Apple Special Event : 30th October 2018

Apple have just had their special event – the one the world has been talking about since the last one.  The new iPhones (iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR) were announced at the last one, this time the hype has centred around new iPads, new Macs, a new Apple Pencil, and the possibility of a new Mac Mini.

Well lots happened in New York so if you missed the live stream here’s all the announcements and what to expect from Apple in the not too distant future.

Apple Event - October 2018
Apple Event – October 2018

First we were welcomed to New York in typical style – as it happens I also happens I like New York!

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PlayStation Classic : Confirmed Games List

PlayStation Classic
PlayStation Classic

Sony have announced the 20 games that will be preloaded on the upcoming PlayStation Classic (which some outlets are referring to as the PlayStation Mini).

A few points to note :

– The PlayStation Classic will release on 3rd December 2018 – the 24th anniversary of the original PlayStation.

– The PlayStation Classic will not work with controllers not supplied with the unit – so your DualShock 4 isn’t going to work.  The unit will ship with two controllers that should work and feel like the originals – but that is your only control option.

– The PlayStation Classic will not be getting more games in the future – so no downloads, no addons, no Minis – what you get on the machine is your lot.

“There are no plans to bring new content to PlayStation Classic post-launch.” – Sony

– The PlayStation Classic has a built in ‘virtual’ memory card – so you will be able to save your games.

– The PlayStation Classic will connect to your TV via HDMI.

The games listing has brought some controversy, personally I think it looks OK, there are plenty of Classic games in there.  Unfortunately there are some questionable releases as well.  I could make a list of dozens of games under the ‘What About…’ title but that’s futile, the list is out and the debate over what is more deserving is an absolute matter of opinion, of which we are all entitled.

We have got what we have got.  The biggest question then is – ‘Do you feel this is worth eight of your hard earned pound coins?’

So here we go – here is the long awaited list of games coming to the PlayStation Classic :

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Apple Hardware Event Coming to Brooklyn, New York on 30th October 2018

Apple October 2018 Hardware Event
Apple October 2018 Hardware Event

Invitations for the Apple October 2018 Event have been sent out.  It will happen on 30th October 2018 in Brooklyn, New York .

There’s more in the making.

The invitations this time are a little bit special (they always have hidden messages and clues as to what to expect).  This time though there are at least 18 individual art works for the invitations – a new one appearing each time the invitation reloads!

UPDATE : The previous estimate was grossly underestimated there are (so far) 370 confirmed unique designs!

See the end of this post for all the confirmed designs so far…

https://www.apple.com/apple-events/ – Just click Refresh to see an alternate art work!

Apple October 2018 Event Artwork
Apple October 2018 Event Artwork

So what should we expect?

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BaseQi SD Card Adapter Speed Test for MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro : 

As the owner of a MacBook Pro (which is an amazing bit of kit) I fall victim to the same downfall as most owners – the small internal SSD.  My MBP holds a mere 128Gb of internal built in storage.

MacBook Pro Early 2015 Specs
MacBook Pro Early 2015 Specs

Now that 128Gb storage is almost instant access – being a quick SSD.  When paired up with 8Gb of RAM and the 2.7GHz i5 machine it really is a very capable bit of kit – in fact most of this blog, associated photos and media all stem from this very machine.

But let’s be honest 128Gb is not enough.

But let’s be even more honest.  It isn’t a huge deal either.  With portable options now readily available, you can easily get 4TB in your pocket, 400Gb SD Cards are becoming more affordable £ / $ per Gb and you can even get super fast tiny and portable SSD drives which are amazing for rending video and other demanding tasks.

SanDisk 200Gb Micro SD Card
SanDisk 200Gb Micro SD Card

Personally I have always opted for a connected portable hard drive.  My drive of choice at the moment being a USB 3.0 2TB Seagate drive.  It is quick (as you will soon see), it is small, and it is plug and play.  I have the majority of my apps on it, all my games and store images on it that I won’t be using immediately.  

I keep it pretty clutter free and it means my storage issues – aren’t issues.

As far as SD cards go I always (from habit more than anything else) use a USB 3.0 card reader.  (The one I use is from Anker).  It means I can just pop the card out of my camera / GoPro / drone… whatever and have the media transferred quickly and hassle free on my terms.  I don’t like plugging in a device and having it tell me what image importer to use, or what editor, so with the Card Reader I import and use as I please.

If I am editing photos / video on the go I import them onto the Mac’s SSD, do what I need to do, then upload them or store them on the portable drive.  It is no doubt easier and quicker to run on the SSD, and it means if I am mobile I don’t need to worry about the portable drive and where to set it.  But then you reach the limiting factor of the maximum available space.

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Mous Limitless 2.0 Leather iPhone X Case Unboxing & Review

With this case I expand my Mous.co collection.  This time with the Mous Limitless 2.0 Leather iPhone X Case.

If you are a follower of this blog you will know that this is not my first mous.co case.  You will also know that I am a fan of their gear.  If you don’t you can read my review of the carbon fibre case and a few of the accessories here :

Mous Limitless iPhone X Case (Carbon Fibre) Unboxing & Review

Mous iPhone X Accessories Unboxing and Review

Disclosure : I purchased this Mous Limitless iPhone X Leather Case direct from Mous.co the review is my own as are my thoughts on the product.

Mous Limitless 2.0 Leather iPhone X Case

Rather than just regurgitate what I have already written about the Mous.co Carbon Fibre case please take a few moments and have a quick read of it.

The first comment I made in that review was about a missed shipping date and how this is only to be expected with cloud funding – glitches happen etc etc.  That point is no longer relevant.  We are now no longer in the cloud funding world, we are now buying off a well established business.  Shipping time was a couple of days and as you would now expect I had the case within the week.  

Things continue in this positive direction…

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Apple iPhone Xs / XR Wallpapers

iPhone XR Wallpaper Sample
iPhone XR Wallpaper Sample

With the arrival of iOS12 just mere hours away and the first deliveries of the iPhone Xs series less than a week away you could well be one of the lucky ones upgrading to the latest iDevice.

If, like me, you may not be planning to upgrade on this cycle – you may well like the idea of a facelift for your current phone and no better way to do that than the latest wallpaper.

Apple are renowned for their gorgeous wallpapers and this refresh is no different.  The wallpapers for the new iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are beautiful.  There is some dispute as to what the wallpapers actually depict, some claim they represent planetary surfaces, others that they are bubbles – the patterns coming from an oil type effect on the surface of said bubbles.  The latter being the theory that I am going for.

But it doesn’t stop there.  Of course the latest flagship iPhone is causing a lot of buzz on the tech front but what seems to be causing even more at the moment is the newly announced iPhone XR – the more modestly priced, LCD screened, single camera’d, and multi coloured iPhone XR.  With it comes a whole range of wallpapers each designed around the base colour of an iPhone XR.  These follow the same bubble theme and come with a single or double bubble variant.

iPhone XR Range
iPhone XR Range

So without further ado read on to see all the wallpapers that will be coming with the new range of iPhones and download your favourite.  All the images are full resolution so will work beautifully on whatever phone you currently use – your facelift awaits…

Keep scrolling… right to the bottom… there’s a link to download all wallpapers in a handy zip file (31.2Mb)

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The ‘follow blog by email’ option has been removed due to the EU Data Protection legislation coming into force on 25th May 2018.

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I will still be posting as frequently so please add the site to your ‘Bookmarks’ and keep checking back.

Thanks for your support over the years and ‘thanks’ to the EU for adding more regulations that will lead to the crippling of creativity online. Soon the internet will consist only of the sites that Brussels wants / allow us to see.

Mous iPhone X Accessories Unboxing and Review

Mous Limitless Accessories :

Disclosure : I purchased these Mous Limitless iPhone X Accessories direct from Mous.co the review is my own as are my thoughts on the product.

I have previously posted a review on the Mous Limitless Case 2.0 for iPhone X – you can find that review right here : Mous Limitless iPhone X Case (Carbon Fibre) Unboxing & Review

I am still currently using that very case and have been since writing the review.  I am still hugely impressed by it along with its build quality and durability.  No doubt it was expensive at the time but it still looks as new and despite being used daily there isn’t a mark on it.

Mous Limitless iPhone X Case
Mous Limitless 2.0 iPhone X Case

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Casio G-Shock GBA-800 Unboxing and Review (GBA-800-9AER)

Casio G-Shock GBA-800 Unboxing and Initial Review (GBA-800-9AER)

At CES 2018, Casio introduced two new G-Shock watches to its ever growing collection of tough timepieces. Known as the GBA-800 and GPR-B1000, both devices connect to the G-Shock Connected app to help track different metrics and information.

The relevant watch to this review is from G-Shock’s new G-Squad series, the GBA-800 — a hybrid fitness watch that you can adds a little bit of fitness tech to G-Shock’s already iconic style.  It comes in six different colour models – and of course the poster child for the series is the almost day-glo yellow (or is it green) model.

Using a built-in accelerometer the watch measures your daily steps along with your walking or running pace, the amount of steps you’ve taken will be displayed on the watch, both as a figure and a graphic.

So to wet your appetite here are a few of the promo shots released for the watch…

G-Shock GBA-800-9AER
G-Shock GBA-800-9AER
G-Shock GBA-800-9AER
G-Shock GBA-800-9AER

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Netflix Secret Content Codes : Find Exactly What You are Looking For – Quickly

Netflix Secret Content Codes :

Ever wondered what to watch on Netflix and got lost in a trailer loop or just got even more confused when presented with their recommendations?

Or have you ever sat down thinking I really fancy watching a ‘Social and Cultural Documentary’ this evening – but haven’t known where to start looking?

Well things are about to get a whole lot easier to find such specific shows genres that maybe just don’t appear in your timeline.

By making a small tweak to the Netflix URL, you will be able to unlock hyper-specific genres such as ‘mockumentories’ or Asian Action Movies and Screwball comedies.

To manually explore these categories usually hidden away by Netflix, simply enter the following URL:

http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/INSERTNUMBER

Then replace the “INSERTNUMBER” component of the URL with one of these codes to access the alternative genres :

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