There’s no denying that smartphones and tablets have revolutionized the way modern professionals live their lives, and the legal system is no exception to this rule. There are plenty of apps that any business person on the go can take advantage of, like Dropbox (for file sharing), Penultimate (which makes your iPad a virtual notebook), the oddly named Circus Ponies Notebook (for wrangling your many notes into an organized and accessible collection), and even Square (to let you swipe credit cards with your iPhone or iPad). And there are even a few that are specific to those operating in the field of law, like Trial Pad (which helps litigators to prepare courtroom presentations). But while most legal professionals can get by without these apps, any lawyer, legal aid, or clerk worth his salt would be hard pressed to deny the benefits of adding Fastcase to his or her app list.
The first thing you should know about this app is that it is free. Although there is a paid version that you can upgrade to, pretty much everyone seems to agree that you don’t need to do so to get the most of this app. So what does it do? In short, it puts the American legal system at your fingertips. Cited as a “law library and legal research” app, the service provided is nothing short of miraculous. While even ten years ago a lawyer might have sent clerks to the nearest law library to look up legal precedents from across the country, this app puts the information within easy reach, anytime and anywhere.
It begins with a library of American cases and statutes that can be searched by name, keyword, and citation. You can either browse or customize your search criteria, and the results will populate with the most relevant cases at the top of the list, as well as a display of the number of cases that fit your particular citation search. On top of that, you can jump directly to the most relevant portion of any case document you open to glean immediate information on highlights and rulings. And you can save and organize favorite cases for later viewing.
Suppose you are in court and you can’t seem to find the printout of a case you would like to use for reference (or that you would like to cite the ruling of). If you save it on your iPad in the Fastcase app you can simply pull it up. Even if you haven’t saved it, you could search and find it in a matter of moments if you know what you’re looking for. In short, it’s like having a virtual law library with a speedy clerk by your side in court. Best of all, the app is updated daily to include new rulings at both the state and federal level so you always have access to the latest legal information.
So whether you’re a criminal, civil, or even Jones Act Lawyer, you shouldn’t hesitate to download this freebie for your iPad, which users seem to overwhelmingly recommend. It will not only come in handy for law students and practicing professionals alike, but it could just save you in a high-pressure courtroom situation. And that’s something everyone in the field of law can get behind. Continue reading this post ->
Word games are loved by many people, which is why Spuzzle is offering its newest iPhone and iPod Touch app Word vs Word free of charge until February 14th. The app is a new social word game with an all-in-one link between a crossword puzzle, hangman and a word search game. In addition, the Word vs Word HD version specifically designed and formatted for the iPad will be 50% off as well.
Word vs Word challenges players to uncover a secret word between three and eight letters. Through strategic process of elimination, intuitive selection and a little luck, the winning player reveals the secret word first and is presented with that word’s definition. As educational as it is entertaining, the app provides a social venue for learning new words and definitions.
“People don’t just like word games, they love them,” said Jeff Russell, President and Co-Owner of Spuzzle. “Word games appeal to the masses, and people have many choices when selecting a new word game to download. We want to make sure players are introduced to a social word game they can play with their friends.”
The game offers social interaction with live turn-based play and chat messaging with friends and random opponents or equally challenging solo matches. Word vs Word is an accumulation of all things word game players find addictive, fun and rewarding.
Let’s admit it — it can get really annoying when you’re laying down on the couch or your bed trying to play a game or read something on the internet and the orientation if the screen may rotate. Well, thankfully Apple has introduced a nice little option to lock the current position of the screen. Read on below for the full details.
Thankfully in the iPad Apple has given you the ability to choose between a couple of options of toggling on and off the orientation lock. You can change the mute switch to the orientation lock, so you don’t have to keep bringing up the multitasking tray constantly. To do so, follow the steps below.
As always you can go back to change it to the default, however, with this it gives you two nice options for you to choose from. Now, onto the iPhone…
While the iPad gives you a couple nice options to choose what you like best, it’s different for the iPhone. As of now the only way to change the orientation lock is to open up the multitasking tray and swipe to where the music controls are. Hopefully soon though, Apple may implement something similar in the iPhone as the iPad does. But in the mean time, enjoy! Continue reading this post ->
Everyone has been there — you’re on a long ride with children and you hear the dreaded, “Are we there yet? I need to go potty!” Or, perhaps you’ve just packed your cheap car hire to set off on a long road trip with friends when you realize you’ve had one too many sodas and need a bathroom…soon.
Just a few years ago, it was a guessing game — if I stop at this gas station, what are the chances they’ll have a public restroom? Or perhaps the better question — what are the chances that it’s clean? Today, you can find clean (and free) bathrooms with a click of a button thanks to a variety of smart phone apps. Here are a few of our top picks that will help guide your way:
Available for the iPhone and Blackberry, Sit or Squat lets you search for a public toilet by entering your address, zip code, intersection, or city. The results will guide you to a clean bathroom within minutes. If you don’t have a smart phone, no problem. Just text “sitorsquat”to 368266 to find a nearby restroom.
Whizzer lets you search by current location to find clean restrooms, those that are open late at night, and those with showers. You can also search to include baby changing stations, feminine hygiene products, and can even specify just how clean you want the restroom to be. Upgrade to the regular version of Whizzer for $0.99 and enjoy the app without ads.
Created by the website with the same name, Diaroogle is an app available for the iPhone that helps you find a free, clean restroom nearby by entering your zip code, neighborhood, or street address. For each entry you’ll find general cleanliness, the rules of entry, and sometimes even photos. Restrooms are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 and if you disagree with someone’s review, you can submit your own.
Although the site doesn’t offer an app, you can easily take advantage of the mobile site on your smart phone. Simply enter your location and the app will pull up a list of nearby restrooms, its rating, and whether or not it’s free. On some entries you’ll also find details like if it has a diaper changing station and wheelchair access. As with Sit or Squat, you can also send a text message to (415) 350-2290 with your location and you’ll get details about the nearest restroom location.
And there you have it, folks. Before your embark on your next trip, make sure you download one of the above apps first.
Editors note and about the author
Laura Murphy could never be considered a homebody – in fact, she is quite the opposite. She has traveled all over the world, never staying in one place too long and always anxious to explore new territory. A gig like hers –writing for the cheap car hire site NovaCarHire.com – is a dream come true! She hopes you’ll continue to follow her as she explores the globe…and who knows? Maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about budget traveling! Thanks to her for this guest post.
These Valentine’s day sales just won’t end — however that’s a good thing though. Continuing on, to add to the list we’ve got a nice, big selection of EA games to add. If you’ve still got some money left over from the Crescent Moon Games and SEGA sale, here’s some more games to check out from EA. Enjoy!
There’s no doubt about it. There are many advantages when it comes to owning an Apple iPad. As an 8′-10′ tablet computer, consumers consistently rave about the fact that it’s lightweight and portable; it’s got a state of the art multi-touch screen and there are an insurmountable amount of applications for people to choose from. So, when you think about the convenience that an iPad provides, it should make sense that more and more businesses, including medical offices, would find them to be highly beneficial. However, if you work in a medical office and you’re still not fully convinced, here are some things that may help you decide. Continue reading this post ->