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June 29, 2014

App turns smartphones into a mouse

When the optical pointing device, commonly called a mouse, came into mainstream use with the arrival of the Macintosh computer in 1984, it revolutionized the way people interact with computers. The mouse allowed a more hands-on approach to computing, which most users find more intuitive.

Now, 30 years later, it’s time for another revolution in the way users interact with and control their computers. The era of the remote mouse has arrived and the only thing required will be a mobile smartphone and the remote mouse app.

What is Remote Mouse?

Remote Mouse is a mobile app that allows users to turn their smartphone into a mouse. Users control their computer by sending input from their smartphone app or tablet via wi-fi Internet connection. Think of it as a remote control for your computer. As long as your computer is turned on, connected to the Internet and has the remote mouse software installed, you will be able to access and control it with your phone using the same Internet connection. Perhaps, like me, you make presentations to audiences using PowerPoint or other software and you want a wireless mouse that you can use while walking around to advance your slides. I can’t stand still behind a podium and my phone is always with me, so it makes sense to use Remote Mouse for my iPhone.

How it works

The first step is to install the mobile app on the device you want to use as your remote mouse. The application is streamlined and only requires 5.1MB of storage. Next, install the Remote Mouse server application on any computers you wish to control. Open the server application on the computer, and then open the application on the mobile device. As long as both devices are currently connected to the same Internet connection, all a user has to do is click the “Start” button on the mobile app. The application will connect and the user is in control of the cursor of their computer via their phone.

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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