October 2014

New Outlook for Mac available to Office 365 customers

by Volker Weber


Today we are announcing the new Outlook for the Mac, which delivers improved performance and reliability and a fresh look and feel that is unmistakably Microsoft Office. This release offers a more familiar and consistent experience between Outlook on the PC, Outlook on the web and Outlook Web App (OWA) for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

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Perfect Service

by Volker Weber


I had one Sonos Controller with partially unresponsive touchscreen. Sonos issued an RMA and sent a UPS label. I dropped the package into the next UPS truck and within 48 hours had a new controller. Perfect!

heise online: Mehr Überwachung statt Mehreinnahmen? Schluss mit dem Unfug!

by Volker Weber

Es kann doch nicht sein, dass wir landesweit mit riesigem Aufwand ein System installieren, das nichts, aber auch gar nichts zur Lösung irgendeines Problems beiträgt außer dem, dass der CSU-Chef vor den heimischen Stammtischen blöd dastehen könnte.

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Drucker gesucht

by Volker Weber


Alle 15 Jahre kaufe ich mal einen Drucker. Aktuell habe ich einen Laserjet 1200 und der quietscht und eiert langsam. Toner ist auch bald alle, da bietet es sich an, mal was neues zu kaufen. Ich drucke vielleicht 250 Blatt im Jahr, also fast nichts. Tinte fällt deshalb aus, Farbe brauche ich auch nicht.

Ich mag keinen Treiber-Ärger. Anschluss im Netzwerk oder am Airport Express.

Was kauft man da? Vielleicht einen Samsung Xpress?

Update: Die Frage hat sich erledigt. Wir haben gerade erst solche Drucker in c't getestet. Der Samsung ist gekauft.

Apple CEO Tim Cook on equality

by Volker Weber

I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.

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Lenovo Completes Acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google

by Volker Weber


Lenovo will operate Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Motorola’s headquarters will remain in Chicago. With the completion of the acquisition, Lenovo welcomes the addition of a new portfolio company with nearly 3,500 employees around the world -- including about 2,800 in the U.S. -- who design, engineer, sell and support Motorola’s outstanding devices.

Let the games beging.

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ConnectED 2015

by Volker Weber

January's ConnectED 2015 is a 'do not miss' event. We heard you loud and clear, and this year we are focused on providing the richest technical information possible and the Enterprise Social and Digital Experience Solution roadmaps and business strategy sessions you found so helpful in years past. We believe that, from the over 500 abstracts submitted, we can create the right balance of technical nuts and bolts information you can't find anywhere else and valuable business and IT strategy that the attending business leaders in your organization will really enjoy.

Are you going? I haven't heard from IBM yet, so I have no idea if I will be there.

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Katryna Dow :: Shift Happens

by Volker Weber

I am constantly inspired, worried and empowered by the change I see happening around us. It seems we are at a place of amazing opportunity, yet many of the technology decisions we face right now will ultimately lead us down two very different paths.

Please read and understand.

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Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows

by Volker Weber


Hot on the heels of the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro comes a 13" Windows version. Black instead of silver, Windows 8.1 instead of Android 4.4. Double the RAM and storage, because Windows needs that. $200 more and minus the pico projector. For now only in the US and China.

Microsoft Band

by Volker Weber


This is the first tracker/smartwatch in quite a while that I find interesting. For one reason: it's not tied to an iPhone or a Galaxy. Instead it should work with about anything I have.

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Twitter and IBM Form Global Partnership to Transform Enterprise Decisions

by Volker Weber


SAN FRANCISCO and ARMONK, NY - 29 Oct 2014: Twitter and IBM today announced a landmark partnership that will help transform how businesses and institutions understand their customers, markets and trends - and inform every business decision. The alliance brings together Twitter data that distinctively represents the public pulse of the planet with IBM’s industry-leading cloud-based analytics, customer engagement platforms, and consulting services.

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Niklas Heidloff: Changes

by Volker Weber

I've worked in IBM Collaboration Solutions / Lotus for more than 15 years. Next month I'll start working for another team in IBM, called Emerging Technologies as a Bluemix advocate. I'm very excited and look forward to the new opportunity!

Congratulations, Niklas!

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PwC and Google: bringing transformation to work

by Volker Weber

Today we’re combining PwC’s rich client relationships and unparalleled industry knowledge with Google’s breadth of technology across cloud, applications and mobile. Together, we will provide and build solutions to help companies drive transformation and PwC will help bring the best of Google to work.

Let's start the clock: How long does it take PwC to live without Notes?

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FUBAR @ Microsoft

by Volker Weber


In 30 Tagen, also übermorgen oder spätestens überübermorgen, läuft ein Teil meines Microsoft-Guthabens ab. Also gehe ich einkaufen. Oder besser, ich will einkaufen gehen.


Das scheint nicht so einfach zu sein. Drücken wir mal auf Update.


Das nennt man dann wohl FUBAR.

Surfing @ 1000 fps

by Volker Weber

[Thanks, Hajo]

Two weeks with the Yoga Tab 2 Pro

by Volker Weber


It's very hard to overstate the size of the Yoga Tab 2 Pro. In the photo above you see an iPad Air 2 leaning against it. If you place it in portrait mode, you need two of them to barely hide the Yoga. It's this huge.

Lenovo said that 80% of tablet use is in the house. That is why they designed this huge device. And if that screen is not big enough, it also contains a pico projector. Since I have had the tablet, I have shown it to quite a few people, and every single one of them wanted to have one.

I have also used the Lenovo while traveling. No idea, how many people took a photo of that weird dude with a huge tablet and huge headphones. But it's great fun hanging this screen from the seatback in front of you and being the only person outside of the cockpit with a decent screen. Instrumental in getting media into the device was the PK K'3 Smartphone USB Key.

iPad Air 2

by Volker Weber


The new iPad Air 2 appears to be pretty similar to the original iPad Air, but when you look closely, you will notice lots of differences. The SIM card slot went from the left to the right side, the plastic insert on the LTE model is a bit wider. The whole device is a bit thinner and technically a bit lighter, but you will not be able to tell the difference. The new iPad is also supposed to be way faster, but it's completely unnoticeable to me. Going from an iPad to an iPad Air is a huge change, going from Air to Air 2 is not.

For me it boils down to two major changes. One positive, the other negative.

On the upside, the new iPad Air 2 has the fingerprint sensor that was introduced in the iPhone 5S and continued into the 6 and 6 plus models. Finally you could secure your device without typing in the passcode umpteen times a day.

On the downside I am missing the switch in the upper right hand corner that let me quickly lock the screen orientation. I have used it quite often and I wish Apple had not removed it from the device.


Ein Jahr Deezer mit jedem Sonos Player

by Volker Weber

Aus meiner Inbox:

Ab sofort gibt es bis zum 31. Dezember 2014 zu jedem Sonos-Player ein zwölfmonatiges Deezer Premium+ Abonnement gratis dazu. Der reguläre Preis für den Musikdienst liegt bei 9,99 Euro pro Monat. Das Angebot gilt in Kombination mit jedem PLAY:1, PLAY:3, PLAY:5 sowie der PLAYBAR, dem CONNECT oder dem CONNECT:AMP. Pro Haushalt lässt sich ein Code einlösen.

The Hidden Sonos Web Interface

by Volker Weber

Sonos controllers interact with the players through the HTTP protocol. It is actually possible to directly use this underlying interface to communicate with the players without being limited by the feature set made available in the controller.

Check this out if you need to troubleshoot your Sonos system.

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Android apps on BlackBerry Passport

by Volker Weber

This is all I am seeing when I launch any Android app on the BlackBerry Passport. I have no idea what is broken and I don't really know how to fix it. Tried removing and reinstalling Android and Shell via Sachesi, but that has not resolved the issue. Who knows what is going on?

Madeleine Albright wins at Twitter

by Volker Weber

Microsoft makes a Lock Screen :: For Android

by Volker Weber

Next Lock Screen, a Microsoft Garage project, saves you time with quick app launch and access to the information you need. It’s a time saver lock screen built for busy professionals. See your calendar, missed calls, email and text messages all at a glance. Connect to a conference call in a single tap without unlocking your phone. Next Lock Screen even surfaces the apps you use most based on your location.

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by Volker Weber

PhotoMath is the world's first camera calculator. Just point the camera towards the mathematical expression, and PhotoMath instantly displays a correct result.

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Music on 14 Apple Screens

by Volker Weber

[Thanks, Uwe]

Galaxy Note 4 keeps growing on me

by Volker Weber


Yesterday I visited the Samsung Innovation Center in London. Great meetings covering a wide arrange of topics. It's a difficult topic. On one hand, Samsung can't really tell me what is coming, on the other hand they can speak about the development process. And I was really amazed by some of the people I met.

They had all kinds of gear to try out and that includes Gear. And I had to revisit my judgment on VR headsets. The headset they developed with Oculus is simply amazing. When you first put it on, you do see a lot of pixelation and that's happening with the 500+ dpi Note 4 as the display. I have no idea what kind of resolution you need to make those pixels disappear. Certainly four digits if not five. Anyway, after you wore the headset for a minute or so, your brain filters the image so you no longer notice the pixels. Head tracking was absolutely flawless. Now I can see myself wanting one.


As I get a better feel of the company and try out more of their products the Galaxy Note keeps growing on me. I picked up a really nice cover that completely changed the quality perception for me. Yes, this is real stitching. When the Note is inside this folding cover, it becomes a nice booklet. The camera is not longer sticking out on the back, the decorations are taking a backseat, and the whole experience becomes way more classy. And there is an additional benefit: wireless Qi charging. Works with all my Nokia chargers!

I also have all the vital apps installed now. Here navigation, UP, Withings, Sonos. It's all set up. Now I am ready to learn. The Galaxy Note is a powerhouse of features on top of Android, and it's not obvious how all of this works.

HERE on Android

by Volker Weber

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One of my favorite Windows Phone apps is making its way into the Android world. It's currently available in the Samsung app store for Galaxy phones. And it started to become available in beta for other Android phones. As it stats it runs just fine on the giant Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro.

Here gives you full voice assisted turn-by-turn navigation with downloadable maps for offline use. If you haven't done yet, give it a try. Highly recommended.

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MixRadio on Sonos

by Volker Weber


While in London I learned that MixRadio is now available in beta on Sonos. You need a MixRadio+ subscription for 3.99 a month. Yes, that is $ or €. 7 day free trial.

Apple’s Jonathan Ive describes his design process

by Volker Weber

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has landed

by Volker Weber


Today the Galaxy Note 4, which I find to be the most interesting smartphone/tablet from Samsung, became available in stores in Germany. One of them has landed at vowe's magic flying circus. I just played with it for a couple of hours so it's way too early for any serious review. But I do have a few impressions.


Like all Samsung smartphones it feels rather cheap. Just when Apple moved to curved edges, Samsung introduces chamfered edges, much like the iPhone 5 did two years ago. And this time, it's metal and not plastic. The removable back blends right into the frame, but the front does not. Where the screen meets the frame, there is a notable gap and a ridge, so the front isn't smooth at all.

But Samsung is clearly moving in the right direction. Metal is metal, not on the S-Pen, but on the device frame. The faux leather back does away with the embarrassing stitching. And the USB port on the bottom of the device goes back to version two with its smaller plug. With Google installing my apps from backup, I am immediately comfortable with the Google Now launcher and Gmail and Chrome. Only the Samsung phone icon sticks out like a sore thumb.

I would love love love to have the pure Android user experience, with Knox added. The screen is just wonderful. And a nice touch, compared to BlackBerry, iOS, and Windows Phone: the Note shows me a German keyboard, with proper Umlauts. Without any tweaking on my part.


The Note 4 gets most of the S5 features, like the fingerprint reader and the heart rate monitor on the back. Lots of stuff to play with. The camera is also upgraded with OIS (optical image stabilization). And yes, I did not notice the protective plastic before looking at the photo. It's of course off by now. ;-)


And here is the weird part. Before you can insert a SIM which isn't from Europe, you have to place at least one 5 minute phone call with a European SIM. Excuse my French, but WTF?

Some Fear Ebola Outbreak Could Make Nation Turn to Science

by Volker Weber

There is a deep-seated fear among some Americans that an Ebola outbreak could make the country turn to science. In interviews conducted across the nation, leading anti-science activists expressed their concern that the American people, wracked with anxiety over the possible spread of the virus, might desperately look to science to save the day.

The Borowitz Report shows that Americans are able to master irony.

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New iPad LTE ship with an Apple SIM

by Volker Weber


The new Apple SIM is preinstalled on iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models. The Apple SIM gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK right on your iPad. So whenever you need it, you can choose the plan that works best for you — with no long-term commitments. And when you travel, you may also be able to choose a data plan from a local carrier for the duration of your trip.

That's for the UK and the US only. For now. The future just started. You may no longer need to swap SIMs when traveling. It all depends on whether carriers want Apple's business.

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Happy 10th aniversary @Sonos, Sir

by Volker Weber


Here is to one of the nicest people in the business. Thomas Meyer was my first contact at Sonos, where he was heading world wide PR. We only ever met once in person, more than four years ago in Berlin at IFA, where he quickly handed me over to his CEO. At this time we had already known each other for four years. When I was in New York a few weeks ago, we nearly made it to our second date. ;-)

Thomas is the person who infected me with the Sonos virus, with a little help from Ben Rose. He is still with Sonos doing exactly the same thing, only on a different scale. Thomas is now the Global Director for Industry and Artist Relations. Happy anniversary, Thomas.

Sonos BOOST vs Sonos BRIDGE

by Volker Weber


There is a new Sonos bridge available and it's called BOOST. It has exactly the same function as BRIDGE, but it has updated networking hardware and is supposed to give you 50% better coverage.


A: Only if (a) you cannot run an Ethernet wire from your router to any Sonos component in your home and (b) connecting via Wifi isn't good enough.

Q: When is Wifi not good enough?
A: For everything beyond simple music streaming. If you want to run PLAYBAR with SUB and two PLAY:1 or PLAY:3 for instance.

Q: I have BRIDGE. Do I want to upgrade to BOOST?
A: If everything is working OK, no. If you have dropouts due to bad wireless coverage, yes. Let Sonos support check.

Q: Does BOOST replace BRIDGE?
A: After Sonos sold their stock of BRIDGE, yes. For now they still have BRIDGE and you can buy two of them for one BOOST.

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What happened to Qik?

by Volker Weber

Skype launches a brand new service called Qik. Brand new? Been there, done that.

What happened to Qik? As of 30 April 2014, Qik has been retired.

Now it's coming back as a lightweight video messaging app for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

Das DNUG Büro informiert

by Volker Weber

Der Vorstand hat einstimmig beschlossen, den Vortrag 'Domino Anwendungsmigration' von Bernd Vellguth, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, von der Agenda der kommenden DNUG Konferenz zu streichen. Der Grund hierfür ist, dass der Vortrag den Interessen des Hauptsponsors und DNUG Partners IBM massiv widerspricht. Die Präsentation dieses Vortrags würde das finanzielle und Sprecherengagement der IBM sowohl für die kommende als auch für weitere zukünftige Konferenzen in Frage stellen und die Partnerschaft der DNUG mit IBM grundsätzlich gefährden.

Eine schöne Konferenz habt Ihr da. Wäre doch schade, wenn da was passiert.

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by Volker Weber

Aus meinem Postkorb:

deswegen gehörst du ja auch zu D führenden 'influencern'

Iwo. Ich bin nicht führend. Und bei keinem dieser Schwanzvergleiche dabei. Ich schreibe hier einfach auf, was mir Spaß macht.

The Empire Strikes Back Uncut :: Full Movie

by Volker Weber

Zwei Konzerte auf arte.tv :: London Grammar & Keisza

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Yoga Tablet 2 Pro

by Volker Weber


The new Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is huge. 13.3" screen, QHD display (2 x 1280 by 2 x 720 = 2560 by 1440 pixels). The design follows the same principle as the original tablet, but it's better in a lot of ways. First, you can open the stand in any angle you want, all the way to 180 degrees. There is a hole in the middle of that stand so you can hang it on the wall. The sound is way better and it's now driven by an Intel Atom processor, which has three times the CPU performance and twice the graphic performance.


And it has one trick up its sleeve: a pico projector. The photo above shows how you place the tablet to get a level screen on the wall. I have watched a movie across from 4 meters distance. If the room is completely dark, this is quite an experience. The more light there is in the rooom, the closer you have to get. And eventually you are much better off to just watch on the IPS display. The projector will deplete the battery within less than four hours, so it's good for a movie, but not for lengthy meetings. With the projector turned off, you will get more than 10 hours of operation, Lenovo promises up to fifteen.


Lenovo adds lots of software to stock Android 4.4.2 which I am completely ignoring for now. I just installed the Google Now launcher and use the stock Chrome and Gmail apps. If you swipe up from the bottom you will see an extensive control panel. Lenovo has added multiuser support back which they stripped off the original Yoga Tablet.


I am at odds with the amount of memory available shown here. This is a 32 GB device and it is showing 20 GB reserved by the O/S. This is highly unlikely since the smaller tablets show 4 GB of reserved space for the O/S. After looking at the partition table, I am pretty sure that only 16 GB of the 32 have been allocated to partitions and that this panel simply lumps everything not /data together as O/S. I tried resetting and also went into recovery mode where I failed to reformat the internal SD.

My problem is that Lenovo is too many layers deep to get to a person who can fix this. For now I am using it as if it only had 16 GB of storage. Who wants to send me a 64 GB MicroSD? ;-)

Mind the gap

by Volker Weber


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"Mind the gap between the train and the platform", you hear that a lot when traveling on the Tube. If you get off the Central Line at Bank, you really need to pay attention. The gap is huge in the middle of a carriage because the train is straight and the station is curved.

Screen Sharing for Lumia Phones

by Volker Weber


Screen Sharing for Lumia Phones is a little gadget you probably want if you have a Lumia and want to project content to your big TV screen. It's a Miracast receiver with just two connectors: MicroUSB for power and full size HDMI-out. You can use any Miracast-certified source to project to this device. Its basic function works exactly like my Netgear PTV-3000.

There is one more thing though. The device has an NFC tag embedded into a coaster that you can take off and place it on your coffee table. When you touch it with your Lumia phone, it automatically pairs with the device and starts projecting.

My initial test wasn't as successful as with the Netgear receiver. I have placed both behind the Samsung TV in exactly the same place and while the Netgear was working as expected, the Microsoft device had a hard time keeping the connection. Apparently reception coming from below was too weak. Another problem might be that I was powering it through a USB port from the back of the TV instead of through the supplied power adapter. Works for the Netgear, may not be working for the Microsoft device.

Update: It was not the power supply. Wifi reception is too weak. Does not work behind the TV, also does not work inside cabinet. The phone needs to "see" the device.

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by Volker Weber

Begin Again, starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Adam Levine (of Maroon 5) is a beautiful chick flick which I enjoyed tremendously. Google hasn't yet blocked the soundtrack, so listen on.

DNUG: Fortbestand über 2014 hinaus?

by Volker Weber

Roswitha Boldt fragt:

Könnte es trotzdem weitergehen oder hat der Verein seine Zeit gehabt?

Die Lage ist bitter. DNUG lebt von den Konferenzen, aber die sind immer weniger nachgefragt. Jetzt ist noch der harte Kern von IBMern und Partnern da, aber die können sich gegenseitig wenig neues erzählen oder gar verkaufen. Neues CI, neuer Name, das ist nur Kosmetik, und hat auch genauso viel geholfen.

Ich befürchte, da kommen zwei Sachen zusammen: das Geschäftsmodell funktioniert nicht mehr. Und das Thema ist in dieser Form durch.

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That Feeling

by Volker Weber

Plus size

by Volker Weber


It is very hard to overstate how much I enjoy the iPhone 6 Plus. Ever since I used the Lumia 1520 I was ready for large smartphones. It's very much a personal preference. Just as your choice of platform. I understand people who enjoy their Galaxy Note just as well. And I am delighted that she is loving her BlackBerry Passport.

As somebody who tries to use all platforms at the same time, I am incredibly attached to the iPhone 6 Plus. While I am always aware of apps that are available on Windows Phone or BlackBerry, and sometimes wary of apps that won't install on this particular Android, I am completely relaxed with the iPhone. I know it will run if I need it.

If I had to give up all other mobile devices, I would keep the 6 Plus.

The Digital Reader: Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries

by Volker Weber

Adobe is gathering data on the ebooks that have been opened, which pages were read, and in what order. All of this data, including the title, publisher, and other metadata for the book is being sent to Adobe’s server in clear text.

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UP24 replacement finally arrived

by Volker Weber


It took Jawbone 19 days to get the replacement band to my door. And that already broke the protocol of sending in the broken band first. Let's see how long this one holds up.

Ein Ello User Guide

by Volker Weber

Seit meiner Anmeldung ist bei Ello so einiges passiert und immer häufiger wurden mir in Gesprächen Fragen zu Ello und seinen Funktionen gestellt. Aus diesem Grund habe ich nun folgendes Ello Benutzerhandbuch geschrieben.

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Blackberry Passport im FAZ-Test

by Volker Weber

Dieses Smartphone polarisiert: Den ganz neuen Blackberry Passport haben fast alle Journalisten negativ bewertet, er sei zu groß und nicht mit einer Hand zu bedienen. ... Die Kehrseite der Medaille wird von den meisten Kollegen jedoch nicht gesehen: Der Blackberry Passport ist Innovation pur.

Sehr schöner Test von Dr. Michael Spehr. Da habe ich auch noch was gelernt.

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Sonos erhöht Garantie auf zwei Jahre

by Volker Weber


Das gilt für alle Geräte, die innerhalb der letzten beiden Jahre gekauft wurden. Einschränkung: nur für Geräte, die bei Sonos oder autorisierten Händlern, also etwa bei ueberall-musik gekauft wurden.

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Improving my English

by Volker Weber


It is very difficult to improve if everybody tells you that you are good. I am thankful that Andrew has been helping me from time to time to spot some of my errors. Now he is taking it up a notch and sent me this handy style guide. Let's see how this works. Thank you, Andrew!

LTE Bänder

by Volker Weber

GSM startete in Deutschland mal mit 900 MHz, dann kam 1800 MHz dazu. Das Dualband-Handy war geboren. Wer nach USA reiste, der brauchte 1900 MHz (Triband) oder dazu noch 850 MHz (Quadband). Das war noch einigermaßen übersichtlich. Bei LTE aber gibt es viel mehr Bänder und so kommt es, dass meine deutschen Lumias in USA keinen LTE-Empfang haben. Die unterstützen die Bänder 1/3/7/8/20. In Deutschland geläufig sind drei davon:

3 1800 MHz
7 2600 MHz
20 800 MHz

Vodafone und O2 nutzen 7 und 20, Eplus 3 und T-Mobile alle drei Bänder. In USA kommen ganz andere Bänder zum Einsatz. So sehe ich das aktuell (mit erheblichem Fehlerrisiko):

AT&T 4/17
Verizon 13
Sprint 25
T-Mobile 2/4

Band 2 und Band 4 gibt es in meinen Lumias nicht, also kein LTE. Ein BlackBerry Passport dagegen nutzt die Bänder 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/13/17/20. Da hätte ich also bei T-Mobile USA kein Problem. Beim iPhone wird es unübersichtlich. Da gibt es nämlich jede Menge Modelle. Beim iPhone 5 waren es drei:

A1428 GSM 2/4/5/17
A1429 CDMA 1/3/5/13/25
A1429 GSM 1/3/5

Das A1428 war das AT&T-Modell, das A1429 für Verizon und das A1429 für uns. Das A1429 taugte also bei T-Mobile Deutschland, nicht aber bei O2 und Vodafone. Eplus hatte damals noch kein LTE.

Ein Jahr später hat Apple richtig Gas gegeben. 5S und 5C unterstützten jede Menge Bänder, mit vielen verschiedenen Modellen.

iPhone 5S
A1457 1/2/3/5/7/8/20
A1453 1/2/3/4/5/8/13/17/18/19/20/25/26
A1518 1/2/3/5/7/8/20/38/29/40
A1530 1/2/3/5/7/8/20/38/29/40
A1533 1/2/3/4/5/8/13/17/19/20/25

iPhone 5c
A1456 1/2/3/4/5/8/13/17/18/19/20/25/26
A1507 1/2/3/5/7/8/20
A1516 1/2/3/5/7/8/20/38/29/40
A1529 1/2/3/5/7/8/20/38/29/40
A1532 1/2/3/4/5/8/13/17/19/20/25

Bei iPhone 6 und 6 Plus ist nun alles einfacher:

iPhone 6/6+
A1549/A1522 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29
A1586/A1524 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/38/39/40/41

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Timeline UP24 Support Case

by Volker Weber

18.09. UP24 dead. Mail to support. Case# 2036494

"Band does not react to button presses. I tried:
- Charging.
- Press and hold button, insert into charger. No lights. (Soft Reset)
- Press ten times, hold on the tenth. No lights. (Hard Reset)"
Screenshot with version numbers and serial attached.

18.09. Automatic reply received.

24.09. Alberto: "Please make sure that you have the latest Firmware installed on your band:"

25.09. Lisa: "Could you tell us what happened when you tried to update your band's firmware?"

25.09. Elizabeth: "Also, I am happy to hear that you have tried a hard reset, but in a case such as yours, with the band not responding, we would need to do a soft reset"

25.09. vowe: "Elizabeth, I have done ALL of this. Multiple times. In my initial mail to support I have stated it. And I give up. No more tests. I am chucking it and use one of the competing devices."

26.09. Charlie: "Our normal warranty terms & conditions require you to return your non-functioning band before receiving a replacement, but I don’t want you to go without your UP24 any longer. I've requested that we ship your replacement first, and you'll receive an e-mail with tracking information as soon as the package leaves our warehouse. ... Your replacement UP24 band will come with a 90 days warranty."

28.09. Derek: "I am sorry to hear that you have had repeated UP issues. I can understand how this could make you lose confidence in our sincerity. Even though I do not personally know every issue you had to deal with, I apologize to you for the inconvenience that you have had to go through. I would like to highlight that we value every one of our customers in the highest degree. We do our best to respect and honor each and every one."

01.10. Jawbone Store: "Vielen Dank, dass Sie bei einkaufen eustore.jawbone.com. Wir möchten Sie gerne darüber informieren, dass Ihre Bestellung versandt wurde."

01.10. GLS Tracking: Inbound & outbound GLS location Ireland Dublin 11

02.10. GLS Tracking: Inbound GLS location United Kingdom

03.10. GLS Tracking: Outbound GLS location United Kingdom

03.10. Jawbone Support: "Please take a moment to complete a survey and give us feedback on your experience with Jawbone Customer Support."

04.10. No tracking updates

05.10. No tracking updates

06.10. Inbound to GLS location sorted as Business-Small Parcel Germany Neuenstein

07.10. Replacement band arrives. Broken band shipped back.

Total roundtrip: 19 days.

Want to look this up, Jawbone? There you go: 2036494

Paul Budnitz on Ello

by Volker Weber

People wonder how you are going to make money from Ello, or if that's even the intention. Will you, and is it? 

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Flipboard for Windows Phone is here

by Volker Weber

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Announced October 2013, delivered October 2014. This has been a long pregnancy. Flipboard only runs on Lumias with 1 GB RAM, so 5x0, 6xx and 720 are out of luck. Statement:

The Microsoft and Flipboard teams will continue to work together in the months ahead to develop a road map for optimizing Flipboard for lower memory Windows Phones

Unfortunately it also does not flip. It's more like a Scrollboard.

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Das Zweitbeste

by Volker Weber


Das Lumia 830 ist da. Und es macht ein paar Dinge richtig, die beim 930 nicht so optimal gelaufen sind. Man kann den Rückdeckel abnehmen. Und damit kann man den Akku tauschen. Oder eine SD-Karte bis 128 GB einsetzen. Anders als beim 930 gibt es wieder "Glance", der Blick auf Uhrzeit und Benachrichtigungen, wenn das Display schläft. Es ist ein bisschen leichter, hat aber auch ein 5-Zoll Display. Einen kleinen Tupp höher ist es, aber dafür dünner. Mit Zeiss hat Nokiasoft die bisher dünnste Pureview-Kamera mit optischer Bildstabilisierung geschaffen. Ein Wunderwerk.


Und doch habe ich ein emotionales Problem mit dem 830. Ich mag es nicht. Das 930 fühlt sich viel substantieller an. Heftiger, ehrlicher. Ehrlicher? Da muss ich mal ein anderes Bild bemühen.


Von links nach rechts: 930, 830, 1020. Das 1020 hat diesen fetten schwarzen Punkt. Der sagt: "Hey, ich weiß, das ist eine dicke Beule, aber da ist eine 41-Megapixel-Kamera-mit-echtem-Xenon-Blitz drin. Das muss so ein." Das 930 hat immer noch eine 20-Megapixel-Kamera. Mit Dual-LED-Blitz. Ganz ordentlich, aber dafür auch bescheidener im Auftritt. Und jetzt kommt das rotzfreche 830 daher, schminkt sich ordentlich, aber kommt "nur" mit einer 10-Megapixel-Kamera und Single-LED daher. 8-Zylinder, 4-Zylinder, 2-Zylinder. Dafür Rallye-Streifen. ;-)

Das setzt sich so fort. Halber Sensor (10/20 MP), halber Speicher (16/32 GB), halbes RAM (1/2 GB), 720x1280 LCD statt 1080x1920 AMOLED, Snapdragon 400 mit 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 statt Snapdragon 800 mit 2.2 GHz Krait 400, Adreno 305 statt 330. Nokiasoft hat das Gerät billiger gemacht.

Aber das 830 kommt jetzt erst mal mit Listenpreis 399 Euro auf den Markt. Für 20 Euro weniger gibt es das phantastische 1520 mit den selben Leistungsdaten wie dem 930, das auch nur 30 Euro mehr als das 830 kostet. Also, ziemlich viel richtig gemacht. Nur der Preis musst noch durch den Markt angepasst werden. Aktuell würde ich zu 930/1520 raten. Beim 1520 hat Nokia mal stramme 799 Euro aufgerufen, jetzt findet man es für 379 Euro.

You do have a choice

by Volker Weber

Amazon kann liefern

by Volker Weber


A few thoughts on Windows 10

by Volker Weber

Before I start let me say that I will generalize. It's pretty easy to find examples where I am wrong.

If you watched yesterday's presentation, and I would recommend you do if you didn't, you will find that Microsoft addressed businesses. And I believe they are doing the right thing. My thoughts, in no particular order:

Why do I think, Microsoft is doing the right thing? Windows 8 is better than Windows 7. The new homescreen is a distraction from that. It runs better, faster, more secure than Windows 7. Going back or staying on Windows 7 makes no sense. Microsoft has to make Windows 10 familiar. People need to know where their stuff is. Start menu, search field, task bar, Windows controls, it's all there. This solved the first four items.

How do you solve the other four? I don't know. Microsoft addresses the last one by going to one brand, and one store. The store will give you what runs on your device. Developers can figure it out, users shouldn't need to. How do you get those iPad users back? Maybe with bigger devices. Phones are getting larger, tablets will be getting larger as well or become obsolete. Convertibles like Yoga or Surface might have a chance. So far that hasn't happened though.

Will Windows ever be cool again?

Neues zur Lex Keese

by Volker Weber

Google so:

Wir bedauern dieses juristische Vorgehen sehr, denn jeder Verlag konnte schon immer selbst entscheiden, ob und wie seine Inhalte in unseren Diensten angezeigt werden. Vor dem Hintergrund dieser Klage werden wir Snippets und Thumbnails einiger bekannter Webseiten wie bild.de, bunte.de oder hoerzu.de nicht mehr anzeigen, also jener Verlage, die in der VG Media organisiert sind. Für diese Seiten werden wir nur noch den Link zum Artikel sowie dessen Überschrift anzeigen. Andere große deutsche Anbieter haben die Inhalte von Mitgliedern der VG Media sogar vollständig entfernt.

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BlackBerry Marketing

by Volker Weber

In London gefunden: das BlackBerry Marketing. Ja, das ist es.

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