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

California lawyers who want to use Google Docs to create legal pleadings will love the two new pleading styles. They’re beautifully crafted and easy to work with.

And now, here’s what else happened while you worked:

  • The “new” Google Maps is now officially Google Maps. Everyone’s forced to use the new views, like it or not.
  • If you’re a Dropbox user, you’ve probably seen the notification about the change in terms. Sam Glover explains what’s going on at Lawyerist.
  • VISA and MasterCard agreed to support “Tap & Pay”, which is Google’s Wallet function. Google Wallet takes a little bit to get used to, but I love the function and use my Nexus 5 to pay for items whenever I have the chance.
  • Over at the Legal Ease Blog, Alison Shields discusses ABA Techshow 2014.
  • If the Anker’s Bluetooth keyboard is as good as Anker’s external batteries, then have no worries about the quality of this keyboard. Even so, at $20 (black or white), the keyboard’s a great deal.
  • And while we’re discussing Bluetooth, you might as well grab this $300 smart toothbrush from Oral-B. Great, my dentist is already being inundating me with teeth whitening and invisible braces, now this.
  • I have a collection of iTunes music files. I followed these steps long ago to get them on my Android device. My preferred method is to move everything to Google Play Music.
  • When Facebook announced the purchase of WhatsApp for $16 billion, you probably thought, “what the hell is WhatsApp?” Here’s what you need to know: 1) you won’t need it (unless you do a lot of international texting/messaging, or don’t have unlimited text messages); 2) it’s a messaging program.
  • It’s no big deal that the government is gathering data, right? Well, time for some tin foil hats:

  • iPhone J.D. reviewed the Pogo Stylus by Ten One Design. Looks good and will work with Android devices.
  • I’m looking for a great, portable, projector for presentations, and Sony might have the answer with this Pico projector. Of course, I’m kind of impressed by this Brookstone Pocket Projector, if anyone needs to send me a test item.
  • Or maybe this projector from ASUS?

  • Microsoft Office is rebranding its online suite and launching OneDrive with a new Android app.
  • Documents to Go also got a makeover. I don’t use this app for Microsoft documents (might be time for another look), but I know a number of attorneys who do.
  • Here’s an interesting chart that shows the price difference between Apple and Android devices.

Growing Gap of Smartphones

  • Indiana University reports that doctors used Google Glass to access MRI scans and reports during a surgery to remove a tumor.
  • The iPhone’s fingerprint scanner feature is really cool — not cool enough to make me ditch my Nexus 5 — but apparently, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 will have a similar fingerprint scanning function. I can’t wait to see how Apple adds that to its numerous patent infringement claims against Samsung.
  • And finally, if you were kind of freaked out before about Google’s efforts to datamine, prepare to be really, really, really, really, really, nervous. Introducing, Project Tango:

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

  1. Jeff,

    I’m disappointed that such an influential tech blogger would be so dismissive when it comes to countermeasures against government intrusion.

    “Tin foil hats” are obsolete technology. The Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie (AFDB) has been my tool of choice for nearly a decade.

    http://zapatopi.net/afdb/

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