Earlier this week, Minneapolis attorney Lisa Needham explained on Lawyerist.com why she loves the GoodReader app. My last post dedicated to GoodReader was over a year ago, but in case anyone forgot, I love the app too. Indeed, I probably use GoodReader more than any other app on my iPad except for the Mail app, and it is one of my top recommendations for lawyers using an iPad. She also notes in her article that the "good folks over at iPhonejd.com" — those "folks" would be the triumvirate of me, myself and I — recently reviwed iAnnotate, but she likes GoodReader better. Frankly, I do too, but I use them for different tasks. For simple reading and annotating of documents, GoodReader is awesome. But if you need to do more complicated work with a PDF file, a more sophisticated app like iAnnotate or PDFpen or PDF Expert can manipulate and annotate PDF documents in ways that GoodReader cannot. And I also recommend that all attorneys get the Adobe Reader app because sometimes it can handle PDF files that other apps cannot, plus it is free so why not have it for just in case you need it. Enough about PDFs, let's get on to the news of note from the past week:
- It's a good idea to be ready for power outages, especially now that we are in hurricane season. Last year I wrote an article with tips for using an iPhone during a lengthy power outage for the TechnoLawyer BigLaw newsletter, and it was recently posted on the TechnoLawyer blog. Check it out for my advice.
- If you use ProVantage for your law firm time billing and financial management, you can now use Bellefield's iTimeKeep to access ProVantage records on your iPhone and iPad as noted in this press release.
- Jesse Londin of Law Technology News writes about Bike Crash Kit, a free app with tips for those who end up in a bicycle offered by personal injury law firm Flanzig and Flanzig.
- 1Password is one of the most useful apps on my iPhone and iPad. Read my review to find out why. The app usually costs $17.99, but it is currently on sale for only $7.99 — a great price for an incredible app. Click here to get 1Password:
- David Pogue of the New York Times reviewed the new Moto X smartphone this week, the latest Android smartphone. I mention the article becuase in it he notes that there are more than 4,000 touch-screen phones available — including six different models of the iPhone and 3,997 different Android phones. Gulp.
- I recently wrote about Wireless Emergency Alerts on the iPhone such as AMBER Alerts. This week, there was an AMBER Alert in San Francisco around 11:00 pm, and that was the first AMBER Alert that many iPhone users in the area had ever seen. It resulted in a lot of articles about these alerts, such as this one from Lex Friedman of Macworld. If you still don't understand what these alerts are, I encourage you to read about them now so that they make sense to you when they occur.
- T-Mobile started selling the iPhone in April, and John Gruber of Daring Fireball notes that as a result, T-Mobile gained customers last quarter for the first time in four years. Note, however, that as reported by Kevin Bostic of AppleInsider, T-Mobile insists that its new "Un-carrier" ad campaign is the real reason, not the iPhone. Regardless of who is right, I'm glad that T-Mobile users can finally buy an iPhone.
- Long before the iPhone or the iPad, Apple sold the Newton. Mat Honan of Wired wrote a good article on the Newton's lasting impact.
- And finally, I've long been a fan of the great commercials used by Apple. I really like the current series of commercials called Photos Every Day, Music Every Day and the latest FaceTime Every Day, all of which you can see on Apple's YouTube page. But you can also turn back the hands of time and watch this video of none other than Siskel and Ebert reviewing Apple commercials back in 1986. I miss those guys.