RemoteToPC – Remote Support Tools made for IT people

RemoteToPC is unique remote support software designed specifically for IT people.  The genesis of RemoteToPC was in January 2014 when LogMeIn first began to charge for its previously free remote desktop access application. So they began an effort to create an alternative to LogMeIn.

The brainchild of Steve and Aaron White (a Texas based father and son IT and programming team), RemoteToPC started out to be different from other remote support tool solutions. “We wanted to be different. We wanted it to be affordable, easy to use, and offer things no other product did” said Steve White, the President of RemoteToPC. “We actually offer basic remote monitoring and alerts built into every install. So, not only do you get remote PC access, you have active monitoring of core metric data such as CPU, RAM, and Disk.”

RemoteToPC looks similar to LogMeIn Central in its web based “Command Center”, but then there is more of a TeamViewer feel inside of a remote access session. The pricing is annual and based solely on the number of remote end-points. Other than user-management, and Heartbeat monitoring (monitoring servers up/down status) offered exclusively in the Enterprise level plans, all plans offer the same feature set, including unlimited concurrent sessions.

Prices start at $99 per year for a 10-remote computer plan $299 for a “Enterprise level” 100-remote computer plans, $899 per year for a 500-remote computer plan, and so on.

As of the writing of this article an Android join client was just being released. “We’re continually adding features. Android is first, Mac and iPhone support is next” said Aaron White, CTO and chief developer of RemoteToPC.

Other features not currently offered at the time of this article include Remote Printing, Wake-Up-On-Lan, and Mac support.

With a chief nemesis of the remote access juggernaut LogMeIn in their sites, this startup has a long road to climb, but if LogMeIn raises prices again in 2018, that will do nothing but help accelerate their ascent, particularly in the IT or MSP world.  Worldwide the Tech sector is one of the most rapidly growing sectors, and that includes remote tech support, or support gigs as the gig economy expands. In 2013 (a year before RemoteToPC began), Gartner said that IT service management software for MSPs and midmarket business was estimated to be a $10 billion market segment, or over 55% of the worldwide ITOM (IT Operations Management) software market. As of 2017 that estimate is now over $14 billion.

RemoteToPC says they are growing and they currently have happy customers all over the world.  One of the things we’re wondering is will they raise prices as new features become available? “No, there are no plans to at this time. Even if we do, we’re always going to keep lower than companies like LogMeIn. That’s part of our purpose. To make an affordable remote support software. That’s the reason we started.” said Steve White.

With that kind of philosophy as part of their startup vision, RemoteToPC’s tagline of “Made by IT people for IT people” makes sense.

Redefining Hands-free: What Is Alexa Skill Development?

AlexalogoIf development is a race, technology leads the game. Seemingly, every few years, a new innovation is introduced that makes the then unimaginable, apparently possible. Looking back, when Siri was first introduced as the interactive artificial intelligence for Apple phones and laptops, the idea of tapping applications and typing suddenly seemed tedious. However, while everyone else is still battling with the limitations of voice command, Amazon introduces Alexa.

Alexa is the brain that runs Amazon Echo, an innovative technological gadget like Apple or Google Watch that caters to various user needs. However, if your hands are full, Echo does not need any taps, clicks or presses since voice commands are enough to get the brains running. With all the available tools and possibilities, what is Alexa skill development and what does it mean to communications in general?

One of the main applications of the Alexa technology aside from home and personal assistance is in business. Many customer-oriented companies have already integrated skills into the Alexa platform to be able to improve personalized customer relations. There is a massive number of skills that can be customized to cater to different requirements and purposes for the service industry and the field of design and innovations.

With Alexa skill development, the limitations of voice-prompted commands and services are able to turn into possibilities. While designers see this as a venture into the future of the utilization of artificial intelligence in developing smart gadgets, homes and businesses see this as an empowerment to their craft and services especially on how it improves efficiency.

The elaboration to what is Alexa skill development depends on customization and demands of each user or business applications. Basically, what it does is it continues a culture of constant enhancement and breakthroughs to make commands more precise and reduce errors.

Not a long time ago, the advent of smartphones greatly influenced the mode, technique, and value of communications. More so than before, this concept aids ease of access, hands-free technology, and innovative interaction.

With this rise in voice computing, doors have certainly opened to numerous possibilities in terms of other wide-scale applications. At the same time, while the Alexa may not be as refined and improvements are still necessary for more complex commands, there is no doubt that it has a lot to offer to the future of modern communications and redefine standards of lifestyle in the long run.

New Speech To Text App For Windows 10

SpeechToText Pro is an easy way to convert your spoken words into text on your Windows 10 Mobile or Desktop device. This app combines Cortana’s voice recognition services and remote web services for more accurate conversions, and this lessens the impact on your system’s resources making it quite light weight.

For a speech to text app it has minimal layout, with most of its features convered in one screen.

It can recognize most of the words that a user can say in a language that has Cortana support and is optimized for short phrases. Presently, Cortana is available in English, Chinese (simplified), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese. Cortana is also optimized for several regions associated with these languages.

Even specific names of people, places, events, products and concepts are recognized and there is support for punctuation. For example, the phonetic transcription of “the global average surface temperature rose point six to point nine degrees celsius comma or one point one degrees fahrenheit period roughly thirty percent of incoming sunlight is reflected back into space” is captured as ‘The global average surface temperature rose .6 to .9 degrees Celsius, or .1 degrees Fahrenheit. Roughly 30% of incoming sunlight is reflected back into space.’ Not bad!

The generated content can be edited, copied to the clipboard with a single button click, saved as an HTML or text file, opened from a previous save to continue from where you left off, or sent as an email. It can also be played back with a male or female Cortana voice that is capable of inflection.

SpeechToText Pro has a free trial version with the full version of the app priced at $2.49.

Good speech to text software lets you bypass typing. If you write articles, eBooks, website content or many emails, SpeechToText Pro can save you many hours each month. Because voice recognition is done by remote web services that then return the result to the device, an internet connection is required by this app. The benefits are a light footprint on your device and improving accuracy over time as the remote web services gain experience with a wide variety of users’ voices.