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The Benefits of Having Remote Workplace Access

Work Remotely from Anywhere

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You are in the middle of a business meeting, when you realize you forgot to bring an important document. It would be rude to interrupt the meeting to call the office to

have the file sent over, but if you wait until later for the file, the meeting will be postponed for review, and you’ve already rescheduled this meeting twice. What do you do?

If you had remote access to your office, you could easily log into your computer to get the files you need, without the interrupting or postponing the meeting. And this is only one of the benefits of having remote access capabilities.

Remote workplace access is becoming increasingly more prevalent, particularly as mobile devices continue to develop into robust little workhorses, capable of doing much more than just making calls or sending texts and emails.

So what are some of the benefits of remote workplace access, and how can you make it work for your business?

Access your Business from Anywhere

Remote access allows you to take your business on the go. Whether you’re traveling for pleasure or business, you can access the office and the files you need no matter where you are in the world. In most cases, all you need is internet access.

Hire More Employees, Without Adding Space

Having remote capabilities allows you to hire remote employees – employees who work primarily out of their homes, as opposed to coming into the office. This allows you to not only save space, but ultimately money too, as you don’t incur the typical overhead expenses of office space, utilities, and other expenditures.

Allow Employees to be Productive, Even During Personal Emergencies

We all know that life happens, but when those personal emergencies arise with your employees arise, give them the flexibility they need to stay at home and take care of their personal life, without impacting their ability to be productive and get projects completed.

Secured Access

The remote setup access we advocate has your businesses best interests in mind. That’s why we make sure your files are secure, and only accessible by the people in your office. This ensures your data doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.

Keep Up with the Modern Workplace

The workplace is changing, and if you can’t keep up with the times, your business is going to be left behind. Give your business the mobility it needs to keep up with the fast paced hustle of business, allowing you to go wherever the day, and your work, takes you.

These are just a few of the advantages of remote workplace access. If you currently don’t have the ability to access your office remotely, contact us today. Our systems are affordable, and often utilize your existing technology.

Julie Strier is a freelance writer who likes to help you get the most out of your business technology. Email:

Do You Feel Phantom Phone Vibrations?

Cell Phone Anxiety

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Your phone buzzes in your pocket, signaling that a call or a message is coming in, but after looking at your phone you discover there was no call, no message, and no missed calls either. This false buzzing doesn’t indicate that you are going crazy, only that you are a victim to your biological impulses.

This phenomenon of feeling your phone buzzing when it’s not is known as Phantom Phone Vibration or vibranxiety, and studies are showing that not only are a wide variety of individuals affected, but that this phenomenon is only growing as we become more dependent on technology.

So, what causes the phantom vibrations in the first place? While the verdict is still out, scientifically speaking, many speculate that this is one of the signs of tech anxiety.

As Larry Rosen, professor of psychology at California State University, and author of the book iDisorder, puts it:

Our body is always in waiting to anticipate any kind of technological interaction, which usually comes from a smartphone. With that anticipatory anxiety, if we get any neurological stimulation, our pants rubbing against our leg for example, you might interpret that through the veil of anxiety, as “Oh, my phone is vibrating.”

The more dependent you are on your technology, the worse this “anticipatory anxiety” tends to be, making you to be more likely to experience phantom vibrations. Other common connections between users with vibranxiety include:

  • A tendency to be more technologically or socially anxious; being so dialed in that you are almost afraid to miss a call or message.
  • Reacting emotionally to social stimuli; reacting strongly to texts and emails.
  • High technology use.

Additionally, the older you are, the more likely you’ll be bothered by the phantom vibrations and attempt to stop them. Younger technology users do not appear as disturbed by this phenomenon.

So how do you avoid falling victim to Phantom Phone Vibration symptoms? Reduce your dependency on your smart phone, and similar devices. Make sure you take at least a 10 – 15 minute break (or more) for every hour you use your device. Put away your devices in social situations, like when you’re out for dinner with friends, and spend more time connected and engaged in actual conversation and human interaction.

Do you experience phantom phone vibrations? How does it affect your life? Leave us a comment and share your experiences.

Julie Strier is a freelance writer who enjoys helping you find a balance with your technology. Email:

Android Tip: Access Apps Quickly With Application Groups (Android 2.2 and up)

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Android App Group

Want a quick, easy way to access apps on your Android without searching through your entire list of apps, and without cluttering your screens with shortcuts? Try using application groups instead.

Android users have a limited amount of screen space available to them – typically 3 to 7 screens on average. With limited space, it’s easy to see how screens can quickly become cluttered, especially if you install a lot of apps.

In the past, the solution was to download another app to allow for organization. However, Android started catching on, and gave users the ability to group apps into folders to reduce screen clutter.

This worked for a while, but it became clear that this still wasn’t the solution that Android users wanted, so with version 2.2, Android introduced the ability to group applications from the actual app screen.

App groups are an easy way to categorize everything, allowing you to quickly access what you need, when you need it, without wasting time searching. Additionally, you can add an app group to your main screen, making it even easier to access.

To group your apps, click on the apps button. Press and long hold on the app you would like to categorize. A menu will appear, with one of the options being “Add to Group.” Click this option and then add the app to an existing group, or click the green plus to create a New Group. You may name groups whatever you wish.

Note: You can only group apps if you’re running Android version 2.2 or higher. To determine which version you are running, go to Settings > About Phone > and look for the Android Version number.

You may also have some default groups set, depending on your carrier. (For example, on Verizon phones, there is a Verizon Wireless group already setup which groups all Verizon apps together.)

To switch between groups, click on the Apps button, and then click on the words “All Apps” at the top. A menu will appear, showing you a list of groups. Click on the desired group to access the group.

If you accidentally add an app to the wrong group, go to the group, locate the app, press and long hold, and when the menu appears, select “Remove from group.”

To add an application group to a particular screen on your Android, locate the spot where you would like the group to appear. Press and long hold until the menu appears and select Shortcut > Applications > App Groups. Then, select the appropriate application group.

Try setting up an app group for the gym, that includes everything you need for working out (like your favorite music or video apps), or setup an app group for anything else you need. App groups are a quick, easy way to catalog what’s on your phone, so that you can access exactly what you need, when you need it.

What application groups do you use on your Android phone? Leave us a comment and share how you use your Android phone.

Julie Strier is a freelance writer who enjoys helping you better understand the inner workings of your smartphone. Email: