How to print from your smartphone to any Wi-Fi printer

I own a Wi-Fi enabled printer. I’ve always wanted to print content directly from my smartphone or tablet. The only thing is that, well, my printer doesn’t support AirPrint or Google Cloud Print out of the box. I’ve tried a bunch of apps for both iOS and Android, but all of them are unintuitive, don’t work, or cost money. Recently, I’ve found a solution to all that. It’s actually an added feature to Google Cloud Print, and it’s still in beta. It works even if your printer isn’t “Cloud Ready” as Google calls it. Here it is…

Before we start, make sure that you’re signed into your Google account on the Chrome browser. (Yes, we’re using Chrome)

Then, click the button with three horizontal lines in the top right corner of the window. Select “Settings” from the drop down. (Or do the keyboard shortcut CMD+, for the same page)

Continue reading


Death of the iPod Classic?

Remember back in 2001, when 5GB of storage for $399 was a huge deal? Well, that was the 1st generation iPod Classic, the very first one that started the whole iPod product line. Now, the Classic offers 160GB for $249. A lot has changed.

But the Classic hasn’t had an upgrade since 2009. While 160GB is still quite a lot, Apple could offer much more storage for the same price with today’s technology.

What got me worried was that Apple didn’t release an update to the Classic during their keynote last fall. They introduced the Lightning connector as the new standard for charging by swiftly replacing old 30-pin connectors on the iPod Touch, Nano, and iPad. The iPod Classic was left out of the party.┬áIf Apple had more plans for the Classic, they would have at least updated the cable, even if they were happy with the current model.

Continue reading