Create, Group, Resize

24 09 2015

    If you are growing old gracefully, your brain might work well but other parts of your body are doomed to die, e.g. the teeth. The community of heirs, aka family, not only hands down money and tangible assets but also body parts of poor quality.
    This happened to me also when growing up with the junk teeth my mother gave me. Sorry mom. It’s a quite expensive procedure to replace teeth by implants and you should think about what the doctor should update.

    So I started the design work, unsurprisingly (for an Apple fan) with Apple’s presentation tool KEYNOTE.


    Compared to Microsoft’s PowerPoint for iOS, Keynote is free and offers the much better adapted UI und UX for mobile devices. Try it out and create some awesome collages e.g. about your last holidys. I suggest to install Adobe Photoshop Mix for further reworks of photos if playing with features like sizing, opacity adjustment, frame setting, etc isn’t enough for your creative vein.

    Well, Apple’s portfolio doesn’t include an X-Ray equipment so I placed an order with my doc. To insert implants into the X-Ray image I created an implant with KEYNOTE and used a nice little feature Apple implemented in its presentation tool. The feature can be found in the contextual menu after selecting several objects and it’s named GROUP.

    • Create the object
    • Select all elements
    • In the context menu tap on GROUP

    You get one single object which can be resized, rotated, and inserted as a whole into an existing slide.

    To later modify the object, just select it and tap on UNGROUP in the contextual menu.

    Btw, this image shows the status, my doc charged me for after applying three implants in the Mandibula.

    (The German term ‘Bohrschablone’ means ‘Drilling Template’.)

    Some further examples …

    Creating collages

    Avoiding a liquidity bottleneck

    Regarding my teeth …

    Thanks for any expression of sympathy.

    Refugees need help

    19 09 2015

    Do not only share on the Internet but also with people in need.


    iPhone 6S/6S Plus

    15 09 2015

    Welcome to the iOS family.

    See this concept map (created with the app INSPIRATION on an iPad) which shows all iOS versions in relation to all iPhone models on which they can be installed. 

    It started with compatibility to 2 models. Since iOS 6 the installation on the actual model and 3 predecessors is supported. With iOS 7 and 8 Apple’s mobile OS is ready to install on 5 models. iOS 9 now supports 6 iPhone iterations and these iPad models: Mini, Mini 2, Mini 3, 2, 3, 4, Air, Sir 2, Pro

    Some people argue that less fragmentation isn’t as important as Apple officials tell us on the company’s yearly events. Well, stats about iPhone device share (Localytica, 2014) tell us that usually more than 60% of iOS users are on older devices (with a higher percentage for the iPad) but like to benefit from improved OS versions. This is proofed by extremely high adoption rates (>80%).

    Alan Kay is one of the key people who have shaped the way we are using computers today. He can be seen as the key scientist behind the graphical user interface and the object-oriented programming. Regarding Apple’s success the most important thing Steve Jobs overtook from Alan Kay was the belief that

    “People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.”

    Jobs made it to one of the core principles of Apple.

    Less fragmentation is just one of the benefits Apple brings to its customers and it’s possible because they build both, hardware and software. Customers love the durability of their iPhones giving them an extraordinary resale value. Beside customers thousands of happy developers can see their apps running on old iPhone young timers, a not to be underestimated economic factor.
    Of course not all features of updated operating systems are available for older devices. 3D-Touch for example needs a new touch screen technology. 
    Anyway …

    “There is a huge difference between market share of units and usage share. We’re about selling the best and having the best experience and having the happiest customers. Happy generally means using more.”

    (Tim Cook)

    Start being creative …

    Read about 

    The app Inspiration

    if you are interested in creating awesome infographics.

    Thanks for paying attention.


    When government comes knocking

    10 09 2015

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

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


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

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


    See the EFF results about privacy compliance of big companies here

    Who has your back

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

    Zdziarski’s Blog


    Related …

    Apple and the NSA

    2-Step Verification

    Thanks for dropping by.

    King Size

    9 09 2015

    After 13 years.

    The Event on Sep 09, 2015.

    They brought home the bacon, finally.

    Tim Cook took a trip down memory lane today. Commemorating the 035 prototype of 2002 he presented the giant iPad of ancient times. But Apple wouldn’t be Apple if there weren’t improvements like 

    • Performance and Energy consumption
    • Size and Weight
    • Noise and Heat
    • Beauty and Profitability
    • Durability and Portability
    • Connectivity and Upgradeability 


    Btw, the Pro is definitely a big deal not only for enterprises. IBM will be excited to bring it to their customers with amazing MobileFirst for iOS applications.

    Quite contrary to Niccolo Machiavelli’s saying and Apple’s bustling competitors

    The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.

    Apple again followed the slightly modified belief

    The fool does at once what the wise man does finally.

    Thanks for dropping by.

    Imagination and Reality

    9 09 2015

    Many workout apps for iOS are too narrow in focus and omit important guidelines recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine, according to a recent study.

    Here is the imagination

    and you’ll find the reality in the research study below.


    My suggestion …

    Do not delegate your way of life to any mobile device. Just keep your brain running.


    Related …

    Fitness apps ignore guidelines


    Stay healthy.
    Physically, socially, and financially.

    Ready for September 9, 2015?

    7 09 2015

    200 million waiting in the wings?

    Nearly nothing comes out of the box. So innovation is always combined with the ability to connect the dots in a way that people are excited, benefit from a new technology, let them change the way to do things more efficiently or even with more fun and engagement, and inspire them to think different and force creativity.

    Apple, aka The iPhone Company, is focused on a few products with the highest possible build quality. All their products simply do what they are intended for without bells and whistles. Each new product iteration brings remarkable value.

    Glass! Handle with care!

    My iPhone 4S is now 4 years old and I’m excited to install iOS 9 on this youngtimer not suffering from any circulatory problems. But oleophobic coating has gone and it’s a soul-destroying task to keep the vista. Anyway it’s still an eyecatcher, the most amazing iPhone yet (Apple’s slogan for the 4S) and doesn’t have these ugly inlaid work on the backside. I’m 60+ and sadly Apple still didn’t invent an age sensor which automatically upgrades the screen size to users in their declining years.

    But there are many fans out there who think differently.

    The typical mobile phone user upgrades every 18-24 months (depending on contract and country). Here is what you should know when saying Goodbye to your actual companion and Hello to Apple’s new product iteration.

    Saying Goodbye

    Now it’s your turn, Tim.

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