I _love_ Google Photos and the simplicity of it. Let’s hope Apple doesn’t choose to go with 16GB base models for the upcoming iPhone 7.
Evernote has today announced some major changes to its pricing plans for its customers. The company has raised the costs of its Plus and Premium plans, while adding restrictions to its Free plan. Announcing the … Read more →
A mere 5 days before the start of WWDC 2016, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, sat down for an interview with a few media outlets to talk about some major changes coming to the App Store. The upcoming changes would essentially be changing a lot of things about the App Store as we know it, in favor of the developers. More importantly, the changes announced are very likely to change the app economics.
Lauren Goode, reporting for The Verge, writes:
[…] Apple would soon alter its revenue-sharing model for apps. While the well-known 70 / 30 split will remain, developers who are able to maintain a subscription with a customer longer than a year will see Apple’s cut drop down to 15 percent. The option to sell subscriptions will also be available to all developers instead of just a few kinds of apps.
Apple is also going to start showing search ads for apps in its iOS App Store search results for the first time, something the company had previously resisted. “We’ve thought about how to carefully do it in a way that, first and foremost, customers will be happy with,” Schiller says, adding that he believes the ad auction system in App Store search will be “fair to developers, and fair for indie developers, too.”
Finally, Schiller says that the App Store has been speeding up app review times — to the point where 50 percent of submitted apps are now reviewed in 24 hours, and 90 percent are reviewed within 48 hours.
It’s interesting that Apple decided to talk to the media five days before the WWDC. We’re not even more excited to know what they have in store for the actual keynote and in the sessions that follow.
Twitterrific — one of the oldest and most popular 3rd-party Twitter clients was today updated to Version 5.14.4 that introduces a major change in the app, one that’s aimed at ensuring its continued development. The Iconfactory has introduced what they’re calling the ‘Ollie’s Tip Jar’ — a way for users to donate money towards its development. Talking about the change on the company blog, Gedeon Maheux writes:
Since it’s launch in December of 2012, Twitterrific has been updated over 40 times – all for free. Rather than stopping development on Twitterrific version 5 and launching an all-new paid version 6, we’ve decided to include the Tip Jar in the hopes that users who enjoy and love the app will give generously so we can continue to provide updates.
There are five levels of tips available ranging from Chickadee (99¢) all the way up to Peacock ($19.99). Once you donate, the jar removes itself from the app’s sidebar for 30 days and then returns, quietly waiting for your spontaneous generosity at some point in the future.
This isn’t the only change in this version though. The timelines in the app now have a nifty search field at the top to filter tweets or terms, and there are other bug fixes and improvements to VoiceOver and Notification Center features.
Twitterrific 5.x is available Free on the App Store with an IAP that unlocks advanced features for just $4.99.
Twitterrific is one of the crispiest iOS apps out there and has had some phenomenal design and dev talent behind it.
Dropbox today has shared some very technical details about its upcoming Project Infinite that it announced last month. The company that crossed 500 Million users will be introduced Project Infinite as a way to store virtually unlimited content on your Dropbox account, without it taking up space on your local machine.
Detailing the tech behind the project, Dropbox’s Damien DeVille writes:
Traditionally, Dropbox operated entirely in user space as a program just like any other on your machine. With Dropbox Infinite, we’re going deeper: into the kernel—the core of the operating system. With Project Infinite, Dropbox is evolving from a process that passively watches what happens on your local disk to one that actively plays a role in your filesystem. We have invested the better part of two years making all the pieces fit together seamlessly. This post is a glimpse into our journey.
The project seemed really interesting when it was announced, but I’m not sure I’m letting Dropbox anywhere near my kernel.
Spotify, the popular music streaming service and Apple Music’s direct competitor has today announced new pricing for their Family Plan. Starting today, Spotify’s Family Plan will be available at $14.99 a month (similar to Apple Music’s pricing) and will now include six total users instead of five.
Just in time for summer, we’re happy to share that starting today, Spotify Family Plan now provides families with up to six individual Spotify Premium accounts for only $14.99 a month (or local pricing).
Already on the Family Plan? Don’t worry, you still get everything you’ve come to love! Your Family Plan still includes separate accounts, your own playlists, personal recommendations and offline listening, but now at a better price, updated from your next payment date, and the ability to add even more family members to the same plan.
You can sign up for this pricing model right away.
Weirdly enough, this new pricing has been rolled out across all the countries where Spotify is available, except Canada.
There’s an interesting announcement coming from the way of Dropbox today — a new technology preview called Project Infinite. Project Infinite will enable users to seamlessly and securely access all their Dropbox files from the … Read more →
Opera — one of the most popular multi-platform browsers out there has today announced that the Opera Developer browser now ships with a built-in VPN. The Opera Developer browser the developer channel of the standard … Read more →