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Practice Management Assistance Program’s 12 Days of Practical & Technical Gifts (2018 Edition)

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Sometimes searching for the perfect gift can be rather difficult, especially if you don’t have time to do the research.

That’s why, every year, the South Carolina Bar Practice Management Assistance Program produces an annual “Practical and Technical Gift” list for legal professionals. This year’s list focuses on practical and technical products that are portable, purposeful and productive:

  1. Microsoft – Surface Pro 6 – 12.3” Touch-Screen- Intel Core i7 – 8 GB Memory – A laptop and tablet combined into one; a favorite among many legal and technology professionals.
  2. Powercap LED Lighted Beanie – Do you like to exercise outdoors? This powercap LED lighted beanie contains a wearable hands-free flashlight that illuminates areas up to 72 feet.
  3. Bose Soundlink Micro Portable Bluetooth Speaker –Looking for a speaker to hear music from a smartphone or phone calls better? This waterproof portable speaker gets high reviews on Best Buy and Amazon.
  4. Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Colored Sunrise Simulation – Sleep better and wake up refreshed. This fancy light therapy alarm clock uses simulation technology to allow the user to experience the modeling of a real phenomenon such as sunrise and sunset and increase performance optimization. It also comes with a back-up alarm in the event of a power failure.
  5. Felt Letter Boards – A fun addition to any office or home.
  6. Smart Mat – This mat pairs with Women’s Health Yoga on Amazon Alexa, is 4” longer than the average yoga mat and contains 5mm thick cushioning to protect your knees.
  7. SeniTurn – If someone on your gift list loves to cycle, walk, or run at dark, this safety indicator is a good gift idea.
  8. Bagsmart Travel Universal Cable Organizer – this organizer contains several pockets, inserts, and enclosures for various electronic accessories.
  9. Dymo LabelWriter 450 Thermal Label Printer – this handy little label printer is an office must-have. Print one label or multiple labels at a time including mailing labels, file labels, shipping labels, etc.
  10. SuperNova 300 Lumens Ultra Bright LED Camping and Emergency Lantern – this lantern is a great tool to have in the office emergency kit when there is a power outage.
  11. Law Firm Themed Gifts – looking for that perfect law-office / lawyer themed gift? Here are a few ideas to check out.
  12. Palmetto State Gifts and Experiences – don’t know what to get that person who has everything? Shop local from South Carolina artisans and businesses.

Look for other ideas from The Digital Edge PodcastTechRepublic and WorldMarket.  Contact pmap@scbar.org for assistance.

PMAP Holiday Tip

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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 pmap@scbar.org.

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Online Shopping Pointers

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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 - pmap@scbar.org!

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Fav Holiday Tech Gifts

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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:

From TechCrunch’s 11 awesome gifts for your favorite 20 something:

Aukey External Battery Pack

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.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8

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.

From Reid Trautz’s Blog – 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers:

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!

Amazon Echo

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.

Apple Watch

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.”

FitBit

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.

From PC World – 12 travel friendly tech gifts you’ll want to take with you

Logitech K380 Multi-Device Keyboard

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.

Trackdot Luggage Tracker

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.)

ThinOptics Glasses + Phone Case

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.

Other neat tech gift ideas can be found through TomsGuide, Brostick, Techlicious and so many more!

Happy shopping from SC Bar PMAP!