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mouse&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;from BestBuy on sale for $59 and I rate it an enthusiastic thumbs up after a month of regular use. Logitech recently released a new and improved &lt;a href="https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/mx-master-2s-flow"&gt;MX Master 2 mouse&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;($99) and I used this as an opportunity to purchase the previous model at a discount. The key changes (better tracking, better battery life, "Flow" to control up to 3 devices without manual intervention, new colors).&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Pros:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Comfortable&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Easy to use and configure&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Excellent 40 day battery life&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Excellent software for Mac and PC&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Cons:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Gesture buttons can be tricky&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Scroll wheel could offer better feel&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Biege/black is a bit bland. The new model offers a light grey option that pairs well with Macs&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QdRqRJ8636A/Wx6EaDobwsI/AAAAAAAC4eA/OlSnbk_ok0EXqiSXBx68LRjImUPbr9sCwCLcBGAs/s1600/5783726_sd.jpg%253BmaxHeight%253D640%253BmaxWidth%253D550.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" data-original-height="640" data-original-width="430" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QdRqRJ8636A/Wx6EaDobwsI/AAAAAAAC4eA/OlSnbk_ok0EXqiSXBx68LRjImUPbr9sCwCLcBGAs/s320/5783726_sd.jpg%253BmaxHeight%253D640%253BmaxWidth%253D550.jpeg" width="215" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/kw80LxaT440/logitech-mx-master-bluetooth-laser.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QdRqRJ8636A/Wx6EaDobwsI/AAAAAAAC4eA/OlSnbk_ok0EXqiSXBx68LRjImUPbr9sCwCLcBGAs/s72-c/5783726_sd.jpg%253BmaxHeight%253D640%253BmaxWidth%253D550.jpeg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2018/06/logitech-mx-master-bluetooth-laser.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-2368716367266453935</guid><pubDate>Thu, 01 Mar 2018 15:25:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2018-03-01T10:26:31.496-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">BestBuy</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">GoogleAssistant</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">smartspeaker</category><title>Insignia Voice Smart Speaker with Google Assistant review - Thumbs Up!</title><description>I purchased the &lt;a href="https://www.bestbuy.com/site/insignia-voice-smart-bluetooth-speaker-and-alarm-clock-with-the-google-assistant-built-in-black/5865801.p?skuId=5865801"&gt;Insignia Voice Smart Speaker with Google Assistant&lt;/a&gt; on sale from BestBuy for $39.99 (regular price $99) and I rate it a "Thumbs Up!" &amp;nbsp;My reason for purchasing it was to replace the aging &lt;a href="http://chumby.com/"&gt;Chumby&lt;/a&gt; on my nightstand which I use as an alarm clock.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Insignia is BestBuy's house brand and the Voice is comparable to Google Home with one additional trick up it's sleeve - the Insignia includes an LED display for the time and outside temperature. Insignia makes two models - small (the one I have) and a larger model that includes a rechargeable battery that allows it to be portable.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Pros&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Low $39.99 sale price&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Google Home clone&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;LED time display is perfect for a nightstand&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Cons&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Temperature only displays for a few seconds after you ask Google to tell the weather&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;The Insignia Voice is 4th smart speaker I have purchased for my home:&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;ol&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DFKC2SO/ref=fs_ods_fs_aucc_bt"&gt;Alexa Dot&lt;/a&gt; &amp;nbsp;- home office&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="https://store.google.com/us/product/google_home_mini?43700029416605323&amp;amp;gclid=Cj0KCQiAw9nUBRCTARIsAG11eifrzTizHLOo7qpvJ0yOycN-oTxoEzgm69RqUcEGpm4NrD56hNxMdUEaAqS3EALw_wcB&amp;amp;gclsrc=aw.ds&amp;amp;dclid=CPvS5fCPytkCFU5SDAodraANaw"&gt;Google Home Mini&lt;/a&gt; - my daughter's bedroom (she loves the &lt;a href="https://store.google.com/us/config/google_home_mini?sku=_google_home_mini_coral&amp;amp;gclid=Cj0KCQiA5t7UBRDaARIsAOreQtjtDWiRabg37pMgzE86kd5bW9fNy0FZbL8gTPB-HzGqzUpq7NXA2akaAuO1EALw_wcB"&gt;coral color&lt;/a&gt;)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Apple HomePod - kitchen. &lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2018/02/apple-homepod-review-thumbs-up.html"&gt;Read my thumbs up review&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Insignia Voice - bedroom&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ol&gt;&lt;div&gt;I don't have a particular favorite smart speaker as they all have different strengths and are used for different purposes.&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HsrSVbquPFE/WpdrU_eilrI/AAAAAAAC0ts/EhZhEZTU3IwxCZwSfX_aMDDw0dXNcG5DwCLcBGAs/s1600/5865801_sd.jpg%253BmaxHeight%253D640%253BmaxWidth%253D550.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; 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sports action camera refurbished on &lt;a href="https://www.ebay.com/itm/AKASO-EK7000-4K-WIFI-Sports-Action-Camera-Waterproof-DV-12MP-Silver-Refurbished/262975504803?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&amp;amp;_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649"&gt;eBay for $35&lt;/a&gt; and I rate it a thumbs up. &amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/AKASO-EK7000-Sports-Waterproof-Camcorder/dp/B01HGM33HG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1519144565&amp;amp;sr=8-3&amp;amp;keywords=akaso+ek7000"&gt;Amazon has the same camera new for $70&lt;/a&gt; and it's highly rated (4/5, 5700 reviews). GoPros are nice but expensive and I was looking for a low cost option for skiing, the beach and water parks.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Pros&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Excellent video and photo quality&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Easy to use&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Low cost and includes a wealth of accessories&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Additional accessories are plentiful&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;b&gt;Cons&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Mobile app can be glitchy&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Lack of true 4K support. However, for me 1080p at 60fps is sufficient&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;I wasn't able to get the remote control to work&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Camera required to charge batteries. However, an external charger and two additional batteries are just &lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CN9E95C/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s02?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;psc=1"&gt;$11.99 on Amazon&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div&gt;Sample videos can be found on my &lt;a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5_lvL30_cTrNi6EbjEvFUUYhsB9RTFkw"&gt;YouTube channel&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z_AjXH77wkw/WoxucZj8xjI/AAAAAAAC0lw/2U8QCpw3tBQXETyMzYw_QE8Teh3XqfT6ACLcBGAs/s1600/71Ug0zR1s4L._SL1000_1600x.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" data-original-height="1000" data-original-width="1000" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z_AjXH77wkw/WoxucZj8xjI/AAAAAAAC0lw/2U8QCpw3tBQXETyMzYw_QE8Teh3XqfT6ACLcBGAs/s320/71Ug0zR1s4L._SL1000_1600x.jpg" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/L27bBrrM-cw/akaso-ek7000-sports-action-camera.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z_AjXH77wkw/WoxucZj8xjI/AAAAAAAC0lw/2U8QCpw3tBQXETyMzYw_QE8Teh3XqfT6ACLcBGAs/s72-c/71Ug0zR1s4L._SL1000_1600x.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2018/02/akaso-ek7000-sports-action-camera.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-7485039782034505679</guid><pubDate>Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:39:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2018-02-15T16:40:49.311-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Alexa</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">apple</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">HomePod</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">music</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">speaker</category><title>Apple HomePod review - thumbs up!</title><description>I've been using the Apple HomePod for a week now in my kitchen, as a replacement for the Sonos Play: 1, without voice control and I rate it a thumbs up. Here's why:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Pros&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Integration with iTunes, Apple Music and iTunes Match. This is far better than the Sonos app I previously used. I have an 8,000+ song library and an Apple Music family subscription&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Access to all my playlists and the ability to add songs that are playing to a playlist&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Support for news, weather and podcasts&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;AirPlay support - great for using the Apple Music app on my iPhone to browse for songs&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Excellent sound quality and no distortion at the highest volume&amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Excellent microphone that picks up "Hey Siri" from great distances even in a noisy room.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Small size, looks great&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Perfect for a hands free kitchen environment&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;Cons&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Expensive at $350&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Some features coming like multi speaker support (AirPlay2) coming later this year. However, this isn't a deal breaker for me. I'm not sure I need another speaker at this time.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;While Siri is limited on the HomePod, it has the features I need. Your mileage may differ.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fPMm0RcxZV4/WoX6v1YWS-I/AAAAAAAC0PA/oWRvLkmYhRIWz1StednUWt6rR9yz5XhagCLcBGAs/s1600/1518725657072.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" data-original-height="901" data-original-width="1600" height="360" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fPMm0RcxZV4/WoX6v1YWS-I/AAAAAAAC0PA/oWRvLkmYhRIWz1StednUWt6rR9yz5XhagCLcBGAs/s640/1518725657072.jpg" width="640" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/lbmsDjcJrqA/apple-homepod-review-thumbs-up.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fPMm0RcxZV4/WoX6v1YWS-I/AAAAAAAC0PA/oWRvLkmYhRIWz1StednUWt6rR9yz5XhagCLcBGAs/s72-c/1518725657072.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2018/02/apple-homepod-review-thumbs-up.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-3594980681487191405</guid><pubDate>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 15:15:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2018-02-28T11:02:50.263-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">app</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iOS</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iPhone</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">ski</category><title>Slopes ski and snowboard tracker app for iPhone review - thumbs up!</title><description>After trying several ski and snowboard apps for iPhone including SNOCRU and Ski Tracks,&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://getslopes.com/"&gt;Slopes&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;is my overwhelming favorite and I use it on my &lt;a href="https://itunes.apple.com/by/app/slopes/id643351983?mt=8"&gt;iPhone&lt;/a&gt; and Apple watch. I tested all three at local hill,&lt;br /&gt;Thunder Ridge, and used Slopes during a three day trip to New Hampshire (Attitash, Wildcat and Cranmore) with my brother. Based on my positive experience, my brother installed Slopes as well and he's also a fan.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;After installing the Slopes app on my iPhone, I clicked on "Record" and selected the ski area which was already repopulated since the app uses GPS. That's it. All my runs were recorded, distance, speed, time and more. I've included a brief video demo below.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Update February 28:&lt;/b&gt;&amp;nbsp;watchOS 4.2 included new APIs for tracking snow sports. Several third-party apps have today been updated with support for the new features. Apps including Slopes, snoww, Squaw Alpine, Snocru and Ski Tracks will be able to report metrics like vertical descent, distance, number of runs, average speed and calories burned. Snowboard and skiing tracking requires Apple Watch Series 3 as it uses the new built-in altimeter to determine elevation. Unfortunately, I don't have an Apple Watch Series 3 (I have a Series 2). However, I can still use the new "Downhill Skiing" workout on the Apple Watch to record my workout. I previously used "Other" because skiing wasn't available. Read more and view screenshots on &lt;a href="https://9to5mac.com/2018/02/28/apple-watch-series-3-users-can-now-track-skiing-and-snowboarding-activity/?pushup=1"&gt;9to5Mac&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;b&gt;Pros&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Easy to use and captures lots of useful metrics including distance, vertical feet, speed, time, etc.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Free. Includes one free day of daily timeline, 3D flyover, premium maps, stats for each run. Single Pass is $1.99, One Week is $4.99 and One Year is $19.99&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Doesn't drain my iPhone battery&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Rated 4.8/5 with over 3,000 reviews&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Apple Watch app&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;b&gt;Cons&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;None&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;iframe allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hjKdDqLZN2s" width="560"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/vU0DQfd92FM/slopes-ski-and-snowboard-tracker-app.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://img.youtube.com/vi/hjKdDqLZN2s/default.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2018/02/slopes-ski-and-snowboard-tracker-app.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-5410164163770803684</guid><pubDate>Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:01:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2018-01-09T11:01:10.819-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">playingcards</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">poker</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><title>Modiano Poker Index Playing Cards Review - Thumbs Up!</title><description>As an amateur poker player, I was looking to upgrade my equipment this year. I've been playing with standard Bicycle paper playing cards and decided to research plastic playing cards from Modiano, Copag and Kem. Based on price and quality of the cards, I purchased two packs, in red and blue, of the Modiano poker index playing cards from Amazon. My video review follows below.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Pros&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Low cost - $7.98 a deck from &lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CYSXZS0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;psc=1"&gt;Amazon&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Dark printing and suits displayed twice unlike the Kem and Copag&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Beige/yellow background for non face cards&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Dual index or "peek" cards exposes less of the cards during play&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Cons&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;I wasn't able to purchase a two card set in a protective case as they were all out of stock from &lt;a href="http://www.modianocards.com/traditional-decks/traditional-wide-poker/mod-2313.html"&gt;here&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href="http://www.pokerchipswholesale.com/plastic-playing-cards/modiano/modiano-poker-index-red-blue.html"&gt;here&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href="https://www.dkgameroomoutlet.com/modiano-plastic-playing-cards-red-blue-poker-size-peek-index"&gt;here&lt;/a&gt;. However, I was able to purchase two individual decks in my choice of colors from Amazon.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;iframe allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ca_OgzdnJww" width="560"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/FbF66_Za2Yg/modiano-poker-index-playing-cards.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://img.youtube.com/vi/ca_OgzdnJww/default.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2018/01/modiano-poker-index-playing-cards.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-7251997724958218240</guid><pubDate>Wed, 03 Jan 2018 11:47:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2018-01-03T06:48:02.199-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">motionstool</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">standingdesk</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">uplift</category><title>Uplift Motion Stool  Review - Thumbs Up!</title><description>I recently purchased an&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://www.thehumansolution.com/uplift-motion-stool.html?gclid=CjwKCAiA-KzSBRAnEiwAkmQ15-RsYvxmpNPAUWZ7LjmAkh8jCroYo5QX_uLQ2XpV99iVzVLVvHNfEBoC54UQAvD_BwE"&gt;Uplift Motion Stool&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;on sale for $80 and after using it for a week, I give it a thumbs up. I work predominantly from my home office and I love my &lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/05/uplift-standing-desk-thumbs-up.html"&gt;Uplift standing desk&lt;/a&gt; that I purchased a year ago.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;However, I found myself sitting still in a traditional office chair more often than I liked. It can be tiring to stand for long periods. My research identified motion stools or wobble stools as they are also called as a possible alternative. The stool provides something to lean on but since it wobbles, it also requires the use of your legs, hips abs and core muscles and forces "active sitting."&amp;nbsp;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;While there are many such stools available, I decided on the Uplift since it was the same company as my desk and the low cost. The Uplift Motion Stool is simply a rebranded version of &lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KSI2MN2/ref=asc_df_B00KSI2MN25323210/?tag=hyprod-20&amp;amp;creative=395033&amp;amp;creativeASIN=B00KSI2MN2&amp;amp;linkCode=df0&amp;amp;hvadid=198067342040&amp;amp;hvpos=1o3&amp;amp;hvnetw=g&amp;amp;hvrand=1455913782989081013&amp;amp;hvpone=&amp;amp;hvptwo=&amp;amp;hvqmt=&amp;amp;hvdev=c&amp;amp;hvdvcmdl=&amp;amp;hvlocint=&amp;amp;hvlocphy=9003431&amp;amp;hvtargid=pla-349843965774"&gt;Uncaged Ergonomics Wobble Stool available on Amazon&lt;/a&gt; for $129 (4.5/5 stars)&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Pros&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Provides "active sitting"&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Low cost&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Adjustable&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;b&gt;Cons&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Could use more adjustment for taller users like me. The 33.5 inch maximum could be a few inches higher&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Could use more cushioning&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;iframe allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5xp9l4wv66M" width="560"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/cgS2AsWaolA/uplift-motion-stool-thumbs-up.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://img.youtube.com/vi/5xp9l4wv66M/default.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2018/01/uplift-motion-stool-thumbs-up.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-7247506307437002127</guid><pubDate>Thu, 21 Dec 2017 15:07:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-12-21T13:15:34.277-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">beer</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">brewery</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><title>Treehouse Brewery - Thumbs Up!</title><description>&lt;a href="http://treehousebrew.com/"&gt;Treehouse brewery&lt;/a&gt; in &lt;a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Tree+House+Brewing+Company/@42.1365251,-72.0146966,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e6be8701e9a0c5:0x7ffa9a29a8606352!8m2!3d42.1365211!4d-72.0125079"&gt;Charlton, Massachusetts&lt;/a&gt; brews &lt;a href="https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/28743/"&gt;some of the best beers anywhere&lt;/a&gt; and they specialize in hazy, juicy, New England style IPA. However, there are a number of disadvantages:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ol&gt;&lt;li&gt;Treehouse isn't sold in stores. Purchase directly from the brewery in Charlton, MA&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Supply is limited to just a few varieties and there is a strict can limit&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Lines are long and you wait outside in the cold&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;The brewery is about 2 hours from my house. However, it is on the way to Boston and the perfect pit stop.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ol&gt;&lt;br /&gt;A few of my favorites: Green, Sap, Julius, Haze and Bright&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CUXgxwQu1v8/WjvItDoFiDI/AAAAAAACx2c/k7-x79AFD4sQI6HIAgfPbG7TCeup0LmCwCLcBGAs/s1600/9kC5JU7IS5WvxaRl0rLxOQ.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="240" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CUXgxwQu1v8/WjvItDoFiDI/AAAAAAACx2c/k7-x79AFD4sQI6HIAgfPbG7TCeup0LmCwCLcBGAs/s320/9kC5JU7IS5WvxaRl0rLxOQ.jpg" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: #bd081c; background-position: 3px 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; background-size: 14px 14px; border-bottom-left-radius: 2px; border-bottom-right-radius: 2px; border-top-left-radius: 2px; border-top-right-radius: 2px; border: none; color: white; cursor: pointer; display: none; font-family: &amp;quot;helvetica neue&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;helvetica&amp;quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; opacity: 1; padding: 0px 4px 0px 0px; position: absolute; text-align: center; text-indent: 20px; width: auto; z-index: 8675309;"&gt;Save&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: #bd081c; background-position: 3px 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; background-size: 14px 14px; border-bottom-left-radius: 2px; border-bottom-right-radius: 2px; border-top-left-radius: 2px; border-top-right-radius: 2px; border: none; color: white; cursor: pointer; display: none; font-family: &amp;quot;helvetica neue&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;helvetica&amp;quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; opacity: 1; padding: 0px 4px 0px 0px; position: absolute; text-align: center; text-indent: 20px; width: auto; z-index: 8675309;"&gt;Save&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: #bd081c; background-position: 3px 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; background-size: 14px 14px; border-bottom-left-radius: 2px; border-bottom-right-radius: 2px; border-top-left-radius: 2px; border-top-right-radius: 2px; border: none; color: white; cursor: pointer; display: none; font-family: &amp;quot;helvetica neue&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;helvetica&amp;quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; opacity: 1; padding: 0px 4px 0px 0px; position: absolute; text-align: center; text-indent: 20px; width: auto; z-index: 8675309;"&gt;Save&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: #bd081c; background-position: 3px 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; background-size: 14px 14px; border-bottom-left-radius: 2px; border-bottom-right-radius: 2px; border-top-left-radius: 2px; border-top-right-radius: 2px; border: none; color: white; cursor: pointer; display: none; font-family: &amp;quot;helvetica neue&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;helvetica&amp;quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; opacity: 1; padding: 0px 4px 0px 0px; position: absolute; text-align: center; text-indent: 20px; width: auto; z-index: 8675309;"&gt;Save&lt;/span&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/_A2_1WQUUnA/treehouse-brewery-thumbs-up.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CUXgxwQu1v8/WjvItDoFiDI/AAAAAAACx2c/k7-x79AFD4sQI6HIAgfPbG7TCeup0LmCwCLcBGAs/s72-c/9kC5JU7IS5WvxaRl0rLxOQ.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/12/treehouse-brewery-thumbs-up.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-5576713728544074517</guid><pubDate>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 19:36:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-11-29T14:37:16.808-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">apple</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">AppleWatch</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">band</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">watch</category><title>$17 third party Apple Watch Sport Loop Review - Thumbs Up!</title><description>I like the new Apple Watch Sport Loop but the $49 price tag is a bit too much to swallow. Here's my THUMBS UP! review of a &lt;a href="https://www.ebay.com/itm/Flash-Sport-Loop-Woven-Nylon-Sport-Watch-Band-Bracelet-For-Apple-Watch-series-3/112639938208?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&amp;amp;var=413084182575&amp;amp;_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649"&gt;$17 knockoff&lt;/a&gt; I purchased on eBay from &lt;a href="https://www.ebay.com/usr/happyline9988?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2754"&gt;happyline9988&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Jl51AVbAwh8" width="560"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/puMh0Tu-ISc/17-third-party-apple-watch-sport-loop.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://img.youtube.com/vi/Jl51AVbAwh8/default.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/11/17-third-party-apple-watch-sport-loop.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-4722239479292938365</guid><pubDate>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:48:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-11-27T12:48:28.840-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Apple. HomePod</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Bluetooth</category><title>Why I'm excited for the upcoming Apple HomePod</title><description>The&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://www.apple.com/homepod/"&gt;Apple HomePod&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;is &lt;a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-21/why-apple-s-homepod-is-three-years-behind-amazon-s-echo"&gt;delayed until early 2018&lt;/a&gt; and will be more expensive and have fewer features than &lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075RWFCHB/ref_=fs_ods_fs_aucc_sr"&gt;Amazon Echo&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href="https://store.google.com/product/google_home"&gt;Google Home&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href="https://www.sonos.com/en-us/shop/one.html?utm_campaign=GGL_US_EN_SONOS_NB_VOICE%20COMPETITOR_Exact_360i&amp;amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;amp;utm_source=google&amp;amp;utm_content=GGL_US_EN_SONOS_NB_VOICE%20COMPETITOR_Exact_360i&amp;amp;utm_term=google%20home&amp;amp;gclid=CjwKCAiAo9_QBRACEiwASknDwYkjCjMRchmsHAoCCX17F82I9g_8OmCBotPwkvNUibI7FNJPbCPi6BoCMcYQAvD_BwE&amp;amp;gclsrc=aw.ds"&gt;Sonos One&lt;/a&gt;. I don't care and I will buy one anyway. Our family is a heavy user of Apple Music, we have thousands of uploaded songs (&lt;a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204146"&gt;iTunes Match&lt;/a&gt;) and dozens of playlists. Current speakers aren't great for our family, here's why:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Bluetooth speakers. Portability is great but it's far too difficult to connect/disconnect multiple devices to play music. In addition, most don't have great sound quality. Apple's wireless W1 is great but alas they haven't added the chip to a speaker yet - just Beats headphones and the excellent &lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/01/apple-airpods-wireless-headphones.html"&gt;AirPods which I own&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Sonos Play:1. This is the solution I use and it works well. Our family installs the Sonos app on our iPhones/iPad and we can control the Apple Music. However, I'd like to have voice control for Apple Music and improved sound quality as well smart assistant/home automation capabilities.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div&gt;The new Apple HomePod looks like it will be a good fit for my needs but only time will tell&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4lOBxAHN9ww/Whilh2CYV8I/AAAAAAACwy8/Mzsg4LBf2zUfEOUtsKqbmmEEx4kCKdamwCLcBGAs/s1600/HomePod_-_Apple.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1444" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4lOBxAHN9ww/Whilh2CYV8I/AAAAAAACwy8/Mzsg4LBf2zUfEOUtsKqbmmEEx4kCKdamwCLcBGAs/s320/HomePod_-_Apple.png" width="288" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/-s7ksVrrD7k/why-im-excited-for-upcoming-apple.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4lOBxAHN9ww/Whilh2CYV8I/AAAAAAACwy8/Mzsg4LBf2zUfEOUtsKqbmmEEx4kCKdamwCLcBGAs/s72-c/HomePod_-_Apple.png" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/11/why-im-excited-for-upcoming-apple.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-3893759747113506513</guid><pubDate>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 19:21:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-11-03T15:21:02.551-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">audio</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iPhone</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">microphone</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Shure</category><title>Shure MV51 microphone - thumbs up!</title><description>In November, 2017 I purchased the&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="http://www.shure.com/americas/motiv/mv51"&gt;Shure MV51&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;microphone for $150 and I'm a fan. Listen to my audio review below, recorded using the microphone connected to my iPhone 7 Plus and using the &lt;a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shureplus-motiv/id938264337?mt=8"&gt;MOTIV mobile app&lt;/a&gt; available from the Apple App Store.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pj_uUMOcctA" width="560"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/gHfe2zdMbks/shure-mv51-microphone-thumbs-up.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://img.youtube.com/vi/pj_uUMOcctA/default.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/11/shure-mv51-microphone-thumbs-up.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-6169453727360672925</guid><pubDate>Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:30:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-10-23T14:30:32.034-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">beer</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Ommegang</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><title>Ommegang 20th Anniversary Ale 2017 Review - Thumbs Up!</title><description>I'm a big fan of &lt;a href="http://ommegang.com/"&gt;Ommegang&lt;/a&gt; Belgian-style beers brewed in Cooperstown, NY and I've made two brewery visits over the last three years. 2017 is Ommegang's 20th anniversary and to celebrate, they brewed a special anniversary beer aged in &lt;a href="http://www.buffalotrace.com/"&gt;Buffalo Trace&lt;/a&gt; bourbon barrels. I'm a fan of barrel aged beers and this one doesn't disappoint. It pours a dark, chocolate brown with aromas of dried fruits and tastes of bourbon with nice mouthfeel and a smooth finish.&amp;nbsp;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;From the&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="http://ommegang.com/blog/cheers-to-20-years/"&gt;Ommegang blog&lt;/a&gt;:&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;"For 20th Anniversary Ale, we took a classic Belgian-style brew and gave it an American twist through aging in Bourbon whiskey barrels. Brewed with a careful blend of Munich, Special B, Cara-Vienne, and Blackprinz malts with additions of Belgian candi sugar, 20th Anniversary Ale enjoys balanced hopping with Spalter Select, and Styrian Golding hops. Following fermentation, this deep, rich, complex brew inspired by the great Trappist brewing tradition, spends several months maturing in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. The result is an ale perfect for sharing, celebrating, and rejoicing"&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Interested in purchasing? I've always had excellent luck with&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="http://ommegang.com/blog/beer-finder/"&gt;Ommegang beer finder&lt;/a&gt;. I bought three bottles for $19.99 each.&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;I'm also on the lookout for the Ommegang 20th Anniversary Rare Beer Pack that includes three rare beers and an Ommegang glass. The beers, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Three Philosophers, Ginnepin Saison brewed with juniper berries, and Bourbon Barrel-aged Abbey Ale, are all unique takes on existing Ommegang beers.&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Read other opinions on &lt;a href="https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/42/287588/"&gt;Beer Advocate&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-X1Tw5y5LkjM/We4WB9NP-mI/AAAAAAACuOg/xcjWrBZ2OIkG8iObSF5SQrFZD2QNSCWQACLcBGAs/s1600/R6041sbCTRmUd5MaGgFl0A.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-X1Tw5y5LkjM/We4WB9NP-mI/AAAAAAACuOg/xcjWrBZ2OIkG8iObSF5SQrFZD2QNSCWQACLcBGAs/s320/R6041sbCTRmUd5MaGgFl0A.jpg" width="240" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; color: #2c2c2c; font-family: &amp;quot;open sans&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;helvetica&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;arial&amp;quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; color: #2c2c2c; font-family: &amp;quot;open sans&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;helvetica&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;arial&amp;quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/_58CW1TZ7dQ/ommegang-20th-anniversary-ale-2017.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-X1Tw5y5LkjM/We4WB9NP-mI/AAAAAAACuOg/xcjWrBZ2OIkG8iObSF5SQrFZD2QNSCWQACLcBGAs/s72-c/R6041sbCTRmUd5MaGgFl0A.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/10/ommegang-20th-anniversary-ale-2017.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-7470509352716282413</guid><pubDate>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:31:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-11-29T14:37:58.486-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">4K</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">apple</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">AppleTV</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">TV</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">video</category><title>Apple TV 4K review - Thumbs Up!</title><description>I upgraded to the latest &lt;a href="https://www.apple.com/apple-tv-4k/"&gt;Apple TV 4K 64GB&lt;/a&gt; model and recommend it for Apple users. Users without a significant investment in Apple hardware and iTunes movies will find better values with the &lt;a href="https://www.roku.com/index"&gt;Roku&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href="https://www.google.com/aclk?sa=L&amp;amp;ai=DChcSEwjnvPie09TWAhUCQ4YKHdYWBNoYABAAGgJ2dQ&amp;amp;sig=AOD64_3a0IP16qkC5Ab0f9IgXTs8KL_sng&amp;amp;q=&amp;amp;ved=0ahUKEwiAgO-e09TWAhWETCYKHRcECl4Q0QwIJg&amp;amp;adurl="&gt;Amazon Fire TV&lt;/a&gt; or using the "smart" features built into your TV.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Pros&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;4K support&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Free 4K movie upgrades for selected movies if you've paid for the HD version. New 4K movies cost the same as HD versions&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Supports both HRD10 and Dolby Vision HDR&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;User interface and integration with other Apple products (e.g. &lt;a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204289"&gt;AirPlay&lt;/a&gt;)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;App and games support. The New VUDU app provides access to my &lt;a href="https://www.myuv.com/"&gt;UltraViolet&lt;/a&gt; movie collection&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Cons&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;The only 4K content the Apple TV 4K plays is iTunes&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Expensive ($179/$199 for 32GB and 64GB respectively)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;No support for Dolby Atmos&amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Amazon Prime Movies app isn't available yet&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div&gt;I've owned each model of Apple TV since the first release ten years ago in 2007. I always keep an Apple TV in my work backpack for &lt;a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYzG2sqqMU4"&gt;client presentations&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;using the built in p&lt;a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnl0Gi6Po5A"&gt;eer-to-peer AirPlay functionality&lt;/a&gt; (no wi-fi network required)&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kI479LIWgO4/Wc0nMtSddWI/AAAAAAACtKg/hvFT9QN1wdwu46xJUMqG5RaLsx5tHKAFwCLcBGAs/s1600/apple-tv-hero-select-201709.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" data-original-height="535" data-original-width="538" height="318" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kI479LIWgO4/Wc0nMtSddWI/AAAAAAACtKg/hvFT9QN1wdwu46xJUMqG5RaLsx5tHKAFwCLcBGAs/s320/apple-tv-hero-select-201709.jpeg" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/y9Eeq4Zm_cE/apple-tv-4k-review-thumbs-up.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kI479LIWgO4/Wc0nMtSddWI/AAAAAAACtKg/hvFT9QN1wdwu46xJUMqG5RaLsx5tHKAFwCLcBGAs/s72-c/apple-tv-hero-select-201709.jpeg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/10/apple-tv-4k-review-thumbs-up.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-8178057592293151889</guid><pubDate>Wed, 27 Sep 2017 18:16:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-09-27T14:16:42.389-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">barbecue</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">cooking</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">smoker</category><title>Masterbuilt Sportsman Elite Smoker Review - Thumbs Up!</title><description>Watch my video review of the Masterbuilt Sportsman Elite 30" propane two door smoker below. This is my first smoker and I recommend it. I ordered it on sale for $99 online from &lt;a href="https://www.farmandfleet.com/"&gt;Blain's Farm &amp;amp; Fleet&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ta4DMVH3QBk" width="560"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/JQC093GOPSc/masterbuilt-sportsman-elite-smoker.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://img.youtube.com/vi/ta4DMVH3QBk/default.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/09/masterbuilt-sportsman-elite-smoker.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-42460406618077647</guid><pubDate>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:36:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-11-29T14:37:30.769-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">password</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">security</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">software</category><title>Dashlane password wallet - Thumbs Up!</title><description>I've been a longtime &lt;a href="https://www.dashlane.com/"&gt;Dashlane&lt;/a&gt; password wallet user and couldn't live without it. I use Dashlane on all my devices for work and personal use including Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad and Android devices and store my passwords, credit cards, secure notes and ids. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Pros&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;All of my passwords synchronized securely across all my devices with easy access&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Digital wallet for all my payments and id cards&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Password generator&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Change multiple passwords automatically with a single click&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Alerts when one or more of my passwords are at risk due to a security breach&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Support for multiple devices including Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad and Android&amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Cons&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Doesn't integrate with &lt;a href="https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/08/ios-11s-new-password-autofill-for-apps-wont-work-with-or-replace-your-favorite-password-manager/"&gt;Apple Password Autofill for Apps in iOS 11&lt;/a&gt;. Hopefully, Apple will add support in a future release of iOS&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SA11G2AG_1g/Wb_ralhYA7I/AAAAAAACs2U/EuBC_K9eZ_4-2D5PMuC6U1Pa7SbSrTuAgCLcBGAs/s1600/0x0.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" data-original-height="290" data-original-width="982" height="116" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SA11G2AG_1g/Wb_ralhYA7I/AAAAAAACs2U/EuBC_K9eZ_4-2D5PMuC6U1Pa7SbSrTuAgCLcBGAs/s400/0x0.png" width="400" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/7m9zgqmX9Hw/dashlane-password-wallet-thumbs-up.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SA11G2AG_1g/Wb_ralhYA7I/AAAAAAACs2U/EuBC_K9eZ_4-2D5PMuC6U1Pa7SbSrTuAgCLcBGAs/s72-c/0x0.png" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/09/dashlane-password-wallet-thumbs-up.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-1460307904699338354</guid><pubDate>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:05:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-11-29T14:37:44.615-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">apple</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iOS</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iOS11</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iPad</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iPhone</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">mobile</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">OS</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">software</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">upgrade</category><title>Apple iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad - Thumbs Up!</title><description>As expected, Apple released &lt;a href="https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-11/"&gt;iOS 11&lt;/a&gt; for iPhone and iPad earlier today and I highly recommend the upgrade.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Pros&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;New App Store&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;New Files app&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;More human sounding (less robotic) Siri voice&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;New Lockscreen, Notification Center, and Control center&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Autofill app passwords&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Do not disturb while driving with auto reply&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Create a video of what displays on the screen (great for creating demos)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Swipe down on the keyboard instead of hitting "shift"&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;iPad: add as many apps as you want to the dock, drag and drop&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Apple AR Kit augmented reality apps now available in the Apple App Store&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Cons&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Only supported by 64-bit devices.&amp;nbsp;iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPad 4 do not support iOS 11&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Dropped support for 32-bit apps (Settings -&amp;gt; General -&amp;gt; About -&amp;gt; Applications will tell you which apps are 32 bit and won't work)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;New Apple Pay cash feature has been delayed&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div&gt;Ready to upgrade? Backup your device and upgrade when prompted or tap on Settings &amp;gt; General &amp;gt; Software Update&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-slugrB-KlAU/WcELtJ9Gw4I/AAAAAAACs2w/C9ToOW8Qc3kFs9cMIyh9CRrdVVo4FuUKwCLcBGAs/s1600/iOS-11-main.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" data-original-height="559" data-original-width="1000" height="356" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-slugrB-KlAU/WcELtJ9Gw4I/AAAAAAACs2w/C9ToOW8Qc3kFs9cMIyh9CRrdVVo4FuUKwCLcBGAs/s640/iOS-11-main.png" width="640" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: #bd081c; background-position: 3px 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; background-size: 14px 14px; border-bottom-left-radius: 2px; border-bottom-right-radius: 2px; border-top-left-radius: 2px; border-top-right-radius: 2px; border: none; color: white; cursor: pointer; display: none; font-family: &amp;quot;helvetica neue&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;helvetica&amp;quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; opacity: 1; padding: 0px 4px 0px 0px; position: absolute; text-align: center; text-indent: 20px; width: auto; z-index: 8675309;"&gt;Save&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: #bd081c; background-position: 3px 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; background-size: 14px 14px; border-bottom-left-radius: 2px; border-bottom-right-radius: 2px; border-top-left-radius: 2px; border-top-right-radius: 2px; border: none; color: white; cursor: pointer; display: none; font-family: &amp;quot;helvetica neue&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;helvetica&amp;quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; opacity: 1; padding: 0px 4px 0px 0px; position: absolute; text-align: center; text-indent: 20px; width: auto; z-index: 8675309;"&gt;Save&lt;/span&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/Y_qlZ1LorZ0/apple-ios-11-for-iphone-and-ipad-thumbs.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-slugrB-KlAU/WcELtJ9Gw4I/AAAAAAACs2w/C9ToOW8Qc3kFs9cMIyh9CRrdVVo4FuUKwCLcBGAs/s72-c/iOS-11-main.png" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/09/apple-ios-11-for-iphone-and-ipad-thumbs.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-822543828649561549</guid><pubDate>Tue, 12 Sep 2017 21:22:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-11-29T14:38:10.921-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">apple</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Apple TV</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Apple Watch</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iPhone</category><title>Apple's iPhone X event - Thumbs Up!</title><description>Earlier today, Tim Cook kicked off the Apple iPhone X event at the new Steve Job's theater at Apple Park. You can watch the full replay on &lt;a href="https://www.apple.com/apple-events/september-2017"&gt;Apple.com&lt;/a&gt;. The following are my impressions:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Apple Watch Series 3. Apple added a new dual-core processor that is 70% faster than last year, a new barometric altimeter and a new LTE option. The current Apple Watch without LTE can only tell time without a paired iPhone nearby. Adding LTE means that you can workout or run with just the Apple Watch and still have full functionality. The Apple Watch Series 3 starts at $329 without cellular and $399 with integrated LTE, and will be released on September 22nd. Monthly LTE plans for the Apple Watch start at ~$10 per month. Apple watchOS 4, currently in beta, ships on September 19 for all Apple Watch users. I've been running the beta and it has some &lt;a href="https://www.apple.com/watchos/"&gt;useful features&lt;/a&gt;. I own the Apple Watch Series 2 which I love and don't plan on upgrading to Series 3.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Apple TV 4K.&amp;nbsp;Apple added the A10x chip, which offers four times faster graphics than last year's model as well as 4K and HDR support. In addition, if you've ever bought an HD movie from iTunes and a 4K version is available, you'll get it for FREE. New 4K movies are the same price as HD movie.&amp;nbsp;The Apple TV 4K starts at $179, can be preordered on September 15 and ships on September 22nd. I own the previous generation 4 Apple TV, several iTunes HD movies and will be purchasing the new Apple TV 4K.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Apple added a faster&amp;nbsp;A11 Bionic processor with neural engine, wireless charging, 12MP rear-facing camera with support for Augmented Reality (AR) and a glass back. The iPhone 8/8 Plus comes in three colors (down from 5), silver, space gray and a new gold finish. The iPhone 8 begins at $699 for the 64GB, while the iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799. Preorders start on September 15 and ships on September 22nd. Personally, I'm not interested in the iPhone 8 as it offers only incremental improvements over the iPhone 7/7 Plus (and arguably the 6/6S as well)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;iPhone X. A big leap forward for the iPhone on its 10th anniversary with a a faster A11 Bionic processor with neural engine, large, 5.8 inch OLED screen,&amp;nbsp;2436 x 1125 Super Retina display,&amp;nbsp;narrow bezel, wireless charging, Face ID (replaces TouchID).&amp;nbsp;The entry level iPhone X will cost $999 and will offer 64GB of storage. The 256GB model will cost a whopping $1,149 (why no 128GB model?). Based on increasing competition from premium Android phones like Samsung Galaxy/Note, Pixel, LG V30, Essential and others, Apple needed a major iPhone upgrade after a series of incremental upgrades and the iPhone X appears to meet this challenge. Sadly, the only colors available are black and silver. Pre-orders begin on October 27 and will begin shipping on November 3. I currently own the iPhone 7 Plus but I'll be keeping my eye on the iPhone X. iOS 11 will be available for current and previous &lt;a href="https://www.macrumors.com/2017/06/06/ios-11-compatible-iphone-ipad-ipod-models/"&gt;64-bit compatible models &lt;/a&gt;iPhone/iPad on September 19. I've been running the beta and can confirm that it's a worthy upgrade - the biggest iOS upgrade in several releases, particularly for iPad. Learn more about iOS 11 new features on &lt;a href="https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-11/"&gt;Apple.com&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;iTunes 12.7. Apple revamps the latest version of iTunes for Mac and PC, available now, and adds support for iOS 11. Learn more on &lt;a href="https://www.macrumors.com/2017/09/12/apple-itunes-12-7-no-app-store/"&gt;MacRumors&lt;/a&gt;. Do you have custom ringtones like me? If so, you'll want to read this article on &lt;a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201593"&gt;Apple.com&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;for the new hoops you'll need to jump through to get custom ringtones on your devices&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;High Sierra. macOX Sierra 10.13 ships on September 25 and includes a &lt;a href="https://www.apple.com/macos/high-sierra/"&gt;number of incremental enhancements&lt;/a&gt; including the new Apple File System which debuted in iOS 10.3&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;HomePod. Apple's new smart speaker designed to compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home, wasn't part of the announcement. However, it was introduced earlier this summer and is expected to ship in time for the holiday season. I'm planning on purchasing the HomePod.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;AirPower wireless charging pad for iPhone 8/X, Apple Watch and AirPods. Coming in 2018.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;AirPods with wireless charging. Coming in 2018. 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and I recommend it. I'm sleeping better with less discomfort than my old mattress. After almost a year of use, I'm still a fan.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Pros&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Comfortable (medium firm)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;14 inches thick&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Resists bounciness and eases movement&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;No hassle return policy from Costco&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Vacuum sealed in a small box for shipping. Easy expands. &lt;a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jl4_8HyFBE"&gt;Watch my video&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Inexpensive ($700 for king)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Excellent reviews from Consumer Reports (Recommend, 68/100)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;No complaints of the mattress feeling too hot or too cold&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Cons&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;No grips for handling&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PJ1YAujgGZY/WbcPrHEREsI/AAAAAAACsKo/YitaoEJMsFEjR66XSktm0Q_Fwjlp5xC2QCLcBGAs/s1600/mattress-nf-comfort-grande.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" data-original-height="500" data-original-width="1000" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PJ1YAujgGZY/WbcPrHEREsI/AAAAAAACsKo/YitaoEJMsFEjR66XSktm0Q_Fwjlp5xC2QCLcBGAs/s640/mattress-nf-comfort-grande.jpg" width="640" 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style="color: blue; font-family: Merriweather, Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; text-decoration: none;"&gt;US Open mobile app&lt;/a&gt;, championship&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="http://www.usopen.org/index.html" style="color: blue; font-family: Merriweather, Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; text-decoration: none;"&gt;website&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;span style="background-color: white; font-family: &amp;quot;merriweather&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;georgia&amp;quot; , serif; font-size: 16px;"&gt;and sponsor of IBM Cognitive Court, an interactive event&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; font-family: &amp;quot;merriweather&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;georgia&amp;quot; , serif; font-size: 16px;"&gt;showcasing Watson technology.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br style="font-family: Merriweather, Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px;" /&gt;&lt;a 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/><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/08/my-visit-to-us-open-tennis-2017.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-752160638880263507</guid><pubDate>Thu, 03 Aug 2017 03:41:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-08-02T23:41:28.028-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Amazon</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">creditcard</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">shopping</category><title>Amazon Prime Store Credit Card - thumbs up!</title><description>If you're an Amazon Prime member, the &lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/iss/credit/storecardmember"&gt;store credit card&lt;/a&gt; is a no brainer as it offers 5% off on all purchases, everyday as a statement credit. There is no annual fee. Alternately, you can choose special financing for purchases of $149 or more. On Amazon Prime Day earlier this year Amazon offered and additional 20% selected items when paying with the Amazon store credit card.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Note that Amazon offers two store credit cards - one for Prime customers and one for non-Prime customers. Only the Prime credit card offers the 5% statement credit and special financing.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Signup on&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/iss/credit/storecardmember"&gt;Amazon.com&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_P9_kF2G5OA/WYKbFPmGISI/AAAAAAACgsM/QojCOFigY_AgaLrBdJyvez4y9TY8hK8mACLcBGAs/s1600/amazon-store-card.be345067.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" data-original-height="301" data-original-width="469" height="205" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_P9_kF2G5OA/WYKbFPmGISI/AAAAAAACgsM/QojCOFigY_AgaLrBdJyvez4y9TY8hK8mACLcBGAs/s320/amazon-store-card.be345067.png" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/kQl0p6JOCTM/amazon-prime-store-credit-card-thumbs-up.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_P9_kF2G5OA/WYKbFPmGISI/AAAAAAACgsM/QojCOFigY_AgaLrBdJyvez4y9TY8hK8mACLcBGAs/s72-c/amazon-store-card.be345067.png" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/08/amazon-prime-store-credit-card-thumbs-up.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-4749062732309562195</guid><pubDate>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 20:24:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-07-06T16:25:25.432-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">app</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">AppleTV</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">game</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Jackbox</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><title>Jackbox Games for AppleTV - thumbs up!</title><description>&lt;a href="http://jackboxgames.com/games/"&gt;Jackbox Games&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;including Fibbage, Quiplash and others have breathed new life into my AppleTV series 4 with a series of great party games. The latest model of AppleTV is the only one that has an app store, just like iPhone and iPad that allows you to install apps and games. Don't have an AppleTV series 4? Jackbox games are also available for PC, Xbox, Playstation and even Amazon Alexa (Lie Swatter)&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Once you purchase the game on your AppleTV, participants login to http://jackbox.tv on their smartphone or tablet to enter their responses which are shown on the TV screen.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Some of our favorite games:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;FibbageXL - fib until you win trivia game (e.g. the mayor of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky is a ________.)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Quiplash - come up with the funniest response (e.g. something you’d be surprised to see a donkey do)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Drawful - similar to Pictionary, a great hit with the kids&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Murder Party - trivia game with a murder party twist&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Guesspionage - guess the percentage of respondents (e.g. what percentage of people have email from ex-lovers that they would never delete)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;Pros&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Lots of fun as a group (up to 8 players)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Use the browser on smartphone or tablet to record your responses on AppleTV (no app to install)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;Cons&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Requires &lt;a href="https://www.apple.com/tv/"&gt;AppleTV generation 4&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Individual games can get expensive but the party packs save you money. Party Pack 3 is the latest release. Party Pack 4 is scheduled for fall 2017.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SNlEq2Wsy_k/WV6VJ2UuBlI/AAAAAAACgUs/K7ZoMeLgSbY_TbfAAQqo76V3IzWMakBqwCLcBGAs/s1600/Header_JBPP3-1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" data-original-height="475" data-original-width="1280" height="147" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SNlEq2Wsy_k/WV6VJ2UuBlI/AAAAAAACgUs/K7ZoMeLgSbY_TbfAAQqo76V3IzWMakBqwCLcBGAs/s400/Header_JBPP3-1.jpg" width="400" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/lVxNsOc6lQc/jackbox-games-for-appletv-thumbs-up.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SNlEq2Wsy_k/WV6VJ2UuBlI/AAAAAAACgUs/K7ZoMeLgSbY_TbfAAQqo76V3IzWMakBqwCLcBGAs/s72-c/Header_JBPP3-1.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/07/jackbox-games-for-appletv-thumbs-up.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-2651075414183689933</guid><pubDate>Wed, 05 Jul 2017 20:45:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-07-05T16:46:28.619-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">accessories</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Amazon</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">organizerboard</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">UGREEN</category><title>UGREEN Elastic Organizer Board review - thumbs up!</title><description>&lt;div&gt;I recently purchased a large UGREEN elastic organizer board from &lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IEMZCC6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;psc=1"&gt;Amazon&lt;/a&gt; on sale for $8.13 and I'm a big fan. The zipper on a Vaultz mesh bag I had been using recently broke and I needed a replacement.&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;The 8.5 x 11 inch board contains a variety of elastic bands to hold all your cables and dongles. A key advantage is that the organized board provides easy access to all your cables and adapters without a need to hunt through a bag. The disadvantage is that the organizer board takes up a bit more space in my backpack. The UGREEN appears to be well-made and comes in several sizes.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;I'll report back in a few months on how it's holding up.&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-y8_AE779YFk/WV08jgq0GII/AAAAAAACgQk/M4A5IOV7xS0cNYdxQ70GNI8-vJUBOvuNQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_1765.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-y8_AE779YFk/WV08jgq0GII/AAAAAAACgQk/M4A5IOV7xS0cNYdxQ70GNI8-vJUBOvuNQCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_1765.jpg" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/ns7Cdnsm74o/ugreen-elastic-organizer-board-review.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-y8_AE779YFk/WV08jgq0GII/AAAAAAACgQk/M4A5IOV7xS0cNYdxQ70GNI8-vJUBOvuNQCLcBGAs/s72-c/IMG_1765.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/07/ugreen-elastic-organizer-board-review.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-2340415191584022894</guid><pubDate>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:48:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-06-16T16:25:46.435-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Alexa</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Amazon</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">dash</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">IOT</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">thumbsup</category><title>Amazon Dash Wand - thumbs up!</title><description>The new&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Dash-Wand-With-Alexa/dp/B01MQMJFDK/ref=sr_tr_sr_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1497642429&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=amazon+dash+wand"&gt;Amazon Dash Wand&lt;/a&gt; puts Alexa in the palm of your hand complete with a barcode scanner to add items to your shopping cart. It runs off two AAA batteries and it took all of one minute to setup and configure by connecting to my home wi-fi network. The Dash Wand has a magnet built in to stick to your refrigerator so it's always handy.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;Questions you can ask:&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;What's the score of the Red Sox game?&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Buy sushi rice&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;What's the best pizza nearby?&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Where's my stuff?&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Will it rain tomorrow?&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;How many cups in a pint?&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;Questions you can't ask:&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Play Amazon Music (not supported by the Amazon Wand)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;The cost is $20 for Prime members but a $20 credit is added to your Amazon account after activation - making the device free. &lt;a href="http://www.amazon.com/fresh"&gt;Amazon Fresh&lt;/a&gt; same or next day grocery delivery is also included free for 90 days but unfortunately it's not available in my area. &amp;nbsp;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;Thumbs up!&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-a9rE_kDgkHw/WUQxa4W4NcI/AAAAAAACfmI/lYm4z8pUsDog-cbXmt-AHDKhys7Q5JLOwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_1512.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="240" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-a9rE_kDgkHw/WUQxa4W4NcI/AAAAAAACfmI/lYm4z8pUsDog-cbXmt-AHDKhys7Q5JLOwCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_1512.JPG" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/HEtwr4Uityw/amazon-dash-wand-thumbs-up.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-a9rE_kDgkHw/WUQxa4W4NcI/AAAAAAACfmI/lYm4z8pUsDog-cbXmt-AHDKhys7Q5JLOwCLcBGAs/s72-c/IMG_1512.JPG" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/06/amazon-dash-wand-thumbs-up.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-3833709833210894551</guid><pubDate>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:06:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-06-12T14:06:10.194-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">accessories</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Amazon</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><title>Amazon Basics laptop/tablet sleeves - thumbs up!</title><description>&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Luum35Bl0iI/WT7WILnXmII/AAAAAAACfhU/RlEZEp4qyH8_58baq0jYQXE5nk0DBLYwwCLcB/s1600/AmazonBasics%2BLaptop%2BSleeves.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" data-original-height="394" data-original-width="396" height="317" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Luum35Bl0iI/WT7WILnXmII/AAAAAAACfhU/RlEZEp4qyH8_58baq0jYQXE5nk0DBLYwwCLcB/s320/AmazonBasics%2BLaptop%2BSleeves.png" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"&gt;I've used&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-14-Inch-Laptop-Sleeve-Black/dp/B00CD8AF48/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1497290352&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=laptop%2Bsleeve%2Bamazon%2Bbasics&amp;amp;th=1"&gt;Amazon Basics laptop/tablet sleeves&lt;/a&gt; for several years and I'm a big fan. I own 6 in a variety of sizes - one for each of my device. Here's why I'm a fan:&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;ol&gt;&lt;li&gt;Protects my laptops and tablets from scratches when traveling. I load all my gear in a &lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/High-Sierra-Business-Backpack-Suspended/dp/B00K88LUR6/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&amp;amp;ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1497290512&amp;amp;sr=1-3&amp;amp;keywords=high+sierra+backpack+red"&gt;High Sierra Elite backpack&lt;/a&gt; and the sleeves help protect the devices from rubbing against each other&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Sleeve come in 8 sizes from 7 inch to 17.3 inches for a perfect fit&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Reasonably priced from $5.95 to $11.99&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Well made neoprene-like padded material with a heavy duty zipper and an oversized zipper pull&amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ol&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/Z0lpso9VmME/amazon-basics-laptoptablet-sleeves.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Luum35Bl0iI/WT7WILnXmII/AAAAAAACfhU/RlEZEp4qyH8_58baq0jYQXE5nk0DBLYwwCLcB/s72-c/AmazonBasics%2BLaptop%2BSleeves.png" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/06/amazon-basics-laptoptablet-sleeves.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-5723646707419219110</guid><pubDate>Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:48:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-06-09T08:49:09.260-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">apple</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">HomePod</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iOS11</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iPad</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iPhone</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">macOS</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">tvOS</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">watchOS</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">WWDC</category><title>My take on Apple WWDC 2017 keynote - thumbs down!</title><description>Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicked off yesterday with a &lt;a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdMoL_CRroo"&gt;two hour keynote&lt;/a&gt;.&amp;nbsp;My take:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ol&gt;&lt;li&gt;tvOS - thumbs down. Amazon Prime Video app coming later this year isn't enough to compete. Apple did say that new features are coming later this year&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;watchOS 4 - thumbs down. New Siri watch face/assistant, new watch faces and integration with gym equipment wasn't enough. The rumor is that Apple will launch a new watch later this year.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Siri - thumbs down. What's Apple doing to compete with Amazon, Google and others that have better &lt;a href="https://www.stonetemple.com/digital-personal-assistants-test"&gt;smart assistants&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;a href="https://9to5mac.com/2017/06/08/siri-still-lagging-behind-ia-rivals-despite-homepod-ios-11-upgrades-say-ex-employees-developers/"&gt;Interesting back story on the evolution of Siri&lt;/a&gt;.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;macOS High Sierra - thumbs down. Autoplay video blocking, a new file system and Virtual Reality support are nice but not enough to keep pace with Microsoft Windows&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;New and improved Macs - thumbs down. Mostly processor upgrades. Only the iMac Pro was new but its pricey at $4,999&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;iOS 11 - thumbs up. Lots of new features including Augmented Reality Kit (&lt;a href="https://developer.apple.com/documentation/arkit"&gt;ARKit&lt;/a&gt;), &lt;a href="https://developer.apple.com/documentation/sirikit"&gt;SiriKit&lt;/a&gt; and Machine Learning Kit (&lt;a href="https://developer.apple.com/documentation/coreml"&gt;Core ML&lt;/a&gt;). I'm running the beta on my iPad. &lt;a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy1JEyxRzIc"&gt;Video demo of 100 new features&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;iPad Pro 10.5 inch - thumbs down. Not enough new features to make me want to upgrade&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;HomePod - thumbs up. Apple's Siri speaker will ship for the holiday season at $349 with an emphasis on audio quality. I need a new speaker for my bedroom and I'll be looking at the HomePod when it goes on sale in December.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ol&gt;&lt;div&gt;While iOS 11 and HomePod were the two bright spots, overall the keynote was a thumbs down.&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HCj8SRtjHr8/WTbLot-xxVI/AAAAAAACfbM/MkoFqSnpXLciuhrHG4UFOkx6No9WBsI2gCLcB/s1600/wwdc17-og.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" data-original-height="630" data-original-width="1200" height="336" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HCj8SRtjHr8/WTbLot-xxVI/AAAAAAACfbM/MkoFqSnpXLciuhrHG4UFOkx6No9WBsI2gCLcB/s640/wwdc17-og.jpg" width="640" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/3lt7ZSxQ0JU/my-take-on-apple-wwdc-2017-thumbs-down.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HCj8SRtjHr8/WTbLot-xxVI/AAAAAAACfbM/MkoFqSnpXLciuhrHG4UFOkx6No9WBsI2gCLcB/s72-c/wwdc17-og.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/06/my-take-on-apple-wwdc-2017-thumbs-down.html</feedburner:origLink></item></channel></rss>
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