LAW HoldingsLAW Holdings recently confirmed its purchase of a controlling stake in Assimilated Information Systems (Pty) Ltd. (AIS).

vm Consulting squareVM Consulting, leaders in Document Management, Case Management and Business Process Management Solutions, have partnered with Spartan, an IT Rental & Equipment Finance Company.

Connection telecom buttonConnection Telecom, the fast-growing IP PBX solution provider and telco, has taken early leadership of the key hosted segment of the enterprise telephony market, according to BMI-T’s SA PBX and Emerging Voice Systems Market study, 2013.

law trustSouth African cryptographic security provider LAWtrust has become the first provider in Africa to be certified by both WebTrust and Adobe. LAWtrust was certified by global certificate authority WebTrust in February, shortly after being added to the Adobe Approved Trust list in December.

philips sense and simplicityLong a staple of the legal profession, dictation has entered the digital age and now is offering attorneys new mobility and efficiency. For many firms, the days of struggling to physically deliver cassette tapes to transcriptionists—without damaging or erasing valuable information—are gone forever. Digital recorders, tablet computers and smart phone applications are giving attorneys the power to dictate and download on-the-go.

Philips Nuance 6 Star ratingHighest Nuance “Dragon Score” ranking and excellent media reviews for the Philips SpeechMike Premium dictation microphone. With the launch of SpeechMike Premium, dictation has been taken to a new level.

 

govan mbeki hackedAn alleged hacking syndicate that used sophisticated computer software to steal millions from an Mpumalanga municipal bank account has been bust by the Hawks and the National Intelligence Agency. It is alleged that two men at a posh Sandton hotel were only a mouse click away from R39-million after hacking into an expenditure account belonging to the Govan Mbeki Municipality in Secunda, Mpumalanga. However, rather than leaving the hotel as rich men, they left in handcuffs.
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LAW HoldingsFor many years LAW Holdings has lent a supportive hand to Pathways, a long standing non-profit center focused on empowering children with severe cognitive and physical disabilities.

lexinformatica smIt’s about that Lex-Informatica time again, Cyberlaw and information enthusiasts. And this year it is co-hosted by African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics (ACEIE) of the University of Pretoria, and promises to be a blast once again.

Connection Tel buttonCustomers of Connection Telecom, the cloud-based Telco, have made significant financial gains even before the new fiscal year got properly under way. As of March the company is charging 64c per minute for calls made to the major cellphone networks and 24c to Telkom numbers – roughly 34.9% less than when calling Telkom geographic numbers from Telkom PSTN lines, and 45.8% less than calling MTN and Vodacom from Telkom.

lexpro iconIn the beginning of 2011 Lexpro Systems launched an online accounting programme similar to the standard Lexpro accounting, but with all the advantages of working online. The programme currently caters to 110 users all across the country and it is estimated that by the end of 2013 the user-count will grow to 200 users.

knowledge managementKnowledge Management in law firms is becoming increasingly important with many international firms having dedicated departments with dedicated directors reporting to the executive board. The time of allocating library or IT staff to the management of your company knowledge is definitely a thing of the past.

africa globe janders deanJanders Dean will be bringing an unrivalled faculty of speakers and panel members from across the globe to present at this leading legal educational and networking forum this Friday (15th March) at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Johannesburg.

vm Consulting squareVM Consulting, leaders in document management and business process management solutions, today announced their new partnership with eXpd8, a complete practice management solution for Law Firms.

cell locatorPretoria - Reeva Steenkamp’s last moments alive could have been tracked and it is this that might decide the case against Oscar Pistorius. That tracker is her cellphone that could provide such detailed movements that forensic investigators might even be able to follow her movements from room to room in the hours and minutes before her death.
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world economic forumDuring the World Economic Forum’s annual summit, commonly referred to as the Davos Summit, a large number of world leaders and influential people gather to discuss various topics of global concern. The 2013 summit, held in January, saw the introduction of the 2013 Global Risk Report, presented by the Risk Response Network.

lexisnexisLexisNexis® South Africa, a leading provider of legal and professional content and technology solutions, with the approval from the General Council of the Bar of South Africa have put together a sponsorship package to assist 34 newly-qualified advocates in setting up their own practices in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban.

sabinet logo wwwSabinet, a leader in online legal information, announced that G-Connect Wi-Fi will, by mutual agreement, be on hand in the Johannesburg Labour Court. The service, sponsored by Sabinet, has already been installed in the first court; The Johannesburg Labour Court, with the remaining courts to follow soon.

fee changesWe have taken the new fee guideline and compared the figures to the current guideline, the changes are highlighted in RED, for easy reading. The format we used was "[Was R (amount) Percentage increase or decrease]". The general increase is around 10% and if you calculate the increase over the 3.75 years, the annual increase is about 2.7% per year. There are some 270 odd changes in the guideline.

4AfrikaHuawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, has launched the first Windows Phone 4Afrika. Exclusively selected to help boost mobile accessibility and adoption within the fast-growing African continent, the Huawei 4Afrika will be available from Huawei, in Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Angola, Morocco and South Africa towards the later part of the 1st Quarter 2013.

shool of lawThe Law Deans at South African universities’ law faculties and representatives of the legal profession will meet at a summit in May this year to discuss the four-year LLB degree.

BB10Waterloo, ON – BlackBerry® today launched BlackBerry® 10, the re-designed, re-engineered, and re-invented BlackBerry platform that creates a new and unique mobile computing experience. Available on two new LTE-enabled smartphones, the BlackBerry® Z10 (all-touch) and BlackBerry® Q10 (touch with physical keyboard) smartphones powered by BlackBerry 10 offer you a faster, smarter and smoother experience than any other BlackBerry you have used before.

emeraldThomson Reuters Elite has announced that leading corporate-commercial law firm Iseme Kamau & Maema Advocates (IKM Advocates) has rolled out LawSoft as its comprehensive financial and matter management system. The firm, based in Nairobi, Kenya, selected LawSoft to support its long-term strategy of becoming a premier commercial law firm in East Africa. 

microsystems logoMicrosystems, a leading provider of software and services that drive document quality, production efficiency and risk mitigation, announces robust adoption of its newest product, EagleEye—THE Agreement Checker, throughout many of the world’s leading law firms.

africa globe janders deanThe Janders Dean team are pleased to announce the launch of the inaugural Janders Dean Law Firm & In-House Legal Knowledge & Innovation Conference dedicated to the African Legal Information Technology and Knowledge Management space.

xpressdoxLeading Enterprise document assembly system, XpressDox, was recently awarded an A+ Technolawyer review rating. The independent review was conducted by Matthew Berg, who is the Director of Information Technology at Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, an intellectual property firm in downtown Boston in the United States.  “XpressDox is excellent. It is so good that it has earned my very first perfect A+ TechnoScore (5 out of 5). It’s the most robust document assembly product I have seen,” said Berg.

MicrosystemsMicrosystems will present the webinar, Saying Goodbye to Manual Document Reviews, which addresses risks associated with content errors, ambiguities and inaccuracies that can lead to significant consequences for a law firm and their client. 
2013 crystal ball2012 saw interesting technological advances. Vodacom and MTN have both announced the rollout of 4G as South Africa heads towards full LTE mobile networks, fibre optics are becoming more accessible and consumers have rushed to buy the iPad 3 and iPhone 5. 
AmLawEvery year, the American Lawyer ranks the top 200 law firms based on revenue, a list called the Am Law 200.  The American Lawyer has conducted an annual technology survey of the AmLaw 200 firms.  This year's survey has information about iPhone and iPad support.

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In the nine short years since Mark Zuckerberg launched thefacebook.com, social media has evolved from dorm room toy to boardroom tool. Last year, 73 percent of Fortune 500 companies were active on Twitter, while more than 80 percent of executives believed social media engagement led to increased sales. So what does 2013 hold for social media in the workplace?

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Contact lens LCDOver in Belgium, scientists have finally taken a crucial step toward building screens into contact lenses. Jelle De Smet and a team of researchers at Ghent University built an LCD screen in a curved contact lens.

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BlackBerry MVSRIM would like to make you aware of the upgrade to BlackBerry® Mobile Voice System (MVS), RIM’s unified communications tool. BlackBerry MVS gives business users the ability to make or take desk phone calls all over the world with their BlackBerry smartphone.

CommitteeCommunications minister Dina Pule has assembled 22 people, among them some well-known names, to advise her on the development of a new national policy for the information and communications technology sector.
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Urgent notice

The Records Section of the Law Society is inundated with applications by members for Fidelity Fund certificates for 2013.

itunesWhat’s taken so long? What about games? Tuesday morning’s news that the iTunes Music Store was now available in South Africa (and 55 other markets including India, Russia and Turkey) was not unexpected. Its availability in South Africa has been strongly rumoured for months.
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eXpd8Declan Branagan, CEO and founder of eXpd8, is a man with a mission. An Irish entrepreneur with links to South Africa going back fifteen years, he believes that South African lawyers have much to learn from the mistakes made by their Irish counterparts.

Practitioners guide to conveyancingIn terms of section 2(1)(a) of the Deeds Registries Act 47 of 1937, it is the duty of the Chief Registrar of Deeds to exercise supervision over all the deeds registries and to bring about uniformity in their practice and procedures. 

With the onset of the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Bill, which looks set to be enacted in 2013, as well as the increasing reliance of companies on digital data, businesses can no longer afford to be complacent about the potential effects of a data breach or loss. 

MobiflockMobiflock launched its parental control service for smartphones in March 2012, which allows parents to monitor how their children use their smartphones and also helps them put the appropriate limits in place to keep their kids safe. The service has become popular with BlackBerry® smartphone customers.

 

Philips receives Dragon awardTop rankings underline Philips' position as global leader in audio competence. Speech Processing Solutions has come out on top in Nuance Communications’ latest recording-accuracy test with its Philips dictation devices. 
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