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23 07 2016

Apple hit with lawsuit targeting AppleCare+ refurbished devices

“A class action suit filing in California complains that refurbished service stock replacements doled out by Apple in exchange for damaged devices to AppleCare+ service plan holders are not functionally the same as new.

The class action suit, filed Wednesday, takes offense to Apple replacing damaged devices with refurbished devices. Specifically mentioned, the suit is over the clause in the AppleCare Plus contract documents stating that devices replaced under the program are equivalent to new in performance and reliability.”
(Mike Wuerthele, ai)


Apple, you have to follow rules like any other company.

Here’s a serious saying of Niccolo Machiavelli valid also for responsible people in Cupertino:

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

Do not fight against commonly accepted customer rights.

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I got goose bumps

27 06 2016

the first time I saw this historic event.

Why?

Well, the reason might be that I started to learn about computers by using punch cards. So these micro machines are still miracles for me.

Note
Sad to say that smartphones today cause lots of accidents and are responsible for wrong posture, destroying the ability to focus, straining the eyes. Becoming addicted to a phone has become a condition that experts now call: ”Nomophobia” (no-mobile-phone-phobia). It’s not limited to the hardcore Wall Street types with their “crackberries” though.

Things do not happen.
Things are made to happen.

(John F. Kennedy)

Steve Jobs provides business leaders with a perfect template of how to deliver expertly tailored rhetoric.


The late Apple boss was a master of the art of effective and persuasive speaking, employing various strategies to adapt to differing scenarios and situations, while still delivering a constant message, according to Loizos Heracleous and Laura Klaering, of Warwick Business School.

More

Reckoning out Jobs’ talent

See how the most influential gadget of all times (Time, May 3, 2016) was introduced by the most influential entertainer in the valley. 

Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone
(14 min of January 9, 2007)

Thanks for reading.





It’s a matter of degrees

14 06 2016

It’s never below zero but often above 40C.

I’m talking about Thailand (ประเทศไทย) the country well-known for its excellent spicy food.

It will be my residence after saying Goodbye to Germany in late August 2016. My wife already moved over to here native country with her iPad Mini and the awesome iPhone SE.

What about stores?

The temperature for our iLoot isn’t the only problem we are faced with. There is an Apple Store website but Apple won’t deliver its high-tech products to a small village (called MOO) some kilometers away from Khon Kaen, the main city in Thailand’s ISAAN region. Furthermore, I can’t pay with my credit card connected to my German bank account.

What about connectivity?

In Thailand we have 10 Mbit/s WiFi at home and a quite stable mobile data connection outside. So it’s no problem to be creative. In most cases it’s not a question of high-speed Internet. You always need more time to write down your thoughts than uploading them to social networks. And moreover my rhythm of live is not controlled by Apple’s processors.

What about battery life?

Devices suffer from higher battery drain in Thailand than in countries with lower average temperature. 
Like humans, batteries function best at room temperature. Warming a dying battery in a mobile phone or flashlight in our jeans might provide additional runtime due to improved electrochemical reaction. This is likely also the reason why manufacturers prefer to specify batteries at a toasty 27°C (80°F). Operating a battery at elevated temperatures improves performance but prolonged exposure will shorten life.
To be on the safe side I use the ‘Techlink Recharge 12000′ powerstation with 12000 mAh. Recharging is fast (1%/min) and may be applied up to 4 times before recharging it or 2 times with 2 devices being charged simultaneously (2.4 A/1.0 A).

The human brake …

Clammy fingers are like brakes when using gestures like drag, flick or pinch.
That’s definitely the most annoying bug in the design of bio-machines and there is no update available neither via cable nor OTA.

Fortunately there is a way to at least use Touch ID with sweaty or oily skin. If you failed using your thumb to unlock your iThing just add this finger in addition to the dry copy of the same fingerprint for future authentications.

Other problems?

Well, I don’t know. Hopefully I won’t get into trouble after inserting my Thai SIM card. I already checked that all my accounts secured with 2-Step Verification have to be modified to provide the right information.

Sadly I don’t have access to the Thai App Store to get some country-specific apps not offered in the German App Store.
We might live in an international world, but if you’ve ever tried to switch from one App Store to another, you’ll have a pretty good idea what it means to keep up with Apple Service-Jet-Setting.

Summary …

Use your AC, stay cool, enjoy the delicious food and fruit, use your GTD app and if something doesn’t go your way ignore it.

Related …

The Thai Apple Store

Change your iTunes Store Country

Thanks for reading.





Virtual Reality

23 05 2016

Apple is rumored to build a car (or more likely to develop car technology, eg autonomous driving). Google already tested autonomous driving with the ugliest looking car I’ve ever seen.  

So, what’s going on in the USA?

Are Apple and Google on the way to change the way we move from A to B?

California might be the epicenter of e-technology but southern Germany is still the heart of c-technology with Daimler Benz, Porsche, Audi, and BMW as the most prominent companies with excellent engineers, a worldwide infrastructure, an excellent reputation, decades of experience, and a significant position in the fastest growing market, China.

It needs much more than just some innovative ideas to bring a car successfully on the road.

No chance for newcomers to overtake established car manufacturers with experiences made in more than a century. 
Country-specific regulations, complex supply chains, sophisticated production engineering, crash testing, spare parts supply over decades, widespread sales and maintenance networks etc will make it a quite expensive adventure to get out of a minor role in the market of 4-wheel mobiles. History shows us that all attempts ended in a niche or a financial disaster. 

Whatever Apple’s R&D creates, who will be the partner to let the ideas move on the roads?

Some facts …

About the technolgy

Audi piloted driving

An opinion I totally agree with …

No Apple Car Any Time Soon


Thanks for reading and please keep in mind …

Think before you drive.
Don’t use your iThing in 4-wheel mobiles.





There should be an app for that

19 05 2016

Here is another comparison between my preferred iPhone and the Lumia I purchased to see what’s going on with Microsoft’s mobile development (if there is one).

Nowadays mobile devices can be located, erased and set into lost mode if they have been registered.

Apple offers a pre-installed app (Find my iPhone) whereas Microsoft devices have to be accessed via a browser. If 2-Step Verification is turned on you first have to generate a code before you can open the website to view and manage your account details.

So much for
It just works
from Microsoft’s point of view.


This could be much easier if Microsoft would offer an app for that like Apple does. An app is faster, more secure than a web-based access, doesn’t need a code for 2-Step Verification, allows to seamlessly track a device by frequently updating its location, etc.

I would like to have an app for that on my Lumia 550 running Windows 10.

Note

When you first get your Windows Phone, there are two settings which should be turned on. Go to Settings – Update & Security – Find My Phone. Turn on (1) Save my device’s location periodically and (2) Save my devices location more frequently.


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Advantage Apple

10 05 2016

The FTC and FCC want to know more about how carriers and manufacturers issue security updates.

“Consumers may be left unprotected, for long periods of time or even indefinitely, by any delays in patching vulnerabilities once they are discovered.”

Mainly there are two reasons for delayed security updates from the customer’s point of view:

(1) OS providers aren’t ready with fixing the vulnerability 

(2) You are the proud owner of one of the 18k different Android-based devices.

It’s all about fragmentation.

Fixing bugs is a complicated business. You have to test with multiple operating system versions, hardware vendor interface layers, hardware configurations, and network capabilities. The testing matrix for Android-based devices can be a serious challenge, impacting your product’s quality, time-to-market, and in the end, profitability.

That fragmentation is tough on developers, the folks who make apps you love. When you’re making software for so many devices, it’s difficult to make sure your app works well for each unique piece of hardware. It’s part of the reason why Android still tends to get updates much later than iOS does.

Once the updated OS is out it can be installed on up to 5 generations of iOS devices with different processors. See the iPhone 4S (released in October 2011) which can get iOS 9. This will remain a dream for people using Android-based devices.

The whole story …

FTC and FCC want to know more …

Thanks for taking your time.





Territorial Losses

6 05 2016

It’s no secret that Apple wants a bigger piece of the enterprise market and these kinds of agreements help solidify their enterprise position and drive Apple hardware sales inside companies that were traditionally PC shops — and hence more often considered Microsoft territory.

Now Apple is in close partnership with IBM (2014), CISCO (2015), and SAP (2016).

Strategic Partnerships …

In 2014 Apple and IBM announced an exclusive partnership aiming to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change. With IBM’s unparalleled industry expertise, businesses can take the first step in empowering their workforce through mobile technology. These apps, exclusively for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, give enterprises a simple way to solve workflow and role-specific challenges, while transforming industries from the ground up.

But there are also setbacks …

The Indian government doesn’t allow the import of refurbished iPhones. The main reason for not granting the application is that it will confront the, ’Make in India’ initiative and burden the country with electronic waste. 
China’s government is always good for surprises. Apple finds itself in new heat with Chinese regulators. News surfaced that its iBooks Store and iTunes Movies services were suspended in the country at the request of government regulators. The services opened in the country just six months ago, with the blessing of the authorities.

About the map …

A SWOT analysis is used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats in a business venture. It’s used in any decision-making situation when a desired end-state has been defined.


SWOTs may look completely different if created from external or involved people.

The changes I made after March 2015:

  • New partnership Apple – CISCO
  • New partnership Apple – SAP
  • New customer demographic
  • New Apple car technology
  • T->O Online music market
  • New Diversification of product line-up
  • Regulations in fast growing markets

Related …

IBM MobileFirst

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