billing ideasOver this last weekend I came across this short e-book on eliminating client billing hassles while improving the law firm profits - it is old but has some great "take-aways" which are still very relevant to law firms.

dellYou may personally not have to deal with bureaucracy or red tape, but that doesn’t mean big decisions come easily for any small business. Every corporate initiative, pilot project, new direction or policy change could mean the difference between survival and shutdown. So given how many heaping-full plates you’re already spinning at once, a mobility program might be the furthest thing from your mind.

dragon naturally speaking law firm better recognitionDragon Speech Recognition software can greatly enhance your efficiency and productivity if used correctly. Stephanie Diamond from ‘Dragon NaturallySpeaking for Dummies, 3rd Edition’ has some useful tips to help you use Dragon to its full benefit.

2016 big law firm technology threatsSean La Roque-Doherty posed this question to a handful of legal technology experts who took issue with the question to varying degrees. There is no single technology that threatens to disrupt the industry. Rather, they described emerging threats, processes already underway that will transform the way legal services are delivered and tasks that lie ahead for the industry.
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best-of-2015-legal-postsPerhaps I was prescient. Early this year, I predicted (in our fourth most popular post) that efficiency tech, online marketing, and cybersecurity would be hot topics in 2015. And lo and behold, each topic comes up in the ten most-read legal technology stories published by Capterra in 2015.
Read more at Capterra Legal Software Blog...

law-firm-white-papers-2015White papers are a place for deep thinking – deep thinking that is data-driven. Combine that data with innumerable client engagements, from small law firms to large – and from corporate legal departments to legal services bureaus – and we’re able to chronicle insights for the market in neatly packaged white papers. As part of our 2015 roundup series, here’s an at-a-glance listing of many of the white papers we’ve publish this year.
Read more at LexisNexis Business of Law Blog...

Communication geneticsBricks and mortar businesses have long been a thing of the past in markets, and in tomorrow’s world the most prized asset in commerce – knowledge – will be housed in progressive, digital and data driven environments run by people that promote information sharing and who despise the notion of self-imposed isolation within ivory towers.

changing legal industryTechnology has revolutionized all industries. The legal industry is no exception; it is just a stubborn industry that is reluctant to change with the times. In regards to revising the interpretation of a long-standing rule of law, it is wise to be measured and consider radical re-interpretations slowly. In contrast, maintaining a competitive edge and securing sensitive information demands a faster response.
Read more at the Sendan Group...

truecallerTruecaller announced today that its community has reported over 800.000 spam calls in South Africa, with a total of 50 000 spam and unwanted calls detected every day across the country. Truecaller’s data highlights an issue that is becoming an increasing cause for concern in South Africa as spammers become more adept at harassing and taking advantage of smartphone users in South Africa.

document-automationThe secret’s out. Many legal documents, even quite complex ones, can be reliably drafted by intelligent software when it is supplied with appropriate inputs. Consumers and businesses have become accustomed to preparing their own documents with software tools. They expect their lawyers to have even better tools in place. Should You Choose a Document Automation System? This first question is a no-brainer. Of course you should choose a system rather than having one thrust upon you. We’re long past basic word processing.
Read more at Attorney At Work...

NordVPNWe are officially living in the era of Internet of Things, or IoT. The network of inter-connected devices is starting to make our lives more convenient, easier and more vulnerable at the same time. By 2020, about 25 billion internet-enabled devices are predicted to be on the market. Big companies like Google, Samsung and others are rushing to buy up the IoT startups. Samsung has announced that in 5 years all of its devices will be part of IoT network.

cybercrime in South africaCybercrime is any criminal act dealing with computers, networks and smart phones. Additionally, cybercrime also includes traditional crimes conducted through the Internet. Cybercrime has become a huge issue not only in South Africa but around the world.

blank screenThis morning I switched on my Windows 10 computer to find that after the Windows logo appeared, both screens on the system when blank, with only the mouse pointer to be seen. The start up jingle played, so I assumed that the PC was alive, but just not showing me anything.

scary technology stories from legal industry expertsWhat do lawyers fear most about technology? What should they fear? We asked the practice management experts for their best — or is it worst? — legal tech horror stories. Here are their chosen tales, along with a little guidance on warding off the technology goblins.
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PCMag editors choiceMicrosoft made massive changes in Office 2016 for Windows but has hidden most of the changes beneath a reassuringly familiar-looking surface. With the new version, the world's most-powerful and widely used office application suite leaves its online and desktop-based competition even further in the dust, especially in its convenient and deeply integrated collaboration features.
Read more at PCMag...

Apple buddyBig Apple Buddy, NYC-based shopping concierge, delivers the latest Apple products - the Apple Watch, iPad Pro and iPhone 6S - straight to your doorstep in South Africa. Apple announced the release of its new products on September 9th, causing the usual shopping frenzy around the world and a rush to acquire the new iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPad Pro. Apple Watch fans were also presented with a new range of colours and designs, including an ultra-chic Hermès collection.

wi-fi apple ios9 problem"Wi-Fi Assist," which is on by default, will automatically switch you to 4G if it thinks the WiFi you're using is too slow. If you're on a limited data plan, that's bad news. Here's how to turn if off:
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oops dont send email fix outlookHave you ever selected ‘reply to all’ and then pressed ‘send’ in Outlook, only to realise in horror that the email was sent to the wrong recipient?

huawei p8Over the last couple of years, I have evaluated a number of smart phones and right from the word go when I received the Huawei P8 I was impressed with the quality. So much so, that even the packaging seemed superior to any other phone I have received.

wifi placement in homeMoving your Wi-Fi router around your home or office with the aim of maximizing signal coverage can be a challenge for the uninitiated. Wi-Fi signals emitted from a router can be blocked or weakened by a variety of factors – which can leave users with weak signal and, ultimately, a poor Internet connection on their Wi-Fi-enabled device.
Read more at MyBroadband...

how hackers hack your facebook accountFacebook is, undoubtedly, the most popular social networking website with more than 500 million active users. Due to its popularity, many hackers (or should I say crackers?) are actively involved in hacking Facebook accounts of unsuspecting users. This article outlines the many strategies that such hackers use to gain access to Facebook accounts of hundreds of users each day and how you can stop them from hacking your account.
Read more at Tweak and Trick...

paperlessMoving to a paperless law office will save your firm money, time and space but what do you need to get started? We’ve compiled a checklist of essential systems, tools, and best practices to help you transition to, and maintain a paperless law office.
Read more at Legal Productivity...

cloud security law firmsIn the cloud-first, mobile-first era, companies in every industry around the globe are using cloud computing to power their transformation into digital businesses. Organisations are turning to the cloud due to the business benefits that the technology unlocks and enables including cost savings, greater business agility, reduced IT complexity and gaining a competitive edge on rivals. 

ransomwareThose of you who watched Carte Blanche on Sunday night [23 August 2015] will have been reminded about the severity of the rapidly spreading data encryption calamity currently doing the global rounds - but which is particularly pervasive in South Africa [a known gullible target]. Let us talk about what to look out for, what it does and what you should do if this happens to you.

MS Word for lawyersWhen writing a document, most of us write the first draft, making changes as you go. Then, you edit it, rewrite it, and rearrange it. When rearranging a document, you may want to reorder some paragraphs. We’ll show you an easy way to do this.
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be productive todayYou can use the Pomodoro Technique to focus on one task at a time, and adhere to the principles of effective calendaring, checklists, and touching tasks only once. But operating at optimal productivity every day starts with the simple and so-obvious-it’s-overlooked premise: preparing for the next day by writing down and prioritizing tasks.
Read more at Legal Productivity...

Silversoft-Logo-with-DeltekWho makes the decisions in a company? Is it the CEO, middle management or the employees? The answer is actually none of the above, as it is the customers who decide ultimately.

power inverter 1440We hosted a webinar/podcast last week and Tuesday on the differences of a UPS and an Inverter. The 28-minute video of that podcast is now available for you to watch in the Tech4Law Youtube channel.

digital forensics law firmsUses and Examples of Digital Forensics and Computer Investigations - In working with attorneys around the world, we have found that the number one resource we have in our favor is a strong understanding of the legal system, and how our investigation will be used or viewed. This helps our attorney clients understand how the evidence we have found will help them or potentially hurt them.

trial preparationTrial preparation involves gathering and preparing the raw materials for a court case or hearing. Additionally, trial preparation gives a judge and a jury an overall, better understanding of the facts and information that are presented in a lawsuit. Depending on the nature of the lawsuit, preparation tasks may differ. Effective trial preparation can be essential to winning a case, so it should never be ignored.

webinar UPSDon't forget the webinar discussion about the difference between the UPS and power inverters which is being aired at 16:30 on Tuesday the 9th June 2015.

Ryan Barlow CTO at e4Although concerns like security, cost and risk have impacted on widespread adoption of the cloud, more South African businesses are beginning to invest in cloud based services. This is according to Ryan Barlow, CTO at e4. Barlow says there is an increase in adoption of products like Office365 and Salesforce for example.

cross-referencing Ms WordOne feature that I get questions about is the cross-reference capability. This is the ability to insert text that references things like numbered paragraphs. We've probably all had the frustration of having a reference in your text that says something like "As explained in paragraph 3.1..." and then in the course of editing your document pargraph 3.1 becomes paragraph 3.4 and suddenly your text is wrong.
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webinar UPSOn the 9th June 2015 at 16:30 we will be hosting an online Google Hangout chat on the difference between a UPS and an Inverter power backup for your PC or TV, so that we can catch you at your desk just before you leave the office.

MS Word for lawyersWhen laying out your document in Word, it’s sometimes helpful to view multiple pages on the screen at one time, especially if you have a large monitor. Seeing multiple pages at a time allows you to get a sense of how your overall layout looks.
Read more at How To Geek...

dictation tipsWhen it comes to accurate dictation, a few simple guidelines will help not only make transcription of your files easier and more accurate, whilst saving you money into the bargain. The first choice is the equipment you use, but whether it’s a dictation machine or a Smartphone with the latest dictation app., it’s important not to...
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ransomwareWhat is Ransomware? Ransomware is the universal name for any harmful program that takes your data captive and then demands a ransom "at gunpoint".

evernote for attorneysEvernote is more than a note-taking application. I use it to store ideas, recordings, projects, tasks, images, and other information. Evernote allows me to offload my brain and organize my life. And how do lawyers use Evernote? I asked a few Evernote-loving lawyers. Here are their stories.

online banking fraudMany South Africans have lost money after criminals stole funds from their online banking accounts – here is what to watch out for. While the methods used to steal a person’s banking details may differ, the process followed by fraudsters to steal money from online banking users in South Africa is nearly always the same.
Read more at MyBroadband...

document automation at law firmsIn recent months I’ve attended a number of legal conferences and a topic that comes up often is the increasing need for attorneys to use technology to automate their practices’ workflows in order to compete in today’s rapidly changing legal marketplace. The thinking is that by automating and streamlining their firms’ processes, preparing documents and providing other types of legal services will take less time, allowing lawyers to offer more competitive prices when faced with the prevalence of sites like LegalZoom. It’s really not that crazy of an idea.
Read more at Above the Law...

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