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All About Rafe Blandford(!)

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In a break from traditional content, here's something that the 361 team recorded a few days ago... It's AAS & AAWP editor/publisher/owner Rafe Blandford's 'origin' story. Packed with details that even I didn't know and with a few chuckles along the way, this is a must-listen hour of chat for anyone who reads the sites. 

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The Lumia 950 camera proves its worth in low light

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File this under data points of interest, but AAWP reader Andrew Elliott had taken the time to shoot the same subject every ten minutes or so through a UK summer evening, giving a chance to see how well the Lumia 950 does - OIS, 1/2.4" sensor, f/1.9 aperture, and so on. The results are subjective in that only the 950 was tested, but the chance to look at an interesting scene as the sun sets proved too tempting. It's a novel way to test low light performance from a camera phone and i thought you might be interested too.

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Flash back: 8 things the Lumia 950 and the Nokia N95 have in common

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Now, go with me on this. I'm contending that the current Microsoft Lumia 950 and the 2006 Nokia N95 have a lot in common - more than you might think. It's just that there was something about the 950 in my hand as my main smartphone that reminded me of a feeling I'd not had for a decade. Then it hit me. Ten years ago I'd had the ground-breaking N95....

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Hello Android... but not goodbye Windows!

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In the last AAWP podcast, I wondered where occasional guest writer Ow Kah Leong had got to, suspecting that he'd been seduced by another mobile OS. I was largely right, though there are nuances below that need reading! In response to my mention of his name, Kah Leong has written in with his current thinking and details of his latest pre-order...

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Benchmarking Redstone vs Threshold on the Lumia 1020/920 etc.

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File this one under 'by popular demand' - every time I put up a feature delving into taking the ever popular Lumia 920/925/1020 into the brave new world of Windows 10 Mobile, I get requests for benchmarks and speed ratings. I'd already shown that Windows 10 Mobile was roughly 50% slower than Windows Phone 8.1 on the same hardware, but now we have a whole new OS branch to consider, thanks to a little gentle hacking. Is Redstone really smoother and faster than Threshold, i.e. on the older hardware? Even though it absolutely wasn't designed for it?

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To Boldly Go: taking the x20 Lumias to Redstone

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I've linked a few times to an ultra-geeky hack to get Windows 10 Mobile Redstone (a.k.a. Anniversary Update) onto older smartphones, those that Microsoft deemed unsuitable for the very latest code. After a few (abortive) attempts I've now made progress in upgrading one of my own Lumias, a 1020 and, while I still think that you need a degree in hackery and lots of patience to proceed, here's how I got on taking a 2013 Snapdragon S4-powered Lumia into uncharted Redstone territory and beyond....

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How to: save a location as a 'Favourite' in Windows 10 Maps

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Sometimes even the best-designed UIs can make simple operations harder to accomplish - Windows 10 Maps has made great strides in the last 12 months, but I found myself scratching my head over the utterly basic function of saving a location as a 'favourite'. Happily, you just need to know the trick - and it's as simple as dropping a pin!

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Of iris scanning and innovation: Lumia and Galaxy Note 7

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I'm sure many people will have spotted that Samsung has introduced 'iris scanning' for its brand new top of the range £700 Galaxy Note 7, to be available soon. Ignore all the claims that it's 'innovative' though, the (now much) cheaper Lumia 950 and 950 XL had this nine months ago. What got me musing though was why Microsoft's implementation wasn't seen as ground breaking in the first place. Why should that be?

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Keeping up with the Rio Olympics on your Windows phone

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The Rio Olympics are due to kick off for real tomorrow (with the opening ceremony). And your Windows phone is a pretty good device to keep up with the 42 sports and 300 events that will happen over the next sixteen days. Here's a rundown of the main ways you can keep tabs on Rio.

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