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How To Easily Print Anything Remotely

Have you ever needed to print a document or anything while away from your office or out on the road?

I have, and on multiple occasions so in this post I wanted to share a simple solution. Just in case you ever find yourself in this same situation or scenario, here’s what you can do. The advice, the tools, and the setup to do the following is all free.

Google Cloud Print is a really cool technology that connects you and your printers to the web. Using Google’s Cloud Print, you can make all your home and office printers available to anyone you choose right from the applications you use every day. This technology works on your PC, MAC, phone, tablet, or any other web-connected device you want to print from.

Supported Apps and Devices

I was in the field traveling and speaking at a real estate event, but needed to print a rental application for a potential tenant. Google Cloud print allowed me to print from a remote location, email a colleague for pick up, and had the document delivered within the hour. Cloud ready printers include: HP, Epson, Kodak and FedEx.

There is no doubt that you will eventually run into a situation or circumstance where this tool and feature will save the day for you and your clients, make you the hero, and save you a ton of undue and unnecessary stress.  You know what I’m talking about Right?

You can print anywhere and from any device provided you have an Internet connection… and of course a printer! lol~ You can also print remotely to your Google Docs (Now known as Google Drive) or any FedEx office location of your choice. This is not only a huge convenience, it’s Very Cool~

DISCLAIMER: You cannot and will not be able to add paper or new ink cartridges to your printer remotely using Google Cloud printing. But don’t don’t be shocked if Google announces and launches that upgrade in their next round and series of cool tools and services.

This video will explain in more detail and give you some other examples of uses.


Google’s New Privacy Policy & TOS

Google claims they are getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google and replacing them with one that’s a lot shorter and easier to read. Their new policy covers multiple products and features, reflecting their desire to create one simple and intuitive experience across Google. Read their updated Privacy Policy and Terms of Service at http://www.google.com/policiesThese changes will take effect on March 1, 2012.

Here’s a brief overview of what they’re sending out to account holders.

Easy to work across Google:
Their new policy reflects a single product experience that does what you need, when you want it to. Whether you’re reading an email that reminds you to schedule a family get-together or finding a favorite video that you want to share, they want to ensure you can move across Gmail, Calendar, Search, YouTube, or whatever your life calls for with ease.

Tailored for you:
If you’re signed into Google, they can do things like suggest search queries – or tailor your search results – based on the interests you’ve expressed in Google+, Gmail, and YouTube. They’ll better understand which version of Pink or Jaguar you’re searching for and get you those results faster.

Easy to share and collaborate:
When you post or create a document online, you often want others to see and contribute. By remembering the contact information of the people you want to share with, they’ll make it easy for you to share in any Google product or service with minimal clicks and errors.

Protecting your privacy hasn’t changed:
Google’s goal is to provide you with as much transparency and choice as possible, through products like Google Dashboard and Ads Preferences Manager, alongside other tools.  Their privacy principles remain unchanged.  And they’ll never sell your personal information or share it without your permission  (other than rare circumstances like valid legal requests).

Got questions? They’ve got answers:
Visit Google’s FAQ at http://www.google.com/policies/faq to read more about the changes.

Google is Closing Down Picnik

It’s trueGoogle.com, owners of Picnik.com will be shutting down the site on April 19th, 2012.  I’m totally bummed.  I’m one of those thousands of people that used Picnik’s photo editing tools on a regular basis.  I’m really going to miss this site and all of its easy image and graphic editing features.

Some of the cool features I will miss include:

As a courtesy and step of good faith, they’re now offering the Premium service that many of us have been paying for since Picnik’s launch.  This is a token of their appreciation for leaving peacefully, quietly, and gracefully until they shutdown the site.  Feels a bit like I’m protesting here…  hmmm, I guess maybe I am?!?

On the upside, and of course the unknown side, Google will be adding the Picnik features and tools to the new social media platform they launched last year known as Google+ but only time will tell what they have in store and what will happen down the road.

So say goodbye to Picnik folks
, one of the best FREE and Premium online photo and graphic editing sites I’ve ever had the honor and privilege of using.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t extremely disappointed by this move on Google’s part.  🙁

Hopefully, the new Google+ with Picnik like features and tools will suffice.  Another great company has been bought up by Google but will now be gone forever.  R.I.P. Picnik.com.

And just in case they do fall short….
Check Out These Other Options and Alternative Sites:

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