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Dude, Your Phone Is Obsolete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Dude, double-check but maybe your cell phone is obsolete.

Felony Against Sexting Teenager Upheld

This material may be unsuitable for children. Now imagine this:

A 16-year-old girl texts a nude selfie to her 17-year-old boyfriend. In Washington, she is charged with a felony for distributing child porn.

It's a bad situation all around, but three judges of the Washington Supreme Court say the law is absurd. It also shows how technology and the law just aren't working.

Hackers' New Way to Attack Phones Using Bluetooth

Back in the day, you looked over your shoulder to make sure no one was following you. Now you have to look in your pocket or your purse.

That's because hackers have found another way to get information from your cell phone or mobile device. They can access your data through Bluetooth technology.

In other words, they don't even need to touch your phone. Now hackers do it in the air.

The newest iPhones were announced this week with the usual Apple fanfare. In addition to celebrating the tenth anniversary of the first iPhone at the company's new "spaceship" campus, it announced three new models of their now flagship device: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus, and iPhone X.

While the 8 and 8 plus are merely systems upgrades and updates of the previous models, as is typical with annual updates, the 10 is a complete redesign. However, one of the biggest upgrades might make the 10 a device to avoid initially, at least if security is an important issue for you.

The practice of law may not, in principle, have changed much over the last few decades (or ever). But, in action, mobile devices have changed the game, in a few big ways.

Where you may have been able to leave your work at the office in bygone years, now, your smartphone is like a virtual desk that can keep you chained to your work even while sitting on the beach. For those lawyers that are constantly in the race for new clients, being accessible 24/7 means being able to land the client that's calling attorney after attorney until they get one on the phone.

Below, you'll find three of the top questions about mobile devices in the practice of law today.

Now that smartphones have become the most distracting part of human anatomy, it seems like common sense that lawmakers would enact regulations to prohibit, or at least limit, their use while driving.

In addition to lawmakers doing what they can to stop people from being distracted by their devices while driving, device makers are as well. Apple recently announced that a "Safe Driving Mode" will be included in the newest iPhone operating system, iOS 11, set to debut with the tenth anniversary edition of the iPhone.

However, that Safe Driving Mode was the center of an unsuccessful negligence lawsuit filed by the parents of a deceased teen in California.

Clients are increasingly turning to the internet to find their attorneys. But lawyers don't just need a working website -- they need a website that's sensitive to the proclivities of the average online user. Think: impatience. Internet users are incredibly impatient.

The amount of time it takes for your site to load actually makes a huge difference, as explained by the latest white paper by FindLaw Lawyer Marketing: Seconds Matter: The Real-World Risks of a Slow Mobile Website. If your mobile site loads too slowly, you may be losing clients. What can you do to fix this?

Media Calls Out Prosecutor for Apparently Not Understanding Stingray Use

You need thick skin to be a criminal prosecutor, but when complicated technology comes at you hard, you have to grow a new layer.

So it is for Joseph Alioto, a federal prosecutor in an attempted murder case pending in Oakland. After a tricky hearing that involved Stingray technology, Alioto had to deal with media reports that he didn't know what he was talking about.

In an age of fast-developing technologies, it's a question every lawyer will face: How does this thing work, anyway?

Litigators beware: Do you know what your ringtone sounds like? Are you sure a prankster child, colleague, or office nemesis, hasn't turned your ringtone into a duck, or something more nefarious?

Obviously, you don't want embarrassing sounds coming from your pocket during a meeting, or worse, while you're in court. And while the duck ringtone may not actually be that bad (and could score you points with a duck-hunting judge), a simple, professional ringtone will always be less disruptive than something that's even cautiously humorous, cool, or anything but professional.

Tech Used to Track, Deport Immigrants

If you are an illegal immigrant, put down your cell phone now.

If you are slightly paranoid about government snooping, put down your cell phone now.

But if you have accepted the idea that immigrants and personal privacy are at risk in the Trump-tech era, then keep reading. It's getting real and the story is in your phone.