Which Size iPhone 6 Will You Get?

For months now, the rumor mill that churns ahead of an Apple product announcement has been abuzz with stories about the forthcoming iPhone 6. After months speculation, most of the rumors and predictions have settled around some common points:

  • the iPhone 6 is expected to launch in September, probably September 19
  • it is likely to be a larger form factor than the current 4" screen
  • there are expected to be two models, a 4.7" screen and a 5.5" screen

There are also a lot of rumors swirling around the new chip, new operating system, and various components. MacRumors has a great summary page on iPhone 6 that is kept updated, if you are interested.

The thing I'm noodling at the moment is which size phone I will buy. 

Here is a screen grab from MacRumors to give you an idea of the respective sizes:

I am really looking forward to the anticipated larger size iPhones.

I'm leaning toward 4.7" version, which will be a welcome increase over my current iPhone 5c (yes, I have one of the four of those they sold, don't ask). I had a short, ill-conceived dalliance with a Galaxy Note about a year ago, and while I loved having the extra screen real estate, I found the size almost comically large, even in my meaty paws. My friend, Lee Rosen, had been an advocate for the 5.5" size; in his view it eliminated the need for a tablet. I love my iPad Air, though, so giving that up doesn't represent a particular virtue to me.

Steve Jobs was right about a lot of things, but mobile phone screen size just wasn't one of them.

That's my plan if everything stays as currently rumored. What's yours?

If you are an Android user or just generally disinterested in Apple fanboy ramblings like this, your reward for making it to the end of this post is a video of Joe Rogan shooting arrows through a prototype iPhone 6 screen. Enjoy.

What to Do Before You Leave Your Law Firm

Leaving a law firm, particularly as a partner, can feel a lot like a divorce. There are logistical, financial and ethical issues at play that can cause all kinds of chaos in the professional lives of both the departing lawyer and those remaining at the firm. All that plays out against a backdrop of emotional upheaval and change.

My friends, Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson, hosts of the Digital Edge podcast, tackled this issue in the excellent recent episode, When Lawyers Get Divorced: Ethically Breaking up a Law Firm. Their guest speaker, Tom Spahn, offered great advice and insights, and I highly recommend giving it a listen.

Spahn's advice included making sure the departing lawyer:

  1. complies with any partnership or employment agreement
  2. continues to work full-time at the old law firm
  3. doesn't use law firm resources for planning or executing the move to the new firm

One of the thorniest issues that comes up when a lawyer leaves her firm to either go solo or join another firm is determining when to inform the clients of the change. The move creates tension between the departing lawyer's fiduciary duties to the old firm and her duty to her clients, according to Spahn. Anyone who has made a change like this would likely agree.

Spahn noted in the podcast that the trend generally is toward emphasizing the departing lawyer's duty to her clients over her fiduciary duty to the old firm. To get dialed in how the situation is analyzed in North Carolina, I reached out to Deanna Brocker of the Brocker Law Firm. Deanna concentrates her practice on professional licensing issues and frequently counsels attorneys planning to leave their law firm.

Deanna had this to say:

In North Carolina there is no rule or ethical prohibition against an attorney first informing clients of his departure from the firm before informing the law firm.  At the same time, I think the State Bar would say that as a matter of professionalism, an attorney ought to inform the firm first before clients, even where there is no duty to do so. The attorney's duty to inform clients of his departure, and to do so in a timely fashion, is clear, however.  The timing of such disclosure may depend upon a particular client's circumstances and pending deadlines. 

Spahn goes on in the podcast to discuss some of the mechanisms law firms are putting in place to penalize a departing lawyer; we're not bound by non-compete agreements, but firms are starting to turn to financial penalties such as eliminating bonuses, forsaking the return of invested capital, and so on function in some firms to make a departing lawyer think twice before leaving.

It's a great podcast and Calloway, Nelson and Spahn pack a lot of information into a short time frame (partially through talking fast - music to this native New Yorker's ears). Whether you are staying, going or just want to be informed, tune in and check it out. 

4 Questions with NetDocuments' Marriott Murdock

Cloud-based document management software company (and NCBA discount partner) NetDocuments made big news in the legal tech world this week when they announced they had received a $25 million equity investment. I had the opportunity to chat with Marriott Murdock (@MarriottMurdock), NetDocuments' Marketing Director, about what this equity investment will mean to lawyers who use, or are thinking about using NetDocuments.

Here are the four questions I put to Marriott and his answers. #2 will be of particular interest to Mac users like myself.

1. What can NetDocs users expect to see as a result of this infusion of capital?

NetDocuments has obviously been at this a long time (15 years in the cloud) and really prides itself on the personalized service and top notch customer support. We've spent so much time and focus on the technology in previous years, that this capital raise is going to be focused primarily on sales, marketing, and increased product development. For customers, they can expect to get the same top notch support even through our rapid growth. Additionally, the features and functionality will continue to improve through quarterly releases, as our product development team will put some funds to good use.

2. What¹s on the roadmap for new features, integrations or other innovations?

NetDocuments has just released ndOffice - a complete rewrite of the MS Office integrations, embedding the cloud DM inside the application. There is the 14.3 release coming that include some nice UI enhancements, and ndOneClick, which eliminates the need for ActiveX dependency - this will drastically improve the user experience across different browsers and on a Mac. 

3. What value does NetDocs offer to the small law firm or solo practitioner who has never used document management software before?

The beauty of NetDocuments, is that it levels the playing field for small and mid sized firms. Having been built for the largest of law firms (now close to 10% of the Am Law 100), all the functionality of a true enterprise DM is there, only a small firm can get that same system at a fraction of the cost because of its user based pricing. NetDocuments offers small firms the agility of a system that can scale up or down, the mobility of anytime, anywhere, any device access, and the security and compliance required by financial, HIPAA, and business continuity regulation. All of this helps set a small firm apart from the competition and improve the client/firm interaction and experience.

4. How does NetDocs complement practice management solutions such as Clio?

True document management and practice management are separate animals, and both critical to a practice. With the Clio integration you are able to have all your documents associated and visible through the PM interface. This allows a firm to track time on documents, and reference content that is in the context of the PM/case management software - it's really about having the right information accessible where and when you need it, in the context of the big picture of the case.

Does a lawyer really need both? With tools like Clio and NetDocuments (both web based) a firm can run a professional and organized practice without cumbersome technology or heavy initial capital outlay - there really isn't a technology footprint at the firm. The value of using both isn't just streamlining the business processes, but it also spills into how the practice services and interacts with clients through collaboration features. So yes, a practice that wants to run like a business should look at these two critical tools.