Science tells us we can't be in two places at once.
Remote access software says otherwise.
Business travel can be a hassle, and not just because your carry-on bag won't fit in the overhead compartment. All too often, you find yourself needing access to a file you left behind or a program you don't have on your tablet or laptop.
If only scientists could figure out a way to beam you from one place to another, Star Trek transporter-style. Until that day, there's a solution that's nearly as good (and less likely to cause some crazy parallel universe accident only Scotty could fix). It's called remote access software, and it lets you connect to and control another PC just as though you were sitting right in front of it.
That's a plus for road warriors, who can now tap into the office desktop to retrieve a critical file, run a program that has no tablet equivalent or even rescue a co-worker who needs some remote tech support.
To tackle these and other productivity challenges, check out LogMeIn Free (https://secure.logmein.com/products/free/). It provides easy access to a remote computer running Windows or Mac OS and it runs on desktops, laptops, tablets and even smartphones. Plus, true to its name, it's free!
Lack of Windows 8 apps blamed for Microsoft chief's departure
Software developers can make or break an operating system. Apparently they can also make or break a career.
As you've probably heard, Microsoft's Windows Division president Steven Sinofsky resigned suddenly on Monday, the reasons for which have yet to be fully disclosed. One theory: not enough action in the Windows 8 app store.
According to the New York Times, Sinofsky frequently butted heads with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, especially on the subject of software:
Windows 8 already getting security patches
Windows 8 is barely two weeks old, but apparently it's already in need of patching. As reported by PC World and other outlets, the new operating system's first security updates will arrive tomorrow as part of a package of fixes released during Microsoft's monthly patch-fest.
That may seem a little discouraging, especially if you recently purchased a new Windows 8 laptop with the hopes of a more secure computing experience. After all, Microsoft has touted such advanced security features as systemwide SmartScreen protection, Dynamic Access Control, and the Windows App Store, which carefully screens software before making it available for download.
But the truth is that no operating system is totally secure, and it's good to see Microsoft addressing known vulnerabilities right out of the gate.
Samsung's Galaxy S III outsells the iPhone 4S
This will be a minor footnote in tech history, but it's a footnote all the same: During the third quarter of 2012, the Samsung Galaxy S III was the world's best-selling smartphone. It even outsold the iPhone 4S.
That's according to a new report from Strategy Analytics, which noted that the S III "captured an impressive 11 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally and it has become the world's best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever."
How did Samsung's flagship phone overtake the venerable iPhone 4S, which placed in the number-two spot for Q3 sales? One argument: Smartphone buyers steered clear of the latter in anticipation of the heavily rumored iPhone 5, which debuted in September.
The iPad Mini: Deal or no deal?
Can a small tablet make you as productive as a big one?
Price, of course, has never been the big factor when it comes to Apple products, as customers have perpetually demonstrated their willingness to pay a premium for MacBooks, iPhones, and, of course, iPads.