Review : Tech21 Impact Clear Rear Case for Apple iPad Pro 10.5

Disclosure : I purchased this case direct from the Apple Store for £59.95 (GBP), the review is my own as are my thoughts on the product. 

With that said let me say I am a huge fan of Tech21 and the gear they put out.  I have a Tech21 case on both my iPad Mini (2nd Gen) and my iPhone 7 Plus – both are still in perfect condition and their Tech21 cases have kept them looking effectively unused.  It was then a no brainer for me that I would use a Tech21 case for my iPad Pro 10.5.

Off I trotted to the Apple Store in Belfast and picked up the Tech 21 Impact Clear (Rear) Case – costing a whopping £59.95 (GBP).

Prior to this I was using a : MoKo Case for iPad Pro 10.5http://amzn.eu/3umECES (NOT AN AFFILIATE LINK).

The Moko Case was great – a bargain in fact, however it wasn’t Smart Keyboard compatible.  I had purchased a Smart Keyboard so needed a case that would work with it.

So along came the Tech21 Impact Clear (Rear) Case :

Tech21 Impact Clear (Rear) Case
Tech21 Impact Clear (Rear) Case

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iOS 9.1 now available – Activates Apple News App for the UK

If you live in the UK, are an Apple user and have updated your gear to iOS9 you have probably been left wondering where on Earth is this news app I heard all about?

Apple released it to the US in iOS9 but to ensure it worked, allegedly, the rest of the world had to wait. (Workarounds did exist such as changing your phone’s region). 

Well now the wait is officially over. Download and install iOS9.1 and you will be greater by that nice new shiny News app sitting right there on your homescreen!
  

Add iCloud Drive to your Home Screen on iOS9

Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9
Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9
Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9

If you use iOS9 and iCloud, it is really easy to have the icon for your iCloud Drive pop up on your home screen, just follow these simple steps and enjoy some easy App convenience.

  1.  Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. In Settings select iCloud.
Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9
Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 93.  If you are already logged in to your iCloud account you will see the account name and how much storage you have left. Select  to continue.

3.  If you are already logged in to your iCloud account you will see the account name and how much storage you have left. Select iCloud Drive to continue.

Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9
Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9

4.  Flick on the Show in Home Screen option…

Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9
Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9

5.  Job Done, check out your Home Screen, it is there!

Turtle Beach Ear Force Shadow UnBoxing

I have never been one for earphones whilst gaming, however the guys that are say that there is simply no comparison to gaming with a decent set of ‘cans’ as opposed to a television speaker set up or a basic 2.1 system. Then when you start to move into good 5.1 systems you may be unfortunate enough then that your house, or worse your neighbours’ house starts to shake when stuff starts exploding on screen. It is this point that a good gaming head set starts to come into its own.

For me I have taken the plunge with a mid range set of headphones, namely ‘Turtle Beach Ear Force Shawdow.’ I have been on the lookout for such a set of headphones for a while but was always put off by the price tag. When these came up in a recent flash sale that was effectively saying, ‘Here you go chum, take these and male a small donation to our store,’ it was simply impossible to say no! (Oh and they are PS4 compatible!)

Here is what Turtle Beach have to say about this set. At the time of writing the price is £79.99 GBP.

Turtle Beach Ear Force Shadow

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Flipboard : Your Social news Magazine Updated to v2.0

Flopboard, everyone’s favourite iOS App has been updated to version 2.0 and along with the nice new version number we get an impressive list of new features.

If you don’t know what Flipboard is you need a good shake but obviously that’s not going to happen so a brief explanation will have to suffice.

Flipboard is basically a magazine that you make and control by selecting your interests such as tech, motors, news, nature, photography and so on. You can also link in your favourite social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Flipboard then pulls all the latest news from your feeds and interests from across the web, categorises them for you within the app presenting them in a user friendly and intuitive manner, giving you your own tailored interactive magazine.

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2013 : Apple Rumours Already?

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Today is only the first day back to work for the majority of the world after the Christmas break.

Even so, having been doing a little bit of light browsing on the net the rumour mill is already going mental with predictions of what Apple will be throwing out to us this year.

To save you the trouble of checking out all these rumours at such an early stage here is the summary.

Lets see how many of them turn true over the next 12 months.

1. iPad Mini with retina display (99% likely).
2. iPhone 5s (40% likely).
3. iPhone 6 (59% likely).
4. Coloured next gen iPhones (65% likely).
5. iOS7 (99% likely).
6. iPad 5 (99% likely).
7. Some AppleTV upgrade. Most likely a huge upgrade.
8. A6 processor. (99% likely. Also 99% likely that Samsung won’t be making it).
9. Different iPhone screen sizes. (10% likely).

Hopefully this little list will quench your thirst for rumours. I’m interested in watching how they develop.

HOW TO : Moving iPhone / iPad / iPod Backups to an external drive

If Santa has just brought you a nice new shiny SSD or you are running out of space on your HDD / SSD and are disgusted by how much space is actually used on backups of your iDevices you need this guide, it could save you gigs of space and is pretty easy to sort out!

The simple fact is we all need backups, but why not put them someone you want it to be instead of cluttering up vital space.

Read moreHOW TO : Moving iPhone / iPad / iPod Backups to an external drive

iPhone ‘5s’ getting ready for an early launch?

iPhone 5s on route?
iPhone 5s on route?

The internet rumour mill is now rife with chatter that the ‘iPhone 5s’ is getting ready for release!  The iPhone 5 is still like gold dust in many stores, so is it likely that an 5s will be in development and ready for testing so soon?

After the ‘new iPad’, and then the ‘iPad with Retina Display’ I think it is more than possible in fact I’d go as far as saying likely!

This extract pulled from the web pretty much says it all…

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Apple iPad Mini…Has arrived.

Today is the day Apple bring out their small tablet onto the market, and I want one!

But do I?

This is the problem you see, I have a ‘New iPad’ which is also getting binned today for an ‘iPad with Retina Display’ (which mine has anyway) but hoo ha, can I justify an iPad mini.

Yes it would be nice to have, but with the Nexus 7 on the market, currently at £199 for a 32Gb model, and a Blackberry Playbook 64Gb sitting at £129 it is a big decision for what will ultimately be a pocket browser, but then surely my iPhone 5 handles that?

The market is flooded and tech heads like me are funding it!

Time to go and do some research, in Apples favour all my apps will work and it will just slide on nicely with everything else, in Nexus favour I want to give android a go and in Blackberry’s favour I could buy 2 and have 8 (EIGHT!!) times the amount of storage!

Researching…

iPad - iPad Mini - Nexus
iPad – iPad Mini – Nexus – Who Will It Be?