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Christopher Pepin
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Amazon Prime Store Credit Card - thumbs up!
Thu, Aug 3rd 2017 4:41a   Christopher Pepin
If you're an Amazon Prime member, the store credit card is a no brainer as it offers 5% off on all purchases, everyday as a statement credit. There is no annual fee. Alternately, you can choose special financing for purchases of $149 or more. On Amazon Prime Day earlier this year Amazon offered and additional 20% selected items when paying with the Amazon store credit card. Note that Amazon offers two store credit cards - one for Prime customers and one for non-Prime customers. Only the Prime
Jackbox Games for AppleTV - thumbs up!
Thu, Jul 6th 2017 9:24p   Christopher Pepin
Jackbox Games including Fibbage, Quiplash and others have breathed new life into my AppleTV series 4 with a series of great party games. The latest model of AppleTV is the only one that has an app store, just like iPhone and iPad that allows you to install apps and games. Don't have an AppleTV series 4? Jackbox games are also available for PC, Xbox, Playstation and even Amazon Alexa (Lie Swatter) Once you purchase the game on your AppleTV, participants login to http://jackbox.tv on their smart
UGREEN Elastic Organizer Board review - thumbs up!
Wed, Jul 5th 2017 9:45p   Christopher Pepin
I recently purchased a large UGREEN elastic organizer board from Amazon on sale for $8.13 and I'm a big fan. The zipper on a Vaultz mesh bag I had been using recently broke and I needed a replacement. The 8.5 x 11 inch board contains a variety of elastic bands to hold all your cables and dongles. A key advantage is that the organized board provides easy access to all your cables and adapters without a need to hunt through a bag. The disadvantage is that the organizer board takes up a bit more s
Amazon Dash Wand - thumbs up!
Fri, Jun 16th 2017 8:48p   Christopher Pepin
The new Amazon Dash Wand puts Alexa in the palm of your hand complete with a barcode scanner to add items to your shopping cart. It runs off two AA batteries and it took all of one minute to setup and configure by connecting to my home wi-fi network. The Dash Wand has a magnet built in to stick to your refrigerator so it's always handy. Questions you can ask:What's the score of the Red Sox game?Buy sushi riceWhat's the best pizza nearby?Where's my stuff?Will it rain tomorrow?How many cups i
Amazon Basics laptop/tablet sleeves - thumbs up!
Mon, Jun 12th 2017 6:06p   Christopher Pepin
I've used Amazon Basics laptop/tablet sleeves for several years and I'm a big fan. I own 6 in a variety of sizes - one for each of my device. Here's why I'm a fan:Protects my laptops and tablets from scratches when traveling. I load all my gear in a High Sierra Elite backpack and the sleeves help protect the devices from rubbing against each otherSleeve come in 8 sizes from 7 inch to 17.3 inches for a perfect fitReasonably priced from $5.95 to $11.99Well made neoprene-like padded material wi
My take on Apple WWDC 2017 keynote - thumbs down!
Tue, Jun 6th 2017 4:48p   Christopher Pepin
Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference kicked off yesterday with a two hour keynote. My take: tvOS - thumbs down. Amazon Prime Video app coming later this year isn't enough to compete. Apple did say that new features are also coming later this yearwatchOS 4 - thumbs down. New Siri watch face/assistant, new watch faces and integration with gym equipment wasn't enough. The rumor is that Apple will launch a new watch later this yearmacOS High Sierra - thumbs down. Autoplay video blocking, a new
Uplift standing desk - thumbs up!
Mon, May 22nd 2017 8:23p   Christopher Pepin
I recently remodeled my home office and decided to replace my office desk with a standing desk. We use standing desks at my IBM office. After researching several options, I decided on the Uplift standing desk from The Human Solution. My summary and video review follows Pluses: One inch thick bamboo top355lb weight limit, sturdy and well madeAdjusts quickly (1.5 inches per second) from 24.25"-50.25". Optional memory keypad to return the desk to two preset heightsReasonable price Minuses Two b
Allagash Brewery Tour 2017
Mon, May 22nd 2017 8:02p   Christopher Pepin
I embarked on a weekend trip from Connecticut to Maine with a group of fellow craft beer buddies to visit the following breweries: Treehouse TrilliumMaine BeerFoundationAllagashBattery SteeleBarreled SoulsTributary Many of these breweries are among the highest rated breweries in the country according to Beeradvocate. Allagash was the only brewery with a tour and it was one of the highlights of the trip. Other highlights included the "Soup Nazi" experience at Treehouse (on the day I visited,
Costco hot dog - thumbs up!
Fri, May 19th 2017 9:51p   Christopher Pepin
I'm a huge fan of Costco and my absolute favorite item of all time is the $1.50 food court hot dog that comes with free soda with unlimited refills. Costco sells over 100 million hot dogs a year and the price hasn't increased since Costco first opened in 1985. My favorite way to eat a Costco hot dog: With chopped, raw onionsDeli (spicy) mustardSauerkraut (it's free, just ask)Chilli. Costco started selling a bowl of chilli for $3.99 in the food court and it makes a great chilli dog, However,
IBM at the Tribeca Film Festival 2017
Sun, Apr 30th 2017 10:07p   Christopher Pepin
I had the privilege of staffing the IBM Lounge at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City last week which provided an excellent opportunity for attendees to connect with IBM subject matter experts to learn how technology can be applied to storytelling. The exhibits included: T Brand Studio Augmented Reality app for iOS and Android. The feature film, “Hidden Figures,” inspired this Augmented Reality app and brings to life virtual statues of the film’s compelling characters - Katherine J
Automatic IoT connected car kit - thumbs up!
Thu, Apr 6th 2017 4:00p   Christopher Pepin
I recently purchased an Automatic V2 connected car kit through Amazon for a great discount - $47. Automatic has two newer models, the Lite and the Pro, that are significantly more expensive and have features I don't need (Pro: cellular connectivity, Lite: missing features). I'm very happy with my Automatic V2 and recommend it. Included in the box is the Automatic connected car adaptor that plugs into the OBDII port under the dash of most cars. Once installed, the adaptor pairs with an app on
Circle with Disney parental controls and Internet filtering - thumbs up!
Fri, Mar 3rd 2017 8:27p   Christopher Pepin
Circle with Disney parental controls and Internet filtering receives my enthusiastic thumbs up after one week of use at my home with two adults and three kids. Previous solutions we tried (OurPact, taking devices away, scolding, etc.) had mixed success. My kids would play on their mobile devices and game consoles all day long if I let them. My need was for an automated solution with the following requirements: 1. The ability to set time usage limits for each child and their associated devices
iHealth digital wi-fi scale review - thumbs up!
Mon, Feb 6th 2017 6:55p   Christopher Pepin
My employer, IBM provided me a free iHealth Vista HS5 digital scale as part of my company-sponsored health insurance plan. In 2016, IBM provided a free Apple Watch as part of the Apple Watch for Corporate Wellness Program. I'm thrilled with IBM's efforts to promote healthier, happier employees through the use of technology. The iHealth Vista digital scale setup was very easy. Insert the batteries, install the iHealth mobile app on my iPhone which connected the scale to my home wi-fi network
Apple AirPods wireless headphones - thumbs up!
Wed, Jan 11th 2017 12:26p   Christopher Pepin
I've been using the new Apple AirPods 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. The AirPods fit my ears perfectly like the similar wired Apple EarPods. 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
2016 Technology Year in Review
Sat, Dec 31st 2016 9:38p   Christopher Pepin
In no particular order, the following are my top technology hits and misses for 2016. Mobile was hot in 2016 led by the exploding Samsung Note 7. The iPhone 7 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
Star Wars Rogue 1, Super Mario Run, Man in the High Castle season 2 and Apple AirPods
Fri, Dec 16th 2016 6:16p   Christopher Pepin
This was a big week with four major milestones of interest to me: Super Mario Run app for iPhone and iPad was releasedThe premier of Star Wars Rogue OneSeason 2 of The Man in the High Castle was released on Amazon PrimeApple AirPods wireless headphones were releasedSuper Mario Run 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 playe
My impressions of the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple Watch Series 2 and more
Wed, Nov 2nd 2016 10:50p   Christopher Pepin
It's been several weeks since I last blogged and I wanted to share my impressions of several new devices I purchased: Apple iPhone 7 Plus (black, 128GB, Verizon) I had been using a 2 year old iPhone 6 that was due for an upgrade. While it took almost 2 months for my iPhone 7 Plus to arrive, it was worth the wait. I like the size, form factor, performance (3GB RAM), battery life, screen, haptic TouchID sensor, dual camera and new portrait mode with iOS 10.1. I'm not missing the headphone jack
My visit to the US Open Tennis 2016
Wed, Aug 31st 2016 7:02p   Christopher Pepin
Earlier this week, I attended the US Open tennis tournament in Queens, NY with my son. IBM is a sponsor of the event and I also volunteered at the IBM Cognitive Court, an interactive event showcasing Watson technology. I attended the Monday evening opening ceremonies in Arthur Ashe stadium with its new high-tech retractable roof . Phil Collins performed "In the Air Tonight" and Leslie Odom Jr performed the national anthem to a capacity crowd filled with celebrities. Novak Djokovic, the rein
Apple schedules September 7 event; expected to launch new iPhone 7
Mon, Aug 29th 2016 3:30p   Christopher Pepin
Apple sent out invites to members of the press of its September 7 event earlier today. 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 along with macOS "Sierra" Not attending the event in person? The event can be streamed online at Apple.com the Events app on and Apple TV

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