TranscriptPad and TrialPad Updated

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Two apps that are great tools for attorneys, TranscriptPad and TrialPad have just been updated. These apps help you prepare for trials, hearings and mediations. No matter what kind of litigation you may be involved with, these apps help you streamline and organize your thoughts.

TranscriptPad, is an app that allows you to review, markup and organize text file transcripts. One of the neat features is the ability to review through a transcript (note the file must be imported into the app as a txt file) and mark up parts of the transcript and organize them by topic. When you are finished, you can generate and share different reports that contain the relevant portions, organized by the topics you have created.

Transcript Mark up

The updates to the app include:

> New Case Archiving functionality, for backing up and sharing larger cases.
> Stability improvements when importing corrupt case archives.
> Addressed UI Issues after generating reports in portrait orientation.
> Addressed an issue with using slash characters in a Case name.
> Other minor UI improvements.

TrialPad, an app that allows you to organize, present and markup documents, play videos and otherwise present information to a court, jury or in mediation, has also been updated.

This app is a great tool for zeroing in on relevant portions of documents, photos or other digital materials. You or witnesses can mark up the images in real time to allow the decision maker to focus on the relevant information.


The updates for TrialPad include:

> Addressed issues with the Edit and + menus in portrait orientation.
> Addressed an issue where TXT files are downloaded but may not be imported into the case until the New Files button is pressed.
> Addressed an issue loading annotations for Key Docs made from the same document, when opened in sequence.
> Other minor UI and stability improvements.

App Store and More Down

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Right now, the App store, iTunes Store, and Mac App Store are unavailable for all users.

“Customers may be unable to make purchases from the App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or Mac App Store.”

According to the Apple services status page, there is no other information available.

If you have been having trouble downloading apps, you are not alone.

App Store Down

iOS 8.2 Released


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Today, following Apple’s keynote address related to the Apple Watch and various updates to Apple computers, iOS 8.2 was released.

To update your iOS device, tap Settings > General > Software Update. Then tap download and install.

The complete directions are found here.

Apple describes the releases as follows:

8.2 Release

This release introduces support for Apple Watch, and also includes improvements to the Health app, increased stability and bug fixes.

Apple Watch support
• New Apple Watch app to pair and sync with iPhone, and to customize watch settings
• New Activity app for viewing fitness data and achievements from Apple Watch; appears when Apple Watch is paired
• Available on iPhone 5 and later

Health app improvements
• Adds the ability to select the unit of measurement for distance, body temperature, height, weight and blood glucose
• Improves stability when dealing with large amounts of data
• Includes the ability to add and visualize workout sessions from 3rd-party apps
• Addresses an issue that may have prevented users from adding a photo in Medical ID
• Fixes units for vitamins and minerals
• Fixes an issue where Health data wouldn’t refresh after changing data source order
• Fixes an issue where some graphs showed no data values
• Adds a privacy setting that enables turning off tracking of steps, distance and flights climbed

Stability enhancements
• Increases stability of Mail
• Improves stability of Flyover in Maps
• Improves stability of Music
• Improves VoiceOver reliability
• Improves connectivity with Made for iPhone Hearing Aids

Bug fixes
• Fixes an issue in Maps that prevented navigating to some favorite locations
• Addresses an issue where the last word in a quick reply message wasn’t autocorrected
• Fixes an issue where duplicate iTunes purchased content could prevent iCloud restore from completing
• Resolves an issue where some music or playlists didn’t sync from iTunes to the Music app
• Fixes an issue where deleted audiobooks sometimes remained on device
• Resolves an issue that could prevent call audio from routing to car speakers while using Siri Eyes Free
• Fixes a Bluetooth calling issue where no audio is heard until the call is answered
• Fixes a timezone issue where Calendar events appear in GMT
• Addresses an issue that caused certain events in a custom recurring meeting to drop from an Exchange calendar
• Fixes a certificate error that prevented configuring an Exchange account behind a third-party gateway
• Fixes an issue that could cause an organizer’s Exchange meeting notes to be overwritten
• Resolves an issue that prevented some Calendar events from automatically showing as ‘Busy’ after accepting an invite

There was also a security update. The information regarding that update is as follows:

iOS 8.2 Security
Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later
Impact: A remote attacker can cause a device to unexpectedly restart
Description: A null pointer dereference issue existed in CoreTelephony’s handling of Class 0 SMS messages. This issue was addressed through improved message validation.
CVE-2015-1063 : Roman Digerberg, Sweden
iCloud Keychain
Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later
Impact: An attacker with a privileged network position may be able to execute arbitrary code
Description: Multiple buffer overflows existed in the handling of data during iCloud Keychain recovery. These issues were addressed through improved bounds checking.
CVE-2015-1065 : Andrey Belenko of NowSecure
Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later
Impact: A malicious application may be able to execute arbitrary code with system privileges
Description: A type confusion issue existed in IOSurface’s handling of serialized objects. The issue was addressed through additional type checking.
CVE-2015-1061 : Ian Beer of Google Project Zero
Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later
Impact: A malicious application may be able to create folders in trusted locations in the file system
Description: An issue existed in the developer disk mounting logic which resulted in invalid disk image folders not being deleted. This was addressed through improved error handling.
CVE-2015-1062 : TaiG Jailbreak Team
Secure Transport
Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later
Impact: An attacker with a privileged network position may intercept SSL/TLS connections
Description: Secure Transport accepted short ephemeral RSA keys, usually used only in export-strength RSA cipher suites, on connections using full-strength RSA cipher suites. This issue, also known as FREAK, only affected connections to servers which support export-strength RSA cipher suites, and was addressed by removing support for ephemeral RSA keys.
CVE-2015-1067 : Benjamin Beurdouche, Karthikeyan Bhargavan, Antoine Delignat-Lavaud, Alfredo Pironti, and Jean Karim Zinzindohoue of Prosecco at Inria Paris
Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later
Impact: A person with physical access to the device may be able to see the home screen of the device even if the device is not activated
Description: An unexpected application termination during activation could have caused the device to show the home screen. The issue was addressed through improved error handling during activation.

Apple Watch Live Event

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Today at 10 am PDT, Apple will feature a live video of what is expected to be an Apple Watch update. We can expect to learn more about pricing, delivery times and features for the new Apple product.

You can tune in here.

Microsoft Office 2016 (Preview Available for Mac)

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Today, Microsoft has announce the availability of a preview version of their upcoming Office suite for Mac.

Microsoft states that some of the new features are described as follows:

  • With the redesigned Ribbon and your favorite cross-platform features and keyboard shortcuts, you’ll be up and running with the new Office for Mac in no time!
  • The new Office for Mac user interface is designed from the ground up to take advantage of the latest Mac features, including retina display and full-screen view support.
  • Sign into the new Office for Mac and easily access your recently used documents on any device with seamless integration with OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint.
You can use the new version with the old 2011 version.

Easy Annotate – Side by Side PDF Annotation

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Easy Annotate Dual PDF Editor is a PDF mark up tool and more. It solves a problem that many have when reviewing PDFs for a project – the ability to see, side by side, two different PDFs.

With this app, you can read, annotate, compare and link PDFs side by side. The app offers students, business professionals and researchers the tools to read, annotate and compare PDFs side by side easily and efficiently.


Easy Annotate Screen Shot

The app also allows you to create links between PDFs.


Easy Annotate Link


You can also export and share your PDFs to DropBox, Google Drive or a WebDAV account.

You can learn more about the app from the developer’s website. Right now…it’s Free.

OneNote for iPad – OCR and Handwriting Update

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OneNote for iPad has received a major update to its abilities – Handwriting and OCR for images.

The app is used to capture and share thoughts and ideas as well as organize information. The information can be synced between your iOS devices and Mac via Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud service.

OneNote Screenshot with Handwriting

The developer describes the new features as follows:

• Handwriting – Sometimes, there’s just no substitute for putting pen to paper and sketching out your next great idea. That’s why we’re introducing handwriting to OneNote. Highlight documents, scribble notes, or just doodle until your heart’s content.
• OCR for Images – Search for text contained within images in your OneNote notebooks. OCR is now supported on new images added to OneDrive notebooks. You can even copy the image text and add it to your notes. Existing images will also become searchable soon!
• Bug fixes

Be aware that the OCR function is not instantaneous. It may take some time for the function to “decode” the image. It seems to work fairly well with type. It is not clear whether handwriting recognition is working.

In any case, OneNote has taken a major step forward against Evernote as a rival for ease of capturing ideas, information and syncing.

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