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init - der Wochenausblick: von Moskau nach Kuba
Mon, Oct 16th 2017 10
#dontbreakthechain einmal ganz anders
Sun, Oct 15th 2017 69
Sat, Oct 14th 2017 176
How do you say iPhone X
Wed, Oct 11th 2017 206
Surface Pro :: It's my preferred computer
Tue, Oct 10th 2017 192
Declan #dontbreakthechain
Tue, Oct 10th 2017 126
init - der Wochenausblick: von Rock bis Rock
Mon, Oct 9th 2017 67
Top 10
How do you say iPhone X
Wed, Oct 11th 2017 206
Surface Pro :: It's my preferred computer
Tue, Oct 10th 2017 192
Sat, Oct 14th 2017 176
Declan #dontbreakthechain
Tue, Oct 10th 2017 126
How I learnt to loathe England
Sun, Oct 8th 2017 85
#dontbreakthechain einmal ganz anders
Sun, Oct 15th 2017 69
init - der Wochenausblick: von Rock bis Rock
Mon, Oct 9th 2017 67
Apple Watch :: LTE is a game changer
Mon, Oct 9th 2017 58
Motion: BlackBerry Mobile stellt zweites Android-Gerät vor
Mon, Oct 9th 2017 44
Navigating the Sonos 8.0 app
Sun, Oct 8th 2017 42

Volker Weber
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init - der Wochenausblick: von Moskau nach Kuba
Mon, Oct 16th 2017 7:22p   Volker Weber
Ein riesiges Innovationsforum in Moskau, mindestens zwei wegweisende Highend-Smartphones, den Rollout der neuesten Windows-Versionen mit passenden Headsets und reichlich Erinnerungen. Die neue Woche hat viel zu bieten. More >
#dontbreakthechain einmal ganz anders
Sun, Oct 15th 2017 7:30p   Volker Weber
Am Freitag schickte mir Thomas einen Artikel, der eine unglaubliche Leistung beschreibt. Der 84-jährige Joses Hein aus Solingen hat 66 Jahre in Folge das deutsche Sportabzeichen erworben, zunächst in Bonze, dann in Silber, Jahrezehnte in Gold. Eine Ehrennadel für 65 gab es nicht, deshalb bekam er vom DSB einen Pokal. Den Artikel dazu gibt es online bei der RP.
Sat, Oct 14th 2017 9:58a   Volker Weber
Fünf Jahre lang saß Murat Kurnaz im Lager Guantánamo, heute ist er Sozialarbeiter in Bremen. Mit einem Appell wendet er sich an Migrantenkinder, wie er selbst eines war – und an junge Flüchtlinge. Durch die Hölle und zuück. Und (wieder) in Deutschland agekommen. Eine bewegende Geschichte.
How do you say iPhone X
Wed, Oct 11th 2017 7:31a   Volker Weber
Poll: how do you say iPhone X? (Retweet for more votes)— Volker Weber (@vowe) October 10, 2017 Last night I started this Twitter poll to find out how many people say 'iPhone 10' vs 'iPhone X'. Apple reps are trained to say 'iPhone 10' and they will even correct you when you say 'iPhone X'. It's a fun game. You can try it as often as you like and they always respond with 'iPhone X'. I did this recently in a briefing and then I confessed I was trolling them. We had a g
Surface Pro :: It's my preferred computer
Tue, Oct 10th 2017 4:00p   Volker Weber
Ten months in, the Surface Pro 4 is my preferred computer. I have quite a few of them and rotate them to keep them updated. But I am always going back to the Surface Pro as fast as possible. I would not be using Windows 10 without this hardware. I have yet to come across any other machine as pretty and as usable. It has it all: a beautiful screen, lightweight, touch, ink, great keyboard and trackpad. I had a good laugh when Nadella proclaimed he wanted people to love using Windows. Yeah,
Declan #dontbreakthechain
Tue, Oct 10th 2017 4:45a   Volker Weber
This is Declan. Last week he completed the first 500 days of #dontbreakthechain. I have known Declan for many years but I would only have recognized him by his voice. Below are earlier photos of Declan showing his progress. My heart-felt congratulations, Sir. And keep it up.
init - der Wochenausblick: von Rock bis Rock
Mon, Oct 9th 2017 6:59a   Volker Weber
IBM besteigt in Frankfurt ein kleines Watson-Gipfelchen, Microsoft bereitet die Developer auf das Fall Creators Update vor, ebenfalls in Frankfurt folgt die Buchmesse und in Nürnberg die it-sa. Eingerahmt wird alles von der Musik alter Männer. More >
Apple Watch :: LTE is a game changer
Mon, Oct 9th 2017 6:20a   Volker Weber
Ten days in I am pretty sure that LTE is a game changer for the Apple Watch. I have worn an Apple Watch for two and a half years and have been hooked on the activity tracking feature. That's why I never took it off. Notifications were always nice to have, since I did not have to fetch my iPhone for unimportant updates. But I still had it on me, no matter where I went. And this has changed. I often leave the iPhone behind when I leave the house. I still have my notifications, I get all my
Motion: BlackBerry Mobile stellt zweites Android-Gerät vor
Mon, Oct 9th 2017 6:06a   Volker Weber
Bild: BlackBerry Mobile Am gestrigen Sonntag hat BlackBerry-Lizenznehmer TCL nach dem KEYone ein tastaturloses Touchgerät gezeigt, das zunächst nur in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten angeboten wird. Weitere Märkte sollen folgen. More >
How I learnt to loathe England
Sun, Oct 8th 2017 1:15p   Volker Weber
A Dutchman reflects on what he’s learnt by living in Britain for the last six years - it isn’t pretty: The Tories are seared by Europe, as they have been for a generation, only now with more intensity; Labour looks incapable of overcoming its own divisions on the question. Neither party dares to speak the truth to millions of people who have voted for a "have your cake and eat it" option that was never on the menu. How to carry out the will of the majority when the majority voted for some
Weathered leather case and gold iPhone 8 Plus
Sun, Oct 8th 2017 9:31a   Volker Weber
This is a powerful combination.
Sunday morning treat
Sun, Oct 8th 2017 7:36a   Volker Weber
Gregor made these from scratch. Yummy.
Navigating the Sonos 8.0 app
Sun, Oct 8th 2017 6:56a   Volker Weber
The apps have been redesigned to look more like the iOS 10 Music app and they only use black & white with some red accents. At first I was completely lost in the Now Playing panel until I learned you have to use these two carets to get in and out. You can also swipe the panel up and down. If you tap the room name in the Now Playing panel, you are not taken to the rooms screen. Instead another panel appears where you can select which rooms the music should play in. This makes it easi
When marketing and engineering collide
Sat, Oct 7th 2017 3:51p   Volker Weber
This is Sonos One. It looks like the PLAY:1 special editions from 2015 in pure white and black. And it has the new top with touch controls and the microphones for voice control. It has been in production for a while and needs to ship in time for Xmas. And it needs to ship before too many people buy the Apple HomePod. Unfortunately the software isn't ready. When Sonos was still the only serious player it would not have shipped. PLAYBAR for instance did not ship before February because it wasn
Airplay auf Sonos für kleines Geld
Sat, Oct 7th 2017 11:44a   Volker Weber
Ein Raspberry Pi kostet nur ein paar Mark fünzig und braucht nicht viel Strom. In dem folgenden How To möchte ich euch zeigen wie ihr ein Raspberry Pi als Airplay Relais für Sonos benutzt um euere Sonos Lautsprecher Airplayfähig zu bekommen. Alles was ihr dazu braucht ist ein Raspberry Pi 2 oder 3, Airsonos und ein paar Linux Kentnisse. Und schon können alle Eure Sonos-Player Airplay. More >
So many threes
Fri, Oct 6th 2017 9:15a   Volker Weber
My Twitter profile today. Not going to last long.
Apple Watch Edition
Fri, Oct 6th 2017 7:36a   Volker Weber
When you buy an Apple Watch, you have to make one big decision: 38mm or 42mm. Rule of thumb: girls buy 38mm, boys 42. Having a bigger display is always helpful but you don't want the watch to be too big for your wrist. This one decision will set the size of your arm bands. Trust me, you will have a collection that lasts longer than one Watch. At the entry level you also have to decide whether you want LTE or not. It's an option. You can buy it but you don't have to use it right away. That's
No sleep today
Thu, Oct 5th 2017 9:20p   Volker Weber
Not entirely true. I did get some rest. But I was up every single hour of the day. I will behave better tomorrow.
Android Wear is gone from the Google Store
Thu, Oct 5th 2017 5:06p   Volker Weber
Go to store.google.com and try to find any reference to Android Wear. They disappeared yesterday. You have to be very ignorant to not understand what that means.
It was nice meeting you, Alexa
Thu, Oct 5th 2017 10:53a   Volker Weber
Jul 6, 2017, Sonos: ... you’ve asked to get on the Alexa beta. I’ve denied this request for now ... October 5, 2017, vowe: Good luck sorting out your edge cases for multilingual customers. I may have a second look once it goes out of beta.
Google Pixel 2: aus eigener Kraft mehr wie Apple sein - ein Kommentar
Thu, Oct 5th 2017 9:02a   Volker Weber
Mit dem Nexus One führte Google einst das pure Android-Gerät ein. Mit dem Pixel veränderte Google den Kurs in Richtung integrierter Premium-Anbieter. Der Erfolg blieb aus. Jetzt legt Google nach – und kann dabei auf eigene Stärken bauen. More >
Airplay 2 not coming to all Sonos speakers
Wed, Oct 4th 2017 10:53p   Volker Weber
Airplay 2 can be implemented in software, as long as you have enough memory. And apparently not all Sonos players do. This has yet to be confirmed by Sonos, but the current situation looks like this: Good: One, Playbase, Play:5 (gen 2)Bad: Play:1 (hardware 1.8x no, 1.20.x yes)Ugly: Play:3, Play:5 (gen 1), Connect, Connect:Amp, Sub We also don't know if you can target a group where one player is capable.
Sonos & Alexa: Hilfe!
Wed, Oct 4th 2017 6:37p   Volker Weber
Ich habe Sonos seit mehr als zehn Jahren Sonos. Seit Anfang des Jahres habe ich einen Echo Dot und kann mit dem auch einiges machen. Aber jetzt bin ich verloren. Ihr müsst mir da mal helfen. Ich habe in der Alexa App auf dem iPhone den Sonos Skill geladen. Darin habe ich mich mit meinem Sonos-Konto angemeldet und danach mit dem Amazon-Konto. Alexa hat mein Haus durchsucht und alle meine Sonos-Player gefunden. Und weiter komme ich nicht. Egal was ich Alexa erzähle, stets komm
Sonos startet öffentliche Alexa-Beta und präsentiert neuen Lautsprecher
Wed, Oct 4th 2017 3:33p   Volker Weber
Durch ein Software-Update können Anwender aus USA, UK und Deutschland nun Sonos mit jedem Alexa-Gerät verbinden. Dazu gibt es einen neuen Sonos-Player mit eingebauter Alexa. 2018 will Sonos Apple Airplay 2 und Google Assistant unterstützen. More >
Without a little help from my friends
Wed, Oct 4th 2017 10:58a   Volker Weber
Sonos has scheduled an event today in New York at 10am local, 16:00 CEST. That is very close to the Google event around the Pixel 2 et al, which will create a small Tsunami of news. But Sonos is macho. They are not afraid. It's their biggest event of the year. And despite their best effort to hide the URL and the password for their live stream, I managed to obtain that information. Even their agency was only coming forward with the info that press releases will not be sent out before 17:00.
Fitbit Ionic :: First impressions
Tue, Oct 3rd 2017 12:56p   Volker Weber
Ionic is the first real smartwatch from Fitbit. It's much nicer than I thought it would be just by looking at the pictures. I don't like to read Fitbit on the front, much like I did not like reading Pebble. There are also some really good features. But in the end it fails spectacularly for me. But first things first. I wore the Ionic on a regular dog walk and it logged the same 7000 steps my Apple Watch saw. It came to completely different results for the calorie burn. Where it recorded
Morten Harket
Mon, Oct 2nd 2017 3:33p   Volker Weber
Stellt Euch einfach vor, wie Morton Harket und seine Fans 32 Jahre seit diesem Video gealtert sind. Und dann schaut in diese Augen. Sie lieben ihn noch immer.
it - Der Wochenausblick: Nobelpreise, Pixel und Blade Runner
Mon, Oct 2nd 2017 6:20a   Volker Weber
Trotz Brücken- und Feiertag hat diese Woche einiges zu bieten. Besonders am Mittwoch ist der Bär los. Dazu gibt es jeden Tag Nobelpreisträger. More >
Battery always fully charged
Sat, Sep 30th 2017 8:20p   Volker Weber
It‘s so good to finally have inductive charging on the iPhone. My Lumia never ran dry because I had Qi chargers around the house. The same happens with iPhone now. The battery on the Watch also holds up well. It‘s at 71% after 13 hours, with about one hour of LTE standby. I did not place any calls though.
Nine months #dontbreakthechain
Sat, Sep 30th 2017 6:19p   Volker Weber
First nine months of 2017 are completed? Are you still with me? My interesting challenge ist 1000 days. I am 854 days in, 146 to go. Feb 22 is the target date.
And this is how you evolve a design
Sat, Sep 30th 2017 1:42p   Volker Weber
These are three generations of Apple Watch. Do you notice the difference? There is none. Apple got the design right on the first iteration and they have been iterating the internals year after year. They have re-assigned the buttons since they did not get the software right. But they kept a steady hand at the industrial design. Your first Apple Watch does not look different from the newest ones. The Aluminium case comes in Gold, Silver and Space Gray. The Steel case is available in Stainless
Apple Watch LTE :: This is seriously cool
Fri, Sep 29th 2017 12:30p   Volker Weber
Oh dear, this reminds me of my very first mobile phone, a Motorola 3200 International. Phone calls on the go, without a landline. Connected everywhere, without much effort. Now I can do the same. Without a smartphone. This feels so weird. I am always alert because I don't feel my phone on me. Did I forget it somewhere, did I drop it? We are so used to always keep that phone safe, that it is almost second nature.
Apple Watch LTE :: All the notifications, not all the apps
Fri, Sep 29th 2017 8:52a   Volker Weber
Apple Watch is designed to work with iPhone. On the App Store you will find iPhone apps that support the Watch. In watchOS 1, apps would execute on the iPhone and display on Watch. With watchOS 2 Apple released a native SDK that allowed apps to execute on the Watch itself, which sped up things considerably. Just by looking at App Store you cannot find out if an app runs natively on the Watch oder on iPhone. Watch, Watch Series 1 and Series 2 can talk to iPhone via Bluetooth or WiFi. Watch Ser
eSIM für Apple Watch Series 3 aktivieren
Fri, Sep 29th 2017 8:32a   Volker Weber
Das klingt eigentlich ganz einfach: Also habe ich da mal angerufen: Da sehe ich Verbesserungspotential.
iPhone 8 Plus :: One phantastic camera
Fri, Sep 29th 2017 6:15a   Volker Weber
I don't look at cameras the same way as pixel pushers do. The only thing that counts for me is photos turn out. This is a split second snapshot I made this morning. It's not the best of a series. It's just one single attempt at getting it right. And boy, the camera delivered. For this kind of result I used to get the Fujifilm X-Pro1 with 35mm f/1.4 glass. Megapixels don't matter. If you just compare iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus on megapixel count, you might come to the conclusion that both have
Apple Watch :: Do you need to upgrade?
Thu, Sep 28th 2017 5:06p   Volker Weber
There are three generations of Apple Watches: Apple Watch Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 1 Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 1 The photo above shows an Apple Watch, an Apple Watch Series 2 and an Apple Watch Series 3. I do not have an Apple Watch Series 1. Forget about the material, because that isn't important. What you see is that the Apple Watch does not get thinner. It gets thicker. But trust me, it feels the same. The body itself does not get bigger. It's the sensor thing st
iPhone 8 Plus :: Design
Thu, Sep 28th 2017 1:47p   Volker Weber
You may have seen a lot of hands-on videos about the new iPhone 8 and some of them have stated that the new devices were only marked with an Apple logo and the iPhone mark on the back. No, FCC markings for instance. If you were looking forward to a clean iPhone back, the European model might leave you disappointed. It adds the CE mark and the don't dispose mark. Rules are rules. To soften the blow, Apple also put two lines of text on. Most people will never know since almost all iPhones live
iPhone 8 Plus :: Qi inductive charging just works
Thu, Sep 28th 2017 8:11a   Volker Weber
Every single one of my Nokia Qi chargers works with the iPhone 8 Plus. Through the Apple case. It’s good to have standards.
A day to remember
Thu, Sep 28th 2017 7:40a   Volker Weber
I am not a frequent flyer. I once was, but I have been cutting my CO2 footprint a lot. Most of the events are live streamed today. But once in a while it's good to talk to real people, especially in individual one-on-one meetings. Yesterday was a day I was going to fly into London for two hour meetings. My plan was to go in on LH928 scheduled to arrive in LCY at 8:40 local and to return from LHR at 15:30, both on Economy Light without checked baggage. Meetings from 10:45 to 12:45 with some brea
Trust is built in drops and lost in buckets
Tue, Sep 26th 2017 7:10a   Volker Weber
There was a Sonos leak yesterday, and it bothered me. It bothered me a lot. Why did it bother me? The information was leaked by a person I would have trusted. A person who knows exactly what he is doing. Somebody who knows about NDAs, has signed many, and still goes ahead breaching one because he did not sign it himself. If you trust me with information that should not be published, I will not publish it. I never did, I never will. And that is why you never need me to sign an NDA.
init - der Wochenausblick: von Ignite bis ABBA
Mon, Sep 25th 2017 9:57a   Volker Weber
Nach der Bundestagswahl müssen alle erst mal tief durchatmen. Vox Populi hat gesprochen und es wurde erwartungsgemäß Vox Rindvieh. Aber die IT-News lassen sich davon nicht aufhalten More >
iPhone 8, die kleine Schwester des iPhone X
Sat, Sep 23rd 2017 7:21p   Volker Weber
Wer mag schon das zweitschönste Auto oder das zweitbeste Essen? Deshalb warten die Apple-Fans auf das iPhone X. Dabei liefert schon das iPhone 8 bemerkenswerte Ergebnisse, vor allem in der Kamera-Software. More >
Stuff that (suddenly) works :: Eve Weather
Sat, Sep 23rd 2017 6:17a   Volker Weber
Thinkpad 25 Anniversary Edition
Fri, Sep 22nd 2017 8:25p   Volker Weber
Winfuture has leaked images and specs of a 25 year anniversary edition Thinkpad. It looks to be based on the current T470 model. Look at all the ports! Fullsize Ethernet! I am a very early ThinkPad user. I actually have one that is already 24 years old. Will need to post some photos. It looks like this. More >
Update-Zyklus: iOS 11 hängt Android 7 und 8 ab
Fri, Sep 22nd 2017 7:38a   Volker Weber
Zwei Tage nach der Freigabe von iOS 11 hat das neue Betriebssystem prozentual mehr Endgeräte erreicht als die neuesten Android-Versionen 7 und 8 in einem ganzen Jahr. More >
Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + LTE
Thu, Sep 21st 2017 5:38a   Volker Weber
Ich habe sehr viele widersprüchliche Reviews zur Apple Watch 3 gelesen. Dabei blieb mir genug Zeit, diese Informationen zu ordnen und ich will gerne weitergeben, was ich gelernt habe. Es gibt wie zuvor drei Gehäuse-Ausführungen: Alu, Stahl und Keramik. Die Alu-Watch gibt es mit und ohne LTE, die anderen beiden Modelle haben stets LTE. Wenn man die eingebaute eSIM nicht aktiviert, verhält sich eine LTE-Watch wie eine ohne diese Option.Es gibt von jeder LTE-f
watchOS 4 ist einfach besser
Wed, Sep 20th 2017 1:10p   Volker Weber
Eine bessere Auswertung der Herzfrequenzmessung oder ein schnellerer Zugriff auf die Musiksteuerung, hier Spotify mit Sonos, watchOS 4 ist an vielen Stellen verbessert, ohne dass auch die ersten Apple Watch ausgebremst werden. So entwickelt man ein Produkt sauber weiter. Apple beweist bei der Watch eine ruhige Hand.
After the iOS 11 Upgrade :: Choose your file formats
Wed, Sep 20th 2017 9:08a   Volker Weber
iOS 11 uses new container formats for photos and videos. For the time being I prefer the old more ubiquitous formats, although they are larger. Set in Settngs/Camera/Formats.
Samsung finally starts addressing their Clippy-problem
Mon, Sep 18th 2017 12:48p   Volker Weber
Bixby is Samsung's Clippy. An annoying assistant nobody really wants, besides Samsung of course. If you bought a recent Galaxy S8 or Note 8, it comes with an extra button that summons Bixby. It was the single most annoying feature when I tested the Galaxy S8. You can finally disable the single press on this button. Holding the button will still open Bixby Voice. Imagine you could use this button for something useful.
Neu auf Heise Online: init - der Wochenausblick
Mon, Sep 18th 2017 7:18a   Volker Weber
Ich habe etwas neues auf Heise Online begonnen. Montags erscheint jetzt regelmäßig ein Ausblick auf die Woche. Das muss sich erst noch ein bisschen einüben. Gerne nehme ich Tipps für zukünftige Folgen entgegen. Das sind die beiden ersten: init - der Wochenausblick: Deutschland wählt und der IT-Herbst beginnt heise online, 18.09.2017 init - der Wochenausblick: Zwischen iPhones und Elektroautos heise online, 11.09.2017
Can you see where this is going?
Sat, Sep 16th 2017 8:31p   Volker Weber
I used to say that before you marry a girl, throw her in the pool. Only if she comes out laughing trying to throw you in, you found the right one. I no longer say that, because everybody is carrying a smart phone, all of the time. Chances are, you are going to not only ruin a perfectly good phone. Do you think this will go on forever? I find myself leaving the phone behind more often. But when I do that, I am completely off the grid. The Apple Watch has given me an opportunity to catch import
And what about the iPhone 8 Plus?
Sat, Sep 16th 2017 7:40p   Volker Weber
I am an iPhone Plus user. I like the large display and the dual camera. I can tolerate the huge size, since it also has a larger battery than the smaller model. I find the regular iPhone easier to handle, but it has neither of these features. If you have an iPhone 6S Plus or a 7 Plus, there is no immediate need to upgrade to an 8 Plus, but there are some interesting differences to look at. The size is almost identical, the buttons are in the same place, the existing cases should work. Almost
Nigel Stanford :: Automatica
Sat, Sep 16th 2017 5:58p   Volker Weber
Second monthly update for Moto Z2 Play
Sat, Sep 16th 2017 7:12a   Volker Weber
I am seeing a pattern. OK, its August update in September, and July update in August, but Moto is on a monthly and not a quarterly update cycle. Much better than Huawei for instance.
iOS 11 Control Center is customizable
Fri, Sep 15th 2017 8:52p   Volker Weber
I added the icons in the last row, amongst them the TV remote.
vowe.net outage :: This was a big one
Fri, Sep 15th 2017 7:44p   Volker Weber
A bit of hirstory. The site used to run in shared hosting at 1&1. When that broke, Stefan let me host on his server. The site got faster, much faster actually, and he added SSL via LetsEnrcypt. Once in a while the site crashes. When that happens, Stefan has to restart it. If it happens at night or while he is working, it may take a few hours, but then it's coming back. I like to phrase it as "vowe.net is taking a bath and will come back squeaky clean". Well, not this time. The se
iOS 11 camera has automatic QR scanner
Thu, Sep 14th 2017 7:42p   Volker Weber
Just point at a QR code and it will scan it and offer the action therein. Game changer.
What happens when vowe.net goes offline
Thu, Sep 14th 2017 6:35p   Volker Weber
When vowe.net goes offline, a number of things happen: Stefan and I get robo messages every 30 minutes, telling us the site is down.I send Stefan a text, just in case.Many of you send me many emails, texts, whatsapp, etc. asking me if I know that ...When Stefan is not sleeping or not at work, he fixes the problem. It's his server. I am only a guest.When the server is back up, we get another message telling us the site is online.Often these problems can be resolved by a reboot. If the site go
Another reason to not buy from Samsung
Wed, Sep 13th 2017 4:51p   Volker Weber
There is a new attack vector for Bluetooth. It affects almost all devices. This is how vendors reacted to it: Google issued a security bulletin and a fix for Android a few days before the disclosure. We all know how long it may take to get this fix into OEM Android devices. Microsoft fixed Windows months ago. Apple had already mitigated the problem. Linux is just updating. And Samsung? They did not give a sh!t. Samsung makes great hardware and terrible software. [Thanks Max & R
The moment Face ID appeared to fail
Wed, Sep 13th 2017 4:50p   Volker Weber
Face ID works extremely fast. Unless it doesn't. When Hairforce One demoed the iPhone X one hour 36 minutes into the keynote, it wouldn't immediately unlock. He tried again and quickly gave up. "Let's go to backup". You cannot debug an unexpected situation when presenting at high pace. This has all been rehearsed many times. If you look at the screen though, you will see it didn't fail. It just asked for the passcode to enable the feature. It's the normal behaviour. Well, of course App
Upgrade your old Apple Watch to Series 3 GPS+LTE
Wed, Sep 13th 2017 4:26p   Volker Weber
Well, not really. ;-) More > [Thanks, Max]
Ganz schön teuer
Wed, Sep 13th 2017 4:18p   Volker Weber
Das iPhone X ist schön. Und teuer. Ich denke, das löst ein Apple-Problem nicht: Die iPhone X sind extrem rar. Aktuell soll die Produktion nur 10.000 Stück täglich hergeben. "Nur 10.000", das muss man sich mal vor Augen halten. Aber wenn Apple in einem Quartal mehr als 40 Millionen iPhones verkauft, dann würde es bei dieser Ausbeute 4000 Tage oder etwa 11 Jahre dauern, diese Menge als iPhone X herzustellen. Ein hoher Preis drosselt zwar nach der Prei
A few thoughts on the Apple keynote
Tue, Sep 12th 2017 9:59p   Volker Weber
This has been a very enjoyable event. Tim started with a beautiful nod to Steve Jobs. He also addressed the American soul with mentioning an effort to help the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. He was followed by a rather uninspiring segement on Apple retail by Angela Ahrens before kicking it off for real. Here are my thoughts, not in chronological order: Smartphones are about computational photography. You have to have great optics and sensors, but that's only the start. Look at the Go
From my inbox
Tue, Sep 12th 2017 12:38p   Volker Weber
Ich liebe diese Überraschungen. Danke Christian.
Mon, Sep 11th 2017 1:58p   Volker Weber
Remember my test ride with the VanMoof Electrified S? This bike has lots of smarts, and it also comes with an app. Which unfortunately isn't really good. That is why Max, who owns this bike, wrote a better app. The app provides comprehensive information about the bike, the most important ones is the status for the two batteries. One drives the motor, one drives the lock and the onboard computer. The bike itself only has a four segment instrument. Two segment lit means your drive battery
No more upgrades for the BlackBerry PRIV
Mon, Sep 11th 2017 1:32p   Volker Weber
Alex Thurber, who is responsible for the mobile business at BlackBerry, has confirmed what I told you long ago: no upgrades from Android Marshmallow for the PRIV. This particular phone already received one upgrade from Android Lollipop. Alex evades questions about the DTEK phones, but I am pretty sure they will also remain on Marshmallow. BlackBerry is out of the phone business and their software customers who may have bought DTEKs, aren't really interested in upgrades. They want monthly securi
Liveauskunft beim RMV
Mon, Sep 11th 2017 12:15p   Volker Weber
Frankfurt. HERE Technologies integriert in seiner Smartphone-App HERE WeGo jetzt Live-Auskünfte über Bahn- und Busverbindungen im gesamten RMV-Gebiet. Dadurch sind die Nutzer der kostenlosen App bei ihrer Routenplanung auch immer über kurzfristige Fahrplanänderungen in Echtzeit informiert. Entwickler, die mit der Programmierschnittstelle für den öffentlichen Nahverkehr von HERE (HERE Transit API) arbeiten, profitieren ebenfalls von dieser Erw
Logitech POP :: First Impressions
Sat, Sep 9th 2017 12:31p   Volker Weber
Woah. This was the easiest and best home improvement ever. And I have been meaning to do it for a year. As you assemble more smart things in your home, life can become complicated. When we built our home, I decided for simplicity over flexibility. Pressing a light switch turns on a light. It does not ask a computer in the basement to please turn on a light. I have too much experience with software and obsolence to use cutting edge installations. I'd rather add them on top.That is why I did n
IBM Watson :: When marketing and reality collide
Fri, Sep 8th 2017 9:46p   Volker Weber
A fascinating and long read about IBM Watson It was an audacious undertaking, even for one of the most storied American companies: With a single machine, IBM would tackle humanity’s most vexing diseases and revolutionize medicine. Breathlessly promoting its signature brand - Watson - IBM sought to capture the world's imagination, and it quickly zeroed in on a high-profile target: cancer. But three years after IBM began selling Watson to recommend the best cancer treatments to doctors arou
Rot oder weiß :: Und es geht nicht um Pommes
Fri, Sep 8th 2017 3:42p   Volker Weber
Heute ein paar neue Kicks eingefädelt. Dabei waren Schnürsenkel in weiß und rot. Weiß ist klassisch, rot aber auch nicht schlecht. Ich war unentschlossen, und habe abstimmen lassen. (Nein, wer den normalen Twitter-Client nicht hat, kann das nicht.) Das Ergebnis war eigentlich eindeutig. Wenn drei Viertel der IT-Fuzzis sagen, weiß ist besser, dann nimmt man rot. Richtig bescheid weiß aber nur Daniela: Man lässt sie ganz weg.
Stuff that works :: Moto Mods
Thu, Sep 7th 2017 11:43a   Volker Weber
Ich war wirklich sehr skeptisch, was die Moto Mods angeht, als ich sie letztes Jahr kennen lernte. Ein modulares Smartphone? Papperlapapp. Aber nun benutze ich das Moto Z2 Play parallel zum iPhone und meine Meinung hat sich geändert. Zwei Mods benutze ich dauernd: das TurboPower Mod und das JBL Soundboost. Nach einem langen Tag war gestern das iPhone so leer, dass es abgeschmiert ist und auf die udoq-Schiene musste. Das Z2 Play konnte noch, am zweiten Tag immerhin noch halb voll, ein
Logi Circle 2 jetzt mit HomeKit-Unterstützung
Thu, Sep 7th 2017 10:45a   Volker Weber
Seit Apple es einfacher gemacht hat, Produkte für Homekit zu zertifizieren, tauchen immer mehr Updates auf. Heute die Logi Circle 2. Ein Firmware-Update später ist die Kamera integriert. Mooooment. Ganz so einfach ist das nicht.Man geht zunächst in die Settings, dort in die Smart Home Integrations, Apple Homekit. Wenn man den Homekit-Support dort einschaltet, reagiert der Slider sehr verzögert. Er versetzt die Kamera nämlich in den Pairing-Modu
Fritz!OS 6.90 ist da
Wed, Sep 6th 2017 8:43a   Volker Weber
Es passiert nicht so häufig, dass ich mich auf eine Beta-Version in meiner kritischen Infrastruktur einlasse. Aber das Fritz!Labor zur Version 6.90 hat sich gelohnt. Und jetzt bin ich froh, dass die Updates erst mal ausbleiben. Aktuell gibt es die neue Version nur auf der 7580 und der 7560 sowie einer Menge einfacherer Komponenten:den Repeatern 1750E, 1160, 310 und 450E, sowie den Powerline-Geräten 1260E, 1240E, 540E und 546E. Weitere Modelle wie die neue 7590 und die 7490 soll
How much stuff do we really need?
Tue, Sep 5th 2017 3:21p   Volker Weber
Recently I said that most people don't really need a private PC. Today I received an interesting comment making a point that if he only knew how to solve backup, he would not need a PC and would be fine with an iPad. Since I live on many machines, literally dozens, I had to solve this problem a while ago. But before we get there, let's take a detour into the physical world. Sometimes I marvel the simplicity of a dog's life. The only things the dogs needs are on its body. Go for a walk? Sur
KEYone screen is easy to replace :: the battery not so much
Tue, Sep 5th 2017 1:11p   Volker Weber
The screen on the KEYone is very easy to replace, as Jerry show in this video. As he has shown in a different video before, it either comes off almost by itself, or you have to use brute force to remove it. But once it is out, you just have to remove the backplate, unfasten a few screws and replace one ribbon cable. The part itself isn't too expensive either. You also get an idea on how to fix a screen that falls out, after the warranty runs out. The battery however is glued in with a large
Hip, hip, Huawei
Sat, Sep 2nd 2017 3:46p   Volker Weber
Aww shit. Die IFA fordert Blutopfer. pic.twitter.com/v5YSBuwUo6— Volker Briegleb (@briegleb) September 2, 2017 Like new. 1000 Dank @HuaweiMobileDe Service-Center auf der #IFA. You made my day. 😍 pic.twitter.com/V2JG7DMlGW— Volker Briegleb (@briegleb) September 2, 2017 Kollege Volker Briegleb auf der IFA, mit einer Spiderweb App auf seinem Huawei Mate 9. Au Backe, das kann vielleicht nicht jede Handy-Repairbutze reparieren. Aber Du ahnst es nicht: Huawei hat
Laptop für @froileinmueller
Sat, Sep 2nd 2017 9:54a   Volker Weber
ich bin auf der Suche nach einem neuen Laptop. Bitte nur ernstgemeinte Empfehlungen, Danke!— Anna-Lena Müller (@froileinmueller) August 31, 2017 Anna-Lena arbeitet bis Ende Oktober bei Microsoft und ich mag sie sehr. Auf Twitter fragt sie nach einem Laptop, den sie sich selbst kaufen will. Starker Favorit bei vielen Kommentatoren ist das MacBook in 12", immerhin 1499 € teuer, oder gleich das MacBook Pro für 1749 €. Ich würde nur ca 1100 &am
Do you use Alexa, Assistant, Cortana or Siri?
Fri, Sep 1st 2017 1:21p   Volker Weber
The first thing I do on Windows is to set the language to English and the locale to Germany. This throws off Cortana, because nobody at Microsoft assumed that Germans would like English as their first language. I never use Siri on my Mac or Google Assistant on Android. I have played with Alexa, but she appears rather stupid. I use Siri to set alarms or timers on my Apple Watch, and I use Siri Dictation on the iPhone to spare me from thumb typing. I wish it would know when I am speaking German an
Lenovo finally gets the Yoga right
Fri, Sep 1st 2017 8:41a   Volker Weber
There has always been a "but" when it came to the Yoga 900/Pro series. My original Yoga Pro had an extra column of keys to the right and too much space above the keyboard. The 900 and 910 had different issues with the keyboard. The 910 got it almost right but had an arrow key left of the right shift key. That can throw you off easily. One quick look at the 920 and I can see that Lenovo has finally got everything right. The arrow keys are just the same as they are on the Surface or a Mac
Ein Gruß aus Berlin
Fri, Sep 1st 2017 7:15a   Volker Weber
Die @pina_me und ich mit @vowe .net auf der #IFA17 ;-) pic.twitter.com/u8xRML1RKi— Ben Lampe (@herr_lampe) September 1, 2017
BlackBerry delivered in August
Fri, Sep 1st 2017 6:48a   Volker Weber
I am still watching BlackBerry and their Android security updates. In the month of August all BlackBerry Android devices received their updates, that means they are all on the August 05 patch level. DTEK60 had skipped the July update but it has now caught up to the DTEK50, PRIV and KEYone. PRIV is the oldest of them and launched 22 months ago. It received one software upgrade to Marshmallow. Both DTEKS shipped with Marshmallow. Now that BlackBerry has moved on, I don't expect software upgrades
Ich dann wieder so auf dem Sofa
Thu, Aug 31st 2017 6:42p   Volker Weber
Ich will hier nicht den Eindruck erwecken, dass Apple mich eingeladen hat nach Cupertino und dass ich trotzdem nicht reise. Ich bin überhaupt nicht wichtig genug für eine solche Einladung. Ein einziges Mal war ich bei einer solchen Veranstaltung in Berlin, als Apple den Cheese Grater Mac vorgestellt hat, der jetzt sein Gnadenbrot als Beistelltisch neben unserem Sofa fristet. Damals war noch alles anders. Man wusste vorher nicht, was Apple ankündigen wird. Und die We
Everybody is going multi-room
Thu, Aug 31st 2017 6:17p   Volker Weber
Amazon Echo has enabled multi-room service, so has Google for their chromecast dongles. Zound Industries, the Swedish company that sells Marshall Headphones and Urbanears branded headphones and speakers, is riding the same wave. I have no idea if those speakers are any good, but they are not cheaper than what Sonos has to offer. I doubt that a 600 € Woburn speaker can hold a candle against PLAY:5, which even costs less. The technology is proven because Zound has already released two mul
Never stop :: #dontbreakthechain
Thu, Aug 31st 2017 5:42p   Volker Weber
I was very proud when I finished the first 365 days last year, with a longest move streak of 365 days. Three weeks later I missed a single day by 3 calories and did not complete the month of June. A year and three weeks later the longest move streak kept growing again. This wasn't always easy since I had some medical issues that forced me to slow down and shift from walking to cycling and other exercise. As you can see from my weight loss this was very well worth it. I don't really know why
Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC :: Return to sender
Thu, Aug 31st 2017 12:02p   Volker Weber
After 24 hours and countless phonecalls with the Voyager 8200 UC, I am confident this headset needs a few firmware updates until it can match my expectations. Since the agency wants it back after my test, I am returning it right now. Two weeks won't be enough to get it right. Call quality was never consistent. I had some excellent connections, but most of them were not. If you want to use a headset for phone calls, I still recommend the Voyager Focus, the 5200 (in the picture) and the 3200.
Samsung announces the Gear Sports
Wed, Aug 30th 2017 8:28p   Volker Weber
I don't really understand what Samsung is doing. This year they announce a new Gear Sports watch which has the same CPU, memory and RAM like last year's Gear S3. It's just slightly smaller and lighter, with a smaller display, and comes with a new design, does not have WiFi. Compare this to last year's Gear S3 Frontier, where Samsung was very proud to have delivered a classic watch design. Forget the watchface for a second, and just look at the body. Wouldn't it be much smarter if they kept
Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC :: First Impressions
Wed, Aug 30th 2017 2:05p   Volker Weber
This was fast. Only two weeks after the press release I hold a test sample in my hand. The Voyager 8200's claim to fame is that it does not need a microphone beam, and yet is capable of supporting telephone calls with outgoing noise cancellation. My first test results are not conclusive. The Voyager 8200 UC comes in the same nice bag as the BackBeat Pro 2. This protective bag feels like a million and has an extra zipper for your accessories: a MicroUSB charge cable, a 3.5mm cable for con
The time has come for Augmented Reality
Wed, Aug 30th 2017 8:20a   Volker Weber
We have talked about Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality for years. Microsoft calls it Mixed Reality to encapsulate both VR and AR. VR means a computer generated environment, AR means the computer overlays your view of the real environment. A simple example for AR is a head-up that project your speed or navigation instructions into your field of view so that they appear to be in the distance saving you from re-focussing. Some people expect your to wear AR or VR googles to experience mixed r
Nobody got fired for specifying iPhone
Tue, Aug 29th 2017 8:54a   Volker Weber
Aus der Reihe 'Wenn man reich ist, kann man erst mal was anderes kaufen': The NYPD has to scrap the 36,000 smartphones it gave cops over the past two years because they’re already obsolete and can’t be upgraded, The Post has learned. The city bought Microsoft-based Nokia smartphones as part of a $160 million NYPD Mobility Initiative that Mayor Bill de Blasio touted as “a huge step into the 21st century.” Und wie alle Organisationen, die sich einmal die Finger verbrannt haben, gibt d
Sonos FCC Filings
Mon, Aug 28th 2017 10:55p   Volker Weber
A couple of people nudged me today about the FCC filing for the S13 Sonos product, which is going to be a speech enabled device with farfield microphones. The S13 designation made me think and I remembered the ZonePlayer S5, which became the PLAY:5. What if Sonos names all their players with an S# designation and S13 is the 13th such player. If you start with the ZonePlayer S1 and move all the way to the S11 PLAYBASE, that assumption makes sense. As you can see, the FCC filings also follow a cer
Stuff that works :: QB saldo
Sun, Aug 27th 2017 2:39p   Volker Weber
Der langweiligste Teil meiner Tätigkeit ist die Buchführung und die Mehrwertsteuervorauszahlung. Und seit mehr als zehn Jahren mache ich das mit der Software von Johannes Quabach. Ich habe noch nie einen Fehler in der Software gefunden, was der Gewissenhaftigkeit dieses Entwicklers geschuldet ist. Dicke Empfehlung.
Arlo bei der Arbeit
Sat, Aug 26th 2017 4:54p   Volker Weber
Stefan schickt mir zwei Videos seiner Arlo: Diese beiden Perlen der Gesellschaft haben am 22.8. um 4:00  unsere Terassentür aufgehebelt und haben dann 1h das Haus (in Berlin Wilmersdorf) durchsucht. Das sind Nachtaufnahmen und deshalb schwarz/weiß. Die Kripo ist begeistert von der Qualität. Hätte Stefan sein iPhone nicht auf "Bitte nicht stören" gestellt, wäre reichlich Zeit gewesen, die Polizei rechtzeitig hinzuschicken.
Fritz!Box 7590 :: Erste Eindrücke
Sat, Aug 26th 2017 2:46p   Volker Weber
Ich habe eine lange Fritz!Box-Historie, die sich bei der 7270 verliert. An die Geräte davor kann ich mich nicht mehr erinnern. Dann kamen die 7390, die 7490, die 7480, und nun die 7590. Die erste Ziffer beschreibt den Typ. Die 7xxx sind die jeweils umfangreichsten Modelle mit DSL und Telefonie. Die zweite Ziffer beschreibt die Generation. Darum auch die Reihenfolge 7390, 7490, 7590. Mit der zweiten Ziffer ändert sich zum Beispiel die CPU, das WLAN usw. Die 7580 war ein klein
Nokia BPM+ :: Blutdruck messen und aufschreiben
Fri, Aug 25th 2017 3:00p   Volker Weber
Ein Gesunder ist ein Kranker, der nicht ordentlich untersucht wurde. -- Dr. Michaela W., 1989 Ein echter Mann geht nur zum Arzt, wenn er krank ist, nicht wahr? Vielleicht ist er es aber auch, weiß es nur nicht. Mir ging das so. Es fing mit einer simplen Blutentnahme an, die eine ganze Reihe längst überfälliger Untersuchungen triggerte. Wer über 50 ist, sollte wirklich regelmäßig zum Doktor gehen, nur zur Sicherheit. Im Laufe d
Ein Leben ohne WhatsApp
Thu, Aug 24th 2017 2:03p   Volker Weber
Anna-Lena Ripperger auf FAZ.net: Ich habe eine SMS-Flatrate, ich habe Accounts bei Threema, Signal, Telegram, Hoccer und Wire. Und ich bin bereit, jeden anderen Messenger zu installieren, der nicht Whatsapp ist. Das Absurde ist, dass die Autorin SMS nutzen mag, aber WhatsApp für unsicher hält. More >
Sonos und Deine Daten
Thu, Aug 24th 2017 10:47a   Volker Weber
Gestern gab es einen kleinen Sturm im Wasserglas ob der neuen Datenschutzerklärung von Sonos. Das juristische mag der geneigte Leser woanders studieren. Was ich interessant finde: Warum muss Sonos das überhaupt ändern? Fangen wir ganz vorne an. Sonos wurde mit der Idee gegründet, die MP3-Sammlung nicht per Computer abzuspielen, sondern über eine "Anlage". Dabei kam ein geschlossenes System aus Player und Controller heraus, das nur im LAN funktion
Sonos delivers an empty software update
Tue, Aug 22nd 2017 7:26p   Volker Weber
What was supposed to be 7.4, is now 8.0. Next: 7.5.
Yes, software upgrades are vital
Tue, Aug 22nd 2017 2:14p   Volker Weber
This chart looks at Android and iOS versions in terms of years the software was released. Apple and Google count the number of devices hitting their app stores and tally them by operating system version. Let's look at iOS: 87 percent are on iOS 10, less than a year after its release in 2016. 10 percent are on iOS 9 which came out in 2015, 3 percent are older. As a software developer you can disregard those three percent and only support devices on iOS 9 and newer, as a company you can safely
Beyerdynamic an iPhone
Tue, Aug 22nd 2017 7:29a   Volker Weber
Gestern ausprobiert: ein Beyerdynamic DT1990 PRO mit dem Dragonfly DAC am iPhone. Das klingt als offener Kopfhörer sehr luftig, aber das ganze Zeugs im Kabel finde ich zu lästig: Ein Lightning-USB, dann ein Audioquest Jitterbug, schießlich ein Audioquest Dragonfly Red 9016, der das Analogsignal liefert. Ich warte auf eine andere Lösung: ein Beyerdynamic Amiron mit Impacto essential, den es noch nicht für iPhone gibt.
Android 8.0 Oreo
Mon, Aug 21st 2017 8:24p   Volker Weber
Ladies and Gentlemen, start your timers. When will your Android device get Oreo? Pretty soon, if it is a (supported) Nexus or a Pixel, much later if it is a flagship smartphone from Huawei, LG, Motorola, Nokia or Samsung and the likes. TCL says the BlackBerry KEYone will get it eventually. The vast majority of Android devices will never see it. This is were we currently stand. 13.5 percent are on Nougat (7), a year after it was announced. Only 1.2 percent are on the latest version. 32.3 p

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