Category Archives: Mobile Devices

New Google Apps Help with Accessibility

Image of basset hound with its ears pulled out
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Google is working to make communicating easier for those with hearing difficulties, recently releasing two new apps, Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier.

Live Transcribe works as a “live” transcription tool. It uses cloud-based speech recognition to transcribe conversations in real time. This can help those with hearing difficulties to participate in conversations without a time lag or delay, since they can read the conversation as it’s happening, instead of struggling to hear and missing out on what’s being said.

If you have a Pixel 3 device, Live Transcribe is already installed. If not, Google Play is adding it as an option in beta- you can sign up here to be notified when it’s ready. 

Sound Amplifier is like a hearing aid in the form of an app- it functions kind of like noise-cancelling headphones. It can cut out background noise and raise the sound of what you’re trying to hear or listen to. It does require wired headphones to work, and also comes pre-installed on Pixel 3 devices. You can also download it from the Google Play app store here. You can play with the settings in order to tweak it to fit your personal needs.

Moble Apps for Lawyers, Metadata & Redaction

There are a couple of noteworthy legal tech-related articles in this month’s WisBar InsideTrack.
The first is part 2 of a series on avoiding ethical pitfalls with electronic documents by Nerino Petro and Bryan Sims.
In part 1, the authors discuss hidden information within an electronic document, known as metadata, and how it can expose lawyers to liability when it comes to confidentiality issues. Part 2 focuses on what you need to know about electronic redaction and the steps necessary to ensure confidential information remains confidential.
The second noteworthy article is on mobile apps for lawyers by Bev Butula, manager of library services at Davis & Kuelthau. This article focuses on a few apps created for the legal community.

Assembly Passes Ban on Texting while Driving

From the Wisconsin State Journal:

The Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill Tuesday to prohibit texting while driving, and the Senate is expected to take up and pass that version of the bill.
Gov. Jim Doyle has said he would sign a ban passed by the Legislature…. Penalties could be up to $400 for first offenses, and $200 to $800 for second or subsequent offenses.

See also the article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Source: The Wheeler Report
Photo: Flickr

Barron’s Law Dictionary for iPhone Reviewed

iPhone J.D. describes the new Barron’s Law Dictionary app as fitting “neatly” between the other two legal dictionaries available for the iPhone: Black’s Law Dictionary ($50) and Nolo’s Plain English Law Dictionary (free).
Like the Nolo dictionary, the Barron’s dictionary contains over 3,000 terms. Like Black’s, the Barron’s dictionary has more sophisticated definitions, although in my random check they seem to use less legalese than Black’s. And the price of $14.99 fits between the other two dictionaries. For more, see the full review.

Nolo’s Law Dictionary Free for iPhone

Nolo has developed a free legal dictionary for the iPhone. Nolo’s Plain English Law Dictionary “contains nearly 4000 legal terms defined in everyday, understandable language,” according to the iTunes descriptions.
Here’s more about the app from iTunes:

“You’ll find both the legal standards–Latin terms, courtroom jargon, contract basics–and newly minted terms that reflect the ever changing language of the law today. What does it mean to get “dooced”? Do you need that “pre-dup”? Had a run-in with a “patent troll” lately? Nolo is committed to finding and defining the latest twists in legal language that have entered our daily conversations–important words not found in other legal dictionaries. Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary is both authoritative and friendly, but it is not your grandfather’s law dictionary.”

Black’s Law Dictionary is also available for the iPhone, but with a hefty $49.99 price tag.