How Companies Got their Names

October 3, 2008 at 6:42 pm | Posted in America, entertainment, History, Information, USA, World | Leave a comment
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Apple Computers
It was the favorite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filling a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn’t suggest a better name by 5 o’clock
CISCO
It is not an acronym as popularly believed. It is short for San Francisco.
Compaq
This name was formed by using COMp, for computer, and PAQ to denote a small integral object.
Corel
The name was derived from the founder’s name Dr. Michael Cowpland. It stands for COwpland Research Laboratory.
Google
The name started as a joke boasting about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named ‘Googol’, a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders- Stanford graduate students Sergey Bin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to ‘Google’
Hotmail
Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing email via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in ‘mail’ and finally settled for hotmail as it included the letters ‘html’ – the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective uppercasing.
Hewlett Packard
Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.
Intel
Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company ‘Moore Noyce’ but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain so they had to settle for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics.
Lotus (Notes)
Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from ‘The Lotus Position’ of ‘Padmasana’. Kap0or used to be a teacher of Transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Microsoft
Coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the ‘-’ was removed later on.
Motorola
Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was called Victrola.
ORACLE
Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the CIA(Central Intelligence Agency). The code name for the project was called Oracle(the CIA saw this as the system to give answers to all questions or something such). The project was designed to help use the newly written SQL code by IBM. The project eventually was terminated but Larry and Bob decided to finish what they started and bring it to the world. They kept the name Oracle and created the RDBMS engine. Later they kept the same name for the company.
Sony
It originated from the Latin word ‘sonus’ meaning sound, and ‘sonny’ a slang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.
SUN
Founded by 4 Stanford University buddies, SUN is the acronym for Stanford University Network. Andreas Bechtolsheim built a microcomputer; Vinod Khosla recruited him and Scott McNealy to manufacture computers based on it, and Bill Joy to develop a UNIX- based OS for the computer.
Yahoo!
The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human. Yahoo! Founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos. Yahoo stands for Yet Another Hirarchy for Officius Oracle.

-Shantan

Google’s First Android phone out

September 30, 2008 at 12:31 pm | Posted in America, entertainment, explore, India, Information, news, science, USA, World | 1 Comment
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The Google Android phone is here!

 On Tuesday, T-Mobile and Google announced the first-ever handset with Google’s new Android operating system.

Called the T-Mobile G1, it has both full touch-screen functionality, a QWERThe Google Android phonTY keyboard, a trackball for one-handed navigation, plus access to mobile Web applications like Google Maps Street View, Gmail, YouTube, and more.

The G1 is available for pre-order now in the US in limited quantities fot T-Mobile registered users.

It will be available in retail stores from October 22, for $179 with a two-year voice and data agreement.

It will be available in the UK beginning November and across Europe in early 2009.

The Android provides the phone’s operating system as well as a platform for the phone to run a variety of software programs.

Google wrote Android using open-source software, which means any programmer has access to the source code that makes Android tick and can write software that runs on any mobile phone using Android.

Unlike the iPhone, the G1 features a mini QWERTY keyboard, which is accessed by sliding the touch screen to the side. When the keyboard is used the screen’s orientation changes from vertical to horizontal. The G1 can open files created using Microsoft Word and Excel.

Google Maps:
With Google Maps G1 users can instantly view maps and satellite imagery, as well as find local business and get driving directions, all from the phone’s easy-to-use touch interface.

The T-Mobile G1 also includes Google Maps Street View, allowing customers to explore cities at street-level virtually while on the go.

Not just this, Google Maps feature syncs with the built-in compass on the phone — an industry first — to allow users to view locations and navigate 360 degrees by simply moving the phone with their hand.

Communicating on the go:
The T-Mobile G1 features a rich HTML e-mail client, which seamlessly syncs your e-mail, calendar and contacts from Gmail as well as most other POP3 or IMAP e-mail services.

The T-Mobile G1 multitasks, so you can read a Web page while also downloading your e-mail in the background. It combines Instant Messaging support for Google Talk, as well as AOL, Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Live Messenger in the US.

With access to high-speed Web browsing and a 3-megapixel camera with photo-sharing capabilities, the T-Mobile G1 is ideal for balancing a busy lifestyle.

Embracing user-generated content: Customers can use the G1’s 3G and Wi-Fi connection to attach and share pictures over e-mail and MMS or download music from their favorite Web sites.

Built-in support for YouTube allows customers to enjoy YouTube’s originally created content.

Music:The Google Android phon
You can’t play iTunes music files on the G1. Instead, T-Mobile is offering its own music service through Amazon Music, which gives customers easy access to Amazon MP3, Amazon.com’s digital music download store.

G1 customers will also able to search, sample, purchase and download music from Amazon MP3 directly.

The T-Mobile G1 will be the first device with the Amazon MP3 mobile application pre-loaded.

Android market:
The T-Mobile G1 is the first phone to offer access to Android Market.

When the phone launches next month, dozens of unique, first-of-a-kind Android applications will be available for download on Android Market.

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