Tag: music

Announced – The Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic

Wireless headphones are definitely appearing in the Coolsmartphone offices more and more of late. Now it’s the turn of Xiaomi, who have developed their £49.99 Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic Bluetooth ones. One full charge will deliver 5 hours of tune, then you can recharge it from …

YouTube Music gets a transfer update as Google Play Music shuts down

Ahead of plans to shut down Google Play Music later this year (so unlike Google to just shut down services isn’t it?), starting now, Google Play Music users will be able to move their libraries, personal taste preferences and playlists to the newer YouTube Music service. To do …

Huawei takes on Spotify

Six short months ago, everyone thought that 2020 would be the year that Huawei quietly disappeared from the European and American markets. Castigated in the USA for their supposed privacy and data protection breaches, named personally by President Donald Trump as being spies for the Chinese government, and …

Home Active – DJ Mixes and videos to keep you moving

OK, you’re trapped at home but, in order to keep fit and healthy, we’re bringing a selection things to keep you mentally and physically strong during the COVID-19 crisis. We might be on lockdown but we can keep things moving hopefully. I’ve just finished off my daily P.E. …

Roku boxes now get TIDAL

Got yourself a Roku box? Well, you’re probably already familiar with Prime Video, Netflix, Google Play Movies and TV. You can also get BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, My5 and a host of other streaming applications (NOW TV, YouTube and so on). Now you can also get TIDAL, which …

Honor Band 5 – Now even better

Remember our Honor Band 5 review? Like it? Bought it? Well, good news! There’s now remote music and blood oxygen monitoring too. All you need to do in order to get the update is head to the Health app on your phone. Oh, and don’t forget that the …

Export iTunes music to PC

One of the things you will love when you buy a new computer is that you have something brand new and beautiful. You always feel good when something new and shiny is playing on your table and you wonder why you had to use the old machine for …

Spotify added to EE Music Data Pass

When we detailed the new EE plans you may have noticed that one streaming service wasn’t included in the “data free” list, and that was Spotify. Well, my friends, this morning I can tell you that EE have added Spotify to their Music Data Pass, so if you …

BBC iPlayer and YouTube now added to the EE Video Data Pass

Heard about the Video Data Pass? On EE it basically means that you can watch as much video as you like from selected providers without it impacting your allowances. We covered it and the other Smart Plans in detail back in May but now there’s some even better …

KitSound Diggit XL Speaker – Review

Given the delightful summer we’re having this year, testing this one has been somewhat tricky. It doubles as a garden / outdoor speaker and has a detachable stake which lets you plonk it into the ground. It’s ideal for the beach, a garden party, a barbeque or on …

New EE Smart Plans launched. Here’s the deets!

Say hello to the new EE Smart Plans. They’re a new range of packages which are both flexible and personal. You can choose from swappable benefits, including the EE Video Pass, EE Music Pass, access to the BT Sport app and Extended roaming. Don’t know what the EE …

Downloading that YouTube tune to your phone – still possible.

This weekend I heard a tune which I really wanted to listen to properly. It was on the radio but it’s nowhere to be found on platforms like Spotify or Deezer. It wasn’t released, but it was all over places like Mixcloud and YouTube. That, then, is where …

Huawei are playing with the power of AI again…

Last year we reported that Huawei was using the AI technology that they had developed for the Kirin 970. That time around they were using the AI to help a car recognise and then take action to avoid the objects. We were able to actually see this in the …

How do you create a custom ringtone for your phone?

Gone are the days when mobile phones were only able to cope with monophonic or polyphonic ringtones. Now you can grab and use pretty much any music that you want to as a ringtone – provided it is in the right form. The trouble, though, is that you …

Discord – Whats it about?

Discord is software primarily used for people to talk while playing games. So you may think well why is this relevant to me? Well Discord is something I use everyday and it is growing to be a social network of sorts to. There is an iOS, macOS, PC …

Discounts available on reconditioned kit at musicMagpie

I love the fact that contracts aren’t as popular as they once were. Why pay nearly £60 per month for a phone every month for two years? It’s nuts when you think about it. Retailers like musicMagpie and, as we mentioned earlier Laptops Direct, are doing PayPal credit …

Brainwavz Delta In Ear Earbuds – Review

No Bluetooth headphones today. No. This time it’s a set of wired headphones. These come courtesy of a company called BrainWavz who, apart from already having a very cool name, also make these well-priced in-ear headphones. They’re “IEM”, which means “In Ear Monitors” and help to isolate the …

Apple HomePod delayed until 2018

Apple announced their exciting speaker using Siri at WWDC earlier this year, it was pencilled in for a December launch… until now. Apple confirmed in a statement to 9to5Mac “We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a …

Groove is to depart (ne-na-na-na now)

Back when everything was black and white, we had something called MSN Music. That launched in 2004 and had 1.5 million tracks available. It was designed to compete with the iTunes Music Store, but the catalogue quickly dwindled. No matter though, because Microsoft had an idea! Let’s kill …

Energy Sistem Music Box 7 – Review

I tell you what you need on a Monday morning. What you need is a Bluetooth speaker review. Oh yes. Straight off, you should forget about those lightweight and small Bluetooth speakers that you see in stores. This badger weighs in at nearly 1.7 kg. That’s almost a …

Coolsmartphone Podcast 209 We’ve Had The Time Of Our Lives

This week the Podcast Editing Elves took longer than usual to do their job, but what they did complete was a work of art with a beautiful audio Easter Egg at the end of the episode. CoolsmartPhone Podcast 209 We’ve Had The Time Of Our Lives is now …

Philips EverPlay Bluetooth speakers. Let’s have a look

I’m sitting in the sunshine and it’s about 30 degrees Celsius right now. To be honest I’m going a bit delirious and moving the “Coolsmartphone office” to a bench outside was perhaps not my best idea. Anyway, with summer here I picked out one message from my 5.4 …

KitSound Immerse Active Noise Cancelling Earphones – Review

Last time I went to the airport, I was properly obsessed with some big over-ear headphones which had noise cancelling technology built in. I put them on, pressed the switch on the side and – instantly – the noise of the airport vanished. It’s all down to something …

Dr Meter Sound Level Meter – Review

Welcome people. Welcome to yet another very random review. Years ago I started reviewing smartphones and now, now I’m getting LED lights and all sorts of other random gadgets. Today we’ve got a sound level meter and, well, it does just what you’d expect it to really. On …

iClever BoostSound BTS07 Bluetooth Speaker – Review

Remember our BTS08 review from the other day? Well, this is the smaller brother. It’s definitely easier to carry around and is a lot lighter. Likewise, it’s thinner at both ends and I found it pretty easy to fit into a coat pocket. This one, unlike the BTS08, …

Selling a fully loaded Kodi box – It’s a grey area

Wait, I know what you’re going to say.. Of course it’s not a grey area! If you’re selling a “Fully Loaded Kodi Box” then it’s going to be illegal, end of. Well no, not necessarily, and I’ll tell you why. For most of us, “Fully Loaded” means that …

aLLreLi F5 Bluetooth Headphones – Review

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s been a reoccurring theme whenever we review Bluetooth headphones. There’s definitely two types of headphones that I’ve found over the years. The first type will last for ages and they’re usually in-ear, but the sound quality just isn’t that brilliant. …

V88 Plus TV Box – Review

Back in the “old days” we used to have photos on film. We then sent them off to get processed and we’d get them back on nice paper and we’d put them into albums. Now, we have smartphones and we have our photos stored either in a “cloud” …

Amazon Prime £59 until Friday November 18th

We’ve written a lot about Amazon, their products and their Prime subscription service over the last few years. Now you can get Prime in the UK if you sign up as a new customer for £59 for the first year. Hurry though, the offer is only valid until …

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone and iPad – Review

Your iPhone can connect to the iCloud to backup, but what if you want to backup your photos yourself? What if you want to put files ont your own personal USB stick? Or you want to quickly transfer them? Well, heres the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive – and …

EE to deliver 6 months of Apple Music for free

OK, a little warning before I start. This article features Kevin Bacon in tight fitting Lycra. Sorry in advance if you’re eating your breakfast. It’s all because EE are giving new and upgrading pay monthly iOS and Android customers a whole six months of access to  in Apple …

Fancy playing your MP3’s in an 8-track player from the 1960’s?

Well no. Not many people have thought about doing this, I’m sure, but I’ve got in the rather geeky habit of following the Techmoan YouTube channel and his most recent video features a rather old piece of technology from the 1960’s called the “8-track”. The 8-track cartridge or …

Amazon Prime Day is today

Amazon Prime Day, the day of deals exclusively for members of Amazon Prime, is today. Amazon Prime already gives you great benefits, like Amazon Prime Music streaming service, Amazon Instant Video with quite a selection of movies and TV shows as well as free next day delivery on …

Apple WWDC 2016

Apple are currently holding their World Wide Developer Conference for 2016 on the West Coast of the US of A at the moment. Yesterday was when the opening Keynote was held, so let’s have a look at the main announcements at Apple WWDC 2016. iOS The Apple Photos …