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25 Truly Hidden iPhone Features Plus 61 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, February 1, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 62 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

Why Mechanical Keyboards Are Great

Four Password Managers Compared

Review: Dell XPS 15

Best Home Theater in a Box

Congratulations to Zach Epstein of BGR on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: 25 Truly Hidden iPhone Features

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The Best Laptops You Can Buy Right Now Plus 44 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, October 19, 2015

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 45 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

It's Time for Microsoft to Reboot Office

Meet Dropbox Paper

The Best Portable Hard Drive

Tesla's New Autopilot Mode (Video)

Congratulations to Lisa Eadicicco of Business Insider on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: The Best Laptops You Can Buy Right Now

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Reviews of MacBook Air, MacLocks, Duet Display; Apple Watch v. iPhone; Dragon v. Transcription; WordPerfect Loyalty

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, August 24, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

David Beck, Review: MacBook Air, MacLocks Lock, Duet Display

Neil Squillante, Why the Apple Watch Is Not Just a Small iPhone Plus Leather Loop Review

Thomas Sennett, Dragon Versus Dictation + Transcription

Tommy Lee, The One Reason I Use WordPerfect

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Top 10 Movies Involving Computers; Write-Offs; Young Lawyers and Technology; Acrobat DC and WordPerfect Copy Protection

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, July 10, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Top 10 Movies Involving Computers

John Ahern, How to Handle Write-Offs

Ken Laska, Six Reasons Young Lawyers Don't Dig Technology

Bobby Abrams, WordPerfect X7's Copy Protection Part 2

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Newly Essential Legal Technology; Apple Watch Musings; Apple Watch Step Tracking and Heart Rate Monitoring Myths Busted

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, June 26, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Michael Schwartz, Technology That Has Recently Become Essential for Law Practice

Kalani Patterson, Apple Watch Musings From a Techie and Watch Fan

Neil Squillante, A Deeper Dive Into the Apple Watch's Step Tracking and Heart Rate Monitoring

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Apple Watch Step Tracking; Online Banking Security Tips; ActiveWords v. Stock Windows, Word, and Internet Explorer

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, June 12, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Apple Watch: Step Tracking

Tom Trottier, Online Banking Security Tips

Nicholas Bettinger, ActiveWords v. Stock Windows, Word, and Internet Explorer

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Best iPhone Weather Apps Plus 63 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 64 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

What Is Two-Factor Authentication?

Best iPhone Apps for Lawyers

Two Lawyers Discuss Apple Watch (Podcast)

Comparative Review of 22 Fitness Bands

Congratulations to Allyson Kazmucha of iMore on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Best iPhone Weather Apps

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How to Spend $25 Million on Document Management Software Plus 62 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 63 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

10 Tips for Better Slide Decks (Video)

Review: Hours

Lawyer John Voorhees' Sweet Setup

One Month Living on Soylent

Congratulations to Erik Mazzone of Law Practice Matters on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: How to Spend $25 Million on Document Management Software

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Overcast: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Friday, July 18, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers an app for managing and listening to podcasts on the iPhone with playback technologies that shorten their duration (see article below), an iPhone app for contemporaneous time-tracking, an iPhone app for analyzing your website, and an Android, iOS, and Windows Phone app for referencing information published by Microsoft about its products. Don't miss the next issue.

LISTEN FASTER WITHOUT MISSING ANYTHING

Here you are now in the 20th year of the post-Cobain era. Do you really want to hear Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for the thousandth time? Or a radio advertisement for a lawyer? Leave your overplayed playlists and radio stations behind for podcasts, which are free, contain few to no advertisements, and include both big media programming such as Bloomberg Law as well as notable indie phenoms such as Legal Talk Network. All you need is a podcast app.

Overcast … in One Sentence

Launched this week, Overcast is an iPhone app for finding, subscribing to, managing, and listening to podcasts.

The Killer Feature

Many podcast apps exist (including one by Apple called Podcasts), all of which enable you to play episodes at a faster speed to save time. This seems like a good idea, but in practice probably only works well for John Moschitta.

Taking a different approach, Overcast features a technology called Smart Speed, which eliminates silent gaps in podcasts. Also, you can ratchet up the speed in very small increments such as 1.1x to prevent podcasts from sounding like, well, John Moschitta. Overcast tracks and displays the time you save versus listening in realtime.

Other Notable Features

Overcast has a built-in podcasts directory that should eventually mirror iTunes given its high profile creator Marco Arment of Tumblr, Instapaper, and Accidental Tech Podcast fame. The app also provides editorial picks in various categories to help get you started. If you can't find a podcast, you can manually enter its RSS feed. Overcast can also import podcasts from other apps.

Once you subscribe to a podcast, you can choose how many unplayed episodes to keep, whether to receive notifications of new episodes, and whether to use Smart Speed (see above) and/or Voice Boost. The latter equalizes volume across podcasts.

The playback screen has play, skip back, and skip forward buttons (you can adjust the time interval for each in the app's system-wide settings), and also provides access to show notes with a swipe gesture on the podcast's cover art.

Overcast enables you to create customized playlists to organize the podcasts to which you subscribe. Various settings exist such as whether to play newest to oldest or vice versa.

What Else Should You Know?

Overcast offers a sync service that will become more useful when the iPad version ships. The app doesn't support video podcasts. Overcast is free but the marquee features such as Smart Speed, Voice Boost and the ability to download episodes using cellular data sell as a $4.99 in-app purchase bundle. Learn more about Overcast.

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Five Steps for Optimizing iTunes Match and iTunes Radio Plus Review of Ooma Office

By Neil J. Squillante | Saturday, March 8, 2014

Originally published on November 26, 2013 in our free SmallLaw newsletter. Instead of reading SmallLaw here after the fact, sign up now to receive future issues in realtime.

Thanks to iTunes Radio, you can flood your office with a custom radio station. An iTunes Match subscription will eliminate the commercials and make your music collection available from the cloud. However, if you have a lot of music ripped from CDs or from online sources other than iTunes, follow the steps in this issue of SmallLaw first to maximize matches and minimize uploads. It's the perfect weekend project. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week (newsletter only) for a for a review of business-class VoIP telephone system Ooma Office.

FIVE STEPS FOR OPTIMIZING ITUNES MATCH AND ITUNES RADIO

iOS 7, while still buggy despite several updates, has a mind boggling number of new features, including iTunes Radio — a hidden productivity tool as it can make tedious tasks that don't require much thought more tolerable. It also works in iTunes 11 if you don't have an iOS device.

Like Pandora, iTunes Radio enables you to create your own radio stations based on an artist, song, genre, etc. Unlike Pandora, iTunes Radio has access to more music and features new album previews (search for "First Play") thanks to Apple's iTunes Store.

Initially, I liked the commercials in iTunes Radio because of their relevance — mostly promotions for new albums. As publisher of TechnoLawyer, I feel especially strongly about advertising relevance. Apparently, Apple doesn't because those music-related commercials quickly vanished and were replaced by the usual mass market suspects such as cars and fast food.

So I decided to invest in iTunes Match, which costs $24.99 per year. In addition to eliminating commercials from iTunes Radio, iTunes Match makes your iTunes library available for streaming from up to 10 PCs, Macs, and iOS devices.

If you bought your entire music collection from iTunes, you can flip the iTunes Match switch without any worries.

However, if you have music ripped from CDs or obtained from stores and sources other than iTunes (such as Napster circa 1999), it pays to clean up your library first for two reasons.

First, when a match exists between your library and the iTunes Store you need not upload that song. The more songs that match, the faster you'll get up and running.

Second, many classic albums have been remastered. If you have the lousy sounding version from the early days of CDs, you can delete it after iTunes Match matches your library. Then you can download the better sounding remaster at no charge. This can save you boatloads of money, especially since you can keep the remasters even if you unsubscribe from iTunes Match.

In this issue of SmallLaw, I'll explain how to prepare your iTunes library for iTunes Match. It may seem like a lot of work, but on average it takes less than one minute per album. Before you begin, make sure iTunes' Sidebar is showing (you can find this setting under the View menu).

1. Collect Your Non-iTunes Store Songs

In iTunes, create a smart playlist that will collect your music ripped from CDs or purchased elsewhere. Filter by "Kind" (file type). To keep it simple, process one file type at a time. If you're comfortable with Boolean logic, you can collect every file type. For example:

"Kind Contains MP3" OR "Kind Contains WAV" OR "Kind Contains Apple Lossless"

This article explains how to create complex Boolean expressions like the above.

If you're not sure which file types you have in your library, click Music in the Sidebar, click Songs, click the View menu, select Show View Options, and check the Kind box. A Kind menu will then appear. Click on Kind to sort by file type and write down all file types other than Purchased AAC Audio File and Protected AAC Audio File.

2. Create Your Task Playlist

Once you have your smart playlist set up, select all songs, right click, and choose Get Info. In the Comments field, enter something like "Cleanup."

Then right click on the playlist itself and add a new condition — "Comment Contains Cleanup"

Organize the playlist by album. Finally, under the View submenu on the right side, select Grid. This visual organization by album works best even if your albums are partial and not complete.

3. Verify Matches

Click on the first album. You'll see the songs below. To the right of the album name, you'll see an arrow inside a circle. Click that and select "Show in iTunes Store." If the exact same album shows up in the iTunes Store, you've got a match! Proceed to the next step.

If there's no match, search iTunes to find the album. If it's in iTunes, it probably has a slightly different album title. Go back to your playlist, select all the songs, right click, and choose Get Info. Change the title of the album to match the name in the iTunes Store. If Album Artist is blank, it can't hurt to fill that in too.

Now repeat the beginning of this step to see if you can go directly to the album in the iTunes Store. If so, proceed to the next step.

If you still don't get a match, the album is probably a compilation. You'll need to look more carefully at the version in the iTunes Store. For example, I had to change the artist for "Concert for Bangladesh" to George Harrison for every song even though some of the songs were sung by others. After making this change, I got a match.

If you get a match but the album title in the store says "(Remastered)" and yours doesn't, add this to your album title to be safe in case Apple someday tightens its matching algorithm. Also, you may want to jot down these albums so that you can later replace them with the newer remastered version as explained above.

4. Ensure That Album Artwork Will Work

Now you need to make sure you have album artwork for all the songs on the album. If you obviously have none, right click the first song, and select "Get Album Artwork."

Even if it looks like you've got album artwork you probably don't for all songs because of a longstanding flaw in iTunes. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Right click on the first track, select Get Info, click on the Artwork tab, and copy the album artwork to your clipboard. Now select all the songs in the album, Get Info, and paste the artwork into the Artwork box on the right side. iTunes will embed the actual album image into each song file instead of relying on its smart association technology, which has never worked reliably for songs not purchased from iTunes.

5. Cull Your Task Playlist

Once again select all the songs in the album. Delete "Cleanup" from the Comments field. The album will then disappear from the smart playlist. Proceed to the next album and repeat the above process.

Happy Listening

When you finish processing all the albums in the smart playlist, you can subscribe to iTunes Match and experience it as Apple intended with minimal uploading thanks to all the matches.

One last warning — iTunes Radio may dent your wallet. After not buying any music in months, I've bought several new songs (discovery) as well as several old songs that I haven't heard in years (rediscovery).

Neil J. Squillante is the publisher of TechnoLawyer.

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