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Treat Dad to Some Great Tech Gifts!

6/9/2014 - 0 Comments
Father's Day is Sunday, June 15, and it's time to celebrate Dad. This year, forgo the tie, grilling set, or other standard 'Dad' gift, and take a look at these amazing tech ideas! Both of these products are Bluetooth enabled to give Dad the flexibility and freedom to talk and work on the go.

Smart Headset for your Smartphone
Our first suggestion, the Plantronics Voyager PRO HD, is so smart that by simply placing it on your ear, it automatically answers your phone or transfers calls back and forth between your phone and headset. The Smart Sensor technology knows whether to send calls to your phone or your headset. Stream music podcasts, GPS directions and other audio when not on calls; pausing the audio when calls come in, or when the headset is taken off. Voice alerts announce talk time, volume, connection, and more. The headset battery meter automatically shows onscreen for iPhone and iPad; with the free Plantronics MyHeadset app, the battery headset meter is available on Android 3.0 tablets and Android 4.0 phones and tablets. The MyHeadset app also gives you tips, tricks and tools for Android smartphones. The HD streaming audio plus natural sound and superior comfort make this Bluetooth headset a solid gift for Dad.

From the Plantronics web site, a reviewer named Keith, a long haul trucker, states: 'I bought this to replace my worn out vpro out of all the Bluetooth headsets I've tried the pro series has been the best! The hd is no exception I drive a truck and this does fantastic at blocking out truck noise. I highly recommend this product.'

Speakerphone turns any room into a conference room
Now, if it's a speakerphone you're considering, the Jabra Speak 510 is a great answer to the question: 'What do you buy for the Dad who has everything?' For those dads who 'take meetings' ' even when they're on vacation, driving in their vehicles, or at the office ' and want to keep their hands-free, this speakerphone is the perfect solution for audio conferencing on demand! The compact and lightweight design, with an integrated USB cable management for quick set-up, includes a protective neoprene travel case. The Speak 510 series offers variants for Microsoft Lync, with the Speak 510+ offering a Link 360 dongle for cord-free connection to a PC.

When Dad isn't using the speakerphone for calls, music and other multimedia can be streamed. The 360-degree omnidirectional microphone allows attendees to hear and be heard from all angles. The rechargeable battery offers 15 hours of talk time; recharge the device with the USB cable, or add on the AC adaptor as an additional purchase. For additional setting options and to keep the product's firmware up to date, we recommend downloading Jabra's FREE PC Suite software. For a more detailed product review, see our blog post here.

We know that your Dad is unique, and maybe these ideas aren't the right fit for him. Give us a call at 1-866-998-9991 and we'll be happy to find the perfect gift guaranteed to make your Dad smile! And, when you use the shipping code DAD, your U.S. shipping is on us ' so you'll be smiling too!


ServiceNet from Jabra an Essential Warranty Tool

6/3/2014 - 0 Comments
The Jabra warranty process has been brought together into one program called ServiceNet, an online service platform. From checking warranty, to following the status of the return order from beginning to end, this platform simplifies the warranty and return process. It is ideally suited for organizations with large quantities of Jabra products deployed, but is available to all Jabra product owners.

Set up a free ServiceNet account by clicking here. Simply provide your name, company name, address, phone number and e-mail address to set up your account. Within a few minutes, a ServiceNet login and password are created and e-mailed to you.

Once you log in, you can check warranty status with the Warranty Checker, request a replacement, and follow the status of the return order.

To check the warranty status of your Jabra product, simply enter the serial number within the Warranty Checker window. If you don't know where to find the serial number, the site has a click-through link: "How to Locate a Serial Number." Next, select from the choices of Headsets, Speakerphones, or Accessories. Scroll down the page to find your product. Once you select your product, a picture of where the serial number is located appears. Type in the serial number, click Next, and you will see if the product is under warranty.

If the product is still covered by warranty, you will see a screen similar to this:

Click Next, and the Basket window appears.

The Basket is automatically loaded with a new, replacement product at no charge. Click Next for your Address Book. You can add and save multiple addresses into this window:

In the successive two screens, you will Confirm the order, and then get a Receipt. After submission, you can follow up on your warranty request by logging in and selecting Manage Your Orders. Here, you'll find all of your warranty history. It's a handy way to keep your Jabra warranty information in one place.

If your product is no longer under warranty, you will get this message: "This product is not under warranty. Please remove the out of warranty item from this order, and proceed with either inside warranty items only, or check the return process for outside warranty items by clicking here."

For Jabra's Warranty and Service Information, please click here.

We hope you find Jabra's ServiceNet to be a useful tool and a great way to keep track of your warranty replacements!


Family Vacation … All I Ever Wanted?

5/6/2014 - 0 Comments
The family truckster is packed full, the kids are ready, and the GPS is pointing you to your destination. It's time for your family vacation! As Chevy Chase's character Clark Griswold says, in the movie National Lampoon's Vacation: "Why aren't we flying? Because getting there is half the fun. You know that."

Is a family vacation relaxing? No. Worthwhile? Definitely.

Clark chooses to take his family to meet Marty Mouse at Wallyworld in Vacation. After weeks of planning, Clark is excited for his family to spend time together on their road trip. Unforeseen situations continue to pop up, yet Chevy chooses to stay upbeat and enjoy the time with his family.

Planning ahead can take some of the stress out of vacations, so here are a few quick tips for a successful family vacation:

  1. Try something new together

  2. How about scuba diving, snorkeling, riding all the roller coasters at an amusement park, or touring the area on Segways?

  3. Schedule time to rest & time to play ...

  4. Constant activity can foster exhaustion, overstimulation, and family feuds.

  5. ... yet, be a little spontaneous and enjoy every moment

  6. Have fun! Throw in something unexpected along the way. Shared experiences form bonds that build strong families. Memories made on these trips last a lifetime. The grandkids will undoubtedly hear about that one night Dad had to wrestle the tent for hours in the wind and pouring rain.

    There are plenty of inconveniences and reasons to just stay home, but the benefits far outweigh the headaches when it comes to investing in your family.

    Do you have memories of a favorite summer vacation your family took growing up? Where did you go?


Happy Earth Day!

4/22/2014 - 0 Comments
Today is the 44th anniversary of the very first Earth Day, from which a movement has grown: Raising the consciousness of a generation tasked with the greatest widespread wealth and mismanagement of resources the world has ever known. Preservation of the limited natural resources our world has keeps an eye to the future for a world we can pass on to our children and grandchildren.

Individually, how can we make a difference? Our work consumes much of our time each week, so a great place to start making eco-friendly choices could be at your cubicle!

Refuse – At conferences, take only the pens, trinkets, flash drives, mugs, vinyl covered folders that you have a need for; if you already have 3 portfolios, is the 4th one a necessity?

Reduce – Your consumption. Rather than driving yourself to work each day, check out alternatives such as riding your bike or walking (if you live close to the office); taking public transportation (if available); or carpooling. Better yet, stay home and telecommute!

Reuse – Print or write on both sides of paper; or, determine if you really need to print the document. Keep a mug at your desk for your daily coffee break that you can wash and reuse.

Recycle – Everything from paper, computer equipment, phone books, and more. Before disposing of gently used equipment, desks, or phone systems, find out if there is a local nonprofit that would be in need of the items you no longer need. If not, locate a recycling facility that can safely dispose of the items.

At Avcomm, our packaging products are recyclable: we send our items in cardboard boxes with paper filler. When possible, a gently used box is substituted for a brand new one.

Let us know what you're doing at your organization to make an earth-friendly difference!


Spring Clean Your Headset

4/14/2014 - 0 Comments
Traditionally spring is the season to deep clean and organize, a coming out after a long, cold winter. At home, tasks might include scrubbing walls and baseboards, organizing canned and dry goods in the pantry, and deep cleaning carpets, rugs and furniture upholstery.

At the office, your headset could use a spring refresh, too. Need some ideas? Here are a few:

1. With a slightly damp cloth, avoiding contact with buttons, slots, or plug contacts:
    a. Wipe down your wireless base unit, cords from the phone or computer to the base unit, headband and boom arm of your wireless headset

    b. Wipe the cords*, headband, and boom arm on your corded headset

    c. Don't forget to clean your amplifier and cords*!

    d. Remove wax, sweat and dust build-up from your ear gels, too

    e. Specific headset models offer washable foam ear cushions, so check your user's guide for that information.
*handle cords carefully during cleaning, taking care to not pull on them

2. Replace:
    a. Ear cushions, foam or leatherette

    b. Microphone windscreen

    c. Ear gels
For a few dollars, these easy replacement items will help your headset look and feel brand new!

3. Headset Firmware:
Check the updates for your headset's firmware and make sure you have the most recent version. Each manufacturer offers unique software for their products, including Jabra's PC Suite, Plantronics' Spokes, and Sennheiser that help ensure your product stays up to date!

4. Organize Headset Paperwork:
Are the user's manual, quick start guide, and assorted paperwork that came with the headset filed together in an easy-to-find file? It's so easy to organize, yet many of us are guilty of throwing those helpful booklets in random places around our desk area, never to land in the same place. Set aside one designated file for these types of things.

Now that you've started the cleaning process, is it time to take a closer look at your workspace? Can you see the top of your desk? Are your files bulging with paperwork that isn't needed anymore? How about your computer files? Could your monitor use a scrubbing? Is it time to bring in the latest family photo? Cleaning, organizing, purging and updating might be what you need to re-engage and energize yourself in your job once more! Make it a contest with office mates to see who can create the cleanest work space.

Let us know if you have been inspired to clean your cubicle, and you could be entered for a chance to win ear cushions and microphone windscreens to help get you started!


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