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Impressions of Android M and iOS 9 for the enterprise
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My 10 years of blogging
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One Week with the Apple Watch - Hits and Misses
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Apple Watch and MacBook impressions
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National Engineers Week 2015
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Weather powered by the Internet of Things, cloud and analytics
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Impressions of Android M and iOS 9 for the enterprise
Wed, Jun 10th 2015 32
How to enable and use AppleTV peer-to-peer AirPlay discovery and playback
Wed, Dec 17th 2014 22
Weather powered by the Internet of Things, cloud and analytics
Tue, Mar 31st 2015 18
Windows Phone 8.1 impressions
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Apple Watch and MacBook impressions
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National Engineers Week 2015
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Enterprise Implications of the iPhone 6, iOS8 and the Upcoming Apple Watch
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My 10 years of blogging
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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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My 10 years of blogging
Sun, May 17th 2015 10:42p   Christopher Pepin
Today marks the 10 year anniversary of when I started blogging both inside and outside of IBM. My first blog was about IBM's new blogging guidelines which encouraged employees to blog. Aside for 2+ years that I blogged using IBM's Blog Template, all off my external blogging has been on this site which leverages Google Blogger My Blogger.com stats for the last ten years:
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One Week with the Apple Watch - Hits and Misses
Thu, May 7th 2015 11:12a   Christopher Pepin
After one week with the Apple Watch, I'm a fan. However, there is definitely room for improvement. I haven't worn a watch in over 10 years and I debated the Apple Watch long and hard. Did I really I need an Apple Watch for $400? After all, my iPhone is always in my pocket and it does way more than just tell time. I pre-ordered the Apple Watch Sport 42mm (large) in space grey with a black plastic band at 3am ET on April 10 via the Apple Store app on my iPhone. I already had the watch in my
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Apple Watch and MacBook impressions
Mon, Apr 13th 2015 8:16p   Christopher Pepin
I was in New York city over the weekend with my son and had the opportunity to try the new Apple Watch and MacBook for myself at the Apple store on 5th Avenue. A few initial impressions: It takes a bit of work to understand/navigate the watch interface and understand all the buttons (rotate crown, crown button, side button, touch screen). However, from other reviews I've read, it's a steep learning curve. After 15-20 minutes of use, I was starting to get the hang of it. Still, I'm looki
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National Engineers Week 2015
Wed, Apr 1st 2015 7:12p   Christopher Pepin
I participated in National Engineer's week at my home town middle school with my IBM colleagues earlier today. IBM is a sponsor of the yearly event which is designed to increase awareness of math and science and foster teamwork and creative thinking. This was my six year participating in the event and I had the pleasure of presenting to my son's 7th grade science calls We each discussed our IBM engineering career, the different types of engineers, and how students can prepare for a caree
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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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