Well, my StarTrek Communicator was just delivered, and is in the charging cradle. This thing is too cool for school. I will be playing with it all afternoon, and no work is getting done this afternoon.
5 Tips to Block Politics From Your Facebook Timeline. I know. You hate political posts on Facebook also. I have declared my Facebook feed a no politics zone. Unsurprisingly, it hasn't made any difference at all. So, rather than unfriend your friends (you know I love you all), I have been making a habit of using tip number one: Just click the down arrow and tell Facebook to hide an offending post. After a while, Facebook gets the message and hides them automatically. Of course, when your friend asks if you read his or her post about that scalawag that is running for office, you will have to lie and nod your head approvingly. But, at least you didn't have to read it.
WANT: Sonic Screwdriver Bottle Opener. As I patiently wait for the delivery of my StarTrek Communicator today, I am showing a Dr. Who Sonic Screwdriver replica that doubles as a Bottle Opener. While I am a fan, I don't buy gadgets unless they have a cool function. Bottle opener doesn't make the cut. Bluetooth communicator that really works, and is museum quality repro? Absolutely. So, live long and prosper. But, do it with a real device that does real stuff. Okay, opening bottles is real; but, I want something cooler. Don't you?
If you want to save data usage on your Smartphone, one way is to use WiFi wherever possible. However, many free public WiFi hotspots are unsecured and dangerous. Now, Google has identified thousands of them around the country and is making its WiFi Assistant software available to all users of Google phones. The software uses free and available hotspots; but, secures data going through them. The Assistant has previously only been available to Google Project Fi users. This should greatly reduce data usage on Google phones. The phone carriers had better wake up and smell the competition. Google is taking no prisoners.
You can now play solitaire and tic-tac-toe directly in Google search results | Android Central. I don't know about you; but, when I tell Google to search for something, the last thing on my mind is to waste half an hour playing solitaire within the search results. Does Google actually spend money on engineers to build this stuff? I have a modest proposal for Google. Spend some money on improving voice search so that I don't have to say "OK Google" 30 times a day. If I want to play Solitaire, I will let you know. Jeez.
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.