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| How many BlackBerry Android devices have been sold?|
Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 52
| Four weeks to IBM Connect 2017|
Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 66
| Fritz!Box als Anrufabwimmler|
Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 39
| Final week of the New Year Challenge coming up|
Sun, Jan 22nd 2017 51
| Surface Pro 4 :: Screenshots annotieren|
Sun, Jan 22nd 2017 59
| Surface Pro 4 :: Love the power brick|
Sun, Jan 22nd 2017 146
| Third Week of the New Year Challenge #dontbreakthechain|
Sun, Jan 22nd 2017 38
| Your next smartphone|
Fri, Jan 20th 2017 288
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| Story of Life|
Fri, Jan 20th 2017 159
| From my inbox|
Sat, Jan 21st 2017 159
| Was ich von Frau Brandlinger gelernt habe|
Wed, Jan 18th 2017 151
| This is your AirPod control|
Wed, Jan 18th 2017 146
| Surface Pro 4 :: Love the power brick|
Sun, Jan 22nd 2017 146
| Mit Apple Pay in Deutschland zahlen|
Sat, Jan 21st 2017 142
| The January BlackBerry Android cycle completed|
Fri, Jan 20th 2017 130
| Windows error at shutdown|
Mon, Jan 16th 2017 113
||IBM Connect 2017
In 2014 we were all convinced that this would be the last Connect nee Lotusphere. There were some tearful goodbyes from people who didn't know wether they would meet again. But then IBM announced another conference, on a much smaller scale, held almost entirely in the Swan. So in 2015 many of us convened again, and while the exhibition space was too crammed, the sense of community was actually up from 2014. 2015 was the year I took a ton of photos all over the Swan & Dolphin area. IBM had fulfilled their contract and again, we were sure this would be the end of it. And in a way it was. It was the only show I ever got on the stage. Try to find me in the picture above.
IBM wasn't going to give up. In 2016 the conference moved to the Hilton next to the Orange County Convention Center. No balconies, no windows to open, just a big box. I hated the place when I arrived. But then, within a few hours everything changed. Q (you know who you are) made me feel at home by preparing my room with some cold beverages, many familiar people arrived and the event was off to a good start. The next day I had a strange briefing with the GM who basically told me everything he was going to announce the next day, avoiding any questions.
On Monday the show kicked in full gear and by Wednesday, a day shorter than previous conferences, I thought that was both a good conference and great location. The hotel complex had felt cold when getting there, but during the conference it created a good atmosphere with the open courtyard in between sessions and the pool area in the late afternoon or evening. Was this the last one? We didn't know. In the last hours of the conference the news broke that Inhi Cho Suh was to replace Jeff Schick as the GM.
Inhi made the decision that the conference needed a fresh start. It was going to leave Orlando behind and move to the west coast. Connect 2017 will be held in the Moscone Center in San Francisco to celebrate the new. It will showcase IBM partnering with other big players. This is not a hotel complex with a convention center. It's a whole city. That is bound to change the atmosphere completely. IBM needs to prove they are still relevant.
How about you? Are you excited? Are you going to follow Inhi to San Francisco?
Jan 05, 2017
| Recent Blog Posts
How many BlackBerry Android devices have been sold?|
Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 11:53p Volker Weber
Help me with Google Play Store statistics. If you look up DTEK, the software that comes with all BlackBerry Android devices, it shows less than half a million downloads. When you activate a PRIV, DTEK50 or DTEK60, it will automatically download all updates to pre-installed sotware from the store. So for each device, there should be at least one download. And I believe that every consecutive download no longer counts against that tally.
If I am correct, then BlackBerry has sold less than half
Four weeks to IBM Connect 2017|
Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 10:53p Volker Weber
In four weeks, the Opening General Session of IBM Connect 2017 will be over. If you want to attend, you can ask an IBM Champion for a $100 discount code. As a customer, you probably just have to wait it out until you can attend as a seat filler. If IBM has planned for 4000 attendees, they will probably have to come and get you. As press, who knows? Haven't heard so much as a whisper from IBM, so I am planning to sit on my sofa and see if IBM can keep a webcast going.
Fritz!Box als Anrufabwimmler|
Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 9:10p Volker Weber
Es gibt bei mir vier Klassen von Anrufern:
Nummer steht in meinem Adressbuch, Name wird angezeigt. Da geh' ich dran, auch wenn jemand nur seiner Pressemitteilung hinterher telefoniert.Keine Nummer angezeigt. Die gehen ohne Ausnahme auf den Anrufbeantworter, sprechen aber eigentlich nie was drauf.Nummer wird angezeigt, kenne ich aber nicht. Rufe ich zurück, wenn ich rausfinden kann, wer das war. Oder wenn der Anrufer auf den Anrufbeantworter spricht.Call Center, Nummer bekannt. Krieg
Final week of the New Year Challenge coming up|
Sun, Jan 22nd 2017 10:09p Volker Weber
We have done this tree times. Some of you made it in the first round, some in the second, some in the third. We are going to do this one more time, and at the end of the month we will be looking at your Move goal. You get this by dragging to the right. And maybe, you even get the full month for completing the Move goal every single day.
Good news: if you can complete a full week on all three activity rings, you are able to do it again and again. And it's working, as Markus reports:
Surface Pro 4 :: Screenshots annotieren|
Sun, Jan 22nd 2017 6:48p Volker Weber
Surface Pro 4 :: Love the power brick|
Sun, Jan 22nd 2017 9:07a Volker Weber
It's always the small details that delight me. An extra USB port on the power brick of the Surface Pro 4 for instance. No need to bring an extra charger for your phone. On the Surface side of things you have this connector:
This slots in easily and is held by a magnet. If you trip over your cable you will not yank your Surface from the table. It also goes in both ways. And the cable does not stick out but follows the contour of the device.
On the other end of the brick there is
Third Week of the New Year Challenge #dontbreakthechain|
Sun, Jan 22nd 2017 8:20a Volker Weber
@vowe pic.twitter.com/OGtH0yR1Cx— Ben Hughes (@snaketide) January 22, 2017
Ben lives in Australia and he has a head start to close his first week of completing all three activities each day of the week. When you complete yours, take a photo of the notification and post it on Twitter @vowe. I will embed it below.
Easier together. #dontbreakthechain
From my inbox|
Sat, Jan 21st 2017 1:43p Volker Weber
Danke, Michael. Habe mich sehr gefreut.
Mit Apple Pay in Deutschland zahlen|
Sat, Jan 21st 2017 10:43a Volker Weber
Wirecard führt heute seine mobile Bezahllösung boon in Frankreich ein. Nach der Einführung auf dem britischen Markt im Mai vergangenen Jahres, ist Frankreich nun der erste Markt innerhalb der Eurozone, wo boon mit Apple Pay genutzt werden kann. Die voll digitalisierte mobile Bezahl-App ermöglicht Kunden ab heute mobile Zahlungen, die einfach, sicher und schnell getätigt werden können. boon basiert auf einer automatischen App-to-Wallet-Integration über einen Prepaid Account mit einer digi
Story of Life|
Fri, Jan 20th 2017 10:25p Volker Weber
Best app I have seen in a while. Sir David Attenborough's Story of Life.