Remote controlling your desktop PC from your smartphone probably isn’t something you need to do very often. But from time to time it’s nice to be able to login from your phone and grab a file, open a document, or maybe even watch a video that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to access on your phone.
There’s no shortage of third-party apps that let you use your phone to control a PC. But we’re starting to see first-party solutions as well. Google recently launched Chrome Remote Desktop to let Android users remote control desktops with the Chrome web browser. And now Windows Phone 8.1 users can use Microsoft’s Remote Desktop app… although it’s still in beta.
What’s a little odd is that Microsoft has been offering similar software for other platforms for months.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Microsoft releases preview of Remote Desktop app for Windows Phone 8.1
Microsoft has been offering remote desktop apps for Android and iOS since the fall of 2013. Now there’s finally an app for Windows Phone. [ZDNet]
- Now you can run beta versions of OS X for free
Want to try out beta versions of OS X? Now you can register as a developer and take them for a spin without paying $99. [Slashdot]
- Zeco CX5 is a 720p projector powered by Android and a Rockchip RK3188 processor
This projector might not be as compact as the ZTE Projector Hotspot, but it can handle 720p video output, has a decent range of ports, and has the guts of a cheap but reasonably powerful Android tablet. [AndroidPC.es]
- Moto G helps Motorola sell 6.5 million phones in Q1
That’s the good news. The bad news is that the Moto G is a cheap phone, and while phone shipments are up, Motorola actually lost more money during the quarter.
- LG-V400 and LG-V700 tablets show up at the FCC, could be new 7 and 10 inch G Pad tablets?
The two unannounced tablet showed up at the FCC recently, but aside from a label drawing, there aren’t a lot of details. The drawing does make it clear that we’re looking at tablets rather than phones, though. [Notebook Italia]
- Ubuntu 14.10 will be code-named Utopic Unicorn
Who says Ubuntu code names need to be based on *real* animals? Anyone remember Jaunty Jackalope? [Mark Shuttleworth]
- OnePlus One and Oppo Find 7a compared (video)
The new OnePlus One might look a bit familiar: It has a similar design and similar specs to the Oppo Find 7a. But it’s cheaper, has different software, and lacks a few things you get with the Oppo device including a removable battery and a microSD card slot. Here are the two phones in a side-by-side comparison. [Android Authority YouTube channel]