Utility

Yesterday we mentioned the Speedtest.net had released a Windows Phone 8 app but many were receiving network communications errors that prevented them from using the app.

The developers work frantically to identify and resolve the issue and the app appears to be working as it should. We have confirmed that Speedtest.net is working on the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X over WiFi and cellular signals.

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Windows Phone Short-take: Net Swiss Knife

If you're looking for a simple network utility app you might want to give Net Swiss Knife a try on your Windows Phone. Net Swiss Knife has four main tools plus access to your Windows Phone network settings.

With Net Swiss Knife you can scan a local network by IP Address, conduct a DNS query, run a WHOIS search and set up a Wake-On-LAN command. Input is straight forward and from the three-dot menu you can access a series of walkthrough tutorials and your Windows Phone network settings.

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Pictures Lab moves up to version 2.0

Described as the Swiss Army Knife of photo apps for your Windows Phone, Pictures Lab has recently been updated to version 2.0. Along with the customary performance tweaks, here are the new features that the update adds to the mix.

  • Added 11 borders, which can be applied on top of an effect and work with any aspect ratio
  • Added an integrated Facebook photo upload functionality
  • Added the new HDR effect
  • Added 3 new vintage effects: Koda, 1991 and Kolor
  • Reduced the vignette of most vintage effects, since the phopt was too dark most of the times
  • Reordered the effects preview list
  • Added Twitter's own, new image service. It's NOT the default Twitter image service since Twitter has some bugs at the moment. The used image service can be changed in the Settings.

Another nice feature of version 2.0 is that it is compatible with both NoDo and Mango devices.

In just tinkering with Pictures Lab for a short period, it comes across as a very simple yet effective photo enhancement app. Filters and effects are previewed in thumbnails, making it easy to choose what direction you want to take your photo. Adding the Facebook and Twitter integration makes it easier to share your photos when your through adjusting them.

There is a free trial version available for Pictures Lab with the full version running $1.99. You can download both here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

Thanks Rene for sharing this with us!

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Tonido - App Spotlight

Ever have the need to access your computer files from your Windows Phone while on the go? If so, Tonido is being offered over at the Marketplace that might be of some help.

You'll need to download and install Tonido for Windows on to your PC (there's also a USB Portable Edition as well as a Mac version). You then establish a username and password on your computer, install the Windows Phone app, and then you'll have access to your computers files, photos, and media content.

Key features include:

  • Browse your folders and files in your PC, Mac, Linux Computers from everywhere using WP7 Smartphones
  • Stream Music from your PC to WP7 SmartPhone
  • Open many popular file formats like like Word, Excel, Powerpoint and PDF
  • Quickly browse your pictures
  • Download Media Files and Play Offline
  • Tonido gives you direct access to your files and doesn't upload anything to the cloud.

Tonido is a free application and you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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Tiinx - App Spotlight

Tiinx is a social news portal that allows users to aggregate content from several parts and report them directly to the Tiinx community.  Tiinx the Windows Phone 7 application, brings this portal to your Windows Phone and as an added bonus, included a car finder utility.

Tiinx offers the following functions:

  • "Social News" allows you to write or report items of your interest to share with the community, vote and comment on them
  • "Find my car" allows you to store your car's GPS position and review it later through Bing Maps. The location can be stored on Tiinx Social and displayed on the web with Bing Maps on Tinx.com.

Registration with Tiinx is required and free. The Windows Phone app is free and you can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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Roboprint - App Spotlight [Updated]

RoboPrint is being billed as the first Windows Phone 7 application to let you print to any printer, anywhere, at anytime.

And it's not restricted to just one printer. Roboprint allows you to have multiple printer profiles for your home printer, your office printer, your friends printer, or your secretaries printer. As long as it is reachable on the internet Roboprint will access it.

RoboPrint provides you with a free Windows host application (available at Roboprint's website) that you install on a computer attached to your printer (either directly or via a share), and from that Host RoboPrint will connect to the Windows Phone 7 application and printing can begin. You can install the host program on as many computers as you want.

Roboprint is limited on the content you can print though. You can print emails, web pages or photos.  It's a free application and you can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

Update: Just heard back from the Developer.  The app was pulled temporarily to fix a bug.  Blue Planet states Roboprint should return to the Marketplace very shortly.

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