Apple Now Letting Developers Enroll for Reduced 15% App Store Fees

Apple in November announced a new App Store Small Business Program that lowers App Store fees for small business owners and independent developers to 15 percent, down from the standard 30 percent. The program is set to launch on January 1, 2021, and as of today, eligible developers are able to sign up.

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Apple has launched an App Store Small Business Program website that has all of the information that developers need to know, along with signup tools. The program is open to all developers who earn less than $1 million from the ‌App Store‌ in a calendar year, which applies to 98 percent of developers, according to a recent analysis.

When initially announcing the program, Apple promised to provide developers with more information, and has today done so through the ‌App Store‌ Small Business Program website. The site walks through the basics of how it works, answering questions about

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Egg Harbor convenience store sold for new condo and retail development

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EGG HARBOR – The way is clear for a new condominium/retail mixed-use development downtown, after the sale of a longstanding business and its 97-year-old stone building was recently finalized.

Mueller’s Mini Mart convenience store is now closed, and its building will be retained and upgraded following its sale to The Residences of Egg Harbor, LLC, a consortium of four brokers and developers with Creative Business Services/CBS-Global in Green Bay.

Developers Tom Martin, Michael Schwantes and Bob Wolter of Green Bay-based Creative Business Services/CBS-Global completed their purchase of Mueller’s Mini Mart convenience store in Egg Harbor, with plans to redevelop the property into condominiums and retail space under the name The Residences of Egg Harbor. Shown from left in front of the store are Bob Mueller, Jr., Schwantes, Mary Mueller, Wolter and Martin. (Photo: Courtesy Creative Building Services)

The original proposal for The Residences, announced in January, called for a

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Two games standout among Apple’s App Store Best of 2020 winners

It’s awards season for the video game industry, and one of the first announcements out of the gate comes from Apple, which unveiled its App Store Best of 2020 winners. The honors highlight coders who have created programs that have “proved to be essential for making life, easier, healthier and more connected” in a year that’s been upended by the coronavirus pandemic.

The iPhone Game of the Year was “Genshin Impact,” a console-quality title that happens to play well on mobile devices. The Chinese developer, miHoYo, read the tea leaves early and realized that the devices in players’ pockets would soon be able to push out visuals and gameplay equal to what they see on their living room televisions. As point of fact, “Genshin Impact” also released on PlayStation 4 and PC, showing that the hardware gap between the two devices is closing. The game can also be played across

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Kubernetes will deliver the app store experience for enterprise software, says Weaveworks CEO

Commentary: Google Cloud, Red Hat, and now AWS are serving up Kubernetes in a way that will make it dramatically easier to deploy and consume enterprise software, says the CEO of Weaveworks.

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As consumers, we’re used to getting and installing apps via Apple’s App Store or Google Play. As enterprise buyers, we undergo Dante’s nine circles of hell just to get garbage cobbled together by an overpriced systems integrator. Or we used to, until Kubernetes came along.

Talking to Alexis Richardson, CEO of Weaveworks, which popularized GitOps, a new way to operate and manage Kubernetes in production. The reason enterprises have missed the “app store moment” is because “everybody’s infrastructure has been different for so long.” He went on, “Containers are the way to solve that problem because they provide the next level of abstraction to encapsulate applications.” Containers come close to this app store

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South Korean convenience store chain to offer robot delivery

SEOUL, Dec. 1 (UPI) — A South Korean convenience store chain has announced plans to launch a robot delivery service, as the COVID-19 pandemic pushes the service industry to go contactless.

GS Retail, which runs the ubiquitous GS25 convenience store brand, announced Monday the robot service would be rolled out at its outlet in western Seoul.

“So many South Korean conglomerates and startups are working on the technologies related to delivery robots,” said Choi Sung-lok of the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute. “Technical development and social change will bring about more delivery robots.”

Customers will make orders through an instant messenger, triggering a store clerk to place products on the robot while inputting the destination and the customer’s mobile phone number.

Then the 4.3-foot-tall robot will carry the items to the customer, who can unlock a drawer on the robot’s body by typing a PIN after getting a message that

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Apple hires venture capitalist Josh Elman to help improve App Store discovery

Apple has hired Josh Elman, a prominent venture capitalist and former vice president of product at stock-trading app Robinhood, to help it improve iOS app discovery in the App Store. Elman announced the news via his Twitter account on Monday, saying he’s also leaving his role as a board partner at the firm Greylock Partners and as a board member of prominent tech companies like Discord and Medium.

Elman joining the App Store team may help improve the iPhone maker’s relationship with developers after a rather rough year in which Apple’s stewardship of the App Store has been called into question by critics, rivals, and regulators. For instance, Elman is previously a board member of and investor in Houseparty, the chat app acquired by Fortnite creator Epic Games.

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Xbox lead Phil Spencer talks xCloud in Safari, App Store fees

Phil Spencer is the lead of Xbox at Microsoft, and in a wide-ranging interview, he discusses bringing xCloud to mobile Safari and how Apple’s App Store and the Xbox game store differs.

Apple has made things difficult for businesses to bring streaming services to the Xbox with a range of rules preventing the apps from existing on iOS. If a company wants a streaming service to exist, they must submit each game to the App Store as a separate entity rather than having a single app launcher.

Companies like Nvidia with GeForce Now and Google with Stadia have opted to bring their game streaming services to mobile Safari. Doing so lets the companies avoid Apple’s rules as well as the App Store fees associated with it. Microsoft will soon follow suite.

Going with browser support rather than specific App Store support will give Microsoft access to more devices. “We have

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Black Friday Sales 2020: Best Deals And Store Hours At Walmart, Target, And More

In the United States, Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, known as the best time to save money on big-ticket items like TVs, consoles, games, and other tech. With the holiday season approaching, it’s also the best time to cross names off your shopping list and snag a deal or two for yourself. (After this year, you deserve it.) Since is still a very real threat in the US, Black Friday 2020 is going to look much different from previous years, however. Health officials are urging families to forego Thanksgiving dinner altogether and to stay home. Those planning to do their holiday shopping the day after Thanksgiving will have to make new plans if they want to get the best items on sale before gift-giving season begins.

Fortunately, online shopping exists, and Black Friday has been developing a strong online presence with each passing year. With

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Apple cutting App Store commissions in half misses the real point

  • Apple recently announced it would allow smaller iOS developers to apply to have their commissions in the App Store cut from 30% to 15%.
  • Larger developers were critical of the move, claiming changing the way the App Store operates is a ploy to create division between the community.
  • Columnist Jason Aten argues this is a smart PR move for the company, but still doesn’t address their larger issues with major developers.
  • Apple’s ability to block updates and impose stringent App Store guidelines affects the overall user experience.
  • Aten says if the tech titan really wants to commit to its primary brand value — things “just work” — it needs to start by building better relationships with developers.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

On Wednesday, Apple announced a new program that lets smaller iOS developers apply to have the commission they pay on App Store transactions reduced from 30%

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Apple’s New App Store Move Changes the Game for Indie App Developers

Apple’s reduced commission rates for small businesses could unleash a new wave of creativity in its app marketplace, according to developers, who predict the new revenue will allow independent apps to add new features or hire new employees. 

The tech giant this week announced that it would slash its App Store commission by half, to 15 percent from 30 percent, for iOS developers who qualified for a new program on small businesses. Those eligible include any developer new to the App Store, as well as developers who made up to $1 million in annual sales in 2020 for all their apps. 

The move a “huge deal” for small developers, says Charlie Chapman, an iOS developer who created the Dark Noise app. The change could allow those behind emerging apps to work on them full-time, as opposed to a side venture, according to Chapman and other independent developers. Traditionally, many independent

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