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President Biden’s team hid a secret message in Whitehouse.gov

President Biden’s team hid a secret message in Whitehouse.gov

In what's likely a sign of things to come in a much more internet-capable Presidential Administration with Joe Biden, the first update to Whitehouse.gov today included a secret message. The message appeared in the basic HTML of the website, delivering an Easter Egg to coders reading the source. The message read as follows: "If you're reading this, we need your help building back better."

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Japanese PS1 game from 1998 finally gets released

Japanese PS1 game from 1998 finally gets released

If you think nearly a decade developing Cyberpunk 2077 seemed atrocious, especially considering its bugs, then you probably never heard of games that literally took decades before they were released. Granted, some of those probably would have never been released had their creators not decided to brush up the code and finish them but it's sometimes interesting to discover what could have been become reality. PS1 JRPG Magic Castle's release more than 20 years later isn't the only curious thing about the game, however, as its origins also gave a glimpse of the state of PlayStation development during the late 90s.

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WhatsApp accuses Apple of app privacy label double-standards [Updated]

WhatsApp accuses Apple of app privacy label double-standards [Updated]

WhatsApp has criticized Apple for double-standards, arguing that the new privacy labels third-party apps will need to show should also be required for Apple's own software. The new labels - which borrow the concept of nutritional information on food, but focused on what data software collects on its users - will be required if developers want to have their titles included in Apple's App Store.

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Apple developers can now apply for its lower App Store commission rate

Apple developers can now apply for its lower App Store commission rate

On November 18, Apple announced its App Store Small Business Program, one that would cut commission on in-app purchases and paid apps from 30-percent to 15-percent. The program can apply to developers whose apps generated up to $1 million in the previous calendar year -- and now, a couple of weeks later, the company is now accepting applications.

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Amazon AWS adds Mac mini to its developer cloud – but M1 has to wait

Amazon AWS adds Mac mini to its developer cloud – but M1 has to wait

Amazon is adding the Mac mini to its AWS cloud, adding a new option for those wanting an army of instantly-available EC2 Mac instances for coding and other applications. As with Amazon's existing Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) offering, users will be able to summon the capabilities of anything from one to hundreds of the computers, though initially that won't mean the very latest Mac mini model.

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Apple to slash its App Store commission – Here’s who qualifies

Apple to slash its App Store commission – Here’s who qualifies

Apple is slashing the cut it takes on App Store sales, with most developers set to see the Cupertino firm taking just half the proceeds from digital goods and services from the start of 2021. The App Store Small Business Program launches on January 1, and will see Apple trim its commission to 15-percent, assuming developers are earning less than a certain amount.

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Apple now accepting details for future App Store privacy ‘labels’

Apple now accepting details for future App Store privacy ‘labels’

Apple has informed developers that it is now accepting app privacy information for an upcoming App Store change involving what many refer to as privacy 'nutrition labels.' Put simply, Apple will enable its users to quickly see privacy information about apps before they download them, helping users make informed choices about what they use.

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NVIDIA Jetson Nano 2GB is $59 gateway into AI and robotics

NVIDIA Jetson Nano 2GB is $59 gateway into AI and robotics

If you've been looking for a pandemic hobby, NVIDIA might have just the ticket, with the new Jetson Nano 2GB promising a one-box gateway into robotics and AI development. Announced today, the new starter kit costs less than sixty dollars but still gets access to the CUDA-X software and tools that pro-developers are using to create smarter robots and artificial intelligences.

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Google reveals Android 12 app store change and Play payment crackdown

Google reveals Android 12 app store change and Play payment crackdown

Google will enforce its in-app payments policy, insisting that developers making digital sales in software distributed through the Google Play store use the official billing system, in a crack-down that follows a high-profile lawsuit with Fortnite developer Epic Games. The announcement - word of which was leaked last week - comes alongside new news about third-party download stores that will be supported in Android 12.

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Google apparently readying an Apple-style clampdown over Android app fees

Google apparently readying an Apple-style clampdown over Android app fees

Google is reportedly planning to crack down on Android apps bypassing its in-app purchase rules, holding developers to an existing - but little-enforced - requirement. The decision follows a controversial legal spat between Apple and Fortnite-developer Epic Games, in which the publisher criticized the so-called "App Store tax" of 30-percent on purchases made within software.

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Among Us 2 cancelled for the best possible reason

Among Us 2 cancelled for the best possible reason

The dev team at InnterSloth revealed that the hyper-popular Among Us would not get a direct sequel any time soon. This announcement was delivered on September 23, 2020, as the first game (Among Us) was living in a golden age - it's EXTREMELY popular right now. This first online-centered game is so extremely popular that its developers have decided to stay dedicated to updating, rather than creating a whole second game.

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Android Jetpack Compose to make app development easier, now in alpha

Android Jetpack Compose to make app development easier, now in alpha

We live in an app-centric world, not just on smartphones but also on desktops and even on TVs. We have, in other words, become dependent on these apps, as well as the services that power then remotely, and, in the final analysis, on the developers that create these experiences. Although statistically the mobile platform, Android apps haven't exactly been the most enjoyable to develop, something that Google's new Jetpack Compose toolkit is aiming to fix once and for all.

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