News of Interest to members of the Knoxville Bar
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Google Voice for All
Google Voice is a free service that works with your existing phones and includes many of the benefits usually reserved for expensive, technologically advanced phone systems. It transcribes voicemails and e-mails them to you, offers free long distance phone calls, permits simultaneous rings on whichever phone lines you designate, and incorporates call screening, just to name a few features. The one feature it had been missing was availability. Up until recently, Google Voice was invite only and invitations were scarce. No longer – it is now available to everyone in the U.S. and the features continue to improve.
Apple iPhone 4 Review
Apple released a new iPhone and once again users lined up in droves to get their hands on it. Apple reportedly sold 1.7 million new iPhones in the first three days and a staggering 600,000 people pre-ordered the phone before ever laying eyes or hands on it. The new iPhone is not all roses, though. Reports of antenna problems have somewhat marred the launch. Is the new iPhone worth the hype?
Free Wi-Fi at Starbucks
For those laptop-toting legal professionals ever in search of free wi-fi access on the road, Starbucks has ridden to the rescue. As of July 1, you can access free, unlimited wi-fi at all company owned Starbucks stores. Reportedly, free wi-fi is just the beginning; soon users at Starbucks will be able to access content that is normally reserved behind pay-walls, such as the Wall Street Journal, without incurring the cost of a subscription.
Find my iPad
The iPad – Apple's suddenly-ubiquitous tablet computers – can be useful to legal professionals in a host of ways: reading e-mail, keeping track of appointments, and remote controlling your computer back at your office, among others. Now you can add “foiling crime” to that list. Apple offers a “Find My iPad” service, which, along with a $99 annual fee for MobileMe, can help locate devices that are missing or stolen. Find My iPad works in several ways: it can make the iPad issue a ring tone (in case it is just misplaced in your home), display a message on the iPad screen, lock the iPad with a password of your choosing, or completely wipe the iPad's memory. It can also use the integrated GPS functionality to locate the iPad via satellite. Lest this seem like mere puffery, Black Eyed Peas front man Will.i.am recently used the Find My iPad functionality to locate his stolen iPad and send the authorities to the thieves' location.
IBM Chooses Firefox for Default Browser
If switching from Internet Explorer to a more modern browser such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome seems interesting but risky, it may help to ease your concerns to know that IBM just switched their default browser for all users to Firefox. Big Blue's 400,000 employees will now access the web using Firefox instead of Internet Explorer and all new computers rolled out to employees will come preloaded with Firefox.
Running Free: Understanding Open Source Software for Your Firm
Open source software has not yet been widely adopted by lawyers and law firms, even as it continues to gain adherents in other areas of technology. For example, Google's popular Android smartphone operating system and Mozilla's Firefox browser are both examples of open source software. Because open source software tends to be free or at least less expensive than proprietary software, there is a strong business case to be made for considering whether it has a place in your firm.
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