Season 4 of one of the best TV shows ever made (yes..Peaky Blinders!) ended in an epic back stabbing from the much loved Alfie Solomons when he sold out Thomas Shelby to the Italian Mafia. The last episode of Season 4 ended with Alfie waiting patiently for Thomas to show up and have a bit of a showdown. It ended with the shooting of Alfie through the cheek and there is much debate online as to whether he has died or if he could survive it. With many people thinking that Alfie is the best character in the series thanks to another epic performance from Tom Hardy there is much hope for him to survive.
Filming of season 5 started in late 2018 and it is hoped that it will be back on our screens by late 2019. Season 4 saw a big shake up in the regular cast with several key members of the gang being shot and killed and other new cast members such as Aiden Gillans character Aberama Gold coming into the mix. It is certainly the most exciting wait for a Peaky Blinders season yet and we can’t wait for it to come! Let us know if you think Alfie survived in the comments!
So we have recently discussed where the future of Television is going and with the introduction of streaming boxes like the Apple TV box, Android TV Box, Firestick and a huge range of other options it seems that very few people watch “live” TV anymore. Live TV suppliers such as Foxtel, Sky and other TV giants have been slow to keep up with the ever advancing technologies.
The Android TV Box took the world by storm several years ago and was the first of it’s kind to really challenge traditional TV. This combined with on demand TV apps made on demand TV more attractive than ever. Before the introduction of the android box you if you wanted to watch a movie online you had to hook up your laptop to the TV via a HDMI cable.
Now you can access “internet TV” using an android TV box and they have become so affordable over the last 3 – 4 years. You can now get an android TV box from androidtvboxes.ie for under €100 and have access to thousands of channels, movies and TV on demand as well as essentially any android app available. You can use it for music, Youtube and a range of other things and even use apps like Facebook on your TV!
Companies like Sky are now not only losing subscribers for their TV service but they also have to battle with illegal streams. Luckily these streams are becoming more scarce as it is highly illegal and we in noway recommend for anyone to use these streams. If you want to watch a TV channels service then pay for it, it’s as simple as that. When the TV companies catch up to the world of apps then maybe they will come up with a better system that will make it more attractive for people to watch their channels legally such as a pay per view system. We hope this happens or they find a way to make it attractive for people to watch their channels but they need to do something or devices like the Android TV box will be the end of them!
When we think of back to the future we think of nostalgia, a mad scientist, futuristic cars and of course hoverboards. Very few films have impacted society as much as back to the future and it is amazing we have not had a reboot of the series in this age of reboots that has seen films like Ghostbusters which had an all female cast and was considered a flop. Other classics that have been destroyed are Blade Runners and Robocop.
Now that we mention it do we really want another classic ruined? Terminator was another one that was also dragged through the mud. But back to the future is special for a lot of the 90s kids generation. Hoverboards in particular were first mentioned in this movie and now you have a popular product called the hoverboard that in fact does not hover!
Part of the greatness of such classic films were the actors of the time who really made the characters come to life. Of course we have good actors now such as Christian Bale and Tom Hardy to name a few but something is just not the same. James Bond is a franchise that has survived not only the test of time but multiple actors over a period of 40 years. This is quite incredible to think that people back in the 1960s were enjoying a franchise that we still enjoy today.
No doubt the big wigs in Hollywood have discuss a back to the future remake as I am sure it would be a guaranteed money maker which is all they really care about these days. Sadly the art of making a movie is not as it was and big companies are now focused on making great trailers that explain the movie in full making there no need to actually go and see it but that is a post for another day! That said if there was a remake I would go to it as many people would out of curiosity more than anything. Until then I might fire up the original back to the future series this weekend.
Gold coast film festival is introducing a new electric scooter riding scheme which will allow festival goers to rent scooters and get around the event for the day. Electric scooters are been legalized in Queensland to allow scooters that do not exceed a max speed of 25km/h. This news was introduced a week after the announcement and the film festival were one of the first major events in the region to jump on the bandwagon.
If riders of the new electric scooter scheme that is run by Ride do not return the scooters then they have suspension from the program all together. Active GPS technology is used and the electric scooters will not work after 10pm to ensure that the scooters are returned on time to their docking stations to be fully charged for the next day.
The Ride app can be downloaded at www.rideapp.co and you can see what electric scooters are available in what locations. Anyone can sign up and rent the scooter and business owners can even get the app and they’re employees can use the app on the business owners account.
Similar schemes are being looked at here in Ireland for the electric scooter rental and www.escooterstore.ie are looking to introduce a scheme but need to wait and see how they will be governed. Most electric scooters are under the 25km/h limit to if similar laws are introduced in Ireland as to Queensland then most scooters on the market should be OK to use.
These electric scooters are seen as a futuristic and cool way to travel. With private festivals like the Gold Coast bringing them in it looks good for the future of electric scooters. We will be back in the next few days to bring you more movie reviews and news of upcoming films from around the globe!
The android TV box
burst onto the scene in late 2014 and they now almost every house has
one. In recent years it has had many rivals including Apple TV which
is of course Apples answer to the android streaming device. It also
has rivals from giants like Amazon who released their Fire stick in
2015 with much success. However just because it is called Amazon Fire
stick it is essentially just another android device that Amazon put
their branding on and take the credit for.
Along with the above are probably about 50 other choices of android TV box from brands like Nvidia, Mbox, OTT and range of other manufacturers. Again these all run on various versions of android so are not as different as they would like you to think!
What are the differences between
these TV boxes?
There are a few
other important things to look for when shopping for an android TV
box. The first thing to look for is what version of android is it
running. The latest version as we write this post is android 9.0. Now
we are not saying to always go for latest version as a lot of the
time the new release versions of android have issues so it is better
to let these get sorted first. We would usually recommend going for
the second newest version so at the moment an android 8.1 TV box
would be a good call.
Another thing to
look for is the manufacturer. OTT are one of the leading
manufacturers of the android TV box and they have a good reputation.
Any of their TV boxes running on Android 8.1 would be worth a look.
Other things to look at are of course the price! Never go too cheap
on your TV box as it will more than likely lead to problems. Instead
go for at least a mid range TV box and something that has enough
processing power to run smoothly. There is really no need to go for a
top of the range model unless you are looking for something specific
Really it is down to your budget as essentially all the TV boxes run the same apps. So make sure it is running a reasonably recent version of android and don’t go too cheap and you are fine. What people often forget and what my friend from www.androidtvboxes.ie alway tells us is that it is the apps and not the android TV box that has the content. The box is merely the hardware and it is the app that plays films or music or video like Youtube for example. So keep this in mind when shopping for an android TV box.
Electric scooters have being hitting cities around the world by storm! It is similar to the hoverboard craze that came out of nowhere a few years ago only this time the electric scooters are for adults and they are actually quite practical. Many people who used to bike to work are now starting to use these electric scooters as you can get into work just as quick and without being drenched in sweat by the time you get into the office!
There is not a huge range of electric scooters available yet but we have had a look at the best options available in Ireland for commuting to work. It seems the main supplier here in Ireland for electric scooters is the it-directory.ie and they have 2 main scooters on their website it-directory.ie electric scooter store.The main features to look for are of course distance, speed and how quickly they can be charged.
Gotrax GXL Electric Scooter:
Looking at the
reviews online it seems the Gotrax GXL electric scooter is leading
the way and is being sold at €425.00 which is surprisingly
affordable. It has a range of 25kms and a max speed also of 25kms.
This is perfect go getting in and out of town and it is a folding
scooter so you can fold it up and bring it into the office with when
you get there. The one con of this scooter is that is seems a bit
heavier than it’s competition so that is something to bare in mind
but it is also quite a bit cheaper.
Next on their list is the M365 scooter. This seems to be the most
popular all of the web but it is over €100 more costly than the
Gotrax GXL and it has a similar range and speed. The main difference
is that it has an app and it weights about 2kg less. This can also
folded when not in use.
As you can see there is not much in them and the Gotrax GXL seems better value. There are other options on the market but these are the 2 most sought after and the other ones have a similar spec and are roughly the same price.