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VIIVO
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Whether it is Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, or one of the other multifarious iterations of cloud-based storage now available, most Internet users store at least some of their data far away from their home computers. That's no problem when the data is something innocuous like a grocery list or a batch of cat photos, but what about when the files are medical records, social security information, or other sensitive materials? Then, most experts agree, it's time to look at encryption services. Enter Viivo, a free encryption service that has been on the market for more than half a decade. Viivo is available for both Mac and Windows machines, as well iOS and Android mobile devices. It supports Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, and Google Drive. Downloading the service usually takes less than a minute. From there, users can begin to upload encrypted files to the cloud based service of their choice.


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Google Docs Gets Outline Tool | Ubergizmo

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Google Docs has received a new feature today on the web and on the Android app. The outline tool is displayed in a pane to the left of the page and it features headers for every section of the document. This enables users to jump quickly from section to section without having to scroll through the entire document to get to a particular section of the document.

If you've worked with super long documents in Google Docs then you might have been frustrated at times by having to scroll through the entire document. It's time-consuming and there can certainly be a better way to go about this.

Now there is. With the outline tool it becomes much easy to jump from section to section. It doesn't matter if you've manually applied headers in the document or not. Google Docs will intelligently detect logical divisions in your work and apply the headers which can then be added or removed as necessary.

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Launching today (April 14, 2015) is NextChapter, a cloud platform for bankruptcy attorneys designed to help them prepare, manage and electronically file bankruptcy cases. Its founder says it is like TurboTax for bankruptcy cases, in that it uses guided forms to help attorneys move through the preparation of bankruptcy documents.

It is the first true cloud-based bankruptcy platform for legal professionals that works on all desktop and mobile devices, the company's founder says. Another bankruptcy platform, CINcompass, is accessed through the cloud, but because it is built using Microsoft Silverlight, it can be accessed only on Windows-based tablets, not on iOS or Android devices.

It is also offering a unique pricing model. Users pay only when they file a case. There is no charge to start using the site to create petitions or load client information. Only when you actually file the case do you pay a fee of $59.

More frequent users can opt for one of two monthly subscription plans. For $149 a month, you get up to 24 filings, and for $699 a month, you get unlimited filings.

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One important feature that is not yet operational is electronic CM/ECF filing. That will be in place within 60 days, by June 15, the company says. In the interim, attorneys can use the site to prepare petitions to file after June 15 or they can download the petitions they prepare and file them manually.


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Dropbox is Not "Insecure"--Lawyerist.com

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by Sam Glover on 


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"...Asking whether Dropbox is secure or not is asking the wrong question. What you need to figure out is (1) what security measures does Dropbox take, and (2) are you and your clients comfortable with those security measures. Most lawyers aren't sufficiently technologically competent to accurately assess the first question, much less decide the second -- and that is a problem. But maybe I can help a bit with that..."



ProtonMail

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Advanced cryptography meets modern design.

  •  No installation, instant setup.
  •  No private / public key management.
  •  Automatic encryption / decryption.
  •  Tablet and mobile friendly.
  •  Compatible with other email services.
  •  Designed to be fast and beautiful. 
  •  RSA-2048 and AES-256 Encryption.

ProtonMail is FREE.  A premium version is being planned, but the basic service will remain FREE unless you choose to upgrade.

ownCloud.org

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https://owncloud.org/

For readers who know about Dropbox, ownCloud will be an intuitive find. The services are similar. They both provide online storage space for documents, graphics, mp3s, and other files. They both make sharing files with friends and coworkers simple and allow access from mobile devices and multiple desktops. However, more sophisticated users may prefer ownCloud for at least two reasons. First, as an open-source system, it is more flexible, so that users can adjust the services to their needs. Second, while Dropbox charges for extra storage, users can store huge amounts of data on ownCloud for free. The only catch is that users will need to run and install ownCloud on their own server. This is relatively simple for those who have a website and a little knowledge of hosting. [CNH]


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Periscope turns any iPhone user into a live broadcaster--Gizmag

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March 26, 2015


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Twitter acquired Periscope in February, apparently looking to bring the nature of its frenzied, real-time text updates to life on screen. Available for iOS with Android on the way, the app allows users to stream vision from their smartphone camera to anybody and everybody using Twitter's distribution network.

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Starting a Podcast? Here's What to Buy--Lawyerist

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by Sam Glover on 

"...When I was trying to figure out what kind of equipment we needed to start podcasting, I was frustrated by the lack of a good just-get-this-stuff list so I didn't have to research what to get, buy it, realize it's the wrong thing, then buy something else. Fortunately that only happened a couple of times. To save you the same frustrating experience, here is my just-get-this-stuff list, which is also what we are using right now to record the Lawyerist Podcast...".






Computers operating on the New York Police Department's computer network at its 1 Police Plaza headquarters have been used to alter Wikipedia pages containing details of alleged police brutality, a review by Capital has revealed.

"The matter is under internal review," an NYPD spokeswoman, Det. Cheryl Crispin, wrote in an email to Capital after examples of the changes were presented to the NYPD.

The edits and changes were linked to the NYPD through a series of Internet Protocol addresses, or IP addresses, which can be publicly tracked by various websites. (Here, for example, is one website that shows a number of IP addresses registered to the NYPD.) IP addresses can locate where a computer is when it connects to the Internet.

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Google Docs

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https://docs.google.com

Google Docs was launched in 2007 as a cloud-based answer to the Microsoft Office Suite of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. While Microsoft's applications are still engrained as most people's go-to for their basic office needs, Docs has been gaining ground, both in terms of market share and usability. Now part of the greater Google Drive collective, readers can create, edit, and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. In addition, it's web-based, which leads to important conveniences, like the ability to access documents from different computers or include multiple people when simultaneously drafting a document. Documents save automatically every few seconds, making loss of work nearly impossible, and users can also access revision history to see what changes have been made, when they were made, and by whom. For readers who have heard of Google Docs or Google Drive but haven't put it to full use quite yet, this is a handy and efficient way to tackle projects as a team.


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Chromebook Buying Guide - Amazon.com

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You've compared all your laptop options and are considering a Chromebook.  But now comes the hard part--choosing just the right model. Amazon is here to help. Click here to see a side by side comparison. If you'd like some more information, read on or visit their Chromebook Store.

Chromebooks are a unique class of mobile computing devices, designed specifically for Web-based tasks. They differ from traditional laptops in a few important ways: 

Chromebooks run Web-based apps, not traditional PC applications. 
Chromebooks are designed to be connected to the Internet. You can create documents and spreadsheets or edit photos on a Chromebook using Google apps designed for these purposes. The Chrome operating system will not load and run traditional PC software like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. However, files created in these applications can be viewed and edited using Google apps on your Chromebook or cloud-based applications like Microsoft's Office web apps.

You store your files in the Cloud, not on the machine.  
To help make them thin and light, Chromebooks are built without large-capacity drives. So instead of storing your documents, videos, and photos on your computer, you save them to Google Drive (Google's Cloud-based storage service). Your files are password-protected and secure, and you can access them anywhere there's an Internet connection. If you know you'll want access to a file or photo offline, however, you can easily save it to the built-in solid-state drive.

Read more Chromebook Buying Guide-click here.

Dropbox and Microsoft Word apps can now share documents - iPhone J.D.

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Last week, Dropbox and Microsoft updated their iOS apps to work together, and the result is really nice.  With the updated versions of the apps, it is easier than ever to take a file from Dropbox to Word and back again.

In the Dropbox app, you can now select any Word file in your Dropbox.  Then tap the edit icon, which is four over at the bottom of the screen.  In fact, when you open your first Word file after the app is updated, the Dropbox app will even give you a friendly reminder of the new feature, as shown in the picture below.  After you tap the edit icon, the Dropbox app lets you select a helper app, and for now Microsoft Word is your only option.

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You'll hear everything you need to know about virtual law practices from Stephanie Kimbro, the foremost authority on the topic and author of four books, including Virtual Law Practice.

Join us to learn about:

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Westlaw discloses breach of public records database - beSpacific

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News release: "West Publishing Corporation, a unit of Thomson Reuters, has notified the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office of a breach involving their Westlaw subscription-only public records database. In a letter dated November 4th to those affected, Senior Vice President Andy Martens explained that on October 14, they detected unusual search activity. Investigation revealed that some [...]
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Google Launches New Bookmarks Interface For Chrome | Ubergizmo

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Google hasn't made an official announcement about Chrome Bookmark Manager, but nevertheless, you can download it right now from the Chrome Web Store.


Bookmark Manager

Chrome Bookmarks and the Bookmarks Manager are now more powerful by incorporating the smarts of Google Search with a new modern UI.

Now, if you're signed in to Chrome with sync enabled:

One-click save: When you bookmark, you can now save an image and note to make your bookmarks more helpful. Also, Google will suggest a folder if it seems like it could be a fit.

Improved search: Quickly find that elusive page with search powered by Google, which looks not only at the bookmark title and snippet, but also the bookmarked page's content. 

Collect bookmarks by topic: Your bookmarks will automatically be organized by topic, like "Tokyo" and "Photography." If you'd rather, you can still organize them into folders yourself.

Familiar bookmarks, new look: Your existing bookmarks will automatically get updated with images and descriptions, wherever possible.

Share: Have a folder of favorite bookmarks? You can make it public and share the link with whomever you'd like to access it. Everything else will remain private. 

Access your bookmarks anywhere: Bookmarked an article on your phone to finish reading on your laptop? Chrome will continue to sync your bookmarks across all of your devices, just like it does today. 

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Yosemite & iOS 8 How-to: Set up and use Handoff | 9to5Mac

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For Handoff to work, you did need to have a 2012 iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac or late 2013 Mac Pro. You do need to have an iOS device running iOS 8 with Bluetooth turned on. Since Handoff works via Bluetooth, the devices do need to be within thirty feet of each other. Also, all of your Apple devices need to be signed into the same iCloud account.

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Robert Ambrogi:

I was in Chicago this week for the Clio Cloud Conference, where I sat in horrified disbelief as keynote speaker Cindy Cohn, legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, described the extent of government snooping on our digital lives. As we all know, of course, it is not just the government that is tracking us. Any number of companies are gathering data about our every click and every purchase.

In case you need a reminder of this, check out your location history on Google maps. It constantly tracks your location through your mobile phone or tablet. Above you see mine for the past week, showing my travels from Massachusetts to Chicago. Where did I go while in Chicago? I just need to zoom in to see everywhere I went during my time there. I can zoom in as close as need be for details or back out for the big picture. If I click on any of the red dots, I can see the precise time and date I was at that location.

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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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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.





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