Apple Sued for Choosing Not to ‘Lock-Out’ iPhones Behind the Wheel to Prevent Texting and Driving – Mac Rumors

California resident Julio Ceja is seeking a class action lawsuit against Apple, accusing the company of placing profit before consumer safety by choosing not to implement a lock-out mechanism that would disable an iPhone’s functionality when being used behind the wheel by an engaged driver. 

Ceja demands that Apple halt the sale of all iPhones in California until a lock-out mechanism is implemented. He also demands that Apple release a software update that adds a lock-out mechanism to all iPhones already in the hands of consumers. He is not seeking further damages beyond legal fees and costs. 

The complaint, filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, asserts that Apple’s willful decision not to implement a lock-out mechanism on iPhones, chiefly to prevent texting and driving, constitutes “unfair business acts and practices” under California’s Unfair Competition Law. A jury trial has been demanded. 

Read more:  http://www.macrumors.com/2017/01/18/california-iphone-distracted-driving-lawsuit/

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Opera Neon – The future of web browsers? | Lawyerist.com

Try Opera’s Concept Browser, Neon

If you remember, when Chrome came out, it made popular all sorts of things that have since become common on all browsers. But many of those ideas were probably inspired by the Opera browser, which has long been one of the most innovative browsers out there.

So if you live on the internet, Opera’s new concept browser, Neon, is pretty crazy/cool, and you should definitely try it out.

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Ava for Professionals

 

Ava is a mobile application that provides real time captions to empower deaf and hard of hearing people to participate better in conversations. It connects people’s smartphones to each other, and captures the audio from a conversation, to translate all the speech into text. This way, a deaf or hard of hearing person can follow exactly who is saying what. 

Above is a video that shows you what this can look like:

In a group conversation, each smartphone with Ava is turned into a smart microphone for each person. Ava captions what people says in less than a second. Always looking at the best for your clients? Offer them the forefront of accessibility: many mobile ears and an artificial intelligence to complement hearing aids.

How does Ava works for group conversations.

Hearing aids, lip-reading or other assistive listening devices are not always enough for your deaf/hard-of-hearing clients to follow conversations. Restaurants, group conversations, spending time with friends, these are all situations that are challenging because. Not anymore – these situations are exactly what Ava has been designed for.

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Ava is a mobile app that everyone (coworkers, family members, friends) download on their smartphone. By connecting each other via the app, every smartphone becomes a microphone, and Ava captions what the group says on the deaf/hard-of-hearing person phone. They can then answer by either talking, or if they have a “Deaf” voice, typing. Ava can even voice the deaf person’s answer.

Ava is free, try and see for yourself: click here to download the app.

Hiya: Filter Spam Calls — Katie Floyd

Recently I’ve been receiving more and more spam phone calls. With iOS 10 Apple allowed developers to create extensions that would interface with the Phone.app and allow incoming calls to be checked against a database of suspected spammers.

Out of desperation, I’ve tried a few of these Apps claiming to screen or block suspected spam callers as they’ve popped up in the App store. Thus far the only one I’ve found that has worked somewhat reliably is Hiya. (Glenn Fleishman writing for Macworld has a more extensive review)

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The Basics of a Lawyer’s Smartphone

By Jim Calloway

At the OBA Annual Meeting, during a discussion about smartphones, an attendee pulled out an old-style flip phone and smiled at us. This happens a lot, although not nearly with the frequency it did several years ago. Sometimes the lawyer is a bit sheepish about still having an old flip phone and other times they are quite proud of it, having avoided what they view as the additional complexity and expense of operating a smartphone.

I am not judging anyone for their phone. Even the most fervent users of smartphones would agree that they are a mixed blessing. Even carrying a flip phone still means that most serene weekend afternoon or private moment can be interrupted by a call. It is a part of life today. And flip phones do have the advantage of never having a reported episode of bursting into flame.

The idea of individuals carrying a device that is a phone and a powerful computing device connected to the internet is not going to go away. I used to do seminars about apps for lawyers’ mobile devices, but now it is easy to do a quick search for any function and find articles comparing and contrasting various mobile apps.

 

A challenging thing about technology, however, is knowing what you don’t know.

 

So let’s cover a few things lawyers can do with their smartphones today.

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iOS 10.2 is here with new emojis, a TV app, Photo updates and more – CNET

Apple released iOS 10.2 new features and bug fixes for your iPhone. It’s a big midyear update that includes news emojis, a TV app and much more. Here’s everything the update includes.

Editors’ note: This post originally rounded up features included in iOS 10.2 beta. At least one of the beta features — emergency SOS — was excluded from the public release. 

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email app for iPhone iPad and Mac | Spark

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Spark, a mobile and web-based application, is designed to add ease and organization to emailing. The app sorts emails into categories for easy browsing and allows users to quickly search their emails with user-friendly language (e.g. “email from Amina last week”). Another feature of Spark is the ability to “snooze” emails and reply to them at a later time. This email app boasts a sleek interface and is integrated with a number of other organizational and collaborative tools, such as Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Drive. Currently, Spark is only available for Apple devices.

IMAP based email only.  Not available for POP.

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