One of the most useful iPhone apps in the iTunes App Store is Simplify Music 2. This product lets you remotely access tunes on your home computer (or the computers of your friends, if they're willing to share) through your iPhone wherever you have WiFi or 3G access.

One of the most useful iPhone apps in the iTunes App Store is Simplify Music 2. This product lets you remotely access tunes on your home computer (or the computers of your friends, if they're willing to share) through your iPhone wherever you have WiFi or 3G access.

But what if you don't have an iPhone? And even if you do have an iPhone, what if you want to access files other than music via a WiFi connection?

Pogoplug (available for $99 at pogoplug.com) is a gadget that connects any USB 2.0 hard drive or thumb drive to the internet so its content can be accessed and shared from any PC, Mac, Netbook or iPhone in the world. In fact, if you use a USB hub, you can share multiple hard drives using this product.

The setup is quite simple and literally takes less than 30 seconds. You connect the Pogoplug, which is shaped like a box of Crayolas (24 count), to your drive. The Pogoplug then connects to a power outlet and your internet router.

Once you create a free account at Pogoplug.com and enter the unique identifier number on your gadget, you'll be able to access the files, videos and photos on that drive through most any web browser, including Internet Explorer (version 7 and above), Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera.

There's even an app that lets you access certain of those files from an iPhone, as well as transfer photos to or from your iPhone and the USB hard drive.

The folks at Pogoplug advise that more add-ons will be coming, allowing more expandability over the web by connecting your files and media directly to popular sites for backup, file synchronization and photo printing.

If you want to see how the sharing side of the Pogoplug works, I've given you access to some of my own photos. Go to the online version of this column at ColumbusAlive.com for a link to pictures of Chip the Gadget Dog, a former member of the Dew Ice Crew at Nationwide Arena and a Blue Jackets action shot from last year - all via a Pogoplug connected to my home USB drive.

Our world gets more and more digitally connected every day. The Pogoplug is the latest gadget to tap into this brave new world.

Got a gadget question or a high-tech toy to recommend? E-mail gspot@columbusalive.com