Hinter den Punkten - 10/06/2017

Hinter den Punkten – Die ersten 50 Tage im Leben eines Trainees

Habt Ihr Lust mehr über das PAYBACK Trainee-Programm zu erfahren? Anfang März haben wir zwei als neue Management Trainees bei PAYBACK angefangen. Da die ersten 50 Tage so aufregend und spannend waren, wollen wir euch gerne ein bisschen davon berichten. Vielleicht bekommt Ihr ja auch Lust der neue bzw. die neue Trainee zu werden?! Wir würden uns freuen! 🙂


Allgemein, Partner - 06/06/2017

Fit werden und dabei punkten: FITrate ist neuer Partner!

Wir freuen uns sehr über die Partnerschaft mit dem Flatrate-Anbieter für unterschiedliche Fitness-, Sport- & Wellnessangebote. Ab sofort könnt Ihr bei über 400 FITrate Partnern nicht nur etwas für Eure Gesundheit und Entspannung tun, sondern auch punkten! Und das Beste: Für den Abschluss einer Mitgliedschaft erhaltet ihr aktuell bis zu 4.000 Punkte.

Sportbegeisterte können aus über 40 Sportarten wählen und an Kursen teilnehmen – darunter Fitness, Yoga, CrossFit, Tanzen, Schwimmen, EMS, Massagen und vieles mehr. Hier gibt es noch viele weitere Informationen rund um das Angebot von FITrate und dann steht einem Beach Body nichts mehr im Weg 🙂

Allgemein - 30/05/2017

Obatzda, Sillsallad und Marillenstrudel

Heute findet der 5. Deutsche Diversity Tag statt. Auch wir haben die Flagge der Vielfalt hoch gehalten und gefeiert, dass unsere Münchner Mitarbeiter aus 38 verschiedenen Nationen stammen. Gemeinsam haben wir ein Multi-Kulti-Fest in unserem Esszimmer organisiert, zu dem unsere Kollegen landestypische Gerichte mitgebracht haben. Von bayerischem Obatzda, über australische Kekse bis hin zu finnischen Heringssalat war so Einiges dabei!  Für noch mehr Stimmung hat die Drum Group „get together“ mit ihrer Performance gesorgt. Hier erhaltet Ihr noch mehr Informationen rund um den Diversity Tag.






Allgemein, Datenschutz - 22/05/2017

ACHTUNG: Phishing Mails im Umlauf!

Derzeit sind Phishing Mails mit dem Thema „Eingeschränktes Konto“ im Umlauf – im Betreff steht „Achtung, PAYBACK Konto eingeschränkt“. Kunden werden gebeten, auf einen Link zu klicken, um ihr PAYBACK Konto zu verifizieren.
Diese E-Mails stammen nicht von PAYBACK. Es handelt sich hier um (leider gut gemachte) Betrügermails, durch die sich Kriminelle Zugang zu Punktekonten verschaffen wollen. Die E-Mails enthalten einen Link, der bitte auf keinen Fall angeklickt werden sollte! 

Am besten ist es, diese Mails an phishing@payback.de weiter zu leiten und anschließend direkt zu löschen! Wir arbeiten zu dem Thema eng mit den zuständigen Behörden zusammen.

  • Aus aktuellem Anlass hier auch nochmal unser Blog-Beitrag zum Thema „Phishing-Mails erkennen!“
  • Hier könnt Ihr prüfen, ob Euer E-Mail Konto gehackt wurde!

Tech - 21/05/2017

#io17– Day three, final day

Remember your favorite app and its registration or login process there? Big registration forms and long-winded login flows are painful. To learn more about this important topic I participated in a session about Android APIs to improve registration, login and payment forms. This presentation kicked off the day. And it did not get boring afterwards. As Google announced official support for the Kotlin language, I had to visit some Kotlin talks. These were quite interesting, but we need to evaluate if and how changing the language would help us.



Between sessions, there was time to checkout cool demos by the Project Tango-Team – Augmented Reality and Daydream-and Virtual Reality at its best. The nice thing about that was, that the demos were mixed between playing around and asking questions about the technical foundation.

Last but not least, I used the time to talk to many Google Devs about the upcoming changes for Android O, as well as clarifying some issues we had in our app. Interesting are the new limits on apps, running in background to get location updates. The goal of the limits is to prevent apps draining too much battery. Adding limits is not all for Android O. As the notification system has strongly evolved, users have more control on how and when notifications are shown. App designer and developer will need to adjust in future, just like our teams will think about it.

After three days of exciting talks, discussions, meetings with different people, coding and bug hunting sessions, I am really happy to fall into bed. Thank you all for this great event and the great support from the teams at Google and PAYBACK.


Tech - 19/05/2017

#io17 – Day two

Today we did a deep dive into different technologies. Product managers and developers from Google showed us how easy it is, to write apps for the Google assistant and how to use them with Google Home and Home Automation. They challenged the whole developer community to come up with great ideas and start developing in this new area.

As a present, a Google Home Kit was handed out to every participant. I am really looking forward using it at home in my apartment. Hopefully it will work in Germany so I can develop some cool smart home apps 🙂



To ease the UX development and improve the speed of build systems, some new features in Android Design Tools were presented, as well as updates to the gradle build system. With that in mind, I hope to be prepared to cope with every UX idea which is coming up. A fast building time is crucial for that. Especially if building apps for different countries, it shouldn’t take too long. Otherwise the development would be very inefficient and devs would get mad after a while.

My personal highlight was meeting the firebase team to hunt a bug, we have reported in their libs some time ago. We put our heads and laptops together and finally found a solution, which will be published for “the whole world” in one of the next releases. #happy


Tech - 18/05/2017

#io17 – Engage!

The day we were waiting for has finally passed by. It has been an awesome day! Two keynotes, one more general and a specific one for developers, kicked of the Google I/O 2017. Sundar Pichai and many other Googlers presented the next big thing: Nearly every product in the future will be based on AI and machine learning. Therefore existing SDKs will be adapted and lightweight machine learning libs (like Tensorflow light) will empower mobile developer to use some sort of AI in their apps. Additionally some special hardware in the next generation of mobile devices will speed up the whole AI training and computer vision mechanism.


Thereby images can be interpreted automatically and a user can ask Google which POI is shown on a specific image. Or Google can be asked by different people to “call mum”, which calls the individual number of each mum. Besides that, Kotlin was announced as a officially supported programming language for Android development. We will see how this is helping or challenging our future development.

Support for our current development techstack and product could be found in many areas, too. On the technical site, new lifecycle methods were presented, as well as new Android Studio profiler for helping us to find network and memory issues in our app. On the product site, new notification-mechanism and the Android O operating system gives the user more control about notifications and protects him from apps draining too much battery.


However, most awesome are the discussions and conversations with the Google devs and other mobile developers from all over the world. Common issues could be discussed and new ideas exchanged.
To strengthen these friendships between all the attendees of the Google I/O, the day had to end with a special evening. Arcade games, bands, VR immersive movies and a night market with cuisines from around the world.

CU at #io17


Allgemein -

Phishing-Mails: So erkennt Ihr sie!

Man kann nicht oft genug auf Phishing-Mails und die Gefahren, die sie mit sich bringen, hinweisen. Diese Spam-Mails sind ein beliebtes Mittel von Internet-Betrügern sind, um persönliche Daten wie Passwörter, PINS, TANs und Konto- oder Kreditkartennummern abzugreifen. Das Gefährliche an diesen E-Mails: In ihrer Aufmachung, also Design und Layout, ähneln sie (teilweise täuschend echt!) den Original-E-Mails der eigentlichen Absender.

Ihr wollt sicher gehen, dass Ihr im Ernstfall eine Phishing-Mail erkennt? Dann lest Euch am besten nochmal unsere Tipps durch und schaut unser Youtube-Video dazu an – es erklärt Euch anschaulich, worauf Ihr bei Euren Mails achten solltet! Und hier könnt Ihr testen, ob Eure E-Mail-Adresse möglicherweise schon gehackt wurde.

Tech - 17/05/2017

#io17 – Getting up at 6am

A „shocking“ mail arrived yesterday evening: “Badge pickup starts at 7am, based on a first-come, first-served mechanism”. However, the Google I/O is surely a valid reason for developers around the globe to get up early. So I got up and took a car to this year’s location, the Shoreline Amphitheatre.

When I arrived, I was kind of expecting long queues and crowded registration desks. But none of them. After three minutes I got my badge, as well as a goodie bag containing t-shirt, sun lotion (!), sunglasses (!) and a water bottle (!). Nice 🙂


The rest of the day was used to explore some other tech companies inside Silicon Valley. Many green avenues, biking trails and roads, broken up by high tech buildings of like Microsoft, Waze and Apple.

I finished the day by visiting the old and the new Apple Campus to get another impression than only the Google one. However, they have one thing in common: Nice places! (Although a Theresienwiese is missing^^): Looking forward to “Laptop and Lederhosen”.

CU at #io17


Tech - 16/05/2017

Google #io17 – Sascha goes to California

„Congratulations – You have won“, that was the headline jumping into my point of view as I opened my mail inbox. I was some kind of shocked, that my Gaussian spam filter had not blocked this mail. So I immediately marked the message as SPAM. Done!! Spam was removed from the inbox. Ready to continue work…..

.. Really? …
Luckily, I decided to have a closer look at the presumed SPAM mail.
It was written very nicely in English, with correct spelling and elaborate grammar.
.. Strange …
Is this really true? I knew, that I have applied for a Google I/O Ticket some weeks before and that I had to fill out plenty of questions during the admission process. But I have never thought of actually getting the invitation. I was proven wrong. And a money withdrawal by Google showed me, that the ticket is for real.

I was so happy about it, so that my productivity immediately boosted up, ^^ yes indeed. In fact, the whole team was really keen on talking to the Google devs about some bugs we have found in their libs as well as learning more about new exciting Google technologies.
Therefore we prepared a bunch of questions and tried to find the best matching sessions.

Let’s get started! Engage!