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  • Here’s A Look At Some Of The Small Changes Coming To Android (GOOG)

    android-l-nexusGoogle has been tweaking its next version of Android, codenamed “L,” and a new video surfaced by Myce (via 9to5Google) shows us what some of the specific changes to the browser and user interface look like.

    The changes were spotted in the Chromium issue tracker, which is Google’s tool for keeping track of “bugs and feature development.” The listing revealed a brief video of an app crashing on Android L; the video is only 20 seconds, but it shows off several new details about Android L, with regards to its design. 

    Here’s the video:

    PhoneArena mapped the differences between the previous Android L build and the latest one depicted in the video above. 

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    As you can see along the top banner, the WiFi signal has changed, the clock is now bolder, and the Google Play icon has turned into what looks like a shopping bag. Along the bottom, the navigation icons are smaller but bolder, which allows them to be spaced further apart. 

    Android L was unveiled in June. The new update centers around a completely redesigned visual interface that’s built to be more responsive, called “material design.” You can learn more about Android L here

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  • 'Crypto Wars 2.0' Have Begun After Privacy Moves By Apple And Google

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    A new battle is brewing over privacy for mobile devices, after moves by Google and Apple to toughen the encryption of their mobile devices sparked complaints from law enforcement.

    The issue is part of a long-running debate over whether tech gadgets should have privacy-protecting encryption which makes it difficult for law enforcement to access in time-sensitive investigations.

    FBI director James Comey reignited the issue last week, criticizing Apple and Google for new measures that keep smartphones locked down -- without even the company holding the keys to unlock the data.

    "What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law," the FBI chief said, warning that law enforcement may be denied timely access, even with a warrant, in cases ranging from child kidnapping to terrorism.

    Former FBI criminal division chief Ronald Hosko made a similar point in an opinion piece in the Washington Post, citing a case in which the agency used smartphone data to solve a brutal kidnapping just in time to save the life of the victim.

    "Most investigations don't rely solely on information from one source, even a smartphone," he said. "But without each and every important piece of the investigative puzzle, criminals and those who plan acts destructive to our national security may walk free."

    Crypto Wars 2.0

    Observers who follow privacy and encryption say they have seen this debate before. 

    In the mid-1990s, as the Internet was gaining traction, the government pressed for access to digital "keys" to any encryption software or hardware, before abandoning what ended up being a futile effort.

    "This is Crypto Wars 2.0," says Joseph Hall of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a digital rights group active in both campaigns.

    Today, "the main difference is that phones are increasingly deeply personal, containing much more daily life and interaction than a desktop from the 1990s" Hall said.

    Hall argued that giving law enforcement access requires companies to "engineer vulnerabilities" which could be exploited by hackers or others.

    "There's no way to tell the difference between a good guy and bad guy when they walk through the back door," he said.

    Cindy Cohn of the Electronic Frontier Foundation says the FBI has been making these arguments since 1995, with the same flawed logic.

    "We've seen this movie before," Cohn said.

    "Regulating and controlling consumer use of encryption was a monstrous proposal officially declared in 2001," she said in a blog post. "But like a zombie, it's now rising from the grave, bringing the same disastrous flaws with it."

    In 2013, before the revelations of massive surveillance from leaked National Security Agency documents, the FBI called for broader authority to capture mobile communications which fall outside traditional surveillance, such as Skype and Google Hangouts.

    But civil liberties activities say leaked NSA documents suggest that contrary to FBI claims made last year, the government has many tools at its disposal.

    "There are an increasing number of places where we leave our digital trails," Hall said, including in the Internet cloud, where it can be accessed with a court order.

    No Back Doors

    Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties at the Stanford University Center for Internet and Society, said the FBI argument overlooks the fact US tech firms must compete in the global marketplace.

    "Global customers do not want backdoored products any more than Americans do, and with very good reason," Granick writes on the "Just Security" blog.

    "Authoritarian countries like Russia, China, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, and Saudi Arabia want to censor, spy on, and control their citizens' communications. These nations are just as able to make demands that Apple and Google decrypt devices as the FBI is, and to back up those demands with effective threats."

    On balance, she said, "the public is more secure, not less secure, with the wide use of strong cryptography -- including cryptography without back doors."

    A new battle is brewing over privacy for mobile devices, after moves by Google and Apple to toughen the encryption of their mobile devices sparked complaints from law enforcementMike Janke, chief executive of the firm Silent Circle which makes the fully encrypted Blackphone, said the FBI is making a "false cry" against Google and Apple because the law enforcement agency can easily gain access to a phone -- through a carrier tap, or location tracking, for example.

    Greater privacy, Janke said, comes from the harder encryption on Blackphone, but law enforcement can still track a user's location as long as the battery is inside.

    While a small number of people may use encryption for nefarious purposes, Janke said, "do you sacrifice the privacy and trade secrets of everyone else because of that?"

     

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  • 24 More Incredible Images You Won't Believe Were Found On Google Street View

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    What do you do when you want to travel but can't afford the costs? Spend a lot of time on Google Street View, of course!

    That's what the creator of ordinarily named "Street View Photographs" does — but the photos are anything but ordinary.

    Paired with a sponsorship from a photo-editing tool called Polarr, the blogger processes beautiful images he finds from Google Street View, and turns them into gorgeous photographs.

    "I wanted to travel and I love taking pictures so I decided to just to do virtual tours. I also love to retouch photos to make them more legit, and Polarr is currently sponsoring their tool for me," he writes.

    The photos are from all over the world.

    From Japan...



    to Ireland...



    The images are stunning.



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  • Here's One Of Google Founder Sergey Brin's Favorite Interview Questions (GOOG)

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    Google used to be known for asking bizarre, crazy-hard interview questions like, "How many golf balls can fit into a school bus?" Early employees would actually get grilled by the cofounders. 

    The company has since ditched those brain-benders and also started using committees to hire, but in a new book titled "How Google Works," executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt and former SVP of product Jonathan Rosenberg write an anecdote about Rosenberg's first Google interview.

    It was 2000. Google called him to Mountain View to interview for a product leader position. Cofounder Sergey Brin asked Rosenberg one of his favorite interview questions: "Could you teach me something complicated I don't know?"

    At first, Rosenberg launched into an explanation of a complicated economic law and how he would use it to find the company's optimal point of production and profit using cost and revenue functions. Brin started looking out the window, bored, and Rosenberg realized that he was failing completely. In fact, he was missing one major aspect of the question: He needed to take into account whom exactly he was talking to. 

    Brin is a super genius. The economic law was complicated, but it wasn't interesting to Brin, who most likely already knew it.  

    To keep his brainiac interviewer interested, he had to put the question in context of whom he was talking to. So, Rosenberg started talking about courtship, using the story of his first date with his then-wife as a case study. He had sent her roses and a puzzle to "dangle the hook" before asking her out. He wanted the flowers to impress her, and the puzzle to test her brains.

    Brin instantly became more engaged, and Rosenberg got an offer. The goal of Brin's question was two-fold: He tested Rosenberg's ability to explain something complicated, but the question also determined whether Rosenberg could think of something quirky and outside-of-the-box that wasn't purely academic. 

    SEE ALSO: Here's *Exactly* What Google Grades Interviewees On When It's Hiring

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  • Google HR Boss Says This Is The Key To A Perfect Résumé

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    You've checked (and double- and triple-checked) your résumé for typos. You made sure it's clearly organized, provides a relevant job history, and highlights your soft skills. 

    And yet you're still not hearing back from the dozens of job postings to which you've applied. 

    The likely problem: Your accomplishments fail to stand out because you haven't provided a concrete measure of your previous work, writes Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations at Google, in a recent LinkedIn post.

    "You might feel like it's hard to measure your work, but there is almost always something you can point to that differentiates you from others," he says.

    In fact, Bock has a simple formula for quantifying any experience that will transform your résumé from a list of duties into a clear picture of your achievements and skills: Accomplished [X] as measured by [Y] by doing [Z].

    Laszlo Bock"Start with an active verb, numerically measure what you accomplished, provide a baseline for comparison, and detail what you did to achieve your goal," Bock suggests.

    For example, take this sentence from a sample résumé: "Studied financial performance of companies and made investment recommendations."

    Bock rewrote it to say this: "Improved portfolio performance by 12% ($1.2M) over one year by refining cost of capital calculations for information-poor markets and re-weighting portfolio based on resulting valuations."

    The second option clearly stands out because it gives exact numbers, clarifies how significant 12% is, and provides details about how the applicant achieved this, therefore boosting his or her credibility. 

    The more details you can provide, the better, because it proves that your skills live up to expectations. "Even if your accomplishments don't seem that impressive to you, recruiters will nevertheless love the specificity," Bock says. "'Served 85 customers per day with 100% accuracy' sounds good, even if the customers are people you rang up at a grocery store."

    Click here to read the full LinkedIn post.

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    SEE ALSO: Google HR Boss Says 58% Of Résumés Get Trashed Because Of One Spelling Mistake

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  • Google's Bus Drivers Say They Work Long Hours For Little Pay

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    Much of the fight against gentrification in San Francisco has centered on the high-end commuter buses some tech firms have contracted to bring their employees to work. 

    Earlier this year, some protesters went so far as to physically block the buses that pick up employees of Google, Yahoo, and Facebook and shuttle them to Silicon Valley. 

    Tech firms hire private bus companies to make the commute, but they use the same public infrastructure as city buses. In a way, the tech buses have become a symbol of the influence that tech workers and their high salaries have had on rent and high living costs in San Francisco. 

    And it turns out that the people driving the buses aren't exactly pleased with the situation, either. 

    According to a new report in the San Francisco Chronicle, Google bus drivers work long hours for low pay and no benefits. 

    "They make everything convenient for Googlers, but they don’t make anything convenient for drivers," former Google bus driver Brandon Barlow told the Chronicle. "There are so many fatigued tech shuttle drivers out there."

    Barlow previously worked for WeDriveU, one of the transportation companies hired by Google to transport employees to Silicon Valley. In August, after a bomb threat on BART prevented him from getting home until midnight, he said he called in to say that he wouldn't be able to make his morning shift. He was then fired by WeDriveU, he told the Chronicle.

    google bus protestBarlow said he was paid $18.75 an hour. 

    One of the main complaints from Barlow and other tech bus drivers is the difficult split-shift policy that often comes into play. Drivers shuttle workers to the Valley in the morning, then kill time for a few hours before battling traffic on the clogged freeway back to San Francisco. According to Barlow, the drivers have access to Google perks like the cafes and gym, but those hours spent on campus in between shifts are unpaid. 

    Another unnamed WeDriveU employee told the Chronicle that her shifts run from 7 to 11 a.m. and from 3:30 to 11:30 p.m. each day. 

    "I’m killing myself for them for $19.25 an hour," she said, adding that sometimes her job feels like "jail."

    WeDrive recently settled a class-action lawsuit that awarded 89 drivers a combined total of $125,000, an average of $730 per driver. The suit was filed by a driver who claimed that the company failed to pay for the time spent by employees between split shifts, among other complaints. 

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  • Google Chair Eric Schmidt's 8 Rules For Running A Great Meeting

    eric schmidtYou may have become so used to bad meetings that you've accepted them as a necessary evil to slog through. Terrible meetings plague all kinds of companies, from startups to major corporations.

    But a well-run meeting is something different. "It's the most efficient way to present data and opinions, to debate issues, and yes, to actually make decisions," Google's former CEO and current chair Eric Schmidt and former SVP of products Jonathan Rosenberg write in their new book "How Google Works."

    Schmidt and his team developed a set of meeting guidelines to turn "demoralizing time wasters" into opportunities for efficient organization and morale-boosting. We've summarized below the way Google approaches meetings:

    1. Every meeting needs a leader.

    "A meeting between two groups of equals often doesn't result in a good outcome, because you end up compromising rather than making the best tough decisions," Schmidt and Rosenberg write.

    They recommend designating a clear "decision-maker," so that everyone in attendance knows who has the final word.

    2. The meeting needs a clear purpose and structure.

    A meeting that stretches on for much longer than it should most likely lacks a clearly defined purpose and structure. The decision-maker, Schmidt and Rosenberg explain, needs to "call the meeting, ensure that the content is good, set the objectives, determine the participants, and share the agenda (if possible) at least 24 hours in advance."

    The decision-maker is then responsible for summarizing the meeting's resolutions and email tasks to every participant and anyone else who should be informed within 48 hours.

    3. Meetings used for sharing information or brainstorming still need owners.

    Schmidt and his team realized that if they took a loose approach to meetings that were based on idea dispersal or generation, what seemed like a fun session on paper became just another waste of time. There are no exceptions to the first two rules.

    4. Have a meeting only if it's necessary.

    "Any meeting should have a purpose, and if that purpose isn't well defined or if the meeting fails to achieve that purpose, maybe the meeting should go away," Schmidt and Rosenberg write.

    If you find yourself attending a regular meeting only of out habit, it's probably time to redefine the meeting's purpose or else scrap it altogether.

    5. Don't include more than eight people.

    Everyone at a meeting should be there to give their input. Bystanders are wasting time that could be spent being productive, and too many eager participants lowers the quality of the conversation. Share the results of the meeting with those who would otherwise have been observers but could still benefit from the information.

    6. Include only the necessary people, and no more.

    "Many times we have walked into an 'intimate' meeting with a senior executive from one of our customers or partners, only to find the room full of people," Schmidt and Rosenberg write. They can't control what their customers or partners do, but they can control their own side and bring along as few people as possible.

    Especially for these types of important meetings, Google encourages its executives to attend only if they are needed as part of the deal, not if they are looking to feel important.

    7. Strictly follow time constraints.

    Start and end on time, and leave the room at the end to summarize the discussion. If the meeting needs to run long, then incorporate appropriate time for breaks into the schedule.

    And if you wrap things up early, don't feel like you need to fill in the remaining time. The sooner everyone gets back to work, the better.

    8. Be fully present in the meeting.

    If you take the above rules seriously, then the only meetings you'll attend are the ones you're needed in. So make sure you're actually paying attention and not sitting in a group while you catch up on email on your phone or laptop.

    Schmidt and Rosenberg say that, at Google, this is the hardest rule to follow, and they've given up telling employees to close their laptops. "But it's still a good rule!" they write.


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  • We Now Know Nearly Everything About Google's Giant New Smartphone: The Nexus 6 (GOOG)

    Nexus6HomeScreenIf you think the iPhone 6 Plus is big, wait until you see Google's next smartphone. For months, we've been hearing that Google and Motorola were teaming up to build a new phablet. Now, we're seeing multiple reports that this 5.9-inch phone will indeed be the Nexus 6.

    A new report from tech blog Android Police, which has a pretty solid track record when it comes to reporting on upcoming Android products, corroborates leaks we've seen in the past few days. Here's a quick rundown of what we can expect from the Nexus 6 in terms of hardware:

    • 5.9-inch 2560 x 1440 display with 496 pixels per inch (for a comparison, the iPhone 6 Plus has 401 PPI, and the Galaxy Note 4 has 515 PPI)
    • 3,200 mAh battery (iPhone 6 Plus: 2915 mAh battery; Galaxy Note 4: 3,220 mAh battery)
    • 13-megapixel main camera (iPhone 6 Plus: 8-megapixel camera; Galaxy Note 4: 16-megapixel camera. (Not that megapixels really matter))
    • 2-megapixel front camera ( iPhone 6 Plus: 1.2 megapixels; Galaxy Note 4: 3.7-megapixels)
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor (iPhone 6 Plus: dual core Apple A8 chip with 64-bit processing and M8 motion co-processor; Galaxy Note 4: 2.7-GHz quad core processor or 1.9-GHz octa-core varies between markets)
    • Android L at launch

    These specifications line up with what 9to5Google's sources also reported last week, but Android Police's report includes a few new details.  The device's camera will reportedly include Optical Image Stabilization, which means the camera will be able to stabilize itself when your hands shake.

    Android Police's new leak also gives us an idea of what the phone's home screen will look like. The website created a mockup based on the device it saw, which shows slightly redesigned app icons on the home screen. There's a new folder for Google Drive apps, new icons for the dialer and messaging apps, and other small tweaks.

    Take a look at what the purported Nexus 6's home screen looks like compared to the Nexus 5's. Notice how some of the icons looks slightly different. (The purported Nexus 6 is on the left, and the Nexus 5 is on the right).

    NexusPhonesComparedIn terms of design, Android Police reports that the phone will look like a gigantic version of the Moto X. It will feature the same metal edges seen on Motorola's newest flagship. Here's what Motorla's Moto X looks like for reference:

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    There are, however, two things we're not sure about when it comes to the Nexus 6. There's no solid estimate for when the phone will launch or how much it will cost. Google unveiled the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat on Halloween last year, so there's a chance we'll see its successor debut around the same time this year.

    Nexus phones are usually pretty affordable (the Nexus 5 was $350 without a two-year contract; most flagships like the iPhone 6 are $600-$700) so the Nexus 6 might be priced competitively too.


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  • Google Is Building A Modular Phone That Will Allow You To Swap Any Hardware While It's Running

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    Google's plan to create a cheap smartphone that can be built from the ground up has already with Project Ara, but now you will be able to swap parts while the phone is still running.

    The project director for Arak, Paul Eremenko explained how anyone using a Project Ara phone will be able to swap any modules, such as WiFi, camera, and sensors, without turning it off.

    The only two modules you won’t be able to swap out without turning the phone off are the CPU and the display.

    This is made possible by using a modified version of Android L, the next update of Google’s OS, which is being developed in collaboration with Linaro, a non-profit engineering organisation which mainly works on free and open-source software.

    Project Ara is a modular smartphone that is put together using blocks, held together using electro-permanent magnets, which represent certain hardware features like the battery, camera and other sensors.

    It was originally started by Motorola more than a year ago and teamed up withPhonebloks to help further develop the project.

    When part of Motorola was sold off to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, the company’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division merged with Google and continued working on the project.

    The first fully functional prototype will be shown off at the second Ara developer conference in December, with the launch taking place in early 2015.

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  • Here's One Thing Microsoft Can Do To Narrow The Gap With Google

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    Cortana, Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri, is one of the rare bright spots for Windows Phone users, who (according to IDC) only account for 2.5% of the global smartphone market.

    The personal assistant, named after the AI female lead of the Halo series and voiced in the U.S. by the actress who portrays the character, has been widely praised for offering more features than Siri or Google Now. Cortana can link reminders to contacts, so a user can be notified of a friend's birthday when he or she calls, and learns a user's interests over time in its "Notebook" -- similar to how Google Now pulls up cards based on a user's searches and visited Web pages. Microsoft has also constantly promoted Cortana as the Windows Phone's killer app with Siri-bashing advertisements.

    Since Cortana has generated a lot of buzz with positive press, one question has hounded Microsoft -- should it launch Cortana on iOS and Android to expand its Bing ecosystem, at the risk of alienating Windows Phone users?

    It's all about Bing

    Cortana isn't really about challenging Siri and Google Now to become the ultimate virtual assistant. The real goal is to help Microsoft's Bing ecosystem close the gap with Google.

    Bing is more popular than most people think. According to comScore, Bing handled 29.4% of all searches in the U.S. in August, with 19.4% coming from Microsoft sites and another 10% coming from Yahoo!. Google controlled 67.3% of the U.S. market for the month.

    Windows Phones only account for 3.4% of the U.S. market, but Bing's presence on mobile platforms is boosted by Apple, which last year made Bing the default search engine for Siri in iOS 7. Windows 8.1, which NetMarketShare estimates runs on roughly 7% of all PCs, also refers all searches through Bing by default. Windows 9 will go a step further with Cortana installed, which could be a good way to wean PC users off Google and onto Bing.

    All of these services feed into Microsoft's advertising revenue, which rose 19% year over year to $4.02 billion in 2013 and accounted for nearly 5% of the company's top line. That segment includes Bing, Bing Ads, MSN, Windows Services, and Xbox ads, and is notably larger than the Windows Phone business, which generated $3.07 billion in revenue last year.

    Building the Windows ecosystem

    While display ads are a good source of revenue, Bing's ecosystem hasn't caught up with Google's cohesive ecosystem of apps -- Drive, YouTube, Gmail, Maps, and other services -- which straddle the mobile and PC platforms with the Android and Chrome operating systems.

    Google's strategy is to tether as many users to its ecosystem as possible, so it can monetize search results through advertising and take a cut of Google Play sales. According to comScore's most recent numbers, five of the top 10 iOS and Android apps in the U.S. come from Google:YouTube, Google Play, Google Search, Google Maps, and Gmail. Microsoft doesn't have a single app on that list.

    Microsoft tried to expand its ecosystem to iOS and Android before, launching apps for Bing search (which links to Bing Finance, Health, Weather, Travel, and other services), One Drive, Outlook, Office, and other products on both platforms. But the problem is that Apple and Google will promote their own apps -- for example, Apple Maps and Google Maps -- whenever given the chance.

    Microsoft needs to get aggressive with Cortana and Bing

    Google has been extremely aggressive in expanding its ecosystem. Last April, the company launched Google Now for iOS in a clear bid to kill Siri on iPhones and iPads. That aggression prompted Apple to replace Google with Bing in Siri.

    Microsoft should imitate Google's strategy and launch an Android version of Cortana. There are already plenty of other "Siri substitutes" in the Google Play store -- including Maluuba, Skyvi, and Robin -- but none are as fully developed or well-known as Cortana. Cortana, like Siri, also has a "sassy" personality, unlike the comparatively lifeless Google Now. Apple might even welcome an iOS version of Cortana with open arms, since Microsoft's personal assistant could be a more reliable way than Siri to prevent Google from taking over iOS.

    A Foolish final word

    The only real drawback to this plan is that Windows Phone users, who have put up with hand-me-down apps from iOS and Android for years, might be irritated by the fact that its "killer app" will now be available on rival platforms. In June, a Microsoft manager discussed the possibility of launching Cortana on iOS and Android, but the mere idea sparked a fierce backlash on social media (dubbed "Cortana-gate") from loyal Windows Phones owners.

    But considering how anemic Windows Phone's market share is, the choice between reaching millions of new users or upsetting current users is a no-brainer. Microsoft absolutely needs to capitalize on the hype over Cortana to expand its Bing ecosystem on iOS and Android, or risk being marginalized further by Google on all fronts.

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  • Affiliate Linking to App Bundles 2014-09-30T22:00:31Z

    App Bundles let you promote multiple apps or games from the same developer at a special price. This is a great way to promote high quality apps and earn more commission with higher value sales.

    View App Bundles: https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewFeature?id=915131749&mt=8

    Grab a link from any App Bundle and append your affiliate token when linking from your own app or website. For more information about how to create an affiliate link, see our basic linking guide.

  • New App List and Book List Widget 2012-03-27T01:18:58Z

    Book List and App List Widgets

    We are excited to announce two new widgets to our Widget Builder, App List and Book List. The new widgets focus on curation of great content in both our App Store and the iBookstore. These widgets, similar to iTunes Playlist widget, are easy to customize and simple to integrate into your website or blog and provide interactive content to your users.

    Each widget allows for customization of size and the coloring of widget corners to seamlessly match your background and fully integrate with your page design. They are built completely with HTML 5, use no Flash, and are compatible with most all browsers.

    The widgets are available across all countries that are supported by our iTunes Affiliate Program. Some restrictions apply based on availability of content and commission rates.

    For more information about all our widgets, check out our Affiliate Resources page for Widgets.

    Get started with the Widget Builder today. Access the Widget Builder through your affiliate network for sales referred from the widget to be tracked. You can also quickly access the public Widget Builder to easily build widgets with no affiliate tracking.

    Enjoy the new widgets and please share screen shots and feedback with us.
    - The Affiliate Team

  • Launching the App Store from an iPhone Application 2012-02-20T16:02:13Z

    For our partners developing iPhone applications, the iOS team has just recently updated documentation for QA1629 Launching the App Store from an iPhone application. This update includes a new code listing for processing iTunes Affiliate links without first launching Safari. Please review the code listing and ensure you are properly setting affiliate cookies while using this method.

    If you are not familiar with this method already, you should check out our Affiliate Resource document on Advanced Affiliate Linking for a brief description about QA1629 and other advanced linking topics.

  • Affiliate Tools Holiday Schedule 2011-12-19T20:20:19Z

    The holidays are a very busy time for iTunes and the App Store. As a result, some affiliate tools and reports are not available during this time to ensure maximum resources for mission critical aspects of the store.

    The affiliate program will be impacted from Thursday, December 22 to Thursday, December 29. Sales reports and affiliate tools will be temporarily suspended or delayed during this time, however, all affiliate sales will be properly tracked.

    • Affiliate sales reports will be suspended prior to the 25th Holiday. It may take over a week for the sales reporting to complete processing.
    • The Enterprise Partner Feed will be taken offline for the duration.
    • The Search API, Link Maker tool and RSS Feed will be kept online, but you may have increased latency and time outs.

    We thank you for your continued loyalty and wish you the best of luck in the coming weeks with your affiliate sales.

    Happy Holidays, The Affiliate Team

  • Brazil and Mexico Affiliate Programs Added 2011-12-13T17:52:43Z

    We are excited to announce two new affiliate programs have been added for Brazil and Mexico. These programs will offer a five percent commission over 72 hours on sales from the iTunes Store, App Store, Mac App Store and iBookstore on the desktop, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

    Tools
    These two new programs are supported by all of our affiliate tools. This includes the Link Maker tool that quickly generates links to specific items in the stores and the RSS Feed Generator that builds XML or JSON feeds for top content on the stores. The Search API and Enterprise Partner Feed will also contain information for the new storefronts. Last, our Widget Builder tool has also been updated. The widgets are an easy way to add interactive content to your website or blog.

    Localized affiliate badges are available for the new countries. This includes localized badges for "Available on the App Store," "Available on the Mac App Store," "Available on the iBookstore," "Download on iTunes," "Get it free on iTunes," "Pre-order on iTunes," and "Subscribe on iTunes." These badges are available from the Identity Guidelines page on the Affiliate Resource Site.

    Getting Started with the Brazilian Program
    The Brazil iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store Affiliate Program is administered by TradeDoubler. If you are new to our affiliate programs it's important to first first register as a publisher with TradeDoubler. This can be done at http://www.tradedoubler.com/pan/program_info?program_id=214843.

    After being accepted into the TradeDoubler network you need to log into your account, go to "Advertisers" then click on "Search Affiliate Programs" and search for iTunes in the search box. From these results you must then apply for the iTunes, App Store, Mac App Store and iBookstore (BR) affiliate program.

    After our team reviews your application you will receive an email with information on getting started or suggestions on how to reapply.

    If you are not new to TradeDoubler, login to your account, then navigate to "Account" and click on "Countries". Tick the box next to Brazil and save. Back on the home page of your interface, click on the "+ Add Site" button to create an account for your Brazilian affiliate activities. Then follow the steps described above to apply for the iTunes, App Store, Mac App Store and iBookstore (BR) affiliate program.

    Important note: You must have an affiliate account with TradeDoubler in Brazil to track your affiliate activity there. A TradeDoubler account for one of our European iTunes, App Store, Mac App Store and iBookstore programs will not track sales referred to iTunes in Brazil.

    Getting Started for the Mexico Program
    The Mexico iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store Affiliate Program is administered by LinkShare. If you are new to our affiliate programs it's important to first first register as a publisher with LinkShare. This can be done at https://cli.linksynergy.com/cli/publisher/registration/registration.php. Please note that the new Mexico program resides in the "US network."

    After being accepted into the LinkShare network you need to log into your dashboard, navigate to "PROGRAMS" then "New Advertisers" and finally search for the program in the search box on the right hand side of the page. From these results you must then apply for the MX iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store Affiliate Program.

    After our team reviews your application you will receive an email with information on getting started or suggestions on how to reapply.

    More information about the 36 iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store Affiliate Programs available worldwide, documentation on the advanced tools and general linking information can be found on the Affiliate Resource Site. Questions, comments and concerns can be directed at itunesaffiliates@apple.com.

  • New Book, Movie and TV Widgets 2011-10-25T19:58:55Z

    NewWidgetHero.png

    We are excited to announce the addition of five new widgets to our Widget Builder. These new widgets focus on books, TV shows and movies and include a Book Discovery, Book Search, TV Discovery, Movie Discovery, and a TV and Movie Search widget. These widgets, similar to the first five, are easy to customize and simple to integrate into your website or blog and provide interactive content to your users.

    The Discovery widgets allow you to showcase an app, album, book, TV show or movie with art, title, price, description and a button to easily enter the store and purchase.

    The Search widgets allow your web visitors to quickly and easily search the massive catalog of apps, music, movies, TV seasons and books available from iTunes and the App Store, all from within your website or blog.

    Each widget allows for customization of size and the coloring of widget corners to seamlessly match your background and fully integrate with your page design. They are built completely with HTML 5, use no Flash, and are compatible with most all browsers. For examples of beautiful integration of the original widgets please see the recent blog article - Featured Widget Placements.

    The widgets are available in 35 countries and localized for German, French, Italian, Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Japanese and Dutch.

    Get started with the Widget Builder today. Access the Widget Builder through your affiliate network for sales referred from the widget to be tracked. You can also quickly access the public Widget Builder to easily build widgets with no affiliate tracking.

    Enjoy the new widgets and please share screen shots and feedback with us.
    - The Affiliate Team

  • October is Country Music Month 2011-10-20T16:19:54Z

    October is Country Music Month as first designated by the Country Music Association in 1964 and made official by Presidential proclamation beginning in 1970. It's intended as a time to celebrate America's music.

    Leading up to the CMA Awards in early November, Country Music Month on iTunes will feature the hottest new releases from Lady Antebellum, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Martina McBride and Rodney Atkins. In addition, classic country, country music videos and iTunes original content from Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and more will be featured in the Country Music Month room.

    Use the banners found in the LinkShare Create Links page to help promote and celebrate Country Music Month on iTunes and earn a commission.

  • 15 New Affiliate Programs Added 2011-09-29T02:45:36Z

    We are excited to announce the launch of affiliate programs in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia today. These 15 new programs will commission on sales from the iTunes Store, App Store, Mac App Store and iBookstore. The programs offer four percent commission over 72 hours as do the other, existing, 14 affiliate programs in Europe.

    Tools
    These new programs are supported by all of our affiliate tools. This includes the Link Maker tool that quickly generates links to specific items in the store and the RSS Feed Generator that builds XML or JSON feeds for top content on the stores. The Search API and Enterprise Partner Feed will also contain information for the new storefronts. Last, our Widget Builder tool has also been updated. The widgets are an easy way to add interactive content to your website or blog.

    Localized affiliate badges are available for the new countries. This includes badges for "Available on the App Store," "Available on the Mac App Store," "Available on the iBookstore," "Download on iTunes," "Get it free on iTunes," "Pre-order on iTunes," and "Subscribe on iTunes." These badges are available from the Identity Guidelines page on the Affiliate Resource Site.

    Getting Started
    Click on the link below to register for the program in your country:

    Please note that you only need to be signed up with one iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store affiliate program in Europe, through TradeDoubler, to be commissioned on any sales that happen in the 29 storefronts that have affiliate programs in Europe. If you are currently signed up with one of the existing 14 programs through TradeDoubler you will start receiving any commissions on referred sales in these new countries.

    Questions
    Please review the Frequently Asked Questions on the Affiliate Resource Site or contact us at itunesaffiliates@euro.apple.com with any questions.

    We hope you are as excited as we are about these additional affiliate opportunities.
    - The Affiliate Team.

  • Featured Widget Placements 2011-09-26T23:11:54Z

    Thank you to those who have tried our new widgets on their websites and blogs.

    We've received hundreds of emails with screen shots of great placements, questions about optimizing their use, and suggestions for improvements. We are excited by the positive comments on the widgets and we welcome the feedback. As promised, showcased below are a few of our favorite implementations.

    Have you tried them yet? If not, why not go ahead and try them now; they are very easy to use. You can get more info on our Affiliate Resources - Widgets page. Be sure send us a screen shots of your use, as we love to see how you are using them.

    – The iTunes and App Store Affiliate Team

    The Boot
    (Album Discovery widget)
    http://www.theboot.com/2011/08/24/mcclymonts-wrapped-up-good-new-album/ TheBoot.png

    One Republic
    (Album Discovery widget)
    http://www.onerepublic.net OneRepublic.png

    Lady Gaga
    (App Discovery widget)
    http://www.ladygaga.com/ LadyGaga.png

    Whole Signal
    (App Discovery widget)
    http://wholesignal.tumblr.com/ WholeSignal.png

    Spiffing Design
    (Playlist widget)
    http://spiffingdesign.com/ SpiffingDesign.png

    Sustainable Live Work Play
    (Playlist widget)
    http://www.sustainable-live-work-play.com/about.html SustainableLiveWorkPlay.png

  • iTunes has everyone's favorite TV shows 2011-09-09T18:42:29Z

    With over 65,000 TV episodes, iTunes has the hottest dramas and the most hilarious comedies on television. Full episodes are available commercial-free and in stunning HD. This fall, be a part of the buzz around new shows like Terra Nova and Up All Night, and celebrate the return of hits like The Office and The Good Wife.

    Promote TV on iTunes and earn affiliate commissions. There are many shows and banners sizes to choose from in the iTunes affiliate art library. Additionally, text links are a great way to promote Fall TV shows.


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