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Windows® Phone 7 data-uploading issue

Windows Phone 7 is the mobile operating system launched by Microsoft in the U.S. in October last year. Recently, an unexplained data upload trouble on some Windows Phone 7 devices by a few users was brought to notice. Users complained of some irregular data use that endangered to inflate users’ mobile phone bills.

Microsoft acknowledged the existence of problems in Windows 7 Phone that caused the platform-based smartphones to access data without user’s knowledge. The problems began to be reported at the beginning of the year when several users of devices with Windows Phone 7 complained that their phones were receiving and sending data without permission. Accordingly, their monthly bills increased considerably. When connected to a Wi-Fi network, it is reported that the Windows Phone 7 used 3G, with a possibility of inflating users’ phone bills.

The problem seems to strike 3G users and has caused lots to go over their monthly bandwidth limits. Microsoft officials said that third-party solution commonly accessed from Windows Phones is configured in a manner that may potentially cause larger than expected data downloads. The problem has apparently been fixed by Microsoft. Though it says that it is not responsible for the problem, the problem is the error of some strange third party software application.

Microsoft officials have spoken to the site Seattlepi.com  about what happened, saying their investigations blame a third party service. A spokesperson from Microsoft gave a detailed statement to seattlepi.com; the spokesman notes that the failure only affected a small percentage of users of Windows Phone 7. Until the resolution of the problem Microsoft will also try to find alternatives to handle the situation, avoiding further harm to the already affected users.

According to Microsoft, the configuration of a solution of an outsourced service is causing the operating system to transfer many megabytes of data per day without an apparent use for this data. According to users, mostly Americans, the devices with the new Microsoft system were sending between 30MB and 50MB of data every day, which exceeded the plan for many of the acquired data provider.

To fix the error, Microsoft says it is in contact with the outsourced service to request the necessary changes to correct the problem. While promising, the company did not know a term for these changes.

Mobility the Keyword for Microsoft, IBM and Motorola

In the past few weeks, there have been three big power player companies who have made public their decisions to integrate new major mobile initiatives. Microsoft, IBM and Motorola are gearing up for mobility by creating new operating systems for mobile devices.

Microsoft has announced the details of Windows Embedded Handheld, it has a new mobile operating system which is slated to be used by enterprise users. This will be released in 2011. The said enterprise platform is said to be based on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system. Before the actual date of its release, the first version of this enterprise oriented platform will be discharged at the end of 2010. According to Microsoft, it will be architected on the existing Windows Mobile 6.5 platform and will certainly co-exist with its consumer targeted mobile operating system.

Microsoft will also be launching the Motorola ES400 which will also be based on Windows Mobile 6.5 and is said to be Motorola’s smallest as well as the lightest enterprise in all of their created digital assistants. ES400 will be sold to enterprises later this year through the Sprint-Nextel brand.

IBM is also set to join in the frenzy and launch into the mobile enterprise market using the software and service releases as well. One of these releases is the world-known Mobile Widgets, a creation from WebSphere CEA. Its goal is to aid the consumers so that they can easily navigate the mobile retail websites. There is a new software development lab called the IBM Mass Lab. This development lab has armed itself with 3,400 IBM employees.

They will be focusing on enterprise mobile computing. The first product they will manufacture is the Intelligent Site Operations. This is a combination of analytics software and services for instantaneous and real-time remote management of base stations and base stations sites. Included in these are monitoring of antennas, power, air-conditioning and heating and backup. The same lab will also be focusing on the enhanced network analytics for the integration of 4G networks.

In Motorola’s case, they have told the Wall Street Journal of their plans to invest billions of dollars into their mobile business after making a spin-off of the unit at a later date in 2010. For the past three years, Motorola and its mobile units have lost approximately $5 billion dollars, but they have unsurprisingly made direct 180 by setting their attention on Google Android-based handsets and mobile phones.

They have bought back most of their debt, but Motorola is willing to shell out between $3 and $4 billion into Motorola Mobility. Along with this news, co-CEO of Motorola will apparently be taking the place of CEO of Motorola Mobility.

These new developments are a big stepping stone for enterprises because the new features will be its most basic yet most important tools in the working world. Mobility in this day and age is an asset and it is obviously clear that these three big-name companies are finally stepping into the ring with all the other enterprises platforms with the main goal to alleviate the problems of having to handle their workload just in the office when it is clear that they can finally have access even while they are on the go.

Apple to be Investigated by FTC

With the intention of harming its competitors in the mobile software market, Apple is illegitimately using its position. In a major report that has been published in the recent journals, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has started a probe against Apple. It will clearly find whether Apple has taken App Store as its weapon to hurt its competitors.

Apple’s Malpratice

Apple has made a sharp twist in its Apple Store Rules. Few of the developer tools which are used to create applications in iPad and iPhone has been prohibited by Apple. Now Google’s AdMob and other dependent mobile ad networks have been blocked from accessing applications on the iPhone. While Apple was asked about this, it has not straight away respond to it. By changing the tools that are being employed to write apps sold in App Store, it seems that this time Adobe is its specific targeter. Now the developers are unable to use other platforms like Novell’s Monotouch and Adobe’s Flash platform.

Developers who are sharing their data with mobile operating system or an advertising service provider other than Apple have been banned by Apple. Admob which is owned by Google is the most high-flying mobile- advertising service provider affected by this. But Google is using Android platform to create a better place in the mobile software market.

Controversial Trends of Apple

This is not the first time that Apple has caused a controversy. It has been functioning always in the path of controversy. It created an iTunes Store monopoly for iPod and iPhone and thus blocked them into iTunes. Apple’s FairPlay DRM System has not been licensed with any other company. Hence it prevents the other manufacturer’s devices to use the contents purchased from iTunes. But competing company’s DRM free music can be heard on Apple devices.

In Europe the customers can purchase goods from any of its state. But Apple is forcing the customers to buy iTunes only. It forced the users in some countries to spend more money by restricting the content purchases to their country. It disables Google Voice Application on iPhone. It has given an explanation that the functionality of iPhone has been altered by Google application. Within two months after the release of iPhone, it reduced its price by $200 and it was criticized by everyone.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which was set up by the Federal Trade Commission Act in 1914 is an self-governing agency of the United States Government. “Consumer Protection” is its motto. It helps to eliminate and prevent harmful business practices that are anti-competitive. FTC is able to achieve this by some merger plans, non-merger plans that may mess up the competition and enforcing antitrust laws. The civil enforcement of antitrust laws is handled by FTC.

When Google purchased AdMob, FTC examined them for several months. Hence being familiar with the mobile ad market, it has now got the job of investigating Apple. Thus FTC investigation is the most up-to-date in a sequence of explorations into Apple’s business practices.

Is Google in Trouble? Yahoo Thinks So

Google is noted for being one of the world’s top search engines. However, it is a business that could be in trouble if it does not do more beyond its search engine services. This is according to a recent statement by Yahoo head Carol Bartz.

Bartz argues that Yahoo is growing in size primarily because of how Yahoo is offering a variety of different types of functions. It offers such things as news, games, online mail and auction services. The search engine is only a portion of what Yahoo has to offer.

Another thing that Bartz says is that Google is known primarily for its search engine and for nothing else. She stated in a recent BBC News interview that Google could get into some serious trouble if the website does not work to promote itself beyond just being a search engine.

An important sign of this comes from how Yahoo has been growing in its stature in recent times. Right now Google owns a vast majority of the United States search market. However, Yahoo has grown to where it covers about seventeen percent of the United States search market. The recent deal that was made between Yahoo and Microsoft to get Microsoft’s Bing to power Yahoo searches is expected to make this share increase.

Yahoo’s shares in search markets in other countries are growing as well. A major reason for this comes from how Yahoo has services that are available in more than twenty different languages. As Yahoo’s reach continues to grow the grasp that Google has on the market will more than likely weaken over time.

The financial growth of Yahoo is also something that is giving Google a run for its money. Yahoo’s most recent quarterly profit was about three times as high as that of what it got in the same quarter of last year. This is thanks to how Bartz has been focusing on getting the organisation of Yahoo to change. This has been the case since she took control of Yahoo after founder Jerry Yang left in early 2009

Bartz also says that she acknowledges that various social networking sites will end up getting more daily traffic than what Yahoo will get in the future. This is especially the case for Facebook. However, Bartz is banking on Yahoo’s massive variety of features and functions as things that will get it to thrive in the future. The ability to work alongside such fast growing sites like Facebook is something that is being widely touted by Yahoo as well.

Google is working with its own mobile operating system though. However, Yahoo is getting its own mobile application to become more accessible on a variety of devices. It can work on more than two thousand different types of devices today. This number is expected to rise thanks to the recent agreement that the company has made with Samsung.

While Google is still the top search engine in the world Yahoo is quickly moving up. It is expected to be a matter of time before Google gets into some serious trouble.

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