Technology can simplify nearly everything in an attorney's life. Gone are the days where lawyers type pleadings on typewriters and file them by hand. Now there are a host of gadgets that attorneys can use to make their work day more efficient.
But with so many tech gadgets out there, which ones are worth it for attorneys?
Sure, there are smartphones and tablet computers that can help you stay connected with clients wherever you go. But there are other gizmos out there that you may find useful. Here are just a few:
1. Wormhole: creating a seamless connection between two computers
Have you ever met up with an associate or co-counsel only to discover that exchanging files on your respective laptops is a total pain? Using Wormhole, this previously tedious task can be vastly simplified. This little USB device lets you hook up two computers, and you can drag and drop files from one to another. You can even let the mouse and keyboard on one computer control the other.
2. PaySaber and Square: allowing your iPhone to act as a credit card machine
If receiving credit card payments is kosher in your jurisdiction, PaySaber can be extremely useful. This little device hooks up to your iPhone, turning it into a credit card machine. Square, a competing device, also allows you to turn your smartphone into a easy-to-use credit card machine. Square is compatible with iPhones, iPads and Android devices.
3. Freetalk Connect-Me Home Phone Adapter: changing your old landline into an up-to-date VoIP line
This Freetalk Connect-Me, a Skype product, hooks up to your old landline. It allows you to make traditional calls to regular numbers. As a money-saver, you can make free calls to other Skype users. Plus, just like on the Skype computer and mobile interface, you can use the device to call worldwide numbers for a price.
These aren't the only gadgets that are good for attorneys - but it's a start. And it can help you pull together a holiday wish list.
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