The 718 and CarPlay

29 04 2016

Porsche cars only have Apple CarPlay because Google is Nicht Gut.

So much for “Do No Evil.” There’s no technological reason Porsche models don’t have Android Auto playing through its massively upgraded PCM system.

But there is an ethical one.


(Image Credit sportscarmagz)

As part of the agreement an automaker would have to enter with Google, certain pieces of data must be collected and mailed back to Mountain View, California. Stuff like vehicle speed, throttle position, coolant and oil temp, engine revs – basically Google wants a complete OBD2 dump whenever someone activates Android Auto.

“Not kosher”, says Porsche.

So it’s obvious that Porsche brings Apple’s CarPlay instead of Android Auto to the new 718 Cayman series

Apple CarPlay for the 718 Series

Note

On-board diagnostics (OBD) is an automotive term referring to a vehicle’s self-diagnostic and reporting capability. OBD systems give the vehicle owner or repair technician access to the status of the various vehicle subsystems.

One last thing regarding Porsches, the ultimate 4-wheel mobile devices …

We don’t need one but we all want one, right?

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About an innovative product

28 04 2016

powered by Microsoft Windows Tablet PC Edition

Usually you find Apple related stuff in my profile stream. This time it’s about a reliable companion not running an Apple OS.

My T4010, still running with Windows XP, today reached its 10th anniversary of a busy working life.





Specs …

Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook T4010

Intel Pentium M 745

Intel Extreme Graphics 2 64 MB

12.1 inch, 4:3, 1024×768 pixels

2kg

It’s a shining example for innovation and development of disrupting technology. One of the most important people in the development of mobiles was Alan Kay with his concept of the DYNABOOK.

More about Alan …

Some decades ago

More about innovation …

About innovation

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Why?

26 04 2016

It’s always up to personal preferences not specs. Maybe you don’t like iThings like the iPhone or iPad but millions of others do and they do it for good reasons.


I personally like the

1 durability

2 performance

3 support (if it’s needed which is rarely the case)

4 simplicity, because customization isn’t needed if the most relevant features already work (nearly) perfectly together without user actions 

5  continuity when using a tablet, a computer, and a smartphone 

6 top design of all product families 

7 innovative approaches to techniques like fingerprint scanning, payment systems, and others 

and the outstanding business philosophy of Apple. Here are just some examples:

1 taking care of the environment

Environmental initiatives

2 being committed to inclusion and diversity

Diversity

3 taking care of the supply chain

Supplier responsibility

4 taking care of the privacy of its customers

Privacy

5 being the leading developer for mobiles in enterprises in partnership with IBM’s Mobile First for iOS and CISCO

Apple – IBM (1)

and

Apple – IBM (2)

6 being innovative

About innovation

This all and more can be summarized in a SWOT analysis. 



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A little more

24 04 2016

Compare these two built-in apps of Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating systems.

Apple’s iOS offers two variants of the calculator (portrait and landscape) reflecting two degrees of complexity.


Dear Microsoft developers,

  • Did stats tell you that normal users need a square root button?
  • Paint has come off. Is it a bug or a conscious decision? Have you ever heard of one of the core principles of design? Color matters.

Just accept these beliefs …

“You‘ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology – not the other way around.”

Steve Jobs

“Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.”

Ferdinand Porsche

before designing touchable areas of mobile devices. Apple IDg does and that’s why we always get a little more.

Admittedly …

All that glitters is not gold.

Microsoft’s calculator offers some additional features like support for programmers, date calculation, and converters for volume, length, weight and mass, temperature, energy, area, speed, time, power, data, pressure, and angle. 5 stars for the powerful add-ons


More …

Designed by Apple in California

Summary of a noteworthy article by Susan Weinschenk, Ph.D., on uxmag.com about “The Psychologist’s View of UX Design”

PDF Adobe Reader

DOCX Apple iWork/Microsoft Office


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Environmental Responsibility

22 04 2016

Tens of thousands of data centers that now exist support the overall explosion of digital information. Stupendous amounts of data are set in motion each day with an innocuous click or tap.

More …

The hidden price

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The Clipboard in iOS 10

21 04 2016

Upcoming new mobiles might be amazing devices but they just remain eye-catchers without improving the kernel of a device, the operating system.

Smartphone operating systems use a One-Window technique which makes some tasks quite painful.

One of the most powerful features of operating systems is the CLIPBOARD. Used intensively but never updated.

No Cupertino-based software engineer can give me a good reason why it shouldn’t be placed at the top of a priority list for future updates.

Additional apps are not what I’m looking for, it must be an integrated part of iOS, seamlessly and always available, regardless of which app you are working with.
  

If you use your device for more advanced tasks it’s a daily and painful procedure to always switch between apps for extracting content via the clipboard and insert it in a destination document.

So here is my suggestion and I think that developers don’t even have to adapt their apps to make use of this -disrupting technology- benefit.

If you agree, my urgent request is to ‘spam’ this considerable proposal into Apple’s Feedback Form. It’s available here

Apple Feedback Site

You will immediately get this response:

“Thank you for your feedback on the iThing.

We cannot respond to you personally, but please know that your message has been received and will be reviewed by the iPad Team. If we need to follow up with you on your ideas for improving the iPad, we will contact you directly. We appreciate your assistance in making the iThing great.

iThing Team, Apple”

and maybe the time will come, hopefully long before I go off the stage.

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It’s all about preferences

19 04 2016

After purchasing my iPhone 6S Plus I sold my iPad 3 because I can do all the things I want to do with the bigger screen size of the 6S Plus. Even collages and concept maps can be done on the 5.5″ screen. 

My wife likes the small screen size of the 5 because it fully fits her needs when using Facebook’s Messenger to contact her family in Thailand, making phone calls, or checking the latest news of her friends on Facebook. She now is on the SE mainly because of the Touch ID, a more powerful battery, and a drastically increased performance. 

Both devices have been easily restored from backups of it’s predecessors (my iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5 of my wife) within some minutes. 

  
Family Sharing is working perfectly and saves a lot of money. Not to talk about the resale price which was 150€ for my 64 GB iPhone 4S (bought in Oct 2011) and 100€ for the 16 GB iPhone 5 (bought in Sep 2012).
These are just some reasons why we prefer Apple products.

“Quality is more important than quantity.”

“You‘ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology – not the other way around.”

Steve Jobs

More about this awesome device …

About the iPhone

Family Sharing

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