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The latest lawsuit against tech giant Apple claims that its newest signature product, the Apple Watch, has had a significant defect in every single model since debuting in 2015.

The defect claimed in the lawsuit is almost comical and involves the device's screen just popping off. The allegations claim that the problem is a known defect to Apple, but the company refuses to acknowledge it, nor provide warranty support for it (which is usually what the company does when known defects are acknowledged). The lawsuit seeks $5 million dollars in damages.

Lyft Faces Another Class Action

Lyft is catching up with Uber in riders and class actions.

Not that anyone is counting, but Lyft just picked up a new class action over driver pay. It accuses the company of cutting into drivers' fares.

It sounds a lot like a recent complaint against Uber. But in the lawsuit count, this time Lyft is content to be number two.

Mobility Tips for the Legal Road Warrior

Lawyers today carry around computers more powerful than those that sent men to the moon.

The NASA guidance system filled a room, yet now people can put a GPS device in their pocket. By comparison, the moon shot machines literally had the computing power of a pocket calculator.

It's just a footnote in the astonishing evolution of technology. But it's also a reminder that technology moves on -- especially mobile tech.

DOJ Investigates Verizon, AT&T Plot to Make Carrier Switching Harder

Apple watches are the coolest, not to mention the most popular watch in the world.

The iWatch is so popular Apple is now the world's biggest watchmaker. According to reports, the smartwatch has outsold the entire Swiss watch industry.

So why oh why did Apple complain about AT&T and Verizon, the biggest cellular networks in the United States? After all, the Apple Watch doesn't work very well without a cellular network.

Drug Dealer's Fingerprints Lifted From Photos on WhatsApp

A cell phone might be a cop's new best friend.

It can't do what a police dog does, like sniff out evidence or chase down a suspect. But a cell phone can bust criminals as fast as they can snap a selfie.

Fools incriminate themselves by vanity all the time. A new twist in technology, however, shows how some drug dealers should have kept their hands away from the cell phone.

When it comes to lawyering on the go, the smartphone changed the game, even for those luddite lawyers. However, for the luddites and those attorneys that haven't decided to go all in on a pricey enterprise solution, or a full fledged case management system that they can access from the mobile web or an app, starting slow is a good idea and can be as simple as downloading a few really helpful free apps.

From increasing your own productivity, to impressing clients with your practical and pragmatic use of technology, smartphones can make lawyering much easier. Below, you'll find the three best apps for today's lawyer on the go. (FWIW, FindLaw has no relationship to any of the below-mentioned apps).

There sure are a whole lot of legal tech apps out there these days. From being able to manage your entire practice from the palm of your hand to simply turning client docs into usable PDFs without a giant high-quality scanning machine, the smartphone has revolutionized the mobile and small firm lawyer's life.

And while lawyers may not have a reputation for being the most tech savvy bunch of professionals, legal consumers have certainly shown a willingness to dive right in to legal tech. The legal chatbots, and other online apps and services geared towards improving the access to justice have seen quite a bit of success. For some practitioners, all these new legal apps have created a new problem, legal consumers are coming to them with specific questions and half done legal work.

In response to a letter from, and meeting with, the ABA, the Department of Homeland Security has released revised guidelines when it comes to border agents searching the electronic devices of lawyers that contain privileged information.

The whole warrantless border searches of electronic devices controversy has been brewing for some time now. And while regular folks, even journalists and high powered business execs, may be all but defenseless when a CBP agent demands to search their electronic devices at the border, thanks to the ABA, lawyers have a new tool to at least defend themselves: bureaucratic inconvenience and paperwork. Unfortunately, the details are much less comforting.

The days of collecting business cards to stuff in the rolodex are long gone. When it comes to networking, technology has proven rather useful as anyone you need to meet or know is simply a Google search and email away (though your email could fall into the digital ether if you the person you're reaching out doesn't know you).

However, just because you can email and digitally meet almost anyone, that doesn't mean you should avoid in-person networking. Meeting and getting to know other professionals in a pseudo-social setting is great for building your own trusted network that will actually answer your phone calls and emails. And thanks to those handy smartphones we all have these days, networking can be much more impactful.

Below, you'll find three tips to help you leverage your smartphone for building, and nurturing, your network.

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.