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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 :: Hello. I think I am in love
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Volker Weber    

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I had a bit of a rough first date. But after setting the machine up exactly like I want it -- Simplified English (US) with German locale and German as an input language -- we have been coming along nicely. The thing that delights me the most is Windows Hello. This IR camera is better than a keyboard bound fingerprint reader. I use this machine as a tablet a lot.

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The keyboard and the trackpad are way better than what I was used to before. So I wrote all of my articles this week on the Surface and in Word Mobile, storing them on OneDrive shared with my editor. That is a perfect fit for me.

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No network issues at all. The machine always connected to Wifi immediately and for some large multi-GB transfers I hooked it up to my Gigabit ethernet. With a USB-A port I could reuse a dongle I already had.

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My Apple VGA and Belkin HDMI adapter have been collecting dust for a while and I have not tested them yet but I am pretty sure they will work with the DisplayPort.

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Connectivity has been great. This is the PhotoFast Memory Cable which lets you charge the iPhone and also transfer files from both ends into memory that is built into the USB-A plug. This is how you quickly transfer a video from Surface to the iPhone or back.

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You can achieve the same quick transfers via the built-in MicroSD port that is hiding behind the kickstand. If your camera does not support MicroSD you may want to use the SD/MicroSD adapter that comes with your MicroSD card.

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The kickstand folds almost all the way back, unlike the Surface 3 which has three distinct angles that don't go as flat as this kickstand. Great for drawing on a desk.

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Surface Pen comes with the machine and is no longer an extra. During Windows setup it is paired with Surface and it has been a great user experience so far. You can attach it to the left side of Surface but I would not put it away in a bag this way or carry the device around outside of my office or home. It's just too easy to brush it off the side and then lose it.

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My biggest concern with the i7 (or i5) model was fan noise. And I am happy to report there isn't any. At least not when I am using it. If you render video the fan will come on. I have heard it during large ftp transfers, but it has not bothered my. It's a really quiet fan.

Thumbs up. This machine will get a lot of use and abuse. Editor-refuses-to-give-it-back award. I am sure Microsoft will eventually go to USB Type C, but for now this is my preferred setup.



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Motorola updates Android on the Z2 Play
Fri, Aug 18th 2017 6:04p   Volker Weber
This the first Moto Update I see. It takes the Z2 Play from the May to the July Android Security Patch. Not yet monthly, and a month behind, but they are making an effort.
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Big changes ahead for Sonos
Thu, Aug 17th 2017 6:18p   Volker Weber
Sonos is announcing changes for its privacy policy: Next week, we’ll be introducing some important updates to our privacy statement. Sonos owners and anyone who visits our website will be asked to acknowledge this new policy when we update our software and systems in the coming days. Sonos is opening up. There will be new ways for Sonos players to interact with other services. And that means that Sonos has to exchange data with other entities and they need your approval. Read the whole bl
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BlackBerry Mobile fixed the KEYone screen
Thu, Aug 17th 2017 5:37p   Volker Weber
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Klartext: Elektroautos sind ein bisschen besser
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 3:26p   Volker Weber
Wieder ein großartiger Text von Clemens Gleich: In der vergangenen Woche riss ich in einem Satz an, dass Elektroautos im Hinblick auf die Zukunftsplanung besser seien als Verbrenner, aber eben nicht so viel besser, dass es ihren medienvirtuellen Status als Lösung aller PKW-Ressourcenprobleme rechtfertigt. Nach einigen enttäuschten Elektroautofreunden sollten wir das näher ausführen. Wer den üblichen Veitstanz mit dem Holzhammer sucht, sei
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Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 10:09a   Volker Weber
Das neue Voyager 8200 UC ist der zweite Crossover von Plantronics, der Musikhören mit Telefonieren verbindet. Normalerweise können Headsets nur das eine oder das andere richtig. Das erste solche Headset war das Voyager Focus, das ich vor zwei Jahren auf der IFA entdeckte. Es verband einen Mikrofon-Arm aus der Voyager-Serie mt einem On-Ear-Headset, das den Nutzer von seiner Umgebung isolieren sollte. Ich fand das eine sehr gelungene Kombination für jeden, der in einem o
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A nice Moto touch
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Alexa on your UE Boom 2 or Megaboom
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 8:03a   Volker Weber
Logi has integrated Alexa into their Andeoid apps for the Ultimate Ears Boom 2 and Megaboom speakers. It works in the same way as Siri or Google integration: press the small Bluetooth button on the top to talk to Alexa. The UE app has to be running on your Android device. The UE speakers don't support far field recognition or a wake word. You have to touch the speaker.
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Amanda has left the building
Tue, Aug 15th 2017 6:39p   Volker Weber
A few months ago I told you about Penumbra Prism Award winner Amanda Bauman. Amanda has now left IBM and joined Salesforce, a popular destination for the the best IBMers and partners.
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LAN-Außensteckdose
Tue, Aug 15th 2017 10:03a   Volker Weber
Ein kleiner Sicherheitshinweis: wer seinen Sonos-Player außerhalb seines Hauses platziert, der schafft auch gleichzeitig einen Zugang zum eigenen LAN. Wer ein Ethernet-Kabel steckt, ist drin. Man kann den Plaer auch ein paar Meter mitnehmen und in Ruhe arbeiten. Strom bekommt man über einen Inverter an der Autosteckdose.
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Alles nur eine Farce? Digital Collaboration und NewWork im Wirklichkeitsschock
Tue, Aug 15th 2017 9:47a   Volker Weber
Siegfried Lauterbacher auf LinkedIn: Ich stelle mir derzeit oft die Frage, ob der ganze Digital Work/ Digital Collaboration Hype nicht bloße Schminke ist. Könnte es sein, dass Kollaborationsplattformen ein bewußt eingesetztes Werkzeug darstellen, über das die Ansprüche der neuen Generation an den Sinnbezug von Arbeit nur scheinbar befriedigt werden? Ich erlebe diese Plattformen häufig als Wohlfühlprojekt, das in die eigentlic




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