Articles by Robert Brand

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review
Review
by robert brand
Feb 17, 2013


There are only a few Windows 8 laptops in production that we can consider to be the ‘high end’, machines with exacting build quality and specifications to match. While many PC makers are content to push out hum drum machines with middling specs and so...

Exclusivity deal ends: Three show off Nokia Lumia 920
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by robert brand
Jan 11, 2013

Considered by many to be the Windows Phone 8 device to get, the Lumia 920 has unfortunately been locked to a single network here in the UK. That’s all about to end and to celebrate the guys at Three UK have released their first video to introduce the device to...

Windows Phone selling like hotcakes and Intel speculation
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by robert brand
Jan 10, 2013

Even though Microsoft wasn’t exhibiting at CES this year, doesn’t mean they haven’t been present. From Steven Ballmer taking to the stage at the Qualcomm keynote to some surprise Xbox 360 demos, it’s been busy.

The folks at Computer World caught up with...

Mehdoh updated to 3.2
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by robert brand
Jan 10, 2013

Why it was only a few days ago that we saw Mehdoh updated with some cool new features to make it Windows Phone 8 friendly. Seems like developer Chris Field isn’t content to leave it there, as today were seeing yet another bump for the popular Swiss army knife...

Podcatcher Updated along with Nokia Transfer My Data
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by robert brand
Jan 10, 2013

We recently reviewed Podcatcher and whilst the app is a relative newcomer to the Windows Phone Store it has already caught our eye. One of the reasons for that was the developer's rapid fire updates, quickly adding features and fixes to the app.

Transfer...

Lenovo considering Windows Phone for 2013
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by robert brand
Jan 10, 2013

The Consumer Electronics Show continues to give us some hints about what’s coming up for 2013. Lenovo senior executive JD Howard has spilled the beans on their plans to produce a Windows Phone 8 device as early as this year.

Microsoft and Lenovo are...

Nokia signs new deal to put Windows Phones into enterprise
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by robert brand
Jan 09, 2013

Good news today for the prospects of seeing more Windows Phone make their way into the important business market. Nokia and Avande have signed a deal to get Microsoft services, Lumia products and expertise into the enterprise.

Avanade is a global...

Nokia Pulse Beta – Now works with Windows Phone 8
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by robert brand
Jan 09, 2013

Nokia have had this one baking in the labs for some time but there still seems no sign that it’s about to leave beta and be made publicly available to all. The app and accompanying service bills itself as “Messaging, now with location”.

Nokia Pulse and...

Amazon Mobile and Fhotoroom updated
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by robert brand
Jan 09, 2013

The start of the year has already seen a slew of updates for apps and now we’re seeing yet more updates arrive for Windows Phone. This time it’s the turn of Fhotoroom, the popular social networking and photo editing app and Amazon Mobile to get bumped.

Stacks For Instapaper 3.0 Update:  Windows Phone 8 features on board
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by robert brand
Jan 09, 2013

Last week we covered the Stacks for Instapaper app for Windows 8, it’s safe to say we think it’s the best way to use Instapaper on your Windows 8 tablet right now. As part of that review we also did a sneak peak of the coming update to the Windows Phone 8 app. ...

SkyDrive updated with new features for 2013
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by robert brand
Jan 09, 2013

Microsoft’s cloud based storage solution; SkyDrive has picked up its first set of updates as we go into 2013. The service has quickly evolved to become the hub for nearly every product in Microsoft’s line up. Windows Phone has always been deeply connected and...

Messenger users: It’s time to update to Skype
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by robert brand
Jan 09, 2013

We reported on the demise of Microsoft’s long serving Messenger instant chat and video calling service some time back. If you are already an existing user then you’ll have been greeted with pop up notices urging you to update to Skype over the last month or so...

Windows 8 and Windows Phone snubbed by BBC
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by robert brand
Jan 08, 2013

Just recently the BBC released yet more new apps for Apple’s iPhone and announced plans for more support of Google Android devices. The corporation has stated publically the need to make its content available to all in as many ways as possible but has...

Windows Phone 8 updates come to SoundHound
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by robert brand
Jan 08, 2013

Microsoft kindly built in music recognition into Windows Phone a while back but for the power user they generally need to seek other solutions. One such solution is the SoundHound instant music and discovery service.

With advent of Windows Phone 8 we got...

Twitter app mehdoh updated: Windows Phone 8 never tweeted so good
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by robert brand
Jan 07, 2013

Windows Phone is blessed with some of the best Twitter apps on any platform, one of the heavyweights is undoubtedly Mehdoh. A sleek totally metro app that simply packs in tons of features for your social networking needs. The app has just got another update....

wpcentral Dropbox app now available for Windows 8
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by robert brand
Jan 07, 2013

Good news for those who have been waiting and anticipating the arrival of Dropbox for Windows 8, it is now available. The popular cloud storage and sharing service has built a reputation as one of the more ubiquitous ways that folks like to share files and so...

Stacks for Instapaper: Reading on your Windows Phone and Windows 8 tablet made elegant
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by robert brand
Jan 05, 2013

Keeping up to date with things we want to read can be a constant challenge, thankfully there are services which allow you to save things for later. The premise is simple, notice something on the web that you want to read and you can save it to your reading list...

wpcentral podcatcher 2.0 review
Review
by robert brand
Jan 04, 2013

Windows Phone has a little problem for those of us outside the USA, it will not allow subscribing and downloading podcasts from the handset. Like any problem it has spawned a solution, when it comes to podcasts ‘many’ solutions. One of the latest to tackle this...

wpcentral Microsoft testing service to ease Xbox Live ID region changes
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by robert brand
Jan 03, 2013

When Windows Phone initially launched there were some of us who simply used our existing Hotmail Accounts to sign into the phone. Problem was that some had the account set for the wrong geographic region creating a fair amount of issues.

At that time it...

RedLaser Updated: Voice search and image recognition added
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by robert brand
Jan 03, 2013

Now we're into 2013 we’re seeing the updates for apps come in once more, today we got an update for the excellent eBay app, Redlaser.

Redlaser has been doing good service on Windows Phone for some time now and with the latest update we arrive at version...

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