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A Dozen Devices the iPhone Is Killing

3:01 PM, Apr. 14th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

The very first slogan used to advertise the original iPod, back in 2001, was “1,000 songs in your pocket.” A coming slogan for the iPhone could well be “the only thing in your pocket.” The iPhone has already replaced, or is on the verge of replacing, every “pocketable” device you might otherwise carry around. A starting point: this week’s far-from-shocking announcement that Cisco is “killing” the once über-popular Flip video camcorder. 

iOS: Open Or Shut Case

5:00 PM, Apr. 7th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

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.

Mac Pro SSD and Hard Drive Combo: How and Why

1:36 PM, Apr. 1st, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

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…

iPhone Tethering/Personal Hotspot Plans Revisited

3:49 PM, Mar. 25th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View


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.

My Weekend with the iPad 2

4:20 PM, Mar. 14th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

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.

iMovie for iPad’s Missing Audience

4:14 PM, Mar. 8th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

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.

Why the iPad 2 Wins The Tablet War

5:55 PM, Mar. 4th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

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…

The iPad (2) Scores Again

6:44 PM, Mar. 2nd, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

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.

The Decline (and Fall?) of Computer Books

1:55 PM, Feb. 23rd, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

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.

The Jailbreak-iBooks Conflict is Over

2:55 PM, Feb. 17th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

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.