Introduction to Control Center for the iPad

Control Center for Attorneys

Control Center is a feature on the iPad that allows a user to quickly select some basic settings without having to launch the iOS settings app. It was introduced in iOS 7, but I am often surprised that many attorneys do not know it exists. Control Center is accessed by swiping up from the bottom of your screen on your iPad, and it only takes up a small portion of your screen. I have created a short YouTube Video showing how to use Control Center, and describing all the functions that you can access with it:

In the video, you will learn how to launch Control Center, how to change settings on your device using Control Center, and how to customize when Control Center is used. As an attorney, I often use Control Center while traveling to switch Airplane Mode on and off, while presenting to enable Airplay, AirDrop, and Do Not Disturb, and when listening to Podcast or Audiobooks to quickly pause titles, skip around tracks, or to change the volume. Control Center is a useful tool that allows you to quickly access functions without leaving an application, and has often helped save valuable time.

Readdle Celebrates 7 Years by Having a Big Sale

Readdle 7 Year SaleiOS App maker Readdle is currently celebrating its 7th anniversary by offering deep discounts on some of its most popular apps. PDF Expert 5, a great universal PDF viewing and annotating app for iPhone and iPad is being offered at $4.99, 50% off of its standard price of $9.99. This is also your opportunity to get other great apps from Readdle, including Scanner Pro ($2.99), PDF Converter ($1.99), and Printer Pro ($2.99). These are all on my list of highly recommended apps for any attorney that wants to use their iOS device for productivity.

The sale will only last for 48 hours (according to Apple Insider the sale will end at 1:00 am eastern time Saturday August 2, 2014), so don’t wait to add these apps to your device.

iStick is a USB Thumbdrive for iPhone and iPad

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iStick is a crowd funded USB thumb drive that bills itself as the world’s first thumb drive to have a lightning connector port compatible with recent iPads and iPhones.  The idea behind the device is that you can easily plug it into your desktop or laptop and transfer files to the iStick and then with the slide of a switch you will be able to use it on your iPhone or iPad. 

Walt Mossberg of Re/code recently reviewed the iStick and came away mostly impressed.  The difficulty with the device, as noted by Mossberg is that you cannot natively access files stored on the iStick from the specific app you want to use.  Instead you download an app made for the iStick and browse the file within the iStick app, and use the iOS open in feature to launch the file in the app you want to use. 

The iStick may be a convenient way to access files quickly on your iPad or iPhone, but it won’t be cheap. Retail pricing ranges from $129 for an 8gb model to $399 for a 128gb iStick.  Attorneys should also be concerned about the security of the device.  IStick has promised a 4 digit pin code to start, but there is no mention of encryption.  Since this is a small device that can easily be lost or stolen, this is an important feature that attorneys and legal IT departments should demand and may require. 

The iStick is expected to begin shipping to backers within the next 30 days, with mass production to follow.  It will be an interesting item to check in on when it is available in its final form. 

Nominate iPlugDelaware for ABA Journal’s Blawg 100

Nominate Us

The ABA Journal is currently (or at least until August 8, 2014) enlisting help in compiling its list of the 100 best legal blogs. The ABA requests submissions from lawyers or law students on blogs that they read on a regular basis, and that they find helpful in their law practice or law education.

Our goal at iPlug Delaware is to provide our readers (members of the legal community) information to allow them to easier use an iPad and/or iPhone in the practice of law. We try to create unique content that makes our site a valuable resource for you, and we also try to link to sites that have already explained things clearer than we can.

If you find our site valuable, and would like to make it easier to find for other members of the legal community, please consider taking less than 5 minutes to nominate iPlug Delaware for the ABA Blawg 100 2014. Please visit ABA Journal’s nomination page to nominate us: http://www.abajournal.com/blawgs/blawg100_submit/.

I also edit other blogs for the legal community that you may find useful, please consider nominating my other blogs if you also find that they are helpful to your practice:

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This post was written by Steven Butler. Steven is a full-time Delaware attorney that limits his practice to Social Security Disability. Along with being an editor for iPlugDelaware, he is a partner at Linarducci & Butler, PA.

Forensic Scientist Reveals Backdoor in iOS that allows Access to Encrypted Data

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UPDATE: Apple has responded that the processes identified by Zdziarski are there only for diagnostic purposes. Rene Ritchie at iMore has clarified that what Zdziarski has actually discussed is dependent on “Trust Relationships”. When you plug in your iPhone or iPad to a computer, you are prompted to “Trust this computer”. The information on your device is only accessible if that type of trust agreement has been created between your device and some hardware (usually your computer). Zdziarski is concerned about the ability for a third party to steal the pairing records created when you trust a computer, or spoofing your iPhone or iPad into creating a “Trust Relationship” with hardware like a public USB charger.

ZDNet has an alarming article detailing a recent security talk from Jonathan Zdziarski revealing backdoors that exist in iOS that he suggests that Apple created with the purpose of making secure data available to law enforcement. He suggests that this can be done through USB, WiFi, or possibly even cellular. Although this would allow Apple to obtain personal data off your device, he couldn’t find a way that it could be used to restore data. He concludes that the only purpose could be to pull data off for other purposes than to help the customer.

The only truly secure state for the phone, according to Jonathan Zdziarski, is password-protected and powered off.  A very interesting and eye-opening read. (PLEASE SEE UPDATE WITH APPLE RESPONSE AT BEGINNING OF POST!)

iPlug Delaware Wilmington Meeting will be Tuesday July 15, 2014

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Tomorrow, Tuesday July 15th, marks the third Tuesday of the month, which means it is time for iPlug Wilmington’s monthly meeting.  As always the meeting will start at 7:30 am in the back room of the Panera in Fairfax. The meeting will last approximately one hour.  This month we plan to focus on questions from the attendees and using basic features of the iPad. 

As a reminder these meetings are free to attend for members of the Delaware legal community, and no pre-registration is required.  These meetings serve as a great opportunity for attorneys to learn how to use the iPad and iPhone in practice, and to share their experience and knowledge with others in the Delaware legal community.  This is a casual meeting experience and open to all levels of expertise, even those that are not currently using an iPad or iPhone. 

If you have any area that has been causing you problems with your iPad or iPhone, or any suggestions for topics for this month’s meeting or future meetings, please use our contact page to let us know.  I look forward to seeing everyone at tomorrow’s meeting, and welcoming some new faces. 

Ultimate Guide to Using Siri on iPad and iPhone

Ultimate Guide to Siri

When Siri was initially released for the iPhone and then the iPad it did a few things, but its functionality was limited. Over the years since it was released it has become much more feature rich. The problem is that although Siri has grown to have much more functionality, Apple has turned its attention away from publicizing these features. Luckily, iMore has an excellent article describing everything you can do with Siri on the iPad and iPhone.

If you haven't used Siri recently on your iPad or iPhone, I recommend browsing through iMore's article for reminders on some of things you can do. The good news is that with iOS 8 even more functionality will be added, including being able to launch Siri hands free while your iPad or iPhone is being charged.

This post was written by Steven Butler. Steven is a full-time Delaware attorney that limits his practice to Social Security Disability. Along with being an editor for iPlugDelaware, he is a partner at Linarducci & Butler, PA.

 

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