Smartphones

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Does Your Company Need a Pokémon Policy?

The latest craze is Pokémon Go, an app for smartphones that allows people to “catch” Pokémon creatures by integrating the real world with the virtual world. So what do you do if you see one of your employees wandering around...more

Will Massachusetts Soon Need a Lottery Smartphone App?

In addition to scrolling through their email and reading the news, commuters on the T might soon be able to use their smartphones to play the state lottery. With only a matter of weeks remaining in this year’s legislative...more

Banking “Smarts” For Financial Transactions Via Smartphone Technology

Mobile banking is quickly gaining momentum as the most important form of interaction between customers and their banks, and, by some accounts, is expected to become neck-in-neck with online banking and ATM use this year. Each...more

Privacy Tip #41 – Tape over your laptop camera and microphone

When I train clients’ employees on data privacy and security, I always mention the microphone on smartphones. They are powerful and if you allow apps access to your microphone, they can listen to every one of your...more

Do Warnings Work?

We observed some while ago that at least some courts have questioned the “heeding presumption,” which presumes that if a manufacturer gave a warning, a consumer would have followed it. The Nevada Supreme Court, for example,...more

Privacy Tip #40 – Dashcam apps and driving habits

Huh? What is a dashcam app? A dashcam app uses a smartphones on the dashboard of a car to record traffic accidents, cars running red lights and bad drivers causing accidents. Dashcams can detect hard braking and can...more

Another Win for “Fair Use” as Jury Finds in Favor of Google in Infringement Suit

This week the final judgment was entered by United States District Court Judge William Alsup in favor of Google following a jury trial in its long running legal battle with Oracle over Google’s use of bits of the JAVA...more

32 Hours of Terms and Conditions

Norway has positioned itself as the leader in the “Slow TV” movement. I’m not sure it’s a movement, actually. Norway is really the only place I know of that this is going on (C-SPAN and golf aside). Slow TV is live coverage...more

Federal Circuit May Invalidate 30,000 Patents in Immersion v. HTC

Procrastinating patent prosecution attorneys took notice when Delaware District Court Judge Richard G. Andrews threw out the longstanding accepted practice that a continuation application may be filed on the issue date of a...more

Oracle vs. Google: More Than Just Coffee

Java – what does it mean to you? If you are like me, it’s your favorite morning beverage. It’s also an island in Indonesia that you hope to visit someday on a dive trip. If you are the owner of an Android smartphone, Java...more

How Smartphones, Showrooming Impact Property Taxes and More

The battle between physical stores and online retail rages on, but the recent explosion in smartphone usage is blurring the battle lines. Using smartphones, consumers in a store now can simultaneously shop and compare pricing...more

Privacy Tip #31 – Landlines still a safe way to communicate but telephone companies want to drop them

I am pretty up to date on data privacy and security and technology, but the 60 Minutes episode this past Sunday night floored even me. If you didn’t see it, it is worth streaming. Basically, 60 Minutes showed Karsten...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April 2016 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Beneath the Hype: Why Developers & Entrepreneurs Should Be Excited About the Rise of Chat Bots - Last week we featured autonomous hardware as a growth area...more

Retailers Digitizing Daily Operations: From Mobile Payments to E-Receipts

When asked last year to name one technology that we rely on today that would no longer be around in 10 years, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella responded: “fountain pens.” Some may question Mr. Nadella’s prediction of the...more

The Smart Phone Patent Saga Continues - Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., et al.

In a case involving suits, countersuits and multiple appeals by the two giants of the mobile phone space, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a jury’s finding of infringement, voiding the accompanying...more

Use Your Smartphone for Loss Prevention During a Divorce

Smartphones are everywhere, most working professionals have one. What you may not know is that during a divorce, you can use it as a handy tool to help protect your prized possessions from potential loss or destruction....more

Ninth Circuit Addresses Probationers’ Cell Phone Searches by Police

The centrality of cell phones to our daily lives, and the wide array of sensitive information those phones may carry, creates a complex and ever-evolving series of issues over the amount of privacy we can expect to be...more

Burr Alert: Is it Time to "Upgrade" your Cell Phone Policies?

Are your cell phone policies as outdated as your original iPhone? Cell phones have become common place in today’s workplace and employers must consider the legal risks they pose. Thus, if you haven’t revisited your policies...more

Pa. Wiretap Laws Forbid Use of Smart Phone Apps to Record Conversations

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has delved into the “App Store,” addressing for the first time the use of smartphones and their applications in the context of illegal wiretapping. Pennsylvania’s Wiretap Act forbids the...more

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 3/2/16

GE’s tech chief discusses gamification and cars; Apple and the FBI’s faceoff continues; Microsoft will give developers a new toy to play with; man’s best friend takes a disliking to man’s made friend; and more…...more

Federal Circuit Gives Samsung Another Victory Against Apple In The Smartphone Patent War

In another twist of fortunes in the long-running smartphone patent war between Apple and Samsung, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has once again overturned Apple’s patent infringement jury verdict – this...more

Apple’s DOJ Battle Sratches the Surface of Encryption Debate

By now you are likely aware of Apple’s ongoing battle with the Justice Department over the scope of the All Writs Act and its resistance of a federal court’s order compelling Apple to create special software that would unlock...more

Check Your Password and Touch ID If You’re Divorcing

Generally speaking, when you’re involved in marital conflict (divorce, separation, etc.), you should immediately change the password to your email, work computer, tablet and of course your phone. We also discussed this in...more

Privacy Tip #23 – Home security systems vulnerable to hacking

A Forbes reporter was able to hack into a home alarm system in San Francisco using a browser and “easily-guessable passwords.” The hacking was with permission of the owner but allowed him to make his point—that he could...more

HHS/OCR releases guidance for mobile apps and health information exchange and “fact sheets”

The Office for Civil Rights has provided additional educational materials for app developers through the app developers portal that it developed last fall. The new material is intended to assist healthcare entities and...more

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