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Myths and Facts: How Does AirPrint Work?

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Apple’s iOS 4.2 update comes with AirPrint—free and useful software that allows you to print from your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone without needing any drivers, wires or cables.

What it is

AirPrint is a multitasking application. It allows you to print your documents in the background. This means that you can browse the web, go through your photos or even continue playing your latest game while printing is going on. This technology, like the multitasking feature, works on the iPad, the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, and the iPod Touch that is third-generation or later.

This technology is completely wireless. One needs absolutely no wires, drivers or cables to print with AirPrint. One can print anything from photos and e-mails to notes and web content. Your gadget will automatically search your wireless network for printers that are AirPrint-enabled.

AirPrint is accommodating in the sense that it can be used with various applications. Whether you are surfing the Internet on Safari, experimenting with iWork or using a third-party application, the chances are high that you’ll be able to print with no difficulty. Print out your movie ticket or make copies of your presentation using your favorite Apple gadget.

This technology is both useful and user-friendly. The toolbar or navigation bar presents you with options such as how many copies should be printed and what printer the document should be sent to. You’ll also be able to choose from more advanced options such as whether to print single-sided or double-sided, or whether there is a specific range of pages that need to be printed. You simply need to tap the button of your choice, and your printing job will begin.

Apple AirPrint is advanced. You can print more than one item at a time from more than one open application at a time. All your printing jobs will simply make its way to the Print Center queue. You’ll be able to cancel a printing job before it is sent to the printer.

What it is not

AirPrint is not software that will work with printers connected to a computer’s USB port. If you want to use this technology, you will need a wireless connection to a HP printer that supports the software.

AirPrint is not software that the general public can utilize. At the moment, it is only compatible with approximately a dozen wireless printers from HP. However, if you use the software with any of the handful of compatible e-print machines, then it should work flawlessly. These printers are all part of the HP Officejet, Officejet Pro, Photosmart and LaserJet Pro series.

Not all printers compatible with Apple iOS 4.2 are instantly ready to use. Although more than half of these e-print machines need no firmware upgrade, the other printers may require it in order for them to work properly.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

Battle for the eBook Readers: iPad vs. Kindle

Friday, May 21st, 2010

When Amazon released the world’s first dedicated eBook reader, everybody was wide-eyed in anticipation. The Amazon Kindle allowed you to buy, collect and read as many as 1,500 books in a device that was lighter than a regular paperback. Since then, many manufacturers have come up with their own eBook readers, including Apple, who decided to give fans an all-in-one device with the Apple iPad.

With iBook, the iPad’s dedicated eBook reader, it looks like the competition for ebook supremacy is getting fiercer. Let’s see how the Kindle and Apple’s new kid on the block matches up when it comes to ebook functionality.

The Pros of the iPad as an eBook Reader

Priced at $499 (for the base model), the iPad is an all-in-one entertainment and multimedia gadget with its functionality as an eBook reader just the icing on the cake. By installing iBook, you turn your iPad into a virtual library that can hold 32 to 64 gigs of your favorite fiction. With its multi-touch functionality, the iPad allows you to “flip” through pages, much like a real book. It also has all the functions of the Kindle–from letting you bookmark and search pages to having a handy dictionary you can use on the fly. iBook also shows you how many pages are left before the chapter is over, so you can determine good stopping points if you have something else to do.

The Cons of the iPad as an eBook Reader

The pros being said, there are some features that Kindle fans will miss in the iPad. For one, some users have reported that there is considerable eyestrain while reading ebooks for long periods of time on an iPad–something they did not experience with Kindle. The iPad is also heavier than the Kindle at 1.5 pounds and books purchased from iBook are encrypted in a format that can only be read on your Apple iPad.

The Pros of the Amazon Kindle

With its E-Ink display, reflective screen and dense pixilation of its text, the Kindle is easier on the eyes than the Apple iPad. You can spend hours reading eBooks on the Kindle without straining your eyes. In addition, its battery can last for 2 weeks and it is also as light as a thick comic book, making it easier to carry around than the iPad. Has your Kindle run out of batteries right at an exciting part in your favorite book? No sweat. Simply continue reading from your computer–since you can read Kindle books on different platforms, including the iPad. The Kindle is also cheaper than the iPhone, at $259 and it has more titles (450,000 books and counting).

The Cons of the Amazon Kindle

The Kindle is just what it is–an eBook reader. It doesn’t have a speedy browser, it doesn’t have thousands of cool applications and it doesn’t have Bluetooth or WiFi. You can’t play graphically enhanced games in it, nor can you watch movies or videos on the Kindle.

Comparing the Amazon Kindle with the iPad might be a case of, well, apples and oranges. Both devices cater to totally different sets of needs. Do you want an eBook reader that does its job exceptionally well or do you want a handy tablet that can do almost everything that your laptop can do, including download eBooks? We hope that our detailed list of the pros and cons of both devices help you make your decision.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

What’s the Difference between Kindle For Ipad and IBooks?

Friday, May 21st, 2010

iBooks differ from Kindle for iPad in that the former allows you to deviate from the store and the reader, and Kindle does not have an integral store like iBooks. The nice thing about Kindle is that its store gives a more detailed classification of subjects compared to iBooks. While iBooks, for instance, only has one subject in “History”, Kindle holds 14 distinct categories under that subject alone.

Kindle for iPad holds its own and gives the reader innovative tools that facilitate reading, like the LED backlight screen, which can be reversed to having a black background with white text to relieve eye stress in reading for lengthy periods of time. This application can also mimic the amazing animation of pages, and can simultaneously alternate the screen from black to white and alter the font types and sizes to suit the reader.

The capacity to hide the status bar, which indicates signal and battery power, is another attribute uniquely inherent to the Kindle for iPad. This affords the reader the chance to concentrate and not be distracted in his readings. With the mere touch of the finger, the status bar reopens to serve you with the different settings available, including bookmarking and font setting options.

Kindle for iPad has a clear advantage from iBooks in terms of the quality and amount of ebook selections. This larger book option feature is joined by the previously mentioned features like the hidden status bar and the reversible text and background view, to make the Kindle for iPad application a most sought after deal.

The Kindle store has around 20% more books than Amazon’s 450,000 in stock. Kindle for iPad offers a much more public approach compared to iBooks as it does not show ornamental animations and graphics. The pages in the Kindle for iPad are shown singularly at every slide instead of the landscaped two page display of old. While it limits the font style of a book, it still offers options for screen brightness and font size manipulation. Readers are compelled to get downloads from the Kindle store over the Internet, and it is only through browsing that you can get your book selections.

While iBooks appear to have the better application, Kindle manifests to have the better program, but over the long haul, it entirely depends upon the requirements of the reader. This defines the functional aspects between the two applications. Should the reader require only reading, then the iBook is adequate enough. However, if the reader wishes to underscore topics and wants to scribble down notes, then the Kindle for iPad is the singular choice to make.

Reading and synchronizing books with a lot more tools is what gives the Kindle application more advantage over its counterparts. The Kindle for iPad affords the reader a chance to continue his readings, beginning say, at home or in the office, and then continue perhaps while commuting in the train or in the bus. Soon, this Kindle feature will be available to the iPhone application, but until then, using the Kindle for iPad is a most beneficial option to enjoy electronic reading to the max.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

How to Protect Your iPad

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

If you own an iPad, then you probably want to keep it protected. Surely, you wouldn’t spend hundreds of dollars on a gadget you don’t even plan to take care of. You need to think about how to protect its exterior. You need to consider screen protection. Of course, you also have to think about how to prevent it from getting stolen. Here are some tips on how to protect your iPad:

1. Buy a case.

After purchasing the actual gadget, your next step should be purchasing a protective case for it. A protective case will help prevent any scratches from appearing on the iPad’s exterior. It also serves as extra padding when you and your iPad are in transit. You can choose to get a hard shell case for it or you can choose to get a rubber sleeve. There are plenty of different kinds of cases for electronic gadgets.

Since the iPad is a relatively new toy, there aren’t a whole lot of cases specifically made for this particular device yet. If you can’t find something that’s the perfect fit for your iPad, then make the extra effort to look for a more generic case that’s about the right size.

2. Get a screen protector.

What actually makes the iPad so desirable is it’s big, beautiful screen. Of course, the logical thing to do is to think about the proper screen protection for it. This gadget definitely needs something to cover its screen, since it is very vulnerable to scratches. Purchasing a quality screen protector can also help keep this device from breaking when you are in transit with it. Don’t scrimp on this accessory by buying a cheap one, since cheap screen protectors sometimes do not stick very well on the screen.

3. Don’t leave it unattended.

Of course, keeping an eye on your iPad won’t directly keep it away from scratches. It will, however, keep your gadget from getting stolen. Never bring it out unless you are going to use it. Otherwise, keep it hidden from others. Leaving it out in the open will just tempt others to take it when you aren’t looking. If you really have to leave your iPad in the car, then make sure that it is covered properly and that passers by will not see it.

This Article is written by John C Arkin from News.PrintCountry the contributor of PrintCountry News Articles

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