Google+’s Real Name Rules Are “Abuse Of Power”: A Microsoft Researcher

A Microsoft researcher by the name of Dana Boyd openly criticized the “Real Name” policy of Google+ calling it an “abuse of power” by the tech giant. This news comes amidst the so called “bogus patents” feud between Google and Microsoft.

According to the “real name” policy of Google+, users cannot use pseudonyms or nicknames in their profiles. Earlier, Google+ used to delete the accounts which were found to violate this policy but now a days it has started giving the users a chance to provide their real name if they don’t want their account suspended.

Dana Boyd said that,” ‘Real names’ policies aren’t empowering; they’re an authoritarian assertion of power over vulnerable people.” She stated that the people who use pseudonyms are the ones who are most marginalized by power structures.

Though the statement of Dana Boyd is genuine but it has come at a time when Microsoft and Google are playing the “blame game” openly.

Furthermore, Microsoft is also rumored to launch its social platform in the coming months. Hence this statement though not of Microsoft, is being seen as a declaration of social war.

We think that this “Real Names” policy is rubbish and there is no need of such kind of dumb “policies” especially on a leading social network.

Do you agree with Dana Boyd or support this “policy” of Google+?

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Windows Phone Down 38%

Microsoft has tried its best to boost its smartphone sales but recent data from comScore shows that Microsoft’s share in US smartphone market has decreased from 7.5% to 5.8%, nearly 38%, which is not a good sign for the company’s future in smartphone sector.

Recently, Microsoft’s Mango OS, which is said to be the best software update by the tech giant till now, was deployed in Fujitsu-Toshiba’s IS12T and it is expected that major manufacturers will also be using this OS in their future handsets.

But the thing here is that “Mango” is yet not widely available in the market and even when it does, there is no guarantee that it will be able to create a buzz as experts say that its competition will be with the iPhone 5 and some major Android based smartphones.

Microsoft Windows Phones are quite good but they haven’t enjoyed the limelight as much as the handsets based on Android OS and the iDevices.

Most likely, the reason behind this is that Windows Phones are not advertised as much as its competitors especially in third world countries who are the largest consumers of smartphones. Secondly, it is not as cost effective as Android based handsets.

Will “Mango” be able to boost Windows Phone sales or has it been a bit late to do the needful?

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Google Accuses Microsoft And Apple Over “Bogus Patents”

The “battle of patents” between tech giant Google and its rivals Microsoft and Apple Inc. is in news again. Google has accused its rivals of buying some technology patents with a soul motive to hold back Android.

Google’s lawyers claimed in a blog post that Microsoft and Apple are playing dirty game of using so called “bogus patents” against Google’s Android.

Google’s chief legal officer David Drummond stated that Android’s success has forced its rivals to unite and to use cheap tactics against the open source OS.

He further stated that patents are meant to safeguard intellectual property and to increase innovation but now-a-days they are merely being used by some companies to stop others from succeeding in their goals.

Google has lost a lot of patents in past months, mostly owned by Novell and Nortel, which relate to the technologies that can be used in smartphones especially in the Android OS. Most of these patents were bought by an alliance between a number of tech companies which was lead by Microsoft and Apple.

Google’s accusation seems genuine for the time being as fighting with an individual competitor is one thing but fighting a battle against an alliance of its competitors is a very tough thing and chances of Google winning this battle are nearly zero.

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Windows 8 Beta Releasing In September ?

The month of September will surely have a lot of surprises for us. Almost every tech blog on the world wide web has already reported about the iPhone 5 releasing in September. Now, we have come to know that Microsoft is planning to launch Windows 8 Beta version in the month of September.

Microsoft is planning to launch a beta build and not a beta preview. This rumor gets support from the fact that Microsoft’s build conference will be held in mid September. It will be the best time to release its beta build.

Windows 8 will focus on touch computing mostly but the traditional computing, i.e with keyboard and mouse will also be supported.

Unlike earlier versions of Windows OS, Windows 8 will be app friendly and a user will be able to customize it the way he wants. Furthermore, according to Microsoft, Windows 8 will revolutionize the way Operating Systems work and its interface will give users the best computing experience they have ever had.

There are also rumors in the tech world that Windows 8 will be deployed in tablets because of its touch interface. If such claims are believed, Microsoft’s market share in tablets, which is close to zero right now, will increase a lot.

Are you guys ready for the Microsoft’s touch OS?

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Internet Explorer Users Have Low IQ ?

Are you an Internet Explorer user? A recent study claims that IE users have lower IQ than the users who use Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari or Opera. If the claims are true, it is bad news for Microsoft as it has recently launched its Internet Explorer 9.

This study was done by an online psychometric testing company AptiQuant Psychometric Consulting which states that a user’s IQ and intelligence is directly related to the choice of web browser he/she uses.

The company also states that the users who use Internet Explorer or Opera with a Chrome frame have a slightly better IQ than those who only use Microsoft’s web browser.

Findings rave about that qualities of other browsers and claims that Firefox and Chrome users are best as compared to others. This study was done on more than 100,000 people of USA, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand by taking an online test and their scores were based on Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale.

While Chrome and Firefox users can boast about their browsers, IE users can’t even think to do so after this study. One thing that must be noted here is that these claims are only published by this company and are not yet approved by any other organization.

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Windows 8 Launching Next Year ?

Windows lovers are sure to get excited hearing this news. Rumor has it that Windows 8 is going to get released early next year. Though this rumor has been there for a while but still no one has been able to predict the exact date of its launch.

Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft and head of its Windows division recently announced that Windows 8 will be available sometime next year. During a speech at Developer’s Conference in Japan, he said that,”We’re obviously hard at work on the next version of Windows”.

If we believe the report’s findings, we could have Windows 8 at our doorstep in April 2012. One thing that should be noted here is that Microsoft has never admitted that the name of its new Windows is Windows 8. It has always referred to it as “The Next Generation Of Windows”.

Windows 8 will be compatible on any system which is compatible with Windows 7 which means that you won’t have to add any special hardware to your existing computer.

Windows 8 will feature a touch based mechanism which could be used easily on a wide variety of machines. It will also feature a tile interface, which is already deployed in Windows Phone 7. According to Microsoft,” The next generation of Windows will feature everything new ranging from chips to the interface”.

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World’s First Microsoft Mango Based Phone Is Here

Yesterday, we told you folks that Microsoft’s Mango was ready to roll in the market as it had given samples to the manufacturers. And today we bring you the news that Fujitsu Toshiba has unveiled the world’s first Mango based Windows Phone, the IS12T.

This news came within 24 hours of Microsoft announcing that its Mango OS had been provided to manufacturers all over the globe for field testing. The new OS is believed to have more than 500 new features with an amazingly fast Internet Explorer 9.

No one in the tech industry was expecting this fast deployment of Windows Phone OS. But seeing this move by Fujitsu Toshiba, we won’t be surprised if some of the other leading manufacturers launch their Mango based Windows Phone in a few days.

The IS12T is said to feature a 3.7″ full HD screen with 13.2 mega pixel camera. The smartphone includes Bluetooth and Wifi with 32 GB memory and weighs not more than 113 grams. Fujitsu Toshiba, the manufacturers of IS12T, announced that this smartphone’s battery provides more than 11 days on standby and nearly 6 hours of talktime.

Microsoft’s Mango OS has got multiple features like People Hub, improved APIs, plethora of apps, better Live Tiles, improved multitasking, and better GUI.

It is going to be interesting to see Mango competing Android and iOS.

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Manufacturers Get A Sample Of Microsoft Mango

Microsoft has decided to provide handset manufacturers with its latest Windows Phone OS, codenamed Mango. This move has been made so that manufacturers could test and then deploy it in their handsets.

This can be seen as the final field trial before the OS rolls out in the market. This version has long been rumored to be the best Windows Phone OS from Microsoft. It is worth noting that Microsoft has recently made a deal with Nokia, according to which the American giant will provide its Windows Mobile platform for the Finish companies future handsets.

This news was first seen on official Windows Phone blog which read as,“This marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimize Mango for their specific phone and network configurations. Here on the Windows Phone team, we now turn to preparing for the update process.”

Our opinion on this move is that this is the last chance Microsoft has to cash its Windows Mobile Platform. Previous version of its Mobile OS did very poor business. They were not able to survive in the mainstream market. Though Microsoft has made a deal with Nokia, but it is unlikely to boost its sales as Nokia itself is facing crisis at this time.

We’ll keep you posted on this.

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Microsoft Apologizes For Its Tweet On Winehouse

Microsoft has apologized for one of its tweets after the death of British singer Amy Winehouse. The tweet, which was apparently an effort by the software giant to increase its music sales, had created a fiasco in the British media.

The alleged tweet, which was posted on Microsoft’s ‘tweetbox360’ account at microblogging site Twitter asked users to buy Winehouse’s “Back To Back” album from social.zune.net in her memory. Zune is Microsoft’s website that provides music,films and other entertainment content for computers, smartphones and Xbox 360 consoles.

Microsoft was criticized a lot on Twitter beacuse of this tweet. As a result, Microsoft’s UK PR had to come forward and apologize to the people by saying that,”Apologies to everyone if our earlier Amy Winehouse ‘download’ tweet seemed purely commercially motivated”.

Amy Winehouse’s latest album was at the top of the charts on the iTunes music store. Her last single,’Rehab’, was one of the most popular songs over there.

The British singer was found dead at her house on Saturday. The cause of the death remains a mystery but cops are not treating it as suspicious.

At the end Microft’s UK PR tweeted,”With Amy W’s passing, the world has lost a huge talent, our thoughts are with Amy’s family and friends at this very sad time.”

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