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Glance on, Glance off: how to save (up to) 43% battery per day under Windows 10 Mobile

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"Oh, around 1% per day" was my answer, somewhat glibly, when asked about the impact of leaving Glance screen (i.e. time, date, app detail and notification icons) 'on' all the time. Not the default these days, but I did measure it back in the day. Under a different OS, around six YEARS ago. Which is why I wanted an up to date measurement of the power drain caused by Glance on modern hardware, in this case the Lumia 950 XL. And (to quote Spinal Tap) I got it. And a WHOLE lot more.

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Review: Total Commander

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In the modern smartphone world we're somewhat shielded from the realities of computer file systems. Back in the day, computing was all about files, folders, archives, and so on - and this is largely what Total Commander gives you back. Admittedly you don't need this much on the phone in 2016, aside from perhaps fiddling with things on microSD on supported phones. But Total Commander scores by also integrating (to an extent) OneDrive, Google Drive, FTP and LAN server access. In short, copy files from anywhere to anywhere. And, for a free application, this is well worth keeping on hand for a file emergency when this could well save the day.

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AAWP Insight #169: new rings, 950 choices, decline and fall

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In AAWP Insight #169, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the new rings for Windows 10 Mobile updates (Insider program) and ponder what's going to the best option for various groups of users. We follow this by sharing some thoughts on general and personal preferences between the Lumia 950 and 950 XL and conclude there's more to it that the on-paper specifications might suggest. We finish with some thoughts around recent editorials on the 'death and/or decline' of Microsoft's mobile platform.

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Slimming down PureView for the Lumia 950

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There are, I'm sure, many Lumia 1020 fans reading this - and they'll have been a little shell-shocked, as I was, when I tested the Lumia 950 and 1020 at some length and found that the much newer device came out on top, despite the disadvantage in megapixels, sensor size and flash brightness. It seems that technology really does march on, that physics (for once) doesn't tell the whole story, and that there's now photographic proof. Not just my photo samples, but an image snapped at Microsoft Hungary (with permission) and reproduced below (ditto).

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Lumia 950 or 950 XL: the two month verdict!

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Away from worries over Windows 10 Mobile itself not being quite 'finished', there's still the fascinating choice of which Microsoft flagship (and remember that these are arguably the last ever 'Nokia' designs) to buy. Usually there would be a specs vs size set of compromises, but in the case of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, the specifications are so close that it really comes down to form factor and other aspects. As someone whose SIM card has been in and out of each device roughly 20 times in the last two months, rather indecisively, I thought I'd prompt more discussion and deliver my own - eventual - verdict.

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Review: Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter

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Miracast (screen sharing over Wi-fi) adapters have been available for ages, of course - many TVs and monitors even include the necessary electronics, stating 'Miracast-compatible'. But you can never be too sure of complete compatibility, at least when it comes to the really advanced stuff, like Continuum, in this case from the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. Which is why I wanted to look at Microsoft's own, first party, adapter. It's black, it's small, it's utterly devoid of style, yet it works flawlessly. Well... sometimes.

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Smartphone head to head: Lumia 950 XL vs Asus Zenfone Zoom

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Having done a camera head to head between the brand new Asus Zenfone Zoom and the classic Lumia 1020, on the grounds of zoom capability, what about widening the comparison to include the full gamut of what a smartphone can do?  But which Lumia to compare the Zenfone to? Given the size similarity and the way I rated the all-round imaging of the Lumia 950 XL so highly, I went for this pairing - see below for my blow by blow comparison.

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"The Long, Slow Decline..."? Well, yes, but there's still a concept, a vision, a future...

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There's an interesting editorial over the pond by my nemesis in the USA, Paul Thurrott (you won't believe the number of times we're both tagged in the same tweets, etc.), talking about the way Windows Phone is indeed dead and has been dying since July. While the stats quoted are accurate, of course, I do think Paul is missing part of the picture. The revised picture, the concept, the vision, away from expectations of mass market sales in their millions.

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Zoom champion Lumia 1020 takes on the Asus Zenfone Zoom

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Never mind taking in a whole scene - what happens when you want to get closer to the action, the details, to shoot more intimately? It's amazing how a little bit of zooming can help. Not that most camera phone owners would know, since most digital zooms aren't stellar. However, the Lumia 1020 (now over two years old) offered genuinely lossless 3x zoom, thanks to its underlying 41MP sensor. And the brand new 2016 Zenfone Zoom, from the Android world, goes down a whole different route, despite the cosmetic similarities, with integral 3x optical zoom. So, tech vs tech, here's how they trade blows in the search for a cameraphone zoom king.

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