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.

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Which Apple TV Should You Buy? | WIRED

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PRE-ORDERS FOR THE new Apple TV have begun. Well, technically, the new Apple TVs; the latest model comes in two sizes. Oh, and the previous version remains available too. For the first time in Apple TV history, you've got options. Now it's time to figure out which one's right for you.



New York Leads the Way on Transgender Rights - The New York Times-Editorial

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced an executive action establishing the first-ever
 statewide regulations protecting transgender New Yorkers from discrimination.
The regulations extend the provisions of a 1945 state human rights law to prohibit 
discrimination on the basis of gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations 
like restaurants, hospitals and schools. They also protect transgender people from discrimination 
when seeking mortgages, credit cards and other financial services. Transgender people who
 have experienced discrimination can file a complaint in court, with the attorney general or 
with the State Division of Human Rights. If the division finds that discrimination has occurred, 
it can award compensatory damages, require policy changes, and levy fines and penalties of up to $100,000.


The camerawoman who drew international ire after viral videos of her kicking and tripping migrants crossing into Hungary from Serbia last month, says she plans to sue Facebook and one of the refugees she kicked.

Petra Laszlo, formerly of Hungarian Internet-based channel N1TV, told a Russian newspaper of her plans to sue Facebook for allegedly failing to take down threatening and negative pages on the social media site, according to an online translation of the Izvestia report.

Read complete NPR report here.


Scam Targets Bankruptcy Filers | United States Courts

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A sophisticated phone scam is targeting bankruptcy filers in several states, using personal information from filings and posing as attorneys to get intended victims to immediately wire money to satisfy a debt.

The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys issued a warning that "Under no circumstances would a bankruptcy attorney or staff member telephone a client and ask for a wire transfer immediately to satisfy a debt. Nor would the bankruptcy attorney and staff ever threaten arrest if a debt isn't paid."

Bankruptcy filers in Vermont and Virginia reportedly have received calls. Vermont's Attorney General says scammers use software to "spoof" the Caller ID system so the call appears to be originating from the phone line of the consumer's bankruptcy attorney. Typically the calls come late in the evening or during non-business hours to make it difficult for intended victims to verify the call by contacting their attorney.

Consumers receiving this kind of call are advised to hang up and contact their bankruptcy attorney as soon as possible. Do not give any personal or financial account information to the caller. 

Read the article online.

Apple updated its iWork suite for iPhone and iPad today, bringing iOS 9 integration with new iPad multitasking features and keyboard additions, support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s, the ability to view and restore versions of files, and a new way to share documents on the web and view them on iOS and Android browsers.

BBC - iPlayer Radio

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BBC: iPlayer Radio

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio

Use this website to play current and archived programming from BBC Radio over the Internet, negating the usual constraints of space and time. Choose what to listen to by BBC station, such as BBC Radio 4 or BBC World Service; by category, such as drama, music, or comedy; by Featured; or by Most Popular. Within the Music Category, readers will find an hour long program looking back at the Beatles' last live performance. This show took place on the roof of Apple Corps headquarters in Savile Row in London in 1969 and was titled "I Hope We Passed the Audition", based on John Lennon's remarks when the group stopped playing. Additionally, in the Featured category there are a variety of re-broadcast TED talks on the Ted Radio Hour, and, in Most Popular, sports news from Sunday's football matches. It's also possible to find more programming by searching or simply browsing, such as a 3-minute broadcast of Dominic West (familiar to American TV viewers from cable shows The Wire or The Affair) reciting Lord Byron's 1813 poem, "She Walks in Beauty". [DS]


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Editor's Note:  The sound quality of the radio stream is excellent; i.e., better than most domestic streams.





From Microsoft: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 is primed for use on tablets and phones, so you can swipe and tap your way through presentations. There are many features which make the new PowerPoint attractive. Presenter View automatically adapts to your projection set-up, and you can even use it on a single monitor, Themes now come with variations, which make it simpler to hone in on the look you want, and when you're working with others, you can add comments to ask questions and get feedback. Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 gives you several ways to start your next presentation using a template, a theme, a recent presentation, a not-so-recent presentation, or a blank one. You can send out a link to the slides, or start a full-on Lync meeting that displays the deck with audio and IM. 




State Commission Announces Chief Judge Nominees | New York Law Journal

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State Commission Announces Chief Judge Nominees

The State Commission on Judicial Nominations on Thursday sent Gov. Andrew Cuomo a list of the names of seven nominees for the next New York state chief judge, none of whom are current judges on the Court of Appeals.


Read more here.




How to Enable Wi-Fi Calling on Your iPhone (AT&T) - The Mac Observer

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Jeff Gamet




Now that AT&T says it can flip the switch and give iPhone owners Wi-Fi calling, we need to turn it on in our phones. That's easy to do, and assuming AT&T has enabled Wi-Fi calling in your area, lets you use broadband Wi-Fi connections whenever you have a weak cell signal. Read on to see how to turn it on.

First you need to have a compatible iPhone. That includes the iPhone 5ciPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

To enable Wi-Fi calling on your iPhone, click here for step-by-step instructions:



If Your Wi-Fi Is Terrible, Check Your Router - The New York Times

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The Wirecutter performed a battery of tests on two top-performing
routers with six devices, and the results were unmistakable: If your
current router is at least three years old, there is no reason not to
upgrade to a new router.

Not only can a newer router improve the speed and range for users, the
routers typically have upgraded internal components and strong external
antennas. Many also support the latest Wi-Fi standard -- 802.11ac --
which has top speeds that are nearly three times faster than the
previous standard, 802.11n, for the fastest wireless devices you can buy
today.






Grammar Check | Grammarly

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https://www.grammarly.com

Grammarly is an online spelling and grammar checker that is easy to use and simple to install as a free browser extension on either Chrome or Safari. The service flags grammar or spelling issues and suggests alternatives while explaining the reasoning behind its suggestions. Like most products of this kind, there is a free browser extension, which corrects about 150 types of grammar and spelling errors, and a premium version that will spot and correct more than 250 kinds of errors. Most people find that the free version is sufficient. However, those who are writing professionally or particularly concerned with their grammar may want to upgrade to the pay version in order to access the full service. Once installed and an account is created, Grammarly automatically becomes active during all your online writing, including email and social media. [CNH]


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NASA crowdsources spacesuit durability testing--Gizmag

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"NASA is developing the next generation of suit technologies that will enable deep space exploration by incorporating advancements in science and technology," says Jason Crusan, director of Advanced Exploration Systems in NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. "We have learned a lot about space suit performance through our experience on the International Space Station, and designing for a planetary surface will require us to build on that knowledge."

The agency is asking entrants to create a test with the ability to simulate the level of fiber degradation associated with exposure to lunar dust and dirt. The results will need to detail any damage (such as cuts, color changes or tears) caused to the material, as well as detail the size and volume of particles that make it through the various layers of the garment.

Upon completion of the competition, NASA expects to award three US$5,000 prizes. 

Details on how to apply can be found here.

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Samsung may be ruining your iPhone 6s' battery life | Cult of Mac

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There's no way to tell if you're buying a Samsung A9 processor or a TSMC A9 processor when you purchase your new device online or in stores. However, if you want to know which chip your iPhone 6s is packing, you download the free app Lirum Device Info Lite to discover which processor you're packing.

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, New York Law Journal


ALBANY - Significant revisions will take effect in October in calculating pre- and post-judgment maintenance payments when spouses divorce in New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill (A7645/S5678) that represents the culmination of a spousal maintenance review that started in 2010, when New York became the last state in the country to adopt a no-fault grounds for divorce. At that time, legislative sponsors of no-fault divorce said they had cobbled together a last-minute compromise on maintenance and would circle back to make improvements in the coming years.

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The portions of the new law pertaining to temporary maintenance will take effect Oct. 26; changes to permanent maintenance calculations will take effect on Jan. 25.

Read more: http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202738613407/Overhaul-of-Spousal-Maintenance-Takes-Effect-This-Month#ixzz3nfE8v5Di



Kiwi for Gmail on the Mac App Store

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Kiwi for Gmail (formerly Gmail for Mac) turns Gmail into a full-powered desktop email client. No one wants to use Gmail in the browser on their phone, and we felt they shouldn't have to on the Mac either. 2 years in the making from a seasoned team with Apple, Bose, and iRobot experience. 

  • $9.99
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 1.8.76
  • Size: 60.1 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor

Jim Calloway:

I read a lot of online content related to law office management and technology. Some I save for later use and some I share. I follow some really great experts on Twitter who recommend great content and I retweet a lot of it. (Of course you should be following me on Twitter.)

At least once a month, I discard an idea that
was suggested to me by something I read that could have inspired a good blog post or article. I just don't have unlimited time.

So it occurred to me that I could easily share some of the most interesting things I have read with others. So that is the point of the OBA MAP Reading Room. Every month, I'll provide links without commentary to several articles I found of interest the previous month. That doesn't mean they were published that month. it just signifies when I found them.

So here is the MAP Reading Room for August 2015. This is still a concept in progress, but hopefully it will be useful to  you.

The main index for the Reading Room is here, available for you to bookmark if you wish. We have links for each of the prior months this year. (And, yes, I am working on September now.) We hope this type of curated content makes sense for you. The collection will be a bit random and may include some of my own content.

Read entire Calloway article.

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