Switch Points of Power

30 07 2015

Even if your mobile device already took control over you, there are some ways out of possible dilemmas and it’s not necessary to make extensive use of your brain. Just look at my collage to see what can be done.

  

The worst case for a mobileholic is malfunctioning of her/his beloved companion (stats say that ‘his’ is more likely than ‘her’). A common problem is mismanagement of the device’s memory.

Think of it like this:

You want to send money to an account and already looked up the account number. Somebody asks you ‘What time do we have our appointment with Mr. Smith?’. After answering, your short-term memory containing the account number is deleted or the account number you are sure it’s right now contains transposed digits.

You have to reboot and load your memory with the account number. If you don’t look up the account number again your money transfer might fail.

Regarding your device an app may execute an unwanted operation which might freeze it e.g. by running into an endless loop. You tap on a control but the app doesn’t react or delivers wrong information to the brain of your device, the processor in cooperation with the memory.
A REBOOT removes any not-wanted elements associated with apps or the operating system in the device’s memory and trimming it down to the core elements.

Related …

Troubleshooting

Saying Goodbye

Note
If you are already on a 6 or 6 Plus, the Sleep/Wake button got a new home on the side of the device to put it comfortably within reach.

Thanks for dropping by.





The Apple Car

16 07 2015

Many publishing media predict a car made/designed/developed by Apple. 

California is the epicenter of e-technology and southern Germany the heart of c-technology with Daimler Benz, Porsche, Audi, and BMW as the most prominent companies with excellent engineers, a worldwide infrastructure, an excellent reputation, decades of experience, and a significant position in China, the fastest growing market.

  

A quick look back …

Karl Friedrich Benz (German, Nov 25, 1844 – Apr 4,1929) was a German engine designer and car engineer, generally regarded as the inventor of the first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine, and together with Bertha Benz, pioneering founder of the automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz. Other German contemporaries, Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach working as partners, also worked on similar types of inventions, without knowledge of the work of the other, but Benz received a patent for his work first, and, subsequently patented all the processes that made the internal combustion engine feasible for use in an automobile. In 1879, his first engine patent was granted to him, and in 1886, Benz was granted a patent for his first automobile.

(Source Wikipedia)

Until today Southern Germany is the nutritious soil for innovative ideas regarding mobility on 4 wheels.

Is Apple really working on a  iCar?

Well, what we know is that they intensively talked with Daimler Benz, the mother of all petrol engine-driven transportation. As far as I know these talks were as unsuccessful as the engagement of the Stuttgart-based company with Tesla. Now Apple talks with executives and engineers of BMW. The company already produces the i3, a fully e-driven car.

Couldn’t this also be ad on Apple’s website?

“Redefining urban mobility means thinking far beyond environmentally-conscious and agile driving. The result: with its visionary design, the BMW i3 design defines the automobile of tomorrow. Its innovative BMW eDrive power train was designed in the scope of the BMW EfficientDynamics technology and is not only locally emission-free, but also offers an incomparable and near-silent driving experience. The intelligent BMW ConnectedDrive Services bring you easily and conveniently to your destination.”

There are already many apps powered by the BMW Group which let your iPhone seamlessly connect to your BMW

BMW Connected 

MINI Connected 

Honestly …

Apple must look for a qualified partner with an infrastructure adequate to successfully market a car, quite different from Korean SSANGYONG selling 1k (in words: one thousand) cars a year in Germany. 

What about Porsche?

Is Tim Cook talking with Matthias Mueller, CEO of the legendary company?

Isn’t this company as successful and innovative as Apple?

Quality (not quantity), customer loyalty, and more are parts of a sustainable DNA implemented by the early leaders Steve Jobs and Ferdinand Porsche.
Every car manufacturer deeply engaged in car racing since decades accumulates the best engineering knowledge. Additionally Apple and Porsche and their early leaders are much nearer to each other than any other partnership could ever be. Porsche is part of the Volkswagen Group, actually the 2nd largest car manufacturer in the world.

There is a humble contribution to a cooperation of a Porsche car with an iOS device

Porsche Car Connect by Cobra Telematics

Open questions …

All German car manufacturers already have a strong reputation in the worldwide largest and fastest growing market, China. Apple’s CarPlay is supported by Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, Audi, and BMW. 

So, which company fits best into Apple’s considerations?

Well, I don’t know. It depends on the targets Apple defined. What I can say is that none of the mentioned German companies is interested in being just a link in a supply chain. Regarding a possible Apple car the expertise can only be found in Germany. Additionally it must be taken into account that it will take a long time until pure e-cars will have a chance. All medium-ranged forecasts tell us that only hybrids have a chance in the near future. So the BMW i3 will define a niche only suitable for a consistent further development of e-cars. It’s not intended to significantly increase revenues.
Maybe Apple will cause surprise one more time. That’s what I personally think about this topic.
My piece of advice to the Cupertinos is

Cobbler, stick to your last!

Everyone should draw lessons from the many expensive adventures tech companies were involved in the past.

Thanks for driving in.





I’ll be back

11 07 2015

No, it’s not Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger I’m talking about.
It’s a limited offer for Apple’s design masterpiece, the iPhone 4S from the biggest German coffee roaster TCHIBO.

Tchibo is a German chain of coffee retailers and cafés, also known for its weekly-changing range of other products. The latter includes: clothing, household items, electronics and electrical appliances. In Germany, Tchibo’s slogan is “Every week a new world”.

Tchibo’s coffee is sold in supermarkets in the United States, Canada, the Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Hungary, Ukraine, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Poland and the UK.


  

My hope

for a redesigned successor of the actual iPhone 6 is Richard Howarth, the new Vice President of Industrial Design. Howarth focuses on hardware and has been part of the iPhone team since the device launched in 2007.

Richard, please remove that ugly “Antenna Design”.

The lines at the top and the bottom are not aesthetically coherent with the materials finishes, build quality, and overall marketing and brand tone of the iPhones.

Would Steve Jobs have allowed the iPhone 6 to have the protruding camera and plastic bands on the back?

Thanks for stopping by.





iParliament

9 07 2015

or

Angela, Arnold, and the iPad

Nearly all members (631) of the German parliament use iPads even when joining full sessions. Only devices without fan and keyboard are allowed in the plenary, speeches are allowed to be read from a tablet.

Early beginnings in 2010 …

It’s been called the “Jesus Tablet,” the “iGod,” and more than two million of them have been sold already, but don’t try to bring your iPad along with you to Germany’s federal parliament, the Bundestag.

Jimmy Schulz, a member of parliament with the business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP), drew criticism this week after using his new iPad during a speech before the Bundestag. “One of the presidents of the Bundestag told me that the iPad usage had violated policies,” Schulz told the Berliner Kurier newspaper.



Schulz had been the first member of parliament to eschew pen and paper and instead use an iPad as the cue card for his talking points. The issue is to be taken up by the Bundestag’s Committee on the Rules of Procedure, a parliament spokesperson told the newspaper.

Germany’s Bundestag has a blanket ban on the use of computers by anyone but journalists inside the parliamentary plenary hall, where traditional, memorized rhetoric is the preferred method of speech-giving.

But 41-year-old Schulz would like to see the Bundestag get wired. “The age of the telefax and telex has passed,” he told the newspaper, taking a swipe at parliament’s Luddite rules. “The Bundestag also needs to open itself up to new media.” The FDP’s parliamentary group is pushing for permission to use digital files in Germany’s legislative body.

“It is not acceptable that we have to continue schlepping mountains of files around with us,” Schulz said.

(Source Spiegel, 2010)

Rules of procedure were changed after MP Jimmy Schultz made his first speech in the plenary hall with an iPad in 2010. 

Angela goes Hollywood …

It was Arnold Schwarzenegger, former governor of US state California, who donated an iPad to Dr. Angela Merkel, chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, in April 2010, shortly after the initial launch of Steve Jobs masterpiece. She studied physics and in many cases this goes along with becoming a tech nerd.

And there’s even more …

Doesn’t the German parliament look as futuristic as Apple’s spaceship?

Other countries …

According to Kenya’s Standard Digital News, the government has purchased 450 iPads; and, due to the higher cost of electronics in the country, that will add up to somewhere around $350,000. Each tablet ranges in cost from 55,000 Kenyan shillings (~$640) to 70,000 shillings (~$815). That is a fairly high cost for the devices, but Kenya’s GDP has been skyrocketing recently. In 1993, it was a mere $5.75 billion, by 1999 it was up to $14.09 billion, and as of 2012 it had hit $37.23 billion. And, giving members of government iPads will seriously cut down printing costs of course. 

Apps not only for MPs …

There are many apps available at Apple’s App Store referring to work of politicians in parliaments. Here is just one example:

My Constituency – UK Parliament

There are 650 Members of Parliament (MPs) in the UK House of Commons. Each MP is elected by voters in 650 constituency areas. CurrentLy 533 constituencies in England, 59 in Scotland, 40 in Wales and 18 in Northern ireland.

The ‘My Constituency’ iPad app has been created in the House of Commons Library to display key statistics for each constituency area. These include election results, unemployment, youth unemployment and population, in this version new datasets have been added and improvements to the dispLays have been made.

Other apps are Bundestag (Germany), Swiss Parl, Governing Australia, Parliament of Mongolia, Parliament of Singapore, Parliament of South Africa, etc.

Reducing costs …

A UK government experiment with iPads has resulted in major cost savings and an enthusiastic adoption of the tablets by politicians, the head of IT in parliament has said.

Politicians have been using the tablets to store notes for debates as part of a year-long experiment that began in spring 2011. 

“We’ve been looking at the investment cost of iPads versus printing, and we’re coming up with a good story,” Miller, head of Parliamentary ICT (PICT), told the audience in London. “Even if I replace iPads twice a year, it’s cheaper than our encrypted laptops.”

Finally …

As you can see it’s not only the business sector, the educational sector, the health care sector, schools and universities, etc. where iPads are the preferred devices.

The well-known slogans of Apple 

Thinnovation.
There’s something in the air.
State-of-the-art meets state-of-the-art.
Redesigned. Reengineered, Re-everythinged.

regarding the MacBook Air could be easily re-activated for the new iPad Air.

Related links …

About the iPad
iPad @ Universities

Thanks for surfing by.






Congrats Sir Jonathan

4 07 2015

Apple senior executive Jonathan Ive has officially assumed the role of Chief Design Officer at Apple.

Designers play the essential role in the development of successful products. Let’s have a look on the man who is responsible for design at Apple, Inc.
Sir Jonathan Paul Ive, KBE RDI (born 27 February 1967) is an English designer. He has the overall responsibility for Industrial Design and also provides leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) software teams across the company. He is the lead designer of many of Apple’s products, including the MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, iOS 7, etc.
  

KNE (Knight Commander)

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order is composed of five classes in civil and military divisions.

RDI (Royal Designer for Industry)

Royal Designer for Industry is a distinction established by the British Royal Society of Arts (or RSA) in 1936, to encourage a high standard of industrial design and enhance the status of designers. It is awarded to people who have achieved “sustained excellence in aesthetic and efficient design for industry”. Those who are British citizens take the letters RDI after their names, while those who are not become Honorary RDIs (HonRDI). Everyone who holds the distinction is a Member of The Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry (founded in 1938).

Designers are always like philosophers. Endless thinking about their product regarding uniqueness, acceptance of potential customers, usability, feasibility, and more is their daily task always with the risk to fail.

More …

Sir Jonathan now is CDO

Related …

Designed by Apple in California


Thanks for dropping by.





The Decision

30 06 2015

The question
What do I need the device for?
is important to avoid errors in motivation when purchasing a mobile device.

For some people it’s not only about sheer specs, e.g. screen sizes, CPU frequency, or megapixels.

IMG_4074

It’s also about

  • 1 rejecting bells and whistles and focusing on tasks backed by the simplicity of the operating system
  • 2 looking for build quality
  • 3 getting more than just a device, an exciting history and fascinating leaders who have something to say, people with blood flowing through their veins
  • 4 being a customer of a company which target isn’t selling your data
  • 5 admiring a historically relevant company which changed the lives of many of us through constant innovation
  • 6 supporting a company which takes care of our environment, feels responsible for labor conditions, creates lots of jobs, and delights people

It’s your decision, nine times out of ten.

Note
The restriction refers to the price of Apple’s devices.

But
a smartphone is a personal device (comparable with a watch) and so the purchase decision is up to very personal preferences. It’s an object of interest but never a mocking stock or a case for a war with words. No need for vulgarness or otherwise running out of etiquettes.

Trolls, a new species of living organisms which came up with the launch of social networks, shouldn’t get a second chance here on Google+, the content network #1 (btw, credits to Google). These people patched their brain with a powerful filter mechanism which allows to ignore arguments of normal people using a device of a competitor. The Internet changed the way people argue. A phone might not seem to be something worth fighting over, but what it stands for most definitely is. A hardcore fanboy immediately turns into a hostage.
Hostages have no choice but to buy certain products. They are far less likely to care if one device is better than another. It’s the choosing one thing over another which leads to narratives about why you did it. If you have to rationalize why you bought a product, you will probably find ways to see how it fits in with your self-image. All of this forms a giant neurological cluster of associations, emotions, details of self-image and biases around the things people own.

So,
be sympathetic and take my points.

Related links …

Going Apple

Fanboyism

Thanks for reading.
Hope to meet you in front of an Apple Store.





Apple Watch

15 06 2015

Apple talks about

Our most personal device yet.
Our goal has always been to make powerful technology more accessible. More relevant. And ultimately more personal. Apple Watch represents a new chapter in the relationship people have with technology. It’s the most personal product we’ve ever made, because it’s the first one designed to be worn.

Agree to the headline

“Our most personal device yet”.

Do you also agree to my alteration

Our most personal gadget yet“?

Each device you use should fit your needs. But there are not only needs when it comes to a purchase decision. Today’s electronic devices also have to stimulate the Play Instinct. Stats show us that smartphones are often exclusively used for playing games.

Some major tech companies offer a new processor-based product category, the SMARTWATCH.

The smart watch …

Here is what we find on Wikipedia:

A SMARTWATCH (or SMART WATCH) is a computerized wristwatch with functionalities that are enhanced beyond timekeeping. While early models can perform basic tasks, such as calculations, translations, and game-playing, modern smartwatches are effectively wearable computers. Many smartwatches run mobile apps, while a smaller number of models run a mobile operating system and function as portable media players, offering playback of FM radio, audio, and video files to the user via a Bluetooth headset. Some smartwatches models, also called watch phones, feature full mobile phone capability, and can make or answer phone calls.

Such devices may include features such as a camera, accelerometer, thermometer, altimeter, barometer, compass, chronograph, calculator, cell phone, touch screen, GPS navigation, map display, graphical display, speaker, scheduler, watch, SD-Cards that are recognized as a mass storage device by a computer, and rechargeable battery. It may communicate with a wireless headset, heads-up display, insulin pump, microphone, modem, or other devices.

Some also have “sport watch” functionality with activity tracker features (also known as “fitness tracker”) as seen in GPS watches made for Training, Diving, and Outdoor sports. Functions may include training programs (such as intervals), Lap times, speed display, GPS tracking unit, Route tracking, dive computer, heart rate monitor compatibility, Cadence sensor compatibility, and compatibility with sport transitions (as in triathlons).

Like other computers, a smartwatch may collect information from internal or external sensors. It may control, or retrieve data from, other instruments or computers. It may support wireless technologies like Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS. However, it is possible a “wristwatch computer” may just serve as a front end for a remote system, as in the case of watches utilizing cellular technology or WiFi.
Wikipedia

Facts about Apple Watch …

As usual I used a mind map to visually summarize what Apple publishes about the new product.

IMG_4066

Feel free to download this map from my Box account.

The alternative file formats have been created with iThoughts for iOS (.ITMZ file format). Compatibility to other tools is limited. The DOCX file format is suggested for those who don’t use a mind mapping tool. The file contains the image as well as a detailed outline of all topics.

Application File format
Adobe Reader PDF
Apple iWork/Microsoft Office DOCX
iThoughts ITMZ
MindManager MMAP
XMind XMIND

The screen is small and therefore it’s not designed for intense interactions. Benefits may come up when sensors constantly collect data which can be used for health and fitness or notifications are pushed to the watch so that users get informed about important events or mails.

Apple ad …

“See and feel what’s next on your schedule.”

Please tell me, what’s so important for me as a normal user that should be pushed to my wrist some seconds before I go into the details on my smartphone?

Apple ad …

“Sensitive enough to tell a tap from a press.”

Force touch distinguishes between a light tap and a deep press, and trigger instant access to a range of contextually specific controls … or a mode that allows you to select different watch faces – whenever you want. It’s the most significant new sensing capability since Multi‑Touch.

How many times a day do I change the watch face?

Apple ad ..

“Say it with feeling. Sketch. Use your finger to draw something quickly. Your friend on the other end can watch your drawing animate, then respond with a custom creation for you.”

Do I really have benefits if I replace built-in shit (Emojis) with handcrafted bullshit (Sketches)?

Here’s to the crazy ones. The gamers. The artists. The Emojis. The ones who like to block the more meaningful way to connect, aka calls or face-to-face conversation.

Honestly, this is just fun and people will try it out a few times and quickly forget this feature.

HealthKit …

HealthKit is Apple’s name of the interface developers can use to take advantage of iOS designed to process health and activity data.

According to Reuters, 14 major U.S. hospitals have rolled out trials for Apple’s HealthKit tool. 8 out of the 14 hospitals trying out HealthKit are on the U.S. News + World Report’s Honor Roll which ranks the best hospitals. As part of the pilot program, physicians will use the patients iPhone and iPads in order to monitor patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. This allows doctors to watch for early signs of trouble and intervene before a medical problem becomes acute.

Several hundred patients are being tracked, who are struggling to control their blood pressure. The devices measure blood pressure and other statistics and send it to Apple phones and tablets. As part of the pilot, Apple is also said to be evaluating the issue of privacy, as well as delivery. According to the report, Apple has recruited informal industry advisors, including Rana and John Halamka, chief information officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, to discuss health data privacy and for introductions to the industry.

Added values …

If the smartwatch is seen as a gadget we mustn’t query if there are added values when purchasing a constant little companion of a smartphone.

If we are focused on more essential things and are looking for something that makes our lives easier then the Apple Watch doesn’t really fit into our bag of e-loot. Not now. Maybe never because our eyes and our fingers won’t mutate into useful tools for taking control over a smart watch.

Summary …

Wether an electronic device is useful or not always depends on the

  • 1 frequency with which we use it
  • 2 acceptance of the UI and UX

With an evil eye I see

a fascinating design, a demonstration of what’s technically possible with miniaturized sensors and processors , the necessity of a periodic maintenance (daily charging and less frequent updating of the OS and apps), redundant notifications, an incredible small screen (although the world was eager for Apple’s new iPhone screen sizes), another electronic device which is on the way to take control of our daily life in a way that we listen to the device and more often forget those humans around us.

In some countries we already have courses for addicts named Digital Detoxing!

China already has an estimated 300 internet addiction centres, according to a report on state broadcaster CCTV’s website in February 2014. It also cited a survey showing there may be more than 24 million young Chinese addicted to the internet.

IMG_4069

The city of Chongqing in China has reportedly set up the country’s first sidewalk for ‘mobile phone addicts’, with a lane specifically dedicated to those glued to their screens.

Are you also a web junkie using a smartphone more than 6 hours a day, go to sleep with your device right beside you, wake up and your very first activity is to glance on the screen?

Well, then it’s time to look for professional help.

The Apple Watch and all the other smart watches are unbefuckinglievable pieces of miniaturization but just gadgets with two exceptions:

  • 1 using the device for taking care of the health of people who suffer from diseases which can be controlled and observed with reliable sensors
  • 2 using the device as an expensive and quite overdressed fitness tracker

I’m not really convinced of this product category (as a normal user of iThings).
Apple’s competitors, especially Microsoft with Microsoft Band, walk on the same rocky road. People say that only Apple owns the power to bring a new category successful into the market. This time they will fail. The profit and loss account might look good but the relevance for us is that of a Game Boy which 8-bit model was discontinued in 2003.

In context with Microsoft Band the company says “Live healthier and be more productive.”
Well, living healthier cannot be delegated to an electronic device. We have biological sensors which shouldn’t be dulled. And being more productive can easily be done with an intense use of the brain.

Related links ….

About creativity …

Power on your brain

Blogging with iPad and iPhone

Thanks for taking your time.








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