Microsoft vs Apple

22 05 2017

I’d love Windows 10 Mobile if the rest would be as well as Microsoft’s Calculator.

The Calculator is definitely the highlight of preinstalled apps on my Lumia 550.

Apple’s Calculator looks nicer (like almost every UI designed by Apple in California) but hey, it’s a calculator. Features count and regarding this app tidbit Apple is definitely not in the same street as Microsoft.

Apple, you always tried to follow a wise saying of Albert Einstein

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

but in this case you miserably failed.

But it’s always good to have some room for improvement.

Come on Apple, do your math.
Come on Microsoft, do the rest.
We like competition.

Thanks for visiting my blog.





Encryption in Transit and At Rest

19 05 2017

There is an app for that.

It’s Boxcryptor by the German Secomba GmbH and it’s easy to use with a perfect design. Nothing is saved on Secomba’s servers without being encrypted by the user’s password, a zero-knowledge relationship between the user and the company behind Boxcryptor.


Here’s a short guide for backup freaks enabling them to even access their sensitive information in the worst case (iPhone died or was stolen). The good news is that they can even do it with their 💯$ Windows 10 backup phone.

Let’s get ready to rumble …

If a note contains sensitive information it can be locked with iOS’s built-in encryption capabilities. As an option it’s either stored locally on the iOS device or on iCloud.

It’s intended to

  • store an encrypted backup on a further cloud storage like Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, etc
  • ensure access to encrypted files from a device running on a different OS, e.g. a mobile phone running on Windows 10

Here is the workaround to transfer files from Apple Notes on an iPhone to Dropbox as a strongly encrypted PDF.

  1. Write a note.
  2. Tap on the Action Menu (top right).
  3. Choose PRINT.
  4. In PRINT PREVIEW force press on page 1.
  5. Tap on the Action Menu (bottom left).
  6. Choose BOXCRYPTOR.
  7. In BOXCRYPTOR choose UPLOAD.

Note …
A zero-knowledge service provider will always store any private and sensitive information in an encrypted form protected by the user’s password – which is never transferred to the provider. Passwords, password keys, and file keys never leave the users’ devices and are never transferred anywhere or to anyone.

Handle with care! Zero-knowledge means that Secomba cannot help you if you forgot your password. You’ll lose access to all encrypted files.

Benefits …

Your are safe and so you are. If you buy a new device you mustn’t take care of the OS. Boxcryptor runs on Windows, Windows Mobile, macOS, Android, iOS, Blackberry, and Chrome. 28 clouds are supported including Apple iCloud. You can share files with non-Boxcryptor users (Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive only as of May 2017).

More …

Boxcryptor Review

Boxcryptor Technical Overview

Thanks for reading.





Ad for the next iPhone

18 05 2017

made by Sixt Car Rental, Germany, et al.


Translation

BLACK   WATER-PROOFED   WIRELESS
MUCH MEMORY IMPROVED CAMERAS

(Preorder 7er now on sixt.de)

7er? Did I miss something or do we just get a facelift.

I sorely miss the all-round vision, aka full-screen display.

And what about the fingerprint recognition?
Just look at the latest “Mission Impossible” movie.

The featured BMW muscle car unlocks by placing a palm flat against the driver side window, with the fingerprints immediately recognized.

Apple, again you’re late in the market
but we all know you will do it slightly better.

Thanks for dropping by.

Note
Sixt published this ad (modified by me by adding the 7 Plus) shortly after the launch of the iPhone 7 in fall 2016.





Expensive password keeper?

17 05 2017

or even with a subscription model?

That’s the new way developers try to assure their livelihood and secure against poverty. That stands to reason and ad a retired programmer I know what I’m talking about.

But …

Users disagree substantively over subscription models although it’s the only way to do a meaningful economic analysis.

How much money are they willing to spend monthly for their let’s say 30 apps?

Stats tell us that this is the average number of apps frequently used by iOS users.

Well, I personally do not have any subscription (except my 50GB iCloud plan for 0.99€/month).

It’s not only Apple’s SVP Phil Schiller promoting subscription based models but also he makers of the well-known password keeper 1Password. So it was time for me to scrutinize alternatives.

And it turned out that Apple’s built-in app NOTES is now my first choice. I don’t need and don’t want to use the integrated browsers of 1Password or OneSafe. I have Apple’s strongly encrypted Keychain to save credentials for websites opened in Safari.

But what happens if things don’t go my way?

Well, then I still have the list of essential access information in a locked note of Apple’s built-in App Notes. For free.

More …

Apple Notes

Thanks for paying attention.





Wise words Mr Nadella

15 05 2017

then stop your company from poking into every corner. Give us default settings for features concerning privacy which cut the data flow from our devices to your company.


Don’t be under the delusion that connecting everything will improve our lives.

I know, we mustn’t buy all this useless stuff which often prevents self-determined actions. But you also know that there are many people out there who are not able to see the dangers coming up in the long-term.

Chris Anderson’s take …

“My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists and overly concerned about tech, and they say that none of their friends have the same rules… That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”

Thanks for 🏄 by.





Poor you!

12 05 2017

Parry goes viral

If you don’t have an iPhone, well, you don’t have an iPhone.

(Apple’s iPhone ad in 2011)

But you can

(1) easily get Parry’s smash hit in the Microsoft Store
or
(2) take your time to contemplate about the meaning of life Mr Nadella’s business philosophy regarding smart phones
or
(3) wait until fall to become a proud owner of the new iPhone.

(1)+(2)+(3) is also welcome.

If you like Parry’s music there’s a further musical tidbit for you titled “iPad”.

And if you don’t have a Microsoft Phone, well, you don’t have a Microsoft Phone but with the links below you can savor samples on iTunes as well.

Smash hits by Parry Gripp …

I Got No iPhone

Microsoft Store

iTunes

iPad

Microsoft Store

iTunes

Enjoy.
But I can’t recommend to spend money.





The sad answer of a global player

11 05 2017

The problem

Apple, a global player?

The sad answer

So if you are an honest guy buy or rent a house in the USA to get a billing address, contact a US bank to get a credit card accepted by Apple and then download the free app you were looking for from the US App Store.

This casts a poor light on an internationally acting company.

There are some workarounds to get a US Apple ID with faked personal data. Apple Support on Twitter clearly stated that this is against Apple’s ToS.

Don’t be evil.

With your non-US credit card you can pay everywhere in the world but not necessarily in Apple’s App Store.








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