Truecaller 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.
The 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.
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We 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 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.
This 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.
What 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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Microsoft 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.
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Big 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 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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Have 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?
Over 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.
Moving 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.
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Facebook 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.
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Moving 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.
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In 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.
Those 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.
When 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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You 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.
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Who 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.
We 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.
Uses 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 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.
Don'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.
Although 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.
One 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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On 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.
When 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.
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When 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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What is Ransomware? Ransomware is the universal name for any harmful program that takes your data captive and then demands a ransom "at gunpoint".
Evernote 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.
Many 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.
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In 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.
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Surprisingly, computer criminals tend to have no prior record of crime. Computer criminals also tend to be responsible, honest people in a position of trust. In fact, many of the businesses that fall victim to a computer crime, find out that it was one of their employees that was the perpetrator of the act.
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes, not only in South Africa but worldwide. 1 370 cases had been reported to the Southern African Fraud Prevention Service (SAFPS) as at the end of April 2014.
To say that lawyers are busy is definitely an understatement. Between juggling the documents, clients and appointments, getting through the day greatly depends on one’s ability to complete important tasks on the go. But, as digitisation has found its role in our society, so have the ever-important productivity tools, which can help us do our business more efficiently.
Many of us start up our computer and conduct all types of activities and business, including banking, without a second thought. Well, I have written this article so that perhaps you will give it a second thought.
Imagine this scenario: your employer gives you a ticking time bomb full of child porn and then you get fired and then you get prosecuted as some kind of freak. George Fitzmons spent seven months in San Bernardino County Jail, even though he was innocent of the charges against him. What were those charges? The charge was possession of child pornography; Mr. Fitzmons was facing life in state prison.
No matter your practice area or the number of attorneys in your organization, the 10 legal technology innovations outlined here affect you. No matter the size of your bank account, you can’t afford to ignore them. What have been the critical changes in recent years and what do they tell us about where the profession is headed?
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During an employment litigation case, computer forensics can be the key element in the case. Emails, file transfers, and HTML caches are some of the "smoking guns" found during computer forensic investigations that have helped dismiss or settle cases. Some investigations reveal deliberate efforts to hide or destroy information and can lead to claims of spoliation.
A sinister new bug hitting Android devices is capable of making calls, sending messages, and taking pictures, all while the phone appears to be off. According to Digital forensics company Rick Crouch & Associates, the malware—called PowerOffHijack—presents a fake dialogue box that prompts the user to shut down when the power button is pressed.