The methods to wirelessly transfer data between an Android device and computer keeps getting better, quicker and expansive. Just yesterday, we reviewed an Android app called DropSpot
that happens to be one of the very first solutions which allow transferring data back and forth between a computer and an Android device over a local network. Superb concept, especially considering that it frees you from the the hassle of carrying data cables, or setting up extensive remote desktop clients. Based on more or less the same concept, X-Link
(beta) by an XDA member, joschi70
, is yet another handy tool that brings additional functionality of letting users remotely share files with other Android devices that are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. The dual file sharing mechanism of X-Link allows you to share files from your computer to an Android device of your choice via a Java-based desktop client, or from your Android device to another Android device that is hooked to the same network. File sharing from your Android via X-Link is made simple courtesy of an additional option that you can find in the file sharing menu of the OS. All you need to do is navigate to the required file from within your device’s gallery or a file explorer, and share it via X-Link. Sharing from the desktop client can be done via simple drag-and-drop. It’s all too simple, and way to fast than any other alternative remote file sharing solution.
Not too long ago, mobile phones were only meant to make important calls and send short messages to your friends and loved ones. The technological world has surely come a long way in a very short time, and smartphones of today claim and seem to be able to do everything for us, other than making us coffee and doing our laundry (which, looking at the current pace of technological development, might be available in a few years time!). They have put everything from listening to music to playing games, task management to browsing the web, in the palm of our hands. One of the groundbreaking inventions in smartphones are their unique and ever growing lists of apps. Smartphones app has broaden up their functionality and are acting as a gateway between user and their interaction with the phones. Today we have an application that lets your iPhone communicate with your PC in a very innovative manner. If you play a lot of racing games on your PC and don't like the idea of using your mouse or keyboard, for that matter, then Flypad
might change the way you do your virtual races. It is a cross-platform application that turns your iPhone into a remote control for playing racing games on your PC or Mac. Its designed for those who like to play racing games using joysticks or gamepads, but don't have enough dough to buy one.
Cross browser sync is a feature available in both Chrome and Firefox that allows you to sync your extensions, bookmarks and passwords on different systems. For those of you who have used it, you know that it is a great way to ensure all your important links are always available no matter what system you’re using. REM-I-CON
is a Chrome extension that works in conjunction with its web service Secure Bucket and lets you remotely control multiple Chrome browsers from a single system. Using the browser extension, the service sends and implements commands to which ever browser you send it to. The commands that can be executed remotely are; closing all tabs and opening a new tab, deleting cookies, history, bookmarks and uninstalling extensions and apps.
Just a few months ago Windows Phone 7 got the capability to capture screenshots and record your screen activities in the form of video and images, and we covered them in our guide to taking screenshots in WP7
. That was a significant development for this platform and now things have gone a step further. Now your Windows Phone 7 device can connect to any computer and via that desktop you can monitor and capture the activities currently going on at your phone screen!
Sometimes you’re sitting in a warm cozy bed, watching a movie on your big LCD Monitor placed alongside your PC at the other end of the room and the volume dies down or for some reason you need to pause it, what do you do? You get up, go all the way to the PC and do the necessary adjustments. However, as long as you’re using VLC Media Player and have an Android device connected on the same network over WiFi, you can use a remote control app for VLC player and control it while in bed, all from your Android device.
When it comes to choosing an application which offers seamless remote sharing, remote control and file sharing for collaboration purposes, TeamViewer
always stands out among the list of freely available tools. It has come a long way since its first release in 2005, now offering a great deal of new and improved features in its latest iteration – Version 6.0.9 beta. The latest version brings many new options and improved features which will take yours team’s synergy level up to acme.
Back in July, Aatif covered an application called Airytec Switch Off
which lets you remotely control your PC via mobile or from any other computer located on remote location. The application works seamlessly but a specific port has to be forwarded to control system and to execute some basic Windows functions. Today we discovered another application called TwitControl
which offers the very same functionality without applying port forwarding techniques. It is developed for all the avid Twitter users out there, offering a simple mechanism to promptly control your system from any remote location. Whilst it has a set of pre-defined set of Windows commands (Shutdown, Restart, and Logoff), it comes with a Tweet monitoring system to check for any instructions/commands in all of your latest tweets to execute them on the fly.
Downloading a large file that has an hour left to complete, and you don’t want to stay up just to shut down your PC? Stepped out in a rush and forgot to put your system to hibernate? Perhaps you want your VPN connection to terminate after a certain interval, or want a certain application to automatically launch at a certain time? For all these cases, Airytec Switch Off
comes in handy.
Do you want to share some files with your friends or co-workers and at the same time protect those files from intruders? You never know who is accessing your shared folder, there is no tool inside Windows that can help you determine who exactly accessed your files.
NetShareMonitor is a small portable tool for Windows that lets you protect your shared files from unauthorized access. It runs silently in the system tray and logs all active sessions, accessed files, and shared resources. Read More
Editor’s Notes: Auto shut down is one important feature that Windows OS lack. It would be great if Microsoft adds support for Auto Shutdown in Windows 7. It will surely save the burden of having to use 3rd party tools for such basic function.
Do you want to shut down your computer at a specific date or time
? If you are a computer or network administrator, you might sometimes need to shutdown, restart, or log off the system
at a specific date or time.
is a free tool for Windows OS that lets you shut down, reboot, log off, and power off both local and remote computer
at any specific date of time. Those running applications that prevent your system to shut down can also be automatically killed. You can also setup this tool to warn you a few minutes before initiating shut down.
Do you want to access your friend or co-worker’s computer? Do you want to provide remote assistance, remote administration or remote teaching for your clients or employees regardless of their location? Ammyy Admin is an exceptional free little utility(only 144kb) that connects remote computers instantly without any installation or configuration. Read More
Remote desktop sharing applications are the ones which sometimes save the day of a developer (specially the freelancers) or anyone who is working as a distributed team and need desktop collaboration, supporting a remote web application that you had built or need to manage the work computer from home. There are great free remote desktop applications which helps to build this remote connection.