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You're probably familiar with how data analytics can speed up the eDiscovery process, helping attorneys quickly review documents for responsiveness. You may have heard about how "big data" can be mined to improve law firm practices, helping lawyers monitor clients and improve their efficiency. You probably also know of legal tech companies who are mining data in order to make legal services and research faster, better, and more automated. In sum, there's a lot that data analytics can do for lawyers.

But can data analytics help you in trial prep as well?

Black Friday shoppers in San Francisco were able to hop on the city's light rail system for free last week, after the city's Muni transit system fell victim to a ransomware attack. Ransomware infected about a quarter of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's computers, encrypting their files on Friday.

The hack shut down many ticketing kiosks for days, giving San Francisco straphangers a free ride for the weekend, as hackers demanded a bitcoin ransom worth $73,000.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are the future of the law, or at least of legal research, we're told. Hi-tech algorithms will soon reduce time spent flipping through irrelevant caselaw, allowing lawyers to pinpoint the best research in just seconds. There are a host of traditional research companies and legal tech startups vying to be on the forefront of this developing technology and AI-powered research has already been embraced, if cautiously, by a few of the country's biggest firms.

But not everyone is convinced that research powered by machine intelligence will actually yield intelligent results.

Electronic notarization, or eNotarization, is becoming increasingly common, according to a recent whitepaper by the National Notary Association. Lawyers are submitting eNotarized documents to courts, banks are relying on eNotarized mortgage forms, and law enforcement is using eNotarization to sign criminal complaints.

In most cases, this eNotarization simply takes the form of an electronic signature on a computer or tablet. Yet a smaller, but growing, approach to eNotarization allows documents to be notarized over webcams, eliminating the need to meet face-to-face with a notary.

Harder, faster, better, stronger. That's the promise of technology. With a few gadgets and programs, you can cut down the time spent on tasks and compete work with more ease and accuracy. Just think of what things would be like if we didn't have email or electronic legal research databases, for example. But even with all these technological advances, it can still seem like the work is never over, especially after the 300th email of the day lands in your inbox.

So, to help you use your tech better, and cut down on time spent on slow or frustrating tasks, here's a review of some of Technologist's best tech tips and tricks, from the FindLaw archives.

You may have noticed some hiccups on the internet last Friday. Facebook went down, then Twitter, Netflix, Amazon, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. They were all victims of a coordinated attack on the infrastructure of the internet, making it impossible for millions to connect to their favorite websites. If you were trying to waste some time online last Friday, hackers weren't going to make it easy for you.

What set this attack apart, though, was how it was accomplished: through the Internet of Things. Hackers commandeered thousands of internet-connected devices like webcameras, routers, and baby monitors, and turned them into weapons used to cripple the net.

Forget email, instant messages, and shared Google calendars. When it comes to managing your office, Facebook thinks its social network is the place to do it. The company launched its office-friendly version of the social network on Monday.

Known as Workplace, this version of Facebook replaces status updates and cat pictures with status updates and productivity tools, to help employees collaborate more easily.

There's nothing wrong with being technoskeptical. There's good reason for attorneys to take a cautious approach to technological advancements, making sure that the next big thing is actually a worthwhile thing before throwing their money (and their clients') at it.

But you also can't bury your head in the sand when it comes to technological change -- not just because it's unwise, but because it can be an ethical violation. That's right, more and more states are adopting the view that lawyers who don't stay up to date on tech, or consult with someone who is, are violating their professional duties. So, if you are a Luddite lawyer, or your partner or associate is, it's time to join the modern age. If you're not sure, here are a few simple ways to tell.

Good writing is often simple writing. That maxim works as well for legal writing as it does for 'The Old Man and the Sea.' But as lawyers, it's easy to let simplicity get lost under a pile of legal complexities, terms of art, and subordinate clause after subordinate clause.

In the process, your writing can sometimes become almost unreadable, even to other lawyers. Thankfully, there are a few ways to quickly and simply check your work's readability -- and to fix it up if it's becoming a bit too complex.

How can you spot emerging trends in legal technology? You could look at the companies that successful startup accelerators are supporting, like Y Combinator's recent support for a "Turbotax for Immigration." Or you can look at public collaborations, like that between Harvard Law School and the legal research startup Ravel Law. Or look at the tech law firms themselves are using, like the few big firms who've started to employ artificial intelligence.

Or you can look at where the talent is going. Legaltech News's Ricci Dipshan recently did the latter, identifying four legal tech trends as evidenced by recent hires.