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Issue 37 | January 2016


This newsletter includes information to help lawyers reduce the likelihood of being sued for malpractice. The material presented is not intended to establish, report, or create the standard of care for lawyers. The articles do not represent a complete analysis of the topics presented, and readers should conduct their own appropriate legal research.
Tammy's Tech Tips: The Smartwatch

The 2015 holidays brought us wonderful new technologies, including one of the newest and hottest items – the smartwatch. There are great options available among brands, so here are some pros and cons among the most popular: iWatch, Samsung Gear or Microsoft Band.


  • They offer a Sci-Fi/New-Age feel, and eliminate the need to pull out your phone to access emails, texts and a wide variety of apps.
  • Smartwatches are very stylish, many with interchangeable watch bands and stylized faces.
  • Built-in navigation while walking or driving
  • Personalized fitness apps to keep your activity tracked


  • Can be very costly (iWatch base cost approx $450CAD)
  • Some brands offer limited battery life
  • Compatibility with some smartphones and/or apps can be challenging
  • Tiny screen + big fingers ...
  • Notification management is inconsistent, with proximity to your phone at times being an issue
  • Practicality of smart watch may render expensive watch collection obsolete
  • Very sensitive to water damage

Smartwatches are beautiful, impressive, practical – and here to stay. Is it your time to get “smart”?