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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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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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 iPhone Company

16 11 2015

The registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Apple’s SEC filing for the fiscal year 2015 shows that 66% of the net sales are generated by the iPhone, an increase of 52% compared to 2014. Thanks for reporting, Luca.

Stats about Apple are always the starting point for peerless lessons in leadership. No other tech company is as successful as Apple if we look at parameters like profit, environment, responsibility in different areas, innovation, disruptive technology, code of conduct, cult, etc.
Different to many other competitors, Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, and all the other excellent employees followed a philosophy. Continuity over decades let this company grew up to the most valuable brands in the world. Apple is a mega brand right in the middle of the epicenter of technology, the Californian Silicon Valley.

Statements like

Apple’s brand is just overwhelming here.

It’s not about specifications. It’s not about rationale. It’s about owning an iPhone.

(Eiji Mori, a Tokyo-based analyst at BCN Inc.)

always incite platform wars when published in social media. Users of Apple devices always get nothing but scorn and derision if Fandroids read those lines.

Everybody is entitled to make his decision up to his requirements but also must be able to retrieve reliable data about companies when it comes to assessments or any financial engagement.

The SEC …

As the leading industrial nation the USA developed rules for financial reports which are basically overtaken by other countries (even Germany, the country which is well-known for it’s very special and complex legislation not really understood by normal people). The responsible commission in the USA is the SEC (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission). 
The laws and rules that govern the securities industry not only in the United States but also in all other industrialized countries derive from a simple and straightforward concept:

All investors, whether large institutions or private individuals, should have access to certain basic facts about an investment prior to buying it, and so long as they hold it.

  

To achieve this, the SEC requires public companies to disclose meaningful financial and other information to the public.

This provides a common pool of knowledge for all investors to use to judge for themselves whether to buy, sell, or hold a particular security. Only through the steady flow of timely, comprehensive, and accurate information can people make sound investment decisions.

Numbers …

In Apple’s SEC 10-K filings (Annual financial statement) you will find the most important numbers, the unit sales of the iPhone. This device still is the product that boosts the company’s success.
With Apple’s spreadsheet app Numbers (part of iWork) I put these numbers into a table and used ‘Create chart’ from the context menu to create the bar graph. In a last step I inserted some images from the camera roll and added text fields to explain it all.

Note

iWork for iOS is an example for the added value Apple gives its customers when buying a mobile device like an iPhone or an iPad. It’s free and the company justifies this decision simply with an improvement of the user experience. It’s just one example for a sophisticated strategy to delight customers.

More …

About Statistics

Source …

Apple Form 10K 2015


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Apple Campus 2

13 11 2015

Construction Update by the City of Cupertino

The actual HQ of Apple Inc. is located in Cupertino, California, USA. With the return of Steve Jobs to Apple in 1997 many changes were made to the campus. The actual HQ is located in Cupertino, California, USA. With the return of Steve Jobs to Apple in 1997 changes were made to the campus. Tradition has it that Steve also increased the menu of the cafeteria drastically. But that didn’t help. A machine requires oiling and creativity requires space. 

We need a new Campus

Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs presented his proposal for a new Apple Campus to the Cupertino City Council. Unsurprisingly it looked like the ultimate mobile device, a spaceship. His presentation was recorded Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at the Cupertino Community Hall.

Schedule …

Q4 2013 – Q4 2014 Street Utilities

Q4 2013 – Q1 2015 Demolition

Q2 2014 – Q2 2015 Earthwork

Q2 2014 – Q4 2016 Building Construction

The City of Cupertino updated its website with a new photo of the campus (link below).

Some facts …

An amazing concept which perfectly fits into the environmental initiatives which most important area was making the data centers in Maiden, Pineville, Reno, and Newark green.

  
If you’re looking for more facts, feel free to download the mind map from my BOX account

DOCX file

PDF file

and see this

Bird’s-eye view as of Nov 2015

Related

Construction Update

We need a new campus


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iMessages from Albert

6 10 2015

About product philosophy

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.”


About iOS

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”


About innovation

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”


About SEC filings

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”


  

Notes

Quotes taken from Albert Einstein.

Post created by an open-minded Apple fanboy user.


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When government comes knocking

10 09 2015

Some statements regarding privacy taken from Tim Cook’s open letter in Sep 2014 …

At Apple, your trust means everything to us. That’s why we respect your privacy and protect it with strong encryption, plus strict policies that govern how all data is handled.
Security and privacy are fundamental to the design of all our hardware, software, and services, including iCloud and new services like Apple Pay.
And we continue to make improvements. Two-step verification, which we encourage all our customers to use, in addition to protecting your Apple ID account information, now also protects all of the data you store and keep up to date with iCloud.

  

A few years ago, users of Internet services began to realize that when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product.
But at Apple, we believe a great customer experience shouldn’t come at the expense of your privacy. Our business model is very straightforward:
We (just) sell great products.
We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers. We don’t monetize the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. 

Finally, I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will.

Tim

See the EFF results about privacy compliance of big companies here

Who has your back

More facts …
Life’s a bit more complicated than many people think. It’s unfair to only accuse a company or single people without knowing the facts behind an issue. Today hackers have to use sophisticated algorithms and strategies to open a door. To say “It’s your fault” is easy, to substantiate this is most often difficult and affords a close view on the things. What we learned from most of the issues in which private data were leaked is that in 95% the users themselves didn’t follow well-known security advices. 
Here are some good reads about hacked iCloud accounts:

Zdziarski’s Blog

BusinessInsider

Related …

Apple and the NSA

2-Step Verification

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