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.”.





This is somewhat embarrassing, isn’t it?

28 01 2017

About 40 years ago I used this SEIKO calculator watch to do some maths on the go. Today I’m a proud owner of a high-tech wearable device made by the Cupertino based tech giant Apple (AAPL).

But where is the Calculator?


You might argue that there are 3rd party apps doing what your brain today is no longer capable of. Yeah, there are some apps but they’re horrible. If I pay lots of bucks for an admittedly awesome watch I also expect the device coming with useful software.

Apple released watchOS 3.x still without a built-in calculator and, what’s quite annoying for me, without Voice Memos.

Oh dear.
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Apple Watch 2016

27 01 2017

Did we see innovative features?

The first iPhone and iPad are shining examples of high level innovation, an ocean boiling new kind of device whereas follow-ups could be described with the words of Apple’s leader Tim Cook

Some people see innovation as change, but we have never really seen it like that. It’s making things better.

An innovative product is only born if it provides space for essential improvements in the future. This is what Apple did with its first wearable device.

Apple Watch
launched Apr 24, 2015

Apple Watch Series 1
launched Sep 16, 2016

Apple Watch Series 2
launched Sep 16, 2016

With Series 2 Apple upgraded the 1st gen Watch in a number of ways, and all of them useful. The extended battery life, the GPS abilities and the water-resistance now make this a top smartwatch, in my opinion the best approach to wearables – but it doesn’t quite do enough to make you need such a watch in your life… yet.

That’s what I also thought a year ago but today it’s my preferred device when it comes to messages from my family in Germany, reminders, control of bank accounts, codes for my many accounts with 2-Step Verification, and last but not least for taking care of my fitness with the Activity app.

Features I sorely miss on my 1st gen Watch:

Voicememos
Performance

Although watchOS 3 was a good move the performance is still poor.

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Find My iPhone in the Darkness

9 12 2016

From the Watch Face swipe up.
Press and Hold the phone symbol.

Ta-da!

If your phone is locked it not only will give you an acoustic but also a visual signal by letting the LED flashlight blink.
So far so good.

But …

  • people usually put their device on a table with the screen upturned
  • people forget many of the “hidden” features built in operating systems.

Dear developers,
if people use their  Watch to find their iPhone let the LED flashlight always blink (not only when long-pressing the control) and let the screen act like a flashlight when the gyroscope sensor detects that the screen is upturned.
Thanks.

More about sensors …

Sensitiveness

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The Watch

25 09 2016

An innovative product is only born if it provides space for essential improvements in the future.

Some people see innovation as change, but we have never really seen it like that. It’s making things better.
(Tim Cook)

It needs a close look on and into products to see innovative steps which, in some cases, are only laid out. If the basis already includes technically feasible visions, the new product usually can be seen as an example for innovation.

Apple Watch Series 2 is a great improvement, but watchOS 3 steals the show.

More

Apple Watch Series 2

About Innovation

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Currency for Apple Watch

24 07 2016

Jeffrey Grossman offers a powerful yet simple currency converter for iOS and watchOS devices. 


Install it on your iPhone, go to the Watch app and activate “Show App on Apple Watch“. I additionally activated “Show in Glances” and put it in the first position for faster access while shopping. On the watch I only have to swipe up to instantly use the converter.

The app is a perfect daily little helper when traveling abroad or find out the right point in time to transfer money.

Perfect?
No, because like any other currency app I know so far it doesn’t offer an alarm setting for currency rates moving out of defined limits.

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myTracks

4 07 2016

Posted from 51.06553 7.00345
the location of Minini, my favorite Italian coffee shop after finishing outdoor walks.

The app myTracks turns your iPhone into a fully functional GPS logger. Tracks can be displayed on different maps.

With the Apple Watch App you can start and stop the GPS recording, add waypoints to highlight important locations, and display information about the current GPS recording. This includes the starting time, distance traveled, current, minimum and maximum elevation and the current map.


In addition to the waypoints you can take photos from within myTracks, which are added to the GPS track. GPS tracks are stored only on your iPhone. That means, there is no need to register or Iogin to any network service. Optionally you can sync tracks and photos via iCIoud between all your devices.

Note
The image shows my first tracking with the app including a photo taken with an iPhone 6S Plus. The UI is self-explaining, no need to learn anything before starting your move.

App Store myTracks The GPS Logger

Developer website

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and
Thanks to the developer Dr Dirk Stichling.








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