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August 27, 2014 Leave your thoughts

Sync Outlook with Android Devices

Are you looking for an easy but secure and automatic way to sync your Android phone with your Outlook calendars, contacts, notes and tasks?

AkrutSync is a top-selling, rich-featured application that will sync Outlook with Android and Windows mobile devices. It’s easy, automatic, and secure.

Sync Android to Outlook

AkrutSync Syncs Automatically

There’s no need to worry if that appointment made it to your phone or computer. AkrutSync will sync your Android with Outlook automatically, over your home wireless network; or over the Internet, wherever you are (using your data plan), through an encrypted, direct connection between your computer and your mobile device.

AkrutSync is Secure

Your confidential data never leaves your personal devices. At home, AkrutSync uses your own, secure wireless network to sync your Outlook data. If you choose to sync over the Internet, your connection is encrypted. Your personal information is never backed up to a public, Cloud server, and there is never any risk of it being shared or breached through the Cloud.

AkrutSync is Reliable

AkrutoSync makes sure all your appointments, contacts, tasks, and notes are on all your devices, without having to switch Contact, Calendar, or Note apps. You can continue to use the same mobile apps that came with your Android phone.

AkrutoSync Syncs Everything

There is no limit to the number of contacts, appointments, and tasks you can synchronize. You can synchronize both past and future appointments. You can also keep track of your synchronization history, and restore older versions of your contacts and other items.

AkrutSync is Easy to Setup

Setting up AkrutSync is quick and easy. AkrutoSync is downloaded and installed on the PC where Outlook is installed. All Android devices are software-ready to sync with AkrutSync. No additional software download is required.

Start your free, 7-day trial today.

 

August 19, 2014 Leave your thoughts

Sync Outlook Calendar and Contacts with Phone

You have many third party software options to help you sync Outlook calendar and contacts with your phone. The synchronization solution that best meets your needs depends on what you want to sync and what method you use to sync. The method is a big one for many people, as some don’t want to go through the cloud. Some want to use cables and some don’t.

Sync Outlook Calendar and Contacts width Phone

Sync Outlook Calendar Features

Start by figuring out what features you need and your tech requirements. Once you have your list of features, jump to sync Outlook Calendar with Phone software.

Question Options
What information do you want to sync?
  • Outlook calendar
  • Google calendar
  • Outlook calendar, contacts, tasks and notes
  • Google and Outlook calendars
  • Google and Outlook contacts
What operating system do your device(s) have?
  • Android
  • BlackBerry
  • iOS
  • Windows Phone
  • Multiple
What type of device(s) do you want to sync?
  • Phone
  • Tablet
  • Computer
  • All of the above
What’s your computer’s operating system?
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Both
How do you want to sync? What are your privacy needs?
  • Bluetooth
  • Cloud (Beware: Sync with Google is always through the cloud)
  • Secure, encrypted Internet
  • USB cable
  • Wi-Fi
Which way do you want to sync?
  • One-way.
  • Two-way.
Do you want automatic or manual sync?
What type of license do you need?
  • Run on multiple computers.
  • Run on one computer with multiple devices.
  • Run on multiple computers and devices.
Do you want to sync with device’s native apps? Some apps install their own calendar, contacts, tasks and notes apps on phone.
What is the policy for software updates?
  • License includes free updates for one year.
  • License includes free unlimited updates.
What language do you want supported?
What are you willing to spend on features?
Is there a money back guarantee?
What are the support options?
  • Online chat
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Forums
Is there a free trial? What are its limitations?
  • Some free trials give you full access to the software for a set time.
  • Some free trials limit how much you can sync.

When you have a short list of sync Outlook calendar software options, search the Internet for impartial reviews. For some users, customer service is important. A good way to gauge that is to check the companies’ social media accounts and forums to see how responsive they are to questions and feedback.

Sync Outlook Calendar with Phone Software

We hope the features list has helped you narrow your needs so that you find one or two potential sync software solutions to try.

Software Price Outlook Google Device OS Computer OS Sync method Use cloud Automatic or manual sync Sync with phone’s native apps Installation Trial option License
AkrutoSync $29.95 Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes No Android, Windows Phone (iOS in the works) Win PC SSL-encrypted Internet, Wi-fi No Automatic Yes Win PC Full software for 7 days 1 Win PC, unlimited devices
AndroidSync $29.95 (personal)
$49.95 (business)
Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes No Android Win PC USB No Manual emailed Win PC Limited features Depends on edition
CompanionLink $49.95 Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes Yes Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone Win PC or Mac Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB Yes and no Both No Mac or Win PC Full software for 14 days 3 computers
gSyncit $19.99 Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes Yes Android, iOS Win PC Google cloud Yes Automatic Depends on sync with Google Add-in for Outlook on Windows PC Limited features 1 Win PC, unlimited devices
Outlook4Gmail $19.99 Calendar, Contacts Yes Google compatible devices Win PC Google cloud Yes Automatic Depends on sync with Google Add-in for Outlook on Windows PC Limited features 1 Win PC
Sync2 $39.95 Calendar, Contacts Yes Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone Win PC FTP, LAN, USB Yes Automatic Depends on sync with Google Win PC Full software for 14 days 1 Win PC
The Missing Sync $19.95 (iOS)
$29.95 (Android)
Calendar (Android), Contacts (Android), Tasks (iOS, Android), Notes (iOS, Android) No Android, iOS Win PC, Mac Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB No Manual Contacts only (Android) Mac or Win PC None 1 computer

Please leave a comment telling us what solution you use to sync Outlook Calendar and other personal information with your phone and why you chose it.

August 18, 2014 Leave your thoughts

Android Wear Review: Living with the Samsung Gear Live



If you’re into tech cool, you’ll want an Android Wear watch as soon as you get to experience a demo model. As I look at my wrist, I see a colorful and detailed, Star Trek-style, clock display (provided free by a third-party developer). Swiping down over the watch’s face brings up a long line of miniature Google Now cards.

Samsung Gear: Beige

The cards might display snippets of weather, stocks, and updates generated from your most frequent search topics as well as heart rate and step data (depending on features of the Wear hardware that is connected to your Android phone through Bluetooth 4.0 LE.)

Swiping from right to left on any card may bring up further information such as history or details. On this first set of watches, a simple swipe to the right can bring up a (add-on, third-party) launcher displaying all the mini-apps on the device.

Out of the box, the first watches to carry the Android Wear banner are not breakthrough products in terms of hardware. The Samsung Gear Live (reviewed here) and LG G Watch are on a par with the previously available Samsung Neo 2, but unlike its Tizen-based platform, the Wear watches have attracted a strong community of very fast-working developers who may see a gold mine in Wear.

They have been putting out an average of over 10 apps a day since launch. Most of these cannot be found in the official Google Play Wear Store (link), but are easily accessed through social media (especially a Google+ Android Wear group) or third-party listings (search for Android Wear .apk for a current list) which are helpful, but at this stage too ephemeral to provide permanent links here.

At this writing, there are almost 300 watch faces and mini-apps available, with almost a dozen new ones appearing somewhere on the Web daily. Most require some searching to uncover. The official Google Play marketplace remains anemic, since Wear’s API is still in official flux at Google and apps that make assumptions about what it will contain are unwelcome in the Play store.

Without the addition of unapproved apps, the initial Wear watches are uninspiring to use. They require too many steps to access apps or other features and are more or less a Google Now platform. It may not be enough in a competitive market with a presumed Apple “iTime” looming in the near future. But the robust Android developer community is pressing the limits and the Samsung, LG and Motorola watches are capable of doing much more than Google intended and will bring bliss to gearheads around the world.

Conclusion: Early adopters will enjoy any of the three Android Wear watch options and be able to use any of them interchangeably. They will be able to add widgets and other apps to make these truly useful for the active business person, (unless they labor outdoors where Wear’s colorful displays are generally unreadable)
Those not accustomed to living on the cutting edge of tech may want to wait for devices with longer battery life and more fashionable sizes and options.

Samsung Gear Live-Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • Bright, colorful high-resolution display
  • Works with Google Now and most phone notifications right out of the box
  • Controls most audio and music players
  • With third-party apps, can display many widgets, perform control functions (lights, etc.) and more
  • Microphone is sensitive and accurate
  • “OK Google” offers a robust list of voice commands

Cons:

  • Not readable in bright sunlight
  • Battery life is less than two full, active days
  • Charger is fragile and spare or replacement chargers are not yet available
  • Band is uncomfortable and hard to fasten, but replaceable
  • Non-voice entry of texts is not recommended, though micro-keyboard apps are available
  • No speaker on watch for alarms or phone calls, vibration is the only option for notifications
  • Voice-control and entry is required for most functions. This can lead to socially awkward situations where the user appears to be emulating Captain Kirk—sans his starship.

What can you do with additional apps for Android Wear?

  • See remote, live images from your phone’s camera and trigger photos or videos from the watch
  • Ditto for voice recordings
  • Browse the Web or control your PC (neither are recommended)
  • See your Outlook calendar
  • Trigger items linked to Tasker which will allow remote control of smart locks, smart light bulbs and other devices that speak WiFi
  • Control your phone’s hardware: WiFi, volume, battery status, ringer condition, etc.
August 13, 2014 Leave your thoughts

Top German Magazine Features AkrutoSync

C’t Magazin, a top German magazine for computer technology, recommended AkrutoSync in its August 9, 2014 issue. You’ll find the mention in the 30-year-old magazine’s special Windows 8.1 section titled “Sync without cloud.”

AkrutoSync recommended by C’t Magazin

In the article, writer Jörg Wirtgen discusses the disadvantage of synchronizing through cloud servers. He also explains the process of how AkrutoSync syncs Outlook and Windows Phone 8.1. The software syncs Outlook calendar, contacts, tasks and notes.

Wirtgen says that when the phone is connected with the home network-connected PC, synchronizing Outlook and Windows Phone 8.1 using AkrutoSync works well. We’re honored to have our software mentioned in C’t Magazin, which has a circulation of more than 300,000.

You can try the full version of the software free for seven days to see if it’s a good fit for you. Get AkrutoSync here. One license covers one Windows PC and unlimited devices. The software also syncs Outlook calendar and Android devices. Phone support and support for the German language and iOS are in the works.

August 11, 2014 Leave your thoughts

Sync Outlook Calendar with Android Phones and Tablets

A friend told the story of how she spent too much time updating her calendar in multiple places to keep the information in sync with Outlook and her Android devices. She and her husband share a Google calendar while each has a personal Outlook calendar.

Sync Google Calendar With Outlook Calendar

If she entered a new event on her Android, it’d show up in her shared calendar, but not Outlook. So she’d have to re-enter all events when she went back to her computer. A simpler solution to sync Outlook calendar with Android devices would be to use third party software like AkrutoSync. Doing this prevents the need to re-enter information on the phone or computer.

The problem with Google Calendar

Now what about synchronizing her family’s shared Google calendar? Google Calendar Sync is no longer available to sync calendars. Importing a calendar from Google into Outlook is static and won’t update the other calendar when you make changes on one. And vice versa. Exporting Outlook calendar to import it into Google calendar won’t update.

This is a common problem as most people can’t share their business calendars, which uses Outlook. So they use Google to share. Whichever solution you choose, remember that synchronizing with Google calendar uses the cloud.

Sync Google and Outlook Calendars with Android

Still need to sync Google calendar with Outlook? Try Outlook-Google Calendar Sync, a free app that does that. This with AkrutoSync will sync Outlook Calendar with Android devices. You will never have to enter an event twice.

Just remember this isn’t a cloudless process. But it allows you to keep your data automatically updated in all places without any effort on your part. The two software programs ensure Outlook calendar syncs with Android devices.

AkrutoSync makes things easier as it syncs Outlook calendar with your Android’s native calendar app. Some third party sync applications add their own software to your Android leaving you with two calendar apps to clutter your screen. Akruto also uses your Android’s native contact, tasks and notes apps.

Gain more control over data with history

Sometimes working with a phone, we accidentally delete information. Akruto has a sync history feature that allows you to review additions, changes and deletions. You can restore deleted information or save all the data.

Cloud vs. cloudless option

If you want to sync Outlook calendar with Android devices, AkrutoSync does the job wirelessly, automatically, securely and cloudlessly. Leave it at that, and you won’t have to go through the cloud.

However, some people want to sync Google calendar with Outlook and Android devices. In this case, Outlook-Google Calendar Sync will take care of it for you. Since both products are downloadable software, you don’t have to worry about the service going away like Google Calendar Sync did.

You can try the full version of AkrutoSync free for seven days. If you like it and purchase a license, we’ll send you a registration code to enter in the software. No downloading or reconfiguring anything again. A license covers one Windows PC and unlimited devices. (The software supports Windows Phone with an iOS option in the works.)

August 5, 2014 Leave your thoughts

5 Samsung Kies Alternatives to Sync Outlook with Androids


Say Goodbye to Samsung Kies

“Samsung Kies not working.” (This shows up a lot.)

“I am having problem Samsung Kies not connecting.”

“Can’t get Kies firmware upgrade working.”

“I have the latest version of Kies, but it won’t connect to my phone. I get the message ‘Your device does not support Kies v2.0.’”

These comments come from many Android smartphone and tablet forums. Users report Kies problems, request help to fix it or ask for alternatives. Often the fixes don’t take care of the problems.

Samsung Kies is an app that syncs Outlook, music and photos and updates software on Samsung phones. There are two versions: Kies 3 is for devices running Android 4.3 and Android 4.4 and Kies 2.6 for smartphones and tablets manufactured prior to September 2013 running older versions of Android. Both versions contain problems.

These are some of the reported issues with Samsung Kies not working:

  • Won’t sync.
  • Doesn’t recognize Android device.
  • Fails to install.
  • Shows Kies not connecting to phone or computer.
  • Spits out error messages.
  • Claims there’s no default email client.
  • Won’t run.
  • Disconnects Wi-Fi.
  • Syncs part of the data or none at all.

The posted workarounds are often lengthy and cumbersome. Unfortunately, they don’t always solve the problem or cause new one like Kies not connecting or in one case where disconnecting Wi-Fi caused Windows Update to stop working. (That’s a biggie.)

Here are some Samsung Kies alternatives that can sync Outlook calendar, contacts, tasks and notes with all Android phones including the popular Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Google Nexus 3, HTC One and Motorola Droid RAZR.

As always, before you install any of the software, be sure to back up your Android device and Outlook.

AkrutoSync

www.akruto.com
Sync method(s): SSL-encrypted Internet or Wi-Fi
Installation: Windows PC
Features: Automatically Syncs with Android native apps and cloudless
Trial option: Full version for seven days
Price: $29.95

AkrutoSync is Windows PC software that syncs Outlook calendar, contacts, tasks and notes with Androids. It syncs directly through an SSL-encrypted Wi-Fi or Internet connection. Both options are cloudless and allow you to automatically sync Outlook with multiple Android devices.

Your Outlook calendar events appear in your Android’s native calendar app. This also applies to Outlook contacts, tasks and notes. Akruto has a sync history feature that prevents accidental deletions and lets you restore anything that has been deleted.

To see how Akruto works, you can watch the How to Sync Android phones with Outlook video. The full version of the software is free to try for seven days. To keep using AkrutoSync after buying a license, just enter the registration code. One license supports one PC and unlimited devices.

Android-Sync

http://www.android-sync.com/
Sync method(s): USB
Installation: Windows PC
Features: Syncs directly through USB cable and cloudless
Trial option: Limits sync to 20 entries
Price: $29.95 for personal and $49.95 for business

Android-Sync uses a USB cable to sync Outlook calendar, contacts, tasks and notes with most Android devices. Since it directly syncs through USB, none of the information goes through the cloud.

After you download the software on a Windows PC, the app will walk you through installing the USB drivers for your Android. It has a power saving mode to help extend the device’s battery life.

The trial limits your sync to 20 entries. Those installing Android Sync in a corporate, government or business environment will need to opt for the Business License. Purchasing a license activates the full software and includes a lifetime of free updates and upgrades.

CompanionLink

www.companionlink.com
Sync method(s): Wi-Fi and USB
Installation: Install on Mac or Windows PC
Features: Syncs with various CRMs and works with Macs
Trial option: Full version for 14 days
Price: $49.95

CompanionLink has a few software options. To synchronize Outlook calendar, contact, tasks and notes with Android devices, opt for CompanionLink for Outlook. The software automatically and directly synchronizes through USB, Wi-Fi or a DejaOffice app for Android. It doesn’t sync through the cloud.

Users who add DejaOffice will be able to use CompanionLink to sync Outlook categories and Outlook journal with the Android. CompanionLink also works with Act!, Lotus Notes, GroupWise, Time and Chaos, GoldMine and Salesforce CRM.

You can try the software free for 14 days. Paid users receive email and phone support. You can install the software on three computers and use it with one device.

Sync2

http://www.sync2.com/
Sync method(s): FTP, LAN and USB device
Installation: Install on Windows PC
Features: One- and two-way sync and syncs Outlook Exchange Folders (.OST file)
Trial option: Full version for 14 days
Price: $39.95

Sync2 can sync Outlook calendar, contacts, email, journal, notes and tasks with multiple PCs. It can be done through USB, shared network folder or file transfer protocol (FTP). It also syncs Outlook Exchange Folders (.OST file) without going through a company’s exchange server.

To sync Outlook with Android devices requires using Sync2 with both Outlook and Google. Androids sync through a Google account, which uses the cloud. Sync2 provides instructions on how to sync Outlook with Androids.

Sync2 offers one-way synchronization between Outlook and Google, which can work in either direction: Google to Outlook or Outlook to Google. You can try the full version of the software for 14 days. Discounts are available for multiple licenses. A license covers installing the software on one PC as well as one year of updates and support.

SyncMate

www.sync-mac.com
Sync method(s): Bluetooth, USB cable and Wi-Fi
Installation: Install on Mac
Features: Works with Macs
Trial option: Free edition available with limited features
Price: $39.95 for Expert edition installed on two Macs

SyncMate offers those using a Mac computer a way to sync data between a Mac and multiple Android devices. It can do three-way sync: Mac to device, device to Mac and both ways. SyncMate also works with cloud services including Dropbox, Google account and iCloud.

The Free edition only syncs calendar and contacts. The Expert edition offers more features such as automatic sync based on a user-selected interval, SMS backup, media and call history. The number of Macs that can run SyncMate depends on the type of license purchased. For a personal license, SyncMate can be installed on two Macs.

We hope this helps you find a solution that works for you. Please share this article with your friends and anyone who wants to sync Outlook calendar and contacts with Android devices or is dealing with Samsung Kies problems.

July 30, 2014 Leave your thoughts

Google Calendar Sync Alternatives for Smartphones and Devices

Those who sync calendars and contacts with their phone through Google Calendar Sync need to find an alternative solution as it sunsets on August 1, 2014. We split the alternatives into two options:

  • Sync Outlook calendar and contacts.
  • Sync Google calendar and contacts.

Sync Outlook Calendar and Contacts

Those using Windows Phone and Android devices can use AkrutoSync to automatically, directly and securely sync Outlook calendar, contacts, tasks and notes with their devices. Some sync solutions install a separate calendar and contacts app on the phone.

AkrutoSync uses your device’s native apps, so you won’t see two different apps doing the same thing. That means less clutter and confusion on which app to use.

AkrutoSync is Windows PC software that uses Wi-Fi or an SSL-encrypted Internet connection to sync Outlook with your devices. Your information is secure as Akruto does not go through the cloud at all. You also don’t need to use USB or any cables to sync.

While we plan to support iOS in the near future, users have reported they have AkrutoSync working with their iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. If you prefer an official solution now, you can sync your iOS device with Outlook through iTunes following Apple’s instructions.

Sync Google Calendar and Contacts

Android devices don’t require workarounds because it automatically syncs with Google calendar and contacts.

Windows Phone users will have the ability to sync with Google calendar and contacts when they update to Windows Phone 8.1. If you can’t wait that long, see Sync Google email, contacts, and calendar FAQ for more information.

For iOS, do the following steps on your device to sync with Google:

  1. Select Settings.
  2. Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Select Add Account.
  4. Select Google.
  5. Follow the steps to enter your Gmail credentials.
  6. Enable the services you want to use. Choices: Mail, Contacts, Calendar and Notes.

Any new info you add in your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch will sync with your Google account.

July 28, 2014 Leave your thoughts

Google Calendar Sync Replacement for Outlook Offers More Options

Google has announced that its Google Calendar Sync will no longer work as of August 1, 2014. No doubt, it’s frustrating to be forced to find another solution to sync Outlook with your devices and change how you work. Fortunately, AkrutoSync makes it easy as it syncs Outlook calendar, contacts, tasks and notes with all your devices. It’s automatic, secure and cloudless.

Google Calendar Sync Replacement for Outlook

Just install the software on your Windows PC and it works.

This change is an opportunity to switch to a more secure solution that keeps your personal information out of the cloud. You also won’t need to USB or any other cables because the software syncs over Wi-Fi or through an SSL-encrypted Internet connection.

Your personal and confidential information directly syncs Outlook with Windows Phone and Android devices and vice versa. No information is shared with Akruto or any cloud services.

Here are more AkrutoSync benefits:

  • Pay one time and that’s it. No recurring or upgrade fees.
  • Use with Windows Phone and Android devices. Although it unofficially works with iOS devices, we’re working to add official support for iOS.
  • Track all additions, changes and deletions with sync history feature.
  • Ensure you have all your information as nothing disappears or gets cut off. Yes, AkrutoSync transfers 96,000 characters of the complete Sonnets by William Shakespeare. Want proof? Watch How to Sync Windows Phone with Outlook video. (Go to 1:30 in the video.)
  • Set it and forget it.

We could go on all day about how it’ll help you, but we’d rather let the software do the talking.

Want to see how it works before you invest? You can try a full blown version of AkrutoSync free for seven days.

If you like it, you won’t have to download anything again. Just pay a one-time fee of $29.95 $24.95 (special price good through August 15, 2014) and we’ll send you the license information to enter into the software. And it’s all yours. You won’t ever have to shell out more money or worry about losing another service like Google Calendar Sync.

The license covers installing AkrutoSync on one Windows PC and using it with all the compatible handsets, smartphones and devices you could want.

We extended the $5 discount for another two weeks. But this is it. No more extensions. Go get AkrutoSync to give yourself time to try it and see how it syncs Outlook calendar and contacts with your devices. We think you’ll like it. Check out the reviews and customer testimonials

July 23, 2014 Leave your thoughts

Google Calendar Sync End-of-Life Prompts Users to Find Another Solution to Sync Calendar with Devices

AkrutoSync automatically, cloudlessly and securely syncs Outlook on a Windows PC with Windows Phone and Android devices.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Akruto, Inc. Press Release

Newton, Mass. – July 22, 2014 – According to Google, Google Calendar Sync will no longer sync events on August 1, 2014. Users who switch to AkrutoSync™ will not only be able to sync Outlook calendar across all of their devices, but also contacts, tasks and notes.
Google Calendar Sync Replacement

This move removes personal data from Google’s cloud because they’ll be able to directly sync between Outlook and their Windows Phone or Android devices. Synchronization occurs through Wi-Fi or the Internet’s SSL-encrypted connection. All data synchronized through AkrutoSync is never shared with Akruto or any cloud services.

“Customers today carry their data everywhere they go, but they’re also concerned about privacy,” says George Tatar, founder and CEO of Akruto, Inc. “Using AkrutoSync, Google Calendar Sync and Outlook users can continue to automatically, cloudlessly and securely sync calendars, contacts and tasks with all their devices.”

A full version of AkrutoSync for Windows PC is available to try for seven days at no cost from http://www.akruto.com/get-akruto-sync/. The company is offering $5 off the regular price of $29.95 for AkrutoSync through August 15, 2014 to help ease the changeover.

To continue using the software, customers just pay a one-time cost of $24.95 and enter the license. A license includes installing AkrutoSync on one Windows PC and using it with unlimited compatible tablets, handsets and smartphones.

Akruto in social media
Twitter: @akruto
Facebook: AkrutoSync
Google+: AkrutoSync

About Akruto Based in Newton, Mass. and founded in 2010, Akruto, Inc. aims to provide customers with full control of their personal information. Its engineers have extensive experience in data management and share a strong commitment to protecting data privacy. Akruto provides a reliable two-way synchronization solution that does not use the cloud, keeping highly personal information away from storage and scrutiny by anyone other than yourself. The company offers support for Android and Windows Phone platforms with an iOS version planned. To learn more about the company and AkrutoSync, please visit http://www.akruto.com/. Please send press inquiries and review requests to media(at)akruto(dot)com.

July 18, 2014 4 Comments

Google Calendar Sync Sunset Forces Users to Seek Alternative Solution to Sync Outlook with Devices

Automatically sync Outlook Contacts, Calendar, and Tasks between PC and Android. Direct, reliable, cloud-free.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Akruto, Inc. Press Release

Newton, Mass. – July 16, 2014 – Google has announced that Google Calendar Sync, an application that syncs events between Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook Calendar, will no longer be supported as of August 1, 2014. AkrutoSync™ from Akruto, Inc. comes to the rescue by offering a cloudless, seamless and automatic way to synchronize Outlook Contacts, Calendars, Tasks, and Notes across all Android and Windows Phone devices.

Google Calendar Sync Alternative

Users won’t have to keep Outlook updated through Google’s cloud. Instead, they can use AkrutoSync to automatically sync Outlook directly to Android or Windows Phone devices through Wi-Fi or the Internet. Because of this, users don’t need USB cables and they won’t have to worry about personal and confidential information leaking in the cloud.

Even with the Internet option, users’ phones and tablets connect directly to their computer using an SSL-encrypted connection. The data does not pass through Akruto’s servers or any cloud service.

“Today’s connected users want and need their data everywhere they go,” says George Tatar, founder and CEO of Akruto, Inc. “With AkrutoSync, Google Calendar Sync users will be able to effortlessly sync their personal information across devices. They’ll also enjoy more privacy as the information won’t go through the cloud.”

Users can try a fully functional version of AkrutoSync for seven days at no cost from http://www.akruto.com/get-akruto-sync/. To ease the transition from Google Calendar Sync to AkrutoSync, users can get $5 off the regular price of $29.95. A license to continue using the software is available for a one-time cost of only $24.95. (Special price good through August 15, 2014.) This includes installing AkrutoSync on a single PC and using it with unlimited compatible handsets, smartphones and tablets.

Connect with Akruto on Twitter @akruto and Google+.

About Akruto
Based in Newton, Mass. and founded in 2010, Akruto, Inc. aims to provide customers with full control of their personal information. Its engineers have extensive experience in data management and share a strong commitment to protecting data privacy. Akruto provides a reliable two-way synchronization solution that does not use the cloud, keeping highly personal information away from storage and scrutiny by anyone other than yourself. The company offers support for Android and Windows Phone platforms with an iOS version planned. To learn more about the company and AkrutoSync, please visit http://www.akruto.com/. Please send press inquiries and review requests to media(at)akruto(dot)com.

July 15, 2014 4 Comments

A Secure Alternative for Google Calendar Sync

Google has announced that its Google Calendar Sync will no longer work as of August 1, 2014. No doubt, it’s frustrating to be forced to find another solution and change how you work. Fortunately, AkrutoSync makes it easy as it syncs Outlook calendar, contacts, tasks and notes with all your devices. It’s automatic, secure and cloudless.

A Secure Alternative for Google Calendar Sync  - AkrutoSync AkrutoSync is a secure alternative for Google Calendar Sync

Just install the software on your Windows PC and it works.

This change is an opportunity to switch to a more secure solution that keeps your personal information out of the cloud. You also won’t need to USB or any other cables because the software syncs over Wi-Fi or through an SSL-encrypted Internet connection.

Your personal and confidential information directly syncs Outlook with Windows Phone and Android devices and vice versa. No information is shared with Akruto or any cloud services.

Here are more AkrutoSync benefits:

  • Pay one time and that’s it. No recurring or upgrade fees.
  • Use with Windows Phone and Android devices. Although it unofficially works with iOS devices, we’re working to add official support for iOS.
  • Track all additions, changes and deletions with sync history feature.
  • Ensure you have all your information as nothing disappears or gets cut off. Yes, AkrutoSync transfers 96,000 characters of the complete Sonnets by William Shakespeare. Want proof? Watch How to Sync Windows Phone with Outlook video. (Go to 1:30 in the video.)
  • Set it and forget it.

We could go on all day about how it’ll help you, but we’d rather let the software do the talking.

Want to see how it works before you invest? You can try a full blown version of AkrutoSync free for seven days.

If you like it, you won’t have to download anything again. Just pay a one-time fee of $29.95 $24.95 (special price good through August 15, 2014) and we’ll send you the license information to enter into the software. And it’s all yours. You won’t ever shell out more money or worry about losing another service like Google Calendar Sync.

The license covers installing AkrutoSync on one Windows PC and using it with all the compatible handsets, smartphones and devices you could want.

We extended the $5 discount for another two weeks. But this is it. No more extensions. Go get AkrutoSync to give yourself time to try it. We think you’ll like it. Check out the reviews and customer testimonials.

July 15, 2014 Leave your thoughts

Sync History: Avoid or Restore Accidental Deletions

 

I was working with an app in which I could update notes on any computer or device and it’d sync across the board. When there’s a conflict, the app lets me know. Not this time. Long story short, I lost half of the information in one of the notes.

There was no getting it back. My brain — overwhelmed with remembering many things — couldn’t recall most of the missing items.

Thankfully, the list wasn’t critical to my personal or professional life. The same can’t be said for my Outlook contacts and calendar. I’ve seen events I *know* I put in Outlook calendar disappear. I’ve noticed cell phones and email addresses missing from contacts on my Android phone. I’m 100 percent sure I had the information at some point.

I’d enter events on my Android that would later disappear. This happened one too many times. I also noticed missing cell phone numbers and email addresses. I’m positive I entered the information.

Fed up with losing data, I looked for another solution to sync Android with Outlook. AkrutoSync did the trick. I especially like the history feature as it meant no more disappearing data.

No longer have I run into situations when I think: “I *know* I had a different email address for this person” or “I’m positive I had this person’s cell phone.”

AkrutoSync keeps a history of all changes across devices and PCs. It shows which device made changes and when. Sync history also lists what data was added, deleted or changed for each contact, appointment and task.

Akruto Sync: Added Contact Shown in Sync History

Figure 1: Added Contact Shown in Sync History

You can look at history by contact, calendar or task. Figure 1 shows the list of contacts that have been changed, added or deleted. Since Renee Allison has a plus sign by her name, she is a new contact. Select her name to see the added information. The minus sign indicates a deletion and the pencil represents a change.

Figure 2 shows that Colleen Wheeler’s information was changed. A mobile phone number and an email address were added to the contact. The business phone number was changed.

Akruto Sync: Added Contact Shown in Sync History

Figure 2: Modified Contact Shown in Sync History

AkrutoSync can save all versions of the data in history. I haven’t lost data again. Knock on wood. I also like AkrutoSync for the following:

  • Keep data secure by not synchronizing through the cloud.
  • Pay one time. Not a fan of recurring fees.
  • Retain all data. Nothing disappears or gets cut off.
  • Work with Android devices. I have an Android tablet. Unofficially, it works with iPad.
  • Sync automatically. Set it and forget it.

I also appreciated being able to try the full version of AkrutoSync free. This way I could make sure everything worked before I shelled out the bucks. When I decided to buy it, I didn’t have to download AkrutoSync again. After payment, Akruto sent me the code to enter and that was the last thing I had to do. It just works.

July 11, 2014 2 Comments

Sync Outlook with Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft has started rolling out the Windows Phone 8.1 OS upgrade in select countries. Even with the update, Windows Phone still doesn’t natively sync with Outlook. No worries! AkrutoSync will automatically sync Outlook with Windows Phone 8.1.


Sync Outlook with Windows Phone 8.1

Supposedly, the Windows Phone will receive two general distribution release updates in 2014: GDR 1 in July and GDR 2 in November. This, however, doesn’t mean you’ll see the update in July. These are the dates Microsoft expects to send it to carriers and OEMs.

Windows Phone Central is tracking the rollout by country and phone. The site is updating the page as soon as the news comes in, so watch it to find out when it’s coming to your country.

Currently, the phones that come with Windows Phone 8.1 are the new Nokia Lumia phones:

  • Lumia 630
  • Lumia 635
  • Lumia 930

Here are the new features in the Windows Phone 8.1:

  • Cortana: Microsoft’s answer to Siri.
  • Live Tiles will let you choose a photo for your Start Screen background.
  • Camera improvements: Burst mode for capturing multiple photos in quick succession and collections that automatically organize your photos by date, location and activity.
  • Word Flow Keyboard: Microsoft’s answer to Swype.
  • Action Center: See email, texts and social media updates within one swipe.
  • Wi-Fi Sense: Automatically connect to Wi-Fi hotspots.

You may have heard about the folder creation ability. This won’t be available until Update 1.

Sync Outlook contacts, calendar and tasks with AkrutoSync. You can try the full-feature software for seven days before you buy to see how it works for you. Download AkrutoSync here. If you decide to continue using it, you won’t have to download it again. Just enter your license code and you’re set.

July 7, 2014 Leave your thoughts

Amazon Fire Phone Review

The long-rumored Amazon phone has at last hit the desks of reviewers nationwide. Known as the Amazon Fire, the $199 handset follows in the footsteps of the original Apple iPhone by being both pricey and only available (beginning in July 2014) from A T & T.


Amazon Fire Phone

With a heavily customized Android OS, the Fire phone offers two major features not available on other Android devices, Firefly and Mayday. Firefly makes it very easy to buy. Push the Firefly button on the handset and a number of things instantly take place. It takes a photo, performs image recognition pulling out any recognizable item, phone number, email, etc., and stores (for free) a copy of your photos in a unlimited, linked Amazon account. It’s a simple matter to then call, email, text, or buy using the extracted data. (It’s also possible that Amazon’s analysis bots will troll through these same photos to freshen its recommendations and ads)

CNN was not alone in noting that Firefly’s ability to identify songs, books, and other Amazon-available items was not an afterthought, but a focus of the phone.
“Amazon wants you to buy its first smartphone, the Fire, which it unveiled Wednesday,” the news channel reported. “But it also wants you to use that phone to buy more stuff … from Amazon.”

Mayday, a feature brought over from Amazon’s Kindle Tablet line, makes is easier for novice users to gain confidence with their phones. One press calls up an Amazon staffer you can hear and see and who can draw helpful arrows and notes directly on your screen. The tech rep cannot see you, but they can hear your questions. Since the Amazon OS differs from iOS or stock Android, new users could require some assistance, no matter how long they’ve been using a smart handset.

The big draw for the Fire in terms of hardware is the use of four, user-facing cameras. These serve to track the user’s head movement, combined with device accelerometers, which detect tilting, these activate a modest 3D-effect on screen that Amazon terms, “Dynamic Perspective.” This novelty allows the user to manipulate pop-out menus, flyouts and other additional data tabs, almost as a second thought, by simple head or handset movements without actually touching the screen.

Details on the screen and camera resolution are included in the official specs, but none of the Fire’s hardware exceeds the current flagship phone expectations as currently defined by Samsung and Apple.

Whether the 3D effect captivates or annoys remains to be seen. Previous 3D phones featuring stronger effects from HTC and LG did not garner noticeable market share. The real draw for those who are otherwise undecided about buying a new Fire may be the offer of free Amazon Prime for one year. That’s an $89 incentive which effectively lowers the $199 price for those who would enjoy Prime. (Current Prime members get a full-year extension with the Fire.)

Executive summary: The Amazon Fire phone offers a few new tricks, adequate hardware, but it comes at a premium price. Its success may depend more on Amazon’s packaged deals, branding and marketing than on the handset’s actual design. It does not rate as best-in-class in general terms (camera, processor, screen resolution, lack of expandable memory, etc.), but they may not matter since it is firmly aimed at the consumer, not the business or technical market segments.

July 2, 2014 7 Comments

Samsung Kies not working? We have a solution.

Samsung Kies, an app that syncs Outlook, music and photos with the Android phone and updates software, comes up often in discussion forums. But not in a good way. Most of the time, people are asking for help because Kies is not working. They’re either doing Kies troubleshooting or they want to find a Kies alternative that can sync Outlook contacts, calendars and tasks with an Android phone.

Its problems occur with all versions. Currently, there’s version 3 for devices running Android 4.3 and Android 4.4 and version 2.6 for devices running older versions of Android that launched before September 2013.

Here are some of the problems users have reported:

  • Doesn’t sync.
  • Kies not connecting. (Can’t connect the phone to the computer.)
  • Doesn’t recognize the Android device.
  • Won’t install.
  • Doesn’t sync at all or partially syncs data.
  • Displays error messages.
  • Says there’s no default email client.
  • Won’t launch.
  • Causes Wi-Fi to disconnect. (Fixing it has prevented Windows Updates from installing.)

Some users report that customer service isn’t helpful for Samsung Kies troubleshooting. Others post detailed and cumbersome workarounds, which sometimes only solve part of the problem. With AkrutoSync, you won’t have these problems.

AkrutoSync is a Samsung Kies alternative that works with Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Google Nexus 5, Google Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Motorola Droid RAZR, HTC One and other Android devices.


AkrutoSync reliable alternative to Kies

You’ll be able to sync your contacts, calendar and tasks automatically, completely, wirelessly and securely without going through the cloud. You won’t need a USB cable to make it work.

Some of our customers switched to Akruto after becoming frustrated with Samsung Kies not working. In his AkrutoSync review, Paul S writes, “Up to my neck with Samsung Kies. So glad I found this easy to use product.”

One user who updated to Jellybean 4.3 on a Galaxy S4 ran into Samsung Kies problems and synchronizing Outlook contacts, calendar and tasks became impossible. In searching for a Kies alternative, he learned that most were buggy and some users recommended AkrutoSync after trying other options. “It works faultlessly, in near real time, and reliably in both directions,” he writes.

You can try AkrutoSync free for seven days. This way you can see if it’s a fit for you and how it works without making an investment. AkrutoSync costs only $24.95 — a one-time purchase. No annual fees. No upgrade fees. Even after you buy it, you won’t have to download it again. All you’ll need to do is enter a registration code and you’re set.

If you’d like to watch a video of how AkrutoSync works, please check out the How to Sync Android phones with Outlook video.

June 25, 2014 5 Comments

Sync Android with Outlook

You’d think you could sync Android with Outlook right out of the box considering the abundance of Microsoft Outlook users. Yes, it’d make customers happy, but that’s not how companies think. Google is behind Android.


Sync Android With Outlook

And what does Google have that competes with Microsoft Outlook? Yep, Gmail. And it wants you to use that along with Google Calendar and Google Contacts. That’s why Android phones offer seamless synchronization of Google products across all devices. After all, you must have a Gmail account to use an Android phone or tablet.

This is a bigger problem for people like small businesses and home users who aren’t on Microsoft Exchange servers. Plenty of people in these groups have their reasons for sticking with Outlook.

One option to sync Android with Outlook is to export your Outlook data as a CSV file and import it into your Android device. It’s as tedious as it sounds. Plus, you’d have to import and export on a regular basis to keep your Android contacts and calendar updated.

People who have a Motorola Android phone have the same problem with Motorola’s web-based Phone Portal. It lets you import and export CSV files, and you’d have to repeatedly do this to keep the phone data in sync with Outlook.

Those who have a Samsung phone may have looked into Samsung Kies to sync Outlook with Samsung. Just search the Internet and you’ll see it’s not a recommended solution because Kies access is inconsistent. Sometimes it’s blocked and sometimes access is changed when there’s a software update. “I tried Samsung Kies, didn’t like it at all, as it messed up my contact and appointment data,” an Android customer writes.

Besides, you may decide to buy a different Android phone next time. You’d have to start the process of finding another solution to sync Android with Outlook.

Another option is to use an app that works with all Android phones regardless of make and model like AkrutoSync. One AkuroSync user writes, “Pretty much bulletproof and automatic near real time, two way syncing of my Galaxy S4 to Outlook. Infinitely better than manual synching with Samsung Kies which is as terrible as ever.”

“I only found out about this wonderful program because an update to Jellybean 4.3 on my Galaxy S4 also required an update to Samsung Kies 3.2,” writes a customer. “Unfortunately Kies 3.2 is even more buggy and dreadful than ever, hence syncing Outlook contacts, calendar and tasks became an impossible task for me.”

Many of AkrutoSync users often say the same thing: “It just works.” They’re not just referring to the fact the app allows you to sync Android with Outlook, but that it’s seamless, automatic and doesn’t sync Outlook through the cloud. In other words, set it and forget it. After you install the app, you’re done. AkrutoSync does all the heavy lifting.

June 19, 2014 Leave your thoughts

9 Threats That Affect Synchronizing Outlook with the Cloud

Automatically synchronizing Outlook calendar and contacts with a smartphone keeps things simple as you no longer have to update your information in multiple places.


Cloud Sync Risks

However, many solutions go through the cloud to sync Outlook with phone contacts. Using the cloud to synchronize data is riskier than you might think.

The Cloud Security Alliance recently wrote about the “Notorious Nine” serious security threats in cloud computing. Here are the nine cloud threats to cloud computing that may affect the information you share in the cloud.

  1. Data breaches: According to research from University of North Carolina, it’s not hard for a virtual machine to access information from the cloud. An attacker could gain access to data if the application has just one flaw. It can also happen by accident, as one company was just reviewing Google Analytics when it came across confidential information in the cloud.
  2. Data loss: Malicious attackers could break into an account and delete everything. If a cloud service provider loses data, it may not have backup. “Forty-three percent of respondents have lost data in the cloud and have had to recover from back-ups,” said Dave Elliott, cloud marketing manager at Symantec. Even a strong password can’t protect you. With two minutes and $4, someone can find out your credit card, phone and security numbers despite a strong password.
  3. Account or service traffic hijacking: If a hacker accesses your login credentials, he or she could track your activities and transactions, and use them to provide falsified information or manipulate data.
  4. Insecure APIs: Third party companies use the application programming interface to integrate their products with the cloud service. Experts say there is no API is 100 percent secure including OAuth. “Although OAuth2 is optimized for client developer simplicity, it is a subtle protocol that can (unfortunately) easily be made insecure,” Coursera writes in OAuth2-based APIs. Unauthorized users can circumvent the API to change user restriction or access non-public areas of the application.
  5. Denial of service: The oldie but not so goodie still remains a threat as distributed denial of service attacks can send hundreds of thousand automated requests to consuming a cloud service’s resources that could cripple it or shut it down. Arbor Network’s eighth annual World Wide Infrastructure Security Report found that 76% of respondents report experiencing DDoS attacks affecting their customers in the cloud and data centers.
  6. Malicious insiders: Former employees and contractors could still have access after they’ve left the company. What’s more is that current employees may have access where they shouldn’t especially in an incorrectly designed cloud application. Forrester’s “Understand the State of Data Security and Privacy” reports that insiders are responsible for 36 percent of data breaches.
  7. Abuse of cloud services: Although this threat has a greater effect on cloud service providers than they do consumers, a hacker may use the service for a DDoS attack or to run malware. Verizon’s 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report says that one of the trends European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) spotted was an increase in malware from cloud services.
  8. Insufficient due diligence: Not all cloud service providers implement the required processes and security to provide a secure service that limits threats. And customers who want to sync Outlook contacts typically don’t spend a lot of time evaluating the cloud provider.
  9. Shared technology: If a single component is compromised, the cloud service could expose the customers’ information and open itself to a breach.

This is a lot of risk for customers who keep sensitive data in the cloud, which is what happens when you use the cloud to share and sync across platforms, devices, teams and locations. Most people’s Outlook contacts and calendar have information that they most likely don’t want to make public.

If you prefer to reduce risk by avoiding the cloud, one option is AkrutoSync, which allows you to sync your Outlook contacts and calendar with your smartphone without going through the cloud.

Either way, you’ll want to keep your information safe out there and do your due diligence on where you store your sensitive and confidential data.

June 19, 2014 Leave your thoughts

Should You Sync Outlook through the Cloud?

Synchronizing your Outlook calendar, contact and other data in the cloud can make it easier for you to manage it and access it from anywhere on any device. Unfortunately, file sync and share applications like Dropbox that use the cloud could put your sensitive information at risk.


Laptop phone and tablet picture

One company was doing an analysis of Google AdWords and Google Analytics data. It wasn’t looking for sensitive files, yet it inadvertently came across URLs that opened confidential files, such as tax returns, bank records and business plans. A goldmine for identity theft especially when more than half of the respondents in a Fiberlink survey say they upload sensitive data to cloud services.

This is alarming considering the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s survey on consumer fraud reports that more than 10 percent of adults become victims of fraud every year. Furthermore, home security firm Friedland conducted a survey that has found four out of five thieves use publicly posted social media status updates to find potential victims.

Using a cloud-based app has a whole host of security challenges that are out of users’ control. There’s physical security of the servers hosting the content. Is the data encrypted? How? Has the company done a background check on employees? Insider hacking has made news.

Cloud providers often work with third parties because of integration. Does the cloud provider have security processes for its third parties? All of this requires doing due diligence and ensuring their service level agreements are airtight. This is overkill for most people who just want to sync Outlook contacts with a phone.

In ‘Secure’ Cloud File Sync Is The Wrong Move, Jonathan Feldman explains that the simplicity of the process involved with using cloud apps is what draws people to them. But they’re still not secure. “There’s no doubt that cloud-based file sync has created a huge security issue. But expecting to solve it with inadequate products isn’t the way to go,” Feldman writes.

His recommendation is to educate the user. However, this doesn’t solve the problem for users who simply want to sync Outlook calendar with a phone.

So what can you do about it?

If you need to use a cloud app, start by keeping financial, business and personal sensitive information out of the cloud as much as possible. Also review your privacy settings in your file sync and share application because many of them have a “public” setting as the default. Avoid sharing sensitive files and delete files as soon as the recipient receives it.

For any folders and files you’ve already shared or have in “public” status, delete them. Yes, delete as opposed to just changing the setting from “public” to “private.” After deleting them, upload them again in “private” status.

Another option is to find alternative sync solutions with more security and privacy options that don’t post your data in the cloud. Rather, the data moves from device to device without making a stop on insecure cloud servers. These could be a private cloud, an external hard drive or non-cloud app that lets you sync Outlook calendar and contacts.

AkrutoSync is a program that that allows Windows Phone and Android users to sync Outlook contacts, calendars, tasks and notes in an automatic, cloud-free, seamless and secure way.

May 7, 2014 1 Comment

Reviewing the Samsung Galaxy S5, part 4: Processor

 

When Apollo 11 ventured to the moon, none of its various computers had as much memory or processing power as today’s smart watches do. When the space shuttle flew, it carried five computers arrayed in a complex, redundant voting system to translate its pilot’s flight commands, but none of those five cpu’s approached the power of your current PC or even that of a decent, touch-screen tablet.


Samsung Exynos Processor

Sometimes increasing power doesn’t result in a major perceived user experience. The Galaxy S5 has both quad- and octo- variant processor options in different parts of the world, but whether it can best the current flagship phones from Apple or HTC in benchmark testing is probably not the right question for a prospective phone buyer to ask.
That’s because all the top of the line handsets have video chip sets that will please even hard-core gamers, plus processors and OS updates that make their interfaces virtually lag-free and buttery-smooth. Their ability to switch quickly between applications is generally seamless.

In most published reviews, the S5 tests somewhere between the iPhone 5S and the HTC One (M8), but the differences amount to eye blinks—variations in machine scores which don’t impact your hands-on, day to day experience. All get the job done, so the buyer is free to choose the overlays, ecosystem, and extras (replaceable battery, memory expansion, water resistance, open OS, etc.) which really do provide value to them without worrying about which model gets the highest processor score using a particular, and possibly ephemeral, metric.

One notable feature that the S5 will offer some users is the ability to download on cellular LTE (4G) and WiFi simultaneous, as well as trying to access WiFi on two separate, internal antennas. Both are intended to improve video streaming and other data-intensive operations, but most U.S. carriers, including Sprint, AT&T and Verizon have switched off the simultaneous LTE/WiFi access in their branded versions, and smaller carriers often have data caps or throttling which will limit its usefulness even if it is not locked out altogether. Elsewhere in the world, it may be a useful and unique add-on, if your carrier’s billing plan is data-generous.
This wraps up our overview of Samsung’s new Galaxy S5. What other handsets would you like to see in the next Akruto Insight column?