How to Protect Your Phone From Winter’s Wrath

Winter’s chill is in the air, but you’ve most likely already thought about winterizing your home and car much earlier. But have you considered your phone?

Smartphones—those little gems of technology that keep us connected to the rest of the world—are clearly an integral part of our daily lives and can be expensive to replace. To that end, protecting it from extreme weather and damage from winter activities should be of paramount importance.

The following advice should give you some ideas about what you can do to keep your device in prime condition during the long winter months:

Boosting Efficiency in the Field

Managing employees in rough-and-tumble industries like construction, security, engineering and architecture brings challenges to efficiency both in the office and in the field. And since the majority of construction managers and contractors are self-employed, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there’s very little room for error.

While workplace efficiency heavily depends on the caliber of your employees, it’s equally affected by management tools – what your team has to work with. Check out three simple ways to improve efficiency and better your management skills.

3 Ways to Improve Efficiency in the Field

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Managing employees in rough-and-tumble industries like construction, security, engineering and architecture brings challenges to efficiency both in the office and in the field. And since the majority of construction managers and contractors are self-employed, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there’s very little room for error.
While workplace efficiency heavily depends on the caliber of your employees, it’s equally affected by management tools — what your team has to work with. Check out three simple ways to improve efficiency and better your management skills.
1. Improve productivity by making it easier to work together. The better and clearer your communication, the easier it is to work together. When security teams need to confer instantly, or construction managers need to reach someone who’s high up on scaffolding, it’s extremely useful to have instant, reliable communication. Sprint’s Direct Connect service, for example, offers push-to-talk phones that work like advanced walkie-talkies with data and other capabilities over the nationwide 3G cellular network.
For group communications, you can connect up to 200 Direct Connect subscribers simultaneously using the “Team DC” feature.
2. Create a long-term technology plan. Obsolete hardware and technology can slow down any business, and the replacement process causes interruptions that can make productivity plummet. Considering technology needs when determining short- and long-term business goals helps guarantee your team has the right equipment at the right time.
But what about in-the-field tools? Kyocera’s Dura Series has three mobile phones built to handle the abuse of harsh working conditions. Kyocera DuraPlus and DuraMax can be immersed in more than three feet of water for up to 30 minutes without glitching, and meet military standards for shock, dust, vibration temperature and more. Learn more at www.kyocera-wireless.com.
3. Make sure all employees understand how to record expenses properly. Most business expenses can be written off as tax deductions if they’re properly documented. Receipts are necessary to substantiate deductible purchases, including tools, vehicles, travel expenses and other costs considered ordinary and necessary.
However, filers can only deduct expenses for which they are not reimbursed. This means anything billed to the client cannot be written off. Remember, documentation of expenses must clearly detail both your income and the expense.

Cell Phones Offer Customized Style

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – It began with ring tones. In lieu of standard ringing sounds, phones alerted their owners to incoming calls with quotes, songs and jingles. People expressed their individuality through their ring tone choices -; Beyonce or Beethoven, Hannah Montana or Wyclef Jean.

But the trend toward customized technology has long-since extended beyond the way that cell phones sound. Today, it’s all about looks. The cell phones of yore came in neutral colors, like black or silver — newer models come in colors to suit every personality.

For example, the Sanyo SCP-2700 comes in “Deep Blue” and “Impulsive Pink,” while the Kyocera Neo E1100 comes in black with a stylish blue lightpipe or maybe metallic with a hint of purple better suits you. Even black models offer customization options. For example, 80 percent of the Kyocera G2GO M2000 is display screan, so wallpapers and images can completely change the look of the phone. Users can display their favorite actors and music groups or even use pictures that they took themselves.

What color best suits your personality? Kyocera provides this list of colors and what some experts say they mean:

* Black — Serious, Intense, Mysterious, Stormy, Excited, Energetic.

* Red — Passionate, Active, Adventurous, Excited.

* Orange — Thinking, Searching, Stimulating Ideas.

* Blue — Happy, Calm, Optimistic, Peaceful.

* Purple — Mischievous, Mystical, Sensual.

* Gray — Cool, Unconcerned.

Of course, cell phones must be functional as well as attractive. New models are sleek and light, yet offer coveted features, including wireless Internet access, Bluetooth technology, voice recognition, music players and messaging capabilities. And these, along with premium features like full QWERTY keypads, are now available for almost any budget.

For more information, visit www.kyocera-wireless.com.