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Twitter-Abstimmungen :: Nicht repräsentativ
Tue, May 23rd 2017 23
What you need to know about the new Surface Pro
Tue, May 23rd 2017 72
Porsche absichtlich zerstört
Tue, May 23rd 2017 59
Aus der Reihe "Nutzloses Wissen", Folge 7816: Iris-Erkennung
Tue, May 23rd 2017 38
KEYone :: An unlikely winner
Tue, May 23rd 2017 81
Bringing back the old Sonos enthusiasm
Tue, May 23rd 2017 131
Bookeen and Carrefour offer new Nolim e-reader
Mon, May 22nd 2017 48
Top 10
Microsoft needs to explain this
Mon, May 22nd 2017 317
There are no bad smartphones anymore
Sun, May 21st 2017 262
Ab heute verfügbar ... in USA
Thu, May 18th 2017 222
Huawei P10 :: First impressions
Fri, May 19th 2017 196
When Lenovo abandons products
Fri, May 19th 2017 190
Die Bahn antwortet unpersönlich wie erwartet
Tue, May 16th 2017 188
Nächste Woche :: DNUG 44 in Berlin
Mon, May 22nd 2017 167
BlackBerry KEYone :: Are you in the target audience
Tue, May 16th 2017 163
Bringing back the old Sonos enthusiasm
Tue, May 23rd 2017 131
Please avoid iMessage
Tue, May 16th 2017 118

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Twitter-Abstimmungen :: Nicht repräsentativ
Tue, May 23rd 2017 3:24p   Volker Weber
Diese Frage habe ich gestellt, weil ich nicht glauben will, dass wir uns ins Zukunft VR-Brillen vor das Gesicht hängen. Wie viele Frauen laufen halbblind durch's Leben, weil sie es nicht ertragen, mit einer Brille gesehen zu werden. Google hat das mit Glass bitter lernen müssen. Auch Bluetooth-Headsets, so praktisch sie sind, haben ein schlimmes Stigma und sind vor allem bei Kurier- und Taxifahrern anzutreffen. Da sind sie einfach zu nützlich, als dass sich jemand dar
What you need to know about the new Surface Pro
Tue, May 23rd 2017 1:04p   Volker Weber
Very similar to Surface Pro 4. Rounded edges. Plus 50 percent battery life! Intel 7th gen CPU (Kaby Lake) i5 goes fanless. Recommended! Pen no longer included. Loses the clip, but is faster and has better sensitivity. Kickstand folds down 165 degrees. New keyboard colors. All Alcantara. LTE option later this year. Order today. Ships in three weeks.
Porsche absichtlich zerstört
Tue, May 23rd 2017 10:34a   Volker Weber
Die Kollegen haben sich ausgetobt: ct.de/crash
Aus der Reihe "Nutzloses Wissen", Folge 7816: Iris-Erkennung
Tue, May 23rd 2017 10:22a   Volker Weber
'Hacker' vom CCC haben herausgefunden, dass man mit einigem Aufwand 'ganz einfach' den Iris-Scanner eines Samsung S8 überlisten kann. So wie 'starbug', bürgerlich Jan Krissler, schon vor ein paar Jahren gezeigt hat, dass der Fingerabdruck-Scanner des iPhone auszutricksen ist. Handlungsempfehlung: "Wem die Daten auf seinem Telefon lieb sind oder wer sogar daran denkt, mit seinem Telefon bezahlen zu wollen,der greift statt auf die eigenen Körpermerkmale besser
KEYone :: An unlikely winner
Tue, May 23rd 2017 9:54a   Volker Weber
When I first touched Mercury, the phone that would become KEYone, I wasn't convinced. Who would want another BlackBerry? Now that I have one it needs to compete with other Android phones for the #2 spot behind the iPhone. And it's winning, hands down. This is not another boring and fragile slab of glass. It handles so well, it's easy to grab and I am never afraid to drop it. The rounded bezel makes it easy to pick up from a table, it is as tall as an iPhone Plus, but narrower. Last but not le
Bringing back the old Sonos enthusiasm
Tue, May 23rd 2017 6:40a   Volker Weber
Did you notice I haven't written anything substantial about the Playbase? I have seen it years ago in the lab, but I never actually heard it. I haven't even installed a new beta release this year. I turned into just another happy Sonos customer, enjoying my music every day. What happened? Sonos has grown into a big company with lots of people handling different things. And I ended up in the reporter bin. Send him a press release a day before we announce, and offer him a two weeks product te
Bookeen and Carrefour offer new Nolim e-reader
Mon, May 22nd 2017 5:13p   Volker Weber
Bookeen is a French ebook pioneer. I looked at their Cybook Ocean with the brillian Solar Leaf Cover. Now they created a new reader that already contains a cover. No need to buy anything extra. Specs: 6" screen with 1024x758 resolution, 8 GB memory, WiFi, 4 buttons (Next page, Last page, Menu, and FrontLight). The cover turns the device on and off, an accelerometer switches between left and right handed use. Battery is charged over USB and is supposed to last 3 weeks. Carrefour is selling th
Nächste Woche :: DNUG 44 in Berlin
Mon, May 22nd 2017 12:21p   Volker Weber
Früher hat sich die DNUG vor allem über die Ausrichtung von zwei jährlichen Konferenzen finanziert, inklusive Vollzeitstellen. Seit gut zwei Jahren backt sie nun kleinere Brötchen. Nur noch eine Konferenz, kostenlos für Mitglieder und Studenten. Ja, die schreiben noch Stud-enten und nicht Stud-ierende. Gefällt mir. Nächste Woche also in Berlin. Ob es wirklich die "Wichtigste Konferenz zum Arbeitsplatz der Zukunft" wird, darf man bezweifeln. IBM ist sich da ja selbst nicht so einig, a
Mit der Galaxy Gear S3 25 mal kostenslos auf's Klo
Mon, May 22nd 2017 9:46a   Volker Weber
Sanifair hat jetzt eine App für die Galaxy Gear S3 Smartwatch. Damit kann man per NFC durch das Drehkreuz bei den Sanifair-Toiletten an Raststätten: Für die ersten 20.000 Downloads unter Samsung Galaxy Apps gibt es jeweils 25 kostenfreie Durchgänge an SANIFAIR Standorten an deutschen Autobahnen. Einlösbar an allen SANIFAIR Zugangssystemen mit NFC Terminal an deutschen Autobahnen. Die Durchgänge können bis zum 31.12.2017 via NFC genutzt werden.  Eine Registrierung durch Kunden ist nich
Puscheltastatur für alle
Mon, May 22nd 2017 9:37a   Volker Weber
Working session. 30 hours to go. #MicrosoftEvent #Surface #Shanghai https://t.co/u12oAeULxF pic.twitter.com/H1jQI1d94x— Panos Panay (@panos_panay) May 22, 2017 Morgen hat Microsoft einen Event in Shanghai, wo sie wohl den Nachfolger des Surface Pro 4 vorstellen. Und was mir besonders gefällt: Puscheltastatur in allen Farben. Ich wollte ja unbedingt das Alcantara-Keyboard für mein Surface und habe das nie bereut. Surface Laptop hat es, und demnächst wohl auch Surface Pro.
Microsoft needs to explain this
Mon, May 22nd 2017 5:48a   Volker Weber
I have this Win10 Enterprise vm that I was using to test out various privacy settings. Here's some of the stuff I found out so far...— Mark Burnett (@m8urnett) May 21, 2017 Read the whole thread.
There are no bad smartphones anymore
Sun, May 21st 2017 10:36a   Volker Weber
Yesterday I chose to remove a comment from a first timer who waltzed in to attack a different comment and flat out stated that iOS was crap. It rubbed me the wrong way both in style and substance. And I might be stating the obvious when I say that you can't really buy a bad smartphone anymore. It's going to be an iPhone or some variant of Android. And they basically all have the same capabilities. Just look at the devices in the photo. Two of them start adding a second (or third, if you count
Huawei P10 :: First impressions
Fri, May 19th 2017 2:30p   Volker Weber
I asked Huawei to send me a P10 and it arrived today. It took a little bit because I had to wait for a matte black one to return to the pool. First impressions: This is an iPhone knock-off. Excellent buld quality. Thin and light.The EMUI Android shell will take some time getting used to, but it is a high quality experience.Android 7.0 and Security patch level 2017-03-01 are outdated.The fingerprint reader is a monster. Extremely fast.The camera may or may not be Leica, but the first quick sam
BlackBerry KEYone :: It just works
Fri, May 19th 2017 8:44a   Volker Weber
Let's cut right to the chase: there is no phone that can replace my iPhone. I am too entangled in the Apple net with the Watch, my #dontbreakthechain program, the AirPods and what not. If all of that wasn't the case, this KEYone is the phone I wanted. I have been using it as my #1 phone for a couple of days and I am oh so pleased. Yes, you read that right. I put my main SIM into the KEYone and left the iPhone at home to sync my activity data from the Watch. The Watch did not have notification
When Lenovo abandons products
Fri, May 19th 2017 7:34a   Volker Weber
1.5 years ago I got one of the first Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro tablets. And I loved it. There were some kinks in the software but those teething problems were resolved with a couple of updates. And in March 2016 it received its last Android security update. As of today the tablet runs on Android 5.1 with a 2006-03-01 security patch level. This was a $500 "Pro" product. I want you to keep that in mind before you buy any Android product from Lenovo. I also have a Yoga Tab 3 with Windows. That
Mitarbeiter im Bahncard-Service einfach nach Hause schicken
Fri, May 19th 2017 7:24a   Volker Weber
Ich habe es einfach noch mal probiert und darum gebeten, mir keinen Textbaustein zurückzuschicken. Zwei Tage später bekomme ich ... den selben Textbaustein. Die Bahn kann diese Mitarbeiter entlassen und durch einen Auto-Responder ersetzen. Ich denke, für sowas ist IBM Watson bestens geeignet. Tschüss Bahn.
Ab heute verfügbar ... in USA
Thu, May 18th 2017 7:23a   Volker Weber
Google hat die Live-Blogger unter den Journalisten verwirrt. Wenn Google sagt, der Google Assistant ist ab heute auf dem iPhone verfügbar, dann muss man in Gedanken immer hinzufügen "in USA". So findet man den Assistant im US-amerikanischen Store, nicht aber im deutschen. Und damit kann man als Deutscher leicht verwirrt werden, wenn man Google Now für Google Assistant hält. Zur deutschen Verfügbarkeit heißt es nämlich "... coming
BlackBerry KEYone :: Are you in the target audience
Tue, May 16th 2017 6:43p   Volker Weber
It's interesting to see how Android reviewers struggle with the KEYone. Most start out with the hardware keyboard and quickly reason that BlackBerry is passé. How uncool! What is the KEYone really? It's an Android Phone with some midrange components (SD 625, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage), an excellent camera chip (same as Pixel), a huge battery (3500 mAh), a small screen (4.5" 1080x1200 pixel), all packaged in a sturdy aluminium frame, but without dust or water protection. We cannot
Die Bahn antwortet unpersönlich wie erwartet
Tue, May 16th 2017 6:03p   Volker Weber
Die Bahn hat geantwortet, mal eben schnell das Datum gefälscht, und ist mit keinem Wort auf mein Anliegen eingegangen, mir eben keine neue Bahncard zum 11. Juni auszustellen. Damit ist die Bahn für mich erledigt. Ich habe ein simples Prinzip, das mich bisher gut durch's Leben begleitet hat: Wenn Du jemandem vertraust, dann brauchst Du keinen Vertrag. Wenn Du ihm nicht vertraust, dann erübrigt sich der Vertrag. mit ihrer Abofalle hat sie mich einmal erfolgreich gefangen. Herzlichen Glü
Please avoid iMessage
Tue, May 16th 2017 11:01a   Volker Weber
I am currently on the BlackBerry KEYone and will not receive your iMessages. WhatsApp and Signal work fine.
BlackBerry KEYone :: Coming up
Mon, May 15th 2017 3:17p   Volker Weber
Last week I wrote about BlackBerry Godot, since the KEYone seemed to be stuck somewhere. Well this seems to have irritated a few people, and after a some emails they are now shipping a device to my door. It is taking a little bit longer than normal, because they're shipping from France, through the French post, which has been sitting on the package since Friday, but eventually it is going to show up here. Hint: FedEx and UPS can get this done overnight. This does not really matter though, be
Week 149 #dontbreakthechain
Mon, May 15th 2017 6:20a   Volker Weber
Gestern gab es ein zusätzliches Achievement: Workout mit einer (!) Meile zu Fuß oder dem Rollstuhl und die "Mother's Day Challenge" war im Kasten. Ich habe das erst spät mitbekommen und bin noch mal raus. Muttertag ist wie Vatertag kein welt-einheitliches Datum und so hatte Apple das nur für USA geschaltet. Wenn man die Watch auf die US-Region umschaltete, tauchte die Medaille auf und wurde nach dem Workout zugeteilt. Das hat natürlich auch einen technischen Grund. Eine Meile Wor
Ich habe einen dummen Fehler gemacht
Fri, May 12th 2017 8:47p   Volker Weber
@vowe Die Probe BahnCard gibt es nur im Abonnement. Ärgerlich, wenn der Hinweis bei der Bestellung nicht beachtet wurde. /ch— DB Personenverkehr (@DB_Bahn) May 12, 2017 Vor zwei Monaten habe ich eine "Probe BahnCard" für drei Monate gekauft. Das dachte ich zumindest. Tatsächlich bin ich in eine Abofalle gestolpert. Wird die "Probe BahnCard" nicht binnen sechs Wochen gekündigt, dann nimmt die Bahn an, man wolle eine "BahnCard" bestellen, im Jahresa
Can IBM possibly learn from Microsoft?
Fri, May 12th 2017 4:03p   Volker Weber
As I am watching sessions from Microsoft Build 2017 I cannot help but notice how far behind IBM is when it comes to spreading the message. I'd dare you to just watch the second keynote from IBM Connect, let alone any of the breakouts.
Fluent Design
Fri, May 12th 2017 3:24p   Volker Weber
Steve Jobs once said, that Microsoft has no taste. That may have been true, but it no longer is. They are building powerful new products that are both elegant and beautiful. More >
iPhone keyboard as trackpad
Fri, May 12th 2017 8:03a   Volker Weber
If your iPhone has force touch, it also has a trackpad
Mitmachen #dontbreakthechain
Fri, May 12th 2017 7:52a   Volker Weber
Day 50!!! #dontbreakthechain @vowe #motivation On to the next 50. pic.twitter.com/wIcHsLimVM— Daniel Tietze (@dtietze) May 11, 2017 Na klar, ich höre nicht auf. Aber was mir noch besser gefällt: wenn sich auch andere mitreissen lassen. Bewegung ist gut und tut gut. Muss gar nicht heftig sein. "Wer rastet, der rostet."
Crowdfunding für Journalismus
Thu, May 11th 2017 4:00p   Volker Weber
Die Republik ist eine kleine Rebellion. Für den Journalismus. Und gegen die Medienkonzerne. Denn die grossen Verlage verlassen die Publizistik: Sie bauen sich in hohem Tempo in Internet-Handelshäuser um. Das ist eine schlechte Nachricht für den Journalismus. Aber auch für die Demokratie. Denn ohne vernünftige Informationen fällt man schlechte Entscheidungen. Beeindruckend und ermutigend. More >
Let me speculate about Nougat updates for BlackBerry
Thu, May 11th 2017 3:50p   Volker Weber
Let me speculate about the Nougat update for older BlackBerry Android devices. So far BlackBerry has not announced that they are going to upgrade any of the existing devices to Nougat. So the question is, will they, and if they do which ones. Before TCL took over I would have said, that it is very likely that all devices are carried forward. Since TCL is focusing on the KEYone, I have changed my mind. There is not enough incentive for BlackBerry to upgrade all versions. By and large, the PRIV
Coming up at vowe's magic flying circus :: Huawei
Thu, May 11th 2017 7:18a   Volker Weber
Huawei is a company I have been ignoring for too long. They are cranking out new devices at an astonishing pace, both under the Huawei and the Honor brands. I want to know how they can keep up on the software side of things and I will put them on an extended watch. I should have one of their phones soon.
BlackBerry Godot
Thu, May 11th 2017 7:12a   Volker Weber
Some of you have asked me when I will publish a KEYone review. Honestly, I have no idea when or even if. It has been half a year since I first played with one. And safe for a press conference invitation at MWC there has been zero communication from BlackBerry Mobile. I am pretty sure they don't even know me.
Fifty Nine
Tue, May 9th 2017 10:59p   Volker Weber
My best headset :: Plantronics Voyager 5200
Tue, May 9th 2017 3:15p   Volker Weber
I have a very simple test for headsets: I use them for dictation. The better the results are, the better the headset works. And the results for this particular headset are outstanding. I understand that many people would prefer a smaller headset like the Voyager Edge, I also understand that people would want the Apple AirPods. But if voice clarity is paramount, you have to get this one. Since I'm currently somewhat handicapped by my shoulder, I speak most of the text I "write", both on Su
The I in IBM stands for irony
Tue, May 9th 2017 12:22p   Volker Weber
IBM, the company that just weeks ago said it was doing away with its work-from-home policy, is now preaching the benefits of telecommuting to customers. Big Blue's Smarter Workforce Group says a recent panel it hosted at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) conference concluded that customers who work remotely are "more engaged, have stronger trust in leadership and much stronger intention to stay." More >
Eins zu Null im Kampf Vogel gegen Arlo
Tue, May 9th 2017 11:55a   Volker Weber
European companies plan registration, e-identity and data services platform
Mon, May 8th 2017 8:51a   Volker Weber
How personal data is obtained and shared online is an extremely sensitive issue, with data privacy an absolute imperative for businesses and consumers alike. Now, an initiative that currently includes Allianz, Axel Springer, Daimler and Deutsche Bank with Postbank as well as the technology think-tank CORE and HERE, will be working closely to develop a platform that improves the security of personal data online. The companies involved will cooperate to create a common cross-industry registration
Time well spent :: A poetic short film by Max Stossel & Sander van Dijk
Mon, May 8th 2017 8:02a   Volker Weber
I have removed Facebook and Instagram from my phone. It's getting better. More > [Thanks Ben]
Casey Remixed
Thu, May 4th 2017 4:28p   Volker Weber
Windows 10 S on Surface Laptop :: Does not compute
Wed, May 3rd 2017 7:33p   Volker Weber
This event yesterday was two events. Short intro from Satya, then Terry Myerson's Windows 10 S show, then Panos Panay's Surface Laptop unveiling. Panos is the best presenter in the industry, Terry is not. But he is Panos' boss. And I am pretty sure he forced Panos to ship Windows 10 S (Terry's child) with Surface (Panos's child). It just does not make any sense, as much as I like a Windows Store only machine. As far as the important US K12 education market (Kindergarden to 12th grade) is
My kind of Windows
Wed, May 3rd 2017 10:49a   Volker Weber
From the Windows 10 FAQ: It’s also a great choice for any Windows customer looking for consistent performance and advanced security. By limiting apps to those in the Windows Store, Windows 10 S is ideal for people who have everything they need in the Windows Store and prefer the peace of mind that comes with removing the risk of downloading apps from other places. This is what I want. Windows as easy as iOS, without all the old junk that has accumulated over the years, but as pow
Microsoft Surface Laptop
Tue, May 2nd 2017 4:12p   Volker Weber
14 Stunden Akkulaufzeit. Und Puscheltastatur!
Hundreds of Apps Can Listen for Marketing Beacons You Can't Hear
Tue, May 2nd 2017 12:21p   Volker Weber
But plenty of apps deploy it without so clear a use case, at least as far as direct benefits for the person who downloads them. In fact, research presented last week at the IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy found 234 current Android applications that incorporate a particular type of ultrasonic listening technology. More >
100 weeks #dontbreakthechain
Sun, Apr 30th 2017 5:25p   Volker Weber
Another week, another month of not breaking the chain. It has now been 100 weeks since I started tracking with Apple Watch. Funny thing is that Apple credits me wirh 147 weeks of reaching all goals. The Apple Watch hasn't even been on the market for that long. But there is some truth to it. You know that I started on the UP24 and tried a few other products from Withings, Fitbit and Misfit before settling on Apple Watch. Since all of them synced into Apple Health that 147 weeks are very
Samsung Galaxy S8 :: A few additional observations
Sat, Apr 29th 2017 12:56p   Volker Weber
Before I return the S8 to Samsung a few additional observations, in no particular order: Battery life is much better than I expected. Even on the 3000 mAh battery of the smaller model. I never ran out of power and quick charge is really quick. When I first tried a curved screen on the S6 edge, I loved the screen and I hated how often I would misplace the cursor while typing. The S8 is completely different. Palm rejection is almost perfect. When reading or watching videos, I often wished t
New Slack Team space :: IBM Think
Fri, Apr 28th 2017 3:37p   Volker Weber
The Connect 2017 space went really well. That made me register a new Slack Team space for IBM Think, before that name was taken. I am growing membership very slowly. Currently there are only ten people in the space. I am also not opening up registration by domain. That was one of the things that did not work so well in the old space.
Sales Wick :: Vuelo Nocturno
Fri, Apr 28th 2017 7:11a   Volker Weber
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IBM Think 2018
Fri, Apr 28th 2017 12:33a   Volker Weber
IBM is consolidating its conferences into one big event. Think 2018 will be in Las Vegas from March 19-22. It will replace Connect, InterConnect, Amplify, Edge, Vision, World of Watson and PartnerWorld.
New update options for Windows 10, version 1703
Wed, Apr 26th 2017 8:23a   Volker Weber
Based on feedback from customers, we are making some adjustments to the updates that we are releasing for Windows 10, version 1703 (also known as the 'Creators Update'). With these changes, we will routinely offer one (or sometimes more than one) additional update each month. These additional cumulative updates will contain only new non-security updates, so they will be considered 'Updates'in WSUS and Configuration Manager. That is a very welcome change for Enterprise IT. Microsoft separa
Is Slack a product or a feature?
Mon, Apr 24th 2017 2:35p   Volker Weber
This is a very good article on the difficulties you face when you try to replace email with something else. We have been struggling with this for years. Slack wants us to believe it is the future of collaboration. But is it truly a platform for that purpose or a readily replicable feature set? I have a pretty simple formula for the success of any tool: people will use it if they get more out of it than they put in. And from this article I learned (again), how Facebook & Co tip that bal
Samsung Galaxy S8 :: The verdict
Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 11:41a   Volker Weber
I have used the Galaxy S8 for a week, and by the end of the month, it will be back at Samsung. By and large it behaved exactly like I expected. But I have softened by judgement somewhat. The S8 is an almost perfect smartphone. There are only two compromises: Samsung had to move the fingerprint sensor to the back, next to the camera. It would have been better placed underneath the camera, but that is where the battery and the wireless charging sit. Yes, you will touch the camera, but that is n
Marshall Monitor BT
Sat, Apr 22nd 2017 11:02a   Volker Weber
The Apple Airpods are my most used headset. They fit my ears, they work well, they sound reasonably nice, they are easy to carry and charge. And when you wear them, you look like a complete idiot. And there are things that they cannot play well. When I need to be alone with myself, when I want to blast my ears, I need something more substantial. Enter the Marshall Monitor BT, an over-the-ear-headset with Bluetooth connection to my iPhone and a cable for everything else. They fit my head a
BlackBerry stumbles over April security fix
Fri, Apr 21st 2017 9:12a   Volker Weber
DTEK50 came again first with the April 5 fix and then there was radio silence. Now we learned that BlackBerry had difficulties integrating all the individual patches. But they are handling it differently from the DTEK50 delay in December/January. This time they released the (partial) April 1 fix to PRIV (and DTEK60?). It only weights in at about 20 MB taking the build to AAK689. I wonder how fast they can recover for the May patch which is due in two weeks.
IBM's revenue down for 20 consecutive quarters
Wed, Apr 19th 2017 6:20a   Volker Weber
In October 2011 Ginni Rometty assumed the role of president and CEO of IBM. A year later she took on the added role of chairman of IBM. She is also part of a White House business-advisory council under the Trump Administration. Five years seems to be quite a long time to right this ship. Whatever she is doing, it isn't working.
Samsung Galaxy S8 :: First impressions
Tue, Apr 18th 2017 4:30p   Volker Weber
When you unpack the S8, you will see the best Android phone on the market. Design, performance, display, cameras, everything is top-notch and you will not find any other device from any vendor that can hold a candle to this phone, and that includes Apple. It's beautiful, the display wraps around the sides and almost covers the complete front. And then Samsung ruins it all with their software. Android Nougat 7.0 is already outdated, Touchwhiz is now called Samsung Experience, and when you get
How do you install a new version of Microsoft Office?
Tue, Apr 18th 2017 12:15p   Volker Weber
Looks like an easy question, right? You download the installer. You run the installer. Done. Well, yes, if you are a user with one or two PCs. No, if you work in enterprise IT. Life in enterprise IT is very different. You don't run an installer. You beg for permission to run it. At the core of the problem is complexity. You serve a business that has users and managers for those users. Some of those managers are tasked with liaison with your enterprise IT organisation. On the IT side of t
Mon, Apr 17th 2017 6:06p   Volker Weber
Facebook has the reverse Midas touch. Everything it touches turns to crap, while making tons of money on the back of their users. In their quest to destroy all competition they piled Snapchat features on Instagram as "stories". Now they are adding Pintrest boards as "collections", agressively promoting them. Add their quest to "grow" your network by pushing suggestions. Facebook already pushed me out when they started forcing their timeline instead of mine. Now they are doing it again with
BlackBerry or BlackBerryMobile
Mon, Apr 17th 2017 5:46p   Volker Weber
@vowe Software and security updates will continue to be handled by @BlackBerry for more details check out https://t.co/eAOaOX8nQ1— BlackBerry Mobile (@BBMobile) April 17, 2017 Since there is absolute radio silence from BlackBerry about potential upgrades to Android Nougat for DTEK50, DTEK60 or PRIV, I asked both @BlackBerry and @BBMobile who is responsible for communications about upgrades and updates. The answer is quite telling. @BBMobile, a TCL entity, says that @BlackBerry is
Meinung :: Verdammt noch mal, worauf wartet Ihr noch?
Sat, Apr 15th 2017 4:14p   Volker Weber
Mich überkommt manchmal der heilige Zorn, wenn ich den Unsinn lese, der sich so in den Köpfen festgesetzt hat. Und dann halte ich meine Klappe und schluck es runter. Heute nicht. Da sitzen Leute selbstgefällig auf ihrer alten Windows-Version rum und ignorieren alles, was Microsoft in den letzen Jahren in die Verbesserung der Software gesteckt haben. Dabei könnten sie längst auf der sichersten Windows-Version sein, die es jemals gab. "Aber Microsof
From my inbox
Thu, Apr 13th 2017 9:24a   Volker Weber
Kleine Liebeserklärung. ;-) Dankeschön, Jochen! Immer wieder toll, solche Überraschungen.
Samsung Galaxy S8 :: Starting up
Thu, Apr 13th 2017 8:57a   Volker Weber
Look what we have here: the new Galaxy S8 from Samsung. First impressions next week.
New Colors :: Pebble
Wed, Apr 12th 2017 1:27p   Volker Weber
How to route Dolby Digital 5.1 from Apple TV through the Samsung TV to Playbar
Tue, Apr 11th 2017 12:56p   Volker Weber
This was a tough nut to crack, and in the end if was quite easy. Popular knowledge is that Samsung TVs don't play DD 5.1 from HDMI connected sources. I was this close to solving this with an HDMI splitter connected to HDMI 2 ARC and a Toslink Out to Playbar. As it turns out this is not a problem to solve on the output side but on the link between the Samsung TV and your source, here an Apple TV. The keyword is Extended Display Identification Data (EDID). Samsung tells the Apple TV to not
Amazing technology
Sun, Apr 9th 2017 6:15p   Volker Weber
Believe it or not, but I fit into this tiny hole. 15 minutes later it was all said and done. And another 15 minutes later I learned that I don't need rotator cuff surgery. Which is comforting but does not help me out of my pain. Please bear with me while I am a bit focussed on myself and don't feel like collecting your #dontbreakthechain tweets. Rest assured that even this week I did not break mine.
Surface Pro 4 :: A bit of a love story
Sat, Apr 8th 2017 3:35p   Volker Weber
Photo: Waterfield Designs I am a sucker for great bags and while I read Waterfield backpacks are an expensively acquired taste I came across this picture and it hit me that we are now making bags that can hold a MacBook and an iPad. A MacBook is a great laptop and an iPad is the best tablet, but what if you need both? You carry two machines, plus your phone. Ever since I had the Surface 3, I left the MacBook at home and carried the iPad (Pro) or Surface 3 on travels. This has changed with
Uri Shaked: A Few Notes About What We Do At BlackBerry
Thu, Apr 6th 2017 3:56p   Volker Weber
'I work for BlackBerry. Yes, they still exist.' This is how I introduce myself when I speak in conferences, and sometimes also when I meet new people. When I hear the way people laugh when I add the second sentence, I realize that this was the thought that had just crossed their minds. Usually they follow up with the question: so what does BlackBerry do nowadays, anyway? Read on. More >
Windows Mobile is falling off a cliff
Thu, Apr 6th 2017 2:49p   Volker Weber
These were two of my favorite phones ever, both running on Windows Phone 8.1. Then came Windows 10, for the desktop, and the phones were left behind. The Lumia 950/XL were a bag of hurt with their crashing bugs. Then came the Anniversary update, and the phones were still lagging. Now it's time for Creators Update, and Mobile still hasn't caught up. There aren't even any new features to write home about. And it's coming to only 13 devices. The community is up in arms and they are abandonin
Twitter for Deutsche Bahn
Thu, Apr 6th 2017 8:53a   Volker Weber
Today, we are rolling out Twitter Lite, a new mobile web experience which minimizes data usage, loads quickly on slower connections, is resilient on unreliable mobile networks, and takes up less than 1MB on your device. More >
Windows 10 Creators Update
Thu, Apr 6th 2017 7:05a   Volker Weber
Letzte Woche habe ich das Creators Update über den Insider Slow Ring auf Surface 3 installiert, letzte Nacht dann per MediaCreationTool auf Surface Pro 4. Beides lief vollkommen glatt durch. Normalerweise bin ich bei Updates immer sehr zögerlich, aber diesmal habe ich nur Surface 3 vorgeschickt. Immerhin ist Surface Pro 4 im Augenblick mein Hauptarbeitsgerät. Ich bin gar nicht so sehr an den neuesten Funktionen rund um Gaming (bäh!) oder 3D interessiert. Ic
MKBHD sinks the Galaxy S8 in less then six minutes
Wed, Apr 5th 2017 10:07p   Volker Weber
Samsung makes great components and terrible software, then combines them in their devices. Will they ever learn?
Android April Security Update :: DTEK50 goes first, again
Wed, Apr 5th 2017 9:42p   Volker Weber
For the secont time in a row, DTEK50 was the first to get the monthly security update. I will complete this list as the updates arrive on my devices: DTEK50: Build AAK406, installed April 5th DTEK60: PRIV: Please report your updates here.
Sonos macht was mit Gorillaz
Wed, Apr 5th 2017 1:53p   Volker Weber
Was Produkte angeht, hat Sonos es 'geschafft'. Wann immer jemand ein eigenes Multiroom-Lautsprechersystem vorstellt, heißt es 'Konkurrenz für Sonos' (deutsch) oder 'Sonos-Killer' (amerikanisch). Aber nun gilt es, aus der Technik-Ecke auszubrechen. Dazu mach man coole Sachen, wie diese hier. Als Berliner würde ich mich da mal anmelden. More >
Was ist da eigentlich bei Apple passiert?
Wed, Apr 5th 2017 12:27p   Volker Weber
Apple hat gestern ein Produkt angekündigt, das es dieses Jahr noch nicht zu kaufen gibt. Ich kann mich nicht daran erinnern, dass sowas schon jemals passiert ist. Das müssen wir mal aufdröseln. Was ist passiert? Apple lädt fünf Apple-freundliche Journalisten ein, setzt sie mit dem Top-Management (ohne CEO) an einen Tisch und erklärt Ihnen, dass Apple an einem neuen modularen Mac Pro arbeitet. Apple gibt dabei zu, dass der aktuelle Mac Pro
Stefan Domanske: Warum das #dontbreakthechain von @vowe für mich so gut funktioniert
Mon, Apr 3rd 2017 4:50p   Volker Weber
Letztendlich ist aber jedes virtuelle Abzeichen und jeder Motivations-Tweet echt ein Dreck gegen das gute Gefühl, wenn es einem nach wenigen Wochen wirklich besser geht. Wenn die Hose lockerer sitzt und der Atem weiter reicht. Das ist die einzig echte Motivation, damit weiter zu machen und die Kette nicht reissen zu lassen. Dafür: Danke, Volker! Danke für's Mitmachen. More >
Baz Luhrmann
Sun, Apr 2nd 2017 10:02p   Volker Weber
I know this is old, and you probably know this version. Just wanted to bring this back, since it's probably the best piece of advice you can get in seven minutes.
Week 13/2017 #dontbreakthechain
Sun, Apr 2nd 2017 9:55p   Volker Weber
Woche 13 ist im Kasten und ich habe so tolle Kommentare von Euch bekommen, dass ich doch wieder diesen Post mache, obwohl ich eigentlich aufhören wollte. Zum zweiten Mal, nämlich am Ende des ersten Monats und nun am Ende des zweiten Quartals. Vielleicht schaffen wir es gemeinsam, noch mehr Leute dazu zu bewegen Ihr Schicksal in die eigenen Hände zu nehmen, anstatt die Umstände zu verfluchen. Bei #dontbreakthechain geht es nicht um Kringel, Bewegung, oder Ab
Wie nimmt man eigentlich ab? Oder zu?
Sun, Apr 2nd 2017 9:25p   Volker Weber
Ein von einem Ingenieur geschriebenes Diätbuch besteht nur aus einem Satz: 'Mehr Kalorien verbrauchen als essen'. Es ist tatsächlich so einfach. Wer langfristig zu viel isst, nimmt zu, wer langfristig zu wenig isst, nimmt ab. Wir machen allerdings riesige Fehler bei der Abschätzung, was zu viel und zu wenig ist. Und das könnt Ihr alles auf vierhundert leicht zu lesende Seiten erfahren: Warum scheitern Diäten? Wegen genetischer Veranlagung? Wegen
IBM to drastically lower IT cost
Sat, Apr 1st 2017 6:26a   Volker Weber
ARMONK, N.Y. - 01 Apr 2017: Companies across all industries and sectors have launched digital initiatives aimed at improving customer experience (CX), but, according to a new study by IBM (NYSE: IBM), not all consumers are digital enthusiasts. The same holds true for employees who spend too much time in front of their screens. In a bold move IBM has re-discovered it's decade old mantra "IBM stands for I've been moved". As Thomas J. Watson famously said in 1943 "I think there is a world m
#dontbreakthechain :: Was macht das mit Euch?
Fri, Mar 31st 2017 8:10a   Volker Weber
Das bin ich, heute morgen, in meinem Büro. Das da unten bin ich auch, vor ein paar Jahren, in einem Fernsehstudio. Dazwischen liegen zigtausend Kilometer, zu Fuß. Und das kam so: Am 10. März 2014, also vor ziemlich genau drei Jahren, bin ich auf der CeBIT gestürzt, nachdem mir zuvor der Fuß umgeschlagen ist. Daran war bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt immer ein anderer Schuld: meine schwachen Gelenke, der unebene Boden, das schlechte Licht. Sechs Wochen bi
edcom Nachlese
Thu, Mar 30th 2017 5:22p   Volker Weber
Bis Anfang des Jahrtausends gab es mal eine erfolgreiche Veranstaltung von Softwerk (Fürth) in Kooperation mit edcom (München), die an der persönlichen Eitelkeit eines Gesellschafters scheiterte. Das Thema war Lotusphere und diese Konferenz war auf der Höhe der Zeit. Ausverkauft in Stunden und wer nicht hin durfte, der fuhr halt nach Fürth, um sich zu informieren. Ich war selbst ein paar mal eingeladen und habe auch einmal Ed Brill dorthin verschleppt
Leckeres aus München
Thu, Mar 30th 2017 5:06p   Volker Weber
Wie man sieht, nicht wirklich aus München. Aber von da mitgebracht. Danke, Wolfi!
A few things I learned in Munich
Thu, Mar 30th 2017 9:40a   Volker Weber
I want you to lower your expectations for cognitive in collaboration. Speakers from IBM all joked about that they are getting paid to show slides with the word "cognitive". One of them made it very clear that there is a huge difference between Watson in Cancer Research & Treament (dollars per question) and things like Watson Tone Analyzer (pennies per document). These things run under the same brand, but they are not alike. IBM Connections it finally on the right path. Connections 6
Galaxy S8
Sun, Mar 26th 2017 11:39p   Volker Weber
I think this is what you've been waiting for. pic.twitter.com/FvYfsLOy0R— Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 1, 2017 Ich stelle mir gerade die armen Kollegen vor, die am Mittwoch in der Weltgeschichte herumreisen, um sich eine pompöse Samsung-Show anzuschauen, bei der etwas "entpackt" wird, das in allen Teilen bereits bekannt ist. Die Original-Leaks kommen seit Jahren von Evan Blass, siehe oben, aber Roland Quandt von Winfuture hat alles noch mal zusammengetragen. Nun beeilen sich
Week 12/2017 #dontbreakthechain
Sun, Mar 26th 2017 11:20p   Volker Weber
15,000 Steps Is the New 10,000
Sat, Mar 25th 2017 10:54p   Volker Weber
This research suggests that our current estimate of 10,000 steps per day may be too conservative, and that 15,000 steps is the mark we should be aiming for if we want to stave off life-threatening cardiac conditions. When it comes to light exercise more is better. Everything helps. Doing 10,000 instead of 5,000 has a bigger effect that doing 15,000 instead of 10,000. On my 100 km a week routine I did 18,000 a day. More >
The most ridiculed man on the planet
Sat, Mar 25th 2017 7:58a   Volker Weber
The other day I read this editorial letter on VF.com and I had to ask the question above. Trump won by a landslide. It can reasonably be said that our dear leader is now the most ridiculed man on the planet. In fact, he may well be the most ridiculed man in history. More >
Apple acquires Workflow
Thu, Mar 23rd 2017 4:22p   Volker Weber
Workflow is a powerful automation app, that let's your string together a set of applications and actions within those apps to automate repetitive tasks. The screenshot above was resized, renamed and pushed to the site via sftp using a Workflow automation. It returns the html code I need to paste into this entry. Apple has now acquired Workflow and will make the app available for free. I see it as a sign that Apple cares about power users on iOS. More >
Sharing you location
Wed, Mar 22nd 2017 3:21p   Volker Weber
Soon Google Maps users worldwide will be able to answer those questions in just a few taps, without ever leaving the app. On both Android and iOS, you’ll be able to share your real-time location with anyone. And the people you share with will be able to see your location on Android, iPhone, mobile web, and even desktop. You can share your location with specific people for a limited time. And this is the end of Glympse. More >
Schönster Stand auf der CeBIT: IBM
Wed, Mar 22nd 2017 1:09p   Volker Weber
Bild: IBM IBM hat immer einen großartigen Stand auf der CeBIT. Wunderbares Design, großflächige Panele, die den Weg weisen, mittendrin eine Hauptstraße, auf der man schnell von A nach B kam. Was mir dieses Jahr besonders auffiel, waren die vielen Kommunikationsmöglichkeiten. Demopunkte mit breiten Stehtischen, überall Sitzecken, kleine Tribünen, Stehtische, Café-Tische, jede Menge kleine Rückzugsmög
Plantronics Backbeat 500
Wed, Mar 22nd 2017 11:18a   Volker Weber
Wir haben ein Plantronics Headset, von dem ich nur selten erzähle: das BackBeat Sense, das auf den Ohren sitzt und sie nicht umschließt. Die Scheffin liebt dieses Gerät, um auf dem iPad Filme zu schauen. Plantronics bringt jetzt das viel billigere Backbeat 500, vielleicht in Konkurrenz zu den erfolgreichen Urbanears Plattan ADV Wireless. Bluetooth Class 4.1, alternativ ein Kabel, Deep Sleep (bis zu 6 Monate im Standby). Ich habe es nicht gehört, will auch kei
AVM auf der CeBIT
Wed, Mar 22nd 2017 8:44a   Volker Weber
Es gibt nicht mehr so viele Neuigkeiten, die mich zur CeBIT ziehen. Im Wesentlichen sind es die Menschen, die ich treffen will. Heise ist in Hannover und so treffe ich wenigstens einmal im Jahr meine Kollegen, die ich sehr gut leiden mag. Und dann gibt es überall gute Gespräche. Dabei sind es nicht nur die Menschen, die ich eh schon kenne, sondern auch mal neue. So konnte ich dieses Jahr endlich mal den interessanten Siegfried Lautenbacher kennenlernen oder Leute treffen, die i
A few thoughts on the new Apple products announced today
Tue, Mar 21st 2017 9:59p   Volker Weber
I like these announcements that just fall out of the sky without much fanfare. In no particular order: iPhone 7 gets a new color. Apple donates some money they make from (PRODUCT)RED products to AIDS research. So that's a good one. It looks cool, but my matte black iPhone 7 Plus looks cool enough that it does not need replacing.iPad replaces iPad Air 2. Faster chip (A9), more base memory (32 GB), brighter display, lower price. What's not to like about those changes? Turns out most of the ru
Week 11/2017 #dontbreakthechain
Sun, Mar 19th 2017 4:02p   Volker Weber
Netgear improves the Arlo Pro covers
Fri, Mar 17th 2017 8:41a   Volker Weber
Photo Netgear If you want to hide your Arlo camera in a tree, the white body gives it away too easily. This is why there are quite a few covers are available for the Arlo. Now with Arlo Pro Netgear improves the design. You stick the camera in from the back and there is a shade that protects the lens from rain or condensation. Very well done. More >
OneNote graphs your equations
Fri, Mar 17th 2017 8:29a   Volker Weber
Last summer we introduced Ink math assistant in OneNote—a digital tutor that gives you step-by-step instructions on how to solve your handwritten math problems. Today, we are excited to announce that Ink math assistant can draw graphs of your equations, all within OneNote for Windows 10. Not a use case for me. But I would have loved to have that as a student, right within a note taking app.
IBM extends support for Notes and Domino into the next century
Thu, Mar 16th 2017 10:19a   Volker Weber
Arlo Pro takes it up a notch. A big one.
Wed, Mar 15th 2017 8:27p   Volker Weber
Arlo is one of those products I continue to recommended. It's a product I don't just review and put it aside, but I use it every single day. Just today I installed a three camera setup at a friend's house and her 90 y/o father decided to also order another one on the spot. That's right, 90. But he doesn't look it and he is still very agile, both physically as well as mentally. But I digress. When I returned home, UPS showed up and brought a new Arlo Pro. That's the one on the right. It
Tivoli Audio Model One Digital :: First Impressions
Wed, Mar 15th 2017 7:53p   Volker Weber
Everybody knows the Model One from Tivoli Audio, designed by the late Henry Kloss. Although many consider it a modern classic, Model One itself incorporates visual elements similar to Kloss' legendary KLH Model Eight table radio. Tivoli Audio was founded by Tom DeVesto. He moved on to create Como Audio and launched a Kickstarter campaign. Tivoli Audio has evolved from building the simple Model One to make lots of different products. The Model One Digital is play on the original Kloss design,
LessThanFive Chair
Tue, Mar 14th 2017 10:19a   Volker Weber
That is a very expensive material to make a chair that weighs less than five pounds. That is about half the weight of an IKEA Janinge.
Atomic Blonde
Tue, Mar 14th 2017 8:40a   Volker Weber
Killer soundtrack. How about Blue Monday?
Tabelts and smartphones: if it's not Apple, it has fallen off the map
Mon, Mar 13th 2017 8:11p   Volker Weber
I completely agree with Marques on this one. Tablets did not become the category that we envisioned and neither have smartwatches. It's either an iPad or an Apple Watch, or it has fallen off the map. That does not mean there aren't any good ones. But they don't matter. Watch the video from 5:12.

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