iWork to Airport

30 06 2014

iWork for iOS syncs all your iWork documents via iCloud with all your other devices running on the same Apple ID. Sometimes it’s useful to save an iWork document on an external storage e.g. a USB stick connected to your router e.g. an Apple AirPort Extreme.

There seems to be a problem with iWork documents winging to an USB storage.
I’d like to think Apple products are perfect but they obviously aren’t.
But don’t panic.
There is a way to fix it in a jiffy.
There is an app for that.

Here is how you can do it seamlessly.

The hardware and software …

This is my home configuration, an iPad, an iPhone, and an Apple Airport Extreme router connected to cable internet via a CISCO modem.

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I use the USB port of the router to connect external storage media with the WiFi network.

To seamlessly connect to external storages I use the app FileBrowser by Stratospherix. Over time it was improved many times and seems to be the best app to connect to local storages as well as cloud storages via WebDAV or predefined connections to well-known cloud providers like Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, or even Point.io. It also supports Microsoft’s SMB protocol (Server Message Block) to automatically connect to Windows networks and since the last update the FTP protocol (File Transfer Protocol) is supported with which you can seamlessly access web servers.

With FileBrowser, the iPad or iPhone becomes a powerful tool for business and private use. The app is easy to use and allows files to be downloaded, edited and uploaded back to the original location or distributed to other employees, partners or customers. With FileBrowser, users can access their documents from their mobile device and no longer need to take bulky laptops to meetings or out of the office when visiting clients.

Let’s take a look on this universal app by summarizing its features in a 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 HD for iPad (.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 steps …

Step 1
Connecting to an attached storage

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Step 2
Using ‘Open in Another App’ in iWork

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An alternative …

An alternative to FileBrowser is GoodReader by Good.iWare. The app connects to the attached storage via SMB protocol.

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About SMB …
In computer networking, Server Message Block (SMB), also known as Common Internet File System (CIFS) operates as an application-layer network protocol mainly used for providing shared access to files, printers, serial ports, and miscellaneous communications between nodes on a network.

Not only does SMB allow computers to share files, but it also enables computers to share printers and even serial ports from other computers within the network. For example, a computer connected to a Windows network could print a document on a printer connected to another computer on the network, as long as both machines support the SMB protocol.

Though SMB was originally developed for Windows, it can also be used by other platforms, including Unix and Mac OS X, using a software implementation called Samba. By using Samba instructions, Mac, Windows, and Unix computers can share the same files, folders, and printers. This is great for those Windows-based office networks where there is a graphic designer who refuses to use anything but a Mac and a tech guy who does everything on his Linux machine.

Because of the many more features of FileBrowser, the clean UI, and the support of Point.io it’s more powerful than GoodReader.

An application …

If you don’t trust in cloud services or if your documents contain sensitive data you might want to disconnect iWork from iCloud.

Unfortunately you cannot deactivate iCloud syncing for single documents.

So you have to go to Settings – iCloud – Documents + Data and cut the connection for an app e.g. Numbers.

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From now on documents created with Numbers are saved locally and you can use the procedure iWork-To-Airport to save backup copies on the storage attached to you AirPort router.

Summary …

iOS devices with installed iWork apps should be improved regarding access to Apple’s routers and there should be an option for excluding single documents from automatically saving them on iCloud.

Related links …

Point.io

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Happy Birthday iPhone

29 06 2014

The first iPhone was released on June 29, 2007.

Evolution, Innovation,
Invention, Disruptive Technology… ?
Whatever.

With each iteration of an intelligent concept customers benefit from added values.

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Thanks to Steve Jobs. His vision of ‘The Internet in your pocket’ came true in 2007 after years of hard work of all the involved co-workers doing their job with passion.

The vital organs …

Sensors are vital organs of a smartphone.
Incredible micromachines provide information for many features like changing the display from portrait to landscape mode according to the devices’s orientation.

Without them it loses its smartness and metamorphoses into a machine converting sound – typically and most efficiently the human voice – into electronic signals suitable for transmission over long distances. Just an innovation of the well-known Smoke Signal Technique. That’s it.

This mind map shows all sensors implemented in the new iPhone 5S.

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Feel free to download this mind map.

The alternative file formats have been created with iThoughts (.ITMZ file format). Compatibility to other tools is limited.

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

Enjoy the iPhone’s ad …

The internet in your pocket.
Touching is believing.
Hello.
Apple reinvents the phone.
Say Hello to iPhone.
The iPhone you’ve been waiting for.
The first phone to beat the iPhone.
Twice as fast, for half the price.
The most advanced mobile OS. Now even more advanced.
25,000 apps. And counting.
The fastest, most powerful iPhone yet.
More to love, less to pay.
This changes everything. Again.
If you don’t have an iPhone, well, you don’t have an iPhone.
The world’s thinnest smartphone.
Finally.
It’s the most amazing iPhone yet.
The biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone.
Loving it is easy. That’s why so many people do.
For the colorful.
Forward thinking.

There’s an app for that.
That’s the iPhone. Solving life’s dilemma one app at a time.

Related links …

Sensitiveness

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iOS Updates

24 06 2014

Apple Inc. implements an adapted version of it’s computer operating system OSX on it’s iPhone. It was called iPhone OS and on March 6, 2008 renamed in iOS.

Until iOS, smartphones either didn’t have a touchscreen or used a resistive touchscreen and a stylus. The iPhone changed that with its capacitive touchscreen, but more importantly Apple carefully wedded that new hardware capability to a new user interaction model that was simultaneously simpler and more powerful than systems that had come before it. Removing all physical buttons, Apple made touch the primary interaction model. Apple also nearly perfected pinch-to-zoom and inertial scrolling to make apps feel more natural and immediate. The speed and “directness” in iOS 1.0 was amazing then and remains amazing now.

Since iOS 5.0 software updates can be installed Over-The-Air (OTA) as an alternative to updates via iTunes. Since June 6, 2011 – the announcement of iOS 5.0 – a USB connection to iTunes is no longer needed to activate iOS devices; data synchronization can happen automatically and wirelessly through Apple’s iCloud service. The most recent major update, iOS 7, sees the addition of many new features, including a new flat theme, AirDrop support, and Control Center.

On March 10, 2014 Apple released it’s first major update for iOS 7. As usual the whole internet was spammed with more or less useful information, mainly saying “It’s there, guys. Download it now!”. It always happens that Apple’s servers are demoted to giant heaters when the world starts downloading what Apple’s software engineers cooked.

With a major update the long way of refinements starts. With this we should always keep in mind that OS developers are responsible for possible crashes all over the world. Trepidation increases to a level unknown to users before the servers are liberated. So let!s be sympathetic if expectations are not satisfied.

It’s better to have a running system than to keep on dreaming.

Heartbeat frequencies near to the frequency of your device’s processor are unhealthy and if your device already supports your daily tasks without crashes you should feel comfortable with it.

Over-The-Air update …

An OTA update can be done by connecting an iOS device to the internet via WiFi.

Unfortunately your device doesn’t remind you that an update is available. You have to open Settings – General – Software Update to let your device look for newer versions of iOS. Also keep in mind that a VPN or proxy connections may prevent your device from contacting Apple’s iOS update servers.

If there is an update the installation procedure can be started. But it’s always a good idea to first backup your device. You never know what can go wrong and Murphy’s law tells us ‘What can go wrong, will go wrong’ although I personally never had a problem since 2010 when buying my first iPhone, a 3GS.

Note

If you have an actual backup you can use it to restore all data even in case of a complete failure of the device. If this happens there is something you can do before the last will becomes true. Run through the RECOVERY procedure to restore iOS, the apps, and the data.

These images show the steps to get an updated version of iOS.

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During the following steps your device should be connected to a power supply or the remaining battery energy should indicate at least 50%.

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If your device is short of memory it might happen that a newer version of iOS cannot be downloaded, because it needs enough space to temporarily keep both, the old version and the new components. In this case follow theses advices:

Out of Memory

Notes

  • The download of an update is a background task so you can accept incoming phone calls.
  • Best practice is not to use third-party apps when downloading.
  • If your device doesn’t show an available update it’s likely that it doesn’t fulfill the installation requirements, the update is not yet available for your country, or Apple’s update servers are temporarily overloaded.

If you cannot connect to a WiFi network you have to install an iOS update via iTunes. First backup your device and make sure that the latest version of iTunes is installed. Disconnect all other USB devices. They may cause problems.

It’s not all roses …

To install brand new versions of an OS is always a risk even if it’s made by Apple. Others e.g. Microsoft also had problems if we remember the launch of Windows Vista.
See what happened with the release of iOS 7 in October 2013:

  • People were able to bypass the lockscreen. This flaw was discovered within hours of it becoming publicly available. The exploit is only able to be done on the iPhone 4S and 5 with the 5S and 5C safe from this bug. The access is caused by the ability to use the control center via the lock screen, this feature is able to be turned off.
  • Users complained about dizziness and vertigo-like symptoms when using this operating system (motion sickness).
  • Battery problems with battery draining even though sleeping.
  • Many users were faced with accidental Home Screen crashes occurring every one in a while with different apps.
  • Data security Secure transport failed to validate the authenticity of connection. This issue was addressed by restoring missing validation steps. This may cause an attacker with a privileged network position to capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS.

Like with many other major updates it’s always recommended to first read what’s published about a new version before installing it. There is no need to hastily update devices especially if you need them for your daily tasks.

Fragmentation …

In this context we talk about fragmentation as the installation of different versions of an operating system on actually used devices.

Fragmentation comes up if customers don’t take care of new versions, updates cannot be installed on a device because it’s too old or not adapted by manufactures who used to sell their devices with specific adaptions of the OS.

It needs enormous efforts to bring hardware and software engineers together to look into the future and design hardware components usable also for future versions of an OS. And there are the developers who have been taken into account. Compatibility over many generations of devices might be the reason why iOS is still the preferred platform for developers.

Competitors show us that the alternative is to build devices regardless what happens with newer versions of the OS.

It’s up to you to buy low build-quality for just being fashionable and getting virtual added value. It’s a vicious circle to always buy a new device for just getting all the improved features of a newer OS version.

Apple wants a perfect user experience for most of it’s loyal customers even if they use older devices. So there are restrictions for every new OS version and it’s obvious that the company never will get the pole position in market share but in customer satisfaction.

See this concept map which shows us that Apple usually covers up to three models of the iPhone, the actual and two older models. Since the release of iOS 6 even 4 models were ready to install iOS 6 and with iOS 7 and iOS 8 (announced at the WWDC on June 2, 2014) 5 models are ready to install these OS versions.

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And this always happens nearly with the speed of light compared to competitors.

Nearly 12 percent of iOS customers in the USA upgraded to iOS 7.1 within 48-hours of its release, the latest data shows.

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This can be measured by counting the devices which access the internet and with this transfer the version of their OS.

See what the Apple evangelist Jonny Evans wrote on Computerworld:

These figures compare well with Android activity levels. As recently as March 4, Google reported that its latest KitKat operating system has only a 2.5 percent adoption rate. Fragmentation within Apple’s biggest OS competitor is visible:

  • 62 % of Android users are using Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3, which began to hit devices from July 2012 and was last updated in July 2013)
  • 15.2 % use Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3-4.0.4, versions began shipping October 2011)
  • 19.0 % are stuck with Gingerbread (2.3.3-2.3.7, first began appearing December 2010)
  • 1.2 percent unfortunately still have Froyo (2.2, shipped May 2010)

The inference here is that while around 12 percent of iOS device owners already run the latest version of the OS, an insignificant 2.5 percent of Android device owners can claim to be fully up-to-date. Most Android devices run veteran operating systems.

The cohesive nature of Apple’s ecosystem is also good news for developers because as most iOS devices run current iOS versions it is easier to create consistent experiences for large numbers of potential customers.

But there is also a risk.

Although Apple forwards Beta-versions of a new update to developers not all of them take care about necessary changes of their apps. So it might happen that an app gets buggy after installing a newer version of iOS. So it’s always a good idea to install apps from reliable companies and you usually can identify them by looking at the version history of an app in the AppStore before buying it.

Summary …

It just works and even users of older devices benefit from minor or major improvements of features and security of the operating system.

Related links …

Apple: iOS updating

Apple: iOS update errors in iTunes

Recovery

Troubleshooting

The Verge: The history of iOS

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Avoid a Liquidity Bottleneck

18 06 2014

To avoid a liquidity bottleneck at the end of a month you can use Apple’s iWork app Numbers. Once you created an appropriate spreadsheet with the necessary information you can predict your account balance more or less accurately (if the rare event of a crashed iOS device doesn’t happen and you are out of warranty claim).

Here is an example to create the spreadsheet using functions implemented in Numbers and some other tricky algorithms. The good news is, it’s synced with all your other devices via iCloud. So the information is available wherever you are.

The components …

What you need is

  • Apple’s iWork app Numbers
    It’s part of Apple’s iWork suite, the pendant to Microsoft’s Office suite with one important difference: it’s optimized for touch screens and seamless to use even on the small screen of an iPhone and all your documents are automatically synced with all your devices. You can even work on your documents if you don’t have access to one of your Apple devices because there is iWork for iCloud with which you can work on documents via browsers like Safari, Google’s Chrome, or Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
    And it’s free for newly purchased devices.
  • A spreadsheet within Numbers
    which allows to predict the account balance
  • Access to your bank account
    to look up the transactions and the actual balance.

If you are not familiar with programming a spreadsheet don’t hesitate to download my template from my Box account. It’s free and there is no copyright on it. If you downloaded the template you can (easily) adapt it to your needs. The following description might help.

The spreadsheet …

The template contains two essential tables.
The first table is designed to enter the actual account balance, the performed transactions as well as periodical transactions. I call it the Dynamic table

The second table contains the dates for periodical transactions like rents or taxes to be paid in advance. I call it the Static Table.

Here is how it looks like:

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And here is the download link

Application File format
Apple Numbers numbers

Notes

If you tap on the link and downloaded the file you will see a control ‘Open in Numbers’ for a short time. If the message is gone just tap on the display again.

If you want to work with the template it’s highly recommended to do it with a copy of the original.

The dynamic table …

To predict the approximate liquidity at the end of a month you have to enter the actual account balance and monitor what’s expensed during the month by accessing the transactions with an online banking tool or a browser.

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The spreadsheet contains the necessary formulas to add or subtract incoming and outgoing money transfer. For cash payments (food, has, etc.) an approximate amount can be set on a weekly basis.

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Every time you get fresh cash from your bank you can reduce the remaining value with a so-called ‘Stepper’ control.
A Checkbox is used for payments on a monthly basis e.g. your health insurance. Just set it to true if the payment is expensed.

The static tables …

The first table is just for calculating a date 30 days prior to the actual date to point to an upcoming payment. The second table is for documentation purposes only and not used in any calculation.

The EOMONTH function returns a date 30 days prior to the actual date.

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This the conditional statement which sets the factor to -1 for all months (3, 6, 9, 12) with a due date. It can be easily adapted to other periods resp. months.

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This simple conditional statement sets a marker to emphasize upcoming payments.

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Summarized:

The kernel statement (image 2) sets the factor to -1 according to due dates.
Factor x Base Value defines the content in the column ‘Value’ which is part of the summarization to get the total liquidity.

The adaption …

You have to adapt the template by entering all the necessary values. A look on your last statements of account helps to find out the values. Some of them will be fixed values others vary and you have to define an average value.

You can use the COPY+PASTE feature to add more lines of similar type. In the context menu select ‘PASTE FORMULAS’ to let numbers adapt the clipboard content.

Summary …

If you run into the red it’s not my fault.
I’m sure the reason is your optimism bias or a shaking finger followed by wrong entries.

Related links …

An invoice created with numbers

If … Then … Else

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Photostream

12 06 2014

Photo Stream is Apple’s cloud-based photo sharing service that allows easy sharing of photos between devices regardless of their operating system. The photos can be viewed on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch an Apple TV as well as on Macs and Windows-based PCs.

The feature was added to iOS 5 received some new features in iOS 6 and a few minor tweaks in iOS 7.

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You can turn on Photo Stream for any of these supported devices, and your latest photos will automatically be shared between any devices on your Apple account that have Photo Stream turned on.

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This means you don’t have to actively download photos on your iPad that you took with your iPhone, if both devices have Photo Stream turned on, the photos will be privately shared automatically.

Shared Photo Stream …

Apple’s Shared Photo Stream was introduced in iOS 6.0. While the default Photo Stream works for any device on the same Apple ID, Shared Photo Streams allows you to share a specific set of photos. You create a Shared Stream, give it a name, collect photos you want to share and then post it as a Shared Stream to family, friends or colleagues. You can even have multiple Shared Photo Streams with different recipients.

Photos taken with the device are not automatically shared. So there is no worry that the photo you take will automatically goes out to everyone. In order to share a photo with your Shared Photo Stream, you have to select the photo in the Photos app and specifically share it. You can also access Shared Photo Streams between your own devices, including Apple TV. And while the name implies ‘Shared’, you don’t have to share the photo stream with any of your friends. You can use it as a private stream between your devices.

Understanding Photo Stream …

On iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) every photo you take (screen shots too) will be added to your Photo Stream and automatically uploaded to iCloud.

Note
Photos will only upload when the device is connected to Wi-Fi and only the photos taken after Photo Stream is turned on will upload to iCloud. Once those photos are uploaded they are viewable in My Photo Stream album on your iOS device. ‘My Photo Stream’ album is located inside the Photos app, under albums, on devices that are connected through iCloud. This only works if Photo Stream is enabled on each device and all devices use the same iCloud account, that means the same Apple ID. Once you have each device logged into the same iCloud account you can setup Photo Stream.

If you want to use Photo Stream it’s worth knowing what it’s not. It is not an online photo container (like Google Drive) that just syncs photos between all of your devices. This might be the source of misunderstanding and complaints of iOS users.

Think of it like this …

Photo Stream is a constant flow of images (a stream) that acts as a conduit to route photos to your other devices. It’s like water. At anytime you can grab a bucket, dip it in, fill it up and haul it to a different location (the camera roll, a friend, etc). Otherwise you have no control over the water; just how much you take and where you forward or save it.

If you take a photo with an iPhone without connection to a WLAN (which is almost often the case when making a walk) the photo is saved in the Camera Roll of your device. Coming home, your device connects to your WLAN and the upload of photos to Photo Stream starts. Now you can view them e.g. on an iPad.

Photo Stream is totally automatic, but if you have a Mac, you can choose to turn off automatic uploading when you set up Photo Stream in iPhoto or Aperture. This can be useful if you regularly import very large numbers of photos.

iCloud stores your new photos for 30 days so your devices have plenty of time to connect and download the photos. Your iOS devices keep a rolling collection of your last 1000 photos, and you can save your favorite shots to your Camera Roll or any other album to keep them on your device permanently. Because your computers have more storage, they can keep all your Photo Stream photos.

Manual transfer …

If you deleted photos in your Photo Stream they will be deleted on all of your devices which is a consequence of the automatic syncing feature.

In some cases it’s necessary to re-transfer photos deleted from the Photo Stream to your other devices. This can be done

  • by using a cloud storage like Box or Dropbox
    Open the cloud provider’s client application, choose photos from Camera Roll and upload them to the cloud storage. On your other device then download them to its Camera Roll.
  • by using an app
    like PhotoSync (by touchbyte) instaShare (by Lukas Foldyna) or Safety P+V (by 83 Technology) which allows direct transfer between two devices using a common WLAN or a Bluetooth connection.
  • by using Airdrop
    which lets you quickly and easily share photos, videos, contacts — and anything else from any app with a Share button. Just tap Share, then select the person you want to share with. AirDrop does the rest using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. No setup required.
    Unfortunately AirDrop is not available for previously supplied iPhone 4S, 4, etc. and iPad 3rd Generation, iPad 2, etc. So there still will be a need for other ways.

But there is also a simple solution which lets you transfer photos without using a cloud storage, an app, or Airdrop even if the devices you want to transfer to are not in the same WiFi network and cannot be connected via Bluetooth. What you need is a connection to the internet (cellular or WiFi). It’s a kind of transfer to remote devices with the help of Shared Photo Stream.

Here are the steps …

Creating a stream

In the example I called this stream (photo) EXCHANGE.

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The new stream is immediately created on all of your devices even if the device is not connected to a WiFi network but to a cell net. Even if there is no internet connection yhe stream is created but only on your device and it’s created on all other devices if your device reconnects to the internet. Try it out by creating a stream in Airplane Mode.

If you didn’t enter any recipients of this new stream you will see the subtitle ‘Shared by you’ which indicates that shared photos are only available on devices using your Apple ID.

Streaming photos

If you now want to stream photos, select them, tap on iCloud, and select the stream you want to assign them to. Tap on Done.

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Depending on the transmission rate of your cellular connection it takes just some seconds and the photo is already available on your other devices which might be thousands of miles away. A family member (or all optionally entered recipients) can view the shared photos.

Deleting streams …

If you delete selected photos or Shared Photo Streams they are immediately deleted from all your devices and people you shared photos with cannot access them any longer.

That’s what you should keep in mind when removing photos from the Photo Stream. If you didn’t save them in the camera roll or any other local storage you will lose them forever.

Limitations …

iCloud limits the number of photos that can be uploaded to My Photo Stream or shared photo streams within a given hour, day, or month to prevent unintended or excessive use. Learn more in My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing.

Photo Stream upload limits

The My Photo Stream limits below are established based on anticipated upload patterns. Currently, My Photo Stream upload limits are as follows:

  • 1,000 photo uploads per hour
  • 10,000 photo uploads per day
  • 25,000 photo uploads per month

If you exceed one of these limits, your uploads to My Photo Stream will be paused temporarily and you may see a notification message on your device. Your uploads will resume automatically after you no longer exceed one of the limits, such as in the following hour or on the following day.

iCloud Photo Sharing limits

The current iCloud Photo Sharing hourly and daily limits are as follows:

  • Maximum combined number of photos and videos from all contributors per shared stream, per hour: 1000
  • Maximum combined number of photos and videos from all contributors per shared stream, per day: 10,000

These sharing limits are separate from the upload limits above. For example, in the same day you could upload 10,000 photos to My Photo Stream and then share those 10,000 photos or 10,000 other photos.

Additional Limits

  • Maximum shared streams an owner can share: 100
  • Maximum shared streams a user can subscribe to: 100
  • Maximum subscribers per shared stream: 100
    (the number of subscribers on each shared stream)
  • Maximum combined number of photos and videos from all contributors per shared stream: 5000
  • Maximum number of comments per photo or video in a shared stream: 200
    (a comment can be either a Like or a text entry)
  • Maximum characters per comment: 200
  • Maximum number of invites a shared stream owner may send per day: 200

Some further information …

Storage

Photos uploaded to My Photo Stream or shared photo streams are not counted against your iCloud Storage. The photos that you upload to My Photo Stream are stored in iCloud for 30 days to give your devices plenty of time to connect to iCloud and download them. Find out how to save photos from My Photo Stream or a shared photo stream to your Camera Roll or computer.
The following image file types are supported for Photo Stream: JPEG, TIFF, PNG, and RAW.
The following video file types and file formats are supported for iCloud Photo Sharing: MP4 and QuickTime file types, and H.264 and MPEG-4 Video file formats. Videos can be up to 5 minutes in length.
When importing photos to an iPad using the Camera Connection Kit, photos are saved directly to Camera Roll. If Photo Stream is enabled and you are connected to a wireless network, you could potentially reach any of the limits listed above. To avoid this, disable Photo Stream when importing photos to iPad when using the Camera Connection Kit.
When importing large numbers of photos to either iPhoto or Aperture, you could potentially reach any of the limits listed above if you have selected Automatic Upload in the Photo Stream preferences. Both iPhoto and Aperture will pause uploading to Photo Stream when the maximum has been reached. Uploading will automatically restart at the next hour, day, or month, depending on which limit was reached.

Quality

On a Mac or PC, your photos are downloaded and stored in full resolution. On iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV, your Photo Stream photos are delivered in a device-optimized resolution that speeds downloads and saves storage space. Dimensions will vary, but an optimized version of a photo taken by a standard point-and-shoot camera will have a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution when pushed to your devices. Panoramic photos can be up to 5400 pixels wide.

Turning off Photo Stream

If you sign out of iCloud or turn off My Photo Stream on an iOS device, all the images in My Photo Stream are removed from that device. The images in My Photo Stream on your other devices are not affected. Images added to My Photo Stream are saved on the iCloud server for 30 days from the date you added them to My Photo Stream. If you sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID and turn on My Photo Stream on another device, those photos will automatically download to this device. Before turning off My Photo Stream, it’s a good idea to save any photos that you’d like to keep to your Camera Roll. To do so go to My Photo Stream, tap on Select, tap on the photos you want to save, tap on the sharing control (bottom left), and tap on Save to Camera Roll.

Backup

Shared photo stream content is not automatically backed up. Photos and videos must be saved locally before backing up your device. Any comments or Likes attached to a shared stream photo or video are not be saved with the photos or video.

Source Apple Support (modified)

No normal user will exceed these limits. The good news is that photos uploaded to My Photo Stream or shared photo streams are not counted against your iCloud Storage. But what you should know is that your iCloud backups include images saved in your camera roll. So don’t forget to organize the storage by periodically transferring photos from the camera roll to an appropriate storage e.g. your computer or to other cloud storages like Box, Dropbox, iDriveSync, OneDrive, or Google Drive.

About people …

If you open a Shared Photo Steam you will find the control ‘People’ with the following options:

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With ‘Public website’ you get a link for sharing an album on social networks.

Summary …

Using Shared Photo Stream is a simple way to transfer photos by just using Apple’s built-in apps. It just works.

Related links …

Photo Syncing

iOS Device Backup

iCloud Troubleshooting

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iOS 8 Beta

9 06 2014

When introducing iCloud services on June 6, 2011, the roadmap for Apple’s vision about device connectivity was already quite clear.

  • Seamlessly connect all devices.
  • Use standardized data structures to support syncing between computers and mobile devices.
  • Assimilate the UIs of computers and mobile devices to seamlessly work on either of them.

Connectivity only makes sense if people use more than one device.

This is the case in businesses, families, and it’s also valid for many single users purchasing both kinds of mobile devices, smartphones and tablets.

iCloud is the global hub of Apple’s powerful services.

If you remove all iCloud related features Apple devices are demoted to phones and data processing machines for which the old-fashioned tasks of syncing, transferring files, and backing up have to be done manually.

The WWDC 2014 …

With the WWDC 2014 (June 2, San Francisco, Moscone Center) further essential steps to a unique user experience were made and Apple set the milestones for the future usage of their electronic devices.

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The device you use doesn’t matter, it’s just the task which matters.

WWDC 2014 is the 25th event which began in 1990 with 1,300 developers. Tim Cook presented some stats showing us that there are over 9 million registered Apple developers in 2014 – that’s up 47 percent since 2013 – and the youngest developer at WWDC was just 13 years old.

Apple’s developer conference again unveiled the power of the company in offering vertically integrated and seamless to use devices and services as well as a perfect infrastructure for partners, the developers.

iOS is one of the two most dominant platforms for mobile devices with Android in the pole position if you just look on market shares.

Regarding a product line-up which includes computers AND mobiles it can be said that

iOS and OSX together are the leading software technologies for processor-based devices regardless of any stats.

Apple’s sophisticated ecosystem including all the powerful apps will be massively improved by the new features announced for iOS 8. This all can be called a disruptive concept for using processor-based technology and device connectivity via cloud services.

Seoul, start your photocopiers

But copying won’t help because there never was a vision running like a golden thread through all the activities and technological developments of Apple’s competitors. Neither Google nor Samsung can compete with Apple because most of their services are based on stand-alone developments which require deep-sea diving into countless help articles to successfully administrate them all.

As an Apple user just go to Settings and turn on iCloud.
That’s it.

Fandroids again may argue: It’s all copied.

Let me tell you the truth about just one example which could be brought forward from people just looking on the screen layout:

Desktop widgets (commonly just called widgets) are interactive virtual tools that provide single-purpose services such as showing the user the latest news, the current weather, the time, a calendar, a dictionary, a map program, a calculator, desktop notes, photo viewers, or even a language translator, among other things.

Everybody should know that these tools were already introduced decades ago on Apple’s Macintosh computers, are available in the notification center of iOS 7 and iOS 8 now provides APIs for third-party widgets.

iOS 8 features …

I summarized what Apple published on its websites shortly after the event in San Francisco.

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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

See this magnified part of map and a preview of what you get when you download the DOCX file format.

Note

If you don’t use a mind mapping tool it’s recommended to download the DOCx file format which immediately can be opened with Apple’s Pages. The document contains the map as an image, textual information, and referred hyperlinks. Just tap on a link from within Pages to open the article.

iCloud …

iCloud already got a significant improvement in October 2013 when Apple introduced iWork for iCloud.

The new iCloud Drive will be a unified file system bridging iOS and OSX.

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At the time Apple gives you 5GB free storage and this will not be changed. It’s for storing documents, photos, device backups, and application data. 5 GB is a little on the paltry side if you extensively use iCloud e.g. on an iPhone and an iPad. I use an iPhone (23.8 GB used) and an iPad (30.9 GB used) and had to update my storage plan with additional 10 GB to save device backups on iCloud.
Cormorant space eaters on my devices are photos (2.5 GB), Keynote presentations (2.3 GB; mainly collages for my blog), mind maps (1.5 GB), and PDFs stored in iBooks (2.8 GB).

How much will it cost if more storage is needed?

For just $1 a month, you’ll get additional 20GB and for $4 per month you’ll get 200GB. As a point of comparison, that $48 a year is just slightly more than the $40 a year you currently pay for 20GB. Apple says it will have tiers all the way up to 1TB of storage.

iCloud’s new pricing plans compete with …

Provider GB $/year
Dropbox 2 free
100 100
200 200
OneDrive 7 free
100 50
200 100
Google Drive 15 free
100 24
1000 120
iDriveSync 5 free
150 49.50
500 149.50
Box 10 free
100 60
unlimited 180

And here is the ranking …

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What should be mentioned is that costs are just one criterion. Please note that iDriveSync is the only provider offering client-side encryption during transit (sending and receiving data) and at rest (saved data on servers of the provider).

Swift for yield hedging …

iOS is still the preferred platform for developers offering mobile apps. Apple’s App Store is a heavy weight champion when it comes to quality and quantity of apps for mobile devices.

To keep the quality and acquire even more creative young developers Apple is apparently offering a much faster and more effective means of building software applications with an “interactive playground,” significantly improving on its own Objective-C.
The new programming language Swift will use the same LLVM (Low Level Virtual Machine) compiler and runtime as Apple’s Objective-C implementation, and its simplified syntax gives it an easier learning curve. The reason behind introducing Swift was to make it easier for developers to create apps for Apple’s mobile platform. Apple Developers write codes line after line and then compile those results to see output, but using Swift language they can see results in real time instantly while writing their codes.

My suggestion for the developers of the official Google+ app:

Try out Swift.
Maybe it helps to bring some stability into an app crashing daily since months.

Some tidbits …

  • Per App Battery Usage
    Another feature that has been part of Android since its inception and extremely useful at that, will finally make its way to iOS 8. Apple did not mention this during their keynote but it will be part of the iOS when it is released. Users will be able to see which app is draining the battery and take relevant action.
  • AirPlay
    won’t need Wi-Fi in iOS 8, it can use a form of peer-to-peer networking. This means an Apple TV should be able to connect to your iPhone even when both devices aren’t on the same wireless network.

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  • AirDrop
    will now work between iOS devices and Macs, meaning you can exchange files on an ad hoc basis between the two, without the need for an Internet connection or even being on the same local network. Need to get a photo to your Mac from your iPhone or want to send a PDF from your Mac to your iPad? Just fire up AirDrop.

Apple’s move …

Let’s dispense with the preliminaries. The WWDC 2014 confirmed a move in Apple’s strategy of controlling what’s going on if a device is in use.

I found this excellent article published by the well-known Apple evangelist Jonny Evans on Computerworld.com.

It’s not about ‘Made in Cupertino’ any more:
the new Apple is all about PARTNERSHIP.

… here’s a few ways in which today’s Apple conceded it doesn’t want to control every aspect of your experience – it just wants to ensure it secures the environment to make sure it’s platforms are platforms you can use:

  • CarPlay
  • Third party app support in iCloud Drive
  • Massively improved integration between iOS and OS X
  • Support for third party Widgets for Notification Center
  • Support for non-Apple apps in iCloud
  • DuckDuckGo support in Safari (OK, that just accentuates how much more secure Apple is than its troublesome mobile foe)
  • Third-party keyboard support
  • Health app, which works with third party devices
  • Support for third party devices for the smart home (HomeKit)
  • added by me
    API to access functionalities of Touch ID ( Apple’s implementation of a fingerprint scanner)

All of these moves are explicit moves that mean Apple is answering critics who call it “too controlling” by permitting users a hitherto unprecedented environment in which they can work with the devices they choose. It’s also a shot in the arm for developers, who can now work to develop their own solutions and have these underpinned by the secure power of Apple’s ecosystem.

Note
Jonny Evans is an independent journalist/blogger who first got online in 1993 and began writing about Apple in 1999. He’s author of Computerworld’s AppleHolic blog and writes on numerous tech topics here in the US and UK. Jonny has no shares in any technology company, enjoys new and disruptive technology and likes music almost as much as he likes his large and shiny dog.

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Stay tuned and join Jonny’s Appleholics Kool Aid Corner on Google+.

Summary …

Since WWDC 2014 Apple is turning over a new leaf when it comes to developer relationships. MacWorld’s headline ‘A love letter from Apple to developers’ hits the nail right on the head. It’s seems to be a win-win-win situation for Apple, developers, and customers. The WWDC 2014, iOS 8, and OSX were the biggest steps forward since the opening of the App Store on July 10, 2008. The gap to competing platforms – operating systems and stores – approximates to the depth of the Mariana Trench.

Related links …

iCloud, a paradigm shift

Apple’s Ecosystem

App Development + Marketing

WWDC 2014 Apple puts its fighting boots on

About my preferred mind mapping tool …

iThoughts, …

Thanks for visiting iNotes4You.





Fanboyism

6 06 2014

This is about very special people conspicuously often found in the tech scene, fanboys. Whether it’s Apple, Google, or Samsung, these companies can trust in crowds of people following them regardless what happens. They are like advocates defending their beloved company whatever all other competitors might do.

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They are waiting in front of an Apple Store up to 24 hours before it opens and starts selling a new product which already was rumored 11 months before. Excitement is still as emotional as last year and the many years before last year.

The cult …

Apple enjoys a cult-like following for its platforms, especially following the massive increase in popularity for the brand brought about by the huge increase in sales for all its products that started around the time the company introduced the original iPod in late 2001.
The mass usage of computing devices in everyday life, mixed with Apple’s vertical integration of its products, has helped to bring about this increase in popularity, and combined with a tight-lipped corporate policy about future products, helped foster an interest in the company’s activities.

Hardcore fanboys …

FANBOYS are much more than a mnemonic acronym to remember the coordinators For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, and So. I’m talking about very special people most often with a limited view on reality and a focus on imagination.

Admittedly there are many fanboys behaving like normal open-minded people just admiring technological leading-edge products which fit their requirements with a dash of wine. They don’t purchase a product for just playing with it but improving their creativity, knowledge, and doing all the tasks they have to do where a device can make it easier than a pen and a sheet of paper.

Real hardcore fans can be identified by comments like this

Lol brainless samsungfags, if you hate iPhone so much, why do you care to watch it? Lol the android community is so damn annoying. Shut up about the shit4 or note 3, stop hatin on Apple!

or the following list of characteristics (or should I say ‘mental throwbacks’?):

  • They just like images.
    Reading articles is not their bag. The thing-in-itself is represented just by shape and color.
  • Their comments on social networks are quite short-worded, frequently reduced to a single emoji. The more precise authors repeat one emoji up to ten times and creative people use emojis in an alternating order, randomly or following a law of nature which states that the entropy never decreases.
  • Their heartbeat is near to frequency of the processors of their devices.
  • While sleeping and dreaming the device always takes up an outstanding room.
  • They set their priorities:
    1 news about a successor, 2 getting the money for it, 2 buying accessories for their actual device, 3 their actual device, and light years later other fanboys, friends and the family. This ranking is completely updated with the mother or father in the pole position if she/he pays for the new device.
  • They change their device’s wallpaper at least 5 times a day to keep up the imagination of loving something new.
  • Youtube, games, and some messaging apps connected to social networks are the most frequently used applications.
  • They patched their brain with a powerful filter mechanism which allows to ignore arguments of normal people using a device of a competitor.
  • An unexpected and surprised turnaround to a competing company can be done easily by replacing emojis in forum comments just by the same emojis. That’s not a big deal but yet near the border of skills.
  • They talk about their beloved company as if it’s a political candidate running for control of the universe.
  • An unboxing video is always a case for an academy award, the Oscar, nothing less.

Admiring leaders is easy because you just have to click on +1, the striking example of expressiveness. There seems to be no time to create a significant sentence when hastily switching between Google+ , the actual game, Twitter, an incoming mail, and a call with a friend. I always ask myself what the +1 stands for. Is it a severe emotional attack lasting 2 secs? This would be in the line with the life of a fanboy which is much more stressful than that of a leader who has to declare insolvent in front of hundreds of journalists.

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To avoid criminal attacks on me I stop outlining more of these character traits although the enumeration could be continued up to a length of about 20 websites in portrait mode of an iPad which is approximately 158″.

The delusion …

The Internet changed the way people argue. People with a spirit of mischief might ask: Argument? Let’s have a look at Wikipedia to figure out what this term means.

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Once somebody has acquired this level of arcane knowledge, there is absolutely nothing to do but share it with other fanboys. Check any comment system in social networks or forums and you will find fanboys debating why their chosen product is better than that of others.

Competition is transferred from the companies to the customers.

Customer competition is about defending an emotional decision.

Usually, these arguments are between men, because men will defend their ego no matter how slight the insult is. These are also usually about geeky things that cost lots of money, because these battles take place on the Internet where tech-savvy people get rowdy, and the more expensive a purchase, the greater the loyalty to it.

Almost a quarter of younger people even use their phones while having sex. So it shouldn’t be too surprising that some of them develop an abnormal fixation with devices that goes beyond being extremely grateful for the YouTube application.

A phone might not seem to be something worth fighting over, but what it stands for most definitely is.

A 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 luxury item, you will probably find ways to see how it fits in with your self-image.

To combat postdecisional dissonance, the feeling you have committed to one option when the other option may have been better, you make yourself feel justified in what you selected to lower the anxiety brought on by questioning yourself.

All of this forms a giant neurological cluster of associations, emotions, details of self-image and biases around the things you own. This is why all over the Internet there are people in word fights over video games and sports teams, cell phones and TV shows. The Internet provides a fertile breeding ground for this sort of behavior to flourish.

Summarized …

The imagination …
You prefer the things you own over the things you don’t because you made rational choices when you bought them.

The reality …
You prefer the things you own because you rationalize your past choices to protect your sense of self.

Google+ …

Google+ is intended to be a content network. You as a community member can do a lot to keep fanboyism on a low level. Just write appropriate comments.

Google implemented a comment section which, in the case of brand communities, should better be renamed into
‘My feelings’.

Moderators cannot do this all the time. They do this job in their leisure time and it would be too much work to go through all the comments. But they consequently can remove posts with thin content. It doesn’t take a long time until fanboys are aware of heavy moderation and that there is no chance to post useless content.
On the internet everyone is entitled to express his opinion or feeling. It’s in the hands of owners and moderators to decide what kind of contributions should be allowed. There are two alternatives:

  • All kind of content
    useful, useless, on topic, off topic, self-promotion, emotional status messages, images without any further comment, etc.

    These communities usually have lots of members but less contributors compared to well-known stats.

  • Rich content
    on topic with added value to improve knowledge and widen horizons

It’s that simple.

The G+ guide …

Andrij Harasewych created a noteworthy Google+ Member Guide with useful information about the engagement on Google+, the content network.

If you are a hardcore fanboy there is no need to read Andrij’s comprehensive guide, feel free to use my Golden Rules

  • 1 Do not read the content of a post. It will save you from the decision to +1 a post and to write useful comments on topic.
  • 2 +1 all posts with a colorful image of your actual device, a device you would like to have, or a device which still doesn’t exist.
  • 3 To avoid typos just use emojis in the comment section.
  • 4 If you find information about a competitor’s device, it’s definitely against the human rights and you should immediately use the scroll bar to quickly kick off posts into invisibility. It will save you from being punished by a moderator because of trolling.
  • 5 Last but not least keep on dreaming about non-existing devices shortly after purchasing an actual device. Follow Steve Jobs and Stay hungry, stay foolish.

The benefit of these simple rules for fanboys is that they can easily be transferred to all other networks except Twitter which is already meaningless per design.

Trolls …

Sad to say that fanboys often are also trolls.

In Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog), either accidentally or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

The worrisome result of scientific researches is described in an article of Chris Mooney on SLATE.com:

In the past few years, the science of Internet trollology has made some strides. Last year, for instance, we learned that by hurling insults and inciting discord in online comment sections, so-called Internet trolls (who are frequently anonymous) have a polarizing effect on audiences, leading to politicization, rather than deeper understanding of scientific topics.

That’s bad, but it’s nothing compared with what a new psychology paper has to say about the personalities of trolls themselves. The research, conducted by Erin Buckels of the University of Manitoba and two colleagues, sought to directly investigate whether people who engage in trolling are characterized by personality traits that fall in the so-called Dark Tetrad:

Machiavellianism
(willingness to manipulate and deceive others),

Narcissism
(egotism and self-obsession),

Psychopathy
(the lack of remorse and empathy), and

Sadism
(pleasure in the suffering of others).

Summary …

Let everyone do as he likes.
Getting older and focusing on essentials might patch some bugs in their brain. Moderators in social networks should keep a close eye on fanboys otherwise interaction will not surpass 2nd grade level.

Sorry, if I went ballistic. I only wanted to summarize my experiences as a former member and moderator in an Apple related community with more than 90k members.

Related links …

Google+ Moderation

Brand Communities

Google+ Activity Guide

I had a dream

About Internet Trolls

Thanks for visiting iNotes4You.
Hope to see you again in front of an Apple Store.








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