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September 30, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk Tech News: How to Sync Your PC, Tablet, and Smartphone Tech News: How to Sync Your PC, Tablet, and Smartphone What Do You Need to Sync? A few years ago business people carried a laptop on the road, used a desktop PC in the office, and Before you start downloading a bunch of cloud- worked on another PC at home. Maybe they had a connected apps, take a second to lay out your needs. BlackBerry, too–but only if they were real big shots. For example, if you mostly work at home, and you attend relatively few meetings, you might not need to sync your calendar across multiple devices. If you’re a writer or some other creative type on the These days almost go, you may want a way to log your constant stream everyone has a smart- of ideas electronically. If you’re working on a joint phone, whether it runs project, you may need to share a variety of docu- Android, iOS, Windows ments with your colleagues. Phone 7, or BlackBerry OS. You may also carry a tablet with a different OS Another key point is to understand which of your than your phone. And you might pack an ultralight platforms need to share data, and which types of MacBook Air in addition to your Windows-based data you need to share. For example, I have a Wi- computer at home or at the office. Fi-only iPad 2 that I use exclusively as an email and Web-browsing tool; I don’t really need to access my Managing those disparate devices, with their assor- work data with it, though I do use it infrequently ted operating systems, applications, and connecti- as a note-taking tool. vity options, can be a nightmare. But with the right mix of software and services, you can easily handle If you work in a corporate environment, you have multiple platforms and integrate your data. to take your company’s IT policies into considera- tion, as well. Your IT managers may have their own I use several platforms. At home, I’m on Windows ideas about which kinds of information the company 7, when I’m working on my desktop PC. For travel, wants living in the cloud versus on its own servers. I recently shifted to a MacBook Air running Mac Be sure to touch base with your IT department if OS X Lion. I also have an iPad 2, which I use mostly you think you might want to share potentially sen- for occasional email checking and Web browsing. sitive or proprietary information across devices or My main mobile phone is an iPhone–but a Droid X, platforms. which runs Android, has replaced my office landline.joliprint The bottom line is that your integration needs will As you can see, I own a fairly eclectic mix of devices vary depending on what you do, how much you and platforms. It’s quite a juggling act, keeping all of travel, and which platforms you carry with you. them in sync. Thanks to some useful applications, With that in mind, it’s time to take a look at a few Printed with though, it gets much easier. http://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/tech-news-how-to-sync-your-pc-tablet-and-smartphone/ Page 1
September 30, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk Tech News: How to Sync Your PC, Tablet, and Smartphone different scenarios, as well as applications that might load and install Windows Live Mesh. That isn’t a be useful in each case. bad thing, though, as Live Mesh also lets you share more than just IE settings: You can sync Office tem- plates across computers, and also sync important folders with Windows Live SkyDrive, Microsoft’s See Also: cloud-storage service. Syncing Browser Data Syncing Notes It’s easy to sync Evernote’s Web all Chrome set- interface.Pe- tings and book- rhaps you just marks.Maybe want to keep you don’t notes across create a ton of multiple de- documents, vices, but you but you are a don’t always heav y- duty work in the Web user. For- same location. tunately, all the Maybe you’re out shopping, and an idea comes to major browsers now allow you to sync bookmarks, you, so you need to jot it down on the notepad in passwords, and other data across platforms. Google your mobile phone. Or maybe you’ve settled into Chrome is the most transparent, assuming that you your airliner seat, and you want to enter a quick have a Gmail login–just enable sync under the ‘Per- note on your smartphone before shutting it down sonal Stuff’ tab on the Chrome options panel. for takeoff. Firefox is more painful to sync: You have to enter a In this case, one of the best online choices is Ever- special passcode on all systems where you wish to note. A free note-taking application at first glance, enable Firefox Sync. It’s enough of an annoyance Evernote is actually a cloud-based service. Every that it’s one reason I generally avoid using Firefox time you write a note in Evernote, your local note- now. book syncs up with the Web-based version. Ever- note also manages to maintain a consistent interface Sync your IE across its desktop, Web, and laptop versions, though settings using the mobile versions do look different Windows Live Mesh.You can Evernote offers a slick array of options that can helpjoliprint sync Internet you integrate it into different platforms. An Outlook Explorer book- plugin, for instance, lets you easily add email entries marks, but the to Evernote. You can have multiple notebooks, share task requires specific notebooks with other users, and add tags Printed with you to down- http://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/tech-news-how-to-sync-your-pc-tablet-and-smartphone/ Page 2
September 30, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk Tech News: How to Sync Your PC, Tablet, and Smartphone to entries. Evernote even has a small marketplace music, movies, Word/Excel/PowerPoint documents, of Evernote-related applications. PDFs, and so on), or send a file to another app that can better handle that file’s format. Another sharing tool is Live Mesh, which I mentio- Managing Documents Across Devices ned previously in the section on browser-sync tools. Although it’s more Windows-centric, Windows Live You prepare a lot of do- Mesh also runs on Macs. The only mobile devices it cuments, but moving currently supports are Windows Phone 7 handsets, them back and forth but Android and iOS clients are in development. between different plat- forms can be a chore. Not to worry, however: You have a few different Creating and Editing Office Documents on ways to sync your documents, depending on whether the Go you need to be able to create and edit them on each of your devices, or whether you can get by with What if you need to create and edit on multiple editing files on PCs and simply viewing them on platforms? Even if you usually start your Microsoft your smartphone or tablet. Office documents on a desktop PC, sometimes you’ll want to make changes when you’re viewing them For instance, if you primarily edit and create on a on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Windows PC but you need to view documents on non-Windows platforms, you’ll probably do fine Syncing related devices, such as a Windows Phone 7 with Dropbox, a cloud-based storage application handset and a Windows PC, is fairly straightforward. and service. Dropbox creates a folder on your sys- In that case you’re likely running Office–and with tem that you can share with other devices, using a tools such as Live Mesh or Dropbox, you can easily Dropbox account you create. You can specify folders move documents back and forth. However, this ar- for sharing with other users, too. It’s easy and simple. rangement assumes that you have client software You get 2GB of free storage, but prices increase ra- running on both your PC and your mobile device. pidly after that: The next tier is 50GB and costs $10 per month. (You can increase your free storage by If you have a mix of Mac OS, iOS, and Windows de- referring other users.) Dropbox is great because it vices, you can still use Microsoft Office or Office-like works across most platforms–I have Dropbox run- tools. Versions of Office run on Mac OS and Windows, ning on Mac OS, Windows 7, Windows Vista, iOS, allowing easy document exchange. For instance, I and Android. have Mac Office 11 on the MacBook Air, Office 2010 for Windows on my desktop PCs, and Quickoffice On Windows and Mac OS, Dropbox creates a folder HD on my iPad. (I don’t have Quickoffice for the that behaves just as any other data folder does, but iPhone, because I use my phone mainly for brow-joliprint any document you place in the Dropbox folder be- sing, not editing.) Quickoffice is also available for comes available across all your Dropbox-enabled Android devices. devices. Dropbox is an app on Android and iOS, but you still have access to all your files through the app; Google Docs lets Printed with you can use it to read common formats (images, you edit and http://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/tech-news-how-to-sync-your-pc-tablet-and-smartphone/ Page 3
September 30, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk Tech News: How to Sync Your PC, Tablet, and Smartphone share files easily, but you must be connected to the You sync your Internet.But you might not want to pay for client contacts and software on multiple systems–that can get expensive, calendar with fast. You can save money by sticking to a cloud-based your iOS de- office suite. The downside of such services, of course, vice on a per- is that if you aren’t connected to the Internet, you device level.If don’t have access to the apps. Also, if the cloud ser- you’re running vice itself is down, then none of your devices can some flavor of use the service. Microsoft Of- fice, syncing On the upside, using cloud-based services is chea- the calendar per than buying several office suites (at their most and contact basic level, the services are usually free), and you manager on can more easily share documents with other people. your PC with those on your The granddaddy of these services–in product matu- smartphone has become a little easier: A number rity, if not age–is Google Docs. It’s free for individual of iOS and Android tools can sync Office schedules users; paid subscriptions, plus support, are offered and contacts with mobile devices. for businesses. On the iOS side, syncing is built in, though you do Microsoft has a similar service called Office Live; it need to run iTunes. You have to sync your contacts works well, but the individual apps are a little less and calendar on a per-device level, so if you have elegant than Google Docs. Microsoft also provides both an iPad and iPhone, you’ll need to set them Office 365, a paid version. Office 365 is a more-robust up individually. package for small businesses, integrating a host of client- and cloud-based applications, but it requires MyPhoneExplo- a per-user monthly subscription. rer offers one way to get your Overall, sharing and editing office documents Android phone is much easier today than it was even two years to sync with ago. Getting everything to flow in both directions Outlook .An- seamlessly still takes a little time and effort. But droid gets a document syncing is more powerful now, and it little tricky–on makes working across long distances much easier. this platform, you need a third-party app to sync contacts and appointments with Outlook. One app I’ve found that works well Syncing Contacts and Calendars is MyPhoneExplorer. You have to install both thejoliprint MyPhoneExplorer app on your Android device and Of all the usage scenarios, this one may be the most client software on your PC. The user interface is a difficult to deal with. But the problem itself is ea- little 20th century; once configured, however, the sier to parse when it comes to platforms. Business app seems to work well. Printed with users often work with three devices: a desktop PC, a laptop, and a smartphone. http://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/tech-news-how-to-sync-your-pc-tablet-and-smartphone/ Page 4
September 30, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk Tech News: How to Sync Your PC, Tablet, and Smartphone It’s a Multiplatform World Even if you religiously stick with one brand in order to minimize integration hassles, you may still need to work with other platforms. Fortunately, with the right tools it’s not hard to ensure that all of your documents and devices integrate seamlessly. CloudTag: Sync , PC , Tablet , Smartphone , samsung nc10 laptop battery , Hp 530 laptop battery , Toshiba pa3399u-2brs laptop battery , Acer as07b41 batteries Did you enjoy this post? Why not leave a com- ment below and continue the conversation, or subscribe to my feed and get articles like this de- livered automatically to your feed reader.joliprint Printed with http://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/tech-news-how-to-sync-your-pc-tablet-and-smartphone/ Page 5