Ravel Law

 

Ravel Law is a new legal search, analytics, and visualization platform. Ravel enables lawyers to find, contextualize, and interpret information that turns legal data into legal insights. Ravel’s array of powerful tools – which include data-driven, interactive visualizations and analytics – transforms how lawyers understand the law and prepare for litigation. In today’s global and increasingly digital world, Ravel empowers attorneys to benefit from this huge influx of information and find value in it.

In 2012, Ravel spun out of Stanford University‘s Law School, Computer Science Department, and d.school, with the support of CodeX (Stanford’s Center for Legal Informatics).

US Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Decisions are free for login and email access (Linkedin and Google).  District Court and State Jurisdictions are “premium”; but you must contact them for a price quote.

I’m not certain of the efficacy of the visualization.  Its usefulness is not immediately, intuitively obvious.

Bob Ambrogi’s short piece does a better job of explaining how Ravel works than the Ravelers.  I suppose you could call it a “Ravelation”.

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Why lawyers will love iOS 8 – iPhone J.D.

 

Jeff Richardson:  The iPhone and iPad are amazing tools for lawyers because they are relatively easy to use, but are also incredibly powerful.  But as lawyers (and others) start to master the basics of iOS, they often start to want more powerful features.  Every year, Apple adds more advanced features to iOS, and now it is hard to imagine that there was a time when we didn’t have third party apps, copy and paste, or even Siri.  But based on the announcements made by Apple yesterday, when iOS 8 comes out this Fall, Apple will make huge advancements to the operating system, with lots of advanced features for power users and lots of ways to make iPhones and iPads more powerful for everyone.  Apple announced a huge number of new features yesterday and I won’t even try to mention all of them today — not only because there are so many of them, but also because many of the features have so much potential that it is going to take a while for their importance to really sink in.  Moreover, Apple only gave us a taste of the highlights of iOS 8, and I’m sure that when it is actually released in a few months there will be even more surprises.  For all of those reasons, today’s post provides only a few of the reasons that I am confident that lawyers are going to love iOS 8.

Read Jeff’s entire review of iOS 8 here:

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FATCA Foreign Financial Institution (FFI) List Search and Download Tool is Now Available

 

FATCA Foreign Financial Institution (FFI) List Search and Download Tool

The FFI List Search and Download Tool located on the FATCA Website is now available.  

Use the Search and Download Tool to find out if a Foreign Financial Institution (FFI) has registered.

Download an entire list of Financial Institutions or search for a specific Financial Institution.

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The best cloud backup service – The Sweet Setup

 

The Sweet Setup:

Backing up your files to an off-site cloud server is an easy, affordable, and safe way to make sure that your most important files are safe. We’ve tested, used, and researched the most popular services and recommend Backblaze for most people. It’s the easiest to set up and use, and it’s also the most affordable.

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Backblaze is our recommended cloud backup service for most people. However, it wasn’t an easy pick.

Backblaze and CrashPlan are both best-of-breed cloud backup services. They both offer more or less the same service for nearly the same price.

What we like best about Backblaze compared to CrashPlan is:

  • How easy and straightforward it is to get Backblaze set up.
  • Backblaze is just a little bit cheaper.
  • The Backblaze app is easier to understand.
  • Backblaze is, generally, less resource-intensive when running.

CrashPlan is slightly more expensive (by just a dollar or so per month) and also slightly more fiddly to get set up. However, CrashPlan offers several features that Backblaze does not. For one, CrashPlan lets you back up your Network Attached Storage drives. They also don’t remove any data that you’ve backed up. If you have a lot of data stored on USB or network drives, you may want to consider CrashPlan instead.

Backblaze, on the other hand, only keeps a 30-day window of your files. This means that if you delete a document from your computer, Backblaze will mirror that change and in 30 days the file will also be removed from your cloud backup.

In short, we recommend Backblaze because we think everyone with a computer should have an off-site backup and Backblaze is not only the easiest to set up and use, it’s also the least expensive.

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The Sweet Setup then proceeds to do a feature-by-feature comparison of Backblaze and CrashPlan, with multiple screen shots and detailed how-to-do-it info.  Read it all here.

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Inky

 

Inky saves you time by organizing all your email accounts into one simple interface. All your messages are categorized into smart views and sorted by relevance. As soon as you sign in for the first time, Inky goes to work figuring out what each message is about and determining how meaningful it is to you. Inky’s unique features help you separate the important mail from all the clutter. Inky is customizable and can sort and filter by all the usual criteria as well.

Whether you have one account or five, Inky provides a new, refreshingly simple interface to check all your mail. From one click unsubscribe to package tracking, Inky’s smart tools help you get things done and get on with your life.

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LinkedIn surpasses 300M members, announces its “mobile moment” — Tech News and Analysis

 

On Friday, social network and recruiting site LinkedIn announced via blog post that it had officially surpassed 300 million members, with 100 million members based in the U.S. alone. Acquiring roughly 100 million users since January 2013, the company noted that much of the growth in traffic has come from two areas: internationally and on mobile. LinkedIn stressed that it was on the verge of its “mobile moment,” meaning that sometime in 2014, mobile use will actually surpass desktop traffic.

Read GIGAOM report here.

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Four excellent Dropbox alternatives for your small-business storage needs | PCWorld

 

Condoleeza Rice notwithstanding, you may still want to consider alternatives to DropBox:

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal

@geeklil

“…But while Dropbox and other popular cloud-storage providers are adequate for the average consumer, most services don’t meet small-business needs for security, affordability, real-time collaboration, and lots of file storage. Here are some Dropbox alternatives that do. Like Dropbox, each offers an easy-to-use interface, 2GB of free storage, and drag-and-drop syncing, and any are guaranteed to be a boon to your business…”

See four alternatives here.

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Heartbleed: What Lawyers and Law Firms Need to Know-Lawyerist-Aaron Street

 

Aaron Street is the co-founder and Publisher of the law practice blog Lawyerist and its law firm website design business Lawyerist Sites. He works as a Program Attorney for the Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (Minnesota CLE), where he helps develop continuing education programs and manages Minnesota CLE’s New Lawyer Initiative.

“…Yesterday, partially in response to news about the “Heartbleed” computer exploit, Sam wrote a post about the importance of lawyers understanding how the internet works. Given all the media buzz about Heartbleed, I thought it might be useful for lawyers and law firms to understand what it really means for them, without either too much techno-jargon or over-use of dumbed-down metaphor.

Read Aaron’s complete article here.

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“Encryption: Enabling Basic Client File Security”

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Nuance Power PDF Advanced – Better Than Adobe Acrobat?

 

Ernie Sevenson, a/k/a “Ernie the Attorney”, literally wrote the book (and the blog) on Acrobat and PDF for lawyers.:

Ernie’s reviews  Nuance Power PDF Advanced software (currently only available for Windows computers), which retails for $149. At one-third the price of Acrobat, many lawyers should be paying close attention to Power PDF. Read Ernie’s complete review on Lawyerist.

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JURIST – Legal News & Commentary

Jurist has a new, slick, clean, uncluttered look for their website.

If you’ve never accessed Jurist:
JURIST (http://jurist.org) is a web-based legal news and real-time legal research service powered by a mostly-volunteer team of over 60 part-time law student reporters, editors and Web developers led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

JURIST is produced as a public service for the continuing legal education of its readers and law student staffers, and uses the latest Internet technology to track important legal news stories and materials and present them rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.

 
Check out their Twitter feed as well:   https://twitter.com/JURISTnews

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