Ted Landau's take on the iPhone 5. Suffering a bit from "Apple media event fatigue," he still manages to consider what's innovative, what's incrementally improved and what may be imitative of the competition. And what it all means in the end.
Pity the poor iPods. They are the equivalent of yesterday's news. At one time, they were the hottest items in the Apple Store. Now, not so much. With the expected arrival of an "iPad mini," one iPod model in particular presents a dilemma for Apple: the iPod touch. Ted Landau explains...
In the Apple vs. Samsung patent lawsuit, Apple won. Big time. Humongous. To which Ted Landau says: “Fantastic.” Here’s why…
In your Home directory, you have a folder called Library. It’s a useful folder, chock full of files that can get you out of jam or customize your Mac in ways that would otherwise not be possible. To demonstrate exactly what can be done, Ted Landau takes you on a tour of the Library.
You’re browsing the Web with Safari on your Mac. You come across a page that you want to save for future reference. How do you do this? The answer is: it depends. Ted Landau came up with a dozen different ways to save all or part of a webpage, each with its own pros and cons. To help figure out which one is best for your situation, here are your choices…
Apple…you’ve got some ‘splainin to do! What were you thinking when you made the wrong-headed decision to remove RSS support from Safari 6 and OS X Mountain Lion? You took a useful feature, one that was working well and causing no harm, and trashed it. Worse, anyone who now tries to access an RSS feed from Safari 6 is likely to wind up more dazed and confused than before.
If you use Apple’s iWork apps, and you sync documents across Macs and iOS devices, you want to get OS X Mountain Lion. The way iWork handles file sharing and syncing in the new version of OS X is so much better than before that it leaves all the older alternatives in the dust. Ted Landau explains the essentials of what’s new — and then moves on to show just how deep the rabbit hole goes.
A paradox: Some of the most attention-grabbing new features in Mountain Lion are ones that you may use only rarely. On the other hand, many of the “smaller” changes in the just-released 10.8 version of OS X will impact your work multiple times a day. One such example is how you save (and open) documents. Although you may view opening and saving as mundane tasks, Mountain Lion offers enough new wrinkles in how it all works to justify a closer look.
At last! The wait is over. There has never been an iOS app that can create or edit .rtf (rich text format) documents. Until now. It’s called, appropriately enough, RichText Edit. Not only does it handle .rtf editing, but its bubbling over with features that put in the lead for the best overall iOS word processing app you can get.
It’s now been over a month since Apple began enforcing its sandboxing policies for the Mac App Store. With the dust beginning to settle, what can we conclude? Ted Landau offers a perspective.
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