Google Translate

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If I’d thought about it, I would have realized that Google Translate had to exist. It does exactly what you’d expect from an online translator: type in a phrase and it can be translated into another language; type in a web address and it will present the entire page translated into another language. […] continued

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Law Office Case Management In The Cloud

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Previously:
The Sad State Of Law Office Software

I’m going to work up to specific products, but let’s start with the concept of storing valuable, confidential data in the cloud, on servers run by some big company.

As a lawyer in a small firm, think of the scariest example you can imagine – say, your highly sensitive letter to a client outlining the risks in your litigation strategy, or notes on the phone conversation with a client where she confessed to killing Colonel Mustard in the library with a candlestick. […] continued

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GMAIL LICENSE AGREEMENT

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Wayne Small, an Australian SBS consultant, took a look at Google’s license agreement recently and wrote up a nice reminder that big companies do not make any pretense of playing nicely with your information.

Google Terms of Service cover all of Google’s services, including Gmail. There are some provisions that shouldn’t be surprising – for example, that Google can turn services off without warning or notice, with no consequences. […] continued

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Office Web Apps

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Microsoft has introduced Office Web Apps, free online versions of Office programs that can be used entirely inside a web browser. Visit http://office.live.com to take a look at technology that will change our world.

That sounds breathless and exciting, right? It’s not hyperbole. You are living through a long-term shift away from dependence on individual computers and toward shared resources that live online and can be accessed from any of our devices, big and small. […] continued

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Dropbox, Androids, And Security

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Previously:
Sync Files With Dropbox
Dropbox for iPad, Android

Almost everyone should take a look at Dropbox, the service that syncs folders and files among your computers and mobile devices. If you have more than one computer (home/office/notebook) and you haven’t started using it yet, then go read about it and get started! […] continued

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Try A Google Docs Demo

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I want you to take a look at a demo of Google Docs. It’s a fast way to be introduced to the concept of editing and storing documents online.

When I look in my crystal ball, my prediction has changed from last year. It now looks likely that small businesses and small law firms will not be storing any significant quantities of documents online in the near future. […] continued

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The Evolution Of Email

emailiconIt’s rare now to find traditional POP3 email accounts, where messages are downloaded to a single computer and are only accessible at that computer. We move between different computers freely (home/work/laptop/netbook) and want our mail to be available on all of them. We are buying smartphones in staggering numbers and getting our email on the phone is a big part of the reason. […] continued

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MORE MOBILE LOCATION TRICKS

androidyelpWhile we’re talking about smartphones, I should mention another way that your phone can use its knowledge of your location to do something interesting.

Google added an unassuming link named “Near Me Now” on the Google search page on iPhones and Android phones. Click it and you’ll get a short list of categories – Restaurants, ATMS and banks, Shopping, Lodging, and more. […] continued

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Visual Search With Google Goggles

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As I said last month, each of you might find one or two apps for a smartphone that get you all excited – the apps that you show people to demonstrate how cool your new phone is.

I found mine. Google Goggles amazes me. If you’ve got an Android phone, you’ve got to check this out. […] continued

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UPDATED GOOGLE SEARCH PAGES

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Google has officially rolled out an update to its search result pages, a three column design that provides search options on the left to help refine and redirect your searches. Spend a few minutes learning about the new features – this is the basic tool that shapes much of your online experience, every day. […] continued

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Dropbox For iPad, Android

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Dropbox has become an indispensable part of my toolbox. It’s the free service that syncs files between different computers, so that files in the “My Dropbox” folder appear on all the computers running the software linked to your account. Edit a file on your home computer, save it in My Dropbox, and the edited version will be on your office computer in the morning. […] continued

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GOOGLE EARTH IN GOOGLE MAPS

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Google just gave us a lovely treat. The insanely useful Google Maps has a new “Earth” button in the upper right corner that displays your map using the full power of Google Earth. That means 3D imagery, angled views, 3D buildings, panning and zooming, all delivered inside a web browser window. […] continued

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Verizon – HTC Droid Incredible Confirmed

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Click here to go to the official Verizon page for the newly-renamed “Droid Incredible.” Click the phone images above for a high-resolution look at the phone. Click here for the background about why this looks like the best alternative to the iPhone for the foreseeable future.

The specs are way ahead of any other phone on the market – the newest version of Android, an updated Sense UI, an 8 megapixel camera, fast processor, 3.7 inch 800×480 screen, 8Gb of built-in storage, 802.11b/g/n wireless, and more. […] continued

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TEMPTED BY SMARTPHONES

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Here are a few sentences that stuck in my head about how the iPhone’s App Store helps convince some people that they want a smartphone.

“[Y]ou might think 1,000 apps should be plenty to fit everyone’s needs, but then you misunderstand how the iPhone’s App Store contributes to Apple’s success. In short, 100,000 apps is a really, really long tail, and in that tail everyone can find one or two goofy, niche apps that they really like.

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SMARTPHONE UPDATE

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These are the first looks at screens from the HTC Incredible, a Verizon phone that will go on sale at Verizon stores and Best Buy on April 29. Verizon has not acknowledged the existence of the phone or made any official announcement about its release but the most active forum thread about the new phone has people reporting every conversation with a loose-lipped Verizon employee, every blurry photo of an inventory sheet, every mockup of an advertisement – more than 25,000 forum messages in the last few weeks. […] continued

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