Screens is a VNC (virtual network computing) app that enables you to control your Mac (and, for what it’s worth, also PC and Linux boxes) from just about any device over any network connection. Screens 3 is technically an update, but one that required a complete rewrite of the previous version, so by any measure it’s a new application. In fact, there's also an iOS 7 version that can be purchased separately.
We hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday yesterday and didn't miss our Price Drop column. Since you were all probably out and about, we thought we'd hold the deals until today. Now that you're here, let's take a look at those deal.
The App Store doesn’t allow premium upgrades to existing apps, so what’s a developer to do when it wishes to go above and beyond the usual tweaks and release a totally new version of an app? In the case of Screens, a screen sharing and VNC client for iOS, Edovia opted to launch a new standalone 3.0 app, which is a departure considering the previous significant upgrade had been free. In this case, it's luckily a very worthwhile investment for previous users, thanks to enhancements that can increase productivity, not to mention a sleek iOS 7 makeover.
There are more than 150 million iPads in use around the globe, but accessing Mac or Windows desktop applications from them can be an exercise in frustration. The folks behind Parallels Desktop have come up with an ingenious solution to this situation, but only for those who can afford the rather daunting per-computer subscription fee. Together with a Mac or Windows-based agent, Parallels Access “applifies” desktop applications to make them iPad-friendly, complete with audio.
People say to us all the time, "Why are you always playing on your phone?" Ha! Joke's on them, because our phone isn't just a pocket arcade. We're blogging, making music, scheduling doctor's appointments, taking notes on our screenplay, digging deep in cloud storage or on our home computers for work files, and tons of other things. If you're productivity-obsessed like we are, then you'll love this week's batch of price cuts that turn your iPhone or iPad into a tool for getting things done.
The new iPad will be a week old tomorrow, but the complaints continue to pour in about Apple’s three million-selling tablet (and they’ve likely sold many more since Monday’s announcement, we’d guess). We’ve got no complaints here -- every day with our new little friend is more glorious than the last, especially thanks to all of these Retina-optimized app updates which keep arriving. In fact, we’re off to give our new iPad another hug, so while we’re doing that, please have a look at the day’s news for Thursday, March 22, 2012, won’t you…?
Many iPad users may view their tablet as a separate part of their everyday computing lives, connecting only for the occasional iOS update or media sync. But did you know there’s a long list of iPad apps designed to work hand in hand with your Mac? Here’s a look at 10 of them and how they could enhance your everyday Mac experience.
We’ve discussed LogMeIn Ignition before, and it’s a great application for connecting to your Mac remotely through the service’s paid iPhone and iPad application. While the price is justified if you're often finding yourself remotely connecting to your computer and don't want to deal with a VNC or server client, those of you looking for a free solution may feel left out of the loop. Fear not -- there's a free VNC solution that is just as powerful as LogMeIn, and if you're finding that you only need remote access once in awhile, read on to find out how to set it up.