Amazon Alexa now Supporting Apple Music in the UK

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!

Apple Music is coming to Amazon Echo Devices
Apple Music is coming to Amazon Echo Devices

Read the original TBNI.Blog Post here:

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Hello Maritime Mile, Belfast

Hello Maritime Mile
Hello Maritime Mile

#HelloMaritimeMile Press Release :

Previously silent objects are waking up and looking for someone to chat to!

Date: 4 Feb 2019 – 17 Mar 2019
Time: Any time that takes your fancy between the above dates.
Venue: From Donegall Quay, Belfast to Queen’s Road, Belfast

Objects along the stretch known as Maritime Mile in Belfast are ‘waking up’, and anyone with a mobile phone can strike up a conversation and hear what they have to say!

Starting at the Big Fish at Donegall Quay, people will be able to interact by text with a range of well-known maritime landmarks, finishing at the HMS Caroline at Alexandra Dock. Key ‘objects’ include:

Big Fish
Belfast Harbour
SS Nomadic
Titanic Belfast
The Great Light
HMS Caroline
The project aims engage both visitors and residents of the city to learn more about the notable landmarks that are located along the scenic riverside stretch, as well as have some fun.

Background

‘Hello Maritime Mile’ is a pilot ‘Smart Cities’ project between Belfast City Council, Titanic Foundation, Tourism NI, Ulster University and Hello Lamp Post. It will run for six weeks until St Patrick’s Day (17 March). See our St Patrick’s Day events.

How to play

1. Find an object
Look out for an object signposted with the yellow branding.

2. Say ‘Hello’
Send a text to 028 250 222 55 in this format:
“Hello” plus object name e.g. “Hello Big Fish”

3. You’ll soon get a reply!
Chat with the object to learn some fun facts and hear other peoples’ stories.

Please note, standard network rates apply and all messages are anonymous.

See the original article here : https://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-101787.aspx

Information from DiscoverNorthernIReland Website : https://discovernorthernireland.com/things-to-do/activities/tours-and-itineraries/maritime-mile2/

The Hastag : #HelloMaritimeMile :

Make sure to use the hashtag #HelloMaritimeMile and upload you best snaps to Instagram and Twitter.

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/hellomaritimemile/

Twitter : https://twitter.com/search?q=hellomaritimemile

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Bumblebee Movie – A 1 Minute Review

Bumblebee Movie
Bumblebee Movie

As a huge fan of Transformers when the trailer dropped for an origin movie for Bumblebee it would be fair to say I was excited.

The movie was released and off I zipped to the cinema.

Movie Synopsis :

“On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.”

I don’t like to read too much about movies before I see them, but one preview I did read stated this :

“The perfect blend of action, heart and humour.”

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Playstation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition Pre-Order Problems : Do NOT Buy from the eBay Scalpers!

Say NO to the eBay Scalpers. It is the only way to beat them.
Say NO to the eBay Scalpers. It is the only way to beat them.

Playstation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition Pre-Order Problems: If you are a keen gamer there is a good chance you found yourself in the position hundreds of us found ourselves yesterday and today.  That is without a Sony Playstation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition Console.

  • What is a Sony Playstation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition?

Basically it is a special edition Playstation 4 Pro that celebrates the fact that Sony have now sold 500,000,000 Playstation consoles.  They have limited this edition to a mere 50,000 units globally making it actually pretty limited.  Limited of course means desirable to gamers, and unfortunately desirable to gamers means desirable to scalpers, or as I will refer to them from this point onwards – scumbags.

  • What’s so special about it?

To be honest thats a difficult question.  You can regularly and easily pick up a PS4 Pro for about £300 in a bundle.  This edition is £450, but comes with a camera, an upgraded 2TB hard drive and is housed in an awesome looking translucent blue case, each one individually numbered.  If you don’t understand the appeal then this probably isn’t the article for you and you’d be best just moving on to the next one.  If you do get it, or at least think you get it, have a look at this – I’m sure you will agree it is special!

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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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NI Motorcycle Festival 2018 (MotorcycleFest) : Eikon Centre, Lisburn

The 2018 Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival (MotorcycleFest) ran at the Eikon Centre, Lisburn from Friday 2nd February 2018 – Sunday 4th February 2018.  The event has been running at the Eikon Centre since 2016 and seems to be going from strength to strength.

So what’s it like?

Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival 2018
Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival 2018

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8Bitdo N30 Pro Wireless Bluetooth Controller – Unboxing and Review

Read on for Step by Step Instructions on Updating the Firmware on the 8BitDo N30 Pro for Mac / PC.

Having got my RetroPie rig up and running I was thoroughly enjoying some retro arcade action.  I had everything from an Atari to a NeoGeo, with 1000s of games from my youth all ready to go with the push of a button on my TV.

One thing felt wrong though and that was the controller.  I was using a wired xBox / Windows controller.  It worked well, plugged it in and it just worked as it should but it just felt wrong.  Playing Streets of Rage on a modern xBox controller just didn’t capture the feel.  It still played well, it is still an epic retro game, but I’m sure you get what I mean?

Then I decided to change the controller and started looking for an alternative.  One that would work well, feel good and actually capture the feel of these older style games.  I did a lot of reading on Amazon reviews as well as other sites and they all pointed me towards one brand – 8BitDo.

They have a wide range of controllers and accessories – as you can see mostly geared towards the Nintendo feel of things :

8BitDo Range of Controllers
8BitDo Range of Controllers

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Raspberry Pi – Retro Gaming Set up – Step 2

Raspberry Pi Logo

Thanks to Amazon Prime and the Next Day Delivery – everything arrived right on time for me to spend the most of yesterday setting up the Raspberry Pi and playing games that were just a distant memeory.  To be fair though the setting up was a minor aspect of the day.  It took about 10 mins to open the package, build the Raspberry Pi and have it sitting ready for it’s memory card to tell it what to do!  It is really that *easy.*

*easy* – truthfully there are a few stumbling blocks but I will post up a couple of videos at the end of this post that covers the tricky bits very well.

Raspberry Pi - What you will need for a RetroPie Setup
Raspberry Pi – What you will need for a RetroPie Setup

Samsung Evo Micro SD Cards
Samsung Evo Micro SD Cards

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#GAWA : Good Luck Northern Ireland

Flag of Northern Ireland

Irish Football Association
Irish Football Association

Tonight Northern Ireland take on Switzerland in Belfast in the first of their World Cup Qualifiers for Russia 2018.  The away leg being on Sunday 12th November 2017.

I just want to wish the Team the very best of luck – Let’s Do This! #DareToDream #GAWA #WeAreNotBrazilWeAreNorthernIreland

Let me say it again : #DareToDream

 

 

Northern Ireland Football
Northern Ireland Football