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Legal Ethics – Check Your iOS 8 Privacy Settings

Lawyers (and other professionals) have ethical obligations to reasonably know about the technology they use — and ensure that communications are confidential and protected.iOS-8-logo-mockup-001

This article from the December 2014 Palm Beach Bar Journal explains a dozen privacy settings for your iPhone or iPad which should increase your security.

Technology and iOS Apps for Mediators

Thanks to the Florida Dispute Resolution Center for inviting me to speak at the 22nd Annual Conference this year in Orlando.N

The materials from the presentation are here.

The Adobe Voice presentation about mediation is here.

If This Then That (IFTTT) For Lawyers

An app called “If This, Then That” or IFTTT exists to bring together your smartphones alarms, notices, social media, and other internet tools so that you can, as their tag line says, “take control of the internet.”photo

This article, “If This Then That (IFTTT” For Lawyers” explains how to combine your various internet resources into one app to bring the internet to you.

The link for the iPhone and Android versions of IFTTT are here.

iPhone Apps for Mardi Gras — Or for Fastest Breaking News

Last year, after the Boston Marathon Bombing, I wrote about my experience reading Twitter and listening to Ustream to get news on the manhunt which was coming in 10-30 minutes faster than it reached CNN.  A year later, the article is still solid and gives some good resources to say ahead of breaking news (here).images

But let’s turn, momentarily, to a fun diversion.

Mardi Gras has arrived and, if you are going to the parades, you need this GPS-enhanced parade tracker.  Local News 4 WWL has improved this app over the years and the current version looks solid.  Turn on your iPhone auto update to make sure the app has the latest info as it gets updated quite a bit during the parade season.  App is free and here.

Back to business.  Maybe your practice involves law enforcement and developments in your area.  Or you heard about an event in another city and want to get the police scanner stream.  Ustream is an option but Scanner Radio Deluxe seems to have the edge.  Select scanner feeds nearby or by city name (e.g., I can follow local Palm Beach as a favorite and search for NOPD when I get there).  Creates a favorites list for easy access and even have the app notify you if a particular stream gets a lot of listeners (suggesting there’s breaking news).  Hopefully we won’t need it at Mardi Gras.  App is here and free.

Using an iPad in Deposition

We see lawyers using iPads during depositions quite often… except they are not the ones asking questions since they are using the iPad to pass the time.

This article, from the January 2014 Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, will explain how to question a witness using your iPad and two free apps to create better exhibits.

Lawyer’s Guide to iOS7 (part 2)

Enjoying a little free time around the holidays or did you just get an new Apple device?

This is the second in a series on the new Apple iOS7 operating system for iPhone and iPad.

Since Apple doesn’t provide you with instructions, these two single-page articles will get you working like a pro.

The first article is here.  Part 2 is here.

2013 Apps for Florida Lawyers (DBR Law Tech Miami)

Special thanks to the Daily Business Review and ALM.com for inviting me to speak at Law Tech Miami.cbh

You can view my 50 (or so) best apps for Florida lawyers here.

Lawyer’s Guide to iOS 7 (part 1)

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you are likely running the new iOS 7.  But do you really know what you are doing?iOS-7-Concept

Apple infamously omits a lengthy instruction book with its iDevices…  but don’t buy a book.

The Palm Beach Bar published the concise Lawyer’s Guide to iOS 7.

And I’ll let you in on two secrets:  it’s not just for lawyers and… part 2 is coming next month.

iPhone / iPad Apps for Mediators

I will be presenting “iPad and iPhone Apps for Mediators” on Friday, August 9, 2013 at the Florida Dispute Resolution 21st Annual Conference for ADR Professionals.florida-county-map

Thanks to those who attend!

I am providing a PDF copy of the Powerpoint which includes:

1.  Tech Recommendations for Mediators and Their Offices

2.  What Techs are Lawyers Using?

3.  25+ Apps for Mediators

Apps for Business Professionals 2013 (Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce)

A special thanks to the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to speak on June 13, 2013 regarding iPhone and iPad Apps for Business Professionals.logo

If you are interested in attending, the details are here.

The presentation material is here (also on the right column of this page under “Materials”).

 

Can the Government Search Your iPhone or iPad at the US Border?

Can Border Patrol rummage through the contents of your digital camera, laptop, smartphones, etc at the border?

Yes, according to several recent cases and a broad exception to the Fourth Amendment (search and seizure).

Read “Can They Search Your iPad or iPhone at the Border?” from the May 2013 Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin.

And, yes, that case to the right is for sale here .

Tweak Your iPhone to See Signal Strength in Decibels, Not Bars

There has been criticism that the all-too-familiar cell phone bars on your iPhone are not entirely accurate.  There is a (reversible) trick to show reception in decibels, not bars.  

This gives you a number (sadly, for me, usually ranging between -100 and -80) which is a more precise measure of signal strength.  The closer you get to zero, the stronger the signal.  Between -50 and -75 is considered excellent.  Because of how decibels work, movement from, say, -95 to -90 is a bigger move than -85 to -80 (study up on decibels here or just trust me, closer to zero is better).  You can always tap on the decibels and it will revert back to bars.

1.  Go into Phone and, as if you were dialing a phone number, hit *3001#12345#*

2.  It will go into a field test mode.  Tap the decibels/bars in the upper left corner and you can see it switch between them.

3.  Hold down the power button (top of iphone) until the “slide to power off” appears.

4.  Don’t power off.  Now hold down the Home button (circle) until it drops you back to your main home screen.

5.  You can now flip between decibels and bars.

Lawyer’s Guide to iOS 6

Both the ABA and the Am Law have come out with recent surveys confirming that nearly half of the lawyers using a smartphone choose iPhone and over 90% of tablet-lawyers are using an iPad.  No surprise.  But are they using their iDevices correctly?

Check out this one-page guide for lawyers on some easy tricks, tools, and techniques for maximizing the value of your iDevice.

Thanks to the Palm Beach Bar Association for permitting the re-print from this December 2012 Bar Bulletin.

Article is here.

Palm Beach County Bar: How to Effectively Use Technology in Your Practice

Thanks to the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Solo & Small Firm Practitioners Committee for the invitation to speak on “How to Effectively Use Technology in Your Practice.”

We focused on iPhone/iPad apps for your practice, mediation, and trial as well as general social media discovery and marketing tips.

Today’s course was taught by Spencer Kuvin of Cohen & Kuvin and Christopher Hopkins of Akerman Senterfitt

Special thanks to the Committee chair, Shannon Sagan.

This course included:

*Spencer’s top 15 apps
*Christopher’s top 15 apps
*Tech in Mediation & Trial
*Social Media Marketing
*Posting Depos on YouTube?
*Social Media Discovery
*Sign PDFs on iPad = mobile office
If you missed it, or if you want to review, the Powerpoint is here.

PDFs Are Modifiable – Learn to Sign in 10 Minutes

This article from the October 2012 Palm Beach Bar Bulletin will explain that PDF documents are not “fixed” but, instead, can be easily modified on your iPhone or iPad.

It gives instructions to learn, in 10 minutes, how to sign documents on the road.

Have clients retain you in one step.

Sign or revise documents while travelling without resorting to a fax machine.

Article is here.