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Device Synergy – Your Computers, Smartphone and Beyond

Mobile devices have become an almost inseparable part of our daily lives. We stay “connected” almost 24/7 with smartphones, smartwatches, tablets, smart home automation, and even our vehicles! That pervasiveness leads to a dilemma for many of us: How do we keep the information current between our devices and computers?

The best way to sync & share your data between devices is to utilize a platform that supports all of your data entry points (i.e laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc.). Currently there are many ways to achieve this synergy. This article will cover a few of the more popular/proven environments.

Google Drive

We’ve talked about different features of Google Drive in previous articles. One of it’s biggest features is that you can access, create, or edit your documents wherever, whenever, from nearly any device that can access the Internet! Example: You create a document Friday at work on your desktop computer. Later at home, you’re watching a movie on your tablet when an idea hits you, so you pause the movie and pull up the document on your tablet to update it with the new info. Saturday you’re out with the kids when your manager sends a request for a last minute change to the document so he can send it to a prospective client. You quickly pull it up on your smartphone, make the change, and inform him that it’s done. It is hard to be more connected than that!

Cloud Storage

While you can’t create or edit documents with them (yet), Cloud storage platforms let you access your files from any device that can run a browser (i.e. Chrome, Edge, Firefox, etc.). This is extremely convenient of you have to frequently share files with coworkers or others. The major contenders in this category are Dropbox (arguably the pioneer of cloud storage for the masses), Box, Google Drive, and OneDrive. Other companies, like Amazon, have started offering cloud storage as one of many features.

Note Taking Apps

Another way to have information accessible by multiple devices is to use a note-taking app. These are applications that let you store information typically in freeform, in “mini documents” that can be accessed by any device running the associated app or in most cases a browser. Some of these apps also let you do things like store videos, audio, pictures, bookmarks, and websites. The leaders in this genre are Evernote, OneNote, and Google Keep. There are many other apps available ranging from the multi-featured to the super simple, so finding one with a specific set of features that appeals to you shouldn’t be hard. This category of apps is perfect for spontaneous jotting down of quick notes or info you want to recall later. They function much like a digital notebook.

The Future

With mobile computing leading the way, access to information “on demand” is where the computer technology, telecommunications, and even social media are converging, and it will only get easier to have the world of information (especially yours) at your fingertips.

Geek Easy Computers understands the needs of today’s connected society and is committed to making your technology easier! Let us help you stay connected!

me_smile Adonis Pointer is a photographer, a collector of vintage razors, and a certified technology geek!

Adonis has been involved in computer technology since well, a LONG time! He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the industry from sales to repair to training to consulting. As the Social Media Manager he writes the majority of the posts on the Geek Easy Computers blog.

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