Siri, Alexa and Other Virtual Assistants Put to the Test – The New York Times

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By  BRIAN X. CHEN JAN. 27, 2016

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All the so-called Frightful Five tech behemoths — Apple, Microsoft, AmazonFacebook and Google, now part of Alphabet — now offer virtual assistants, which handle tedious tasks in response to voice commands or keystrokes, on various devices. Apple‘s Siri is the best known, having been available since 2011, but Microsoft now has CortanaFacebook is testing one called M, and Google builds its voice assistant into its search apps.

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Email Hacking On The Rise: What’s A Lawyer To Do? – MyCase Blog

Email Hacking On The Rise: What’s A Lawyer To Do? – MyCase Blog

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Last week the ABA Journal reported on a new hacker scheme that targets lawyers’ confidential client emails. It’s a new type of fraud aimed at lawyers where the hackers intercept emails between real estate attorneys and their clients and then use the information obtained from the emails to steal closing funds.

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Hackers use the information they steal for so-called spear phishing–mimicking the real email addresses of buyers, sellers, counsel and real estate companies, they send email directing those involved in real estate closings to transmit funds to bank accounts controlled by the hackers.

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Read entire article by Nicole Black click here.

Review: Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro | iLounge

iLounge‘s PHIL DZIKIY @PHILDZIKIY sums up his review of the Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro:

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When looking at Apple’s Smart Keyboard as a total package, it hits the mark in a number of ways: fit, stand/cover versatility, materials, and design are all top-rate. But if you don’t actually enjoy the experience of typing, these attributes seem decidedly minor. Not to mention that $169 is no small sum for such an accessory. When choosing between the only two Smart Connector keyboard options right now, Logitech’s Create is bulkier and less elegant, but it also offers a better typing experience — with bouncy, backlit keys — at a slightly lower price. One of our editors compared his brief experience with Smart Keyboard to the keys found in Apple’s 12″ MacBook — if you don’t mind those MacBook keys, you’ll probably be OK with Smart Keyboard.

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For the complete review and photos click here.

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Albany Police Dept.–Video Training On Jan. 14th, 2016

Jan 11, 2016 1:23 PM

Stephanie A. Bugos

Dear Albany-area GP Section members:

The Albany Police Department has notified NYSBA of a video training that they are offering this week. The purpose of the training is to instruct attorneys on how to access and view in-car video evidence supplied by the Albany Police Department.

The training will be held on Thursday, January 14th at Albany Police Headquarters, 165 Henry Johnson Boulevard. Those who are interested may attend either a session from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Those who are interested should RSVP to videotraining@albany-ny.org with their name and preferred time of attendance.

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Also, don’t forget to register for the GP Section Annual Meeting program! January 26th in NYC – Details and registration are available here.

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Stephanie Bugos

New York State Bar Association

Albany NY

(518) 463-3200

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Sui Generis–a New York law blog: 2015 Holiday Gift Guide For Lawyers

Nicole Black is a Rochester, New York attorney and the Legal Technology Evangelist at MyCase, intuitive web-based law practice management software for the modern law firm. She is also the author of the ABA book Cloud Computing for Lawyers, co-authors the ABA book Social Media for Lawyers: the Next Frontier, and co-authors Criminal Law in New York, a West-Thomson treatise. She is the founder of lawtechTalk.com and speaks regularly at conferences regarding the intersection of law and technology. She publishes four legal blogs and can be reached at niki@mycase.com.

Now that Thanksgiving is a thing of the past, you know what that means. It’s time to start buying holiday gifts! Here are some ideas for the lawyers in your life.

Laws Struggle to Keep Up as Hoverboards’ Popularity Soars – The New York Times

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By LAURA M. HOLSONNOV. 25, 2015

Self-balancing motorized boards have many names: hoverboards, Swagways, self-balancing scooters and, among the Star Trek crowd, personal transporters. But whatever they are called, they now have parents, lawmakers and others struggling to figure out how safe they are and how to regulate them because in most places the rules have not caught up with the new technology.

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BY JEN CARLSON IN ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ON NOV 19, 2015 4:38 PM

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See also:  A Civil Liberties Lawyer Explains Why “Hoverboards” Are Illegal In NYC: Gothamist

http://gothamist.com/2015/11/19/hoverboard_overboard.php

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Alcohol Detection Systems For Alcohol Prevention | Soberlink

Soberlink innovates and develops technology designed for monitoring alcohol use. The Soberlink System promotes accountability and connectivity through real-time mobile testing and alerts.

Soberlink, along with the Web Portal Sober Sky, is currently used in Family Law to help parents manage sobriety and in other settings where monitoring is beneficial.

Soberlink is the innovator of the first truly mobile handheld alcohol monitoring solution. The Soberlink Cellular is a patented, discreet cellular device that transmits breath alcohol tests directly from the Soberlink Cellular Breathalyzer to Soberlink’s monitoring website. The Soberlink Cellular has a proven track record in Criminal Justice and Family Law with a presence in all 50 states and Canada. ($499.00)

The Soberlink Bluetooth smartphone breathalyzer offers the convenience of submitting breath alcohol tests through an iPhone or iPad‘s existing Wi-Fi or cell connection. Soberlink Bluetooth’s versatility allows for mobile alcohol monitoring from virtually anywhere in the world.($299.00)

For more information, click here.

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