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Jury Research: Ethics Risk or Competency Requirement? →

Mark C. Palmer writing for Attorney at Work:

While the ABA may liken a “passive” review of potential jurors’ social media to “driving by,” it is not always so simple. The distinction comes when the researcher must log in, or take some affirmative identifying step before accessing the information.

The ethics rules on using social media to investigate jurors differ from state to state, so you’ll have to do some homework in your jurisdiction. In some places, the notification email a service like Twitter sends when you follow someone can by itself be an ethics violation.

How to Clear Your MacBook’s Touch Bar and Secure Enclave Data →

Justin Pot, writing for How-To Geek:

Planning on selling or giving away your MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar? Even if you wipe your Mac and reinstall macOS from scratch, it won’t remove everything: information about your fingerprints and other security features are stored separately, and may remain after your wipe your hard drive.

Woah. I was not aware of this. Something to keep in mind if you’re planning to sell or transfer a recent Mac. Hit the link to see how to clear this data.

Best home security cameras of 2018 →

Michael Ansaldo, writing for TechHive:

To help you find the best security camera for your needs, we outline the key features to consider and share the results of our testing. Whether you’re looking for an easy way to check on your kids and pets, or a full-service sentinel to monitor for intruders, we’ll help find the right product for your needs.

This is a nice roundup, and other reviews share its praise for the Netgear Arlo. But I’m looking for two features that aren’t addressed here – HomeKit support, and compatibility with Synology’s Surveillance Station package. Cameras with support for the former are in short supply. I’m going to let this market settle a bit before investing too deeply in the home surveillance market.

Apple Releases Employee Starter Guides for Mac and iOS

If you’re trying to get coworkers up to speed on Mac or iOS, Apple has recently released two books to help: Employee Starter Guide for Mac and Employee Starter Guide for iOS. I’ve just started going through them, but they seem to start at the ground level, and build from there.

Employee Starter Guide for Mac

Both books are broken into four sections: Learning the Basics, Next Steps in Working with Mac/iOS, Extending Productivity Further, and Support for Mac/iOS. Each section is broken into subsections that go into detail about using a Mac/iOS device for different aspects of work, such as for collaboration.

Employee Starter Guide for iOS

Employee Starter Guide for Mac sample subsections

The books include recommendations for third party apps where appropriate. For example, the iOS book recommends PDF Expert and three other apps in the “Annotating PDFs and Forms” section.

Tech geeks are accustomed to finding answers and help online, but these books might be helpful to “normal” users who are just getting started with Mac or iOS. If you are looking for reference materials for your employees, or even for yourself, check these out.

Hat tip to Dave Marra, who mentioned this on Twitter.

I find myself actually liking the fact that there is a “No More Posts” limit when scrolling on micro.blog. Keeps it from being a time suck for low willpower moments.

HomePod Will Support HomeKit Scenes For Muting Siri, Offer Personalised Results For Individual Voices →

Rajesh Pandey, writing for iPhoneHacks:

Interestingly, Apple also seems to be adding support for multiple voice recognition in HomePod. The icons discovered in the Home app suggest that Siri would be able to recognize an individual’s voice and offer them personalized results.

Although the Echo offers multiple user support, you have to tell it to switch users. I’m not aware that it supports voice recognition, so this would be a big differentiator for the HomePod. And of course leave it to Apple to allow for easy muting of the Siri, for privacy-minded users. That’s the benefit of Apple’s business model not being tied to advertising.

Apple Receives FCC Approval for HomePod, Suggesting a Launch Could Come Soon →

Juli Clover, writing for MacRumors:

Ahead of the promised “early 2018” launch of the HomePod, Apple has received official FCC approval for the smart speaker. Now that FCC approval has been obtained, Apple is free to begin selling the device at any time.

We’ll see if Apple is too late to the game on this one. Amazon looks to have the biggest lead, and CES was filled with smart assistants from other manufacturers this year. Also, the type of person that might get a HomePod for audio, as opposed to for its smart assistant features, seems to me to be the type of person already immersed in the Sonos ecosystem. Count me in that camp. I’m still on the fence with the HomePod – the reviews will go a long way toward my decision.

They don’t make movie theaters like they used to.

How to Detect if Your ISP is Throttling Netflix and Other Online Services

With the FCC having rolled back Title II protections that classified the Internet as a public utility, you may wonder if your ISP is throttling your traffic. The Wehe app, available on both iOS and Android, allows you to do so.

Wehe - ISP detect throttling

The app is part of a study on ISP’s treatment of different kinds of traffic.

Wehe uses your device to exchange traffic recorded from real, popular apps like YouTube and Spotify—effectively making it look as if you are using those apps. As a result, if an ISP tries to slow down an YouTube, our app would see the same behavior. We then send the same app traffic, but replacing the content with randomized bytes , which prevents the ISPs from classifying the traffic. Our hypothesis is that the randomized traffic will not see application-specific shaping, but the original traffic will see it. We repeat these tests several times to rule out noise from bad network conditions, and tell you at the end whether your ISP is shaping your traffic.

Wehe: Check Your ISP for Net Neutrality Violations

Warning – the app takes a long time to perform its testing. That might be due to server overload.

Office for Mac now shares a codebase with Windows, gets real-time collaboration →

Samuel Axon, writing for Are Technica:

Microsoft has released a major Office update for Mac. Update 16.9.0 finally brings long-anticipated real-time collaboration features and automatic cloud saving. Notably, the Mac version of this software is now built from the same codebase as the Windows version, which means that Office shares a codebase across all platforms for the first time in 20 years.

This bodes well for Mac-using lawyers, and really for all Mac users who use Office in a mixed-platform environment. I don’t expect to ever see complete feature parity, but this might get us closer. I use Word on both Windows and Mac, and require some brain re-wiring each time I jump between them. Tools such as Quick Parts work differently on each platform.