Google has outlined a new rewards system for users of its Local Guides program. Regular reviewers will earn points for contributing to Google Maps, with redeemable rewards ranging from early access to Google products to 1TB of free cloud storage via Google drive. Users who reach the level 5 points threshold will even be invited to attend the 2016 Google Local Guides summit at the Google Campus.
Google is offering the following rewards:
Level 1 (0 – 4 points): Enter exclusive contests (think new Google devices!) in select countries.
Level 2 (5 – 49 points): Get early access to new Google products and features.
Level 3 (50 – 199 points): Show up in the Google Maps app with your official Local Guides badge.
Level 4 (200 – 499 points): Receive a free 1 TB upgrade of your Drive storage, allowing you to keep all the stories, photos, and videos from your travels in one safe place.
Level 5 (500+ points): The very top Local Guides will become eligible to apply to attend our inaugural summit in 2016, where you’ll be able to meet other top Guides from around the world, explore the Google campus, and get the latest info about Google Maps. Look out for details early next year.
Progress can be tracked via the ‘Contributions’ tab on the Google Maps for Android and iOS.
Google is known for rewarding its fans and developers who find and provide fixes to its Android operating system. Through its reward system, Google ensures that bugs are found and dealt with accordingly. Through its open-source nature, Android provides a lot of potential for both development and hacking.
The Android Security Rewards has been made for developers to submit any code that won’t fall into other rewards program covered by Google. The company is interested in AOSP, OEM, kernel and TrustZone OS bugs, but firmware bugs can also be submitted if they pose a potential security risk for the Android OS.
The new rewards program currently covers only two devices, namely the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, but Google says it will add more in the future. Bugs that qualify for the latter devices should fall into the moderate, high or critical area, so if you find a complex bug or just a text misspelled wrong, they won’t qualify.
As far as rewards are concerned, Google offers between $500 and $2,000, depending on the bug severity and how well it is documented and/or patched. For example, Google will reward anyone who submits a critical bug, the patch and CTS test with up to $8,000. Also, Google offers a larger sum of money for functional bugs as follows:
An exploit or chain of exploits leading to kernel compromise from an installed app or with physical access to the device will get up to an additional $10,000. Going through a remote or proximal attack vector can get up to an additional $20,000.
An exploit or chain of exploits leading to TEE (TrustZone) or Verified Boot compromise from an installed app or with physical access to the device will get up to an additional $20,000. Going through a remote or proximal attack vector can get up to an additional $30,000.
If you like a challenge that would potentially bring you a lot of cash, you can head over to Google’s Android Rewards page here and see more details.
Amazon is rolling out a brand new store card that gives holders that are Prime members 5% cash back on eligible Amazon.com purchases. The card is different than the current popular Amazon Rewards Visa from Chase, which does not offer the 5% cash back.
The new Amazon.com store card also gives holders the options of 5% cash back in the form of statement credit or 0% financing on purchases more than $149. The store card does not have an annual fee, is backed by Synchrony Bank and comes with fraud protection for piece of mind. The holder must have their own Prime membership to be eligible for the cash back, as being an invited guest on a Prime account will not count. This card will be a good choice for those users who use Amazon Prime frequently and pay off cards every month, as it does carry a 25.99% APR. Signing up for the card and being approved will get you a free $40 gift card to make the deal even better.
The only items that are not eligible are “Amazon Prime memberships, digital newspaper and magazine subscriptions, games and software downloads“, as stated by Amazon.
Having put $5 million in a new rewards program that gives games, hardware and discounts to players using AMD’s Gaming Evolved program. That’s a lot of $$$ spent, but if it gets players to use the software, it would be a good investment. But that’s a big ‘IF’.
For those who do not know what Gaming Evolved is, the software provided by AMD is powered by the Raptr gaming social media software, providing optimized configuration settings for games, automatic driver downloads, streaming capabilities, as well as social networking features. It is similar to NVIDIA’s counterpart, the GeForce Experience application, both having a crucial difference between gaming optimizations based on hardware.
GeForce Experience relies on testing conducted in Nvidia’s labs, while Raptr draws on crowdsourced data obtained from its users. Expanding the size of that user base should improve the quality of Raptr’s recommendations, which helps to explain why AMD has pledged a substantial sum as part of this new incentive program.
In terms of AMD’s Rewards system, the software is said to generate points for gamers using the application for “posting quality content to the community, connecting with other games, and discovering new community features.” The points can be used to redeem hardware such as Sapphire Radeon R7 260X, R9 270, and R9 270X graphics cards in addition to a bunch of older games from AMD’s Never Settle bundles.