Using AirPlay, AirPrint, and Email in iPhone Safari iPhone Browser

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Airplay in Safari
Airplay in Safari.

Safari, the default iPhone browser app, does more than just let you browse websites and create bookmarks. When it comes to multimedia, sharing content, and more, it's got a number of useful and intriguing features, including support for AirPlay. Read on to learn about these features and how to use them.

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Email or Print a Webpage

If you come across a webpage you just have to share with someone else, there are three easy ways to do it: by email, by Twitter, or by printing.

To email a link to a webpage to someone, go to that page and tap the box-and-arrow icon at the bottom center of the screen. In the menu that pops up, tap Mail Link to this Page. This opens the Mail app and creates a new email with the link in it. Just add the address of the person you want to send the link to (either by typing it in or tapping the + icon to browse your address book) and tap Send.

To tweet the website's address, you need to be running iOS 5 and have the official Twitter app installed. If you do, tap the box-and-arrow button and then tap the Tweet button. The Twitter app launches and creates a new tweet with the website address attached. Write any message you want to add and then tap Send to post to Twitter.

To print a page, tap the same box-and-arrow button and then tap the Print button in the pop-up menu. Then select your printer and tap the Print button. You must be using an AirPrint-compatible printer for this to work.

Using Adobe Flash or Java

If you ever go to a website and get an error along the lines of "This content requires Flash," that means the site is using Adobe's Flash technology for audio, video, or animation. You may also come across sites that give you a similar warning, but refer to Java instead. Though these are common Internet technologies, the iPhone can't use either, so you won't be able to use that aspect of the site you're on.
Read this article to learn more about the iPhone and Flash.

Now that Adobe has ceased development of Flash for mobile devices, it's a safe bet to say that Flash will never be officially given native support on the iPhone.

Using AirPlay for Media Playback

When you come across a video or audio file online that you want to listen to, just tap it and--if the file is iPhone compatible--it will play. If you're using an Apple technology called AirPlay, though, you can play that audio or video through your home stereo or even your TV. Just look for the icon that looks like a box with a triangle pressing into it from below and tap that. That will show you your list of AirPlay-compatible devices.
Learn more about using AirPlay here.

iOS 5: Reading List

Ever see a website that you really wanted to read later, but weren't sure you wanted to bookmark? In iOS 5, Apple has added a new feature, called Reading List, that allows you to do just that. Reading List is especially neat because it strips all the design and ads out of a site, leaving it as nice, easy to read text.

To add a webpage to Reading List, go to the page you want to add and tap the box-and-arrow button at the button center of the screen. In the menu that pops up, tap the Add to Reading List button. The address bar at the top of the page now shows a Reader button. Tap that to view the page in Reading List.

You can also view all of your Reading List articles by tapping the bookmark menu and tapping the back arrow button in the top left corner of the screen until you get to the Bookmarks screen that features Reading List at the top. Tap that and you'll see a list of all the items you've added to Reading List and which ones you haven't yet read. Tap the article you want to read to go to the page and then tap the Reader button in the address bar to read the stripped-down version.

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