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Cybook Ocean with Solar Leaf Cover :: First Impressions|
Thu, Oct 27th 2016 6:37a Volker Weber
We have always used Kindle book readers, ever since the second edition, which my late friend Thomas brought back from the US, when they weren't even sold here. They have very clear advantages over other tablets: you can read their e-paper display in direct sunlight and they consume very little energy. And then, sometimes, this happens:
If you rarely need to charge something, sometimes you forget to do it. This is where the Solar Leaf Cover comes in. It hides a photovoltaic charging mechanism
Microsoft is bringing the sexy back|
Thu, Oct 27th 2016 3:29a Volker Weber
A few thoughts on yesterday's events, in a particular order:
Ever since the candy colored iMacs, Jony Yves' first major Apple contribution, we have known that success is not achieved by megahertz and gigabyte. You need to delight people.
Windows was relegated to accountants and gamers. Business needed a platform to run old-fashioned apps, gamers needed all the power they could get. It was a race to the bottom as business kept pushing DULL onto every single desktop. Lenovo kept squeezing one
DTEK60 :: Mein Bericht auf heise online|
Wed, Oct 26th 2016 2:25p Volker Weber
Ich musste noch ein wenig auf das Gerät warten, weil ich nicht nur die Pressemitteilung abschreiben wollte. Und ohne anfassen geht das nicht. Ein kleines Video habe ich auch gemacht.
Wed, Oct 26th 2016 2:19p Volker Weber
Impressive industrial design, very expensive, no announcement for Germany yet.
Invited to Watson Workspace|
Wed, Oct 26th 2016 10:03a Volker Weber
Got an invitation, tried it out. I have seen this result before.
Inhi Cho Suh announces Watson Workspace|
Wed, Oct 26th 2016 6:09a Volker Weber
"The Future of Work with Watson: Build Tomorrow’s Workplace Today with the Magic of Cognitive" - this is how IBM envisions collaboration in the future. Watch the 44 minutes and let me know what you think. I found some humor in the the whole theme "cyber illusion".
Three days :: Three Launches|
Tue, Oct 25th 2016 5:21a Volker Weber
Travelling to New York for a day sounds way more glamorous than it is. Airport procedures, immigration queues, being treated like cattle by security, sitting for hours on the plane. There are upsides: great hotels, the buzz of a wonderful city, meeting people. But if you don't have to squeeze yourself into your hands-on videos ("Hey, whats up guys, ... here with the latest wares") you can sit back on your desk with a much better working environment and watch the webcast. For me this happens t
Lenovo Yoga Book :: Two weeks in|
Tue, Oct 25th 2016 4:44a Volker Weber
The Lenovo Yoga Book is a dream. It's thin, it's light, it's elegant. It would be my companion when I leave the house. But I am afraid it's not working for me.
One reason is dozens of quirks with Windows 10. Sometimes it does not turn on. Sometimes it does not turn off I assume, because the battery is depleted. When I tap on a link in Twitter, it inverts the screen before flipping back to show the page in Edge. I can't move a Window to the side in tablet mode; you do that to split the scre
Six weeks with the Sen.se ThermoPeanut|
Mon, Oct 24th 2016 10:19a Volker Weber
It's been about six weeks with the Sen.se ThermoPeanut and my initial enthusiasm has been superseded by disappointment. Yes, it is easy to setup, yes it does work. But unfortunately not in any useful capacity to me.
Ever since the Eve Weather revealed it's disappointing Bluetooth range, I wanted something else to track the outside temperature. The ThermoPeanut isn't IP rated meaning it can only really be used indoors. But I have one Belkin Netcam HD which has survived three years outside and
Logitech K780 :: What a keyboard|
Sat, Oct 22nd 2016 8:49a Volker Weber
This is one of the rare moments where I meet a product that checks out in every single aspect. The K780 is a desktop keyboard, that can hold up your tablet or smartphone. It's a full featured six row keyboard with numeric keypad. Zero compromises.
The most important trick is the Bluetooth switcher. You pair it with three devices at a time simply by holding down one of those numbers for three seconds. Once you paired your devices you just hit the corresponding key and it connects.
It is qu
Fri, Oct 21st 2016 11:18a Volker Weber
Ich bin ein absoluter Fritz!Box-Fan. Punkt. Aber vor gut drei Wochen hatte ich auf einmal ein Problem mit meiner 7490. Der Sync zur Telekom brach zusammen. Ich war felsenfest überzeugt, das kann nur an der Telekom liegen, aber die war völlig unschuldig. Das habe ich schnell herausgefunden, in dem ich eine 7390 dran gehängt habe. Alles ging, also hatte das DSL-Modem einen Schlag.
Zeit für eine neue Fritz!Box und wieder sollte es das beste sein, was AVM zu biet
DTEK updates finally rolling out to all devices|
Fri, Oct 21st 2016 3:13a Volker Weber
We have become aware of an issue related to the updating of specific open market versions of DTEK50 in Europe with monthly security patches. The latest software will be available starting the week of October 17th. We are taking steps to ensure that future security updates won’t get caught up in any operating system updates which can cause delays. - Alex Thurber, SVP BlackBerry Device Sales
Last week it came to our attention that some DTEK50 weren't updating at all. Some were still
A few thoughts on the Galaxy Note 7 aftermath|
Thu, Oct 20th 2016 11:11a Volker Weber
Lots of articles about what the best replacement is and I find them not very useful. Some thought in no particular order:
The Note 7 was unique. It had everything Samsung had to offer. If you don't need the S-Pen, you can get the S7 edge. But you wanted the S-Pen, so there.
Google has finally made an iPhone. And they got it right, right out the door. You can finally buy a premium "Nexus". It's pure Android, no funny bloatware, and it will remain at the cutting edge of Android.
You learn something every day|
Thu, Oct 20th 2016 4:40a Volker Weber
When editing a text on iPhone 6S or 7, force touch the keyboard to get a track pad. #mindblown
Registration for Connect 2017 is now open|
Wed, Oct 19th 2016 2:11a Volker Weber
Plantronics updates the BackBeat Pro cans|
Tue, Oct 18th 2016 4:41p Volker Weber
I have had only one complaint about the BackBeat Pro headset: it's comically large on your head. But it does sound really great and it works extremely well isolating you from the noise around you. And it can do that 24 hours on a single charge.
Plantronics has been updating this 2013 design and came up with something smaller and lighter. I can't judge it from the photos, but supposedly the new cans take up 35% less volume and are 15% lighter, while sounding even better. I will let you know wh
vowe's choice 2016|
Sun, Oct 16th 2016 7:18a Volker Weber
While I talk about many products, I use very few tools to work with. They have to be efficient, very low maintenance and purposeful. I never mess with them, I don't install unnecessary software and I clean them up weekly.
I also use the products I write about extensively, so they may seem more important once in a while. But they are not. All of them are inferior in one way or the other. Sometimes the hardware is excellent but the software gives me headaches.
You don't see anything surprisin
Planet Earth II :: Stunning Shots|
Fri, Oct 14th 2016 4:00p Volker Weber
Now we know everything about the DTEK60|
Fri, Oct 14th 2016 3:01p Volker Weber
The official announcement of the DTEK60 must be imminent. The specs were leaked by BlackBerry, the photos and the price were leaked by B&H Photo in New York, and it's already listed in Canada.
If you look at the photos over at Crackberry.com, you can see it is a TCL device like the DTEK50. I also pegged the price right at $499. It's going to be more expensive than the Priv which is currently on sale at 474 € incl. VAT.
Now BlackBerry has to get out of the door with their new dev
My favorite cup|
Fri, Oct 14th 2016 10:46a Volker Weber
Last year, I attended a party at Wolvesmouth together with Karen, on invitation by Sonos. When we arrived we were both handed a steel cup and filled that up with ice cold beer. After a long evening and many refills we were told to keep the cup. They even gave me two extra cups, so Karen and I returned home with two of those each.
I have not used a different cup since.
This Hydro Flask cup not only has the perfect size for me, it also keeps everything inside cold for hours. Fits me quality ob
Lenovo Yoga Book :: Notizen auf Papier|
Fri, Oct 14th 2016 7:10a Volker Weber
Lenovo liefert mit dem Yoga Book drei Kugelschreiberminen, ein magnetisches Klemmbrett und einen hochwertigen Block mit ein paar Blatt Papier mit. Da kommt sofort der Verdacht auf, dass hier ein Zusatzeinkommen wie bei der Druckertinte entstehen soll. OK, unfair, der Drucker ist das Zusatzgeschäft, nicht die Tinte.
Aber das stimmt nicht. Man kann beliebiges Papier im Format DIN A5 nehmen, lochen und auf das Klemmbrett spannen. Auch die Minen sind vollkommen handelsüblich und
Lenovo Yoga Book :: First impressions|
Thu, Oct 13th 2016 2:11p Volker Weber
Six week ago at IFA 2016 in Berlin I attended a Lenovo press event where they highlighted a few of their latest products. The Yoga Book was the one device that triggered my must-have reflex the most. It was actually my IFA highlight. It was supposed to go on sale immediately but then Lenovo decided to postpone the launch to this week. So here we are, with a brand new Yoga Book at vowe's magic flying circus.
What you see above is the defining moment of this design. The Yoga Book has a Wacom dig
IBM Champions, make yourself heard|
Thu, Oct 13th 2016 8:59a Volker Weber
I have a dream. I would like to see IBM match your contributions. Dollar for Dollar. Rocky has earned it https://t.co/nxwiFxIHRt #justadream— Volker Weber (@vowe) October 13, 2016
You funded Rocky's humble cry for help. Now let's take it up a notch and call in reinforcements. Rocky needs more to get out of his rut.
Gofundme SSL certificate broke today|
Thu, Oct 13th 2016 8:36a Volker Weber
The certifier has been revoked by Globalsign. I expect this to be fixed immediately. There is just too much attention on the site.
Why I am doing this|
Thu, Oct 13th 2016 6:02a Volker Weber
This is me today, a year ago, and three years ago. Two and a half years ago I changed my lifestyle. I had always been a couch potato and I have always been fighting with my weight. But instead of dieting I became active. 50 pounds came off in 2014, and more importantly they stayed off.
You can try and write witty comments but I am not budging. I need to exercise and I will continue to do so. Every. Single. Day.
Rocky needs your help|
Wed, Oct 12th 2016 12:52p Volker Weber
This is Rocky, amongst his friends, ten years ago at Lotusphere. Things have gone downhill from there. Now he needs your help.
Mon, Oct 10th 2016 10:44a Volker Weber
Today I completed the vowe 500. Ever since I got the Apple Watch last year, I found my perfect fitness tracker. I set a Move goal of 600 calories, the watch set an Exercise goal of 30 minutes and a Stand goal of twelve hours. Technically I missed the Move goal on a single day by 3 calories but I count this as a 500 day long streak of meeting not only one, but all of the three goals.
If you are not on a metered connection I invite you to click the photo below and see all 500 days. It's 3.7 MB a
Keine Probleme. Gehen Sie bitte weiter.|
Sun, Oct 9th 2016 9:38a Volker Weber
Immer wenn Apple neue Produkte rausbringt, dann gibt es besorgte Stimmen. Ich will mal ein paar Probleme aufzählen, die sich bei mir nicht einstellen.
Das Glas der Aluminium-Uhr zerkratzt bei mir nicht. Und zwar gar nicht. Es spiegelt wie am ersten Tag. Die Akkulaufzeit der neuen Series 2 ist super und ich kann keine Verschlechterung gegenüber der Original-Uhr feststellen.
Ich habe den Lightning-Adapter zum Anschluss eines alten Kopfhörers noch nicht benutzt. Die a
VanMoof Electrified S :: A Short Test Ride|
Thu, Oct 6th 2016 7:07a Volker Weber
As you may have gathered from the unboxing video, the VanMoof Electrified S is not my bike. But after a week of breaking it in I was able to borrow it for a short test ride. That's 45 minutes from Darmstadt towards Traisa, onwards to Eberstadt and back. This track has everything, from paved roads and bike paths to gravel. Enough to get a good understanding of the bike.
Not surprisingly it takes balls of steel to ride this bike. There is no suspension and the frame is as rigid as it gets. Ce
udoq is fully funded|
Thu, Oct 6th 2016 5:18a Volker Weber
Congratulations, Marcus Kuchler on a successful Kickstarter campaign. Thanks to all backers that made this possible. And to those on the fence, there are still some rewards available.
You heard it here first.
Aus meiner Inbox|
Wed, Oct 5th 2016 7:43a Volker Weber
Verstärkung für meine VIPPs und ein großartiger Karabiner. Ganz herzlichen Dank!
1-UP, 2-UP, PARTY-UP|
Tue, Oct 4th 2016 3:57p Volker Weber
The Ultimate Ears Roll speakers are wildly successful amongst kids. And today they received a very cool update: instead of pairing two speakers for stereo that kids don't really care for, you can now add as many speakers as you want. Ultimate Ears says "more than 50", but that is unlikely to happen. But when you get together, everybody can bring their speaker and then link them all together. The UI is very simple. The UE BOOM (or MEGABOOM) app on your phone shows other speakers it discovers i
A few thoughts on the 'Made by Google' keynote|
Tue, Oct 4th 2016 2:34p Volker Weber
That was a very smooth delivery. Here are a few thoughts in no particular order:
Nexus is dead, long live Pixel. Beautiful phones that go after the top end of the market, where Apple lives. I'd prefer them over Samsung, the only other player in that space for being pure Android. Big elephant in the room: Samsung has good carrier relations, Google does not. In some markets, that's the only channel that works. Google did not solve that for Nexus, I doubt they solved it for Pixel.
IBM to deliver Verse on premises before the year is out|
Mon, Oct 3rd 2016 5:57p Volker Weber
My team concluded Q3 by releasing the 2nd beta of IBM Verse on premises! On track to ship before the end of 2016. #IBMVerse #NewWayToWork— Ed Brill (@edbrill) October 1, 2016
"On track". I like that. How is Project Toscana doing. Also on track for delivery this year?
c't 21 :: Professionelle Abschottung geschäftlicher Daten durch EMM|
Mon, Oct 3rd 2016 5:10p Volker Weber
Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) ist bei großen Unternehmen die Regel und nicht die Ausnahme. Bei kleinen Unternehmen ist das Gegenteil der Fall. Dabei erlauben Cloud-Angebote auch kleinsten Unternehmen die Möglichkeit, Mobilgeräte so zu verwalten, dass private und geschäftliche Daten getrennt bleiben. Wer schon einmal alle seine Geschäftspartner als Freunde geworben hat, ohne das zu wollen, wünscht sich eine saubere Trennung von gesch&
Tan leather case after two weeks|
Mon, Oct 3rd 2016 12:39p Volker Weber
Now it's most beautiful and I would like to conserve this look.
Logitech wants to sell you cloud storage|
Sun, Oct 2nd 2016 8:55a Volker Weber
Logitech lets you store everything that's happening on the Circle camera for 24 hours, Netgear provides a week for Arlo. Netgear has always offered to store more than a week for a fee. Logitech now joins the club.
The interesting change of direction here is that Logitech never marketed the Circle camera as a security device. And I am also not using it that way. I think that Circle is the best home camera to stay on top of what is happening there. The day briefs are great. And the software lets
VanMoof Electrified S Unboxing :: With Frau Brandlinger|
Fri, Sep 30th 2016 10:30a Volker Weber
iPhone-Kamera blitzschnell starten |
Fri, Sep 30th 2016 6:17a Volker Weber
Ink support in Windows 10|
Thu, Sep 29th 2016 3:13a Volker Weber
As I was thinking about different 2-in-1 concepts for Windows 10, I could not help but notice how well Windows plays with Surface. Yes, I know, surprise! Microsoft makes both things. But there are quite a few things that I would want to do on iPad and simply can't.
Number 1 is the ability to annotate a web page. That's built into the Edge browser. Tap an icon, take your pen and fire away. Not in Safari on iPad Pro. I would have to take a screenshot and then open that in Paper by 53.
How BlackBerry lost the empire|
Wed, Sep 28th 2016 10:08a Volker Weber
BlackBerry never had a successful smartphone. Their commanding market share was built on rather simple messaging devices and an architecture that allowed customers to tie into their internat, walled-off mail infrastructures.
When iPhone launched in 2007 the writing was on the wall. This was not a highly efficient device with a long battery life and super low demand on network bandwidth. This was a real computer with a web browser, always connected. It brought down the AT&T network and other
BlackBerry still launching a headset next month|
Wed, Sep 28th 2016 9:18a Volker Weber
I contacted BlackBerry and asked two questions. I got the answer within minutes:
Is BlackBerry going ahead with the DTEK60 launch?
Is BlackBerry still committed to Android updates?
Both DTEKs are not made my BlackBerry but by TCL who also developed the hardware. There is a third device in the pipeline and I have not asked about that. BlackBerry will not be developing further handset hardware, and frankly, there isn't anybody left who understands hardware. But they will continue t
BlackBerry is now a software company|
Wed, Sep 28th 2016 8:26a Volker Weber
We're not just Smartphones. We're the Smart IN your phones. #BlackBerry Software https://t.co/ixQ95qjKZ9 pic.twitter.com/n8yiUelD0v— BlackBerry4Biz (@BlackBerry4Biz) September 27, 2016
BlackBerry announced today that they ...
Entered into a licensing agreement with telecom joint venture in Indonesia, BB Merah Putih, to manufacture, distribute and promote BlackBerry-branded devices running BlackBerry's secure Android software and applications
From my inbox :: VIPP|
Wed, Sep 28th 2016 8:23a Volker Weber
I am a sucker for VIPP. Their products are expensive and made with extreme care. I have this, this, this, this, and now this.
Some of those I bought for myself, some I got as presents. Thank you!
IBM Collaboration Solutions cognitive and roadmap update :: September 2016|
Tue, Sep 27th 2016 1:46p Volker Weber
Ed Brill has been travelling with this presentation last week. I really hope that IBM can close the gap between aspiration and delivery.
Werbemüll von @manager_magazin abstellen|
Tue, Sep 27th 2016 8:49a Volker Weber
Ich weiß nicht, warum das Manager Magazin den Prozess so geregelt hat, aber anscheinend ist der Twitter-Account die einzige Anlaufstelle, die den Müllversand abstellen kann. Ich bin gespannt. So ganz sicher ist der/die mit dem Twitter-Account auch nicht.
Still going strong :: Microsoft Surface|
Tue, Sep 27th 2016 2:12a Volker Weber
I watch Apple events on Apple TV. And I watch Microsoft events on Surface 3. I just have to.
This little machine does not get enough love on vowe dot net. The reason is that I don't have my trusted apps on Windows: iA Writer for writing copy, Pixelmator for editing photos, Imagewell for preparing screenshots, a blog editor for my ancient CMS. It's all on my Mac, and for iPhone and iPad I am using Workflow to streamline things and of course iA Writer for copy.
I really like the design of Wind
Nächste c't: EMM für alle|
Mon, Sep 26th 2016 2:21p Volker Weber
Heute ist mein nächster Artikel für die c't 21/2016 belichtet worden. Jetzt wird gedruckt, geheftet und am Freitag ist er bei den Abonnenten. Seite 132, wer ihn zuerst aufschlagen will.
Es geht in dem Artikel darum, wie man mit Hilfe von EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) private von geschäftlichen Daten trennen kann. Der Artikel ist so einfach wie möglich gehalten, ohne auf zu viele Feinheiten einzugehen. Ich möchte auch kleine und kleinste Unter
Outlook for iOS and Android is now fully powered by the Microsoft Cloud |
Mon, Sep 26th 2016 1:41p Volker Weber
Outlook for iOS and Android now supports Exchange Online mailboxes natively, which means that none of the data of your mailboxes is cached outside of Office 365.
Outlooks is the best email client for Android and iOS. And Microsoft is finally making it enterprise-ready by connecting it directly into the Office 365 cloud. ... This new architecture also improves how Outlook reports Device IDs to Exchange Online, to help admins manage mobile email access through Outlook.
Sonos coming to the Apple Store|
Mon, Sep 26th 2016 1:31p Volker Weber
Just putting this here so that I don't get pinged by everybody. :-)
Apple Stores (physical and online) will start selling PLAY:1 and PLAY:5. PLAY:1 is the easy one, PLAY:5 is quite a big box. You get three months of Apple Music with your purchase, from now until the end of the year.
Good news for Sonos. If Apple would finally enable Sonos to send music to those players from any app, that would be great. I am already using Spotify Direct, and that is coming to all Sonos players in a few months
Warten auf die Telekom|
Mon, Sep 26th 2016 8:54a Volker Weber
26. September 9:05 Fritzbox meldet: kein DSL
26. September 10:05 Fritzbox meldet: seit mehr als einer Stunde keine Internetverbindung
26. September 11:05 Fritzbox meldet: seit mehr als einer Stunde keine Internetverbindung
26. September 11:07 vowe: @Telekom_hilft hat heute pünktlich um 9 Uhr das DSL abgeschaltet. Ob das noch mal wieder kommt?
26. September 11:37 @Telekom_hilft: @vowe um welche Vorwahl geht es? ^ar
26. September 11:41 vowe: @Telekom_hilft 06151 Alle Infos hier: http
The display makes the difference|
Mon, Sep 26th 2016 5:00a Volker Weber
Swim-proof, GPS, faster CPU, all of that does not make a difference to me. If you are a runner and want to leave the phone behind, GPS is your friend. If you live a maritime lifestyle, having a swim-proof watch is paramount. Everybody loves a faster CPU.
But the display makes the difference to me. This photo was taken in bright overcast daylight. It's the brightest light you get, safe for direct sunlight. And the display isn't only perfectly readable but it still appears black with even the g
VanMoof :: Our secret’s out|
Sun, Sep 25th 2016 1:52p Volker Weber
genius idea alert: @vanmoof bikes had problem with shipping damage. So it put flat TVs on its boxes. Problem solved. pic.twitter.com/dsomNATUoY— Jason Gay (@jasongay) September 4, 2016
Observations from using the new iPhone and Watch|
Sun, Sep 25th 2016 10:29a Volker Weber
With a few days into using the new iPhone and Watch, I have some observations to share. Going through a long list of new features and celebrating all of them does not mean you will notice them after a few days, but here are a few that really stick:
The iPhone 7 Plus is insanely fast. At everything.
The Watch got so much better with watchOS 3. You get that on your "old" watch. It makes a much bigger difference than going to the new hardware. But what really sticks out on the new hardware is t
IBM Bluemix Runtime for Swift|
Fri, Sep 23rd 2016 10:34a Volker Weber
IBM gladly announces general availability of the IBM Bluemix Runtime for Swift. By including the latest Swift tools and taking care of system dependencies, this runtime allows you to focus on writing your server-side Swift services. And experienced enterprise developers take note: the Swift runtime includes all optimizations necessary to run in IBM Bluemix public, dedicated and local cloud deployments.
Cool stuff. Swift was introduced by Apple, then made open source. Now it's available for ser
It's a tight race for udoq|
Fri, Sep 23rd 2016 5:47a Volker Weber
When I told you about udoq, the Kickstarter campaign had just started and was at 80 backers. Now it has over 200 and looks to be on track to meet its goal of 50.000 €. But since it gained 80 backers in just a few days and then 150 in a week, it has to gain some speed to meet its goal.
Please note that you can acquire the cables you need by adding to your pledge. Read the whole page.
This is a really nice product I would like to succeed. Watch the video. And the go to the Kickstarter
Kurswechsel bei IBM|
Thu, Sep 22nd 2016 1:48p Volker Weber
Die Zeit unter Jeff Schick als General Manager war für den ex-Lotus-Bereich bei IBM nicht von Erfolg geprägt. Zu viel versprochen, zu wenig gehalten. Die IBM Connect 2016 durfte er noch eröffnen, dann verschwand er in der Versenkung. Zum Ende der Veranstaltung trat seine Nachfolgerin Inhi Cho Suh an. Und die ist dabei, gründlich aufzuräumen. Mit Ronnie Maffa wurde auch die für die Produktentwicklung zuständige Managerin gefeuert.
Black iPhone vs Jet Black iPhone|
Thu, Sep 22nd 2016 10:42a Volker Weber
People who like black things have been agonising over the question which of the two blacks they should buy. When you unbox the "regular" black model it looks very black. Surprisingly black actually. In bright daylight there is not much difference between the two models. It's just that one is shiny, the other one is matte.
And this photo shows the confusion. Both phones are still in daylight conditions, but now they are on a black surface. With lower contrast in the lighting conditions the
IBM Business Connect in Frankfurt|
Wed, Sep 21st 2016 11:38a Volker Weber
Hallo BlackBerry, so macht man das. Also nicht, dass IBM übersehen hat, dass ich da war. Aber die Art und Weise, wie man die Unterlagen einer solchen Veranstaltung allen Kunden und solchen, die es werden könnten, zur Verfügung stellt.
Ja, ich war echt da. Habe sogar noch das Schild. :-)
Apple Watch and Watch Series 2 display comparison|
Wed, Sep 21st 2016 8:21a Volker Weber
This is out in bright sunlight, but in the shade of my own body. Both are readable, but you can see at the edges that the new display is superior. The slight tilt does not make a difference.
Neues Design beim Apple Case für das iPhone|
Wed, Sep 21st 2016 4:44a Volker Weber
Ich fand das Apple Case aus Leder immer etwas unhandlich, weil die Buttons des iPhone schwerer zu bedienen waren. Nun hat Apple kleine Knöpfe eingelassen, die durch das Case auf die Buttons des iPhones einwirken. Besser zu fühlen, besser zu bedienen. Und damit eine gute Sache.
Flachmann wird flacher|
Wed, Sep 21st 2016 4:36a Volker Weber
Passend zum neuen Launch des neuen iPhone 7 bringt tizi.tv einen neuen Zusatzakku. Sehr praktisch: das Ladekabel (OUT) ist schon drin.
Einen Knopf zum Einschalten (ON) hat es. Vier LEDs zeigen an, wieviel Strom drin ist. Dazu eine Buchse (IN) zum Laden. Leider MicroUSB und nicht Lightning. Damit braucht man ein kurzes Adapterkabel für das Ladegerät.
1A schiebt der Akku zum iPhone, mit 1.5A kann er selbst geladen werden. 3200 mAh sind drin. Das ist nicht viel, aber flacher a
Buying an Apple Watch Series 2? A recommendation.|
Wed, Sep 21st 2016 2:42a Volker Weber
If you are considering buying an Apple Watch Series 2, I have a recommendation. After wearing the original Apple Watch for a year, I just switched to the new model. And with that switch I went from a Stainless Steel watch to what was previously an Apple Watch Sport. Apple no longer makes that distinction. It's just "Apple Watch".
The biggest difference that I noticed immediately is how much lighter the aluminium body is. You have to see this in numbers:
I am used to wearing 82g to 91g on
BlackBerry is not good at protecting secrets|
Tue, Sep 20th 2016 4:48a Volker Weber
A URL with 'specifications-a-donotpublish.html' is security through obscurity. The DTEK60 just went 'official'.
Mon, Sep 19th 2016 11:57a Volker Weber
Eine Familie. Zwei Apps. Alle Plattformen: Die familee App hilft Eltern und ihren Kindern
sicher und altersgerecht mit dem Smartphone umzugehen.
Was man alles bei der Recherche zu Mobile Device Management findet! Familee ist ein App, mit der Eltern die Smartphone-Nutzung der Kinder steuern können. Meine erste Reaktion war "Helikopter-Eltern". Und dann habe ich mal gelesen Die Position wird zum Beispiel vom Kind geschickt und nicht von den Eltern getrackt.
From my mailbox|
Mon, Sep 19th 2016 11:09a Volker Weber
This was in my mailbox today. No further information. I figured these are for cable management. There is a sticker on the back. Thank you tizi.tv.
Plantronics BackBeat Fit|
Sun, Sep 18th 2016 5:10p Volker Weber
Since many people seem to be looking for good Bluetooth headsets, I am trying as many as I can. This BackBeat Fit isn't new, there are just a few new color options.
The BackBeat Fit has an interesting profile: other than most sports headsets it does not block you ear canal. It's not worn inside the ear canal, but inside your ear lobe. The wings push the eartips into your ear canal, but they don't completely block it. At first these headsets seemed to be too uncomfortable but I wore them with
HP pre-programmed failure date of unofficial/ non-HP ink cartridges :: Myce.com|
Sun, Sep 18th 2016 4:15p Volker Weber
Investigation of an online printer ink retailer shows that HP has programmed a date in its printer firmware on which unofficial non-HP cartridges would fail. Thousands of HP printers around the world started to show error messages on the same day, the 13th of September 2016.
Repeat after me: DRM is bad for the customer.
Microsoft Health fails|
Fri, Sep 16th 2016 9:54a Volker Weber
The only people who have ever used the Microsoft Health platform were those with a Microsoft Band. Now Microsoft renames it "Microsoft Band". And does not appear to have new bands in the pipeline.
It was nice knowing you, Microsoft Health.
The biggest non-issue|
Fri, Sep 16th 2016 9:02a Volker Weber
Hottest item for weeks has been Apple dropping the headset jack from iPhone 7. The topic appears to be most popular amongst pundits who don't even want an iPhone.
To tell you the truth, I don't care. Neither do most people who buy an iPhone. They just take the new earbuds out of the box and plug them into the Lightning port. And that aftermarket headset they own? They will attach that small Lightning adapter that comes with the iPhone to their headset and then quickly forget about it. Chances
You dock with udoq|
Thu, Sep 15th 2016 7:46a Volker Weber
This was a nice find at IFA in Berlin. Udoq is a universal dock for all your gadgets that charge with Apple 30-pin, Lighting, MicroUSB or USB Type C. It comes in different lengths from 25 to 70 cm. And you customize it to your liking. Notice the little details: Aluminium never touches your device or your table. There is always a bit a soft material inbetween.
Udoq sells you the cables you need, you open the ends of the dock, slide them in and then hide the excess cable within the dock. Then y
Who says Microsoft doesn't listen?|
Wed, Sep 14th 2016 3:39p Volker Weber
One of the ongoing feedback items we’ve heard is how the apps that come preinstalled with Windows will reinstall after each upgrade – particularly noticeable for our Insiders that receive multiple flights per month. We’ve heard your feedback, and starting with Build 14926, when your PC updates it will check for apps that have been uninstalled, and it will preserve that state once the update has completed. This means if you uninstall any of the apps included in Windows 1
Jabra Halo Smart and Plantronics BackBeat 100|
Wed, Sep 14th 2016 9:47a Volker Weber
I brought this Jabra Halo Smart headset back from IFA 2016. It's not that I don't have enough headsets, but I was curious about the collar design. Plantronics has the competing BackBeat 100 product, and I wanted see who came out on top.
Both headsets share the same idea. You wear the electronics, the Bluetooth chipset and the battery around your neck, and you have two wired earbuds hanging from this collar. You are wearing nothing on your head, you are not tethered to your phone, and yet, y
Gruber on swallowing your pride|
Wed, Sep 14th 2016 7:14a Volker Weber
I'm not saying it was 'easy' in any way for Apple to go from, say, the iPhone 6S to the 7. But they didn't need to swallow any pride. They did with WatchOS 3, and that's a good sign. The way to be right all the time is not to be right all the time, because that never happens. If you're pushing the boundaries of any endeavor, mistakes are inevitable. If you convince yourself that you're right all the time, you'll slip into denial regarding your mistakes. Then the problems compound. The wa
Love this new watch face|
Wed, Sep 14th 2016 4:50a Volker Weber
This watch face is a nice reminder to stay active. I always try to close the exercise ring in the morning and keep the move ring in front of the stand ring.
Microsoft researchers achieve speech recognition milestone|
Tue, Sep 13th 2016 5:43p Volker Weber
Microsoft researchers have reached a milestone in the quest for computers to understand speech as well as humans. Xuedong Huang, the company’s chief speech scientist, reports that in a recent benchmark evaluation against the industry standard Switchboard speech recognition task, Microsoft researchers achieved a word error rate (WER) of 6.3 percent, the lowest in the industry. ... This past weekend, at Interspeech, an international conference on speech communication and technology held
The best iPhone review ever written|
Tue, Sep 13th 2016 5:25p Volker Weber
Matthew Panzarino has written quite a piece:
Apple is mid-stride in building out physical manifestations of the iPhone’s core abilities. If the Apple hardware ecosystem is a body then the iPhone is the brain, the Apple Watch is the hand and the AirPods are the mouth. Your memory and cognition, the way you interact with the physical world and how you speak to it. ... There will come a day when we will view poking and prodding at an iPhone’s screen as just an archaic interacti
IBM Business Connect 2016 in Frankfurt|
Tue, Sep 13th 2016 3:34p Volker Weber
This year IBM had their annual Business Connect conference on the Goethe Universität campus in Frankfurt. Decades ago there would have been car parking everywhere, but this campus has banned all cars. Which makes it absolutely wonderful, and not so easy to reach by car. The garage was full when I arrived, so was the overflow garage. Just before I was about to give up and drive home, I found a (legal) parking spot in a residential area only a 15 minute walk from the venue.
I was there to find o
The Nokia farewell party|
Mon, Sep 12th 2016 2:24a Volker Weber
Rumor has it that Microsoft will stop selling Lumias by the end of the year. Time to remember the big party in Abu Dhabi.
It was 2013, I was using the brilliant Lumia 1020 phone with the 41 megapixel camera. I had an iPhone 5, but I preferred the Lumia by a long shot. After having the Nokia World in London for a couple of stints, there were rumors about an event in New York, but eventually Nokia sent out invitations to Abu Dhabi. This is were we all realized this would be the big farewell party
watchOS 3 does not mess up battery life|
Sat, Sep 10th 2016 5:48p Volker Weber
I never use beta software just to be on the latest and greatest. So I did not install any of the watchOS betas. Apple Watch is way to important to me to risk serious bugs. You also needed to upgrade the iPhone to iOS 10 beta, which was even more out of the question.
So I waited patiently for the GMs and upgraded both the phone and the watch. And at first I was under the impression that watchOS was working the battery much harder and that I might run out of power before the day was over. But tha
Screenshots in watchOS 3|
Thu, Sep 8th 2016 11:27a Volker Weber
If you press both buttons on Apple Watch simultaneously, it will take a screenshot and place it in the camera roll on your iPhone. That no longer works unless you enable it in the Watch app on your iPhone.
Thu, Sep 8th 2016 8:59a Volker Weber
We’re listening differently. More and more Sonos listeners are choosing curated radio stations and custom playlists over individual tracks. Less time spent searching for single songs, more time spent filling your home with a continual flow of music. So in response, we’ve evolved our Sonos App to make this new style of listening as fast and easy as possible.
Sonos made this a stealth update by syncing with the Apple keynote. This was a long beta until they got it right. You n
Need input on separating business from personal data|
Thu, Sep 8th 2016 8:05a Volker Weber
Most large enterprises have deployed Enterprise Mobility Management platforms that manage mobile devices, their apps and their content. Most tiny and small companies don't give a sh!t. They are too busy running their daily operations to even figure out they may have a problem.
I need your thoughts on this. What can tiny and small companies do to protect their business data from Facebook & Co? Or from their kids ...
Here is one example: some Samsung phones have a personal KNOX container. B
A few thoughts on the Apple Watch Series 2|
Thu, Sep 8th 2016 7:28a Volker Weber
Since I am an active Apple Watch user, I got as lot of questions after yesterday's keynote. Some thoughts inspired by those questions.
Upgrade or not? Do you need to upgrade from the original watch? For most people that is a definite no.
GPS. That is the big thing people have been waiting for. It allows the watch to track you without an iPhone. That comes at a cost. GPS most likely is the top battery burner in a device that small. Apple says workouts can last up to five hours with GPS on. Y
Some thoughts on the Apple Keynote|
Wed, Sep 7th 2016 4:58p Volker Weber
Let's dive right in:
Watch Series 2 looks like the original. Wise decision. Samsung has tried seven different designs and they are losing. New features in Series 2: waterproof to 50 m, GPS, 2x brighter display, faster dual core GPU with 50% more performance, 100% faster GPU. Great enhancements, especially for active people. Two new workouts: swimming outdoors and in pool. Does lap and stroke count. Runners won't need to bring their phone for an exakt track.
The original Watch stays in market
Wed, Sep 7th 2016 11:51a Volker Weber
This is all I ever wanted from IoT: simple, one-purpose devices that don't cost a fortune. Now Sen.se has started to make "Peanuts", the first one being ThermoPeanut. It's driven by a CR2032 battery and talks to your smartphone over Bluetooth Low Energy. The default is one measurement every 15 minutes and an automatic transfer every two hours. As everything, this is configurable. If you press a button on the peanut or refresh from the app, transfer happens immediately.
ThermoPeanut stores m
Drei Sekunden Höchstgeschwindigkeit. Und das jeden Tag.|
Tue, Sep 6th 2016 5:48p Volker Weber
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Box Relay is Notes all over again|
Tue, Sep 6th 2016 3:53p Volker Weber
Box Relay is a new type of workflow solution that is targeted at business users who need to create, share and track simple workflows. It is designed to help you get your work done more efficiently. Box Relay will not replace traditional business process and case management tools but will complement them.
If you habe been in this business long enough, the irony of Box Relay is not lost on you. This is exactly how Lotus Notes started. Move simple workflows out of email. Bottom up, from the depart
September Update for BlackBerry PRIV and DTEK50 is live|
Tue, Sep 6th 2016 12:40p Volker Weber
Tue, Sep 6th 2016 9:00a Volker Weber
Trekz Titanium bone conducting headphones|
Tue, Sep 6th 2016 5:27a Volker Weber
Headsets serve two purposes for me: they let me listen in private when I am traveling and they isolate me from the surrounding noise. But what if you do want to hear what's happening around you? Like running through a forest or riding in traffic? Trekz set out to solve this with their Titanium headset. It works by sending the sound through your cheekbones instead of your ear canal. You can still hear what's happening, because your ears remain free.
Big question: how do they sound? Somewhere b
Brands selling out :: Exhibit A - Hasselblad|
Tue, Sep 6th 2016 2:41a Volker Weber
The latest camera brand that is selling out their pedigree is Hasselblad. And it does not really matter if it's Leica, Zeiss, Schneider-Kreuznach or Hasselblad. You can print their logo onto a smartphone, but you are not getting the quality product attached to the brand for a fraction of the price.
When Hasselblad announced their Moto Mod at CeBIT, most of the journalists in attendance where in awe. A Hasselblad attached to a smartphone. Wow. But something struck me as odd: a 12 MP camera with
Five weeks to five hundred|
Mon, Sep 5th 2016 6:01p Volker Weber
Did not talk much about it recently, but this thing is still on. Today is day 465, or one hundred days since completing the year. Five weeks from now I will have completed 500 days with all three activity goals met.
Photofast Memories Cable & iKlips Duo|
Mon, Sep 5th 2016 4:26p Volker Weber
I brought two memory devices back from IFA and they both serve the same purpose: exchange files between an iPhone or iPad with PCs or Mac, or other iDevices for that matter. I will be first looking at the Memoriescable from Photofast and then at the iKlips Duo from Adam Elements. Both companies are from Taiwan.
Getting files in and out of an iPhone or iPad isn't quite as easy as with an Android device where you just need to attach a UTG-adapter (USB to go) and then a memory stick to that. Appl
Mon, Sep 5th 2016 8:22a Volker Weber
Thank you, Frank!
The Art of Casey Neistat & His Impact on Filmmaking|
Mon, Sep 5th 2016 4:25a Volker Weber
Very good analysis by a film editor. Don't know Casey? Watch his latest. I suggest you subscribe. Casey publishes daily and it is a nice 10 minutes to look forward to.
New tracker in the house :: Misfit Ray|
Mon, Sep 5th 2016 4:03a Volker Weber
I have been trying many trackers from Fitbit, Jawbone, Withings and smartwatches from Apple, Microsoft, TomTom, Pebble and Withings. And then I settled on the Apple Watch since that is just perfect for me.
But what if you do not want a smartwatch, because you have a nice mechanical watch that you love. And that has memories attached to it. You can't even wear one of those full featured trackers with a display, because that already tells you the time.
Misfit Ray to the rescue. It's just a
Wireless headset designs|
Sun, Sep 4th 2016 7:34a Volker Weber
Apple is about to drop the 3.5mm headphone jack from the next iPhone, or so we hear. Whoever makes wireless headsets should be happy about that. As a customer however, you have to weigh your options. Traditional over-the-ear or on-ear headsets works just the same as with a cable and they offer all-day battery life.
With in-ear headsets however, there are many different designs, and all manufacturers offer a wide range of options. Since I will be talking about different products in the next week
Lenovo Yoga Book was my IFA hightlight|
Fri, Sep 2nd 2016 5:30p Volker Weber
This is a fresh new device. Tablet on one side, Wacom digitizer on the other side, Yoga hinge holds it together. The digitizer is not a display, but it can light up as a keyboard, basically a backlit template.
Typing on this surface gives you physical feedback through a left/right movement. Not a vibrator, but more like Apple's Tap Engine. Since it is not a display, you cannot change key assignments. Different models for different markets. But the software adjust to you. If you hit the space
Great Sonos commercials: You're better than this|
Fri, Sep 2nd 2016 5:00p Volker Weber
This is a compilation. Individual ads below: