Checking on what Google has recorded on your phone

By now, people who are ignorant to the capabilities of mass surveillance are fatally far behind in their understanding. We’re going to go over the basics, and then we’re going to go over realistically exactly what surveillance everybody is probably under at all times nowadays.
Read more at Anonews...

Productivity tips for lawyers

Lawyers juggle between multiple tasks during a work day and find themselves constrained for time. The legal profession is becoming extremely demanding. Lawyers often work 12-14 hours a day. How do they manage juggling between the workload while remaining productive throughout the day at the same time?
Read more at Pleaders...

Philips Speechlive white paper

The work of a lawyer involves a lot of dictating. Letters and submissions which have to be typed out later. Combining a quality Philips professional dictation recorder with the Philips SpeechLive cloud-based service allows you to dictate from anywhere and send your dictations to a designated recipient, maximizing your daily productivity and efficiency.

trends for law firms in 2019

The 2019 Citi Hildebrandt Client Advisory, (Citi Report) an annual survey of law firm fiscal performance, drew considerable industry attention following its December release. The opening sentence of the Executive Summary is the likely reason: “The US law firm industry is enjoying its strongest growth in almost a decade.”
Read more at Forbes...

Legal Tech predictions 2019

Another year down, another year where the entire legal profession hasn’t been replaced by robots. Strike that one in the win column, I’d say. Still, even if your firm’s newest associate isn’t named HAL, there are more than enough technological innovations in recent years to make you feel like you’re practicing law in the future. And those advancements will only continue as automation, artificial intelligence, and other new pieces of tech become second nature in many law firms and legal departments.
Read more at Law.Com...

Tech Trends for 2019 by Didata

Dimension Data has launched its Tech Trends 2019 report developed by its team of technology experts. The report identifies fundamental industry trends that will come to define the business technology landscape in 2019 across customer experience, cybersecurity, digital business, digital infrastructure, digital workplace, technology futures, and services.
Read more at Business Tech...

Dual monitor setup

Using two monitors is a simple enough concept. You would think that all you’d have to do is just plug any video display into the applicable port on your laptop or PC and you’re good to go. The multiple monitors should just instantly turn on and start working, right? Well, that’s usually not the case.
Read more at Make Use Of...

How to cut Telkom Contract

Many Telkom customers have complained about issues trying to cancel their accounts, with some being unable to process their cancellations for months on end. Telkom recently moved to a new cancellation system, leaving many customers confused as to how to proceed when trying to cancel their products.
Read more at MyBroadband...

Grant Christianson Legal Advisor at e4

As South Africa’s business sector continues to expand across a myriad of digital platforms, cybercrime continues to threaten this burgeoning digital sphere. “There are many victims of cybercrime, with limited recourse available in terms of current South African law. The need for tighter and more effective legislation is pressing,” says Grant Christianson, e4’s Group Legal Advisor.

Billable hour

It has been blamed for blocking business development and for penalising efficiency, yet despite its drawbacks, the billable hour has managed to persist in the legal profession. Faced with spending cuts by clients, stiffer competition from upstart legal services providers, and the rise of automation andartificial intelligence (AI), law firms’ traditional model of the billable hour may have had its time in the sun.
Read more at Raconteur...

wifi human detection through walls

With nothing but a smartphone and some clever computation, researchers can exploit ambient signals to track individuals in their own homes. In theory, they say, it ought to be possible to use this changing electromagnetic field to work out the position, actions, and movement of individuals.
Read more at Medium...

GDPR and the affect in South Africa

In May this year, the European Commission's (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect. The GDPR is a new data privacy and protection framework aimed at improving Europe's data privacy laws, and which could be described as a first cousin (replacing the EU's Data Protection Directive (EU Directive)) to South Africa's POPIA, the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013.

How to protect your Facebook profile

Facebook is currently facing a scandal over the use of its data by British political research company Cambridge Analytica. Most people forget that when they download an app or sign into a website with Facebook, they are giving those companies a look into their Facebook profile. Your profile can often include your email address and phone number as well as your work history and current location, people don't realise that if you're sharing that data with friends, then apps used by those friends can see that data as well!
Read more at ILFScience...

Customer experience

According to Gartner, customer experience (CX) - more than products or solutions - is the new battlefront for business, with 81% of marketers saying that by 2020 they expect to be competing mostly or completely on the basis of CX. However, with customer expectations constantly rising, businesses continue to fall behind.

Productivity up for law firms

If your law firm has a website, you are already light years ahead of your professional peers. But do you have the technology in place to improve your firm’s cash flow, client communications, and overall productivity? Though technoshock is on a precipitous decline, many lawyers still find themselves situated between complacency with their base tech and sheer overwhelm.
Read more at Above the Law...

Using the correct gender neutral language in your agreements

Gender neutrality is important when writing about people because it is more accurate — not to mention respectful — and is consistent with the values of equality recognised, for example, in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is also professionally responsible…
Read more at The Department of Justice in Canada website...

Mobile apps for SA Lawyers

Mobile apps provide faster access to information – instead of having to use mobile web browsing. Legal practitioners can download apps that will enable them to access information faster and more easily. There are apps that can make the work of a legal practitioner much easier. Below is a list of apps to assist legal practitioners.
Read more at DeRebus...

Five Ways for Law Firms to Become More Efficient

Modern law firms and legal departments continually look for new ways to increase their efficiency and drive productivity. Nevertheless, less than 30% of law firms have an employee tasked to drive innovation technology, and the same is likely true of corporate legal departments. Those firms and companies that do have dedicated technology specialists tend to be larger or even the largest of market participants.
Read more at Law Technology Today...

Intergreatme FICA solution

At the recent ITU World 2018 I cornered one of the founders of Intergreatme and asked him to share his story on why they started this much needed business and to explain how the system fundamentally worked and the benefits to law firms.

Managing the risk of ransomware in law firms

A recent study claims that one in two South African law firms have had at least one ransomware attack in the past two years.  And if you have had a ransomware attack, you will know just how much it cost you to recover from it.  But how do you protect your systems from ransomware?

Simon Slater, chief operating officer at e4

Digitisation is transforming business and impacting consumers through every stage of their daily lives. While rapidly becoming a way of life, onboarding consumers digitally is still in its infancy, but is becoming a major focus for every financial institution across the country.

effective dictation tips from powerhouse dictation

Most of the time audio recordings need to be transcribed. However there are times when the audio is of poor quality or badly dictated and this makes it very difficult for the typist to transcribe the document correctly. Here are some helpful tips to ensure that your recordings can be easily transcribed with minimal errors and editing.

automate maintenance tasks in Windows 10

Just like with any operating system, keeping a Windows PC running well requires some maintenance. The good news is that  you can automate most of the important maintenance tasks, and keep Windows humming along like it was freshly installed.
Read more at How to Geek...

Using technology in law firms in Africa

Being a good lawyer is no longer enough. In uncertain times, and an increasingly complex world, the market has begun demanding a new pace and scale of doing business.

Baker McKenzie

African innovation is on the rise and the continent could play host to several new technology disruptions in the next few years. According to Darryl Bernstein, Partner and Head of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice at  Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg, it is an increasingly common belief that various technologies benefit from the lack of  IT legacy systems and old, entrenched infrastructure in Africa.

Andrea Tucker - Business Applications Head at e4

Cloud integration is rapidly becoming one of 2018’s top software trends. Andrea Tucker, Business Applications Head (R&D) at e4, says that developing data integration is proving to be a ‘must-have’ for cloud-focused enterprises and service providers.

Conveyancing scam alert for South Africans

As automation improves, so does the level of property scams, and while every precaution is taken, there will always be yet another way that fraudsters discover to deceive buyers and sellers out of large sums of money, says Craig Hutchison, CEO Engel & Völkers Southern Africa.
Read more at Business Tech...

targeted cyber attacks on law firms

Corporate companies are by no means immune to cybercrime, with McAfee’s latest report1 indicating that it cost the global economy as much as $600 billion in 2017. According to Christopher Appanah, Claims Team Leader (PI and Liability) at SHA Specialist Underwriters, cybercrime is also evolving rapidly with attacks becoming more elaborate.

Darryl Bernstein

Businesses in Africa that process customer data from the European Union (EU) must ensure they are fully compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), set to become effective in May 2018.

Wiping your old PC clean before selling it

While there’s nothing to stop you selling your PC with the contents of its hard drive intact, it’s a very bad idea. Apart from the fact that you’ll be giving the new owner access to all of your files and other personal information, you’ll also be selling any software that’s still installed. Even if this was legal (which it usually isn’t), that means you won’t be able to install the same software on your new PC — not without breaking the law, anyway.
Read more at BT Home...

Building blocks of a startup law firm

Running a successful law practice takes a lot more than just a law degree. While you may be the best in your chosen field of law, you will fall short if you are not able to compete with other successful attorneys in the marketplace.

lawyer email tips

“We deeply regret that privileged documents were inadvertently emailed to a reporter at The Wall Street Journal,” read the apology email to PepsiCo from law firm Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale, and Dorr. No one wants to find themselves writing these words to a client.
Read more at National Law Review...

Mobile security

As social media continues to gain prominence among South African consumers, platforms like Instagram, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter have also become a platform where fraudsters attempt to catch unsuspecting consumers off guard.
Read more at BereaMail...

Hard drive and magnet test

You’ve heard it somewhere down the line: “Don’t put a magnet near your laptop, it will mess up the hard drive.” This is thanks to the popular tech legend that household magnets can interfere with the data stored on a hard drive. The theory is that if you place a magnet on a mechanical hard drive, it can wipe its data.
Read more at MyBroadband...

Digital conveyancing close in the UK

Changes to Land Registration rules announced today (23 January) will mean the UK is moving closer to buying and selling homes without the need for paper deeds.
Read more at Best Advice...

Best of CES 2018

Finally, after long hours of debating about which of our finalists should win our Best of CES (Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas) awards this year, we've made our decisions. Below is our list of winners for each category, as well as Best of the Best and People's Choice. 
Read more at Engadget...

Be careful with document metadata

Last week, we indicated that there are a number of risks involved with accepting a printed document at face value. What follows are some visual examples of those pitfalls.

Domain Names

Choosing the right domain name can get some additional benefits for your business and make your website more appealing to new visitors. Currently, there are more than 330.6 million registered domain names and the number is increasing exponentially. This Website Builder infographic illustrates some interesting facts about domain names and their importance in your online presence.
Read more at Website Builder...

Electronic messages in court

Section 14  and 15 of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, 2002 (ECTA) allows for the admission of documents which is of electronic origin on the same basis as documentary evidence and implicitly states that such documents may not be excluded merely because they are “duplicate originals” or emanates from electronic means.

Paperless with DocFusion

In today’s age, merging all the processes required for an automated system can be tricky and costly. This has paved the way for the development and introduction of solutions that streamline critical business processes and functions, of which document automation is considered one of the most important.

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