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client</category><category>voice</category><category>watch</category><category>wearable</category><category>webcast</category><category>work</category><category>workplace</category><category>youtube</category><title>Chris Pepin</title><description>My thoughts on mobile, technology and enterprise computing</description><link>http://www.chrispepin.com/</link><managingEditor>[email protected] (ChrisPepin)</managingEditor><generator>Blogger</generator><openSearch:totalResults>303</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-4560486780564100032</guid><pubDate>Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:26:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2017-01-11T07:29:09.809-05:00</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 difficulties switching between devices (e.g. Apple Watch)&amp;nbsp;&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/-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. 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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><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><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-5940133418104996702</guid><pubDate>Sun, 03 Jan 2016 02:30:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2016-01-02T21:30:55.335-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">analytics</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">biodata</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">cloud</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#">solar</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">weather</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">wifi</category><title>Ambient Weather Station WS-1400-IP - thumbs up!</title><description>A year ago I purchased the &lt;a href="http://www.ambientweather.com/amws1400ip.html"&gt;Ambient Weather WS-1400-IP OBSERVER Solar Powered Wireless Internet Remote Monitoring Weather Station&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;for my home and I couldn't be happier. For $150, it's extremely easy to setup and use, full-featured, wireless, solar-powered and allows me to share my data via&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="http://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=KCTNEWFA5"&gt;Weather Underground&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;free of charge.&amp;nbsp;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;My home weather station is a perfect example of the Internet of Things (IOT), cloud, big data and analytics in action and I used it as a teaching tool for my kids. The following is a presentation with more details, including photos, that I delivered at my son's local middle school.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="485" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/KteKqM58Kr04w8" style="border-width: 1px; border: 1px solid #CCC; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"&gt; &lt;/iframe&gt; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;div style="margin-bottom: 5px;"&gt;&lt;strong&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.slideshare.net/chrispepin/measuring-the-weather-at-home" target="_blank" title="Measuring the weather at home"&gt;Measuring the weather at home&lt;/a&gt; &lt;/strong&gt; from &lt;strong&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.slideshare.net/chrispepin" target="_blank"&gt;Chris Pepin&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/strong&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/-5Dy6HDCZh8/ambient-weather-station-ws-1400-ip.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><thr:total>1</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2016/01/ambient-weather-station-ws-1400-ip.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-5754272557311366782</guid><pubDate>Thu, 31 Dec 2015 04:33:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2015-12-30T23:42:32.187-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">accessories</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">AppleTV</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">gaming</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iOS</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><title>SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Gaming Controller - thumbs up!</title><description>&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;/div&gt;I previously &lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2015/11/new-apple-tv-impressions-thumbs-down.html"&gt;reviewed the Apple TV gen 4&lt;/a&gt; and one of my complaints was that the new remote control wasn't great for playing games. I'm happy to report that the &lt;a href="https://steelseries.com/gaming-controllers/nimbus"&gt;SteelSeries Nimbus wireless gaming controller&lt;/a&gt; solve this issue. Sold at Apple stores and online, the Nimbus can be used with iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac and easily connects via Bluetooth. The controller includes a built-in rechargeable battery and is easily recharged via an Apple Lightning cable. &amp;nbsp;The controller is well-made, comfortable, responsive and comparable to other game controllers like XBox and PS4. &amp;nbsp;At $49.95, the Nimbus $10 less than those controllers.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;/div&gt;A brief demo of using the controller with an iPad to play &lt;a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pinball-arcade/id455826958?mt=8"&gt;Pinball Arcade&lt;/a&gt;:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/k_qz5GP4zQQ" width="560"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Happy gaming!</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/8_hvO4rlpuI/steelseries-nimbus-wireless-gaming.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://img.youtube.com/vi/k_qz5GP4zQQ/default.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>1</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2015/12/steelseries-nimbus-wireless-gaming.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-7686139220892771267</guid><pubDate>Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:23:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2016-09-19T18:39:56.622-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">apple</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iCloud</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#">iTunes</category><title>How I have my Apple iDevices configured</title><description>&lt;a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zrsCbd8Icjg/VlSq1-4Uy7I/AAAAAAACF8s/QwbbJ_OPpa4/s1600/appleid.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="160" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zrsCbd8Icjg/VlSq1-4Uy7I/AAAAAAACF8s/QwbbJ_OPpa4/s320/appleid.jpg" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;A colleague recently asked me how I have my Apple iPhone, iPad, Mac, AppleTV and Apple Watch configured. While everyone will have their personal preferences, here are mine:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;iTunes - &lt;/b&gt;I&amp;nbsp;use a single iTunes ID for all my Apple devices as well as my family. This allows all my iTunes (music, videos, book) and App Store (apps) purchases to be available on all devices. While I was initially excited with the prospect of the new iOS 8 Family Sharing feature, I was disappointed to learn that it doesn't support iTunes Match (see below) so I'm unable to use it. I use the same iTunes id for work and personal, for iCloud and iMessage. However, my wife and kids each have a unique Apple ID that they use for iCloud and iMessage (see below).&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Apple Music - &lt;/b&gt;I'm not a fan and I don't subscribe. I have a large MP3 music collection in my iTunes library. I also subscribe to Sirius/XM satellite radio in my two cars and use the mobile app extensively to listen to music both at home when connected to wi-fi as well as when traveling and using cellular with unlimited data from AT&amp;amp;T (DirecTV 2016 promotion)&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;iTunes Match -&amp;nbsp;&lt;/b&gt;I'm a huge fan and for $24.99 a year, it's a bargain. Our family has a large number of playlists which are available on all our devices. &amp;nbsp;Unfortunately, iTunes Match doesn't support Family Sharing isn't supported so each of our devices (maximum of 10) needs to log into the same iTunes account. &amp;nbsp;I hope Apple addresses this limitation.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;iCloud -&amp;nbsp;&lt;/b&gt;Each of the members in our family has their own iCloud account in their own name. &amp;nbsp;It's easy and free to create a new id on &lt;a href="https://appleid.apple.com/#!&amp;amp;page=create"&gt;Apple.com&lt;/a&gt;. Some members of my family makes due with the free 5GB account but others, including myself, pay $1 a month for the 50GB. I hope Apple increases the 5GB free storage.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;iMessage and&amp;nbsp;FaceTime&lt;/b&gt;&amp;nbsp;- Each of the members in our family uses the same iCloud id for their iMessage and FaceTime ids on all their iOS devices. &amp;nbsp;If you use the same id for each family member, everyone will get each other's messages &amp;nbsp;I've configured my iOS devices so if I get a message on one device, I get the message on them on all. My kids have&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-disable-phone-calls-on-your-ipad/"&gt;disabled this feature&lt;/a&gt;. &amp;nbsp;I've also configured all my iOS devices to ring when I get a phonemail or text message. As an AT&amp;amp;T customer, I've also enabled &lt;a href="https://www.att.com/shop/wireless/features/numbersync.html"&gt;NumberSync &lt;/a&gt;so I can receive phone calls on my iPad even when I don't have my iPhone with me.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Find my iPhone/iPad&lt;/b&gt; - enabled on all my devices and I use it at least a couple times a month to find one of my kids lost devices.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Find My Friends app&lt;/b&gt; - installed on all our iPhone and iPad. We've invited each other to share our locations. We also have "Notify Me" alerts set (e.g. when the kids arrive home, at school etc.). &amp;nbsp;It's an incredibly useful app.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;That summarizes my recommendations and preferences. &amp;nbsp;What are yours?&lt;br /&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/nGyJ_GN_PrQ/how-i-have-my-apple-idevices-configured.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zrsCbd8Icjg/VlSq1-4Uy7I/AAAAAAACF8s/QwbbJ_OPpa4/s72-c/appleid.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>2</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2015/11/how-i-have-my-apple-idevices-configured.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-3695774791045823661</guid><pubDate>Mon, 23 Nov 2015 02:22:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2015-11-25T09:17:41.472-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Amazon</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">apple</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">AppleWatch</category><title>Riega Apple Watch replacement band - thumbs up!</title><description>&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;/div&gt;I own a &lt;a href="http://www.apple.com/shop/buy-watch/apple-watch-sport/42mm-space-gray-aluminum-case-black-sport-band?product=MJ3T2LL/A&amp;amp;step=detail#"&gt;space grey 42mm Apple Watch Sport with the black plastic sport band&lt;/a&gt;. It's a great watch but I've been wanting to purchase a replacement band for a dressier look. The bands that Apple sells are very nice but also expensive. I was looking for something more affordable (e.g. aftermarket bands)&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;My first attempt was the &lt;a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZU9Z498?psc=1&amp;amp;redirect=true&amp;amp;ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00"&gt;$40 Happy Cell blue leather loop&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;which I purchased online from Amazon. The band's biggest problem was that the magnet wasn't strong enough and didn't hold the watch on my wrist. &amp;nbsp;The second problem was that the leather wasn't durable and after one day of use, it started to show signs of wear. &amp;nbsp;I promptly returned the band to Amazon for a refund.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61FGCbbSSDL._SL1000_.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61FGCbbSSDL._SL1000_.jpg" height="400" width="400" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;My second attempt was the &lt;a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016JWO0HQ?psc=1&amp;amp;redirect=true&amp;amp;ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00"&gt;$30 Riega black stainless steel Milanese loop&lt;/a&gt;. The band looks great, is comfortable, matches my "space grey" Apple Watch perfectly and the super-strong magnet keeps the watch securely on my wrist. &amp;nbsp;I've also noticed that unlike the stock plastic band which can sometimes get sweaty, my new stainless steel band is "ventilated" and doesn't get sweaty like the stock band. In addition, the magnet closure on the new band is infinitely adjustable, unlike the stock band which has a fixed number of settings, which allows me to get a perfect fit.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Apple did a great job designing how the bands attach to the watch simply and easily without tools so its easy to swap out bands.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/716egdw5-DL._SL1020_.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/716egdw5-DL._SL1020_.jpg" height="320" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I remain a fan of the Apple Watch &amp;nbsp;- particularly now that Apple has released &lt;a href="https://support.apple.com/kb/dl1840?locale=en_US"&gt;WatchOS 2.0.1&lt;/a&gt; which re-enables the ability to view my work calendar.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I've decided to pass on the new &lt;a href="http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MLDW2/apple-watch-magnetic-charging-dock-white"&gt;Apple magnetic charging dock for $79&lt;/a&gt;. &amp;nbsp; I'll stick with my $15 &lt;a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VSGVVNA/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_94hvwb10E9G3R"&gt;Spigen stand&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;which has served me well for the past several months.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;A few of my favorite Apple Watch apps/features:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Apple Pay. However, I wish more retailers accepted it&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Microsoft Powerpoint. &amp;nbsp;For advancing slides from the Powerpoint app on my iPhone&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Delta Airlines boarding pass&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Fitness tracking&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Calendar&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Text notifications and responses using Siri and default messages&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Navigation. &amp;nbsp;Apple Maps running on my iPhone will give gentle taps on my watch when it's time to make a turn&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/extension/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.blogger.com%2Fblogger.g%3FblogID%3D12946563%23editor%2Ftarget%3Dpost%3BpostID%3D3695774791045823661&amp;amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fimages-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com%2Fgadgets%2Fproxy%3Furl%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fecx.images-amazon.com%252Fimages%252FI%252F716egdw5-DL._SL1020_.jpg%26container%3Dblogger%26gadget%3Da%26rewriteMime%3Dimage%252F*&amp;amp;xm=h&amp;amp;xv=sa1.37.01&amp;amp;xuid=4QdMnCM_a7wp&amp;amp;description=" style="background-color: transparent; background-image: url(data:image/png; border: none; cursor: pointer; display: none; height: 20px; left: 193px; opacity: 0.85; position: absolute; top: 616px; width: 40px; z-index: 8675309;"&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/extension/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.blogger.com%2Fblogger.g%3FblogID%3D12946563%23editor%2Ftarget%3Dpost%3BpostID%3D3695774791045823661&amp;amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fimages-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com%2Fgadgets%2Fproxy%3Furl%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fecx.images-amazon.com%252Fimages%252FI%252F716egdw5-DL._SL1020_.jpg%26container%3Dblogger%26gadget%3Da%26rewriteMime%3Dimage%252F*&amp;amp;xm=h&amp;amp;xv=sa1.37.01&amp;amp;xuid=4QdMnCM_a7wp&amp;amp;description=" style="background-color: transparent; background-image: url(data:image/png; border: none; cursor: pointer; display: none; height: 20px; left: 193px; opacity: 0.85; position: absolute; top: 616px; width: 40px; z-index: 8675309;"&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/E3bkvauFAQY/riega-apple-watch-replacement-band.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2015/11/riega-apple-watch-replacement-band.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-8126586062059130505</guid><pubDate>Mon, 02 Nov 2015 21:36:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2015-11-21T15:26:52.120-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">apple</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">AppleTV</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">tvOS</category><title>Apple TV generation 4 - thumbs down!</title><description>I preordered the new Apple TV generation 4 ($149, 32GB model) and it arrived as scheduled at my home on Friday via UPS on Friday. &amp;nbsp;The new Apple TV is also available for purchase in Apple retail stores. &amp;nbsp;I'm a longtime Apple TV user (and fan) and I've purchased each new Apple TV the day it was released. &amp;nbsp;I had high hopes for the redesigned Apple TV with the new app store, Siri support, touch remote and more but ultimately I was disappointed. &amp;nbsp;The new Apple TV is still very much a "hobby."&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;First impressions&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The first Apple TV I received had a defective remote control and I returned it to my local Apple store for a replacement. &amp;nbsp;I wasn't off to the best start but this can happen with any product.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Automated setup didn't work for me - it stopped midway through the setup on two different Apple TV's and I had resort to manual setup after rebooting. &amp;nbsp;While not a big deal (manual setup isn't difficult) it should have worked out of the box. &amp;nbsp;I finally gave up and setup the Apple TV manually which resulted in more onscreen typing as well as having to enter my Apple ID and password twice - once for iTunes and once for iCloud. &amp;nbsp;Apple should have provided the option to use the same id for both.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Up and running&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Finally, I was up and running. &amp;nbsp;The new AppleTV runs a new tvOS based on iOS and includes a new users interface which is well done. The same familiar apps for watching TV and video are available (Hulu, Netflix, CBS, ABC, Crackle, etc) as well as new games. &amp;nbsp;Like previous versions of Apple TV, it's a pain to register for each app individually, open a browser on my Mac or mobile device and activate the app. &amp;nbsp;Apple has to do a better job of improving the user experience.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Games look fantastic on the Apple TV but unfortunately, the new touchpad remote isn't great for most games since its not precise enough. &amp;nbsp;One game, Asphalt 8, allowed the remote to be rotated like a steering wheel. &amp;nbsp;Only one Apple TV remote can be paired and the remotes are $79 each. &amp;nbsp;Third party game controllers should offer better game control and multiplayer action. &amp;nbsp;I'm interested in the &lt;a href="https://steelseries.com/gaming-controllers/nimbus"&gt;Nimbus SteelSeries&lt;/a&gt;. &amp;nbsp;The new remote is rechargeable via an included Lightning cable but there isn't a corresponding USB port on the back of the AppleTV. &amp;nbsp;I needed to use a spare power adapter.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The new Apple TV lacks an digital audio output like it's predecessors which means I needed to connect to my receiver via HDMI and power up my receiver. &amp;nbsp;With the digital audio out, I liked the flexibility of listening through my TV speakers and only powering up my receiver when I wanted to in order to use my subwoofer and surround sound speakers. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;A nice new feature is the ability to Siri to search for TV shows or movies in addition to "what's the stock market doing today?" &amp;nbsp;However, I was disappointed that I had to hold down the button on the remote to use Siri and I couldn't use Siri to search for apps. &amp;nbsp;Siri couldn't search for music. &amp;nbsp;I'd also like to see the App Store organized better to make it easier to find apps.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Conclusion&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Ultimately, the new Apple TV disappoints but if Apple make content deals and improves the user experience it could ultimately be a winner. &amp;nbsp;I still like the previous generation Apple TV and always keep one in my bag for delivering wireless client presentations and demos. &amp;nbsp;A key advantage of the previous "Rev A" model is the ability to stream content wireless without connecting the Apple TV to a wifi network &lt;a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnl0Gi6Po5A"&gt;as shown in my YoutTube video&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Update 21 Nov:&lt;/b&gt; I purchased a &lt;a href="http://www.apple.com/shop/product/HJ162/steelseries-nimbus-wireless-gaming-controller?fnode=49c8ee40e513e52175a17cfbea96370f8b860b06e81167be7d53d9de69a60dae9f2f1ec932aeb3ae2cff27ac9df6653b4b86355f9f54e3f41104d59ec0a66683f846ea7f777eacae8ebb14ab5e4caa71ae9a928347048f8680beed5a43d72290"&gt;SteelSeries Nimbus game controller&lt;/a&gt; at my local Apple store and it's a must have for game play. &amp;nbsp;Well made and includes a built-in rechargeable battery that charges via an Apple Lightning cable - same as the out of the box controller from Apple.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bToXJk0Kxgw/VjdtU1y7BHI/AAAAAAACFpU/HbPCqOS33Pc/s1600/download.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="208" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bToXJk0Kxgw/VjdtU1y7BHI/AAAAAAACFpU/HbPCqOS33Pc/s320/download.png" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=12946563" style="background-color: transparent; background-image: url(data:image/png; border: none; cursor: pointer; display: none; height: 20px; opacity: 0.85; position: absolute; width: 40px; z-index: 8675309;"&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=12946563" style="background-color: transparent; background-image: url(data:image/png; border: none; cursor: pointer; display: none; height: 20px; opacity: 0.85; position: absolute; width: 40px; z-index: 8675309;"&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/bB0ZWIeR6SA/new-apple-tv-impressions-thumbs-down.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bToXJk0Kxgw/VjdtU1y7BHI/AAAAAAACFpU/HbPCqOS33Pc/s72-c/download.png" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>1</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2015/11/new-apple-tv-impressions-thumbs-down.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-6291454623165867834</guid><pubDate>Thu, 17 Sep 2015 20:42:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2015-09-17T16:42:55.374-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">accessories</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Air2</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iPad</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">keyboard</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">review</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">video</category><title>Belkin Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 review - Thumbs up!</title><description>Thumbs up for the Belkin Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 in my latest video review&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xSLu9wrguC4" width="560"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/1hDiarYTVug/belkin-qode-ultimate-pro-keyboard-case.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://img.youtube.com/vi/xSLu9wrguC4/default.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2015/09/belkin-qode-ultimate-pro-keyboard-case.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-2651526605876678623</guid><pubDate>Tue, 08 Sep 2015 18:06:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2015-09-08T14:06:37.853-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">announcement</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">apple</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">AppleTV</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iOS</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iPad</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iPhone</category><title>Apple's September 9 announcement - what I'm looking forward to</title><description>At this time tomorrow, Apple is hosting an event where they are expected to launch the new iPhone "6S."&amp;nbsp; The event can be watched live, online at &lt;a href="http://www.apple.com/apple-events/september-2015/"&gt;Apple's website&lt;/a&gt; or on Apple TV.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; While we don't know exactly what will be announced, the following are the most popular rumors and my take:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;iOS 9 and Apple Watch 2.0.&amp;nbsp; I've been using the iOS 9 beta on my iPad and I love the &lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2015/07/multitasking-on-ipad-air-2-with-ios-9.html"&gt;new and improved multitasking feature&lt;/a&gt; which allows two apps to run side by side and even watch a video in a third window. As an Apple Watch user, I'm looking forward to the new native apps capabilities that should make apps more responsive. I'm also looking forward to more watch faces.&amp;nbsp; &lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2015/05/one-week-with-apple-watch-hits-and.html"&gt;Read my review of the Apple Watch&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;New iPhone 6S with a faster processor, ForceTouch screen (like the Apple Watch), improved camera. Since I bought an iPhone 6 last year, I'll probably skip the 6S and upgrade to the 7 instead.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;iPad Pro.&amp;nbsp; Lots of rumors and it appears likely that they will continue without an announcement from Apple&amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;New AppleTV with Siri integration and a new remote control and app store.&amp;nbsp; I'm a huge fan of the AppleTV and I've owned every model since its release.&amp;nbsp; I will definitely be upgrading.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Apple HomeKit.&amp;nbsp; Available since last year, partners have been slow to embrace the platform.&amp;nbsp; I'm eager to start adopting the technology in my home.&amp;nbsp; &lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2015/07/my-apple-homekit-wish-list.html"&gt;My thoughts in an earlier blog post&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;img class="Trsdu(.42s) StretchedBox W(100%) H(100%) ie-7_H(a)" data-reactid=".lwdwuf1ji8.0.2.4.0.0.$Col1-0-ContentCanvas.2.3.0.0" src="https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/EduogssCSsfHdOxb86K5QA--/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjtzbT0xO3c9NTQwO2g9NDA2O2lsPXBsYW5l/https://s.yimg.com/cd/resizer/2.0/FIT_TO_WIDTH-w540/c0be59b765886b9641515ee698304f9f0d095ee8.jpg" /&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/PKCAoFjfD8Q/apples-september-9-announcement-what-im.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2015/09/apples-september-9-announcement-what-im.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-7307890243467660799</guid><pubDate>Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:30:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2015-09-02T22:48:46.893-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Flushing</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">IBM</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">IBMSports</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">NYC</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">sports</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">tennis</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">travel</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">USOpen</category><title>My visit to the US Open Tennis 2015</title><description>&lt;a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8guA6CYg5bo/VecJFnHUOZI/AAAAAAACFMs/3zw63K8NToM/s1600/us%2Bopen%2Blogo.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="117" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8guA6CYg5bo/VecJFnHUOZI/AAAAAAACFMs/3zw63K8NToM/s200/us%2Bopen%2Blogo.png" width="200" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;I attended the&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.usopen.org/" style="background-color: white; color: #6699cc; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px; text-decoration: none;"&gt;US Open tennis tournament&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;&amp;nbsp;on Tuesday with my daughter.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;Readers of this blog may recall my previous visits in&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2014/09/us-open-tennis-2014.html"&gt;2014,&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2013/08/us-open-tennis-2013.html"&gt;2013&lt;/a&gt;,&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2012/08/us-open-tennis-2012.html" style="background-color: white; color: #6699cc; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px; text-decoration: none;"&gt;2012&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;,&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.chrispepin.com/2011/08/us-open-tennis-2011.html" style="background-color: white; color: #6699cc; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px; text-decoration: none;"&gt;2011&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;,&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="http://140.239.70.137/cpepin/cpepin.nsf/dx/us-open-tennis-2010" style="background-color: white; color: #6699cc; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px; text-decoration: none;"&gt;2010&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;,&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="http://140.239.70.137/cpepin/cpepin.nsf/dx/us-open-tennis-2009" style="background-color: white; color: #6699cc; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px; text-decoration: none;"&gt;2009&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;,&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="http://140.239.70.137/cpepin/cpepin.nsf/dx/us-open-tennis-2008" style="background-color: white; color: #6699cc; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px; text-decoration: none;"&gt;2008&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;,&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="http://140.239.70.137/cpepin/cpepin.nsf/dx/us-open-tennis-2007" style="background-color: white; color: #6699cc; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px; text-decoration: none;"&gt;2007&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;&amp;nbsp;and&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="http://140.239.70.137/cpepin/cpepin.nsf/dx/us-open-tennis-2006" style="background-color: white; color: #6699cc; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px; text-decoration: none;"&gt;2006&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif;"&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;. T&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.790000915527344px;"&gt;his was the&amp;nbsp;first time my eight-year-old daughter attended and she loved it - especially the &lt;a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150818006224/en/American-Express-Encourages-Tennis-Fans-Rally-2015#.VecEw3hU48E"&gt;American Express Fan Experience&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;complete with fan court and virtual reality. We&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;&amp;nbsp;attended the Tuesday night session and saw multiple matches including the main event between Andy Murray and Nick Kyrgios in Arthur Ashe stadium with its &lt;a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/11/sports/tennis/supporting-structure-for-arthur-ashe-roof-is-completed.html?_r=0"&gt;new, state of the art retractable roof&lt;/a&gt;. &amp;nbsp;Murray won a great match in 4 sets. My photos can be found on&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.facebook.com/chrispepin/media_set?set=a.10153551818250135.1073741871.651020134&amp;amp;type=3" style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;Facebook&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;" /&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;As in the past, IBM is a&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.usopen.org/ibm" style="background-color: white; color: #6699cc; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px; text-decoration: none;"&gt;major sponsor&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;&amp;nbsp;and provides the&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="http://usopen.org/" style="background-color: white; color: #6699cc; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px; text-decoration: none;"&gt;USOpen.org&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;&amp;nbsp;website, game scoring, statistics and court side radar guns. &amp;nbsp;Mobile applications for&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/2014-us-open-tennis-championships/id327455869?mt=8"&gt;Apple iOS&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;and &lt;a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ibm.events.android.usopen&amp;amp;hl=en"&gt;Google Android&lt;/a&gt; were back again this year as well which made it easy to view news, match data, player stats, live high-definition video, live radio and Twitter feeds from the U.S. Open and players. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.usopen.org/en_US/slamtracker/index.html" style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.790000915527344px;"&gt;SlamTracker&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.790000915527344px;"&gt;&amp;nbsp;provides detailed statistics both for completed matches as well as matches in progress.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;As in the past, American Express distributed free headsets to follow the play-by-play while the center court match was in progress. &amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.790000915527344px;"&gt;Fortune Magazine had a great article titled "&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href="http://fortune.com/2015/09/01/ibm-us-open-tennis-tech/?xid=soc_socialflow_twitter_FORTUNE" style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.790000915527344px;"&gt;Why IBM dominates the US Open&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.790000915527344px;"&gt;" if you're interesting learning more behind the&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif;"&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.790000915527344px;"&gt;technology behind the event. I'll be following the matches both on TV and on my mobile devices leading up to the finals on September 23 and 24.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif;"&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.790000915527344px;"&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif;"&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.790000915527344px;"&gt;A few tips on attending the US Open in person:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif;"&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;Bring a small backpack with a water bottle or two, a cell phone charger, and a plastic ticket holder to put around your neck. There are lots of water fountains around the grounds to fill up your water bottles.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif;"&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;Make a dinner reservation at Aces or Champions. Doing so allows you to enter the grounds early - 5PM entry for a 7PM match. &amp;nbsp;While the food is pricey, it isn't much more expensive than the food village and you're&amp;nbsp;guaranteed an air-conditioned seat&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif;"&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;Before going to the restaurant, get your free photo taken at the Mercedes booth with the US Open trophy&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif;"&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;You should have just enough time after dinner to attend the American Express Fan Experience. &amp;nbsp;Show your Amex card for free&amp;nbsp;admittance&amp;nbsp;to the members hospitality tent. Have your Amex card swiped to save $10 after $150 in purchases. &amp;nbsp;Visit the Amex radio booth, show your Amex card and get a free headset radio to listen to the live play-by-play.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif;"&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;Head back to Arthur Ashe for the 7PM match. The match typically doesn't get started much before 7:30pm so no need to rush.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif;"&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;Take a break from the match and wander the grounds. Be sure to check out some of the smaller courts where you'll get a fantastic view of the match. There won't be any big-name players but you'll get up close and personal. Check out the sponsor booths for free giveaways.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;&lt;span style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif;"&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;Looking for a souvenir? Save your money and buy one at home. &amp;nbsp;The $45 big tennis balls can be found online for half price. Similarly, you can buy US Open tee shirts online for half price after the open finals. I am a fan, however, of the US Open souvenir soda cup and Honey Deuce souvenir glasses. &amp;nbsp;I have a collection that goes back a decade.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7900009155273px;"&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Gn-PA-G4hYA/VecBSBTY59I/AAAAAAACFMc/dmEx_NiQvuI/s1600/IBM%2BSlamTracker%2B2015-09-02%2B10-00-14.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="265" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Gn-PA-G4hYA/VecBSBTY59I/AAAAAAACFMc/dmEx_NiQvuI/s400/IBM%2BSlamTracker%2B2015-09-02%2B10-00-14.png" width="400" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div style="text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;span style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.790000915527344px;"&gt;&lt;i&gt;SlamTracker provides detailed match statistics&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/WnXzuDRJtuY/my-visit-to-us-open-tennis-2015.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8guA6CYg5bo/VecJFnHUOZI/AAAAAAACFMs/3zw63K8NToM/s72-c/us%2Bopen%2Blogo.png" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2015/09/my-visit-to-us-open-tennis-2015.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-3834830441305209673</guid><pubDate>Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:49:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2015-07-29T13:50:09.665-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">laptop</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Microsoft</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">OperatingSystem</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">PC</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">software</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Windows</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Windows10</category><title>4 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10</title><description>Earlier today, Microsoft released &lt;a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-upgrade?&amp;amp;SEMID=1&amp;amp;WT.srch=1&amp;amp;ocid=Win10Upgrade_SEM_GOO_MSBranded_ACTV_en-US_windows%2010&amp;amp;wt.mc_id=Win10Upgrade_SEM_GOO_MSBranded_ACTV_en-US_windows%2010"&gt;Windows 10&lt;/a&gt; - the latest and &lt;a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/7/8568473/windows-10-last-version-of-windows"&gt;last release of Windows&lt;/a&gt;. &amp;nbsp;I've been running the beta on multiple laptops, hybrids and tablets for months and I'm definitely a fan. &amp;nbsp;The following are my top four reasons for upgrading to Windows 10:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ol&gt;&lt;li&gt;New and improved user interface. If you're a Windows 8/8.1 user, you know that Microsoft tried, unsuccessfully, to force a touch interface with the new full-screen start screen. &amp;nbsp;Windows 10 corrects this, brings back a new and improved start menu and adds a new feature called "Continuum" which makes it easy to switch between touch and PC modes. &amp;nbsp;A brand-new action center brings together notifications and key settings at your fingertips.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;New apps. &amp;nbsp;Microsoft has brand-new mail, calendar, photo apps, a new web browser replacement for Internet Explorer called "Edge" and Cortana voice support that allows you to talk to your PC (similar to Apple's Siri and Google Now, but much more sophisticated). &amp;nbsp;While none of these apps are earth-shattering, taken as a whole, they deliver a more complete Windows experience out of the box - reducing the need to install third-party applications.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Speed and compatibility. &amp;nbsp;Windows 10 boots up fast and runs great on older hardware and peripherals. &amp;nbsp;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Free. Windows 7, 8, 8.1 users can upgrade to Windows 10 for free for the next year. &amp;nbsp;There's no reason not to upgrade!&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ol&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sucoLOywLhs/VbkRvK246fI/AAAAAAACCGg/mOcmsGLw9Pg/s1600/9d40b75e453033c39529b5dc39d7a857.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="360" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sucoLOywLhs/VbkRvK246fI/AAAAAAACCGg/mOcmsGLw9Pg/s640/9d40b75e453033c39529b5dc39d7a857.jpg" width="640" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&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/iYWEaQ-5RcM/4-reasons-to-upgrade-to-windows-10.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sucoLOywLhs/VbkRvK246fI/AAAAAAACCGg/mOcmsGLw9Pg/s72-c/9d40b75e453033c39529b5dc39d7a857.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2015/07/4-reasons-to-upgrade-to-windows-10.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-2714911484809864666</guid><pubDate>Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:32:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2015-09-16T12:30:13.511-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">apple</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iOS9</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iPad</category><title>Multitasking on iPad Air 2 with iOS 9 beta</title><description>One of the key features in iOS 9 beta is enhanced multitasking for iPad which has three key capabilities:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Slide Over: temporarily display and use a second mobile application while still displaying the first&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Split View (iPad Air 2 only): run two mobile applications side-by-side&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Picture in Picture: play a video is a resizable window&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="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A8GeAnjIVAc/VbZmui0JvqI/AAAAAAACCAo/xfT5cC2UnZY/s1600/IMG_0008.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="480" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A8GeAnjIVAc/VbZmui0JvqI/AAAAAAACCAo/xfT5cC2UnZY/s640/IMG_0008.PNG" width="640" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;In the screenshot above, I'm running three applications at the same time using Split View and Picture in Picture with seamless performance. &amp;nbsp;The three apps are:&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;ol&gt;&lt;li&gt;Safari - IBM.com website (left)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;iOS mail (right)&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Video in a floating windows - "Gravity" staring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ol&gt;Today, multitasking applications are limited to Apple apps (e.g. Mail, Messages, Video, Calendar, Maps, Reminders, iBooks, News, Notes, Find Friends, Find iPhone, FaceTime, Clock, Contacts, Game Center, Photos, Podcasts, Tips) but third party applications support is coming in the future.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;While Samsung Android tablets have had similar multitasking capabilities for some time, the additions to iOS 9 should benefit both consumers and business users looking to maximize their iPad experience.&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;iOS 9 is currently in &lt;a href="http://beta.apple.com/"&gt;public beta&lt;/a&gt; and is expected to ship later this fall with the rumored iPhone 6S&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Update 16 September&lt;/b&gt;&amp;nbsp;- iOS 9 is now shipping and third party applications can be enabled for split-screen multitasking&lt;/div&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/HfsBRfze78I/multitasking-on-ipad-air-2-with-ios-9.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A8GeAnjIVAc/VbZmui0JvqI/AAAAAAACCAo/xfT5cC2UnZY/s72-c/IMG_0008.PNG" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2015/07/multitasking-on-ipad-air-2-with-ios-9.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-3916969215043284269</guid><pubDate>Mon, 06 Jul 2015 21:13:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2015-08-04T01:40:12.549-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">apple</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">AppleTV</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">AppleWatch</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">homeautomation</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">HomeKit</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><title>My Apple HomeKit wish list</title><description>As an Apple technology enthusiast, I'm particularly interested in &lt;a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204893"&gt;Apple HomeKit&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;which promises to "use your iOS device to control any of the accessories that you have in your home, like lights, locks, thermostats, smart plugs, and more." &amp;nbsp;I have an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch as well as an Apple TV. &amp;nbsp;Here's my initial short list of home automation tasks:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ol&gt;&lt;li&gt;Garage door. Open, close and check on the status of my garage doors (did I leave one open?) from my Apple Watch and iPhone - both on premise and when away from my house (via Apple TV) using both Siri and touch. &amp;nbsp; &lt;a href="http://www.chamberlain.com/smartphone-control-products"&gt;Chamberlain "MyQ&lt;/a&gt;" comes closest to this need but lacks HomeKit and Apple Watch support for its mobile app. &amp;nbsp;Since Chamberlain is an Apple partner, I'm hoping these features will be added. &amp;nbsp; &lt;a href="http://www.amazon.com/Chamberlain-MYQ-G0201-MyQ-Garage-Controls-Smartphone/dp/B00EAD65UW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1436216424&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=myq"&gt;Amazon sells the MyQ for $100&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Lighting. Control lights from my Apple Watch and iPhone both on premise and when away from my house (via Apple TV) using both Siri and touch. &amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="http://pressroom.gelighting.com/news/ge-unveils-led-enabled-intelligent-environments-a-glimpse-into-the-connected-future#.VZrtzHjbB0g"&gt;GE recently announced&lt;/a&gt; "plans to engineer a color-changing LED compatible with Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem. Embedded with GE Align™ technology, GE’s HomeKit-enabled LED bulb takes smart home technology a step further, giving consumers the ability to automate lighting according to the body’s natural sleep circadian rhythm." &amp;nbsp; The bulbs are expected to ship later in 2015.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Home thermostat. &amp;nbsp;I currently have a basic, programable thermostat and I'm interested in purchasing one that offers the ability to "learn" and better control including HomeKit support.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ol&gt;That's my short for Apple HomeKit home automation. &amp;nbsp;I'd be interested in your thoughts and impressions.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"&gt;&lt;a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Hh6X0SodI1w/VZrr0OE4gzI/AAAAAAACBH0/mhu9DyiY_u8/s1600/ios-badge-works-with-apple-homekit.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="82" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Hh6X0SodI1w/VZrr0OE4gzI/AAAAAAACBH0/mhu9DyiY_u8/s320/ios-badge-works-with-apple-homekit.png" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"&gt;&lt;a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cG_5CFeYwZI/VZrr0DDsSpI/AAAAAAACBHw/9feoMxcDEG4/s1600/iphone6-homekit-app-icon-wrap.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"&gt;&lt;img border="0" height="281" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cG_5CFeYwZI/VZrr0DDsSpI/AAAAAAACBHw/9feoMxcDEG4/s320/iphone6-homekit-app-icon-wrap.jpg" width="320" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px;"&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=12946563" style="background-color: transparent; background-image: url(data:image/png; border: none; cursor: pointer; display: none; height: 20px; opacity: 0.85; position: absolute; width: 40px; z-index: 8675309;"&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=12946563" style="background-color: transparent; background-image: url(data:image/png; border: none; cursor: pointer; display: none; height: 20px; opacity: 0.85; position: absolute; width: 40px; z-index: 8675309;"&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/yydZGM4JSD4/my-apple-homekit-wish-list.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Hh6X0SodI1w/VZrr0OE4gzI/AAAAAAACBH0/mhu9DyiY_u8/s72-c/ios-badge-works-with-apple-homekit.png" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>3</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2015/07/my-apple-homekit-wish-list.html</feedburner:origLink></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-12946563.post-4519151267082683238</guid><pubDate>Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:42:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2015-06-10T10:42:44.944-04:00</atom:updated><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">AndroidM</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">apple</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">Google</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">GoogleIO</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">iOS9</category><category domain="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#">WWDC</category><title>Impressions of Android M and iOS 9 for the enterprise</title><description>When Google and Apple announce new mobile operating systems (Android M and iOS 9) I'm interested in what the new features from two unique perspectives: what the new features will mean to me as a user as well as an enterprise user. &amp;nbsp;As an Information Technology manager for IBM leading mobile adoption and providing Information Technology (IT) support to senior executives, I need to understand how new features can improve the employee experience and the implications (e.g. security, infrastructure, privacy etc.) for IBM's 380,000+ employees worldwide. &amp;nbsp;The following are my initial impressions of Android M and iOS 9 and the key enterprise features from my perspective:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Android M&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The most important enterprise feature for me in Android M is support for fingerprint scanning. While many Android phones already have fingerprint scanners, Google is adding universal support for fingerprint scanning across its entire platform. &amp;nbsp;This includes APIs that allow integration with Mobile Device Management (MDM) software like Fiberlink MaaS360, Airwatch, MobileIron and more. &amp;nbsp;Virtually every enterprise I've worked with, including IBM, requires a device passcode both for BYOD and enterprise devices and it's a pain to enter a device passcode every few minutes. &amp;nbsp;IBM allows its employees to use Apple TouchID both to unlock the phone and to authenticate with IBM enterprise apps. IBM employees overwhelming prefer the user experience of authenticating with a fingerprint vs. entering an 8-character alphanumeric passcode. &amp;nbsp;I'm hopeful that the enhancements in Android M will allow IBM to deliver a similar experience to Android users.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;iOS 9&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Apple published an &lt;a href="https://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/enterprise/"&gt;iOS 8 enterprise page&lt;/a&gt; last year and I expect this to be updated to include new iOS 9 features. Apple recently published new &lt;a href="https://developer.apple.com/enterprise/"&gt;enterprise developer page&lt;/a&gt; with placeholders for additional content so I suspect more iOS9 enterprise features are coming. &amp;nbsp;Of the new iOS 9 features I've seen so far, the new split-screen multitasking and updated on-screen keyboard, including a software trackpad for iPad are the key will be of particular interest to enterprise users. &amp;nbsp;These features should go a long way towards increasing enterprise productivity on an iPad. &amp;nbsp;In addition, for the first time, iOS 9 will have a public beta without requiring a $99 Apple developer account. &amp;nbsp;This will make it easier for users to get their hands on iOS 9 prior release and provide feedback both to Apple and to IBM on what apps work with iOS 9 and which don't prior to the release so issue can be addressed.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;img height="292" src="http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2015/04/Apple-WWDC-2015-Logo.png?retina" width="320" /&gt;</description><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chrispepin/rss/~3/il7QpS_dIIw/impressions-of-android-m-and-ios-9-for.html</link><author>[email protected] (Chris Pepin)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.chrispepin.com/2015/06/impressions-of-android-m-and-ios-9-for.html</feedburner:origLink></item></channel></rss>
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