New HP printers are going to be optimized for the Internet - they will have their own email addresses. That means any device with email access can print to these printers. Basically, you just email your pictures to your printer and they’ll be waiting for you when you get home. This means easy printing from iPads and smartphones, or Web services like Google Docs, Maps and Calendar.
H.P. has lined up 40 partners for a Web site, the ePrintCenter http://h30495.www3.hp.com/?jum.....us&lang=en
, which the company envisions as a kind of app store http://h30495.www3.hp.com/apps/
. See the list of free downloads they have already at http://H71036.www7.hp.com/hho/.....5-121.html
This type of technology could make finding and using a printer at an airport, hotel or office easier as well. H.P. also expects to have about 7,000 printing kiosks in retail stores by the end of this year, pumping out photos, books and brochures.
H.P. plans to offer a few of these new printers to consumers this month, and then a few more of the products to small businesses in September. It expects to sell more than 15 million of the Web printers by next year.