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V.ALRT (VSN400) Personal Emergency Response Device review


The V.ALRT (VSN400) Personal Emergency Response Device is a bluetooth enabled device that activates to send emergency texts with your location and a help message. It came well packaged with the device, a pendant hook (no necklace included as indicated) and the wrist band. The device is attached to the package via a sticky tab so do not be afraid to give it a tug to dislodge it. Also included is a simple quick start guide.
V.ALRT (VSN400) Personal Emergency Response Device

NOTE: Please make sure you have a supported phone with the ability to send text messages as a service. Otherwise the majority of the feature of having this is wasted. Check the requirements above to make sure they are current for the phone you have. While an iPad will load the application, the alert capabilities will not work for sending the texts.
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    On Wednesday, July 30th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

What is the Repair Calendar Feature?

IBM added a Repair Calendar feature to help repair your Lotus Notes client by automatically detecting duplicate repeating calendar entries. However, most users do not know this has existed since version 8.5.
Repair Calendar feature

Repairing the entries actually save them into a view.  Read more at my article on SocialBizUG
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    On Tuesday, July 29th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

IBM Connections 5.0 Entitlements for Notes & Domino customers

IBM has announced entitlements for IBM Connections 5.0 with IBM Notes and Domino 9.0.1. Customers will get access to the Files and Profiles features freely with Domino licenses.
With this update, IBM Notes and Domino customers continue to receive access to the Files and Profiles features of IBM Connections 5.0 with the entitlements listed below. The entitlement lets IBM Notes and Domino customers deploy and access the Files and Profiles features of IBM Connections through all clients, browsers, and mobile devices, at no additional charge.

IBM Domino Enterprise Client access license
IBM Domino Messaging Client access license
IBM Domino Collaboration Express® License
IBM Domino Messaging Express license

Apparently the actual press release is hard to find. Thanks to Luis Guirgay for finding the link
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    On Friday, July 25th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

GreatCall Splash - Waterproof Medical Alert Device review


Overall the GreatCall Splash - Waterproof Medical Alert Device does what it states as a medical alert device. The downside in rating revolves around clarity of expectations, setup and performance. See the review.
GreatCall Splash medical alert device


The device itself is tiny and we like the simplicity of the front with a single button.  We could also see this getting misplaced or forgotten.  The addition of the belt clip was nice and stayed on during our tests.  We could see the clip breaking if caught on something though.  People were curious about the waterproofing and we are happy to report it is safe after we put it through some submerge tests.  Normal rain, splashing and even a quick shallow dunk in a puddle should not be a problem.
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    On Thursday, July 24th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

IBM Mail Next update for July 2014



There was another IBM Mail Next session presented at Social Connections IV recently. I went ahead and embedded that video as well.

The IBM Social Mail Roadmap, Kramer Reeves & Hans Petter Dalen


IBM Mail Next updates as of July 2014 as presented by IBM for a SocialBizUG webcast.  Design Advisory Program updates, web updates and timelines. These are my notes as they happened. You can now watch the webcast embedded above and get the slides here

Key announcements
  • Kramer talked IBM Mobile First and iOS-ready apps and the Apple announcement

Now on to the good stuff.....  a long list with tons of screen images
IBM Mail Next






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    On Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014   by Chris Miller