How an Under-Appreciated iOS 7 Feature Will Change the World | Cult of Mac

A curious download hit Apple’s app store this week: a messaging app called FireChat.

It’s a new kind of app because it uses an iOS feature unavailable until version 7: the Multipeer Connectivity Framework. The app was developed by the crowdsourced connectivity provider Open Garden and this is their first iOS app.

The Multipeer Connectivity Framework enables users to flexibly use WiFi and Bluetooth peer-to-peer connections to chat and share photos even without an Internet connection. Big deal, right?

But here’s the really big deal — it can enable two users to chat not only without an Internet connection, but also when they are far beyond WiFi and Bluetooth range from each other — connected with a chain of peer-to-peer users between one user and a far-away Internet connection.

It’s called wireless mesh networking. And Apple has mainstreamed it in iOS 7. It’s going to change everything. Here’s why.

Read more at http://www.cultofmac.com/271225/appreciated-ios-7-feature-will-change-world/#LJFKuePvJdBYwkzp.99

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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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Circa News for iPhone 3GS,-4,-4S,-5, iPod touch (3rd, 4th, 5th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store

Stay informed, save time. Circa is another way to read and follow news on your iPhone and iPod Touch.
News articles and small screens just don’t play well together. Circa solves that problem by condensing the news and making it much easier to read while on-the-go.

Their editors strive to make the news easier and faster to read, covering the day’s Top Stories, US, World, Politics, and Technology News!

See why Circa has been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times - get it now for free! 

App Features:

• Catch up quick – Don’t worry about intimidatingly long articles. Circa’s editorial staff boils down stories to just the facts, keeping you informed and saving you time!
• Follow the news – Rather than constantly re-reading articles on the same subject, Circa allows you to follow stories that you’d like to stay up with. They’ll send you push notifications each time a story you follow has been updated.
• Share stories & points that you find interesting via Email, Messaging, or Facebook & Twitter.
• Circa’s news coverage is produced by their own editorial staff from the their sources, which they provide alongside each point if you’re curious.
• Offline reading – Riding the subway? Don’t have an internet connection? You can still read all of the news within Circa while offline.

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I know it shows my age; but Circa reminds me of the Readers’ Digest…updated and tarted up for the 21st Century.
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Get Circa here.

Apple guilty of conspiring to raise ebook prices, federal judge rules | Technology | guardian.co.uk

Why Skype is the Most Used Software in Our Law Firm – Divorce Discourse

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Lee Rosen:

Skype is my most used software package. I use it, literally, all day long. It’s pretty amazing when you really put it to use.

I use Skype, primarily, as my instant messenger client. Everyone in my firm, in all three offices, runs Skype all day and we communicate with instant messages constantly. I use it when I want someone to call me. I send a quick message that says “call me now” or “call me when you get a chance.”

We use it when someone arrives at the office for a meeting to let the attorney or paralegal know their visitor has arrived. We use it to arrange for front desk coverage when the receptionist needs to go to the bathroom. We alert attorneys that a caller is holding when the attorney is on another call. Skype works well between offices and within a single office. It’s also terrific when someone is working from home. Of course, you can send messages while already on a call so you don’t need to deal with a noisy intercom or putting a caller on hold.

That’s just the beginning of what Skype can do.

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Read the rest of Rosen’s paen to Skype.

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Lee Rosen has practiced family law for more than twenty years. With four offices, Rosen Law Firm serves Raleigh, Charlotte, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Rosen served as the Law Practice Management Editor of the ABA Family Advocate for more than a decade and received the ABA James Keane Award for excellence in eLawyering. He served as Chair of the Law Practice Management Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, is a frequent speaker and is often sought out by the media as a source of family law insight and commentary. Read more about You can also follow Lee on Twitter

 

 

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EZ Practice Management Resource Center: Mi Apple Practice

Michigan Bar Apple Practice Center

Now here’s a great Idea:

A dedicated corner for all things “trending” with iPad, iPhone, and Mac.

February’s Featured Resource
Using the iPad in Meetings–Tom Mighell suggests the iPad can actually add value to the services you provide to your clients. He’s also pointed to some useful apps and iPad accessories.

FineReader Touch – iTunes App Store

FineReader Touch for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular on the iTunes App Store.
FineReader Touch is a client app for FineReader Online web-service. The app allows you to create digital copies of paper documents in different formats (DOC/DOCX, XLS/XLSX, PDF etc), preserving the original’s structure and style.

Documents are processed in the FineReader Online cloud-based service that provides OCR results. Additionally, the online text recognition takes any significant processing load off the device.

FineReader Touch app price (US $4.99) includes start package of 100 pages for processing through FineReader Online, you can always purchase additional pages right from within the app.

It’s very easy to digitize and convert documents into editable and searchable formats with FineReader Touch: just take a photo, if needed rotate and crop it, select OCR languages & output format – and get it in your iPhone!
Do not worry about structure of document – FineReader Touch will digitize the entire multipage document with its complex structure,original formatting and styles (including headings, images, bulleted and numbered lists, columns and tables).

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