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  • Hands on: How to use the ECG app on Apple Watch

    The part that caught my attention is:  'Download to a PDF"

    This needs to be expanded out into other areas of the Health App (as well as the Activity App) which is otherwise essentially a black hole.  Currently you can look at little, tiny, meaningless graphs on your iPhone -- but that's it.

    Two examples:  
    The health care industry is rapidly becoming aware of the limitations of taking blood pressure once a year in your doctor's office and migrating over to ongoing monitoring under normal circumstances.   The health app could provide you and your doctor with BP measurements taken over a month, 6 months or a year -- but currently all could do is hand him your phone.  A PDF would be far more helpful.

    Heart Rate data in the Activity app is presented in a tiny little graph with no scale and is essentially worthless.  Exporting it out into an Apple Numbers chart or PDF graph would enable it to be useful.

    This export feature needs to be opened up to other functions of the health and activities apps.

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    And yes, Daniel -- you need too get more exercise if a little "running around" gets your heart rate up that high!



    netmage
  • Rosenblatt cuts AAPL target again, citing worries over 'Services' growth and low iPad Pro ...

    In fact I am really sick of Reuter’s and associates constantly bringing up fake numbers and rumors with little to no proof.   
    They say “Analysts says “ and then from that point on start preaching their own platform.
    Their facts are suspect rumors and conjecture.
    News should be reliable and based on facts not fiction.  Thank you .   Real News Forever !!!!
    Fake News = I don't like that news

    "Only tell me what I want to hear!"
    elijahgasdasd
  • Rosenblatt cuts AAPL target again, citing worries over 'Services' growth and low iPad Pro ...

    The reality is sinking in that Apple's core products are, at this point, embedded in mature markets with little growth in volume or prices.

    It's growth areas are in the Apple Watch and related health as well as (potentially) home automation and self driving cars.   Plus, of course, other products and services that haven't even been thought of -- and that could evolve from the proliferation of 5G revolutionizing communications.

    In addition, it could reinvigorate lagging, narrowly focused Mac hardware as well as exploit the power of the A series chips to let iPads challenge laptops in a serious way.

    Tim's challenge will be two fold:
    1)  Keep the innovation coming
    2)  Keep the innovation customer focused rather than on glitzy tech features.

    That second point may be critical if you compare Steve's rollout of the MacBook Air to the recent rollout of the newest MBA:   Steve focused on what it (and its technical features) would do for me and you.  It was very personal.   The girl who introduced the 2018 MBA simply read off a laundry list of technical upgrades and features:  When the highlight of your presentation is a T2 chip, its time to rethink your thrust -- at least if you're Apple. 

    Or, compare the rollout of the 2018 MBA to the introduction of LTE on the Apple Watch:  Instead of a list of technical features we got a live shot of a real person making a phone call from the middle of a lake on her paddle board using her Apple Watch.   There is a huge difference between the two:  one appeals to geeks (like me) while the other appeals to normal humans.
    Latkoelijahg
  • Microsoft and MasterCard working on universal online identification standard

    danvm said:
    danvm said:
    danvm said:
    danvm said:
    If its online it can be hacked & stolen -- and identity theft is a growth industry.

    Why would I trust Microsoft with my ID?
    Actually, that's one of the big reasons why I stick to Apple products -- security and privacy.  They're not invulnerable, but they're better than the rest.   Far better.
    There is a large list of enterprises and business that trust MS authentication platform (Azure AD / AD) for their users and customers ID's.  And now they are moving to password less on their services and products, as a method to improve security. 

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/passwordless

    Like you said, if it's online, it can be hacked and stolen.  But MS have been prove very solid from a security POV, specially with their cloud services.  I think that's the reason MC team with MS for this project.  
    Part of the trouble is that when a business is hacked, it's their customer's information that is stolen and it's customers that suffer the consequences.   The business itself gets a bit of bad publicity, spends few dollars on a token effort to placate the affected customers, and then moves on with business as usual.

    Having their customer's information stolen is now just a normal cost of doing business -- for the enterprise.  So, their incentive is to put as little time, effort and money into secure systems as they can reasonably get away with and still be able to claim that they keep their customer's private information secure.
    I agree with you.  Making the Internet a safer place to make transaction evolve every day.  And this agreement between MS + MC maybe is the next step to make transaction in the internet safer.  I don't see how this could be a bad thing, considering the billions of transactions made every years in the Internet.  I just hope it works.  If this reduce the incidents of stolen information, it will reduce costs for customer and business.  Everybody wins.
    That's all true.   But Microsoft's reputation for security is far from stellar.
    If you are talking about the 80's and 90's, maybe I would agree.  But MS have improved a lot.  They have one of the large cloud infrastructures in the world, and you cannot build something as big without being good at security.  Even Windows 10 have been a big improvement in security.  Recently the DoD upgrade 4M devices to Windows 10, why?  To improve security.


    Maybe the reputation you think MS have related to security is poor, but in realty they are doing very good. 
    Improved security does not mean good security.
    Microsoft has single handedly created an entirly new industry:  Virus protection.
    From what I know MS applications and cloud services are one of the most popular in enterprises and business.  Do you really think that they would as popular if they were bad at security?  Are they perfect?  No, neither Apple, Google, IBM or other company.  But I don't think MS is bad as security as you think.

    And yes, antivirus started as applications to protect Windows.  But now they expanded to included macOS, which by the way, includes an AV, XProtect.  Does it means that macOS is not good at security as you think of Windows?
    The're popular because they're cheap -- which brings us back to my original point:
    "Part of the trouble is that when a business is hacked, it's their customer's information that is stolen and it's customers that suffer the consequences.   The business itself gets a bit of bad publicity, spends few dollars on a token effort to placate the affected customers, and then moves on with business as usual."

    Every business makes the determination on whether the cost of security is more than the cost of being hacked.
    williamlondon
  • Microsoft and MasterCard working on universal online identification standard

    danvm said:
    danvm said:
    danvm said:
    If its online it can be hacked & stolen -- and identity theft is a growth industry.

    Why would I trust Microsoft with my ID?
    Actually, that's one of the big reasons why I stick to Apple products -- security and privacy.  They're not invulnerable, but they're better than the rest.   Far better.
    There is a large list of enterprises and business that trust MS authentication platform (Azure AD / AD) for their users and customers ID's.  And now they are moving to password less on their services and products, as a method to improve security. 

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/passwordless

    Like you said, if it's online, it can be hacked and stolen.  But MS have been prove very solid from a security POV, specially with their cloud services.  I think that's the reason MC team with MS for this project.  
    Part of the trouble is that when a business is hacked, it's their customer's information that is stolen and it's customers that suffer the consequences.   The business itself gets a bit of bad publicity, spends few dollars on a token effort to placate the affected customers, and then moves on with business as usual.

    Having their customer's information stolen is now just a normal cost of doing business -- for the enterprise.  So, their incentive is to put as little time, effort and money into secure systems as they can reasonably get away with and still be able to claim that they keep their customer's private information secure.
    I agree with you.  Making the Internet a safer place to make transaction evolve every day.  And this agreement between MS + MC maybe is the next step to make transaction in the internet safer.  I don't see how this could be a bad thing, considering the billions of transactions made every years in the Internet.  I just hope it works.  If this reduce the incidents of stolen information, it will reduce costs for customer and business.  Everybody wins.
    That's all true.   But Microsoft's reputation for security is far from stellar.
    If you are talking about the 80's and 90's, maybe I would agree.  But MS have improved a lot.  They have one of the large cloud infrastructures in the world, and you cannot build something as big without being good at security.  Even Windows 10 have been a big improvement in security.  Recently the DoD upgrade 4M devices to Windows 10, why?  To improve security.


    Maybe the reputation you think MS have related to security is poor, but in realty they are doing very good. 
    Improved security does not mean good security.
    Microsoft has single handedly created an entirly new industry:  Virus protection.
    williamlondon