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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.

AT&T’s Outrageous iPhone & iPad Rates

2:23 PM, Apr. 4th, 2012 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View


How many ways does AT&T overcharge its wireless customers? Every possible way. From text messaging to hot spots, AT&T’s rate plans are so inflated as to enter into the realm of the absurd. Other carriers aren’t much different. If you’re not annoyed by what you pay, you should be. Ted Landau wades through the mess…

The New iPad’s (Too?) Yellow Display

3:44 PM, Mar. 28th, 2012 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

The New iPad's (Too?) Yellow Display?

While much of the press has focused on whether the new iPad is “too hot to handle,” Ted Landau has been tracking another temperature matter: whether the colors of the new iPad’s display are too warm. After settingup his new iPad, Ted was immediately struck by how yellow the display appeared. Is this a feature or a bug? Read on…

Are Apple Media Biased? Of Course

5:19 PM, Mar. 22nd, 2012 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Apple Media Bias?

Are Apple news media biased? Do they slant Apple news more positively and more often than other media sources? Does the tone of their articles typically suggest rooting for Apple’s success? Are their editorial positions significanly tilted in the direction of Apple? Do they seem a tad too quick to dismiss the merits of competitors’ products? The answer to all of these questions is: Emphatically yes!

iPad Squashes Laptops on Way to World Domination

2:36 PM, Mar. 13th, 2012 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

New iPad

Can an iPad replace a MacBook? For some people, maybe, but not for everyone, at least not yet. Ted Landau argues that while we continue to witness tablets’ gradual but steady eclipsing of laptops, there’s another far more intriguing question to ponder: Are iPads already better than MacBooks for many tasks? The answer is a resounding yes.

The New iPad: Not That Much but More Than Enough

12:47 PM, Mar. 8th, 2012 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

The new iPad is here. Exactly how new is it? New enough that you should run out and buy one today? That depends. If you already own an iPad 2, there’s no need to hurry. Otherwise, it’s time to check your supply of cash. Regardless, the new iPad will cement and extend Apple’s lead over the competition. The iPad total package, hardware and software and price, represents the absolute best tablet you can buy — and it shows no sign of losing that distinction anytime soon.

Of OS Wars & App Wars

2:26 PM, Mar. 1st, 2012 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Mobile OS Marketshare

A long time ago, in a tech galaxy far far away, the personal computer operating system war came to a close. The current mobile OS war is nearing a similar endpoint. Marketshare battles among application software follow a similar pattern. Except when they don’t. Ted Landau tells us what it all means…

Mountain Lion Does iOS-ification Right

5:01 PM, Feb. 17th, 2012 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

The iOS-ification of Mac OS X

If there was any doubt about the direction Apple intends to go with OS X, it has been erased. If OS X Lion (10.7) felt like a cloudy harbinger of what might be coming down the road, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) clearly reveals what’s waiting at the end — and takes us most of the way there. Apple’s plan is to make OS X look and run more and more like iOS. And, mostly, it works.

Ten Apps to Show Off the iPhone

4:45 PM, Feb. 15th, 2012 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Solar Walk

What if you really wanted to impress somebody with how amazing an iPhone can be? If you were limited to showing off only ten third-party apps, which ten would you choose? These apps needn’t be the most practical or most-likely-to-be-frequently-used. Rather, they should be knock-your-socks-off, I-can’t-believe-an-iPhone-can-do-this apps, the sort that will elicit a “Wow! I gotta have this” reaction. Here’s Ted Landau’s list…

Fix & Avoid CUI Crashes with Lion OS X 10.7.3 Update

2:20 PM, Feb. 7th, 2012 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

The CUI Error

Almost immediately after Apple released the Mac OS X 10.7.3 Update last week, some users began reporting a serious and anxiety-provoking consequence of the install: Every application on a Lion drive would crash upon launch, rendering the computer virtually useless. Ted Landau offers advice on how to fix this problem and avoid similar ones in the future. For all the details, read on…