The Weather Channel

30 07 2017

An IBM business

We Take the Weather Seriously. But Not Ourselves.
TWC slogan 1982

News from the stock exchange is always being discussed by investors. News about the weather is a *mainstream conversation*. I cannot present stats but I think it's the most talked about topic worldwide with quite different motivations.

Oscar Wilde told us …

Pray don't talk to me about the weather, Mr. Worthing. Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel quite certain that they mean something else. And that makes me quite nervous.

Back to our topic …

After ditching Yahoo Weather with iOS 8 we get weather information within Apple's built-in app Weather from The Weather Channel, an IBM business since 2016. But it pisses me off though that their 1996 slogan

No Place on Earth Has Better Weather.

is a barefaced lie.

Regarding the app …

Did you know that the app provides a comprehensive view in landscape mode?
And have you ever seen the perfect design on an Apple Watch?

Apple is committed to UI simplicity which most often is followed by a perfect UX. But sometimes a bit more customization would be highly appreciated. I'm talking about the widget which cannot be set to a different location than the current one.

Note
If you want more in a nice packaging try out the top-rated app The Weather Channel with its useful alert settings.

Thanks for 🏄 by.





Sir, your IP please

23 07 2017

The answer to this question will replace all other information you currently know about yourself. In about a year the IoH will complete the IoT. So be prepared to always be able to show your IP.

Here is a HowTo to get your IP right on your wrist whenever you need it.

It uses Apple’s app WORKFLOW (for editing and running a set of actions based on iOS APIs) and WATCH. Install WORKFLOW on your iPhone from the App Store and on your Watch using the App WATCH. I recommend to put it in the DOCK of your watch for fast and easy access.

Create a Workflow (I called Get IP) within the app WORKFLOW.


01 Open WORKFLOW on your iPhone.

02 Tap +.

03 Select “Apple Watch” as the type of the Workflow.

04 Swipe right to show the Action menu and select “Scripting”

05 Go to “Device” and drag “Get current IP Address” into your workflow (on the right side).

06 Swipe right to show the Action menu and select “Scripting”.

07 Go to “Content” and drag “Get name” into your workflow (on the right side) as the second command.

08 Swipe right to show the Action menu and select “Sharing”.

Optional

to later paste your IP into a message

09 Go to “Clipboard” and drag “Copy to clipboard” into your workflow (on the right side) as the third command.

to show your IP also on your iPhone

10 Swipe right to show the Action menu and select “Documents”.

11 Go to “Previewing” and drag “Quick look” into your workflow (on the right side) as the fourth command.

Ready.

Now you’ll easily get your IP, send it via AirDrop to the officer who just caught you up so that he can directly charge your credit card you set up in Apple Pay.

Lazy?

Here is the link to download my workflow “Get IP”. Follow the instructions for importing it into your WORKFLOW app.

Get IP Workflow for import

Note
You may see this as a workout for your brain and a possible starting point for a great career as an iOS developer.

Thanks for visiting http://iNotes4You.com.





OK Google+

16 07 2017

I use your mobile app for iOS since years on my iPhone and wrote many Feedbacks and Reviews but you didn’t give me what I need as a moderator in a big, a very big community.

So I’m back again with an updated view on the issues hampering to do a great job. We mods do the work in our leisure time. We are not on your payroll although we are working hard for your image.

You don’t want us to mutate into John Doe or A.N. Onymus for our beloved ones, don’t you?

So my request is to support us by adding reasonable features which let us extend our leisure time.

Your members add value, your moderators do it also so now it’s your turn to massively improve your app. I’m waiting for some of my mentioned flaws since years.

To be fair, you gave us some useful features in the 2017 updates but it’s still annoying to not have all features in the app which are available in a browser.


Feel free to download my concept map as a PDF from my BOX account

I’m a mod and I feel sad

Thanks for 💧ping by.





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.








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