Phones and tablets are gaining more desktop-like features all the time. Not only can you use a device that slides into your pocket to make phone calls, snap photos, and surf the web, but you can also use it to edit office documents, manage your finances, and much more. There are even ways to make Android apps run in windows as if they were desktop apps.
But there’s one thing that’s still rather complicated to do with an Android device: send content to a printer.
A group of companies (that happen to sell printers) wants to change that.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- HP, Canon, Samsung, Xerox want to make printing from mobile devices easier
The Mopria Alliance is a less-than-catchy name for a coalition behind a new set of tools that app developers will be able to add printing support to mobile apps. If you have a supported printer with WiFi Direct or NFC, you won’t need to send anything to a PC and hook up a USB cable to print. Or you could just use Google’s CloudPrint. [CNET]
- Fedora Linux turns 10
Fedora Linux turned 10 this week. The open source operating system began its life as a community-supported operating system from the folks that brought us Red Hat. [Slashdot]
- If you bought a Google Nexus 7 in 2012, your $25 Google Play Store credit is about to expire
You’ve got about a week left to spend your “money.” [reddit]
- SK Hynix plant fire leads to 42 percent increase in memory chip prices (reaching 2-year high)
A fire at one plant can have a huge impact on the price of memory chips. Remember when flooding in Thailand drove up hard drive prices a few years ago? Yeah, it’s kind of like that. [Bloomberg]
- Google’s Android Device Manager now lets you remotely lock a device
Google recently rolled out software that lets you locate an Android phone or tablet on a map or make the device ring, so you can find it if it’s stuck in the couch cushions. Now you can also remotely lock your device as a security measure. [Android Police]
- Report: Samsung’s 64-bit Exynos processor is almost ready to go
Samsung has already stated that it’s working on a 64-bit processor which will be due out next year. Now it looks like the company’s is getting closer to launching its octa-core chip based on ARM Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 architecture. [SamMobile]