An Apple Television Can Be a Game Changer

3:22 PM, Nov. 1st, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

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.

iTunes Wi-Fi Sync & Back Up: Fail (& Workaround)

4:00 PM, Oct. 27th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

WiFi Sync

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.

The Complete Guide to iOS 5’s New and “Hidden” Settings

10:10 AM, Oct. 20th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

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.

The End of Movie Extras?

4:54 PM, Oct. 10th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Disc Error Mesage

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.

Keynote Disappoints, iPhone 4S Does Not

7:01 PM, Oct. 4th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

iPhone 4S & Everything Else

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.

iOS Needs a “Universal Save”

4:20 PM, Sep. 28th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Pages for iOS: Share & Print

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.

Netflix’s Troubles Are a Self-Made PR Disaster

5:56 PM, Sep. 22nd, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Netflix

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…

iOS File Sharing Unleashed!

3:46 PM, Sep. 13th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

PC Free

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 Rules!

3:55 PM, Sep. 8th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Ethernet Switch

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…

Steve Jobs & Apple: Past, Present, Future

1:55 PM, Aug. 30th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Steve Jobs

Looking back in time through the lenses of rose-colored glasses, it may seem that Steve Jobs’s genius was recognized from the very beginning. With the glasses off, the harder truth becomes apparent. Ted Landau looks back at the not always rosy past, the incredible present and the uncertain future of Apple — in the wake of Steve Jobs’ resignation as CEO.