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The New Moto E: Is It Us, Or Are Budget Smartphones Getting Good?

Motorola just launched a new version of its Moto E mid-tier smartphone on Wednesday, and its predecessor would be proud.

The latest model is almost a dead ringer for the original, except that the previous swappable backplates have transformed into color bands lining the outside of the phone. It also boasts 4G LTE, a larger display and a price of $150, unlocked. 

See also: Motorola Launches A Phone For Your Budget

It’s a bump in price over the original, but it’s still the company’s best “cheap” smartphone to date. Let’s take a quick tour.

The “E” Stands For Evolution

The new Moto E continues the design philosophy the company established last year with its first version. It still offers a rounded backing that rests comfortably in the hand and just enough heft to feel substantial. Customers get a choice of bumper bands in 6 colors to adorn the handset, which comes in black or white. (Larger “grip shell” cases are also available.)

Though the old and new devices look similar, the current generation boasts a few other improvements—namely faster connectivity, storage and screen size. 

The new model now offers 4G LTE connectivity and a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, along with a boost in storage (8GB built-in, instead of last year’s 4GB). There’s no big upgrade in resolution, which still sits at 540 x 960 pixels, but that’s not entirely surprising given the price. But at least the display is a bit bigger now, sized at 4.5 inches instead of 4.3 inches.

The cameras also got updates, with a new 5-megapixel rear shooter with autofocus and a VGA front camera. New features include Quick Capture, a gesture-based shutter feature that snaps a photo when you twist your wrist, and Active Display, which wakes the screen when you yank it out of your pocket. It’s all powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop. 

Obviously these details pale in comparison to advanced flagship devices, but not everyone needs the biggest, beastliest phone just to call, text or check Facebook. For the money, this well-built phone offers respectable specs. But if $150 is still too rich for your blood, the company offers a 3G variant for $119.

The Big Business Of Budget Phones

As it becomes harder and harder for phone makers to distinguish themselves in advanced smartphones, companies like Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC seem to be pushing harder in the budget market. They’re effectively hedging their bets by spraying the wall with a range of options.

For instance, LG has one of the most intriguing advanced smartphones in its latest LG G Flex 2, but even before announcing it Tuesday, the company first introduced four new mid-tier phones, the Magna, Spirit, Leon and Joy. Likewise, Motorola offers the Moto X, Droid Turbo and several devices at practically every price level

See also: Motorola’s Droid Turbo Is The Moto X On Power Steroids

If stand-out innovation proves too elusive, phone manufacturers can make more use of the expertise they already have. That can be a win for consumers when it means stuffing better specs and features into lower-priced devices. For companies, meanwhile, a wider array of phones can help broaden their reach in developing markets and among people just buying their first smartphones. 

It also keeps their mobile business alive, as sexier technologies that use those phones as hubs—to smarten up cars, homes and wrists—push ever closer to the mainstream. That potential hasn’t eluded Motorola, which makes one of the hottest Android Wear devices on the market, the Moto 360. 

Motorola hopes to succeed by offering well-made devices that offer a “purer” Android experience and keeping the customizations limited to the handset design. Given the high marks its Moto E line earns, that tactic appears to be working. New parent Lenovo must be thrilled. 

The Moto E launches today in more than 50 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. 

Photos by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite

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Local Businesses: How To Get Good Online Reviews That Build Business

Online reviews can make or break local businesses these days, so columnist George Aspland shares his process for cultivating (good) reviews.

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Google: Try To Avoid Link Building Because It Can Do More Harm Than Good

Google’s webmaster trends analyst, John Mueller, recommends you do not focus on link building and if you do, it may lead to more harm for your web site than anything good.

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‘Good SEO is relatively straight forward’ – Colm Bracken, head of search … – The Drum

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Ultimately, it only harms brands to put completely irrelevant content, whether through SEO or advertising, in front of consumers who will either not notice or actively ignore. Good SEO is relatively straightforward and is underpinned by great content

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Monitor Backlinks Review: The Good, The Bad, and The Awesome [SPONSORED] by @lauracruzspeaks

This is a sponsored post. I was given an account with Monitor Backlinks for review for SEJ readers. What I really like about SEO tools, especially Monitor Backlinks, is not only the detailed information you get about the SEO health of your own site, but also the resources and sources you can get from monitoring your competition. This program utilizes that very idea and has built a rather remarkable platform built around identifying “bad” links, as well as building up “good” links to your site. The detailed info you find in this program is easy to read, navigate, and make […]

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Can You Escape Penguin Simply by Getting Good Links?

A in-depth look at whether a site can recover from Penguin just by earning good enough links.

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Google Now Owns A Good Chunk Of SpaceX

Google’s expected investment in the commercial space-flight venture SpaceX took on substance Tuesday, when the startup announced a fresh $1 billion investment courtesy of the search giant and Fidelity. The two new investors will now own just under 10% of SpaceX.

This funding will further research into space transport, reusability, and satellite manufacturing. 

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket streaks across the sky in 2012. 

The announcement follows a Wall Street Journal report yesterday that said Google was close to investing in the startup. Founded in 2002, SpaceX is run by Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk, who is the closest thing we currently have to a mad wizard.

The stated goal of the company is to enable humans to live on other planets. Some reports also suggest that Google’s interest in investing in SpaceX is rooted in developing low-cost satellites that could beam low-cost internet back towards the Earth.

Photo courtesy of SpaceX

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Why SEO Is All About Having Good Content – Business 2 Community

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He points out that people need to work on some link building for a bit, but it is still important to attempt driving SEO with your content. Simply follow what is mentioned above to start building links through easy, conversational ways, but know that

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Marriott Wants To Jam Your Wi-Fi For Your Own Good

Marriott Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, TN

Three months after Marriott got a $600,000 fine from the Federal Communications Commission for blocking Wi-Fi devices at its Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, the hotel chain is petitioning regulators to let it do pretty much the same thing on all its other properties, too. 

Marriott said it’s not seeking to block Wi-Fi access from personal devices in its guest rooms or lobbies, just its meeting spaces and conference rooms—and solely for security purposes.

See also: How This Hotel Made Sure Your Wi-Fi Hotspot Sucked

Marriott, along with the American Hotel & Lodging Association trade group, filed the petition to block Wi-Fi access on its properties in August, before the hotel chain was fined. The FCC however, opened up the petition for public comment in December, and there’s been a lot of criticism voiced by tech companies, security experts and hotel patrons. 

With few exceptions, the FCC permits almost all Wi-Fi devices to freely access unlicensed wireless spectrum. Preventing access can result in hefty fines, as the Marriott learned in October. But according to the hotel chain’s recent statement, guests are encouraged to  “use these Internet connectivity devices in our hotels.” It just wants the FCC to spell out how far a hotel can go towards securing its network:

The question at hand is what measures a network operator can take to detect and contain rogue and imposter Wi-Fi hotspots used in our meeting and conference spaces that pose a security threat to meeting or conference attendees or cause interference to the conference guest wireless network.

Security experts do believe that hackers are using deceptively named Wi-Fi networks to trick hotel guests into logging on and exposing their computers to danger. It’s not clear what that problem—which should mostly be addressed by educating people about not connecting to unknown Wi-Fi networks—has to do with people using personal Wi-Fi hotspots.

Critics believe that profit, not security, is the goal of this petition. As Recode reported last week, while Marriott was jamming personal hotspots at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, “it was charging exhibitors and attendees anywhere from $250 to $1,000 for Wi-Fi service.”

These meeting-room fees are typically far higher than what hotel guests pay for daily Wi-Fi access in their rooms.

Google and Microsoft are among the major tech companies to criticize Marriott’s Wi-Fi blocking plan, which, if allowed, could become standard practice throughout the hotel industry. 

“Hilton could not meet its guests’ expectations were it unable to manage its Wi-Fi networks, including taking steps to protect against unauthorized access points that pose a threat to the reliability and security of that network,” Hilton Worldwide added in support of Marriott and the hotel trade industry’s petition.

If you’ve got something to say to the FCC about the petition filed by Marriott International and American Hotel & Lodging Association to block personal Wi-Fi access, you can do that on the FCC website. 

Marriott photos courtesy of Marriott Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center.

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