Android App Review

Android App Review: Clueful

Admit it: quite often sometimes you’ve installed an app without fully examining the permissions. No shame, we’ve all been there. If someone tells you they always check, and you believe them, you probably also believe this guy did not have sexual relations with this girl. I’m always curious about how public my Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Smartphones & Tablets

The Great Tethering Debate

Verizon recently took some heat from the FCC for its hard stance on restricting tethering between mobile devices and other accessories. A lot of readers (mostly non-lawyers) are interested in my view (preferably a legal opinion) on tethering. Dedicate fans of The Droid Lawyer blog will know I’ve discussed tethering, Read more…

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
Android OS

Bad News Motorola Users, No ICS For You

Well, the news isn’t as harsh as the headline, but it’s still pretty disappointing, especially given the fact that Motorola Mobility and Google are bosom buddies. The bad news, according to this post by Brad Reed of Network World, is that Android 4.0 isn’t coming to Motorola devices like my Droid Bionic until 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
Android OS

New Prices for Verizon Devices

A leaked copy of the Verizon device map is available on the internet. Unfortunately, the road map shows that my favorite Verizon Android smartphone (and here), the Motorola Droid Bionic, will be sold for $149.99 beginning today. That sucks, since I paid a lot more for mine, with a 2 year agreement, Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android for Law Firms

Transcripts at Trial

The iPhone J.D., Jeff Richardson, has this great post on how he uses transcripts in trial. Since he just finished a pretty robust trial, I’m sure his method is a-plus certified and tested. Coincidentally, his method is similar to the one I discussed. The Android equivalent for lawyers, as I also 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

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