Google Adds User Account Menu to Chrome Canary-TNW Blog

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Google Chrome has supported multiple user accounts for years now, but the options to add and manage them have been buried in the browser’s settings. In fact, if you actually navigate to the proper section (Hit the menu button, choose Settings, and scroll down to “Users”) and add a few users, you can’t actually switch between them from there.

Google is toying with a complete revamp of the user account system in its browser, clearly borrowing a lot from Chrome OS.

Read the entire article and check out the illustrations here.

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Lawyers Won’t Lose Clients to DIY Legal Services=Lawyerist

Sam Glover:

Currently, consumers can pick from a range of options for do-it-yourself legal services. You can get a divorce at OfficeMax, a will from Amazon, and dissolve a partnership with LegalZoom. Those are just a few examples, of course. There are hundreds of DIY legal documents available online and offline.

People who want to do their own legal work are, naturally, not likely to hire a lawyer in the first place. And people who hire lawyers do not want to do their own legal work.

Read Sam’s entire piece and find out why he thinks “…now is not the time to panic…”.

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OfficeSuite Professional (Mobile Office + PDF) on the App Store on iTunes

 

 OfficeSuite Pro for FREE!

Thanks, Randy!!

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Google Docs Now Converts Word’s Tracked Changes To Suggested Edits–Ubergizmo

Google is hoping to lure more users of Microsoft Word onto their platform. They have recently made some changes to Google Docs that will basically convert Word’s tracked changes into Suggested Edits.

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While you no longer have to convert Microsoft Word files to Docs (thanks to the recent Quickoffice integrations), if you do, any tracked changes in a .docx file will be automatically carried over to Docs as Suggested Edits. Once you’ve imported your changes, you can begin immediately collaborating with your colleagues in real-time. 

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Read more here on Ubergizmo.

 

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How-to: Use Spotlight and Smart Folders to search for anything on your Mac | 9to5Mac

 

In OS X, Spotlight is an effective way to search your entire hard drive for a file or folder, email, or any other file. There are many other things Spotlight can do, and searching for files is just one of them. Spotlight is also capable of looking up dictionary definitions, launching apps, performing calculations, previewing audio, video, documents, and other files. This article will outline some of the benefits of using Spotlight and how to use Smart Folders, which allow you to search for a file even if you don’t know its name.

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Read entire article with helpful “how-to” search tips.

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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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