SnapScan 1300i: Great Scanner; Hardly an Upgrade

4:21 PM, Jun. 28th, 2012 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Fujitsu SnapScan 1300i

Fujitsu’s latest mid-size scanner is the S1300i. Happily, it maintains Fujitsu’s fine tradition of quality scanners. As an upgrade, however, it is barely worth a mention.

Splashtop Gets Better…at a Cost

4:40 PM, Jun. 27th, 2012 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Splashtop 2

Splashtop Remote Desktop 2 is out. This is a superb app for accessing your Mac from an iPad. The upgrade offers a “new and improved” way to connect to your Mac over WAN and 3G connections. It works fine, but new users will have to pay extra for it.

The Splintering of OS X

4:12 PM, Jun. 19th, 2012 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Mountain Lion/Kitten

Why is Apple taking so long to come out with signfiicant upgrades to the Mac Pro and iMac? Perhaps the answer lies not so much in what’s coming in new hardware, but what’s coming in new software. Ted Landau takes a speculative look at what Apple may have in store for 2013…

WWDC: What Apple Didn’t (Exactly) Say

4:22 PM, Jun. 12th, 2012 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Reading Between the WWDC Lines

From the MacBook Pro with Retina display to iOS 6 to the new AirPort Express, Apple announced more than enough new stuff at yesterday’s WWDC to keep us busy. Even so, Apple revealed more than what was spoken on stage. There were “hidden subtexts” to almost every announcement. To uncover these messages, all you need to do is read “between the lines.” Ted Landau explains…

Email Attachments, Sandboxing & the End of Tweaks

3:26 PM, Jun. 6th, 2012 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

“How do I attach a document to a reply message in the iPad’s Mail app?” The brief answer is: You can’t. The more detailed answer led Ted Landau down a rabbit hole to various work-arounds, a consideration of why Apple hasn’t implemented this feature, and eventually to philosophical considerations regarding the nature and future of Apple’s operating systems.

Apple’s Six Best Decisions of the 21st Century

1:00 PM, May. 15th, 2012 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Apple & $$

Looking back at Apple’s unprecedented financial success over the course of this century, Ted Landau asks: What were the key decisions that Apple made over the past 12 years that contributed most to its astounding ascent? What were the pivot points? He put together such a list, consisting of six items. Here they are…

Top Apps for Word Processing on the iPad

3:58 PM, May. 9th, 2012 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

You’ve decided to use your iPad for word processing. Not just for brief notes or email, but for tasks that require extended typing. The question is: Which app(s) should you use? In search of the answer, Ted Landau sorted through a diverse collection of text/word processing apps. Here are the results…

Should Your iPhone Be Your Only Camera?

11:20 AM, May. 1st, 2012 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Are point-and-shoot cameras, especially ones at the low end of the price range, reaching the end of their useful life? Is it time to declare that, for the majority of iPhone 4S owners, the phone’s camera is all they need? Yes. But not without a few important caveats. Ted Landau takes an in-depth look at the factors to consider before making your final decision.

What Really Happened with WWDC Ticket Sales

10:33 AM, Apr. 26th, 2012 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Tickets for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference sold out in less than two hours, before most people on the U.S. West Coast were even awake. What was Apple thinking? Most likely, Apple miscalculated the demand. Ted Landau explains.

Stop the Apple Game Center Cheaters!

4:06 PM, Apr. 17th, 2012 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

iOS Games

Cheaters, who hack Apple’s Game Center to enter phony high scores, are threatening to ruin the leaderboards. What’s Apple doing about it? Apparently nothing, and Ted Landau wants that to change.