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Google IO 2016 and Android N
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Android Nexus 5X smartphone - thumbs up!
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What tech accessories do I use for work?
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What laptops, smartphones and tablets do I use for work?
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Ambient Weather Station WS-1400-IP - thumbs up!
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SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Gaming Controller - thumbs up!
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Android Nexus 5X smartphone - thumbs up!
Mon, May 23rd 2016 95
Google IO 2016 and Android N
Tue, May 24th 2016 55
Apple iPad Pro review - Thumbs down!
Tue, Apr 5th 2016 25
Ambient Weather Station WS-1400-IP - thumbs up!
Sat, Jan 2nd 2016 17
Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 Summary
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Impressions of Android M and iOS 9 for the enterprise
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Apple's September 9 announcement - what I'm looking forward to
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How I have my Apple iDevices configured
Tue, Nov 24th 2015 14
SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Gaming Controller - thumbs up!
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Christopher Pepin
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Google IO 2016 and Android N
Tue, May 24th 2016 8:57a   Christopher Pepin
Google hosted its annual developer conference, Google IO last week. Key announcements included: Android N: successor to MarshmallowGoogle Assistant: replaces Google NowGoogle Home: smart speaker system (similarAmazon Echo)Allo: messaging (similar to Apple iMessage)Duo: video chat (similar Apple FaceTime)Daydream: virtual reality (similar Oculus Rift)Android instant apps: use apps without downloading themAndroid Wear 2.0: connect to wi-fi, support for iOSThe following infographic has a great sum
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Android Nexus 5X smartphone - thumbs up!
Mon, May 23rd 2016 12:30p   Christopher Pepin
I recently purchased a new, Nexus 5X 16GB unlocked smartphone on eBay for $229 (deal of the day). 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. 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 unloc
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Apple iPad Pro review - Thumbs down!
Tue, Apr 5th 2016 6:39p   Christopher Pepin
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. Hits: 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). While most apps aren't optimized for the large 12.9 i
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What tech accessories do I use for work?
Mon, Feb 8th 2016 4:42p   Christopher Pepin
In my previous posts, I shared the smartphones, tablets and PCs I use for work as well as how I have my Apple iDevices configured. In this post, I share my favorite tech accessories: High Sierra Business Elite backpack is my everyday gear bag for all my electronic devices. I've owned several High Sierra backpacks and they are well made with plenty of pockets to keep all my gear organized Amazon basics laptop sleeves are affordable, high quality and keep my gear protected and free from scratc
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What laptops, smartphones and tablets do I use for work?
Mon, Jan 18th 2016 6:31p   Christopher Pepin
As a follow up to my earlier post on how I have my Apple iDevices configured, I thought I'd share details on the hardware I use for work: Apple MacBook Pro (13 inch) 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 Apple iPhone 6 (64GB) is my primary work smartphone. I
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Ambient Weather Station WS-1400-IP - thumbs up!
Sat, Jan 2nd 2016 9:30p   Christopher Pepin
A year ago I purchased the Ambient Weather WS-1400-IP OBSERVER Solar Powered Wireless Internet Remote Monitoring Weather Station 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 Weather Underground free of charge. 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 fo
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SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Gaming Controller - thumbs up!
Wed, Dec 30th 2015 11:33p   Christopher Pepin
I previously reviewed the Apple TV gen 4 and one of my complaints was that the new remote control wasn't great for playing games. I'm happy to report that the SteelSeries Nimbus wireless gaming controller 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. The controller is well-made, comforta
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How I have my Apple iDevices configured
Tue, Nov 24th 2015 1:23p   Christopher Pepin
A colleague recently asked me how I have my Apple iPhone, iPad, Mac, AppleTV and Apple Watch configured. While there are lots of ways and everyone will have their personal preferences, here are mine: iTunes - I use a single iTunes id for all my Apple devices so all my purchases are accessible. While I was initially excited with the prospect of Family Sharing, it doesn't support iTunes Match (see below) and wasn't an option for me. I use the same iTunes id for work and personal, for iCloud a
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Riega Apple Watch replacement band - thumbs up!
Sun, Nov 22nd 2015 9:22p   Christopher Pepin
I own a space grey 42mm Apple Watch Sport with the black plastic sport band. 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) My first attempt was the $40 Happy Cell blue leather loop. The band's biggest problem was that the magnet wasn't strong enough and didn't hold the watch on my wrist. The second problem was that
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New Apple TV impressions - thumbs down!
Mon, Nov 2nd 2015 4:36p   Christopher Pepin
I preordered the new Apple TV (32GB model) and it arrived as scheduled at my home on Friday via UPS. The new Apple TV is also available for purchase in Apple retail stores. I'm a longtime Apple TV user (and fan) and I've purchased each new Apple TV the day it was released. 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. The new Apple TV is still very much a "hobby." First impressions The first Ap
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Belkin Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 review - Thumbs up!
Thu, Sep 17th 2015 4:42p   Christopher Pepin
Thumbs up for the Belkin Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 in my latest video review
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Apple's September 9 announcement - what I'm looking forward to
Tue, Sep 8th 2015 2:06p   Christopher Pepin
At this time tomorrow, Apple is hosting an event where they are expected to launch the new iPhone "6S." The event can be watched live, online at Apple's website or on Apple TV. While we don't know exactly what will be announced, the following are the most popular rumors and my take: iOS 9 and Apple Watch 2.0. I've been using the iOS 9 beta on my iPad and I love the new and improved multitasking feature which allows two apps to run side by side and even watch a video in a third window.
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My visit to the US Open Tennis 2015
Wed, Sep 2nd 2015 10:30a   Christopher Pepin
I attended the US Open tennis tournament on Tuesday with my daughter. Readers of this blog may recall my previous visits in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006. However, this was the first time my eight-year-old daughter attended and she loved it - especially the American Express Fan Experience complete with fan court and virtual reality. This year, I attended the Tuesday night session and saw multiple matches including the main event between Andy Murray and Nick Kyrgios in
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4 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10
Wed, Jul 29th 2015 2:49p   Christopher Pepin
Earlier today, Microsoft released Windows 10 - the latest and last release of Windows. I've been running the beta on multiple laptops, hybrids and tablets for months and I'm definitely a fan. The following are my top four reasons for upgrading to Windows 10: 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. Windows 10 corrects this, brings back a new and improved
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Multitasking on iPad Air 2 with iOS 9 beta
Mon, Jul 27th 2015 1:32p   Christopher Pepin
One of the key features in iOS 9 beta is enhanced multitasking for iPad which has three key capabilities: Slide Over: temporarily display and use a second mobile application while still displaying the firstSplit View (iPad Air 2 only): run two mobile applications side-by-sidePicture in Picture: play a video is a resizable window In the screenshot above, I'm running three applications at the same time using Split View and Picture in Picture with seamless performance. The three apps are:Safar
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My Apple HomeKit wish list
Mon, Jul 6th 2015 5:13p   Christopher Pepin
As an Apple technology enthusiast, I'm particularly interested in Apple HomeKit 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." I have an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch as well as an Apple TV. Here's my initial short list of home automation tasks: Open, close and check on the status of my garage doors from my Apple Watch and iPhone - both on premise and when away from my house (via App
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Impressions of Android M and iOS 9 for the enterprise
Wed, Jun 10th 2015 10:42a   Christopher Pepin
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. 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,




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