Apple and WWF 

13 05 2015

Stats say that every human living in an industrial nation uses about 20,000 kg paper in his life.  

“Through a new project announced today, WWF and Apple will help China – the world’s largest producer and consumer of paper products – reduce its environmental footprint by producing paper products from responsibly managed forests within its own borders.”

Source WWF (2015-05-11)

Related

What you should know about paper …
Go Paperless

What you can do with your mobile device to reduce paper usage …
Go Paperless with Tap Forms

Thanks for paying attention.





Creating Collages

10 05 2015

People say …

A picture is worth a thousand words.

And there is more …

Humans are designed to absorb visualized information in a jiffy and in many cases remember this information much longer than any other stimulation of senses.

Create collages on your iPad. It’s not only funny but also lets you digest the topic again.

Earlier I posted this image with an ironic content about Apple’s payment system, which works with the iOS devices starting with iPhone 6 and iPad Air 3.

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It’s an example for what you can do on an iPad. See the appropriate ingredients, apps, and devices to create collages in the image below. The collage was also created with Apple’s presentation app Keynote.

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It might be also worth creating some images with photos of your last holiday. Once you started you’ll love it.

The iPad is definitely a shining example for disruptive technology.

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 Einstein’s 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.

Summary …

Stay hungry, stay foolish, and be creative with your iThing.

Related links …

iPad @ Universities

About the iPad

If you use images you should know something about the Copyright

The Copyright

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OMG

9 05 2015

Microsoft’s iOS app OneDrive was updated on May 6, 2015, with this description of the new innovative features:

Improvements to image quality and performance on Apple Watch.
If you have a new Apple Watch, you can enjoy your OneDrive photos right from your wrist!

My high resolution photos taken with an iSight camera displayed on a screen size near to the size of a postage stamp.

  

That’s what I was looking for since years.

Well, at the end of the day everything we like (including JLaw) is a matter of imagination.

So feel free to download my collage and view JLaw right on your wrist.

Note

Dear developers, think twice about the usefulness of your application on a 1.5″ screen size. Here is a noteworthy document for you.

Guidelines

More

Cockamamie

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20 Years Later

30 04 2015

an opinion which came up in the Stone Age of Mobiles must be revised.

The New York Times Sep 17, 1995 …

The Newton, Apple’s hand-held computer, is on the brink of a second life, and industry analysts who have seen prototypes say the new version comes significantly closer to meeting its original promise than the first model, which was widely derided as John Sculley’s folly.

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At a closed meeting for about 400 software developers in San Francisco early this month, Apple Computer Inc. introduced new Newton software. People close to the company said the new operating system, called the Newton OS 2.0, will go on sale in November.

People who have used the new Newton say it does a better job of recognizing handwritten input, exchanges data with desktop computers more efficiently and has an improved user interface. But the personal digital assistant or P.D.A.,

is still a technology in search of a market.

“In the long run there is no doubt people will carry around small computers much like pagers today,”

said Amy Wohl, president of Wohl Associates Consulting Group.

“But it’s still not clear that Apple will be one of the major providers of these systems.”

Credits …

As always, Apple is responsible for the track record but we should also give credits to Microsoft. Companies always stimulate each other to innovate. That means:

Something original and more effective and, as a consequence, new, that “breaks into” the market or society and initiates a significant impact.

There is no doubt that the iPad was not only a shining example for innovation but also for disruptive technology.

Related links …

Ap(pl)es

About the iPad

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Cockamamie

26 04 2015

Customers asked for bigger screen sizes and Apple delivered. Isn’t it strange that people now want the watch although mobiles today are mainly used for surfing, mailing, shopping, and banking, tasks you cannot do with the iPhone’s expensive kernel-based accessory.

  
So the Apple Watch soon will be offered with a well-designed and innovative magnifier in Milanaise style.

Why?

Well, many developers now offer their apps for Apple’s most personal device although there are some stumbles which make it hard to perceive the device’s  overall usefulness. 

This update adds support  for the Keynote Remote Apple Watch app.
Apple April 21, 2015, on its Keynote update

So you now can control Keynote presentations with the Apple Watch. 
Yes, but only if there is enough energy left in your watch. Maybe it’s better to buy two watches, one for the morning and one for the afternoon.
Playing with e-loot is now transferred from the powerful brother in your hand to the eye-catcher at your wrist showing some signs of weakness.

Note

Linear presentations are a bit old-fashioned. Today non-linear presentations are preferred. The app Final Argument (top rated by numerous US professors) is in the line of applications allowing non-linear presentations. In contrast to Apple’s Keynote or Microsoft’s Powerpoint presentation tools slides can be arranged in a non-linear (in contrast to top-to-bottom) layout. With this kind of presentation, it is possible to jump to any out-of-order slides. Non linear presentations are excellent where audience participation is expected and encouraged. For instance a manager summarizing the latest progress of a project with his team, team members may interject to explain something, as a result the manager jumps to a different slide.


Improvements?

With the Apple Watch we now have a fully sequential remote control, definitely a step backwards. Have you ever tried to see a preview of a slide on your watch before presenting it to the audience? Have you ever tried to navigate through your presentation to use it for a deeper discussion with your colleagues? 

To use an Apple Watch is a great idea but only if people get an innovative new kind of eyes adapted to their iThings which can manage the impressive screen size of an Apple Watch.

Elmer Bautista commented on Google+

Plus using both arms just to do the presentation, instead of just one hand holding the phone to click through the slides.

It’s not only Apple but also other developers starting to deploy their app versions for the watch regardless of their usefulness. 
1Password for example is now available for the watch. Well, I use 1Password to automatically sign in to websites. Did I miss something or is Safari already available for the watch? 
With FlightTrack for the Apple Watch, a glance at your wrist gives you the status of your current flight when you’re on the go! You can view more flights and details in the watch app to see terminal and gate information, seat assignments, baggage claim, confirmation numbers, and more!
How many times a week do you get airborne? It might be useful but it’s much more likely that you don’t need it and your watch just shows you what’s right in front of your eyes on a 30 ft display board, not to talk about the untrustworthiness of data retrieved from various sources.

If you don’t go forward, you go backwards. So it’s nice to have a Milanaise magnifier, possibly with a battery for charging the watch on the go. Time must always stay in motion.

It’s just my opinion, an opinion of a detached 60+ mind who is a candidate for health apps on an Apple Watch but unfortunately I found this note in Apple’s “Important Safety Information” (Apple Watch Guide, Apr 2015)

Not a medical device
Apple Watch, the heart rate sensor, and the included Apple Watch apps are not medical devices and are intended for fitness purposes only. They are not designed or intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.

So I still prefer to contact my doctor and clear things up by using the traditional methods and, more important, face-to-face communication. 
Related links …

The Apple Watch (1)

The Apple Watch (2)
 
Non-linear Presentations


Thanks for taking your time.
I’m pretty sure that you didn’t read this post on your watch.

A final note
It’s Apple’s most personal device yet and so it’s everybody’s most personal decision to improve the company’s income statement or to breathe life into more efficient alternatives.





Cupertino’s Spaceship

23 04 2015

Apple’s future headquarter (called spaceship) is expected to be finished in Q4 2016. It looks like a big version of the neo-futuristic Mac Pro. Thousands of excellent engineers will have their workspace in a new inspiring environment. It’s the next architectonical level.

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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. The number of buildings were increased and many activities not related to research and development were moved to the buildings on Infinite Loop 1 (hopefully not an omen for any further operating system). Tradition has it that Steve also increased the menu of the cafeteria drastically.

Steve Jobs’ dream of a futuristic new workspace will be the perfect environment to successfully keep the company as the epicenter of technology in the Silicon Valley.

It happened in 2007. The first iPhone (the collage, created with Apple’s iWork app Keynote, shows this device, the so-called iPhone 2G) was released and today it generates 56% of the company’s revenues (101,991M$ of 182,795M$ total net sales). I’m sure that we wouldn’t see the spaceship if Apple would only offer fashionable products instead of bringing consistent innovative iterations of hardware and software products as well as powerful services.

In 2016 Apple will move into the next architectonic level.
It will be exciting to see what the next level of devices and operating systems will be.

Sad to say that the unforgettable Steve Jobs will not see his spaceship.

Summary …

Readers of my blog already know that I like to summarize information by visualizing it woth a mind map. So here is the map about Apple’s spaceship.

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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

Waiting for the spaceship to land.

Related links …

About the iPhone

About the iPad

About innovation

The hidden price

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Quality Management

16 04 2015

Have you ever heard of

Never change a running system.

The saying, it is presumed, (awkwardly) comes from German IT-experts. What they mean is:

If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.

In my humble opinion companies or people following this belief are doomed.
Why? Because just like cars, IT systems need regular service and maintenance in order to run smoothly over a long period of time. Hardware components usually either fail right from the start or at the end of their lifecycle. Operating systems as well as apps are faced with different hard- and software configurations, and so they need updates.

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The Bathtub Curve

  • 1 decreasing failure rate
    known as early failures
  • 2 constant failure rate
    known as random failures
  • 3 increasing failure rate
    known as wear-out failures

applied to IT systems, shows us:

The older a system gets (I’m talking about my iPhone 4S), the more likely its failure becomes. In addition to that you have to take into account that over time hardware spare parts might become scarce and vendor support for software might run out.

So instead of relying on your battle-proven system running for years without incident and change, you should regularly patch and update. Of course this bares risks because there are lots of developers who do a pretty poor job when it comes to concentrate on writing fault-tolerant, robust code and intensive testing. Testing is what developers definitely don’t like. The UI should be as simple as possible but the underlying code then is most likely quite complex.

Quality Management means …

Get your enemies on board.

Their single target is always to let your developments crash.

Apple has rigorous testing policies regarding hardware products. The lab in Cupertino contains an array of different testing equipment. Apple’s head of engineering Dan Riccio said:

As we add more and more features, we have to find out a way to break them before customers do.

According to Apple, 15,000 separate tests were conducted on both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

This fussy approach is what I actually miss if it comes to iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system.

It’s not as fault-tolerant as the predecessors and developers seem to have their problems with keeping their apps to run with an acceptable stability. Sometimes it’s nerve-racking.

Troubleshooting …

If your mobile device causes trouble there are just a few possibilities to fix problems: restart, restore, and recovery. There is no need to read tons of knowledge base articles, thankfully.

I don’t want to install dubious third-party apps on a computer (which I do not have because I already moved into the Post-PC era), so, dear Apple developers, I would like to see a revamped backup/restore procedure which allows the restore single apps and its data. Apple’s ecosystem is nearly perfect but it definitely lacks with the iTunes dinosaur and the atavistic backup/restore procedure.

Anyway,

at the end of the day, steady maintenance is much less of a hassle than standing next to your broke car on the highway not knowing if you will ever get it to work again.

Mobile Device Testing …

The devices are small but the effort to test them is higher than that of a grown-up computer. Smartphones and tablets have lots of micro machines on board and the operating system has to seamlessly communicate with them.

Mobile Device Testing assures the quality of mobile devices, like mobile phones, tablets, etc.

The testing will be conducted on both hardware and software. And from the view of different procedures, the testing comprises R&D testing, factory testing and certificate testing.

Mobile Device Testing involves a set of activities from monitoring and trouble shooting mobile application, content and services on real handsets. Testing includes verification and validation of hardware devices and software applications.

See the visualized summary of mobile device testing in this mind map:

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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

Advantage Apple …

It’s all about fragmentation.

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Developing applications for the Android platform is a complicated business. You have to test with multiple operating system versions, hardware vendor interface layers, hardware configurations, and network capabilities. The testing matrix for Android-based applications can be a serious challenge, impacting your product’s quality, time-to-market, and in the end, profitability.

Related links …

About Apps

Apple Support

Troubleshooting

The Pareto Principle

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