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oDesk Launches iPhone Application and API CenterTools for Work to Happen Anywhere (September 30, 2009)
MENLO PARK, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/30/09 -- oDesk, the leading marketplace for online workteams, today announced the availability of the oDesk iPhone Application which allows users to manage their online workteams in real-time, with greater control and flexibility, from anywhere in the world.
The oDesk iPhone App is available for free in the Apple App Store, and allows registered oDesk users to view their team rooms and work diaries. Accessible from the iPhone and iPod Touch (when connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi), and designed for both buyers and providers, the oDesk iPhone App gives users literal visibility of their online workteam no matter where they are. The oDesk iPhone App allows users to:
* See all providers in their team rooms, grouped by current work status -- Working Now, Worked in the Last 24 Hours, Other
* View each team member's latest work memo, local time, 24-hour work sparkline, and latest snapshot
* Check complete work diaries including memos, full-size snapshots, activity indicator, billing status, timestamp, and active window for any date
"In today's world, work is no longer tied to a single location -- it happens anywhere on the Web, anywhere in the world," said Gary Swart, oDesk CEO. "The oDesk iPhone Application brings management of your online workteam anywhere you are."
Want to see the oDesk iPhone App in action? Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm0wtBIJWy0
Ready to download? The oDesk iPhone App is available at: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=329377606&mt=8 (opens in iTunes)
The oDesk iPhone App was built by leveraging oDesk APIs recently released in the oDesk API Center. Through the public beta of the open, standards-based API Center, oDesk users can now access oDesk data with greater control and flexibility from anywhere.
"The access and support we found through the oDesk API Center was fundamental in developing the oDesk iPhone application," said Khurram Samad from GenITeam, an oDesk provider who developed the oDesk iPhone Application. "oDesk gave us the tools to turn the vision into reality."
The oDesk API Center is a collection of six oDesk APIs that give users access to oDesk functionality and content anywhere they choose. The APIs available are:
-- Authentication - Allows for login/logout functionality to be implemented from outside the oDesk site. -- Provider Search - Facilitates the searching of oDesk provider data. -- Provider Profile - Returns detailed profile information about a provider or list of providers. -- Team - Provides multi-directional interaction capabilities with the oDesk Team and its members. -- Work Diary - This method retrieves all screenshots captured from a user account within a single day. -- Get Snapshot - Retrieves one or more snapshots of activity from a user account in a company's team at defined points in time.
"By opening the oDesk API Center, we're encouraging developers and managers to create custom workspaces that shape existing oDesk tools to fit their specific needs," Swart said.
The oDesk API is implemented using a REST web service interface that is available to developers looking to build oDesk functionality and content into custom applications. Aiming to build a cohesive and community-based approach to customizing oDesk tools, the oDesk API shares a common token authentication system that allows seamless access between products and services. Visit the oDesk API Center at: http://developers.odesk.com/
About oDesk Corporation
oDesk (www.oDesk.com) is the leading marketplace for online workteams with the best business model for both buyers and providers:
For buyers: Guaranteed work -- every hour billed is an hour worked. Screen captures of each provider's desktop taken at random intervals enable buyers to audit the hours and work completed so they have confidence every hour billed by a remote team member is an hour worked. This capability also enables the buyer to collaborate more closely and re-direct the provider if necessary, much like you do when you manage by walking around your office.
For providers: Guaranteed payment -- every hour worked is an hour paid, without the hassle of invoicing or slow-paying clients, making oDesk the preferred marketplace for 350,000+ professional contractors including software engineers, web developers, graphic designers, writers, researchers, administrators, and customer service agents.
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