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Don’t Nuke Your iPhone

iOS Wave hoax advertisement

The image has been blurred to avoid perpetuation of the hoax.


You may see an advertisement about a new feature for iOS 8 called Wave. Please disregard this ad. You cannot charge your iOS device via your microwave. While the ad may look convincing, it did not come from Apple.

The launch of a new operating system, whether Android or iOS, provides opportunists a chance to mislead unwary consumers. With modern editing tools, it is easy to convince people that fake ads originate from the claimed source – in this case Apple. While it is possible the ad was simply a prank, it is also just as possible it is malicious in nature, and there will be very real consequences for those who unwittingly destroy their phones. Please do not use your microwave to charge your iPhone. Always be wary when ads like this come out. Check for substantiation from trusted sources, and particularly on the brand’s web page.

For those of you currently using iOS 8, please continue to enjoy the real features of the upgrade, while safely avoiding hoaxes like Wave.

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/

New Features of Apple iOS7

ios7One thing Apple is known for is constantly changing. The new iOS7 is definitely a new system and a new image. The reason that iOS7 looks so different, is that Apple wanted to provide their users with a more pleasurable experience for their users. For instance, the Weather App has a background that changes depending on the weather outside. Even the color of your background dictates the color of your call and lock screen. There are a couple of new and improved features Apple has provided for their iOS7 users:

Closing Open Apps: With iOS6, you could double click the home button and it would open a screen on the bottom showing the open apps icons. From there, you would be able to hold down the app and then you would click on the “x” to close the open app. Now once you double click the home button, it takes you to a screen where you see the page of the app open. You simply swipe the page upward  to close the open app. Closing apps also saves your battery.

Control Center: Simply swipe from the bottom of the screen to access the menu screen. There, you can control brightness, music, select the mode of your phone (airplane, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, do not disturb, and orientation). You also have quick links to the camera, flashlight, calculator, and compass. In earlier iOS versions, you need to go to individual menus to change or control these options.

Camera: The camera now allows you to take a still, panorama, video, or square photo. Another new feature is that you can add a filter to the photo before taking the photo.

iTunes Radio: This is accessed through your music app. Simply click on the music app and the Radio is on the left hand side. You type in an artist or a genre into the channel to listen to the preferred music. You can also click the star and say you would like more songs like the one you are listening to or that you never want to hear that or similar songs again. In the station you are listening to, you can edit the options if you want to listen to hits of that station or low profile artists. You are given 6 skips every hour.

AirDrop: With this new application, you can share photos, videos, and much more with other nearby iOS7 users. AirDrop is sent over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Search Bar:  Simply drag from the middle downward to have the search bar drop appear.



Product Review: Dropvox

There’s good news for iphone & ipad users looking for a simple and effective way to record, store, and share  audio from your iDevice. Dropvox from Irradiated Software allows iDevice users to easily record high quality audio straight to your personal dropbox. Set up is  very straight forward, enter your dropbox credentials, and you are ready to record!

Of all the products I’ve tested for recording and sharing voice memos via iphone, Dropvox has been the most user friendly, and is extremely reliable assuming you have a strong internet connection. The only major drawback of this product is that without a strong network connection, be it 3g, 4g, or wifi, you will lose your recording if dropvox is used with no connection. On the flip side, however, dropvox eats up no additional space on your iDevice storing hard copies of the recorded files.

So if you are an iDevice and dropbox user, Dropvox is a powerful addition to your tool set. You can capture lectures, create podcasts, record meetings, perhaps memoires for a new book your writing. Whatever the purpose, dropvox offers a simple way to to record, store, and share your recordings as you see fit. At a cost of $2.00, I’d say that’s money well spent.


Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0.2 or later.