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Microsoft is actually a great Android developer - 'To-Do' is another reason why!

It may seem suprising to some, but Microsoft is actually a fantastic Android developer. In fact, I'd go as far to saythat their app offerings for Android are far superior to than their offerings for the Windows App store. For starters the full suite of Microsoft Office apps are great, as is one drive and one note, and the Arrow App Launcher is actually one of the best custom android skins available (seriously - check it out!).

To round this out, over the last few days Microsoft has released 'To-Do' which as you've guessed it - is a to-do list. It really could not be simpler - the app allows the creation of lists and then as part of each list allows tasks and items to be added.

The design is simple and clean, and a nice move away from the boxy interface design that still dominates some of the earlier Windows apps for android. It's fast, lightweight, cloud based (of course) and has a widget - so there is not much more you could ask for!

Of course there is lots of co…

Total Backup

Today's app of the day is Total Backup.



One of the most frustrating experiences for a smart phone user is having a well organised contact list list fall into chaos and disrepair upon purchasing a new device or having to do a soft reset. Of course, smart phones these days sync contacts to the cloud, making restoring the contacts easy enough, but what is lost is the hard work that you put into arranging those contacts.

Whether it be call logs, contact groups or joined contacts, on setting up or restoring a new phone these are all lost - possibly forcing you to start from scratch! Well, that was until now. With Total Backup, developer Adrian-Costin Tundrea has created a simplistic and effortless way to protect your hard work and to keep your contacts backed up and protected.



This app could not be simpler. Upon loading you are presented with a simple screen where you can choose what to backup, whether it be your call logs, contact groups or contact joins. In the settings of the app, you can quickly select where to store a backup (including external SD card support), as well as compression levels, to make the file as space efficient as possible. 

In addition to this basic level of settings, more advanced users can enable scheduled backups, allowing the user to triggers days of the weeks and time when a backup will run. Schedule your backups regularly, and make backups to Dropbox or Google Drive and you can guarantee the protection of your contact information. 



So once files are backup up, the real question becomes how easy is it to restore? In short, it could not be more simple. Simply tap the 'restore' tab and a list of all your backups will be presented. Tap the data-sets you want to restore and you are done! It could not be easier. 

Finally, Total Backup looks fantastic. It features the latest Google design settings, making it not just simple to use, but also impressive to look at. Honestly - you would think this is almost a first party feature - it works so seamlessly!

All in all, this is a great Android app, well worth checking out. Have a read of the developer's description below then download!




In the words of the developer:

In a nutshell...
Total Backup offers the ability to backup and restore user contact joins, contact groups and call log with the touch of a button. Never lose your ordered contact list and groups when deleting accounts, reseting or migrating to a new device. Save and restore your call log fast and without hassle.

What is it good for?
Have you spent countless hours managing your contacts? Grouping or joining all those users with different names for each account took forever? And have you ever reseted or migrated to a new device? Lost all those groups or joins? How about your precious call logs? Bring order to chaos right now! Keep restore points updated using scheduled daily, weekly or monthly backups and compress/decompress, delete or share them as you want. You can easily send them by email or bluetooth and restore all that data on other devices. You can even upload them directly to Google Drive or Dropbox account (if you have their applications installed). And if you need extra security you can always choose to encrypt restore points with the AES algorithm.

Features
Here is a list of features Total Backup offers for free:
- backup contact joins, groups (for most of your accounts) and call log
- restore all contact joins, groups and call log at any time
- save restore points on internal memory or on external storage and easily manage them
- automatic scheduled backups with customizable trigger (daily, weekly or monthly) and limit
- support for zip compression/decompression of restore points (can reduce memory usage with over 90% in some cases)
- support for restore point encryption by password (using AES algorithm)
- easy sharing of restore points by email, bluetooth or any other application that supports zip file format
- upload restore points to Google Drive or Dropbox (requires their own applications installed)







(developers features continued...)

Premium features
If you want an ad-free user interface, extra features (like advanced compression, encryption and power saving settings) and support future development you can always buy the Premium features with a one-time fee of only 1.5$ (depending on your region).

Wiki
If you want to find out why Total Backup needs all those permissions or get an answer to other related questions please visit Total Backup's Wiki located at https://bitbucket.org/adriantc/total-backup/wiki/Home.

Feedback
Any kind of feedback (bugs, feature requests, comments) is more than welcome. Please do not hesitate to contact me at totalbackup@softwareshack.org or (if you want to track the status of the issue) I invite you to open a report on https://bitbucket.org/adriantc/total-backup/issues?status=new&status=open.








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