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Windows 10 Mobile, Redstone 3, WoA, and upgrade paths

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This is a topic that we've all been speculating about for a while - how will Microsoft introduce 'Windows 10 on ARM' in terms of phone/phablet hardware that already uses ARM chips? Are the likes of the Lumia 950 XL and HP Elite x3 suitable for upgrading and, if so, how will it all work? What about lesser/older phones and Redstone 3? Please find below my educated guesses.

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Camera phone head to head: Lumia 950/XL vs Google Pixel/XL

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Six months ago I did a shootout between the two Nokia camera phone classics, the 808 PureView and the Lumia 1020, and the newer Lumia 950 XL and Google Pixel XL. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, the first two triumphed, despite their age, but at some point one has to let go - and there has been renewed interest in a new 950/Pixel shootout, with latest versions of the relevant Camera software. So here we go.

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How to: use Google services on Windows 10 Mobile

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'Google on Microsoft' should work as well as 'Microsoft on Google', in terms of accessing services on smartphones, and yet it doesn't. Microsoft's applications are uniformly excellent and available on Google's Android OS, yet there are almost no Google applications available for Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile. For anyone trying to keep 'in' with both ecosystems, what are the options in terms of accessing Google-hosted content on Microsoft's OS?

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Flagship head to head: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Lumia 950 XL

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Yes, the new Galaxy S8 won't be on sale for another month yet, but it represents the current cutting edge of smartphone technology. Which is why I thought it worth doing one of my tabular head to heads with the faithful old Lumia 950 XL - how does a device 18 months older stand up, spec by spec?

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Is it time for Microsoft to finally mass-email 8.1 users?

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It's no April Fool. I really think that next month should be the time when Microsoft finally pulls its finger out in terms of actually telling regular users about Windows 10 Mobile (W10M). In Creators Update (Redstone 2) form, it's now pretty mature, it works more smoothly than ever before, there are ever more UWP applications for it - and yet the vast majority of people who could be running W10M don't even know about it.

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How to: Block web ads and save bandwidth - while you still can!

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A trifle and alarmist for a headline, admittedly, but there is a time sensitive element to this. Two weeks ago, Opera Software took the Windows logo off their 'mobile' information page. Odd, I thought. A couple of days ago, Opera Mini, their headline Windows Phone 8.1 browser, stopped appearing in Store search results. It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to spot what you might like to do next...

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