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Thoughts on iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, and AirPods

By Neil J. Squillante | Friday, September 9, 2016

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Some thoughts on the Apple event.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

The most important new feature is the camera, which benefits from Apple's industry-leading mobile processors. The iPhone 7 Plus has two cameras, one of which has a zoom lens.

Also notable is water resistance for those accidental pool and toilet bowl dunks. By necessity, the home button is no longer mechanical but instead uses a taptic sensor to provide feedback. The early word is that this will take getting used to for those of us with many years of home button muscle memory. There's a lot of angst about Apple removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 (partially for waterproofing purposes), but I went wireless with headphones and headsets a few years ago. Apple will include an adapter with the iPhone along with Lightening earphones.

Finally, two new colors — jet black (glossy) and plain ole black (matte). The jet black will likely sell out fast so if you want one preorder tonight at midnight PT.

Jeff "iPhone JD" Richardson has a more in-depth take on the iPhone 7 from a lawyer's perspective.

Apple has a helpful page comparing all the current iPhone models.

Apple scooped all the media companies with its own video summarizing the event in less than two minutes.

Apple Watch Series 2

I realize the iPhone is a much more important product (hey, I led with it) but I'm personally much more excited about the new Apple Watch because of two features — GPS and water resistance down to 50 meters.

As you may recall from my series on the original Apple Watch, I'm a long distance walker. I'm not a speed walker (which looks ridiculous) but I care about speed and distance. GPS of course is far more accurate than a step counting sensor so I'm eager to get precise distance and speed measurements. Obviously, this applies to running as well. (A quick plug for Saucony's Echelon 5 if you're looking for a shoe that comfortably eats up mile after mile of concrete.)

Walking is enjoyable thanks to amazing scenery like the above photo. It also burns calories but I wouldn't describe it as exercise. By contrast, swimming offers a serious workout without much risk of injury (except for drowning). I plan to take the plunge to see if my Apple Watch can keep me motivated to get into shape.

I'll report back on both fronts very soon. Any swimming goggle/mask recommendations? When I preorder, I plan to downgrade the case from my current stainless steel to the gold aluminum. I can't justify the $200 stainless steel tax given how frequently I upgrade. (The new ceramic case looks sharp but costs $1,299.)

I'm slightly concerned about no longer having the sapphire screen as I regularly knock my watch into door frames and other objects with nary a scratch to date. The aluminum watches have a glass screen.

AirPods

The AirPods are the most intriguing product announced yesterday. They benefit from Apple's hardware-software integration, the new W1 chip in particular. For example, the AirPods will recognize any device connected to your iCloud account and let you quickly switch among them. As someone with two aging headsets (one of which died last week), this got my attention. Also cool is that you can use just one AirPod for phone calls, which don't require stereo sound.

The big question for me — how good is the microphone. I'll let you know.

CNet has a good hands on report and video.

Apple subsidiary Beats also announced some wireless headphones yesterday, which have the same W1-powered pairing technology.

Beyond the iPhone

According to technology analyst Ben Thompson of Stratechery, Apple laid the groundwork for a post-iPhone world as follows:

Future Apple Watch With Cellular + AirPods + Improved Siri = No Need for an iPhone

Read Ben's article, Beyond the iPhone.

Neil J. Squillante created TechnoLawyer and serves as its publisher.

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iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, AirPods; File Sharing Tips; Reviews of Classic Shell, PracticeMaster, Tabs3 Connect

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, September 8, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Thoughts on iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, and AirPods

Paul Pinkerton, Options for Sharing Files Between Two Computers

Mark Olberding, Review: Classic Shell for Windows 10

James Degnan, Review of PracticeMaster and Tabs3 Connect

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Nuance Hatches Three New Dragons; Reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Docking Station, ShadowProtect, Perfect Authority; Old Apps on New Laptops

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, August 25, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Nuance Hatches Three New Dragons

Keith Collins, Review Of Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Docking Station With Dual Monitors

Keith Collins, Review Of ShadowProtect

Marc Stern, Review Of Perfect Authority

Tom Trottier, Old Apps On High-Resolution Laptops

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Where Are the Legal Tech Journalists? Plus 57 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, June 20, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 58 best legal technology articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week. BlawgWorld is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Robert Ambrogi of Above the Law on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Where Are the Legal Tech Journalists?

Exterro Project Management for Law Firms

Look Smart When Presenting With PowerPoint

The Best Soundbar

A Lawyer Reviews the 9.7-Inch iPad Pro

Siri: Once a Flake, Now Key to Apple's Future

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Review of VPN Unlimited Plus 47 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, June 6, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 48 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.

Boxtop Brings Secure Virtual Workspaces to Law Firms

The Best Ergonomic Keyboard

Review: Scanner Pro

2016 Internet Trends Report

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Legal Software CEO Tests iPad Pro v. Surface Pro 4 Plus 54 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, April 25, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 55 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.

Five Uses for Private Browsing Mode (Besides Porn)

How Smartphones Have Changed Car Accidents for PI Lawyers

Smart Writing Set Lavishes Attention on the Paper, Not Just the Smart Pen

The Best Home Bluetooth Speaker

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Smart Writing Set Lavishes Attention on the Paper, Not Just the Smart Pen

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a smart pen and accompanying app that captures the notes you take in a tablet-shaped paper notebook (see article below), a case management app for litigators, a folding Bluetooth portable keyboard, and a task management app. Don't miss the next issue.

Digital note-taking takes three forms — writing on paper and then scanning what you write, writing on a tablet using a stylus, and writing on paper using a smart pen that captures what you write. Technology companies have dominated all three types, but the latter seems ripe for participation by companies renowned for their paper notebooks.

Smart Writing Set … in One Sentence

Launched earlier this month, Moleskine's Smart Writing Set consists of a smart pen, special Moleskine notebook, and a mobile app.

The Killer Feature

Moleskine calls its paper notebook the Paper Tablet not because it's a tablet, but because it's about the same size and shape as a tablet, including rounded corners. The Paper Tablet consists of 176 pages of thick paper. You can write on both sides. An email symbol at the top of each page enables you to email that page to someone with a tap of the smart pen (you then need to use your Android or iOS device to finish sending the message).

Other Notable Features

Called the Moleskine Pen+, the smart pen is made by Neo, the company behind the N2 smart pen. A camera on the Pen+ captures what you write. This eliminates the need for a transmitter that competing products use. The paper in the Paper Tablet contains small dots that enable the Pen+ to identify its location on the page.

The Pen+ stores up to 1,000 pages of notes for offline use. Whether live or after the fact, your notes eventually end up in the free Moleskine Notes app for iOS (Android version coming soon). The app's built-in OCR makes your notes searchable.

The app automatically tags notes by date, location, and page. You can apply custom tags such as a client/matter name, and then view a list of all notes with that tag. An optional recording feature enables you to playback your notes along with the audio.

What Else Should You Know?

Moleskine Notes syncs with Evernote and Google Drive. You can export notes in PDF, JPG, PNG, or SVG formats. The Smart Writing Set costs $199, including one Paper Tablet and one Pen+. Additional Paper Tablets cost $29.95 each. Learn more about Smart Writing Set.

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Eight Time Matters Alternatives Plus Reflections on One Year With the Apple Watch

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, April 18, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Jim Zadeh, Why We're "Sticking" With Time Matters

Mary Bellusci, Moving From Time Matters to Needles

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Neil Squillante, Reflections on My First Year With the Apple Watch

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Digital WarRoom Private Cloud Seeks to Disrupt Ediscovery Software on Price

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, March 3, 2016

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers ediscovery software priced to disrupt the marketplace (see article below), a Bluetooth pen that captures handwritten notes, an iOS audio recording and editing app, and an ediscovery suite with analytics tools for assessing case strength. Don't miss the next issue.

Ediscovery software may conjure up images of Enron-size cases and expensive gatekeepers who talk jargon to keep prices high, but a democratization is underway on several fronts such as price and user experience.

Digital WarRoom Private Cloud 8.8 … in One Sentence

Launched recently, Digital WarRoom Private Cloud 8.8 is an end-to-end ediscovery platform for processing, reviewing, and producing discovery documents.

The Killer Feature

Software has always benefitted from having little marginal cost for each additional unit sold. But only in recent years have both storage and bandwidth also declined in price.

With Digital WarRoom Private Cloud, Digital WarRoom has set out to "disrupt" the ediscovery software industry on price. The service costs $1,995 per month for up to 500 GB of data, access to all features of the software, unlimited cases, training, and support. Each additional gigabyte beyond the 500 GB costs 50 cents.

"As President and General Counsel of Digital WarRoom, it is my goal to shake up the status quo by offering all-in-one enterprise software that is accessible anywhere at a price point that is de facto disruptive," Justin Farmer tells us. "Gone are the days of excessive costs. We are about 100% transparency."

Other Notable Features

You access Digital WarRoom Private Cloud either through a remote desktop app or a web browser. You begin by creating a case, and using a wizard to "ingest" the data you or your client has collected. Processing occurs next, which involves removing garbage files and duplicates, extracting metadata such as document dates, email participants, document authors, etc. You can automate processing by setting up a Policy. Digital WarRoom Private Cloud supports several languages, and includes translation technology so that you can get a sense of documents.

The customizable review environment displays documents and email as they would appear in their native program. You can sort documents by Relevance Score, Custodian, Date, or practically any other parameter. You redact by drawing a box with your mouse. Initially gray so you can still see the material within, the box changes to black when confirmed. You can apply tags such as Nonresponsive, Responsive, Hot, etc. Search tools include fuzzy, proximity, stemming, and synonyms.

A number of advanced tools exist for large data sets. For example, data visualization of email can identify connections you didn't know about. You can also reveal "Who-to-Whom" connections in social media data. Gist, the company's predictive coding technology, runs in the background. If you mark a document responsive, Gist functions much like Amazon (you may find these documents responsive too). It does this by scoring documents from -100 to +100 based on your designations. For an added charge, you can use Gist to automate these designations once it has acquired enough data from your manual review to finish the job with a satisfactory confidence level.

Digital WarRoom Private Cloud includes a number of reports, chief among them the Document Control Log and Privilege Log. The former lists all the activity on a case from import to production. This can help justify an invoice, get a new paralegal up to speed, etc. The Privilege Log eliminates the need to use Microsoft Office since you can edit and finalize this report in Digital WarRoom Private Cloud.

What Else Should You Know?

A wizard walks you through the production process, including Bates numbers, metadata, and OCR. Binders enable you to export a selection of documents with slip sheets and a hyperlinked index for use in depositions or to give an expert witness. Learn more about Digital WarRoom Private Cloud 8.8.

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Review of Eero Wi-Fi System Plus 65 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, February 29, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 66 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.

Review: Eero Wi-Fi System

How to Use Windows' File History to Back Up Your Data

Meet the Modern Mobile Lawyer

ABA TECHSHOW 1993 Flashback

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