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Apple will require all Mac App Store apps to implement sandboxing restrictions by next March. The goal is increased security and a simpler interface. But these potential advantages come with costs, ones that you may not want to pay. Ted Landau walks you through the debate surrounding an issue that is at the forefront of the future direction of the entire Mac platform.
To Ted Landau, an Apple-branded television seemed like a bad idea. That was months ago. Now, Ted reverses course and concludes that an Apple-branded television could well be the company’s next game-changing product.
Overall, iOS 5’s new Wi-Fi syncing works spectacularly well. However, there is one significant glitch. With Wi-Fi sync enabled and iTunes left open, your iOS device will stop backing up to your Mac when syncing! Ted Landau explains the issues.
Want to know about every (almost every?) iOS 5-specific option contained in the Settings app? This article is what you’ve been seeking. While a few of the new options are only relevant to selected iOS devices (Siri is only on the iPhone 4S, as one obvious example), most of then work on all devices capable of running iOS 5.
In yet another example of the film industry getting it wrong, Ted Landau notes that the “extras” are now gone from rented DVDs of recent movies.
Ted Landau’s initial reaction to this week’s Apple keynote media event was disappointment. But not because there was no iPhone 5. Rather, it was because Apple didn’t give the iPhone 4S the showcase it deserved.
Apple may think that the idea of sandboxing apps in iOS and quarantining files within those apps is a splendid idea, Ted Landau takes exception. In this installment of the User Friendly View, he argues that Apple needs to add a Unversal Save feature to iOS to overcome this limitation.
With the poorly handled announcement of its price increase and its just announced split into Netflix/Qwikster, it would be easy to ridicule Netflix. And yet…the company is facing a difficult dilemma with no clear sure-fire solutions. Ted Landau explains…
When Apple introduced iOS 5 and iCloud at the WWDC last June, it promised to “cut the cord” that bound iOS devices to the Mac. With that in mind, Ted Landau asks: “Is there a way to cut the cord for file transfers among iOS devices of all iOS files — including iOS app package and system files?” The answer is a resounding yes! The one caveat is that you will have to jailbreak your iOS devices.
Ethernet? Bah! An archaic technology born before the Macintosh, it should now be on its deathbed — at least for home users. To set up an Ethernet network requires…a whole lot of stuff! So why not go with Wi-Fi entirely? Wi-Fi is more convenient — and much less expensive. End of story! Or so Ted Landau thought…