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Austin Brandt

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Glass for 'day in the life' videos, seems pretty cool to me. What do you think, +Jeffrey Taylor ?
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Good points on battery life and existing wearable cameras. We'll probably see external portable chargers, with 10x the battery power, used for commercial applications like trial simulation.
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Sam Glover
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At least the existence of the Messenger app will actually make some sense, even if forcing people to use two apps instead of one makes no sense.
Facebook's plans to become an empire of mobile apps got a little more interesting today as the company began notifying users in a few European countries that in two weeks, they won't be able to...
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It works fine, but the little bubble shows up fine with the Facebook app, too. It was silly to have messaging in both. They should have done this (or gotten rid of Messenger) a long time ago.
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Jeffrey Taylor

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Viivo is one app/program that handles encryption of files for placement in the cloud. There's programs for MacOS and Windows, and iOS and Android.
Viivo provides a legitimate way to protect client information in the cloud.
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You can move the files inside the cloud, but that takes a little extra effort to arrange.
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Jay Brinker

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Google Ad Words. Anyone used them? Anyone had any success with them? Any tips for a successful campaign? I might have landed one client from them, but the costs exceed the revenues.
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The 'call extension' is a free add-on Google has for adwords that adds a button to your text ads. This button lets mobile users call you directly without clicking your ad or hunting for your number.

Came across this 'definitive guide for keyword research' today that looks pretty helpful. A good amount of info on how to find those rarely used, inexpensive keywords you're looking for. http://backlinko.com/keyword-research
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Sam Glover
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Here's a long list of stuff I would put in my technology budget.

I try not to spam this community with Lawyerist links, but I've been writing a lot about technology, lately, so that's why you're seeing more than usual.
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Sam...glad you posted in here because I missed it on lawyerist. Great list...and definitely a few things I didn't know about. I've recommended many of these to my fellow new solos. 
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Sam Glover
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Tune in to our liveblog on Day Two of the ABA TechShow!
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Brad Hendrikson

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I don't think microsoft was trying to be funny but they were with the whole thing about a court not being able to issue a warrant to search yourself - I never thought that scroogled campaign was a good idea for them!
Brad Hendrikson originally shared:
 
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It also appears that ms is creating a secret court to decide when they think its legal to search email.  I wonder where they got that idea?
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Sam Glover
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+Jeff Richardson breaks down the rumors, and talks about what we can realistically expect from Office for iPad (spoiler: not much).
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Sam Glover
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Looking for a "portable" power desktop? Someone at my co-working space brought a Mac Pro (the trash can one) today, plugged in a 15" monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and got to work.

It's honestly quite small, although it's not really portable without a decent backpack.
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Now that's a "power portable!" 
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Sam Glover
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Atom: one text editor to rule them all?

I just got my beta invite to Atom, a text editor from Github. Here's the description:

A hackable text editor for the 21st Century

At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.

It's very cool, and — at the moment, at least — Mac-only. It is more for programmers than writers, but one of the first things I did was install the Zen package, which turns Atom into a distraction-free text editor.

Currently, I use Byword for drafting blog posts and BBEdit or TextMate for text editing, but so far, Atom is looking like a text editor that could be just as good for writing as it is for coding, which is pretty exciting (well, if you're into text editors, anyway).

If you want to give it a try, just sign up for an invite here. I waited about two weeks for mine.
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Thanks for the heads up +Sam Glover I will check it out
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Austin Brandt

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TrueCrypt is an indispensable tool, and now for the first time we have the results of a full security audit. This audit was completed by leading members of the OSS security community.

The findings are both good and bad. The good news is that they found no intentional backdoors or flaws (i.e. NSA access). The bad news is that there are some 'medium' level issues in the source code that could be exploited. Most concerning is the relatively weak hash used for it's private key derivation. In other words, the password you use to protect your data can be brute force guessed, particularly if it's less than 40 characters long.

TrueCrypt is still quite valuable and will be fixed by the community, but this is a nice wake up call to not place blind faith in one tool alone and think you're actually protected.
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In case you haven't been inundated with warnings from your online services, Heartbleed is a major vulnerability in the very popular OpenSSL protocol. Chances are good if you do your own hosting you've been affected. Should be just a matter of rekeying your SSL cert and patching your linux distro, but ignore at your own risk!
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I'm sure none of you actually use Comic Sans (I hope), but here's an interesting twist. Not sure I could still bring myself to send out an email with this though.

tl;dr - typeface matters
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My favorite part: "Perfect for writing passive aggressive office memos." I have to agree.
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Sam Glover
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Microsoft decides to make Windows 8 work the way it should have in the first place.
Millions asked for it, and Microsoft is providing it: the old Start Menu is coming back. Kind of. At its Build conference today, Microsoft announced a new Start Menu that looks like a hybrid of the...
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Android has Microsoft Office for tablets and smartphones.
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Unfortunately, the Microsoft Office Mobile for Android is not "officially" compatible with the Nexus 7 (2013) and cannot be installed from the Play Store.  I've read that others have sideloaded it from the .apk file that some sources have made available on-line.

When I have a few spare moments, I may try to sideload it on my Nexus 7 to see if, and how well, it works.  It is compatible with my Note II, so I will use it on that device to see if I like it better than Kingsoft Office, my current favorite office suite for Android.

Update:  I sideloaded Office to my Nexus 7.  It looks good and seems to run well. My next step is to work with some complex documents to see if "round tripping" those documents between Word 2010 on my Windows 7 machine and my Nexus 7 results in any loss of formatting fidelity. 
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Austin Brandt

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'Futurist' states the obvious regarding pure contract law being threatened by tech. Slightly more interesting is his prediction of all-knowing AI replacing the entire legal system in the far future. Just a little sci-fi for your Monday morning.
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I don't believe technology will make lawyers obsolete any time soon. However, it will (and already has) change the practice of law dramatically.
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Lots of news this week about the coming future of virtual reality. In Zuck's announcement of buying a very promising VR hardware startup, he talks about how you could visit your doctor just by putting on a set of goggles. I think you could say the same for law. We're headed to a very weird future with solos "sitting down" with clients from home, miles away.
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Sam Glover
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This is good news, although Google probably should have been doing it, anyway. What I really appreciate is Google's anti-NSA tone in its announcement.
Google just announced that as of today, Gmail is more secure than ever before. And the company isn't hiding the fact that it's actively trying to stop the government from spying on your email...
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It's still only HTTPS on Google's servers, which I think some people will confuse as meaning encrypted everywhere. Messages to and from Gmail are still unencrypted. 
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Remember when +Deborah Savadra said Office was never going to come to iPad? We'll just see about that.

Personally, I'm expecting Microsoft to announce Office for iPad, but you'll only be able to use it with OneDrive/SkyDrive or Office 365 or some bullshit like that. I have zero hope that Microsoft will build in Dropbox integration, which is what I really want.
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Well, now that Steve Ballmer's out playing golf and someone else is running the show (and apparently using some common sense), the rules have changed. And you're right, they will make you hook into their ecosystem, such as it is. It's kind of the way of the world now.
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Jeffrey Taylor

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Anyone use Google Apps as their primary case/practice management solution?
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That's my thought too. It's probably fine for one or two cases at a time, but an active practice couldn't do it.
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