The move to digital media means that we are all increasingly finding our desktop computers are becoming multimedia hubs in our homes. And while it’s great that you can store thousands of albums’ worth of music on a PC, it’s not quite so convenient to access – you don’t want to spend a relaxing evening sat at your desk fiddling with iTunes, after all.
That’s where Gmote comes in. This fantastic app acts as a full multimedia remote control for your PC.
It comes in two parts – the Market app for your phone, and a small server app to be installed on your computer (it is available for Windows, Mac and Linux from www.gmote.org).
So long as both apps are running and both machines connected to the same Wi-Fi router then getting the two connected is relatively easy and requires nothing in the way of technical knowledge to do. From there you can control things such as iTunes, skipping tracks and accessing playlists, or run the VLC video player (also available on all three platforms).
If you’ve got a small computer attached to your TV, or large speakers attached to your PC then the app really comes into its own as a media remote.
Yet there’s more as well. The streaming capabilities of the app enable you to stream music or video (in certain formats) from your computer to your phone, the former being especially good for Barbecues in the garden in summer.