Who Says You Need An Air Printer?

With the release of the new iPhone 5, Apple has once again set the standard in the smartphone industry. A bigger screen and an even lighter body weight are just a few of the newest features. But even with the updates, you’ll still need a printer enabled with Apple’s proprietary AirPrint if you want to print anything from your new iPhone.

Or maybe not. Thanks to some ingenious code writers, you can now turn any USB printer on your network into an Air Printer with a free app called Air Print Installer. A member of the Apple-centric website, MacRumors.com, wrote an application that lets you print from your iOS enabled device to any USB printer that shares the same network. A few simple clicks of the mouse, a few taps on your i-Device, and sure enough, you can print everything from notes to web pages to photos. And the best feature? It’s completely free!

Keep in mind that the app is an unendorsed product with little to no support from the creators. However, with its easy installation and straightforward interface, the app is a breeze for even the most novice users.

Have questions about Air Print Installer? Need assistance getting you iPad to print? Send an email to sweettips@friendlycomputers.com for more information or to schedule a service call today. And don’t forget to ask about the computer repair services available in your area, as well as our weekly specials.

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Get Skype And Get Connected

Skype let’s you make calls to anyone in the world. Using their free app, you can call your long-lost aunt in Australia or your brother in Borneo. It’s a full-featured service that enables voice and video calls through the internet. Best of all, it’s free.

Skype can be used on your computer, your mobile device, and is now available on many televisions, Blu-Ray players, and gaming consoles. The app is free for download to almost all mobile devices, and for just a few dollars a month, you can upgrade your account to access many convenient features. For example, with a paid subscription, you get unlimited calls to the country of your choice, group video calling, conference calling, and more.

Skype is compatible with all mobile devices and is a great solution for budget minded small businesses. Calling land lines or mobile devices that don’t have Skype can cost as little as 1.9 cents per minute. Other features, like call forwarding and SMS messaging, are also available.

If you have questions about Skype, or would like more information about getting a Skype account set up, email us at sweettips@friendlycomputers.com. Don’t forget to ask about the computer repair services available and weekly specials available in your area.

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A Guardian Angel In Your Pocket

A new app available for the iPhone has brought personal security into the 21st century.

myGuardianAngel is an app that will notify your friends and family if there’s an emergency. It allows you to pick members of your contact list and add them to an emergency contact group who will get an alert when the app is “triggered.” The people on your list receive a text and email that there may be trouble. The message contains your GPS location and a link to audio and/or video captured by the phone.

When activated, the app will record 30 seconds of audio and video footage. The recordings are uploaded to a secure server almost instantaneously, so in the event of a crime being committed, destroying the phone won’t destroy the evidence. The app can also be used in situations that aren’t quite dangerous, but potentially could be. By concealing your phone, audio recordings sent to the server could be just enough to let your loved ones know that you may be in trouble.

myGuardianAngel is available for iOS devices, and at just .99¢, it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.

If you have questions about myGuardianAngel or need assistance setting the app up, send us an email at sweettips@friendlycomputers.com, or call us at 888-PCFRIEND.

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Splashtop Gets a Makeover

Back in February, we told you about Splashtop – a mobile app that gives you access to your computer when you’re on the go. Splashtop just released an update that demands a second look at this helpful, easy to use app.

If you’ve used Spashtop before, you’re already familiar with its features. But with the recent update, there are a host of improvements that make the app more intuitive, more secure, and more reliable. The update takes advantage of the new iPad retina display, resulting in a sharper, brighter image. The enhanced user controls also contribute to a more user-friendly interface. But the most impressive aspect of the update is the addition of XDisplay.

XDisplay lets you use your iPad as a wireless second monitor for your computer. It features full audio and video support, auto orientation for landscape and portrait viewing, a virtual on-screen keyboard, and much more.

The new update currently works with Windows 7, Vista, XP, and MAC OS X10.6+.

For more information about Splashtop, please call your local Friendly Computers or send your questions to sweettips@friendlycomputers.com. Don’t forget to ask for your coupon for a free in-shop diagnostic at participating locations. And be sure to ask about all of the computer repair services available in your area.

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