Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Back to School with Teenage Drivers and US Cellular and Apps for Builders and DIY’ers #BetterMoments

Vehicle Monitoring

Back to school brings a lot of new changes and more teen drivers on the road. Even with the most responsible teens, driving is a major milestone.
U.S. Cellular provides a high-quality network and national coverage that keeps customers connected in big and small cities and rural communities, and has several resources that can help families with young drivers have some peace of mind.
U.S. Cellular’s Vehicle Monitoring System allows parents to identify their son or daughter’s location and any mechanical issues with the car. After putting the easy-to-install module in the car, moms and dads can use the app on their devices to check a vehicle’s location on a map as well as decipher engine codes to be aware of mechanical issues.

U.S. Cellular’s Parent-Child Agreement is a great resource to help facilitate a conversation with families around acceptable use of mobile devices. You can download the Parent Child Agreement

The agreement is customizable and parents can use it to set certain parameters for phone use as well as driving responsibilities and limitations. Parents and teenagers can agree in writing that young drivers should not use their cellphones while driving.
According to a recent Better Moments survey, 82 percent of parents surveyed have rules about their kids’ cellphone use.

Today’s devices provide access to a wide variety of apps and services that can help streamline projects and improve efficiency for anyone managing a construction project. And with U.S. Cellular’s high-quality network and national coverage, you can stay on top of your projects in big and small cities and rural communities.

With most construction pros using their devices for work on a daily basis, there are now mobile solutions for everything from fleet management to jobsite security monitoring.
U.S. Cellular identified five of the most useful apps construction pros should know of:

Handyman Calculator (free): This app available for Android phones combines a multitude of construction calculators and converters that are useful to any construction or trade worker. This free app also allows users to track their time while on the go and save directly onto their notepad.

iHandy Carpenter ($1.99): iHandy Carpenter, available for iOS and Android, combines five valuable carpentry tools into one app. Included in the app is a plumb bob level, surface level, bubble level bar, ruler and protractor. From measuring to leveling, iHandy Carpenter has all the tools you’ll need for your next carpentry project.

PlanGrid (free): PlanGrid for iOS is a powerful collaboration tool for construction managers and contractors that can help you make sure the job gets done on time and under budget. Contractors and architects can collaborate on project plans, specifications and photos in real time. Files that are uploaded to the app are also automatically synced across all devices. These collaboration tools can improve the quality, safety and profitability of projects.

AutoCAD 360 (free): AutoCAD 360 is drawing and drafting app available for iOS and Android that allows you to view, edit and share AutoCAD drawings. You can store your blueprints on your phone and pull them up anywhere, even on the jobsite. It also allows seamless sharing with others across desktop and mobile platforms, speeding up collaboration and in turn, productivity.

Contractor Estimate & Invoice (free): Available for both iOS and Android, Contractor Estimate & Invoice instantly creates invoices on the jobsite. This app streamlines estimating and invoicing saving valuable time and money that usually spent catching up on paperwork. You can also save key customer information, convert estimates directly to invoices and track invoice fulfillment all in one place.

When using your device on a job site or renovating at home, it’s important to make sure it’s properly protected. Rugged cases such as the OtterBox Defender help protect phones from debris and moisture. Additionally, a large, clear screen and fast, 4G LTE service, are key to conveniently accessing plans and collaborating across job sites. 

Mobile apps are a great tool for reducing backlogs and communication gaps, two of the biggest culprits in construction project delays. Construction firms and contractors should always stay up to date on the latest developments in mobile technology to make sure they have all the tools they need to get their jobs done as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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