Apple Announces CarPlay Infotainment System-Mashable

Apple has announced CarPlay, an in-car infotainment system that lets you connect your iOS device with your car.

The new system — actually a rebranding of Apple’s “iOS in the Car” — will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show, held from Mar. 6 to 16, 2014.

CarPlay will let iPhone users make calls, access messages, listen to music or use Maps in their cars using Siri-based voice control, touch controls, or standard knobs, dials and buttons in the car. Third party apps such as Spotify, Beats Radio, Stitcher and iHeartRadio are also supported.

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Did You Ever Wonder Why We Are Poking Around on our Phones all Day?-Culture Design Lab–Humin

By Joe Brewer and B. Lazlo Karafiath

Lots of jokes target the way we use our phones nowadays.  How we ignore our date to answer a text,  or keep sharing and liking and scrolling endlessly.  It’s true that most people play with their smart phones more and more and share content rather than to “talk on the phone.”  What the jokesters miss is that this is a feature not a bug!

When people are looking at their phone in public, sharing stuff, liking stuff, tweeting stuff (and looking at others’ shares, likes, and tweets) they are expressing their tribal nature.  They have found an outlet for the fundamental human drive to be in a tribe, to maintain a tribal presence, whether a factual or a fictional tribe, does not matter. Unlucky for us, we have such an imperfect piece of technology for doing this –Facebook!


We were recently introduced to a service that could fit this mold.  It’s called Humin and it is ramping up now.  (Thanks to CMO Lane Wood for introducing us.)  Humin could be much more then a new way to access our address book: Humin could be our tribal phone.

Read this thought-provoking post here.

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Apple fixes security flaw in iOS, perhaps thanks to Snowden? – iPhone J.D.

Jeff Richardson:  “…But over the weekend, there were two posts about this update byJohn Gruber of Daring Fireball (Post 1Post 2) that I thought were pretty interesting.  According to PRISM documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the NSA gained the ability to intercept encrypted iPhone traffic in October of 2012, and that’s apparently right after the bug fixed by iOS 7.0.6 was introduced.  As Gruber notes, this could mean all sorts of things.  It could mean that someone at Apple intentionally added a backdoor for the NSA.  Or it could mean that someone at Apple made a simple coding mistake but the NSA found out about it and exploited it.Or it could just be a big coincidence, but there is at least a chance that Apple has now found and fixed a security bug that had been exploited by the NSA…”

Read Jeff’s entire take on the recent Apple security updates here.


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Was Pacer shutdown due to a cyberattack? Group claims responsibility-ABA Journal

A group called European Cyber Army claimed responsibility in a tweet while media reports gave differing reasons for the shutdown, report the Washington Post blog the Switch and ZDNet.

“Government of #USA!” the Twitter message read. “We have taken the liberty of #Nuking your website ! We are the #ECA #EuropeanCyberArmy.”

Read complete ABA Journal report here.


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Courts close across England and Wales as lawyers protest at legal aid cuts | Law | The Guardian

Sounding the Alarm – short version from Firstborn Studios on Vimeo.

Crown and magistrates courts across England and Wales were emptied of lawyers on Monday morning as criminal barristers and solicitors walked out in protest over government plans to cut legal aid.

The unprecedented action led to all but one of the 18 courts at the Old Baileyin central London being deserted or locked as hearings were postponed or cancelled.

Barristers, in their wigs and gowns, and solicitors waved placards opposing the cuts as they gathered outside the entrances to courts in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Preston, Birmingham, Newcastle, Winchester, Bristol and Cardiff.

Read latest coverage here.


No Bible available? NY swears in politician with iPad Bible app | 9to5Mac

NewsDay reports Republican Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano was sworn in for his second term today using an iPad and Bible app when officials were unable to locate a physical copy of the Bible,

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Coffitivity – Increase Your Creativity!

Claiming their coffee shop sounds boost creativity, check out this antidote to working in silence.

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Drunk Law Practice v. Sober Law Practice-Lawyerist

“….I am an alcoholic. I have been an alcoholic for as long as I can remember, including while I was starting up my law practice the first time around. But I didn’t know I was an alcoholic until just a few years ago. After an unfortunate trip into the abyss, I am re-starting my solo practice. But this time, I am doing it sober…”, so begins one of the best and most relevant legal blog posts I’ve come across in a long time.

Read “Alcoholic Attorney’s” post sharing his journey to sobriety.  Wish him well and, if you recognize the behavior, contact Lawyer Assistance Program at:



or (confidential e-mail)

Patricia Spataro, LAP Director    Henry Kruman, LAC Chair


Can a Car Service Predict the Future of Legal Services? – Divorce Discourse

Lee Rosen is thinking and writing about disrupters; i.e., a car service named Uber andLegalZoom:
Rosen: When I was in San Francisco, I got around using UberLyft, andSidecar. Uber is a car service that charges by the ride. You use an app on your phone, and a car arrives in about five minutes and off you go. The fee is automatically billed to the credit card you have on file.
 Uber has a great deal in common with LegalZoom and other intruders into the legal space. LegalZoom, like Uber, is delivering a product desired by the public. LegalZoom, like Uber, is well funded. LegalZoom, like Uber, is competing against an incumbent that isn’t well liked and doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt.

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How Robert Bellah (1927-2013) Changed the Study of Religion

Juergensmeyer:  “In his 1967 essay in Daedalus on “Civil Religion,” Bellah founded a whole new enterprise for religious studies scholars: probing the political significance of religious ideas and the religious significance of political ones. In this case it was Emile Durkheim that Bellah evoked, taking up Durkheim’s notion of the spiritual character of all collectivities. In his examination of the inaugural addresses of U.S. Presidents, Bellah showed there was a strain of patriotic religiosity in American public life that was both nationalistic and religious—specificially Protestant Christian. He borrowed the phrase, civil religion, that Jean-Jacques Rousseau coined in The Social Contract to describe the moral underpinnings of public order.

In the American context, however, Bellah saw this moral patriotism as infused with religious images and rhetoric that came from what politicians liked to call “the Judaeo-Christian tradition,” an imagined homogenous religious stratum underlying American political culture. This interest in the political significance of religion seems obvious now, in an era of strident religious movements and the rise of religious nationalism around the world, but when he first wrote “Civil Religion,” it was a bold new idea and an innovative way of thinking.”

Over fifty years ago Bellah rocked the field of religious studies with a pioneering study on Japanese religion. When he died suddenly this past week he was working on a book that was set to land him as a pioneer yet again.

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