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The best iPhone hiking map apps

If you like trecking or biking, you’ll provably have probably already heard of mapping apps for your smartphone. I’d like to present the apps that I use on my iPhone.

Ape@Map

Outdoor Navigation ape@map

The basic version of Ape@Map is for free. It’s killer feature that distinguishes it from other apps is a very detailed topigraphic map (for germany and austria) for free. Of course it also support open maps such as OpenCycleMap and OpenStreetMap. ApeMap also has a 3D view. But its rendering is quite slow compared to the other apps.

Additional licences for professional maps (like the ones from “Kompass”) can be bought via in-app purchase. The app is quite easy to use, once you got used to their icon driven UI. Downloading of maps locally to your device for offline use is only possible with the professional version “ApeMap Pro” which costs 21.99€

iPhone Screenshot 1   iPhone Screenshot 2

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Big brother is watching you!

Verfassungsbehörden, wie der BND, dürfen zur Abwehr von Terrorismus einzelne E-Mails mitlesen. Darüber hinaus dürfen “internationale Kommunikationsbeziehungen”, also der Datenverkehr an Internetknotenpunkten auch ohne vorherigen Verdacht abgehört werden.

Die dazu nötigen technischen Vorkehrungen sind von Providern bereitzustellen (auf deren eigen Kosten!), so dass “berechtigte Stellen” automatisiert von außen Zugriff auf die e-Mails einzelne Postfächer bekommen können.

Hier die relevanten Gesetzestexte, in denen das festgelegt ist:

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Human Computer Interface

The QWERTY keyboard layout, as we know it today has been invented in 1873 for typewriters and has not been changed since then (except for for one or two pretty useless additional keys).  Within the next decades, there are two possibilities how the human-computer-interface may develop. A good one and a not so desirable one. Either computers adapt to us, that means, they finally will be able to really understand spoken languages, or humans have to adapt to computers. That might mean, that we will all have implanted USB-ports or something similar. Of course I hope, that development will go the former way, but who knows.