Cat B15 DUAL-SIM Tough Phone now readily available from Clove

Cat B15 Tough Smartphone

We’ve recently listed another version of the Cat B15 tough phone – the Dual SIM variant!

We’ve had numerous questions over the last 6/7 months with people asking when the dual SIM variant will become available and now we’re please to announce that stock is readily available.

The Cat B15 is a tough smartphone which also has a great specification. It has been designed to be able to withstand the harshest conditions and benefits from an ingress protection rating of IP67. This means it is impervious to dust and can stay within water depths of up to 1 metre for 30 minutes. The hardware specification is impressive with a 1GHz dual core processor, 4 inch screen and a 5MP camera. So not only is it tough, but it is able to use the latest Android software.

There has been no compromise in making the Cat B15. The design incorporates an aluminium body which is surrounded by a toughened rubberised casing to ensure it can survive impacts. In fact it can bounce back from drops of up 1.8 metres onto concrete. Of course this would be nothing if the screen was not as robust, but Corning Gorilla Glass is included within the specification, so you should avoid scratches and other damage.

The ingress protection rating of IP67 means you can be sure the Cat B15 won’t be affected when you are within dusty environments, as it impervious to dust. It is also able to withstand water depths of up to 1 metre for 30 minutes. So the occasional splash of water should cause it no problems.

Not only is the Cat B15 tough but it is also able to utilize the latest software. This is due to its impressive specification in comparison to other rugged devices which includes a 1GHz dual core processor and 4 inch screen. It also benefits from Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which has been provided in a pure form to ensure a fast and fluid user experience. So there is no lag or slow down when browsing, email or checking through your contacts.

A 5 Megapixel camera means you can take amazing photos. while the one button continuous shooting feature ensures you don’t miss a moment. Other useful benefits of the Cat B15 include the wet finger tracking, so you can keep on using it even when it is raining, and an FM radio.

The Cat B15 is listed at a generous £225.00 (£270.00 inc VAT) – order yours today or follow for more information.

Nokia Lumia 1520 – Apps – Storyteller

Let your photos do the talking with Nokia Storyteller

Nokia Storytellerpart of our continuing series on the Nokia Lumia 1520

Nokia Storyteller is an app that brings your photos alive, your photos will be clustered and organised into short stories based on your experience and location at the time giving you a fuller experience.

The Storyteller app will automatically arrange your photos, videos and cinemagraphs along with most other media files into one intuitive timeline, organising you photos into stories.

The stories are based on time and location and are displayed in this manner, you can view your exact whereabouts where certain photos were taken on an interactive map by pinching out on the display. Your destination will be highlighted with a polka dot with further information available.

The rich image formats captured by your Nokia camera and lens are played back in the most immersive way – bringing your photo album alive!

If you take a number of images over a day, the photographs will be collected together as part of a single story, you will also have the option to edit what’s included in the story. The location also affects the algorithm; so photos taken in different locations will be split into their own respective story modes.

Smartphone cameras are becoming more and more powerful as each day passes and it’s becoming harder and harder for people to organise their photos whilst also sharing the full experience with friends and family. There are options out there to help organise photo albums but this can be time consuming and also very restrictive. Nokia Storyteller opens up a whole new avenue giving the user a more integrated experience.

Storyteller is certainly an intuitive application allowing for a clearer or more meaningful experience presenting your precious memories in such an inviting way.

Are Nokia set to change the way we take photographs?

Moto G Features – Motorola Migrate

Make your new phone just like your old one

Motorola Moto GJust like any other gadget, getting your hands on a new phone is often a great initial feeling. You can spend time playing with new settings & features, enjoying added speed or power by playing new games and movies, and generally exploring everything it has to offer.

One thing that has always made the transition to a new phone a little jarring though, has been getting your old content onto the new device. Over the years the situation on Android has been improved, with the likes of Google’s backup services saving information such as your contacts list, certain preferred settings (such as saved Wi-Fi access points) and your installed applications alongside your account details. This does at least makes getting some level of information onto your new handset as easy as signing into your account and letting the automatic sync take over for a few minutes.

Outside of this though, unless you manually back up information regularly (or have invested the time in creating your own automatic backup ecosystem with your choice apps and their respective settings), then there may still be a fair amount of information that you want to get across.

Since using cables to connect devices together or make backups is now ridiculously old fashioned, Motorola have included their Migrate app with the new Moto G which utilises Wi-Fi direct. You are prompted to use this the first time you set up the device, although you can access it any time after from the main app drawer. Migrate will transfer all text messages, call history, SIM contacts and media (pictures and movies), stored in the standard Android system locations.

Motorola Migrate IconMotorola Migrate is available for free from Google Play and should be installed on your old handset (from Android 2.2 onwards). To start the transfer, open the app on both devices. The Moto G (also available with Moto X & Droid Ultra range in the USA) should display a QR code on screen. The app on the older device will prompt you to scan this code. After scanning the code you will be asked to confirm that you wish to transfer the data.

If you consent to the transfer then the handsets will disconnect from any local Wi-Fi access point they may be connected to and communicate directly via Wi-Fi direct. The total transfer time will vary depending on the amount of content you have to transfer, so you may want to review your old handset first. Once the transfer has started you can still use other features on both phones but be aware that Wi-Fi connectivity to the Internet will not work until the transfer is finished.

The only sticking point with Motorola Migrate is that currently you can’t choose the content to transfer: it simply sends everything from the respective sections to the new devices. Due to this you may want to have a check over what exactly is stored on the old handset, lest you forget the album of 1000 selfies you forgot about and wouldn’t have minded deleting rather than transferring…



Boomerang Gmail add on released for Android

Boomerang for Android

Boomerang for Android

Boomerang, the fantastic Gmail add on that enables you to schedule the sending of email or have email reappear in your inbox at a later time, has been released for Android.

We recently talked about Boomerang in a post about our favourite extensions for Gmail desktop, which you can read here, so we won’t go into further detail in this post.

The Boomerang team have also released a humorous video to promote and explain Boomerang for Android. Visit the official website here or download Boomerang for Android from the Play Store.

Stock Android keyboard now available in the Play Store

Official Android keyboard available for download

Google has made the stock Android keyboard, which comes as default with Nexus devices, available to download from the Play Store.

Until the Android keyboard was updated for 4.2 Jelly Bean, there was no contest between the stock offering and the likes of third-party apps such as Swiftkey and Swype. Personally I still prefer Swiftkey as my keyboard of choice, but there’s now little difference to be drawn between that and the stock keyboard.

The stock Android keyboard can be downloaded for free and is compatible with Android 4.0+ devices. SwiftKey is a paid app, but it’s a small investment to make if you do like the keyboard. There is a free version of the app that you can try for a month before buying.

The Google Keyboard can be downloaded here and includes an installation walk-through should you need it.

Google Stock Android Keyboard

Update for Gmail incoming

An updated interface for Gmail on desktop, Android and iOS will begin rolling out in the coming weeks. The new look will split your inbox into different tabs – Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates/Bills/Receipts – to help you better organise your email. 

New Gmail App

The tabs are customisable – you can select which email categories you want to fall under each tab – and can be individually disabled if you so choose. 

Within mobile apps, a swipe across from the left will reveal the sidebar menu, which can then be used to access your different tabs. This new interface is not a replacement, it’s an alternative, so you can switch back to one of the current inbox styles if you prefer. 

The updaed gmail will be rolling out gradually over the next few weeks. If you want to try it on desktop as soon as possible, keep an eye on the settings cog (top right) and then select Configure Inbox once the setting has appeared. 

You may also like to read Five Great Extensions for Gmail post. 

DuoLingo language learning app now available for Android

DuoLingo, the popular language learning app for iOS, has now launched for Android devices.

DuoLingo currently offers lessons for learning Spanish, German, French, Portugese and Italian. English can also be learned with Spanish, French, Italian or Portuguese as the base language. 

One of the main reasons for DuoLingo’s popularity on iOS is the way in which it gamifies the learning experience. The service is completely free and features no ads; it makes its money by providing a translation service, which is powered by its users. 

DuaLingo App

Interestingly, the creator of DuoLingo, Luis von Ahn, is the guy who created ReCAPTCHA, which helps to digitize books.  There’s a good TED Talk here that explains the business model for ReCAPTCHA and DuoLingo. It’s a funny presentation – we’ve all seen an inappropriate CAPTCHA or two. 

DuoLingo is currently available for Android smartphones with a tablet version of the app due to launch very soon.  

Auto upload photos to Flickr–Android app

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The big news this morning is the flickr is now offering everyone 1 terabyte of FREE photo storage.

With a whopping 1 terabyte you can store an incredible 873,813 4 megapixel photos or 218,453 16 megapixel images. You can not deny that this is impressive.

So with so much storage how to make best use of it?

No doubt you use your Android phone for taking pictures. You may store the photos on the phone memory or an SD card, but do you back them up?

If you do not back them up, or do so at irregular intervals then why not take advantage of auto uploading.

Auto-uploading can backup your pictures to the cloud within minutes of taking picture or video on your phone. Meaning should you loose the phone, delete the image off your phone, there is always a copy online to access at any time.

Such auto-upload services can work over WiFi only or over a mobile data connection too, the choice is yours.

You may have heard that Dropbox offers such a feature, it works well (I use it all the time) but there is limited free storage. This means occasionally you need to go in and delete content.

Naturally flickr now seems the ideal option with so much storage. You will  probably only have to go in and delete or edit photos every year or less!

Flickr offer an Android app but that allows upload but you have to initiate the upload which is frustrating. It works well but you would have to keep doing uploads every so often.

The solution? A £1.99 app from Google Play Store called FlickrFolio.

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I have got to be honest I have been using it for only a imageshort period of time at the time of writing, but have tested it thoroughly in that time and all is working well.

You can set whether it uploads over WIFi or data connection or whether it uploads when the phone is charging or not.

It automatically uploads images as private so the whole world doesn’t see pictures unless you specifically ask it to.

You can too force it to upload older images you may have on your phone too as well as video.

We have all lost photos or data at some point and realise only after the event how important it was.  With this service there is no excuse and for just £1.99 this is a fantastic price.

I strongly encourage you to try this app and backup your valuable photos and videos now.

A word of warning for Saudi Residents

This post cropped up a couple of days ago which acts specifically as a warning to residents of Saudi Arabia, but is also a reminder as to the vulnerabilities of web-based services and in particular, messaging apps.

Software developer Moxie Marlinspike has posted on his Thought Crime blog to say that he has been approached by the Saudi  Telecoms company Mobily about a surveillance project that they are currently working on.

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BlackBerry Messenger coming to Android and iOS this summer

BlackBerry has announced that it plans to make its popular messaging service, BBM, available across multiple platforms this summer. The news emerged from BlackBerry live 2013, which kicked off yesterday in Orlando, Florida. 

BlackBerry Messenger for Android

BlackBerry Messenger has long been one of the exclusive selling points of BlackBerry handsets. However, while the service useful initially as a USP, its lack of availability on other platforms has left room for rival services such as WhatsApp to gain considerable market share in the mobile messaging market. 

The first release of BBM for Android and iOS (subject to approval from the Play Store and the App Store respectively) will make the service’s core features available to users, including: 

  • Delivery reports/read notices
  • Multi-person messaging
  • Voice note sharing
  • BlackBerry groups, which can include up to 30 users and share calendar appointments, photos and more

Later on in 2013 BlackBerry expects to add functionality for its newly announced BlackBerry Channels (a Twitter-like service for BBM), voice chat and video chat to its Android/iOS apps, which will be free to download.

BlackBerry is not the only company trying to unify its messaging service at the moment. Facebook recently stepped up its offering with improvements to Facebook Messenger (which now includes free voice calls in some regions), WhatsApp does not yet have voice calling, but is the most widespread cross-platfrom messaging app in many regions, Skype has long offered free voice calls and is being integrated with more of Microsoft’s services, plus Google is expected to announce a massive update to its messaging portfolio at Google I/O this week. 

It’ll be interesting to see which of the above makes it to the top first – a truly unified cross-platform messaging app would only leave room for one or two of these to be prevalent in the long run. 

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