5 03 2018

A shot taken with my iPhone 6s Plus in Leverkusen, Germany.

Gravitropism is a turning or growth movement by a plant or fungus in response to gravity.

Wikipedia tells us …

It is a general feature of all higher and many lower plants as well as other organisms. Charles Darwin was one of the first to scientifically document that *roots show positive gravitropism and stems show negative gravitropism*. That is, roots grow in the direction of gravitational pull (i.e., downward) and stems grow in the opposite direction (i.e., upwards). This behavior can be easily demonstrated with any potted plant. When laid onto its side, the growing parts of the stem begin to display negative gravitropism, growing upwards.

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HDR on an iPhone

2 03 2018

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range.

The camera takes a series of images, each shot with a different exposure from darkest to lightest for each subject in the frame. Software then combines the best parts of the three overexposed, underexposed, and balanced shots to create a well-exposed image with improved shadowing and coloring.

To take a shot with HDR setting, open the Camera app on your iPhone. At the top center of the screen, you’ll see a button labeled with “HDR Off.” Tap it, and you’ll see three options: Auto, On, Off.

Without using HDR your subject is either perfectly lit but the rest of the image is washed out, or the background of your photo is well-lit but the foreground is darker and slightly out of focus.

Let sensors and software do the work for you.

Set HDR to Automatic.

By default, an iPhone keeps both photos, the original unaltered image, and the optimized HDR photo (with a slightly opaque icon in the upper left corner of the image that says ‘HDR’). If you’d prefer to not keep the original image, open Settings – Camera and disable “Keep Normal Photo”.

Personally, I like to keep this enabled, as having both versions allows me to compare them and then to decide if I should take a new shot.

The photo I added to my post shows the garden behind our house during the flood in October 2017. Because of the perfect ambient light you won’t see a difference between Normal and HDR Mode.

Keep an eye on your data plan.

If you’ve turned on HDR Mode and ‘iCloud Photo Library’ in Settings – Apple-ID – iCloud – Photos keep in mind that when you take a shot two photos are uploaded to iCloud.

Happy shooting.

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Apple’s Business Philosophy

26 02 2018

A Philosophy
is needed to be successful over decades.

Companies that continually create value over the long term, meaning decades or more, learn how to ingrain the ability into their corporate makeup; it becomes part of their culture and DNA. They create value, jobs, and growth because of their ability to institutionalize innovation.

Andrew Taylor, Boston Consulting Group
about Apple

Humans are designed to absorb visualized information in a jiffy and in many cases remember this information much longer than any other stimulation of senses. That’s why people say

A picture is worth a thousand words.

So here is a mind map (an octopus-like visualization of a topic) summarizing some ideas which make up Apple’s business philosophy.

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Camera Shootout 6s vs 8

22 02 2018

Should I upgrade for the camera?

I own an iPhone 6s Plus and agree to a comparison of the cameras of a 6s and the 8 published in an article on businessinsider.

No need to upgrade.

See the shot I took this morning in Leverkusen, Germany. It shows bamboo and ice. Isn’t it of high quality?

More …

iPhone 6s vs 8 camera

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Death, Taxes, iPhone Rumors

19 02 2018

are the three constants in modern life.

And there’s more we all can recognize.
So-called “News” about upcoming iThings are clickbaits. Bloggers around the world do follow all spasmodic coughs of so-called analysts. In some cases they’re right but in all cases we can realize that there intention is just getting attentionclicks money.

What are the benefits of knowing details about devices months before they are presented at Steve Jobs’ Theater or elsewhere? None. But …

Apple enjoys a cult-like following for its platforms, especially following the massive increase in popularity for the brand brought about by the huge increase in sales for all its products that started around the time the company introduced the original iPod in late 2001. The mass usage of computing devices in everyday life, mixed with Apple’s vertical integration of its products, has helped to bring about this increase in popularity, and combined with a tight-lipped corporate policy about future products, helped foster an interest in the company’s activities. So it’s not an unhappy love affair between Apple and fortune tellers.

Let me put you out of your misery. Here are the latest tokens from the rumor mill.

  • Apple to release iOS 51 on June 29, 2057, iPhones 50th birthday
  • iPad 48’s WiFi gets the Multi-Media Tech Award from North-Korean Government
  • Apple’s iPad Smart Cover now available in XXXL covering up to 4 devices with your Apple IDs, passwords, fingerprint, and face engraved
  • Ming – Chi Kuo Jr. seem to confirm that iPad 34 will sport a nuclear reactor replacing the Li-Ion Dino manufactured and assembled in North Korea
  • Craig (@HairForceOne) Federighi, Maestro of Bits and Bytes, filed a lawsuit against his coiffeur for copying and selling his hairdo to an AR app developer
  • Apple is starting the production of its most anticipated neural engine for humans; its massively criticized because of complete incompatibility with Android engines already working in 85% of all human beings
  • Apple now offers Apple Health Care to cover accidents caused by AR distraction

Oh, I nearly forgot that hackneyed saying:

Apple didn’t immediately respond to requests for comments.

See you.

In their book Psychology of Rumor, Allport and Postman (1947) formulated the basic law of rumor, in which the strength of the rumor (R) is linked to the importance (i) and to the degree of ambiguity (a) of the topic, such that: R ≈ i × a. Regarding Apple i represents the highest possible value in the tech industry and a the many features consumers like to have but Apple doesn’t deliver.

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Apple @ India

17 02 2018

A relationship which should be improved.

Apple came to India in 2008. In May 2016 Tim Cook visited India for the first time as the head of Apple and met India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Why? Well, India is the 2nd largest country in the world (by population) but Apple’s footprint is near to be insectile. In April 2017 iPhone production started in India. The company has partnered with Taiwanese WISTRON to assemble iPhones in Bangalore often referred to as the Silicon Valley of India.

India is one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the world and has become a sweet spot as the company is facing headwinds in China.

Consumers in India need affordable phones, but Apple’s iThings are all premium.

Most smartphones sold in the country are priced around or under $150, with only a fraction of the country’s billion-plus citizens able to afford an iPhone (about 3% market share as of Oct 2017 / statista com).

Additionally there are some barriers to break down.

Tim Cook’s efforts are to abide by Narendra Modi-led government’s „Make in India“ program.


Apple doing badly in India?

An Apple Store in India?

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Microsoft Edge for iOS

9 02 2018

Another highlight from Redmond

Microsoft’s browser EDGE made for Windows 10 is now available for iOS. And it’s fast, easy to use, and gives a continuous browsing experience from your iPhone to your Windows 10 PC (which in my opinion is still better than a Mac).

“Your stuff syncs in the background, allowing you to browse across devices, without skipping a beat.”

After opening a website on my iPhone I can easily open Edge on my Surface and display the site. That works pretty smooth. Using Google+ is also much better than with Chrome. It’s way faster and lets you return exactly to the point where you left the post stream.

If you ask me personally I would say it‘s way better than Google Chrome for iOS.

More …

Microsoft Edge for Mobile

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