About Apple Pay, no kidding!

24 04 2017

A shopaholic’s best friend

If a new technology or service hits the market it shouldn’t be accepted without qualification.

Here are my thoughts and reservations not only about Apple Pay but also about electronic payments with smartphones or smart watches in general.


Well, in your everyday life the easiest way to get rid of your -bogus- money is to pay cash. But carrying cash with you is followed by two risks: loss and mugging. Both may also happen to your password.

So there is a need to innovate and make payments secure and fast with something you always carry with you: eyes and fingers.

Admittedly you also carry your belly with you but after intense scientific researches it turned out that the waist circumference isn’t as unique as required.

Apple decided to use the fingerprint as the biometric identifier.

Your fingerprint might be unique but the technique to transform it into bits and later retrieve you as the actor can be buggy according to Murphy’s law.

So, what happens if things don’t go your way?

If you need support the worst case that can happen, a customer’s nightmare, is, that you have more than one partner. Here it’s Apple and your bank. Apple will say that they don’t have access to your data because the transaction isn’t done with real data but with generated tokens. The bank will tell you, that it’s not responsible for the technique and it suggests to contact Apple or, that your Axx processor should be repaired.

And what about the lost money?

It’s way to complicated to explain the strange redemption of John Doe’s or Mr A.N. Onymus’ money. Refunds are announced many times, according to legislation. But it seems that there are some unexpected black holes implemented in laws.

For God’s sake do not invest in any technique except your pillow (only halfway filled but secure). SMSs are winging it’s way to recipients in a jiffy but money still uses the Silk Road on the back of turtles.
Abso-fucking-lutely fuckers, that’s what bankers are when returning money or gaming via Investment Fonds, sorry, ASFs, aka Arrant Scoundrels Fonds.

Btw, did you know that ASF is also the official abbreviation for ‘African swine fever virus’?

Bankers are responsible for the financial crisis, they dashed people’s hopes, force people into poverty, and forward a very special legacy to our children, valuelessness.

So we learn:

Isn’t the law – still not adapted to activities in the Internet – a nicely flexible and bendable thing?

If you are a shopaholic or not don’t use the ultra-modern techniques. Get rid of your money by paying cash or using the old-fashioned credit card. Don’t trust all the involved techniques and transfers of data over thousands of miles via cables, servers, and through the air. They are not qualified to build up confidence.

I’m an Apple fan and trust in what Tim Cook tells us about privacy. But there should be limits because even Tim and his excellent engineers can’t kill all bugs living in Apple’s ecosystem. Some bugs are like bacteria, they are resistant. Some others are doing their job on the way to Maiden or other data centers.

Summary …

New kinds of electronic payment systems are not designed to reduce the costs but to get more personal data and force people to spend money they don’t have.

Why going a long way round? The next level of paying is to do it even without any device, just with your fingertip or your eye.

Follow Roman poet Ovid’s slogan Nip things in the bud (“Principiis obsta”) to prevent the society getting fully electronic instead of improving humanity.

Thanks for reading and
sorry for going ballistic.

If you ask me “Are you serious?”
my answer is “Nine times out of ten.”.





Find me if you can

12 04 2017

These screenshots were taken at nearly the same time in the same room. Both devices, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and the iPhone SE, were just a feet apart.


Well,
advantage Apple and Mr. Right TomTom.

Admittedly my home is in a part of the world which isn’t the hub of the universe. But Microsoft’s HERE map has the bottom quality when compared to Google’s and Apple’s maps.

Unfortunately, as a fan of Apple’s products I must say in all fairness that Google’s maps are still better than Apple’s maps when it comes to not so prominent areas.

Thanks for reading.





Apple, can you do this?

9 04 2017

No hardware buttons just a screen.
Apple, can you do this until fall 2017?

Technically it should be possible and waterproofing isn’t a point to discuss any longer.

I’m sure it’s also Sir Jonathan’s dream.
He likes simplicity and an aesthetic clean concept.

Thanks for visiting iNotes4You.





An ancient design masterpiece

6 04 2017

“I’ll be back”

is a catchphrase associated with Arnold Schwarzenegger, which he first used in his role as the title character from the science fiction film The Terminator.


Now it’s time to get back an iPhone fully made of glass like the iPhone 4, a design masterpiece first launched in 2010 with the slogan “This changes everything. Again.”

Are you also excited to see an anniversary model with a glass backside which changes everything one more time in that it supports wireless charging?

More about

Designed by Apple in California

Thanks for reading.





Bad Boys

4 04 2017

Strong efforts have to be undertaken to secure data in the digital world. Even your identity can be countermined if you think about a hacked social media account where a bad guy publishes using your name.


Sometimes hackers behave like terrorists and try to destroy everything they are able to. A victim could suffer humiliation, identity theft, and lifetime suspension from services and social networks.

So turn on 2-Factor Authentication.

2-Factor Authentication means “something you know” (like a password) and “something you have” (like a smartphone). Once you activated 2-Factor Authentication you have to use both, your password and an authorized device to sign in. To increase usability Apple as well as Google let you authorize a device to not asking for an authentication code again.

With 2-Factor Authentication security is drastically increased but not perfect at all. The only way to further increase the level is to use biometric identifiers (like a fingerprint) which are actually not supported for mobile devices. A standardized solution implemented in all operating systems would be a great step forward.

Many authentication processes could be made much more easier if “something you are” (fingerprint, iris) would replace “something you know” and it would increase security drastically if all these three methods are combined to identify yourself.

Regarding codes for 2-Factor Authentication …

There is an app for that. It’s AUTHY.

Running on your iPhone (even in the Notification Center) and on your Apple Watch it provides generated codes for the 2nd step of logging into your account.

Some background information

More about Bad Boys

Thanks for reading.





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.





Well done

26 03 2017

The iPhone is a shining example for the success of consistent further development. As we can see, people like GOOD devices not semi-innovative eye catchers.

The first iPhone and iPad were shining examples of high level innovation, an ocean boiling new kind of device whereas follow-ups could be described with the words of Apple’s leader Tim Cook:

Some people see innovation as change, but we have never really seen it like that. It’s making things better.

People who think Apple lost its ability to innovate should anticipate that innovation takes time. It’s a PROCESS not a BANG (literally speaking when thinking about Samsung’s Note 7 disaster).

Oh, I forgot to say that your works are not only good but eye catchers as well. Sorry, Sir Jonathan.

Thanks.








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