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3 Lessons To Learn From Microsoft's New CEO

Now that Satya Nadella has been named as Microsoft's new CEO, what lessons can companies learn from him?

Besides the fact that Nadella can rock the hell out of the casual chic, tech dad look, his long-time employment at Microsoft and low public profile sets him apart from several of the other tech CEOs.

Here are three lessons to learn from Microsoft's new CEO.

Is there anything more annoying than a flight attendant forcing you to pause that episode of Avengers right before Hulk takes on Loki? It's for your own safety, they said. Your iPad will interfere with the flight computers, they protested.

It was all crap. We knew it. They did too. And this summer, we passed along the rumor that the FAA was considering loosening their restrictions on electronics during takeoff and landing. The rumor is turning to reality, and by next year, you should be able to keep that tablet, laptop, or smartphone (in airplane mode, of course) running nonstop.

Per the FAA's press release, here are ten things to know about using your electronic devices on flights, with helpful annotation:

Looking for a tech upgrade? Are you one of the majority of tablet-toting lawyers who prefer Apple products? Today was a big day in the tech industry, with Apple revamping much of their lineup of MacBook and Mac Pros, iPads thin and mini, and much of their software.

If you have any interest in faster laptops, thinner tablets, or free Mac OS software, read on.

October is set to be a busy month for gadget freaks. We were all pretty excited by last month's new iPhone releases, but over the next two weeks, the biggest names in Silicon Valley are set to release a bevy of products, from tablets to phones to laptops, in time for the holiday season.

What are the biggest products lawyers should keep an eye out for?

Quickly, name the three most important specifications for an electronic device.

If you said "battery life," "processing power," and "price," the words "Bay Trail" may be the most important tech terms you'll hear this year. For years, Intel's budget Atom processor served as its "good enough" solution for those on a shoestring, netbook-toting budget. You could take notes, answer emails, surf the web, and make on-the-road edits to your legal briefs, albeit with the occasional lag or hiccup.

With the new Atom processors, codenamed "Bay Trail," Intel focused on two things: battery life and going beyond "good enough." And if the initial reviews of these $300 machines are any indication, Bay Trail could be your next on the road or for the kids machine.

Quick story. Friend of mine, way back in law school, had a three-year-old laptop that she used for class. Two weeks before exams, the hard drive failed and she lost everything -- from notes to outlines.

Another story. Myself, I had no laptop. I could not afford one. I did the paper-and-pen note-taking, then typed my notes each night, for a few weeks until the Intel Atom-based netbooks were released. Of course, then I had to hear jokes about my "Game Boy" laptop from the class gunner.

The sweet spot, for most of you, will lie somewhere in between.

The exciting innovations of yesterday are the ever-increasing piles of tech trash of today, and you certainly shouldn't just chuck yesterday's unwanted gadgets in the trash can.

It's not just a good idea to recycle your old tech. In an effort to encourage citizens to dispose of electronics in an environmentally friendly way, laws like Illinois' Electronic Recycling and Reuse Act make it illegal to throw certain electronics away. Whatever the laws in your jurisdiction, here are three legal alternatives to the dumpster for your old smartphones, TVs, and tablets.

It's been a busy month for nerds. Two weeks ago comic geeks converged on San Diego for Comic Con, and this week computer hackers swarmed to Las Vegas for Black Hat and Def Con. Both are hacker conferences, but Black Hat is geared toward the "buttoned-up corporate and government security analyst crowd", while Def Con targets the "counter-culture types," reports the Las Vegas Sun.

Cyber-security is a huge deal, especially now, with all of the Edward Snowden hoopla. The highlight of the conferences was probably a talk given by NSA Director General Keith Alexander at Black Hat, reports Ars Technica. But honestly, we're beginning to be more afraid of hackers than the government -- you won't believe what these hackers can do.

Basically if there's a computer in it, hackers can get to it. And these days, there's a computer in everything. For example:

The obituaries for Windows RT devices have been coming steady and frequently over the last few months. The offshoot version of Windows, meant for low power tablet (ARM) processors, was supposed to give Microsoft a presence in the tablet market. Instead, it's sent their stock plummeting and partner companies into hiding.

Despite the near-certainty of impending firesales, we'll warn you now: don't purchase Windows RT devices for your law firm.

Good news for the productivity-obsessed (or Candy Crush fans): the FAA is close to issuing new rules for consumer electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. While you (likely) will still be banned from making phone calls, you may be soon be able to continue editing that memorandum or reading our blogs through in-flight Wi-Fi, reports The Wall Street Journal.

That's right. Reading FindLaw Blogs for Legal Professionals during takeoff and landing and taxiing. We can't think of any better way to spend one's time while on a plane