Discount Spreadsheet

3 08 2018

You find lots of sophisticated and powerful apps in Apple’s App Store. Some of them are shining examples for simplicity and plain design and follow the KISS principle (Keep it simple, stupid).

One of them is

Discount Spreadsheet by Luminant Software, Inc.

It got an updated UI
and a long awaited new keyboard in July 2018.

The app is simple to use, restricted to the basic needs of a spreadsheet application and lets users focus on relevant tasks. No bells and whistles.

These kind of apps can be effectively used to teach and discuss simple things with young people. It’s a first step to improve knowledge and knowledge is the basis of creativity. Transferring knowledge and initiate further discrete thinking seems to be easier than ever because mobile devices initiated a shift in paradigm of teaching and learning. It’s because a touchscreen is much nearer to human activities than any other device or textbook could ever be. What we do is mostly what we do with our hands. It’s our first approach to new things.

Lots of developers implement more and more features into their apps but only apps like Discount Spreadsheet are perfect for explaining and learning the basics of creating spreadsheets.

Learning targets could be …

learn the common actions cut, copy, paste, undo and redo which are provided by all operating systems

build a sum with cells in a column or row

enter a simple expression where the arguments are cells

insert or delete rows/columns and see that a spreadsheet app automatically adjusts the cell coordinates in a formula to new appropriate rows/columns

create a graph

access the iOS app specific folder via a browser by using a http address


Try it out and you’ll think twice before you use the turbocharged apps Apple Numbers or Microsoft Excel.

Thanks for reading.


2 08 2018

Apple has become the first US company with a market capital of over $1 trillion.

What does that mean
for me as a normal customer?

Nothing, I think. It’s just a number.

People like records.
I don’t as long as they do not help anyone.
Well, share holders might be happy
and if they understand a bit about the company
they should say “Thank you, Steve Jobs”.

But what about the rest of the world?

Apple’s Q3 2018

1 08 2018

Q3 2018 is the best quarter in the company’s history.

In Trump-times SEC Filings are just one side of the coin.

Tim Cook in a call with investors …

“The trade relationships and agreements that the U.S. has between the U.S. and other major economies are very complex, and it’s clear that several are in need of modernizing, but we think that in the vast majority of situations that tariffs are not the approach to doing that.

There is an inescapable mutuality between the U.S. and China that each country can only prosper if the other does. And, of course, the world needs both the U.S. and China to do well for the world to do well. Like I said, I can’t predict the future but I am optimistic the countries get through this and we are hoping that calm heads prevail.”

Details about Apple’s Q3

Apple Inc. Q3 2018 Press Release

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