Printing from a mobile device

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Apr 052016

One of the most common requests from my clients is how to print from their smartphone. First I check if their printer is compatible; then configure any settings on their mobile device.

Most of the printers are from HP. But other manufacturers’ printers work as well. This HP Technology at Work (April 2016) article “Tap, tap, print” discusses mobile printing.

Wireless printing is the single most requested feature in new mobile devices.1 But while many of today’s smartphones are capable of wireless printing, the initial setup isn’t always intuitive. We’ve put together an easy guide to print from the most common smartphones. Even if you’re working out of the office and IT support is nowhere in sight, it can be surprisingly simple and fast to start printing from your smartphone. Here’s how.

Note: These instructions are specifically for enabling wireless printing on your smartphone. Wireless printing may also need to be enabled on the printer itself, depending on the model. See the printer’s manual for additional information.

Here’s an excerpt from the article for iPhones – printing to AirPrint compatible printers.

Apple’s AirPrint™ service is simple, but only works with select printers that directly support it. Here’s how:

If the printer is compatible, make sure your iPhone® and printer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and then open a document on your iOS device.

To print, open the app you want to print from. Find the print option by tapping the app’s Share icon or Settings icon. Not all apps support AirPrint. For additional information, visit the Apple support page.

When printing to other wireless-enabled printers (not AirPrint compatible)

If the printer is not AirPrint compatible, download the HP ePrint App. This app allows you to print from your phone over Wi-Fi, via the internet to an HP ePrint printer, or directly to HP Wireless Direct supported printers.

For additional information, visit HP Customer Support.

Smartphones and privacy — tuning app permissions

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Jan 152016

When you install or update apps on your smartphone, do you get prompts for permissions? Access to your camera, contacts, photos, network, etc. Clear or confusing? Is there a choice — all or none or just some?

CNET’s article “Your Android phone is too damn nosy” discussed this issue.

On Android phones, people have faced an all-or-nothing approach. They could accept all permissions when they download the app or nix downloading it at all. Google is addressing the concerns of Egelman and others with its Android Marshmallow [6.0] operating system, which lets people sign off on more specific permissions before installing an app.

Egelman said that up to now people have been used to and resigned to just tapping “yes” on permissions so they can use an app. But the study, conducted by the University of British Columbia and the University of California at Berkeley, showed that 80 percent of people would have said “no” to at least one permission request if they’d been given the opportunity. What’s more, the average participant wanted to say “no” to nearly a third of all the permissions their phone has demanded in order to run apps.

The referenced article for Android Marshmallow noted:

Instead of giving any app carte-blanche permission to look at your contacts, photos, or use your Wi-Fi signal, just by simply downloading it, you now have the power to rein in your apps.

If you use an iPhone, do you know how to tune your app permissions (settings)?