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L.A. Police Letting the Drones Out, Sparking Privacy Concerns

If you were worried the cops were following you, don't look over your shoulder. Look up.

The Los Angeles Police Department has approved a new program for drones. It's not the only police agency to use the flying copters, but it will be the largest.

If there is a silver-lining for potential law-breakers, at least the drones won't be weaponized.

If you use a password protected Wi-Fi network, chances are you're using a WPA2 password. Most consumer Wi-Fi routers and connected devices have been using the WPA2 standard for years. And until this past week, WPA2 was pretty much considered safe, but now, experts are warning Wi-Fi users about a new hack that threatens to unravel the core of WPA2 security.

The KRACK hack exploits a process in the WPA2 protocols called the "four-way handshake." This is, in effect, an exchange of information between devices and router that allows someone to be granted access by verifying the device has the appropriate key. The hack takes a flaw in this process to gain access to a network, allowing a hacker to monitor, copy, manipulate, send and stop information on the network.

What to Expect in the Desktop Outlook Redesign

You know when someone says, 'How do you like my new hairstyle?'

It's usually an awkward moment, right? Even if you say,"oh, I love it," people know when it's not working.

That might be the response when Outlook rolls out its new redesign. It's going to take some getting used to.

When it comes to confirming a person's identity, biometrics has come quite a long way since the days of Pudd'nhead Wilson. Smartphones now contain biometric scanners that can not only read fingerprints, but also faces.

However, with the added security of biometrics to confirm a person's identity, can the blockchain technology that has been touted as tamper resistant be made even more secure?

Dude, Your Phone Is Obsolete

Remember that 70s show when somebody was holding a cell phone as big as a shoe to their head?

No, not "Get Smart." That was a shoe and it was the 60s. Anyway, it doesn't matter what show because we're talking about old cell phones.

Dude, double-check but maybe your cell phone is obsolete.

DNA Testing Under Scrutiny

While Josiah Sutton was sitting in prison on rape charges, his mother was thanking God.

He had been convicted years earlier on DNA evidence, but she knew he was innocent. When she learned about problems at the crime lab, she also knew that her prayers had been answered.

"Thank you, God!" she recalled in a report about false DNA testing. His case and many like it are changing the way labs analyze DNA.

How Working in the Cloud Can Keep Your Practice Competitive

Everybody is in the cloud these days, including lawyers of all sizes.

From BigLaw to solo practitioners, cloud computing has become a great equalizer. It enables almost any lawyer to practice virtually anywhere.

Many concerns, like cybersecurity and confidentiality, are always there. But the cloud-based lawyer is not some tech experiment. It's a proven business model that can help keep you competitive.

With how fast technology is advancing, don't blink, or you might miss it. At least with iris scanning technology, opting out might be as simple as closing your eyes, but that might not be a great idea if you're out in public, or behind the wheel of a car. It may not be being used by law enforcement on the general public quite yet, but the technology is here that would allow a cop to scan your iris through your car's side-view mirror.

With the soon to be released IPhone X implementing a facial recognition scan, and long range iris scanning becoming a currently available technology, it's high time we asked: what are the major legal concerns with using biometrics, like an iris scan. Should we be comfortable with our smart phones scanning us?

Apple Inc. is known for manufacturing some of the sleekest and highest quality consumer technology available. However, according to a recent review of legal filings by Ars Technica, the most creative people on the Apple team might in fact be the lawyers.

The In Re Apple IPhone Antitrust Litigation case has found its way to SCOTUS review. Now the tech goliath will have a chance to test out their novel arguments before the High Court in a bid to get the case tossed once again.

When it comes to technology, new and old, different devices will be helpful for different people. Sure, maybe every lawyer should have a smartphone that syncs their many calendars and has an extensive address book, email capabilities, and even mobile web browsing.

But beyond a smartphone, a computer, and a printer, what technology do you actually need? The newest widgets, whatnots, and whiz-bangs, may be fun to play with, or even serve as a status-symbol of sorts, but will any of them actually help you be a better lawyer?