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.

  
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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Apples and Droids

9 04 2015

Everyone is entitled to create a community on Google+.
At the time there are about 50k communities with memberships ranging from 1 to more than 500k. It’s obvious that we also see many communities dedicated to the brand Android as well as those dedicated to Apple. This incites platform wars and trolling is a daily business for many members. This area of life often is called FANBOYISM.

The scientific background …

The Internet changed the way people argue and communicate with each other. Usually this happens 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.

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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.

Summary …

The imagination is that you prefer the things you own over the things you don’t because you made rational choices when you bought them.
But the reality is that you prefer the things you own because you rationalize your past choices to protect your sense of self.

Related links …

I had a dream

Google+ Activity Guide

Google+ on iOS devices

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Happy Birthday iPad

3 04 2015

A shining example for disruptive technology.

I’m talking about the iPad launched on April 3, 2010 designed by Apple in California and assembled by Foxconn in China.

It’s easy to forget that people once marveled at the interactive tablets carried around by characters in Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, or the touch screens in Spielberg’s Minority Report – dream futures that have become reality. In 1983 Apple co-founder Steve Jobs stated that his ultimate ambition was

to put an incredibly great computer in a book that you can carry around with you and learn how to use in 20 minutes…

That vision would take him 27 years to realize and after the first launch even orangutans in the Smithsonian National Zoo have worked out how to use this new category of portable devices and part of the e-loot of many human beings.

  

Apple’s way through all areas of life started in 2007 with the iPhone and got a significant improvement with the release of the iPad in 2010. This all was made possible by a large number of excellent scientists and engineers who developed the touch screen which today serves as a basis for a new style of connecting people with each other and more.

The iPad became a transformative tool in education as it can house all resources (books, readings, video, audio), connects to the internet for doing research, provides a vehicle for maintaining communication, replaces ‘dead tree’ paper versions of resources and does it all in an easy to carry around, quick starting, and simple interface.

The triumphal march of the tablet through people of all ages is because a touchscreen is much nearer to human activities than any other device or textbook can 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.

More …

Ap(pl)es

About the iPad

iPad @ Universities

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It’s likely that you found the way just with your fingers.








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