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FMdB Football Scout App By Football Manager Review

Sunday, 17th June, 2018

FMdB - Football Manager Database App Review

The Football Manager team is bringing real life football and FM another step closer with the release of FMdB Football Scout – The biggest football database which you can now have in your pocket, with access at the touch of a button.

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I Bought Far Cry 5 – Here’s What I Think

Thursday, 17th May, 2018

Far Cry 5 Review

I do like playing computer games, but for the most part they’re football based. So that’s either FIFA or Football Manager, with one being action and the other being strategy. I am not a hardcore gamer, I’d call myself a casual gamer. I was in the mood to get a new First Person Shooter game for either PC or XBOX One, so decided to go the XBOX One route. There was 2 on my list of possibilities, Call Of Duty or Far Cry 5. I chose Far Cry 5.

I’ve never played any Far Cry game, so didn’t know what to expect, and only played a couple of Call Of Duty games. I read a little bit online and watched a few YouTube videos, and as far as I can tell, Far Cry 5 is more of an open world whereas COD is more structured with missions.

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Huawei P20 Pro: A Good Looking Mobile Phone With Three Cameras

Wednesday, 18th April, 2018

Huawei P20 Pro - Serious competition for the iPhone X and Samsung S9

There’s a new phone on the block which is putting iPhone, Samsung and the rest to shame when it comes to the cameras on their phones; The brand new P20 Pro from Huawei.

Huawei has been making inroads into the smart phone market over the past couple of years. The Chinese company has made a couple of pretty good phones in the past year on paper at least, but the latest offerings, the P20 and P20 Pro could be considered serious contenders for those looking to make a bold switch, especially if you like taking photos. It’s the party piece of the P20 Pro, it has not one, not two but three cameras on the back, as well as the front side camera too.

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I Got A New Monitor! An LG Infinity IPS Display

Friday, 29th December, 2017

LG Infinity Monitor

I got a new monitor! So the story goes like this…

I have needed a new monitor for around a year. You’ve probably seen my set up, and I run 2 monitors side by side which I’ve done for years, and now can’t live without. Last year one of my monitors kind of broke; It still worked but it took a lifetime to ‘warm up’, actually around 15 minutes, and it was pretty unusable until it did. But since it wasn’t completely broken, I just painfully lived with it for the past year, knowing I wanted to get a new one, but not knowing which one I wanted.

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Apple Mac Or Windows PC? Which Is Best? [Bloggers Guide]

Monday, 30th October, 2017

Which is better - Windows or Mac for Bloggers

It’s a question and debate which has raged on for years, and it will probably continue to do so until the end of time. Everyone has their opinion, most have a preference, so I will be talking about which is best? Apple Mac or PC. It’s a general computing question, but it’s also one bloggers often talk about, there’s always rumblings in the blogosphere about which is better, with everyone giving their less than experienced opinion.

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Apple Event: iPhone 8 Underwhelming – iPhone X Overpriced

Tuesday, 12th September, 2017

iPhone X Announcement and UK Price

I just watched the Apple Event for the announcement of the new iPhones, that is the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and their latest creation, the iPhone X (which they were calling ‘iPhone 10’ – No idea what happened to the 9). I guess you guys watched it or have heard about it…

So what did you think?

My initial thoughts were pretty good…Then I discovered the price and configurations, and i’m already having major second thoughts. I won’t bore you with much of the details of the announcement, but here’s the key things which the iPhone X has:

  • Facial recognition to open the phone (Face ID)
  • Near Bezel-less display of 5.8″ OLED
  • “Super Retina” screen with 2436 x 1125 resolution, 458ppi and 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio
  • Animated emoji (Animoji)
  • Portrait mode on the back and front camera
  • No home button
  • Wireless Charging (As does the 8 and 8 Plus)
  • Glass on the front and back (As does the 8 and 8 Plus – More to break!)
  • Larger than the iPhone 7 and 8, but smaller than the Plus.

And for all of this… £999. Pretty expensive, but it’s what I predicted, and I would pay that, but it’s £999 for the base model, which is only 64GB. My current iPhone 6 is 128GB, so it’s already a step down in terms of storage, and although I don’t use 128GB I do use more than 64GB, which means I’d have to go for the next model. There’s no 128GB variant, the only other model is 256GB which costs a whopping £1149!

The iPhone X will be available for pre order on 27th October 2017 with a release date of 3rd November 2017.

I was set to buy this, but now having serious second thoughts. So what about the iPhone 8? Well, it’s no shining star. In fact, there’s barely any difference between the now old iPhone 7 and the iPhone 8.

The only noticeable difference I can see is the chip; the iPhone 8 has a newer A11 CPU and GPU. Maybe it has more RAM? who knows, but that’s pretty much it.

I thought that it had the portrait camera, and all those other camera goodies, but then I realised that was the 8 Plus, which is no good to me, as it’s just too big.

UK Price comparison: iPhone X vs iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7

iPhone X – £999 or £1149
iPhone 8 – £699 or £849
iPhone 7 – £549 or £649

The iPhone lower spec is no good for me, so I’d not be getting any of those. So from a 128GB iPhone 7 at £649, to a 256GB iPhone X the price difference is £500. The iPhone 8 is £200 more than the 7, and is a minor bump up in spec.

What is the choice?

I think it’s between keeping my iPhone 6 which I am happy with, upgrading to a 7 which I didn’t do originally because it’s a minor spec bump, get the 8 which is another minor spec bump, or paying the obscene £1149 for the iPhone X. Of course the spanner in the works is that the iPhone 8 is available for pre-order this Friday, and as with all things which are new, if you don’t get a pre-order asap, you may have a bit of a wait for a phone.

All the little trinkets of the iPhone X are nice, but do I want most of them? Not really. The design? I like it. The camera? Nice, I’d use and enjoy that. Will I use FaceID? no. Do I care about wireless charging? No (and especially since no wireless charging mat is provided or even available!). Aniemoji? A bit of a novelty.

What did you think of the event? What will you be doing going forward?


The Super Nintendo Classic Mini Is Announced!

Wednesday, 28th June, 2017

Super Nintendo Classic Mini Is Coming

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or you just don’t care, you’ll know that the Super Nintendo Classic Mini was announced a few days ago, and once again Nintendo has got people excited!

It has only just been officially announced by Nintendo and not released, and it’s immediately sold out. Nintendo had it up on their site which lasted a few minutes before it sold out, it sold out at Amazon, and Game has some pre orders available, and now they’re gone too.

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The SNES Mini Is Officially Rumoured To Be Coming!

Tuesday, 25th April, 2017

A Happy Michael with his NES Classic Mini 😀

YES!!

The SNES Classic Mini is officially rumoured to be getting a release…That’s officially rumoured, which means it’s a rumour, but now with a tiny bit of credibility 😀

Ever since the NES Classic Mini was announced then released, Nintendo lovers, including myself thought about a world with a re-release of a Super Nintendo. There were rumours back then, but they were more hopes and dreams rather than a ‘concrete rumour’.

If you hadn’t already heard, the NES Mini Classic has now been discontinued. If you didn’t get one, you weren’t the only one, as they’ve been super rare, and you’ve more or less never been able to walk into a shop and buy one, the stock has been that low. It’s left people who didn’t get one pretty miserable, and shops which buy and sell used gaming consoles and games which usually rip off the people they buy from are actually offering almost 3x the RRP of the NES Classic Mini, some offering as much as £125 for the tiny machine which had an original price of £50.

You can see above that I got mine, I guess by luck. I didn’t pre-order, and waited weeks to get one, checking out various sites and shops before Amazon finally opened pre-orders again after it was released. I didn’t think I’d get it to be honest, but low and behold I did, and it’s brilliant 🙂

The reason for not originally pre-ordering was I thought it was going to be quite a geeky niche item, with a few of the hardcore reliving their youth, and plenty of chances to get one…I was so wrong! If the SNES Mini does materialise I will definitely be pre-ordering! And yes, I know you can get emulators and things like that, in fact I’ve already got a JXD to play old games, and it’s good, but you can’t beat authenticity!

The rumour, which I must say is still only a rumour, has been credited to Eurogamer, who’ve suggested that it could come in time for Christmas this year and is already in development.

Games For The Snes Mini

Which games would you like to see on the Snes Mini? I think that a few of my favourite ever Super Nintendo Games have been:

  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Legend Of Zelda
  • Donkey Kong
  • F-Zero
  • Street Fighter II
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Super Mario All Stars
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Sensible Soccer (I know, not really a SNES Classic but a favourite of mine)
  • Pilotwings
  • Final Fight (I know it’s more of an arcade/Neo Geo title)
  • Smash TV
  • Starwing

There’s probably lots more I’ve missed, and lots which I missed out on first time round which I’d be able to play.

Which Super Nintendo Games would you like to see on the SNES Mini?


The New Generation Nokia 3310 Has Been Announced

Monday, 27th February, 2017

The brand new Nokia 3310 is coming in four colours!

I previously wrote about the Nokia 3310 rumours, and today Nokia have announced the return of the Nokia 3310, albeit an updated version for 2017.

The phone design is pretty cool, as you can see. It will come in four colours which are red, yellow, blue and silver, and it takes shape just like the original classic 3310, with a more modern design. That means that keys are back! Actual buttons to press which I have always loved. The screen is also a lot bigger, as screens are these days, it’s not a mega 6 inch screen, but a very reasonable 2.4 inch curved colour screen.

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Is The Nokia 3310 Coming Back – Why I’m Not Excited

Friday, 17th February, 2017

My Nokia 3330

This week there’s been some news that HMD, the Finnish company which has the licence to the Nokia brand, is going to re-release an updated version of what I would say is the best mobile phone series in history, the Nokia 3310 at MWC (Mobile World Conference)

I am looking forward to seeing what this Nokia looks like, but sadly, I am not too excited by this, and I doubt very much I will get one. Let me explain why.

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