by Gary Woods
As you may know, these days my iPad is never more than an arm's length away. With the new iOS for the mobile devices came a couple features that I hadn't really looked at. They are Airplay and Airprint.
When I first looked at Airplay it didn't hold much interest for me. With it you can play audio from your iOS device to a number of Airplay compatible speakers. Since I didn't really want any new speakers I didn't pursue the subject. But then, I got the Apple TV and all of a sudden Airplay became very cool.
When you put your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch together with the Apple TV you can display pictures and YouTube movies from your mobile device as well as videos and music right on that big screen of yours in the living room. And for those of you looking over the next ridge, the 4.3 version of iOS is supposed to have Airplay for the mobile Safari browser so you will then be able to cruise the net from your couch.
Okay, now to Airprint. This protocol also didn't have interest for me because there were only about 8 printers on the planet that worked with it and I wasn't in the market for another printer. But, then I started doing some searches on Google for Airprint and Mac OS as well as Windows and guess what? With a little bit of ingenuity you can get Airprint working on your WiFi network for FREE!! It took a bit of configuring but I was up and running with all our computers and printers in about a half an hour.
Here's the URL for the Mac
And here's the one for Windows
If you have any suggestions or questions for me please drop me a note at email@example.com or see my column on the Internet at http://www.santabarbaraproperties.com or call me at (805) 729-0910
Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc