Best App To Remote Into A Windows PC From A Chromebook

Splashtop Personal (see links below) is the best app I have found that allows me to remote control into a Windows computer on my home network from my Chromebook. Splashtop Personal is FREE and will only work within the same LAN (local area network), such as what most of us have in our homes. One thing to point out… The steps below will also work from your Android phone or tablet.

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  1. If you own a Chromebook that supports running Android apps, download (and install) from the Google Play Store the Android App called Splashtop Personal – Remote Desktop. Open Splashtop and setup an account (requires that you enter an email and create password). You will be sent an authentication email to validate the account.
  2. On the Windows PC that you wish to control, download (and install) the  Splashtop Personal App for the version of Windows you are running. You will be required to enter the email and password again in order to make the connection.
  3. Once the above steps are completed, open the app on the Chromebook and you should see the Windows computer where the software was installed. Make the connection and you will see the Windows computer screen on your Chromebook. On the right bottom side of the screen you will see a darkened control module that will slide out (when clicked on) that will reveal a  bottom button menu and/or a top button menu. From these menus you can manage and control the connection and various options. One thing to point out… To open the “Windows Menu” and to show the “Taskbar” on the remote computer, open the top button menu and double click on the “Windows Start Menu” icon.

I have found “Splashtop” to be the best out there. When I am using “Splashtop”, I feel like I am on my Windows Computer when I remote in from my Chromebook… “Splashtop” also offers commercial versions of their remote software and apps that allow you to access a computer when outside of your home or business.

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Get Microsoft Edge for Android

I recently posted, “How To Get The NEW Microsoft Edge NOW…” for your computer; but, did you know you can also get the “NEW Microsoft Edge for Android“?  Well, you can; and, based on the customer review ratings to this point, it is going to be a winner.

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ntroducing the new Microsoft Edge . It’s time to expect more. More privacy. More control. More productivity. More value. Browse anywhere with one continuous experience from your phone to your computer and other signed-in devices. Microsoft Edge gives you the tools to protect your privacy online with features like tracking prevention, AdBlock Plus, and InPrivate mode. Organize the web in a way that cuts through the clutter, making it easier to find, view, and manage your content on-the-go. With world class compatibility, performance, and new features, the new Microsoft Edge is the only browser you’ll ever need.

Source: Microsoft Edge – Apps on Google Play

A Really Cool, FREE, Small, Fast and Handy Audio Player

If you are like me, I don’t like software with glut. Today I want to lead you to a small audio player, called 1by1, that does not depend on playlists and is crafted to play folder contents on your computer. 1by1 has been around for quite awhile and I am now seeing they also have an android app as well that is currently carrying a 4.6 review rating in the Google Play Store. The “1by1” file I downloaded (for Windows) was a self-extracting “exe” file and was flagged by Windows 10. It is safe to bypass that alert and extract the files to a folder.

1by1 is a small, fast and handy audio player which is not only small: it provides a smart and versatile environment to handle your file collection and listen to your tracks – with no need to fuddle with playlists or media databases. Play your folder contents one by one, enjoy the built in powerful audio enhancing, reorganize tracks temporarily. And with Resume play never lose your last play position.

Source: 1by1

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AES Crypt – Advanced File Encryption for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Python, PHP, and Java

AES Crypt is a FREE (open source) file encryption solution that is available on many OS platforms. On a Windows-based computer, simply install and when you need to encrypt or decrypt a file, right mouse click on the file and select AES Encrypt or AES Decrypt. I also found that after you encrypt a file, you can also easily decrypt the file by clicking on the file and the password window will be invoked. AES Crypt is a great option when you want to store sensitive files in the cloud.

If interested in using this software on your Android devices, visit the Google Play store on your device and perform a search for AES Crypt and you will find several Android apps that is compatible with this software.

Source: AES Crypt

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Lock Your Android Apps AND Protect Your Privacy With Norton App Lock

Nearly everyone that carries a smartphone has sensitive information on the phone. Typically this information is accessed by an app that is installed. Most folks don’t think about the security of this information until they misplace or lose the phone. For example, apps that store pictures, personal and financial information, and even control the devices in your home could be compromised if the phone ended up in the wrong hands. Yes, most folks password-protect their phones; but, many do not (which is a disaster waiting to happen). Even if you do password protect your phone there is a high probability that someone else, who wanted to compromise your phone’s information, would find a way to get to the information. It could even be someone you trust.

To give you a layer of protection, which is FREE, I suggest you take a look at Norton App Lock. Norton who has been around for years has developed an app lock that is more secure and not battery hungry compared to many of the app locks available where a crafty person can bypass the security.

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You can read more on Norton App Lock by clicking on the source link below, but in summary what this app does is give you the ability to password protect whatever app you want by assigning a PIN, Password or Pattern. For example, I assigned a PIN to my Gmail app on my phone. In order to launch and open the Gmail app, a PIN is required. I have also locked down other apps on my phone, as well. This added layer of security gives me a better feeling knowing my information is safe in the event the phone is compromised.

Source: Google Play Store – Norton App Lock

If you use Microsoft OneNote and OneDrive then you need Microsoft Lens…

This Android App (Microsoft Lens) is currently in beta but is one of the best document scanners out there. What impresses me is the accuracy of the scans (corner detection) and the clarity of the result. If you are in the world of Microsoft and use OneNote and OneDrive, this is a must-have app. When you complete a scan you are given the option to upload the scan (PDF or Image option) to OneNote, OneDrive or both. You can also convert the scan of a document to Microsoft Word or Powerpoint using OCR technology (Optical Character Recognition). Since this is in beta, you may have to sign up as a beta tester to download the app.

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Scan and upload all your notes, receipts, and documents. Increase your productivity by eliminating time spent looking for documents or business cards. Sketch your ideas and snap a picture for later. Whether you’re using it for business or education, Office Lens will help you save and share your documents in OneNote and OneDrive so you can all work together.

Source: Microsoft Office Lens – PDF Scanner – Apps on Google Play

The Best FREE Note Keeping App Out There…

For simple note keeping, I suggest you take a look at “Simplenote“… I have installed, uninstalled, reinstalled this application so many times that I cannot keep count; BUT, here I am back to it again. In reality, if you are tired of all the bells and whistles and want something that is “simple” (as the name implies) and is dog fast in terms of load time and searches, this is the note-keeping application to go with. It is a text-based application; but, you can use (learn) the very simple markdown language to make elements of a note standout. Simplenote has been around for years and is now being developed by “Automattic”, the developers of WordPress…

Simplenote is a cross-platform application that is available on iOS, Android, macOS, Windows,  Linux and on the WEB…

Source: Simplenote

Sharpen Up Your Scrabble Skills With This Android App

One of my favorite board games growing up was Scrabble; and, to this day it still is. It is the only game out there that will hold my attention. I have tried many of the Scrabble type games on the Google Play Store (including Hasbro’s version) and today I came across one called “CrossCraze“,  that not only is visually appealing; BUT, it is not constantly blinking ads while you are playing; and, is just plain fantastic. With CrossCraze you play against your device (at different difficulty levels) OR if you go with the PRO version you can play with another person by taking turns. My wife and I enjoy (together) trying to beat the device (such as the Tablet, Smartphone or Chromebook). I have installed and run the game on all three (Tablet, Smartphone and Tablet). Also, while checking out the developer’s website, I noticed there is a Windows version as well; however, you are limited to a trial run of 10 games. If you like playing Scrabble and want to sharpen up your skills, you may want to give this one a try!

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Source: Google Play Store – CrossCraze OR OrtSoftware (CrossCraze Web Site)

Get Started with “NoMachine” (remote access software)

Download and install the software for your operating system on the computer or device you are connecting from and on the Windows/Linux/Mac computer you want to connect to. You can easily share a remote desktop or control a server over any network. No matter where you are, NoMachine makes it safe and easy to quickly access a remote desktop within a few seconds.

NoMachine works on the following platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Raspberry Pi, and ARM

Source: NoMachine – Download Free Remote Desktop Access

Microsoft’s ‘Your Phone’ app now lets anyone make and receive calls from their PC | Windows Central

Microsoft’s Your Phone app is finally ready to add one of its biggest missing features: calling. The app already allows you to relay text messages, sync notifications, and share images between your phone and PC. Starting today, you’ll also be able to make and receive calls with a PC that’s connected to your Android phone.


Microsoft Your Phone calling

Source: Microsoft’s ‘Your Phone’ app now lets anyone make and receive calls from their PC | Windows Central

Today at “What’s On My PC” – This Smartphone Pedometer Will Help You Lose Weight

Today’s Thoughts From Rick – “This Smartphone Pedometer Will Help You Lose Weight”:

For the first time in my life I am actually focused on good eating habits (portion control) and exercising (walking) and it is working. One thing that is helping me, is a smartphone pedometer app, called “Pedometer – Step Counter Free & Calorie Burner“. There are many pedometer app selections at Google Play, but there is one app that I found that does not use a GPS Tracker (which will save you battery life) and is downright accurate. One feature that I really like is a widget that you can place on your screen to see how many steps you are taking in a day’s time. In my case, it is on my home screen, as a visual motivator, where I can easily see my step count during the day. All the features in this app are 100% free, but you may see that occasional popup ad. Also, no sign-in is required. Just install and start walking. Walking is one of the best exercises you can do…

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Today’s Tech News Briefs:

A new Facebook tool will let users transfer all their photos to other social media platforms and storage services like Google Photos; A new Google Photos feature uses the recipient’s Gmail address as a means of sending an image to someone and can be done by pressing on an image and tapping the ‘share’ option; AND,  Why 2020 Will Be the Year of 5G

Today’s Software Pick:

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro – Includes all the features of Windows 10 Home, plus business functionality for encryption, remote log-in, creating virtual machines, and more. With Windows 10 Pro, you’ll always have the latest features and security. Experience faster start-ups, a familiar yet expanded Start menu, and great new ways to get stuff done.

Today’s Android Pick:

WordPress – The mobile version of WordPress that allows you to share information to your WordPress site; make edits, etc…

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Today’s “How To” Pick:

How to transfer everything from your old Android phone to your new one – Getting a new phone is awesome, but transferring all of your data over from your old one isn’t. Luckily, it’s gotten a lot better than it used to be, and it doesn’t take too much work anymore. With a Google account and a little patience, you don’t need to be an Android whiz to ensure your stuff can easily transfer to a new phone… Continue Reading @ PCWorld

Today’s Amazon Deal (don’t know how long this deal will last):

Amazon has the Black+Decker 6″ Random Orbit Waxer / Polisher for $20 with free shipping on $25+ or with Prime.

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Today at “What’s On My PC” – Get The Comics Daily at GoComics

December 1, 2019

Today’s Thoughts From Rick –Get The Comics Daily at GoComics

A fond memory of mine, growing up, was getting the Sunday paper and taking out the section that contained the comics. Unlike today, back then the news really meant nothing to me; I just wanted the comics section. Today, I use an RSS Feed Reader (Inoreader) as my own customized type of newspaper and I needed a way to get that “comic’s fix” through an RSS feed. What I found was a website called GoComics that met that criteria. is the web’s largest catalog of syndicated newspaper strips, political cartoons, and webcomics, offering free new content every day. Iconic cartoons include Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, Ziggy, Dilbert and more… So, if you like reading comics, check out GoComics.

Today’s Tech News Briefs:

A guide that will help you make the right online TV service provider choice; Engineers at MIT have now created a device to trap carbon dioxide that is much less energy-intensive and costly than today’s technologies; AND, Researchers at Santa Fe Institute and Boston University looked into where you should park in that crowded parking lot, based on mathematics.

Today’s Software Pick:

Desktop Info – An application that displays system information on your desktop. It looks like wallpaper but stays resident in memory and updates in real-time. Perfect for quick identification and walk-by monitoring of production or test server farms or any computer you’re responsible for. Uses very little memory and nearly zero CPU. Everything is customizable…

Today’s Android Pick:

Microsoft Edge – A secure web browser lets you search the web, block ads, and view pages with a reading view. Personalize your browsing experience with favorites, reading lists and saved passwords to get the browsing experience you like best. Use voice search to search the web just by speaking to your phone. With image search, you can search the web for results based on a photo or image.

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Today’s “How To” Pick:

How to Avoid Snooping on Hotel Wi-Fi and Other Public Networks – Your neighbors in the hotel could snoop on your web activity. If you’re using an open Wi-Fi network at an airport or in a coffee shop, people nearby can also snoop on you there… Continue Reading @ How To Geek

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Today’s Amazon Deal (don’t know how long this deal will last):

Get the Garmin Vívoactive 3 GPS Smartwatch with Heart Rate Monitor, 2017 model for $100 with free shipping…

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FitzyTV’s Apps Have Been Suspended By Google & Amazon Over a ‘Legal Dispute’ – Cord Cutters News

One of my favorite apps…

Do you use the FitzyTV app to DVR your streamed content? You may have noticed that the app is no longer available on the Amazon App Store or the Goole Play Store. Cord Cutters News reached out to FitzyTV for comment, and they responded, saying that the app was suspended on Amazon and Google due to a “legal dispute” with Adobe.

Continue Reading @Cordcutters

Today at “What’s On My PC” – How to get to the Gboard settings on Android

November 24, 2019

Today’s Thoughts From Rick (How to get to the Gboard settings on Android):

As I continue down that path of the Android OS on my smartphone, I am continually finding new features, etc… that typically are not evident to the naked eye. Most folks will never go beyond what they are seeing. An area that I struggled with (and have no idea why) was trying to locate the settings on Gboard. Gboard is typically the keyboard that is installed on many Android phones (by default) and is a keyboard app developed by Google. I actually like it; especially, after I figured out how to get to the Gboard settings (where I can install themes, change the size of the keyboard, etc…). After I did figure this out I became curious and wanted to know if Google has a Gboard support site (???) and they do (click here); AND, from that support site here are the steps to get into the Gboard settings after you have the keyboard opened up on your phone:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open any app that you can type with, like Gmail or Keep.
  2. Tap where you can enter text.
  3. At the top left of the keyboard, tap Open features menu Open features menu.
  4. Tap More More and then Settings Settings.
  5. Choose which settings to turn on, like Glide typingText correction, and Voice typing.

Today’s Tech News Briefs:

How to slash your phone bill down to less than $7 a month; I don’t know about you, but if my Google account was banned it would turn my life upside down; AND, Yahoo is streaming both tomorrow’s Seahawks vs. Eagles game and Monday’s game between the Ravens and Rams via Yahoo Sports for free.

Today’s Software Pick:

Shortcuts for Google – If you are locked into the Google ecosystem, this Google Chrome browser extension is your baby. Display all Google™ services as buttons in a space-saving popup next to your address bar. Reach services like Gmail, Google Reader, Google Maps, Google Calendar, and many more in just two clicks from your browser. The extension includes more than 500 Google services and websites.

Today’s Android Pick:

Reading Glasses – No more squinting to read that menu or pulling out that credit card sized magnifying glass from your wallet. Use your phone to magnify what you want to see. Reading Glasses provides a variable zoom and a flashlight, so you increase the magnification to a level you feel comfortable with and add a little light to dark situations.

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Today’s “How To” Pick:

How to Change the Desktop Background in Windows 10 – On your Windows 10 desktop, a background, also known as wallpaper, is simply the picture covering your desktop, behind the icons. To change it, follow these steps…

Click the drop-down list to choose between covering your desktop background with pictures or colors.

Today’s Amazon Deal (don’t know how long this deal will last):

Great Savings on this Logitech G502 SE Hero High Performance RGB Gaming Mouse with 11 Programmable Buttons (Special Edition, 910-005728) for $35 with free shipping…

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