Free and affordable software to sync your work and your life

These downloadable utilities will keep your many computers talking -- and keep your work and personal life on track.

By Preston Gralla, PC World |  Software, free software, utilities

With this great software, you can take control of your PC remotely, from another computer or device, just as if you were sitting in front of it. You simply install LogMeIn on both devices, and then connect to the computer you want to control over the Internet, via encrypted access. The software works with PCs, Macs, and iOS and Android devices. The basic service is free, but some versions cost extra; for example, to control your PC from an iOS device, you have to pay $30 for the LogMeIn Ignition iOS app.

X1 Mobile Search

Want to use your iOS or Android device to search for and access files on your PC or Mac? Use X1 Mobile Search. Install the free X1 Mobile Connect on your PC or Mac, and put the $15 X1 Mobile Search on your mobile device. Once both programs are in place, you can make the connection from your mobile device to your PC or Mac, and quickly grab the files you want.

Playing Music in the Cloud

Here's a common problem: You have a big music collection on your PC or Mac, but you can't listen to it on your smartphone or another computer. Fortunately, a nifty solution is a download away.

Google Music

Google Music lets you enjoy your tunes just about anywhere. Download the free Music Manager software, which uploads your songs to Google's cloud service, and then you can play those songs on any computer with Internet access, or via an Android app. You can also download free music tracks from the Google Music service, or buy tracks, and they'll be available in your cloud-based collection as well. You can store up to 20,000 of your own songs, plus whatever you buy or download from the Google Music service. It plays all popular file types, including Windows Media Audio (.wma) files--which rival Amazon Cloud Music Player won't play.


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