Visualized Technology

27 01 2016

You already saw some octopus-like images here? They are called Mind Maps.Mind mapping is a widely used powerful technique to visualize information particularly suited to visualize technological topics.
If you look on a mind map you see that one central topic is connected to subtopics with an underlying hierarchical structure. Scientific studies validate that mind mapping improves learning, understanding, planning, and with it the development of personality and knowledge.

Roots of Visual Mapping

This impressive overview from Porphyry of Tyre in 3rd century C.E. to the legendary BBC TV series by Tony Buzan in 1974 shows us:

The devices changed from a pen to a computer but the basic idea to connect topics like cells in our brain are connected by nerves remained the same.

With the introduction of Apple’s iPad in 2010 Steve Jobs gave us a device which solely can be controlled with our hands. So using a mind mapping tool on the iPad is like a rebirth of the old handcrafted mind maps.

  
Mind mapping on an iPad supports this kind of learning processes in a specific way.
It’s because a touchscreen is much nearer to human activities than any other device or textbook could be.

What we do is mostly what we do with our hands. It’s our first approach to new things. Creating artworks, modeling new devices or writing down all the ideas leading to the E=m c c equation on a sheet of paper while walking through the room and reflecting our thoughts is almost always done by hand.
Feel free to download the map shown in my image.

Apple Pages/Microsoft Word

PDF

Further examples …

Cupertino’s Spaceship

Apple Watch

Apple SWOT Analysis

iPhone Sensors

iOS Compatibility

About Innovation

The Kernel

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More than 100 maps on Biggerplate’s Apple group

Apple Group on Biggerplate, UK

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Lipophobic iPhone

17 01 2016

Apple, please do not focus on making an iPhone thinner and thinner. There is a more important area in which developers can show us their innovative ideas.

Touch screens like to forward our commands to the operating system but sadly they also like to get dirty.

I hate this kind of oily coating compromising your identity with every tap and swipe and coming back in a jiffy after an intense cleaning procedure.

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That’s why Apple adds a lipophobic coating to the touch screens of iPhones since the 3GS launched in 2009 and their iPads, to repel fingerprint oil. It aids in preventing and cleaning fingerprint marks. Most “oleophobic” coatings used on mobile devices are fluoropolymer-based solids (similar to Teflon which usage is well-known for pans) and are both lipophobic and hydrophobic.

See applications of oleophobic coating in this video

or this video about super hydrophobic surfaces the Slo Mo Guys made at GE

Apple’s patent …

In 2011 Apple filed a patent application to apply an oleophobic coating to the surface of a material and to improve its effectiveness. In particular, this is directed to using a direct liquid application in a Physical Vapor Deposition (“PVD”) chamber to apply the coating to the material.

Apple states that as the user touches the surface of a device such as an iOS device, oils and other particles from the user’s fingers could be deposited on the surface. This may adversely affect the appearance of the surface, especially if information is being displayed. One way to limit the amount of oils and particles deposited on the surface of portable devices is to apply an oleophobic treatment to the surface. However, this approach could be difficult to accomplish.

Apple states that to prevent the deposition of oils on an electronic device surface, an oleophobic ingredient could be bonded to the electronic device surface. The oleophobic ingredient could be provided as part of a raw liquid material in one or more concentrations. To avoid adverse reactions due to exposure to air, heat, or humidity, the raw liquid material can be placed in a bottle purged with an inert gas during the manufacturing process.

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The bottle could be placed in a liquid supply system having a mechanism for controlling the amount of raw liquid material that passes through the liquid supply system. Upon reaching the vaporizing unit, the liquid could be vaporized and the oleophobic ingredient within the liquid can then be deposited on the electronic device component surface. As the liquid supply is drained from the bottle, additional inert gas is supplied in its place to further prevent contamination.

The reality …

I purchased my iPhone 4S in November 2011. iPhones’ touch screens are made of a highly resistant material, Gorilla Glass, which lets the device look beautiful even after heavy usage over years.

Gorilla Glass is the registered trademark for an alkali-aluminosilicate sheet toughened glass manufactured by U.S. glassmaker Corning Inc. Engineered for a combination of thinness, lightness, and damage-resistance, it is used primarily as the cover glass for portable electronic devices including mobile phones, portable media players, laptop computer displays, and some television screens. It is manufactured through immersion in a molten alkaline salt bath using ion exchange to produce compressive residual stress at the surface. This prevents cracks from propagating – for a crack to start, it will first have to overcome this compressive stress.
(Source Wikipedia)

I don’t really understand the discussion about Sapphire Glass for touch screens because Gorilla Glass does it all for the majority of users. If the device hits the ground in an adverse angle Sapphire Glass doesn’t prevent the touch screen to get damaged.

A really innovative feature would be an oleophobic coating which upholds its properties for a much longer time than the actual coating.

My experiences with an iPhone 3GS, a 4S, and a 6 Plus showed that the effectiveness of the coating decreases dramatically after about a year of intense usage. It’s increasingly difficult to clean the screen and you need a very, very clean cloth to get rid of the biological evaporations. It’s like a vicious circle, to clean the screen you press harder and harder and as a result the coating becomes thinner and thinner.

Here is what Apple published about cleaning the touch screen …

Clean iPhone immediately if it comes into contact with contaminants that may cause stains, such as ink, dyes, makeup, dirt, food, oils, and lotions. To clean iPhone, unplug all cables and turn it off. Use a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth. Avoid getting moisture in openings. Don’t use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, ammonia, or abrasives to clean iPhone. The front glass surfaces have an oleophobic coating. To remove fingerprints, wipe these surfaces with a soft, lint-free cloth. The ability of this coating to repel oil will diminish over time with normal use, and rubbing the screen with an abrasive material will further diminish its effect and may scratch the glass.

To clean the Home button (allowing Touch ID to work optimally), wipe it with a soft lint-free cloth.

I thought about a replacement of my 4S’ screen but after reading this on iFixit I immediately cancelled my ambitious project:

iPhone 4S Display Assembly Replacement
Author: Walter Galan
Time required: 1 hour
Difficulty: Difficult

If you let a specialized company replace the touch screen it costs between €70 and €100 in Germany which is equivalent to $90-$130.

But there is an alternative. iFixit explains the technique of “How to apply anti-fingerprint oleophobic coating” on its website.

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This is an easy and cheap way to refurbish an iOS device. But don’t ask me whether it works or not. I didn’t try it out because the original process is much more complicated and don’t believe that this simplified method fulfills my personal quality requirements.

Climate conditions …

Clammy fingers are like brakes when using gestures like drag, flick or pinch. This is what I painfully recognized when visiting Thailand, my second residence, shortly after purchasing my iPhone 4S in 2011. Although the oleophobic coating was straight from the factory it hampered the usage by a ฝรั่ง (phonetic spelling: FARANG, that’s the term Thai people use for foreigners) drastically. Subtropical countries are hostile environments for touch screens of Apple’s mobile devices.

Because even Apple cannot redesign the way our body works I personally need an innovative feature implemented in an iPhone, which works like a wiper, a sweat-sensing wiper.

Summary …

I would like to see an innovative approach to the problem of cleaning touch screens but I don’t think that we will see a perfect solution because this feature is not promotionally effective.

Related links …

Apple: How to clean Apple products

iFixit: iPhone Display Replacement

Apple Patent: Direct Liquid Vaporization For Oleophobic Coatings

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Before you leave please remove your fingerprints from my website.





PDF in iOS 9

3 01 2016

With the command

javascript:pdf_url=location.href;location.href=’http://pdfmyurl.com?url=’+escape(pdf_url)

saved in the Bookmarks Menu you could convert websites into PDFs in iOS 8 and earlier. In iOS 9 you will get the error message “Cannot Run Script. Safari cannot run the script because JavaScript is not allowed to be used in this way.”.

Fortunately Apple implemented a much more comfortable feature you will get when tapping on the ACTION menu:

Save PDF to iBooks

now turns the current website into a PDF file, saves it in iBooks’ documents folder and opens it.

Btw, the new command also works with photos. Open Apple’s Photo app, select some photos, tap on the ACTION menu and you will see the aforementioned command. The generated PDF album shows one photo per page.

Related …

Website to PDF in iOS < 9

PDF the Web


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Apple – IBM

27 12 2015

In 2014 Apple and IBM announced an exclusive partnership aiming to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change – grounded in four core capabilities:

(1) a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad

(2) unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration

(3) new AppleCare service and support offering tailored to the needs of the enterprise

(4) new packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management.

IBM’s Big Data and Analytics capabilities, with the power of more than 100,000 IBM industry and domain consultants and software developers behind it, fused with Apple’s legendary consumer experience, hardware and software integration and developer platform.
The combination will create apps that can transform specific aspects of how businesses and employees work using iPhone and iPad, allowing companies to achieve new levels of efficiency, effectiveness and customer satisfaction – faster and easier than ever before.

As part of the exclusive IBM MobileFirst for iOS agreement, IBM will also sell iPhones and iPads with the industry-specific solutions to business clients worldwide.

“iPhone and iPad are the best mobile devices in the world and have transformed the way people work with over 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 92 percent of the Global 500 using iOS devices in their business today”, said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “For the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver.”

(Source: Apple Info)



  

My concept map, summarizing some facts of the partnership, was created with the app INSPIRATION. See an app review here

Inspiration for iOS


Related …

About synergy effects

About Tim Cook, a business visionary

Apple – Cisco Partnership

Combining the Power

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The new Porsche 911

20 12 2015

The new 911 only has Apple Car Play because Google is Nicht Gut.

So much for “Do No Evil.” There’s no technological reason the 991/2 doesn’t have Android Auto playing through its massively upgraded PCM system.

But there is an ethical one.

As part of the agreement an automaker would have to enter with Google, certain pieces of data must be collected and mailed back to Mountain View, California. Stuff like vehicle speed, throttle position, coolant and oil temp, engine revs – basically Google wants a complete OBD2 dump whenever someone activates Android Auto.

Not kosher, says Porsche.

Obviously, this is “off the record,” but Porsche feels info like that is the secret sauce that makes its cars special. Moreover, giving such data to a multi-billion dollar corporation that’s actively building a car, well, that ain’t good, either. Apple, by way of stark contrast, only wants to know if the car is moving while Apple Play is in use. Makes you wonder about all the other OEMs who have agreed to Google’s requests/demands, no?

(motortrend com)

  
Dire straits for companies whose business model is based on selling customer data, especially in Europe. Google damaged their reputation with collecting data extensively. People don’t trust this data kraken any longer.

Thankfully Apple just sells exciting products.

More …



13 Cool Facts about the 2017 911



Apple and Porsche, about similarities



When government comes knocking



CarPlay by Apple


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I want you(r data)!

13 12 2015

Good news for customers of the “iPhone company” …

Apple earns five stars in this year’s Who Has Your Back report. This is Apple’s fifth year in the report, and it has adopted every best practice we’ve identified as part of this report. We commend Apple for its strong stance regarding user rights, transparency, and privacy.

(Who has your back? report, EFF 2015)

  


More …

About privacy

XcodeGhost Q&A


Always keep in mind this saying of George Orwell …

If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.


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The Dark Triad

27 11 2015

Troll-able Networks

or

Hi, I’m Niccolo Machiavelli.

The Internet is an anonymous environment where it is easy to seek out and explore one’s niche, however idiosyncratic. Consequently, antisocial individuals have greater opportunities to connect with similar others, and to pursue their personal brand of self expression as well as their ongoing attempts to defend decisions (e.g. purchase decisions) they once made.

Everyone is entitled to express his opinion on the internet. But …

There is an Apple logo in my avatar. Why? Well, I’m blogging about the company, the people standing behind, and the exciting products designed in California. Here on Google+ (an Android dominated network regarding communities dedicated to mobile devices) this alone is an inexhaustible wellspring of personal attacks. 

Stick to the truth (and to the topic) and reduce your prejudices you might have just because there is someone with a different opinion.



Here is what Erin Buckels et al. tell us about trolls …

Online Trolling is the practice of behaving in a deceptive, destructive, or disruptive manner in a social setting on the Internet with no apparent instrumental purpose. From a lay-perspective, Internet trolls share many characteristics of the classic Joker villain: a modern variant of the Trickster archetype from ancient folklore. Much like the Joker, trolls operate as agents of chaos on the Internet, exploiting “hot-button issues” to make users appear overly emotional or foolish in some manner. If an unfortunate person falls into their trap, trolling intensifies for further, merciless amusement. This is why novice Internet users are routinely admonished,

“Do not feed the trolls!”.

Despite public awareness of the phenomenon, there is little empirical research on trolling. Existing literatures are scattered and multidisciplinary in nature. For instance, Shachaf and Hara conducted interviews of Wikipedia trolls, finding themes of boredom, attention seeking, revenge, pleasure, and a desire to cause damage to the community among their expressed motivations for trolling. In other research, Hardaker conducted a content analysis of Usenet posts that identified four primary characteristics of trolling: aggression, deception, disruption, and success. The deceptive and “pointless” disruptive aspects may distinguish trolling from other forms of online antisociality, such as cyber-bullying, where perpetrator identities are usually clear and the intent is more straightforward.

Frequency of activity is an important correlate of antisocial uses of technology.

For instance, cyber-bullying is often perpetrated by heavy Internet users, and disagreeable persons use mobile technologies more than others – not for socializing, but for personal entertainment. Similarly, gamers who express non-social motivations for online gaming (e.g., competition, personal achievement) demonstrate lower levels of agreeableness and conscientiousness than others. Still other research has linked low agreeableness, low conscientiousness, and high extraversion to heavy Internet use. These patterns parallel gender differences in online behavior:

Men are higher in overall Internet use and higher in antisocial behavior online.


Overall, the findings suggest that it may be fruitful to examine associations of trolling with the Big Five, gender differences, and global Internet habits.

The noxious personality variables known as the Dark Tetrad of personality
Narcissism, Machiavellianism, Psychopathy, and Sadistic Personality
are yet to be investigated in the trolling literature.

Their relevance is suggested by research linking these traits to bullying in both adolescents and adults. Also suggestive is research showing that narcissists and those with antisocial personality disorder use Facebook more frequently than others, thus indicating that dark personalities leave large digital footprints.

Of the Dark Tetrad, we expected everyday sadism to prove most germane to trolling. After all, trolling culture embraces a concept virtually synonymous with sadistic pleasure: in troll-speak, “lulz”.

About the term “Dark Triad” …

Narcissism is characterized by grandiosity, pride, egotism, and a lack of empathy.

Machiavellianism is characterized by manipulation and exploitation of others, a cynical disregard for morality, and a focus on self-interest and deception.

Psychopathy is characterized by enduring antisocial behavior, impulsivity, selfishness, callousness, and remorselessness.

The tenor …

There are many people trolling in social networks. It can be a soul-destroying task to engage in pointless discussions in the comment section of posts. We cannot expect members or moderators to become psychotherapists. So my suggestions is to simply delete comments and block people with mental diseases according to Niccolo Machiavelli’s saying

The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.

Otherwise it’s most likely that you will lose your passion to engage in one of the best content networks worldwide, it’s Google+.

More …

About Google+

About fanboys

About etiquettes 

About Internet trolls

Feel free to download E. Buckels article as a PDF.


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