Casio G-Shock Gorillaz Collaboration : Released November / December 2018 :

Casio G-Shock X Gorillaz
Casio G-Shock X Gorillaz

2018 marks the 35th anniversary of Casio G-Shock and one of the final releases of a year full to bursting of collaborations – is the G-Shock Gorillaz Collab.

Consisting of 4 watches, (one of each member of the virtual group) we are brought 3 DW5600 variants and one GX56 ‘KING’.  This Collab was highly advertised on social media for many months prior to its release and the result was a set of watches in huge demand that was highly limited in numbers.

The official press releases consistently refer to only ‘1000 pieces’ but there is some confusion as to whether this is 1000 pieces of each watch, or 250 of each giving a total number of pieces to 1000.  I remember the Casio website referenceing 250 of each variant, but the pages have since been removed in relation to the individual models.

I have reached out to Casio for clarification but as yet their Support people have not answered my rather simple question…

With so much publicity and so few pieces the result was, basically chaos.

The Casio website was brought to its knees almost instantly.  The lucky few got their orders placed and confirmed – the release was done in two parts 15/11/2018 for the Murdoc and 2-D variants and 15/12/2018 for the Noodle and Russel Hobbs and preorders were initially available on 15/11/2018 for phase 2.

Casio G-Shock X Gorillaz
Casio G-Shock X Gorillaz

Then Armageddon – the website collapsed and no more orders / preorders were accepted.  Casio promised an online option for phase 2, this never materialised and the only option for the Noodle and Russel Hobbs variants in the UK were in store in London.  Only London.

I was one of the lucky few managing to secure both releases online, and both have now been delivered.

Forgetting about the absolute carnage that was the release, everything else is positive.  The quality is good, the printing on the bands seems long lasting and hard wearing.  The rear plates of the watch are beautifully engraved with the silhouettes of the band members and the watch faces themselves are discreet enough without being understanded and not gaudy enough to be ‘in your face.’  A genuinely good design that when initially revealed seemed a bit ‘meh’ – like ‘is that it?  Surely you could have done more?’  The designs work well and do need to be seen in the flesh to be truly appreciated.

Overall – a really nice collaboration, that was so well marketed it is easily one of the most sought after collections I have seen in a number of years.  It did break the Casio website after all!  IF you are lucky enough to have the set – well done you, if not act fast as I reckon it will only get more desirable!

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Mous Limitless 2.0 Walnut iPhone X Case Unboxing & Review

My Mous collection continues to grow!

Disclosure : I purchased this Mous Limitless iPhone X Leather Case direct from Amazon the review is my own as are my thoughts on the product.

One year ago (to the very day) I posted my first review on my first Mous product – the Limitless 2.0 Carbon Fibre Case for the iPhone X : Mous Limitless iPhone X Case (Carbon Fibre) Unboxing & Review

From there in March 2018 I bought the leather folio case and card wallet, of which you can read my thoughts here : Mous iPhone X Accessories Unboxing and Review

Then in September 2018 I added the Mous Limitless 2.0 Leather iPhone X Case to my collection and you can read about that one here : Mous Limitless 2.0 Leather iPhone X Case Unboxing & Review

So a year later and I got my third Mous Limitless 2.0 case this time deciding to go for the real wood (Walnut) finish.  So a year and three cases later then surely Mous must be doing something right, right?  Right!

Mous Limitless 2.0 Walnut iPhone X Case
Mous Limitless 2.0 Walnut iPhone X Case

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Apple Music on an Amazon Echo from 17th December 2018

The great news Apple & Amazon Echo / Alexa users have wanted for what seems like eternity has arrived!

As an Apple Music subscriber, a HomePod user, and having an Echo, numerous Echo Dots and an Echo Spot splattered about the house, all I can say is ‘Finally!’

Apple and Amazon have just announced that Apple Music will launch on Echo devices beginning the week of December 17.  In a blog post, Amazon explains that Apple Music subscribers will be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artist, playlists, Beats1 radio stations, and albums, all through an Echo speaker.

One example they give is the command, “Alexa, play Bebe Rexha on Apple Music.”

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

The integration will launch as an Apple Music skill that will need to be enabled within the Alexa app, where users will also be able to link their account to start listening to Apple Music on an Echo speaker. Apple Music will join the ranks of a few other music streaming services already supported on Echo, including Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Pandora.

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Flickr Goes Premium – Another image hosting upheaval on route.

Flickr Goes Premium
Flickr Goes Premium

UPDATE : 05/12/2018 : I have managed to bring my image count to under 1000 on the Flickr platform.  That should mean the rest of the galleries are safe, however I will be moving them all off Flickr.  Their unbelievable greed has made them a non-entity of a platform to me.  Good luck to all who continue to use it, but honestly there are alternatives!

Flickr 1000 image limit
Flickr 1000 image limit

First it was Photobucket – now Flickr has went down the pay to use model and has DOUBLED its prices from its previous Pro Option.

That puts it out of my price band – and means I need to find an alternative.

Remember this is not a commercial blog and is funded from my own pocket.

After a couple of days of testing and setting it up I believe I have got it so that I can link Google Photos Galleries into my posts.  Hopefully.  Please Google – stay blog friendly!  Please!

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Casio G-Shock Mudmaster : GWG-100-1AER : Unboxing & Review

G-Shock Mudmaster : GWG-100-1AER :

The Casio G-Shock Mudmaster Range is probably one of the most popular series of the G-Shock range at the moment.

There are three distinct variants of this ‘Master of G’ Series ;

  1.  Mudmaster GWG-1000
  2.  Mudmaster GG-1000
  3. Mudmaster GWG-100

The Mudmaster GWG-1000 :

Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GWG-1000
Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GWG-1000

The Mudmaster GG-1000 :Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GG-1000

The Mudmaster GWG-100 :

Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GWG-100
Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GWG-100

So what’s the difference?  And what one is for you?

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AirPress TomBow Pen Review

Airpress TomBow Pen
Airpress TomBow Pen

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?

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Apple Special Event : 30th October 2018

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.

Apple Event - October 2018
Apple Event – October 2018

First we were welcomed to New York in typical style – as it happens I also happens I like New York!

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PlayStation Classic : Confirmed Games List

PlayStation Classic
PlayStation Classic

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 :

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Apple Hardware Event Coming to Brooklyn, New York on 30th October 2018

Apple October 2018 Hardware Event
Apple October 2018 Hardware Event

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…

https://www.apple.com/apple-events/ – Just click Refresh to see an alternate art work!

Apple October 2018 Event Artwork
Apple October 2018 Event Artwork

So what should we expect?

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BaseQi SD Card Adapter Speed Test for MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro : 

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.

MacBook Pro Early 2015 Specs
MacBook Pro Early 2015 Specs

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.

SanDisk 200Gb Micro SD Card
SanDisk 200Gb Micro SD Card

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.

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