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Chrome Remote Desktop 45.0.2454.18

Remotely access PCs/ Macs/ Linux/ Android/ iOS/ Chromebook systems

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Android, Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP, iPhone
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 24 August 2015
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Developer: Google
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Chrome Remote Desktop
Remotely access PCs/ Macs/ Linux/ Android/ iOS/ Chromebook systems

Chrome Remote Desktop is a Google Chrome extension which allows you to remotely access other PCs, Macs, Linux systems, iOS or Android devices, even Chromebooks.

To make this happen you must first install Chrome Remote Desktop on every computer you'd like to remotely access or control.

Choose to enable remote access within the extension and it downloads and installs the appropriate remote access client for you (there's nothing to do here, it all happens automatically).

To prevent hackers accessing your system, it's protected with a PIN number of at least 6 digits.

Once you've done this on all your devices, you can go to one of them - a Chromebook, say - and choose a computer from the list. Enter the PIN number, and that's it, you're viewing the desktop of the remote device, and can launch, run and control programs as though you were sitting in front of it.

By default the remote desktop will be resized to fit the screen of your current device. If this makes it hard to read then you can view it full-size in a scrollable window, instead.

There's also support for sending the PrtSc and Ctrl+Alt+Del keys to the remote system, useful if they don't exist on your current device.

As a bonus, Chrome Remote Desktop also has a screen sharing option. If a friend needs computer assistance and you're both using the add-on, it enables you to access his system, watch what he's doing, then take control when necessary to offer some help.

Verdict:

Chrome Remote Desktop is fairly basic: there's no file sharing, audio streaming, remote printing here, keyboard control and scrolling are limited too. But it's also free, very easy to set up and works almost everywhere, and if your needs are simple then that's probably good enough.

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.12.5

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

Version 2.12.5 brings:

• Per chat custom notification settings and mute
• You can now include videos in your chat backups in Settings > Chats and Calls > Chat Backup
• Mark chats as unread or read with a swipe to the right
• Better support for VoiceOver
• Directly share contacts from the Contacts app and locations from Apple Maps to WhatsApp
• Lower the data usage used during WhatsApp calls in Settings > Chats and Calls 
• Earlier messages now load automatically as you scroll chats
• Improved design for cropping photos and videos
• Location messages now use a large map thumbnail

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