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Legal Technology's Promise Remains Unfulfilled; Cloud Storage Security Concerns Not "Overblown"; ABA Model Rule 8.4 and the ABA's Priorities

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, March 2, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

David O'Connell, Legal Technology's Promise Remains Unfulfilled

Tom Trottier, Cloud Storage Security Concerns Are Not "Overblown"

Michael Caldwell, ABA Model Rule 8.4 and the ABA's Priorities

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Topics: Backup/Media/Storage | Coming Attractions | Online/Cloud | Practice Management/Calendars | Privacy/Security | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | TL Serendipity

My Legaltech Discoveries; Straight Talk About Legal Software Upgrades; Dragon Help; Cloud and Legal Technology Skeptics Speak Up

By TechnoLawyer | Friday, February 10, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, My Legaltech Discoveries: Lexis for Microsoft Office, PhraseWizard, Centerbase, Litify, Symphony OCR

Jeff Stouse, Straight Talk About Legal Software Upgrades and Annual Maintenance Plans

Roy Greenberg, Best Places to Get Help With Dragon

Michael Schwartz, Why I'm a Cloud Skeptic

Danny McDonald, Why I'm a Legal Technology Cynic

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How to Turn Web Apps Into First-Class Desktop Citizens Plus 60 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, December 5, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 61 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 Chris Hoffman and Cameron Summerson of How-To Geek on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: How to Turn Web Apps Into First-Class Desktop Citizens

MyCase Adds Self-Setup QuickBooks Integration to Its Practice Management Toolset

Email Attachments vs. Client Portals

What We'll Be Looking for in Laptops for 2017

Free WiFi but No Coffee

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Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | BlawgWorld Newsletter | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Online/Cloud | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Lawyers Still Fear the Cloud Plus 47 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, November 14, 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 Robert Ambrogi of Above the Law on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Lawyers Still Fear the Cloud

ReplyToSome Prevents Face-Palm Outlook Errors and Provides Email Insights

The Best Free Antivirus Protection of 2016

Review: Microsoft Surface Book i7

Steve Ballmer Says Smartphones Strained His Relationship With Bill Gates

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Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Online/Cloud | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Two New Products to Help You Go Paperless Plus 59 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, November 7, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 60 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 J. Ambrogi of Law Practice on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Two New Products to Help You Go Paperless

Microsoft Launches Teams, Goes to War With Chat Giant Slack

How to "Fix" Your Email After Upgrading to iOS 10

Google Home Shows Promise, but Needs Work

Fewer Than Four Out of 10 Lawyers Use the Cloud

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Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Online/Cloud | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Logitech Rant; Reviews of Plantronics Blackwire 520 Headset, Microsoft Wireless 850 Keyboard, Lenovo X1 Yoga; The Problem With Cloud Software

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, October 13, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Jeffrey Schoen, Why I Won't Buy Logitech Gear Plus Reviews Of Plantronics Blackwire 520 Headset And Microsoft Wireless 850 Keyboard

Fred Kruck, The Problem With Cloud Software

Steve Pena, What I Use And Why: Lenovo X1 Yoga, Adobe Acrobat, And More

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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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Dropbox Pros and Cons; Review of Dropbox + Viivo; Review of OneDrive

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, August 19, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Bobby Abrams, Preventing Deleted Dropbox Files From Reappearing

David O'Connell, Review Of Dropbox + Viivo Plus Thoughts On Practice Management Software

Jerald Stein, Review Of OneDrive

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Document Management | Online/Cloud | TL Serendipity

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

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Reviews of Logitech MX Master, LastPass; Dropbox v. Google Drive v. Private Cloud; Dragon Anywhere Correction

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, August 11, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Review: Logitech MX Master

Tom Trottier, Dropbox V. Google Drive V. Private Cloud

Michael Haller, Review: LastPass

Robert Pennell, Dragon Anywhere Costs $150/Year, Not Per Hour!

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