As a user of a Fisher Space Pen since about 1996 (and still having my original Fisher Space [Bullet] Pen) I was really intrigued when I read about the AirPress TomBow Pen.
Then as I read the reviews I noticed some pretty big claims were being made, the main one catching my interest being that the AirPress TomBow was a…
“Fisher Space Pen Killer.”
Personally I use a full size Fisher Space Pen every day. I also carry a Titanium Bullet Space Pen in my wallet so I always have a pen with me, and it is always a Fisher Space Pen.
Now they are not cheap. My full size pen was about £35 (they start at about £15 for a ‘Cap-o-matic’) and go into hundreds of pounds for Limited and Special Editions. My Titanium Bullet Pen came in at about £40, but in saying that in over 20 years of daily use I have never had a Space Pen let me down.
So how would a £6.50 alternative compare – would it actually be a Space Pen Killer?
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.
First we were welcomed to New York in typical style – as it happens I also happens I like New York!
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 :
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…
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.
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.
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.
Following on from the analog G-Shock GBA-800 Casio have released a digital variant, the GBD-800, of their fitness tracking, step counting, bluetooth tough watch.
Press Release :
The following press release is taken from GShock.com :
DOVER, NEW JERSEY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 – Today, Casio G-SHOCK unveils the latest additions to the Men’s Power Trainer Series with the release of the GBD800. Available in two color ways of black with red accents (GBD800-1) and black with neon green accents (GBD800-8), the models are compatible with the G-SHOCK Connected app and include new technical features such as a re-designed full digital display and phone finder function through Bluetooth Mobile Link.
The models come on the heels of the analog-digital GBA800, which was released earlier this year in partnership with U.S. Olympian and G-SHOCK brand ambassador Louie Vito. Geared towards athletes and active individuals, the GBD800 features a step tracker function that breaks down daily steps taken in five metabolic equivalent levels (MET) – all of which are displayed in a graph via the G-SHOCK Connected app.
The watch also boasts a work-out timer with up to five intervals and an updated digital display of three different rows to easily track fitness progress. Toggling between modes, the top display showcases a step graph and lap number, while the mid display showcases time and the bottom display showcases the total number of laps and steps.
Other key features include a built-in stopwatch with 200-record memory, an auto super illuminator LED light, target alarm and auto time update capabilities. Each model also comes equipped with standard G-SHOCK technology such as:
200M water resistance and shock resistance
5 daily alarms
1/100th stopwatch and countdown timer
The GBD800-1 and GBD800-8 will retail at $99 and will be available for purchase beginning in October 2018 at G-SHOCK retailers including Macy’s, the G-SHOCK Soho Store, and
Europeans are even more lucky – the basics of the press release remains the same but we get much broader colour ways with some pretty awesome options in there over the US’ black and green and black and red.
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 :
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.
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.
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.
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)