Hey Apple!

19 08 2017

Electronically signed documents are legally invalid in most countries of the world.

And there is even more.

  • Sending a document as an attachment to an unencrypted mail is like an invitation for bad boys to use the signature done with the  Pencil.
  • Using it for business purposes would also require to keep it accessible over 5 to 10 years. But where’s your document management and digital archiving support?

No, no.

It’s not that easy you want us to see this feature.

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As Times Go By

7 08 2017

2007 A masterpiece of simplicity
2017 The world becomes more complex

The primary responsibility for Apple's design since more than 2 decades goes to …

Sir Jonathan Paul "Jony" Ive, KBE RDI (born 27 February 1967) is a British designer and the Senior Vice President of Design at Apple Inc. He joined Apple in 1992 and has the overall responsibility for Industrial Design. He also provides leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) software teams across the company. He is the lead designer of many Apple products, including Newton, MessagePad, MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, iOS 7 and more.

Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, a grade within the British order of chivalry

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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.

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.

UI at its worst

22 07 2017

Text Replacement

It's such a great feature but
I hate this screen in iOS.

The text field is far too small to comfortably enter a bit more text than just a mail address or a text module like "Kind regards".

Apple iPhone Feedback

Please send feedback
before the spaceship launches iOS 11.


20 07 2017

OmG, the world of today is full of abbreviations and emojis.

Just one example:

🚽 WC, the traditional water closet

But talking about this would be off-topic.
So today I’d like to talk about W ireless C harging of eLoot. particularly the smartphone flagships of the two big rivals.

Samsung has it,
Apple will reportedly get it.

And both wouldn’t have it without the groundbreaking publication of “A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field” in 1865, by Scottish J.C. Maxwell. So much for copycats.

How it works …

Induction chargers use an induction coil to create an alternating electromagnetic field, and a second induction coil in the portable device takes energy from the electromagnetic field and converts it back into electric current to charge the battery. The source field must cover the receiving coil which results in a very short range of energy transfer. Device and charger must be in close contact. Over greater distances this method is highly inefficient and wastes the vast majority of the energy.

Greater distances between sender and receiver coils can be achieved when the inductive charging system uses resonant inductive coupling. Think of it like this:

A tuning fork can cause another to vibrate when both are tuned to the same pitch. Using the resonance phenomenon energy transfer can drastically be increased and wouldn’t require a close contact between the charger and your device.

Pros and Cons …

  • You still need a cable to connect your charger to a power outlet.
  • It’s uncomfortable to use the device without taking it off. Charging is immediately stopped.
  • It’s less efficient. Charging time increases.
  • It’s comfortable to just put it on the WC.
  • It saves a cable.
  • It’s more expensive.
  • It’s bigger than a traditional charger.
  • It can charge lots of different devices following the Qi standard (One-For-All).

Finally …

Apple, does your approach to wireless charging of iPhones include something new and exciting? Please don’t give us somewhat like your boring, ugly-designed, and featureless standard charger we get for your  Watch.

According to all announcements about your environmental initiatives we expect your Qi charging protocol to be fully compatible with other Qi chargers.

Sources …

All about Wireless Charging

Unboxing the Samsung Fast Charger

Wired or wireless, please stay tuned.
If nothing works dispatch smoke signals.

Thanks for reading.

Stunning Stump

19 07 2017

I bought this stand some years ago in the Apple Store as an accessory for my iPad and iPhone. As you can see it's still in use and believe me it's completely within Apple's business and design philosophy.


• safe
• simple
• of high durability
• less customizable
• a piece that just works
• nearly without carbon footprint
• open-minded towards competitors
• diversified because it comes in 4 skin colors

But wait

What's there on the image?
A low-budget Lumia 550 and a Surface Pro4?

Hey Thomas, you're off-topic.
Yeah, maybe but it also shows that fans of the fruit company can be open-minded and let their other devices rest on a product purchased in the Apple Store.

But the main reason why my iPhone doesn't rest in its chair and had to take the photo is that the image quality of my Lumia 550 sporting a 5MP camera isn't that good.

Seriously, I strongly recommend this accessory. There are tons of use cases for it.




There should be an app for that

19 05 2016

Here is another comparison between my preferred iPhone and the Lumia I purchased to see what’s going on with Microsoft’s mobile development (if there is one).

Nowadays mobile devices can be located, erased and set into lost mode if they have been registered.

Apple offers a pre-installed app (Find my iPhone) whereas Microsoft devices have to be accessed via a browser. If 2-Step Verification is turned on you first have to generate a code before you can open the website to view and manage your account details.

So much for
It just works
from Microsoft’s point of view.

This could be much easier if Microsoft would offer an app for that like Apple does. An app is faster, more secure than a web-based access, doesn’t need a code for 2-Step Verification, allows to seamlessly track a device by frequently updating its location, etc.

I would like to have an app for that on my Lumia 550 running Windows 10.


When you first get your Windows Phone, there are two settings which should be turned on. Go to Settings – Update & Security – Find My Phone. Turn on (1) Save my device’s location periodically and (2) Save my devices location more frequently.

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