January 2017 Android app review


android sms app review

Im gonna kick off 2017 with some reviews on android apps!

Now the first app i recently added and think deserves a review as i was quite surprised at actually how good it is !! is Pulse is a sms messaging app with a few nice features. The app support dual sim which i need. But the fact you can install this on your tablet and send and receive sms messages which makes the phone / tablet messaging seamless is the killer option. There is a cost to this at £1 per month as your using there sms services which is pretty good or a one of payment for £10 for ever which i was tempted but a lot can happen in ten years. I installed the app on the phone and it setup in a breeze then just added it to my tablet and confirmed the number and the text started working!! I tried to use the webmail on my chrome browser but asks for user password which i didnt know so i sent a support email but havent heard anything back so im not stressing about that would have been handy but no pressured… so cant comment on the web browser plugin yet… some other small cosmetic features is having automatic different colours for text from different users and bubble picture images for the image of the person you are getting the text from. I like the simple design swipe left to delete and the standard bottom right plus button to send a new text. Now one of the features i did use and is handy and worked for new years eve was scheduled text which worked nicely, now the only problem i did have is i made a message to go to chosen people which would have been better when selecting the people just to go to a full list of contacts and easily tick which ones you want and then select ok but its not like this you kind of have to know there names ? then once you do this and write the message, there seems no going back like i couldnt add and more people to the message and i couldnt edit the text which was a real pain? as when i checked it had typos in it so went to change the text but that made no difference, so i thought id just delete the scheduled text and start again but couldnt find were to delete it!? bummer 🙁 so make sure you check before you schedule! All i can say is they nearly hit the mark just some little rough edges.

here is the feature list 

  • Seamlessly integrates with any device (tablet, watch, TV, web, native Google Chrome, and Firefox apps and extensions) to support SMS and MMS, through your phone number!
  • Beautiful layouts
  • Night mode
  • Pin your favorite contacts to the top of the conversation list
  • Smooth transitions between conversations
  • Beautiful, readability-style browser for the best web experience
  • Powerful, per-contact, theming support
  • Delayed sending
  • Support for Dual-SIM devices
  • Automatic message backup and restore
  • Blacklisting of numbers to stop the spam
  • Scheduled text messages
  • Search messages and conversations
  • Mute notifications on an individual user basis
  • Completely snooze the app from all notifications for a given time period
  • Custom notifications for contacts
  • Search Giphy for GIFs to attach to your messages
  • Share photos, videos, and audio along with your messages

Has to score a 8 out of 10 


BQ X5 Phone & BQ M8 Tablet Review


BQ X5 Phone and BQ M8 Tablet Review

After switching from the BQ E5 HD Phone & BQ M10 Tablet ubuntu edition devices back to android i thought id review these devices. The Ubuntu although is my main desktop / laptop and server operating system just didnt cut it for me on phone and tablet. I did write some apps and hacked a way to get the device to do what i wanted but needed that little bit more. And needed more application power and im afraid the ubuntu touch OS is still early in its days of shining… I must say i was immediately switched onto the BQ devices through buying the ubuntu devices. The BQ company is spanish so not a big player in the UK but in spain most people seem to have one. Whats striking about the BQ devices is the quality for the money and the support is excellent. One of the things i really like is the android operating system installed is not coloured like other devices selling with android, in fact its pretty damn vanilla  apart from is say the camera app and a single BQ protection app for a longer warranty. THE X5

I have the standard BQ X5 non cyanogen

which is probably good as they just dropped the company so not sure what happens to cyanogen devices, plus i did try cyanogen edition on the X5 but took it off as it wasnt for me. The plus version sports a bigger battery, finger print reader and NFC for contactless payments and a slightly better camera which wasnt worth all the extra money so i went standard. The device came with android version 5 but as soon as i turned it on it picked up the old version and upgraded to marshmallow 6.0.1 and this gave me a load of new features as well as adding my 64 meg sd card to the internal memory which is a big bonus! The phone sports dual sim and dual camera with dual flash, front and rear, plus a SD slot. The screen is anti finger print coating 5 inch screen which is plenty and the cameras are 13mp and front facing 5mp which aint bad at all. I went for the white phone and it has a amazing feel with aluminium frame and weighs in at 148, also has a nice touch bottom for  the home buttons which light up and arent part of the main screen. The phone to me looks just like a iphone but i prefer a droid to be honest. The battery is like 2900 and i take it of the charger at 7.30 and use it quite a bit all day for media, social, work and emails and the battery lasts till 11 at night without having to re-charge. The speakers are great sounding. All i can say if you get this get it to the latest android version and then add your SD card as internal storage and keep it stock. These phones are like £270 i managed to buy mine from ebay for 130 and have to say is the best phone ive owned, Its styled a lot nicer than the HD phones. Id say you would be more than happy for all use.

Now i bought the M8 – 8 inch tablet to match the X5 which it does in a lot of ways. Fits in the hand snug and like the way the speakers are on each of the tablet so when you have it in potrait mode watching a film the speakers are just right for stereo sound. It doesnt have the aluminium frame like the X5 which would have made it a gem. The battery is 4050 mAh which will last moderate use all day although if i connect a external screen and keyboard and mouse and using bluetooth it last for a full mornings work, yes this tablet as a hdmi out so you can plug into a big screen. So this has the same features of the X5 same OS nearly android 6.0.0 at the moment so cant make the sd card internal memory which is a biggy at the moment, It has the SD card slot and has the two facing cameras minus the front facing flash and the cameras are both 5mp which aint that great the forward one should be better, i wanted to take some pictures of the apartment and they weren’t that good. My last moan is the buttons for home and back etc on the X5 light up under the screen but on the M8 there on the screen which after using the X5 and picking up the M8 i forget and then remember to use the onscreen ones so there not the same.Although for general use i prefer to the more expensive M10, for one it fits in the hand !! These are around 150 and come in white so i got the matching pair.

So nice little pair to set up working from, plenty of power for the buck and features you would have to pay a fortune for some of the brands people use in the UK. Now if i ever sway from BQ which i cant see happening id take a look at a meizu these again are amazing devices at the right price..

take a look at the BQ line up here 

plus the android 7.0.1 nougat update is around the corner!

to wrap it up watch out for my android app reviews for 2107 ……

ubuntu edition xps running remix os


ubuntu edition xps running remix os

I had to give this a go! Im loving being back on android for my mobile / tablet device after not such a good time with my ubuntu touch which is sad to me. Id thought id give it a whirl on the xps, the install wouldnt work at first and had to change my bios settings to uefi which werent enabled for some reason and then i ended up with a remix os install. Loved it just like a droid with a desktop gui and all the droid features! I was amazed by how all the apps worked and even 3d games such as GTA vice ciry!! The only app that never worked was wunderlist it just crashed!? i asked the guys at wunderlist they say they dont see any support coming off. Any way the laptop run great only problem is it felt restrictive for design. To top it off install it if you want social and general usage, media etc but for coding, cropping pictures, website creation im so used to my ubuntu desktop now. Have to give these guys 9/10 as they have nearly nailed it…..

here she is in all her glory the ubuntu editin dell xps 13 back on the OS it should be running for 2017. With a happy tux!!

Your moving to spain?


Your moving to spain? Damn right i am!

Its not were moving we have a house already in spain and yes we are going to live there. People keep asking so now you know.


It has been nice knowing you and some people it hasnt, but i suppose its like that were ever you go ha! Dont worry ill contact you if i want to speak to you 🙂 all the best and peace and love to the decent people that exist in the UK you know who you are.

We celebrate malaga. Its a great place and i remember somebody telling me i was in s dream and would never make spain, but if you want some thing and you want it bad enough you will get it.  So i raise a glass to you on our balcony!


Also were ever you are in the world look into the future, the world is a lovely place no matter were you are if you offer peace and love and keep your life positive and in the future.



3 generations of wardism


Had a great day out with my son and his girl rihanna, it was lovely meeting my lads new partner and seeing how happy they are together, really enjoyed it.

good to see my son again, really was.


My dad had a great day but he always does in beatle city! Cavern pub, Jackaranda, BREW DOG!! and Philharmonic pub and topped of with the YE cracke!!

The BQ M8 With Elzo Case & Logitech Slim Mouse


BQ M8 Tablet

his and hers setup in elzo cases and logitech thin mouse


marshmallow and sd card slot and a HDMI out! loaded with marshmallow – this is the one, sold my M10 to get loaded with this!

The screen is lovely and the build is second to none. In white only.



The New Mobile Setup, Love It!!

here they are naked!  merry xmas lisa!!naked-m8

Change The Footer Copyright In The Storefront WordPress


woocommerce copyright change easy

This advice was from wp crafter, thank you soo much!

need to change your woocommerce footer and confused with child themes and other stuff, then dont work here is a quick work around that works fast and well.

firstly install this plugin https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/my-custom-functions/

once installed activate and look on the left hand side bar for my appearance and custom functions, select that and enter these lines under the line that starts, save and fixed! 

to add company info change this line like so 

&copy; MY Web Site Name Here!! <?php echo get_bloginfo( ‘name’ ) . ‘ ‘ . get_the_date( ‘Y’ ); ?>


add_action( ‘init’, ‘custom_remove_footer_credit’, 10 );

function custom_remove_footer_credit () {
remove_action( ‘storefront_footer’, ‘storefront_credit’, 20 );
add_action( ‘storefront_footer’, ‘custom_storefront_credit’, 20 );

function custom_storefront_credit() {
<div class=”site-info”>
&copy; <?php echo get_bloginfo( ‘name’ ) . ‘ ‘ . get_the_date( ‘Y’ ); ?>
</div><!– .site-info –>

insync ubuntu taskbar icon fix – no indicator icon


Here is a quick fix to add the indicator icon on ubuntu for insync

i use insync from here for syncing google files to ubuntu https://www.insynchq.com/

apt-get install sni-qt

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fixnix/indicator-systemtray-unity
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-systemtray-unity

Restart unity !!

insync ubuntu

emby now tv client setup


now tv emby client


Enabling Developer Mode.

To do this, press the following button combination on the remote:

Home 3x, Up 2x, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right

You will be presented with the Developer Settings page:


Select Enable Developer mode and select I Agree twice.

Once done, you can begin to install Media Browser for Roku.

Enabling Developer Mode.
Select Enable Developer mode and select I Agree twice.

Once done, you can begin to install Media Browser for Roku.

Media Browser for Roku Installation:

To install Media Browser for Roku onto your Now TV box, you will need to “side-load” a zip file which is downloadable from here.

Or follow “How to Run from Source Code from here.

Once you have downloaded the zip file, enter the IP address of your Now TV box into a browser.

You will then see a page similar to this:


Click on the Choose File button and navigate to where the zip file is (do not unzip the file).

Then click on Install button. This will “side-load” the zip file to the Now TV box.

If successful, you should get a page similar to this:


Press home on your Now TV remote and you should see the Media Browser channel on the right-end of the list of channels.

Repeat these steps if/when an updated zip file is released.

If you have multiple Now TV boxes, then you will need to do this for each one.

For further information, please refer to the support thread here.

ubuntu touch pebble app, rockwork


ubuntu touch pebble app, rockwork is the way to connect you watch to you device.

I did a previous blog on connecting ubuntu touch to your pebble watch but a few things changed since then.

The name was changed from uPebble to rockwork so nobody got sued! and the app was added to the open store, which to me is Aladdins cave of apps and makes it easier to upgrade the app. Plus the other apps inside open store are unconfined versions on great apps such as dekko,  owncloud client.

To get open store you download the ipk from here


and then open the terminal

cd Downoads

and then

pkcon install-local --allow-untrusted openstore.openstore-team_0.103_armhf.click

if you go to applications you will get open store app. Inside there select rocrockwork-openstorekwork and install. Once installed open the app and this will ask you to open system devices and pair.

Pair the device and go back to rockwork and you will see the phone is connected and see options to manage watch , install watch faces and install applications. You will also see options to install new firmware upgrades which is handy for keeping up with the latest updates on the phone. Here is some images i took inside the application.

* Currently supported features
– Incoming notifications
– Voice call control
– Music control
– Sync calendar to timeline
– App management
– Watchface management
– Pebble app store integration
– Taking screenshots of the watch
– Watch firmware upgrades
– Configuring health and distance units
– Sideloading watchapps/watchfaces

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