Google Apps

Google Apps Vault

Today, Google announced the availability of Google Apps Vault to all Google Apps customers. According to Google, “Google Apps Vault helps protect organizations of all sizes from lawsuits by enabling organizations to find and preserve email messages that may be relevant to a particular lawsuit. That saves time, effort, and costs associated Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Miscellaneous

Congratulations iPhone J.D.

Although iPhone J.D., Jeff Richardson, espouses the technology I consider all things evil, I do enjoy hearing how an inferior system functions. In fact, when Jeff first started blogging, I may have owned an Apple product and advocated its use. Today, Jeff marks 4 years of blogging under his assumed alias. As anyone Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Don’t Forget to Vote

I’m running a poll about pirated Android apps. I’m curious about the number of lawyers who have installed pirated Android apps. Don’t forget to add your vote by clicking on the poll. [poll id=”4″]

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android App Review

Get on the Case with Fastcase

IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!! Tomorrow you’ll be able to download and install the Android version of Fastcase. Since most bar associations offer access, I’m rather annoyed that until now, Fastcase didn’t offer an Android app. Well, wait no more! As of 8:45 EDT today, I’m authorized to show you the app I’ve played Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android for Law Firms

Bringing Tablets to your Law Firm

Android tablets are becoming quite the rage for businesses. Their size, computing power, and abilities make excellent companions to traditional desktop and laptop computers. I say companions because I still don’t believe tablets are the catch-all replacement for traditional computers. Specifically, tablets lack the “bells and whistles” that make PCs the Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Android Apps for Business

  Life of Android has this post discussing their 5 favorite Android apps for business. It’s a great post, with a couple great suggestions. Although I disagree with a couple, I’m quite pleased with their suggestion of Yammer. I think as the developers improve the app (there’s some interface and Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Catch My Post

Hey, if you need some extra reading, you might consider my post at Attorney at Work. The posts discusses Android apps for note-taking and dictation. Look for something similar here in the future. That is, if I can find those notes and dictation…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

Now That’s Some Strong Security

One of my must-do security tidbits for your Android device is to set the pattern unlock. It’s a simple process that will improve your security measures immensely (you might check out this post on CNet about smudges which kill your pattern security). Now, there’s this story about how Android’s pattern unlock Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Office for Android

Microsoft Office is a staple in my law firm, and like it or not, Office is here to stay. For me (argue if you must) Office accomplishes what I need, and is rather easy to work with. There’s also an abundant number of resources, like this one, that help sort Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Smartphones & Tablets

How Big Are Tablets?

The tablet market is huge, and for the first time ever, smartphone (including tablets) purchases exceeded desktop PC sales. Office supplies retailer, Staples, created this graphic to highlight tablet use: A couple facts that caught my attention: 80% of users say tablets improved work-life balance (yeah, we knew that) A Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

Google Docs App Updated

One of the things I noticed on my phone today was that the Google Docs Android App got updated. The Google Docs blog has the scoop on some of the real details, but overall, one of the big improvements is offline file capabilities and hi-res viewing for tablets. These have been Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Build Your Own Android App

If you’re like me, you’ve at least thought about building your own Android app. “At least,” you’ve thought, “having an Android app could be a great marketing tool for my law practice.” The problem though is that building a usable app costs money, lots of money. Not to mention a great 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
Android OS

10 Indispensible Android Apps

Tech Republic recently introduced me to a fantastic app, AirDroid (free), which allows you to manage your Android device from your desktop browser. The concept with AirDroid is that you set up a “secure” WiFi-based link. From there, you can view your apps, pictures, contacts, ringtones, etc. The interface is pretty Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

Android Kinect Projector – WHOA!

Phandroid blogged about this developer who connected his Galaxy Nexus Android phone to his Kinect gaming system and a projector, to create an “air touch” system (thanks Chris Chavez for the name – you probably should trademark that). The whole thing runs on a complexly-modified Android ROM (custom built), which is Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Is Evi the Android Siri Killer?

Wired.com has this great post on the latest Siri-emulator to hit the Android Market. The author, Christina Bonnington, has semi-glowing remarks to add about Evi: If you’re looking for an intelligent way to do voice-powered search, Evi is a great tool. But if you’re hoping for a full, voice-controlled digital Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Dragon Go! Might Be “No”

Nuance Communications finally released it’s heir-apparent to the Siri-on-Android-challenge, Dragon Go!. The theory, as Nuance markets it, is that Dragon Go! allows you to “Say it. Get it. [and] Go!” Unfortunately, this app flops, completely. In fact, this makes me want to shout, “Why Nuance, did you ruin a good Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

Root Your Android Phone

A great new program has been release by unlockroot.com, which allows you to root your Android device. There are a significant number of reasons why you should root your device, so the program makes it easy. Here’s how to root with the program: Verify that your device is supported (my Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

The Typical Android User

Mashable posted this graphic about the typical Android user. Basically what it shows is that users come from all walks of life. One of the things I found interesting: 45% of Android users wear a watch. Really? Who wears a watch anymore with a cell phone? And if you do, Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

YouSendIt From Anywhere

One of the court reporters that I use introduced me to a great desktop/browser based file sharing program, YouSendIt. This program has been around for awhile, and I’ve only recently started using it more to transfer big files that you can’t email, or don’t want to pass along on a Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

Is Carrier IQ that Big of a Deal?

The Carrier IQ “scandal” is getting a lot of attention (I blogged about it here), online at least because I haven’t seen very many public news stories. Some bloggers argue that this isn’t really Watergate, while others, including Paul Venezia of InfoWorld, suggests that it’s the next Armeggeddon, well, maybe Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android for Law Firms

Dropbox and You

You know Dropbox made it to my top apps of 2011 list for attorneys. Well, the reason it makes the list is because of the number of robust features, and it’s usefulness. If you’re an attorney who wants to “mobilize” your practice, Dropbox is a must-have. It’s the critical (and Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

More on Android Phone Security

I had an interesting discussion with some of my readers about the seriousness of smartphone (and tablet) security after this post. The problem, as we discussed, is not just with the stuff being put onto the device, but also with lost devices or weak passwords. I'm satisfied to say that Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Should You Worry About Smartphone Malware?

ZDNet columnist Steven Shankland, posted this interesting article, basically arguing that "modern mobile  devices don't suffer the same vulnerabilities as PC's and those selling antivirus software for [mobile devices] shouldn't be trusted." The basis of Shankland's arguments come from a statement by Chris DiBona, Google's open-source programs manager, who stated: Virus Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

Selecting a New Smartphone

As I told you, I became eligible for an upgrade to my phone for a "discounted" price. I debated between 3 phones: the Motorola Droid Bionic, the Motorola Razr, and the HTC Rezound. Each phone has significiant advantages over my prior phones, and each are set to receive the Ice Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Android Time Tracking

Interested in tracking your time with your Android device? Well, you might want to check out this blog post on Lifehacker. Their favorite app isn't necessarily my favorite. Right now, my preferred app is Time Tracker ($2.99). Although it's kind of weak on options (I would love Calendar integration via Google Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

A Little Light on Security

Motorola recently polled 1000 prosumers regarding their mobile attitudes and use. Their results were published in this nice little graphic: One of the surprising results is down in the lower right-hand corner of the graphic: "Nearly half of people log into unsecure wireless networks." This in addition to the 25% Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Easy Tethering

One of the things I love about my Android phone is the ability to root the device, and optimize my phone’s capacity. One way I enhance my capabilities is to tether my phone with my tablet. Recently I took an extended drive with my family across several states. As we Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android App Review

App Review: DroidLaw

If you’re looking for a legal application to run reference materials and other information on your Android device, look no further than DroidLaw (free), developed by BigTwit Software LLC (visit their site). I first started using the DroidLaw app off and on since I first discovered it over 8 months ago. I Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Two Apps for Being Away

I have become quite accustomed to being away from my files at the office. With mobile access, and a serious of debilitating snow storms in Oklahoma, I have remained away from the office. However, the problem with leaving the office, is the need to access and use particular files or access particular notes. Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago