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Big tech companies provide help to disaster response efforts in Nepal

It was a sad weekend as tragedy struck Nepal. The country was hit by 7.8-magnitude earthquake causing damage all throughout the Kathmandu capital. The tech industry is especially mourning because Google executive Dan Fredinburg died in the Mount Everest avalanche as triggered by the earthquake. Death toll has recently hit 4,000 and number is expected to rise in the next few days as disaster response continues. Because of all these unfortunate events, tech companies have responded on their own by launching special programs and efforts to help the victims of the earthquake. Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and T-Mobile are only some of those we know in the industry that are currently helping in the relief efforts.

It’s final: Nokia has no more plans to make or sell consumer handsets

Over the weekend, Nokia released an official statement reaffirming that it has "currently no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets". The former top phone manufacturer is very much determined not to rejoin the business contrary to what's being talked about in the industry. Last week, the company which sold its Devices & Services business to Microsoft last year was rumored to join the mobile business again. The former phone giant has been rumored to do all sorts of things like selling off its maps business but Nokia maintains that it will keep its world-leading patent portfolio, as well as, continue to honor the company's FRAND undertakings.

OneDrive app now allows video streaming, photo album organization

Almost half a year has passed since Microsoft updated the OneDrive app for Android. The last one was last October when the software giant added widget and recycle bin support. The productivity app is another free cloud storage for anyone who wants easy access to all their files from an Android device, tablet, or any computer. You can save all your files in one place to share with family, friends, classmates, or colleagues using this app. You can also work right on the app and collaborate with your groupmates so you can finish a project anytime and anywhere.

Outlook for Android is not on Preview mode anymore

After a few months of being available on Android but still not being on full mode, the Outlook email app is now finally out of the "preview zone". Since its debut in January, they have updated it 17 times, which is a lot in a span of four months. Apparently now, Microsoft is confident enough to remove the preview label and go full blast with the Android version. The app has actually been receiving raves, and some believe it rivals or even surpasses the most popular email apps in the market like Inbox, Gmail, Mailbox, etc.

Portaña is Cortana ported to Android, sort of

OrangeSec, a hacker group out of Italy, are out and about claiming that they have ported Cortana – Microsoft’s voice digital assistant and answer to Apple’s Siri – to Android. As we all know, apart from the meager features of Google Now, there is not a single official voice digital assistant for Android. So the group has ported Microsoft’s Cortana – naming it Cortaña – not to create a competitor, but to encourage the Redmond-based company to do an official port.

CyanogeMod isn’t getting into bed with Microsoft, CM12.1 nears

Android news might still be ringing abut Cyanogen, Inc.'s partnership with Microsoft to preload the latter's apps into Cyanogen OS. While this is no different from Samsung's similar deal, the fact that it is Cyanogen making it has caused a stir among the Android community, particularly those in the ROM community. The ramifications of this business move is a topic fit for another day, on a post of its own. In the meantime, however, CyanogenMod, not Cyanogen, is assuring its users that it isn't taking a similar path.

Microsoft, Cyanogen solidify “strategic partnership” for Android devices

It looks like Cyanogen is really hitting Google where it hurts most (well, as much as you can hurt this tech giant) as they announced a "strategic partnership" with Microsoft. This is also part of Microsoft's strategy to go beyond their own platform and expand their reach to other rivals, something they wouldn't have done years ago. But they have had to adjust to an environment they used to dominate, and partnerships like this one with Cyanogen is solidifying their strategy.

Microsoft adds multi-factor authentication support to Office 365 for tablets

Microsoft Office 365 was made available for Android last year and with it come security options for several accounts with multi-factor authentication. To be sure, users are asked to enter a password. That seems easy to do and anyone can access a document but there's a second level of security that requires you to respond to a phone notification, text message, or a phone call. This security feature has been working on smartphones and PCs but unfortunately, there was no support given for tablets.

Office Delve now available for Android users who use Office 365

If you're working on a project which deals with a lot of people and a lot of files that are constantly updated, then chances are you'd need a project management tool of some sort to keep everyone in line. While there are a lot of apps out there for this specific purpose, if your group uses Office 365, then this product from Microsoft now available for mobile Android devices, may be the perfect tool for you and your teammates, especially if a lot of you are mobile.

Control your presentations, documents, with Microsoft Office Remote

There are some apps available out there, if you look hard enough, that will help you remotely control your PowerPoint when you're presenting. But to have the actual makers of PowerPoint create an official app to do that for you and so much more is another (hopefully great) thing. Microsoft has just released their Office Remote app, which does exactly what its name says, remotely control your Office documents and presentations.
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