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For anyone who doesn’t want to be tied down to their desktop computer, remote desktop tools offer freedom at an affordable price. This is an invaluable service to any system support professional. Instead of driving into the office in the dead of night to fix a problem, you can simply use the remote-control function to save the day! Even if you’re not a techie, you can use this useful software solution.

Whether you’re on vacation or just around the corner, you never know when you might need to take a peek at a file stored on your home machine. If you’re in the market for a useful remote desktop tool, take a look at these feature-packed programs:

1. RealVNC: The Cross-Platform Solution

RealVNC

Once you install the VNC server portion of the RealVNC remote control solution on your desktop, you can control it from any other computer as long as both devices are connected to the Internet. The two computers don’t even have to run the same operating system! On the remote machine, you have the option of installing the VNC viewer software or using the browser-based Java viewer.

2. TeamViewer

TeamViewer

In mere seconds, you can connect to any PC or server anywhere in the world through the power of the Internet. Control the remote machine just as easily as if you were physically sitting in front of the keyboard.

3. Mikogo

Mikogo

This is a great, easy-to-use remote desktop tool that allows both private users and businesses to set up online meetings, web conferences, and remote support sessions. With this tool, help is just a click away.

4. Remobo

Remobo

This remote desktop tool was designed with security in mind. As you connect to the remote machine, an Instant Private Network (IPN) is established to make sure that no one is listening in as you access sensitive information across the Web. This is a perfect solution if your work or personal machine includes any data that should be protected.

5. Ammyy Admin

Ammyy Admin

With no need for pesky installation or configuration, the Ammyy Admin remote access tool allows its users to offer help from a distance to anyone with an Internet connection. This tool is both reliable and user-friendly. If you need a way to offer remote assistance or remote teaching, this could be the perfect solution.

6. Windows Remote Desktop

Use this software tool to connect to your desktop using a standard Internet connection from just about any device. From any computer, Smartphone, or Netbook, you can use Windows Remote Desktop to control the mouse and keyboard while viewing everything that is displayed on the monitor.

7. LogMeIn Free

LogMeIn Free

As long as your PC or Mac desktop has an active Internet connection, you can use LogMeIn Free to control it from anywhere in the world with another online device. View the screen, run a program, or open a file just as easily as if you were sitting at the keyboard. There’s nothing you can’t do from across town, or around the world, with LogMeIn Free.

Once you try a remote desktop tool, you’ll be amazed at how light and carefree your life becomes!

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You have probably been hearing the term “jailbreaking” a lot lately. No, it doesn’t mean busting out of jail and going on the run. It is a technical term applied to network-connected devices, and you can jailbreak anything from a Playstation to an Android.

However, the real debate has come from the jailbreaking of the iPhone, and with the amount of misinformation in the media, many people are wondering whether or not it is worth it.

What Is Jailbreaking?

Jailbreaking an iPhone is the process of selecting some kind of application that will allow you to use unauthorized apps (like games) not bought in the iTunes store.

These could have been made for the Android, or perhaps just created by a third party for Apple products. There are thousands of these on the Internet that are perfectly safe, functional and great to have.

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Moving to another city is stressful, much less moving to another state or country. But it is something most of us find ourselves planning to do at some point, whether that means going because of a job, family, school or just as a change of scenery. Just as it is with any change, it is a good idea to be as prepared as possible before making the switch. That means being informed about the city it is you are planning (or hoping) to move to.

But how do you do that? With the amazing powerhouse that is the Internet – how would we get along without it? – there are plenty of ways that you can scope out a new place. There are web-based apps for finding information on local housing, cost of living, schools and even parking and local garages. All of it is at your fingertips, just waiting to be used.

Here is a list of the eight best sites I have found to help you get a clear look at your chosen city before you run off to settle down.

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RSS Feeds are an important part of website interaction. Subscribing to a page will let you get updates, see new information, keep up with current events or just see something funny when it is posted on a blog. Whatever it is you are looking for, these eight applications can give you a useful way to keep up to date, 100% free.

1. Fluent News

Fluent News

Fluent news isn’t actually an RSS reader, but rather an alternative to one. If you have found yourself annoyed by the way readers only show some of the most recent headlines, and you want something for news sites that provide a more comprehensive look on the days events, this is a nice app to download.

Both the New York Times and CNET were highly impressed with this reader, and gave it the “App of the Week” award.

2. The Feed

The Feed

Google and Apple are welcome known for having more than an innocent feud. The iPhone versus the Android (with tablets following from the competitors) have pitted the two against one another in the smart device category. But this app is a Goggle approved ereader that works on the iPad, providing a simple way to get RSS feeds.

The newest version fixed some of the bugs that users complained of with the first release.

3. Feeddler RSS Reader

Feeddler RSS Reader

Feedler comes in two versions, paid and free. The paid is $9.99, and is very feature heavy, so worth the cost if you plan on using your feeds a lot. But if you just need something basic, the free version should be more than enough.

4. MobileRSS HD

MobileRSS HD

Another Google reader, the MobileRSS HD is widely considered one of the greatest available, especially for free. It has specialized in keeping feeds synced up, so you won’t have to deal with the constant reloading of some RSS programs.It is also compatible with Google accounts.

5. Flipboard

Flipboard

This app was named App of the Year by Apple, and it does more than act as a feed reader. It also flips through photos, programs, account updates (such as on Facebook and Twitter) and more. It is an excellent program, though there have been provacy complaints. According to some users, the app scans the iPad to see if the user has jailbreaked the software to allow for third party applications not sanctioned through the iTunes store.

6. News Reader for iPad

News Reader for iPad

This is a really basic app that is almost identical to most other feed readers. But it is small, gets the job done, and is good for anyone that has nothing else they want it to do. I would recommend it for basic news sites only.

7. ReadSquare

ReadSquare

ReadSquare is more social networking minded. It connects things that you and friends on sites like Facebook enjoy. Once these are synced up it keeps it all in one place, letting you quickly get updates and find information fast. Everything is hooked by tags, making it all easy to search.

8. Pulse

Pulse

Pulse is a visual display RSS feed reader that you used to have to pay to use. Now it is completely free, and it offers an interesting way to get your info. It uses pictures instead of basic text headlines, and it is attractive and easy to sift through.

RSS Readers of the Future

These readers are a good example of how feeds have changed, and how simple it is to keep up. If you have been looking for a good, free app to let you watch your updates at the touch of a screen, these should give you more than enough to choose from.

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In the last few years, there has been a new focus when it comes to personal accounts and devices. That focus is compatibility, and the most commonly asked question of any software update or new piece of technology is what it can sync to and use. With companies making alliances all across the board and creating affiliates between sites and programs, it is a great time to take advantage of get all of your devices up to date and connected for simplification.

When it comes to the Android, there are some really great ways to attach it to your accounts. The most popular option is connecting it to social media, and Facebook is the king of all networking. While Facebook itself doesn’t have an option for this yet (though they have allowed users to sync up to other sites), there are several different apps that show you how to link your Android contacts with your Facebook account, making it easier than ever to have all of your friends, family and coworkers in one place.

ContApps

ContApps

ContApps is a great and easy to use app that completely syncs your Facebook and Android. It works by drawing the contact information from your profile and adding it to your phone. From there, you can also see the latest updates and statuses from those friends, located with their contact information. It shows both in a single space, making it simple to keep up.

Be sure to check out the bottom buttons. The best feature has to be ‘Google It’, which will run a personal Google search on the contact you have selected. You can also use the ‘Social Feeds’ feature, which is pretty cool.

ContApps

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ContApps

AddressBook

AddressBook

One of the most popular organizational apps for the Android, this program has much wider uses than most. It doesn’t just connect with Facebook – though this is available with a plugin. It can actually connect with Twitter, Myspace, Yahoo, Tumblr and a mass of other websites. It even has a plugin for YouTube, which is helpful if you prefer not to use the standard web browser for viewing videos, which can be slow and hard to search.

Basically, each synced site will have its own little button, which you can select and search through contacts and information. Think of it as a way to sync and manage your profiles and contacts. The only downside is that it doesn’t have the personalization of ContApps, as it is more broad than singular in use.

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AddressBook for Android

These are only two of many, many applications that have been created for the Android to help you sync your phone and Facebook, among other sites. But these are the best I have found, and I actually have both on my Android right now. I would recommend either or both, even if you keep ContApps for Facebook and AddressBook for other sites without that specific plugin. It will be worth it just for the simplification they both offer.

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One of the things I hate most in the world is a default browser on a high end electronic. In fact, I usually dislike anything that comes standard, especially when it comes to Apple products. When I bought my iPad, I found a lot of the software to be slow, unnecessarily large, and frustrating to use. Half the time it was so buggy that I couldn’t use it at all.

Luckily, there are a multitude of alternative programs that have been created to work with the iPad. Several of these I have tried, as I prefer to test out software for myself before settling on one. Sometimes I keep more than one and use them when I feel like it. Out of every browser I tried for the iPad, there were three that really stuck out. All of them are free to use, easy to download, and will save you a lot of time.

1. Terra

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