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How to enable and use AppleTV peer-to-peer AirPlay discovery and playback
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Weather powered by the Internet of Things, cloud and analytics
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Mobile shopping increases dramatically during Black Friday and Cyber Monday
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Weather powered by the Internet of Things, cloud and analytics
Tue, Mar 31st 2015 11:16a   Christopher Pepin
Earlier today, IBM announced the creation of a new Internet of Things (IoT) unit and announced a partnership with the Weather Company (parent company of the Weather Channel) to leverage IBM cloud and analytics. I wanted to share my personal experience installing and using my first home weather station leveraging the same technologies (IoT, cloud, analytics) albeit on a somewhat smaller scale. Last November, I purchased an Ambient WS-1400-IP home weather station. My key requirements were low c
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My impressions of the Windows Phone 10 technical preview
Tue, Feb 24th 2015 6:47p   Christopher Pepin
Microsoft released the first Windows Phone 10 technical preview and I upgraded my Nokia Lumia 635 smartphone. While there isn't much new functionality in the first technical preview, I upgraded to see how Microsoft would make the preview available and what the upgrade process would be like. Microsoft uses the same "Windows Insider" program that they use on the PC. I'm been running Windows 10 technical preview on my Lenovo X200 laptop since it was released last fall. Windows Phone 10 tec
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National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show 2015
Wed, Jan 21st 2015 1:22p   Christopher Pepin
I returned from the National Retail Federation (NRF) “Big Show” in New York City last week. IBM had one of the largest booths on the expo floor and showcased a wide range of Smarter Retail and Smarter Commerce solutions. A few of the key highlights: IBM keynote session "Unique and Distinct: The New Customer Experience" by Terry Jones, Chairman, Wayblazer, Founder, Travelocity.com and Founding Chairman, Kayak.com and John Mesberg, IBM General Manager, Smarter Commerce / Smarter Cities. A
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2014 Mobile Technology Year in Review and Looking Ahead to 2015
Mon, Jan 5th 2015 7:25a   Christopher Pepin
The most important new mobile device for me in 2014 was the Apple iPhone 6. The world's best smartphone got bigger and better with the introduction of two larger screen sizes, iOS 8 and integration with Mac via OS/X Yosemite. Android took a big step forward in 2014 with the release of Lollipop 5. As usual, Nexus devices, like the excellent Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet got the upgrade first. Deployment of Lollipop 5 will continue via mobile carriers in 2015. There were some excel
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How to enable and use AppleTV peer-to-peer AirPlay discovery and playback
Wed, Dec 17th 2014 5:45p   Christopher Pepin
One of the great new features of Apple iOS 8 is the ability to wirelessly connect iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to Apple TV without first connecting to a wi-fi network. Previously, it was necessary to connect both your AppleTV and your iPhone/iPad to the same wi-fi network. Here are a few examples of where this feature is useful: A sales rep brings their AppleTV with them to a client site and connects it to the client's projector. The sales rep delivers a presentation wirelessly from their iPad
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Mobile shopping increases dramatically during Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Mon, Dec 8th 2014 7:05a   Christopher Pepin
It was a record five day span for holiday shopping between November 27 (US Thanksgiving) and December 1 (Cyber Monday), and mobile devices played a large part. A few statistics: Thanksgiving mobile sales were up 25.4% versus 2013, and browsing on smart phones and tablets accounted for 52.1% of all online traffic. Black Friday mobile sales accounted for 27.9% of total online sales, up 28.2% over 2013.Cyber Monday mobile traffic accounted for 41.2% of all online traffic, up 30.1% over 2013. Mobi
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New solutions that promise to make e-mail more productive from Google, Microsoft and IBM
Wed, Nov 12th 2014 12:46p   Christopher Pepin
Over the last few weeks, both Google and Microsoft have released e-mail solutions that promise to make the flood of e-mail easier to manage. IBM announces its new product next week. Here are a few initial impressions: Google Inbox Google Inbox beta was launched a few weeks ago and consists of a new web interface and mobile app. I've been using it with my personal Gmail account which is my primary "personal" e-mail. I've always liked the "tabs" feature of Gmail which organized my e
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Google Android 5 "Lollipop" launches on Monday, November 3
Sat, Nov 1st 2014 9:25p   Christopher Pepin
Google officially rolls out Android 5 "Lollipop" the latest version of the mobile operating system to Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 smartphones and tablets on Monday, November 3 via an over the air update. Google is also shipping the new Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablets with Android 5 pre-installed, Android 5 will rollout to additional devices (e.g. Samsung) over the coming weeks and months. Android 5 was announced at Google I/O in June and includes a number of new features
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The top 5 announcements from the Apple October 2014 event
Sat, Oct 18th 2014 6:45a   Christopher Pepin
While I didn't attend Apple's October 2014 event in person, I did watch the streaming video online. The following are the top 5 announcements from the event: Apple Payments arrives on Monday, October 20 via a free iOS 8.1 update. Only iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with include NFC, will be able to used to make payment in a physical, brick and mortar store like McDonalds, Whole Foods, Macy's and more. Other devices, including the new iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 and the iPhone 5S will be able to
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Looking for faster in-home wi-fi performance? Consider the Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Smart WiFi Router (R7000)
Tue, Oct 14th 2014 6:28p   Christopher Pepin
I'm a work from home employee and my wife, kids and myself have a wealth of wi-fi devices from phones, tablets, PC's, Chromebooks, media players and more. My wi-fi router is a critical component of my home network and I recently upgraded to the Netgear Nighhawk AC1900 WiFi Router (R7000) with support for 802.11ac. I've been using a Netgear N600 router since 2010 but it was starting to drop connections which forced me to manually reconnect devices. In addition, with more 802.11ac compatible




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