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Apple's iPhone X event - thumbs up!
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Earlier today, Tim Cook kicked off the Apple iPhone X event at the new Steve Job's theater at Apple Park. You can watch the full replay on Apple.com. The following are my impressions:

  • Apple Watch Series 3. Apple added a new dual-core processor to the Apple Watch Series 3 that is 70% faster than last year and a new LTE option which means you no longer need to have your iPhone with you. The Apple Watch Series 3 starts at $329 without cellular and $399 with integrated LTE, and it will be released on September 22nd. Apple watchOS 4, currently in beta, ships on September 19 for all Apple Watch users. I've been running the beta and it has some useful features. I have an Apple Watch Series 2 and don't plan on upgrading to Series 3
  • Apple TV 4K. Appleā€™s A10x chip, which offers four times faster graphics than last year's model as well as both 4K and HDR support. In addition, if you bought an HD movie from iTunes, you'll get a free 4K upgrade. New 4K movies are the same price as HD. The Apple TV 4K start at $179, can be ordered on September 15 and ships on September 22nd. I own the previous generation 4 Apple TV and will be purchasing the new Apple TV 4K.
  • iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. They look similar to last year's models but have a faster A11 Bionic processor with neural engine, wireless charging, 12MP rear-facing camera with support for Augmented Reality (AR), glass back and come in three colors, silver, space gray and a new gold finish.  The iPhone 8 will begin at $699 for the 64GB, while the iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799. Preorders start on September 15 and ships on September 22nd. 
  • iPhone X. A big leap forward for the iPhone with a a faster A11 Bionic processor with neural engine, large, 5.8 inch OLED screen, 2436 x 1125 Super Retina display, narrow bezel, wireless charging, Face ID (replaces TouchID). The entry level iPhone X will cost $999 and will offer 64GB of storage. A pricier 256GB model will also be offered. Based on increasing competition from premium Android phones like Samsung Galaxy/Note, Pixel, LG V30, Essential and others, Apple needed a major iPhone upgrade after a series of incremental upgrades and the iPhone X appears to meet this challenge. Pre-orders begin on October 27 and will begin shipping on November 3. I currently own the iPhone 7 Plus but I'll be keeping my eye on the iPhone X.
  • AirPower wireless charging pad for iPhone 8/X, Apple Watch and AirPods. Coming in 2018. 
  • AirPods with wireless charging. Coming in 2018. I have a pair of AirPods and love them but I probably won't upgrade unless Apple offers a deal for existing owners.



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Shure MV51 microphone - thumbs up!
Fri, Nov 3rd 2017 7:21p   Christopher Pepin
In November, 2017 I purchased the Shure MV51 microphone for $150 and I'm a fan. Listen to my audio review below, recorded using the microphone connected to my iPhone 7 Plus and using the MOTIV mobile app available from the Apple App Store.
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Ommegang 20th Anniversary Ale 2017 Review - Thumbs Up!
Mon, Oct 23rd 2017 7:30p   Christopher Pepin
I'm a big fan of Ommegang Belgian-style beers brewed in Cooperstown, NY and I've made two brewery visits over the last three years. 2017 is Ommegang's 20th anniversary and to celebrate, they brewed a special anniversary beer aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. I'm a fan of barrel aged beers and this one doesn't disappoint. It pours a dark, chocolate brown with aromas of dried fruits and tastes of bourbon with nice mouthfeel and a smooth finish. From the Ommegang blog: "For 20th Anniver
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Apple TV 4K review - thumbs up!
Tue, Oct 3rd 2017 2:31p   Christopher Pepin
I've owned each model of Apple TV since the first release ten years ago in 2007. I upgraded to the latest 4K 64GB model and recommend it. Pros 4K supportFree 4K movie upgrades for selected movies if you've paid for the HD version. New 4K movies cost the same as HD versionsSupports both HRD10 and Dolby Vision HDRUser interface and integration with other Apple products (e.g. AirPlay)App and games support Cons The only 4K content the Apple TV 4K plays is iTunesExpensive ($179/$199 for 32GB and
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Masterbuilt Sportsman Elite Smoker Review - Thumbs Up!
Wed, Sep 27th 2017 6:16p   Christopher Pepin
Watch my video review of the Masterbuilt Sportsman Elite 30" propane two door smoker below. This is my first smoker and I recommend it. I ordered it on sale for $99 online from Blain's Farm & Fleet
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Dashlane password wallet - thumbs up!
Wed, Sep 20th 2017 5:36p   Christopher Pepin
I've been a longtime Dashlane password wallet user and couldn't live without it. I use Dashlane on all my devices for work and personal use including Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad and Android devices and store my passwords, credit cards, secure notes and ids. Pros All of my passwords synchronized securely across all my devices with easy accessDigital wallet for all my payments and id cardsPassword generatorChange multiple passwords automatically with a single clickAlerts when one or more of my
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Apple iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad - thumbs up!
Tue, Sep 19th 2017 5:05p   Christopher Pepin
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Apple's iPhone X event - thumbs up!
Tue, Sep 12th 2017 9:22p   Christopher Pepin
Earlier today, Tim Cook kicked off the Apple iPhone X event at the new Steve Job's theater at Apple Park. You can watch the full replay on Apple.com. The following are my impressions: Apple Watch Series 3. Apple added a new dual-core processor to the Apple Watch Series 3 that is 70% faster than last year and a new LTE option which means you no longer need to have your iPhone with you. The Apple Watch Series 3 starts at $329 without cellular and $399 with integrated LTE, and it will be released
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Novaform Comfort Grande (Costco) mattress review - thumbs up!
Mon, Sep 11th 2017 10:39p   Christopher Pepin
In December, 2016 replaced my 14 year old Sera Posturepedic king size mattress with the Novaform Comfort Grande (Costco) memory foam mattress and I recommend it. I'm sleeping better with less discomfort than my old mattress. After almost a year of use, I'm still a fan. Pros Comfortable (medium firm)14 inches thickResists bounciness and eases movementNo hassle return policy from CostcoVacuum sealed in a small box for shipping. Easy expands. Watch my videoInexpensive ($700 for king)Excellent r
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My visit to the US Open Tennis 2017
Wed, Aug 30th 2017 1:35a   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




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