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client</category><category>voice</category><category>watch</category><category>wearable</category><category>webcast</category><category>wi-fi</category><category>work</category><category>workplace</category><category>youtube</category><title>Chris Pepin dot com</title><description>tech, travel, Costco and more</description><link>http://www.chrispepin.com/</link><managingEditor>[email protected] (ChrisPepin)</managingEditor><generator>Blogger</generator><openSearch:totalResults>315</openSearch:totalResults><openSearch:startIndex>1</openSearch:startIndex><openSearch:itemsPerPage>25</openSearch:itemsPerPage><atom10:link xmlns:atom10="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" rel="self" type="application/rss+xml" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/chrispepin/rss" /><feedburner:info uri="chrispepin/rss" /><atom10:link xmlns:atom10="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" rel="hub" href="http://pubsubhubbub.appspot.com/" /><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><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-14467366416214386</guid><pubDate>Mon, 22 May 2017 20:23:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-05-22T16:23:50.189-04:00</atom:updated><title>Uplift standing desk - thumbs up!</title><description>I recently remodeled my home office and decided to replace my office desk with a standing desk. We use standing desks at my IBM office. After researching several options, I decided on the Uplift standing desk from &lt;a href="http://www.thehumansolution.com/"&gt;The Human Solution&lt;/a&gt;. My summary and video review follows&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Pluses:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;One inch thick bamboo top&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;355lb weight limit, sturdy and well made&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Adjusts quickly (1.5 inches per second) from 24.25"-50.25". &amp;nbsp;Optional memory keypad to return the desk to two preset heights&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Reasonable price&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Minuses&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Two boxes which ship separately and arrived on two different days&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TqJRMUg7Hx0" width="560"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/PdiaZ_PB7gQ/uplift-standing-desk-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/TqJRMUg7Hx0/default.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/05/uplift-standing-desk-thumbs-up.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-6681098241891709272</guid><pubDate>Mon, 22 May 2017 20:02:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-07-27T13:42:44.831-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">beer</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">travel</category><title>Allagash Brewery Tour 2017</title><description>&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3Xpx5LyJ7RQ/WTbuPaVZntI/AAAAAAACfbg/Q6t1hJ9OHL83JMiAQEjqsZl5Fbuf6OzQQCLcB/s1600/Allagash-Logo-Maroon.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" data-original-height="400" data-original-width="700" height="182" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3Xpx5LyJ7RQ/WTbuPaVZntI/AAAAAAACfbg/Q6t1hJ9OHL83JMiAQEjqsZl5Fbuf6OzQQCLcB/s320/Allagash-Logo-Maroon.jpg" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;I embarked on a weekend trip from Connecticut to Maine with a group of fellow craft beer buddies to sample the local brews. Our itinerary:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Day 1&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Drove from CT to MA&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href="http://treehousebrew.com/"&gt;Treehouse&amp;nbsp;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.trilliumbrewing.com/"&gt;Trillium&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Spent the night at &lt;a href="http://www.fourpointsnorwood.com/"&gt;Four Point Sheraton, Norwood, MA&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;b&gt;Day 2&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;Drove from MA to ME&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.mainebeercompany.com/"&gt;Maine Beer&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;a href="http://foundationbrew.com'/"&gt;Foundation&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.allagash.com/"&gt;Allagash&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.batterysteele.com/"&gt;Battery Steele&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;Ate dinner at the &lt;a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;amp;rct=j&amp;amp;q=&amp;amp;esrc=s&amp;amp;source=web&amp;amp;cd=1&amp;amp;cad=rja&amp;amp;uact=8&amp;amp;ved=0ahUKEwiS9o2AgKrVAhVIbT4KHehaCpcQFggpMAA&amp;amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.littletaphouse.com%2F&amp;amp;usg=AFQjCNEqbVNWDDaaE83Hrdu9JBMOt6go9A"&gt;Little Tap House in Portland, ME&lt;/a&gt; which had a great selection of local beers including &lt;a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;amp;rct=j&amp;amp;q=&amp;amp;esrc=s&amp;amp;source=web&amp;amp;cd=1&amp;amp;ved=0ahUKEwj5yfumgKrVAhXDdz4KHXH3C0EQFggsMAA&amp;amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bissellbrothers.com%2F&amp;amp;usg=AFQjCNEfPI7O8kw0afz3dHi-0yukFpsTLg"&gt;Bissell Brothers&lt;/a&gt; which we hoped to visit but ran out of time&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;Spent the night at the &lt;a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;amp;rct=j&amp;amp;q=&amp;amp;esrc=s&amp;amp;source=web&amp;amp;cd=1&amp;amp;cad=rja&amp;amp;uact=8&amp;amp;ved=0ahUKEwij76_jgKrVAhVKHT4KHZh2D44QFggpMAA&amp;amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.westinportlandharborview.com%2F&amp;amp;usg=AFQjCNEYoI6FqphgtgWqS0i2si3JGsNeiQ"&gt;Westin Portland Harborview Hotel&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;b&gt;Day 3&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;a href="http://barreledsouls.com/age-verification/"&gt;Barreled Souls&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.tributarybrewingcompany.com/"&gt;Tributary&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;Drove home to CT&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;Many of these breweries are among the highest rated breweries in the country according to &lt;a href="https://www.beeradvocate.com/"&gt;Beeradvocate&lt;/a&gt;. Allagash was the only brewery with a tour and it was one of the highlights of the trip. Other highlights included waiting in line at Treehouse to buy 10 cans and table shuffleboard at Barreled Souls.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;My favorite beers of the trip included Treehouse "Green", Maine Beer "Lunch" and Barreled Souls "Death Star 3"&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style="clear: both; height: 0; margin: 5px 0 5px 0; padding-bottom: 56.25%; position: relative;"&gt;&lt;iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" mozallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.tripline.net/map?tripId=6625352212551013A0ADDBCBB750AFFC&amp;amp;onSite=0" style="border: 0; height: 100%; left: 0; position: absolute; top: 0; width: 100%;" webkitallowfullscreen=""&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&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; 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Costco sells over 100 million hot dogs a year and the price hasn't increased since Costco first opened in 1985. My favorite way to eat a Costco hot dog:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;With chopped, raw onions&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Deli (spicy) mustard&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Sauerkraut (it's free, just ask)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Chilli. Costco started selling a bowl of chilli for $3.99 in the food court and it makes a great chilli dog, However, I don't always need a full bowl of chilli and I hope Costco starts offering it as a topping (I'd pay another $0.50)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Favorite beverage: raspberry ice tea&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://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lyeqXonEXMk/WR9Zd_mGcWI/AAAAAAACe3U/fDCZbTZVOF4zEONavX_fFHRsuVQin0CAwCLcB/s1600/costco-hot-dog-menu-item.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="246" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lyeqXonEXMk/WR9Zd_mGcWI/AAAAAAACe3U/fDCZbTZVOF4zEONavX_fFHRsuVQin0CAwCLcB/s320/costco-hot-dog-menu-item.png" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/-2T_GF72fgk/costco-hot-dog-thumbs-up.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lyeqXonEXMk/WR9Zd_mGcWI/AAAAAAACe3U/fDCZbTZVOF4zEONavX_fFHRsuVQin0CAwCLcB/s72-c/costco-hot-dog-menu-item.png" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/05/costco-hot-dog-thumbs-up.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-4214984490355665360</guid><pubDate>Sun, 30 Apr 2017 22:07:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-04-30T18:08:14.128-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">HiddenFigures</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Tribeca</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Tribeca2017</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">WithWatson</category><title>IBM at the Tribeca Film Festival 2017</title><description>I had the privilege of staffing the &lt;a href="https://www.ibm.com/marketplace/tribeca/?lnk=ushpv18l1&amp;amp;lnk2=learn"&gt;IBM Lounge&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City last week which provided an excellent opportunity for attendees to connect with IBM subject matter experts to learn how technology can be applied to storytelling. The exhibits included:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;T Brand Studio Augmented Reality app for &lt;a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/t-brand-studio-ar-augmented-reality/id1184006872?mt=8"&gt;iOS&lt;/a&gt; and Android. The feature film, “&lt;a href="https://www.ibm.com/think/marketing/hidden-figures-stem-ibm-the-importance-of-diversity/"&gt;Hidden Figures&lt;/a&gt;,” inspired this Augmented Reality app and brings to life virtual statues of the film’s compelling characters - Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan. In the 1950s, these incredible women helped NASA launch the U.S. into space with their calculations. Use this Augmented Reality app to discover the remarkable contributions made by these women and others. Grab your phone and explore your city with Augmented Reality to uncover these influential stories! &amp;nbsp;Supported cities include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Users not located in these cities can learn more about these inspiring women directly on the app&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.research.ibm.com/tjbot/"&gt;TJ Bot&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;is a open source robot for makers, creators and thinkers to explore Artificial Reality with Watson&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.ibm.com/blogs/think/2016/06/training-watson-to-be-your-musical-muse/?cm_mc_uid=70761865127814927165343&amp;amp;cm_mc_sid_50200000=1492716534&amp;amp;cm_mc_sid_52640000=1492717282"&gt;Musician with Watson&lt;/a&gt; allows you to pick a mood, pick a genre and make your own music on the keyboard or drum kit. Let Watson create your next big hit through technologies that understand emotion in music&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="https://www-01.ibm.com/software/events/tribeca-2017-with-watson.html?cm_mmc=OSocial_Blog-_-Cloud_Cross+Cloud-_-NA_NA-_-contest&amp;amp;cm_mmca1=000015VD&amp;amp;cm_mmca2=00000000&amp;amp;"&gt;Storytellers with Watson Competition&lt;/a&gt;. What if you could leverage cognitive technology to help in the creative process? How might you change your industry? What might you create Push the boundaries of creativity, with Watson. &lt;a href="https://www.storytellerswithwatson.com/?cm_mc_uid=94690382259214921716519&amp;amp;cm_mc_sid_50200000=1493588583"&gt;Submit your idea now through May 18&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Rizg9Iu2UNQ/WQZeFYQjC9I/AAAAAAACeqU/dBRHBjsP_cgwVI02GrjiaWp49oJ_KEAQwCLcB/s1600/IMG_1289.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/a&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/-Rizg9Iu2UNQ/WQZeFYQjC9I/AAAAAAACeqc/F1OfG_4GUJkU_lWv_E8v0P0ligSrRnfQgCEw/s1600/IMG_1289.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="240" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Rizg9Iu2UNQ/WQZeFYQjC9I/AAAAAAACeqc/F1OfG_4GUJkU_lWv_E8v0P0ligSrRnfQgCEw/s320/IMG_1289.JPG" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-z0GVTjMi76Q/WQZeT03HNwI/AAAAAAACeqc/ec2Dr7kBls44cd-68xGR9Dmd6cvR0tqNACEw/s1600/IMG_1295.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="240" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-z0GVTjMi76Q/WQZeT03HNwI/AAAAAAACeqc/ec2Dr7kBls44cd-68xGR9Dmd6cvR0tqNACEw/s320/IMG_1295.JPG" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&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/-ZugIrew3D24/WQZfDJpO8KI/AAAAAAACeqk/m_2gMl3ymIM1YdM7x3umIPtCW1TI9ekfwCEw/s1600/IMG_1284%2B2.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZugIrew3D24/WQZfDJpO8KI/AAAAAAACeqk/m_2gMl3ymIM1YdM7x3umIPtCW1TI9ekfwCEw/s320/IMG_1284%2B2.PNG" width="180" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&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/-a95E9THwBUE/WQZfAFUTv7I/AAAAAAACeqg/PAQuNKiFO1MBpOZWsN9CexVmzUshTYREACEw/s1600/IMG_1292%2B2.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-a95E9THwBUE/WQZfAFUTv7I/AAAAAAACeqg/PAQuNKiFO1MBpOZWsN9CexVmzUshTYREACEw/s320/IMG_1292%2B2.JPG" width="240" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class="tweet-poi-geo-text" style="color: #657786; font-family: &amp;quot;helvetica neue&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;helvetica&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;arial&amp;quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; white-space: pre-wrap;"&gt;&lt;/span&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/Np8YBxmI-Mw/ibm-at-tribeca-film-festival.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Rizg9Iu2UNQ/WQZeFYQjC9I/AAAAAAACeqc/F1OfG_4GUJkU_lWv_E8v0P0ligSrRnfQgCEw/s72-c/IMG_1289.JPG" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>1</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/04/ibm-at-tribeca-film-festival.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-9202969372580778333</guid><pubDate>Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-04-08T11:03:10.933-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">automobile</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">IOT</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iPhone</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><title>Automatic IoT connected car kit - thumbs up!</title><description>I recently purchased an &lt;a href="https://www.automatic.com/"&gt;Automatic&lt;/a&gt; V2 connected car kit through Amazon for a great discount - $47. Automatic has two newer models, the Lite and the Pro, that are significantly more expensive and have features I don't need (Pro: cellular connectivity, Lite: &lt;a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1DoYDYLNm0tBTFYZ2H9TuvtfSlFN5lpPNqZiNOjXaIRk/pubhtml?gid=0"&gt;missing features&lt;/a&gt;). I'm very happy with my Automatic V2 and recommend it.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Included in the box is the Automatic connected car adaptor that plugs into the OBD-II port under the dash of most cars. Once installed, the adaptor pairs with an app on your &lt;a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/automatic-classic/id596594365?mt=8"&gt;iOS&lt;/a&gt; or Android smartphone via Bluetooth. Time, distance, fuel economy information and more are automatically sent to the smartphone app. Crash detection automatically generates a call from Automatic asking if everyone is alright and if emergency services should be contacted. An app gallery, IFTTT integration and Alexa allows extensibility.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Likes&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Easy to install and pair with the mobile (iOS or Android) via Bluetooth&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Automatic gathers data even if you don't have your smartphone with you - data is transmitted to your phone the next time you use it&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Integration with Alexa and IFTTT - "Alexa, ask Automatic where my car is"&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Records miles per gallon for each trip as well as date, time and a map&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Active feedback on my driving style (heady acceleration, braking) via audible "beeps" from the adaptor&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Notification of check engine light codes and the ability to reset them. While I haven't used this feature yet, I purchased a&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001LHVOVK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;psc=1"&gt;Autel MaxiScan MS300 CAN Diagnostic Scan Tool for OBDII Vehicles&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;which has saved me two trips to the deals to reset a check engine light resulting from a loose gas cap.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Dislikes&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;My cars (both Toyota) don't support tracking of fuel levels (50% of cars do)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;How it works&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Uses the OBD-II port on your collect information that is sent to your smartphone and the Automatic.com website for reporting and analysis.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&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://4.bp.blogspot.com/--Mk-jEC_Rkg/WOVxb3Stu7I/AAAAAAACc4o/MgO3HvGh-HkCXRNYU6nzArr_8r_Qhu5qQCLcB/s1600/automatic-ios-diagnostic.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="160" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/--Mk-jEC_Rkg/WOVxb3Stu7I/AAAAAAACc4o/MgO3HvGh-HkCXRNYU6nzArr_8r_Qhu5qQCLcB/s320/automatic-ios-diagnostic.jpg" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal;"&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&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/qLtdUucN7ME/automatic-iot-connected-car-kit-thumbs.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/--Mk-jEC_Rkg/WOVxb3Stu7I/AAAAAAACc4o/MgO3HvGh-HkCXRNYU6nzArr_8r_Qhu5qQCLcB/s72-c/automatic-ios-diagnostic.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/04/automatic-iot-connected-car-kit-thumbs.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-8031520865154893124</guid><pubDate>Fri, 03 Mar 2017 20:27:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-04-06T15:15:33.627-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">apple</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Disney</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">family</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">home</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#">Playstation</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">wi-fi</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Xbox</category><title>Circle with Disney parental controls and Internet filtering - thumbs up!</title><description>&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NbEyC_VOTV4/WLnQgCRaFYI/AAAAAAACaso/FRbmziKMhwc7o6M-STX6NPjTilq8jwS4gCLcB/s1600/IMG_20170303_151925.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="240" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NbEyC_VOTV4/WLnQgCRaFYI/AAAAAAACaso/FRbmziKMhwc7o6M-STX6NPjTilq8jwS4gCLcB/s320/IMG_20170303_151925.jpg" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;a href="https://meetcircle.com/"&gt;Circle with Disney&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;parental controls and Internet filtering receives my enthusiastic thumbs up after one week of use at my home with two adults and three kids. Previous solutions we tried (&lt;a href="http://www.ourpact.com/"&gt;OurPact&lt;/a&gt;, taking devices away, scolding, etc.) had mixed success. My kids would play on their mobile devices and game consoles all day long if I let them.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;My need was for an automated solution with the following requirements:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;1. The ability to set time usage limits for each child and their associated devices (e.g. 2 hours per day), bedtime "Internet off", content and app filters.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;2. Easy for BOTH me and my wife to use, support for multiple devices (iOS, Android, Mac, PC, Xbox, Playstation, etc) with no requirement to install software on each device.&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;3. Finally, I preferred "one time purchases" rather an a monthly subscription fee. I'm cheap and prefer to keep costs low.&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I looked at a variety of hardware and software solutions, including purchasing a new wi-fi router (e.g.&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://www.cnet.com/products/synology-rt2600ac/review/"&gt;Synology RT2600ac&lt;/a&gt;) but ultimately I decided on Circle with Disney for &lt;a href="http://a.co/eaKrEke"&gt;$99 on Amazon&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;($90.37 after $8.63 off sale).&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Circle with Disney is a small white box that connects to your home network via wi-fi or Ethernet cable and installed and managed via a free iPhone or Android app. Installation and configuration was fast and easy. I created a profile for each child and then associated their devices. This was a bit tricky because it wasn't always easy to tell which device was which. A few tips:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ol&gt;&lt;li&gt;For iOS devices, open Settings &amp;gt; General &amp;gt; Wi-Fi Address (MAC address) which is also displayed in Circle&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;I have two wireless networks, 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. While Circle can manage both, when Circle is first configured it must use the 2.4Ghz network. Devices on the 5Ghz network didn't show up. Moving the device to the 2.4Ghz network temporarily allowed me to see the device and associate it with a child. Once configured, the device could connect to either network&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ol&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Out of the box, Circle manages Internet access via wi-fi and not cellular. However, for an addition $9.99 monthly subscription (in-app purchase), you can manage cellular access as well. Thankfully, cellular access in our neighborhood is poor and discourages the kids from using it. Circle also won't limit access to downloaded content. For example, if my kids downloaded a video or music, Circle wouldn't limit usage.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;While Circle isn't perfect, it has helped me gain control over my kids Internet usage and I recommend it.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Likes&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Inexpensive ($99) and no subscription fee for wi-fi and wired Ethernet device management &amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Easy to use. I set bedtime for my kids (weekday and weekend schedule) and time limit for each child for the day&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;"Insights" provides details on how much Internet time each child has used and time spent in each app&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Everything is controlled from a mobile app that is used by the parents&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Nothing to install on devices&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;The ability to give "rewards" for more Internet time or a later bedtime for each child&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;The ability to associate devices with children. All other devices can be unmanaged and have unlimited access&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Content and app filtering&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;The ability to manage all devices including smartphones, tablets, PC's Xbox and Playstation.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;b&gt;Dislikes&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;It was hard to identify some devices and not all devices immediately displayed in Circle. Switching my devices to the 2.4Ghz wi-fit network did the trick. I sometimes needed to resort to looking at MAC address. However, this is a one-time process for each device.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Some devices like an Xbox are used by multiple people and can't be shared&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;$9.99 a month subscription to manage cellular usage (wi-fi management is free). &amp;nbsp;AT&amp;amp;T charges the same $9.99 monthly fee for 10 devices.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;No warnings when the kids are running low on Internet time - disconnect is immediate. Kids can check their quota at &lt;a href="http://mycircle.meetcircle.com/"&gt;http://mycircle.meetcircle.com&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;b&gt;How it works&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;Circle poses as the gateway using a technique called “ARP spoofing” or “ARP poisoning" which allows Circle to monitor all traffic on the home network automatically and without special configuration. &lt;a href="https://meetcircle.com/media/documents/circle-how-it-works.pdf"&gt;Learn more&lt;/a&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aYpVd_Ofdi0" width="560"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;More videos available on &lt;a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqagsbEHYuGy21BpCW96RkQ"&gt;YouTube&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/sjqry9KHet0/circle-with-disney-parental-controls.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NbEyC_VOTV4/WLnQgCRaFYI/AAAAAAACaso/FRbmziKMhwc7o6M-STX6NPjTilq8jwS4gCLcB/s72-c/IMG_20170303_151925.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/03/circle-with-disney-parental-controls.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-8769817021620662217</guid><pubDate>Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:55:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-02-09T09:46:35.175-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">apple</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">health</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">IOT</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">wifi</category><title>iHealth digital wi-fi scale review - thumbs up!</title><description>&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;My employer, IBM, provided me a free &lt;a href="https://ihealthlabs.com/wireless-scales/wireless-body-analysis-scale/"&gt;iHealth Vista HS5 digital scale&lt;/a&gt; as part of my company-sponsored health insurance plan. In 2016, IBM provided a free &lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2016/11/my-impressions-of-iphone-7-apple-watch.html"&gt;Apple Watch&lt;/a&gt; as part of the &lt;a href="http://www.apple.com/watch/corporate-wellness/"&gt;Apple Watch for Corporate Wellness Program&lt;/a&gt;. I'm thrilled with IBM's efforts to promote healthier, happier employees through the use of technology. I had the choice of selecting the iHealth digital scale, a glucose monitor and blood pressure cuff among other options. I selected the scale.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;The iHealth Vista digital scale setup was very easy. Insert the batteries, install the iHealth mobile app on my iPhone, connect the scale to my home wi-fi network, authorize the Apple Health app and that was it. Stepping on the scale displayed my weight and body fat using four metal sensors. This information and the other measurements below were immediately sent to my iPhone.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ol&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;Weight&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;Body fat&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;Lean body mass&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;Muscle mass&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;Bone mass&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;Body water&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;Body Mass Index (BMI)&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;Visceral fat&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ol&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;Previously, I had been measuring my weight regularly on a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Glass-Chrome-Digital-Scale/dp/B0000E2PEI/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=hpc&amp;amp;ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1486404092&amp;amp;sr=1-1&amp;amp;keywords=taylor+scale+bathroom" style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;top-rated Taylor bathroom scale&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt; and writing down the results in my journal. The wi-fi scale simplifies this process and also captures additional data. I've found that weighing myself regularly helps me to manage my weight and track&amp;nbsp;progress.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Pros&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;Easy, fast setup and easy to use&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;Sends data to Apple Health app as well as the iHealth app&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;The price was right - FREE. Fully funded by my IBM health insurance plan.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;&lt;b&gt;Cons&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;Apple Heath app is only available for iPhone (no iPad, Mac)&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;Only the iHealth app (not Apple Health) shows historical&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;data and trends over time&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: &amp;quot;arial&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;tahoma&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;helvetica&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;freesans&amp;quot; , sans-serif; font-size: x-small;"&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span style="font-family: &amp;quot;arial&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;tahoma&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;helvetica&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;freesans&amp;quot; , sans-serif; font-size: x-small;"&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: #e9f1f3; color: #292929; font-family: &amp;quot;helvetica neue roman&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;helvetica&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;arial&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;roboto&amp;quot;; font-size: 12px;"&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: #e9f1f3; color: #292929; font-family: &amp;quot;helvetica neue roman&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;helvetica&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;arial&amp;quot; , &amp;quot;roboto&amp;quot;; font-size: 12px;"&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7HdkgKv_hTk" width="560"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/iDByIWqi7Xc/ihealth-digital-wi-fi-scale-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/7HdkgKv_hTk/default.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/02/ihealth-digital-wi-fi-scale-thumbs-up.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-4560486780564100032</guid><pubDate>Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:26:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-03-19T16:24:52.651-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">AirPods</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">apple</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Bluetooth</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">headphones</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><title>Apple AirPods wireless headphones - thumbs up!</title><description>I've been using the new &lt;a href="http://www.apple.com/airpods/"&gt;Apple AirPods&lt;/a&gt; headphones for a week now and I'm a fan. I ordered the Apple AirPods online on December 13, the first day of preorders. The delivery date was January 12 but the AirPods arrived at my home early on January 4.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The AirPods fit my ears perfectly like the similar wired &lt;a href="http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MMTN2AM/A/earpods-with-lightning-connector?fnode=ccff1c58bd5a83e9666428d9093c022437076bbe797b31d3703090aeeb6463c0435d2e7853feeac4df259178ee783eb2e3e2d8530a6d376a71f35baa50f73db4f7d2554d9dcb9c793f556beaf018d304c9651eddd886b0fa21ea5c94b3f4d4df"&gt;Apple EarPods&lt;/a&gt;. I've used the AirPods at the gym and in my home office on conference calls and find them comfortable to wear. Sound and microphone quality is a step above the stock Apple EarPods and is very good.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Pairing with all my Apple devices - iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch was a simple one step process - open the AirPods case and tap on my iPhone screen. However, I ran into problems when trying to connect to different Apple devices, particularly my Apple Watch. After a few days, most of the problems went away except for connecting to the Apple Watch which has been consistently problematic for me on multiple watches (Series 0, Series 2) and multiple headphones (AirPods and Beats Wireless Studio).&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I really like the charging/carrying case to keep the AirPods together and charged. I wish, however, that the case wasn't rounded at the bottom so it could stand up on my desk. I'm considering purchasing the new &lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NCU6WMX/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;amp;colid=2XV0DV5LJ0TBC&amp;amp;coliid=I2ALCX41FKJU93&amp;amp;psc=1"&gt;Spigen AirPod charging stand&lt;/a&gt; when it is released next month.&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;Easy, fast setup for all Apple devices sharing the same iCloud id&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Innovative charging and storage case&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Very good sound quality&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Pairs with non Apple devices via Bluetooth&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;A double tap to mute feature would be useful for conference calls. Learn more about AirPod settings on &lt;a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207009"&gt;Apple.com&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Won't fit everyone's ears&amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Some initial difficulties switching between devices (e.g. Apple Watch) but the issues went away after&amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Update 19 March 2017&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;After 2+ months of almost daily use, I continue to be a fan of the Apple AirPods and I consider them the most innovative new product Apple has released in the past several years. The issues I experienced during the first week switching devices have disappeared. While there have been some minor firmware updates, there have been no new features or capabilities. I'm hopeful that a double tap to mute feature is added in the future to make it easier to use AirPods on conference calls.&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/-GLw19Ha6PLc/WHFGeEU_opI/AAAAAAACZUE/E-UBeY5z4mkMvbU1Oj5XWXyGoPVl9d6XQCLcB/s1600/MMEF2.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GLw19Ha6PLc/WHFGeEU_opI/AAAAAAACZUE/E-UBeY5z4mkMvbU1Oj5XWXyGoPVl9d6XQCLcB/s320/MMEF2.jpeg" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/bdNWEhRUgX8/apple-airpods-wireless-headphones.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GLw19Ha6PLc/WHFGeEU_opI/AAAAAAACZUE/E-UBeY5z4mkMvbU1Oj5XWXyGoPVl9d6XQCLcB/s72-c/MMEF2.jpeg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>2</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2017/01/apple-airpods-wireless-headphones.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-2295754017549548671</guid><pubDate>Sat, 31 Dec 2016 21:38:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-01-03T11:39:09.214-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">2016</category><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#">AR</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Google</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iOS</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#">Microsoft</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">passwordwallet</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Pixel</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">VR</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">watchOS</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">wearable</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Windows10</category><title>2016 Technology Year in Review</title><description>In no particular order, the following are my top technology hits and misses for 2016.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Mobile was hot in 2016 led by the exploding Samsung Note 7. The &lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2016/11/my-impressions-of-iphone-7-apple-watch.html"&gt;iPhone 7&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;offered incremental improvements and Google double-downed on smartphones with their new premium Pixel smartphones. My most used apps include Messages, Snapchat, Pokemon Go, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Super Mario Run, YouTube, Netflix and Waze. From a business perspective, my favorite apps of 2016 included IBM Connections, Box, Microsoft Office 365, Trello, WebEx and Jabber. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Tablet sales continue to decline and I was disappointed by the&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2016/04/apple-ipad-pro-review-thumbs-down.html"&gt;iPad Pro&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;as it has too many compromises. While the new Apple MacBook introduced incremental improvements, Windows laptops and tablets continue to drive innovation.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Smart assistants made headlines in 2016 with the introduction of the &lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2016/11/my-impressions-of-iphone-7-apple-watch.html"&gt;Amazon Echo&lt;/a&gt; and Google Home. The Amazon Echo gets my award for the best gadget of 2016. It's a no brainer at $49.95 ($39.95 on sale) if you're an Amazon Prime customer.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Wearables from Garmin, Fitbit, Microsoft and Apple continued to improve in 2016. I upgraded to the new &lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2016/11/my-impressions-of-iphone-7-apple-watch.html"&gt;Series 2 Apple Watch&lt;/a&gt; as part of &lt;a href="http://www.apple.com/watch/corporate-wellness/"&gt;Apple Watch corporate wellness program&lt;/a&gt; offered through my employer, IBM since it encourages fitness and I'm rewarded with gift cards based on the number of steps.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The new Apple product that most impressed me the most in 2016 was the AirPod wireless headphones. Pairing bluetooth headphones is much more complicated than it needs to be, battery life is poor and dropouts are annoying. Apple has addressed all three of these problems. I hope Apple licenses the W1 chip technology to other manufacturers and we see dozens of new devices in 2017.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Both Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) gained interest in 2016 but products remain niche and expensive, 2017 is poised to be a breakout year as the technology goes mainstream, &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Security breaches continued to grow in 2016. While getting hacked is inevitable, the most important thing is how companies respond to hacks in terms of speed, communication and remediation. I continue to be a big fan of password wallets and a long time user of &lt;a href="https://www.dashlane.com/"&gt;Dashlane&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;which makes it easy to create and manage complex passwords - reducing risk. Competitor &lt;a href="https://www.lastpass.com/"&gt;LastPass&lt;/a&gt; made headlines for adding cloud syncing to its free service.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Operating systems including macOS Sierra, Windows 10, iOS 10 and Android N delivered modest, incremental improvements. My favorite new feature was the macOS/iOS 10 &lt;a href="https://support.apple.com/kb/PH25168"&gt;Universal Clipboard&lt;/a&gt; which allows copy and paste across devices.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;TV made gains in 2016 with more affordable OLED screens, High Dynamic Range (HDR) more 4K content and more "cut the cable cord" streaming options. My purchase of a flat LG OLED TV was my favorite technology purchase of 2016.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The &lt;a href="https://www.ces.tech/"&gt;Consumer Electronics Show&lt;/a&gt; kicks off on Thursday January 5 in Las Vegas and is sure to include lots of new technology.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;img alt="Image result for year in tech 2016" src="http://www.toptechnews.com/images/super/larger-16-FUTURE-NewYear-2016-2.jpg" /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/ktD_jOkypE0/2016-technology-year-in-review.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2016/12/2016-technology-year-in-review.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-2871103009894912281</guid><pubDate>Fri, 16 Dec 2016 18:16:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2016-12-16T16:19:23.781-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">AirPods</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Amazon</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">app</category><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#">StarWars</category><title>Star Wars Rogue 1, Super Mario Run, Man in the High Castle season 2 and Apple AirPods</title><description>This was a big week with four major milestones of interest to me:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ol&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/super-mario-run/id1145275343?mt=8"&gt;Super Mario Run app&lt;/a&gt; for iPhone and iPad was released&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;The premier of &lt;a href="http://www.starwars.com/rogue-one/"&gt;Star Wars Rogue One&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.amazon.com/HighCastle/Season2%E2%80%8E"&gt;Season 2 of The Man in the High Castle&lt;/a&gt; was released on Amazon Prime&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.apple.com/airpods/"&gt;Apple AirPods&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;wireless headphones were released&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ol&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;b&gt;Super Mario Run&lt;/b&gt; is now available for free for iPhone and iPad. The game includes 3 free levels and all the additional levels can be unlocked with a $9.99 in app purchase. I'm not very good at it, but it's a fun game the can be played with just one hand. Unfortunately, Internet connectivity is required so I won't be playing on the plane.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Star Wars Rogue One &lt;/b&gt;premiered on Thursday at 7pm and I was fortunate to see it with my son and his friend from school - both big Star War fans. I liked it better than last year's the "Force Awakens" and it's my favorite Star Wars film since the "Empire Strikes Back."&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;The Man in the High Castle&lt;/b&gt; premiered last year on Amazon Prime and I was a big fan of the series. I was thrilled see that it was renewed for a second season. I haven't had a chance to watch it yet, but I plan to over the holidays.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Apple AirPods &lt;/b&gt;were released. Unfortunately, I didn't place my order quick enough to arrive before Christmas. The estimated delivery date is January 12. 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text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-W6FN2WUzLvs/WTbu4Z5e52I/AAAAAAACfbo/TmGgL4sRdFwvPQNInk0BDpYZB0n5bCvgQCLcB/s1600/iphone7-plus.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" data-original-height="316" data-original-width="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-W6FN2WUzLvs/WTbu4Z5e52I/AAAAAAACfbo/TmGgL4sRdFwvPQNInk0BDpYZB0n5bCvgQCLcB/s1600/iphone7-plus.png" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;It's been several weeks since I last blogged and I wanted to share my impressions of several new devices I purchased:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;b&gt;Apple iPhone 7 Plus &lt;/b&gt;(black, 128GB, Verizon)&lt;br /&gt;I had been using a 2 year old &lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2014/09/upgrading-enterprise-to-ios-8-and.html?showComment=1411410802970"&gt;iPhone 6&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;that was due for an upgrade. While it took almost 2 months for my iPhone 7 Plus to arrive, it was worth the wait. I like the size, form factor, performance (3GB RAM), battery life, screen, haptic TouchID sensor, water resistance, dual camera and new portrait mode with iOS 10.1. I'm not missing the headphone jack.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I splurged for the &lt;a href="http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MMQR2ZM/A/iphone-7-plus-silicone-case-black"&gt;Apple iPhone 7 Plus black silicone case&lt;/a&gt; ($39) and I'm really glad I did. It looks, fits and feels amazing.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I keep my iPhone 7 Plus charged and ready on my nightstand using the &lt;a href="http://www.apple.com/shop/product/ML8J2AM/A/iphone-lightning-dock-silver"&gt;iPhone Lightning dock&lt;/a&gt; which also allows me to use standard headphones while charging.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I also signed up for the &lt;a href="https://home.barclaycardus.com/cards/barclaycard-visa-apple-rewards.html"&gt;Barclaycard Visa with Apple rewards&lt;/a&gt; to earn 3x points for purchases at Apple as well as special financing. I already earned my first $25 iTunes gift card. &amp;nbsp;Even the employee at the Apple store was impressed when I cashed out via ApplePay on my Apple Watch with the Apple credit card.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;b&gt;Apple Watch Series 2&lt;/b&gt; (42mm with&amp;nbsp;Silver Aluminum Case with Pearl Woven Nylon)&lt;br /&gt;I had been using the original &lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2015/05/one-week-with-apple-watch-hits-and.html"&gt;Apple Watch&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;since it was first released last year and liked it. Earlier this year, IBM began offering a free Series 1 38mm Apple Watch to all US employees with a high deductible/HSA insurance plan to encourage fitness. The "Vitality Today" app even tracks your steps which you can redeem for prizes (e.g. iTunes gift cards). The only charge to IBMers is a $80 tax withholding. I decided to take advantage of the offer and upgrade to the Series 2 42mm for $135 additional. A little more than a month later, the watch arrived. More details on the Apple Watch at Work program is available on &lt;a href="http://www.apple.com/watch/corporate-wellness/"&gt;Apple.com&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The Series 2 watch is slightly thicker than the original but offers much faster performance, a brighter screen and is water resistant. Thankfully, the bands are interchangeable with the original. My favorite band remains the Penom Milenese Loop - a steal at only $10.99 on &lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013DXERB8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;psc=1"&gt;Amazon&lt;/a&gt; with free Prime shipping.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I continue to be a fan of the &lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/Spigen-Apple-Watch-Stand-Aluminum/dp/B00VSGVVNA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1479411024&amp;amp;sr=8-2&amp;amp;keywords=spigen+apple+watch+stand"&gt;Spigen S330 Apple Watch stand&lt;/a&gt; which keeps my Apple Watch charged and accessible on my night stand.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Amazon Echo Dot&lt;/b&gt; (second generation)&lt;br /&gt;Another &lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/All-New-Echo-Dot-2nd-Generation/dp/B01DFKC2SO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1478122388&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=echo+dot"&gt;Amazon&lt;/a&gt; purchase and a steal at $49.99 with free Prime shipping. The Echo has found a home in my kitchen and is perfect when I'm cooking and have my hands full. The voice recognition is amazing. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Redesigned Apple MacBook Pro&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Apple released new, thinner, more powerful &lt;a href="http://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/"&gt;Apple MacBook Pro laptops&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;with a new Touch Bar at an &lt;a href="http://www.apple.com/apple-events/october-2016/"&gt;event last week&lt;/a&gt;. My current MacBook Pro, purchased last year, works just fine and I don't plan to upgrade at this time. My all time favorite laptop, a 5 year old MacBook Air 11.6 inch remains my trusty backup.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;New TV app for Apple TV&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;At the same Apple MacBook Pro event last week, Apple announced a December software upgrade for the Apple TV which includes a new TV app. The new app provides a portal through which you can browse movies and TV shows across content providers. Apple didn't specify which providers would be included but Netflix announced that they would opt out of the new TV app. Perhaps Netflix doesn't want to share their usage data with Apple. The standalone Netflix app will still be available. I always carry an AppleTV in my work backpack as it remains the best device to view Apple content or deliver a client presentation wirelessly.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Google Pixel&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I'm a big fan of my &lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2016/05/android-nexus-5x-smartphone-thumbs-up.html"&gt;Nexus 5X&lt;/a&gt; but I was a bit disappointed with the price of the new &lt;a href="https://madeby.google.com/phone/"&gt;Pixel&lt;/a&gt; smartphones. While the Pixel is clearly a big step up from the Nexus, they lack key features like waterproofing and a removable SD card. I was also bummed that Nexus users won't be getting the new Pixel launcher and Google Assistant with Android 7.1. I wish Google had continued to make a lower cost Nexus/Pixel phone. I'm in no rush to upgrade the Nexus 5X I purchased earlier this year. </description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/H7-kTDQgn7w/my-impressions-of-iphone-7-apple-watch.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-W6FN2WUzLvs/WTbu4Z5e52I/AAAAAAACfbo/TmGgL4sRdFwvPQNInk0BDpYZB0n5bCvgQCLcB/s72-c/iphone7-plus.png" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2016/11/my-impressions-of-iphone-7-apple-watch.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-6181345138990065737</guid><pubDate>Wed, 31 Aug 2016 23:02:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2016-09-05T10:26:53.091-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">FlushingNY</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">IBM</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">tennis</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">USOpen</category><title>My visit to the US Open Tennis 2016</title><description>&lt;a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9w6u9Ufy9js/V8did5GBtZI/AAAAAAACUoo/EYhcCEIHqiwNRWCJbvGB94gw6Fci2k4TACLcB/s1600/Us-open-tennis-2016-schedule-scores-and-stats.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="111" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9w6u9Ufy9js/V8did5GBtZI/AAAAAAACUoo/EYhcCEIHqiwNRWCJbvGB94gw6Fci2k4TACLcB/s200/Us-open-tennis-2016-schedule-scores-and-stats.jpg" width="200" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;Earlier this week, I attended the US Open tennis tournament in Queens, NY with my son. &amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="http://www.usopen.org/ibm/"&gt;IBM&lt;/a&gt; is a sponsor of the event and I also volunteered at the IBM Cognitive Court, an interactive event&lt;br /&gt;showcasing Watson technology.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a 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imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"&gt;&lt;/a&gt;I attended the Monday evening opening ceremonies in Arthur Ashe stadium with its &lt;a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/30/nyregion/how-the-roof-was-raised-at-arthur-ashe-stadium.html?_r=0"&gt;new high-tech retractable roof &lt;/a&gt;. Phil Collins performed "In the Air Tonight" and Leslie Odom Jr performed the national anthem to a capacity crowd &lt;a href="http://www.newsday.com/sports/tennis/us-open/u-s-open-celebrity-pictures-1.12237748"&gt;filled with celebrities&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Novak Djokovic, the reining US Open men's single champion, defeated Jerzy Janowicz in four sets in a hard fought match.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;On Tuesday, I staffed the IBM Cognitive Court exhibit along with a dozen of my IBM colleagues. The interactive exhibit, located next to Louis B. Armstrong stadium, showcases Watson cognitive technology. &amp;nbsp;It was a great opportunity to interact with tennis fans one-on-one through a variety of interactive exhibits from make a robot move using mind control, making music with Watson, a virtual reality bike ride and managing a basketball team using analytics. &amp;nbsp;From the &lt;a href="http://www.usopen.org/en_US/interactive/mobile/iphone.html"&gt;US Open mobile app&lt;/a&gt;, the &lt;a href="http://www.usopen.org/index.html"&gt;website&lt;/a&gt;, match statistics and analytics, IBM technology is making an impact at the tournament. &amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/347508/inside-the-cutting-edge-data-technology-behind-the-us-open/1"&gt;Learn more in this PC Magazine article&lt;/a&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/-65iuow3qaO0/V8dPOGEsrrI/AAAAAAACUZY/S3xIN1GtQjkRvzvnOSud61CYDQth7ClRQCPcB/s1600/IMG_0587.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; 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position: absolute; text-align: center; text-indent: 20px; top: 324px; width: auto; z-index: 8675309;"&gt;&lt;/span&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/sPcJQsj3-x8/my-visit-to-us-open-tennis-2016.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9w6u9Ufy9js/V8did5GBtZI/AAAAAAACUoo/EYhcCEIHqiwNRWCJbvGB94gw6Fci2k4TACLcB/s72-c/Us-open-tennis-2016-schedule-scores-and-stats.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>2</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2016/08/my-visit-to-us-open-tennis-2016.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-6232521897766219550</guid><pubDate>Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:30:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2016-08-30T20:20:57.944-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">apple</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">event</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iOS10</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iPhone7</category><title>Apple schedules September 7 event; expected to launch new iPhone 7</title><description>&lt;div&gt;Apple sent out invites to members of the press for&amp;nbsp;its September 7 event in San Francisco. While Apple didn't specify on what would be announced, its widely expected that the new iPhone 7 and iOS 10 are likely to take center stage. &amp;nbsp;The event can be streamed online at&amp;nbsp;&lt;a data-cke-saved-href="http://apple.com/" href="http://apple.com/"&gt;Apple.com&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;the Events app on and Apple TV starting at 1PM ET.&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://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SvOu9l7lSnM/V8R5sO_pIlI/AAAAAAACUMc/aJqIkGddanwqEGbD6a-gu8znW09LCAfHACLcB/s1600/Apple%2BSept%2B7%2Bevent.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SvOu9l7lSnM/V8R5sO_pIlI/AAAAAAACUMc/aJqIkGddanwqEGbD6a-gu8znW09LCAfHACLcB/s320/Apple%2BSept%2B7%2Bevent.jpg" width="265" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; background-color: #bd081c; background-image: url(data:image/svg+xml; background-position: 3px 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; background-size: 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: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: 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="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; background-color: #bd081c; background-image: url(data:image/svg+xml; background-position: 3px 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; background-size: 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: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: 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/nvb0c1MJdx4/apple-schedules-september-7-event.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SvOu9l7lSnM/V8R5sO_pIlI/AAAAAAACUMc/aJqIkGddanwqEGbD6a-gu8znW09LCAfHACLcB/s72-c/Apple%2BSept%2B7%2Bevent.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2016/08/apple-schedules-september-7-event.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-6342703863519215218</guid><pubDate>Tue, 02 Aug 2016 22:23:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2016-08-24T08:57:33.375-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">AppleWatch</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">watchOS</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">watchOS3</category><title>Tap to speak time on Apple watchOS 3.0 beta</title><description>&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"&gt;Apple &lt;a href="http://www.apple.com/watchos-preview/?&amp;amp;mnid=sXpxfAIfV-dc_mtid_20925qtb42335_pcrid_102657298453_&amp;amp;cid=-slid-&amp;amp;mtid=20925qtb42335&amp;amp;aosid=p238&amp;amp;muid=18ffcaaf-1968-42e0-821d-2d256c98e7a0"&gt;watchOS 3.0 beta&lt;/a&gt; offers a number of new features including improved app performance (faster app launches), a new app launcher, activity sharing, new Breathe app, new watch faces and Face Gallery, scribble feature feature to reply to text messages.&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Additionally, watchOS 3.0 beta offers a new "Tap to speak time" feature for both the Mickey and Minnie Mouse watch faces as shown in the video below&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&amp;nbsp;Enable this feature by opening the Apple Watch app on an iPhone running iOS 10 beta and enabling "Tap to Speak Time" under "Sounds and Haptics"&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/-O1azezQL49w/V6Dfawx-OJI/AAAAAAACR7g/hQ03_hJhjp0gc0--yDjy8cvK0QcZteDsQCLcB/s1600/IMG_0377.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-O1azezQL49w/V6Dfawx-OJI/AAAAAAACR7g/hQ03_hJhjp0gc0--yDjy8cvK0QcZteDsQCLcB/s320/IMG_0377.PNG" width="179" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;i&gt;"Tap to Speak Time" option in the "Sound &amp;amp; Haptics" settings in the Apple Watch app on iPhone&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"&gt;My next task is to enable the ability to unlock my Apple MacBook running macOS Sierra with my Apple Watch instead of a password.&lt;/div&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/leC2UnE9NLA/tap-to-speak-time-on-apple-watchos-30.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-O1azezQL49w/V6Dfawx-OJI/AAAAAAACR7g/hQ03_hJhjp0gc0--yDjy8cvK0QcZteDsQCLcB/s72-c/IMG_0377.PNG" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2016/08/tap-to-speak-time-on-apple-watchos-30.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-6524209742267722648</guid><pubDate>Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:28:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2016-08-04T00:18:05.980-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">2016</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">apple</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">conference</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iOS10</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">tvOS</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">tvOS10</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">watchOS</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">watchOS3</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">WWDC</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">WWDC16</category><title>Apple WWDC 2016 and iOS 10</title><description>Just one month after&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2016/05/google-io-2016-and-android-n.html"&gt;Google IO&lt;/a&gt;, Apple's World Wide Developer (WWDC) conference took place in San Francisco last week. &amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://developer.apple.com/videos/wwdc2016/"&gt;Watch the videos on Apple.com.&lt;/a&gt; &amp;nbsp;Key announcements included:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;b&gt;iOS 10&lt;/b&gt; includes a redesigned lock screen, Siri SDK, a new an improved Messages app with a new app store, HomeKit app, improved Apple Music and Maps app, the ability to delete several iOS installed apps, &lt;a href="http://blogs.cisco.com/news/apple-and-cisco-fast-tracking-the-mobile-enterprise"&gt;Cisco VoIP integration&lt;/a&gt; (Enterprise)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;b&gt;watchOS 3&lt;/b&gt; includes improved app performance (faster app launches), a new app launcher, activity sharing, new Breathe app and new watch faces (e.g. Minnie Mouse), scribble feature feature to reply to text messages&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;b&gt;macOS Sierra&lt;/b&gt;, the new name for OS/X, includes Siri integration, auto unlock with Apple Watch, deeper iCloud integration, Universal Clipboard with iOS (Continuity), deeper iCloud integration&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;b&gt;tvOS 10&lt;/b&gt; includes&amp;nbsp;improved search, expanded Siri capabilities, single sign-on authentication, and new Apple TV Remote app for iOS&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div&gt;As expected, there was no mention of new hardware (e.g. (new Macs, new Apple Watch, new iPhone) as the event is focused on software. New hardware announcements are coming.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;Overall, it was a solid but not knock-your-socks off event. As is typical, Apple didn't show all the new features. &amp;nbsp;The developer betas have even more than what Apple was able to show on stage and even more features are expected when the new operating systems ship this fall. &amp;nbsp;Public betas are scheduled for next month.&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;I liked that Apple acknowledged improvements are needed (e.g. Apple Music) and the focus on integration with other Apple devices (e.g. Continuity) which is a key strength and advantage over Android.&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/-i65F1uqh8R0/V2iJ9IrTQVI/AAAAAAACQno/hNYkJczzN4k-owA5aS23PlhfitU9eJy8wCLcB/s1600/wwdc16-og-2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-i65F1uqh8R0/V2iJ9IrTQVI/AAAAAAACQno/hNYkJczzN4k-owA5aS23PlhfitU9eJy8wCLcB/s320/wwdc16-og-2.jpg" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/d-S0fTCkhzY/apple-wwdc-2016-and-ios-10.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-i65F1uqh8R0/V2iJ9IrTQVI/AAAAAAACQno/hNYkJczzN4k-owA5aS23PlhfitU9eJy8wCLcB/s72-c/wwdc16-og-2.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2016/06/apple-wwdc-2016-and-ios-10.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-6347750829083398680</guid><pubDate>Tue, 24 May 2016 11:57:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2016-05-31T15:13:16.516-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Android</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">AndroidN</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">AppleWWDC</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">GoogleIO</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">WWDC</category><title>Google IO 2016 and Android N</title><description>Google hosted its annual developer conference, &lt;a href="https://events.google.com/io2016/"&gt;Google IO&lt;/a&gt; last week. &amp;nbsp;Key announcements included:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Android N 7.0: successor to Marshmallow&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Google Assistant: replaces Google Now&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Google Home: smart speaker system (similar to the &lt;a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00X4WHP5E?tag=googhydr-20&amp;amp;hvadid=84472872905&amp;amp;hvpos=1t1&amp;amp;hvexid=&amp;amp;hvnetw=g&amp;amp;hvrand=2189671325917422077&amp;amp;hvpone=&amp;amp;hvptwo=&amp;amp;hvqmt=b&amp;amp;hvdev=c&amp;amp;ref=pd_sl_202q10xm53_b"&gt;Amazon Echo&lt;/a&gt;)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Allo: messaging (similar to Apple iMessage)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Duo: video chat (similar Apple FaceTime)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Daydream: virtual reality (similar Oculus Rift)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Android instant apps: use apps without downloading them&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Android Wear 2.0: connect to wi-fi, support for iOS&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div&gt;The &lt;a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/217509856981860723/"&gt;following infographic has a great summary of Google IO announcements over the years&lt;/a&gt;.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I upgraded my Nexus 5X to Android N beta over the air and it was the easiest Android upgrade so far. &amp;nbsp;I&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://www.google.com/android/beta?u=0"&gt;registered for the beta on my Mac/PC&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;and within moments, I received a notification on my &lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2016/05/android-nexus-5x-smartphone-thumbs-up.html"&gt;Nexus 5X&lt;/a&gt; to upgrade with one tap. &amp;nbsp;I've been impressed with how stable the beta is and the number of new features including improved notifications and split screen multitasking. &amp;nbsp;I'm looking forward to trying the new instant apps that launch immediately without downloading. &amp;nbsp;A good list of the new Android N features can be found on &lt;a href="http://www.androidcentral.com/whats-new-android-n"&gt;Android Central&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Apple's annual developer conference, &lt;a href="https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/"&gt;WWDC&lt;/a&gt;, kicks off on June 13 in San Francisco. &amp;nbsp;I'm looking forward to Apple's announcements.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TXAuoI8e7A4/V0Q7c0fClpI/AAAAAAACQGI/XkjH9wJYqHQXOfW1ZULt2oKMB7BeGXEiACLcB/s1600/Google-IO-16.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="199" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TXAuoI8e7A4/V0Q7c0fClpI/AAAAAAACQGI/XkjH9wJYqHQXOfW1ZULt2oKMB7BeGXEiACLcB/s320/Google-IO-16.png" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/XCvSIlWi3nE/google-io-2016-and-android-n.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TXAuoI8e7A4/V0Q7c0fClpI/AAAAAAACQGI/XkjH9wJYqHQXOfW1ZULt2oKMB7BeGXEiACLcB/s72-c/Google-IO-16.png" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>2</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2016/05/google-io-2016-and-android-n.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-3866117892478837963</guid><pubDate>Mon, 23 May 2016 11:30:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2016-05-24T07:27:58.847-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Android</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Nexus</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Nexus5</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">smartphone</category><title>Android Nexus 5X smartphone - thumbs up!</title><description>I recently purchased a new, Nexus 5X 16GB unlocked smartphone on eBay for $229 (deal of the day). &amp;nbsp;The phone itself is made by LG and uses Google's Android reference architecture including a native Android 6 Marshmallow experience. After using the Nexus 5X for over a month, I'm a fan.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The new Imprint fingerprint reader is easier to setup and quicker to use than Apple TouchID. Initially, I didn't like the placement of the fingerprint reader but I quickly got used to it. Using Imprint to unlock the Nexus 5X is much easier than entering a passcode. &amp;nbsp;However, there are relatively few apps that support Imprint for app authentication at this time.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Pros:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Low cost&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Just the right size - not too big and not to small; can be used with one hand&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Very nice LCD screen and build quality&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Nice camera&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Native Android 6.0 Marshmallow experience&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Android Imprint fingerprint reader&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Native Android experience&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Lots of security updates from Google that are installed automatically&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;USB C connector&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Cons:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Buttons for power and volume are awful - way too small&amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Dual speakers look great but sound awful&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Security updates take a long time (20 minutes+) and have to process each app installed on the phone - the more apps the longer the updates take&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;No integrated visual voicemail&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;Specs:&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;5.2 inches&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;1920x1080 LCD at 423 ppi&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Corning Gorilla Glass 3&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Fingerprint- and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Rear Camera&lt;span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"&gt; &lt;/span&gt;12.3MP, 4K (30fps) video capture&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Front Camera&lt;span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"&gt; &lt;/span&gt;5MP&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Processor, 1.8GHz hexa-core 64-bit&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Memory &amp;amp; Storage&lt;span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"&gt; &lt;/span&gt;RAM: 2GB LPDDR3&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Internal storage: 16GB or 32GB. &amp;nbsp;No external storage options&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&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/-AJErFvGPZMQ/Vztw8yykwFI/AAAAAAACPuA/PGfmwy8BkMM03JYVrOUuyqO-XGhpaThzgCLcB/s1600/nexus-5x-topic-1.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="319" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-AJErFvGPZMQ/Vztw8yykwFI/AAAAAAACPuA/PGfmwy8BkMM03JYVrOUuyqO-XGhpaThzgCLcB/s320/nexus-5x-topic-1.png" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal;"&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/r5w6AtRbuTA/android-nexus-5x-smartphone-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/-AJErFvGPZMQ/Vztw8yykwFI/AAAAAAACPuA/PGfmwy8BkMM03JYVrOUuyqO-XGhpaThzgCLcB/s72-c/nexus-5x-topic-1.png" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2016/05/android-nexus-5x-smartphone-thumbs-up.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-6780764648062074469</guid><pubDate>Tue, 05 Apr 2016 21:39:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2016-12-31T16:49:52.837-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Apple. iOS</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iPad</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iPadPro</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">tablet</category><title>Apple iPad Pro review - Thumbs down!</title><description>I've been testing the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 inch for the past several weeks and while I appreciate the incremental improvements, it's not worthy of a separate "Pro" model and the extra cost. The iPad Pro 9.7 brings even more enhancements but is still just an incremental upgrade to the iPad Air 2.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Hits:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Larger 12.9 inch screen. While not for everyone, it's great to have choice - small (7.9 inch), medium (11.7 inch) and large (12.9 inch). &amp;nbsp;While most apps aren't optimized for the large 12.9 inch screen, they are coming. Slide Over and Split View, introduced in iOS 9 provides multitasking capabilities and work great on the large 12.9 inch screen.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Apple finally eliminated the base model with 16GB of limited storage and replaced it with 32GB. &amp;nbsp;I hope Apple follows suit with the new iPhone and also increases the paltry 5GB of free &amp;nbsp;iCloud storage.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Smart Connector. &amp;nbsp;While I'm not a fan of the Apple Smart Keyboard (there are much better and less expensive third party keyboards with backlighting and support for multiple screen positions), I am a fan of the new Smart Connector as it eliminates the need to charge a Bluetooth keyboard and it delivers "instant on" capabilities.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Faster A9X processor, 4GB RAM (12.9 inch) and improved front and back cameras (9.7 inch).&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Improved four-speaker design sounds great.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Improved cameras. The iPad Pro 9.7 inch now has support for 4K video and an improved FaceTime camera&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Misses:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Additional cost. Apple hasn't delivered enough enhancements to warrant the extra cost or the "Pro" moniker&amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Too many models. Apple makes the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4 and iPad Mini 2. &amp;nbsp;Apple needs to consolidate and simplify the product line. Why not just call it the iPad and make it available in three sizes?&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Apple Pencil. There are plenty of excellent third-party styli and the Apple Pencil seems like an afterthought. There is no eraser, no way to turn off the Apple Pencil to conserve battery life, no magnet to attach the Apple Pencil to the iPad for travel/storage and charging using the Lightning port is awkward. &amp;nbsp;However, it's unforgivable to ship the Apple Pencil without handwriting recognition in iOS. The Apple Newton had this feature in 1993.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Smart Keyboard. Only one position and the keyboard isn't backlit&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Apple marketing. Apple touts the iPad Pro as a Windows laptop replacement. Why isn't the iPad Pro also positioned as a Mac replacement? The iPad Pro isn't a replacement for a Windows or Mac PC for most users.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Software. iOS hasn't been optimized for the larger 12.9 inch screen. Finally, Apple's focus on new hardware is overshadowing software and quality has suffered as &lt;a href="http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/3/10900612/walt-mossberg-apple-iphone-ios-mac-osx-app-problems"&gt;Walt Mossberg&lt;/a&gt; and others have noted.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&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/-MhDVJcWnIUU/VwQstcGY_3I/AAAAAAACNx8/6fDr8e7s-NEOL1LUx139zur1m20cGUWjw/s1600/IMG_4567.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="240" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MhDVJcWnIUU/VwQstcGY_3I/AAAAAAACNx8/6fDr8e7s-NEOL1LUx139zur1m20cGUWjw/s320/IMG_4567.JPG" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/-HdgnpcR81Y/apple-ipad-pro-review-thumbs-down.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MhDVJcWnIUU/VwQstcGY_3I/AAAAAAACNx8/6fDr8e7s-NEOL1LUx139zur1m20cGUWjw/s72-c/IMG_4567.JPG" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2016/04/apple-ipad-pro-review-thumbs-down.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-4130351486512746519</guid><pubDate>Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:42:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2016-06-23T20:45:55.617-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">accessories</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">enterprise</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><title>What tech accessories do I use for work?</title><description>&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/c0/8a/7a/c08a7a8ea466479277f204c072625773.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="200" src="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/c0/8a/7a/c08a7a8ea466479277f204c072625773.jpg" width="200" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;In my previous posts, I shared the &lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2016/01/what-laptops-smartphones-and-tablets-do.html"&gt;smartphones, tablets and PCs I use for work&lt;/a&gt; as well as &lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2015/11/how-i-have-my-apple-idevices-configured.html"&gt;how I have my Apple iDevices configured&lt;/a&gt;. &amp;nbsp;In this post, I share my favorite tech accessories:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K88LUR6?psc=1&amp;amp;redirect=true&amp;amp;ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00"&gt;High Sierra Business Elite backpack&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;is my everyday gear bag for all my electronic devices. I've owned several High Sierra backpacks and I've found them to be well made with plenty of pockets to keep all my gear organized&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-NC1303152-13-3-Inch-Laptop-Sleeve/dp/B00CD8AF48/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1454966470&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=amazon+basics+laptop+sleeves"&gt;Amazon basics laptop sleeves&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;are affordable, high quality and keep my gear protected and free from scratches and dents&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001E1Y5O6?psc=1&amp;amp;redirect=true&amp;amp;ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage"&gt;Velcro cable ties&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;keeps my cords under control&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.amazon.com/Vaultz-Storage-Assorted-Colors-VZ01211/dp/B001CDD0X8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1454966412&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=vaults+mesh+bags"&gt;Vaultz mesh bags&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;keep all my cables and dongles together&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.beatsbydre.com/headphones/beats-studio-wireless.html?&amp;amp;cid=PS_google_beats%20studio%20wireless_BR%7CUSA%7CX%7CStudio-Wireless%7CExactEVERGREEN_USBR%7CX%7CStudio-Wireless%7CWL%7CX_NA_na&amp;amp;matchtype=e&amp;amp;migCampaign=BR%7CUSA%7CX%7CStudio-Wireless%7CExact&amp;amp;mtid=901fci19672&amp;amp;cvo_campaign=BR%7CUSA%7CX%7CStudio-Wireless%7CExact&amp;amp;muid=18ffcaaf-1968-42e0-821d-2d256c98e7a0&amp;amp;cvosrc=ppc.google.beats+studio+wireless&amp;amp;migMedium=paid-search&amp;amp;migContent=s&amp;amp;Matchtype=e&amp;amp;aosid=p238&amp;amp;migTerm=beats+studio+wireless&amp;amp;cvo_crid=70113908697&amp;amp;migSource=google"&gt;Beats Studio Wireless headphones&lt;/a&gt; are a great way to listen to music, watch movies on flights and keep out the noise. Yes, they are expensive, but there are deals to be had online (I picked mine up new on eBay for $120)&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.fiftythree.com/pencil"&gt;Pencil by Fifty-three&lt;/a&gt; is an excellent stylus for the iPad Air 2 and works with several apps including Paper and Microsoft OneNote as well as others.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.amazon.com/Anker-Compact-20000mAh-Portable-PowerCore/dp/B00X5RV14Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1457981409&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=anker+chargers"&gt;Anker PowerCore 20100&lt;/a&gt; is an outstanding external charger to keep all my mobile devices charged and ready to go&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.amazon.com/EasyAcc%C2%AE-Charger-Folding-Technology-Samsung/dp/B00HQY35SM"&gt;EasyACC 4 port USB charger &lt;/a&gt;is inexpensive, small and charges 4 USB devices&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.amazon.com/LX-Desk-Mount-LCD-Arm/dp/B00358RIRC/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&amp;amp;ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1454967385&amp;amp;sr=1-1&amp;amp;keywords=ergotron"&gt;Ergotron LX desk mount LCD arm&lt;/a&gt; is relatively inexpensive, easily adjustable, well made and frees up precious desk space in my home office. &amp;nbsp;I recently upgraded to the &lt;a href="https://www.amazon.com/Acer-B286HK-ymjdpprz-Widescreen-ErgoStand/dp/B00MN2OKKO"&gt;Acer B286HK 28 inch 4K monitor&lt;/a&gt; and it pairs well the the LCD arm.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;There you have it. My favorite tech accessories. What are some of yours?</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/PbbHxNfF8EQ/what-tech-accessories-do-i-use-for-work.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2016/02/what-tech-accessories-do-i-use-for-work.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-4086226671518337044</guid><pubDate>Mon, 18 Jan 2016 23:31:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2016-03-09T10:54:40.176-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">enterprise</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">howto</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#">MacBook</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">work</category><title>What laptops, smartphones and tablets do I use for work?</title><description>&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-uykvFqtz5BM/VuBGzw4QkQI/AAAAAAACJX4/EBvG4Y6aXpc/s1600/macbook-pro-13-select-hero-201505.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href="http://img2.owcnow.com/Customized_Pages/osx-elcapitan/imgs/main_img_elcapitan.gif" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" src="http://img2.owcnow.com/Customized_Pages/osx-elcapitan/imgs/main_img_elcapitan.gif" height="160" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;As a follow up to my earlier post on how I have my&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2015/11/how-i-have-my-apple-idevices-configured.html"&gt;Apple iDevices configured&lt;/a&gt;, I thought I'd share details on the hardware I use for work:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Apple MacBook Pro (&lt;/b&gt;13 inch&lt;b&gt;)&lt;/b&gt;&amp;nbsp;my primary work laptop. When I work out of my home office, I connect my MacBook Pro to a 24" external monitor and an external Apple keyboard. I have other Macs (MacBook, MacBook Air) that I use for testing as well as several Windows laptops and tablets that I use for testing&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Apple iPhone 6 (&lt;/b&gt;64GB) is my primary work smartphone. I have several other smartphones that I use for testing.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Apple iPad Air 2 &lt;/b&gt;(64GB) is my primary work tablet. I have several other tablets (Nexus 7, HP Stream) that I use for testing.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Apple Watch &lt;/b&gt;is my primary smartwatch and I use it to read alerts, &lt;a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYzG2sqqMU4"&gt;flip Microsoft Powerpoint slides&lt;/a&gt; and more.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;b&gt;Apple TV &lt;/b&gt;(Gen 3) is my primary streaming device since I use Apple products. I always keep an Apple TV in my work backpack to deliver wireless presentations to colleagues and clients. At home, I use an &lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2015/11/new-apple-tv-impressions-thumbs-down.html"&gt;Apple TV Gen 4&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/c8pujaqSIfQ/what-laptops-smartphones-and-tablets-do.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2016/01/what-laptops-smartphones-and-tablets-do.html</feedburner:origLink></item></channel></rss>
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