Experts predict the busiest time for holiday travel is between Wednesday, Dec. 23 and Sunday, January 3. What are some ways you can stay sane as you prepare to hit the road or fly the skies for the holidays? Here are the Travel Channel’s Top 10 Survival Tips for Holiday Travel and what to do if your flight gets cancelled. Also, here are a few great shopping safety tips from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department while you are out and about. Don’t forget, this is a great time of year to find deals and discounts on new computers and technology for your office. Not sure if you have an outdated device? Check out this fun page of old equipment to see if you remember any of these. Have questions about office management, starting a new practice, winding down a practice or technology? The South Carolina Bar Practice Management Assistance Program is here to help. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The holiday shopping season is here, and many busy lawyers and IT-centric folk will do the majority of their shopping online. Here are a few online shopping tips from PC Mag to keep in mind in honor of #CyberMonday and beyond (many retailers will extend deals throughout the month). Additionally, if you’re an avid shopper on Amazon, as a safety precaution, turn on two-step authentication to help prevent nefarious users from breaking into your Amazon account. For more information about this feature and how to enable it, read this article from TechRepublic. In addition, if you are interested in viewing the other major business and brand websites that currently support two-factor authentication via text, e-mail, SMS, et al, visit the Two-Factor Authentication page. (Note: there are several on this list that may surprise you!) Also, legal professionals and/or attorneys, note that if you are an avid user of Google Apps for Work or Google Apps for Business to be sure to turn on two-factor authentication there as explained in this oldie but goldie ABA Law Practice Today article written by Catherine Sanders Reach, Director of Law Practice Management and Technology for the Chicago Bar Association. Safe online shopping to All from your Bar's Practice Management Assistance Program - email@example.com!
Tis the season for shopping! It’s also the time of year when bloggers and websites assemble their annual list of suggestions for tech gifts. SC Bar PMAP has picked through the lists to find some of our favorite tech gifts for the lawyer or loved one in your life:
This great little gadget is perfect for anyone on your shopping list, especially those who always seem to need a little extra boost of energy when their smartphone battery dies. This cool little device can charge up two devices at once, from a cell phone to a tablet or laptop.
Remember Polaroid Instamatic cameras (No? Well, here’s a refresher.) Relive the good ole’ days and get instant gratification with the new generation of instant cameras. It’s a conversation piece at holiday parties, or a practical addition for your law firm.
Reid Trautz has been filling his blog’s gift guide for lawyers for more years than he’d like to say, but it’s always worth a visit!
Listed as one of Oprah’s favorite things, this cloud-based device lets you listen to music, audio, news, weather and more. It’s 360 onmi-directional audio fills any room with immersive sound and allows its user to control the device by voice.
Although the Apple Watch has been around for a little while now, according to Reid Trautz, this little gadget does have a “great application for lawyers. Many lawyers are prohibited from using smartphones in courtrooms, but a quick glance of the wrist to review an important text message goes unnoticed because it looks like you are merely checking the time. The same works if you are in a client meeting or deposition and get a message from a spouse or child.” As Reid says, it “makes a great gift idea for lawyers.”
Whether you are a fitness guru or not, this great gadget is perfect for engaged lawyers who want to be challenged with their fitness goals. This device helps analyze your fitness goals through your food, weight, sleep, and fitness habits all while being connected to your wrist. Keep in mind that one size does not fit all and there are several models to consider before you make your purchase.
This cool gadget works with Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, and Apple TV devices and can connect up to three of them simultaneously, according to PC World. For those who love a physical keyboard over a touchscreen keyboard, this is the perfect device to travel with because it is lightweight and easy to carry.
This cool gizmo is one solution to lost luggage. Slip this into your suitcase and it will notify you once powered on by email or SMS (text message) when it reaches an airport. If the location is not the correct destination, you can quickly find out the location and get it shipped to you. (Like the fitness watches, there are similar products out there, so shop for the one you like best.)
Reading glasses are a great thing to have – particularly if you’re of a certain age - but for some people, they’re a pain to tote around. This ingenious design lets these glasses fit into the back of a specialized phone case. Pretty brilliant when you consider how many times people remember to pack their smartphone vs. their glasses. Now, techies can have the best of both worlds.
Happy shopping from SC Bar PMAP!
This year, it's easy to find a little something for the techie in your life for under $100 - stocking ready!
Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player - Plug this little device into your HDTV and watch content from your computer, smartphone, iPad or Android tablet on the big screen. It’s all done through your home WiFi. You won’t need a remote – you control the action from your own device. You can currently “cast” content from Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV and Google Play Music onto your TV. You can also project anything in the Chrome browser onto your TV. It’s available from the Google Play Store for $35. If you want more options, check out the Roku 3 Streaming Media Player ($88 on Amazon). Roku 3 offers more entertainment choices, plus a remote control that has a headphone jack and included headphones. Lest anyone think I am dissing Apple, you can shell out a bit more dough and get the 3rd generation Apple TV for $99. Whichever you choose, you have to love how small all of these devices are.
Styli - Typing with chubby fingers is no problem with the Chromo Inc® colorful 10 pack of mini-styli (plural for stylus) for the iPhone, iPad, Galaxy and more. Just attach a color-coordinated stylus to the device’s audio jack so you always have it. Around 7 bucks for the whole set.
Jazz up your iPhone camera - For the person who uses their phone as their primary camera, how about an attachable camera lens? The FOM Telescope 8X Zoom Telephoto Long Focal Camera Lens Tripod for iPhone 4 and 4S is just $12.
Custom phone case - For a personalized gift, why not a customized phone case? Use your own photo and have it made into a smartphone case. Sold by many companies online, including MyCustomCase.com and Vistaprint .
Lastly, don’t forget to give yourself a little something. If you have a Kindle and you’ve also bought print books from Amazon in the past, Amazon just started something called Kindle MatchBook. If you previously purchased an eligible print book you can now buy it for your Kindle for a song: one to three bucks. Some are even free.