Google Follows Apple And Slashes Play Store Fees

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Google is reducing the fees it takes from developers in the Play Store, CNBC reported. It is dropping the cut it takes from subscriptions from 30 percent to 15 from day one. The move from Google follows similar ones made by Apple.

Google also said on Thursday that it was introducing a program to allow e-books, music streaming services, and other apps that pay for content to access fees as low as 10%. Apple doesn’t make exceptions for those kind of apps and doesn’t offer a 10% fee to developers in its app store. Apple, which has received more regulator attention over its app store than Google, over the past two years cut its take from 30% to 15% in many cases, including for apps making less than $1 million per year, news apps, and certain premium video streamers that participate in an Apple program. But Apple still charges 30% for the first year of a subscription, meaning that Google’s app store may be more competitive for subscription-based apps.

 

The Slow Mo Guys Look at iPhone 13's 120hz ProMotion Display

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

The Slow Mo Guys are back with a new episode, and they compare the 120hz ProMotion display of the iPhone 13 Pro models to a 60hz display. The video was shot at 2,000 fps. The team shows the screen’s refresh rate in various apps as well as the camera feed. The iPhone 13 Pro refresh rate changes depending on what’s on the screen in order to save battery.

'Prizmo 5' Scanner From Creaceed Adds Apple Pencil Support

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Prizmo 5.5 is an important update that brings document annotation with pencil or finger, dithering processing for black and white images, compatibility with iOS 15 & important bug fixes. Features include: Powerful annotation engine that works with Apple Pencil, capacitive pencils or finger. Annotate papers, fill out forms, or sign documents. Markup is stored in editable form (can be updated or even removed at any time). Markup is compatible with iOS and iPadOS. It requires iOS 14 or later.

‘Prizmo 5’ Scanner From Creaceed Adds Apple Pencil Support

Making Classic Sci-Fi Effects on iPhone 13

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

In a new video, Dong Hoon J. and James T. of Incite use the iPhone 13 to recreate a range of classic sci-fi effects. They use a range of camera functionality, including Cinematic Mode. The final results are pretty spectacular.

The Associated Press Brings Datasets to Blockchain Through Chainlink

· Andrew Orr · Link

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The Associated Press announced a partnership with Chainlink to bring datasets onto leading blockchains.

AP U.S. race calls, economic data, sports game outcomes and business financials will be available. The data can be used to automate key processes that happen on-chain, including informing markets of election race calls, triggering an on-chain trade when a company’s quarterly financials are released, or augmenting the appearance of non-fungible tokens based on real-world events.

iOS 15 Wallet Tip: Expired Passes

· Dave Hamilton & John F. Braun · Video Tip

Find your expired concert tickets, plane tickets, and more in the Expired Passes section of your iOS 15 Wallet. Learn more in this mini-segment from Mac Geek Gab 894.

'Sky: Children of Light' Game Celebrates Halloween With New Content

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Just in time to celebrate the spookiest season of the year, thatgamecompany is bringing back its ‘Days of Mischief’ event for a three-week in-game Halloween experience in Sky: Children of the Light. Filled with playful pranks and surprising shenanigans, ‘Days of Mischief’ looks to create a delightfully immersive experience full of lasting memories. Players can look forward to the addition of an eerie new area, gathering around the bubbling Enchantment Cauldron, broom-riding, new costumes, spells, and so much more. The studio also recently debuted its newest seasonal adventure; ‘Season of Flight’ – encouraging players to take wing and get a deeper look into the world of Sky. Set in a cloudy expansion of the Hidden Forest realm, Season of Flight explores themes of harmony with the cast of new characters and the Light Creatures who fly alongside them.

‘Sky: Children of Light’ Game Celebrates Halloween With New Content

Is Apple Product Design Better Without Sir Jony Ive?

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive

It’s a heretical thought for some but…has Apple product design actually got better since Sir Jony Ive left? Writing for Bloomberg Businessweek, Alex Webb argues that devices now focus on function rather than form, to the benefit of the user.

Evans Hankey, who now heads the industrial design team, has overseen plenty of other tweaks that seem to indicate a change of philosophy. Take the iPhone. The latest iterations have ditched the curved edges that made the display liable to crack if dropped on its side. Or the Apple TV remote, whose symmetry made it visually appealing, but meant that users often inadvertently pressed the wrong buttons by holding it upside down. The design was revamped in May. “Since Jony Ive left, there’s not that gravitational force driving aesthetic before function,” Paul Found, a lecturer in industrial design at the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury, England. “Those who have taken over are now listening to what customers are saying.”

It Costs Another US$20 to Get Fast Charging For The New 14-Inch MacBook Pro

· Charlotte Henry · Link

2021 MacBook Pro

Apple has mentioned faster charging when launching a variety of devices recently, including the new 14-inch MacBook Pro, However, as iMore pointed out, getting the feature will cost a little bit extra on top of the standard configuration.

Thankfully, the 96W power adapter is available as a $20 upgrade when you are configuring your 14-inch MacBook Pro, but it still seems odd that Apple would bother with the 67W power adapter at all since it doesn’t provide the full experience that its new laptop is capable of. The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros feature the new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors, Apple’s latest pro-level chips that take the M1 to new heights. The new laptops feature a mini-LED display, MagSafe charging, a new keyboard with function keys, and the return of many ports.

Finding the Best iPad mini Case

· Jeff Butts · Deep Dive

With so many options, how do you find the best iPad mini case? Here are a few top choices, from standard folio to wraparound protection.