Do you own a BlackBerry 10 device and use a Windows PC?
If so, today I’d like to highlight Print To Go, an extremely useful feature that eliminates the need for physical printouts by wirelessly and securely sending digital printouts from your PC to your device in the form a PDF file.
For example, I use Print To Go to print menus, maps, directions and more to my device whenever I travel so I can reference this information wherever I am, without having to rely on a network connection.
To help you get started with Print To Go, follow the steps below to install the software on your PC and to verify everything has been set up correctly.
How to download and install Print To Go software on your Windows PC
- Open your PC internet browser and visit www.blackberry.com/PrintToGo
- Complete the instructions on the screen to download and install Print To Go
- When finished, complete the following set of steps to set up Print To Go on your BlackBerry 10 device
How to set up Print To Go on a BlackBerry 10 device
Provided you have installed the Print To Go software on your Windows PC, complete the following steps to set up Print To Go.
- On your Windows PC, print an item and select Print To Go as the printer
- Enter your BlackBerry ID and password
- Note: You must sign in using the same BlackBerry ID that is currently used on your BlackBerry 10 device. To identify which BlackBerry ID is being used, on your device tap Settings followed by BlackBerry ID.
- Click Sign In
- Enter your pairing password, device PIN and, if applicable, your device name.
- Note: To find your pairing password and device PIN, on your device open Print To Go. Then swipe down from the top of the screen and tap Settings.
- Click Next
- Tip: To print to multiple devices that are associated with your BlackBerry ID such as a BlackBerry PlayBook, click Add Another Device
- When printing is compete, open Print To Go on your device
How to change which BlackBerry ID Print To Go uses
In the event you need to change which BlackBerry ID Print To Go uses on your computer, complete the following steps.
- On your PC, print an item and select Print To Go as the printer
- Click Account in the top right corner
- Click Log Out
- Print another document and, when prompted, log in using the desired BlackBerry ID
How to find your Print To Go pairing password
- Open Print To Go
- Swipe down from the top of the screen
- Tap Settings to view the pairing password
How to delete a Print To Go folder or printout
- Touch and hold a printout or folder
- Tap the trashcan icon
Got a question or comment about Print To Go? We’d love to hear from you so make sure you leave a comment below!
To learn about a feature on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone or troubleshoot an issue, there are several great options available to help. Visit http://www.blackberry.com/support for access to product manuals, how-to demos, tips and tricks, YouTube videos, support forums, knowledge base articles, Twitter support, and contact information for your region.
I ran across this YouTube video the other day and thought it was a very good way to market the BlackBerry Z10.
It contains all the classic elements needed to make it very enjoyable watch. The guy on the video goes by the name “phlypboy“ and has earned the BlackBerry Hank’s seal of approval.
Check the video’s out below, good stuff!
Recently, BlackBerry laid off 250 employees, some of which were located in the Research and Development department of the company. During a phase of the company when they should probably be investing more dollars in RD in order to come up with the next generation of consumer electronics, the company is scaling back. One reason the company may be scaling back is a consequence of being a publicly traded corporation. Public companies are often at the behest of Wall Street to meet quarterly earnings expectations and this short term focus can reduce prioritization of longer-term departments such as RD. Does this mean being a publicly traded corporation is not in BlackBerry’s best interests?
This is a great quote from Investopedia that sums up why BlackBerry should be investing in Research and Devlopment:
“Healthy levels of capital expenditures and research and development are often critical to the long-term success of a company as it seeks to differentiate its product and service offerings and make its position in the marketplace more competitive.”
I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know all the details of how a publicly traded corporation goes private, but I suspect the biggest hurdle is raising the money to buy out shareholders.
Currently, BBRY stock sits at 8.89 with a market capitalization of $4.58 billion. That doesn’t seem like an impossible amount of money to raise. I’m sure employees alone could make up at least a quarter of that sum. Through investment banks and high net worth investors, the company could raise the money needed.
Once the company is bought back, it would likely alleviate many of the headaches BlackBerry has been facing. A volatile stock price, constant negative press due to Wall Street and analyst reactions and an ability to invest dollars where they’ll help the company be the most competitive.
With the sudden craze of this game called Candy Crush Saga, a couple of days ago I just had to see what all the fuss was about. Of course over the past few weeks I have been getting these annoying Candy Crush game invites on Facebook almost daily from friends who play the game.
So I finally decided to load up the Z10 and download Candy Crush Saga but couldn’t find the game in BlackBerry World. Of course here we go again with another game/app not available on the BlackBerry platform, which is not a big surprise to me these days.
I did however find a nice alternative game called Candy Crushes in BlackBerry World. Now I’m sure this is an android ported app and not a native BB10 app but hey let’s give it a try. I must say that after playing Candy Crush Saga on the iPad mini I was very impressed with what BlackBerry had to offer with Candy Crushes.
I put together a comparison video below for all my fellow BB10 and PlayBook users.
Download Candy Crushers at BlackBerry World today!
Back in January, I visited the Quirky offices to check out what it’s like to work there and how products get pushed through the company. For those who aren’t familiar with Quirky, it’s a company focused on making the invention process easier. Users submit ideas, those ideas get voted on, and the community comes together to try and get the product to market. It’s a really cool process.