Ring Alarm Review (& Unboxing)

Ring Alarm Review
Ring Alarm Review

Ring Alarm Review & Unboxing :

Price at time of Purchase : £239 for the seven piece set. If you are interested in Ring Devices read on for the TBNI Ring Alarm Review.

Ring are well know for their video doorbells that let you check on who is calling at your door from anywhere in the world in live time and even let you communicate with the caller. There are cheaper video doorbells but I think it is fair to say that Ring are the market leaders, but that is not all they do.

The Ring Security eco-system contains, indoor and outdoor cameras from simple what you see is what you get cameras to cameras with spotlights and even flood lights and sirens. They all work seamlessly with Smart Home Assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home – however unfortunately they have not crossed over into Apple’s HomeKit yet despite promises and teasers for the last couple of years.

The App :

All Ring Devices are managed under the Ring App which does a pretty decent job of letting your organise your devices however you wish and letting you check the view from any of them with a few simple clicks. It all works well.

Pricing :

But this well working doesn’t come without a price, thankfully that price is pretty reasonable, for example an annual subscription for the Ring Video Door Bell is £25, and for £80 you get a year’s subscription for as many Ring Devices as you own. For me that £80 subscription covers the doorbell, an outdoor camera and the newly (end of 2019 in the UK) released Ring Alarm. (You can buy and use the alarm with no subscription but then there is no notifications sent outside of the app should the alarm be activated.

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The Future of Irish Road Racing is in the Balance

I am going to ‘Stickie’ this post until around the start of the Season because I think all road racing fans need to read and share it. The future of Irish Road Racing is in the balance and that balance is slowing tipping the wrong way!

It is relatively bleak reading, but it raises some very valid points. In 2020 we have definitely lost the Enniskillen Road Races with that event opting to relocate to a circuit. Also the Ulster Grand Prix looks very like it will not have a 2020 event – its future beyond that looks grim if the rumoured figures of debt are even remotely true and Cookstown have went on record saying that another bad year or two will put their event in real jeopardy.

Does motorcycle road racing on public roads in Ireland have a future?

2019 Ulster Grand Prix
2019 Ulster Grand Prix

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Mous Clarity Case for iPhone 11 Pro Review

Disclosure : I purchased this Mous Clarity iPhone 11 Case direct from Mous.co the review is my own as are my thoughts on the product.

Mous Limitless 3.0 Case Review : http://tbni.blog/2019/09/30/mous-limitless-3-0-case-for-iphone-11-pro-review/

If you start off by reading the above post you will see that I was already using a Mous case for my iPhone 11 Pro and in fact you will learn that I have been using Mous cases for quite some time.

They are great. Well designed offering superb protection but with a form factor that isn’t offensive and they are made with a variety of stunning materials from leather to walnut to carbon fibre.

There is a lot to like.

However I also wanted something a little different. For that difference I chose a slickwraps skin – actually one from their retro range, being a child of the 80s I love retro and they have a great range of retro Apple skins…

Slickwraps Apple Retro Skins
Slickwraps Apple Retro Skins

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Apple Watch Series 5 Case : RhinoShield CrashGuard NX

If you are looking for an Apple Watch Series 5 Case there are two real options.

  1. Spigen’s Apple Watch Range
  2. RhinoShield’s Apple Watch CrashGuard NX Range

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.

Apple Watch Series 2 Spigen Tough Armour Case

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.

RhinoShield CrashGuard NX : Camo Green

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Apple Watch Nike Series 5 44mm : Unboxing

Apple Watch Nike Series 5 44mm
Apple Watch Nike Series 5 44mm :

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?

Apple Watch Nike Series 2
Apple Watch Nike Series 2

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Mous Limitless 3.0 Case for iPhone 11 Pro Review

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.

iPhone 11 Range - The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro & iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone 11 Range – The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro & iPhone 11 Pro Max
  1. The naming of this generation of iPhone is absolutely shambolic.
  2. 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.

This isn’t a review on the iPhone 11 though.

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2019 Isle of Man TT Race Day 1 : 03/06/2019 : Results

A few days late but 3rd June 2019 finally brought racing to the 2019 TT Races. A jammed schedule was planned as a result of the weather that has hampered this years event, but it really did line up well. A racing fan’s dream of a full day’s double session of racing.

TT2019 Schedule 3rd June 2019

After a couple of delays – one off track medical emergency then an uncooperative ‘fan’ things got underway.

Due to time constraints the originally planned 6 lap race was shorted to 4 laps.

Conor Cummins started things of followed by Dean Harrison. Harrison was in the lead by Glen Helen and had caught up with Cummins by the Mountain Road. Deano lapped at 132.47mph – the fastest lap of 2019.

Peter Hickman was on form too and was quickly second on adjusted time, and things were looking like it was going to be another epic duel between Hicky and Harrison. Deano was flying and by Ballagh Bridge on lap 2 Harrison was 4.841s ahead of Hicky. This all changed on the Mountain Road and the route down to pits and by the time of the planned pit stop Hicky was 1.782 seconds ahead. A lead which he held onto.

On the same stretch of the road Conor Cummins took the lead on the road again from Harrison which he later explained was some sort of power / throttle issue with his bike.

Unfortunately on lap 2 of this superbike race the red flag was brought out with the tragic death of rider Daley Mathison.

The race to this point was declared a result with Peter Hickman taking the win, Dean Harrison was second and Conor Cummins third.

John McGuiness on his Norton retired at the end of lap 1 citing low oil pressure as the problem. Irish rider Derek McGee also retired at the end of lap one.

The bike riden by Hicky was a hybrid – mostly Superstock, with a few superbike add-ons. The system clearly worked!

RST Superbike Race – Results

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Metzeler Tourance : Long Term Review

Metzeler Tourence Long Term Review
Metzeler Tourance Long Term Review

When I got my 2010 BWM R1200GS Adventure (in September 2016) it came with the stock tyres (I believe they were an optional extra – but they were fitted by BMW Motorrad) – a pair of Continental TKC80. Basically they are ‘knobblies.’

That’s fine, ‘knobblies’ have a very real purpose, but let’s be honest most R1200GSA riders don’t need them – note I said most. If we are being even more honest I also think it is safe to presume that most customers who put these on their R1200GSA are doing so cosmetically – they look cool. Again, note I said most.

I hated them.

They were noisy, bumpy and (for me) I felt they really lacked grip which meant I lacked confidence on the tarmac. I have no doubt if you were on something a little less solid than road worthy tarmac then they would excel, but for mainly road use – they simply were not for me.

I concede that they look cool, but I am well past the stage of wanting a tyre that looks cool – I just want it to stick really nicely to what is underneath that tyre – for me that is 95% tarmac.

So the first thing I did was change them and I opted for a set of Metzeler Tourance.

Continental TKC80 v Metzeler Tourence on a BMW R1200GSA
Continental TKC80 v Metzeler Tourance on a BMW R1200GSA

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Halide Camera App – Alternative iOS Camera App : Review

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.

2019 Tandragee 100 native iPhone X Camera
2019 Tandragee 100 native iPhone X Camera

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Apple Watch Series 4 : ECG App Now Available in the UK (& others)

Apple ECG App Available in the UK
Apple ECG App Available in the UK

You can finally use the Apple Watch Series 4 ECG tracker in the UK :

Maybe after reading my review on the March 25 2019 Keynote Speech and how it was pretty much pointless for the UK, Apple have went a long way in my eyes of winning the UK back into the Fold.

The ECG App has been available in the US since December 2018, and today Apple have pushed out the App to the UK and Europe – woop woop!

Now, as a result of Apple gaining a CE mark for the ECG app and irregular rhythm notifications, a certificate applied to products intended for sale in the European Economic Area, UK users should be able to do the same. It also marks the latest move in the technology company’s increasing interest in health apps and data. As you can now find quality heart rate sensors in a vast array of wearables, the inclusion of a proper ECG is a key differentiator for Apple’s smartwatch, though even here others are offering now similar tech (most recently Withings’s Move entered the ECG space, for example).

This really is amazing news for UK Apple Watch wearers and leaves me in a horrible position!  I was just about to pull the plug on a pair of AirPods – but now I totally want to upgrade from my Series 2 Apple Watch.

It’ll probably have to be the latter!  Cue a trip to the Apple Store tomorrow!

The good news for early adopters of the wearable is that the watchOS update will also allow those with older generation Apple Watches not sporting the new sensors to identify signs of atrial fibrillation (AFib), a condition identified by a rapid or irregular heartbeat that can lead to heart complications. The feature is available in 19 European countries, including France, Germany, Italy and Spain, as well as here in the UK.

Go to the Watch App on your iPhone to get the update now.  Like right now!

Check out the Apple Watch Series 4 here : https://www.apple.com/uk/apple-watch-series-4/health/