Weekly News Round-up: What You May Have Missed in the World of Android

A tragic week for folks living on the east coast, as Sandy wreaked havoc up and down the seaboard. I’d encourage you to support relief efforts and assist those people effected by the storm. Check out reputable charities such as the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, or local churches. Beware of entities calling to solicit funds or emails asking for donations. You can text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross. Now, for the week’s other news:

  • A UK court ordered Apple to correct problems with a non-infringement statement on its website. Apple previously lost an appeal when the judge ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablet wasn’t cool enough to replicate the iPad. Apple’s “Samsung didn’t infringe on our iPad in the UK” statement read like a poorly-crafted 1L appellate brief, and the judge caught them. Now, Apple has 24 hours to correct the mistake or face . . . well, I don’t know what exactly. But punishment will be swift.
  • ComputerWorld gives us an exclusive look at Android 4.2 security. Some of the security features are pretty dang cool, and will hopefully combat the more serious malware issues.
  • Speaking security, here’s a disturbing post about apps making calls and using your camera when you’re unaware. Without going into too much detail (why spoil it for you?), just note one thing: check the app permission before installing.
  • And if this story isn’t enough to make you want to stay away from Google Drive, I don’t know what will. Another reason I’m concerned.
  • Android seems to flip-flop with iOS as the king of browser market share. A new survey shows an Android increase in the number of devices using Android browsers.
  • Google Business Blog has this great post about Halloween, businesses, and Google+. While the content is specifically Halloween, the concept spreads across all avenues of business life and social media: use photos; post videos; post regularly and share content; ask questions; and share promotions. Quick, easy, and a great way to develop your social media presence without being a SM moron.
  • If you’re interested in building your social media center further, you might take a look at this post on using Google+ to host Hangouts and webinars. Here’s another great lesson taking your strategy to the next level
  • While we’re on the subject of poor SM strategies, there are a number of lawyers, particularly bankruptcy lawyers, who could learn a lesson or two from these two blog posts. Please, have a little less “me” in your tweets and posts, and think more about others.
  • Futurelawyer introduced me to this Cyanogenmod for the Viewsonic gTablet. I’m going to try tinkering with it this weekend.
  • Amazon announced that it’s getting into the photo sharing, cloud storage business with Amazon Cloud Drive Photos and accompanying app. Not sure what to think, but it looks like another way to waste money. How many online storage/sharing sites do I need?
  • Jelly Bean for the Samsung Galaxy S III leaked and a lot of people are excited. My question is, do I want to attempt to brick Mrs. The Droid Lawyer’s phone?
  • Vivian Manning wrote a great post at Attorney at Work on using Dropbox. This gives more in-depth information about implementing Dropbox services.
  • Looking for some great free Android apps to get started? Then you may want to check out this Time article.
  • You wouldn’t need that post though if you subscribed to The Droid Lawyer newsletter. Why? Because subscribers got their email inboxes flooded with 2012’s best apps for Android lawyers. It’s not going to get released for 10 more days, but if you can find someone who will share the email, you can whet your whistle early.

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