If you have found Opera's Unite feature particularly useful, you may be disappointed that the company decided to pull the plug on the technology and remove if from the browser in the near future. Opera Unite basically allows Opera users to run server apps in the web browser. Apps include file sharing, streaming media, a local web proxy, a web server or a photo sharing application.
With Opera Unite as good as gone, it is time to look at alternatives. Tonido, which I only discovered recently could prove to be a viable option in this regard. While not as flexible as Opera Unite in terms of offered applications and services, the service does come with a robust framework that is making available several core features that made Unite great.
The core Tonido makes available local files on a local area network, the Internet and on mobile phones. In addition to that, the company has released several apps that extend the service's feature beyond that. And this is where it gets interesting. The following applications are available to free users of Tonido:
Additional applications are available for Pro users who pay a yearly fee to use the service.Pro users get access to advanced web sharing features, like password protection of shares, WebDAV mounting, guest accounts with file upload rights or document editing capabilities. They in addition get access to a DLNA Media Server for gaming systems like Microsoft's Xbox 360 or Sony's Playstation 3, and the ability to mount Tonido as a drive.
You may have noticed that Tonido shares some apps with Opera Unite, but that there are still many that it does not make available.
Tonido does have other things going for it though. It is available for multiple platforms, Windows, Linux and Mac, as well as all major mobile phone operating systems (Blackberry, iOS, Windows Phone and Android). You also get your own subdomain that you can connect to in a web browser of your choice to access files and apps remotely. Access is protected by a password, and I'd strongly suggest you pick a strong one to avoid unauthorized access to your files and apps.
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