Subscription Process Will Differentiate Apple & Google

Google’s service will allow publishers to sell newspaper or magazine subscriptions through the Web or mobile devices, taking 10 percent of the revenue through its Google Checkout payment service. Apple said Tuesday that it would take 30 percent of subscription revenue from purchases made inside apps, although publishers can continue to sell subscriptions through other means and keep all the revenue.

Read more on SFGate

Which Market would you rather be a part of if you are trying to sell subscriptions? Especially if your initial app is freeware!

Steve Jobs: Flash is No Longer Necessary

Steve Jobs wrote an open letter regarding why he does not support Flash on the iPod touch, iPhone & iPad.

The main points he makes have to do with how the software is proprietary, it is not mobile-friendly and was created before the modern tools were available (HTML5, css & javascript).

Here is the content of the letter: Continue reading

iPhone 3.0 Software

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Macworld did a great job of giving us a live commentary of what the improvements would be for the new software.

Rather than repeat them all, here is the link to the commentary:

Macworld iPhone 3.0 Commentary

There will be additional announcements over the coming week, but they did manage to get some of the 15 features I wrote about.

  • Turn by Turn direction capability
  • push notifications
  • Cut/Copy/Paste (YEAH!)
  • landscape in all apps
  • Spotlight now implemented

It seems the Beta is available for developers immediately Developer Center (NOTE: this was unavailable at the time of writing- possibly due to the update happening)

The software and upgrades will be available to consumers in the summer. It will be available for ALL iPhones and for $9.95 an upgrade for iPod Touch users as well.

Apple iPhone 3.0 Software

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Some invitations went out today (I still haven’t received mine, Jobs!) for the March 17th conference in Cupertino to talk about the latest iPhone software and SDK that will be released.

The 2.0 software release about a year ago hailed in the flood of third party applications that made the app store a primary destination for all us iPhone and iPod Touch enthusiasts.

See my iPhone free game reviews.

Apple seems to have been focusing more on hardware rather than software this last year (or so we thought). There is little information about what this new update will entail, and we can probably not expect Steve Jobs to host it, as he still remains on medical leave.