As with shifts in the weather, the Apple world goes through cycles of interest in the debate regarding Apple’s App Store and iOS policies. While the topic never entirely goes away, there seems to be in an upswing of interest right now. Here’s Ted Landau’s latest look at this always controversial topic.
Is it worth adding an SSD (solid-state drive) to a Mac Pro? Should you split your data between an SSD and a hard drive? Exactly how difficult is it to do? What are the precise steps involved? Ted Landau provides the answers…
When AT&T at last enabled tethering for the iPhone in June 2010, a year after Apple first introduced the feature in iOS 3.0, Ted Landau wrote a column detailing why I thought the plan was absurdly overpriced — apparently intended to convince you not to use tethering. Are the current plans any more palatable? Ted takes an in-depth look.
I have an iPad 2 in my hands: a 64GB AT&T Wi-FI + 3G Black. It’s adorned with a silver-colored Smart Cover. I’ve been playing with the tablet all weekend (at this point, my time with the new iPad has to be considered all play and no work). I’d like to share a few personal favorites from my discoveries of the past few days.
After the smoke clears and every iPad 2 owner has a copy of iMovie installed and its novelty has worn off — I expect very few people will actually use it.
The iPad 2 is off to a great start. It hasn’t even shipped yet and it’s getting rave reviews. Yet, as always, there have been voices from the other side of the fence. A common theme among critics is that the iPad 2 does not sport enough new features — that it is too much of an “incremental” upgrade. It needed to do better to compete with the other tablets. How does one respond to such criticisms? Here’s how…
Ted Landau declares the just-announced iPad 2 a winner. If the original iPad (now referred to as the iPad 1) was an “inside-the-park” home run (as he originally described it), the iPad 2 is a straight-up home run. The ball lands squarely in the stands. Not out-of-the-park, not even in the bleachers. Still, good enough to score. And, given today’s increasingly competitive market, that’s impressive.
If you’re a publisher or author of a computer book — you have our sympathy. Times are tough. And they’re only likely to get tougher going forward. The industry survives. But it’s struggling against forces largely beyond its control.
Earlier this week, you could not open DRM-protected content in Apple’s iBooks app on a jailbroken iOS device. As of today, there is an easy fix. Ted Landau tested it and it works.
Try as I might, giving Apple as much benefit of the doubt as I can, I can’t see the terms of Apple’s App Store subscriptions working out well. This is especially so for publishers. But even Apple is going to have some problems with it.
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