Apple appeals to delay App Store change following Epic’s single court victory

Apple has filed an appeal for a stay on an injunction following the firm’s court battle with Epic Games.

The injunction forces Apple to enable developers to direct users to payment methods away from the App Store. It’s an important change that means developers can avoid paying Apple a significant portion of their profits (despite a recent cut from 30 percent to 15 percent for most developers.)

“Epic believes that you have a right to save money thanks to using more...

Apple set to be charged with being anti-competitive by the EU for limiting NFC

The EU is reportedly set to charge Apple for being anti-competitive due to locking down how its NFC technology can be used.

EU antitrust regulators opened an investigation into Apple Pay in June last year over concerns that it unfairly shuts out competitors and gives Apple’s own service an advantage.

According to Reuters’ sources, the EU is currently drafting objections which are due to be sent to Apple next year.

Apple takes a notoriously “walled...

Nintendo denies handing out 4K Switch development kits

Nintendo has been forced to refute a Bloomberg report that it provided 4K-capable Switch development kits to select gaming studios.

This week, Bloomberg reported that at least 11 developers – including Zynga – were given kits to develop 4K resolution games for unannounced Switch hardware.

Following the report, Nintendo tweeted:

https://twitter.com/NintendoCoLtd/status/1443366440183074819

It’s a rare denial that has probably been issued out of concern...

Appwrite raises $10M to build its open-source Firebase rival as community grows by 40,000

Appwrite has raised $10 million to build its open-source rival to Google’s Firebase amid rapid developer community growth.

The open-source Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS) provider raised the cash via two successive seed funding rounds led first by Ibex Investors and Seed Camp and followed by Bessemer Venture Partners and Flybridge Capital Partners.

Flybridge is a particularly interesting investor as the firm was an early investor in Firebase back in 2013.

Uri...

Cardano tops blockchain dev activity for second year, Avalanche witnesses explosive growth

Outlier Ventures has released its blockchain development trends report for Q2 2020/21 and it highlights growing interest around the “Ethereum killers”.

Ethereum is the original smart contract platform and, to this day, hosts the largest number of decentralised applications. With a market cap of $408.3 billion, it’s the second-largest cryptocurrency behind Bitcoin ($893.5 billion).

However, Ethereum continues to be plagued by slow transaction speeds and high fees....

Epic Games scores for developers in Apple court case

Epic Games has scored for developers in its court battle against Apple over what it considers to be monopolistic App Store policies.

The gaming behemoth took Apple to court following the removal of Fortnite from the App Store. Apple justified its decision as being due to Epic Games breaking App Store policy and using its own billing system.

While smaller developers are now subject to handing a slightly fairer 15 percent cut of sales to Apple, larger developers like Epic...

Linus Torvalds: GitHub creates ‘absolutely useless garbage’ merges

Linux and Git creator Linus Torvalds has criticised GitHub for creating “absolutely useless garbage merges”.

Torvalds’ comment can be viewed in an archive of a Linux development mailing list and was directed at Konstantin Komarov, Founder and CEO of Paragon Software, about the submission of its read-write NTFS driver for the upcoming 5.15 kernel.

“github creates absolutely useless garbage merges, and you should never ever use the github interfaces to merge...

Stack Overflow: Cloud migration ‘skyrockets’ following pandemic

Stack Overflow’s second pulse survey focuses on the cloud and highlights a migration acceleration of three to four years following the pandemic.

It’s a well-known fact that some of the biggest technological and societal advancements happened in times of global chaos, often from sheer necessity. While the pandemic brought much tragedy and grief that no-one wants to repeat, there were at least some silver linings in terms of accelerating digital...

Developers appear to be losing interest in macOS

Analysis conducted by Appfigures suggests that developers are losing interest in macOS.

The number of Mac app releases has been on a steady decline for years, but Appfigures has noted a rapid decrease in recent months that shows no sign of slowing:

In 2020, developers released 392 apps on average per month. In 2021, that’s dropped to 343 per month.

Appfigures isn’t too optimistic about the outlook going forward and forecasts a drop to the low 200s for...

HUMAN partners with InMobi to help tackle in-app ad fraud

Cybersecurity firm HUMAN Security has partnered with mobile advertising giant InMobi to help tackle fraudulent behaviour.

Mobile is projected to account for 75 percent of global ad spend by the end of 2021—offering huge opportunities for the industry, but also making it a major target for cybercriminals.

Kunal Nagpal, SVP and General Manager of the Publisher Platform and Exchange at InMobi, said:

“InMobi is committed to transparency, trust-based...