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"Their No. 1 driver for pushing this is the advertising model." But in order to grab a major share of the mobile advertising market, Google will have to convince a large number of people -- including business users -- to buy Android phones. That's a significant challenge in the increasingly crowded mobile phone market. The first Android phone, the G1, which was introduced today by T-Mobile , Google and HTC, comes loaded with Google applications, including Gmail, Gtalk, Google Maps and YouTube. The home screen includes just one item: a Google search bar. Each of those applications represents an opportunity for Google to deliver advertisements to users. "Google is moving into the mobile devices market not to become yet another mobile phone manufacturer, but to enable a large addressable market for its services and applications," said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Gartner Inc. Around the world, there are 3.5 billion mobile-phone users.
Google first announced in-app search when it introduced Android 4.4 aka Kit Kat two weeks ago, but the feature will be included in Googles Search app and thus available on previous Android versions as well. Heres how it works: Subscribe to gigaom.com Lets say youre looking to rent an apartment, and youre searching for open listings via Google. One of the first links is going to be a result from Trulia and if you have Trulias Android app installed, its going to give you the option to open that specific result in Trulias app, where you can then take action on the content, including exploring the apartments neighborhood on a map or and contacting a real estate agent. Google is launching this program with twelve high-profile partners, including Expedia, Moviefone, Trulia, OpenTable and Etsy, and its easy to see why app publishers would like this kind of experience. Our Android app experience will always be better than our mobile app experience, explained Trulias director of mobile Steven Yarger during an interview last week, adding that its just easier to incorporate zoomable maps and other content in an app setting. Google executives have also said that they eventually also want to offer buttons to install an app if you dont have it on your phone yet, which could help publishers grow their install base. The bigger question is: Whats in it for Google? A lot, actually. In order to index in-app search results, developers need to make their apps searchable and enable so-called deep linking to content within their apps. Googles Webmaster Central blog recently explained it this way: Just like it crawls and indexes websites, Googlebot can now index content in your Android app. Webmasters will be able to indicate which app content youd like Google to index in the same way you do for webpages today through your existing Sitemap file and through Webmaster Tools. Some developers have already prepared their apps for this in the past. Trulia, for example, has used deep links to allow its users to directly jump from a real estate listing in its email newsletter to that very same listing in its mobile app.
More to the point, they can drive sales, and revenue for both the store and Google. The way it works is fairly simple. Lets say you do a search for 55-inch TVs, and you browse the Internet looking for a good deal. Google could then notify area stores, which carry TVs, that you were online looking for a new display for the living room. Those businesses would bid to have ads made more visible to you, probably via AdSense. AdSense is how Google creates targeted ads, which are currently only good for online retailers or retailers with an online presence. From there, Google could track whether or not you visited the store, and offer the results as a success story of sorts to their customers. Of course, this all teeters on you using Location sharing on your device. That service is an entirely opt-in or opt-out scenario. If you want to use Maps, you have to share your location with all Google services.
Who then sticks the advertising library into the application." Comfort level Look at the list of permissions above. Do you feel comfortable turning that information over to an advertiser? Here's something else. We supposedly agree to some kind of EULA when we acknowledge the permissions asked for by the app's developer. Does that contract include the advertiser? If not, what is the agreement between us and the advertiser regarding permissions? It seems I'm asking the right questions. This article in the Wall Street Journal describes the circumstances surrounding a criminal investigation into whether smart phone applications transmit information about their users without proper disclosure. Hmmm. Need answers Hmmm is right. It's time to call in the experts. I contacted both Adrienne and William Francis -- Android app developer and fellow TechRepublic writer -- asking them the following questions: Kassner: I had no idea that giving an app certain permissions passes those permissions to the advertiser. Is that spelled out somewhere?
But, the handset quickly became out of stock within hours after the orders went live, especially the gold color version. The shipment date was quickly pushed back to October, and currently resides at 2-3 weeks from now. It seems the supply is still constrained, and will be shorter in the coming weeks, according toPiper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. Munster suggests that iPhone 5S availability has dropped to less than five percent of all iPhone models over the past three weeks. At the time of launch, the highly anticipated iPhone 5S accounted for 27 percent of all iPhone models in stock, which fell drastically because of the high demand. So, the supply will remain scarce over the next few weeks. Munster suggests that the supply might catch up with the high demand in December, a similar scenario was witnessed last year after iPhone 5 launched. Munsters get the data by tracking iPhone 5S supply in 60 US Apple retail stores three times a week. Well, this means that you may get a new iPhone 5S if youre lucky enough, especially the gold color option.
(Call Block) Also By Salvador Rodriguez October 25, 2013, 12:16 p.m. Nothing is more annoying than a telemarketer calling you on your iPhone . Now there is a free app to limit the pestering calls to a mere beep. The Call Block app works by adding an extensive list of telemarketers to the user's iPhone address book so that calls from telemarketers can be set to only ring a soft beep that the user can then ignore. After the app is installed, it will ask the user if it can add three new contacts, each of which contains phone numbers for numerous known telemarketers. Call Block's developers say they have culled thousands of telemarketers' numbers. The user then needs to look up the new contacts that were added and edit them by selecting the type of ringtone he or she wants the phone to sound when a call comes from a telemarketer on the list.
The company may have hoped to replicate the success of its iPod Shuffle, which put an innovative twist on the iPod at a significantly lower price. The 5C, however, "is neither really cheap nor really highly desirable," said Dooley. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. However, in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek last month, Cook said that Apple wants to stay far away from a large "junk" market in smartphones. He doesn't want any Apple phone to viewed as cheap. "We never had an objective to sell a low-cost phone," he told Bloomberg Businessweek. "Our primary objective is to sell a great phone and provide a great experience, and we figured out a way to do it at a lower cost." Apple is trying to maintain its brand image as an exclusive high-end product while it battles Samsung for smartphone supremacy around the world.
This Made for iPhone controller sports the features found on most modern console gamepads. A directional pad and thumbstick are positioned to be handled with the left thumb. Action buttons and a second thumbstick are manipulated with the right thumb. Two shoulder buttons reside along the top edge of the controllerone on the left side, one on the right. There is a pause button. A 18oo mAh battery supplies power. The iPhone neatly nestles in the center of the controller, and the controller, in turn, frees up valuable iPhone screen space.
iPhone 5C, 5S too pricey for Russian shoppers, report says Apple's new high-end iPhone 5S costs about $960 in Russia, while the more modest iPhone 5C will set customers back $800. October 25, 2013 5:39 AM PDT The homepage for Apple's Russia store. (Credit: Apple) Apple's iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S might have some trouble gaining traction in Russia, a new report claims. Speaking to Bloomberg in an interview on Friday, IDC analyst Simon Baker said that "if Apple really wants to compete with Samsung [in Russia], it should've come up with a much lower price for the 5C." According to Baker, Apple is selling the iPhone 5C for $800 in Russia , while the iPhone 5S retails for about $960. Related stories Tweetbot 3 for iPhone gets redesigned and a rise in price Unlike in the US and many other countries around the world, Russia strictly forbids carriers from offering subsidies on smartphones. So when customers pick up a new handset, they need to pay full price. In the United States, by comparison, consumers can buy an iPhone 5C for $100, as long as they sign a two-year agreement with a carrier. Since Russian customers don't have that same opportunity, buying an iPhone becomes cost-prohibitive for many in the country. Apple, which has just 8 percent market share in Russia, has watched its sales in the country slow to a crawl, Baker told Bloomberg.
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