Ways to Use a Spare Smartphone

Summary: If you have a spare smartphone, continue reading for some ideas on how you can still use them.

 

It seems like every year dozens of new smartphones are released to the public. With these devices becoming so popular and useful in our daily lives, they almost never leave our sides. Most cellphone contracts with major carriers can last up to a couple of years, and with each new release coming with new and improved features, such as cameras, processors, batteries, and form factors, there is a good possibility you have either replaced a smartphone with another or are thinking about doing so in the near future.

 

If you have one or more smartphones that you no longer use regularly, there are ways you can still get use out of them. Continue reading for some useful tips.

 

Secondary Phone

 

If you have a spare smartphone you can still use it as an actual phone. Even if the SIM card has been deactivated you can set up a free Google phone number to make calls, send text messages, and check your voicemail. All you need is a stable internet connection, which could easily be established via a home wifi network. This can be useful if you and your housemates need to somehow get a hold of someone at home or if you want a separate phone you can use solely for business or personal reasons.

 

Security Camera

 

Home security is incredibly important and sometimes a home alarm simply is not enough. If you want an affordable method of keeping an eye on a particular area while you are away, such as your bedroom or the front door, you can put your spare smartphone’s camera to good use. Apps like Presence can let you access this phone’s camera from another smartphone whenever you want.

 

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How to Travel With Your Tech Without Being Slowed Down

Summary: If you feel lost about how to travel with your devices, below are a few tips that may help you out.

You never want your travels to slow you down. Some want the ability to work wherever, whether that be at home or out of the house while they travel. However, traveling with your your devices can seem like a nightmare if you do not prepare. Below are some tips on how to effectively take your tech with you.

Back Your Work Up

If you plan on traveling in the near future and you want to work while away from home, make sure to back your work up. If you somehow lose or break your laptop while you are traveling, you want to be certain that all of your important information is still secure. Cloud-based services like Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive allow users to store files on remote servers that can be accessed almost wherever you can access the internet.

Physical storage options, such as external hard drives, are great if you wish to travel with more information than your laptop’s hard drive can store. Most are light and ultra portable, making them easy to store in a backpack or suitcase.

Charging On-The-Go

When you are out and about you do not want to have to rely on outlets for power. Companies like Anker offer a wide variety of portable batteries that can easily fit in a backpack. If your smartphone, tablet, Bluetooth headphones, or nearly any other device is low on battery, you can easily plug your device in and continue your day. Some of the larger, more powerful powerbanks can even charge laptops.

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LED Video Walls Vs. Projectors: Which is More Beneficial for Command Centers

Summary: LED video walls can produce a higher quality picture, display, and functionality than a projector.

LED video wall panels are now becoming the industry standard in today’s operations centers due to their bright image displays, ease of use, and attractiveness. With the widespread increase in demand for these video walls, the cost of owning or renting them continues to decline. Here are some benefits you might want to think about before considering anything other than an LED wall. Read More

The challenges with scaling your EDI system

There are several challenges organizations face when implementing or managing their EDI systems. EDI enables the kind of supply chain efficiency that organizations could only dream of before. You can now deliver a product from a manufacturer that you never physically handle, to someone else’s customer automatically. The biggest challenge that most organizations come across is scaling their EDI applications. There are three things you need to do:

Multiple sets of trading partners

The first thing is to ensure that your EDI software can or will support multiple sets of trading partners and types of documents. There is a lot of data and structure that unique to every trading partner and your software should be able to handle all that variation. A single trading partner can have as many as a 100 business rules.

ERP integration

When you have a handful of trading partners, you can handle the manual transfer of data from your EDI system to your ERP. It is very difficult to scale data transfer from one system to another manually once you exceed that threshold. The only way is to look at native integration, which might require an upgrade of your ERP.

EDI outsource

An in-house EDI implementation can be expensive and time-consuming. Also, communicating with all the trading partners and testing out the business rules for each those partners are both time consuming and expensive. When you outsource your EDI system to a third-party, you save a lot of time and only need to direct the project.

Written by Act Data Services, Inc. 1-800-ACT-DATA. A retail and supplier EDI provider who will handle all aspects of the implementation including vendor compliance.