Elite Dangerous: Arena thrusts players into first-person dogfights against the galaxy’s greatest pilots in stunning 3D space arenas. With easy to pick-up controls that quickly reveal incredible depth, Elite Dangerous: Arena is a new way to engage in fast-paced PVP action against players from around the world for just £4.99 ($7.49, €6.75, 375 RUB).

Elite Dangerous: Arena brings Elite Dangerous’ Close Quarter Combat (CQC) PVP game to players as a standalone release, featuring full cross-compatibility with the large and growing Elite Dangerous player community.

CQC is the ultimate 34th century gladiatorial contest between starship pilots, featuring:

  • Four agile, combat-honed space ships. Choose from the fast and aggressive Federal and Imperial Fighters, the damage-dealing Eagle or the heavyweight Sidewinder.
  • Multiple tactical options with custom loadouts unlocked by ranking up.
  • Four Arenas: Elevate’s towering view, Cluster Compound’s mining facility, Asteria Point’s cavernous space station and Ice Field’s frozen asteroid belt.
  • Eight-player Free for All, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag game modes.
  • Realistic, agile starship handling powered by Elite Dangerous’ advanced simulation technology.

Elite Dangerous: Arena is a different kind of multi-player shooter, offering competitive gamers the chance to jump into thrilling space combat and challenge the world.” Frontier CEO David Braben said. “We showcase CQC to players at events around the world, and it’s a hit wherever it’s played.” 

All Elite Dangerous: Arena and Elite Dangerous CQC players are eligible to enter Frontier’s $100,000 Close Quarter Combat Championships tournament. Selection will take place over a series of heats in the spring and summer, and heat winners will receive an invite to the grand final to be held at a secret location and livestreamed online later this year.

Elite Dangerous: Arena is available today for just £4.99 ($7.49, €6.75, 375 RUB) at and Steam. 

Elite Dangerous: Deluxe Edition, featuring CQC and full access to the new Horizons season of expansions is available now for £39.99 ($59.99, €53.99, 2998 RUB).

All Elite Dangerous players already own CQC as part of the core game, and can look forward to a new world of competition as pilots enter the fray via Elite Dangerous: Arena.

Players who buy Elite Dangerous: Arena and later choose to enter the epic Elite Dangerous galaxy will receive the full cost of Elite Dangerous: Arena off the price of Elite Dangerous: Deluxe Edition.

For more on Elite Dangerous: Arena, visit

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Evernote Tags Tutorial

Evernote has become an important part of my filing process. However one thing I’ve been trying to get better at is tagging my Evernote notes for even easier locating. 

A recent vlog from Enrico Nahler contains some really useful tips on how to make the best of Evernote’s tags.

Have you found a unique way to keep track of your Evernote notes? Let me know in the comments below.

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Apple launch USB C charge cable replacement program

Apple have acknowledged that some USB C charge cables, packaged with MacBooks and sold as accessories throughout June 2015, may intermittently charge or complete fail to charge your devices. This is believed to be due to a failing in the manufacturing process. 

Apple have now launched a replacement program for all cable owners effected by the failure. 

The cables are clearly marked, and are easy to identify, check the image below for an example

Replacement cables can be ordered for collection from Apple stores, or from authorised repair centres. 

The article published by Apple can be found here

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[updated] 01/01/1970 was a great day.. Unless you’re an iPhone

A bug in iOS has meant many people have ended up with a ‘bricked’ phone after falling for an online prank, offering a retro iOS Easter egg. 

Setting an iOS device clock to midnight on 01/01/1970 ends up in a divide by zero error – resulting in an un bootable device. 

It’s believe to be caused by the fact the time is stored on the device in GMT, then an offset applied of seconds since 1970, depending on your location. As the above essentially sets the devices clock to zero thus causing the error. 

There’s no “Easter egg” of a retro apple symbol in the OS. So don’t risk trying to find it, unless you’re short of paper weights. 

EDIT: A video has since been published on YouTube explaining how to fix your phone should you have fallen for this “trick” 

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A read of a blog post saved me ~hours

As part of my job role I have to monitor and maintain VPN connections on several sites across the UK. This relies on many third party systems and networks, each of which have their own status pages. However non have their own RSS feeds.. This generally leads to a scramble around for links for status pages when we lose connection to a site.. That was until I read a recent blog post from Richard Tubb’s blog

The post featured a service called VisualPing which I’ve now set up to monitor and notify me of changes to the status pages. VisualPing takes a ‘screenshot’ at a specified interval, and compares it to the preview screenshot taken. If there’s been any changes it then notifies you via email. 

So now, I get the status delivered to my inbox – leaving me to get on with more important things such as speaking to the branch to explain the issue. 

I’ve used VisualPing to monitor service status pages, but as Richard’s pointed out in his post, you can use it to monitor any web page for changes! 

Thanks for Richard for this time saver.. 

Have you found a unique way to use VisualPing? Let me know in the comments section below. 

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