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| Final week of the New Year Challenge coming up|
Sun, Jan 22nd 2017 51
| Surface Pro 4 :: Screenshots annotieren|
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| Surface Pro 4 :: Love the power brick|
Sun, Jan 22nd 2017 146
| Third Week of the New Year Challenge #dontbreakthechain|
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| Your next smartphone|
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Sat, Jan 21st 2017 160
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Wed, Jan 18th 2017 151
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Wed, Jan 18th 2017 146
| Surface Pro 4 :: Love the power brick|
Sun, Jan 22nd 2017 146
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| The January BlackBerry Android cycle completed|
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Mon, Jan 16th 2017 113
||Microsoft Surface Pro 4 :: Hello. I think I am in love
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jan 06, 2017
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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.