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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’


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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gNewsReader: Google News Reader Symbian Client


There may be a number of RSS readers available for Symbian^3/Anna devices, but for a while now I watching this development of gNewsReader from a developer project to a premium OVI Store app.



Once the purchased and installed the app conforms to the Symbian Belle GUI format and is very easy to use although there are a small number features available on the Google Reader site that cannot be achieved via the mobile client.

The first of these is mark-all-read from the posts list within a specific feeds view, although the it is possible to mark-all-read for a specific feeds from the main feeds list.

Secondly, although related, it is not possible to mark a specific post as read without either marking all posts within a feeds as read from the main screen or opening the specific post.

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Once these limitations are accepted the app layout is simple with the main window displaying a categorised feed list, although it is not possible to categorise feeds via this app (Google Reader site required for classification). Although the category headings display contained feeds the starred, broadcast and blogger-followed headings operate as buttons instead, on pressing which display a list of the posts falling within the relevant categories.

A down side about the current layout is that tapping on category headings opens a screen with all posts within this category which could be helpful, but may be aided by providing the option to open a list of contained feeds or contained posts. I accept that the user created categories have contained feeds bellow, but the starred, broadcast and blogger-followed category headings have no form of contents filtering by feed or sharer, etc.

Moving down the main screen to the bottom control bar. The buttons and resultant features accessible are (from left to right):

  • Exit
  • Refresh
  • Settings Menu
    • About Application
    • Unread Filter Global – toggle the “Load New Feeds” filter selection between main subscriptions screen and all screens.
    • Auto Image Resize – toggles between showing images resized to fit or not.
    • Full HTML Content – toggles full HTML content on and off
  • View Menu
    • Subscribe to New Feed – Enables subscription to a new thread by entering the feed URL and an optional title or by pasting the feed from the clipboard.
    • Load Starred Feeds – display feeds containing starred posts only.
    • Load New Feeds – display feeds containing new posts only
    • Load All Feeds – display all feeds.
    • Load Shared By Friends – display posts shared by friends.
    • Load Shared By You – display personally shared posts.
    • Clear Authorization Data – delete Google Reader user information.

Additional to the above menu options a long press on a user created category provides mark-all-read beneath that heading and a long press on a feed heading provides a short floating menu enabling the user to unsubscribe, mark-all-read or rename the feed.

A tap on the relevant category heading or feed heading opens a new posts screen as discussed above. Once in this view the options a very limited with the bottom (right hand) menu button only providing the option to load more posts, whilst the middle filter icons toggles between showing all posts and only new/unread posts.

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Once a specific post is opened the screen layout is based on some of the setting from the main screen menus, namely image size and HTML content appears differently based on the toggle location on the Settings Menu.

The bottom control bar on this screen enable (from right to left), back-up to posts list, previous and next posts navigation and a large menu detailed below:

  • Keep Unread – leave the posts tagged as unread
  • Share to twitter – post a tweet linked to the posts via your twitter account.
  • Share to Facebook – post linked to the posts via your facebook account.
  • Send to Read It Later – save the post to your Read-It-Later account to read off-line later.
  • Send to Instapaper – save the post to your Instapaper account to read off-line later.
  • Add Star/Remove Star – star or remove a star from the post on Google Reader.
  • Share/Unshare (Google Reader) – share or unshare the post on Google Reader.
  • Like/Unlike – like or unlike the post on Google Reader.
  • Edit Tags – edit the default tags associated with the posts on Google Reader.
  • Copy URL to Clipboard – copy the post URL to the global clipboard on the phone to paste into other applications.


This is a very capable app and is the only RSS app for me as over time I have found using the likes of Google Reader to manage my RSS feed subscriptions. Until the appearance of gNewsReader I used Gravity for my Google Reader needs, but gNewsReader provides the image and full HTML support that Gravity does not. I can see a very bright future for this app and it will be a staple install for my Nokia N8 from now on.

Although I have identified a small number of improvements I would like to see, this app is well worth it’s price of £1.

Finally, there is an update on it’s way at the moment, but I have not been able to get my hands on a change log yet. When it becomes available the change log should appear on the developer’s project page.


Symbian Anna Officially released for the Nokia N8

You may already be aware that Symbian Anna has finally released for the Nokia N8 as well as the Nokia C7 and E7.

What’s the difference?

With this comes the following improvements:

Improved text input

  • There’s a portrait QWERTY keyboard for fast, single-handed typing.

  • There’s also a split-screen view while you’re typing, so you can see the web pages, forms and message threads you’re replying to.

Better browser

  • The browser is easier to use and faster, and offers better compliance with recent standards.

Enhanced Maps

  • Ovi Maps now has a simpler and quicker search function.

  • It also includes public transport routes.

  • And you can check in to social networks, send emails and SMS messages sharing your location.

Business features

  • Email improvements include full meeting request support.

  • Hardware-accelerated encryption of your phone’s data for true business-grade security.

  • Secure intranet access for business users who need IPSEC and SSL VPN enablers.

Near-Field Communications

  • Symbian Anna also activates the NFC hardware in the Nokia C7, for easy sharing, games, use with NFC-enabled accessories and reading NFC tags on other items.

For developers

  • Flashlite 4, Java Runtime 2.2, Qt Mobility 1.1 and Qt 4.7 bring things up-to-date for developers.

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Camera Fx

A new app has arrived from the developer of CameraPro going by the name of CameraFx. Whilst Camera Pro is provided for those wanting to take professional looking photographs with maximum control variance CameraFx provides a something for those wanting to have more fun with their images.

The number of Masks, filters and effects is quite impressive with the extremely long list detailed below:

Masks Masks_LomoLense

  • None
  • Custom Frame – Select a mask (8 bit gra…) from C:/, E:/ or F:/
  • Lomo Lense
  • Vignetting
  • Frame


  • None Filters_CustomConvolution
  • Black&White
  • Black&White Inverted
  • Custom Convolution 
  • Dilate
  • Edge Detect
  • Emboss
  • Erode
  • Gaussian Blur Filters_NightVision
  • Mean Removal
  • Median Smooth
  • Negativ 
  • Night Vision
  • Posterize
  • Sepia/Old film
  • Sharpen (Convolution)
  • Solarize
  • Thermal


  • None 
  • Fisheye
  • Flip Horizontal
  • Flip Vertical
  • Mirror Bottom
  • Mirror Left
  • Mirror Right
  • Mirror Top Effects_RandomNoise
  • Moire 
  • Pixelize
  • Random Noise
  • Time Warp
  • Twirl
  • Water




  • No flash
  • Auto
  • Forced
  • Red Eye

Open Image

Camera Mode


  • Storage location Filterss_Thermal
    • Custom location
    • C:/
    • D:/
    • E:/ 
    • F:/
  • File prefix
    • Date
    • Custom
  • Image size Effects_Water
    • 4000×3000
    • 4000×2248
    • 3264×2448
    • 3264×1832
    • 2592×1944
    • 2592×1456
    • 2048×1536
    • 1600×1200 
    • 1280×960
    • 1024×768 Effects_Pixelize
    • 640×480
  • Image format
    • jpg
    • bmp
    • png
  • Show captured image
  • One tap selection

Sample Images

Below are a few fun images we took to show you what fun you can have with CameraFx.

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With a price tag of only £1.50, CameraFx is well worth the money for all the fun you can have.


Review: Camera Pro

camerapro Just in-case you haven’t seen my latest application review over at N8 Geeks head over to the Camera Pro review and leave a comment on what you think.

Must admit the app takes a while to get used to because of the shear quantity of adjustability options it provides, with some of these providing a further level of sub-modification.

It’s a must have for me with a price tag of just £3 from the OVI Store.

To read more head over to my review.


JoikuSpot comes to Symbian^3

Having used JoikuSpot on my old Nokia N97 I was interested to test it out on the new Nokia N8, running Symbian^3. I was very happy to see that there is a completely new version of app released which is aligned to the new OS.

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One of the first things you will notice is the much simpler interface. It has now become the “Does what it says on the tin” WiFi app for Nokia phones.

The operation could not be simpler once the app is setup. When you open the app you are presented with an info overlay asking if you want to share your internet connection with external devices. Tap “Yes” and the app will start connecting. If you select “No” the left hand tab is selected and  you can go into options or tap on the “Start” icon to enable internet Wi-Fi sharing and be presented with the sharing question again.

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OVI Mail & OVI Chat (powered by Yahoo!) – Coming Soon

Following the announcement earlier this year that Nokia were teaming up with Yahoo for Maps, email and chat, the day is getting closer.

A little background on the agreement first. The basics of the agreement is that Yahoo gain access to the wonders of map data and API access to OVI Maps and Nokia gain access to the long history Yahoo has in the world of IM and email.

Today the Fran over at the OVI Blog posted an update in the future of OVI Mail and Chat (OVI Contacts) with the help of Yahoo. The good news is that “You will still get free email and IM accounts from Ovi by Nokia, which you can set up and access from your mobile phone, and you’ll get enhancements that let you do even more with Mail and Chat.”

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First post from WordPress for Symbian

Well. This has been a long time coming. I first pund out about the WordPress for Nokia app many months ago, but was stopped from using it due to my using a Nokia N97. The poblem was the reliance the app has on Qt requiring a chunk of the phone memory which is, of course, too limited on the N97.

Now that I have a phone without the phone memory issus of the N97 I have the chance to try it out. The main issues I’ve found with version 0.84 a non-capitalisation issue and the inability to upload images with posts. As a result presently the pixelpipe app is a better app if you want to blog with images and the new Symbian^3 Pixelpipe app is a beaut’.

UPDATE: I am happy to say that having uninstalled and re-installed the new v0.85 beta that all my problems are solved and the future is peachy.


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