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13 top tips for better mobile working

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We've put together 13 top tips to ensure that if you are working on the go, you are working better, smarter, and faster.

Automatically lock your computer when you walk away, and unlock it when you return

Free application BtProx monitors the proximity of your computer (laptop or desktop) to your mobile phone or other Bluetooth device, and automatically locks the computer when the phone goes out of range. When you walk away from your laptop with your mobile phone in your pocket, for example, the computer will automatically lock - protecting its contents from prying eyes while you're not there.

In addition, you can arrange for BtProx to launch any application at the same time that it issues the lock command - so you could automatically lock your PC and turn on your laptop security system when you walk away rom the machine.

Set up AIM forwarding to your mobile

Instant messaging may seem like a productivity black hole, but in some workplaces, it's the quickest and easiest way to communicate with your coworkers. You can even reply to IMs via text message, meaning that you can have the same conversation using your phone as you would from your instant messaging client.

To enable IM Forwarding on the web, just go to AOL's IM Forwarding page, click the 'Manage Your Mobile Settings' link, and fill out the form (you'll need to log in if you haven't already).

Use your mobile phone as an internet hotspot

The problem: you've signed up for a lightning-fast data plan on your mobile phone, but your mobile browser sometimes fails to provide the browsing experience you need. The solution: tether your mobile phone's data plan to your laptop so you'll have an internet connection anywhere your mobile phone has a signal.

PdaNet turns any iPhone, Windows Mobile phone, or Palm OS phone into a wireless router; and if you have a Nokia phone, JoikuSpot will do the job. Keep in mind that tethering your data connection will significantly decrease your phone's battery life, but it's a godsend when you need it.

Beef up your voicemail

One of the iPhone's most innovative features was visual voicemail, which lets users see who left voicemail and listen to individual voicemail messages on demand. Web service YouMail do upgrades your mobile phone's voicemail for free, adding visual voicemail, voicemail filtering, and caller-specific greetings to any mobile. It even sends voicemail straight to your email inbox, so archiving a voicemail message permanently or sharing a message is easy.

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