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Our laptop computers are our lifelines to our law practices. We use them to stay in touch with the office, communicate with clients and colleagues, and get our work done. We may have the best anti-malware software, but are we doing enough to protect our laptops from physical rather than virtual theft?

As smart phone cameras and software have improved, so has the utility of using your phone as a document scanner. A recent post on the excellent How-To Geek blog details the best way to scan documents using Android and iOS devices.

Lawyers are wordsmiths. At least we fancy ourselves such. But are we really good at the basics, such as punctuation?

It has happened to all of us. We made ill-advised changes to a document, spreadsheet, or other file. Then we saved those changes, forever overwriting the original version - or so we thought.

Savvy smartphone users know that the fastest way to respond to an email or text, or draft a new message, is to speak it. Apple's Siri is better known, but Google's voice recognition system built into every Android phone works better (at least for me and most others who've compared the two systems). For a real productivity boost, combine your Android phone's speech to text capabilities with Google Docs and dicate documents directly to your computer.

Lawyers love their iPads. Soon after the first iPad was introduced in 2010, its potential became apparent. With the subsequent development of great legal-specific apps and general purpose apps that functioned well in the legal environment, the iPad quickly became the lawyer's tablet of choice. Microsoft's more capable Surface Pro 3 is making inroads, but has not yet reached anything approaching the iPad's popularity in the legal community. As the iPad's popularity soared, so did the desire to use the iPad as a remote access platform.

The following post by Una Doyle originally appeared the web site for The Law Society of New South Wales (Australia). It is based on a presentation I gave about managing information overload.

We've just endured/survived another Black Friday. I made only a single stop. That was at my local Staples store. Staples had the Asus X205TA Windows 8.1 notebook computer on sale Black Friday for just $99.99. That is the cheapest Windows laptop I have ever seen, and I've always liked the Asus brand. So I made an impulse buy.

With the release of cheap but decent Windows 8.1 laptops like the well-reviewed HP Stream or the Asus X205 I am using, is there any reason for a lawyer to consider a Chromebook? As a Chromebook user (we have three in the family including my wonderful Acer C720p with touch screen), I would say yes.

Performace is zippier on my Chromebook than on the Asus X205, and the Chromebook is more secure and easier to maintain. However, the Asus arguably meshes better with my regular Windows-based workflow.

Which to choose for a lawyers cheap portable device?

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