MS Office usage at no charge

Microsoft Office is a suite of software programs popularly used in academics and business. The products are designed to serve for different purposes, and it includes Microsoft Excel, Publisher, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook, that are designed specifically to enhance productivity. The Microsoft Office remains dominant in the field of productivity apps, but it costs a lot of dimes. Some may not be able to pay the huge price for an entire Microsoft Office license just to use a basic one.
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Get the free ebook on your paperless law firm

Taking your law firm paperless is a lot simpler than you might think—and it’s a change you can’t afford not to make: You’ll save time and money. Plus, you’ll make your clients happy! Here are some tips from Rocket Matter that will teach you how to organise, archive, and access your important documents and case files digitally. You’ll also get a first-hand look at one firm that went paperless so you can know exactly what to expect as you go through the process!
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SoftLog South Africa

Simply put, a cost recovery system is a whole lot more than a print management system. If fact the assumption that they are comparable is akin to comparing apples with oranges. Yes, they come from the same family of software - but they were built to do very different things, for very different industries. 

SoftLog South Africa

Many legal firms are under-budget every year for recoverable expenses. This can be for a number of reasons, to mention two as a start; because there has been a change in workflow processes and new ways to track, and bill, are required and because the recoveries budget is a ‘loose estimation’ based on the volume of work going through the firm. 

Whatsapp call vs cellular charges

Making a three-minute call over WhatsApp instead of cellular can save you as much as R3, depending on which service provider you use. But the quality of WhatsApp calls are heavily dependent on network strength. An average WhatsApp call uses anything from 0.15 MB to 0.47 Mb per minute.
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Avoid high data charges

The lack of insight has been labelled as a contributing factor to bill shocks for customers whose time spent in the digital world is ruined by inexplicable or rapidly depleting data.
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Save data on your smartphone

When apps aren’t in use or lying dormant, they can still drain your data faster than you can say: “There’s an app for that.” The result can be a cell phone bill full of more nasty surprises than a Donald Trump video. Some cell providers will sting you badly on the slightest overage of your monthly usage; a stark reminder of how free apps can be expensive.
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Canon 5500 new multifunction printers

Canon has announced the release of its next generation multifunctional devices, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5500 Series.

Clients hate the traditional billable hour

An article published recently in The Globe and Mail highlights a pretty solid perspective on why legal professionals dislike the way hours are currently billed, and it’s probably not what you’d expect. Allison Spiegal, a commercial litigator, noted that one of the main reasons young lawyers are leaving the legal profession early on and pursuing careers in other industries is because the reward is misappropriated by billing for time spent rather than value given.
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paperless for law firmsYou’ve heard talk of going paperless for some time now. Perhaps you’re even aware of a colleague or friend whose law office has gone paperless recently. Still need convincing? Here are some of the top benefits of going paperless to help get you motivated:

dropbox for attorneysDropbox is an online storage vault for your files that syncs with a designated folder on your computer and across mobile devices. It’s increasingly popular with lawyers as the 2014 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report indicates, with 65.3% of lawyers downloading Dropbox in 2014, up from only 15.2% the prior year. Here are stories from lawyers who use Dropbox.
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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.

onlline free law resourcesMany aspects of our daily lives involve laws: registration of births and deaths, marriage, divorce, writing of wills, employing and firing employees, living in a sectional title home, paying income tax, to name a few. For the man in the street access to up-to-date versions of South African legislation will henceforth be free of charge.This is thanks to the joint venture between the University of Pretoria and the South African Legal Information Institute (SAFLII) which was launched on Tuesday by Judge Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court.

time billingNow you can keep track of your billable hours at your Mac, PC, iPhone, or Android - automatically.

connection-telecom-logoMigrating from the traditional public switched telephone network to Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) offers enterprises many benefits associated with cost, flexibility and sheer powerful functionality.

cell bill shockGolf is an expensive hobby, but it cost one man almost R1-million recently even though he was nowhere near a green. That was his cell phone bill after an app to analyse his golf swing kept running when he travelled abroad, scoring an exorbitant case of bill shock.

Nashua with costs cutting ideasAt the centre of Nashua Mobile’s business philosophy is the promise to put its customers first and this includes SMEs, which are expected to drive the growth of technology. These businesses are always looking for ways, including increasing productivity and reducing costs, to make them even more competitive. 

save power PCFor no good reason, most computers are left powered-on during non-working hours, resulting in a significant waste of energy. Because of the rapid rise in energy prices and an increasing environmental legislation, organisations like yours are seeking new and innovative solutions to a more efficient power consumption.


I love a good hack, especially one that requires me to throw back a cold one before hand (or during). This simple wifi boost has actually been shown to increase signal strength by at least 2 to 4 bars. And, well, I will drink to that. (Editor - I tested this and got an extra 6m range.)

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Andrew Johnston smallWith the advent of technologies used in day to day business especially mobile phones and internet, professionals are now easier to get hold of and clients are often able to circumvent the professional’s administration structures. The problem is that often these professionals are handing out hours of free advice either by phone or e-mail.

android_call_limitIf you often get a shock when receiving your cellular bill - then this free Android application will be just what you need. It limits the call to a predetermined length and ends the call.

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whatsappSometimes great applications just seem to slip past everyone without too many people knowing about it. Well this application is one such application, but before it slips past us all, I thought it would be a great idea to share this discovery with those that have not stumbled across it already.

du_pont_logoExpired cellphone contracts which no longer attract the reduced subscription that made the contract a "good deal" in the first place; Monthly contract payments for mobile phone numbers no longer in use within a business; Contracts taken out many years previously which are far more expensive than more current packages - yet are allowed to roll over from month to month;Cellphone contracts assigned to staff members based on their status rather than business need...

pretonToner and Ink Saving Software Company, Preton Ltd, announced last month the test results accumulated by the independent research advisor and consultant, bradham360 Ltd. and Industry Analysts, Inc. The test results, as established by bradham360 Ltd and Industry Analysts, Inc, proved that when employing the PretonSaver solution on a mixed content document (with text, graphics, and images), savings of 68.8% were achieved.

tonersinksI purchased an HP Colour LaserJet model number CP2025 about 6 months ago. It was shipped with "starter" cartridges (the salesperson explained that the starter cartridges were roughly one-third full). Not a problem though, since I knew about that already. As expected, the initial cartridges didn't last long before the printer stopped printing as it needed a new black cartridge.

rsvp_logoHere is a great application which caters for all occasions and events and is free to use for home and business. What I liked about the Saas application was that you still send out your invitation as you normally would - for me it was Outlook merge - then RSVPhere does the rest all online.

chrometa_logoChrometa, creator of its proprietary automatic time tracking software, is proud to offer Tech4Law readers a special discount of 20%. Please use promo code "TECH4LAW" when checking out to redeem your discount. This offer will expire on the 30th April 2010 and is limited to Tech4Law subscribers. For more information on the Chrometa time tracking software go to Thanks to Brett & his team for this offer!

chrometa_logoBrett Owens, co-founder of Chrometa says, "We’re excited to announce that we are now providing free licenses of Chrometa for law students, including those in South Africa, as requested by Tech4Law! The idea spawned from a conversation that we were having with the fine folks who run Social Media Law Student. We were originally planning to offer a steep discount on Chrometa for students in their listening audience…

free_noteThe terms free software and open-source software are hovering at the fringe of most computer users' consciousness. But whether you know it or not, you already use a lot of free, open-source software every day. You could be saving considerable money by using it in your law practice, too.

gabblePlanning for the future, especially now with the global economic recession firmly taking hold, could be considered "like changing the wheel on a moving car," says international legal futurist, author and technology consultant Richard Susskind about the challenges facing the legal profession today.

landline_to_cell1Most of our business calls at the office are during the Telkom "Peak time" and we thought it would be a good idea to work out whether it was cheaper to call another party across the country from your Telkom line or from your Cellular phone.

dont_throw_money_down_the_drainHow would you like to save your firm money on your Telkom bill, and not have to change a single telephone or switchboard to achieve the savings? Even better, you don't have to do anything except phone Telkom and ask them for a discount.

memI recently upgraded two notebooks, and thought it would be a good idea to test the speed improvements. The price of the 1Gb DDR2 800Mhz notebook memory module was R130 ex VAT - at R260 for 2Gb it was well worth it.

auditThe premise of an audit is a simple one: How can you know where you are going if you don't know where you are? Today, cost savings have become a huge concern. And you cannot make good budget, spending and cost-cutting decisions without knowing the facts. How well do you or the decision-makers at your firm know what technology you already have and use or don't use?

tonersinksWe have been asked to do a little research on the price of toners from various consumable suppliers, as people thought that they were paying a little too much for the toner or ink cartridges.

cut_costsGenerally speaking, cutting costs is good advice in any economy. Even when times are flush you really shouldn't be paying for things you don't need, or paying more than necessary for the things you do need. But when money gets tight you want to be sure you're using what you have more efficiently.

abaFirms are feeling the pinch and we'd like to offer some tips for surviving this recession and see why this is a good opportunity to refocus your firm and put it back on the right track.

pricecheck_logoThe best way to find a bargain online is by comparing prices, and this is exactly what PriceCheck offers South Africa. At PriceCheck, you can find and compare products from established online shops catering for internet purchases in South Africa as well as user contributions.


deedDeeds Office search costs are often overlooked, since all search costs are disbursed to the end client. What firms don't realize is that invariably they recover a standard amount anyway - typically around R80 per matter.

gmail_logoI always take it for granted that people know certain things, like the fact that Google Mail is one of the most popular email systems available, and that it is absolutely free.

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