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When you get yourself new tech, your older tech can sometimes be rendered obsolete or just unused. But, if you didn't completely destroy your last device, it can often feel bad to just let it gather dust in a drawer. Fortunately, there's a solution, at least for your Apple and Android smartphones.

Since most smartphones, at least for the last few years, have a pretty good camera, as well as WiFi, as well as a decent enough processor to run as a dedicated security camera, an old iPhone or Android phone can easily be used as an additional measure of office security (or home security). Simply download the free Presence app (or another similar type of app) onto the retired device and your new one, and follow the setup instructions.

Are Encrypted Messaging Apps for the Paranoid or Lawyers?

In Steve Martin's comedy Bowfinger, a no-budget filmmaker follows a famous actor around Hollywood and secretly films him to piece together a movie.

The big problem is, the movie star is paranoid. When his adviser discovers the surreptitious recording, he observes: "Well, I guess it's true; it's not paranoia when someone's really after you."

That's a long intro for this point: you are not paranoid if you think someone is tracking your phone, text messages, and other communications. But the movie is hilarious and there's an app for those who are worried about cell phone security.

There are quite a few issues surrounding communicating with potential clients via text message. And while we're unaware of any outright statutory prohibition on communicating via text once contact has been initiated, getting to that step can be ripe with conflict.

Fortunately, for the many attorneys that have adopted the strategy of marketing via text message, an increasing number of states are okaying the practice and treating text messages like e-mail or other written communications. However, there are definitely some boundaries that it would be wise not to cross, unless you're looking to put your license on the line to cause an ethical stir.

In the wake of the recent tragedy in Sutherland Springs, Texas, what usually unfolds into a vehement battle between tech-giant and law enforcement over privacy rights, ended in a rather unexpectedly peaceful manner. Investigators of the mass shooting found a blood spattered iPhone in the shooter's vehicle and promptly got a warrant to search it. Surprisingly, they also got an offer of assistance from Apple.

Initially, it seemed as though law enforcement needed assistance to get into the locked device, however that has not been the case. Despite the fact that the tech giant seemed willing to cooperate with authorities, it reportedly has not been contacted.

Black Friday Deals for Lawyers

"But it was on sale!"

It's such an accepted explanation for impulse buying, it's practically a mantra. And as religious holidays go, Black Friday is a universally acceptable day to worship the sale.

With some guidance from tech experts, FindLaw has a shoppers list for your pilgrimage to tech nirvana on sale day. This is the lawyer's edition:

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.