Technology: Best Gadgets for Business Trips

Technology: Best Gadgets for Business TripsTravel is a part of your business. From meetings to conferences and tradeshows, regardless of the industry, thousands of business owner travel all over the world each year.

Packing for business trips should be streamlined, efficient, and seamless. When it comes to technology on the road it is easy to get caught up in lugging multiple gadgets around. The New York Times gives a list on the best gadgets for business trips.

Laptop. Of course, this immediately brings up the iPad/laptop debate. Sure tablets are great, but they still don’t have the capabilities that a laptop does. If you need to get serious work done on your commute, a laptop is the way to go.

Smartphone. This is nothing new. One third of U.S. adults own smartphones, and 87% of smartphone users use their phones for internet access on a daily basis according to a survey by Pew Research Center. If you travel constantly, a smartphone is essential to check email, documents, and stay connected on the go.

Backup power for your smartphone. It is a good idea to keep a charged backup battery in your bag. However, you can also get small backup power chargers such as a Mophie’s Juice Pack Powerstation that can recharge phones or tablet computers.

Various cords. Of course you’ll want a wall-charging adapter for your phone. However, it is also a good idea to bring an extra power strip (they have mini surge protector with usb chargers) in case your laptop cord needs a few extra feet to make it to the outlet in the airport lounge in between flights.

Personal gadgets. Of course, your business trip can’t be all work. Get a Kindle app for your computer to read (and save room in your bag). Rent movies from iTunes or Amazon.

Above you want to pack for the ultimate ease and functionality- being ruthlessly efficient can save money, time and stress as you prepare for each trip. Remember to always condense. Need a camera, GPS, or calculator? All in your smartphone.

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Crane Accident Raises Safety Concerns in Construction Industry

Crane Accident Raises Safety Concerns in Construction IndustryThe collapse of a crane in New York City last week that killed one and injured four has raised a debate on safety requirements. The crane broke apart when handling rebar at a site where the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is building an extension of the No. 7 subway line beyond Times Square.

The accident is the city’s third fatal crane accident in four years and follows a series of scandals involving lax regulation in the industry. After the accidents, the city did a major overhaul of safety rules. However, the rig at the subway tunnel site was exempt from most city construction safety rules because it was working for an independent state authority.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the crane was due to be inspected this week by city buildings authorities  since its most recent inspection could not be completed because the rig was in operation at the time. The latest post-accident investigations into the accident reveal the possibility of operational defects.

“Our engineers have found defects in the hoisting system of the crane that failed, and as a result, the maintenance and operation of the crane in the days and weeks prior to this tragic accident has become the focus of our investigation,” Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri said.

The MTA said it was weighing a proposal to place all of its construction activity under the authority of the city’s Buildings Department.

The city proposed adopting a national license and more stringent requirements for workers operating the huge cranes that swing across the skyline with loads up to 115 tons, according to the New York Times. Local 14 of the International Union of Operating Engineers opposes instituting the national licensing requirements, arguing that New York’s uniquely dense urban environment requires local experience and city-specific testing.

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