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Your Windows 10 Mobile phone as a USB power source!

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Now, don't take the title too seriously, there are limitations here - not least that you usually want to preserve your phone's battery and not drain it. But I wanted to document that modern Windows 10 Mobile phones can act as a power source for accessories or anything small that charges via USB. With a special adapter!

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AAWP's Q4 2017 to-do list for the Windows phone enthusiast

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As I proved last week, rumours of Windows 10 Mobile's death have been mightily exaggerated. As an OS and with updates provided, for many people we're looking at patches, updates and fixes to both OS and UWP applications for another two years (or 18 months for 'classic' phones) now. Having said all that, it's fair to say that 'retirement' is a good analogy and there are some serious caveats that we should all be aware of going forwards.

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Anatomy of a Lumia photo #11: Going wide

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Here's the latest in my growing series of cameraphone 'tutorials', or at least explaining the thought behind various successful phone-shot photos. In this case, a look at using the Lumia 'panorama' mode in its Camera app to mimic the use of a wide angle lens.

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When the 'app gap' really isn't... and when it is!

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We hear a lot about Windows Phone and then Windows 10 Mobile having 'an app gap', but this glib phrase, often tied into the apparent failure of the OS commercially, doesn't really tell the whole story. With examples below, I explore when it does and - interestingly - when it doesn't apply...

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Repurposing an old Lumia as... a drone camera!

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What's a guy to do? Sent a drone to review and needing an OIS-equipped camera to sling underneath it, I realised that I had numerous Windows Phones from the last few years that had both OIS, decent frame quality, and were err... disposable if the worst happened. As it happened, there were no disasters, but the Lumia 830 seemed to fit the bill across the board.

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Which IS the best Insiders ring to be 'on'?

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It's a fair cop. With a dozen Lumias spread around the AAWP office, we can afford to have phones on every possible OS variant/ring/branch. But what if you only have the one Windows-running phone? What should it be running? As you might expect, it depends on your preferences and situation, but I've tried to break down the relevant factors for you below...

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Anatomy of a Lumia photo #10: Early morning sunflower!

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Here's the latest in my growing series of cameraphone 'tutorials', or at least explaining the thought behind various successful phone-shot photos. In this case, a sunflower shot early in the morning down in the West Country, with the petals literally and metaphorically reflecting the sun itself(!)

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How to: get transit information within Windows 10 Maps

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Back in the day on Windows Phone, HERE Transit was part of the built-in apps suite and effectively did route planning around urban public transport systems. In theory, the same is available in Windows 10 Maps, but there are some functionality holes, one of which just got filled. You can now plan from transit stops and stations directly, in a version of Maps that has just hit (or is about to hit*) your Windows 10 Mobile smartphone. Here's how it works.

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Anatomy of a Lumia photo #9: Budapest at night

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Here's the latest in my growing series of cameraphone 'tutorials', or at least explaining the thought behind various successful phone-shot photos. In this case, something slightly different in that it was shot by an AAWP reader, not me. The result is spectacular though.

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