It's no secret that FindLaw's Technologist is my favorite of our Legal Professional blogs. Tech + Law = Geek happiness. But this is a surprisingly broad blog: national security, cybercrime, online legal marketing, software, hardware, and gadgets are all fair game.
And out of all that, the gadget review posts are my favorite. Why? It's my chance to play with a new toy and to tell you how that toy might be somewhat, arguably, useful to your practice. (At least if the tax man is asking -- gotta love deductions.)
Anyway, I love gadgets and apparently y'all do too, as our gadget review posts were among our most popular, traffic-wise. Here were our Top 10 legal tech reviews for 2014:
10. Doing Your Taxes: 5 Apps to Dig Out and Track Tax Deductions
Did I mention taxes? Yep, and I'll do it again: These apps will help you sort through your purchases to locate tricky tax deductions you might have missed (and to proactively keep track of deductions for next year).
9. Microsoft (Finally) Releases Office for iPad: Pros and Cons
The gold standard in Office suite software, the word processor that every lawyer uses (except those weird WordPerfect folks), is finally available for the iPad (the tablet that every lawyer uses).
8. 4 Reasons Law Students Shouldn't Waste Money on a Tablet
Tablets are great for consuming things: watching movies, listening to music, browsing the Web and social media apps, etc. They are not, however, the best devices for productivity. And for the next few years, your top priority is productivity.
7. Google's Chrome Remote Desktop: Access Your Computer From Anywhere
Need to access your work or school computer from the road? Chrome Remote Desktop is free, convenient for users of Google's Chrome browser, and for Android phone owners. (It is, however, just a wee bit slow.)
6. Fall Laptop Buyers' Guide: 5 Tips and Picks
During Back-to-School season, we drafted a buyers' guide for students and lawyers ready to upgrade. Though it has been a few months, the information in the guide is, for the most part, still valid.
5. 'Secret' iPhone Features Can Make You a More Productive Lawyer
These three features aren't secret as much as they are tools for power users. Take a peek to get the most out of your iPhone.
4. Not An Apple Fan? 5 Other Flagship Smartphones for Q4 2014
Apple rules everything around me -- and by that, I mean lawyers really like iPhones and iPads. But if you'd like an alternative to the overly expensive mainstream, we've got a few options for you.
3. 5 Cheap Gadgets Every Road-Warrior Lawyer Must Have
Where am I drafting this? Not in an office, but while drinking beer in a bowling alley. How, you ask? I have a few of these gadgets on me right now.
2. 3 Nifty Upgrades Coming to Google's $35 Chromecast Stick
When the Chromecast was first released, it was the most hyped device for streaming Netflix (and little else) to televisions ever. A year later, Google added a few things to the device's feature list. Do the upgrades make it more than a toy, however?
1. Top 5 Tech Items Lawyers Will Not Need in 2014
This is cheating a bit -- this post was published on New Year's Eve 2013 -- but hey, it's basically a 2014 post. And guess what: you still don't need these five items.