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!

Apple iPod Classic (7th Generation) 160 GB Unboxing

Apple Certified Refurbished iPod Classic 7th Generation 160 GB

As I am sure you are no doubt well aware Apple discontinued their iPod Classic Range towards the end of 2014 siting lack of component parts as the main reason.  Since that announcement the price of any remaining iPod Classics shot through the roof so much so that a poor condition example would have easily fetched more than the cost of a brand new item when they were readily available.  Mint in box / Sealed examples often fetched more than £1000 as Apple fans and annoying overly rich hipsters grasped out to shady resellers and greedy ba£$%!ds on the likes of gumtree who hoovered up all remaining stock and put these ridiculous price tags on the items!

This trend has now taken a turn for the better and Apple have begun to regularly issue Refurbished Items on their official Store priced at a bargain £162 GBP.  The eBay traders are now having to wise up with their prices, but forget them, get yourself over to Apple and pick one up where you will benefit from 1 years Apple Warranty and the option of upgrading the warranty with AppleCare, which co-incidently I picked up on eBay for a mere £15 GBP.

The Refurb items will sell out quickly so have a look on your choosen AppStore for an app called ‘RefurbMe’ with this you can set up alerts to push to your phone the second new items come on the Refurb Store.  In the UK this is normally around 2300 – 0100 hrs so expect a late night / early morning bing and be prepared to get ordering straight away.

I am not going to even bother with the likes of a review for the iPod, it is an icon and needs no introduction, just know that this beast holds so much music you’ll never listen to it all and it even plays videos.  Oh and this is the old 30 PIN connector so hopefully you haven’t chucked out all of you old tech just because the lightning adapter appeared!

This article was written on 29/04/2015 and at this point Apple were regularly releasing Refurb’d iPod Classics on the UK Certified Refurbished Store.  I placed my order on 02/04/2015 and they have come back into stock approximately 4 times since then.  Obviously this could cease at any point without warning and let’s be honest it will stop sooner rather than later as I doubt many are returned and refurbished on the grand scale of things, so if you are interested in one get an alert set up and be ready to Click on Buy asap!

iPod Classic (7th Generation) 160GB Certified Refurbished Unboxing Gallery :

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The iPod Classic is Dead

It is a sad day indeed,

RIP iPod Classic
RIP iPod Classic

It finally happened. After years of hanging around amidst flashier, smaller, and cheaper options, Apple has given the iPod Classic the axe, thus killing the last remnant of the original iPod design.

Once the Apple website was updated following today’s event for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch, the iPod Classic was missing from the iPod section of the site. That started the speculation.

Since then, the iPod Classic is also now missing from the updated online store, and the previous website URL for that specific model now just points to the general iPod page now. Sadly, the old standby appears to be gone for good – without an announcement, memorial page, or candlelight vigil even.

It’s easy to forget that the last design revision of the original iPod launched in 2007. A final capacity bump (up to 160GB) came in 2009, but that represented the last change to the iPod Classic as Apple turned its attention to the iPod Touch, Nano, and Shuffle models – not to mention the iPhone.

The iPod Classic remained the last high-capacity option for music lovers who wanted a large local collection on the go; as of now, the largest iPod Touch weighs in at 64GB, while the other iPods are much smaller on the top end. With the iPhone 6 models offering a 128GB option, hopefully a new iPod Touch will emerge to take over the capacity mantle.

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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2013 : Apple Rumours Already?


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.

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Google Chrome & Google Drive Released for iOS

Today is a great day for all things Google and at the same time all things Apple! Why so? Because Google Chrome is released today in the App Store for all iOS devices.

This has been met with much cheer across the Apple circuit, mainly because people have become discontented with Safari and it’s limitations. Customers, fanboys, lovers and haters have all been crying out for an alternative, and the alternative they have been screaming for has arrived.

I don’t think there is too much need for me to go into massive details about this app, it is easily downloaded, free and small so you have no excuse for not giving it a go, so get yourself over to the AppStore and get downloading.

A few points I will make though after my limited trial of it this morning.

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April 2012 – Best Skins Ever Install – iPod Nano 6th Generation

Best Skins Ever

As I have mentioned before I am a huge fan of Zagg and their InvisibleShield product, however from a little experience and some reading I decided to have another go with a Best Skins Ever for my new 6G iPod Nano.

Now I already have one of these installed on my MacBook Pro and I have to say it is perfect, from memory the install then took me almost 2 hours, but it is a big beast to be covering and I wanted perfection – with a little time and effort, that’s what I got.

So why my affiliation towards Zagg when I have covered my £1980 laptop in a Best Skins Ever? The answer probably doesn’t make much sense, the Zagg cover for the MacBook Pro was around $80, the Best Skins Ever was closer to $30. The reviews on the internet said they were pretty much the same, and as my laptops rarely leave the safety of my desk I decided to save a few $$$ and go with the BSE product. After all it was more to keep the MacBook clean and sparkly as it won’t be going to far into the big bad world.

The BSE has been on the Mac for around 10 months now, and it is still exactly as it was when I put it on, perfect. And it feels smoother than the Zagg, there is no orange peel effect, it too is crystal clear, as far as the protection goes against scratches and such I can’t comment. Thats why I sway towards Zagg, I have been using Zaggs on phones and cameras for years and have had some moments that would have destroyed an unprotected screen, and thanks to the Zagg everything has remained pristine. I have sold on old tech well above the market value because of the Zagg, when removed it looks like brand, spanking new! So there we have it I KNOW Zagg protects, I don’t know that for BSE. Time to try.

In my new regime to get fit, I decided to quit smoking and start running, I already had an iPod Touch (3G) and after lugging that around for a few miles I knew I needed something more convenient, spet up please iPoad Nano. This little device is great for running as you really do forget about it and thanks to Nike+ it keeps track for everything for you, and that nice lady keeps updating you as to how you are doing, great stuff. Howver it needed some protection. The BSE was ordered and delivered to the UK for $9.49, the equivalent Zagg was coming in at $23.99, huge difference I’m sure you’ll agree, both being the full body coverage.

The BSE was ordered on a Monday, and arrived the following Monday, the same sort of timescales that I am used to with Zagg, so no real differences there.

Now this is were the differences start. The Zagg arrive in a padded Jiffy bag, with a nice manufactured box containing the shield, an applicator, a micro fibre cloth, and an instruction leaflet. The BSE arrives in a white envelope, with an invoice and the shield…

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Up and Coming Reviews : G-Form Extreme Sleeve & Best Skins Ever

I have been flat out over the past week, since I came home from the Gadget Show Live, however whilst over there I made a few purchases, one such purchase that I am particularly proud of is a G-Form Extreme Sleeve.

They dropped this thing from the edge of space, 100,00 feet, with an iPad in it, and the damn thing survived!


Now to be far in the latest episode of the Gadget Show : World Tour, a ninja was able to break an iPad in one (yes though it was a real ninja).

Full review to follow!

I finally got myself an iPod Nano! This thing is so cool, and I’m not going to bore you with a review of it, as there as literally thousands out there, but I do plan on sharing my thoughts on a ‘Best Skins Ever’ (

I am a Zagg InvisbleShield ( through and through but this is my second Best Skins Ever and I have to say they are impressive, and a fraction of the cost.

Full pictorial on the install and a review to follow!


Apple AppStore – Unale to Purchase Error – FIX – For iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

Have you get the “Unable to Purchase” error on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch when you try to update, or purchase apps from the AppStore?   The error looks like this : Although maybe not as bad, as I have 56 Errors!

Unable to Purchase Error
Unable to Purchase Error

The name of the app and the number of “other items” will of course be different from person to person, and over time the number of “other items” will also increase.

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