6 Legal Technologies That Should Be Obsolete-Lawyerist

Sam Glover:   Legal innovation is a popular topic this month, but it’s worth noting that most law offices are still weighed down by obsolete technology – or technology that ought to be obsolete, at least. Sure, we don’t use quills or mimeographs anymore, but there is a pretty good chance you still have a fax machine taking up space in your office.

Here are 5 legal technologies you can – and should — get rid of, and what to use instead.

Uber Details Updated Insurance Policy For Passengers And Drivers | Ubergizmo

Since a tragic incident in San Francisco on New Year’s Eve, there has been much talk about Uber‘s insurance policy. It has made a few changes and described the updated policy in detail on its official blog. Drivers and passengers are now insured when the Uber mobile app is turned on during a ride, coverage of up to $100,000 is offered for bodily injuries, with $50,000 maximum per person.

 
 

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Futurelawyer: Lawyers: You Will Be Assimilated – By Wearable Tech

A short post by Niki Black to get you thinking.  I wonder who will be this generation’s John Molloy?  Maybe John himself…he’s still around.
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Niki Black:  Of course wearable technology is in its infancy, just as the smartphones were in 2007 and tablets were in 2010. It won’t be mainstream in the near future. Prices are too high and the technology is still undeveloped. Even so, it’s not going away and as it becomes more accessible, it will undoubtedly affect our lives–and law practices–just as much as social media and mobile and cloud computing have. The true question is: will you be ready?
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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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Adopting Mobile Technology-Jim Calloway

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According to a 2013 Nielsen report, 94 percent of consumers in the U.S. have a mobile phone, and the majority of those phones are smartphones. Tablets have not reached that level of market saturation, but one market research firm estimates that tablet shipments will grow from 121 million units in 2012 to 416 million units by 2017. (Those statistics come courtesy of Robert Ambrogi’s article “As the World Goes Mobile Is Your Marketing up to Speed?” in Law Practice Magazine. It is recommended reading as a companion piece.)
 
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Spying by N.S.A. Ally Entangled U.S. Law Firm – NYTimes.com

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Most attorney-client conversations do not get special protections under American law from N.S.A. eavesdropping. Amid growing concerns about surveillance and hacking, the American Bar Association in 2012 revised its ethics rules to explicitly require lawyers to “make reasonable efforts” to protect confidential information from unauthorized disclosure to outsiders.

Last year, the Supreme Court, in a 5-to-4 decision, rebuffed a legal challengeto a 2008 law allowing warrantless wiretapping that was brought in part by lawyers with foreign clients they believed were likely targets of N.S.A. monitoring. The lawyers contended that the law raised risks that required them to take costly measures, like traveling overseas to meet clients, to protect sensitive communications. But the Supreme Court dismissed their fears as “speculative.”

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Missed call from Antigua, Jamaica, Grenada: The one-ring scam gets money by tricking people into calling internationally.

If you get an unexpected missed call from a Caribbean number, don’t call back. It could be a hoax. An oldie but goodie called the “one-ring scam” is gaining momentum again and leaving people with fraudulent charges.
 
 

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Review: Google Glass Explorer Edition 2.0

 

When Google first told Gizmag about Glass back in 2012, it was very much an unattainable product of the future. Hell, it even had a futuristic-sounding name: Project Glass. Yet here we are, less than two years later, and countless folks have plunked down a cool US$1,500 for the Explorer version of Google’s smart glasses. That future may still be in beta, but it’s here nonetheless. Join Gizmag, as they review the Google Glass Explorer Edition 2.0.

 

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U.S. court allows more phone snooping – Yahoo News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The secretive U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Friday renewed the authority of U.S. intelligence agencies to collect data on millions of Americans’ telephone calls in a program that has set off a legal battle over privacy rights.

The court allowed the intelligence community to collect metadata from phone companies, the Office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a news release.

The release offered almost no details about the ruling, but a U.S. official said the authority was renewed for three months, and that it applied to the entire metadata collection program.

Read entire Yahoo! report here.  There is no publicly available decision from the secret FISA Court.

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