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How To Use PIA (Private Internet Access) On Windows 10 Mobile

We all know this: one of the biggest issues with Windows 10 Mobile (previously known as Windows Phone) is the lack of apps. I am convinced it’s one of the main causes of the platform failing massively in the global smartphone market (only 0.7% market share last year according to Gartner).

This kinda makes me sad a little, as I felt the mobile OS market could use a bit of fresh air after all these years of iOS and Android which, even if constantly improved, always felt like more of the same to me. I agree that Windows Phone sucks on so many levels that it would be hard to list all of its problems without forgetting about some others, but at least it was different, you know? And it looked awesome.

Anyway, enough with the melancholic intro. If you want to configure a Private Internet Access VPN on your Windows Mobile or Windows Phone device, you will have to take care of things manually, as PIA does not offer a Windows Mobile app (hence my introduction, just to tie up all loose ends).

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How To Upgrade Your Lumia Phone To Windows 10

I have a Microsoft Lumia 640 XL that I use for work and I have been waiting for the Windows 10 update to become available for a long time because it just looks awesome. Yeah, that’s it, I’m a simple man.

From the official Microsoft Windows 10 page, the Lumia 640 XL is one of the devices that are eligible for the upgrade. However, every time I hit the “check for updates” button in the settings, I would be told that no update was available. I knew that the release of Windows 10 for phones had been postponed several times already, but knowing that the recently-released Lumia 650 and 650 XL come with Windows 10 already installed, it just sounded strange to me that the 640 XL still could not download it.

I stopped thinking about it for a while until yesterday, when I stumbled upon the Upgrade Advisor on the Windows Phone Store.

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Microsoft Acquired Swiftkey

The news became official yesterday, as published on the Swiftkey and Microsoft blogs. An extract from the Swiftkey blog:

We’re excited to announce an important milestone on SwiftKey’s journey. As of today, we have agreed to join the Microsoft family.

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our mission is to enhance interaction between people and technology. We think these are a perfect match, and we believe joining Microsoft is the right next stage in our journey.

I must say that I could see this coming sooner or later (not that Microsoft specifically would buy it, but that one of the big players would do so).

I must also say that perhaps Microsoft is the least of all evils when it comes to this kind of things (remember what happened to the beautiful Sparrow app when it was acquired by Google?) If anything, at least now we will have Swiftkey on Windows Phone as well, which is one of the apps I was missing the most on the Lumia I own, having become so accustomed to using it daily on my Android phone.

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