Android App Review

Android App Review: Snapseed

Part of the recent updates to Google+ included a whole new way to share, use, and create photos and video. Google’s interested in images, but more importantly, Google’s interested in helping you create beautiful images. That’s why Google+ includes an auto-awesome feature that, well, “awesomeizes” your photos, if possible. Here’s an Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Miscellaneous

Google+ Celebrates 2 Years

Sometimes I take some flak for liking Google+. That’s okay though, because of all the social media sites, Google+ gives me a more professional option. And really, it’s my most-preferred social media outlet. Today, Vic Gundotra, Google’s Google+ chief, posted a couple thank you cards from the Google+ team. One Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Google

What Google Knows About You

If you’re fearful of your privacy being exploited, then you’re probably not going to like this post or infographic. If you’re already fearful of the amount of information Google acquires through its data-mining projects, you’re really not going to like the infographic.   I’m no longer fully subscribed to Google’s “do no Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
News

Oracle Appeals

In an interesting bit of news, Oracle submitted its brief in the Oracle v. Google appeal. Groklaw has the full coverage, but in essence, this brief is 89 mind-numbing pages of boredom that resembles something I would submit . . .  if I was being paid $1 gigamillizillion per hour Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Google Apps

My Favorite Google Apps

Google Apps has been the go-to platform for handling my law firm’s email, contacts, documents, and calendar for better more than 4 years. I was an early adopter of the Google Apps program, and advocated its use long before the Office 365 commotion. I like Google Apps for Business since Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

And There Goes Your 4th Amendment

On most occasions, you won’t find me quickly clamoring to discuss the intricacies of Constitutional law, except to say, “we have a Constitution and it means what it says.” Well, usually. Unless it gets weirdly interpreted by the US Supreme Court or substantially undermined by Congressional legislation or “Executive Orders.” Such is the case with Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android for Law Firms

Google+ Communities

By now you’ve probably seen the latest update to Google+ for Android, including new UI features. If you’re not playing around on Google+, you’re missing the action. I’ve almost totally abandoned Facebook, and I’m nearly as close to ditching Twitter. Google+ gives me Hangouts, chats, and actual, meaningful interactions that are absent Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Google

Google Goes Dark

October 31, 2012 at 4:41 p.m. EDT is a time that will live in the minds of everyone as the time Google shut down for 6 minutes ( I didn’t even notice because I was home preparing for a Halloween party with The Droid Tots). And hey, guess what? The world Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Google

Inside a Google Data Center

Have you seen this? While the YouTube video is cool, the actual location is even more impressive in Google Maps. Also, did you happen to notice this little guy: Oh, and would someone please help me get outta here? I’m stuck between the Impala and this soon-to-be-the-most-viewed-employee-on-Earth: Any guesses as Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Google

Google+ is the New Community

Futurelawyer abandoned his Facebook account in lieu of Google+. Me, I wasn’t so keen on that. However, one of my goals this year has been to integrate more Google+ in my firm’s social media scheme, as well as my own. Therefore, over the past few weeks I’ve been spending more Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Tom’s 40 Free Android Apps

Here’s a post from Tom’s Guide, which features 40 free and useful apps. The list is quite extensive and includes some of my favorites: Pandora Pocket Adobe Photoshop Express Sky Map Google+ Kindle Google Drive Netflix There are also a couple on this list I haven’t even considered like ConvertPad Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

Android Isn’t Going Anywhere

After Samsung, the Apple fanboys are going nuts about the “demise of Android,” and the “swift show of justice.” The truth is, Samsung (minimally) hurt Samsung for it’s infringing elements. I say minimally because most of the affected devices are sub-standard models, not even being marketed anymore. There’s “bigger and better” Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
News

Motorola Mobility Opens its Cannons on Apple

With Samsung and Apple still fighting in California, Motorola Mobility (a.k.a. Google) has finally moved into the “theater” and decided that it will begin blasting its patent cannons at Apple. This time, Motorola Mobility is asking the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) to invalidate and block sales of iPhone, iPad, Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
News

Kiss the Galaxy Nexus Goodbye, For Awhile

Well, Apple took some of their cash reserves and posted a bond for $95 million yesterday. shortly after Judge Koh denied Samsung’s motion to stay. Samsung presented, in my opinion, some well-thought-out arguments against the injunction, but these failed to persuade the judge. This injunction is going to hinge on the ‘604 patent, Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Miscellaneous

Easter Eggs in Android

Google is famous for leaving secret hidden messages, images, or other fun discoveries in their products or services. Searching for these “Easter eggs” is a full-time passion for some people. If you weren’t already aware, Android has some pretty cool Easter eggs too. This image, Zombie Art, by Jack Larson, Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Miscellaneous

Google’s Homage to Drive-Ins

I hope that you’ve experienced a drive-in movie. The rickety “stereophonic” sound. The cartoon or other short at the beginning. The pleasure of having your car filled with tasty movie treats. Today, Google pays tribute to the opening of the drive-in movie. Today’s Google doodle highlights what makes drive-ins so Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Google

Oracle v. Google, Google Survives

The jury finally reached its verdict in the Oracle v. Google trial, but failed to reach an agreement on one of the most important elements of Oracle’s claim. The jury could not agree on the issue of whether Google’s use of the Java code constituted fair use in the infringement case. Interestingly Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Google

Go Nowhere Fast With Google Drive

“Hooray,” I thought as I quickly typed in drive.google.com in my Chrome browser. Like a kid on Christmas I eagerly looked for my free 5 GB of space and anticipated upgrading to 1 TB ($49.99/month). Alas, like every “secret” product, it seems that Drive is only available to the privileged Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Google

Google Does April Fool’s

Google is always presenting funny “innovations” as their yearly practical joke. In the past, it seemed that there was only one new product or service. However, this year it seems as though every Google development team created their own innovative tool. You can view 20 of them on this PCWorld Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Google

Another Great Learn with Google Event

I told you about Learn With Google, and since then I’ve watched several of the videos to help understand how to effectively market my firm with Google’s tools, and more importantly to track the inquiries. Now, Google launched another Learn event designed to show you how to connect with customers Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android Market

And Then There Was Play

Google Play, make me belch! In a fit of absolute branding stupidity (or genius), Google has renamed its app, music, and ebook site. The site-formerly-known-as-The-Android-Market, is now Google Play. I got wind of this with an e-blast email from Google luring me to “exciting” news. Always one for Google’s marketing Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Google

Learn With Google

Google is holding a webinar series they should have held a long time ago. According to the Google Small Business The dates are March 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, and 28, beginning at 10 a.m. PDT. The event will cover search to ads to Google Analytics. This sounds Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Google

Google and the FTC

With the recent spat about Google’s “search gaming,” I thought this post by Paul Levy from the Consumer Law & Policy Blog was quite interesting. Levy poses the theory that Google might actually be violating FTC regulations by offering products or services it cannot fulfill. The problem, as Levy notes, Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Miscellaneous

Battle of the Patents

I can’t claim to know anything about the Apple v. Google, HTC & Motorola patent wars. Heck, I barely understand why a patent as vague as a “Portable multifunction device, method, and graphical user interface for translating displayed content” gets approved. That seems to me like every computer, phone, or typewriter Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

What Apps Are On My Phone

I keep getting a common assortment of questions regarding my favorite apps. Although I’ve talked about them before, I haven’t really told you which apps are currently installed on my phone. So, I thought it would be cool to show you some screenshots of the apps installed on my Droid Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

Post-Christmas Message

I wish that I would have caught this on Christmas, or even before, but I suspect it’s better late than never. From the ladies and gents over at Google comes this video about Santa’s Google searches:

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

Google Wishes You Happy Holidays

We’re t-minus Christmas, and Google released this year’s “Happy Holidays” video, which I think is pretty fantastic. Did you notice a couple things about the video? Santa’s number is 855-347-2682 (I guarantee your kids will chuckle) – don’t forget about this site either The little boy was using a Google+ Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android for Law Firms

Google Special Event

In case you're interested, Google is holding a special event today at 2 p.m PST (5 p.m. EST). You can view the livestream of the event on YouTube at: youtube.com/Android. Engaget has a post on their invite. I'll be viewing, will you?

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Google

Why Your Android May Be Dead

Google is embattled in a number of patent infringement disputes. Well, not exactly Google, although it has a few, but some of the manufacturers who produce Android-based mobile devices. On July 15, 2011, the ITC, which is the governing review body for patents, ruled that device maker HTC had infringed Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago