Apple is fighting Russia’s decision to let developers promote alternative payments

Apple is requesting a judicial review of Russia’s decision that developers must be allowed to promote alternative payment options.

In August, the country’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) issued a warning to Apple that clause 3.1 of the App Store Guidelines – which prohibits iOS app developers from informing in-app users about the possibility to pay for their purchases outside the App Store – breaches Russian antimonopoly legislation.

FAS gave Apple until 30...

AWS launches Amplify Studio for low-code development

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched Amplify Studio, a low-code solution enabling developers to rapidly build cloud apps.

The solution extends the existing Amplify service for building web and mobile apps with a simple drag-and-drop interface.

Kurt Kufeld, VP of AWS Platform at AWS, said:

“Developers love using AWS Amplify because it makes it easier to build a scalable web application backend powered by AWS, and they often tell us that they wish that we...

JetBrains announces Fleet next-gen IDE, support for remote coding

Software development tools company JetBrains has made two major new announcements.

The first announcement is an early preview of its next-generation IDE called Fleet.

Fleet is a lightweight IDE that is designed to be ready-to-use without much additional configuration. JetBrains promises Fleet will be “ready in a second” for simple tasks but its full environment – including the IntelliJ code-processing engine – can be accessed “with a single...

Kuo: Apple will launch its AR/VR headset next year with ‘Mac-level’ power

Renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple’s long-rumoured AR/VR headset will debut next year with “Mac-level” power.

A research note from Kuo seen by MacRumours suggests the device will feature two processors to support its capabilities.

One processor is said to be similar to Apple’s debut in-house silicon, the M1. This chip will handle the device’s more demanding tasks.

A second, lower-end processor will be used to handle sensor...

Niantic gets additional support for building the metaverse as valuation hits $9B

Niantic is emerging as a key player in building the metaverse and investors are keen to get in on the action.

Tech-focused investment firm Coatue has invested $300 million in Niantic, bringing the company’s valuation to $9 billion.

Matt Mazzeo, a General Partner at Coatue, said:

“Niantic is building a platform for AR based on a 3D map of the world that we believe will play a critical role in the next transition in computing.

We are excited to partner...

WearOS rocketed from ~4% of the smartwatch market to 17% in Q3 2021

WearOS got the booster shot it needed from the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4.

Google’s smartwatch operating system has struggled for years to gain traction against not only the might of Apple’s WatchOS but also rival platforms from the likes of Huawei, Fitbit, Amazfit, Garmin, and even Samsung.

Samsung was an early supporter of WearOS but eventually gave up on the platform and switched to its own Tizen-based alternative. Earlier this year, a surprise joint...

Huawei Student Developers Program aims to nurture the next generation of talent

The Huawei Student Developers (HSD) program is expanding to the UK following its success in China.

HSD initially launched in China in 2019. The program is designed to help students on their respective journeys to becoming tomorrow’s tech pioneers.

Over the weekend, Huawei held an event in London with around 100 attendees to mark the expansion of HSD to the UK. The event featured a keynote speech, panel discussion, a “TechTalk”, and offered advice to students on how...

GitHub Octoverse 2021: Developer diversity is increasing, code is shipping faster than ever

The 2021 edition of GitHub’s annual Octoverse report highlights a welcome increase in the diversity of the developer community alongside many other interesting trends.

According to the report, almost 60 percent of active GitHub users are now distributed outside North America. The world’s largest repo service is seeing the fastest user growth in Indonesia, Brazil, India, Russia, Japan, Germany, Canada, the UK, and China.

Developers are both writing and shipping code...

Developers can now add real-time analytics to Azure Digital Twins

ScaleOut Software is extending its Digital Twin Streaming Service to add real-time analytics to Azure Digital Twins.

The company’s Digital Twin Streaming Service is used for deploying digital twins on a highly scalable, in-memory computing platform in the cloud.

Several real-time components have been added as part of the new integration with Azure Digital Twins. For example, rather than require the use of Azure’s serverless functions, the new extensions enable...

Unity is buying Peter Jackson’s visual effects company for $1.6B

Unity has announced that it’s entered a definitive agreement to acquire Peter Jackson’s visual effects company Weta Digital for $1.6 billion.

Weta Digital has worked on hit films including Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Wonder Woman, and Black Widow. Unity says its acquisition will “democratise” Weta’s powerful tools to make them available for more creators.

“Weta Digital’s pipeline represents the most complete toolchain for 3D creation, simulation, and...