Category : iPhone

USB 3.0 To Come SmartPhones, Tablets This Year

According to many, USB standardized organizations have made many claims that USB 3.0 will come to smartphones and tablets this year.  This is important to our industry and will make things a lot better.  These units will have microUSB ports located on them that will allow this manner of connection which will fit all different size devices.  The ports will allow faster data transfer between mobile devices and hosts such as PC’s, some of which will already have USB 3.0 ports located in them.  Data transfer rates will be roughly between 800 to 1000 Mbps (MG per second).  The current port connection is USB 2.0 and the upgrade to 3.0 will greatly improve speed.  A data transfer with USB 2.0 that takes 15 minutes will be greatly reduces to 1 minute with USB 3.0, quite a difference.  As a result tablets and smartphones will recharge much faster via USB 3.0.

Dropbox

One of my favorite apps that I use daily on my computer and iphone is called Dropbox. Do you want to be able to access your files from anywhere you are? Computer, web, phone, and or tablet? Dropbox is a cool app that allows you to do this seamlessly by simply installing the app on your computer, or your smartphone. Dropbox is cloud service that basically backs up any changes you make to a file no matter which device you’re using to access the file.

Features include:
• 2GB of Dropbox for free, with subscriptions up to 100GB available.
• Your files are always available from the secure Dropbox website.
• Dropbox works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
• Works even when offline. You always have your files, whether or not you have a connection.
• Dropbox transfers just the parts of a file that change (not the whole thing).
•Manually set bandwidth limits — Dropbox won’t hog your connection.

Another cool feature is file sharing. You can share folders and thereby documents so if you need to collaborate with someone, you all have access to the same file. Never be without your files again.

Remote Desktop Access for iPhone and Droids

Control your desktop or server with your smartphone or tablet from any where you have internet access.

There are many remote applications out there today to help one remote into desktops or servers via smartphones or devices such as iPads. I found that Jump Desktop (remote desktop) app works great on both the iPhone and the iPad. You can easily setup a RDP sessions and log into any desktop or terminal server with remote access and control apps, type information, and move files around. This is an easy to use app for RDP sessions and VNC client.

Features include:
• Connect to multiple computers
• Printing support
• Audio Streaming
• Console sessions
• Multiple monitor support for Windows 7 and above
• Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 and SBS Server
• Free PC-to-PC remote desktop

2X Client is another app for accessing remote desktops and files securely. Both apps allow for seamless access to remote computers.

Is Apple throttling web apps?

Tests indicate that iOS uses multiple techniques to hamper performance of web apps launched from the home screen of an iPhone or iPad.  Web apps launched directly from the Safari browser run about twice as fast as when launched from the home screen.  Is Apple trying to force users to use the App Store, so they get their cut, by making web apps appear to perform poorly?

Read more here

Setting up VPN On Your iPad/iPhone

If you are interested in setting up a Cisco IPSec VPN connection on your iPad, I have detailed some instructions on doing so.

  1. On the iPad itself, go to Settings > General > Network >VPN > Add VPN Configuration.
  2. On the tabs listed, select the IPSec tab from the connection types. Note that  you see a Cisco logo present here.
  3. Now you can enter you information as provided by your network admin:
    • Description: “Work VPN” (this can be whatever you would like)
    • Server: vpn.mydomain.com (ask your IT administrator if you are not sure)
    • Account: Your network login account
    • Password: Your network login password
    • Group Name: myvpn (ask network admin
    • Secret: ******* (once again ask your network admin)

4. Now you should be able to click save up in the corner and we are almost there.

5. You should now be able to go into Settings > General > Network > VPN  and slide the VPN switch to on. Once connected, you can use your favorite RDP client and remote your network PCs.