Users can now share App Store subscriptions via Family Sharing

The ability to share app subscriptions via Family Sharing on iOS 14 and Apple’s other operating systems appears to be rolling out.

First announced in June as part of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and macOS Big Sur, the new feature lets users share subscriptions on compatible apps with family members under a single purchase. Previously, subscriptions purchased on the App Store could only apply to one account.

On Thursday, the feature appears to have gone live in iOS 14.2. According to Flighty app founder Ryan Jones, who first spotted the rollout, a setting to Share New Subscriptions is now available in the App Store Subscriptions pane. Users can also elect to share existing subscriptions to apps that offer the service.

Although enabled by default, Jones notes that members of his Family Sharing group weren’t notified of the new available subscriptions, and those subscriptions weren’t made available to them. However,

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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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Oddly satisfying metamaterials store energy in their skin — ScienceDaily

When you press the dimpled circles on a fountain drink lid, they become either convex or concave. Materials or structures that have two stable states demonstrate a concept called bistability.

A Purdue team has demonstrated that a patterned sheet of these domes will form an energy-storing skin: strong enough to perform mechanical tasks, and even programmable to store and process data like a mechanical computer.

“Bistability is an important concept found in nature,” said Andres Arrieta, a Purdue assistant professor of mechanical engineering. “Earwigs, for example, have bistable, foldable wings that snap to an open state with very little energy. We are working to make programmable structures inspired from this bistability.”

Arrieta’s team began with a simple structure: a flat, one-inch square sheet with a pop-up dome, 3D printed from thermoplastic polyurethane. By pressing with a finger, the dome would snap to become either convex or concave. When they printed

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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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These Salt Mines Will Store Hydrogen

  • A huge system of caves in Utah is the future home of a massive hydrogen energy project.
  • The caves offer a natural alternative to thorny questions about storage of hydrogen.
  • Hydrogen still needs to move further away from reliance on the fossil fuel industry.

    Scientists are going back to the salt mines, literally, to find a revolutionary new way to store large quantities of hydrogen for energy. Proponents say this could be a step toward unlocking hydrogen for renewables—something that could change the energy landscape if it were resolved.

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    “The project would initially have enough energy to power 150,000 households for one year and is scheduled to be operational by 2025,” Fuel Cell Works reports. “It is being managed by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS), a maker of gas turbines, and Magnum Development, which owns salt caverns

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    Winklevoss twins say bitcoin will soar to $500,000 and surpass gold as a store of value

    • Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss told CNBC on Monday that bitcoin will skyrocket to $500,000 within the next decade and surpass gold as a store of value. 
    • “Our thesis is that bitcoin is gold 2.0, that it will disrupt gold, and if it does that, it has to have a market cap of 9 trillion, so we think it could price one day at $500,000 of bitcoin,” Tyler Winklevoss said.
    • The cofounders of Gemini explained that Bitcoin is a better store of value than gold and offers higher returns.
    • Bitcoin climbed to a new record high today, bringing its year-to-date gain to 177%.
    • Watch bitcoin trade live here.

    Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss told CNBC that bitcoin will skyrocket to $500,000 within the next decade as it surpasses gold as a store of value. 

    The cofounders of Gemini appeared on CNBC shortly before bitcoin jumped 8.7% to a record high

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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

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

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    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 is a “huge deal” for small developers, says Charlie Chapman, an iOS developer who created the Dark Noise

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