Outlook shared calendar greyed out #microsoft #email

Recently I have found an issue with Microsoft Outlook whereby the option to share a calendar is greyed (grayed) out. The answers I found on Microsoft forums weren’t very helpful so I’ve developed this article in order to help others experiencing the issue.share calendar

There are two steps to potentially resolving the issue depending on how badly things have been corrupted.

  1. The first thing you’ll want to try is deleting you email profiles in Windows Control Panel. Then restart Outlook and add your profiles once again. Doing this should resolve the problem if the option “share calendar” is greyed (grayed) out or unavailable.email windows control panel
  2. If after you’ve completed the above step and still experience issues you probably have a corrupted “auto-complete list” [note some people refer to this as auto complete cache]. To resolve this you’ll need to empty the auto-complete list to continue.
    – Open Outlook if it’s not already.
    – Select File > Options
    – Select Mail and scroll down
    – Click the button to “Empty Auto-Complete List”


Once you’ve got this sorted out you can share a calendar in Outlook by doing the following:

  • Select Calendars icon.
  • Right-click the calendar you want to share.
  • Select Share > Share Calendar.
  • In the pop-up dialog select details you wish to share: availability only, limited details or full details.
  • In the “To…” field select the recipient you want to receive the request.
  • Also note that you have an option to “Request permission to view recipient’s calendar”.

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Please let me know how you do with this and if there’s any other workarounds I’d appreciate if you’d post them below.

ZUK launches the Z1 in partnership with #Cyanogen #mobile #OS

zuk z1 cyanogenZUK, a brand new company backed by Lenovo, officially launched the international version of its smart phone Z1, and unveiled their software partnership with Cyanogen Inc, a leading mobile OS company. ZUK and Cyanogen are partnering closely to bring the best customized Android experience to international users, and the ZUK Z1 international version will be the first device from ZUK to come preloaded with the commercial Cyanogen OS. Mr. Chang Cheng, CEO of ZUK and Mr. Vikram Natarajan, Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships and Distribution for Cyanogen presented at today’s press conference.

Earlier this month, ZUK announced the Chinese Version of Z1 in Beijing, and it has quickly become a hit in the Chinese market. The Z1 received over 2 million pre-orders within one week, and 40,000 handsets sold out immediately after the 1st wave purchase kicked off on Aug 18. Today, ZUK announced that the international version of the Z1 is expected to go on sale in Europe, America, the Southeast Asia and the Middle East beginning in September; prices will start from $299.

The ZUK Z1 international version has almost the same top hardware configurations as the Chinese version. Z1 is the first smart phone featuring a reversible Type-C charging port with USB 3.0 level data transfer speeds. Besides, the other configurations of Z1 are also ranked top standard on the market: 5.5-inch 1080P FHD display, a fingerprint sensor, a 4100mAh battery, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The handset will come in white or space gray.

The ZUK Z1 international version will come preloaded with Cyanogen OS 12.1, a fast operating system customized for Z1 with a number of advanced features that are optimized for performance, power consumption, security and privacy.

ZUK CEO Chang Cheng expressed the planning of the international market development and his expectations, he said: “We’ve had a great start in the Chinese market, and we hope we can achieve success in overseas markets too. We believe a great product sells itself.”

“It’s a great honor to partner with ZUK, we’ve been cooperating together to deliver the best user-focused Android experience for consumers,” said Vikram Natarajan, Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships and Distribution for Cyanogen. “We recognize there is a great diversity of consumer needs in international markets. With the ZUK Z1, we’re empowering users with a significant level of customizability and flexibility.”

In addition, ZUK revealed they would cooperate with well-known global enterprises such as Amazon, which would further reduce the cost as well as improve the customer experience.

Back to school with HP #tablets #laptops #computers #printers

The centre of the home – the kitchen – always has the most foot traffic and is the best place to check off all of your to-do’s. Families need reliable tech to share; from homework to paying the bills, HP has the right tech to help each family member finish that To-Do List or prepare the next delicious recipe.


HP Pavilion x2
Where to buy: HPShopping.ca
Price: Starting at US$299.99
Available in Canada starting August 7, 2015


hp pavilion x2

For when they can’t choose between a PC and a tablet, the HP Pavilion x2 is the perfect choice for families. The colourful and detachable device goes seamlessly from notebook mode to tent, stand and tablet modes with its magnetic hinge to accommodate any activities, work, or play.


Designed for productivity and optimized for entertainment, the detachable PC uses an innovative latchless magnetic hinge to easily transition between the different modes. With its thin and light design and incredible battery life (up to 10.75 hours), the Pavilion x2 will impress with its powerful processor, flawless audio with B&O Play and HP TrueVision HD Webcam.


HP Pavilion All-in-One
Where to buy: HPShopping.ca
Price: Starting at US$599.99
Available in Canada later this summer

 hp pavilion computer

Whether for entertainment or work, the HP Pavilion All-in-One takes the overall experience above and beyond with a powerful processor, optional discrete graphics card, and edge-to-edge full HD flush glass display. With premium B&O Play Audio and full HD Touch display, online streaming and gaming are taken to a whole new level for anyone in the family. The newest HP Pavilion All-in-One makes saving and accessing files for work or family memories a breeze with up to 16GB of system memory and access to cloud services through HP Connected Drive.


HP ENVY 7640 e-All-in-One Printer

Where to buy: HPShopping.ca

Price: $119.99

hp printer

The HP ENVY 7640 e-AiO printer is the perfect printer for the busiest of households. Designed to help boost creativity and productivity with its advanced mobile printing features, the HP ENVY 7640 e-All-in-One allows users to easily print photos and documents from any device including smartphones and tablets with mobile and NFC technology.


HP Printables – free apps delivered right to the printer on your schedule can help busy parents stay organized with apps to help simplify family life such as the 7 Day Menu Planner and My Calendar which syncs with your Google calendar. Great activity sheets, games and puzzle from reputed brands such as Leapfrog, Crayola, Disney, and education.com will certainly keep the kids busy!


Printing on Original HP supplies will enhance all of the kids’ creations because they are designed with the environment in mind, and will also ensure the best quality for your printouts.


For the College Student

Every student needs a study break and a bit of time for fun. These HP devices pack the power they need for high-quality entertainment and the extra productivity they need in the classroom!


HP Spectre x360

Where to buy: HPShopping.ca

Price: $1429.99

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The revolutionary HP Spectre x360 is a brand new 13.3 inch convertible PC with sleek lines, stylish metal body and an ultra-thin design built for performance to get things done at home or on the go. The unique, durable 360° hinge transitions seamlessly to four modes including stand mode to watch movies and videos, tent mode to play games and apps, notebook mode for those long essay-writing hours and tablet mode for on-the-go productivity. With up to 12.5 hours of incredible battery life, students can get through an entire day at the library without searching for an outlet to plug in. Not only is this device absolutely gorgeous, students can expect nothing less than all the latest features, like an Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM.


HP Roar Blue Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Where to buy: HPShopping.ca

Price: $109.99

hp speakerCombining the unique triangular shape and passive radiator design with the new Smart Amp technology, the HP Roar Wireless Speaker delivers enhanced audio performance. It’s easy to take your music with this thin and light device from room to room or on the road! Enabled with speaker response, it’s possible to take calls and talk hands-free with the built-in speakerphone with noise cancellation microphone. Powered to perform, this awesome HP Roar Wireless Speaker rechargeable battery lasts up to 8 hours. Did anybody say dance party?


HP Omen Gaming Backpack

Where to buy: HPShopping.ca

Price: $89.99

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HP Backpacks feature modern designs that can be as bold or as understated as you want to make them. The cases are constructed from durable, high-quality materials designed to provide the utmost protection for a broad range of notebook form factors. Equipped with smooth matte exterior and rugged woven polyester on the sides and back – this pack is modern and durable with designated pockets for devices that can rest snugly separated by a scratch-resistant divider and padded panels, perfect for students. The bold red interior separates all essentials and includes space for a laptop up to 17.3 inch diagonal, a mouse, full-sized keyboard, notebooks and textbooks.


For the Home Office

Working from home has become common today, and HP set out to bring devices that help increase in-home productivity and efficiency. From high-performing printers to powerful PCs, you will be geared for success – and most importantly, impress any type of boss.


HP LaserJet pro MFP M277 dw Printer

Where to buy: HPShopping.ca

Price: $529.99

hp printer


The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw Printer is perfect for a home office! Smaller and faster, this loaded Multi-Function Printer and Original HP Toner cartridges with JetIntelligence combine to get the job done, while using 30 percent less energy on average! The latest HP LaserJet Pro also offers different printing options to accommodate the user, no matter the situation:  built-in wireless direct, NFC touch-to-print technology, and wifi capability. Designed with the environment in mind, Original HP printing supplies will also ensure the best quality for printouts.


Where to buy: HPShopping.ca
Price: Starting at US $699.99
Available in Canada later this summer

hp tower computer

HP set out to change the way people think about towers. With high-end design, the HP ENVY Tower is stylish, sophisticated and smart. For creative energy that can’t be contained when inspiration strikes, a machine that can keep up is needed. With a stunning brushed metal finish look, the HP ENVY Tower is built for high performance and unleashing creativity. Equipped with Windows 8.1, a powerful Intel Core processor, DDR3 memory and a massive expandable solid-state hard drive, this desktop tower will help make the home office a creativity and productivity hub and give you the power to innovate! And with up to three displays that can be connected and premium audio provided by Bang & Olufsen, nothing will stop you from efficiency!


HP Z4000 Black Wireless Mouse

Where to buy: HPShopping.ca

Price: $34.99

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For a more efficient workspace, a thinner mouse is always preferred. With its thin design and less than 13mm inch height, the Z4000 wireless mouse is the ideal accessory for a notebook, tablet or desktop. Flowing arch and subtle side grips allow the hand and wrist to settle in a more natural position for enhanced comfort. With its three standard buttons and scroll wheel gently blended into the low profile, the feel and navigation of this sleek mouse is familiar and purposeful.


Excellent news for left-handers! The versatile ambidextrous design fully supports comfortable usage for both right and left hands.


For the on-the-go Millennial

Staying connected and mobile is becoming more and more important every day for young professionals. HP has developed the ideal notebooks for millennials to stay productive anywhere, while enabling them to show off their individuality through their technology.


HP Pavilion x360
Where to buy: HPShopping.ca
Price: $529.99

hp tablet laptopThe vibrantly colored HP Pavilion x360 is an app-loving, friend-connecting, 360°-bending machine that offers unmatched versatility for any situation or destination adventures may take you. The innovative new hinge uses a set of three spiral gears for synchronized and precise movement to ensure the display glides smoothly and stays in place whether it’s to be used in notebook mode for working and productivity, stand mode for watching movies or the latest shows, tent mode for playing games and the expanded touchscreen fun of tablet mode for on the go.


The HP Pavilion x360 boasts an HD touchscreen display and B&O PLAY Audio to offer the video and audio for high-quality streaming and viewing that will fulfill all entertainment needs. Its thin and light design makes the HP Pavilion x360 the perfect device for mobility purposes. Available in Natural Silver, Sunset Red, Violet Purple and Minty Green, this device is sure to stand out, turn heads and truly fit the millennial’s vibrant personality.


HP Spectrum Sleeve

Where to buy: HPShopping.ca
Price: Starting at $19.99

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Be distinctly different with an HP Spectrum Sleeve that will fit a variety of notebooks, including 11.6- and 14-inch models. Slip in and go – your notebook will be snugly enveloped within a plush interior and pristine snow white exterior, accented by a subtle HP logo. Express your individuality in wide range of color options, such as White, Turquoise, Peach, Blue and Magenta.

Roku 3 an impressive streaming media player

Having been an Apple TV user for the past two years, when I was offered the chance to try a Roku 3 I thought I would give it a shot.

As someone who uses a MacBook Pro and iPhone 5s the Apple TV makes perfect sense but lately I have found my interest in Apple TV to be waning.

I’m not a fan of the small and clumsy remote that comes with the Apple TV and have found that its interface needs a bit of an update. The Roku 3 remote was a huge improvement and so was its interface.

Roku 3 Setup

When I unboxed the Roku 3 I was impressed by how easy it was to set up and install. I connected both a HDMI and Ethernet network cable to it as I wanted to be able to run through my TV and make sure I had a strong internet connection and not just relying on Wifi. I’ve included a quick video on setup below.

Setup was a breeze and I followed the instructions closely configuring the hardware first and then moving over to the software. Be forewarned you’ll need to make sure that you have enough HDMI ports. I already have an IOGear HDMI Hub because my Samsung TV has only two HDMI Ports. I had to add this to convert my TV to a smart TV.

Roku requires that you create an account so that you can complete setup and for when you want to use any of its paid features including over 1400 channels you can subscribe to in the Roku Channel Store.

I stuck with the basics included in the software which are YouTube, Netflix, I already have an account, Rdio and Google Play.

Google Play

I also checked out Google Play on the Roku. Added last October, Google Play acts like the Movies and TV function on the Apple TV allowing for you to watch new releases or iconic classics for both movies and television.


I am avid streamer of channels and music from YouTube and used this regularly on AppleTV so when I saw the option to use it I thought I would check it out.

The YouTube interface for the Roku 3 is a nice one and it was here that I realized I could use voice search to find videos that I wanted. I found this worked reasonable well with about 60 percent of my requests. The remote also has a unique headphone jack for private listening which was nice as well.

All in all the Roku 3 is a great streaming media device and player. I would highly recommend it to anyone that doesn’t own a streaming device or is looking for a change from their current device.

Smartphone news: #Addiction #Nokia #SelfCharging #Marshall #Audio

This week’s smartphone news covers addiction, self-charging devices, the revival of Nokia among several other stories. Let’s begin with addiction.

The smartphone addiction problem

In a story published by TIME, Katy Steinmetz discusses a problem most of us face now in the 21st century, the problem of anxiety related to being without our handheld devices. Why are we letting technology rule our minds and can we have the strength to be in control of our technology usage? Larry Rosen from California State University explains,

Technology tends to “overact” our brains, draining us of unfettered, daydreaming-type creativity, he says. Today’s average college student, a member of the first generation to really grow up digitally native, now focuses and attends to one thing for about three to five minutes before feeling the need to switch their attention to something else, he says: “It makes us very tired. It makes us very miserable. It overloads our brains. … It is not good for us.” In his work, Rosen has referred to these gadgets by using an acronym for Wireless Mobile Devices — or WMDs, for short.

Perhaps we need more self-control software. I understand there are a few companies offering help to the addicted but there may be room in this space for startups interested in helping people find focus in their lives.

Self-charging smartphones

Nikola Labs is probably fueling the problem of smartphone addiction by making the technology ever more available. If we can avoid the inconvenience of charging our phones then we won’t ever have to part ways. Plugging your phone into a socket will still be required (for now) but research is under way to eliminate the bother as Will Zell, CEO of Nikola Labs explains in a report from MIT Technology Review,

They won’t make plugging your phone into a charger obsolete, but Zell says that Nikola’s phone case should be able to give users about 25 to 30 percent more battery life between charges. The company built its first working prototype of a smartphone case this spring and plans to start selling it in the first three months of next year for about $100 (a Kickstarter campaign for the company had raised about $74,000 of its $135,000 goal with eight days to go as of publication; Zell says Nikola Labs has separately raised private funding to bring its product to market).

I wonder how the addiction problem would look if we never had to charge again. Even so, charging while we’re sleeping really isn’t much different. Personally my smartphone is available 95% of the time as it is.

Nokia’s smartphone plan

In a statement from Robert Morlino, Nokia has laid out the options to re-enter the smartphone market. This time the business model will be different in that the company will no longer be producing the hardware but will partner with another company that will apply the Nokia brand name on a device designed by Nokia.

The right path back to mobile phones for Nokia is through a brand-licensing model. That means identifying a partner that can be responsible for all of the manufacturing, sales, marketing and customer support for a product.

If and when we find a world-class partner who can take on those responsibilities, we would work closely with them to guide the design and technology differentiation, as we did with the Nokia N1 Android tablet. That’s the only way the bar would be met for a mobile device we’d be proud to have bear the Nokia brand, and that people will love to buy.

Leveraging the Nokia brand name is a huge win for the company and finding a partner with the right terms and conditions could mean a huge cash cow for the company long term. Expect to see Nokia smartphones running the Android operating system in Q4 – 2016.

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Marshall’s music focused smartphone

Get ready for a smartphone with a focus from audio giant Marshall. Founded in 1962, Marshall has 53 years of experience in the audio industry and are now poised to release a top notch smartphone. The Marshall London phone is a gorgeously designed Android device that has its focus on sound quality. The product page says it all.

Marshall London packs a lot of heat under the hood; take for example the Wolfson WM8281 Audio Hub. This soundcard gives the London a separate processor for music, allowing it to play at a higher resolution. Higher resolution means that even the best quality MP3 will sound phenomenally better when played with London. Additionally it lets you play uncompressed music such as FLAC format.

Thanks for joining Vancouver Gadgets as we wrap up the smartphone news for the week ending July 18th 2015.

Jay Kenobi

CTC Launches Giant 3D Printer with Mobile Terminal

Chinese 3D printer manufacturer Zhuhai CTC Electronic Co., Ltd held a press conference in its headquarters in Zhuhai,announcing the roll out of the CTC Giant 3D printer.

The FDM product, developed by open source 3D printer maker Ultimaker, is regarded as the giant among desktop models as it comes equipped with the Cura slicing software, a feature very much in demand, with maximum print size of 305mm X 305mm X 405mm.

A distinctive 3D printer with Wifi functionality made its first appearance worldwide at the press conference. Accompanied by apps that work both on Android and iOS operating systems and are based on open source Ultimaker technology, the printer can be operated by remote control through any hand-held mobile device, eliminating the need to wait beside the printer while managing the print job.

The Giant 3D printer, with an eye-catching all-steel seamless design, fully caters to the needs of high-end users in the design and education sectors with its powerful set of features. The release of the product optimizes CTC’s large size product line while bringing the technological level of the entire desktop 3D printer industry to a new level. The printer retails for USD $2,500.

Detailed specifications are as follows:

Print specifications 

Forming principle molten accumulation error correction

Prototyping platform size  305x305x405mm error correction

Positioning accuracy  Axis X/Y: 10 micro Axis Z 1 micro error correction

Printing thickness 0.04 (Rt) mm–0.4mm

Printer head  single sprinkler, error correction

Software requirements 

Slicing software Cura

Software format  STL, Rt OBJ, Gcode

Operating system Windows Error correction MacOS

Consumables specifications

Printing material ABS plastic, PlA plastic error correction

Material color 18 colors error correction

Physical parameter

Working temperature for the printer head 280 degrees error correction

Nozzle diameter 0.4 mm/0.2 mm

Maximum speed of print 180mm/second

Power requirement AC 110-240V error correction

Jabra Sport Life app provides in-ear audio coaching

For fans of burpees, lunges, squats and planks who want the added motivation of individual coaching while listening to music, the world’s first wireless cross-training audio solution has arrived. The Jabra Sport Coach Wireless earbuds combine personalized in-ear coaching with premium Dolby sound to get the most out of cross training workouts. The launch of the Sport Coach extends Jabra’s sport audio product line, and follows the award-winning Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds that introduced in-ear heart rate monitoring for the very first time.


Key features of the new Jabra Sport Coach Wireless headset optimized for cross training include:

  • Best music experience with premium Dolby sound quality
  • Integrated motion sensor and advanced Sport Life app provide real-time in-ear audio coaching
  • Secure fit, lightweight and compact design
  • Extends Jabra’s sports audio product range, pioneered by the award-winning Sport Pulse wireless earbuds for runners

Developed to meet the needs of cross training enthusiasts, the Jabra Sport Coach Wireless creates customized workouts based on over 40 different exercises – either time or repetition-based training – via the Sport Life companion app. The app lets users plan, track, and analyze cross training workouts, choosing exercises from beginner to advanced, with in-the-moment, personalized in-ear audio coaching. To ensure you achieve optimal performance and your overall fitness goals, the integrated TrackFit motion sensor provides advanced tracking of pace, distance, step count, cadence and calories to make every workout count.


“For sports, we are committed to delivering innovative audio solutions designed to enhance the training experience for fitness enthusiasts,” says Jabra CEO René Svendsen-Tune. “We started by specifically targeting runners, and now we are taking the next step by delivering a solution optimized for cross trainers. We see clear possibilities for in-ear audio solutions combined with biometrics.”


Jabra Sport Coach Wireless will be available in July for $169.99 at select Best Buy Canada stores,www.bestbuy.ca and www.jabra.ca.