Corporate Social Responsibility

29 05 2017

Mobile devices, lots of opportunities and lots of risks
About the sheer impossibility to stop the technically feasible

I refer to a video titled ‘Dillan’s Voice’

posted by Olivério Graça on Google+ with this intro:

“This ad is the proof that technology only matters when it solves real problems and helps to eliminate barriers. This is what I am more and more interested with what Apple is doing because other companies only sell smartphones.”

Totally agree.
That’s the most exciting application of electronic devices.

But I also kept in mind …

“My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists and overly concerned about tech, and they say that none of their friends have the same rules… That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”
(Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics)

I take a similar view and I see more risks than benefits coming up with so-called “innovative” ideas like AR, VR, and machine learning (I wouldn’t call it AI because it’s still far away from being intelligent in a sense we defined it since centuries).

I see the industry trying to make us overly dependent on their eDevices. We already see it today when analyzing the skills and behavior of young people growing up with smartphones, tablets, and wearables.

Some examples:

1 Turn off “Spell Checking” and people aren’t able to write down correct sentences.

2 Turn off “Notifications” and access to social media and people loose part of their ability for face-to-face communication.

3 Turn off “Navigation” and people forget how to reach their target (also meant in a metaphorical sense).

4 Focused on their device (smartphone, AirPods, VR glasses, wearables, and what else we will see in the future) they communicate via emojis and stickers.

5 Uninstall games and people don’t know what to do in their leisure time.

It’ll need an excellent classical education to avoid these risks in our more and more device-controlled life.

Is it really a benefit for humans when their devices are getting more and more “intelligent” while their skills degenerate?

I’m a fan not only of Apple products but also of Apple as a company because there is an outstanding philosophy behind nearly everything they do (Environmental Initiative, Supplier Responsibility, Engagement in Education, etc). But it’s also a business and therefore most of the decisions are guided by commercial considerations.

To let everything Apple go unchallenged like we read it in many articles isn’t what I expect from authors who are also responsible for our future thinking and assessments.

There are too many people out there with less education, not seeing the risks and believing everything they read on the Internet.

Stay hungry, stay foolish
but don’t forget to scrutinize.

So think twice and don’t be too enthusiastic.

Related …

Apple’s CSR

Thanks for taking your time.

Less Is More

28 05 2017

but not in all cases.

This is a minimalist workplace I use sometimes to access my Surface Pro 4.
The screen shows the USysRibbon table (for ribbon customization) in a Microsoft Access database opened on a Surface Pro 4 and viewed on a Lumia 550 via the TeamViewer Remote Control app.

If you exactly know what you’re looking for on your computer then the screen size of a Lumia is sufficient.

I heard about rumors coming up with a so-called Surface Phone able to run W32 applications. This would definitely not the ocean-boiling innovation of the smartphone Microsoft talks about since months. The screen size – if the device should still fit into your pocket – doesn’t allow to do complex tasks.

CEO Satya Nadella declared that 2017 would see Microsoft launch the ultimate mobile device:

“We will continue to be in the phone market not as defined by today’s market leaders, but by what it is that we can uniquely do in what is the most ultimate mobile device.”

Hmm. Nebulous.
I don’t even can imagine what he means.

But hey, I can tell you what people all over the world like to have and I say it with the words of Steve Jobs when introducing the iPhone in 2007:

an iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator

and 10 years later,

5G capable, highly secure, durable, with less OS fragmentation, with a great camera, and with lots of awesome apps.

Apps? Yeah, apps, that’s the environment where things are happening. You don’t have enough good apps? Well, you created the UWP but you still have more than 40,000 developers. Don’t dismiss them because of streamlining your business. Let them create the awesome apps users are looking for.

And don’t forget, a smartphone owner primarily feels well with the device in his hands, using it on the go, outside your Continuum.

Just advise your team to do it. It’s that easy and gives us more competition.

It will be much easier to continuously launch iterations with more and more benefits for users instead of endlessly talking about dummies.

Thanks for 🏄 by.

Hey Apple, what’s your take on Microsoft’s new Surface Pro?

25 05 2017

A mobile device with the power of a computer? You don’t have it. Have you ever asked yourself why iPad sales continuously decline? For normal people a big-sized smartphone does it all. There’s no need for a tablet which runs the same OS like the smartphone does.

Decades ago – and supported by lots of scientists of different academic disciplines today – Alan Kay already told us that people should learn the basics of programming. But with an iPad Pro you can’t do it.

The MacBook isn’t that mobile as Apple wants us to see it. And the iPad still lacks some essential features a computer is capable of, e.g. programming.

So the next step (since years) should be a real hybrid like Microsoft created it already in 2002 with the Tablet PC.

I was a proud owner of a Siemens T4010 Convertible running Windows Tablet PC Edition. And I tell you, it was a great experience at that time and it’s a great experience with my Surface Pro 4 today.

So again,
what’s your answer to the Surface Pro, making use of a fanless architecture, with a powerful Intel Corei5, running a full version of Windows 10, ready to install millions of powerful applications?

Just create a mPad running macOS with the option to also run iOS apps and Windows 10 via Bootcamp.

Forget your Macbooks and give us an ocean-boiling new Mac Pro instead.

It’s just my very personal opinion. Apple is the most successful company in the world led by excellent staff so they’ll have their good reasons not to do so. Sadly.

Thanks for 💦ing by.

Let’s get ready to rumble

24 05 2017

Another BIG deal from Microsoft and it also can open the door for a successful mobile phone marketing with low-budget devices. A rebirth of the Lumia series with a Chinese OS version would get Apple more and more into dire straits on the world’s biggest market.

Forget iPads and Macs in China when the Government Edition is preinstalled on the new Surface Pro and the OEM Partner Lenovo is massively starting its advertising efforts.

Windows 10 Chinese Government Edition

Thanks for reading.

Microsoft vs Apple

22 05 2017

I’d love Windows 10 Mobile if the rest would be as well as Microsoft’s Calculator.

The Calculator is definitely the highlight of preinstalled apps on my Lumia 550.

Apple’s Calculator looks nicer (like almost every UI designed by Apple in California) but hey, it’s a calculator. Features count and regarding this app tidbit Apple is definitely not in the same street as Microsoft.

Apple, you always tried to follow a wise saying of Albert Einstein

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

but in this case you miserably failed.

But it’s always good to have some room for improvement.

Come on Apple, do your math.
Come on Microsoft, do the rest.
We like competition.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Encryption in Transit and At Rest

19 05 2017

There is an app for that.

It’s Boxcryptor by the German Secomba GmbH and it’s easy to use with a perfect design. Nothing is saved on Secomba’s servers without being encrypted by the user’s password, a zero-knowledge relationship between the user and the company behind Boxcryptor.

Here’s a short guide for backup freaks enabling them to even access their sensitive information in the worst case (iPhone died or was stolen). The good news is that they can even do it with their 💯$ Windows 10 backup phone.

Let’s get ready to rumble …

If a note contains sensitive information it can be locked with iOS’s built-in encryption capabilities. As an option it’s either stored locally on the iOS device or on iCloud.

It’s intended to

  • store an encrypted backup on a further cloud storage like Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, etc
  • ensure access to encrypted files from a device running on a different OS, e.g. a mobile phone running on Windows 10

Here is the workaround to transfer files from Apple Notes on an iPhone to Dropbox as a strongly encrypted PDF.

  1. Write a note.
  2. Tap on the Action Menu (top right).
  3. Choose PRINT.
  4. In PRINT PREVIEW force press on page 1.
  5. Tap on the Action Menu (bottom left).
  6. Choose BOXCRYPTOR.

Note …
A zero-knowledge service provider will always store any private and sensitive information in an encrypted form protected by the user’s password – which is never transferred to the provider. Passwords, password keys, and file keys never leave the users’ devices and are never transferred anywhere or to anyone.

Handle with care! Zero-knowledge means that Secomba cannot help you if you forgot your password. You’ll lose access to all encrypted files.

Benefits …

Your are safe and so you are. If you buy a new device you mustn’t take care of the OS. Boxcryptor runs on Windows, Windows Mobile, macOS, Android, iOS, Blackberry, and Chrome. 28 clouds are supported including Apple iCloud. You can share files with non-Boxcryptor users (Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive only as of May 2017).

More …

Boxcryptor Review

Boxcryptor Technical Overview

Thanks for reading.

Ad for the next iPhone

18 05 2017

made by Sixt Car Rental, Germany, et al.



(Preorder 7er now on

7er? Did I miss something or do we just get a facelift.

I sorely miss the all-round vision, aka full-screen display.

And what about the fingerprint recognition?
Just look at the latest “Mission Impossible” movie.

The featured BMW muscle car unlocks by placing a palm flat against the driver side window, with the fingerprints immediately recognized.

Apple, again you’re late in the market
but we all know you will do it slightly better.

Thanks for dropping by.

Sixt published this ad (modified by me by adding the 7 Plus) shortly after the launch of the iPhone 7 in fall 2016.

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