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So many good things are happening at Affinity, we couldn’t help but share. Consider this our “State of Affinity.”

It finally happened - at least for the Asus Chromebook Flip. All it took was switching to the Developer Channel of Chrome OS on my Flip and the Google Play Store and its multitude of Android Apps were there for the taking.

Most of us are familiar with the dreaded Crypto-Locker ransomware outbreak that started a couple of years ago and continues with variations today. From the email warning quoted below, it appears that a new ransomware outbreak is targeting lawyers and law firms. This is especially dangerous because the email appears to come from an official state bar or lawyer regulatory organization. Be aware!

Last night something disruptive happened. For the first time, the million plus Android apps in the Google Play Store became available to run natively on Chromebooks. Not all Chromebooks just yet, but on a few, such as my Asus Chromebook Flip. This fall, nearly all newer Chromebooks will be able to run Android apps such as the excellent Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel apps.

It was announced on May 17 that Amicus Attorney was acquired by Abacus Data Systems Inc, a California based company. Affinity’s practice management team wanted to take this opportunity to let you all know that nothing has changed with respect to our support for Amicus Attorney as a result of this transaction. We’re still working daily with our contacts at Amicus in supporting, implementing, and upgrading Amicus Attorney for our clients and will continue to do so.

Many Microsoft OneDrive users fondly remember the "placeholders" from the Windows 8.1 file synchronization client. Placeholders let you see all of the files and folders in your OneDrive online storage even if those files or folders were not actually present on your computer's hard drive. Sadly, that feature was eliminated in Windows 10 (although something like it may come back soon). Now Dropbox plans to introduce a conceptually similar service with its Dropbox Infinite project.

Software Technology, Inc., the maker of Tabs3 and PracticeMaster,was awarded the 2016 Innovation Award for billing software by American Lawyer Media, Legaltech News and The Recorder. The Innovation Awards are an annual recognition of the best legal technology leaders, products, and projects in the legal community.

Once again, Affinity Consulting Group, led by Britt Lorish, Sandy Adams, Steven Best, Debbie Foster and the rest of the consulting, sales, support, and administrative staff, was named Tabs3/Practice Master Consultant of the Year.

When I feel like procrastinating from my appellate practice (reading transcripts, researching, writing, etc.), I walk my dog and listen to technology and other podcasts on my phone via a Bluetooth headset. One of the podcasts I regularly listen to paraphrased former Labor Secretary Robert Reich in saying that anyone whose job can be reduced to a simple script with a yes or no answer has just written their own pink slip. How is that relevant to the modern practice of law?

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