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To make sense of big data, look inward

Having difficulty understanding big data? Don’t examine it on the Internet. Instead, look at your own company’s version of it. From e-mail systems to invoicing to accounts payable to text messaging to document sharing to HR, the list of disparate systems on which a business relies can

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Smartphones offer lawyers many options

Last time in this space, we covered security, IT support, keyboards and email features offered on Android, Apple, BlackBerry and Windows smartphones. Here in the second part, we’ll cover other business features that help lawyers work on the go.

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Smartphones improving, making choice tougher

This is the first article in a two-part series. Smartphone operating systems as a discussion topic can sometimes prove as inflammatory as religion and politics. Arguments seem prompted, at least in part, by marketing as the major manufacturers battle for greater share of the lucrative business smartphone

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Trade dress for success

Marlboro decision defeats marketing tactic of look-alike brand Philip Morris owns the trademark for Marlboro, the top-selling international cigarette brand, in most of the world. But not in Canada. Thanks to that quirk — the result of a long-ago trademark sale by a Philip Morris predecessor company

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A world of extras available to make your (WordPress) site better

If you build your law firm website using WordPress, you might find it doesn’t do everything you want it to out of the box. Fortunately, plug-ins and themes abound to fill in the gaps.

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Battling court gridlock with tech tools

A committee of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice recently published a series of reports that advocate, among other solutions, an increased role for technology in promoting access to justice in civil and family matters. Lawyer Garry Wise of Toronto’s Wise Law Office has been hearing talk about improving

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A cost-effective way to build a business website

This article is the first of a two-part series. Part Two publication date TBA. WordPress, widely known as a blogging platform, is also the engine behind many law firm websites. Should you use WordPress to build your firm’s site?

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Hi-tech tips for small firms

This is the second of a two-part series. To read part one, click here. You might think small law firms have small budgets, but they don’t all act like it. Thank technology, which is getting better and cheaper all the time, for letting savvy lawyers build big-firm

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Technology makes work possible for office-less lawyers

Doug Simpson practises law and runs Legal Systematics, his online form and document assembly business, from all sorts of places. He works from home offices in the Toronto suburb of Burlington as well as Victoria Harbour, on the shores of Georgian Bay. He meets clients at their

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Mind those annoying patent trolls

They’re known as NPEs, or non-practising entities. Their reason for being is to make money from the patents that an operating company uses in its products. If a letter arrives from one, here’s why it should not be tossed in the trash. There’s a certain type of

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