by Volker Weber

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In Zeiten der Krise kann man erkennen, was guter Qualitätsjournalismus leistet. Statt atemlos Gerüchte, Meinungen und Stimmungen zu verstärken, einfach die Fakten zusammentragen. Nein, einfach ist das falsche Wort. Was einfach aussieht, bedarf jahrelanger Übung und Disziplin. Meine Favoriten: Die Zeit und Deutsche Welle. Sehr gute Arbeit, vielen Dank.

Ganz schlimm, einige Journalistendarsteller auf Twitter.

Listen to this!

by Volker Weber

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Headset recommendation

by Volker Weber


I was asked which headset I would recommend for this profile.

- pure telephony, no music features needed
- small and lean as possible
- budget EUR 300,-

#1 makes it a Plantronics Voyager, #2 makes it the Edge model. #3 is too much money. They are way cheaper.

UC model for mixed PC/Mac and phone use. Regular one for phone/tablet only.

Stuff that works :: Olloclip Active Lens

by Volker Weber


This is one of my favorite things. Olliclip makes many lenses for iPhone, but this is by far my favorite. When I travel, it just wear it around my neck. When I am shooting photos with the iPhone, I can grap the lens with my other hand and remove it from the lanyard.


The Active Lens has two lenses: a 2x telephoto and an ultra-wide lens. And they work on both cameras, main camera (iSight) and front facing (FaceTime). You will hardly ever need the telephoto on the front facing camera, but it'S great to get closer to the action if you can't walk there.

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Sonos 101

by Volker Weber


Sonos customers know the product line, much like Apple customers do. They can give you the full list of options. Sometimes they know the difference between PLAY:1, PLAY:3 and PLAY:5, sometimes they don't. But there is one thing that is really, really hard to understand and to communicate for that matter: what makes Sonos more than a speaker.

There have only been two ways to "get" Sonos. Visit somebody's home or take a leap of faith by trying it yourself, at home. I helped quite a few people to take that leap of faith, and our home has also been a Sonos showroom.

And now there is a third one.


Sonos has built a unique retail experience with their new flagship store in the middle of the New York fashion district, just a few steps away from the iconic Soho Apple Store. 101 Greene Street, New York, New York.

This is not a store you need as a Sonos customer. This is a place for people who fit the profile of a Sonos customer, but who did not "get" it until now.

And here we are again: you don't get the store until you experienced it yourself. At least I didn't. Not from the photos, not from the stories. But now I did. I spent two hours with the people who created the store, and they explained every little detail.

I will try to explain, but I guess I will fail as much as everybody else who did.

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Well of Death

by Volker Weber

Begegnung im Park

by Volker Weber


Heute im Herrngarten, Pokémon Central in Darmstadt. Frau läuft mit ihrer Tochter, großer Teenager. Tochter bleibt stehen und schaut auf ihr Handy. Genau vor einem Pokestop mit Lure Module. Ich zu der Mutter:

"Das kann jetzt etwas dauern."
"Ja, aber ich bin froh, dass sie mal mit mir läuft."

"Spielen sie nicht mit?"
"Ich habe das nicht drauf."
"Haben Sie kein iPhone?"
"Doch, habe ich. Und Sie? Spielen Sie das auch?"
"Ja, klar. Ist ganz einfach."
"Meinen Sie?"
"Sicher. Sie sind erst alt, wenn Sie nichts mehr lernen. Und wie oft können Sie denn noch mit ihrer Tochter was spielen?"
Zur Tochter: "Du, hast Du das gehört? Kannst Du mir das auch drauf machen?"

Als Alter Sack™ darf man das.

Busy day on Twitter

by Volker Weber


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BlackBerry damage control

by Volker Weber


Imagine you were BlackBerry and you wanted to move from a not so successful platform (BlackBerry 10) to a wildly successful platform (Android).

Learn from how Nokia messed it up. Symbian was dying, Windows Phone wasn't done. With the burning platform manifesto then Nokia-CEO Elop sank the old ship before the new one was ready. Symbian had been declining and then fell off a cliff.

What we reported was:

  1. BlackBerry is discontinuing the Classic, the Leap will be phased out soon, and BlackBerry stops making the AT&T Passport.
  2. BlackBerry 10 will be supported until the end of 2018 and there are two new versions coming out. 10.3.3 soon and 10.3.4 next year.
  3. BlackBerry is planning three new Android devices. Two touchscreens this year, one keyboard next year.

Now BlackBerry COO Marty Beard sets us straight:

Last week we shared the latest plan to keep advancing our smartphone portfolio. Unfortunately, the news was misinterpreted by many – from the media, to tech observers, to our fans and customers.

He then goes on to explain:

That is why we are committed to not just maintaining BB10 software, but advancing it to be even more secure and provide even greater productivity. You’ll see that with the next 10.3.3 update coming within the next month, which will be focused on enhancing our already-stellar privacy and security features. Future BB10 software updates for 2017 are already in the works.

See Number 2 above.

Meanwhile, BlackBerry 10 devices such as the BlackBerry Passport and Leap are still available to our loyal customers.

See Number 1 above. Yes, they are "still available".

This means we’ll continue to make our iconic BlackBerry keyboard.

See Number 1 and 3. Priv has a keyboard, Passport (still available) has a keyboard, next year's Android has a keyboard.

PRIV was the first iteration… and soon there will be others.

See Number 3.

If you are the COO, you cannot tell this story in any other way. You and I would say: "We are moving from BB10 to Android, and that move is complete in nine months." But then you would be sitting on a lot of inventory that none of your loyal customers want anymore.

You can keep buying these devices until BlackBerry runs out of stock. And then you will be supported for another two years.

Here are two questions to ask:

  1. Do you have any new BlackBerry 10 smartphones in the pipeline?
  2. Will you still be selling BlackBerry 10 smartphones a year from now?

The answer to those questions will be "we do not comment on future plans". That is how you avoid lying.

Don't have a dog? Get Pokémon Go.

by Volker Weber

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A dog is a good walking coach. But Pokémon Go may be even better. Install (Android, iOS), put a powerbank in your pocket, and start walking. Two hours later you will have depleted your battery at least once, walked 10 km and more, and raised your level. I went to the university campus and I spotted dozens of students playing the game. In groups, talking to old farts like me.

People getting out and interacting with each other. That's probably the best thing that could have happened in the USA right now.

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