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.
  7. In BOXCRYPTOR choose UPLOAD.

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.





Expensive password keeper?

17 05 2017

or even with a subscription model?

That’s the new way developers try to assure their livelihood and secure against poverty. That stands to reason and ad a retired programmer I know what I’m talking about.

But …

Users disagree substantively over subscription models although it’s the only way to do a meaningful economic analysis.

How much money are they willing to spend monthly for their let’s say 30 apps?

Stats tell us that this is the average number of apps frequently used by iOS users.

Well, I personally do not have any subscription (except my 50GB iCloud plan for 0.99€/month).

It’s not only Apple’s SVP Phil Schiller promoting subscription based models but also he makers of the well-known password keeper 1Password. So it was time for me to scrutinize alternatives.

And it turned out that Apple’s built-in app NOTES is now my first choice. I don’t need and don’t want to use the integrated browsers of 1Password or OneSafe. I have Apple’s strongly encrypted Keychain to save credentials for websites opened in Safari.

But what happens if things don’t go my way?

Well, then I still have the list of essential access information in a locked note of Apple’s built-in App Notes. For free.

More …

Apple Notes

Thanks for paying attention.





Editors’ Choice

28 03 2017

What a misleading cachet in many cases.

Here’s a short note to Phil Schiller @Apple.com:

Dear Phil,
you should choose your editors carefully.

The app I’m talking about is just one of many examples and let me think that “Editors’ Choice” is a sign you can acquire by purchase.

F1 is expensive, full of bugs, useless on the Apple Watch, promised great features which are definitely embryonic and it’s without any helpful support.

Thanks for reading and
be careful when you see “Editors’ Choice”.

Good bye, Formula One Digital Media Ltd.





Be creative

23 01 2017

Make the most out of your iThing.

Why should such a powerful device like an iPhone with 3D Touch technology solely be used for going Google+, Twitter, or Facebook?

Apple’s App Store offers lots of useful apps with a great UI and features you need to be creative.

Here’s my app portfolio for writing articles on WordPress, the world’s biggest blogging platform.

ByWord
a simple text editor for writing down ideas everywhere and every time

Inspiration
a tool for creating mind maps and concept maps which can summarize details of tech related topics true to the motto “An image is worth a thousand words”

WordPress
the official app for text formatting, adding images and videos, and publishing articles

Tap Forms
a database app for managing more detailed information about blog articles 

Here’s an app review of Inspiration:

Inspiration

If you’re interested in reviews of the other apps just enter their names into the SEARCH field of my website.

Thanks for visiting iNotes4You.





iTranslate

30 12 2016

If you are urgently looking for a translation you should try out iTranslate for  Watch.

All that glitters is not gold especially when it comes to automated translations.

I don’t have experiences in other languages than German and Thai but translations from English into these two languages are most often horrible. Microsoft’s automated translations of their knowledge base articles are good examples for the lack in quality.

So use iTranslate just in the free version if you like to look up some word translations on your Apple Watch or iPhone. The app is quite good but it again shows the sheer impossibility of acceptable automated translations.

Btw, as long as the grammar of languages isn’t changed into processor-friendly rules we won’t see acceptable translations done by machines. Sadly.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose your language
  2. Use Scribble or Voice input
  3. Wait for response of iPhone
  4. See and hear the translation

Thanks for surfing by.





myTracks

4 07 2016

Posted from 51.06553 7.00345
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

Thanks for dropping by.
and
Thanks to the developer Dr Dirk Stichling.








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