Last week, my colleague Nick at Gizmodo reamed HP's latest printer app for being a pointless waste of time designed to do nothing except waste ink. My objection remains simpler: printer apps work really, really badly.
HP last week announced the first Australian printer app, the Daily Brief, which prints a selection of news headlines from Yahoo!7 for you to read at your leisure. This is, as Nick rightly points out, a pretty lousy idea: why exactly are you carrying a smart phone anyway? But even assuming you like the concept, the reality is deeply, deeply disappointing, just as it was when I first tested these earlier this year.
My attempts to install the Daily Brief app on a supported printer were entirely futile: as far as the system is concerned, the app didn't exist. And when I tried using the similar Daily Digest app, it was a catalogue of disasters. The first attempt failed to connect. The second attempt crashed the printer. The third attempt finally produced a set of stories, many of which finished mid-sentence. As a news experience, it was even less satisfying than watching A Current Affair. Memo to everyone involved: must do better.