REVIEW: JBL Play UP portable NFC BT Speaker

WP_000015Thanks to the Nokia Connects team we have received a trial JBL Play Up which is the first speaker incarnation from their partnership with Nokia for audio accessory design. For those of you who have been Nokia followers for a few years the JBL Play Up is a development of the Nokia 360 portable BT (Bluetooth) speaker with a modernised Lumia styling and JBL audio internals.

As a long time user of both the Nokia and JBL product catalogue. The simplest comparison is audio quality of the new JBL Play Up vs that of the older JBL On-Stage (from 2005) and JBL On-Stage micro (from c.2007).

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WordPress for Windows Phone Updated

This is a test post from the newly released version 1.7 of WordPress for Windows Phone.
The main additions in this update are support for Local Drafts, Post Formats and image posting position.
Along with these expansions on the previous version of the app, it is now compatible with Windows Phone 8, language support has been extended and the translation functionality has been improved. Finally there are a number of bug fixes and reliability improvements. Continue reading ‘WordPress for Windows Phone Updated’


HDRtzn: Imaging Issues

primaryImageAfter becoming used to the ability to create HDR Screen Capture (9)images on my Symbian based Nokia N8 I was left a little wanting when I switched to my Windows Phone based Nokia Lumia 800. As time has passed, the limiting factors seem to have been the result of restrictions imposed on developers by the Windows Phone 7 platform design.

During my latest trawl through the Windows Phone Marketplace I came across HDRtzn from CodeMigrant, which is the first self proclaimed HDR application for Windows Phone with the only options being to “Share” or “Buy”, with no option for a “Trial”. Based on it’s sub £2 price tag I was interested enough to pay the price only to find that the app didn’t live up to expectations (see example image capture below).

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Belle Extra Buttons

https://i1.wp.com/p.d.ovi.com/p/g/store/9570161/MrAlshahawy_Belle_Extra_Buttons_Nokia_Store-96x96.pngHave you ever noticed the wide spacing in the bottom button bar on your Nokia Belle device when on the home screen in the menus?

Well, Mr Alshahawy did and decided he could make use of the inter-button space to add an additional two buttons and created Belle Extra Buttons. Once installed a new app icon appears on the menu screen which provides access to the functionality selection for the two newly added button’s. Initially, the options were somewhat limited providing three alternatives for the buttons:

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mInbox: Combined E-mail, SMS & MMS Inbox

icon1-96x96 One of the capabilities I have been hoping for from Nokia for a number of years now is a combined inbox for all communications. Sadly, although this was previewed, although not perfectly,  by the competition a few years ago in the form of the Vodafone 360 it has never made it into the Nokia external roadmap.

In steps FTCN over at the Nokia Store, the developer for the well loved Facial, Facebook app with mInbox or Master Inbox to give it it’s full title.

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REVIEW: Nokia Lumia 800 @TeckRadar

TechRadar Those that follow me on twitter (@MartynBrett) will have noticed that I have recently reviewed the Nokia Lumia 800 for TechRadar.

For those that had not seen the review here’s a link:


You should note that, as discussed in the review, the Nokia Lumia 800 reviewed had pre-release software on and I will be writing an update to the review when the production software releases.

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REVIEW: CoverUp: Correct Album Covers on Device

coverup_clearWhen recently browsing around the OVI Store I noted an interesting app which looks through your on device music collection looking for tracks with missing artwork.

I’m sure I;m not the only person out there that has transferred music onto their Nokia device only to find that some tracks do not have album art associated although the PC client implied all was fine.

The good new is that teknolog, the developer of PodCatcher, has created a wonderful little app called CoverUp.

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