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HP moves to ease printing from Android tablets, smartphones

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Hewlett-Packard wants to make wireless printing of documents from Android mobile devices as easy as tapping one button.

The company on Tuesday announced a new wireless laser printer—the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M476—which takes advantage of native printing support on mobile devices running the Android 4.4 operating system, code-named KitKat.

The office printer, priced starting at US$529, is the first printer certified to take advantage of a plug-in developed by the Mopria alliance, which aims to makes wireless printing easier from smartphones and tablets with Android 4.4, said David Laing, director of innovation for LaserJet Enterprise Solutions at HP.

The Mopria alliance has top printer firms such as Xerox, HP, Canon and Samsung as its members. More Mopria-certified devices will roll out in the future, Laing said,

With the Mopria plugin, users can pass a mobile print command to the M476 without having to go through a separate application such as HP’s printer app. Users will be able to punch the print icon inside an app, much like on PCs, and then select a wireless printer of choice.

The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M476 will be able to print over peer-to-peer Wi-Fi or near-field communication (NFC) connections. Previously, access to a wireless network was needed to print documents on a wireless printer, Laing said.

The new printer has a 3.5-inch display, and can also copy, scan and fax. The product, which is targeted at small offices, also has two-side printing and scanning, and can be managed remotely.

The M476 also prints directly from files in online storage services such as Box.net and Google Drive. The installed black, cyan, magenta and yellow cartridges can yield roughly 1,200 printed pages each.

The printer succeeds the previous M475 model, which was more expensive, Laing said.

Read more at http://www.pcworld.com/article/2098660/hp-moves-to-ease-printing-from-android-tablets-smartphones.html

Missing Flappy Bird? Here are 5 alternatives to fill the void

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Missing Flappy Bird? Here are 5 alternatives to fill the void
Flappy Bird may be over but the game can go on for you
By Nishtha Kanal /  11 Feb 2014 , 12:39

Feeling the withdrawal symptoms hit you hard post Flappy Bird’s demise? The app was pulled off app stores after a whirlwind success story spanning over a few weeks, where the app became the number one free game in not just the iOS App Store but also the Google Play Store.

 

Flappy Bird was earning its Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen $50,000 a day but it was reportedly no consolation for his “peace and quiet”. Instead of riding the roller coaster of a successful game that could have followed the footsteps of Candy Crush Saga and Angry Birds, Nguyen decided to chuck it all out and pulled out the game from stores.

 

Of course, this was not a good enough explanation for Flappy Bird fans who were distraught enough to even send out death threats to Nguyen. However, if you’re the kinds who are patiently waiting for something similar to come your way, fret not, since developers around the world have already come up with replacements of all kinds for the silly, impossible game.

 

Flappy Doge:

Wow. Mashing up the meme of the year and the game of the year can do you no harm. The flash game you can play on your PC has a Flappy Bird that has a Doge like face. Exactly like Flappy Bird, you need to guide the Doge-faced bird through pipes and make high scores. Fly your Shiba Inu faced Doge-Bird into a pipe and you’ll be told that the game is “Much Over”. We only wish the Doge would go “Wow” every time it scored.

 

The only issue with Flappy Doge is that handling the controls here are far more frustrating compared to Flappy Bird. Fun while it lasts and a must-see for Doge fans.

 

Wow

Wow

Flappy Bird Typing Tutor:

Oh, this game will get you good, it will really get you good. So you thought you were a maverick when it came to maneuvering the bird between pipes? This game will test your multitasking abilities to the hilt. It’s yet another game for the PC but you’ll see why.

 

The only way to maneuver the bird in Flappy Bird Typing Tutor is by typing out words that appear on the screen. However, the faster you type, the higher the bird flies and you need to adjust your speed according to the placement of the pipes. Type slowly if the pipe openings are too low and faster when the next one is high. By the end of the game you would have either mastered typing without looking at your keyboard, or may have smashed it completely.

 

If you thought Flappy Bird was evil, you haven't met Flappy Bird Typing Tutor

If you thought Flappy Bird was evil, you haven’t met Flappy Bird Typing Tutor

Ironpants

The game is available for Android and iOS both and sees you playing a superhero. You need to fly the character in between crate boxes, but again, this is easier said than done. Unlike Flappy Bird, where you need to tap on the screen to make the birdie fly, you need to hold onto the screen to have Ironpants soar. To make him descend enough to go between crates, you need to let go of the screen.

 

One could say the game is a tad more difficult than Flappy Bird, but it would be doing Ironpants a disservice. Download Ironpants for iOS and Android from the app stores.

 

Flappy is a superhero

Flappy is a superhero

Amazing Cupid:

This silly game is available for Android and it gives off a mild feeling of a Flappy Bird being a wise-guy. The premise is exactly the same as Flappy Bird, you need to have a cupid run between pillars without touching it. The only difference between the games is that Flappy Bird ensured you’re not distracted, except for an occasional banner ad, Amazing Cupid will make sure you are distracted, with the funnies speech bubbles, throughout your turn.

 

If you fail and fall, the game will tell you things like “No wonder you’re lonely.” During an intense game, the cupid will inform you that Amazing Cupid was inspired by Flappy Bird, but on steroids. You might just want to leave the game alone and read the funny one liners. Download Amazing Cupid for Android.

 

Pretty funny!

Pretty funny!

Badland:

If you’ve played Jetpack Joyride in the past and have loved it, this game is for you. Unlike Flappy Bird, you do not die if you touch anything here and there’s not just one type of obstacle in Badland. While you had to dodge pipes, you have to dodge multiple obstacles like falling stones, windmills and more. The challenge here is not to be pushed down by the obstacle since it’s a sidescrolling game. If you lose the screen, you lose the game.

 

That aside, Badland is possibly the best replacement for Flappy Bird you might get. The game is over 150MB in size, but worth it since it has some stunning graphics. You play a bird, which in the atmospheric game is merely a silhouette, as are your obstacles. These are placed against colourful backgrounds that make the game a lot more beautiful to look at. Download Badland for iOS and Android from the app stores.

 

Flappy Bird addiction replacements won't get better than this

Flappy Bird addiction replacements won’t get better than this

Have more Flappy Bird clones you think we’ll enjoy, tell us in the comments section.

Read more at http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/missing-flappy-bird-5-games-will-fuel-addiction-218016.html