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Eavesdropping Laws Need to Be Updated to Account for Smartphones

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Another example of just how outdated these recording laws are: police departments in other states are creating their own apps that directly violate the eavesdropping laws of other states.

There is a growing trend of recording and reporting incidents by the public via smartphones/mobiles these days. The trend covers events such as the police killing a man near the BART system, a plane crashing in the Hudson, tragic moments from the Iranian elections, and countless more. Recording the world around you has become commonplace in today’s society. Just take a look at the site CrowdReel, which publishes pictures from Twitter streams around the world.

Recently, a case has brought to light outdated eavesdropping laws in Illinois and 11 other states. The case involves two individuals who recorded public officials (one of which used her BlackBerry) because they wanted a record of what was said for their own personal protection. This act landed them potential sentences of 15 years in prison (the sentence is much greater when it involves a public official versus a civilian).
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Check Statutes on the go with Arizona Laws and Constitution App

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The Arizona Laws & Constitution app gives you the ability to quickly reference statutes on the go. The app houses the most recent version of the laws of the State of Arizona as well as the entire Arizona Revised Statutes, Constitutional Articles and bonus material. Some features include:

  • Updated as Laws Become Effective
  • Search & Browse Features
  • No Renewal Necessary on Same Device
  • Bonus Reference Material Includes:
    • House & Senate Rules
    • Members Quick Access Phone List

Grab the app from the developer’s site at this link.

BigHand releases BlackBerry dictation service app with free trial

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The dictation service market for BlackBerry is growing fast. Companies such as MyCaption, Phillips and now BigHand, are offering voice-to-text solutions.

BigHand are leaders in voice productivity for the legal community, and their latest application for BlackBerry, will surely save law firms time and money.

This dictation service application allows users to record, edit, and send voice files using their BlackBerry. The application securely sends the dictation to an outsourced transcription service, with the user able to prioritise important items, track the progress of work, and then receive transcripts back via email.

BigHand’s dictation software is available on a free 30 day trial. During this free trial, you can submit as much content as you’d like to be transcribed by the outsourcing service.

Spanson sues Samsung, wants to halt BlackBerry sales

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File this under: interesting to follow, but not going to happen. Spansion, the number 3 worldwide maker of flash memory chips, has sued Samsung, the Samsung is the world’s biggest memory chip maker, citing patent infringement.

“Spansion has patents that are fundamental to flash memory. Samsung itself has cited these patents many times in its own patent filings, underscoring industry acceptance of the fundamental nature of Spansion’s (intellectual property),” Robert Melendres, Spansion’s general counsel, said in a statement.

This story gets interesting, however, when it is noted that Spansion also wants to block all U.S. sales of BlackBerrys, iPods and many other electronics because they use Samsung chips. Spansion claims more than “100 million mp3 players, cell phones, digital cameras and other consumer electronic devices” are made with Samsung flash memory chips that violate Spansion patents. While it is highly unlikely that we’ll see a hold in BlackBerry sales due to this lawsuit, it will be interesting to see how much Samsung will pay to make this go away, and if that cost will be passed down to the consumer — namely, us.

|via IntoMobile|

Ontario might ban cellphone use while driving

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Following closely after a similar decision in the state of California, Ontario Transportation Minister Jim Bradley has proposed a new law banning cellphone use while driving.

Based upon claims that 20% of all driving accidents are caused by the use of cell phone use while driving, the law would fine citizens anywhere from $500 up to license suspension or jail time. The provinces of Quebec and Nova Scotia currently have a similar law in effect.To see a full CBC video report on the proposed law, click the video above.

To make sure no members of the BlackBerry Nation face jail time, we recommend using Vlingo 2.0 or one of the reasonably priced headsets in the BlackBerry Cool store.

BlackBerry dictation software for lawyers released

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GavelBighand is now offering some dictation software for BlackBerry geared specifically towards lawyers. With Mobilitysuite‘s BlackBerry dictation, you can record, save, and send audio files Alongside the other bundled dictation apps, the Mobilitysuite lets you do your dictations by e-mail, web, phone or BlackBerry (both BIS and BES).

BlackBerry dictation – allows users using BlackBerry operating system 4.2 (or 4.2.1 on the 8700) to record, edit and playback digital dictations on their BlackBerry smartphone and immediately upload them wirelessly into their BigHand3 Server for flexible workflow routing and office-based completion or transcription. Both BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Internet Service architectures are supported … Steve Butterworth, CEO & President of BigHand, Inc describes: “Mobility is an area we are seeing law firms increasingly focus on, with our voice tools enabling greater connectivity and expediting document production while on the move. Turning your BlackBerry into a dictation device will also save law firm budgets as lawyers will not need to carry two devices for out of the office dictation. But most importantly, due to the immediate transfer of voice back to the office, legal documents are being provided to clients quicker than ever.