Black Mirror Nosedive

Black Mirror Nosedive: The reality

Remember that article we wrote about Black Mirror Nosedive episode? The one where citizens rank each other based on behaviour. Well, there’s an update. In the original article, it may have become a reality. Well it’s looking more and more likely now.

Here’s what Nosedive is all about:

According to ABC Chinese citizens will soon be ranked out of 800. This number can be raised by doing community work or buying Chinese products.

Commit Fraud or smoke in non-smoking areas, buy stuff that government doesn’t approve of and your number will decrease. Things the government doesn’t approve of is stuff like alcohol and violent video games.  If you have a high score however you will be treated to VIP treatment at airports, have your deposits waived when hiring a car. You’ll even be fast tracked to top universities or land a better job apparently.

Low score citizens will get some harsh punishments such as being banned from travelling or applying for government jobs. You’ll even receive a negative score on your credit, even restrict access to high speed travel as well!

Successful Trials of “Black Mirror Nosedive”

The Black Mirror Nosedive type scheme has already been implemented successfully in a number of trials in  China.

The scheme will make use of smart phones, artificial intelligence, facial recognition and geo-tracking. So quite a lot of tracking! Your score will be combined alongside the data that the government already holds on you. Such as financial, medical and educational history.

While ABC are reporting that the scheme may be up and running by 2020. The China communist party allegedly states that it will allow ‘‘the trustworthy to roam freely under heaven, while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step’.

What’s scary is that CBS News spoke to a Chinese journalist, who stated that he was barred form booking a flight because he was ‘untrustworthy’. The government ordered him to apologise, he did, but it was deemed insincere. So his score unfortunately didn’t rise. He told them that

I can’t buy property. My child can’t go to a private school. You feel you’re being controlled by the list all the time.”


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What is a VPN?

First things first: The Internet

So you know what a VPN can do but what actually is a VPN? Well SpyOff VPN have done a detailed breakdown of what a VPN is here. Here is a smaller breakdown of what a VPN is:

The internet isn’t based around www.’s and names of websites. Websites have their own unique URL as does our internet connection. Google may be dislpayed as ‘’ on your web browser, but behind that piece of text is a set of numbers. When you type into your web browser, your browser looks for the IP address which is associated to on a DNS server. It finds it and then presents that page to you.


A VPN is a “Virtual Private Network. This technology establishes an encrypted connection between different endpoints. From an internet enabled device to the internet. Depending on the protocol used, this is more or less secure. The information between the two connections is encrypted and no one access it from the outside. Hence the term ‘private’ network.

Your computer will encrypt the data before sending it. Your destination will decrypt the data, create a response to it and encrypt it all before sending it back. This is apparent for all webpages, be that a online game, a shop or a YouTube video. The use of a VPN is very secure because of this.

What is SpyOff VPN

SpyOff VPN is a programme that allows users to view Netflix, but not just any Netflix, another countries Netflix. But there are more benefits to a VPN that you will know about, it’s not all about viewing cool stuff from another country! Although we all know that that’s the main reason why you may want a VPN 😉

Advantages of a VPN

A VPN provides:


No monitoring by your internet service provider

Internet Service Providers monitor what you do an in the US, they can make certain websites load faster than others. They can even throttle (make slower) your whole internet if you go over your agreed limit! With SpyOFF VPN you can surf the web independently and anonymously!

No surveillance by the stateSpyOFF VPN

Your home country can monitor and know what you do, including your entire traffic:

  • Which pages you visit
  • Movies you are watching
  • Messages you read

With the use of a VPN, you can surf the web privately!

SpyOFF VPNNo geoblocking

Geoblocking is a technical term for content that is only viewable in the country that it was intended. For example, if you go away on holiday watching BBC iPlayer and you’re halfway through an Eastenders binge. You get to your destination and you cannot watch it! That’s because the BBC have prevented your holiday destination from viewing it. This may down to licensing or simply the BBC don’t want it viewable outside the UK.

However with a VPN you can change your location to UK and continue watching your favourite soap!

No CensorshipSpyOFF VPN

In some countries such as North Korea or Iran the internet is filtered and censored from the people. Less well known that this happens in nearly every country, not just in restrictive regimes. With a VPN you can surf the web with complete freedom and not be filtered away from content.

SpyOFF VPNLow Cost Offers

Whilst away, you see a cheap flight offer. You return home and it is more expensive! This is due to ‘Dynamic Pricing’ and means that the ticket is sold for the maximum price possible at you current location. For example, people who live in higher income countries are priced higher than those from lower income countries. With a VPN you can change location and save money!

Safe Surfing in PublicSpyOFF VPN

Public WIFI is great, however, it can be a risky thing as you never know who is on the network with you, snooping at your data, activity and passwords! With a VPN you can encrypt your communication and surf the public WIFI securely!



SpyOFF VPN is a subscription based service and pricing can be found here!

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Watch OS5 – What can’t it do?

Watch OS5 (and potentially a whole new apple watch) is on the way very very soon and there are some cool features coming to the Apple Watch, check out some of the coolest ones below!

We also got our hands on the current model which managed to curve some opinions on the matter of wearables in genera You can hear the guys chatting about on our podcast by clicking here:


Watch OS5

Watch OS5 – Competition

Activity Competitions

Watch OS5 now lets you invite your friends who are also Apple Watch wearers to competitions! Compete in 7 day activities, earning points for closing rings! You’ll even receive coaching notifications to help you along the way!







Auto Workout detection


Watch OS5

Watch OS5 – Workout Detection

In Watch OS5, your Apple watch will now auto-detect what workout you are currently completing! You’ll get an alert to start the correct workout and give retroactive credit. The watch will also recognise that you’ve completed the work out and nudge you to end the workout session if it senses a period of inactivity.









Watch OS5

Watch OS5 – New Workouts

New Workouts

Alongside 12 other workouts on the Apple Watch Yoga and Hiking have been added! Accurately tracking active calories burned and exercise minutes earned.








Watch OS5

Watch OS5 – Running Features



New Running Features

For running enthusiasts, there’s a whole host of powerful features added to Watch OS5. Including steps per minute, metric for indoor and outdoor runs and walks. There’s also an alarm that you can set for outdoor runs. It will let a user know if they are behind or ahead of their designated target pace. Plus the Watch will now let you know the rolling mile pace. This will be an option for runners who want to know their pace for the preceding mile in addition to their average/current pace.



Watch OS5

Watch OS5 – Walkie Talkie

Walkie Talkie

With the tap of your wrist you are now able to communicate with other Watch OS5 users with the introduction of Walkie Talkie! A brand new and fun way to keep in touch with friends and family. It works over both cellular data and Wifi.

(Walkie Talkie Not Available In China, UAE Or Pakistan)





Watch OS5

Watch OS5 – Apple Podcasts

Apple Podcasts

You can now listen to your favourite podcasts (How To Kill An Hour) on your Apple Watch with Watch OS5. Episodes will also be synced with other devices too, as well as auto refresh with the latest episodes!







Watch OS5

Watch OS5 – Siri

Siri Updates

Siri is even better with Watch OS5, she will now offer more predictive and proactive shortcuts throughout the day based on your routines. Taking in information such as location, heart rate after a workout, and your commute time with Maps. Siri will also show you scores from your favourite sports teams!






Student ID Cards

Watch OS5

Watch OS5 – Student ID

For our readers you’ll now be able to add your Student ID card to your Apple Watch! Allowing students to raise their wrist to do an all manner of things such as gain access to the library or their dorms. Universities of Alabama, Oklahoma and Duke will be available when OS5 releases in the fall. While, Johns Hopkins, Santa Clara and Temple Universities will bring the capability by the end of the year.





Enhanced Notifications

Also, Notifications via third party apps are now able to interactive without the need to open the app!

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Google Pixel 3 XL revealed?

Google Pixel 3 XL has seemingly been revealed! As it was left in the back of a Lyft!

Metro are reporting that the driver of the Lyft is a reader of Android Police. A technology website. He is a user of the Pixel 2 XL and immediately noticed that it was different than it!

The thing that was most noticeable to him was the notch. It is completely different! As he had seen it on a number of previous Pixel 3 XL leaks prior. Plus the conspicuous Google Logo on the back of the device would lead him to believe it was a Google Pixel 3 XL.

Google Pixel 3 XL

The driver chose not to have a look within the phone. Yet decided to take pictures of the unknown device instead. Consequently sending them to Android Police. Metro are too reporting that the device was returned to it’s rightful owner.

Google Pixel 3 XL

Maybe we will know more come October 4th at Google’s Pixel event.

However, Metro are reporting that the device will have a 2,960 x 1,440 pixel resolution and run Android 9.


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Vype ePen 3

Vype ePen 3

No strangers to Vapers (1, 2, 3) we have been testing out hte brand new revolutional vaper from Vype, called the ‘Vype ePen 3’ and it is absolutely wonderful! It comes complete with a brand new design and an evolutionary technological improvement to provide a satisfying experience for the user.

The Vype ePen 3 has a cutting edge closed-system vaping technology which provides an alternative to many adult smokers and vapers are used to. It has a HUGE 650mAh battery which delivers intense flavours for Vapers all day! (under an average usage)

The Vype ePen 3 has a brand new design which is compact and comfortable to hold and fits neatly when not used.. It has a metallic finish which comes in a whole host of colours. (Red, Black, Blue, Silver, White and Gold)

Intense Flavours

There are a whole host of flavours that are compatible for with the Vype ePen 3 each come with four nicotine levels too ((0mg/ml, 6mg/ml, 12mg/ml, 18mg/ml).

The flavours available to Vapers are:

  • Blended Tobacco: A blend of smooth, toasted tobacco notes;
  • Crisp Mint: An expertly crafted refreshing mint sensation;
  • Wild Berries: A fresh mix of rich wild berries with a subtle hint of vanilla;
  • Golden Tobacco: A balanced combination of smooth and creamy golden tobacco notes with a hint of sweet caramel;
  • Dark Cherry: A deep yet light blend of dark cherry and red fruit notes;
  • Fresh Apple: A refreshing mix of zesty green apples and cool mint leaves;
  • Infused Vanilla: A blend of sweet and creamy vanilla and caramel tones;

“ePen 3 is our best vape ever and has been five years in the making.  Internal tests show ePen 3 provides a superior vaping experience versus other Pod Mods, recognised by the positive reviews we have received from smokers and Vapers alike.

The rich vapour and intense flavour delivery sets this device apart and provides a truly satisfying experience that offers a real alternative to smoking while being a great lifestyle fit for Vapers seeking a fashionable, & easy-to-use device.  The wide choice of colours, flavours and nicotine strengths mean there is something for every Vaper or smoker”.  

Gemma Webb, General Manager at British American Tobacco UK 

Our own Marcus Bronzy says:

“Portable device for Vapers that just works!”

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Bowers and Wilkins Sound System

Bowers and Wilkins Sound System

To attend Festival of Sound 2018 please click here for ticket information!

One Legendary Speaker

British speaker innovators Bowers and Wilkins are bringing to the Festival of Sound (27th-30th September) their incredible Bowers and Wilkins Sound System! It will be shown off at the Novotel London West, Hammersmith International Center. The three day event will showcase luxury audio, live music and seminars. The Bowers and Wilkins Sound System gives musical artists the opportunity to perform on a speaker system that will bring a different dimension to their music.

At the festival this year, artists such as Chris Difford the founding member of Squeeze and two time Grammy nominated singer songwriter Beht Nielsen Chapman. Plus trip hop artists UNKLE and co-founderss of Art of Noise, Gary Langan and JJ Jeczalik.

Bowers and Wilkins Sound System

Bowers and Wilkins Sound System

Bowers and Wilkins Sound System

The Sound System is the make up of over 50 years of acoustic excellence to produce one incredible sound system. Providing a range and clarity that a normal top end hi fi speaker system would. While also providing the raw power required to deliver sound as it’s meant to be heard to 1000’s of music lovers. There’s a reason why this incredible system has never been produced commercially. Consequently the sound system has become legendary within the music scene.

Sound System made it’s debut at one of Europe’s most impressive festivals 4 years ago in 2014. The Primavera Sound. It was so well received too! Therefore it has gone on to a number of tours of summer festivals. Furthermore it has been played on by DJ’s such as John Talabot and Jackmaster.


Sound System is made up of four way active loudspeakers upon four stacks acting as a foundation. The stacks are HUGE too standing 3.2meters tall. Providing a total of 120dB of sound and bass that is thumping but controlled. The sound engineeres that have crafted most of Bowers and Wilkins most famous products also worked on the Sound System. The result, one amazing PA system that sounds beautifully wonderful.

Festival of Sound 2018

Festival Of Sound 2018

Festival Of Sound 2018

The Festival of Sound for 2018 is heavily music focused. Bringing together a global premier of the worlds most premium audio products. With it complete with demonstrations and seminars. Furthermore there will be live musical acts from renowned artists and individual buskers. However, this year, they will all be played on the Bowers and Wilkins amazing PA System the “Sound System”

“Our concert series is set to feature Chris Difford, UNKLE co-founder James Lavelle & Philip Sheppard, Art of Noise co-founders JJ Jeczalik and Gary Langan, Unsung Singers, Antonio Forcione, Beth Nielsen Chapman and many more, so we wanted to make a statement when it came to the PA system the music will be heard through – after all this is an audio show. To do this, we have the honour of using Bowers & Wilkins’ Sound System, which will provide the concert goers with the high quality hi-fi sound the brand is known for in an intimate live music environment.” Vernon Hamblin, producer of the Festival of Sound

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Best Electric Skateboard Ever? – Boosted Stealth

Best Electric Skateboard Ever? – Boosted Stealth

Our very own Marcus Bronzy tested out the new Boosted Boards 'Stealth' – How good is it though?….Find out more here :- mention to DJI x LaCie with the 'Boss Drive'More about that here:- Boosted Model Review:- / Directed by Marcus Bronzy – http://www.MarcusBronzy.comEdited by AR Visual –

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Wednesday, 5 September 2018

We loved Boosted Boards here at How To Kill An Hour, if you remembered our review of  the original city slicker. If you didn’t here’s our run down of what we loved about that amazing board. We even did a little test to see how far it can go on one full charge. However, that board has now been superseded by a new line up of urban travelling personal vehicles. In today’s review, we’re taking the grand daddy of them all, the top of the line, the king of the ring, the Boosted Stealth!

It looks as good as it sounds too:

It’s really fast and even though a 2mph increase in speed doesn’t feel like a lot. Especially for those that drive 2mph is nothing.

However, when it is just you and the board and the open road. Boy oh boy, 2mph is HUGE! The top speed is only eligible for those that use the ‘hyper’ speed mode on the board. We advise riders to get used to all the other modes first before they go IN! As electric skateboards do take some getting used to. It’s not a case of getting on and pushing go! You need to practice!


Here’s a comparison between the previous generations Boosted Board, Boosted Board 2nd generation + Extended Range Battery, and the top of the range current generation of Boosted Boards the Boosted Board Stealth:


Boosted StealthBoosted Board 2nd Generation + Extended Range Battery
RangeUp to 14MilesUp to 7Miles / 14Miles (Xtended Range)
Hill ClimbUp to 25% GradeUp to 25% Grade
Power 2,100 Watts2,000 Watts
Deck Super Flex Composite Deck
Flexible Bamboo
190mm CNC Precision MachinedComposite Steel
Remote Ergonomic Bluetooth RemoteErgonomic Bluetooth Remote
Top Speed Up to 24 MphUp to 22mph
Ride Modes
5 Ride Modes
3 Modes for Normal
4 Ride Modes for Xtended Range
Dimensions 11.3in (w) 38in (L) 5.7in (H)11in (w) 38in (L) 5.2in (H)
BrakesRegenerative Brakes
WheelsBoosted Stratus 85mm
Orangatang 80mm
iOS and AndroidiOS and Android
Charging Time 1hr 45mins
1hr 30mins – 2hrs


The current cost of a Boosted Board stealth at the time of writing is $1699.99 (UK) $1599 (US ex-VAT) the ‘Boosted Plus’ is $1499.99 (UK) $1,399 (US ex-VAT)

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DJI Lacie Co-pilot

DJI x Lacie Co-Pilot

Best Electric Skateboard Ever? – Boosted Stealth

Our very own Marcus Bronzy tested out the new Boosted Boards 'Stealth' – How good is it though?….Find out more here :- mention to DJI x LaCie with the 'Boss Drive'More about that here:- Boosted Model Review:- / Directed by Marcus Bronzy – http://www.MarcusBronzy.comEdited by AR Visual –

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Wednesday, 5 September 2018

The DJI Lacie Co-Pilot is basically a rugged external hard drive. But for the videographer’s out there. It’s a lot more than that. Who doesn’t want 2TB’s, a back up battery and a SD card reader in one?

Not got USB C? The Co-Pilot has got you! Use the regular USB or MicroUSB ports. Plug in any piece of media and the Co-Pilot does the rest, it’s automatically backed up. There’s also a small screen on the front to tell you how much storage is left. Making it great for videographers who don’t want to carry around their laptop ‘just in case’ they run out of space on all their SD cards.  The Co-Pilot will also charge devices and daisy chain other drives off of it. Simply plug another external HDD into it and your lappy will be able to read and write to it!

We loved using it when we were using the Boosted Board and it definitely helps when we are on the road. As it helps us not having to carry around as much equipment with us. The ability to attach it to our mobile devices allows us to check rushes without the need for laptops, which is a saviour as we don’t have to be taking footage off the device, on to the computer and checking. All very time consuming!

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EE same day delivery

EE Same Day Delivery + Set Up?!

As with Amazon and Argos’ delivery options, same day delivery options, EE are joining the club too! It seems as though that same day delivery is going to become a lot more common in the future. Therefore the phone giant are looking to seperate themselves from the rest. EE same day delivery will include the delivery of your phone to you. Plus give you a helping hand with it as well. Furthermore it’ll be as quickly as 2 hours after purchase too!

The insanely fast delivery service is currently looking to launch in the Greater London area first. An expert will arrive at your doorstep and show you how to set up your phone. EE aren’t also going to be charging you for the privilege either.

To tech nerds like ourselves and our friends over at Gizmodo, it seems as though it may not be as useful as it sounds. As how difficult is it to set up a phone. However, there are people out there, you’re gran, your dad or even your not so technically adapt cousin. It can be a daunting task to set up a phone, especially if you’re brand new to smart phones.

EE same day delivery, will also look to help you get connected to smart home products that you have in the house or your Android Auto/Apple CarPlay apps. Going above and beyond just setting up your phone and leaving, will definitely set apart EE from everyone else!

EE same day delivery will only be available to a select number of flagship phones right now and only if you order online. Just select ‘superfast delivery with expert set-up’ at check out and pick an appointment. Then voila. Watch the magic happen!

Messages from the CEO

“Although we’re a nation of gadget lovers, many people just don’t have the time to learn about or set up the latest features on their new smartphone. With our new superfast, super-flexible and personal delivery service, complete with on-the-spot expert set-up with our partners Enjoy, our customers will get the best smartphone delivery experience in the UK. We want to make getting set up on your new phone just that little bit easier.” (Marc Allera, CEO, EE)

“We understand how important it is to get up and running with your smartphone, and as quickly as possible, so we are thrilled to partner with EE and extend our superfast personal delivery to EE customers in the UK”. (Rob Johnson, Co-Founder & CEO, Enjoy)


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Deepfake Dancing

Deepfake Dancing – Drop A Beat!

A few months ago there was the scandal revolving around Deepfakes. The tech that is a more intelligent version of faceswapping, was used to insert celebs into naughty videos. The latest way that this artificial intelligence tech is being used? Dancing. Deepfakes dancing is here and you can be the best dance in your town! (In video form at least) It uses AI to read someone elses dance moves and then copies them on to your body.

The tech is developeed by 4 researchers at UC Berkley. They wrote in a paper posted on arXiV that their system is made up of a number of steps. Firstly a video of the want to be dancer is recorded, a separate programme then analyses the moves and compiles them into a stick figure. The want to be dancer is recorded for around 20mins for the quality of transfer to be useable. Then a source video is found and a stick figure made of their movements too!  Then the swap happens. The stick figure (non dancing one) is attached to the movements of the dancing stick figure. Boom. You are now a dancer. A capabale one too.

Deepfake Dancing

Deepfake Dancing



The programme is working very hard to smooth the movement of the stick figures. The reason behind this is so that upon completion the dancers don’t jerk around too much. Plus there programme is also retracing the non professional dancers face to ensure realism.

However, for the Deepfake Dancing programme to work effectively, loose clothing cannot be worn, they have to wear tight fighting clothing. As The Verge are reporting, in the video above, there is some visual artefacts. Joints of the target and source dancer don’t 100% match up. The software seems to not be able to keep up with small complex movements either for example a hand flipping from back to front.

(The Verge)

Despite all this Deepfake Dancing sounds super cool. But like most tech it could be used in a negative way! It will be interesting to see how this tech plays out and how it will be used by all in the future!

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