Android and openness is something we talk about all the time, but the recent developments in the industry point towards inherent flaws with this very premise. Be it from bloggers, political institutions or corporations, Android is seemingly not open enough. The “War on Openness” is ironically becoming an open war, where many players are increasing their stakes and scope to try and land a bigger hold - or at the very least, restrict Google’s - on what is the world’s...
Setup Microsoft Outlook / Hotmail, Contacts, and Calendar Sync on Android
One of the best things about smartphones is having your email, contacts, and calendar entries synced from whichever service you use. While Google has this available on Android since the beginning, Microsoft and others have been late to the game. In the spirit of better late than never, Microsoft has enabled EAS (Exchange ActiveSync) support for all its email accounts. This means that we can now sync them on all our devices or email clients that support EAS 2010 WebDav for push email, contacts, and calendar syncing.
This is great news for those who still use Microsoft’s email services, which improved immensely since the Hotmail to Windows Live Mail to Outlook rebranding. The stock Email client shipped with Android supports the protocol Microsoft uses for this service, so you don’t even have to install an additional app.
While Microsoft had previously made this feature available for paid accounts and select accounts upgraded for free, this roll out applies to all users of Microsoft’s email and PIM services. We are able to confirm that it works with free @hotmail.com, @msn.com, @live.com, and the new @outlook.com accounts, as well as custom domain accounts configured for Microsoft’s services.
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Smartphone cameras have advanced so tremendously over the past few years that they have almost completely replaced point and shoot digital cameras for the most of us. Furthermore, since our smartphones are always with us, the majority of us end up taking tons of photos throughout the lifespan of our devices. But what happens to all the old photos you take? Do you store them on an external hard-drive or keep them backed up to an online cloud service like Flickr? Let us know what your favorite way of storing old photos is and why.
Before the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Holo Design guidelines served as the official reference for Android design, right from IceCream Sandwich to KitKat. However, updates to the guidelines were few and far between, leading to a lack of synchronization between Android design and current UI/UX trends. Google seems to have learned from their mistake the last time around, and earlier this week, a significant update was released for the Material Design guidelines, marking the second revision in less...