Mobile http://windowsitpro.com/taxonomy/term/9291/more en EU Regulators Call for In-App Purchase Reform http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/eu-regulators-call-app-purchase-reform <div class="field-deck"> And berate Apple for not doing enough </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Regulators from the European Commission are calling for app store makers to stop identifying mobile apps that provide (or in some cases actually require) in-app purchases as free. And it has called out Apple, in particular, for not doing enough to protect consumers from inadvertent purchases. Google, meanwhile, has already agreed to major reforms for its own app store. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/eu-regulators-call-app-purchase-reform" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/eu-regulators-call-app-purchase-reform#comments Mobile Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:12:00 +0000 110351 at http://windowsitpro.com The Simpsons: Tapped Out WPC 2014: Microsoft Has a "Challenger Mentality" in Mobile First, Cloud First World http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/wpc-2014-microsoft-has-challenger-mentality-mobile-first-cloud-first-world <div class="field-deck"> This is the new reality </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In a lengthy and rousing Worldwide Partner Conference opening keynote on Monday, a string of Microsoft executives laid out the firm's strategy for the coming year and beyond, expanding on a previously published open letter by CEO Satya Nadella. The key theme was a new focus on productivity across all devices and platforms, and not just Microsoft's.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/wpc-2014-microsoft-has-challenger-mentality-mobile-first-cloud-first-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/wpc-2014-microsoft-has-challenger-mentality-mobile-first-cloud-first-world#comments Cloud Mobile Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:17:00 +0000 109731 at http://windowsitpro.com Google Seeks Dismissal of US-Based Android Antitrust Lawsuit http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/google-seeks-dismissal-us-based-android-antitrust-lawsuit <div class="field-deck"> No, not that Android suit </div> <div class="node-body article-body">On Friday, Google filed a motion to have a US-based antitrust case targeting Android dismissed, arguing that its licensing requirements for the mobile OS have not led to higher prices for consumers. Instead, the search giant noted, smart phone makers can choose between a free version of the OS or a paid version that includes Google apps and services.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/google-seeks-dismissal-us-based-android-antitrust-lawsuit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/google-seeks-dismissal-us-based-android-antitrust-lawsuit#comments Mobile Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Android Android AndroidGoogle antitrust antitrust apps and services apps and services Consumers Consumers Google Lawsuit Lawsuit Mobile Mobile OS OS price fixing price fixing prices prices search search smart phone smart phone US Anti-trust US Anti-trust Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:07:00 +0000 109671 at http://windowsitpro.com Short Takes: July 11, 2014 http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/short-takes-july-11-2014 <div class="field-deck"> An often irreverent look at this week's other news </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including Satya Nadella's lengthy mantra on the new Microsoft, whether mobile is the future of Xbox, why Nadella's letter is far from shocking, possible Microsoft layoffs loom, a voice of reason in the din of silliness, Windows 7 is (not) ending, US has the most Windows Phone users, and China hates the iPhone now too.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/short-takes-july-11-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/short-takes-july-11-2014#comments Windows 7 Mobile Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:26:00 +0000 109541 at http://windowsitpro.com FTC Sues Amazon for In-App Purchases http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/ftc-sues-amazon-app-purchases <div class="field-deck"> The Everything Store ... whether you wanted it or not </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The US Federal Trade Commission sued Amazon.com on Thursday, alleging that the retailer allowed children to illegally make millions of dollars of purchases inside of apps sold through its Android-based online store. The complaint mirrors a lawsuit the FTC had previously launched against Apple, but if anything, Amazon's handling of this issue has been even more anti-consumer.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/ftc-sues-amazon-app-purchases" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/ftc-sues-amazon-app-purchases#comments Mobile Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:13:00 +0000 109481 at http://windowsitpro.com Apple Pushes FTC to Investigate Google for In-App Purchases Too http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/apple-pushes-ftc-investigate-google-app-purchases-too <div class="field-deck"> Apple plays prison snitch </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A lead Apple lawyer formally requested that the Federal Trade Commission investigate Google for its in-app purchase policies in the Android mobile OS. The complaint alleges that Google allows children to continue making these purchases long after parental oversight has ended, exactly the crime for which Apple was previously punished.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/apple-pushes-ftc-investigate-google-app-purchases-too" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/apple-pushes-ftc-investigate-google-app-purchases-too#comments Mobile Paul Thurrotts WinInfo app purchases app purchases Apple Apple FTC FTC Google Google in-app purchases in-app purchases microtransations microtransations password requirements password requirements phone bills phone bills Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:05:00 +0000 109411 at http://windowsitpro.com Samsung Issues Earnings Warning on Slower Smart Phone Sales http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/samsung-issues-earnings-warning-slower-smart-phone-sales <div class="field-deck"> The Next Big Thing may have been last year </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Samsung Electronics, the world's largest maker of smart phones, this week issued a warning for its most recent quarter, noting that profit would fall an estimated 24 percent to a still-heady $7.1 billion. The consumer electronics giant cited a number of factors for the shortfall, but analysts are of course looking most closely at the firm's smart phone and tablet sales.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/samsung-issues-earnings-warning-slower-smart-phone-sales" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/samsung-issues-earnings-warning-slower-smart-phone-sales#comments Mobile Hardware Paul Thurrotts WinInfo 3G 3G 4G 4G Galaxy Galaxy Galaxy Note Galaxy Note Internet of Things Internet of Things Microsoft Microsoft Nokia Nokia phones phones samsung Samsung Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:37:00 +0000 109301 at http://windowsitpro.com Internet Connectivity Woes Threaten "Mobile First, Cloud First" http://windowsitpro.com/cloud/internet-connectivity-woes-threaten-mobile-first-cloud-first <div class="field-deck"> What's a mobile device without connectivity? </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Anyone who's in IT or just interested in technology knows all about frustration. Whether it's the one computer in an identically configured lot that inexplicably never works right, the Windows Update that never installs properly or the user who routinely finds new malware, we've all been there. But in this hyper-connected world in which we live, there is perhaps nothing more frustrating than an unreliable, balky, or just plain worthless Internet connection.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/cloud/internet-connectivity-woes-threaten-mobile-first-cloud-first" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/cloud/internet-connectivity-woes-threaten-mobile-first-cloud-first#comments Cloud Mobile Comcast Comcast connectivity connectivity fiber-optic connections fiber-optic connections Internet Internet ISP ISP Microsoft Microsoft reliable connections reliable connections Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 109131 at http://windowsitpro.com Marcelo Graciolli - https://www.flickr.com/photos/marcelograciolli/ AIIM Trendscape: The New Mobile Reality http://windowsitpro.com/resources/aiim-trendscape-new-mobile-reality <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by: Box </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Today, there is a gap growing between the expectations of end-users for simple, effortless apps in the workplace and the requirements of IT to protect content with enterprise-grade security. To cope with these conflicting trends, many organizations are now investing in an ecosystem of cloud applications and services. This is a strong shift away from a vertically-integrated IT stack to an API-integrated best-of-breed architecture.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/resources/aiim-trendscape-new-mobile-reality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mobile Development Mobile Resources Security box Box Mobile mobility security White Paper Fri, 04 Jul 2014 18:26:00 +0000 109581 at http://windowsitpro.com US Accuses T-Mobile of Secretly Overcharging Customers http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/us-accuses-t-mobile-secretly-overcharging-customers <div class="field-deck"> The "un-carrier" acts as poorly as its bigger competitors </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The US Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday accused T-Mobile of secretly "cramming" spurious and unauthorized charges into customer cell phone bills, earning hundreds of millions of dollars in the process. The agency would like to see a federal court force T-Mobile to repay the bogus fees to customers and change its business practices.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/us-accuses-t-mobile-secretly-overcharging-customers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/us-accuses-t-mobile-secretly-overcharging-customers#comments Cloud Mobile Paul Thurrotts WinInfo cell phone carriers cell phone carriers Federal Trade Commission Federal Trade Commission mobile carriers mobile carriers scams scams service providers service providers T-Mobile T-Mobile Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:07:00 +0000 108811 at http://windowsitpro.com