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Motorola updates Android on the Z2 Play
Fri, Aug 18th 2017 26
Big changes ahead for Sonos
Thu, Aug 17th 2017 133
BlackBerry Mobile fixed the KEYone screen
Thu, Aug 17th 2017 54
Klartext: Elektroautos sind ein bisschen besser
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 68
Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 78
A nice Moto touch
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 75
Alexa on your UE Boom 2 or Megaboom
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 64
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Amanda has left the building
Tue, Aug 15th 2017 290
At long last, a SONOS outdoor speaker
Mon, Aug 14th 2017 154
Big changes ahead for Sonos
Thu, Aug 17th 2017 133
LAN-Außensteckdose
Tue, Aug 15th 2017 82
Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 78
A nice Moto touch
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 75
Alles nur eine Farce? Digital Collaboration und NewWork im Wirklichkeitsschock
Tue, Aug 15th 2017 71
Shot with the Hasselblad moto mod
Sat, Aug 12th 2017 70
Klartext: Elektroautos sind ein bisschen besser
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 68
Alexa on your UE Boom 2 or Megaboom
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 64


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Motorola updates Android on the Z2 Play
Fri, Aug 18th 2017 6:04p   Volker Weber
This the first Moto Update I see. It takes the Z2 Play from the May to the July Android Security Patch. Not yet monthly, and a month behind, but they are making an effort.
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Big changes ahead for Sonos
Thu, Aug 17th 2017 6:18p   Volker Weber
Sonos is announcing changes for its privacy policy: Next week, we’ll be introducing some important updates to our privacy statement. Sonos owners and anyone who visits our website will be asked to acknowledge this new policy when we update our software and systems in the coming days. Sonos is opening up. There will be new ways for Sonos players to interact with other services. And that means that Sonos has to exchange data with other entities and they need your approval. Read the whole bl
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BlackBerry Mobile fixed the KEYone screen
Thu, Aug 17th 2017 5:37p   Volker Weber
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Klartext: Elektroautos sind ein bisschen besser
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 3:26p   Volker Weber
Wieder ein großartiger Text von Clemens Gleich: In der vergangenen Woche riss ich in einem Satz an, dass Elektroautos im Hinblick auf die Zukunftsplanung besser seien als Verbrenner, aber eben nicht so viel besser, dass es ihren medienvirtuellen Status als Lösung aller PKW-Ressourcenprobleme rechtfertigt. Nach einigen enttäuschten Elektroautofreunden sollten wir das näher ausführen. Wer den üblichen Veitstanz mit dem Holzhammer sucht, sei
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Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 10:09a   Volker Weber
Das neue Voyager 8200 UC ist der zweite Crossover von Plantronics, der Musikhören mit Telefonieren verbindet. Normalerweise können Headsets nur das eine oder das andere richtig. Das erste solche Headset war das Voyager Focus, das ich vor zwei Jahren auf der IFA entdeckte. Es verband einen Mikrofon-Arm aus der Voyager-Serie mt einem On-Ear-Headset, das den Nutzer von seiner Umgebung isolieren sollte. Ich fand das eine sehr gelungene Kombination für jeden, der in einem o
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A nice Moto touch
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 8:41a   Volker Weber
Moto runs "almost stock" Android on their phones. No crapware, just a few useful additions. This is one. The clock mimics the camera hump on the back, adds a battery meter (white circle) and useful information. In this case it tells me to expect rain in 4 minutes, which is surprisingly accurate.
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Alexa on your UE Boom 2 or Megaboom
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 8:03a   Volker Weber
Logi has integrated Alexa into their Andeoid apps for the Ultimate Ears Boom 2 and Megaboom speakers. It works in the same way as Siri or Google integration: press the small Bluetooth button on the top to talk to Alexa. The UE app has to be running on your Android device. The UE speakers don't support far field recognition or a wake word. You have to touch the speaker.
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Amanda has left the building
Tue, Aug 15th 2017 6:39p   Volker Weber
A few months ago I told you about Penumbra Prism Award winner Amanda Bauman. Amanda has now left IBM and joined Salesforce, a popular destination for the the best IBMers and partners.
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LAN-Außensteckdose
Tue, Aug 15th 2017 10:03a   Volker Weber
Ein kleiner Sicherheitshinweis: wer seinen Sonos-Player außerhalb seines Hauses platziert, der schafft auch gleichzeitig einen Zugang zum eigenen LAN. Wer ein Ethernet-Kabel steckt, ist drin. Man kann den Plaer auch ein paar Meter mitnehmen und in Ruhe arbeiten. Strom bekommt man über einen Inverter an der Autosteckdose.
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Alles nur eine Farce? Digital Collaboration und NewWork im Wirklichkeitsschock
Tue, Aug 15th 2017 9:47a   Volker Weber
Siegfried Lauterbacher auf LinkedIn: Ich stelle mir derzeit oft die Frage, ob der ganze Digital Work/ Digital Collaboration Hype nicht bloße Schminke ist. Könnte es sein, dass Kollaborationsplattformen ein bewußt eingesetztes Werkzeug darstellen, über das die Ansprüche der neuen Generation an den Sinnbezug von Arbeit nur scheinbar befriedigt werden? Ich erlebe diese Plattformen häufig als Wohlfühlprojekt, das in die eigentlic
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At long last, a SONOS outdoor speaker
Mon, Aug 14th 2017 8:03a   Volker Weber
Spotted by Joerg Richter in Munich
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Shot with the Hasselblad moto mod
Sat, Aug 12th 2017 12:37p   Volker Weber
This is just too far away for the casual iPhone shot. You need a long lense to capture a stork. He will never let you get close enough.
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As I was watching YouTube with the JLB moto mod
Fri, Aug 11th 2017 7:02a   Volker Weber
Last night I spent a lot of time on YouTube, watching on the Moto Z2 Play with the JBL moto mod. I was listening to all sorts of music with a common theme: not the original performer. And I shared a few of them on Twitter: Annie Lennox: Fragile (Sting) Bruce Springsteen: Stayin' Alive (The Bee Gees) Peter Gabriel: Heroes (David Bowie) Dave Grohl: Band On The Run (Paul McCartney) Ann and Nancy Wilson: Stairway To Heaven (Led Zeppelin) Posting them here for a longer archive. Enjoy.
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Klartext: Das Ende der Dieseldiskussion
Wed, Aug 9th 2017 5:17p   Volker Weber
Ein ganz wunderbarer Artikel von Clemens Gleich: Die gegenwärtige Kritik tut der Autoindustrie gut. Sie dämpft die Arroganz. Sie erzeugt einen Druck in Richtung Rechtschaffenheit. Mir wäre es am liebsten, an dieser Verbesserung der Industrie zu arbeiten statt an ihrer Abschaffung. Ausnahmslos jede Autofirma beschäftigt sich derzeit mit grundsätzlichen Mobilitätsgedanken. Da sind sicher auch gute, fundierte, ausprobierenswerte Ideen dabei.
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Smartphone-Empfehlung
Wed, Aug 9th 2017 3:55p   Volker Weber
Wenn man mich um eine Empfehlung fragt, dann empfehle ich. Ich kann nicht anders. Die Begründung ist einfach. Software. Die kann man auch von Google für das Pixel haben. Aber nicht so lange wie bei Apple und bei einem Gerät, das viel schneller seinen Wert verliert und kaum Zubehör hat. Und alle anderen? Und Upgrades? Das vor drei Jahren vorgestellte iPhone 6 dagegen läuft mit der aktuellen Software, und zwar am Tage der Auslieferung an alle.
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BuzzFeed News Trained A Computer To Search For Hidden Spy Planes
Wed, Aug 9th 2017 3:30p   Volker Weber
Photo defense.gov From planes tracking drug traffickers to those testing new spying technology, US airspace is buzzing with surveillance aircraft operated for law enforcement and the military. Fascinating. More >
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Changes ahead for the iPhone
Wed, Aug 9th 2017 10:20a   Volker Weber
Apple hinges on the iPhone. It is their most important product. And if you go their website, you will find they are currently selling five different models, not counting storage options: 7 and 7 Plus, 6S and 6s Plus, and the SE. Most rumors suggest that Apple will be releasing a 7S and a 7S Plus, alongside a new iPhone 8. This makes no sense to me. The branding is becoming a mess. I suggest that Apple gives up on the number scheme that we have become so accustomed to. The iPad leads the wa
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So könnte Mixed Reality funktionieren
Tue, Aug 8th 2017 2:39p   Volker Weber
Ich bin bekanntermaßen skeptisch, was VR/AR-Headsets angeht. Was man sich ins Gesicht hängt, funktioniert nur in ganz engen Einsatzgebieten und isoliert. Aber das hat was. More >
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Open Data :: Normverbrauch vs tatsächlicher Verbrauch
Tue, Aug 8th 2017 9:50a   Volker Weber
Das sind die Verbrauchsangaben für einen Porsche Panamera Hybrid. Es ist anzunehmen, dass das Fahrzeug in der Praxis etwas mehr verbraucht als die NEFZ-Angabe suggeriert. Das wäre doch mal was für ein Open Data-Projekt. Wer Dienstfahrzeuge fährt, tankt mit größter Wahrscheinlichkeit auf Rechnung und gibt bei jedem Tankvorgang auch den Kilometerstand ein. Wer diese Rechnungen verarbeitet, kennt somit den Praxis-Verbrauch für jedes
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Systematic Safety
Mon, Aug 7th 2017 1:25p   Volker Weber
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Jenseits der zynischen Witze: Worum geht es in der aktuellen Debatte um die Abgasreinigung?
Sun, Aug 6th 2017 4:22p   Volker Weber
Lesenswerter Artikel zur Abgasdiskussion: Es geht um NOx. NOx ist ein gasförmiger Luftschadstoff, der immer entsteht, wenn Kraftstoff mit Luft verbrannt wird. Je höher die Verbrennungstemperatur, desto mehr NOx entsteht. Aus Gründen der CO2-Reduktion wurden bei modernen Dieseln die Verbrennungstemperaturen immer höher. Je moderner und sparsamer der Motor, desto größer wurde das NOx-Problem. Wir haben uns das selbst eingebrockt. Schwere
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Yonatan Zunger :: An extraordinary writer
Sun, Aug 6th 2017 9:51a   Volker Weber
I found this author through John's tweet. Read these three pieces today: So, about this Googler’s manifesto Tolerance is not a moral precept The Present Crisis I love the claim from ExtraNewsfeed: "the same political rants you see on Facebook, but they’re well written." There is way better stuff than what your friends post to Facebook. You just need to find it.
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Moto Z2 Play :: Dual SIM plus SD
Fri, Aug 4th 2017 12:37p   Volker Weber
Ich bin etwas langsam. Deshalb mache ich selten schnelle Hands-On sondern nutze Geräte über eine längere Zeit. Erst dann fallen mir die ganzen Vor- und Nachteile auf. Am Anfang erschien mir das Z2 Play als irgendeine Mittelklasse-Handy, das sowieso zu schwach ist, und dass mal wohl besser auf das Z2 Force wartet. Mittlerweile ist mir das Geräte aber richtig ans Herz gewachsen. Ich habe überhaupt keinen Bedarf an einem schnelleren Prozessor. Und jet
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JBL SoundBoost Moto Mod
Fri, Aug 4th 2017 9:47a   Volker Weber
Das ist das alte SoundBoost Mod von 2016. Das neue SoundBoost 2 Mod hat eine gewebte Oberfläche und sieht mehr wie ein Lautsprecher aus. Außerdem ist es spritzwarssergeschützt und hat eine App zur Anpassung des Equalizers. Beide spielen mit einer Akkuladung etwa zehn Stunden. Das SoundBoost ist ein Mod, das man anders als das TurboPower Mod wahrscheinlich weniger nutzen wird. Dafür ist es einfach viel zu dick. Aber prakisch ist esn schon, wenn man erst mal
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Outlook kann auch mal Letzter sein
Fri, Aug 4th 2017 9:22a   Volker Weber
GMail account on iOS. Which app do you prefer? (please retweet)— Volker Weber (@vowe) August 3, 2017
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Arlo Baby
Thu, Aug 3rd 2017 5:52p   Volker Weber
I am huge fan of the Arlo security camera system. There is an Arlo Pro at my door and a few Arlos around the house. Whether it's night or whether I am away, they tell me if somebody is approaching the house and what they are up to. The Arlo Baby is a completely different value proposition, and I have no use case for it. So I am just going to tell you that it exists, that it will be shown at this year's IFA in Berlin and should be available soon. Arlo Baby is a supernanny. It can check tempe
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Windows 10 :: Aus eins mach zwei
Thu, Aug 3rd 2017 9:14a   Volker Weber
Ende letzen Jahres habe ich den Sprung von Mac auf Windows gewagt. Auch wenn ich Windows seit der Version 1 kenne (bis 2.11 war das eher eine Runtime), waren meine neueren Erfahrungen eher von WaaH (Windows as a Hobby) geprägt. Mehr Bastelei als es wert war. Aber die Integration hat mich gelockt. Laptop und Tablet mit Tastatur, Trackpad und Stift, alles mit einer Software. Mit dem Surface Pro 4 bin ich ernsthaft umgestiegen. Das Experiment ist geglückt. Mittlerweile sind mir
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Moto Z2 Play :: Drei Wochen später
Thu, Aug 3rd 2017 8:48a   Volker Weber
Ich habe das moto Z2 Play nun drei Wochen benutzt und bin sehr angetan davon. Alles prima, mit zwei kleinen Irritationen. Ich traue moto bei den versprochenen Android-Updates noch nicht. Bisher ist noch nichts angekommen.Der Fingerabdrucksensor hat ein unangenehm kräftiges und lautes Vibrationsfeedback, das sich nicht abschalten lässt. Die Akkulaufzeit ist super. 76% auf dem Bild sind nicht etwa seit heute morgen, sondern seit gestern nachmittag. Durch den Kamerahubbel ka
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Zehn Fragen, auf die ich keine Antworten habe
Wed, Aug 2nd 2017 8:05p   Volker Weber
Irgendwie war ich die letzten Tage etwas nachdenklich. So viele Fragen, so wenig Antworten. Warum kriegt ein Fahrzeug nicht bei jedem Werkstattaufenthalt eine neue Software verpasst, wenn sich so unsere Atemluft verbessern lässt?Warum wollen wir jetzt auf einmal wieder deutlich mehr CO2 rauspusten, in dem wir mehr Benziner statt Diesel kaufen?Wieso verbrennen wir wieder Holz im Kamin, ohne jede Abgasreinigung, obwohl das jede Menge Feinstaub generiert?Warum rüsten wir fossil
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Baby Slug :: Shot with the Hasselblad moto mod
Tue, Aug 1st 2017 7:25p   Volker Weber
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Das Wunderauto
Tue, Aug 1st 2017 1:14p   Volker Weber
Elon Musk ist ein glänzender Erzähler. Der verkauft einem geschwind mal eine Reise zum Mars für etliche hunderttausend Dollar, ohne Kost und Logis am Ziel. Eigentlich sogar ohne eine Idee, wie man das überleben soll. Seit letztem Jahr wartet die Welt auf sein "erschwingliches" Elektromobil für 35.000 Dollar. Das sind umgerechnet knapp 30.000 €. Nun sind die ersten dreißig hergestellt und gehen vor allem an Angestellte von Tesla
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Logitech improves Harmony integration into Sonos
Mon, Jul 31st 2017 12:49p   Volker Weber
I don't have a Harmony Hub but this sounds promising.
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Logitech updates the Circle camera
Sun, Jul 30th 2017 6:57p   Volker Weber
Of all the net connected cameras I tried I only ever liked two systems: Netgear Arlo and Logitech Circle. Arlo has broadened it's original architecture of wireless, waterproof cameras to the wired Arlo Q, the mobile network Arlo Go and the Arlo Baby monitor. Logitech started with the indoor wired Circle and is now expanding into weather resistant and potentially wireless Circle 2. Time to take a closer look. Both companies started from different ends of the spectrum. Arlo wanted to be a secu
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A few additional thougths on the moto TurboPower Pack
Sat, Jul 29th 2017 12:05p   Volker Weber
[Photo taken with Hasselblad mod at very close range] Nils asked about the connection between moto mods and the moto Z series phones. Yes, it's magnets, and they are actually quite strong. There is a groove at the bottom of each mod where you can insert your fingernail to pry the mod and the phone apart. Magnets would not be strong enough to prevent the mod from sliding off. There is a fixed pin between the spring loaded pogo pins that inserts into a whole on the phone which prevents this fr
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moto Turbo Power Battery Pack vs Incipio Offgrid Power Pack
Fri, Jul 28th 2017 3:07p   Volker Weber
I love these moto mods. Last year Incipio built the Offgrid Power Pack that gave you an additional 2200mAh/8.2Wh for your Moto Z series phones. You can still use it with the 2017 Z2 series. But there is big bad brother now, the 3490mAh/13.5Wh moto Turbo Power Pack. It's not only bigger, but also faster. It provides the phone with the same 5V/3A/15W where the Incipio only delivered 5V/1.3A/6.5W. That is lot of numbers, but let's just say it is two times faster with the Z2 series. And there a
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Verdi: IBM will entlassene Mitarbeiter nach Protest wieder einstellen
Wed, Jul 26th 2017 3:20p   Volker Weber
In vielen Arbeitsrechtsverfahren zog IBM in erster Instanz den Kürzeren. Gegen etwa 150 erfolgreiche Kündigungsschutzklagen verzichtet das Unternehmen auf die Revision. Wenn ich richtig rechne, hat IBM 'viele' (300?) Verfahren verloren und will bei 'viele' minus 150 (150?) noch mal. Der Rest kriegt gleich ein besseres Angebot oder wird wieder eingestellt. Sieht nach einem Problem in der Personalabteilung aus. Die 300, die die Kündigung geschluckt haben, dürfen sich ärgern. Mo
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IBM Connections Engagement Center V6.0 becomes available
Wed, Jul 26th 2017 11:08a   Volker Weber
At the end of May, IBM announced it had acquired an asset from Timetoact that was known as XCC and that it would become available as IBM Connections Engagement Center. This acquisition was driven by Ed Brill, Vice President Product Management and Design, IBM Collaboration Solutions, and Felix Binsack, founder and CEO of Timetoact Group. It probably helped that both have known and trusted each other for many years. In less than two months IBM and Timetoact have completed the "bluewashing" of
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Moto Z2 Force announced
Wed, Jul 26th 2017 10:12a   Volker Weber
What makes the Moto Z2 Force so interesting is a 5.5-inch Quad HD POLED display with ShatterShield, which is a layer of shatter resistant coating on top. It makes the display more prone to scratches but it is highly unlikely you ever damage the display by dropping your phone. The Z2 is ridiculously thin and built from reinforced 7000 series aluminum for added rigidity. On the back of the phone is a new dual camera system witout optical image stabilisation, consisting of two 12 megapixel f2.0
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IBM Connections Mobile 6.0 now available for iOS and Android
Wed, Jul 26th 2017 8:19a   Volker Weber
The IBM Connections Mobile app now provides a new tabbed navigation which allows users to easily switch between the different Connections services. The navigation is customizable allowing individuals to determine which of the services they want displayed in the navigation menu. Also available in this release is the new updates view, allowing users to quickly see the most recent updates in the network. More >
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Stuff that works :: Marshall Monitor Bluetooth
Tue, Jul 25th 2017 9:03a   Volker Weber
The AirPods are my favorite earbuds. And the Marshall Monitor is my favorite over-the-ear headset. It fits my large head and my ears, it plays well with my very own set of music, and the battery seems to last forever. No active noise cancellation but excellent passive isolation, a single brass knob to control everything. Not to forget that is goes to eleven. Update for Ralph: yes, it shows its battery level both in the header and the widget. More importantly, volume is coordinated. It doe
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Wishlist for #Sonos :: Cast your vote on Twitter
Mon, Jul 24th 2017 12:01p   Volker Weber
If you hit the retweet button on this one, we might get in some more votes. As a #Sonos customer, what would be #1 on your wishlist?— Volker Weber (@vowe) July 24, 2017
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Bad streaming and good streaming to #Sonos
Sun, Jul 23rd 2017 12:11p   Volker Weber
When Apple started AirPlay, it would stream everything three times across the network. From your library or music service through your access point to the app on your device, then back to the access point, then to your speaker. When you stream to a Bluetooth connected speaker, you are also streaming everything to your app and then via Bluetooth to the speaker. That's bad streaming. What Spotify Connect does is good streaming. You start streaming to your app, but then you tell it to cast
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Sonos, please update your ancient network stack
Fri, Jul 21st 2017 12:37p   Volker Weber
We love that Sonos keeps its old gear updated and functional. That is pretty much unheard of in this industry. However, there is one big omission. You really need to work on your network stack. Two problems: Every recent piece of malware used SMBv1 as its attack vector. If you disable it Sonos is unable to find its music libary anymore. No support for SMBv2 or SMBv3. This needs to be fixed ASAP. Your STP implementation is ancient. If you add Sonos to a network with smart components that us
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IBM Dumps Remote Work, Blows Off Its Productivity Kneecap
Thu, Jul 20th 2017 4:32p   Volker Weber
With a focus on US policy: IBM has destroyed a remote work policy that brought them provable gains, because a fashion exec says it’ll save the entire company. The IBM decision-makers are either voluntarily ignorant, or they think they’re above the market. 20 straight quarters of declining revenue says they are wrong. Make that 21. More >
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Listen to podcasts on #Sonos
Thu, Jul 20th 2017 11:07a   Volker Weber
Today we’re excited to announce that Pocket Casts support for Sonos has gone into Beta! Judging by the amount of tweets and emails we’ve had over the years this is one of your most requested features and we’re excited to finally share it with you. More >
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Drei Android-Smartphones
Wed, Jul 19th 2017 8:53a   Volker Weber
Die Welt ist ein bisschen einfacher geworden für mich. Früher hatte ich ein halbes Dutzend verschiedene Smartphone-Betriebssysteme im Auge zu behalten. Heute sind es nur noch zwei. Damit ich nicht nur das iPhone kenne, benutze ich täglich mehrere Stunden auch ein Android-Gerät. Bisher waren das zwei: BlackBerry KEYone und Huawei P10. Jetzt ist mit dem Moto Z2 Play ein drittes dazu gekommen. Bemerkenswert beim Moto: wenn man es nur im Standby rumliegt, dann sag
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Verkehrte Welt :: Lenovo Soft Keyboard vs BlackBerry Hard Keyboard
Wed, Jul 19th 2017 7:12a   Volker Weber
Laptops haben echte Tastaturen, Smartphones virtuelle auf dem Bildschirm, so die Regel. Bei diesen beiden Geräten ist es umgekehrt: Lenovo Yoga Book und BlackBerry KEYone. Ich mag beide. Jetzt bin ich wild entschlossen, auf dem Halo Keyboard des Yoga Book schreiben zu lernen. Warum? Weil es schwierig ist. Aber ich habe gelernt, dass man auf einem BlackBerry Keyboard nicht schneller ist als auf einer iPhone-Tastatur. Und was dort geht, sollte auch auf dem Halo möglich sein. Ich
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Windows 10 on iPad Pro?
Tue, Jul 18th 2017 5:17p   Volker Weber
Since iDisplay was free today on the iTunes App store, I had to turn my iPad Pro into a second screen for Surface Pro. Why? Because we try stuff so that you don't have to. Works for macOS or Windows, with Android or iOS devices. More >
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Moto Z2 Play :: Let's talk about the phone
Mon, Jul 17th 2017 7:41a   Volker Weber
Three most useless things in an aviation emergency: Fuel on the GroundRunway behind youSky above youWhen I looked at all the Z2 Play reviews I found a common theme: Moto dared to make the device thinner and the battery smaller. And I was reminded of the old adage above. What does it help you if you have 30% battery left when you are about to charge your phone anyway? What difference does it make that a phone runs 36 instead of 30 hours? I think the Z2 Play is much nicer than the Z Play. Th
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Earn the National Park Challenge award today
Sat, Jul 15th 2017 9:08a   Volker Weber
You need to walk or run 3.5 miles (5.633 km) with an outdoor workout today to earn this fourth special award.
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Moto Z2 Play :: A modular smartphone
Sat, Jul 15th 2017 8:24a   Volker Weber
Yesterday, I had total gadget overload. Moto sent a big box with the brand new Moto Z2 play and alll these Moto Mods. And here is the good news. This is a 2017 smartphone and mostly 2016 Moto Mods. I like backwards compatibility. I was very sceptical when Moto announced the Moto Z series last year. They had three models: the high end Z, the midrange Z Play and the Verizon exclusive Z Force. They were the top line Moto phones and shared the Moto Mod design. Moto Mods snap to the back of the ph
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Jefferies: Creating Shareholder Value with AI? Not so Elementary, My Dear Watson
Fri, Jul 14th 2017 6:57a   Volker Weber
Our checks suggest that while IBM offers one of the more mature cognitive computing platforms today, the hefty services component of many AI deployments will be a hindrance to adoption. We also believe IBM appears outgunned in the war for AI talent and will likely see increasing competition. Finally, our analysis suggests that the returns on IBM's investments aren't likely to be above the cost of capital. Reiterate Underperform. IBM from a financial analyst perspective. More >
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Closing the Sonos chapter
Fri, Jul 14th 2017 6:49a   Volker Weber
Everything ends. In the past, Sonos would trust me with future information and they would value my feedback. I never disclosed any of that information, not once in ten years, but you had a source of informed opinion. That does not work any more. The old band members are sidelined, the new ones don't know better. Now it's just a company. The love is gone. But we have opened a new chapter. Read from the top: communicate :: collaborate. Since you are sharing what you know with me, I actually k
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BlackBerry patzt erneut bei den Android-Updates
Fri, Jul 14th 2017 6:20a   Volker Weber
Seit gut einem Monat warten DTEK-Nutzer auf die vollmundig versprochenen Updates. Die Geräte sind auf dem Mai-Sicherheitsstand. BlackBerry kommentiert die Misere mit donnerndem Schweigen. More >
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387 + 388 = 775
Thu, Jul 13th 2017 3:14p   Volker Weber
On June 20th of last year I missed my daily move goal by 3 calories and broke the chain. I picked it up the next day and today it got a new link. 225 to get to one thousand. I am not walking much right now, only about 5000 to 6000 since my knee was suffering four weeks ago. Joints take a long time to recover. Bicycle it is for now, and exercise at home.
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Six weeks with the Huawei P10
Thu, Jul 13th 2017 11:23a   Volker Weber
It's been six weeks with the Huawei P10. And they have been absolutely boring, in the best possible way. This thing just works. It has received two updates since I got it, but they are not the very latest Android security fixes. It's currently two months old, but Huawei does make an effort to not only update the very latest phones but also older ones. I have made fun of Huawei when they announced the Leica partnership. But the camera in the P10 delivers. Great colors, sharp photos, beautifu
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Stuff that works :: Apple AirPods
Wed, Jul 12th 2017 11:32a   Volker Weber
I was very cautious when I first heard about the AirPods. They looked ridiculous and over-priced. People made jokes about losing them. Then I tried a pair for a few minutes and really liked the fit and the sound. My only reserve was that they weren't particularly loud and they would not isolate me from surrounding noise. Then I got a pair for review and was allowed to keep them. I mean, who wants the dirt from my ears back? And they turned out to be my favorite headphones by a wide margin. F
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Android update situation
Wed, Jul 12th 2017 10:22a   Volker Weber
#BBSIRT has released an advisory for our July #30dayPatchingSMR, read about it here https://t.co/I6go3N19aS pic.twitter.com/MwTgX2sPxc— BlackBerry SIRT (@BBSIRT) July 5, 2017 Follow the link and you get to the July security bulletin: BlackBerry has released a security update to address multiple vulnerabilities in BlackBerry powered by Android smartphones. We recommend users update to the latest available software build. When BlackBerry says "release" it does not mean they
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End of Life: Windows Phone ist offiziell tot
Wed, Jul 12th 2017 8:31a   Volker Weber
Der geschätze Kollege und bekennende Windows-Phone-Fan Volker Briegleb schreibt einen Nachruf: Am Dienstag ist der Support für Windows Phone 8.1 ausgelaufen. Smartphones mit der letzten Windows-Phone-Version erhalten ab sofort keine Sicherheits-Updates mehr. Besitzer einiger jüngerer Lumias können noch upgraden. Im Prinzip können alle PCs auf Windows 10 updaten. Für Smartphones ist das nicht der Fall und so fallen nun 80 Prozent der aktiven Windows-Phones hinten runter. Ich bedaure
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IBM Watson Workspace has a desktop app
Tue, Jul 11th 2017 7:43p   Volker Weber
Watson Workspace seems to take forever to develop while the market is still trying to figure out if Slack helps or does not help to get more stuff done. Like Slack it now has a desktop app which is basically the web app bundled with a Chromium browser. These things are big and may be slow, but it saves a ton of testing on different browsers. The web app only runs on Firefox and Chrome, so bundling a Chromium engine helps. If you haven't looked at Workspace, it is finally coming together. I f
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Looking forward to the HomePod
Tue, Jul 11th 2017 5:35p   Volker Weber
Have to detox my brain and started thinking about the HomePod. This speaker is announced, but it is still far away. Apple says December, but that was also the plan for the AirPods last year, so I am not holding my breath until it ships. Why the delay and the early announcement? I think Apple announced it to keep Apple fans at bay against the onslaught from Amazon and Google. And the delay? I believe it's the software. Siri needs to learn a lot for this to work well. Everything about this spe
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Three posters in a Sonos office in Santa Barbara
Tue, Jul 11th 2017 1:55p   Volker Weber
The fine print is way too small, but I will spell it out for you. What is significant about these posters? There are the three princicples that guide Sonos. Or at least they did in 2015. And they are the reason why I am not just walking away. Sonos will be able to fix this. The Experience Comes First. "Right" is hard to define but we are willing to struggle until we find it. And struggle even more to make it ruthlessly simple.With maniacal quality, every detail highly considered, and sou
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BlackBerry Security Summit
Tue, Jul 11th 2017 8:58a   Volker Weber
Attending the BlackBerry Security Summit just got easier. Instead of one event in New York, there are now two. I would not be surprised if customers told BlackBerry to spare them a trip to Trumpistan. More >
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Twitter reaction to #Sonos situation
Mon, Jul 10th 2017 8:50a   Volker Weber
I will just collect your reactions to the Sonos situation here, hoping Sonos will be able to improve. @sonos, treating @vowe like this is a bad move in Germany (where he brought you tons of loyal customers, like me) https://t.co/c4TA3D7FNl— Stefan Tilkov (@stilkov) July 10, 2017 @Sonos A simple truth, yet hard to accept. You need folks like @Vowe . Most especially you need to *listen* to them. @SonosSupport— Craig Wiseman (@WiseCraig) July 7, 2017 I get your frus
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Stuff that works :: Microsoft Surface Pro
Sun, Jul 9th 2017 5:47p   Volker Weber
It has been more than half a year since I started using a Surface Pro 4 with i7/8GB/256 GB. At the time I was using a Surface 3 with m3/4GB/128GB for travel, but most of work was either done on a MacBook Pro. The Surface Pro changed that equation. The Surface Pro is a vastly more powerful machine than the Surface 3. Since I have only very light workloads, I did not expect this to make much of a difference, but it did. Surface Pro did not ever feel any less powerful than the MacBook Pro. The o
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Sonos without WiFi :: Revisiting an old topic
Sat, Jul 8th 2017 9:33a   Volker Weber
Warning: this is not a beginner's practice. If you are not afluent in network design, do not any of the things I am talking about. I have written about it before, but that post is no longer valid as of Sonos 7.3. The web interface at port 1400 now expects a hidden CSRF token and the player no longer accepts paramaters as GET variables. The good news is that WiFi Control has been redesigned so that this form now works. Sonos pretty much takes care of networking all by itself. There are two w
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A short update on the Sonos situation
Fri, Jul 7th 2017 6:41a   Volker Weber
A few weeks ago I explained that I talked to a Sonos manager to clear up any misunderstanding. I offered my friendship, sent in a long list of things I would need and be interested in, and then I waited. As I said, I wasn't going to be mad, if Sonos took their ball and moved on. Time passes. Crickets. On Monday I decided to go back into beta mode. I have been running Sonos betas continously for many years. It's not much fun since I have to update the system and multiple controllers every
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Phonos Universal :: A touch friendly Sonos controller
Tue, Jul 4th 2017 5:11p   Volker Weber
When I was on Windows Phone, I used Phonos as my Sonos controller. Sonos had been working with Microsoft on Project Phish, which was eventually cancelled after two years, so there never was a modern Windows controller. I believe that the desktop controllers are seen as legacy at Sonos since they have not seen any significant updates in years. This opens an opportunity for third party developers to fill this void. Andy Pennell is the developer behind My Speaker, which I wrote about yesterday,
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End of life for PRIV and DTEK :: Needs confirmation
Tue, Jul 4th 2017 4:03p   Volker Weber
From the Crackberry forums: Today I ordered another batch of 50 DTKE50 phones from our UK mobile service provider. I was shocked, they told me that the DTEK50 phones reached end of life and the replacement model is the existing DTEK60. But that will cost £380, instead the £210 of the DTEK50. This time, they will be able to provide the ordered type and quantity from their current stock, but most probably soon they will run out of it. This is the second time that I heard about EOL within o
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Merke, die anderen sind nicht blöd
Tue, Jul 4th 2017 12:18p   Volker Weber
Vor einigen Jahren hatte ich mal ein Interview mit dem Lenovo CTO Peter Hortensius. Das ist ein sehr erfahrener Manager, der völlig in sich ruht und Fragen einfach so beantwortet, wie sie gestellt werden. Ein Kollege fragte ihn zu einem Sicherheitsproblem, das ein anderes Unternehmen aktuell hatte. Hortensius verweigerte jeden Kommentar und sagte statt dessen, wir müssten bitte ganz bescheiden sein und jeder vor seiner eigenen Tür kehren. Das erinnerte mich an etwas, w
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My Speaker :: Control Sonos from your Amazon Alexa device
Mon, Jul 3rd 2017 11:33a   Volker Weber
At last you can talk to your Sonos speakers to listen to music on a quality device, using the My Speaker Alexa Skill and app. From the creators of Phonos, the most successful independent Sonos app ever, we now have My Speaker, to free Alexa users from low quality audio, and to expand your music all over your home with your Sonos system. Don't get too exited yet. There are quite a few requirements, amongst them a Windows 10 PC running on your network and a US Amazon account. More >
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What is Sonos working on?
Thu, Jun 29th 2017 3:14p   Volker Weber
Sonos 7.3 was ... not what I was expecting. I was a bit underwhelmed because there are bigger things going on. Alexa, anyone? As you know I tried to reconnect with the company, but that was also ... not what I was expecting. Broadening my scope now. If you happen to know what is cooking, please share. Don't use email. I am very good at keeping secrets but that means I need to keep things apart. Besides, I don't consider unencrypted email as confidential. Instead use Signal, iMessage or W
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Wenn das WLAN zu schwach ist :: Vier Lösungsmöglichkeiten
Tue, Jun 27th 2017 4:15p   Volker Weber
Ich habe mal vier Möglickeiten aufgezählt, wie man ein WLAN zu geringer Reichweite erweitern kann. Ich nutze die erste, in dem ich die Fritzbox in einem Stockwerk habe und in den anderen beiden jeweils einen Access Point. Der Router stellt ein WLAN, ein Access Point ein zweites. Verbunden sind die beiden mit einem Netzwerkkabel. Der Router stellt ein WLAN, das der Repeater gerade noch erreichen kann. Der stellt dann ein zweites. Der Router stellt ein WLAN, ein Powerline-
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Huawei P10 :: Die leidigen Android-Updates
Tue, Jun 27th 2017 2:17p   Volker Weber
Manchmal klinge ich schon wie eine kaputte Schallplatte, aber ich kann mich an die fehlenden Updates bei Android-Geräten einfach nicht gewöhnen. Alles in vowe's magic flying circus bekommt ein Updates, wenn es eins gibt. Alles von Apple, alles mit Windows. Nur bei den Android-Geräten hakt es. BlackBerry hat ganz dicke Backen gemacht, dass sie schneller liefern als alle. Und das hat sogar mal gestimmt, beim PRIV. Seitdem ist das eher duchwachsen. KEYone und PRIV binnen
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WLAN-Mesh für Fritz!Box 7490, 7580 und 7590
Tue, Jun 27th 2017 11:19a   Volker Weber
Zur CeBIT hatten wir eine nette Diskussion mit AVM zum Thema Mesh. Die Berliner warben mit Mesh-Komfort, ohne tatsächlich ein echtes WLAN-Mesh zu haben. Du nun gestern Google eine große Welle gemacht hat und ich dann auch gestern noch einen Hilferuf eines Apple-Nutzers mit Airports bekam, kommt die heutige Beta-Version von FritzOS sehr passend. Was ist ein WLAN-Mesh? Oder besser, was ist ein Mesh-Netzwerk? Sonos betreibt diesen Netzwerktyp seit mehr als 10 Jahren. Normale N
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Installing iOS 11 Public Beta
Tue, Jun 27th 2017 7:17a   Volker Weber
I have not installed iOS Betas in quite a while but I cannot wait to get the new iPad features. iPhone is mission critical and has to stay on released software but for the iPad Pro I am taking the risk.
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Habits are stronger than goals #dontbreakthechain
Fri, Jun 23rd 2017 6:16p   Volker Weber
As I was looking at my collection of photos in BLACK I could not help noticing the difference a few years make. So I put these two photos together in a collage and posted them to Twitter and Instagram. Lots of encouragement and some funny remarks. And no, there was no Photoshop involved, just BLACK. Ute shot the fat vowe photo with a serious camera while I was in a TV studio and I shot the other one with the iPhone 7 Plus just yesterday. The difference in appearance is not caused by setting
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Sonos :: How it started
Thu, Jun 22nd 2017 12:59p   Volker Weber
Hero-entrepreneur dreams up a great idea, finds a sidekick or two to help it come alive, clashes with and defeats the entrenched incumbent, and rides to glory as the credits roll. The story of Sonos might seem like that, from a distance. Its four founders – John MacFarlane, Tom Cullen, Trung Mai, and Craig Shelburne – conjured a daring vision based on technology that didn’t exist at the time. With all of their experience, resources and insight, the four founders nat
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The 1+ reality distortion field
Wed, Jun 21st 2017 2:32p   Volker Weber
Did your favorite media outlet fall for the 1+5 hype? Hats off for them to create such a perfect social media storm. Not so much for copying the iPhone design wholesale, signing up The Verge for peddling their "we are so special" story, and cheating on the benchmarks. Watch this:
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Nokia rebrands Withings
Tue, Jun 20th 2017 10:07a   Volker Weber
What used to be Withings is now called Nokia. Great products that I use and recommend. They are also announcing a new enty level connected scale and a less bulky blood pressure monitor. Withings Health Mate becomes Nokia Health Mate with a fresh user interface.
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Gelungene Digitalisierung :: Paketversand
Mon, Jun 19th 2017 1:27p   Volker Weber
Ich habe gerade mal wieder zwei Pakete in Auftrag gegeben, eins mit DHL nach Frankreich, eins mit Hermes nach Deutschland. Und ich bin höchst erfreut darüber, wie einfach das mittlerweile geht. App auf's iPhone laden, Absender und Empfänger aus dem Adressbuch auswählen, Paketklasse wählen, fertig. Der Anbieter schickt einen QR-Code und ein Aufklebe-Etikett. Hat man keinen Drucker, geht man in den nächsten Paketshop und zeigt den QR-Code vor.
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Umstieg von iPad Pro 9.7 auf iPad Pro 10.5
Sat, Jun 17th 2017 10:07a   Volker Weber
Guten Morgen, lohnt sich Ihrer Meinung nach der Umstieg von pro 9.7 auf pro 10.5? Vielen Dank! VG Stefan— Stefan Stappert (@1978stappi) June 17, 2017 Das iPad Pro 9.7 war mit Abstand das beste Tablet auf dem Markt. Nun ist es das zweitbeste. Lohnt sich der Umstieg? Ich weiß es nicht. Wichtig: das alte Zubehör passt nicht. Das Display ist größer und der Rand schmaler, aber trotzdem ist das neue Gerät ein bisschen größer. Also passen C
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Die Bahn feiert meine Abo-Falle mit einem neuen Angebot
Tue, Jun 13th 2017 8:24a   Volker Weber
Genau einen Monat ist es her, dass mir die Bahn freudestrahlend mitteilte, wie sehr man sich freue, dass ich mich für eine Bahncard erntschieden hatte. Hatte ich allerdings nicht. Ich war nur in die Abofalle gelaufen: aus drei Monaten "Probebahncard" wurden geschwind 18 Monate, ohne jeden Pardon. Einzig mögliche Reaktion: kündigen, kündigen, kündigen. Das haben offenbar viele gemacht, denn nun bietet die Bahn etwas neues an, pünktlich zu
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iPad size matters for Office
Mon, Jun 12th 2017 6:51p   Volker Weber
Screenshot from the Microsoft Office Mobile site. A regular iPad (and the old Pro) have a 9.7 inch display. Without an Office 365 license those apps will turn into viewers on the iPad Pro 10.5.
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The new iPad Pro
Mon, Jun 12th 2017 1:43p   Volker Weber
Since I move most of my workloads to the Surface Pro 4 I haven't used the iPad Pro as much as I used to. But the WWDC keynote got me fired up again. Apple is about to take a big leap with iOS 11 and that is going to benefit the iPad Pro. This machine is so much more expensive than a regular iPad that it only makes sense if you are either well-healed or determined to use this as your main computer. And the hardware certainly wasn't holding you up. Microsoft validated the incredible speed of
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Helping somebody to buy his first Sonos
Fri, Jun 9th 2017 10:56a   Volker Weber
As I was talking to my neighbor yesterday he asked me about some advice. "You are familiar with Sonos, aren't you? I plan to ..." Here we go again. I am going to invite him over and we will be going from room to room and I will be showing him what his options are. I have every single speaker and component Sonos ever made, with the exception of PlayBase, and he can make an informed decisision of what he wants. But something has changed two years ago.
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BlackBerry KEYone :: Needs some glue
Thu, Jun 8th 2017 4:28p   Volker Weber
This is very painful to watch but it points to a weakness in the KEYone build. There is no adhesive holding the screen in place. It also looks like it would be easy to add wireless charging.
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Unlocking Sonos
Thu, Jun 8th 2017 3:21p   Volker Weber
I had a very interesting face-to-face meeting (over Facetime) with a Sonos manager yesterday, and that helped clear up some of the misunderstandings. I can't tell you what we talked about in detail, but I can help you understand what happened recently and you may also be able to help Sonos understand. This is going to be a bit longer than usual.
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Ist das BlackBerry KEYone ein Verkaufsschlager?
Tue, Jun 6th 2017 9:35a   Volker Weber
Die Ära der BlackBerry-Smartphones schien endgültig vorbei. Doch nun landet TCL mit dem KEYone ein überraschendes Comeback. Es mag an kleinen Liefermengen liegen, aber das Gerät ist schnell ausverkauft. More >
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Why the HomePod is coming to the US, UK and Australia first
Tue, Jun 6th 2017 9:18a   Volker Weber
This is my own speculation, but I think the delay in shipping the HomePod is not a production ramp-up problem. First of all, Apple has announced a device they don't intend to ship for another six months. That's very unusual, since they ship the same day, if they can. I think Apple is buying itself some time here, against strong competition from Amazon and Google, who both have a head start. Sonos is way too small for an assault from Apple. Apple is going into three markets that have a 40
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A few thoughts on the Apple WWDC 2017 keynote
Mon, Jun 5th 2017 8:06p   Volker Weber
In reverse chronological order: Homepod and Airplay 2 are an immediate threat to the Sonos business in pure Apple households. It combines Siri smarts with Homekit integration, streams directly from Apple Music, it looks quite capable in the sound departments and it comes at a low price. $349 is a PLAY:3 plus an Amazon Dot and I would be suprised if it did not sound better. We will see how well Apple does multi-room, but I give them the benefit of the doubt. Available first in the US it will
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A missed opportunity, was it?
Fri, Jun 2nd 2017 1:51p   Volker Weber
If you let so many people go, who would previously be rowing, you will not be able to keep all your ships. No news coming out of DNUG44 means that it will take some more time for the dust to clear. Keep asking IBM.
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Streamlining Kubernetes development with Draft
Thu, Jun 1st 2017 9:33a   Volker Weber
Application containers have skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years. In recent months, Kubernetes has emerged as a popular solution for orchestrating these containers. While many turn to Kubernetes for its extensible architecture and vibrant open-source community, some still view Kubernetes as too difficult to use. Today, my team is proud to announce Draft, a tool that streamlines application development and deployment into any Kubernetes cluster. Using two simple commands, developers
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KEYone is the best BlackBerry since the Passport
Wed, May 31st 2017 9:18p   Volker Weber
Passport was not the success that BlackBerry had hoped for. But I was obsessed with it. Very solid hardware, a huge screen, fast at everything but Android. Classic, the next BlackBerry was equally solid but it was just retro with not enough screen resolution. PRIV was an outstanding device but it did not feel like a BlackBerry. Its hardware keyboard wasn't much better than the soft keyboard. I like DTEK50 for its no-nonsense utility. And DTEK60 didn't click with me. BlackBerrys should not
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Another month #dontbreakthechain
Wed, May 31st 2017 7:45p   Volker Weber
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Astroturfing
Wed, May 31st 2017 8:52a   Volker Weber
Whenever somebody shows up, who has never commented before, then suddently becomes very active and has left no other traces on the Internet, my bullshit detector goes off the scale. Astroturfing is a carreer limiting move. Never attempt when your mark owns the platform.
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A look inside #DNUG44
Wed, May 31st 2017 8:38a   Volker Weber
Kicking off DNUG44 @efred Full house and 17 @IBMChampions pic.twitter.com/2YhwPGMQtT— Amanda Bauman (@amandabauman) May 31, 2017
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Aus Timetoact wird IBM Connections Engagement Center
Wed, May 31st 2017 7:43a   Volker Weber
Armonk/Ehningen – 31. Mai 2017: IBM übernimmt XCC – Web Content & Custom Apps Extension for IBM Connections der deutschen TIMETOACT GROUP. Das Produkt wird als Teil der IBM Connections Cloud Plattform weltweit als IBM Connections Engagement Center verfügbar sein. Dieses neue Angebot bietet Unternehmen jeder Größe ein Social Intranet für die interne Unternehmenskommunikation aller Mitarbeiter inklusive dem Teilen von Neuigkeiten, integrierter Applikationen sowie Peer-to-Peer Collaborat
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When the US forces you to check your notebook
Mon, May 29th 2017 9:08p   Volker Weber
1996 Toshiba commercial
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Microsoft macht gerade viel richtig
Mon, May 29th 2017 9:00p   Volker Weber
In der Ära Ballmer haben sich viele Leute angewöhnt, alles, was Microsoft unternahm, schlecht zu finden. Seit Nadella das Unternehmen führt, läuft es wieder rund. Das kann man an vielen Stellen sehen, am deutlichsten aber an der Kursentwicklung. Ich denke, da ist noch mehr Potential.




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