Weekly Digest - 2021.36
Weekly Digest - 2021.18
Starship has landed
SpaceX successfully landed a Starship prototype for the first time. Well, technically it's not the first one, but it's the first that survive the test. The Starship SN15 did the same test as previous prototypes. It launched itself achieving high altitude, and started free-falling. Then, just above the ground, prototype reoriented itself and softly landed on the landing pad.
This is a huge success for the SpaceX. If everything goes as planned, NASA might use Starships for the first two missions to the Moon by around 2024.
Apple vs Epic Games
This week we had the first round of hearings. Here are the takeaways:
- Apple consider changing the 70/30 split back in 2011. They considered to change it to 75/25 or even 80/20 when the pressure from competitors would be high enough,
- Apple tried to stop Netflix from abandoning in-app purchases,
- Tim Sweeney contacted Tim Cook about opening the AppStore in 2015,
- Epic would have taken a special deal from Apple,
- Epic is losing hundreds of millions on Epic Store,
- Fortnite made $9 billion in two years,
- Epic wanted Fortnite's multiplayer to be free on Xbox.
Image credits: SpaceX
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Amazon has launched its game streaming service. It's powered by Nvidia's GPUs and runs on Windows, which should developers easily port games. Right now, it supports over 100 games.
The launch date is still unknown, but service will be available on PC, Mac, Fire TV. The iPhone and iPad will get support via web apps. An Android version planned for after launch. The official pricing is also unknown, but early access price is set at $5.99/month.
Amazon also announced special controller that will cost $49.99 during the early access.
Epic Games vs Apple continued
Multiple developers, including Epic Games, Spotify and Basecamp, have formed the Coalition for App Fairness intended to coordinate efforts to fight against Apple's monopolistic behaviors on the AppStore.
Windows XP source code leaked
The source code of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 has leaked online.
It shouldn't be a big issue for Microsoft as Windows XP is no longer supported, but system itself might still have couple of surprises, as secret macOS theme has been discovered.
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Xbox Series S & X
Microsoft has officially confirmed Xbox Series S. It's a simplified version of the Xbox Series X. Here are the highlights:
- Frame rate: up to 120FPS,
- Resolution: 1440p with 4K upscaling,
- 512GB NVME SSD,
- No optical disc,
- 60% smaller than Series X,
- Price: $299,
- Launch on November 10th, 2020.
It's a good choice for people who want new Xbox, but doesn't care about 8K and optical disc. The only downside is really small storage. 512GB is really small, especially when games can take more than 200GB of storage. Hopefully, soon Microsoft will release another version with 1TB of storage.
Regarding Xbox Series X, it will also launch on November 10th for $499. The preorders will start on September 22.
September Apple Event
Apple has announced an event that will be held on September 15th. Similar to WWDC, this event also will be digital only. According to rumors this event will focus on new iPad Air, Apple Watch Series 6. New iPhones will be announced in October or even later.
Epic vs Apple continued
In August, Epic sued Apple, couple weeks later Apple is suing Epic, asking for damages over the breach of developer contract. In the press release they called Epic the "modern corporate Robin Hood" 😂
Apple has every legal right to do so, but I think the PR damages will cost Apple more than potential settlement with Epic.
- AVIF has landed
- Why GitHub Won't Help You With Hiring
- Self-driving trash can controlled by Raspberry Pi
Image credits: Microsoft