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!
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:
The Great Light
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.
‘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.
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 :
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!
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.
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 :
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.
Following on from the huge success of the first ever (and 20th birthday celebration of Lush!) Lush! Classical – this year things got bigger, louder and longer!With the capacity raising from 5000 to 10,000 people – every seat in the house being sold and the Ulster Orchestra increasing their set size to 90 minutes the result was outstanding.
10,000 clubbers were fully entertained – and not by a DJ, but by an orchestra who were busting out Classic Dance track after Classic Dance track – it was amazing!
If you weren’t there, why not?If you were no doubt you’ll be there next year too!
Well done to the Ulster Orchestra and Lush!
This video in no way does the event justice, however it will hopefully give you a little taster of what an amazing event it was! If you where there then hopefully it will be a reminder of the night – See you in 2018!