10 Ways to Extend Your iPhone's Battery Life | Law Technology News. I got a kick out of this LTN post about iPhone battery life, and the tips and tricks to extend it. I have a modest proposal for all iPhone users who want longer battery life. Buy an Android phone. Most of them have a really cool feature. You pry the back off, pull out the battery (just like your kids' toys), and insert new battery. Always keep one charged and in your briefcase. Android...just one battery trick required.
There's No Excuse for Not Backing Up Your Computer. Do It Now.. Every hard drive will fail, sooner or later. Every computer system will crash, sooner or later. I know. I, like the author of this article, am always harping on backing up your drive and its data. I have a 2 Terabyte USB drive that I use to back mine up every other weekend. And, sometimes, I do it more often. I should do it more often. But, you know how it goes. We forget to do the menial tasks. So, consider this your wake up call. Tonight, when you get home from work, plug in a USB drive, fire up Windows built-in backup, and make an image of your drive. Then, in a few days, do it again. Then, in a few days, do it again. Make a separate backup of documents, data, and other stuff on to several USB sticks. Keep them in different places. Do it now.
'Ok Google, Take a Picture' Goes Live on Google Search App. By now, if you have the Google Search app you are always talking to your phone. Okay Google, what appointments do I have today? Okay Google, what's the weather today in St. Petersburg? Now, with a new enhancement to the Search app, you can bypass the requirement to find the Camera app and press the button to take pictures and video. Just say "Ok Google, Take a Photo" or "Ok Google Take a Picture" and the Camera opens ready to click the shutter. Neat.
I get a lot of questions about my desk and equipment. I have done some posts about it, and post today a photo of the current configuration. There is a scanner out of the photo on the left, and a color laser printer and a black and white laser printer, both on the right. My working computer is a 10.6 inch Samsung Windows tablet that sits in a dock at work, and in a keyboard dock at home. My Note 3 is docked to the right of the tablet, and fields all my calls, texts and emails during the day. I just upgraded the monitor to a 32 inch Chinese generic. I like the bargain bin at Sam's Club. I got the tablet there for $319 (retail $749) and the monitor for $143 (retail $299). To the right is a label maker, telephone (pots) and Cable Modem. In the foreground is a full sized keyboard and wireless mouse. I do most of my productive work at this desk, and have a similar setup at home. That way, all I have to carry back and forth is the tablet. What is your setup?
Has Chrome Struck Security Gold? -- Dark Reading. I have done everything I can to get you to stop using Internet Explorer, and to start using Google Chrome. I have wheedled, cajoled, warned, and blustered at you. But, still, many of you use the browser that came with your machine; probably because you don't want to try something new. Well, maybe this will change your mind. Apparently, a confluence of factors makes Chrome safer from hackers. It contains a built-in PDF reader that bypasses Adobe Reader, which is often the target of hacker attacks. It updates itself all the time, without user intervention, which means that new attacks are dealt with at the server level. Google employs some of the best software engineers in the world, and its business depends on security. These, and other reasons, should be enough to get you to switch. Shouldn't they?
5 Things You Didn't Know Your Android Smartphone Could Do. Okay, I knew I could make a mobile hotspot out of my Note 3. But, using it as a bubble level, and the strides that have been made by Google Goggles? Not so much. Measuring the distance to the hole in golf? Measuring lengths? Digital compass? Measuring decible levels of sound? All these and more will your Android smartphone do for you. And, they are free. Have fun.
How to setup 2-step verification to secure your Gmail account. No, I am not giving dance lessons. However, the security dance is one that we all have to learn, given the current status of Internet and Information security. Lawyers, in particular, must pay attention, because the security of client data is even more important. In a recent presentation, while talking of data security, I got blank stares when I mentioned two-step authentication as a security tool. I am pretty certain that, even among those who know they need to do it, not many are. So, I give you this little primer on the mechanics of setting up two-step authentication for Google and GMail. Stop fooling around. Before you do anything else today, set it up. You'll thank me later.
This Infographic Shows You How to Delete Yourself from the Internet. This post shows some of the techniques to use to remove yourself from the glare of Internet search engines. However, it isn't really possible to completely disappear. However, you can make yourself a smaller target, if that is what you really want. I suppose that, if you want to live in a cabin in the woods, without telephone, electricity, email, Internet access, and other comforts of modern life, you can do that. And, you could get a Satellite Internet connection out in the woods, and use a VPN to disguise your physical location. But, somewhere on the Internet, there will still be traces of you floating around. Get over it.
Your smartphone's WiFi hotspot might double as a disaster rescue beacon. Okay, pretend you are in the middle of a disaster. You can't contact your team, or your fellow rescue workers, or your family. All the cell phone networks are down. Your smart phone is now useless, right? Not. These guys have invented an app that does something very simple; it substitutes your phone's hotspot app with an SOS rescue message. Someone using the same app can then find you within a few hundred feet by scanning for hotspots. Very cool. Very nice. Very helpful.