Popular Twitch streamer pulled from flight by local police 

A flight from LA to Texas became extremely real for popular IRL Twitch streamer Paul Denino aka “Ice_Poseidon” when he and fellow streamer Hailey were escorted off of a plane bound for Austin, Texas by local police in Phoenix. For the second time this month, Ice_Poseidon, a hugely popular live streamer on the site Twitch.tv, has been met by gun-wielding, uniformed men and asked to place his hands behind his head. Ice_Poseidon was swatted earlier this very month in his own home in Hollywood, CA. The caller was later revealed as a member of Lizzard Squad, the same hacker group involved in taking down both Sony and Xbox’s gaming service servers in 2014. The term “swatting” became well know on the popular live streaming site Twitch and describes a situation usually involving a live streamer who has the authorities (most likely cops or swat) show up at their residence because the prankster usually calls in a bomb threat, self-harm or harm to others. Authorities naturally take all calls very seriously and most end up with the streamer in cuffs and having to explain the situation with some finding themselves cuffed more than once during their livestream careers. The popularity of any streamer usually determines if they are pranked in this way as pranksters generally want the biggest audience to their devious work and with tens of thousands of live viewers watching at any moment it is easy to see why popular streamers are such attractive targets. The actual moment authorities bust in the door usually is “caught on tape” as most victims are live streaming at the time. These videos then make their way to other popular social media sites where they go viral thus boosting the ego of the prankster and the notoriety of the targeted streamer. Without anything to really help popular streamers from being targeted other than blacklisting their own address (informing ones local police that 911 calls involving your address are to be temp ignored) swatting is here to stay and will continue to be exploited untill changes are brought about. #FREEICE
As of the time this article was writte , Ice Poseidon is no longer associated with Twitch and is now happily shaking up the IRL section on YouTube, catch him live on most days here.

iOS 10.3 is available to download…

iOS 10.3 is live and ready for download, it doesn’t bring major changes but a few gems nonetheless:

  • Apple’s new file system which will make your device run faster and more reliably. Newer devices will see noticeably improved load times and transitioning
  • AirPod headphone finder has been added to the Find My iPhone app (I lose mine all the time so this is an awesome addition)
  • The ability to review an app without having to actually go into the App Store and manually create a review (this was really frustrating before and is a welcomed change) 
  • Locate your parked car using the Maps app
  • Weather info using 3D Touch using the Maps app.
  • The ability to rent and watch your movies across all your connected devices (scenario: rent on iPhone in the cab ride, watch on Apple TV when you get home)
  • Wireless payments with Siri have been updated to support more vendors and booking / scheduling an Über or Lyft via Siri has been tweaked to be even faster and streamlined
  • Bill payments and payment status checks via Siri have been improved

A full list of all changes and updates can be found here iOS 10.3 change log

To grab the update now go to devices settings and select “general” and finally select the “software update” option to force your phone to grab it from Apple’s servers 🤓

How to add custom backgrounds to your PS4

If you are like me and we’re one of the lucky few to be selected for the PS4 v4.5 Beta, congratulations as you now have access to custom backgrounds on your PS4. This has been a long awaited feature so let me get right to it:

  1. From the main menu screen select “settings”
  2. Select “Themes”
  3. Select the “Select Theme” option
  4. Scroll down the list of available themes until you see “custom” and select it
  5. Select the “select image” option and scroll to your favorite game and select the image you would like as your background and that it

Enjoy your new wallpaper!
(PS: are you having issues when using external storage on your PS4 running the 4.5 beta? If so let me know in the comments)

Screenshot directly off my tv featuring my custom PS4 background using a screen cap from Horizon Zero Dawn

How to Fix Linksys WRT 1900 ACS poor upload download speeds

If you’re like me, you purchased this router expecting improved wireless coverage as well as improved upload and download speeds close to what your provider advertises at least. To my surprise after installing this refresh of the classic WRT routers of years past I did notice much improved wireless range however my upload and download speeds were pretty poor, actually worse than my previous 5 year old Apple router. After hours of digging in the menus and of rolling firmwares back, I finally found the magic fix.

The stock setting for the 2.4 and 5 Ghz channel is auto and this is the issue. It most likely selects the most common channels that all router manufacturers like to use and this in turn causes major wifi congestion and thus slow speeds.

If you change the Channel setting of both the 5Ghz and the 2.4Ghz channels to the highest possible setting which is channel 11 for 2.4 Ghz and 161 for 5Ghz, you will see a significant speed boost as I did. I left my 2.4ghz channel on auto as I do not use it much but 5Ghz now sits on 161 and its blazing fast, hope this helps and if so please leave a comment.

Cape out!

The new Top Gear and its current state after two episodes..

Even though it featured some brief footage of my hometown, Cape Town South Africa, the bottom line is that nothing else on episode 2of BBC’s newly revamped Top Gear ever truly had me engaged or peaked my interest. Honestly the single highlight of the show was Jenson Button showing up to drive the McLaren 675LT and violently spinning it off the track in a cloud of white smoke billowing from its abused tires. I was desperately hopeful that things would pick up and begin to improve for the BBC goliath but unfortunately last nights second episode simply fell flat on its face and featured even more poorly than its debut a week earlier according to multiple internet show rating services. 

  • The internet’s take on the original casts members reaction to the announcement of their replacement hosts. 

Episode two was full of an overwhelming sense of awkwardly forced “chemistry”. Chris Evans cheered every action of his peers and guests as if they were 2 year olds and the challenges were a complete bore and unimaginative at best. I still have much love for the Top Gear brand and told myself I would give the new guys a season (or two) to get their shit together. Even the original didn’t really find its stride until a couple of seasons in but the original producers know the winning formula, they know what to do, they just don’t have the on camera personality anymore to back it up and translate it to onscreen gold. Amazon for now does, they have the three men that made Top Gear the world wide phenomenon it became however the producers of the new Amazon show (title is still unknown at this time) don’t have the winning formula (yet) and it will undoubtedly and understandably take some time for them to find their stride as well so I will be watching the first few seasons with as much optimism and hope as I did for BBC’s Top Gear. Even though my heart will always be with Jezza and the boys on their new platform on Prime, if the new BBC Top Gear team could just address 

  • its lack of presenter chemistry 
  • It’s lack of interesting guests
  • fix the level of writing (it’s so boring) 
  • go crazy with the challenges (MORE EXPLOSIONS!) 

they could possibly turn things around. At the moment with the way things stand, Chris Harris (who had a pretty decent show on his own on YouTube ended up having the most memorable camera time for me even though for some reason he’s been tossed on some after thought, 2nd rate extra footage show and will barely feature on the main show at all. I think Harris and Sebine would make great things happen on camera and behind the wheels were they pitted against one another as a feature on the main show, can you say hint BBC?

 The next few episodes are going to be crucial for Top Gear and they need to bring the crazy if they want to bail out this sinking ship of a car show – see what I did there!

All hands on deck!!!

It’s been a while….

But fear not, things have just been extremely crazy and I’ve since come to my senses and realized I can not be neglecting my little corner of the internetz especially seeing as how much I love to write articles regarding anything and everything technology related. I apologize tech nation however Twitch and streaming my video game endeavors has been swallowing me up totally in that “good way”. We may be onto something good here, we may have uncovered a new path for me to walk down so join me in exploring this whole new world of being a streamer and having zero privacy anymore whilst playing video games online. I may just get all serious about it and actually call myself a streamer one of these days but until then, let’s just have fun with it. The link on top of this page called “Gaming Live” will always take you directly to my stream should I be live at that particular moment, how convenient right? 

Cape Town

“Striking” up a conversation about Liverpool

Now that the cat is out of the bag and the possibility of Isco joining the Reds is more closer to the side of “it could possibly happen should the planets all align and do the Macarena” as opposed to “there is no way in hell” , we need to take a look at what Isco joining the squad could cause. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to have #Isco on my roster but we need at least one more top rated striker to encourage a fight for the coveted striker position on the LFC squad because as of right now with Sturridge out we have Balotelli and Borini and neither seem to be giving that 110% seeing as they know it’s going to be either of them filling the striker role for the time being. Origi still on loan (unfortunately) but I have high hopes
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To AV or not to AV, there is no question…

I’ve had quite a few ppl ask me what I recommend for a decent Anti Virus program and whether or not it is worth shelling out a few bucks each year to renew the subscription and well, the answer is simply YES.

Surprisingly, however, after just saying “YES” to paying the man (the antivirus provider) yearly for his protection services, my go to software is first and foremost the completely FREE tool provided by Microsoft called the “Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool” I’m going to assume you are on a PC as 99.9999999% of all malware is on PC’s.
This particular anti malware tool is updated monthly to snag any newcomers to the scene that may have surfaced in that particular month and it does a pretty awesome job at detecting and removing the infected files without needing to have a computer degree to accomplish said removal and best of all, it’s a tiny, free download available from Microsoft for Windows XP and upwards.

– Rest of post lost during upload, my apologies, still trying to figure out where in went! Perhaps I have a virus 😀

Two new features I love in iOS 8…

Not that these are new or mind bending features to the smartphone world in general but soon it will be a stock feature for all iPhone / Mac owners around the globe. What am I going on about? I’m talking about reading and replying to your text messages via your computer without the use of 3rd party software or apps (Mac only for now in this case but still, score right!)

Here’s a real world scenario for you:
Imagine you are a successful executive and attending a hugely important business meeting and your adorable eight year old daughter, who is daddy’s girl, feels it’s absolutely necessary to inform her daddy about her “OMG day” at school. Now usually she does this immediately after school via txt (SMS) and you, being the awesome dad that you are, reply to her on the fly and without hesitation thus reassuring her that her choice in you as the worlds greatest dad, is a solid one. This is how it normally would go down but today it’s the annual fiscal meeting from hell and you are left with two choices for handling this situation, you either silence your beloved by using the iPhone’s DND feature and face the wrath for ignoring her later that night at the dinner table or brave whipping out your device to send her an “OMG what happened tell me everything smiley face reply and suffer a stern scolding from your boss should he bust you not paying attention to his “brilliant” speech on this months numbers. Apple aims to solve this scenario with a service called iOS Continuity or SMS Forwarding which eliminates this conundrum by forwarding incoming text messages to your Mac in real time where you will be able to read, reply or delete said messages and thus avoid either one of those awkward scenarios and everyone stays happy!

The feature is in its final stages of testing but will undoubtedly roll out in time with the iOS 8.1 update in two weeks time along with a host of other new features and fixes (not to mention MORE new iPad models! I can’t keep up with them all)

Naturally I’m really looking forward to this feature as well as its cousin call forwarding which currently works brilliantly as of iOS8 and together are both long overdue updates to the Apple family of connected products.

Ps: YouTube, I’m still looking at you, update your app for large screen Apple devices already!