Supergiant Games' Hades Early Access Debut Announced At The Game Awards 2018
Obsidian's new RPG called Outer Worlds, set in new IP
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive adds battle royale mode, goes free-to-play
Google Translate learns to reduce gender bias
The Walking Dead: The Final Season continues January 2019
Apple Kills Affiliate Program for the App Store, Mac App Store
06 August 2018, 03:45 | Casey Mitchell
The announcement comes just over a year after Apple drastically reduced the program's revenue sharing rates for apps, cutting them from seven per cent to 2.5 per cent. Affiliates will still be able to earn revenues through linking to movies, TV shows, music and books within the iTunes Store, as well as to subscription to Apple Music. Even that, it would seem, is too much for impoverished Apple to pay its fans as apps disappear from the agenda as of 1 October 2018. Those who are unaware, the Apple Affiliate Program allows individuals, bloggers, and YouTubers to link an app to blogs and videos and earn a fixed commission if someone buys the app using that link. Apple reduced the rate for in-app purchases from 7% to 2.5% past year and where also going to reduce the app purchase rate to 2.5% but they changed their mind after pressure and protests from publishers.
Apple originally provided a seven percent affiliate rate for apps promoted through the iTunes Affiliate Program, although the company dropped that rate previous year to 2.5 percent for in-app purchases, while reconsidering a decision to do the same for app purchases after publishers pushed back on the idea. As of October 1, no commission will be paid at all as Apple says the App Store does a good enough job of increasing app discovery. The company is maintaining its referral rate of 7% for music, movies, books and TV programs. All other content will remain part of the program.
County Preparing for Hurricane Hector
At 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, the center of Hurricane Hector was located near latitude 14.5 North, longitude 138.6 West. The Kilauea volcano has sent lava and molten rock into neighborhoods in Hawaii's Big Island for three months.
Unexpected dip in Saudi output lifts oil
Fears that Chinese demand could taper fuelled the pullback on Friday after state oil major Sinopec cut its purchases of USA crude. Spot Brent crude oil futures were at $73.42 per barrel at 0653 GMT on Monday, up 21 cents, or 0.3 percent, from their last close.
Oil prices dip sharply on United States inventories
US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of an worldwide nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran has angered Tehran. Iranian officials have warned the country would not easily yield to a renewed US campaign to strangle Iran's vital oil exports.
China Rejects US Request to Cut Iran Oil Imports
Global sanctions were lifted under the agreement between world powers and Tehran in return for its curbs on the nuclear program. IRNA reported that all protests had taken place without official permission and were subsequently broken up by police.