The Unique Amazon Mobile PositionMobile Associates is a no-brainer. It further moves features of the Web into the world of mobile. It is a logistical move from Amazon and an astute decision. On its surface, Mobile Associates is a bit of a ho-hum type of announcement.Mobile Associates should not be overlooked as just another Amazon feature coming to apps. Essentially what Amazon has done is create a fourth type of monetization for app developers. That is not to be understated. In this burgeoning era of mobile, nobody has really figured out a sure-fire method for making money through apps. The top developers make money through sheer volume on banner ads and subscriptions and in-app payments. Amazon Associates has been available since 1996 and has long been a way for smaller publishers or individual blog owners to scratch out a few extra bucks. Bigger websites that use Amazon Associates can see significant revenue. It is a way to create another revenue stream that is not dependent on Google AdWords or other banner ad providers. Mobile Associates could be powerful, especially for the thousands of ecommerce apps on Android. Imagine a Pinterest user creating the ability to link one of their lists to the Amazon ecommerce platform. That could be good for both Pinterest and its app users and would take very little effort to institute in the app. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Amazon is extending its might in the world of ecommerce to the world of mobile apps. Today, Amazon announced that its popular and long-running Associates program is coming to apps for Android and its Kindle Fire tablet available in the Amazon Appstore and Google Play.You might be unfamiliar with the Amazon Associates program. But there is a good chance you have run across it on the Web. Amazon Associates is a program where websites can advertise Amazon products by placing a unique URL into website text that links back to a product on Amazon. Every time a user clicks on that link and makes a purchase, the Associate gets paid. The Associates program is not new and has been shrouded in a bit of controversy in its time. As yet though, Amazon had not instituted Associates in its own Appstore. Today’s announcement changes that.And it makes perfect sense. Extending Amazon Associates to apps opens up a new type of revenue stream for developers that was not available before. Making money with apps is not an easy proposition. Developers can institute a variety of banner or rich media ads into their apps, set up “in-app purchases” (based on the “freemium” model of mobile monetization) or offer subscriptions to their services.Amazon calls the new program Mobile Associates and it is available as an application programming interface (API) for mobile developers in both Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.How Amazon Mobile Associates WorksAmazon Mobile Associates works in three ways; “selling a single item from within an app or game, showcasing a category of goods, or bundling the purchase of physical goods with the purchase of digital goods,” according to Amazon’s press release. In essence, Amazon is extending its physical and digital world of goods into the world of Android apps. This is not just relegated to the Kindle Fire and the Amazon Appstore, but also apps available through the Android Google Play app store. The Mobile Associates program works pretty much like Amazon Associates. When a user clicks on a product link in an app, they are shown a dialog box with the product information and cost. If the user then makes a purchase, the Mobile Associate gets paid 6% of the sale price.All the normal Amazon commerce features are present, such as free shipping with Amazon Prime and 1-Click purchasing. For developers, Amazon describes integration of the API as a fairly simple process:Initialize the Mobile Associates API, and tell us what you’re selling–you can choose to supply a specific set of ASINs (Amazon Standard Identification Number), search terms, or use the Amazon Product Advertising API to query a list of ASINs and product information. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Tags:#Amazon#app development#Monetization What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …
Juventus chief Fabio Paratici named Sporting Director of the Yearby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus sports chief Fabio Paratici has collected an award at the Globe Soccer Awards.Paratici was named Best Sporting Director of the Year in Dubai.“I am very happy and it is a great honour to receive this award. I would like to thank the club and my staff,” said Paratici on the stage.“Juventus are a great club with an incredible history and I am happy and proud to work for this club.“I think Juventus are experiencing one of the best moments of its history. We’ve won so many titles in recent years, built a competitive squad and added Cristiano Ronaldo, so we must continue along this path.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say WATCH: Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi’s brilliant brace for England U21sby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi scored two brilliant goals in England U21’s 5-1 win over Austria on Tuesday.The Chelsea winger converted a difficult volley to open to scoring for Aidy Boothroyd’s side.His second goal was a display of sublime speed and dribbling as he travelled more than half of the pitch before dispatching the ball into the top-corner. Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah collected the match ball after scoring the game’s other three goals.Hudson-Odoi with a great volley. @btsportfootballpic.twitter.com/At5TMN0wZW— Paree (@ACParee) October 15, 2019Watch HUDSON ODOI goal and retweet pic.twitter.com/z4YJWKrljG— Chelsea4Ever (@wadja_roland) October 15, 2019
UNLV’s men’s basketball team will honor its former coach, Jerry Tarkanian, with a commemorative patch on their jerseys the remainder of this season. Tarkanian, who coached the Rebels from 1973-92, winning the national championship in 1990, passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 84. UNLV (14-10, 5-6 MWC) will sport a black “TARK” patch, paying tribute to their former coach known to many as “Tark the Shark.” #UNLVmbb will wear patches that look like this the rest of the season pic.twitter.com/NE9lWzsqbR— Taylor Bern (@TaylorBern) February 11, 2015Tarkanian was one of the greatest coaches college basketball has ever seen, recording 729 wins across all divisions. UNLV is set to face Air Force in Colorado on Saturday.
YouTube/SyracuseThe Syracuse Orange were hit by the NCAA with some rough sanctions this past offseason, but unlike last year, in 2015-2016, the team will be eligible for the NCAA Tournament. Of course, they’ll need to post a better record than 18-13 to make it happen.Friday, ahead of the team’s first game of the season, Syracuse released a hype video titled #CuseMode. It features highlights of the team’s preseason games this year. Check it out:Syracuse returns a number of key contributors from last year’s squad – including Trevor Cooney, Michael Gbinije, Kaleb Joseph and Tyler Roberson. It’ll be interesting to see if they can compete in the ultra-competitive ACC.
New Delhi: India’s sporting fraternity, led by cricket captain Virat Kohli, mourned the demise of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, on Wednesday. Swaraj passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Tuesday night after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was 67. “Deeply saddened by the news of Sushma Ji’s demise, may her soul rest in peace,” Kohli wrote on his twitter page. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said Swaraj will always live in the hearts and minds of the people. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “I have no words left with me at this point of time. She truly lived for the motherland INDIA. Sushma ji, you will forever live in our heart and mind,” he said. Former Sports Minister and Olympic silver-medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore expressed shock at the sudden death of the senior leader. “Shocked by the sudden demise of Sushma Swarajji. In a political career spanning over 50 years, she touched a billion hearts with her strength, grace and compassion. Her clutter breaking approach as the External Affairs Minister will always be revered and remembered,” Rathore tweeted. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir said her death is a huge loss for the country. “I’m beyond aggrieved at the passing away of Sushma Swaraj A veteran politician and a pillar of the BJP, she was loved by everyone. She will be remembered as the most endearing and helpful politicians of recent times. My condolences to her family and friends. A huge loss for India,” said Gambhir. Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag expressed his sympathies with Swaraj’s family. “Heartfelt condolences to family and admirers of Sushma Swarajji,” tweeted the former Indian opener. Tennis ace Sania Mirza said she had the honour of working with the BJP leader. “Shocked at the passing away of my dear Sushma Swarajji. Had the honour of working as the brand ambassador of the ‘girl child’ campaign under her able guidance and will cherish my personal relationship with her forever. R.I.P. ma’am,” said Sania. Decorated shooter Heena Sidhu described Swaraj as a great leader. “I was so sad looking at the headlines in the paper today. I really really liked Sushma Swaraj ji. She was someone to look up to. She was a great leader, a great orator, a strong woman and true to her work. India will miss her deeply,” Heena wrote. Other cricketers such as Suresh Raina, Mohammad Kaif and Aakash Chopra also condoled her death. “Fierce, result-driven and a people’s person she was all of that and more. A true leader. Still unable to process the news of Sushma Swarajji’s passing away. Extremely disturbed! A big loss for our nation. May you rest in peace!” said Raina. In his condolence message, Kaif wrote: “Here in the West Indies and just heard the terrible news of passing away of #SushmaSwarajji. Condolences to her family, gone too soon.” “One of my favourite politicians. Lots to admire. Heartfelt condolences. Huge loss. Rest in peace,” said cricketer-turned commentator Aakash Chopra.
CALGARY – Calgary’s mayor says the Flames’ financial proposal for a new NHL arena places a heavy tax burden on the city.Calgary Sports and Entertainment (CSEC) and the city have gone public with what they would pay and what they think the other side should pay, in the wake of CSEC pulling the plug on “spectacularly unproductive” negotiations.The looming civic election Oct. 16 has turned up the temperature on what’s become a public back and forth, even though the Flames insist they’re done talking.CSEC declared via a press release and newspaper ads Thursday they’d put $275 million of owners’ money into a $500-million building and the city should raise the remaining $225 million through a community revitalization levy.A CRL allows the city to divert property taxes from new development that would theoretically spring up around a new arena into paying for it.“That’s tax money. CRL is taxes,” Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi said Friday at city hall.“That is straight up property tax from people who are in that neighbourhood. It’s property tax the city wouldn’t otherwise have.“The Flames would like that property tax to be paid by someone other than them. They are not willing to pay any rent, or property tax or any revenue back to the city in their proposal.”CSEC contends, however, that their $275 million equates to 35 years worth of rent.The city proposed a three-way split on the cost of a $555-million arena, with the city and the Flames each paying $185 million and the remaining third raised from a surcharge on tickets.The city said the Flames would control the new arena and receive all revenue from it.Flames president Ken King insists the city’s offer amounts to the team paying the entire cost, or more, because CSEC considers a ticket surcharge paid by users revenue that belongs to the team and because the city wants CSEC to pay property tax.CSEC owns the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders, Western Hockey League’s Hitmen and National Lacrosse League’s Roughnecks in addition to the NHL’s Flames.The ownership group is comprised of Murray Edwards, Alvin Libin, Clayton Riddell, Allan Markin and Jeff McCaig.CSEC has said the owners “will strive to operate, as we have for the last 34 years, in the Saddledome for as long as we believe it is feasible.”Nenshi, who is running for a third term, says the city is willing to keep negotiating with CSEC on a new arena.“As long as I’m the mayor, we will not leave that table,” he said. “These negotiations are hard. They should be hard. We’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars.“I believe, you don’t have a temper tantrum, you don’t run away. You sit down and you figure out the right way to do it. I hope we will be able to continue to do that.”King is scheduled to speak Monday to Calgary’s chamber of commerce, where he is expected to field more questions about arena negotiations.The arena’s proposed location in Victoria Park just north of Scotiabank Saddledome is part of a larger district east of downtown undergoing revitalization. A CRL is already being implemented for the East Village.Nenshi says the $150 million the CRL is expected to raise over the remaining 10 years of its term has been allocated to other projects in the East Village and can’t go towards a new arena.“That $150 million that’s already spoken for is based on development we think will happen there,” the mayor explained.“An additional $225 million, the only way to do that is if you have a heck of a lot more development than we are forecasting.“In a world where you have 30 per cent occupancy downtown, it’s hard to imagine in the short term. Or you just extend the CRL forever, which just means its property tax money.”Edmonton’s arena cost $483 million to build, but the entire project that includes a cavernous hall leading into the arena, a community rink, a pedestrian corridor, an LRT connection and the land came to $613 million, according to the City of Edmonton’s website.The city expects to raise $231 million via a CRL to help pay for it. The Oilers ownership group contributed $165 million to the arena and the hall in a combination of cash and lease payments.
The Surfrider Foundation, the largest non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the world’s ocean, waves and beaches, unveils a new public service announcement today with Academy Award winning actress, screenwriter and director, Helen Hunt.Video: Helen Hunt for Clean WaterHunt has a very personal connection to the ocean and our coasts. This is what inspired her to write, produce and star in her newest film, “Ride,” where she is thrust into a sea of change and self-discovery, finding solace in surfing. She aims to increase awareness about the importance of protecting the nation’s waters in a new public service announcement for the Surfrider Foundation. The film premiered in theaters and will be available for download on May 1. A portion of ticket sales from “Ride” will go to the Foundation. View the movie trailer, purchase tickets or download the movie at Surfrider.org/RIDE.“My father has been surfing in Santa Monica all of his life. I grew up playing in that ocean and now my daughter plays in that same water,” says Helen Hunt. “I count on the Surfrider Foundation to make sure that the water is clean and safe for her and future generations.”Every year, there are more than 20,000 beach closures and swim advisories issued to protect public health at the beach. Exposure to polluted water can cause skin rashes and infections, flu-like symptoms, and gastro-intestinal illnesses such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.With the impacts and threats are very real, Surfrider identifies water quality issues and the sources of ocean pollution in order to address, advocate and prevent pollution. Right now, Surfrider is asking the public to support the Environmental Protection Agency in their efforts to restore Clean Water Act protections for small streams and wetlands, because clean water at the beach starts with healthy waters upstream. Learn more about Surfrider’s Clean Water Initiative at Surfrider.org.
Steven Spielberg, founder of USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education, presented Mellody Hobson and George Lucas with the Institute’s 2016 Ambassador for Humanity Award at the organization’s annual gala last week.Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Mellody Hobson, George LucasActor Harrison Ford was one of the evening’s special guests. The gala presenting sponsor was The Walt Disney Company, a dedicated supporter of the organization.Mellody and George were honored for their steadfast commitment to dynamic and innovative humanitarian efforts, and their longtime support of USC Shoah Foundation.Hobson is the president of Ariel Investments. Lucas is one of the world’s most distinguished filmmakers.“Mellody and George are worthy recipients who understand the importance of vigilance and education in countering hatred around the world,” Spielberg said. “We are pleased to recognize them for their remarkable commitment to education and diversity, to visual arts and storytelling and to leveraging technology for humanitarian efforts.”Lucas is a graduate of USC, and both he and Hobson are esteemed leaders and supporters of the university and its diverse community.“Mellody Hobson and George Lucas not only share this university’s passion for education, research, inclusion and diversity, but they also understand the value and importance of preserving and sharing the 54,000 testimonies in USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias. “As recipients of the Ambassador for Humanity Award, they join an inspiring group of past honorees whose collective dedication ensures that we keep the flame of memory alive by educating and enlightening future generations.”The Ambassadors for Humanity event is a crucial part of the Institute’s efforts helping to forge partnerships that sustain the organization into the future. The gala raises much-needed general funds to support its educational programs including expansion of the Institute’s award-winning IWitness website, professional development for educators globally, the Center for Advanced Genocide Research, academic conferences, expanding access to the Visual History Archive and testimony preservation, to name a few.“As we see the continuing rise of hatred and racism, the work of the Institute is as important as ever,” said Executive Director Stephen Smith. “We are pleased to honor Mellody and George who embody the Institute’s mission and goals, and have an opportunity to join forces to bring attention and awareness to our mutual educational efforts.”
It might have taken 10 years, 474 losses and millions of dollars lost, but one thing should be very clear to everyone by now: Professional hockey was not meant to be played in Columbus. At least not at the NHL level, where in their first decade of existence, the Columbus Blue Jackets have provided Ohio’s capital with little more than one season of winning hockey, enormous revenue losses and an ever-diminishing fan base. Since joining the NHL in 2000, the Blue Jackets have compiled a combined record of 313-474-33 (the NHL eliminated ties before the start of the 2005–06 season). The Jackets’ best year came during the 2008–09 season, in which the team posted a 41-41 record (10 of those losses came in overtime) and was rewarded with the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs, in which the Detroit Red Wings promptly swept them. But, unlike the other NHL cellar dwellers, who can at least point to the future as a reason for hope, the Blue Jackets are more than likely headed toward their third major roster overhaul in 10 years. The Jackets are currently constructed around forward Rick Nash, which is the equivalent of building an NBA team around Danny Granger, Andre Iguodala or Chris Bosh. Nash might put up some nice numbers and make a few All-Star teams, but you’re not getting past the first round of the playoffs with him as your best player. Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson has also committed $5.8 million over the next two seasons to goaltender Steve Mason, who in the 2010–11 season allowed the ninth-most goals in the league and ranked outside the top 50 in save percentage. The losses, particularly the 66-98 record the Blue Jackets have owned since the 2008–09 season, also have taken a toll on the team’s once-excited-and-optimistic fan base. This past season, the Jackets averaged 13,659 fans per home game — the fewest in franchise history. Just six games sold out at Nationwide Arena this season, and on Oct. 20, a record-low 9,802 fans showed up to watch the Blue Jackets play the Anaheim Ducks, a record that was broken eight days later, when 9,128 fans — 49.3 percent of Nationwide Arena’s capacity — witnessed the Blue Jackets beat the Edmonton Oilers. The most enthusiastic the hockey fans got in Nationwide Arena this season was Dec. 4, when the Blue Jackets played the Pittsburgh Penguins, and jerseys supporting Penguins center Sidney Crosby outnumbered those for the hometown team. Chants of “We want 10” were audible throughout the arena that night, as the Jackets fell to the Penguins, 7-2. Not surprisingly, the lack of fan support has hurt the Jackets’ bottom line, as The Columbus Dispatch reported last week that the team lost $25 million over the course of last season, bringing the Jackets’ total revenue losses since the 2004–05 NHL lockout to $80 million. The financial forecast for the Blue Jackets isn’t looking any brighter either, as the franchise’s dim future isn’t likely to bring any closet Columbus hockey fans out of hiding. One of the reasons for the aforementioned NHL lockout was the overexpansion that the league experienced in the early 2000s, and putting a team in college-crazed Columbus was a part of that problem. Does it really surprise anyone that a city that had trouble selling out games for the No. 1 basketball team in the country this past season isn’t supportive of an irrelevant team in the least popular of the four major sports leagues? As cities like Winnipeg and Kansas City long for a professional hockey team, there’s one in Columbus wasting away. Ten years ago, both the Blue Jackets and the city of Columbus were full of hope and optimism, but as neither the organization nor the city has proven capable of fully committing to the other, it’d be best for both to go their separate ways, because things just aren’t working out.