Amazon Alexa now Supporting Apple Music in the UK

The USA have had Apple Music support on their Amazon Alexa / Echo devices since 17th December 2018.  In the UK (& Ireland) we had to wait, but that wait is now over and the good news is Amazon Alexa / Echo is now supporting Apple Music in the UK and Ireland!

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

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Apple Watch Series 4 : ECG App Now Available in the UK (& others)

Apple ECG App Available in the UK
Apple ECG App Available in the UK

You can finally use the Apple Watch Series 4 ECG tracker in the UK :

Maybe after reading my review on the March 25 2019 Keynote Speech and how it was pretty much pointless for the UK, Apple have went a long way in my eyes of winning the UK back into the Fold.

The ECG App has been available in the US since December 2018, and today Apple have pushed out the App to the UK and Europe – woop woop!

Now, as a result of Apple gaining a CE mark for the ECG app and irregular rhythm notifications, a certificate applied to products intended for sale in the European Economic Area, UK users should be able to do the same. It also marks the latest move in the technology company’s increasing interest in health apps and data. As you can now find quality heart rate sensors in a vast array of wearables, the inclusion of a proper ECG is a key differentiator for Apple’s smartwatch, though even here others are offering now similar tech (most recently Withings’s Move entered the ECG space, for example).

This really is amazing news for UK Apple Watch wearers and leaves me in a horrible position!  I was just about to pull the plug on a pair of AirPods – but now I totally want to upgrade from my Series 2 Apple Watch.

It’ll probably have to be the latter!  Cue a trip to the Apple Store tomorrow!

The good news for early adopters of the wearable is that the watchOS update will also allow those with older generation Apple Watches not sporting the new sensors to identify signs of atrial fibrillation (AFib), a condition identified by a rapid or irregular heartbeat that can lead to heart complications. The feature is available in 19 European countries, including France, Germany, Italy and Spain, as well as here in the UK.

Go to the Watch App on your iPhone to get the update now.  Like right now!

Check out the Apple Watch Series 4 here : https://www.apple.com/uk/apple-watch-series-4/health/

2017 Macau Grand Prix Practice & Race Session Timings (UK Times)

Macau GP Logo
Macau GP Logo

The Macau GP Race Fesitval is now underway.

You can find the full schedule of the event here : http://www.macau.grandprix.gov.mo/gp/64/schedule/index.php?content=171&lang=en

If you are in the UK the important timings are as follows :

Check out the Official Stream Here : https://livestream.com/MacauGP-Global/MacauGP2017

Motorcycle schedule:

Wednesday 15th November 2017 : 23.30 Practice

Thursday 16th November 2017 : 07.40 Qualifying Session 1

Thursday 16th November 2017 : 23.30 Qualifying Session 2

Saturday 18th November 2017 : 03.30 Warm up

Saturday 18th November 2017 : 07.40 RACE

Follow the Official Twitter Feed Here : https://twitter.com/macaugpbikes

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UPDATE : SNES Classic Officially Announced with Release Date…

As if by magic, mere hours after I mentioned it right here on tbni.blog the official announcement has come…

My predicition of the Mini SNES - mere hours before Nintendo announced the SNES Classic
My predicition of the Mini SNES – mere hours before Nintendo announced the SNES Classic
The Classic SNES is coming on 29th September 2017 and will be priced at $79.99 / £79.99 (although Smyths Toys currently have preorders listed at £69.99.)

You are going to have to be quick though Amazon have stopped preorders, ShopTo have it marked as ‘Sold Out’ and Game is just crashing. This is going to be another Mini NES scenario and the popularity of it is fuelling this SNES even more!  eBay already has listings for £180 and eBay.com has preorders listed at $299!  Keep an eye on places like Tesco, Asda etc who will probably start their preorders over the next day or so so in the quick so you won’t have to rely on eBay and Gumtree scalpels!

Classic SNES Coming 29th September 2017
Classic SNES Coming 29th September 2017

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2017 Apple iPad Pro 10.5″ & 12.9″ UK Release Date

Preorders have already started for the new iPad Pro, and lead times for some combinations are already touching 10 days for dispatch – but when can you go into an actual store, have a look at the new devices and walk out (hopefully) with one?

That is a much harder question to find the answer to, no where seems to have that date in black and white.

Well I do.

It is today – Tuesday 13th June 2017.

So get yourself down to the Apple Store and have a go.  (Pickup at this moment 00:00 hrs is not currently available).

The reviews have already started coming in and they are very positive, however one thing shines through in every review I have seen… iOS11 is when we will truly know the true potential for the new iPad Pro and it won’t be with us until the Autumn (Fall for all you guys and girls stateside).

Apple iPad Pro (2017) UK Release Date
Apple iPad Pro (2017) UK Release Date

UPDATE 2: New Breitling Colt Skyracer – Pricing 

Breitling Colt Skyracer
Breitling Colt Skyracer


UPDATE 2 : Pricing is now known. Get your Breitling Colt Skyracer for £1810 (Approx $2000 or equivalent) – a Breitling bargain!  

Breitling Colt Skyracer Pricing Now Available
Breitling Colt Skyracer Pricing Now Available

UPDATE : In relation to the RRP of this watch it is unlikely any retailers will know the Price before the end of March. 

Breitling Head Office have issued a press release but gave no further information. 

This watch is due to be launched officially at BaselWorld in March and should be available from Authorised Dealers from late May (still TBC).
When I get further I will post further. 

All I can say on this one is WOW!  Haven’t found a price yet but I am looking!  I had promised myself that my next Breitling would be a Hurricane 24, now they throw this into the mix!

Taken from the Breitling Facebook Page :

Discover the new Colt Skyracer !

The new-generation Breitling

The Colt by Breitling expresses its youthful, dynamic and winning spirit in a brand-new model dedicated to thrill-seekers, with an avant-garde case in Breitlight® and an ultra-technical black look. Code name: Skyracer, like that of the plane flying under Breitling colors in the fabulous Red Bull Air Race.

More information on: http://www.breitling.com/en/news/details/colt-skyracer-4733

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ArenaCross UK Visits Belfast’s Odyssey Arena 28/01/2017

2017 ArenaCross UK Tour
2017 ArenaCross UK Tour
2017 ArenaCross UK Tour

On January 27 & 28th 2017 the ArenaCross UK Tour graced Belfast’s Odyssey Arena for two rounds of the UK Competition.  With everyone from 7 year old kids to Europe’s finest indoor Motorcross Racers and a ridiculously skilled Freestyle Team this really is a high octane, completely flat out show from start to finish – and it’s a format that works and this is its fifth year on the bounce in Belfast – and my second.

Check out the official website here for all the results, upcoming events, news and photos… http://www.arenacrossuk.com

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Updated (1) : Three (3 Mobile) The One Plan Comes to a Crashing End – for me anyway.

So yesterday I got the dreaded letter from 3 (Three Mobile) @ThreeUK / @ThreeUKSupport informing me that The One Plan was coming to an end for me.

Anyone who knows the One Plan knows that it was an amazing deal offered by Three that basically meant you gave them £15 hard earned pound coins and they gave you unlimited calls, texts and data, truly unlimited that even allowed tethering.

If you didn’t know about it, unlucky, you missed out.

One problem though, as with everything good it was abused.  People cancelled their broadband and such, streaming and downloading TBs of data every month.  Of course this then made such a plan unsustainable and caused Three to bin it.  I understand that.  It is what happens next that I do not understand.

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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!