Google Keyboard - Android Apps on Google Play.
The new upgrade to many Google apps included the standardization of the various Android keyboards into a swiping style keyboard just called Google keyboard. It is smart, and just gliding around from letter to letter will produce very accurate and fast results. If you are used to hunt and peck one letter at a time, it will take some getting used to. But, once you get the hang of it, you will never go back. I must admit, however, that I am using voice to dictate more and more, as the Google voice engine keeps getting better. I am waiting patiently for the day when Google Now can read my mind, and I can give it commands and dictation with my thoughts.
IMS25SATAB iMicro 2.5 inch SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure (Black) - Drive Case/Enclosure - SuperBiiz.com.
So, road warrior. You have accepted the challenge, and upgraded your notebook computer with a fast SSD drive. You now have an extra half hour a day to do nothing in the sun. If you live in Florida, that is. The rest of you can bask in the glow of the sun relecting off of the snow. But, I digress. What are you going to do with that 2.5 inch SATA mechanical drive you have left over? Why, put backup or spare data on it, of course. For under $10 you can buy a drive enclosure that will convert it into a USB drive that plugs in to your computer. Very small, easy to carry, and cheap. What's not to like?
What if you could increase the boot up speed of your computer by a factor of ten? What if your computer was so fast that you performed tasks in a flash? Well, I have been wanting to try out the new higher capacity Solid State Drives for a while now, and the prices have been coming way down. So, when I saw a Samsung 840 drive with 256 Gigs of SSD goodness on sale for $209.95 at Tiger Direct yesterday, I couldn't pass up the opportunity. SSD drives have been around for a while now; but, they have been very expensive and have been too small for most business applications. When I got home and started the Samsung software, I realized that my mechanical 750 Gig drive was loaded with over 300 Gigs of programs and data. What to do? Well, all computers get loaded up with stuff we don't need, so I spent an hour off loading stuff I didn't need to carry around, deleting old programs that I didn't use, and got my program and data down under 200 Gigs. You need to leave 25% of the drive open for new stuff and for the conversion process. I figure I will save at least 10 minutes a day that I used to spend watching the computer boot and do stuff. This thing is now a screamer. And, as a bonus, I have a new USB drive with 750 gigs of storage space with my old drive. If you buy one of these, make sure you get the kit version, which has cables and mounting hardware for both desktop and laptop installation, and the software to make it all happen. This little Samsung ad will give you an idea how easy it is.
I have been using Google Voice Actions more to talk to my devices. However, I am always wondering what to say. Much of the system will respond to natural language queries: just ask a question and Google will do its best to answer. However, by doing research, I found a list of standard commands that will let Google know what you want to do:
1. Send Text To (say name of contact) (speak message)
2. Listen To (say an artist, song or album name)
3. Call (say name of person or business)
4. Send Email To (say name) (say message)
5. Go To (say website name)
6. Note To Self (speak any reminder or note)
7. Navigate To (say destination)
8. Directions To (say destination)
9. May Of (say location)
Once you learn these, it will become second nature to ask Google to help you through the day. The accuracy is so improved in Android 4+ that you will be amazed.
Air Display: iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac or Windows PC as an external monitor.
You are at work or at home, and you would love to extend your desktop to an external monitor, or, better yet, mirror your display to an external monitor in another room. You have a tablet in your briefcase, don't you? Well, this cool little utility will allow you to use your tablet as a second monitor anywhere on your network, with a WiFi connection. This is a photo of my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet mirroring my home monitor which is connected to my ultrabook. Now, I can roam about the house, tablet in hand, running my Windows programs from any room. However, I will not create a pleading in the bathroom. That would be creepy even for the FutureLawyer. This will work at the office as well. The company provides support for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows and Android. Free and very cool.
Google Now style voice search now live in Chrome stable channel | Android Central.
While we are on the subject of inexpensive legal dictation systems, you should be aware of the new Chrome upgrades that bring voice search to your notebook or desktop browser. If you use Chrome as a browser, (and you should be), just click Settings, and Help, and you will be updated to the latest stable Chrome iteration. When you relaunch and go to Google.com, you will see a little microphone in the search box. You can now do voice searches on your computer, and full text dictation is on the way. So, you won't need to use the Android phone trick anymore once this functionality is plugged in. Just click, and dictate.
How to: Poor (or Cheap) Attorney%u2019s Dragon Dictation with Android | The Droid Lawyer%u2122.
The Droid Lawyer writes about a trick he was shown by a reader that works very well. Apparently, by opening a document on the laptop or desktop in Google Drive, and then opening the same document on an Android phone, you can dicate on the phone and it is synced instantaneously on the desktop or laptop. Very slick. I prefer to type, as I am faster and more accurate with my fingers. Thank my dear mom, who made me take a typing class during a summer in high school. Who knew that, in addition to being in a class with all girls, that I would use the skill my entire life? I do talk to my phone, and get directions and short texts and memos are done with voice. However, memos and pleadings and such are all done with my fingers. If you aren't a fast typist, however, this frugal lawyer trick can be a godsend.
Execupundit.com: Briefcases and Project Boxes.
Okay, this post is tongue in cheek. However, my favorite deep thinker, Michael Wade, creates project boxes in order to avoid losing documents and papers. Apparently, he isn't ready for the Scanner age. I still keep paper documents; but, anything important is scanned into a digital file that is identified by a PaperPort folder. Then, it is a simple task to find anything with a keyword search, or just browsing the folder thumbnail images. Yes, Michael, papers can be lost; but, it is highly unlikely that you will lose BOTH papers and a digital copy of those papers, which are also synced to cloud storage, and backed up on a USB drive.
The Best Secret Gmail Feature Is Hiding In Plain Sight.
I got this in a Tweet from Susan Cartier Liebel, who hosts Solo Practice University. If you are a solo, or want to be, you need to go there. But, this is about the Reply feature in Gmail and other email clients that will save your correspondents from re-reading, and reloading an email string that can be very long. Don't just reply and send the whole chain back to your correspondent. Just use your mouse to highlight the portion of the previous message or messages you are replying to. Then, click Reply, and only the highlighted portion will go back. Very handy.