Apple puts its weight behind Blender as it becomes a “Patron”

Developers who use Blender for creating 3D models will be pleased to know Apple has put its weight behind the popular software.

Apple has joined the Blender Development Fund as a “Patron” which means the Cupertino giant will support the future success of the software.

In an announcement, The Blender Foundation said that Apple will also “provide engineering expertise and additional resources to the Blender HQ and development community to help support Blender artists...

Google is ditching Material Design components on iOS

Google is ditching Material Design components on iOS in favour of Apple’s own UIKit.

Material Design was introduced by Google in 2014 with the aim of unifying the company’s products across platforms and form factors. It uses tactile surfaces, bold graphic design, and fluid motion to create beautiful, intuitive experiences for users.

https://youtu.be/Q8TXgCzxEnw

According to Jeff Verkoeyen, Engineering Lead for Google Design on Apple’s platforms, the company...

Windows Subsystem for Linux is now delivered via the Microsoft Store

Anyone wanting to use Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) should now grab it from the Microsoft Store.

WSL enables Linux binary executables to be run natively on Windows 10, 11, and Server 2019.

The compatibility layer was previously obtained through the ‘Turn Windows Features on or off’ dialogue, which required a machine restart.

By decoupling WSL’s binaries from the Windows image and making it available via the Microsoft Store, Redmond says it will help...

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...

SmartBear releases its 2021 State of Software Quality | API survey

SmartBear has debuted the 2021 edition of its State of Software Quality | API survey report.

The company has been releasing its report since 2016 so has accrued deep insights that are valuable to the development industry. This year’s report features responses from over 1,600 global API professionals and spans more than 17 different industries.

The headline takeaway is that just over half (51%) of respondents started creating APIs in the last five years—indicating...

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.

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Gitpod unveils OpenVSCode, a cloud-based IDE ‘free from Microsoft’s control’

Gitpod has unveiled OpenVSCode, an open-source project that makes the IDE accessible in the browser “free from Microsoft’s control”.

Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code (VS Code) is free, open-source, and is one of the world’s most popular IDEs. VS Code supports the development of mobile, desktop, and web applications and games using languages including Python, C++, Node.JS, ASP.Net, and more.

A browser-based version of VS Code was launched as part of GitHub...

‘Massive’ Swift 5.5 release fixes ‘pyramid of doom’ and more

Apple has debuted Swift 5.5, a “massive” release that fixes its “pyramid of doom” issue among introducing other major changes.

An issue with how Swift previously handled concurrency meant that a “pyramid of doom” of difficult-to-follow nested calls would occur when a developer wrote several asynchronous operations.

Swift language inventor Chris Lattner had previously acknowledged that error handling gets ugly “because Swift's natural error handling...