I am still amazed at the number of lawyers who fail to adopt current technology in their practices. Whether it is the refusal to use scanners, online filing and signing of documents, or security protocols for data that are free and available, lawyers who delegate such tasks to other persons in the firm are taking a big risk. It is pretty clear that failure to learn and to use the tech tools available can become a malpractice risk; and, even tech savvy users can face the risk if we don't keep up with the advances and new methods available. My biggest peeves are lawyers who don't use two factor authentication at sites for which they enter confidential client data, and the failure to use the freely available research tools online. How are you using tech? Do you know where your clients' data is? Are you backing up your data regularly? Are you using online legal research properly? Do you use document processing tools efficiently? Do you sign efiled documents digitally? Are you using social media to reach clients and colleagues? Are you following your area of specialization online at expert blogs? Are you using a SmartPhone to keep up with emails, texts, and other practice specific data while away from your office?
The 10 best features hiding in the Android Nougat update. The best thing about buying a pure Google phone like the Nexus 6P is that it gets updates and new features before anyone else. And, if you like to live dangerously, you can sign up for the Beta program and get updates even faster. The recent stable update to Android 7.0 (Nougat) contains many cool new features. I don't use or need the new Emoji (they are for millennials); but, I love the new split screen feature, the resizing of apps, and several other new features. Check them out yourself when you get the update.
Visa-powered payment ring is now available to everyone. Phone pay systems already make it too easy to spend money. Just flash your phone at a terminal, and money disappears. Anyone who thinks I am giving the household's jewelry maven, SWMBO, a payment ring, has a screw loose. Jeez.
Android %u2013 Nougat. The official Android Nougat (Android 7.0) page is up, and you should check it out for the latest in mobile phone operating systems. I have spent a couple of days with it, and it is the best yet. Smooth, fast, and full of new functionality. I am most excited about the Virtual Reality updates, which will become real when the Google DayDream devices come out. All Google. All the time.
If you want state of the art in consumer drones, this is it. A fixed wing drone that you throw in the air and it flies. A 12 Megapixel camera with image stabilization, and a 45 minute flight time. The only downside is the price; which, at $1,300, includes a head mounted display, and control box. Check this out. Cool gadget of the year:
Well, the wait is almost over. My StarTrek Communicator will be delivered on Saturday. Get used to seeing the FutureLawyer walking around town speaking into a communicator that is identical to the original Star Trek version. At least, when I am not talking on my SmartWatch. I don't think I will get much work done on Saturday. With the modern voice command interface, this thing will actually answer questions for you.
Android Beta Program. I bought the Nexus 6P because it is pure Google, and gets updates before any other phone. But, while Android 7.0 is rolling out to eligible devices starting today, I just can't wait anymore. Hey, we are all getting older, and who knows what will happen in the next few days. So, if you have an eligible device, sign up for the Android Beta Program, and you can get the update right now. Fair warning. It is over a Gigabyte and will take a while. But, hey, I can wait a few more minutes. Come on. Hurry up, download.
Android 7.0 Nougat released: What to expect on the Nexus 6P | ZDNet. I purchased a Nexus 6P for this very reason. The new Android 7.0 is out, and the 6P gets it first. I will update my phone today, and be rocking the latest, greatest version of Android. If you want to see what all the fuss is about, read this article; or, better yet, buy a Nexus 6P.
Gear S2 gets a new ceramic bracelet to flaunt its looks - Tizen Experts. My Gear S2 Classic 3G/4G Smartwatch got a new ceramic band yesterday, and even my jeweler thinks it is beautiful. When I explained that the watch cost less than $400 and the band less than $50, he was even more impressed. Not only does the Gear get my phone calls, texts, emails, and a host of other functions; but, it is more beautiful now than some of the watches in his case that cost thousands of dollars. I found the band online and it is made in China, of all places. The ceramic band is comfortable and easy to wear all day. What's on your wrist?