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Microsoft switches out HERE maps for TomTom, what's the Mobile impact?

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The story so far: HERE Maps (née Nokia Maps, then Navteq) provided all the map data for the mapping and car navigation in Windows Phone for years*. Windows 10 brought a first party mapping client from Microsoft, but using all the HERE map data under the hood, on Desktop and Mobile. But over the last few years Microsoft has been getting cosier with TomTom, a rival map (and traffic data) supplier, and has now announced that future map updates will come from TomTom. Details below, plus I muse on how this affects Windows 10 Mobile and 'Windows 10 Maps' on our phones.

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Unigram Mobile Messenger (Telegram) debuts

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Telegram is an increasingly popular Internet messaging service, one that's fully encrypted, has no limits or fees, one which encourages groups and communities, and one which has nothing to do with Google or Facebook. And, on Windows 10 Mobile, we did have an excellent client, Unigram UWP, last featured here. But the developer has moved on to PC-only builds on more recent branches of Windows, so developer 'abaculi' has taken the code from Unigram UWP and rebuilt it into a separate application, Unigram Mobile Messenger.

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OneNote now dark on Android, now caught up with Windows?

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With even the latest Windows 10 Mobile versions now out of official support, it really is time to think about the colour of the grass 'on the other side'. I've been using iOS and Android, alternately, for the last year, and thought it was noteworthy that the last major Microsoft/Windows service (arguably) is now dark on Android. Why dark? Pioneered on Windows Phone back in the day, dark themes save power and save your eyesight when needed!

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Awesome Tube UWP updates round-up for 2019/2020

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Playing YouTube videos in a third party application has never been trivial, even back at the dawn of Windows Phone. Microsoft tried it and got shut down hard by Google. So for the last four years (at least) it's been down to small third party developers reverse engineering YouTube's streams, dodging API changes, and ripping parts of HTML5 pages, as needed. Every few months, YouTube changes something and breaks the clients and then we await fixes. And here credit to Chococode, whose Awesome Tube client has adapted quickly each time. Even if feature development is now officially stopped for Windows 10 Mobile - we still get the fixes!

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Twitter PWA gets flurry of updated features

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Last covered here back in February, Twitter keeps on improving its Twitter PWA, most easily accessed on Windows 10 Mobile through the official UWP Store application, even if the code changes are all server-side. Still, Twitter gets smoother and more functional week by week - it's the flagship social network for W10M these days. Here's what's new, updated and fixed!

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Instagram notifications are a 'go' (on Winsta UWP)

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I've been following the progress of third party Instagram client Winsta UWP for Windows 10 Mobile for a couple of years now, but it's only with the most recent update, v2.6, that notifications have arrived, initially for letting you know that you have an Instagram direct message from someone. As ever, it's a fun ride on the Winsta UWP update track, with new versions at least once a week!

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Twitter (PWA) gets flurry of UI improvements

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Last covered here back in November 2019, Twitter keeps on improving its Twitter PWA, most easily accessed on Windows 10 Mobile through the official UWP Store application, even if the code changes are all server-side. Still, Twitter gets smoother and more functional week by week - it's the flagship social network for W10M these days, I'd argue. Here's what's new, updated and fixed!

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Microsoft Office 'all in one, with extras' debuts on iOS and Android

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Office is a staple on Windows phones, of course, and a reason why Lumias have been much loved over the years. But it's worth noting that not only has Microsoft developed the individual Office components into successful standalone applications on other platforms, but as of this week has made available an 'all in one' super-app with all of Office's 'mobile' functionality, plus a number of really useful extras. All behind a single icon!

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