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Battle of the WiFi Mesh Systems Plus 54 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, November 28, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 55 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 Dave Hamilton of The Mac Observer on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Battle of the WiFi Mesh Systems

Review: Amplifi HD Home Wi-Fi System

The Best Small Business Accounting Software of 2016

The Best Mobile Scanning Apps of 2016

How Satya Nadella Is Making Microsoft Cool Again, and Taking on Apple and Amazon

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Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Networking/Operating Systems

Review of HP Spectre x360 13-W023dx Plus 50 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, October 17, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 51 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 Joel Santo Domingo of PCMag on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Review of HP Spectre x360 13-W023dx

Review: Dragon Professional Individual 6 (Mac)

A Lawyer Reviews Eero in Her 1,800 Square Foot House

DOT Bans All Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones From Airplanes

The Google Phone

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Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Networking/Operating Systems | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Why Our New iPad Ebook Is Not Your Father's Ebook Plus More Posts on the Gear TechnoLawyers Use and Why

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, October 6, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Why Our New iPad Ebook Is Not Your Father's Ebook

Scott Bassett, What I Use And Why: Windows 10 Pro, Galaxy Note, DocReviewPad, And More

Lloyd Snook, The Technology That Fuels Our 4-Person Firm: PCLaw, PDF Converter, And More

Mark Olberding, No Kool-Aid At My Firm: Android, WordPerfect X8, Surface Pro 4, And More

Deb Tesser, Review: Chicago Bar Association's Law Practice Management & Technology Center

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Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Consultants/Services/Training | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | LitigationWorld | Networking/Operating Systems | TL Serendipity

How to Get a Free iPhone (Really) Plus More Posts on the Gear TechnoLawyers Use and Why

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, How To Get A Free IPhone (Really) But You Need To Act Fast

Miriam Jacobson, My Tech Binge: New IPhone, IPad Pro, Surface Pro 4, And More

Peter Silberstein, My Gear: Office 365, Time Matters, IPhone 6 Plus, And More

Allan Kogon, Why We're Sticking With Windows 7 Pro And Word 2007

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Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Networking/Operating Systems | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | TL Serendipity

Five Lawyers Discuss the Gear and Software They Use and Why

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, September 22, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Rob Perelli-Minetti, What I Use And Why: Windows 10, Office 365, IPhone 6, Acrobat DC, And More

Nan Evans, What I Use And Why: Sookasa, IPad Air 2, PDF Expert, Westlaw, And Much More

John Dorst, What I Use And Why: Windows 7, Office 2010, IPhone 6, IPad Air, And More

James Poole, What I Don't Use Mobile Devicesl USPTO PDF Requirements

Harold Burstyn, What I Use And Why: Windows 10, Office 2016, Android, Acrobat

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

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Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Networking/Operating Systems | Privacy/Security | TL Serendipity

You Were Right and I Was Wrong; What I Use and Why; Review of Everything; Why I Use WordPerfect

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, September 15, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, The Multiple Monitor Advocates Are Right And I Was Wrong

Brad Pearce, What I Use And Why: Office 365, OneNote, 9.7-Inch IPad Pro, And Much More

Tom Trottier, Review Of Everything Search Engine By Voidtools

Miriam Jacobson, Why I Use WordPerfect

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Abacus Private Cloud Offers Virtual Desktops Secured by Two-Factor Authentication

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, September 1, 2016

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a virtual Windows desktop and network service that recently added two-factor authentication (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of a contract drafting and proofreading tool, three cloud practice management apps, software for capturing the dark data that doesn't make it into your document management system, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Many lawyers hesitate to store client and firm documents outside their law firm in the so-called "cloud." But the convenience is undeniable. Even more convenient is moving your applications to a virtual desktop environment, which eliminates the need to buy and manage servers. Just as significant differences exist among hardware and software products, the same is true of cloud services. Some focus more on security and client services than others.

Abacus Private Cloud … in One Sentence

Abacus Data Systems' Abacus Private Cloud is a secure, virtual Windows desktop and network service that makes your data and applications accessible from any Mac, Windows PC, iPad, smartphone, etc. using Microsoft Remote Desktop.

The Killer Feature

The "private cloud" in Abacus Private Cloud's name refers to the fact that Abacus Data Systems uses three geographically dispersed U.S.-based datacenters over which it has full control.

The company recently improved access security by offering two-factor authentication as an option at no additional cost. This requires everyone at your firm to use a second form of identity in addition to a password — namely a code sent to a free app available for Android and iOS. During my demo, Chief Solutions Architect Tomas Suros explained that delivery of the code by app is more secure than delivery by text message because of the latter's vulnerability to being hijacked as reported by Wired in June 2016.

Other Notable Features

Additional security measures include encryption of your data at rest and when transmitted, and secure tunnels to your firm's printers and scanners. Administrator tools enable you to control access to applications, documents, printers, etc. Abacus Private Cloud is capable of full HIPAA compliance, enabling you to securely store health-related documents on your virtual network.

Security can tax performance. Suros discussed various means by which Abacus Private Cloud escapes this trap to provide performance similar to local software even when using a 4G cellular connection. For example, all the servers in the three datacenters use solid state drives (SSD), which are much faster than traditional hard drives.

Abacus Private Cloud's Document Service offers virtually unlimited storage for your firm's documents. This acts like a network drive without the hassle of managing a file server. Practice management software Amicus Attorney, now owned by Abacus Data Systems, is among the many popular Windows applications you can run in Abacus Private Cloud. Others include AbacusLaw, Office 365, QuickBooks, and Adobe Acrobat.

AbacusLaw 2016, the new version of the company's other practice management software, has been optimized for Abacus Private Cloud. Many of the new features focus on practice automation, including case handling checklists, standardized workflows, and deadline tracking across your firm.

What Else Should You Know?

The company's Professional Services team sets up your private cloud and software, provides training, and can import legacy data if necessary. Regarding ongoing technical support, everyone has experienced the misery of two or more vendors pointing fingers at each other when you report a problem. Suros refers to this as a "vendor unaccountability loop." By contrast, he notes that Abacus Data Systems is your sole point of contact for any issues that arise. "It's another core advantage of our private cloud over consumer cloud services," he said. Learn more about Abacus Private Cloud.

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Topics: Networking/Operating Systems | Online/Cloud | Practice Management/Calendars | TL NewsWire

My Dropbox Misadventures and Search for a Replacement; The New Microsoft on Display in Surface Pro Ad

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, August 18, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Joshua Stein, My Dropbox Misadventures And Search For A Replacement

Neil Squillante, The New Microsoft On Display In Surface Pro Ad

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

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Topics: Backup/Media/Storage | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Networking/Operating Systems | Online/Cloud | TL Serendipity

Top 10 iPad Apps for Lawyers Plus 43 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, August 1, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 44 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 Katie Floyd on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Katie Floyd's Top 10 iPad Apps for Lawyers

The Perils of Your Own Mail Servers

Your Email Is Never Going to Be Safe

Six Ways to Make the Most of iOS 9 Notification Center

The Best Laptop Stands

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A Lawyer Reviews Scrivener Plus 47 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, July 25, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 48 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 David Sparks of MacSparky on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: A Lawyer Reviews Scrivener for iOS

Windows 10 Gets Even Better

I Just Deleted Half My iPhone Apps. You Should Too

How Mark Zuckerberg Led Facebook's War to Crush Google Plus

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