Paralegal robot reviews patent documents

BY STEPHEN RYNKIEWICZ–ABA Journal
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TurboPatent Corp. on June 28 launched artificial-intelligence products that compare patent claims with past applications to make predictions about patent eligibility.
The patent drafting software, dubbed RoboReview, automates paralegal work, bringing more rigor to the task of researching prior art and potentially saving thousands of dollars on a filing. It’s sold as a subscription product on an unlimited or per-use basis.

“Typically this review is done by humans doing multiple searches,” says James Billmaier, TurboPatent’s chief executive officer. “Very seasoned attorneys are amazed at things the machine finds that they miss in these very technically written documents.”

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Adobe to kill off Flash by 2020 | TheHill

BY JOE UCHILL

Adobe announced it would end support for the multimedia plug-in Flash by the end of 2020.

“Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats,” the company wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

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A New Kind of Instant Messaging

Whether it’s corporations or governments, digital surveillance today is widespread. Toxis easy-to-use software that connects you with friends and family without anyone else listening in. While other big-name services require you to pay for features, Tox is completely free and comes without advertising — forever.
Everything you do with Tox is encrypted using open-source libraries. The only people who can see your conversations are the people you’re talking with.

Life hack: how to best arrange your iPhone apps, one icon at a time | Technology | The Guardian

In the 10 years since the iPhone launched, I’ve never really settled on a way to arrange my home screen that I actually like. Folders seem clunky but no folders leaves me with too many things multiple swipes away. Organising by what I use most leaves me with the rarely but rapidly needed apps buried, while organising by speed of access leaves me tapping through multiple times a day.

And then there’s aesthetics. Some apps simply don’t deserve to be on my first home screen no matter how much I use them. Mostly games. Game designers can’t make an attractive icon for the life of them, it seems.

I was trapped on the horns of dilemma. So for the past couple of years, I’ve abdicated all responsibility for the decision making, and instead instituted A System: every time I tap on an app to open it, I move it one square closer to the front.

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This tool can block ransomware on Mac OS X, for now | PCWorld

By Lucian Constantin

A security researcher has created a free security tool that can detect attempts by ransomware programs to encrypt files on users’ Macs and then block them before they do a lot of damage.

Called RansomWhere?, the application is the creation of Patrick Wardle, director of research and development at security firm Synack. It’s meant to detect and block the encryption of files by untrusted processes.

The tool monitors users’ home directories and detects when encrypted files are rapidly created inside them–a telltale sign of ransomware activity.

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Now Comes Another Keyboard Designed Just for Lawyers–Law Sites

by Robert Ambrogi

Earlier this year, I wrote about the LegalBoard, a computer keyboard designed specifically for lawyers. Little did I know what that post would provoke. As I later wrote on Above the Law, never in my 14 years of blogging had I seen the legal world react to a new product as it did to the LegalBoard.

Well, hold on to your seats, because now there is another one, called Citepad. This one, however, is not a piece of hardware, but rather is software. And, for now, it works only on Macs, although versions are in development for Windows and iPads.

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Citepad will sell for $49.99 regularly, with a limited-time special introductory price of $39.99. You can get a free trial or purchase it here.

Read Robert Ambrogi’s complete review here…

60 Tips in 60 Minutes focuses on increasing productivity for work and life–ABA Journal

BY VICTOR LI

The always-popular ABA Techshow closing session, 60 in 60, has taken on several iterations over the years: websites (“60 Sites in 60 Minutes”), general tech tips (“60 Tips in 60 Minutes”) and a hodgepodge of things (“60 Tips, Tricks, Gizmos, Gadgets and Sites in 60 Minutes”).

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