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UX Running for Real in Europe and Asia with the Apple AirPods

A perspective on eliminating complexity and context of use? Let’s run with that….

I’ve been out testing the new Apple AirPods to see how good they are for runners. I’ve previously addressed the pain of all cabling that seems to be accepted as part of a mobile user experience these days. So, I have been looking forward to this evaluation.

I’ve had my Apple AirPods for about two months now, and I’ve run about 600 km in them in India, Croatia, and Ireland. I’ve been out in very hot weather and in drizzle. The longest single run was about 30 km.

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Testing the Apple AirPods running in Dublin, Ireland. No problems with sweat and drizzle, though I do not use them in heavy rain. I’ve also used them in India and Croatia.

In short, I agree that the Apple AirPods are the best non-isolating wireless earbud solution for the Apple iPhone. But, they’re also a really great user experience for runners on daytime runs and for indoor treadmill work for those who like music with their activity.

Context of Use

Firstly, the sound quality is excellent, really amazing, and much better than the iconic white Apple EarPods. The set up process and the onboarding to instant use is a cinch; the best Bluetooth connection procedure I have yet to come across. It’s a great example of how Apple does user experience right, before you even use the product for real! 

My Apple AirPods have stood up well (touch wood) to all that sweat and drizzle that is part of my running life. I realize that these kind of conditions are not the optimum usage scenario, perhaps, and there risks involved with moisture, but this is my typical running context of use.

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I wear a bandana or buff when I run, so the limitations of my non-Apple designed ears and a less than snug fit of the Apple AirPods is minimized. Your mileage may vary but I have not had one drop out while running.

The Apple AirPods music can be controlled by Apple Siri on your Apple iPhone by way of a double-tap, but really that is quite limited in terms of available audio options (and I always have music when I run). However, teamed up with the controls for music offered by the Apple Watch’s Music app, the user experience is a major winner! 

I also liked the fact that when you remove the Apple AirPods from your ears they pause the music until you put them back into your ears when they pick up again where they left off. A useful feature for urban runners when stopping to cross busy roads, engage with others, and so on.

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Apple AirPods and Apple Watch Music app. A great, integrated user experience on your wrist.

No Fallout

Now the big question: did the things stay in my ears while I was running? So far, yes! But then I always run with a bandana or buff on which affords extra security in that regard. 

The Apple AirPods suffer from the same fit limitation discovered by many who didn’t have their ears personally designed by Apple, so your mileage can vary on comfort and snugness of fit as mine did (sometimes I have to leave them sticking out a bit to get a snugger fit which is a bit of a risk I agree).

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The angle of the dangle. I get a snugger fit with my Apple AirPods sticking out a bit when I get a bit sweaty. Doesn’t look the best and maybe makes them more prone to catching in something and being pulled out. Your mileage may vary with the fit.

I have to say I am also quite nervous about running with my Apple AirPods without music playing in my ears to let me know they are both still there (I have forgotten they are in at times, and when changing shirts later knocked them flying, for example).  I don’t think I would use them at night (in case I dropped one) – in fact I haven’t! 

However, on balance, the experience of running without those messy wires combined with that sound quality and Apple Watch controls means I can really enjoy running with them in most circumstances, and I’d recommend you try it.

There’s a Price to be Paid…

On the downside, the Apple AirPods price is very steep (about 180 EUR in Ireland) for something you might lose, and the battery life isn’t long enough for me. I might run twice a day, and despite the 24 hr battery life claim, my Apple AirPods don’t last that long. An audio alert tells you when the power is too low. The little case the AirPods come with helps keep them charged when not in your ears, so you need to bring that with you, and top them up using the lightning connection. I’ve lost Bluetooth connectivity only a few times and you’ll need the case to reset the connection too.

Conclusion: They’re a Runner!

In all, Apple AirPods are a great solution for good weather, daytime and treadmill runners of all musical tastes and distances, especially if you wear a headband! 

Go for it!

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Multiple vulnerabilities in Pidgin

CVE Description CVSSv2 Base Score Component Product and Resolution
CVE-2012-6152 Input Validation vulnerability 5.0 Pidgin
Solaris 10 SPARC: 147992-10 X86: 147993-10
Solaris 11.2 11.2
CVE-2013-0271 Unspecified vulnerability 5.0
CVE-2013-0272 Buffer Errors vulnerability 6.8
CVE-2013-0273 Denial of Service(DOS) vulnerability 5.0
CVE-2013-0274 Denial of Service(DOS) vulnerability 2.9
CVE-2013-6477 Numeric Errors vulnerability 5.0
CVE-2013-6478 Input Validation vulnerability 4.3
CVE-2013-6479 Resource Management Errors vulnerability 5.0
CVE-2013-6481 Buffer Errors vulnerability 5.0
CVE-2013-6482 Input Validation vulnerability 5.0
CVE-2013-6483 Input Validation vulnerability 6.4
CVE-2013-6484 Input Validation vulnerability 5.0
CVE-2013-6485 Buffer Errors vulnerability 5.0
CVE-2013-6486 Input Validation and Design Error vulnerabilities 9.3
CVE-2013-6487 Numeric Errors vulnerability 7.5
CVE-2013-6489 Numeric Errors vulnerability 5.0
CVE-2013-6490 Buffer Errors vulnerability 10.0
CVE-2014-0020 Input Validation vulnerability 5.0

This notification describes vulnerabilities fixed in third-party components that are included in Oracle’s product distributions.
Information about vulnerabilities affecting Oracle products can be found on Oracle Critical Patch Updates and Security Alerts page.

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Rumors on Solaris vulnerabilities

It is sad seeing how also “The Register”, which used to be a quite
decent source of information, has thrown out and published such an
article
, without completely verifying the source and the targets.

As
you can see from the ‘famous posts on twitter’ (which I am not linking
here, as I’d rather not give them more popularity/credibility than they
should deserve, but which you can find following the links on “The
Register"), the ‘targets’ of the privilege escalation are the following
systems:

  • Solaris 10 (kernel patch 118855-14)

  • Solaris 8 (kernel patch: 117350-39)

What the article doesn’t say, or doesn’t even bother to verify is that the first OS is the ‘unpatched’ version of Solaris 10 6/06 s10x_u2wos_09a X86 (Assembled 09 June 2006) and the latter is a Solaris 8 kernel patch released on Jul 20th 2006
(a month later). I am not making any statement neither on the exploit
itself, nor on the ‘disclosure’, which might even have been done with
good/genuine intent; what I’m criticizing here is the method of an
authoritative source like “The Register”, which likes to label itself as
Biting the hand that feeds the IT. Statements like: “[…]
two key programs […] that can escalate a logged-in user’s privileges
to root, and obtain root access remotely over the network, on Solaris
boxes running versions 6 to 10 on x86 and Sparc, and possibly also the
latest build, version 11 […]
“, can even be syntactically correct
to some extent, because it’s easy saying that something is possibly
true: everything could be possibly true!!!. Here we’re not
talking about any Pulitzer prize, but I would at least expect the author
to double-check the facts and provided a complete, impartial
information.

Facts which are not double-checked are gossip, gossip is only useful to spread FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt).

It’s
definitely useful bringing to the attention of a wider audience that OS
releases which are almost 11 years old, might suffer of security
leaks… What would you expect to happen if you’d be running any 10+
years old O.S. without applying any patches?

The bottom line is: Keep calm and keep your systems up to date!

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Chatbots 101: Just The Facts

We’ve spent a lot of time recently discussing chatbots and how they likely will change how customers interact with businesses.  Yet, we haven’t spent much time discussing the origin of chatbots, what exactly it is they can do for businesses, and how pervasive they might become.  That changes today, with this new chatbots infographic:

The infographic provides you with a solid introduction to chatbots through useful and interesting statistics.  First, you’ll be introduced to some recent milestones in the field of Artificial Intelligence, which have paved the way for mainstream acceptance of chatbots.  Remember when Watson defeated Ken Jennings in Jeopardy, or when Deep Blue beat Gary Kasparov in a game of chess?  Without previous advancements in AI, chatbots would not be nearly as powerful, or as helpful to us, as they are today.

Next, you’ll learn why mobile messaging platforms have become the ideal channel for chatbot innovation.  Sixty-five percent of consumers prefer using a messaging app when contacting a business (who calls anyone anymore, anyway,) but businesses often are inundated with thousands, or even millions, of customer requests and complaints and are struggling to keep up.  That’s where chatbots come in!

Finally, you’ll understand the differences between the types of chatbots that currently exist (yes, there is more than one type of chatbot!) and what each type can do for you, and for your customers.  Some chatbots are fairly basic and engage only in a structured way based on menu choices (think of these as beefed-up phone trees or FAQs.)  Others, however, can monitor intent, are contextually aware, use natural language processing and machine learning, and can even personalize responses to your questions.  This second type of chatbot is the type that you’ll be able to create using Oracle’s mobile chatbot platform, and it’s also the type that will revolutionize customer engagement in the enterprise!

Don’t forget to follow @OracleMobile and to join the conversation on LinkedIn.

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Chatbots 101: Just The Facts

We’ve spent a lot of time recently discussing chatbots and how they likely will change how customers interact with businesses.  Yet, we haven’t spent much time discussing the origin of chatbots, what exactly it is they can do for businesses, and how pervasive they might become.  That changes today, with this new chatbots infographic:

The infographic provides you with a solid introduction to chatbots through useful and interesting statistics.  First, you’ll be introduced to some recent milestones in the field of Artificial Intelligence, which have paved the way for mainstream acceptance of chatbots.  Remember when Watson defeated Ken Jennings in Jeopardy, or when Deep Blue beat Gary Kasparov in a game of chess?  Without previous advancements in AI, chatbots would not be nearly as powerful, or as helpful to us, as they are today.

Next, you’ll learn why mobile messaging platforms have become the ideal channel for chatbot innovation.  Sixty-five percent of consumers prefer using a messaging app when contacting a business (who calls anyone anymore, anyway,) but businesses often are inundated with thousands, or even millions, of customer requests and complaints and are struggling to keep up.  That’s where chatbots come in!

Finally, you’ll understand the differences between the types of chatbots that currently exist (yes, there is more than one type of chatbot!) and what each type can do for you, and for your customers.  Some chatbots are fairly basic and engage only in a structured way based on menu choices (think of these as beefed-up phone trees or FAQs.)  Others, however, can monitor intent, are contextually aware, use natural language processing and machine learning, and can even personalize responses to your questions.  This second type of chatbot is the type that you’ll be able to create using Oracle’s mobile chatbot platform, and it’s also the type that will revolutionize customer engagement in the enterprise!

Don’t forget to follow us @OracleMobile and to join the conversation on LinkedIn.

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Priority Support Infogram, 14 April 2017

Contributions by Christopher Gait,

Infogram Editor

Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld 2017 – Call for Speakers is now Live!,
from Oracle’s Linux Blog.

RDBMS

On
Measuring Apache Spark Workload Metrics for Performance Troubleshooting
,
from External Table.

SLOB
Use Cases By Industry Vendors. Learn SLOB, Speak The Experts’ Language.
,
from Kevin Closson’s Blog: Platforms,
Databases and Storage
.

Oracle
12.1.0.2 Bundle Patching
, from jarneil

How
To Tell If Similar SQL Statements Are Causing Parsing Issues
, from A Wider View About Oracle Performance
Tuning
.

Parallelizing
datapatch execution
, from Andy
Colvin’s Oracle Blog
.

Exadata

Exadata
Upgrade to 12.2.0.1 – The Missing Step
, from Andy Colvin’s Oracle Blog.

From the same source: Exadata
Upgrade to 12.2.0.1 – The Missing Step

SQL

SUM
is better than DISTINCT
, from Learning
is Not a Spectator Sport
.

APEX

Apex
Interactive Grid and IOT’s
, from Learning
is Not a Spectator Sport
.

WebLogic/ADF/JDeveloper/PaaS

Updated
Mobile and JCS customer presentations & references in ppt format
,
from WebLogic Community.

From the same source: Start
and stop WebLogic Server using scripts by Waslley Souza

PaaS
& Middleware Partner YouTube Update April 2017

New
book: WebLogic Multitenancy WebLogic as a Platform & Foundation for
Cloud Services

Serverless
architecture on the Oracle PaaS Cloud by Lucas Jellema

Publishing
applications to Application Container Cloud Service from Oracle Storage Cloud
by Lucas Jellema

Container
Cloud Service ran the 1st (mine!) pub image ever from @docker registry by
Frank Munz

Application
Container Cloud and Multi Tenant Services – Oracle embracing 3rd party
technologies and open source projects by Lucas Jellema

Linux

Training Thursdays: Private, Public and Hybrid Cloud with
Oracle OpenStack
, from Oracle’s
Linux Blog
.

SOA and Related Subjects

Sending Dynamic HTML-based Emails for SOA and BPM Projects by
Mark Peterson
, from the SOA &
BPM Partner Community Blog
.

From the same source:

BPM 12c Migration – A Deep Dive into a Simple 10g Process
Migration by Aaron Dolan

Human Workflow: Working with Collections and Repeating Stages
by Fusion Applied

Adaptive Case Management Methodology published in Best
Practices for Knowledge Workers (digital edition)

Real estate valuation using Process Cloud Service by Stefan
Woermcke

Process Cloud Service Connectors (Part 1 of 2): Web Service
Connector by Antonis Antoniou

Process, Integration & API Partner Summit! April
25th–27th Oracle HQ

EBS

From the Oracle
E-Business Suite Support Blog
.

You are Invited to an Oracle EBS Channel Revenue Management:
12.2 Claims Autopay Process Advisor Webcast

FYI! AU25 have been released for Australian payroll

Advisor Webcast: New Functionality: E-Business Suite
Integration with Fusion Accounting Hub Reporting Cloud Services

New ORAchk & EXAchk Version 12.2.0.1.3 Released

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Priority Support Infogram, 07 April 2017

Contributions by Christopher Gait,

Infogram Editor

RDBMS

Indexing in Oracle, Fragmentation,
from the DBA Kevlar blog.

From the same source: Oracle and SQL Server Index
Comparison
.

12.2
Some Cool Partitioning New Features (Big Wheels)
 , from Richard Foote’s Oracle Blog.

A
quick look at Oracle 12.2 performance instrumentation
, from Martin’s
Blog.

From the same source:

Using
virt-install/KVM and kickstart to create lots of identical VMs quickly
.

A
performance deep dive into column encryption
, from the Frits Hoogland blog.

From the same source: A
performance deep dive into tablespace encryption

Sharding
with Oracle 12c R2 Part II : Scalability and Connections
, from dbi Services.

From the same source: OUD
– Oracle Unified Directory 11.1.2.3 Tuning, It is not always the servers
fault

12cR2
DBCA, Automatic Memory Management, and -databaseType

When
automatic reoptimization plan is less efficient

WebLogic/ADF/JDeveloper

Additional
new material WebLogic Community
, from WebLogic Community.

From the same source: ADF
Namings Conventions – Part I by Pedro Gabriel

Using
Code Template for Reusable codes in JDeveloper IDE by Ashish Awasthi

JDeveloper
12.2.1.2 is out by Timo Hahn

PaaS
free trial accounts MCS and JCS & ACC

Top
tweets WebLogic Partner Community – March 2017

Security

Is SQL
Injection A WebSite Problem?
, from
Pete Finnigan’s Oracle Security Weblog
. Yes, even after all this time the
old SQL Injection attack is still in use and there are enough vulnerable
sites to make it worth a hacker’s while to try it.

ADF, Weblogic et al.

ADF
and Developer Cloud Service by Waslley Souza
, from the Weblogic Community blog.

From the same source: Application
Container Cloud Service 1.7.1.1 new features

PaaS
free trial accounts MCS and JCS & ACC

PaaS
Customer Success Presentation

Welcome
to the PaaS Partner Community Forum XXIV

Linux

Training Thursdays: Oracle Linux is Recommended for Oracle
Products
, from the Oracle Linux
Blog
.

From the same source: MONDAY SPOTLIGHT: Announcing Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 for
SPARC

SOA and Related Subjects

PaaS & Middleware Partner YouTube Update April 2017,
from the SOA & BPM Partner
Community Blog
.

From the same source:

5.000.000 Messages per Day Handled by Oracle Service Bus 11g
by Pavel Samolysov

Restoring OSB 12.2.1 Maven Functionality by Robert Patrick

Servicebus 12c: Using configuration files for customizing
service deployments by Sven Bernhardt

PCS 17.1.3 leveraging ICS by Niall Commiskey

SOA Suite 11g and SOA Suite 12c Bundle Patches January 2017

Top tweets SOA Partner Community – March 2017

EBS

From the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology
blog:

EBS Release 12 certified with Safari 10 and macOS Sierra
10.12

From the Oracle
E-Business Suite Support Blog
.

Announcement: Netherlands Legislative Social Insurance (SI)
Reporting Patches for 2017

Now Available: NEW EBS Analyzer User Interface (UI)

India Form 24Q Changes for Q4 FY 2016/ FY 2017 Has Been
Released

Released US PAY: The 2017 United States (US) First Quarter
(Q1) Statutory Update.

Announcing E-Business Suite: WLS (WebLogic Server) Utility!

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