The DIY Pinball Machine Kit


The design is pure and simple. It consists mainly of wood and works with simple, reliable mechanics that are easy to understand. You also have the option of upgrading Makerball digitally: with a microcontroller and the free MAKE & PLAY score app on your smartphone, you can start playing for points! More at kickstarter.


Elobeth Apple Watch Band Stainless Steel Watch Strap Link Bracelet Review

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The full name of the product I am reviewing is the Elobeth Apple Watch Band Stainless Steel Watch Strap Link Bracelet with Butterfly Closure Replacement Band for Apple Watch All 42mm Models (Silver Link Band) which is a bit of a mouthful. The price is £22.58 from Amazon.

If you would like the real thing you can purchase the Silver Link Bracelet from Apple for £449.

Looking at the photo above, you may feel that the strap is mis-aligned, but the reality is that it is not. In real life it looks exceptionally smart and is an absolute joy to look at on the wrist. For me, as someone who likes real watches, this strap makes the Apple Watch feel more substantial, more consistent and more like a watch. The stiffness of the links and the heft alone add a lot and it feels like the best strap I have bought to date.

The process to remove the links feels impossible at first, but once you get the knack it is actually quite simple. Simply push the included tool into one of the holes and pull on the strap. It will come loose and all you need to then do is repeat the process until the size is right.

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The real Apple Watch strap works very differently and is much easier to re-size. It is also very very well made and is a brilliant strap, one of the best I have seen on any watch, but £449 it is not. Not in my world anyway.

There is not much else to say about this strap. It is very keenly priced, it re-sizes well and is sturdy enough to keep your Apple Watch on your wrist. I have some reservations about the buckle and how long it will last, but for this price it is a worthy addition to any Apple Watch, and for less than 5% of the price of the original.

Called Apple Support, wish I hadn’t

Where did my songs go?

Over the past 2 weeks I have been struggling to get in to the App Store or iTunes on my iPhone without having to go to Settings and sign out of my Apple ID. When I sign back in it works, but I then have to go to Apple Music and re-enable iCloud Music.

It’s a pain to be honest and so I called Apple Support. After some fumbling around they advised me to sign out of iCloud and ‘Reset All Settings’ which I duly did.

Some time later I had re-input my fingerprints, re-activated my debit card in Apple Pay and re-enabled setting after setting until I was happy.

And then I realised that most of my apps are missing from the Notifications screen and are not notifying me. They are still installed, but no notifications.

Anyone have any advice on how to get around this besides re-installing almost every app?

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The Nokia 3310: a perfect Summer phone?


Beyond the retro gimmicks, this is the real winner in Nokia’s stable. Swaggering in like a Kindle, the new Nokia 3310’s 1200mAh battery promises month-long power on a single charge thanks to the lower spec.

Festival-goers are an obvious target, and the phone is durable enough to face a drop without fear of cracking your screen or being hit with a sizeable repair bill.

A slight to change to the original comes in the form of charging, though – the new 3310 doesn’t bother you with new take on the proprietary charger, using the widely used MicroUSB port so you can charge and back-up with a cable lying around the house… More at Digital Spy.

It is obviously not going to set the tech world alight, but there is some logic here. For long Summer days or festivals or times when you are doing things and want to truly enjoy the moment, it may have a place.

$6,544 for 256MB of RAM to Run Photoshop


Back in January 1995, I upgraded my Mac 8110 desktop to 256 megabytes of RAM for $6,544. Why? Because Photoshop needed a minimum of 5 times the RAM to work with a 8.5×11 RGB 8-bit color page, and that was 24 megabytes.

The Chip Merchant was the least expensive source for RAM at that time. I purchased eight 32-megabyte chips at $818.00 each, or $6544.00 total — about $10,646 in today’s money after adjusting for inflation. Insured shipping was $42.85… More at PetaPixel.

Times have changed…

Halcyon is the digital detox phone


Halcyon is a concept industrial design project created by Mike George. It’s a phone to escape the digital world. The idea is simple, we all know that smartphones have completely changed the way we live. The average person spends 3.6 hours a day on their smartphones on social media. The smartphones got as connected, and yet people have never felt more lonely. Mike’s idea is to go back to simplicity and reduce the venues where people can fabricate personas and end up missing out on what’s important. Halcyon is a flip-phone. A gorgeous one and it embraces the trend of ‘digital detoxing.’ More at ABDUZEEDO.

I really like that. I don’t know why exactly and I probably wouldn’t use it, but I like the detoxing element.