Selecting A Klutz-Friendly Phone Case

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You know who you are. You have dropped, dunked, scraped and juggled you phone (or phones) so many times you wonder if you are worthy of cell phone ownership. Sure, you have phone cases but the issues with phone cases are nearly endless.

  • A protective phone case that is so bulky it turns your sleek thin phone into a pocket-bulging brick.
  • A stylish phone case that offers more sizzle than steak leaves a noticeable scar on your phone’s fashion sense

BodyGloveMobile figured out a simple solution: combine the two into a powerfully stylish, protective case that defies the clumsiest smartphone user.

BodyGlove Mobile ShockSuit phone cases are engineered to withstand the roughest conditions, while staying slim. Constructed of 3 layers, a built-in screen protector, and covered buttons and ports, this case meets military drop test standards. Body Glove is confident this Military Duty phone case can handle anything life throws your way.

Three Layers of Protection

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  1. Outer layer is a true shock absorber, converting harmful impact into cushiony diffused energy.
  2. Hard Shell inner layer is pure tough for added strength.
  3. Built in Screen Protector keeps screen scratch free.

 

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With all these layers of protection the ShockSuit still keeps its elegant figure.

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Select a ShockSuit for your Device:

iPhone 6/6s

Galaxy S6 Edge

LG G4

Galaxy S6

iPhone 5/5s

LG G3

iPhone 5c

Galaxy S4

Galaxy Note 3

iPhone 4/4s

Galaxy S III

How Computer-Based Testing Impacts Cheating

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The shift to computer-based mandated testing creates new privacy concerns in the testing environment. As more states adopt digital testing platforms in schools, the risk among students for cheating rises.

  • During the 2014-2015 school year, roughly 5 million students across 10 states and the District of Columbia adopted new state mandated tests*
  • Nearly 81% of students took the exams on a computer or other technology device
  • Temptation for students to cheat is high, especially on high-stakes testing
  • 64% of students admit to cheating on a test**

New technology for improving privacy in the test-taking environment.

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Fellowes® PrivaScreen™ Blackout Privacy Filters keep on-screen information private, protecting test-takers from unwanted glances and making it easier for proctors to oversee technology-based exams. Learn more about installing privacy filters for classrooms.

 

* Edweek.org

** Plagarism.org

Fighting Baby Allergies During Spring and Summer

A runny nose is only one of the many symptoms that may indicate a baby allergy. If your child has red, itchy eyes, rubs their nose often and when you wipe their nose the discharge is clear, these are other indicators of an allergy. Typically children do not show signs of outdoor allergies until the age of three. Though indoor pollutants such as mold and dust may affect children as young as six months. Here are some steps to help prevent baby allergies in the home.

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Look for telltale signs of allergens in your baby

Observe

Watch when your baby experiences symptoms the most, excessive sneezing or fussiness because of itchy eyes, etc.  If they exhibit heightened symptoms while in their crib, the culprit may be dust mites in the crib bedding or dust or mold in the nursery.

Clean

A thorough cleaning may reduce allergens in a specific environment like the baby’s room. Dust everything, including normally unnoticeable areas like the blades on a ceiling fan, vents in the room and the tops of door sills. Also look for signs of mold, possibly around windows where moisture is getting in. Replace crib bedding with hypoallergenic mattresses and sheets.

Purify

Run an air purifier in the nursery. Check out air purifier reviews to find the best one for your needs. However, a HEPA air purifier is key for cleaning indoor air, capturing most airborne particles including allergens. You may also want to get one that has a carbon filter for odors, a nice feature for diaper changes.  Many air purifiers like the AeraMax Baby Air Purifiers have extra quiet performance so as not to disturb babies as they sleep.

The Rise of the Tablet in the Workplace

A recent survey from Dell revealed the growing impact of tablets over other mobile devices for workplace productivity. Learn more about tablets for the workplace and work travel.

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  • 73% of IT decision-makers surveyed said that tablets are a standard tech device offered to employees at their organization.
  • One-third said their company has developed tablet assignment/BYOD policies

 

Departments who use Tablets

  • IT 93%
  • Sales/Marketing 70%
  • Executives 67%
  • Administrative 60%

Tablets and other Mobile Devices

  • 75% find tablets as companions to laptops
  • 85% as partners for smartphones
  • 81% of respondents said tablets increase productivity

 

Expanding Tablet Productivity For Work

Using the MobilePro Series™ Executive Folio for iPad Air® / Air® 2 offers tablet protection and expanded utility with the following features:

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  • Slim, all-in-one mobile workstation allows you to conveniently carry and work with an iPad® and paper
  • SmartConnect Case™ (patent pending) allows for an iPad Air®/Air® 2 to be used in-folio, free-standing or hand-held, in vertical or horizontal orientation, and at three viewing angles
  • SmartConnect System™ (patent pending) magnetically attaches keyboard cover to inside of folio
  • Includes removable Bluetooth® keyboard (iOS®, Android™ and Windows® compatible) with integrated wrist support for increased comfort and productivity
  • Also features a ballistic nylon exterior, business card holders, a pen loop, a file folder, a refillable writing pad pocket and a magnetic closure
  • Accommodates an Apple® Smart Cover®

 

Managing Mobile Device Security in Healthcare

 

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The use of mobile devices in healthcare is growing. More than half of doctors use tablets for their practice and 74% also use smartphone for professional purposes. However, with the efficiency that mobile technology brings, there is also risks of data infringement. Tablets or smartphones set down momentarily in an examining room leave private patient information exposed and with more devices in play, the more vulnerable becomes a healthcare network to breaches.

These best practices for healthcare workers using mobile devices help prevent data breaches.

  1. Implement auto-locking features on devices. When a tablet or smartphone is set down it should automatically require password access to open. Activating this feature ensures information remains protected in the device.
  2. Use privacy filters. Physicians may be wary of their digital device use in the office, but may feel more comfortable outside work using the same device. Prying eyes can see screens which may contain patient information. Blackout privacy filters ensure that no one can see the screen from side views. Only the user of the device can see the contents of the screen. Learn more about blackout privacy screens for mobile devices
  3. Use remote lock features. If a device is stolen, a physician can implement this feature to completely lock the device after several failed attempts at guessing a password.
  4. Use encryption. Transferred data from phones to tablets to laptops is becoming the norm in healthcare, which can leave emails and attachments exposed. All transferred data should be encrypted to prevent breaches.
  5. Update security software. Once hackers identity a device as used by a healthcare professional, they may be more persistent in their hacking attempts to access the confidential data. Updating security software across all devices helps prevent harmful apps and malware from infiltrating networks.

 

Asthma Rates in Children Rise. School Facility Managers Seek Solution

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Asthma rates in children under the age of 5 have increased 160% over a 14-year period.

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Asthma is the most common illness in childhood and the leading cause of absenteeism among school-aged children. It is often triggered by common airborne contaminants including dust, mold, allergens and viral respiratory infections, such as the flu. Unfortunately, people with asthma are more likely to suffer severe complications from influenza, which frequently spreads through the air in common areas such as classrooms, restrooms and locker rooms.

Asthma and allergies can also be triggered by poor building conditions, hazardous building materials or even cleaning supplies. Half the schools in the U.S. have IAQ complaints stemming from these factors. Workplaces often have similar problems, especially in restrooms, conference rooms and break rooms that regularly experience high traffic. In these areas, HVAC adjustments often can’t adequately address the problem.

Approximately 1 in 4 buildings, including schools and offices, suffer from sick building syndrome (SBS) because of poor indoor air quality.

Buildings with SBS often cause immediate symptoms such as dizziness, focusing difficulties and nausea for many occupants. They also create unsafe environments for those with allergies and asthma.

Optimizing Schools with Air Purification 

To minimize asthma reactions at school, many educational facility managers are turning  to new indoor air purification systems like AeraMax for protecting indoor environments during the school season. These commercial air cleaners purify the air in common areas such as schools, offices, waiting rooms, restrooms, and other areas of high concentrations of contaminants. The True HEPA filter captures 99.97% of airborne contaminants including viruses and allergens and the activated carbon filter reduces odors and VOCs. AeraMax commercial air purifier product line also features patented EnviroSmart technology that detects the environment and automatically adjusts performance.

Schools Step Up

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The Shared Workspace and the Noisy Shredder

imagesWhen you work in a small office, there are compromises. Probably the most annoying is a loud shredder. There is no separate shredding room of course, that would be a luxury. Instead the paper shredder is most likely somewhere in between the water cooler and the coffee station. This means that someone will inevitably start shredding while you are on the phone with a client, leading to flailing arms and the mouthed words, “turn that thing off!”  Or someone starts shredding while you are having a meeting, leading to a collective sigh and someone volunteering to tell the shredding perpetrator, as tactfully as possible, “not right now.”

Eventually someone will get fed up, whether it’s the boss and CEO (who has the little office next to the bathroom) or the admin or can’t get anything done while that obnoxious shredder rattles on all day and decides to take administrative action. This means putting up a laminated sign outlining rules of shredding conduct. Making statements like:

Please determine if a meeting is in session before shredding, or have the courtesy to not shred when others are on the phone.

But signs don’t solve the problem, and when records rooms need to be purged after tax time and a piles of paper starts taking up space around the shredder to the point where you have bob and weave around canceled FTP proposal forms just to get your lunch out of the mini fridge.  Now the complaint will be. “Who is supposed to be shredding all this?”

The poor intern of course will shrug and point to the laminated sign, indicated that meetings and phone calls have interrupted the unwanted but critical shredding process.
A Quieter Shredder Solution.

Select a shredder with quiet performance features, specifically designed for the small office.

Here are some options:

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The 79CI Cross Cut Shredder not only features whisper quiet SilentSense to return peace and quiet to your tiny workplace, it also features 100% jam proof shredding.

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Also consider the 90S Strip Cut Paper Shredder. This robust small office shredder, also with quiet performance, destroys documents for up to 25 minutes before requiring a cool down.

For higher security needs, the 99MS micro-cut paper shredder shreds paper 5x smaller than cross cut shredders, and does so quietly.

 

What is the safest laminator for children?

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Laminators can be a fun and helpful tool around the house. You can make crafts with the kids or even create learning templates like flashcards and reusable dry erase worksheets.

But laminators, like any other machine, can be harmful without supervision. The average laminator can reach temperatures of 200 degrees!

Here are some helpful tips to ensure safe laminating:

1. Make sure your laminator has HeatGuard. This feature ensures that the exterior of the machine stays cool to the touch.

2. Make sure to unplug your laminator when you are finished using it. If you tend to be forgetful, get a laminator with Auto Shut-Off.

Here is a laminator with Auto-Shut Off

Here is a laminator with Heat Guard Technology

Three Must-Have Father’s Day Gifts for the Home Office

Dad’s day is just around the corner. Give him these gifts to complement his home office with comfort and productivity.

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Upgrade Dad’s Shredder

Show how the new auto feed shredders make shredding easier. This is an especially great gift for dads who love new technology. The small office sized auto feeds operate hands free, grinding up 130 sheets of documents at one time, and all automatically. Just fill the drawer, push the button and walk away! The 130C also shreds paper clips, staples and credit cards with ease.

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Enhance Dad’s Tablet Performance

The new MobilePro is the perfect gift if Dad is a tablet user. The slim, all-in-one mobile workstation lets Dad take his work anywhere, combining iPad and paper in one luxurious folio.  The Executive MobilePro also comes with a detachable Bluetooth keyboard. Dad will love the ballistic nylon exterior, business card holders,  pen loop, a file folder, a refillable writing pad pocket and the fact that he can use his iPad in-folio, free-standing or hand-held, in vertical or horizontal orientation, and at three viewing angles.

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The Gift of Comfort

For long hours working in his office, Dad will love the Heat and Soothe Back Support. This temperature controlled backrest provides warmth or coolness to relax back muscles while delivering continuous lumbar support.

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Top Summer Laminating Projects to Keep Kids Busy

 

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When the kids get bored during the summer, bring out your home laminator and get the kids involved in fun crafts. Download the free templates below and get laminating!

Summer Games. These games keep kids occupied and they are dry erase!

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Free Download Here! Laminating Ideas

Play Doh PlaceMats.   Forget the video games, these old school play doh mats help kids get creative with their hands.

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Free Download Here! PlaydoughMats-ShapeMonsters

 

Mask Cut-Outs. Though Halloween is months away, summer is still a great time to play dress-up. Kids can make their own laminated masks.

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Summer Reading Bookmarks. Engage kids in reading by letting them laminate their own bookmarks. They can take them to the library or the bookstore.

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