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If you're tired of teleconferences cutting out or sick of the dull light of your office projector, you might want to consider Microsoft's Surface Hub. Sure, it's about the same price as a reasonable, midsized car or a house in Detroit, but it promises to make your office meetings a bit more tolerable.

The Surface Hub, essentially an enormous touchscreen computer, allows you to present, video conference, and strategize like you're having a brainstorming session in the future. The high end tech gadget is bound to end up in a few law offices around the country. Should it be in yours?

Preparing for Another Computer Search Case at SCOTUS

The private search doctrine's applicability to computers will probably make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, thanks to a recent Sixth Circuit decision in United States v. Lichtenberger.

After Aaron Lichtenberger was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender, his girlfriend hacked into his computer, found images of child pornography, and notified the authorities. Police obtained a warrant to search the computer, finding more pornography, but a federal district court -- and eventually the Sixth Circuit -- agreed that the evidence should be suppressed.

What to Consider When Buying an External Computer Monitor

Most of the world is running on laptop computers now, and for good reason. They're the least expensive they've ever been, they're the most portable they've ever been, and for what they are, they're the most powerful they've ever been.

Did we mention portability?

But you'll need a host of accessories to make your laptop useful, and no peripheral is more important to a lawyer than an external monitor (or two). When you're trying to paste from a deposition into a brief, or have five different windows open, that 13-inch laptop screen just isn't going to cut it. Here are three things to take into account when looking at external monitors.

Computers may not have tough lives, but they can have terrible deaths. Some have their lives cut short out of nowhere, sideswiped by a bug of virus and sent to oblivion. Others are slowly strangled over years, suffering under bloatware, spyware, and adware.

The worst computers, however, they get thrown out of windows, driven over by cars, doused in hot water, or, as recently happened in Colorado, taken down in a rain of bullets. It's alright though. The computer was asking for it.

Best Ultrabook Under $1,300

Apple has set the bar high with its new Retina MacBook, a computer that combines the slimness of the MacBook Air with the audacious screen of the Retina MacBook Pro.

The Retina MacBook isn't the only game in town, though, when it comes to the "ultrabook" -- a category of thin, low-power notebooks designed for portability and very long battery life that don't make the sacrifices of netbooks. So what's the best ultrabook for the money?

Medical malpractice? Divorce? Mergers and acquisitions? There's an app for that! Or there could be -- and it could be yours.

As mobile technology continues to proliferate, many law firms have thrown their hat into the ring in the form of a mobile app. According to a report by Law Firm Mobile, 36 AmLaw 200 firms have produced 53 different mobile apps, and the numbers continue to rise. Is BigLaw smart to go after the mobile user? Should you join them?

3 Gadgets Actually Worth Buying for Lawyers

Now that we've had the Consumer Electronics Show and Apple's unveiling of the Apple Watch, the question becomes what you can or should buy with your tax refund dollars. Not every piece of technology is worth your time.

Should you spend hundreds on a watch? Or a "learning" thermostat? Or a wireless light bulb? Probably not. Here are three gadgets that are actually worth buying.

Apple's Spring Event: Apple Watch, HBO, and the Thinnest Mac Ever

Earlier today, Apple held its much-anticipated March 2015 event in San Francisco. On the docket, as rumored, were product updates, the introduction of the fabled Apple Watch, and a surprise for those of us who have been pirating "Game of Thrones" all these years.

So, what happened?

Netbooks Are Back: Should You Pick Windows or a Chromebook?

Netbooks were a thing once. They became so popular that we even mention them in our post categories (Computers/Laptops/Netbooks). Care to guess when we last wrote about them?

It was probably a couple of years ago, to be honest. There was a rush of popularity for them, then tablets came out and took the low-end market, and then slowly, a little bit at a time, Google's Chromebooks (netbooks with Google's own operating system) chunked out a stakehold. We've advised lawyers to stay away from them, however.


Using Windows 8.1 on a 7-Inch $59 Tablet Is Interesting, Worth It

It's not much of a secret around here that I despise Windows 8.1. I'm not the only one -- its market share is in single-digit territory -- but I haven't exactly been shy about my feelings: It was a terrible mistake by Microsoft to push a touch-first operating system on everyone, especially corporate, legal, and other business users whose keyboard-and-mouse setups did not play well with the OS.

On Friday, I bought my first Windows 8.1 device: a $59 WinBook TW70CA17 tablet from Micro Center. And while it may not be fair to evaluate the OS in such a less-than-ideal environment, I really was curious to see how it would fare on a tiny 7-inch screen with bare minimum specs: a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735G processor with 1 GB RAM and 16 GB flash storage.

Why did I engage in the tech equivalent of self-flagellation with a spiked leather belt? The tablet, however useful or not it may be, came bundled with Office 365 Personal ($70 from Microsoft), which meant I saved $10 on Office 365 and got the tablet for free.