Previously, my Withing Steel HR watch had developed a condensation problem inside it, which made it difficult to read the time. Compound that with some scratches to the watch glass sustained when I went swimming during our holiday in America, and I could not wait for Nokia to release the replacement watch. And finally I received the notice from Nokia (who bought over Withing) that they were finally shipping the replacement watch for the Steel HR. It has taken a while but it is finally here. Continue reading Nokia Steel HR watch
Recently I noted that during the early Black Friday sale on Amazon.co.uk, there was a Sony Playstation VR Starter Pack selling for £249.99. Bearing in mind the VR headset normally retails for £349 and the PS camera which is required for VR play costs a further £39, that package looked awfully tempting – particularly as it also included the VR Worlds game and Gran Turismo Sport, easily saving over £180 compared to when these are bought separately. Hence I bought one from Amazon, so my family and I could experience VR together. Continue reading Sony Playstation VR Starter Pack
Now many years ago, I had bought the Logitech G27 steering wheel to use with the Sony Playstation 3. While it worked reasonably well, it was let down by the slow response and refresh rate of the TV which made the games not very enjoyable, and at times did induce motion-sickness. With the processing power of the Sony PS4 paired with the LG OLED TV with its short lag time and high refresh rate (which we now have), we should be able to get the most out of the driving games. But as my Logitech G27 does not work natively with the PS4, and I did not wish to spend a big sum of money buying another steering wheel, I had to look for a solution. I was exctied to find that the Cronusmax Plus which retails on Amazon.co.uk for £49.99, would be able to do this. I also had to buy the Targus 4-port USB Hub £7.84 which will be needed to make this setup work. Continue reading Cronusmax Plus – Logitech G27 Wheel on Sony PS4
I have to confess that I enjoy collecting wine more than drinking it. Part of the reason for this is that once a bottle of wine is opened, it needs to be finished fairly quickly – otherwise it will oxidize and no longer be enjoyable to drink. Hence I have been on the quest for something which makes the wine last longer. But all of the ones I’ve tried have one flaw – the bottle needs to be uncorked to access the wine which will introduce air into the bottle. When I first became aware of the Coravin Wine System last Friday (it was featured in an article in the Metro newspaper), it definitely piqued my interest as it overcomes this problem, at least for the wines bottled with a cork. Continue reading Coravin Model 1 Wine System
For the last 5-6 months, we had been planning to convert the garage into a usable room, what we would call our entertainment hub or games room. Now that the room is complete, it is time to fit it with the various technology to make it a high-tech fun room. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting about the various pieces of equipment we have bought to kit up this room. Today I will focus on the wireless wall light switch to control the lights in the games room – Kesen Switch-2 Gang WiFi Smart Light switch from Amazon.co.uk (RRP £23.45). Continue reading Entertainment Hub/Games room: 1) Kesen Wireless Smart Light Switch
Having used the iPhone 6 Plus for three years now, it was getting a little slow and falling behind in the technology department. Hence when the iPhone X was announced, touting a lovely 5.8″ OLED screen – slightly larger screen compared to the iPhone 8 Plus, yet smaller in overall size – was ultimately what made me decide to upgrade to the iPhone X instead of the 8 Plus. Continue reading iPhone X
On my journey to and from work each morning and evening, I tend to listen to Classic FM on the radio. But as the reception tends to be poor the nearer I get to my work place, I decided that enough was enough and I had to find a solution. Hence I decided to buy the Seguro Bluetooth FM transmitter car kit – cost £11.49 from Amazon.co.uk. Continue reading Seguro Bluetooth FM Transmitter Car Kit
Drinking a nice cup of coffee has become part of my daily routine. For the times when I am not able to use my Delonghi bean-to-cup coffee machine to make my coffee, I needed to get a portable coffee maker which could make great coffee with ground coffee and which does not cost too much. Hence when I found the Staresso Manual coffee maker for £29.99 on Amazon.co.uk, I had to buy this to try. Continue reading Staresso Manual Coffee maker
Previously when I first got into drinking a cup of coffee in the morning, I did not know better so I bought the Dolce Gusto Melody coffee machine to brew the coffee. I then realised that it had limited numbers of coffee pods, none of which appealed to me. Hence I tried opening up the used pods and replacing them with ground coffee and placed aluminium foil over it to form the lid, just so I could make a cup I would be happy to drink.
As it was a lot of work and not always successful, I finally gave up and bought a Bean-to-Cup machine by Delonghi to meet my coffee needs. But now that there are refillable pods available for the Dolce Gusto, I thought I would buy these to try – will save money in the long run, reduce the amount of waste produced by those disposable pods, and more importantly allow for the use of better coffee beans/ground coffee to make that nice cup of coffee worth drinking. Continue reading Lictin Pack of 3 Refillable Dolce Gusto Pods
About two weeks ago, one of my colleagues reported that her house had been burgled during the daytime when everyone was out. Apparently there is a gang of burglars operating in the area where she lives.They seem to target victims whom they think may have cash and jewelry stashed away at home – and avoid taking things which can be traced e.g. laptops, tablets etc. The frightening thing is that they somehow managed to deactivate the house alarm, so it was rendered useless.
And this week we had a visit from a police officer one evening who informed us that a neighbour had been burgled that day in the daytime. The police were going around to ask if any of the neighbours had noticed anything suspicious. With things like that happening close to home, we felt the need to increase the monitoring of our premises particularly when we are out. As we feel that the Ring Video Doorbell works really well, we decided to buy their Stick Up Cam for use in our backyard. Continue reading Ring Stick Up Cam