Tag Archive: Android

7 Legal Apps for a Law School Student

1. FastCase: This free app available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android allows you to search for cases that have occurred in all 50 states. See the FastCase Web site for more information.

2. Want to know more about your Supreme Court Justices? The app called PocketJustice gives you all the information you need in the palm of your hand. This app is $0.99 and available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android.

3. iJuror is a fast and easy way to keep track of your jury. This app costs $4.99 and is available for the iPhone and iPad.

5. TrialPad allows lawyers to update court files during the actual hearing. Lawyers can hook up any monitor or projector to their iPad to play videos or display images on the screen. This app is $89.99 and available for the iPhone and iPad.

6. Constitution allows anyone to review the Constitution for free.

7. Black Law’s Dictionary is a well-known law dictionary now in it’s 10th edition. Costing $54.99, it is available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android. The free online dictionary is available at: https://thelegaldictionary.org/

Google Enterprise Email for Android

If you have a mobile device and would like to connect to your Pepperdine email account, you have a few options. First, you will need to know which device you have – whether iPhone, Android, Windows, or Blackberry. You will also need to decide whether to use Microsoft Exchange or Google Enterprise Apps. You can learn more about Google Enterprise Apps at google.pepperdine.edu. If you have already taken the plunge and would like to install your Google Apps account on your Android phone, this post is for you.

Pepperdine’s IT department has set up a page for mobile devices, and you can find information at community.pepperdine.edu/it/services/phone/cellular. There is a link for Android Devices, but the information is geared toward the Exchange option rather than Google Apps.

Your setup process may vary depending on your device, but typically you can begin by going to the Accounts option under Settings, and selecting the New Account option. When prompted, select IMAP rather than POP3 or Exchange. Your Google Apps user ID is your WaveNet user name @pepperdine.edu. If you use the first.last@pepperdine.edu format, you won’t be able to log in.

Next, you’ll need to choose the incoming and outgoing servers. For incoming, type in imap.gmail.com, and check the box for SSL security. For SMTP, type smtp.gmail.com, and select SSL again.

Once these settings are in place, you should be prompted for some basic personalization, and you’re all set.

This has been a brief walk-through for setting up Google Apps on your Android phone. The variety of Android devices out there may require slight variations in this setup process. If you need a more detailed walk-through, or get stuck in the setup, feel free to contact Jared Padgett or David Dickens on the 1st floor of the law library, or call the help line at 7425.

Update All Your Android Apps in One Place

As we increase the number of personal electronic devices we interact with from day to day, it can become increasingly challenging to stay organized. Some organizations have helped ease the burden in one way or another, from AppBrain to Amazon, and now finally Google. Last year Google added a feature in what was then the Android Market, where you could install apps from the website onto your device. As part of the ever-improving Google Play Store, Google has gone a step further. You can now install or uninstall apps from the website. and can also see all of your connected devices in one place.

As you can see in the image above, all my devices are listed, and I can selectively update apps by device. Every app I’ve installed in the past is there as well, in case I want to re-install anything. This is a feature that was quite useful in the Amazon App Store, and is even more so now that Google has a version too. I have used the website to install, update, and delete apps on my Google TV, current and former phones, and my tablet. The best part is that I don’t have to have the device in front of me. This could potentially set the stage for improved remote management features, which are highly-desired in the enterprise arena.

The one issue I have encountered with the device is the presence of a phone I no longer use. I connected to the app store from a demo unit I received from Sony Ericsson a while back, and it is prominently displayed among my other devices. Adding a device management element will help propel an already useful feature that much further. At the moment I am unsure whether Apple offers a similar feature, but I don’t anticipate Apple will lag too far behind on matching or improving upon this.

If you are an Android user, hopefully this can help you keep all your apps organized. I already enjoyed updating my phone contacts through my Google account, and now I can manage my apps. My devices span from Honeycomb to Ice Cream Sandwich, so if you are on Eclair or earlier you might need to confirm this works for you. If any iOS users know of a comparable feature, be sure to let us know in the comments.

Are Tablets Suitable for Academic Use?

With the launch of the iPad a not quite new industry was given a fresh clean look. Tablet computers have been around in various forms for years, but it took the iPad to bring tablets to the mainstream. This raised an important question for businesses and educational institutions. Can a tablet be effectively used in an educational setting? Many schools sought research grants to determine exactly how well a tablet fit into a student’s academic toolbox. Pepperdine tested iPads in various settings, and the School of Law even tested a hybrid tablet/e-reader in a classroom setting.

The SOLIS team had a chance to test the iPad with common accessories, including the keyboard stand. I typed a blog post both with and without the keyboard to determine the viability of replacing a traditional laptop or netbook with a tablet. At the time I did not think it would be worth the effort to have to bring all the accessories everywhere one went simply to be able to have a laptop experience on a cool new toy. As time has passed, I have begun to reconsider.

I recently took my Android tablet to an academic seminar. Part of the reason I bought my tablet was to have a lightweight, internet-capable device with which I could take notes, check email, or look up any relevant websites presented in a lecture. I have been using a netbook for conferences for the last couple of years, so this seminar was my first chance to field test a tablet.

With one minor issue regarding available power outlets for recharging, the tablet performed exactly as needed. I did not use any accessories, and typed my notes using the on-screen keyboard. The pace of the seminar allowed me to take short-hand notes, with varying levels of detail. I did not need to write copious notes, as there were online resources available. In the specific context in which I was using the tablet for taking notes, it performed quite well.

This field test, along with tests during most of my meetings this year have helped convince me that tablets can be useful both in an academic and business setting. That being said, I would still recommend keeping the netbook or laptop on standby in case you need some extra power or a handy attached keyboard. There are times when a tablet simply cannot provide the support you need.

As tablets are continuing to improve, they can be useful in an academic setting. We are not quite to the point of using them exclusively, but the option looks good in the not-to-distant future. I was quite satisfied using my tablet to take notes in an academic seminar. Tablets have certainly come a long way in a short time. I look forward to seeing how the industry grows over the next few years. Until then, test out your own tablet, and see if you can use it effectively for notes, research, or other academic use.

Christmas Shopping Advice

I’m often asked about my recommendations for students, faculty and staff when it comes to personal technology purchases at this time of year. Some of the advice is clear (don’t buy a Blackberry), but more often there is a subtle judgment. Right now for the Pepperdine School of Law community I would like to offer some advice about bargain Android tablets.

I love my Android phone and I am a fan (though not without reservations) of Google’s product design and support. However, for those of you looking to make the extra investment in time as well as money to try some of the less expensive alternatives to the iPad provided by Google-partnered manufacturers, there’s good reason to be cautious.

Right now the Android eco-system is very much like the early days of Microsoft’s Windows environment. Google is dependent on the manufacturers to deliver on what they promise and the reality is that some can and some won’t. There was a time when folks would make some poor purchases on PCs because the Windows logo was showing on the screen.

As much as I would like to see Android develop into something as similarly successful in computing market as Windows, that takes time and commitment to do better than Microsoft did at keeping the customers happy. The stakes are higher and the expectations of users are more discriminating.

Most importantly, unlike last time Apple has a product that, as it stands right now, is the best option for enterprise users. Microsoft never had to face that. Google needs to do better. Buyer beware on all these bargain tablets.

The article that prompted this post: $99 Ice Cream Sandwich Tablet Available, but Buyer Beware