And the winner is …

29 04 2017

Building applications for small screen sizes is always a big challenge. Apple and Microsoft both offer their productivity suites iWork resp. Office for smartphones. If you never tried to create or use a spreadsheet on a smartphone I’m quite sure you would say that it’s against all right ideas about how things ought to be.

Well, I’m sure you would revise your opinion if you try it out for some days.


The first versions of Office for iOS were far behind Apple’s iWork suite but today the tables have turned. Microsoft overtook lots of innovative ideas Apple implemented in their mobile app versions. I don’t care about copycats. I’m a user and so I’m just interested in perfect solutions whoever created them.

Microsoft reconquered the pole position if it comes to Excel vs. Numbers.

And the reason is that Apple did a very poor job with its latest update for its spreadsheet app NUMBERS. Entering data and moving the focus from cell to cell is a disaster.

Well done, Microsoft.
Do your homework, Apple.

I would like to know who at Apple is responsible for the final inspection of the UI. Transfer him for disciplinary reasons, maybe he is better in testing the Apple car.

I would also like to know why Microsoft’s iOS versions of Office are a lot better than their Windows 10 Mobile counterparts. Sad but true.

Thanks.





F1 Smartphones

24 04 2017

with the iPhone on pole

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.

And here’s the result.
Again the iPhone beats its competitors.

Thanks for stopping by.





About Apple Pay, no kidding!

24 04 2017

A shopaholic’s best friend

If a new technology or service hits the market it shouldn’t be accepted without qualification.

Here are my thoughts and reservations not only about Apple Pay but also about electronic payments with smartphones or smart watches in general.


Well, in your everyday life the easiest way to get rid of your -bogus- money is to pay cash. But carrying cash with you is followed by two risks: loss and mugging. Both may also happen to your password.

So there is a need to innovate and make payments secure and fast with something you always carry with you: eyes and fingers.

Admittedly you also carry your belly with you but after intense scientific researches it turned out that the waist circumference isn’t as unique as required.

Apple decided to use the fingerprint as the biometric identifier.

Your fingerprint might be unique but the technique to transform it into bits and later retrieve you as the actor can be buggy according to Murphy’s law.

So, what happens if things don’t go your way?

If you need support the worst case that can happen, a customer’s nightmare, is, that you have more than one partner. Here it’s Apple and your bank. Apple will say that they don’t have access to your data because the transaction isn’t done with real data but with generated tokens. The bank will tell you, that it’s not responsible for the technique and it suggests to contact Apple or, that your Axx processor should be repaired.

And what about the lost money?

It’s way to complicated to explain the strange redemption of John Doe’s or Mr A.N. Onymus’ money. Refunds are announced many times, according to legislation. But it seems that there are some unexpected black holes implemented in laws.

For God’s sake do not invest in any technique except your pillow (only halfway filled but secure). SMSs are winging it’s way to recipients in a jiffy but money still uses the Silk Road on the back of turtles.
Abso-fucking-lutely fuckers, that’s what bankers are when returning money or gaming via Investment Fonds, sorry, ASFs, aka Arrant Scoundrels Fonds.

Btw, did you know that ASF is also the official abbreviation for ‘African swine fever virus’?

Bankers are responsible for the financial crisis, they dashed people’s hopes, force people into poverty, and forward a very special legacy to our children, valuelessness.

So we learn:

Isn’t the law – still not adapted to activities in the Internet – a nicely flexible and bendable thing?

If you are a shopaholic or not don’t use the ultra-modern techniques. Get rid of your money by paying cash or using the old-fashioned credit card. Don’t trust all the involved techniques and transfers of data over thousands of miles via cables, servers, and through the air. They are not qualified to build up confidence.

I’m an Apple fan and trust in what Tim Cook tells us about privacy. But there should be limits because even Tim and his excellent engineers can’t kill all bugs living in Apple’s ecosystem. Some bugs are like bacteria, they are resistant. Some others are doing their job on the way to Maiden or other data centers.

Summary …

New kinds of electronic payment systems are not designed to reduce the costs but to get more personal data and force people to spend money they don’t have.

Why going a long way round? The next level of paying is to do it even without any device, just with your fingertip or your eye.

Follow Roman poet Ovid’s slogan Nip things in the bud (“Principiis obsta”) to prevent the society getting fully electronic instead of improving humanity.

Thanks for reading and
sorry for going ballistic.

If you ask me “Are you serious?”
my answer is “Nine times out of ten.”.





@AppStore

16 04 2017

Another nice update description from Europe’s #1 (regarding customer relationships) car rental company SIXT.

Usually we find quite useless descriptions like

General bug fixes and stability improvements


which are neither informative nor funny.

The worst descriptions I regularly read are

This week we care about the inner beauty.
(Microsoft)

or

To make our app better for you we bring updates to the App Store regularly.
(Facebook)

or other useless information or simply ad.

This is a point where Apple should update their developer guidelines. Customers like useful information.

Better safe than sorry?

There is another flaw which makes me crazy.
A lot of times I get a message about an updated app although it was already updated. Developers still think “Two are better than one”?

I strongly hope that they do not follow this saying when implementing bugs into their code.

Thanks for surfing by.





iPhone’s Camera

14 04 2017

iPhone’s Camera …
a shining example for silent innovation

I took this shot with my iPhone 6S Plus in Ban Dong Pong, a small village near Khon Kaen, Thailand, where I retired last year. It shows an ISUZU truck for carrying rice harvesting machines (or Apple’s iCar to keep project Titan top secret?).

The problem with too much megapixels

The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus came with 12-megapixel rear-facing cameras, a major improvement over the 8-megapixel cameras from recent years.

Images now pack 50% more pixels than before so you can see more details, and you also get 50% more “focus pixels” than in the previous iPhones for faster auto-focus.

Cameras with more megapixels usually sacrifice image quality in certain ways. Normally when you pack so many pixels so close together, it creates artifacts called “crosstalk”: inaccurate colors and noise in your images.

Apple’s team worked on new techniques to maintain image quality and size despite the extra megapixels, including a technology called deep-trench isolation, which separates photo diodes and helps to maintain accurate, precise colors.

Thanks for reading.





Find me if you can

12 04 2017

These screenshots were taken at nearly the same time in the same room. Both devices, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and the iPhone SE, were just a feet apart.


Well,
advantage Apple and Mr. Right TomTom.

Admittedly my home is in a part of the world which isn’t the hub of the universe. But Microsoft’s HERE map has the bottom quality when compared to Google’s and Apple’s maps.

Unfortunately, as a fan of Apple’s products I must say in all fairness that Google’s maps are still better than Apple’s maps when it comes to not so prominent areas.

Thanks for reading.





Apple, can you do this?

9 04 2017

No hardware buttons just a screen.
Apple, can you do this until fall 2017?

Technically it should be possible and waterproofing isn’t a point to discuss any longer.

I’m sure it’s also Sir Jonathan’s dream.
He likes simplicity and an aesthetic clean concept.

Thanks for visiting iNotes4You.








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