Motorola is broadening the use of its Razr brand to a family of smartphones in its first major product launch under new owner Google.
Verizon Wireless started taking pre-orders Wednesday for the first of the new phones, the Droid Razr M. It’s a cheaper, smaller phone than the Razr that Motorola Mobility launched last year. The Razr is the name of the wildly popular clamshell phone launched in 2004. Motorola hasn’t had a hit since then.
The $99 Razr M will be in stores next week.
Motorola is following up with the launch of two high-end models, the Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD, later this year. It’s emphasizing long battery life — up to 21 hours of talk time for the Maxx HD, or 10 hours of video streaming.
The new phones will run on Google’s Android operating system. It will ship with an older version, Ice Cream Sandwich, and can be upgraded later to the latest one, Jelly Bean.
Google’s specialists in branding and self-promotion have done it again on the search site’s iconic home page. No, it’s not a new “doodle;” this time it’s a tweak to the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button.
Google’s ingenious marketing and creative departments — the folks who tirelessly reinvent the company’s logo in the form of “doodles” (and by so doing seem to have taken branding to a whole new realm) — have produced a new and equally irresistible gimmick.
This time around, as noticed by AllThingsD’s Mike Isaac, it’s a change to the Google home page’s iconic “I’m Feeling Lucky” button.
When you mouse-over the button, it “spins” like the display on a slot machine and stops on any one of several “I’m Feeling…” phrases, among them: I’m Feeling Doodley, I’m Feeling Stellar, I’m Feeling Puzzled, and I’m Feeling Artistic.
Click on one of the phrases, and you’re served a page that has to do with a Google effort and/or product or service that’s relevant to that particular phrase.
Google’s video service rolls out its election-specific channel to broadcast this season’s conventions, debates, speeches, and commentary from a varied mix of news outlets.
YouTube launched “Elections Hub” today — its one-stop shop for this year’s election coverage.
The video service announced that with this specialized channel, all live speeches from the upcoming Democratic and Republican National Conventions will be streamed. Also, people can watch Google+ Hangouts and live streams of the official presidential and vice presidential debates. The channel debuted today and will available through Election Day.
“You won’t need to go anywhere else for the must-watch moments of this election cycle,” YouTube news manager Olivia Ma wrote in a blog post today, “they’re all happening here live.”
Besides official news, speeches, and debates, other election information and analysis will be thrown into the mix from all sorts of news outlets, including ABC News, Al Jazeera English, BuzzFeed, Larry King, The New York Times, Phil DeFranco, Univision, and The Wall Street Journal.
Web giant has built the e-mail security and archiving features into two Google Apps products, which it will transition customers to next year.
Google plans to shut down Postini, the e-mail security and archiving product it acquired in 2007, shifting users over to Google Apps next year.
The Web announced the transition today, saying that it has spent the last year building Postini’s features into professional suite Google Apps for Business and Google Apps Vault, an e-mail archiving and discovery service.
“With this transition to Google Apps, you can receive similar email security, protection, and archiving, but through the more robust Google Apps service,” Google said in a company blog post. “Google Apps also works with mail servers such as Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes, so you don’t need to switch to Gmail.”
Google Inc failed to comply with a court order to disclose the bloggers and other commentators on a patent and copyright case who might have been influenced by payments from the Web company, a judge said on Monday.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup gave Google until noon on Friday, August 24, to provide an amended list of public commentators on the high-profile case between Google and Oracle Corp who have received payments as consultants, contractors, vendors or employees.
“Just as a treatise on the law may influence the courts, public commentary that purports to be independent may have an influence on the courts and/or their staff if only in subtle ways,” wrote Alsup.
Earlier this month, Alsup issued a highly unusual order, riveting technology and legal circles, that Google and Oracle identify all writers who commented on the companies’ intellectual property lawsuit and who received money from the technology giants.
The lists, submitted by the companies on Friday, contained no huge surprises. Oracle acknowledged it hired blogger Florian Mueller, who often comments on patent issues, as a consultant — a relationship that was already known.