Print From Your Android Device

Smartphones and tablets are very handy but what if you want to print something? Maybe you’ve got a document or a picture that you want a copy of. What to do then? Printing from a mobile device is not as straightforward as from a standard PC but here is one method for Android platforms. It uses a free service from Google called “Cloud Print”. You’ll need a Google account and a separate PC with a Chrome browser and an attached printer. You’ll also need a free app for your Android device. First, configure the PC that has a printer attached. Open the Chrome browser. If not already signed in, sign in to your Google account by clicking the menu button in the far-right upper corner and then select “Sign in with Google.” After signing in, return to the Chrome menu page and click “Settings”. At the bottom of the Settings… Read More

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Why Cant I Access Flash On My iPad / Tablet

I regularly get an enquiry saying when i open a website on my iPad / Tablet with the browser ( Chrome , Safari , Firefox ) and want to watch certain sites it says i need the latest ” Flash Plug-In ” or it does not support my device.  That is because they want you to use their app first so find out whether the site you are using has an app. For example , want to watch ” The Block ” you need to go to the “Jump In ” app  not the Ninemsn Page. The reason flash is not used on portable devices as it is basically insecure and sucks the life out of batteries and therefore is not used on portable devices such as tablets (iPads / Android)   Please Note: Older Android tablets may still run flash but the newer versions of Android do not.   

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Why I Setup iCloud On Apple Devices

I always turn on iCloud on clients devices ( computers , iPhones , iPads ) for the following reasons:  Backup iCloud will keep a copy of your contacts , calendar information , reminders , emails , photos and documents ( created with pages , numbers and keynote ) in the cloud   Its All About The Sync Get an iPhone and only ever had an iPad , iCloud will get and sync your information with your new device.  Change a contact on one device , its changed on all devices   Change an appointment on one device it’s changed on all devices   Access Need to get into your iCloud account from another computer , just log into www.icloud.com with your Apple ID and password and you can access all your data. Where Are My Devices?  Want to know where your devices are ? Just log into iCloud and if you have turned on… Read More

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Virus / Malware On Tablets , Smartphones Should You Be Concerned

The following are some notes and personal thoughts on a discussion I gave last week.  Antivirus companies used to be dominant a few years ago Then tablets and smartphones came along , started to dominate and PC sales started to decline. Microsoft bought an antivirus company in 2005 and labeled it theirs and it has developed into , Microsoft Security Essentials which in Windows 8 is called Windows Defender. Antivirus companies sales went down even further as this was available free to consumers. Then the hype started about virus / malware on tablets and smartphones as their sales began to rise So what are virus / malware infections ? They are malicious software that are designed to damage / disable / the operating system of the device they are on. Security Companies have been trying to capitalise on the ” supposed ” vulnerabilities of tablets and smartphones as their sales have declined. Most… Read More

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Make And Save A Template For The iPad

Document creation on tablets is growing as they become more of a content creation device. Do you have a document that you would like to use as a template for the iPad  By using Dropbox or Skydrive you can achieve this. First make your document / spreadsheet / presentation on your iPad and get it how you need it Then open up the Share and Print icon from the Tools menu From here select Open In Another App Then choose the format of your document Next choose your App From here we will choose Dropbox Press save to Dropbox  This will then upload the file into your Dropbox account  This will upload this file into your Dropbox account and now you can use this as a template

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What To Do When Taking Your Smartphone / Tablet Overseas

Phones are all about turning off data roaming on your current phone so your apps don’t dial out and you don’t access those apps from your “ current sim “and end up on Today Tonight with a massive phone bill due to data charges. First when leaving – Turn off cellular data Phones need to be unlocked , this needs to be done at least a week before you go Options For Making Phone Calls  Purchase a local sim card in the country you are visiting , then redirect your phone number to your new number Purchase a travel sim from Australia – 3 travel sims that you can get TravelSIM is designed for occasional travellers to swap into their phones while overseas, which means they can’t be contacted via the Australian number. To make a call you dial the number, the phone hangs up and then the TravelSIM service… Read More

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Protect The Information On Your iPad / iPhone

The information that you carry on your iPhone and or iPad can be protected by turning on the Passcode Lock. This can be found by: Going to Settings on your device  Then go to the General tab Then go to Password Lock Here is where you turn the Passcode on and you can select a simple 4 digit passcode or if you turn that off you can enter a longer passcode. There is also the Erase Data tab whereby 10 failed attempts at entering a Passcode will wipe and erase all data from the iPhone or iPad

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