myTracks

4 07 2016

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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.





What matters. At a glance.

30 06 2016

Some features of Apple’s most personal device are quite useless but …

if you love your grandchild as much as I do the Apple Watch is a vital contribution to the happiness of proud grandfathers. Your favorite movies are accessible everywhere and every time right on your wrist and they always put a smile on your face.

View movies, block nerving people, add workouts and you’ll get lots of life’s little pleasures.

You might say that an Apple Watch with it’s 1.5″ screen is not really comparable with an IMAX experience. Let’s say it with the French writer and philosopher François-Marie Arouet, aka Voltaire:

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

Notes
Audiovisual aids by Apple’s iMovie
HD video shot with an iPhone SE
Copyright 2016 by Grandpa

One last thing …
Please be sympathetic. I’m aware of a minor gap between my skills and those of Steven Spielberg or Quentin Tarantino.

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ADHD

31 05 2016

ADHD isn’t the label of an innovative new processor.

It means Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and it seems to become a new kind of disease propagating throughout the world and caused by mobile devices.


Making an eye contact is replaced by intense usage of screens, audio notifications, and administrative tasks making sure that the mobile device receives every bit created in the digital world.

If we are focused on more essential things and are looking for something that makes our lives easier then the Apple Watch doesn’t really fit into our bag of e-loot. Not now. Maybe never because our eyes and our fingers won’t mutate into useful tools for taking control over a smart watch.

So my opinion is …

The Apple Watch is just another electronic device which is on the way to take control of our daily life in a way that we listen to the device and more often forget those humans around us.

More …

A Sad Reason

It’s almost high noon. Mothers and fathers: Keep yourself and your young smombies healthy.

Pay attention to your communication partner. Your heart should be your processor not the one in your mobile device.

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OMG

9 05 2015

Microsoft’s iOS app OneDrive was updated on May 6, 2015, with this description of the new innovative features:

Improvements to image quality and performance on Apple Watch.
If you have a new Apple Watch, you can enjoy your OneDrive photos right from your wrist!

My high resolution photos taken with an iSight camera displayed on a screen size near to the size of a postage stamp.

  

That’s what I was looking for since years.

Well, at the end of the day everything we like (including JLaw) is a matter of imagination.

So feel free to download my collage and view JLaw right on your wrist.

Note

Dear developers, think twice about the usefulness of your application on a 1.5″ screen size. Here is a noteworthy document for you.

Guidelines

More

Cockamamie

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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.








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