Europa League 18/09/2014 – Go Mad and Bet the Lot!

I haven’t posted up a bet in a while and I thought that as tonight is Thursday night’s favourite TV, the Europa League I would have a wee flutter on that.

Two things to note however:

1. The Europa League is so unpredictable it makes betting on it pretty risky, and
2. Th new iPhone 6 is out tomorrow!

So here is my opinion, back the lot, go nuts, cross your fingers and if you get a win it’ll pay for your new phone. All you will have to do is get up extra early, go out and join the queue and throw your money at an Apple Store!

So here we go, fingers crossed, low stakes for a big gain, and to be fair with the way the Europa League plays it would be more fair if the bookies were offering 1000/1!

Accumulator for the Europa League 18/09/2014
Accumulator for the Europa League 18/09/2014

G-Shock GA-1000-FC-1AER : Unboxing

G-Shock Aviator GA1000-FC-1AER Unboxing

My latest G-Shock to the collection is the G-Shock ‘Premium’ GA-1000-FC-1AER from the Aviator Series.

With its titanium strap and bezel, and functions consisting of but not limited to a compass, thermometer and altimeter and couple these features with its tough as hell yet smart as hell look this watch definitely deserves its ‘Premium’ label.

This is a big beast of a watch and in the gallery below you will see a couple of photos directly comparing it in size to that of the GA-100 Series, a series which is known for its bulk, if you don’t like a big watch you’d best look elsewhere. Other than that she is a weighty beast too, but it feels right, strong, and pretty damn tough!

A picture paints a thousand words, or so they say, so here is a 20,000 word review on why this watch is the dogs danglies!

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2014 Airwaves Portrush : NI International Air Show – Gallery

Airwaves Portrush 2014 - NI INternational Airshow 2014

2014 marked the first year of the new look NI International Air Show (2014) which was rebranded to in my own personal opinion the rather cheesy ‘Air Waves’, what with it being an Air show and also beside the sea. (This section of the Northern Irish Coast being the only one with waves to mention with the exception of storms of course.) Now that I have my reservations of the name expressed I will move onto more important things, the show itself.

One word should suffice as an review, and be enough to ensure your attendance next year – ‘Excellent!’

The venue has relocated to the East Strand of Portrush over looking the Causeway Coast, and it worked really well!

The display line has now moved to the eastern side of the peninsula to bring the display line much, much closer to the crowd and have the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle as a backdrop. It also means spectators can now view from the beautiful Blue Flag beach and enjoy even more exhibition space. This map shows the main layout of the event;

VISITOR MAP

I am too late to be writing reviews and the like for this event, however it is never too late for photos and I have included a pretty big selection of the images I captured on the day, which follow below, but I do think it is important to emphasise the main points :

1. The event was excellent.
2. The range of aircraft was fantastic.
3. The sight of the 2 Lancaster Bombers was simply outstanding.
4. The display from the Red Arrows was amazing! This was their 50th Anniversary display and although they are always worth watching, this display is something special!
5. The other aircraft were all amazing, and being a fan of helicopters I certainly was treated well!
6. The rest of the events organised for families, visitors and spectators were good and I have no doubt will improve as the years go on.

I am certainly looking forward to the show again next year!

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Apple Release Removal Tool for U2 : Songs of Innocence Freebie

Along with the release of the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last Tuesday (09/09/2014) Apple finished their Keynote Speech with a performance from U2, probably one of the biggest groups in the world ever. Then they announced that the U2 Album would be given away, for free, to every Apple Account holder (for a few weeks anyway – A deal that has been reported as costing Apple up to $100,000,000 – one hundred million dollars).

I know that Apple have hundreds of millions of dollars and are about to make hundreds of millions more as the demand for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus rapidly gains steam and momentum, but come it’s a freebie!

Also I have to say I am not a U2 fan, at all, I can tolerate them, but this is an album I never would have purchased.  But come on it is a freebie!

So I would like to firstly say, ‘Thanks Apple, not really my cup of tea, but it’s a nice gesture and I do appreciate the gesture.’

However the headlines that have dominated this gesture, this freebie, have been ones of anger, unhappiness, privacy invasion and even rage…

For me, personally I don’t care, I’d like to get free albums a lot more often from Artists and Companies, but if you are one of the ones who feel violated, enraged or even just that you want rid of it off your device Apple have now released a Removal tool which you can find here :

Apple U2 : Songs of Innocence Removal Tool.

 

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Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 10.51.02

 

There we go, problem solved and the New World Order can be restored!

£1000 for a iPhone – Are you all Crazy?!?

That is the question that is getting fired about everywhere at the moment!  Just look on your Twitter Feed or Facebook Page and you will see it cropping up everywhere, from friends, from tech companies, from idiots, from Apple Haters, but one thing will be common amongst them all, they will be Android Users.  From some reason Android Users are Apple Haters.

Period.

However not all Apple Users are Android Haters.  I can testify to this first hand, as an absolute Apple fan I am also the proud owner of a 2nd Generation Nexus 7 – and a great device it is.

So what is it with Android Users and their exclusive hatred of Apple?  It is weird, but it is definitely misguided.  It is the sheep comment that I love,  ‘I am not a sheep!  I don’t just mindlessly follow Apple and buy what they tell me!  I am an individual and I use Android because it doesn’t lock me down and allows me to be an individual!’

Oh Really – Let’s put it in figures – Android has in 2014 an 80% market share.  Apple hovering about 15%.  It seems that really you are indeed a sheep and one of a much bigger flock.

As for being locked down, what have you customised?  What have you programmed?  What have you hacked, installed, or written that Apple wouldn’t have let you?  Pirate movies?  Pirate TV, anything else?  Probably not.  Oh but you have a nice Incredible Hulk theme on your Home Screen!  Ah now I see your point.  I know, I apologise the sarcasm is hanging out of this post, but it will stop soon for some facts and figures, honestly.

Let’s stop being juvenile about it, some like Apple, some like Android, and you know what, thats ok.  But lets be realistic a high end of the market Android phone isn’t exactly cheap either.  A brand new Galaxy S5 is sitting at £409 delivered from Amazon, an iPhone 5s 16Gb is only £459 delivered, so the Galaxy S5 is cheaper than an iPhone but it is only £50 of a difference, and it ridiculous to be comparing an iPhone with for example a Moto G at £80, although a great phone we need to compare like for like.

Now down to the nitty gritty – the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  The cries of £1000 for a phone, are you mad ring across the planet!  Well firstly :

It is not £1000! The most expensive variant, the iPhone 6 Plus, 128 Gb will cost you £789, that is £211 less that £1000 or over 20% less, so it is a considerable enough difference to not be negligible.

So what do you get?  You get an absolute bag full of tech compressed into a 5.5 inch screen and remember of course you can go smaller and take the iPhone 6 which will cost even less £££s, but lets stick with what you get, and the simplest way for me to put it is you get this…

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The iPod Classic is Dead

It is a sad day indeed,

RIP iPod Classic
RIP iPod Classic

It finally happened. After years of hanging around amidst flashier, smaller, and cheaper options, Apple has given the iPod Classic the axe, thus killing the last remnant of the original iPod design.

Once the Apple website was updated following today’s event for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch, the iPod Classic was missing from the iPod section of the site. That started the speculation.

Since then, the iPod Classic is also now missing from the updated online store, and the previous website URL for that specific model now just points to the general iPod page now. Sadly, the old standby appears to be gone for good – without an announcement, memorial page, or candlelight vigil even.

It’s easy to forget that the last design revision of the original iPod launched in 2007. A final capacity bump (up to 160GB) came in 2009, but that represented the last change to the iPod Classic as Apple turned its attention to the iPod Touch, Nano, and Shuffle models – not to mention the iPhone.

The iPod Classic remained the last high-capacity option for music lovers who wanted a large local collection on the go; as of now, the largest iPod Touch weighs in at 64GB, while the other iPods are much smaller on the top end. With the iPhone 6 models offering a 128GB option, hopefully a new iPod Touch will emerge to take over the capacity mantle.

TBNI.co.uk Upgraded

Just as the site went down a day or two ago the latest release of WordPress – WordPress 4.0 ‘Benny’ went live. No better time to jump right on board the upgrade ship and get going again. With some nice new features I hope you will like the visual enhancements that are now capable on the site!

See you all soon!

Moto VLog Coming Soon!

Moto VLog Coming Soon
Moto VLog Coming Soon

I have decided to dabble a little into Moto VLogging, and I will be commencing series 1 of it soon!

I have realised that I often have a lot to say and I also really enjoy my bike so why not get out, show you guys some of the stunning countryside we have and put the world to rights through the power of speech and the medium of video!

I hope some of you at least will join me on this journey so just subscribe to this blog, bookmark the page or subscribe to me on YouTube to ensure you get all the updates as they happen.

Now it is just a matter of waiting for the kit to arrive!

Oh and if you’re wondering the chariot I will be riding will be a 2014 BMW F800GS Adventure Travel Edition.

10 Second Game Review – The Last of Us Remastered

The Last of Us Remastered
The Last of Us Remastered
The Last of Us Remastered

The idea of the 10 second game review is simple, I have ten seconds to talk you into or out of parting with your hard earned cash for a new game.

This one however isn’t new, it is ‘Remastered.’ Don’t let that put you off thought as this is simply a remastering of one of the greatest games of the last decade – so this review is simple, turn the computer off, get to the shop and buy it, now!

If you are interested, or unaware, you play the part of Joel, a smuggler tasked with saving humanity in a post-infection ridden world which has been completely ravaged by the ‘Infected.’ These guys are mean and will kill you. You have been given the task of securing humanity’s survival but you know only too well of the darkest sides of that humanity – queue opening scene – and enjoy!

Oh an you get all of the extras and add-on content too – which is also great!

We Have Moved

We Have Moved

In what was expected to be a reasonably long and arduous move things went much better than expected and I am happy to say we have now moved!

Things fell rather nicely into place and the main site is up and running! A few minor tweaks, and possibly the odd major one are still to be made but rather than have the site sit stagnant whilst I played about with it behind closed doors I thought I would just open her back up and let things trickle along!

If you find any bugs please get in touch with me via the Contact Page and I will get them addressed ASAP.

Other than that, thanks for your patience and I hope you enjoy the new site, make sure to check back regularly as things will be happening frequently! Miss them and miss out!