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Improving Smartphone Performance

The roll-out of 5G cellular service has started in cities across the USA. Higher  5G speeds will be noticeable when downloading large files, streaming videos, and playing games. In addition to  purchasing a smartphone with 5G capability, you can speed up phones by clearing cache, deleting emails, and removing unused apps. Read  articles about apps ,  speed , security and  tips  for using smartphones.  Click here  for a 5-minute video about the evolution of cellular technology from 1G (slower than a telephone modem) to 5G (comparable to speeds of home networks).

Google Docs vs. Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office 365 and Google G Suite have become ubiquitous at law firms. They provide tools for calendaring, collaborating, communicating, and creating. To choose the best one for your firm, read comparisons prepared by  ComputerWorld and ZDNet . Also see comparisons of Google and Microsoft apps for email and productivity . Get tips for using the apps by reading articles prepared by Microsoft and Google . Read books about  Microsoft Office  and  Google Apps for comprehensive guidance. Get inspired by listening to a podcast about Microsoft features that lawyer love . Remember to secure your data and documents with tips from Google and Microsoft .

Using Digital Assistants

Popular digital assistants include Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana.  They use artificial intelligence to converse with users. The Assistants can be used for calendaring, communicating, and controlling devices.  They are useful in both homes and offices.  Below are tips, reviews, and user guides to help you put digital assistants to work in your home and office.  Tips Backup - remember to backup data. Privacy -  adjusting settings to protect privacy and confidential information  Transcription - send texts, take dictation, and transcribe messages .  Uses -  control devices, create appointments, make phone calls, play music, and research.  Articles Ethical Considerations Law Office Applications Privacy   Productivity Smart Devices Using  Reviews Tech Radar Wall Street Journal Washington Post User Guides Alexa Cortana Google Siri

Texting Tips

Texting has become an increasingly popular form of communication. Lawyers are using texts to communicate with clients, co-workers, and opposing counsel. Texting can  schedule meetings, send links, and give status updates. Improve your texting with the following tips, articles, and books.    Texting Tips Applications - Communicate with clients, family and friends using personal messaging apps like  WhatsApp, Signal, SnapChat, Telegram and iMessage. Collaboration  -  Collaborate with others  in your firm  by  using Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams,  and Slack.  Distractions - avoid distraction by d isabling notifications ,  filtering texts  from unknown senders, and  blocking spammers .  Filtering - use the filtering button to view messages in categories like know sender, unread message, etc. Marking  - mark important texts as unread or add a star to avoid forgetting them. Privacy - protect privacy by hiding messages from your lock screen and turning off sound.  Scam  - block texts from

Email Etiquette

Email etiquette establishes your credibility and helps communicate your message. Etiquette is essential whether your email is a short message or a complex legal analysis. Practice good etiquette by using appropriate subject lines, keeping messages short, avoiding abbreviations and using bcc instead of cc for long distribution lists.  Don't use all caps or emojis. Substitute a phone call or meeting when needed to avoid misunderstanding or controversy. Read articles about getting past spam filters ,  things to consider , tips for writing , and best practices .  Study books about Digital Manners , Business Etiquette ,  Online Etiquette ,  Email Risks , and Legal Ethics .