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You don't have to lose touch just because you're telecommuting, traveling to meet a client, or on your way to court. If you're one of those lawyers whose work takes them out of the office frequently, there are plenty of mobile-based options that allow you to keep on top of projects while on the go.

And you don't have to shell out hundreds of dollars for them either. Mobile-friendly project management apps can help you organize, monitor and track your law firm's projects, step by step, without costing you a cent -- at least not at the start. Here's an overview of three of our favorites, all of which can be used online, on iPhones and iPads or on Android devices.

It's a bad time to be a pickpocket or mugger. Starting this July, all smartphones sold in California must come with a kill switch -- software that allows the phone's owner to disable the device should it be stolen. This makes the phones more difficult to resell and less of a target for thieves.

The smartphone kill switch may already be working. Smartphone thefts have dropped drastically in the last year, which some advocates attribute to the growing prevalence of the kill switches.

If your firm doesn't have a blog, it's well in the minority. More than 80 percent of AmLaw 200 firms publish blogs. Some of them publish multiple ones. Fox Rothschild, for example, takes the Danielle Steele approach to publishing, putting out blog after blog after blog. The total now? Thirty nine.

For all the BigLaw blogs out there, though, more than a few have failed to adapt to mobile traffic. Not being mobile-friendly is costly, negatively affecting both views and search results. Here's what you can learn from their failures:

Lawyering is, in many ways, about writing. Sure, you're not Faulkner, but plenty of attorneys spend their days tapping away at the keyboard, composing motions, answering emails, drafting contracts. But you can give the typing a break every now and then, even if it's only to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome.

If you want to compose a message on the run, easily get a client interview down on paper, or just like working out your ideas verbally, dictation apps are the way to go. These speech-to-text apps turn your smart phones into expert dictation machines.

If the term document sharing is still equivalent to email attachment in your mind, then you may need a crash course in the latest digital communication services.

The idea of sharing important legal documents on your smartphone or tablet may seem like a bad idea. This is a very real issue, since lawyers are failing at secure file sharing. Fortunately, Google Drive and other cloud-based services include secure client portals and password protection features that can help with security.

If you ask certain tech prognosticators, money transfer apps are the future. Forget Twitter, Candy Crush, or Kim Kardashian's $200 million app -- apps that let you buy a beer, split a bill or pay back a debt with just a few swipes of the finger are where the future is, supposedly. As such, Facebook, Snapchat and a host of new start ups have been scrambling to lock down the market.

If money transfer apps are the future, the legal sphere isn't going to be left behind. At least one company has put together a law-centric payment app, SettlementApp. It's not the omnibus cash transfer app that Square or Venmo are, but rather a tailored app allowing attorneys, large creditors, billers and the like to receive easy, electronic payments with less overhead.

For nearly 10 years, the NSA greedily collected American's phone records. This power is now drastically cut back by the USA Freedom Act. But will there be any real difference?

Here's the short answer: the difference may be negligible. Even though the NSA can no longer directly collect phone records, phone companies can still provide them based on their own policies. How closely the phone companies will work together with the NSA is still a matter of speculation.

Here is a general breakdown of the before and after:

San Bernardino Sheriff Used Stingray 300 Times: Ars Technica

The Stingray, you'll recall from our many stories about it, is one of our favorite bits of nefarious surveillance technology. Many of the details about the device are kept secret, but we do know that it tricks nearby cell phones into thinking it's a cell tower, and when the phones connect to it, the Stingray intercepts all the data the phone sends.

Ars Technica reported earlier this week on another wrinkle in the ongoing saga of the Stingray: A law enforcement agency in California has used it over 300 times in the last year, thanks to questionable warrant applications.

Android's Factory Reset Feature May Leave User Data Behind

If you're one of the millions of people out there with an Android phone, then you may have a problem. Last week, a research paper revealed that Android phones don't completely erase your personal data when you choose the option to reset your phone.

This presents problems for anyone who resells a phone or otherwise erases the data in the belief that their personal data are completely wiped out. Turns out they're not.

What are all the hip tech kids talking about these days? It's no longer Snapchat or gossip apps like YikYak. It's not even Meerkat. The newest big news is Periscope, Twitter's just acquired mobile live streaming app. It's already signed up a million users in its first ten days.

Periscope allows you to watch live broadcasts as well as recently recorded videos. These videos can be public, available to all your Twitter followers, or private, allowing you to just invite your besties. Think of it as a mix of Internet video services like Youtube or Vine, and more person-to-person video communication, like Skype or FaceTime -- all channeled through Twitter.

So, will it be useful for your practice?