Playstation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition Pre-Order Problems : Do NOT Buy from the eBay Scalpers!

Say NO to the eBay Scalpers. It is the only way to beat them.
Say NO to the eBay Scalpers. It is the only way to beat them.

Playstation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition Pre-Order Problems: If you are a keen gamer there is a good chance you found yourself in the position hundreds of us found ourselves yesterday and today.  That is without a Sony Playstation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition Console.

  • What is a Sony Playstation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition?

Basically it is a special edition Playstation 4 Pro that celebrates the fact that Sony have now sold 500,000,000 Playstation consoles.  They have limited this edition to a mere 50,000 units globally making it actually pretty limited.  Limited of course means desirable to gamers, and unfortunately desirable to gamers means desirable to scalpers, or as I will refer to them from this point onwards – scumbags.

  • What’s so special about it?

To be honest thats a difficult question.  You can regularly and easily pick up a PS4 Pro for about £300 in a bundle.  This edition is £450, but comes with a camera, an upgraded 2TB hard drive and is housed in an awesome looking translucent blue case, each one individually numbered.  If you don’t understand the appeal then this probably isn’t the article for you and you’d be best just moving on to the next one.  If you do get it, or at least think you get it, have a look at this – I’m sure you will agree it is special!

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Fixing Wifi Problems on MacOS (Yosemite / Sierra) – Connected to Wifi But No Internet…

Fixing Persistent Wi-Fi Problems in MacOS

MacOS users : Bookmark this page on your phone – someday it will save you a bucket load of hassle!

Recently I have experienced a few problems with the Sleep / Wake function of one of my drives that then causes MacOS to restart.

Unfortunately sometimes that still does not wake up the drive and it needs powered down and restarted, then MacOS needs Shut down, left for a moment and restarted.  Thankfully that process seems to be sorting out the hard drive issue, however it also seemed to bring another problem with it.

Following the shut down and restarting of the computer it appears that the wifi has connected without issue, but I have no internet connection.  Nothing.  No Internet, no email, no connections of any kind.  No amount of restarting, rebooting or waiting would solve it.  No amount of disconnecting the wifi rescanning, trying to connect to the iPhone as a hotspot would bring my internet activiites back to life.  So how do you fix it?

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iOS9 Software Update Failed : An Error Occurred Downloading iOS 9.

Try iTunes : iiOS9 Software Update Failed : An Error Occurred Downloading iOS 9.

The web is frantically reporting the following error :

iOS9 Software Update Failed : An Error Occurred Downloading iOS 9.

iOS9 Software Update Failed : An Error Occurred Downloading iOS 9.
iOS9 Software Update Failed : An Error Occurred Downloading iOS 9.

At the moment there seems to be nothing you can do to get this update over the air other than keep trying.

In the meantime make sure your phone is backed up and all your important data saved by either preforming an iCloud Backup or a iTunes Backup, preferably both!

When you have got yourself backed up get yourself over to iTunes and try the software update from there, it is currently downloading without issue for me and numerous other users are reporting the same…

Try iTunes : iiOS9 Software Update Failed : An Error Occurred Downloading iOS 9.
iOS9 Software Update Failed : An Error Occurred Downloading iOS 9.

Apple Watch Sport UnBoxing

Apple Watch Sport 42mm UnBoxing Review

Being one of the customers who didn’t preorder a watch I had to wait until the instore reservation and pickup service started. I was a bit more clued in for this than I was for the preorder so on Day One I reserved an Apple Watch Sport, with a silver bezel and blue strap. I went down to the Apple Store in Belfast, where for the first time I was met with little to no enthusiasm and it seemed like a chore for me to be trying on a Watch. So removing this first poor customer service experience from the equation I tried on an Apple Watch Sport, with the Space Grey bezel and realised I had made a mistake in the watch I ordered. There was allegedly no watches to swap my reservation out with, and I would just have to try again when the reservations opened if I wanted a Space Grey 42mm watch. That was the explanation I was given however it was muffled by sighs and grunts from the sales person. I deliberately have not used the title Apple Genius, because this person was more like a bored TV Sales person, not at all what I have come accustomed to from the Apple Store in my many years of being a customer. Anyway that’s all I have to or need to say on that. I went back home and at 6am the following morning tried out for a reservation of the 42mm Space Grey Apple Watch Sport and low and behold it was available. There must have been a late night or very early morning stock delivery, as my collection appointment the following night was for 20:30 hrs to 21:00 hrs and the store closed at 21:00 hrs. I scheduled in for collection the later that afternoon, went in, collected it and thankfully was met by the usual impeccable customer service from the Genius who helped me out this time. I get it, sometimes people have a bad day, and thats fine, all is forgiven, we’ll put it down as a bad day. So I got home, did my usual unboxing gallery and have been playing with it for the last 10 days (ish). Thoughts and Opinions :

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Casio G-Shock Bluetooth GBA400-1AER UnBoxing

G-Shock GBA400-1AER Bluetooth Watch UnBoxing Review

With Smart Watches taking over the world, is there a place for a non smart watch?

Absolutely!  Of course there is, many people have no interest in a Smart Watch, many people would rather speed £500 on a wrist watch over a smart watch.  Others need the functions of a standard watch more than a Smart Watch.  Me, for example I wear G-Shocks, for their rugged strength, and I like how they look.  I can wear it to work and not even slightly worry about it, same goes for being out on the bike, no weather will phase it, nor me, and if pulling a long a long weekend, or a full day I don’t need to worry about my watch’s battery.  I don’t need to worry about damaging it, because let’s be honest if the watch breaks, there’s a good chance my arm is broken with it!

However when browsing I noticed the G-Shock ‘Smart’ Watch at a bargain price of £90 GBP, when the RRP is £180, that was easily enough to tempt me, so it was ordered and arrived the next day.

Basically it is a G-Shock with everything you expect in the rugged strength and chunky looks, with the added bonus of Bluetooth 4.0.  There is an app for iOS (and Android) which pairs to the watch, which when you activate and from there the app can control the time settings and the music on your smart device, whether that be song selection or volume.

So its smart settings are basic, time setting and music control. that’s all there will ever be, but that’s fine, not too many people will need or want more from a G-Shock, but it is a nice feature set, it adds to the G-Shock experience, and at a reasonable price it is a bargain.

The battery is touted as lasting for 2 years when using the Bluetooth Features for 2 hours a day, obviously the more or less you use the more or less the battery will be affected.  Also it doesn’t remain parked indefinitely.  In an attempt to preserve battery the BT connection will disconnect after 2 hours of non use.  Some people like this, others hate it, for me I am reasonably indifferent, pairing the watch and a phone back up is very easy and quick, so it doesn’t bother me at all.

All I would say in summary is that this is a G-Shock with a Smart features, it isn’t a smart watch.  Don’t expect text, email notifications, for some reason Casio have dropped this feature which they do have on other watches, this is a watch to control your music, if that is something you would benefit from then this is definitely the G-Shock for you.  If not the RRP of £180 opens up a massive range of other G-Shock watches for you so have a good browse around.  Oh and at £90 this is an absolute bargain!

G-Shock GBA400-1AER Bluetooth 4.0 UnBoxing Gallery :

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21/05/2015 Riut Bag – Safer Urban Travel

Riot Bag Backpack

So I was lucky enough to see the Riut Bag at the Gadget Show Live 2015, and I was very impressed. A simple but brilliant concept, a bag made for travellers that makes the stuff inside safer. How? By having no zips on the outside, so unlucky pick pockets, opportunistic thieves and other general scum, this bag makes your pathetic little lives that little bit harder.

I think what makes this even cooler is the fact that it is a successful Kickstarter Campaign, an invention by someone with an idea, who pitched it to the world and the world said yes!

So there we have it a great concept, now how does the inventor make us want one, well she makes it desirable by making it good looking and even more desirable by making it practicable.

And this is the feature list the inventor has packed into one back pack that makes it practicable…

RiutBag specifications

– No outer zips, they are all against your back
– 20 litre capacity, weight 1.06kg
– Holds up to 15 inch laptop: 16.14 inch or 41 cm diagonal measurement across outer laptop case
– Invisible strap lengths
– Waterproof material: base and outer shell
– Sturdy handle and hook for hanging
– Hidden ticket pocket in each strap
– Foam lined throughout for comfort and protection
– Water bottle holders: up to 750ml capacity
– Adjustable chest strap
– One model available
– One colour available

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Grip Puppies Installation – BMW F800GS Adventure

Grip Puppies

Grip Puppies are a well regarded, and cheap, addon for your bike that is designed to increase grip and improve comfort mainly by cutting down the vibrations that travel along the handlebars, through your hands and into your arms, often leaving you with that horrid tingling feeling when you get off the bike.

Coming in at a mere £15 they are definitely worth considering.  I have had them on my bike for about 1500 miles and at this stage I can confirm that they absolutely increase comfort and decrease shaky hands at the end of a trip (or even earlier).  For me they don’t eliminate the sensation completely, but they definitely cut it down and ‘recovery’ time is far less.  That has to be a bonus!

There is one negative, if you have heated grips these will decrease the efficiency of them.  The heated grips will still work but it will take noticeably longer for the heat to reach you and they will appear to have a reduced temperature.

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Sony / Game / Playstation Make a Right Balls Up of UK PS4 20th Anniversary ‘Competition’

Sony PS4 20th Anniversary Edition Competition Fails

If you follow my twitter feed or Sony / Playstation or Game UK you will no doubt have seen the fury spread across the internet of foul play, cheating, link sharing and as Sony as so very prone too, hacking! #4thePlayers #notfortheplayers #forthecheats

On 15-19 December 2014 Playstation UK and Game UK ran a competition that meant the first 100 correct entries to this competition got a opportunity to purchase – at full price (£399) – a 20th Anniversary Edition of the console.  One of only 13,500 globally, so a very rare item indeed.  Well at least that was their plan until link sharing, web site crashing, cheating and hacking took over and left the genuine gamer with no chance whatsoever of bagging one of these much sought after machines.

Allegations flew but facts remain, users (cheaters) ended up with multiple consoles…

User Cheats to Win Multiple PS4 20th Anniversary Editions
User Cheats to Win Multiple PS4 20th Anniversary Editions
User Cheats to Win Multiple PS4 20th Anniversary Editions
User Cheats to Win Multiple PS4 20th Anniversary Editions
User Cheats to Win Multiple PS4 20th Anniversary Editions
User Cheats to Win Multiple PS4 20th Anniversary Editions

You will see from the screen grabs above that this user even claims to be a genuine gamer, but is so very kindly prepared to accepted £3000 for a console (but yet they mean so much to him and he is so blessed) yet towards the end of his posting he is getting rather abusive and showing his true colours!

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BMW G650GS Modifications : High Screen, Wide Pegs, Tank Pads and Aux Lights

I recently changed my bike, however prior to getting rid of my old one I did make a few final modifications, 3 of them successfully and one not so much.

The BMW G650GS is the baby of the GS range from BMW, but regardless of the fact that it is the smallest it is still a great all round machine. It will go pretty much anywhere and with its punchy 650cc single cylinder engine it is snappy enough, however it goes lack in top end power.

The weight of the bike (in that it is very light – a wet weight of 191kg) means that it is easily managed and thrown about the B-Class roads.

However with it being classed as a dual-action or adventure style bike it doesn’t come with many add ons that other bikes higher up the range take for granted. For me a taller screen and some wide pegs were an absolute must and they came courtesy of eBay.

The screen costing a mere £55, and the pegs costing a whopping c. £25! When you consider ‘branded’ wide pegs come in at around the £200 mark, and a screen being at least £120, these were two absolute bargains and can not be more simple to fit.

The 3rd successful add-on and another ridiculously easy modification to add was some tank guards, with one purpose only – to protect the tank paintwork and plastics.

Unscrew -> Remove -> Screw back on -> Job done!

First of all we will have a look at the high screen :

The Standard OE BMW Screen :
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 photo P1080067_zps50029230.jpgSimply Unscrew, Replace and Screw!
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 photo P1080075_zps7a04534f.jpgFollowing the successful and obviously simply installation of the Screen I replaced the OE Footpegs with some new Wide Pegs :

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 photo P1080159_zps847b3db4.jpgSimply undo one nut and bolt, carefully reeve the spring and replace in the reverse order – job done!
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 photo P1080164_zps300a79bd.jpgThen we have the Tank Pads from Wunderlich – Peel off the 3m sticky pads, line them up and slap them down!

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 photo P1080280_zps7e2eca6a.jpgSo as far as I am concerned these 3 simple modifications made a huge difference to the bike. The tank guards did just that no more needs to be said, the wide pegs make long days on the bike so much more comfortable, if if you have to go standing, much much safer and of course stable and more comfortable. In fact if you intend to do any riding whilst standing on the pegs, wide pegs are a necessity, it is that simple! Finally the screen – a great job, long days on the bike become so much easier. Buffeting is dramatically decreased and passing a lorry or bus on the motorway becomes much less of a worry.

As can be seen from the gear I bought it doesn’t have to cost the Earth to preform these simple modifications, and the question I got asked most re the pegs was do they feel sturdy and strong. Take it from me as a big biker, the pegs are fine, they held me without issue, and if they hold me at about 17-18st I’m sure they will hold you too!

Unfortunately however all was not plain sailing. I also bought some Rigid Industries Dually Auxillary Lights, just to make night time riding a little more tolerable. I did a lot of research on which lights to buy and came to the conclusion that these were the lights I was looking for. User reviews consistently rate them highly, all across the world, and no one who I spoke with that had a set could speak badly off them. They are extremely bright, extremely durable and extremely tough, and by all accounts plug and play simplicity sets them up. Unfortunately I never got that far!

For me the issue was where to mount them. The G650GS is a reasonably small dual purpose bike, there simply isn’t much spare room kicking about on it. That means mounting options are very limited. I was reduced to the option of mounting them on the crash bars.

Initially I went for the side of the bars, it was then, rightly, pointed out to me that in the event of a spill you could be forcing the lights into the engine. And the fact that these things are so tough you will do damage to the engine of they go crashing into it.

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 photo P1080287_zpscc4f8d80.jpgMy next option was on the bottom of the bars but as you can clearly see the clearance was an issue and then wiring them up and getting the light throw correct was just going to be a nightmare.

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 photo P1080298_zps5de6100b.jpgUnfortunately thats where the story of the lights ends, I never got them fitted, and then changed my bike. The new bike having aux lights my Rigid Industries Dually Lights became surplus to requirements and I sold them on. Just prior to that I was looking at getting a custom mount made but that never developed.

If you are the owner of a G650GS with Rigid Industries Dually lights fitted get in touch as I would love to see them fitted and get an opinion from an owner as to how they work for them.

Anyway that concludes my G650GS story and as I have said I have changed the bike and will be adding more info in relation to it soon, as well as doing a little bit of Moto Vlogging, so stay tuned for that, and thanks for reading!

Nokia Lumia 920 UnBoxing

I’m not completely new to Nokia Lumia phones nor the Windows Phone OS, having owned a Lumia 620 previously.  As a complete and utter Mac fanatic and convert I have to say the Windows Phone OS is exceptional.  Yes there are a few holes in the app market, but these are more ‘wants’ than ‘necessities’ and as every week passes these holes are getting filled in.  There is now very little that I can’t do on WP that I really see as an immediate must, except for the Sky Go App.  Come on Microsoft and Sky, Windows Phone users need Sky Go!

I previously did a simple guide for getting started on WP8, you can find that here : http://tbni.blog/2013/05/27/windows-phone-8-getting-started-tips-tricks/

Also to touch quickly on the built in Nokia Apps, firstly the Sat Nav Software is simply great.  Last year it took me all across Florida without a single hitch, and it frequently takes me round roads over here, that the rest of the developed world would maybe, on a good day, consider as a track!  Believe me, a Sat Nav working well over here is no mean feat!

So what is different and why did I see the need to change?

That’s an easy one, there are some unbelievable deals about at the moment on the 920 handset, I was able to sell my 620 for about £4 less than I bought it for and a few notes later I had upgraded to the 920.  The differences are basically, everything is bigger and better.  Bigger, better screen, more RAM, faster processor, more storage, much much better camera.

The full Specs of the phone for the technically gifted can be found here : http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_lumia_920-4967.php

Which leads me to my next point, the camera on the Nokia Lumia 920 is outstanding.  (The gallery images were not taken with it by the way – say no more!)  And with each and every update Nokia and WP8 are throwing out it just keeps getting better.  The latest rendition of this Nokia Camera App can be found here : http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/nokia-camera/bfd2d954-12da-415c-ad99-69a20f101e04

With the Nokia Camera App you are not far off the power of a basic DSLr!  With setting from Auto to Manual, Portrait to Sports, the need for a Point ‘N Shoot is quickly diminishing!  Another quality app that has been released by Nokia for the higher end Lumia range is called ‘Refocus’ and with simply touch gestures true depth of field imaging has been brought – live time – to the mobile phone camera system.  A quick preview and demo of ‘ReFocus’ can be seen here : https://refocus.nokia.com

With such a brilliant Sat Nav and Camera system on the 920 it has to be a contender to replace your sat nav in your car alone, and at similar money for a decent sat nag, and with the benefit of it being phone as well as a great camera the benefits are certainly becoming more obvious!

Finally, with Nokia MixRadio you have a massive catalogue of music to take with you, stream and enjoy for FREE!  Yep another brilliant free app in the Nokia Suite, and the details of it are here : http://www.nokia.com/gb-en/apps/app/mixradio/

Of course there has to be a problem right?  Yep unfortunately so.  And it is common with all smart phones.  The battery.  When Sat Naving, photographing and streaming the Lumia goes through a battery as quick as a hungry baby with a bottle.  Same can be said for many other phones of course, but it is a point to be wary off.  If long battery life is a necessity for you, you may need to look else where, or at least at a USB car charger and spare lead, or a battery pack, hell there are that many options I’m sure you’ll be grand!

Nokia Lumia 920 UnBoxing Gallery :

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