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Review: Tronsmart Trim

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I get pitched power banks every week for review - and I only ever look at the best and more innovative. In this case, the Tronsmart is brand new, super slender, the same size as a smartphone in every dimension - and yet high capacity, with Power Delivery and Quick Charge compatibility. And it looks and feels a million dollars, yet is only actually just over £20 - this is the power bank to get if you're not sure which one to buy!

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Camera head to head: Lumia 950 XL vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9

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Back in April 2018, six months ago, I looked at imaging on the (then) new Samsung Galaxy S9+ versus the champion Lumia 950 XL and concluded that the 'tipping point' had been reached. Sure, the Lumia held its ground for regular images in all light conditions, but the telephoto lens on the S9+ gave it a vital overall edge in terms of distant detail. And now we have the S9+'s bigger brother, the new Note 9 (I refuse to write 'Note9', as PR people would have me do!) - the Note 9 has the same camera hardware as the S9+ but claims extra processing and a 'Scene Optimiser' intelligence. Will this take the device further away from the Lumia or does the AI stuff get in the way?

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Review: ZAGG Flex Universal Keyboard

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Back in 2016 I looked at the ZAGG Pocket Keyboard, a jacket pocket solution that used multiple hinges to provide a narrow form factor - it worked, but it wasn't 'lappable' and the sheer number of ribbon cables and multiple points of failure was a little worrying. Fast forward two years and we have the new ZAGG Flex, taking inspiration from the multiple two-in-one keyboard designs for tablets that turn into 'laptops'. With the Flex, your phone can be your tablet or laptop too. Or - you know - use a tablet as well. Regardless, the Flex is superbly made and possibly my new favourite Bluetooth keyboard solution.

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Flights Radar UWP gets Fluent Design, full cockpit views, favourites

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Back in July 2017, I reviewed Flights Radar UWP, aiming to show all the aircraft in the sky around you, and then I covered a new version here, back in November 2017, with lots of improvements. Well, almost a year on, today sees another big upgrade, to v1.0.20, bringing Fluent Design, a Favourites list, a much bigger Cockpit view, and more. Why am I making this a News item? Because this is a (potentially) very high profile UWP app, competing with the likes of FlightRadar24 on other platforms. It's not perfect yet, but we have some special giveaway codes below to help soften the blow if you fancy being an intensive tester!

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Windows 10 Mobile updates for '1703' and '1709' - October 2018

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Windows 10 Mobile build 15254.538 (from .530) for all phones currently running the 1709 branch ('Fall Creators Update') is fresh out today, so go grab it now. Similarly, build 15063.1390 (from .1324) is out for all phones running the 1703 branch ('Creators Update'). Rather surprising is an update for the Anniversary Update, even though it's now 'out of support'!

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Android is replacing Windows 10 as Microsoft's 'Mobile' solution

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The New York event last week, where the new Surface variants were announced, was also notable for the demonstration of a feature that isn't in Windows yet but soon will be - Android application mirroring, letting you see and use apps from a connected Android phone on your Windows 10 'Desktop'. This is just the latest of several steps seeing Microsoft align itself with Android as its effective preferred mobile OS.

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Head to head: Lumia 950 XL vs LG G7 ThinQ

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The search goes on for a flagship phone on another platform that can fully replace a Lumia 950 XL without any showstoppers. I said earlier this year that the Galaxy S9+ and Note 9 are great options, but they're also pricey. The LG G7 offers almost everything that the Galaxys do, yet at (now) well under £500 all-in. So how does it stack up?

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Beyond the 950 (pt 2): Low light with the S9+, XS Max, Pixel 2 XL

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In this, part 2 of our new series in imaging comparisons, I'm looking at the Lumia 950/XL in comparison with other phone cameras, looking at specific aspects. Previously, I had tested (mainly) the telephoto zooms on the Galaxy S9+ and iPhone XS Max, this time I'm attempting a four way low light extravaganza, by throwing in the 950 too (of course), along with the well respected Google Pixel 2XL. Is there a low light winner?

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