Source: “The Ultimate Guide To Solving IOS Battery Drain” published at kwikboost.com
Did you know that fake iPhones are a growing problem? 40,000 counterfeit iPhones were recently seized in China, and people have been caught selling them in Maryland and California. Counterfeit consumer electronics were the second-most-seized commodity in 2013 and 2014, with an estimated retail price of approximately $150 million – and those are just the ones that were caught!
Do you know how to spot a fake iPhone? It’s not as easy as you might think, and to make it worse they come in two varieties: Frankenphones, which contain real Apple parts and run iOS but were assembled from smuggled or recycled phones, and Android phones that are disguised and passed off as iPhones. The following tips may help you detect the fakes and protect yourself and your wallet:
- Frankenphones may look legit, but their software will probably seem sluggish, because their motherboards are from older models;
- The IMEI numbers on Frankenphones probably won’t match. The number engraved in tiny print just under the logo on the back of an iPhone 6 should always match the one found at Settings > General > About.
- To detect an Android in disguise, try to invoke Siri by pressing the Home button. If she doesn’t answer, you’ve got a problem.
- You can also look at the icons to help determine if it’s an Android. For instance, if a Google Play app is visible or if the App Store doesn’t go to Apple’s App Store, it’s not an iPhone.
- You can also detect an Android by copying the serial number in Settings (just above the IMEI described above) and pasting it in Apple’s online warranty checker. Unless the information matches, you’ve got a problem.
The article linked below contains some additional warning signs, and you should check it out before you decide to make a purchase. When all else fails, remember the old adage that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
In today’s world where it seems everyone over the age of ten years old has a smartphone of some kind, it becomes ever more likely that much of your evidence in a family law case will come directly from a mobile device owned by your client, the opposing client, the parties’ children, or another witness. Transferring data is therefore an important skill for attorneys to possess.
In some cases, it will make sense to hire a computer or technology expert to create an image of the entire device in order to gather the evidence, but what about the routine photos, videos, and audio files that your client brings to your office on his or her phone? You want to preserve that information to avoid inadvertent deletions, but your client may not want to send such sensitive information by email – or maybe the files are too large to easily send via email.
If your office uses Apple computers, the process is very easy, as these machines have native software included which allows you to easily transfer these files from just about any device your client may have, as long as it has the ability to connect to your Mac’s USB port. Just follow these simple steps:
1. Connect the device to your computer.
2. Using the Spotlight feature on your Mac, open the Image Capture app. You should see the connected device listed in the menu along the left side.
3. Click on the device. A listing of all transferrable files on the device should populate in the main app window.
4. To import all of the files, simply click the “Import All” button after choosing the download file location. To import only certain files, select each individual file you wish to import and click “Import”.
5. Once the import is complete, simply disconnect the device from the computer.
If you still use a PC, you can obtain the data using the Windows Import Utility, as follows:
1. Connect the device to your computer.
2. Select “Import pictures and videos using Windows”
3. Click “Import Settings” link to set several options such as the file names and tags you wish to assign upon downloading and whether or not you wish to delete the files from the device after importing.
4. Click “Import” once all the settings have been designated.
5. Once the import is complete, simply disconnect the device from the computer.
Both The Mac Lawyer and Mrs. Mac Lawyer got new iPhones within the last few weeks. If you have gotten a new one too, you should consider the following steps from Macworld.com to easily set up iPhone 6:
- Back up your old phone. Plug your old iPhone into your computer; go to iTunes; select your iPhone; under Backups, choose This Computer; and click “back up now”. Pro Tip: If you select “encrypt local backup”, your account passwords are stored so that you won’t have to enter them all again – and you also get maximum privacy protection too.
- Restore from backup. Plug your new iPhone into your computer, navigate to iTunes, and then restore form the backup you just created.
- Finish the setup. Enter your iCloud account password, enter a second security code if you’re using two-factor authentication (and you should be), agree to the iCloud terms and conditions, and designate how people can reach you over iMessage and Face Time.
- Set up your Touch ID. Simply follow the instructions on your iPhone, which will involve you repeatedly touching the home button’s fingerprint sensor with your thumb so that it can learn your fingerprint. You will probably want to add your other thumb at Settings > Passcode for added ease of use.
- Pick a size with Display Zoom. You can choose between standard view and zoomed view. The latter simply enlarges everything, which I can tell you is much easier on older eyes.
- Peruse the settings. Check out the new options and the ones that were brought over from your old iPhone.
- Update your apps. Go to the App Store app and update all of your apps. You can easily have all your apps auto-update by going to Settings > iTunes & App Stores > Automatic Downloads.
- Install some widgets. Simply pull down from the top of your screen to show your Notification Center, scroll to the bottom, tap Edit, and then choose which apps’ widgets you want to include. You can select from upcoming appointments, package-tracking, Kindle status, and many others.
- Open the Tips app. This new app provides helpful tips about using your new iPhone, delivered in handy, bite-sized chunks.
- Set up Apple Pay. Load your credit or debit card and speed up your checkouts. Remember, this does not expose your real credit card info to the stores, so you don’t have to worry about getting a new card if/when that store gets hacked.
The above steps are just an overview, and you can read Macworld’s fully comprehensive setup guide to get step-by-step assistance.
As you are no doubt aware, Mac OS X Yosemite is now available, and many have already made the switch to take advantages of its new features (and it’s free). However, if you haven’t yet made the move, do you know if your Mac is actually able to run Yosemite?
The easy answer is that if your Mac is running Mavericks (Mac OS X 10.9), it is able to run Yosemite, as they both have the same system requirements. To make it easy, here’s Apple’s list of Macs that will support Yosemite:
- iMac (Mid-2007 or later)
- MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17-inch, Late 2007 or later)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
- Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
- Xserve (Early 2009)
If you need help determining whether your Mac has the required 2GB of RAM or 8GB of available storage space for the installation, click here for Macworld’s step-by-step guide. As for me, I haven’t downloaded Yosemite yet (because I have been unusually busy at work), but I plan to do so in the next week or so.
Source: “Which Macs can run OS X Yosemite?” by Leah Yamshon, published at Macworld.com.
Most lawyers, particularly older ones, dictate as part of their daily life. Did you know that your Mac will allow you to dictate to it? Well, it’s true. Even better, it’s super easy and highly accurate (and free).
The ability to dictate to your Mac is built directly into OS X, and when enabled, you can dictate directly into any app that you can type in, which covers most programs, including Word, Pages, Mail, Chrome, Safari, etc. By default, dictation requires an internet connection, because it sends your spoken words to Apple’s servers to be translated into text.
To enable dictation, simply go to > System Preferences > Dictation & Speech and make sure Dictation is turned “On”. You have the option here to use “enhanced dictation”, which enables you to dictate when you are offline, though it is not as accurate.
You can also select a shortcut key to turn the dictation on. By default, it’s Function + Function, but you have other options or can customize your own if you prefer. The internal microphone is the default input, but you can specify an external microphone at System Preferences > Sound > Input, which may come in handy if you work in a noisy environment.
So, if you want to dictate with your word processing program, you can either (a) go to Edit > Start Dictation or (b) press fn + fn and start talking. When you are finished, click “Done” (or press Return) and your words will appear on screen. Of course, you can include punctuation by saying “comma”, “period”, etc. as you go.
Dictation will highlight any words that it unsure whether it deciphered correctly, and you can then right-click on those words for alternatives and options or you can edit them yourself. You can learn more about dictation here.
Circus Ponies NoteBook is a unique productivity tool that can be used in many different ways. My good friend, Kern Lewis, a trial attorney in Grapevine, TX, has used this program for several years to help organize his cases and present them at trial.
Kern recent conducted an hour long webinar to demonstrate his techniques, and he was kind enough to record it and allow me to share it with my readers. I have uploaded the video to YouTube, which you can view here or below.
Kern has also been generous enough to share his NoteBook template referenced in the video. You can get your own copy of Kern’s sample template by emailing me and asking for it.
I want to extend my heartiest thanks to Kern for his time and effort in producing this video and also for his willingness to allow me to share it with my readers. If you are interested in learning more about Kern’s practice, I encourage you to visit his firm’s website WarriorsForJustice.com.
iPad use continues to increase in the legal field, and millions of attorneys use them to work on their clients’ cases every day. In light of our ethical obligation to safeguard and protect our clients’ information, we should take all reasonable steps to ensure that the information on our iPads is secure and out of the reach of thieves and hackers. The following tips and suggestions can help you keep your iPad secure:
1. Don’t leave it lying around. iPads are easy targets for thieves, so don’t let yours out of your sight when in a public place. Also, don’t leave it in plain view in your car or you might end of up with a broken window too.
2. Use a passcode. Although it’s not 100% hacker-proof, it will block unauthorized users from accessing your information.
3. Consider enabling automatic data erasing. You can configure your iPad to erase your data after 10 failed pass-code attempts. However, this may not be a good solution for anyone who constantly forgets a password or for those who have kids trying to log in repeatedly.
4. Encrypt your hard drive. On your iPad, simply enabling the password will turn on encryption. All iOS devices also come with a second layer of encryption (called data protection) that protects your e-mails and attachments. This protection can’t be broken, even if the passcode is stripped.
5. Enable iCloud Find My Phone. This is a valuable tool to use if your iPad is misplaced. With it, you can log in and find your iPad and/or remotely wipe it if you have sensitive data on it.
6. Install software updates. As with all software, make sure you have the latest iOS security updates installed to protect against hackers and viruses.
7. Only connect to trusted WiR networks. Public WiFis are open territory for hackers and identity thieves. Whenever you connect, make sure it’s a legitimate, secure connection.
This article was excerpted from the Technology Tips newsletter published by Tom Lambotte, President of GlobalMacIT, an Apple-centric IT firm in Northeast Ohio that specializes in business solutions for law firms, small businesses. Their monthly newsletters are an excellent resource for Mac users, and you can access their archive of past newsletters here.
Did you know that Mac OS X will allow you to print documents without opening them? It’s really easy, and (as with most things on a Mac) it works exactly the way that you would expect.
To print a document, select it in the Finder, and then press Command + P and it will print to your default printer using your default settings. You don’t have to do anything else except get your document off the printer.
If you want or need to print multiple documents, just hold down the command key and select on the desired documents before clicking Command + P. All of your desired documents will then print to your default printer easy as pie.
If you work with PTX transcript files, you already know that it can be frustrating doing so on a Mac. One of my readers, Nathan Chaney, a patent attorney in Arkadelphia, AR, developed a solution for working with PTX files on a Mac, and he has graciously agreed to share it with my readers. His guest post includes an installation guide for installing the PTX viewer on Wine and then installing a PDF printer that will work to convert the PTX files to PDF. Thanks so much to Nathan for his work in developing this solution and for sharing it with my readers.
Many colleagues know I have an IT background, so I field lots of Mac-In-Law-Office questions. I recently fielded a question about PTX transcript files, and I learned that Clarity Legal’s online .ptx conversion tool, which has been featured on Ben’s blog before, has been shuttered.
I use the emulation program Wine to run the Windows PTX viewer from the Mac. This is a how-to guide for installing the programs necessary to (1) run the E-Transcript Viewer, and (2) save the transcripts as PDF files. It’s a little bit involved, and requires some use of the command line.
First, install XCode from the App Store. Next, we’ll need to install some command line tools. If you are running OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), open a Terminal windows (/Applications/Terminal) and run the following command:
Run the following command to agree to the XCode license (you’ll need to be an administrator of the computer and enter your password for the sudo command several times throughout this process):
sudo xcodebuild -license
If you’re running an earlier version of OS X, open the XCode application, find the “Downloads” pane, and download and install the Command Line Tools from that pane.
Next, you’ll need the Macports package installation manager, available here. Choose the version that corresponds to your operating system, and install the package. When it’s finished, run the following command to update Macports to the latest release:
sudo port -v selfupdate
We’re going to use MacPorts to install a package called CUPS-PDF. This is very similar to the “Save as PDF” feature already on your Mac. Open up the Terminal application and run this command to install CUPS-PDF:
sudo port install cups-pdf
The output of this command will give you some instructions to run upon initial setup. They are:
ln -s /opt/local/var/spool/cups-pdf/$USER ~/Desktop/cups-pdf
sudo killall -1 cupsd
The first command creates a shortcut to the CUPS-PDF output folder on your Desktop. You canmove this shortcut into whichever folder you prefer. The second command will require you to be an administrator and type in your password (it uses the sudo command).
The next thing to do is install the CUPS-PDF printer on your Mac. Go to System Preferences > Printers & Scanners, and click the ‘+’ below the printer list (see image at right). CUPS-PDF should appear in the ‘Default’ list.
Simply highlight CUPS-PDF, click ‘Add’, and you should have a CUPS-PDF printer in your printer list. (This will work for printing other things to PDF too — for instance, if you want to change options in the print dialog, but Save to PDF won’t let you, the CUPS-PDF printer is a good solution).
Next, we’ll use Macports to install Wine, along with a couple of packages needed to compile Wine:
sudo port install apple-gcc42 git-core wine-devel
This will likely take a while. Take an opportunity to quench the thirst all this talk about wine and port created. The next step is to install the transcript viewer, available here. Download the file, then type the following commands into your Terminal:
Of course, use the version number of the file you downloaded on the last command. This will open an E-Transcript Viewer installation window. Wine may need to install a few packages to make this all work; just follow the prompts to install them if so. Use the default values for installation of the E-Transcript Viewer, and complete the installation.
Finally, we’ll need to create a shortcut to the installed E-Transcript Viewer application, which is hidden. Open the TextEdit application, and click New Document. Copy and paste the following lines into the document:
wine “/Users/nathan/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/RealLegal/E-Bundle Viewer/EBundleViewer.exe”
Click Format > Make Plain Text. Save the file in the Applications Folder as “E-Transcript Viewer.command”. Finally, go back to the Terminal window and enter the following commands so that the script we just created can be executed:
chmod +x E-Transcript\ Viewer.command
Now, you should be able to double-click the ‘E-Transcript Viewer.command’ file in the Applications folder any time you need to open a .ptx file. Here’s the result:
After a few seconds, a brand-new PDF containing your transcript will appear in the folder that’s linked to your Desktop.