Apple TV+ launched on 1st November 2019, and if you purchased an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod Touch or Mac (iMac, MacBook Air / Pro, iMac etc) after 10th September 2019 then you will be eligible for an Apple TV+ 1 Year Free Trial!
NOTE : You only have a limited time to take up this offer. I believe that limited time is 3 months so do not hang about too long.
However some users are reporting that when they go into their Apple TV app on their device it seems to only be offering 7 days of a trial – then the billing starts at £4.99 / month.
There is a very easy work around for this issue (I was one such user who experienced this).
I previously had a Spigen Tough Armour Case on my Apple Watch Series 2. It was on there from Day 1 until I sold it around 3 years later. When the case was removed the Apple Watch was as new. I wore it to work, in the gym, day to day and it preformed flawllessly. It gave the Apple Watch a sort of G-Shock vibe, and offered good protector for daily use. It proved itself well and I had no hesitation in buying another when I bought my Apple Watch Series 5.
But this isn’t a review of the Spigen Tough Armour, it is a review for the RhinoShield CrashGuard NX.
One question you may have is if it works why change it?
Well it (the Spigen Tough Armour) certainly does work. But I had been wearing it for years, I wanted a change. I started looking around and after a bit of browsing I found the RhinoShield product. It looked nice and the fact that it was customisable appealed to me. So that was why I decided to try something new.
The first port of call was Amazon and with Prime the following day a RhinoShield CrashGuard NX arrived.
D’Oh! I had managed to order the wrong colour. Thinking I had ordered black when in actual fact I had ordered Camo Green.
MacOS 10.15 Catalina : How to Find 32 Bit Apps : Since MacOS 10.13 Apple have been warning users that 32 Bit Apps are on the way out. Well, with the release of MacOS 10.15 Catalina that time is now.
So before you upgrade you really should test what is going to stop working. At least then you can make the decision to go ahead with the upgrade or wait a while and see if the App Developer releases a 64 Bit update. Although to be fair – they have had enough warning so probably should have already done so! Don’t give up though, some lazy developers are still releasing updates.
Personally I have upgraded my MacBook Pro and not my iMac. I’m impressed with Catalina and would love to upgrade my iMac too however I can’t bear to loose Cannon Fodder, Theme Park, Sim City 4 and a few other classic games. Everything else that hasn’t bothered with updating – well I’m happy enough to move on without them, no doubt better alternatives are already out there.
Two programs of note that are a potential sticking point for many are :
1. Microsoft Office 2011 – this is not compatible and upgrading to Catalina will force you onto the Office 365 Subscription model.
2. Aperture : Apple’s own image software will no longer work with MacOS Catalina.
The Apple Watch Series 5 has been out for a couple of weeks now however the Nike edition of the watch only became available on 4th October 2019.
Having had a Apple Watch Nike Series 2 for a few years I thought it was time to upgrade. The Series 2 was still going strong, the battery was lasting all day and it was in great nick having been housed in a case with a screen protector for its entire life. So the question then is – why upgrade?
Disclosure : I purchased this Mous Limitless 3.0 iPhone 11 Pro Walnut Case direct from Mous.co the review is my own as are my thoughts on the product.
It is officially new iPhone season and this year we have three choices to go for, namely the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Now two things have been agreed across the tech world.
The naming of this generation of iPhone is absolutely shambolic.
The camera setup is ground breaking. Other phones have been there before the iPhone without doubt, but this year Apple have nailed it. They have taken what others have tried, improved on it, then bettered it a little more and made it ‘just work’ – as they do. If you aren’t aware I am referring to Night Mode.
I was never planning on upgrading my iPhone X I was more than happy to aim for and get a third year out it. Then I made the mistake of watching some previews, reviews and the iPhone 11 keynote. Needless to say I was walking into the Apple Store on 20th September 2019 to pick up my new iPhone 11 Pro 256 GB.
Apple have just announced the September Special Event to be held on 10th Sept 2019 at the Steve Jobs Theatre. Expect : new iPhone(s) 📱 , a 16” MacBook (Pro) 💻, new Apple Watch ⌚️, and hopefully ‘something else’ #AppleEventpic.twitter.com/7C4Mji6KRE
Having recently been restricted to using only my iPhone at a couple of motorcycle road races I found the native iOS Camera App lacking. Thankfully I found the Halide Camera App.
Until this point I had tried a few iOS Camera apps but always found myself going back to the original iOS Camera. ‘It just worked.’ It was handy, wasn’t full of fluff – a proper point and shoot experience, which to be fair is probably what 99% of camera phone users need 99% of the time.
Generally for motorcycle racing events I would have used my Panasonic TZ80 or Cannon DSLR – the ability for a fast shutter is obvious when motorcycles scream past you at speeds I could only guess.
For reasons outside of my control I found myself at the 2019 Cookstown 100, and 2019 Tandragee 100 road races with only my iPhone X. It was instantly apparent that the native iOS app was not going to produce images that were in anyway usable for me – I should be more specific – the native iOS was not going to produce images of the racing and moving motorcycles that were in anyway usable.
Today, finally you can now change your PSN (PS4) username. So for all of us gamers that have been rocking a username that we have had from our youth we can now mature it up a touch.
However, be warned, it all isn’t good news. The first change is free, but subsequent changes will cost you.
A PSN+ Member will be charged £3.99 for each change after the first.
A Non-PSN+ Member will be charged £7.99 for each change after the first.
Not only that, the changes will only work on PS4 :
PS3, PS Vita and PS/TV games and apps do not support the online ID change feature
Then the really bad news. Some games will simply not play nicely with username changes – a few of particular note are Grand Theft Auto V, Little Big Planet 3 and Just Dance 2017.
“All PS4 games originally published on or after April 1, 2018 have been developed to support the online ID change feature. However, since they have not all been specifically tested with the feature, we cannot guarantee that they will support it. For more details and information, we encourage you to refer to the list of tested games before making a change to your online ID. Do keep in mind that the large majority of most actively played PS4 games support the feature.”
Before you change anything you really should have a look at this post from Sony which details all known issues, ranging from minor to ‘critical.’ Eek!
Some of the issues that can arise include losing “progress within games, including game saved data, leaderboard data, and progress towards Trophies”, your previous Online ID remaining visible to you and other players, parts of games not functioning properly “both online and offline”.
Sony says that you also “may lose access to content (including paid-for content) that you may have acquired for your games including content like add-ons and virtual currency”.
However, the company claims that that reverting back to your old ID should resolve most issues that arise.
The USA have had Apple Music support on their Amazon Alexa / Echo devices since 17th December 2018. In the UK (& Ireland) we had to wait, but that wait is now over and the good news is Amazon Alexa / Echo is now supporting Apple Music in the UK and Ireland!