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iPadOS and iOS 14.8 Security Update


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Apple has released a series of updates to address maliciously crafted exploits. Users are encouraged to update promptly. These updates include WatchOS and MacOS.

Some of the details can be found here and include:

CoreGraphics

Available for: iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation)

Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted PDF may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.

Description: An integer overflow was addressed with improved input validation.

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation)

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.

Description: A use after free issue was addressed with improved memory management.

To learn more about how to update, read here.

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Apple Event September 14, 2021


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Apple has announced an event that will stream on September 14, 2021 at 10 a.m. PDT. You can view the online event at Apple.com or on the Apple TV app.

No official products have been announced. There is speculation that Apple may announce iPhone 13, Apple Watch 7, new AirPods, or other hardware including iPad Mini.

It does not appear likely that iOS 15 or Monterey, the latest MacOS will be released on this date. But, as with most Apple events, you will likely not know until you know.

You can learn more here.

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iOS 14.5.1 Update


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Apple has issued an iOS update. Users are encouraged to install this update as it fixes several security issues.

The update applies to iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation).

The WebKit fixes impact “maliciously crafted web content [that] may lead to arbitrary code execution.”

There are various updates to other Mac and Watch OS devices as well. As with any update, you should make a backup first.

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Word Tips and Shortcuts


If you are looking to speed up and customize some ways to work with Microsoft Word, you may find the recent article 5 Ways to Customize Word very helpful. On the iPad, there are limited wasy to customize settings while using Word.

Word Settings

In Word, tap on the gear icon on the bottom left and you will be presented with settings related to Storage, Notifications, and (currently) two settings related to auto format as you type and whether the Apple Pencil always draws ink.

The ability to customize the iPad version of Word is limited. Should you find yourself wanting to use Word on the iPad with some regularity, Apple’s Keyboard or an external keyboard is recommended as certain keyboard commands to speed up the process are easily utilized. For example, copy, paste, select all, italicize, bold, etc. are recognized with the keyboard input. This saves time by not having to tap on the screen to select the text, the select the action to perform.

A subscription to Microsoft is required to edit documents on the iPad. No subscription is required to read documents that may have been sent to you to review.

If you use Microsoft Word, the iPad is a great tool to help you focus on getting the words down on the screen. By using cloud sync services, such as OneDrive, you can then save your work in the cloud and continue later on your iPhone, Mac or other device. You can also save your work to a file on the iPad.

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TrialPad (Lit Software) Updates


It’s been a while since posting but that (hopefully) will change with this latest update from Lit Software to their suite of litigation software. There are three separate apps that can be used to help you with your litigation practice. There is TrialPad, TranscriptPad and DocReviewPad.

Each app can help you with a separate part of preparing for and presenting information at trial.

In a nutshell, TrialPad is an app that allows you to organize and present evidence at trial, mediation or during motions.

TranscriptPad is an app that allows you to review and markup transcripts that are in text format to help you organize relevant testimony.

DocReviewPad is an app that allows you to do similar functions for documents involved in the discovery process.

With court rooms beginning to open, there is so much to discuss and show with the latest update that it cannot be limited to one post. I plan on posting specific ways to use the updated tools. For now, this will be a quick post to alert users of the apps or those interested in learning more about them that the software and payment for it has recently been updated.

In the past, one could buy the apps and receive updates. The new model is a subscription plan. You can download any of the apps from the App Store and start a 7 day free trial, with no limitations or restrictions and using your own documents and evidence.

It is strongly recommended that you not wait until the day or even week before trial to start learning these apps.

If you want to learn more about these apps, visit the Litsoftware website and review the videos that are currently available and help center.

Recently, Jay Vaughn and I walked through using TrialPad on Trial Lawyers University. There are various upcoming seminars that will be put on to show you how to use these apps. Check your local bar or trial lawyer schedules.

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Notes, Lists and Sharing


It’s the start of a new year and time to get organized. How about use the built in Notes app with iCloud to create lists of things you need or need to accomplish and share them with others who can update them?

Let’s use a simple example…A grocery list. Let’s say you have family or a significant other who needs items from a grocery store. Instead of keeping a paper list or sticky notes in different places, consider using the Share This Note with Others Feature built into Notes.

How does it work? It’s simple.

After opening the Notes app, click on the pencil icon to create a new note. Then, type in the top line something like Grocery List and hit return.

Now, start making your list…Apples, Carrots, Milk 2%, Oatmeal, Bread, Toothpaste, etc. Hit return after each item, then select all of the items and tap the circle with the check mark in it at the top. This will create an empty circle next to each item that allow you to tap in the circle to make a check mark.

If you tap or click in a circle, a check mark will appear. That way, while you are shopping, you can check off the items as you get them.

Next, let’s share the note to allow others to edit, add or delete items to the list. To do that, tap on the person with + icon. When you hover over it, it may say share this note with others.

Now, you can select the method to share your notes to be edited by those you invite. If you do not want them to make changes, then select the permissions Only people you invite can view by clicking next to Permission: Whether you choose Mail, Messages or something else, those you invite can then see, edit and delete information in the note.

After you share your list, assuming the recipient has an iCloud account, they will then be able to see, edit and modify the shared list. When they do so, your list will be updated and if you make changes, so will what they see.

From your iOS device, you easily can tap next to the item, tap on the smiley face and then type the item and look for an emoji to enter.

Other examples of share list can include items needed for a project, to do items for a task, things to order from a restaurant, etc.

Start using Notes with the shared feature to make your new year more productive. Tap to learn more about the Notes app.

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Zoom Update – Share Multiple Programs


The latest update to Zoom Desktop (5.4.3) adds several new and enhanced features. The ability to share multiple open programs at once has been added. The new feature is described as follows:

  • Share multiple programs at once 
    Users can select multiple desktop programs at once for sharing, instead of sharing their entire desktop. Other programs and unoccupied areas in the desktop will not be visible to the viewer. The sharer will always know which applications they are sharing by an extensible green border. Only the user employing this feature will need to be on version 5.4.3, viewers can be connected with older versions.

To do this, tap on the share button and select a window to share while holding down the shift button.

Now, you will be sharing several open apps at once, each with a green border around them. This new feature is helpful when you need to show several apps simultaneously.

Try it out.

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iWork Updates – Scribble Tool


Not only was iOS updated to version 14 but iWork apps were updated as well. If you use Keynote, Pages or Numbers, there are some interesting and helpful changes and improvements. To learn more about the new features in these apps, click here.

In Keynote, there are 3 main new functions. Those include Scribble, Outline View and Web videos. With Scribble, you can write with your Apple Pencil and your words will turn to text. Scribble is on by default.

To use the Scribble feature, in Keynote using your Apple Pencil, tap in a text box, shape or table cell where you want to write. Tap the Scribble Tool and then start writing.

As you enter text with Apple Pencil, you can do any of the following:

  • Delete a word: Scratch it out.
  • Insert text: Tap and hold in a text area, then start writing when a space opens.
  • Join or separate characters: Draw a vertical line between them.
  • Select text: Circle text or draw a line through it. Drag the selection handles with your finger to change the selection.
  • Start a new paragraph: Tap the Next Line button in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
  • Show a keyboard: Tap the Show Keyboard button in the toolbar, then tap keyboard keys to correct text, delete characters, add spaces, and more.
  • Undo the last action: Tap the Undo button in the toolbar. Tap multiple times to undo all your recent actions.
  • Add a new text box: Start writing away from other text areas (such as another text box or a selected table or table cell). A new text box is created for your text.

To learn more about the new Scribble Feature, click here.

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Keynote, Pages, Numbers Updated


Apple has released updates to the work suite of apps for both the Mac and iOS devices.

Pages has new features like:

  • Play YouTube and Vimeo videos right in your documents.*
  • Easily add captions and titles to images, videos, shapes, and other objects.
  • Create more flexible formulas using new functions
  • Import an iBooks Author book to work on it in Pages

Numbers has new features like:

  • New functions, including XLOOKUP, XMATCH, and REGEX, let you match patterns, manipulate text, and create flexible formulas.
  • Easily add captions and titles to images, videos, shapes, and other objects.
  • Play YouTube and Vimeo videos right in your spreadsheets.*
  • Scroll and zoom your spreadsheets without unintentional edits.

Keynote has new features for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch like:

  • Movies can now play through slide transitions. Add the same movie to multiple slides to play from one slide to the next.
  • Use the Align to Path option to have objects stay pointed in the correct direction while following a motion path.
  • Easily add captions and titles to images, videos, shapes, and other objects.

To get the latest updates, on your iOS device, go to App Store. Then, tap on your account and update. Make sure you have wi-fi.

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iOS 13.5 Update


Apple has released iOS 13.5. There are a few updates related to COVID-19 including Face ID enhancements.

The update is supposed to speed up access to the passcode field on devices with Face ID when wearing a face mask. There is also an option to control automatic prominence of video tiles on Group FaceTime calls.

There are other bug fixes and improvements.

You can read about them here.

As usual, before you update, make a backup.