The Observer (Kampala)

13 December 2012

Uganda: Gadgets - Remote Desktop Solutions

Many could have purchased smartphones or tablets with the belief that they would be instrumental in synchronising the gadgets with their PCs like sharing files or managing programmes from whatever distance range.

I knew someone who badly yearned for an iPhone but thought it would never work with his Windows operated laptop. The good news is that no matter what Operating System (OS) your smartphone is, there is a mobile application (app) that can make it happen. Here is a look at some of the best tools for every major platform.

iOS:

Apple offers its own remote app for controlling just about everything in iTunes--movies, music, search--from your iPhone. Installation is free and it is easy to set up to work with a PC or Mac. For total remote access to your computer, LogMeIn is a free app which can tunnel in to any PC or Mac with the client software installed.

Keyboard and mouse shortcut keys are included; so, you can perform just about any task you could if you were right in front of the computer. It works over both 3G/4G and Wi-Fi connections. Other apps offering similar functionality include Splashtop Remote Desktop, currently on sale for approximately $3, and PocketCloud Remote Desktop, which is free to use.

Android:

TeamViewer is everything a remote access app should be--simple to set up, easy to use, and free for non-commercial use. Install the client software and you can use a short numerical code and password to gain access to your PC/Mac from your Android phone/tablet. You can transfer files too, and the app works over 3G and 4G as well as Wi-Fi.

GoToMyPC offers various similar features, but with the condition of monthly subscription. Connection is handled through the GoToMyPC website on your PC or Mac, and again the remote access features function over a high-speed cellular line as well as good old Wi-Fi.

Windows Phone:

The limited number of apps for Windows is part of the reason the platform is battling iOS/Android for dominance. Therefore, it is expected that there are fewer choices. There is PC Remote, one of the best tools for taking control of your computer only if it is running

Windows:

ConnectMe is another option using Windows' built-in remote desktop capabilities ridding the relevance of installing client software on your PC. However, it does not work with the Home editions of the operating system.

BlackBerry:

Lastly, with BlackBerry's even more limited options, one of the few apps with remote desktop capabilities is RDM+, which costs a whopping $40. However, it does give you numerous features for connecting to your PC or Mac computer. Checking its listing is relevant to see if it is compatible with your device.

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