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How to limit your dependence on Eskom

Monday, 15 December 2014 14:25

saving electricityWith the rising electricity costs and declining power reliability, most South Africans are looking at alternatives. Moneyweb asked electrical and electronic engineer Heino van Jaarsveldt, of DFR Engineers in Pretoria, what alternatives are available to smaller households and which are the most cost effective.
Read more at MyBroadband...


10 predictions about how IBM’s Watson will impact the legal profession

Monday, 15 December 2014 14:10

IBM Watson for Law firmsLawyers have been thinking for a while about whether artificial intelligence would ever start to displace or complement lawyers. Richard Susskind, the leading legal futurist/technologist, did his work in this area starting in the mid-1980s. In the August issue of the ABA Journal, one of the commenters to an article about LegalZoom feared: “Once we have fully artificial intelligence enhanced programs like LegalZoom, there will be no need for lawyers, aside from the highly specialized and expensive large-law-firm variety.
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5 Phone Charging Myths, Debunked

Monday, 15 December 2014 13:21

cell phone charging tips"Don't use your phone while it's charging," "don't leave it plugged in overnight" and "always let it die completely" — these are just a few popular myths about smartphone batteries. When it comes to battery life, there are many little rules for what you can and can't do with your smartphone. While plenty of real rules exist, there are several rumored ones you can simply ignore. 
Read more at Mashable...


Reinventing The Law Business: In Defense Of The Billable Hour

Monday, 08 December 2014 13:51

billable hoursI have a perspective on this that is deeper than most in that I have sent out, billed, and negotiated probably over 10,000 legal bills over the past 20 years. Also, in my capacity as de-facto general counsel for my clients, I have reviewed thousands of more bills from other lawyers. None of the foregoing is an exaggeration. Indeed, it is probably much higher. During this time, I have talked to clients thousands of times about bills. In view of my mission to make my clients “happy,” these discussions have been very introspective.
Read more at Above the Law Blog...


Legal Expert Technology & Practice Management Predictions For 2015 [Infographic]

Monday, 08 December 2014 13:22

Legal technology trends 2015Of course, knowing how lawyers are currently using technology is certainly informative, but what’s even more interesting is gaining insight into how lawyers–especially solo and small firm attorneys–will use technology in the future. We wanted to find out, so we turned to the experts. The question we asked them was, “What emerging technology or practice management trend will have the greatest impact on solo and small firms next year?”
Read more at the MyCase website...


Mr Pharmacist I need Cyanide...

Monday, 08 December 2014 13:38

faceless pharmacistI love these Faceless jokes, this one about the pharmacist is a classic...


LexisNexis survey reveals changing landscape of SA’s small law firms

Monday, 01 December 2014 16:02

Lexis nexis south africaIncreased investments in technology, coupled with shifting research trends and the challenges of keeping up to date with frequently changing legislation, are just some of the aspects characterising the small law firm in South Africa. This is according to a survey of more than 160 independent law firms, commissioned by leading content and technology solutions provider, LexisNexis South Africa.


So what’s the big deal about advanced electronic signatures?

Monday, 01 December 2014 15:11

lawtrustAdvanced electronic signatures were provided for in the ECT Act (2002), which defines two types of signatures – electronic, and advanced electronic. An electronic signature enables you to link an act of acceptance (signing) with a data message, which leaves it wide open to interpretation as to what constitutes acceptance, and what can be proven to have evidentiary weight or be considered binding in a court of law. 


Why Lawyers Should Use E-Signatures In Their Own Businesses

Monday, 01 December 2014 15:02

docclyThe South African leg of the DocuSign Signature City Tour 2014 took place in Johannesburg on 13 November, 2014 when local businesses had the opportunity to join the digital transformation and learn how companies worldwide are seeing improved efficiency and huge cost savings by keeping business digital with DocuSign.


Utilising advanced electronic signatures in an electronic litigation environment

Monday, 24 November 2014 17:27

litigatorThe management of documentation in the South African Courts has been problematic for some time, and, has been a source of frustration to lawyers and their clients. It is no doubt also a source of frustration for staff employed at the courts who have to deal with the day-to-day realities of a system that is outdated, under-resourced and under ever increasing pressure.


BigHand wins the award for Infrastructure Innovation of the year at the UK IT industry awards

Monday, 24 November 2014 18:38

bighandBigHand, the market leading productivity software vendor in the global legal and professional services sector, has announced that it has been awarded the ‘Infrastructure Innovation of the Year’ at the UK IT Industry Awards.


Revolution in conveyancing is underway in Ireland

Monday, 15 December 2014 14:17

econveyancingThe biggest revolution of the conveyancing system in Ireland since the creation of the State has begun with the start of the implementation phase of the Law Society’s eConveyancing project. eConveyancing will make all interactions between solicitors, lenders and the Property Registration Authority (PRA) entirely electronic for the first time and will greatly reduce transaction times and costs while increasing security and transparency.
Read more at the Law Society of Ireland's website...


Setting up the will - humour

Monday, 15 December 2014 13:53

humourAnother Faceless joke, this time he is setting up a will with his attorney.


Enermatics Energy offers saving tips for business

Monday, 15 December 2014 13:09

save energyAt a time when South Africa’s chief power supplier, Eskom is under pressure to meet increasing demands and load-shedding is a reality, businesses are advised to be proactive and look to innovative ways to conserve electricity. Enermatics Energy has compiled a list of tips that are designed to help.


Cellphone radiation brain cancer risk

Monday, 08 December 2014 12:34

cellphone causes cancerA new study has found that intensive use of cellphones could triple the chances of getting certain types of brain cancer. The study, conducted by Swedish doctors and published online in the peer-reviewed journal, International Journal of Oncology, assessed the association between mobile phone use and brain cancer risk. Overall, the research found that people who used wireless phones for more than a year were at 70% greater risk of brain cancer as compared to those who used wireless phones for a year or less.
Read more at Business Tech...


Keyloggers steal millions of credentials

Monday, 08 December 2014 13:02

key loggersMalware and threats have evolved to previously unimagined levels. Gone are the days where pimply geeks in basements wrote proof-of-concept malware to show off – today’s threat authors mean business, whether that is stealing millions of rands, proprietary company data or proving a political point.


Keywords Don’t Matter To Your Law Firm Blog …. It’s a Myth

Monday, 08 December 2014 12:54

keywordsHave you heard that Keywords are no longer important to your law firm website and blog copy? It’s a Myth! This myth started some time ago when Google started hiding keywords in Google Analytics. While this change made it increasingly more difficult t determine which keywords were driving traffic, don’t let it fool you; keywords are incredibly important to include in your law firm blog and website copy as they will drive leads to your website.
Read more at Law Marketing DOT com...


Telviva hosted Contact Centre platform grows and evolves

Monday, 01 December 2014 15:49

telvivaTelviva, Connection Telecom’s market-leading hosted communications platform, has been making massive inroads as the core switching application for hosted contact centres of late.


e4 wins at the 2014 Southern Africa Compliance Awards

Monday, 01 December 2014 15:21

Southern African Compliance AwardsTechnology solutions powerhouse e4 Strategic (Pty) Ltd has been identified as the “Best GRC Solution Provider” in Southern Africa having won the award at the prestigious 2014 Southern Africa Compliance Awards at a ceremony at Monte Casino on 18 November.


Social media in digital forensics: gold mine or land mine?

Monday, 01 December 2014 14:24

social media landmineSocial media has fundamentally changed the way information is shared and accessed. As a result, these channels are playing an increasingly important role in cyber forensic investigations.


How much is that lawyer in the window? The secret commoditisation of the legal profession.

Monday, 24 November 2014 11:58

commoditization of law firmsThe legal profession is being commoditized by businesses and the internet. Companies are finding new and innovative ways to play both ends of the equation, that is, to make money from both attorneys and consumers of legal services, as well as ways to insert themselves further into the attorney-client relationship. Some of these companies have made brilliant business moves that I believe are responsible for some of the recent decline in lawyer happiness and quality of life. Legal marketing and business development is a slippery slope that we, as lawyers, need to understand before it’s too late.
Read more at Lawlytics...


Fitness trial: wearable tech in court

Monday, 24 November 2014 18:30

fitbitData from activity-tracking devices such as Fitbit are now being used in the courtroom, presenting another potential application for channel partners selling wearable technology. In an apparent first, a law firm in Calgary is using activity data from a Fitbit to help show the impact an accident had on their client, according to a Forbes article. Previously such cases had to rely on clinical interpretation.

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