January 2016 Archives

25 hidden iPhone features that are really, truly hidden | Fox News

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Each of the tips that follow below, however, are completely hidden. There is no indication that these functions exist in iOS, and we guarantee that most users don't know about them. In fact, we also guarantee that even the savviest iPhone owners among you will find at least one or two things you didn't already know. In fact, ran this list past a friend who works at Apple and there were a few things that even he didn't know.


Iain Thomson


Usenix Enigma The United States National Security Agency (NSA) is a notoriously secretive organization, but the head of its elite Tailored Access Operations (TAO) hacking team has appeared at Usenix's Enigma conference to tell the assembled security experts how to make his life difficult.

Rob Joyce has spent over a quarter of a century at No Such Agency and in 2013 he became head of TAO, with responsibility for breaking into non-US computer networks run by overseas companies and governments. Joyce's presentation on network security at the event boiled down to one piece of advice.

"If you really want to protect your network you have to know your network, including all the devices and technology in it," he said. "In many cases we know networks better than the people who designed and run them."


Read entire article here.

Siri, Alexa and Other Virtual Assistants Put to the Test - The New York Times

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All the so-called Frightful Five tech behemoths -- Apple, Microsoft, AmazonFacebook and Google, now part of Alphabet -- now offer virtual assistants, which handle tedious tasks in response to voice commands or keystrokes, on various devices. Apple's Siri is the best known, having been available since 2011, but Microsoft now has CortanaFacebook is testing one called M, and Google builds its voice assistant into its search apps.


Education Credits--AOTC and LLC

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Higher Education Credits

Your clients may qualify for either of two education tax credits if they paid for higher education for themselves or immediate family members. Both the American Opportunity Credit (AOTC) and the Lifetime Learning Credit (LLC) may reduce the amount of taxes they owe, but only the American Opportunity Credit is partially refundable. 

The AOTC is worth up to $2,500 per year for an eligible student. This credit applies for the first four years of higher education. Forty percent of the AOTC is refundable. The LLC is worth up to $2,000. There is no limit on the number of years that a taxpayer can claim the LLC for an eligible student.

Taxpayers must complete Form 8863, Education Credits, and file Form 1040 or 1040A to claim these credits. 

Note to Tax Pros: An institution of higher education school should provide your client Form 1098-T, Tuition Statement, showing expenses paid for the year. The amounts shown on the form may be different than the amount your client actually paid. When figuring the credit, be sure to verify whether the client paid any additional qualified education expenses not shown on the form. Form 1098-T contains information needed to complete Form 8863.

Learn more by visiting the IRS education benefits and EITC Refundable Credits Web pages or reading Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education.

Revised NYS Bulk Storage Regulations - Webinar Update

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Update - Public Webinars on Revised New York State Bulk Storage Regulations  - Next Webinar February 1, 2016

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued new petroleum and chemical bulk storage regulations that became effective October 11, 2015.

DEC hosted a webinar on November 23, 2015 that provided an overview of the Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS) regulations.  DEC hosted a second webinar on January 11, 2016 that focused on the requirements for Underground Storage Tanks regulated under 6 NYCRR Subpart 613-2.  A file of the presentation and a link to the recording of the webinar are now available on DEC's Revised Bulk Storage Regulations Webinar Page. 

The third webinar in the series will be held on February 1, 2016 and will focus on the requirements for Underground Storage Tanks regulated under 6 NYCRR Subpart 613-3.  Details and login information are also available on DEC's Bulk Storage Webinar Page

A Future webinar will focus on requirements on tanks regulated under Subpart 613-4.
Underground storage tank installation


Arrested in 2013 after flipping off two New York City police officers on a Queens subway train, two Occupy Wall Street protesters are $52,000 closer to becoming one percenters.

That is the amount the city agreed to pay Nicholas Thommen, 21, and Channing Creage, 26, for violating their free-speech rights, according to the New York Daily News and the New York Post. The pair will split the settlement in the Brooklyn federal court civil rights case.


Apple releases iOS 9.2.1 | iLounge News

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iLounge News

Apple has released iOS 9.2.1, a minor update that contains security updates and bug fixes. Also included is a "fix for an issue that could prevent the completion of app installation when using an MDM server." The update is available now through Settings > General > Software Update. Apple just released the iOS 9.3public beta last week.

Lawyer's Manual on Domestic Violence--1st Dept.

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Below is a link to a recent publication of the First Department and the NYS Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts entitled "Lawyer's Manual on Domestic Violence, Representing the Victim" that you might find helpful.




Email Hacking On The Rise: What's A Lawyer To Do? - MyCase Blog

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Last week the ABA Journal reported on a new hacker scheme that targets lawyers' confidential client emails. It's a new type of fraud aimed at lawyers where the hackers intercept emails between real estate attorneys and their clients and then use the information obtained from the emails to steal closing funds.

Hackers use the information they steal for so-called spear phishing--mimicking the real email addresses of buyers, sellers, counsel and real estate companies, they send email directing those involved in real estate closings to transmit funds to bank accounts controlled by the hackers.


Review: Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro | iLounge

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iLounge's PHIL DZIKIY @PHILDZIKIY sums up his review of the Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro:

When looking at Apple's Smart Keyboard as a total package, it hits the mark in a number of ways: fit, stand/cover versatility, materials, and design are all top-rate. But if you don't actually enjoy the experience of typing, these attributes seem decidedly minor. Not to mention that $169 is no small sum for such an accessory. When choosing between the only two Smart Connector keyboard options right now, Logitech's Create is bulkier and less elegant, but it also offers a better typing experience -- with bouncy, backlit keys -- at a slightly lower price. One of our editors compared his brief experience with Smart Keyboard to the keys found in Apple's 12" MacBook -- if you don't mind those MacBook keys, you'll probably be OK with Smart Keyboard.


iOS 9.3 Preview - Apple-iPhone JD

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iPhone J.D. is the oldest and largest website for lawyers using iPhones and iPads. iPhone J.D. is published by Jeff Richardson, an attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Jeff Richardson:

This week, Apple posted a page to their website describing new features in the next incremental update to iOS called iOS 9.3.  One of the new features is Night Shift, which changes the color on your iPhone when it is close to bedtime to reduce the blue light from the screen.  If you use your iPhone late at night, studies have shown that the blue light can make it harder for your body to go to sleep.  Apple also added the ability to add a lock to a Note, which you can unlock using your fingerprint, handy if you use a note to store confidential information and someone else is using your iPhone.  Apple is also letting schools put multiple user accounts on an iPad, so that a student can pick up any iPad and see only that student's files.  Apple hasn't announced when iOS 9.3 will be available, but my guess is March. 

Click on the link below and just keep scrolling down for iOS 9.3 forthcoming features:

Security Summit Identity Theft Tips Overview - YouTube

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Identity Theft Video Series Available

In coordination with the state revenue departments and the tax industry, the Internal Revenue Service is releasing a series of YouTube video tax tips designed to provide people critical information to help protect their tax and financial data.

The first of the Security Awareness YouTube videos includes tips from four state officials reminding taxpayers to check online accounts for problems, look for secure sites when shopping online and be careful to avoid phishing scams. The videos will be released daily over the next week. Additional videos are in the process of being released, including:


What Changes Can Taxpayers Expect this Year? 

Check your Credit Report Annually 

Secure Your Tax Return

U.S. Will Track Secret Buyers of Luxury Real Estate - The New York Times

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Concerned about illicit money flowing into luxury real estate, the Treasury Department said Wednesday that it would begin identifying and tracking secret buyers of high-end properties.

The initiative will start in two of the nation's major destinations for global wealth: Manhattan and Miami-Dade County. It will shine a light on the darkest corner of the real estate market: all-cash purchases made by shell companies that often shield purchasers' identities.

It is the first time the federal government has required real estate companies to disclose names behind all-cash transactions, and it is likely to send shudders through the real estate industry, which has benefited enormously in recent years from a building boom increasingly dependent on wealthy, secretive buyers.

Read entire report.

Albany Police Dept.--Video Training On Jan. 14th, 2016

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Stephanie A. Bugos
Jan 11, 2016 1:23 PM
Stephanie A. Bugos

Dear Albany-area GP Section members:

The Albany Police Department has notified NYSBA of a video training that they are offering this week. The purpose of the training is to instruct attorneys on how to access and view in-car video evidence supplied by the Albany Police Department.

The training will be held on Thursday, January 14th at Albany Police Headquarters, 165 Henry Johnson Boulevard. Those who are interested may attend either a session from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Those who are interested should RSVP to videotraining@albany-ny.org with their name and preferred time of attendance.


Also, don't forget to register for the GP Section Annual Meeting program! January 26th in NYC - Details and registration are available here.


Stephanie Bugos
New York State Bar Association
Albany NY
(518) 463-3200

Identity Protection: Prevention, Detection and Victim Assistance-IRS

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 Remember to Update Computer Firewalls and Virus Protection

With the filing season right around the corner, it's the perfect time for basic computer safety and maintenance to secure your system and help prevent identity theft. Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your client's stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund.  Your computer files and account information may also provide a treasure trove of information for thieves, which is why protecting your own computer and logging on to secure computer systems is so important. 

    • Be sure to protect electronic taxpayer information systems connected to the Internet with a barrier device (e.g., firewall, router or gateway) to prevent the unauthorized release of taxpayer data. 
    • Regularly update firewall, intrusion detection, anti-spyware, anti-adware, anti-virus software and security patches.
    • Monitor computer systems for unauthorized access by reviewing system logs.

Taxes. Security. Together -- We all have a role to play in protecting taxpayer data.  For more information, visit the IRS identity protectionpage. 

Follow IRS guidelines for protecting taxpayer information. Online providers must report unauthorized disclosures within one business day. Resources for tax preparers

Running Internet Explorer 8, 9 or 10? Your days are numbered - CNET

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Internet Explorer 7

Internet Explorer 7 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Microsoft is killing support for those older browsers next week. Your alternatives include upgrading to IE 11, switching to a rival browser or jumping to Windows 10 to get the Edge browser.


A support document posted by the software giant describes an "end of life" upgrade notification for Internet Explorer that will pop up January 12. The notification will warn people still running IE 8, 9 and 10 that their time is up and urge them to upgrade to the latest version of the browser.

The move doesn't mean older versions of IE will disappear from your PC. It does mean no more bug fixes, updates or other patches will be released, leaving those editions vulnerable to malware and other security threats.


Judith Kaye, Pathbreaking Chief Judge, Dies at 77 | New York Law Journal

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Judith Kaye, the first woman to be New York state chief judge, died overnight, the state Court of Appeals said Thursday. She was 77. READ MORE »

New Rules

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New uniform attorney disciplinary rules, announced by outgoing Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman on Dec. 29, 2015, will standardize the system throughout the state.

It's one thing to teach the law. But these days, lawyers also need to understand and respond to judges 

The article is actually an excerpt from DIVERGENT PATHS: THE ACADEMY AND THE JUDICIARY by Richard A. Posner, published by Harvard University Press. Copyright © 2016.

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