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For those missing Lotusphere or IBM Connect right now, years of pictures
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IBM Connections Cloud - Web Mail Cloud Advisory
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IBM Business Partner sessions at Connect 2017
Wed, Feb 15th 2017 5:15p   Chris Miller
IBM Connect 2017 is a week away and while Business Partner Day is not there anymore, there is an agenda for IBM Business Partners still. The general session for partners is Tuesday. Look for strategy and 2017 plans here IBM Tools and Incentives - on Wednesday you can find out where to look and what incentives are new Plan your 2017 strategy with IBM is also on Wednesday Taking on Microsoft Office 365 with IBM solutions is tapped for Wednesday (against my session I see) Making money in the Cloud
NuBryte Touchpoint smart panel review
Fri, Feb 3rd 2017 4:08p   Chris Miller
NuBryte Touchpoint is a smart hub/smart touch panel that fits into existing lightswitch boxes. You control numerous things like lighting, fans, an internal intercom, security and even use Alexa voice commands now. With a sleek design and just large enough touchscreen, the Lucis Technologies NuBryte Touchpoint can fit into any home decor. While I was immediately curious how this compares to some of our reviews on hubs like Wink, I wanted to run this review as a new homeowner looking for some
Reading tiled interfaces - I dislike staggered rows
Thu, Feb 2nd 2017 5:13p   Chris Miller
Recently IBM has been sending more newsletters with a tiled interface. While cool looking with images and bold text, the boxes stagger and make it so hard to read. In this example the tiled rows all start even at the top. But they allow different sizes so soon there is no semblance. Making sure you read everything turns into a column approach. Now in some cultures that is acceptable. But for most you read left to right, row to row. Not down, scroll up and back down. You then even end up wi
For those missing Lotusphere or IBM Connect right now, years of pictures
Thu, Jan 19th 2017 7:54p   Chris Miller
So many of us are used to heading to Orlando, FL for Lotusphere aka IBM Connect. As that has moved months and cities, here are years of pictures to look back on Lotusphere 2005 (group pool) Lotusphere 2006 (my pics) Lotusphere 2007 (my pics) and Lotusphere 2007 (group pool) Lotusphere 2008 (my pics) and Lotusphere 2008 (group pool) Lotusphere 2009 (my pics) and Lotusphere 2009 (group pool) Lotusphere 2010 (my pics) and Lotusphere 2010 (group pool) Lotusphere 2011 (my pics) and Lotusphere 2011 (
IBM Connections Cloud - Web Mail Cloud Advisory
Wed, Jan 11th 2017 12:24p   Chris Miller
IBM Connections Cloud has issued an advisory/warning active February 2017 discontinuing iFrame support of Web Mail Cloud. See the below information ...beginning in February 2017 we will no longer support embedding Web Mail Cloud in iFrames on our clients sites. This includes presenting the login, messaging, or other components of the service (such as the address book or calendar) in an iFrame. If your organization is currently embedding part or all of the way your users access Web Mail Clou
IBM Connect 2017 - my session information
Tue, Jan 10th 2017 7:31p   Chris Miller
I was excited to see I am speaking at IBM Connect 2017 in San Francisco. Catch me on Feb 22 at 10am PST on the second floor of Moscone West, room 2020 (this may change as we get closer). This content overall will be a new and positive change for the IBM Connect event. Look for a track on your standard ICS technologies, with the added bonus of learning new skills and seeing new ideas to spark some interest in your future plans with IBM. Deploying Blockchain on IBM Bluemix as a customer Exp
Sengled Pulse JBL speaker LED light review | CES2017
Fri, Jan 6th 2017 4:30p   Chris Miller
Sengled makes a few LED bulbs with cool features. From CES 2017 we take a look at Pulse that puts together a JBL speaker via Bluetooth inside the LED bulbs. You can have a master and satellites connected for up to 8 bulbs in a full audio experience. The Sengled Pulse fits into any standard bulb socket, but the shape of the lamp or fixture makes a big difference. They are made perfectly for can type light fixtures. They also work on lamps. However, due to their size and shape they will not fit
CES2017 product review teaser video
Thu, Jan 5th 2017 7:15p   Chris Miller
As I head into CES 2017 I wanted to give you a peek into some of the gear already in hand to be reviewed. Look for review videos on the Spiked Studio YouTube channel and here. Special thanks to new sponsors this year of ChargeTech, SCOTTeVEST and Ecco shoes.
Phonetic Computer Eyewear product review
Mon, Dec 19th 2016 8:34p   Chris Miller
Digital eye strain has been a concern of mine for years. Blue light streams from the monitors at me for a good six hours or more a day. Phonetic Computer Eyewear makes a myriad of glasses to help combat it while keeping up with style. I almost put up pictures of me actually in them but selfies are tough. I have a special coupon code for my readers at the end. I honestly have tried and worn a competitor brand for many years. They were considered gaming and computer glasses and carry a visibl
IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for December 2016
Mon, Dec 12th 2016 1:35p   Chris Miller
IBM has released what's new for IBM Connections Cloud for November 2016. Here is some of the updates. SmartCloud Notes IBM Client Application Access (ICAA) now available The following feature is new in IBM® Client Application Access (ICAA) feature pack The latest release of IBM Client Application Access (ICAA) now works with IBM mail support for Microsoft Outlook (IMSMO). IMSMO users can use ICAA to open applications from email messages or to open IMSMO fro
IBM Connect 2017 registration is open
Mon, Dec 5th 2016 3:02p   Chris Miller
IBM Connect 2017 registration has been opened up and this proves to be a whole new conference. The conference also moved to San Francisco and to the end of February (instead of late January). Pricing has a slew of rates and levels which adds to the confusion of when and what you should register for. I say this because I see they are trying to draw some people in for partial time and the EXPO without them having to buy a full conference pass. There is also a middle level that tosses in the k
IBM Watson gets a ride in GM cars with OnStar Go
Thu, Dec 1st 2016 6:13p   Chris Miller
GM has pushed the OnStar service ahead with the incorporation of IBM Watson into OnStar Go. GM is calling it the first cognitive mobility platform". A car that starts to think about your surroundings? The idea is that OnStar Go will deliver personalized content and information via the screen above as it learns your behaviors and needs. It also takes into account your surroundings to show you things like gas and even pay from the car. Combining OnStar’s industry leading vehicle connect
IBM launches IBM Connections Cloud Inform (IBM Inform) app
Tue, Nov 22nd 2016 9:44p   Chris Miller
IBM recently launched the IBM Connections Cloud Inform (IBM Inform) app. The app is geared for administrator to show the health of the IBM Connections Cloud. The app provides information at the individual service component level (i.e. Verse, Meetings, Traveler, etc.) and will send push notifications from IBM as status changes. The main screen is the status page with a glaring check mark on green for good and a yellow exclamation on yellow for alert. In the Status by Service page you can ed
6 reasons to love IBM Verse from IBM
Mon, Nov 14th 2016 2:45p   Chris Miller
IBM has released an infographic for 6 reasons to love IBM Verse. See all of the IBM Verse related posts here on IdoNotes
IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for November 2016
Wed, Nov 9th 2016 4:00p   Chris Miller
IBM has released what's new for IBM Connections Cloud for November 2016. Here is some of the updates. SmartCloud Notes SmartCloud Notes Administration: Refresh of the pubnames.ntf template We will be refreshing the pubnames.ntf which will include bug fixes for Traveler and IMSMO as well as renew holiday documents that are due to expire in 2016/2017 (technote 1989194). IBM mail support for Microsoft Outlook (IMSMO) - search your entire mailbox IBM Mail Support for Microsoft Outlo
IBM and Cisco integration enhancements for December 2016
Mon, Nov 7th 2016 5:56p   Chris Miller
IBM and Cisco have entered into an integration agreement a while ago. Here is what is planned for enhancements in the December 2016 timeframe: One click to get from Connections Cloud to WebEx dashboard Add a WebEx meeting as a default meeting in my IBM Verse calendar invites Easily join a WebEx meeting from Verse Join a Jabber chat from Connections Cloud or Verse Navigation bar, or the Connections Cloud Business Card Share a Connections Files Cloud document from a WebEx mobile meetingThere i
IBM takes public holidays again!!
Thu, Nov 3rd 2016 6:35p   Chris Miller
Back in Jul 2016 I blogged how IBM Domino public holidays in the Domino Directory were all expiring. Luckily, some IBM awesome people read my blog and commented a new pubnames.ntf is available with updated Holiday document through 2026. Hi Chris and Everyone, We have a pubnames.ntf English version with new Holidays in it here: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21989194 packaged along with a couple of policy items needed. Localization is being planned for other languages. This
Kyto Activity and Sleep Monitor review
Wed, Oct 26th 2016 1:52p   Chris Miller
My Kyto Activity and Sleep Monitor arrived promptly, but the box suffered some damage. Luckily the unit seemed to have no damage at all. I immediately placed it on the charger before any testing and immediately noticed the custom connector. More on that later. Once I had it charged up it was time to try it on, get it synched and give it some testing. Let's walk through the hardware, application and overall opinion. I am typing most of this as I discover it. Hardware The hardware is rated
Office 365 implements Secure Score analyzing your deployment
Tue, Oct 25th 2016 4:27p   Chris Miller
Microsoft Office 365 has launched a new tool called Secure Score that analyzes risk to your data in Office 365 and how to help secure it. Secure Score figures out what Office 365 services you are using, then looks at your configuration and behaviors and compares it to a baseline asserted by Microsoft. If your configuration and behaviors are in line with best practices, you will get points, which you can track over time. Read more on this over at IdoOffice365 blog (yes that one launched quie
IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for October 2016
Fri, Oct 21st 2016 9:38a   Chris Miller
IBM has released what's new for IBM Connections Cloud for October 2016. Here is some of the updates. SmartCloud Notes web and IBM Verse Unsupported browser warning message We plan to enable a new warning message, October 2016. When someone is using an unsupported browser to access IBM SmartCloud Notes web or IBM Verse, a warning message will be displayed at the top of the browser as soon as the unsupported version is detected. The message will say, "It looks like your browser migh
IBM working on P2P mobile application
Wed, Oct 19th 2016 3:45p   Chris Miller
As part of the Innovation Hub, IBM has asked for feedback on a Partner to Partner mobile application to foster communication In this survey, we are asking you to provide us with early stage feedback on a P2P app IBM is currently developing At first I thought it was peer to peer before opening and seeing the actual survey. Then I saw it was Partner to Partner IBM is currently working on creating a mobile app specifically to enable partner-to-partner collaboration within the IBM partner ecosys
IBM Champion 2017 nominations are open
Tue, Oct 18th 2016 12:04p   Chris Miller
The IBM Champion Program is a community rewards program giving those that showcase IBM acknowledgement. Often, it is the business partners and customers that have larger voices than IBM themselves. You have until Nov 14 2016 to nominate for all IBM Champion areas. The IBM Champion program recognizes innovative thought leaders in the technical community -- and rewards these contributors by amplifying their voice and increasing their sphere of influence. An IBM Champion is an IT professional, bus
YI Action Camera review
Fri, Oct 14th 2016 12:01p   Chris Miller
I excitedly opened the Official U.S. version of the YI Action Camera in this cool lime green face and teal body colors. (Apparently there is also an all white and all black version out there too). The packaging was a simple cardboard and contained the camera, instruction booklet (only in Chinese), the battery and a micro USB cable for charging. I put it on the charger, watched a giant red ring light up and waited patiently. While charging the camera I headed to get a micro SD card (they rec
IBM Verse support forum is public, IBM Supported and full of goodies
Wed, Oct 12th 2016 11:02a   Chris Miller
I randomly was looking for some IBM Verse information and ran across the IBM Verse Support Forum hosted and monitored by IBM. It was nice to see IBM Verse Team and IBM Moderator as some of the authors. Head over to the IBM Verse support forum to ask your questions and find a bunch of answers
Securing your IBM Traveler - required by Jan 1 2017
Tue, Oct 11th 2016 11:17a   Chris Miller
IBM Traveler is upgrading the security requirements with minimum HTTPS/TLS connections and certificates. YOu need to make these adjustments by January 1 2017. This requirement applies to the server which the IBM Verse client connects. It is important to note that failure to meet all of the requirements listed below may result in your Verse for iOS, Verse for Android, IBM Notes Traveler Companion and IBM Notes Traveler To Do apps being unable to connect to your Traveler servers. There is a lis
Help IBM with a design survey on Managing Multiple Calendars
Tue, Sep 27th 2016 3:37p   Chris Miller
IBM is requesting help with a design survey on those that manage multiple calendars. It is a short survey (I did it to make sure) Here is the link to the survey. Feel free to share it https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3048311/Managing-Multiple-Calendars
IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for September 2016
Sat, Sep 24th 2016 4:34p   Chris Miller
IBM has released what's new for IBM Connections Cloud for September 2016. Here is some of the updates. SmartCloud Notes IBM mail now supports Microsoft Outlook IBM mail support for Microsoft Outlook is now available for IBM Verse and SmartCloud Notes (excluding SmartCloud Notes Entry) users. The following versions of Microsoft Outlook are supported: MS Outlook 2010, MS Outlook 2013 and MS Outlook 2016. For more information, please see http://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSP
IBM Collaboration Solutions 2016 Developer Competition winner and finalists announced
Wed, Sep 21st 2016 3:02p   Chris Miller
Launched at ICON US back in May was the IBM Collaboration Solutions 2016 Developer Competition. The winner and runner-ups were announced September 16th 2016 by Inhi Cho Suh, IBM Collaboration Solutions General Manager. The Winner - HR Assistant Frédéric Dehédin from Swiss Business Partner Belsoft and Frank van der Linden from Elstar IT, put together a solution which every HR department in every company in the world will want. HR Assistant leverages IBM Watson Services Read more on the su
D-Link DIR-879 AC1900 Router setup and review
Mon, Sep 19th 2016 2:53p   Chris Miller
We do like this D-Link DIR-879 AC1900 router and extender with one caveat we cover later.. The packaging is just as sleek as the router design. While the design really only offers a fourth antenna, they make it look a bit more futuristic. Inside the box is the router, a quick start guide, some actors for mounting, the power supply and a small thin ethernet cable. Setting this up is so simple. The wizard pops up the very first time you run the router showing you the steps to get connected to t
Tivoli Storage Manager becomes IBM Spectrum Protect
Thu, Sep 8th 2016 8:07a   Chris Miller
IBM has done a rebranding and renaming of Tivoli Storage Manager to the new IBM Spectrum Protect for data backup and recovery. IBM Spectrum Protect features a scalable architecture and modular design that helps organizations of all sizes meet their data protection requirements with more efficiency and confidence. Flexible deployment options include cloud services, integrated appliances and capacity-based solution bundles. Application-aware and Virtual Machine optimized options enable custom
Nut Find 3 versus MYNT bluetooth tracker review and showdown
Wed, Sep 7th 2016 11:47a   Chris Miller
Bluetooth tracker devices are becoming a crowded and competitive space. I have been able to review numerous trackers (eight and counting) and finally see what areas will decide the winner to my needs. The clear winner will have an application with the most features coupled against the simplest interface. Then toss in two way tracker capability that has a long and changeable battery. For this showdown I was able to compare the Nut Find 3 and Mynt. While Nut is on the third version (plus has a
IBM announces an enhanced IBM Value Package
Fri, Sep 2nd 2016 11:03a   Chris Miller
IBM has added benefits to the IBM Value Package that it offers. For 2500 USD a year (they also raised Software Access Option prices) you get the following additional benefits: You Pass, We Pay is now expanded for some IBM System and IBM Global Technology Services certs and optional prep education Additonal software is added to the Software Access Catalog including security, analytics, cloud, commerce, Watson, IoT and more Remote tech support expanded to include development and pre-sales IBM ser
IBM Bluemix Webinars series starting soon
Mon, Aug 29th 2016 2:31p   Chris Miller
IBM has a series of Bluemix webinars starting August 30 2016. All will start at the same time with the same meeting room URL and passcodes. The first webinar will be the following: Join us for a webinar series starting Tuesday, August 30, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time, Mike Broberg and Brad Noble from the developer advocacy team at IBM Analytics Platform & Cloud Data Services will show you the material available in their "Simple" suite of web applications, all using microservices archit
IBM Connections Cloud Data Center Multi-Active Notice
Fri, Aug 19th 2016 10:59a   Chris Miller
In August 2016 the IBM Connections Cloud team will begin taking steps to introduce a multi-active architecture. Included are a bunch of things you need to know about these changes. IBM states there is many changes that should not interrupt your service but here is why the changes are coming first.. Why is IBM Connections Cloud adopting a multi-active Data Center approach? This multi-active data center architecture will enable IBM to provide you with a higher performing and more resilient IBM C
Vinci Smarthearable Headset review - changing how you listen to music
Thu, Aug 18th 2016 11:21a   Chris Miller
Vinci Smarthearables has set a bar in designing not only a listening experience, but also perfect packaging. The box announces that you are about to open something you have never experienced and follows through with the product. The box is clean, adds a bit of mystery and showcases the headphones and accessories cleanly. Of course I wanted to tear them out of the box and start using them, there is setup, a brief learning curve and the initial charging. I went ahead and placed them on the micr
IBM issues withdrawl statement about MaaS360 from On-Premises
Mon, Aug 15th 2016 2:10p   Chris Miller
In a shock to me, IBM has issued a withdrawl announcement for IBM MaaS360 On-Premises. This will end marketing as of Aug 12th 2016 and ends support on January 29 2018. A: This announcement covers both End of Marketing (August 12 2016) and end of Support (Jan 29 2018) of the IBM MaaS360 (MobileFirst Protect) on-premise product. The SaaS version of the product is not part of this announcement. From the announcement, they are betting it all on the cloud and how organizations will want this clou
Eone Bradley Timepiece review - an amazing watch for the visually impaired
Fri, Aug 12th 2016 10:08a   Chris Miller
The Eone Bradley Timepiece is not only a work of art, but is a timepiece (watch) made for the visually impaired. We look at the magnetic minute and hour hands and the sleek design in this review. With a titanium case it stands out when worn. The Bradley is named after Brad Snyder. An ex naval-officer, Brad lost his eyesight in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2011. The packaging let;s you know right away what you are in store for. As I show in the video you get a watch box that includes braill
Lynktec Apex Fusion Stylus Pen review
Thu, Aug 11th 2016 9:33a   Chris Miller
The Lynctec Apex Fusion Stylus, a former Kickstarter, tries to be the best stylus for your tablet and phone. We put it to the test. The packaginge is simple with the stylus, instruction booklet and micro USB cable (no wall plug). You let it charge until the red indicator light goes out and it is ready to use. Turning the Apex Fusion on is simple with a small white button at the top where the clip is. A few seconds of holding it and a small LED near the tip turns blue. this lets you know it is
Modern medication tracking with Smart Pillbox review
Tue, Aug 9th 2016 11:41a   Chris Miller
The Memo Health Smart Pillbox is a combination of device and application that work together to remind you and family about taking and tracking medications. The Memo Health Smart Pillbox has built in storage containers, notifications when it is time to take you medicine and alerts when you open the case between times to prevent possible double dosage. You can change the containers, place your own pills in and even take pictures of the exact medicine to be taken. A prescription refill reminde
Be a Leading Authority Through Live Video - webcast Aug 10
Fri, Aug 5th 2016 12:21p   Chris Miller
I am happy to be part of Instantly turn your business into a leading authority in your niche through live video - 5 simple steps, This webcast is Aug 10, 2016 at 10am CST. Registration is still open How to get started with LIVE video even if you are scared to death to get on video. How you can establish yourself as an expert so that you can attract engaged audience who love working with you and in turn provide DWOM (Digital Word of Mouth). How to feel super confident in dealing with all of th
The IBM Open Client Strategy
Wed, Aug 3rd 2016 1:55p   Chris Miller
I ran across this slide online for the IBM stance on their Open Client Strategy and it has great importance. IBM is opening it's server doors to allow you, the customer, to better choose your client of choice. Following the chart you find that the customer can choose not only the best client for the situation, but also the best that fits their worker needs and previous skillsets. We all know that IBM embraces mobile and has a Mobile First strategy in place. Then there is the push for the
Announcing IBM Bluemix Local System
Thu, Jul 28th 2016 10:23a   Chris Miller
IBM has announced IBM Bluemix Local System that allows a company to run an appliance on their premises to cloud enable enterprise apps We created a new appliance that allows customers to run cloud-enabled enterprise apps alongside cloud-native apps, all in a single, fully-integrated, on-premises environment that provides the business agility, control and security they need to stay ahead of their competition. The Bluemix Local System comes fully integrated with IBM PureApplication Software a
IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for July 2016
Fri, Jul 22nd 2016 8:20a   Chris Miller
IBM has released what's new for IBM Connections Cloud for July 2016. Here is some of the updates Connections Search: Find it faster and see your page history Search has been streamlined to help you find Connections Cloud content faster and it remembers the pages you visited. Copy the format in table cells and lists Now you can copy the format of table cells and lists and apply that format wherever you need it. Expand all and collapse all sections in Activities Now find content
IBM does not take public holidays anymore it seems
Thu, Jul 14th 2016 11:05a   Chris Miller
A reader caught this and sent it over. IBM has once again not not updated the public holiday documents in IBM Domino. Since IBM uses Domino as the back end (and IBM Verse as the overlay) for email, I would imagine they are facing this same issue. Or have stopped taking public holidays Hey Chris, Just wanted to share with you my latest frustration with IBM. You may or may not be aware, that the "Holidays" import that "Lotus" provided 10 years ago, will end at the end of 2016. Ju
IBM mail support for MS Outlook (IMSMO) V2.0 announcement - formerly Project Hawthorn
Tue, Jul 5th 2016 8:27a   Chris Miller
IBM has announced the General Availability of IBM Mail Support for Microsoft Outlook (IMSMO) version 2.0. This means that everyone is now eligible to download and install IMSMO. Here is the announcement from IBM about the general availability of IMSMO IBM mail support for Microsoft Outlook enables you to connect a Microsoft Outlook client to a Domino V9.0.1 Server. As a Domino V9.0.1 user, you can download IBM mail support for Microsoft Outlook at no charge from Passport Advantage If you ar
Under $50 3D VR Headset showdown and reviews
Fri, Jul 1st 2016 11:21a   Chris Miller
It does not have to be expensive to play with 3D VR games with these under $50 headsets. We pick a winner of the group and warn you about some others. We took the time to test quite a few VR 3D headsets that are affordable and give you the clear winner. VR House 3D VR headphones The VR House 3D VR headsets were the clear winner in the under $50 challenge from the ones we were able to test. The phone fit into a locking tray in the front. This was excellent and allowed more movement of y
iDevices Thermostat (HomeKit enabled) review
Tue, Jun 14th 2016 11:47a   Chris Miller
iDevices has a line of products for the home using Apple HomeKit technology. I had the chance to review the iDevices Thermostat in my first jump into Apple HomeKit technology. You can see the full review video here on Amazon. Apple HomeKit technology provides an easy and secure way to control your home's lights, thermostats, and more. Control your iDevices connected home products by using Siri on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. We found the setup of the iDevices Thermostat simple, the
BLU VIVO 5 GSM unlocked Smartphone review
Fri, Jun 10th 2016 12:52p   Chris Miller
BLU was kind enough to send their VIVO 5 GSM unlokced smartphone over for review. Coming in under $200 USD it packs quite a punch. Let's get deep into a video review of the BLU VIVO 5 here. The BLU VIVO 5 is an excellent under $200 USD unlocked phone if you are on the right networks for usage. It comes in 3 colors, but we look at the gold version. The phone looks amazingly like high end phones and many people asked what version of iPhone or Galaxy I had when testing this around town. The spe
Remocam Smart Home Security Camera review
Thu, Jun 9th 2016 11:35a   Chris Miller
Remocam has become a winner to us in home security cameras after our tests. I walk you through the unpacking, ease of setup, app functions and all the features Remocam offers. One of the immediate things you nice about the Remocam is the sleek look. With the pan and tilt, night vision, audio listen/talk and alerts I hoped it would be easy to use and I was not disappointed. The Remocam Smart Home Security Camera setup is so simple as I show in the video. Unlike others (where you connect to th
IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for June 2016
Mon, Jun 6th 2016 2:06p   Chris Miller
IBM has released what's new for IBM Connections Cloud for June 2016. Here is some of the updates Verse Filter messages to show unread when offline Filtering messages by unread messages is not new, but having that feature available when you're in offline mode is. Tackle your inbox and get organized by identifying which messages are new and which ones have been read. A new envelope icon now appears in the message list toolbar. Click the icon to toggle the display to show only
What is IBM Sametime Complete 9.0.1
Fri, Jun 3rd 2016 11:49a   Chris Miller
IBM has a package called IBM Sametime Complete 9.0.1 that claims to have at its core the most advanced standards-based media engine. Here is more information on IBM Sametime Complete IBM Sametime V9.0.1 features content curated from IBM Connections Chat Cloud and IBM Connections Meetings Cloud as well as new powerful capabilities designed specifically for on-premises deployments. The following features are included in Sametime V9.0.1: A new direct-registration softphone that gives users the ab
BuddyTag - child locator wristband and app review
Thu, Jun 2nd 2016 11:10a   Chris Miller
The makers of BuddyTag were kind enough to send over BuddyTag child locator devices and water warning via Bluetooth for review. We look at the device, the application and all the functionality in this review. BuddyTag uses Bluetooth and a mobile phone application to alert you when your child: goes out of range; enables the panic button; possibly falls into water and even can send last known location via email alert. In the video review we dig into how all the pieces fit together. One of
Dog & Bone LockSmart weatherproof bluetooth padlock review
Tue, May 31st 2016 10:34a   Chris Miller
This Dog & Bone LockSmart padlock is a heavy duty, waterproof and Bluetooth enabled. It just rocks We happily got to see this at CES 2016 and couldn't wait to get it to test out. You feel the weight right away just from the packaging which has the lock and a micro USB cable to charge it up. You find the charging port for the Dog&Bone LockSmart inside the orange rubber seal at the bottom. A single charge is reportedly good for 3000 opens or up to two years. The application that you ne
iPhone Lens Kit Showdown for 6/6S/Plus YOPO vs DAOTS
Fri, May 27th 2016 4:29p   Chris Miller
I had the chance to test out multiple lens kits for the iPhone 6/6S/Plus recently. Here is the YOPO and DAOTS lens kit showdown and the reviews with links. YOPO Camera Lens Kit The box for the YOPO iPhone Lens kit comes packed with surprises. A carrying bag for the tripod, zoom lens, fish eye, wide angle and a macro lens are all inside. I preferred this kit of the two with the better tripod, counter weight and overall look. The phone cases themselves were identical and were there to only
IBM Project Hawthorn Today & Tomrrow at ICON US 2016 replay!
Tue, May 17th 2016 3:30p   Chris Miller
Luis Guirigay of IBM to presented IBM Project Hawthorn: Today, Tomorrow, On Prem and Cloud at ICON US 2016. He covered the following: Since IBM introduced “Project Hawthorn” (aka IBM mail support for MS Outlook) many customers have been taking advantage of this new deployment option to provide Mail to users using their client of preference. Project Hawthorn provides the unique capability of “Bring Your Own Client (BYOC)” by allowing them to use MS Outlook without having
ICON US 2016 keynote replay is available
Mon, May 16th 2016 3:30p   Chris Miller
ICON US 2016 completed last week and the keynote was from Rob Koplowitz of IBM. The replay is online and he did a fantastic job conveying: ..a vision for unleashing cognitive capabilities and advanced analytics to create a more intelligent collaboration environment that assists employees and proactively surfaces experts and insights. See IBM's vision on the role of AI based Personal Assistants and cognitive Expert sources that will drive breakthrough results and move your organization and tho
IBM announces the IBM Collaboration Solutions 2016 Developer Competition at ICON US
Mon, May 9th 2016 5:16p   Chris Miller
IBM has announced their 2016 ICS Developer Competition at ICON US with solutions leveraging Bluemix. Registration for the competition open may 13th with the competition running from Jun 9-Sep 9,2016. Did we mention prizes? We're looking for you to work together with colleagues in your company, or even better, in other companies to take an IBM Domino or IBM Connections system and leverage IBM Bluemix and the many services like IBM Watson, Box, Internet of Things, to deliver an engaging experie
You are missing the ICON US 2016 keynote? People are still registering
Mon, May 9th 2016 9:47a   Chris Miller
ICON US 2016 went live at 8am CST this morning with Rob Koplowitz of IBM presenting on cognitive. Why not see the full agenda and still register and join in? The keynote is covering: The pace of work is accelerating and the volume of information is overwhelming. Join Rob Koplowitz as he conveys a vision for unleashing cognitive capabilities and advanced analytics to create a more intelligent collaboration environment that assists employees and proactively surfaces experts and insights. See IBM
ChargeTech 27000mAh Portable Battery Pack review
Fri, May 6th 2016 11:33a   Chris Miller
ChargeTech has raised the bar offering a 27000mAh portable battery solution with AC outlet and two USB ports. The unit comes in both black and white offerings. See my review video on the Amazon page linked below Finally a single power solution for long no power outlet days **see video**. I anticipated this arriving and made sure I put it to the test more than once before posting a review. At over 2 pounds it is not made for you pocket. This is definitely something you want to plan on having
IBM to make special contest announcements at ICON US 2016 - register today!
Thu, May 5th 2016 3:49p   Chris Miller
IBM has noted that during ICON US 2016 online next week on May 9-10 they have slotted a special announcement for a contest open to the public. This special announcement is sponsored by Panagenda (no affiliation to the contest) We cannot give too much more away in advance, but you will have to attend ICON US 2016 online next week by registering below. Seats are still open in registration for ICON US on May 9-10th 2016 online!!! Hurry though before it closes.
Integrate Bluemix with Your XPages Applications for a World of Possibilities
Thu, May 5th 2016 10:39a   Chris Miller
Want to know about Integrate Bluemix with Your XPages Applications for a World of Possibilities? Then register for ICON US 2016 virtual event taking place May 9-10th 2016 and see John Jardin of Ukuvuma present this awesome session. In this session John will take you through a gripping LIVE demonstration where he pieces together an "Integrated Circuit of Services", binding an on-premise XPages application with the IBM Bluemix cloud. Learn how to implement Web Sockets for real-time communicati
Normalizing xPages Web Development
Wed, May 4th 2016 3:45p   Chris Miller
Want to know what Normalizing xPages Web Development is? Then register for ICON US 2016 virtual event taking place May 9-10th 2016 and see Shean McManus, of PSC Group, present this awesome session. The XPages runtime is versatile and extends beyond just the components that come out of the box. While the core XPages/Domino platform has not changed materially since it’s initial release, the way this platform is being used certainly is evolving rapidly. Learn the best ways to optimize your a
Virtual, Faster, Better! - How to virtualize the Rich client and Notes Browser Plugin (NBP and ICAA)
Mon, May 2nd 2016 12:23p   Chris Miller
At ICON US 2016 online in just a week you can catch Virtual, Faster, Better! - How to virtualize the Rich client and Browser Plugin by Daniel Reimann. But only if you register for ICON US 2016 while seats remain Virtualizing the IBM Notes client or the IBM Client Application Access (formerly known as IBM Notes Browser Plug-in) is an effective way to standardize your client infrastructure, to reduce costs for workstation hardware and to give your users a consistent experience. Learn how to imple
Coin 2.0 Mobile Virtual Wallet review
Fri, Apr 29th 2016 1:34p   Chris Miller
The Coin is a credit card device that allows you to carry multiple credit / debit cards, rewards cards, membership cards all in one. We take the Coin 2.0 through months of testing payment via tap-to-pay (EMV) and swiping. Read along and see the YouTube video for unboxing, setup and more on usage. (you can also see our run with the Coin original version right here) I am a previous user of the original Coin and the 2.0 version adds EMV or tap-to-pay technology which we were eager to test. I th
IBM announces IBM Connect - not that IBM Connect the other IBM Connect
Mon, Apr 25th 2016 12:05p   Chris Miller
In a confusing move, IBM announces IBM Connect for hybrid clouds, not the annual IBM Connect conference that they hold. Ready, set, connect… to the hybrid cloud with IBM Connect! Today, IBM Cloud is announcing a new series of Connect offerings that provides the full spectrum of hybrid cloud solutions for enterprises of all sizes. Without all of your apps and data working together on the cloud made possible through IBM Connect, you risk placing last in this digital race. This will be int
IBM Project “Hawthorn" - Today. Tomorrow. OnPrem. Cloud - at ICON US
Wed, Apr 20th 2016 2:39p   Chris Miller
Register today for one of the virtual seats at ICON US to see Luis Guirigay of IBM present IBM Project “Hawthorn" - Today. Tomorrow. OnPrem. Cloud. This session will cover: Since IBM introduced “Project Hawthorn” (aka IBM mail support for MS Outlook) many customers have been taking advantage of this new deployment option to provide Mail to users using their client of preference. Project Hawthorn provides the unique capability of “Bring Your Own Client (BYOC)” by
From the Inbox: I think DAOS is screwed up
Thu, Apr 14th 2016 12:40p   Chris Miller
Did you know? IBM Collaboration Solutions Business Partner Enablement Program
Thu, Apr 14th 2016 11:57a   Chris Miller
Apparently there is a Partner Enablement Program for IBM Collaboration Solutions Business Partners that is coming up. Registration is open for a short time longer for this part of #NewWayToLearn 2016 program I happened to run across this article by Alan Hamilton on LinkedIn New Way to Learn is all about helping our Business Partners get quick, easy and productive access to the information they need to be successful with IBM Verse, Connections, Sametime, Notes & Domino and Digital Exper
IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for April 2016
Tue, Apr 12th 2016 1:51p   Chris Miller
IBM has released what's new for IBM Connections Cloud for April 2016. Here is some of the updates Connections Connections: Real-Time alerts focus your attention Stay up to date with things that require your attention and response. The new notification center in the navigation bar increases your awareness less disruptively. See alerts with a single click - no matter where you are in the service. Allows you stay on track or swiftly shift gears depending on what is required at the
Open Mic for IBM XPages on Bluemix on April 12 2016
Fri, Apr 8th 2016 12:45p   Chris Miller
IBM is hosting an Open Mic call covering XPages on Bluemix on April 12, 2016. A live Q&A will be part of the open mic call. This session we are sharing information regarding Xpages on Bluemix. the XPages runtime, service, and boilerplate were released on Bluemix last year and with that release, additional Bluemix tooling was released for Domino Designer, via the open source XPages Extension Library. This session will provide details to expand your success with XPages on Bluemix You can att
ICON US 2016 announces keynote speaker
Wed, Apr 6th 2016 1:10p   Chris Miller
ICON US 2016 announced that Rob Koplowitz of IBM will be the keynote speaker. Session announcements will start coming tomorrow. Registration for ICON US 2016 still has some space for this virtual event. They keynote will cover the following abstract: The pace of work is accelerating and the volume of information is overwhelming. Join Rob Koplowitz as he conveys a vision for unleashing cognitive capabilities and advanced analytics to create a more intelligent collaboration environment that assis
Box for IBM Connections integration guide and steps
Mon, Mar 14th 2016 11:33a   Chris Miller
IBM announced some time ago the integration between Box and IBM Connections. I happened to find an online guide to setting up the connections via the Box website. In summary: Download the widget XML and Javascript from Box Host both on a web server that requires Dojo. Luckily the IBM HTTP Server does this via IBM Connections Update the widget XML with the particulars for your IBM Connections Community Restart Profiles and Communities inside of IBM Connections management screens Add the widget
IBM developerWorks Open Tech Talks
Fri, Mar 11th 2016 2:26p   Chris Miller
IBM developerWorks Open Tech Talks have now launched and are open for registration. They currently have eight categories of content. Some have nothing there yet however. You should be able to use your developerWorks login credentials (or register) to gain access to these open Tech Talks. As you can see they cover Analytics Cloud Data Management Mobile IoT Security Social WatsonHead over to developerWorks Open Tech Talks to get access.
ICON US 2016 lanches with a virtual event
Tue, Mar 8th 2016 1:38p   Chris Miller
I am happy to finally announce ICON US 2016 is officially launched with a twist. This will be a one time virtual event on May 9-10, 2016. Registration is already open as well as call for abstracts and sponsor opportunities. More information will be coming on the website, but space is still limited. Even with a virtual event. Head over to http://IamICONUS.org and get registered before it fills. Also make sure to submit abstracts and get in touch to sponsor either here or via the site

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