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If a friend were to ask for an affordable smartphone recommendation today, my initial response would be "Nexus." In fact, that would be the gut response of most tech geeks, as Google's own devices receive software updates before anyone else, are reasonably priced, and are typically at or near the top of the market specs-wise. An iPhone 5S, off contract, will cost you $650. Most flagship Android devices, off-contract, are in that same range, but the Nexus 5? It starts at $350.

Nexus phones are arguably the best bang for your buck, at least for now. A Chinese startup company, OnePlus, aims to change all of that with its "One," a phone that despite its bland and generic name, kills every other phone on paper. The company's motto is "Never Settle," but do they live up to it?

Attorneys: a Mechanical Keyboard Might Relieve Your Typing Pain

Remember the old IBM Selectric typewriter? The keys felt great, it made satisfying clicking sounds and no one ever complained of repetitive strain injuries. Don't you wish you could type on your computer using an old Selectric?

Oh, you haven't heard of the IBM Selectric? Well, whippersnapper, have you heard of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome and tennis elbow? We thought so. As attorneys, we all spend so much of our days in an office, on a keyboard, no matter if we are young or old. We're all in this together, so please read on.

If your keyboard is causing you pain, or if you just want to upgrade that thing you click on for hours every day, it might be time to consider a mechanical keyboard.

FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet.

This blog for years has highlighted the potential risks and liabilities presented by communications and activities on the Internet. The Internet provides the possibility of privacy violations, security breaches, intellectual property disputes, defamation, hack attacks, and even cyber warfare, among other threats.

So what should companies do to be as safe as possible as they conduct business over the Internet?

The biggest pain in the rear about using Tor, the anonymous browser that can access hidden "onion" web pages, such as the now-defunct Silk Road, is finding the actual webpages. URLs on TOR are typically an alphanumeric string followed by .onion, for example, a897as34sdfjl.onion. And since sites come and go, and are spoofed often, so not only are they hard to find, but they're hard to validate.

Grams seems to be a good place to start, if it isn't a government site. The site is a Google-knockoff search engine that indexes the most popular peddlers of illegal goods and services, making it much more likely that you'll be caught  your clients will be caught you'll find what you are looking for, reports Wired.

'Secret' iPhone Features Can Make You a More Productive Lawyer

Ah, the iPhone. It has more power than the computers that took us into interstellar space. Yet, it does not come with a manual. Does its stylish body hide secrets, pehaps even ones that can make you a more productive lawyer?

But, of course! Read on as we pull back the veil on the mysterious rectangle we are all addicted to.

Facebook, like Google, continues to add to its list of services -- Facebook wants to be our everything. And this week news broke that Facebook is weeks away from getting e-wallet approval in Ireland. Is the U.S. next?

And as a California anti-theft kill switch bill gets debated, mobile phone manufacturers take a preemptive stand. But is it enough to prevent theft?

Remote desktop apps are not a new thing. Microsoft released a free app for accessing your Windows Desktop from your iOS (Apple) or Android (Google) devices a while back, but it was limited to certain versions of Windows (Professional and Server). Third-party solutions, like Splashtop, have been around for a few years as well, but they cost money.

Yesterday, Google released its own version, one that reportedly works with Windows, Linux, Mac, and Chrome OS, so long as you use Google's Chrome browser. Install a Chrome browser app, give the app pervasive permissions, and install an app on your Android phone or tablet and voilà -- remote access!

We gave it a cursory spin. Here are our first impressions:

Exercise Your Right to Exercise: 3 Gadgets That Can Help

As a lawyer, you're a champion for your client -- so you've got to be in fighting shape. Also, as a lawyer, you're hunched over a desk all day, fighting the battle of the bulge. If you are dealing with either one of these challenges, here are some gadgets to make exercise more doable.

The Striiv Smart Pedometer

This is more than a fancy pedometer -- it's a game that appeals to all the typical lawyer character traits: competitiveness, acquisitiveness, idealism, argumentativeness. Okay, not argumentativeness; you can't debate with it (next version?), but there's a lot about this pedometer that makes it almost addictively motivating.

You're probably all heart bled out, but further news of the biggest Internet security failure is worth noting. So now that the patches are up, and we can shop online and check our email without fear (fingers crossed), it's time to have a little chat and do a -- excuse the phrase -- post mortem on Heartbleed.

We know you went to law school because you hated math, but here's a winning formula of what the not-so-distant future looks like, that even you can get: Password + (option 1 below) or (option 2 below) = Secure Two-Factor Authentication.

There are a lot of reasons not to buy a Google Glass (available today only), besides the incomprehensible price of $1,500. For example:

But hey, it's not all bad. You get to look like Geordi La Forge! Plus, a few lawyers that took part in the exclusive testing of the product have had their own ideas on how the devices could help their practice.