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Posts published in November 2016

SC Bar PMAP’s Fun and Practical Tech List

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An annual favorite – the PMAP fun and practical Tech list is here just in time for the holidays. If you’re clueless about what to buy this year, don’t despair. We’ve got 12 great ideas!

FujifilmUS Instax Mini 8 camera – remember those old Polaroid cameras?pexels-photo-191160 They’re back!
Don’t be afraid! This is not your Mom’s polaroid! This camera comes in a variety of colors with this particular link going to the powder blue option. It comes with a lot of accessories, with the exception of film. It’s perfect for any age to use and makes a handy camera to have at the office!

Armani EA Connected Watches – this unique watch wireless syncs and is compatible with Apple® and Android™ smartphones. It has a 6 month guaranteed battery life. Some of its features include: the ability to automatically convert time as you travel, track sleep and activity, set up notifications, etc.

 Padaday Darth Vader Optical Illusion Desk Lamp – Stars Wars is back and so is Star Wars memorabilia. snipdarthvaderThis lamp comes complete with a color changing mode and with a USB power adapter. You can use it as a nightlight or as a fun conversation piece in your bedroom, living room, theatre room, etc., with your other Star Wars memorabilia.  Be sure to note the light does not cut off automatically and may not be delivered until after Christmas, according to Amazon.

Corkcicle Canteens – these fun, colorful canteens come in a variety of shapes and sizes.16oz_glosscaribbeangreen_front
They are guaranteed to keep drinks ice cold for up to 25 hours or hot for up to 12 without freezing or sweating…and possibly, even longer for drinks containing ice! These make the perfect gift for anyone on your gift list!

Google Home – Google Home is Google’s version of Amazon’s Echo and Alexa. It’s not on your computer but is a separate device. Ask it to play music, answer questions, handle smart home/office requests (like turn the lights down or turn the thermostat up), etc.

Nintendo Classic Edition – Millennial gamers will remember this fun 1985 classic! Many are guaranteed to have it on their holiday wish list. pexels-photo-120222However, Nintendo doesn’t want fans to get their hopes up too much, as this Nintendo Classic Edition is currently out of stock. Marketers believe Nintendo will bring it back after the holiday rush is over. If you love this fun throwback, watch for announcements from Nintendo after the holidays. And, if you’re one of the lucky ones who happen to find one before January 1st, don’t pay over $60 for it, as scalpers will try to market it for four times that much.

Personalized Yoga Mat – Lawyers, like many professionals, are embracing meditation and yoga. Even if you do not practice Yoga, these personalized Yoga mats make for great gifts! Choose a mat color, thread color and monogram style from a variety of options. 16rolled-custom-matsPlus, enjoy shopping for other personalized items including pet mats, baby mats, place mats, Greek mats, bags, and more!

Paws for a Cause – Do you know someone on your gift list that is an animal lover? These adorable pillows add a cute accent for your office plus a portion of this product’s proceeds goes directly to ASPCA to help animals find their forever home!

iRobot Roomba 980 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner – this self-charging vacuum is designed to vacuum where dirt and dust hide. It is perfect for any law office, and because of its convenient scheduling, it won’t disturb meetings or office time. It can run up to two hours and allows you to clean, schedule and set preferences from your smartphone. (These feline friends approve too!)

Yoga 700 – No it is not another Yoga mat- this Yoga is an adaptable PC! However, it is as flexible as a Yogi. It can twist into different shapes such as laptop, stand, tent or tablet. It does all this with a touchscreen. Thin and light, it’s easy to carry just about anywhere!

Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard – This foldable Bluetooth portable keyboard is just right for any iOS, Android, Windows, PC, Tablets, and Smartphones. It is easy to use and pairs fast with any device with just an ON/OFF switch and a function command. It contains a built in battery, charges with micro USB cable, and turns on automatically when you open it.

Piper nv Smart Home Security System with Night Visionpexels-photo-101808This smart home security system comes with no contracts or monthly fees. Its high resolution 180 degree view camera is complete with night vision for live and recorded video. It has motion/sound detection, temperature / light humidity sensors and a 105 dB siren. Simple setup and easy to use, it is a great gift for the loved ones in your life.

Look for other fun practical and tech ideas below from other practice management advisors and tech companies around the world here:

CNET's Holiday Gift Guide

Computerworld's Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Best Buy's Top Tech 20

Happy Holidays from SC Bar PMAP!theme-christmas

 

Do you own a laptop or mobile device?

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How long has it been since you fully backed it up and encrypted it?

If your answer is longer than 30 days, then you might want to think about backing it up and encrypting it today!

Why? Because in the United States, a laptop goes missing every 50 seconds!

That's not the best odds for a busy law firm!

Don't take a chance! Fully backup and encrypt that laptop or mobile device today!

Fastcase Fast Tip: On-Demand Training Videos

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Did you know Fastcase, the Bar’s legal research member benefit, offers 10 on-demand training videos on their support page? Each video focuses on a different aspect of legal research and provides step-by-step instructions to make your research more efficient. Login to the Bar’s website and click on the “Access Fastcase” button to take advantage of this member benefit or contact fastcase@scbar.org or (803) 799-6653, exts. 118 or 183 for assistance.

How to Increase Your Productivity When Using Microsoft Word

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Would you love to increase your productivity when using Microsoft Word? Check out these 34 tips and tricks from Techwelkin. Also, the Goodwill Community Foundation website has free MS Office tips and tricks for all Microsoft Word versions. Have a question about managing your office or office technology? Email Practice Management at pmap@scbar.org for assistance.