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

According to my Google Now notification, Santa Claus departs in 5 — but 4 by the time this post publishes — days.

Google Now Santa Claus

Thankfully, there’s still time to save Christmas with these tech gifts for lawyers.

In other news:

  • The relatively close date to Santa’s departure also begs the question of whether you’re giving the gift of Android this Christmas.

  • America’s favorite donut shop, Krispy Kreme, gets the “Holiday Cheermeister” award.

  • If you own an Android Wear watch, you might want to check out this helpful how to post on setting up Tasker to find your phone when it’s lost.
  • Hurry and grab Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring movie for free on Google Play. The other Lord of the Rings movies and The Hobbit movies are also discounted.
  • Just a little bragging with this picture:

Android 5.0.1 download

The Android 5.0.1 system update is available for Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 phones. No word on Nexus 7 devices. Although some of you are looking at that picture like this:

blink dumb

That’s okay.

  • And apparently, the next integration of Android — “M” if you’re counting — will center on Android Auto.
  • Here are predictions for four tech areas “ripe” for “disruption.”
  • Microsoft is bashing Google again, but then retracting all of its statements. Someone’s drunk blogging again. Here’s the original (cached) post from Microsoft. Knuckleheads.
  • There’s a virtual reality “Easter egg” in Google Maps. Now I really wish I made myself a Google Cardboard headset.
  • Surprise! Lawyers love iPads. For once I wish we’d see some legal technology survey that doesn’t reveal the “shocking” news that lawyers a “sheeple.” Which is probably also the reason lawyers are 20 years behind on technology. Heck, the survey also revealed that 60% of respondents said they still use Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 servers.

ILTA survey servers

  • True end-to-end encryption is one step closer to reality.
  • And Google is reminding users that it takes data security seriously. I’d also recommend that you read the updated Google Apps Terms of Service, Data Processing Amendment.
  • Google SVP and General Counsel, Kent Walker, took out a full page blog post on the MPAA’s attempts to revive SOPA using a number of Attorneys General. This is an interesting lesson in document metadata, as much as it is an embarrassment for Mississippi and the MPAA.
  • I’m trying a new Android Wear app called Coffee for Android (free). The app provides voice-free texting, which is a handy feature when you’re in a crowded (or quiet) room and don’t want people to hear your conversation.
  • I know a number of lawyers using Todoist as their go-to organization tool. Well, the program now supports Android Wear.
  • And so does Inbox (but I don’t use the app anymore).
  • Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides have new updates. But still no Chromecast compatibility for Slides.
  • And finally, here’s what the cool kids are watching on YouTube this week:

Have a merry Christmas!

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Jeff Taylor

I’m just an ordinary guy living an extraordinary life. I’m also an attorney and I blog about Android for lawyers. You can follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Google+.