How-To

How to: Create a Customized Gmail Signature

Some law firms prefer creating elaborate (or fancy) signatures for their email messages. Gmail offers enhanced signatures, but there's a little more work to make the process happen. This how to shows you everything you don't know about customized Gmail signatures, and how to fix your inadequacy.

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android 101

Get Google Tips On Demand

Google is my go-to search engine. Sure, I know all about Google’s lust for “filthy” advertising lucre, but the truth is that when you need information fast, it’s hard to beat Google’s results.  They’re fast and fairly accurate, and if you have to go to page 2, you know you’re searching in the wrong Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android 101

How-to: Increase or Decrease Font Size

Recently, Mrs. The Droid Lawyer hurled her Android device at my head really got her device screwed up. “Everything’s tiny,” she complained. “I can barely see the words.” Now, Mrs. The Droid Lawyer’s vision isn’t perfect, but it’s certainly not so denigrated and deficient that she wouldn’t be able to read Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android 101

How to: Update Your Android Device

Mrs. The Droid Lawyer has a nasty habit of saying, “fix this,” then tossing her Android phone onto my lap. Most technophiles love this “free-reign” opportunity to tweak and customize, but I utter a silent “ugh” whenever this occurs. The “ugh” comes because Mrs. The Droid Lawyer doesn’t like change Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
How-To

How-to: Fix Sync Issues in Android

Mrs. The Droid Lawyer threw her phone in frustration toward my head at me because her email messages weren’t updating and she wasn’t receiving updates. The fix isn’t hard, just a couple button clicks, but the fact you can’t receive information is really frustrating. First, most sync options are handled in-app or Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Guest Post: Top 5 Android Apps To Keep Attorneys Efficient and Organized

This is a guest post from Chelsea Wilson, the Community Relations Manager for Washington University School of Law’s online LLM degree program, which provides foreign trained attorneys with the opportunity to earn a Masters in Law degree from a top-tier American university from anywhere in the world. Unless you see italics (which is me), she’s taking Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
How-To

How-to: Replace Google Reader

The world ends July 1st! Yes, I am clairvoyant (or I just read the news). Yes, in March we learned about the tragic fate of everyone’s beloved RSS aggregator, Google Reader. Unfortunately, Google’s in the money business, and Reader has a drastic cash flow problem. Thus, blog reader Reed Martz’s Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
How-To

How to: Disable Bloatware in Android 4.1+

Recently, another “Sezzer” queried that s/he was sheepish about accepting the upgrade prompt on a new device. The fear, as the Sezzer explained, stemmed from the fact that the member didn’t want the wireless carrier’s bundle of additional “bloatware.” Unfortunately for consumers, bloatware is very lucrative for cell phone carriers and Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
How-To

How-to: Fix an Android Email Issue

Solosez is a great resource for solo practice attorneys seeking a mass market for exchanging ideas and getting advice. Recently, one of the listserve members had troubles with Android’s native email app. The member wanted to use the email app only for outgoing messages, without polling for unread email messages. Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
How-To

How-to: Android-Powered Navigation

One of the greatest aspects of Android is the fully-featured navigation abilities. I’ve given a list of the best navigation apps for Android, and re-evaluated the Waze app for Android’s power-packed navigation options. It’s hard for me to believe that Android users aren’t aware of navigation, but apparently, some aren’t aware of Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Google Play Updated

Google Play app for Android finally received an updated look and interface. The app is supposed to update over-the-air to devices, but thus far, I haven’t seen or received the updated Play Store on any of my Android devices. Apparently, the update will come soon. Don’t fret though if you’re Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
How-To

How to: Find the Missing Apps

Recently I had a conversation with a friend about factory resetting his device. He’s having trouble downloading the Android 4.1 update for his Samsung Galaxy S III, and one forum fix I found was to factory reset, then attempt the update. Factory reset usually cures these kinds of issues, among Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
How-To

How to: Share a Location

Mrs. The Droid Lawyer was talking with a friend today who was travelling to a location. The friend didn’t know where to go, and Mrs. The Droid Lawyer was trying to explain how to get around our small city to the location. Finally, Mrs. The Droid Lawyer said she’d text Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

Android for Beginners

No, I haven’t disappeared or been kidnapped. Actually, I’ve done something I haven’t really done for a while: reading . . . for pleasure. Do you know that you can actually read, enjoy it, and not have to write a brief about it? I swear! I devoured three novels by my Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
How-To

How to: Take a Screenshot on an Android Device

Here’s another video I decided to create addressing a fairly common question: screenshots. Before the introduction of Android 4.0, taking screenshots sucked. The process required rooting your phone sometimes, and at the least using a third-party app. Simple screenshots on the iPhone were my constant desire. Then, Android developers gave Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Google

Using Google for Research

I am convinced that if something doesn’t exist on Google, it doesn’t exist. Well, it may exist in Wikipedia, but that’s still on Google. Google should be a lawyer’s best friend for research. Forget Westlaw and LexisNexis, those are far too cumbersome to be useful in a pinch. When I need Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
How-To

Some Gmail Hacks to Help Manage Your Email

Today a colleague texted me wanting some assistance blocking someone from emailing. I didn’t get into details, but I suspect he’s trying to “silence” an old flame. Shortly after his question, I got another text from someone else asking whether he could import non-Gmail email account into his Gmail account. Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
How-To

Please Change Your Email Signatures

There are far too many lawyers sending emails from their smartphones and tablets. How do I know? Because every one of them tells me by appending their email message, “sent from my [device].” Sometimes they even tell me who their wireless carrier is. While I appreciate this tidbit of information, I’m Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
How-To

How to: Fix a Misbehaving Android App

While Android apps should work on most devices straight from Google Play, sometimes, like any computer, an  app will misbehave. Either it “force closes” itself, fails to open correctly, or stutters because of some glitch. Some people get frustrated because of the minor miscues, but by following these procedures, you can Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
How-To

The Definitive Guide to Android 4.0

Computer World published this post and cheat sheet for all things Ice Cream Sandwich. Since many phones are moving from 2.x to 4.x, you’re going to want to keep the guide and sheet close to the vest (I recommend saving the post to Evernote, or bookmarking it). While Android retains many Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

Android 4.1 for Transformer Prime

Even though there is only a short time before Asus releases its upgrades for the Transformer Prime and Transformer Infinity, the folks at Android Authority give you this how-to on installing Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean on your Transformer Prime tablet. Since the source code for both the Infinity and Prime are Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
How-To

QR Code for WiFI

This is a hat tip to The Droid Guy, and deserves a great mention. He posted about using QR codes to generate WiFi access. I think it’s a great idea, especially for offices that provide their guests with wireless access. Now, instead of having them type in the password, they Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
How-To

Mobile Computing with PdaNet

One of the ways I keep myself connected at the courthouse, or anywhere else, is with an application called PdaNet. This is one of my favorite applications. The application comes in two forms: free and paid. The free version allows you to access non-secure (non-HTTPS) sites, while the paid version allows Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago