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Archive for July, 2010

Posted by at 29 July , 2010

New release – leaving iOS 3.1 behind…

This week has been a busy one – we have released a new update for our iPhone app, based on the same code we use in our iPad app. With this new release, we are seeing a few crashes with some really old versions of the iPhone OS – like version 3.1 or earlier. So, if you update to our current version, please be sure you update your iPhone OS to the current version first.

Tips for New Customers: Login is Case SensiTive

  • Login is case-sensitive (a few folks got confused because they capitalized a letter in their email address in the registration form, and was not in the login form – they must be the exactly the same)
  • The control bar is in ‘semi-transparent’ mode by default – harder to see until you know it’s there. The button to open the keyboard is in the top left.
  • Touchscreen mode is OFF by default. This means you can move the cursor with taps and swipes like you would with a regular mouse (this is typical of most VNC- or RDP type applications like LogMeIn). Tap the Settings icon (middle icon on the control bar – looks like a gear) to try in Touchscreen mode
  • To exit Settings, tap the settings icon again

More updates as they come along…

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Posted by at 27 July , 2010

At long last, our new iPad app has been approved and is available for purchase in the iTunes Appstore. We have been receiving many requests for an iPad version of our app from customers who have the iPhone/iPod Touch version of our app. (When using the iPhone app on an iPad, of course you don’t benefit from the iPad’s large, hi-res screen.)

Here’s the link to the app in iTunes:

AlwaysOnPC for iPad

AlwaysOnPC for iPad

Please let us know if you have feedback. Here’s a brief list of feedback and known issues.

- Need better awareness of settings – especially “touchscreen on/off”. Settings are the middle button on the control bar. Also, the control bar is in “semi-transparent” mode by default, so it can be hard to see depending on what is open in the background on your screen.

- Keyboard button was hard to find – its the leftmost button on the control bar at the top of the screen.

- Tap “i” on the control bar for help

- Touchscreen mode (found in settings): By default, this app has Touchscreen off, which means you are navigating the arrow like a mouse would, by touch and drag. This was noticed most when trying to scroll. Although you can scroll (a web page for example) using the two-finger swipe, it may seem reversed compared to the usual iPhone touchscreen habits (swipe down causes you to scroll down instead of up like on Safari). We’re working on finding a better solution for this that balances intuitiveness relative to the native iPhone commands with the powerful features available when touchscreen is off (which I’ve informally dubbed “mouse mode’), like Right-click (two finger tap), hover (tooltips etc.), and tap-drag moving and window sizing.

In the future we would like to merge the apps into one, but for technical reasons we are stuck with two separate apps for now.

That’s all for now – I’ll post the official press release when it goes out on the wire…

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Posted by at 16 July , 2010

Yep, we’ve been busy. In addition to our upcoming iPad release, we are also releasing AlwaysOnPC for Android phones. This video provides a sneak peek of our new Android app running on a Motorola Droid. It shows a quick overview of the main differences from the iPhone versions of AlwaysOnPC client, as well as a few of the features like Open Office for editing Word, Excel, and Powerpoint docs, FireFox with Flash, Dropbox, running on our Android app.

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Posted by at 16 July , 2010

This exclusive sneak peek video shows the new AlwaysOnPC for iPad app demonstrating some of the Open office features like editing a spreadsheet, copy/pasting to a Powerpoint and saving.This exclusive sneak peek video shows the new AlwaysOnPC for iPad app demonstrating some of the OpenOffice features like editing an Excel spreadsheet, copy/pasting to a Powerpoint, etc.

The iPad has proven to be a truly great device with a beautiful, high-resolution screen, ideal for AlwaysOnPC. As iPad has gained popularity, we’ve had some customers buy our iPhone app for use on iPad. But like all iPhone apps that are not built for iPad, you simply get the “2X” zoom of the regular iPhone app – not ideal. In fact, this lead to a few comments, like “AlwaysOnPC needs an iPad-optimized version!”   Well, we’ve been listening!

The iPad application due to launch **very** soon.
Enjoy.

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Posted by at 16 July , 2010

When you’re on the road – whether for a pleasurable vacation, or a business trip – there seems to be an endless array of ways to stay in touch. But not all of Internet access methods are created equal in terms of keeping your browsing, identity, and accounts secure. Here are a few things to watch out for, and ways to avoid them:

Unsecure WiFi connections – Isn’t it great when you flip open your laptop or iPhone/iTouch and find a free WiFi signal – whether from your hotel, friends house, or even some unknown connection nearby. But BEWARE! If that connection is not secure (e.g. has the little “lock” symbol on it) someone can “sniff” your connection and see everything you do online.

Internet Cafes – these can be really convenient when you don’t have a laptop (or its too awkward to lug around!). However, these places are NOT secure. You really don’t have any control over who can monitor your browsing, text chats, logins, and everything else you do online.

AlwaysOnPC to the Rescue:


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Posted by at 16 July , 2010


How to use the xMarks FireFox Addon with AlwaysOnPC so you can Browse From Your iPhone as Easily and Securely as You Do at Home With All Your Remembered Passwords and Bookmarks

It sure is nice to be able to use my iPhone browser from wherever I am for quick tasks like online banking, checking a statement – even my daughter’s school has an online system where I can check her grades on recent assignments. But when I started trying to use it for such tasks, I was quickly astounded at just how much I relied on my trusty home PC browser to remember bookmarks and passwords for me. (For me, just typing on the iPhone is a hassle– but that’s another topic for another post…)

Well, fortunately AlwaysOnPC supports a full PC-class browser, right from your iPhone: One of the (many) great things about FireFox is the wealth of add-ons you can get – most for free! I found the perfect add-on to solve my browsing password dilemma: xMarks Bookmark and password sync’ing.


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