TO PRINT FROM YOUR WIRELESS GADGETS:
Apple AirPrint (supports only Apple gadgets).
- won’t work if the printer is connected to the network via Bluetooth, a USB cable or through a computer. (The printer must be connected to the same wireless network as your gadgets.)
- can print from iBooks, Mail, Photos and Safari. Some recipe and other third-party apps also support AirPrint. Make sure any productivity apps you buy are AirPrint compatible. When ready to print a document or photo, tap the action arrow icon. Tap the Print button, configure the printing options and tap Print again. (The first time you print, you’ll also need to select the printer.) If you have trouble printing or see a “No AirPrint printers found” message, check that your printer’s firmware is up to date. Also make sure that your devices are running the latest version of iOS.
Google Cloud Print supports Android (and Apple, to a more limited extent.)
- Web-based, it allows you to print from your smartphone or tablet whether you’re in the same room as your printer or across the country. (For safety, your documents are sent over a secure HTTPS connection and deleted from Google’s servers once the print job is complete.)
- works with Android’s built-in Chrome browser and Google Docs apps. The Cloud Print Beta app allows you to print email (and attachments), text messages, Web pages and documents from your Android gadget.
- is available on many Epson and HP printers, as well as several Kodak Hero and ESP series printers. Complete list of Cloud-ready printers.