apple

Hi, Speed – innovation kickback of actual keynote

…what apple annouced innovative right now

homepod mini

smaller and smarter as the big brother, automatically create a pair in the same room and placing an iPhone near give visual/audio/haptical effects with UltraWide Band Chip, later this year – communicate via Intercom with other device in my home or need apple devices *wow*

there are sonos and other smart speaker around but in my opinion aren’t that smart, preorder start november 6th, shipping begins november 16th for just $99

iPhone 12

all new design? looks like a “Back to the Future” iPhone5, but infact with quite competitive harware improvements: 5G speed, A14 Bionic, Ceramic Shield, Edge‑to‑edge OLED display, Night mode on every camera and finall LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) to measure object distance, from size mini to max

  • iPhone 12 mini at $699
  • iPhone 12 s at $799
  • iPhone 12 Pro at $999
  • Phone 12 Pro Max at $1,099

MagSafe

also there are still wireless charging options but not tuned, cutout for the clock in cases with magnetic clips and apple “enable an all new ecosystem” mean even more money

after the more or less disappointing keynote in september “Time Flies” with e.g. the iPadAir this was inspiring in terms of:

Stay hungry. Stay foolish.

Steve Jobs
microsoft

android apps right on you windows desktop

Microsoft advance it’s Your Phone app, already possible to mirror your notification, photos and messages – for Samsung devices also possible with Link to Windows to mirror the entire screen, now able select with the latest Insider Preview Build 20185 to launch single apps

pin mobile apps to taskbar, Samsung Note20 will even allow running multiple apps, supported devices here

read about other options for non-Samsung devices

technology

who is tracking you? visualize webtraffic behavior

google recently provided a chrome extention Ads Transparency Spotlight in an early version that visualize what cookies are used by whom

we’re providing this extension to help increase transparency in digital advertising. In the future, we also plan to add controls for users.

further interessting is the firefox plug Lightbeam that visualise the dependence of tracked cookies in the past

quite more interessting is to display what content is loaded from a reqested website, Requestmap visualise gathered data from visited sites and the third parties

scary hmpf … prevent of tracking with tracking free browser like Brave, Ghostery or DuckDuckGo

google

switching from honor/huawei to samsung … or the state of android usablitiy

in other words, switch from a non-google android to fully supported android, huawei is the parent company of honor, choose because it’s EMUI respectively MagicUI is quite close at iOS Usability, used a lot in the past years

  • Honor 8 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10 pro
  • Huawei P30 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • Honor P20 Pro

… but not it’s time to turn my back to Huawei/Honor, because:

  • EMUI10 removed “Download” app
  • Battery Optimisation is quite aggressive with required notifications
  • tricky without google play services in the future
  • integration into Windows 10 oder Android Enterprise, leaves space to improve

start the journey a new vendor – several years already owned a Samsung S6 edge (drowned without IP68 protection 😉 – finally choose Samsung S20

this is the second view of Samsungs Flagship smartphone, technical facts could be find else where, just want to focus on the handling

  • download – huawei/honor removed it’s download app, also Samsung don’t offer per default a “download” app, but you could create several shortcuts in “My Files” App right to your homescreen *thumbsup*
  • integration – Samsung expand strategic partnership with Microsoft, buildin “Link to Windows” it just connection to the Windows Your Phone App, available from PlayStore, Samsung Cloud is replaced with Microsoft OneDrive
  • 5G – not required because on it’s way but yet not usable
  • battery – with 4000 mAh, always running low in the early afternoon, “battery optimization” is more strict at Honor/Huawei, but seams to be more effective then generally reduce overall system performance at Samsung
  • max power saving – in worst case there is an option to disable all smart features and leaves just a few app to enhance battery life for basic tasks, camera, telephone – at EMUI it was also possible to select from all installed apps, while Samsung offers just a predefined set (e.g. without brave browser, no telegram but whatsapp!?)
  • multi screen – Samsung offers with it’s build in dex mode an easy way to enhange working from a mobile device attached to a large screen, Honor and Huawei as well, there also other options around
  • dual sim – always use two SIM cards for different coutry’s, both offer the ability to configure settings per sim – at Honor it is easier to jump into SIM-settings with a homescreen shortcut, not possible at Samsung – here is it easier to switch between SIM services from notifiation panel, not possible at honor
  • quick search – swipe down to open device wide search for app, contacts or internet content, Honor/Huawei open search and parallel opens keyboard to start typing – same behaviour at iOS devices, the keyboard automatically launch – your guessing it, i’m missing auto-launch of the keyboard at Samsung’s launcher

apple’s introduced app libary in iOS14 sort all apps, but search needs to be initiated via an additional click, at Samsung it require’s me to use fastfinder app or another launcher

  • unlock – i tested all unlock options available at the market, the dedicated fingerprint is the most reliable and fast option in 2020, inscreen fingerprint quite slow, faceunlock is useless in while wearing a mask or during night in the dark
  • android enterprise – i’m a fan of the profile separation, what a pity that google wasn’t able to provide the same usablity for all vendors – page vs. folder
  • send attachments – like the buildin option to reduce file size when sending an attachement via mail at iOS or EMUI, missed at Samsung

… there are some other pro/con on both sides, this is just a kind of best pratice summary sofar

apple

whats new in enterprise – iOS14 and macOS Big Sur

apart from consumer features from iOS with it’s homescreen widgets, app libary, app clips or picture-in-Picture and many other features (already available in Android) – so, what’s new about managing the new release to utalize of enterprise with mdm

iOS 14 release date, beta, features and compatible iPhones @techradar

announced at wwdc 2020 the upcoming releases are packed full of features even for enterprise, a lot a leasons learned from iOS transered to macOS and some highlights in my opinion

  • macOS enrollment – more seamless with detailed options to ease the onboarding process
  • auto advance for mac – added an offline enrollment method that just require connecction network and power
  • lights out management for mac pro, payload via mdm
  • user enrolled macOS are supervised !!!
  • macOS managed software – defer updates up to 90 days, same as for iOS or force update
  • macOS managed apps – remove by mdm, managed app configuration or convert from managed to unmanaged
  • download profiles for macOS – privacy from iOS to prevent mistakes and manually install profile iOS-style
  • shared iPad for business – multi user device with managed apple id via apple’s abm
  • non-removable managed apps – homescreen layout advanced to allow rearrange but prohibit uninstall of apps
  • managed openin support shortcuts app
  • set timezone – without location service
  • per account vpn – mail,contact,calendar for same domain
  • encrypted dns
  • randomized wifi mac

about managing apple devices at wwdc @apple


read more about how to join and even downgrade from beta

technology

picture-in-picture checkup 2020

let’s have a look how to use, why it is useful, what other alternatives are around or how to implement – this was introduced recently in iOS14, appletv already provide this feature, but just in tv app

almost every modern tv got it’s own picture-in-Picture (PiP) and even youtube in browser offers a PiP option with a miniplayer

beginning from api Level 26 the PiP is available for android devices, very useful to navigate with google maps while browse for a new playlist … but:

  • feature support no equal between vendor and app developer (e.g. brave browser doesn’t switch to PiP from fullscreen on honor devices)
  • picturesize is not scaleable, there are just 2 predefined views
  • usability how to open differ from os level or vendor

in my opinion, the best way to view video while doing something beside is splitscreen view with 2 different apps/browsers, although is depends on vendor/app > long press recent apps button on huawei respectively swipe up at samsung with long press relevant app icon to show option, or use app pair from samsungs side panel

with apple’s new mobile os 2020 this feature is finally also available, even your able to make video window larger or pinch to zoom and you got the option to keep audio playing while docking video side and with the benefit of the same behaviour for all iOS devices


copied but well impemented

technology

save data or at least reduce the consumption, optimize for rural regions, holidays, etc.

your inclusive data volume is up… throttling to 64 kbit/s.

the consuption of data doubles every year, the mobile abo’s evolved as well but there is a gap between the required data volume for services and the availbale mobile capacity, below approximately amount for different services

teams e.g. need for a group websession 1 Mbps, when turn off incoming video it could reduced further for about 75%, tested by myself, round about 1GB per workday

read below some further tipps in different catagories to optimze mobile data consuption


windows

right at your windows10 device, your can select your phone hotspot as a metered connection, cellular data connections are set as metered by default

below you can additionally view data usage per app and set a data limit

chrome android

  • at your android enable for chrome browser the lite mode in settings > advanced > turn on lite mode
  • data usage of apps and set a capacity limit could be reviewed in settings > mobile network > data warning (depending on android vendor)
  • file download, disable in your mail client or chat app the automatic download of media and attachments
  • other browser e.g. Brave to use integrated add blocker and enable data compression
  • battery saver, when enabled disallow app launch in background and disable push notifications

iOS

with iOS13 there is a new feature called low data mode, enabel in settings > mobile data

also possible to review the volume per app in mobile data and disable unreqired

spotify

reduce consuption for your favourite playlist, choose

  1. tab start
  2. tab settings
  3. tab data saver
  4. enable it

offline

try plan to use offline apps, while download and store data infront of traveling, read below

offline is the new online

in times like always connected, it could happen – no connection – no fear, here are apps with offline functionality to bridge with google maps – download areas and maps offline, others maps.me, here   spotify – offline music in flight mode, required premium subscription   amazon kindle – ebooks pay it, download it, read it offline… Continue reading offline is the new online

… check every app whether it offers a data save option

google

android 11 beta public available

dessert code name, but lots of new features, focused on three key themes: People, Controls, and Privacy

perform update at https://www.google.com/android/beta for the following devices:

  • Pixel 2
  • Pixel 2 XL
  • Pixel 3
  • Pixel 3 XL
  • Pixel 3a
  • Pixel 3a XL
  • Pixel 4
  • Pixel 4 XL


… best obviously feature so far:

  • Priority conversations, mark as “priority”
  • Media controls, in Quick Settings
  • Bubbles, chat over other apps
  • Notifications, simpler and more control
  • Conversations
  • Do Not Disturb, per App
  • Screenshots, in lower left corner
  • Screen recording, native android feature
  • Privacy, one-time permission to localtion, camera or mic

further with Project Mainline, google push key system components directly over the air independant from carrier/vendor

btw Easter egg isn’t updated yet (in Settings > About phone > Android Version > repeatedly tap on Android version)

unwrapping android 11 beta plus more @google



microsoft

windows 10 may 2020 update – what’s in it

microsoft published is next update for windows 10 – called version 2004 – are your ready ?

What’s new in Windows 10 for IT Pros

  • Windows Hello, support Fast Identity Online 2 (FIDO2)

special items have picked, full list @microsoft



what’s new in MDM for Windows 10

for enterprise some configuration service provider (csp) have added or advanced

TopicDescription
Policy CSPadded new policies in Windows 10, version 2004: •ApplicationManagement/BlockNonAdminUserInstall •Bluetooth/SetMinimumEncryptionKeySize •Education/AllowGraphingCalculator •TextInput/ConfigureJapaneseIMEVersion •TextInput/ConfigureSimplifiedChineseIMEVersion •TextInput/ConfigureTraditionalChineseIMEVersion
DevDetail CSPadded the following new node:
Ext/Microsoft/DNSComputerName
EnterpriseModern
AppManagement CSP
added the following new node:
IsStub
SUPL CSPadded the following new node:
FullVersion

select Start  > Settings  > Update & Security  > Windows Update and select Check for updates otherwise click below

security

deploy client certificates – secure your data

cybersecurity thread gain more and more weight and potential to harm your seriously, time to protect your data

asymmetric cryptography enable two parties to communicate securely with eachother, by using a related private and public key, let’s have a lot how to usalize

X.509 is the official standard for public key certificates, secure the access to webbased services or protect access via vpn or wifi – the schema below is my interpretation, or definition @wikipedia

x.509 client certificate authenticiation

OpenSSL

OpenSSL is a cryptographic tool, open-source, to provide free encryption – jump in to see how easy to generate private security certificates

FIRST generate private key for your certificate authority (ca)

openssl genrsa -out ca.key 4096

create ca certificate from key, fill out the reqired certificate information

openssl req -new -x509 -days 365 -key ca.key -out ca.crt

implement ca certificate in your application/service

NOW create client private key …

openssl genrsa -out /etc/nginx/ssl/key/client_abc.key 1024

… and certificate signing requst (csr)

 openssl req -new -key client_abc.key -out client_abc.csr

SIGN the client certificate

openssl x509 -req -days 365 -in client_abc.csr -CA ca.crt -CAkey ca.key -set_serial 01 -out client_abc.crt

provide client certifcate to used client devices

online/hosted service

CAcert is a comunity-driven and want to push awareness for encryption und education by providing cryptographic certificates

enterprise

several vendor offer pki services – microsoft provide it’s windows server 2008R2 buildin certificate services selfhosted, with network device enrollment service (ndes) for automated client certificate enrollment – others like digicert/globalsign/etc. provide payed hosted services