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AAWP Insight #144: Elop departs, Freetel, Build 10136, and Gig video

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In AAWP Insight #144, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we open with some commentary on the departure, from Microsoft, of Stephen Elop and Jo Harlow. We proceed through a number of news items including a third party Glastonbury app, a software update to fix "Periodic reboot" issues, new Windows 10 Mobile devices from Freetel, and the latest firmware update for Microsoft Band. Our two main discussion topics are on the state of Windows 10 Mobile readiness and Steve's gig video capture comparison feature.

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AAWP Insight #143: Build 10136 and phone storage

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In AAWP Insight #143, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we open proceedings by discussing the arrival, after a month long hiatus, of Build 10136 Insiders Preview of Windows 10 Mobile, covering the main new features, and wondering how stable it is this time round. Other topics covered by the podcast include an update around Facebook and personal data sync, some thoughts on Microsoft's new portable battery chargers, and a debate around whether 32GB storage is enough in a phone.

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AAWP Insight #142: Facebook changes, Camera defaults

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In AAWP Insight #142, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we open the podcast by discussing the Facebook Connect API changes, how Microsoft services are effected, and any impact on the end user. We also highlight the latest HERE Maps data update, talk about the withdrawal of Lumia Camera Classic for high end phones, talk about how Cortana can help air travellers, and share some thoughts on Condor's Griffe W1 device.

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AAWP Insight #141: Windows 10, Band, and Store bloat

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In AAWP Insight #141, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we amble through a number of topics, from timings on the Windows 10 release (29th July for PCs, later for smartphones) to Microsoft Band questions (and light sabre apps) and related topics. We also discuss news of a firmware update (and excuse to cheer for the Lumia 640), Rafe learns about Steve's adventure dismantling his Lumia 1020, and we're pleased to hear Microsoft is looking to address Store bloat.

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AAWP Insight #140: Phone Companion and voice assistants

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In AAWP Insight #140, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we have two main topics, both of which lead to some extended musings and generalised mobile discussion. First up, the news of Phone Companion for Windows 10 (and cross platform Cortana), leads us to think about Microsoft's general approach and the wider way we interact with computing devices. Second, Steve's roundup of voice assistants gives us an opportunity to talk more about voice input and intelligent assistants.

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AAWP Insight #139: Hyperlapse, Windows 10 Mobile

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In the extended edition AAWP Insight #139, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by highlighting the release of Hyperlapse (and Steve's creative tendencies). Our second main topic is some discussion around the branding of Windows 10 versions and thoughts of the latest Insider build of Windows 10 Mobile (includes access to Office Preview apps). We also take the time to highlight two apps Pocket Casts and Tubecast Pro and talk about the rise of big screen devices.

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AAWP Insight #138: Lumia 540, Microsoft Band

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In the extended edition AAWP Insight #138, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the Lumia 540 Dual SIM, the latest Windows Phone device from Microsoft, which was announced for select markets a few weeks ago. Our second main topic is some discussion around our recent review of the Microsoft Band wearable device. Other topics covered in this episode of the podcast include thoughts on Windows 10 and ecosystem size, plus a number of app picks and related commentary.

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AAWP Insight #137: BUILD 2015

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In AAWP Insight #137, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we discuss the news out of Microsoft's biggest developer event of the year - BUILD 2015. The topic covered include Windows 10 on 1 billion devices, more on One Windows and Universal apps (which leads to a wider discussion of this topic), the announcement of Continuum for new (forthcoming) phones, the details of iOS and Android apps "running" on Windows 10 Mobile, and Microsoft Edge.

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AAWP Insight #136: Maps, Microsoft Lumia 640

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In AAWP Insight #136, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we turn our attention to the  Lumia 640, pulling out some highlights from our review coverage of the latest Windows Phone device from Microsoft. We start by talking around the maps situation (HERE) on Windows Phone over the last year, also touching on the recent Maps app preview for Windows 10. We finish with some thoughts from Steve on his recent Lumia 1020 versus Lumia 930 (with LC5/Denim) imaging comparison.

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AAWP Insight #135: Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

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In AAWP Insight #135, hosted by Steve and Rafe, the main focus is on the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL, though we also discuss its sister device, the Lumia 640. We cover our early thoughts on the hardware, make some head-to-head comparisons, and cover the basics on Microsoft UK's marketing plans for the Lumia 640. Also covered in the podcast are some early thoughts on Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 (new and updated features) and a trailer for a more in depth look at the latest build of Windows 10 for phones.

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AAWP Insight #134: Imaging in-depth (HTC M9 and Lumia 930)

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In AAWP Insight #134, hosted by Steve and Rafe, the discussion nearly all revolves around imaging. Using Steve's HTC M9 and Lumia 930 camera comparison as a starting point, we cover a number of imaging related topics, including flagship performance, the importance of software, and how much the megapixel count matters. We also cover a number of imaging-related app updates (Vine and Lumia Storyteller), and look forward to some detailed coverage of the Lumia 640.

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AAWP Insight #133: Device pricing, HTC M9 and Lumia 930, Tweetium, MS-DOS Mobile

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In AAWP Insight #133, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by highlighting a few UK deals for Lumia smartphones, which leads to a discussion of pricing and value for smartphones in general. Our main topic of conversation revolves around a comparison between the Lumia 930 and the HTC One M9, but we also find time to cover a few April-1st-related news topics (including Microsoft's latest 'mobile operating system') and to make a number of app recommendations.

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AAWP Insight #132: Lumia 430 (and 435), Windows HEC

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In AAWP Insight #132, hosted by Steve and Rafe, our main topic of conversation revolves around the low end Lumia 430 and 435. We talk about the latest addition to Microsoft's Lumia device portfolio, consider the overall state of low end smartphones, and how things have changed over the last few years. We also cover some of the highlights from the WinHEC event in China, and look forward to a flagship comparison next week.

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AAWP Insight #131: Lumia 940, Microsoft Band, app selection

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In AAWP Insight #131, hosted by Steve and Rafe, our main topic of conversation revolves around Steve's speculation about the Lumia 940. Rafe looks into his own crystal ball and also tries to predict what some of the changes and additions will be in the next Windows Phone flagship. We also cover the arrival of Microsoft Band in the UK, and finish with some app coverage for Aeries, Audible, and CastCenter.

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AAWP Insight #130: MWC and Lumia 640 and 640 XL, Lumia 435

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In AAWP Insight #130, hosted by Steve and Rafe, the main topic of conversation is MWC. We cover the key Windows Phone news, including the launch of the Lumia 640 and 640 XL, Windows 10 Universal Apps previews, a universal Bluetooth keyboard, and new phones from second and third tier manufacturers. Towards the end of the podcast we also touch on the Lumia 435 (in for review), as well as a number of recent app updates.

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AAWP Insight #129: Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones

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In AAWP Insight #129, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the newly available Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones. We talk about the specifics of the Insider program, what's in the preview and what's not, and share some first thoughts on the look and feel. Other topics in the podcast include a recap of Steve's review of the Yezz Billy 4, the retirement of Windows Phone "Rooms", and a listener question on the Lumia 735 start screen.

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AAWP Insight #128: photo backup, Office Lens, and Storyteller

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In AAWP Insight #128, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we open with a discussion around the Microsoft-Samsung patent agreement, followed by some thoughts on the updated Office Lens, and the continued roll-out of Lumia Denim. We also talk about the form in which photos should be backed up to OneDrive and consider Lumia Storyteller as an alternative to Photos. There are also quick app mentions for Podcast Lounge, Tweetium, and NPR.

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AAWP Insight #127: Lumia Denim camera comparison, 810-based Lumias?

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In AAWP Insight #127, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we have further discussion around the Lumia Denim update. Topics covered include availability (and the complexity of variants), a camera comparison with earlier software on the Lumia 930/Icon, and more. We also cover a Snapdragon 810 press release, updates for the Tweetium app, some thoughts on wearables and smart home apps, plus a Table Tennis game recommendation.

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AAWP Insight #126: Lumia Denim and Lumia Camera 5

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In AAWP Insight #126, hosted by Steve and Rafe, the focus is on the arrival of the Lumia Denim (on some high-end devices) and the linked Lumia Camera 5. We discuss the details, work-flow, and (hidden) cost of Rich Capture, when you might want to use 4K moments, and the much improved start-up and shot-to-shot performance. We also cover Microsoft's Q4 financial results (including Lumia device unit volumes) and a number of recent app updates.

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AAWP Insight #125: Windows 10

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In AAWP Insight #125, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we review yesterday's Windows 10 event, with a Windows Phone focus. Topics covered include changes to the Start screen, updates for Action Centre and text input, increased commonality with desktop and tablet Windows, and a run down of the major new "Universal" apps. To finish we highlight some notable app updates and releases for current Windows Phone devices (Dropbox, Spotify, Twitter, and Skype).

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AAWP Insight #124: Yezz Billy 4.7, Lumia 532 and 435

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In AAWP Insight #124, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we open with a quick look ahead to the much anticipated Windows 10 announcement, before rounding up some Denim updates news. In the middle section of the podcast, we talk about Steve's review of the Yezz Billy 4.7 (good hardware, but with software concerns). We finish by discussing the price of, and the hardware in, Microsoft's two newly announced low end phones: the Lumia 532 and the Lumia 435.

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AAWP Insight #123: Lumia 535, Yezz Billy 5S

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In AAWP Insight #123, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we open with some thoughts on the non-arrival of Lumia Denim and Lumia Camera 5, before going to to talk about a few CES highlights, including the Yezz Billy 5S. Other topics covered in the podcast include the latest AdDuplex stats, the acquisition of MixRadio by LINE, and gold editions of the Lumia 830 and 930. We finish by chatting about our review of the low-end Lumia 535.

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AAWP Insight #122: Gestures, Lumia 435, Note 4 camera

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In AAWP Insight #122, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we spend the first half of the podcast talking about a number of new app and games releases (Gestures Beta, Candy Crush Saga), as well as some updates to some of our favourite apps (Glance, OneDrive, Netflix). In the middle of the show, we talk about the pricing and positioning of the rumoured Lumia 435. We finish by continuing last week's discussion around imaging and the Samsung Note 4 (compared to various Lumia devices) in the context of Nokia's previous imaging "supremacy".

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AAWP Insight #121: HERE updates, Note 4 versus Lumia 930 camera

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In AAWP Insight #121, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we kick off by summarising the latest updates to Windows Phone HERE apps (free Drive+ and Transit for all, HERE account switchover), before moving on to highlight the latest DP update and the arrival of Cortana in France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. We also have mentions for a business card friendly Office Lens update, the GFXBench benchmarking tool (comparing hardware generations), Stickman Soccer, and BBC Sport. We finish by talking through Steve's camera comparison feature between the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Lumia 930.

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AAWP Insight #120: Next-gen '1030' and low-end WP device discussion

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In AAWP Insight #120, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with a discussion on the latest low-end entrant to the Windows Phone market - the Iris Win 1 from Lava Mobile. Complementing last week's discussion of the "best" high-end Windows Phone device, we debate which device should take the crown for the "best" low end Windows Phone device. We finish with some commentary on the leaked "Lumia 1030" device, which leads to a discussion on the direction of the next generation imaging flagship. 

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AAWP Insight #119: Noisy Qi and WP device discussion 2014

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In AAWP Insight #119, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with some commentary on clicking Qi wireless charging pads, before moving to discuss a number of recent and upcoming app updates (Lumia Camera, Photosynth, and more). In the second half of the podcast, we discuss the merits of various Windows Phone devices released in 2014 (and late 2013), with a focus on higher-end phones such as the Lumia 1520, 930, 830, HTC One M8, and Samsung ATIV SE.

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AAWP Insight #118: App round up and Toilet Twinning(!)

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In AAWP Insight #118, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we open with news of the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview update (Battery Saver updates) and recent additions to the (UK) Cortana command set. We move on to talk through a number of app roundups, releases and updates, featuring Movie Creator, Wolfram Alpha, Riptide GP2 and more. In the last part of the podcast, we briefly go off topic to discuss Nokia's return to hardware, before Rafe talks Toilet Twinning and reveals a novel app promotion strategy.

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AAWP Insight #117: Microsoft Lumia 535 and Twitter clients

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In AAWP Insight #117, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with a discussion of a lookalike Lumia 1020, before thinking about Windows Phone Twitter clients. We also cover a number of minor news stories from the Official CBS news app to the withdrawal of Nokia Reading and updates for Podcast Lounge. The main topic of the podcast is the Microsoft Lumia 525, the new entry level Windows Phone device, which was announced this week.

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All About sites podcast special: Damian Dinning - smartphones and imaging

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Apologies for the break in your normal run of podcasts with Rafe, but the chance arose to sit down with Damian Dinning, ex-Nokia and its head of imaging for years, the guy (with his team, of course) behind classics like the Nokia N73, N90, N93, N95, N82, N86, N8, 808 PureView and, of course, the Lumia 1020. The chat was in a quietish pub and is hopefully very listenable - the content is about 60% Windows Phone-related, 30% Symbian-related and 10% generic, but there's plenty here of interest to all readers/listeners, I think.

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AAWP Insight #116: Camera comparisons, Cortana, and more

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In AAWP Insight #116, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with a discussion of some of Steve's recent camera head-to-heads, with a special emphasis of the iPhone 6+ versus the Lumia 1020. We cover the latest on the Nokia to Lumia re-branding (camera software), chat about the roll out of Cortana and available phrases/questions, and share a use-case where AMOLED trumps LCD. There's also a couple of smaller asides into mid-tier Lumia positioning, camera futures, and Denim availability.

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AAWP Insight #115: OneDrive, Microsoft Health and Band

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In AAWP Insight #115, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with a quick return to the topic that we closed last week's podcast with, that of Microsoft cross-platform services and why you might choose Windows Phone. We also cover the retirement on the Nokia brand from smartphone, updates to the OneDrive and Xbox Video apps, and the latest mapping data and app updates from HERE. There's also a quick mention for the newly announced Microsoft Health and related Microsoft Band wearable accessory.

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AAWP Insight #114: Bush, Lumia 830, and Windows

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In AAWP Insight #114, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with a quick mention of our policy in terms of how much of the new unified 'Windows' wolrd we'll be covering (summary: just phones and related), plus we move on to new Windows Phone 'name' Bush, now selling an entry level smartphone through UK retailer Argos. This week's app coverage includes Skype and Tubecast Pro. We also revisit the Lumia 830, and discuss whether it can be a "sidegrade" to Lumia 1020/925/920 owners. In the last portion of the podcast, in response to a listener question, Rafe shares some thoughts on Windows Phone differentiation. 

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AAWP Insight #113: Lumia 735 and Lumia 830

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In AAWP Insight #113, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with a quick mention of new Windows Phone manufacturer Highscreen, before detailing the latest update to Glance, one of our favourite apps. We also cover the launch of Skype Qik, the return of Colour Pop to Creative Studio, and new app Live Tile Clock. The second half of the podcast is all about the Lumia 735 and Lumia 830, a pair of mid tier mavens that look set to give the Lumia device portfolio a significant boost. 

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AAWP Insight #112: Windows 10 and Lumia 735

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In AAWP Insight #112, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by discussing Microsoft's two Miracast adaptors (what they do and why they both exist). Our first topic is Windows 10 and the way it will "run" across all devices. We also find time to talk about the latest release of the Windows Phone Developer Preview, OneDrive camera roll bonus space, and the arrival of rebranded MSN apps. We finish with some early thoughts on the Lumia 735.

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AAWP Insight #111: Rants, GoFone, tough decisions

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In AAWP Insight #111, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with a rant on photo uploading and sharing on Windows Phone, before moving on to talk more new devices (Alcatel Pop 2 and GoFone GF47W). This leads to some discussion of the Windows / Windows Phone brand and Microsoft's promise of cross platform experiences and talk about how the race to thin may be counter-productive. We finish with some opinion on the tough decisions made in Nokia's recent history.

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