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Microsoft phone chief disses Apple iOS and Android

Updated: 2013-04-17T03:27:39Z

Windows Phone

Apple’s iOS software is “boring,” and Google’s Android is “a mess,” with too many different versions of the operating software in use. At least that’s how Terry Myerson saw it at a conference in New York.

The solution? A Windows Phone using the Windows Phone operating system. Of course, Myerson is a little biased, as vice president of the Windows Phone division.

Microsoft is hoping to make inroads into the smartphone market with a campaign saying its operating system offers a more exciting and smoother experience. Its share is up to 2.6 percent from 1.5 percent a year ago — and way behind Android’s 70 percent, iOS’s 21 percent and BlackBerry’s 3.2 percent.

GM sales

General Motors, armed with its best vehicles in a generation, said worldwide sales rose 3.6 percent during the first quarter compared with last year, keeping its lead over Volkswagen by about 90,000 vehicles. Increased Chevrolet sales in the U.S. and Buick demand in China helped GM deliver 2.36 million cars and trucks in the first three months of 2013. VW global sales during the period rose 5.1 percent to 2.27 million.

Debit charges

A analysis of prepaid debit cards finds that even as more consumers use the cards as an alternative to checking accounts, fees on the cards still vary widely.

The amount loaded on such cards last year totaled nearly $77 billion, and that figure is expected to more than double by 2015, according to industry projections.

For the analysis, checked fees on 24 widely available prepaid cards from Feb. 12 to Feb. 19. As with regular checking accounts, the prepaid debit cards in Bankrate’s survey assessed fees ranging from $1.50 to $2.75 for using out-of-network ATMs. More than half of the cards in the survey charge a monthly service fee, which ranges from $3 to $9.95.

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