Android: Smartphones have been controlling computers with specialised apps for years now, but Mac Remote does something a little different — it doesn’t require you to install any server software to work. Instead, it connects to your Mac over SSH and controls various apps and system functions with remote commands.
Android: AirDroid already controls your phone from any web browser, but the latest version of the app offers more useful features, like a new “find my phone” service that pinpoints your device via GPS, and complete remote control of your device’s camera. Plus, it no longer requires your phone be on the same network to connect to it.
A low-powered home server is one of the best ways to download files using BitTorrent and Usenet, but if you want to minimise legal hassles you need to anonymise your traffic. Here’s how to turn your FreeNAS box into the ultimate downloading machine so you can download safely and monitor its activity from anywhere.
Ubuntu: Splashtop has always been a great way to control your computers from a phone or tablet, watch videos and stream music. Now, Splashtop has a Linux version, which means you can access your Ubuntu desktop from iOS and Android devices.
If you’re ever away from home and need to get access to your files, your computer needs to be on. If your home computer is on a wireless network, this can cause a bit of a problem. However, Instructables user hymelsr shows off how to build a system to power your computer on with off-the-shelf components.
Chrome: Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop has long been a simple way to access your computer from another location. The product is finally out of beta and has added a few extra features.
iOS: Screens is our favourite way to access our computers from afar. For the next two days, you can grab it for only $10.49 — half its usual price.