Coin 2.0 Mobile Virtual Wallet review

The Coin is a credit card device that allows you to carry multiple credit / debit cards, rewards cards, membership cards all in one. We take the Coin 2.0 through months of testing payment via tap-to-pay (EMV) and swiping.  Read along and see the YouTube video for unboxing, setup and more on usage. (you can also see our run with the Coin original version right here)
Coin 2.0 at lunch
I am a previous user of the original Coin and the 2.0 version adds EMV or tap-to-pay technology which we were eager to test. I think the biggest part of using Coin is the look on merchant cashiers when you hand it over.  The Coin also now allows you to name the cards that show on the LCD screen.  Previously, you would only see MC. Visa or Amex in the window. Now you can use an four letter naming.

Look and Feel
The first ting we noticed about the Coin 2.0 was the resemblance to an actual credit card and the Coin version 1. The only difference we found was the addition of an EMV symbol on the back. The sizing and thickness were the same. The look of Coin, being black on the front with no other real identifiers,  is sleek except for a small LCD type window where information is displayed.  The back has your personal name and a signature block area for identification purposes if needed. There is no noticeably added weight from the battery and the solid black color with white trim/lettering really stands out when you use it. The LCD screen only showing the last four of the credit card and expiration really throws vendors off as I mention above and in the video.
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    On Friday, April 29th, 2016   by Chris Miller        

IBM announces IBM Connect - not that IBM Connect the other IBM Connect

In a confusing move, IBM announces IBM Connect for hybrid clouds, not the annual IBM Connect conference that they hold.
Ready, set, connect… to the hybrid cloud with IBM Connect!
Today, IBM Cloud is announcing a new series of Connect offerings that provides the full spectrum of hybrid cloud solutions for enterprises of all sizes. Without all of your apps and data working together on the cloud made possible through IBM Connect, you risk placing last in this digital race.

This will be interesting in the race for SEO, help via Google or whatever else.  It could be as simple as someone didn't pay attention or maybe IBM Connect gets a new name, again. I mean the IBM Connect conference we all attend, not the IBM Connect they just announced.
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    On Monday, April 25th, 2016   by Chris Miller        

IBM Project “Hawthorn" - Today. Tomorrow. OnPrem. Cloud - at ICON US

Register today for one of the virtual seats at ICON US to see Luis Guirigay of IBM present IBM Project “Hawthorn" - Today. Tomorrow. OnPrem. Cloud. This session will cover:
Since IBM introduced “Project Hawthorn” (aka IBM mail support for MS Outlook) many customers have been taking advantage of this new deployment option to provide Mail to users using their client of preference. Project Hawthorn provides the unique capability of “Bring Your Own Client (BYOC)” by allowing them to use MS Outlook without having to replace the IBM Domino platform. Use this in conjunction with the Notes Browser Plugin and XPages and provide a unique experience. Come to this session and walk away with a clear understanding of IBM’s strategy, Best Practices and tons of tips from the field.

Seats are still open in registration for ICON US on May 9-10th online!!!
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    On Wednesday, April 20th, 2016   by Chris Miller        

Did you know? IBM Collaboration Solutions Business Partner Enablement Program

Apparently there is a Partner Enablement Program for IBM Collaboration Solutions Business Partners that is coming up. Registration is open for a short time longer for this part of #NewWayToLearn 2016 program
NewWayToLearn 2016 nwtl2016
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    On Thursday, April 14th, 2016   by Chris Miller        

IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for April 2016

IBM has released what's new for IBM Connections Cloud for April 2016. Here is some of the updates


Connections: Real-Time alerts focus your attention
  • Stay up to date with things that require your attention and response. The new notification center in the navigation bar increases your awareness less disruptively. See alerts with a single click - no matter where you are in the service. Allows you stay on track or swiftly shift gears depending on what is required at the moment.  This feature will be available on or after March 23
Connections: Easier access to critical companion applications
  • Files - Now you can access your files in Connections Cloud, right from the IBM Notes sidebar.
  • Forums -  Files attached to forum entries are now easily accessed in search results
  • Forums - When someone posts a reply to a forum topic, notifications about that reply are now linked directly to the posted reply.
  • WIKIs: WIKI pages have permanent links - You can rename WIKIs without changing the URL leaving bookmarked links intact.
  • Groups: Add people when creating a group - You can create personal groups and add people while you are creating the group.
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    On Tuesday, April 12th, 2016   by Chris Miller