I’m a strong believer that the indie developers are where the innovation comes from, not to mention the next generation of experts on the platform, and that it makes sense to invest in supporting them beyond what the revenue their apps will return through sales on the platform, but in all honesty, the revenue numbers and analytics make that a tough sell, and Apple is likely in that place where there are 300 proposals on the project list for the next year, and resources for 50 of them, so how do you choose which ones make the cut?
Rene Ritchie, in What no indie developer wants to hear about the App Store, writes:
Big apps get all the attention these days, just like big movie, music, or book releases — or big toy releases — and indies get what little is left, when there’s even a little left. The App Store is big business, and that’s how big business works. Only our nostalgia keeps us thinking otherwise. Just like our nostalgia for the corner store in the age of online and big box.
On this same subject, Ben Thompson’s Why doesn’t Apple enable sustainable businesses on the app store? is worth a re-read.
Obviously some companies are doing well — such as Omni, where I work — selling productivity apps on the App Store.
And indies would do better than they are right now — possibly much better — if the App Store had trial versions, upgrade pricing, and a faster and better review process. (And the Mac App Store should make sandboxing either less onerous or, preferably, optional.) (And — since I’m listing the ponies I want — it would help if Apple took something like 10% rather than 30%.)
But a couple other things are true:
There was never a golden age for indie iOS developers. It was easier earlier on, but it was never golden. (Yes, some people made money, and some are today. I don’t mean that there were zero successes.)
And there’s a good chance that many of the people you currently think of as thriving iOS indie developers are making money in other ways: contracting, podcast ads, Mac apps, etc.
I agree with Brent on a lot of points here. As an indie app developer, there are moments when you wish some things were done differently.
As expected, it will be a small event on Apple’s Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino…
Former Google CEO and current Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was in South Korea for a press event this week, where he was spotted taking pictures of the event using an Apple iPhone instead of a Google Android handset. […]
While the sight of Schmidt using an iPhone, and not an Android device, may come as a surprise to some, it’s not entirely unexpected — Schmidt continued to use a BlackBerry well after the launch of Android, candidly admitting he preferred the handset’s physical keyboard.
Wonder what the story will end up being here…
I have exciting news for developers everywhere: I am proud to announce that Microsoft has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Xamarin. We are thrilled to join the team at Microsoft when the transaction closes.
We founded Xamarin more than 4 years ago with the mission to make native mobile development fast, easy, and fun and to help C# developers build beautiful mobile apps and reach billions of devices. We love the native iOS, Android, and Mac APIs and we love C#, and this acquisition is an ideal next step for us and for our customers.
Since we started Xamarin in 2011, the company has grown to more than 350 people around the world, thousands of customers, and tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue. We have created amazing products to help developers build, test, and monitor their apps. Our company has thrived and I am so proud of what this team has accomplished.
To all Xamarins, thank you for the hard work and dedication that got us to this point. To our customers, thank you for your trust and faith in us. We wouldn’t be here today without you and we’ll continue to serve you at every step in your mobile journey.
This acquisition is a new beginning for Xamarin—the company and its products—and is an opportunity to help many, many more developers build great apps. Like many of you, I see Microsoft and Xamarin as a perfect fit. Microsoft’s mobile-first, cloud-first strategy is a great match for the Xamarin products and team. Check out Scott Guthrie’s blog post to get his perspective.
This is a move that surprised no one, other than to ask why it took so long to finally happen.
For those who don’t know, Xamirin is an IDE that let’s you write native iOS, Android, and desktop apps.
Andrea Shalal, reporting for Reuters:
Eric Schmidt, the former chief executive officer of Google, will head a new Pentagon advisory board aimed at bringing Silicon Valley innovation and best practices to the U.S. military, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday. Carter unveiled the new Defense Innovation Advisory Board with Schmidt during the annual RSA cyber security conference in San Francisco, saying it would give the Pentagon access to “the brightest technical minds focused on innovation.”
Schmidt, now the executive chairman of Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), the parent company of Google, said the board would help bridge what he called a clear gap between how the U.S. military and the technology industry operate.
Speaking to journalists at the Geneva auto show, Marchionne said there was sufficient capacity available among car makers to deal with Apple’s requirements and it would make more sense for them to partner with a car manufacturer rather than become an actor itself in such a “complex business”.
“If they have any urges to make a car, I’d advise them to lie down and wait until the feeling passes,” Marchionne told journalists. “Illnesses like this come and go, you will recover from them, they’re not lethal.”
Phone companies had the same opinion when Apple decided to go from making computers to making phones, and we all know how that turned out don’t we?
Mark Cuban, from his blog:
In the event Apple loses the current case to the FBI, setting a precedent that they can be compelled to unlock phones for the FBI and other government agencies, each and every defendant in such cases will have the assistance of counsel for their defense. What do you expect every defense lawyer to do in order to protect their client who has had a phone opened ?
Once the phone is “cracked” by Apple or any device or Operating System developer, whatever is found by the FBI or whatever government agency is involved, is going to be labeled “planted” or false evidence.
This is an interesting argument…
Small theatres are dying, with the rise of newer, more 3d, more loud theatres, they just can’t survive.
One of my favourite theatres in this valley just announced it will be finally closing this year. (It’s the one in the picture above).
It opened in 1949 and aside from an upgrade to convert two cinemas into one larger screen, it’s stayed going since.
Over the past few years, thanks to being near three large multiplex theatres, two of which are owned by the same company, this theatre has survived by mostly playing indie style movies mixed with some more popular movies after they came out.
It’s now been sold and the new owners have plans for it that don’t involve a movie theatre. Talk is most likely a restaurant of some sort.
When I first moved to Kelowna in 2000, that theatre was the closest to where I lived at the time, and I took in many movies there, it’ll be sad to see it go, but interesting to see what will come next.
Shawarma is one of my favourite foods, but there is a lack of good places to get decent shawarma around here so I make my own.
I probably take it a step further with my own Tzatiki, so if you prefer to buy your own, you can skip steps 2 and 3.
What you need
- 2/3 cup greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
- tsp lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 cucumber, grated
- 1 tsp fresh dill, chopped
- 2 pieces (60 g) naan bread
- 1 small tomato, sliced horizontally
- 1/2 red onion, sliced horizontally
- x2 5.5 oz (150 g each) beef steaks
- salt + pepper to taste
How to make it
- Place a frying pan on your stove and turn it on to warm up.
- In a blender, combine the yogurt, oil, the lemon juice, and the garlic.
- Once they’re well combined, mix the grated cucumber and most of the dill into the mixture by hand – that’s your Tzatiki.
- Season and cook the steaks – heating each side for upwards of 3 minutes depending on how well done you’d like it to be.
- Let the steaks sit a little while, then spread the Tzatiki on the breads, place each steak on top of the bread, top with a few slices of tomato and red onion and sprinkle the remaining dill on top. Enjoy