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App Store reportedly made developers over $ 260 billion

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Apple published this Monday, January 10, 2022, in his newsroom, a press release concerning the App Store. In the statement, the apple brand said that the App Store has enabled developers to rake in $ 260 billion since its launch in 2008.

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The past year at the same Apple had already spent another which took stock of the gain of the various developers of the App Store. At that time, the sum mentioned was 200 billion dollars. Which means that in 2021 alone, developers made a tidy sum of $ 60 billion from the App Store.

Developers who want more

Currently, many voices are rising among developers who have their applications on the App Store to denounce Apple’s policies with its store. According to them, the said policies are too restrictive, particularly those relating to transactions.

Indeed, Apple regularly takes 30% commission on many transactions made through the App Store. A situation which would therefore be penalizing for them. To this end, Apple is currently in a legal standoff with Epic Games.

Since August 2020, the two companies have struggled to agree on the commissions charged by the App Store. An imbroglio that even led Apple to ban the Fortnite game from iPhone because of the fact that Epic Games added an alternative payment system to the one available on the iPhone. What is prohibited by the policies of the App Store.

Epic Games counterattacked by suing Apple in court for anti-competitive practice. A legal conflict which remains far from knowing its epilogue since the judgment has been put on hold for several months. A status quo which makes the business of Apple which can continue to prohibit developers from offering alternative payment systems other than the App Store.

With these published figures, Apple shows that despite a policy that they consider unacceptable, its developers still manage to earn a lot of money.

The App Store is doing very well though

Apple’s press release didn’t just talk about the money developers have earned since 2008. It also made reference to the number of paid subscriptions that the App Store has to date. This amounts to 745 million subscriptions.

To reach this figure, Apple has been able to rely on new premium services such as News Plus, Apple TV and Fitness Plus. A choice that has paid off for the apple brand. The results recently published by the company are there to testify that Apple is clearly in a good momentum.

Finally, Apple indicated that the holiday season has been very prolific in terms of sales recorded on the App Store. Between December 24 and December 31, 2021, the turnover achieved by Apple thanks to the App Store increased very clearly. However, Apple did not give the actual figures for this period of the past year.

Source: The verge

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90 Hz, 50 MP OIS, 4500 mAh and Dimensity 920. Realme 9 Pro + will compete with Redmi Note 11 Pro + and Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge

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High-quality renderings and detailed specifications of the Realme 9 Pro + smartphone have been published on the Web. This mid-range model is based on the MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G SoC, the same one that powers the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ and its recently introduced Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge twin. Thus, subject to equality of prices, Realme and Redmi will compete with each other for the consumer.

90 Hz, 50 MP OIS, 4500 mAh and Dimensity 920. Realme 9 Pro + will compete with Redmi Note 11 Pro + and Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge

A feature of Redmi and Xiaomi smartphones is support for 120W ultra-fast charging. There is no data on how fast the Realme 9 Pro + will charge, but the battery capacity is indicated – it is 4500 mAh.

The smartphone is also assigned a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with Full HD + resolution, a frame rate of 90 Hz and a sub-screen fingerprint scanner, a main camera with sensors with a resolution of 50, 8 and 2 megapixels. Here it can be argued that Redmi and Xiaomi use a sensor twice the resolution, but Realme has the advantage of having an optical stabilization system. Moreover, some modified Sony sensor is promised. It is possible that we are talking about the Sony IMX766 – the same one that, for example, is used in Xiaomi 12. The resolution of the front camera is 16 megapixels. In terms of memory, the maximum configuration of Realme 9 Pro + is 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of flash memory.

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Word of mouth in action: Tesla does not spend money on advertising, car owners do it for her

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Tesla has posted on Chinese social media that its ad spend is almost zero. Customers are asked to remember the last time they saw a Tesla ad on billboards, in banner ads on websites, or on television.

Tesla claims that it deliberately does not advertise its vehicles, relying only on word of mouth. We are talking about the free and voluntary distribution of information about Tesla cars from satisfied users to their friends, acquaintances and Internet users around the world.

Earlier, Elon Musk said: “We will focus on improving the performance and quality of Tesla products. We believe that the best way to sell products is to allow users themselves to spread the word about them.”

Word of mouth in action: Tesla does not spend money on advertising, car owners do it for her

In addition, Tesla noted that the cost of most vehicles on the market is made up of manufacturing costs, component costs, research and development costs, and quite a lot of marketing costs. At the same time, Tesla considers it unreasonable that car owners should pay for their advertising.

According to Tesla, when a product is really good, people themselves will actively recommend it. Therefore, the company focused on research and development, as well as increasing the pace of production.

The direct selling model allows for interaction with customers, allowing consumers to learn more about a car from Tesla product experts before making a decision to buy a car.

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WhatsApp improves voice notes with this novelty

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Voice or audio messages on WhatsApp are increasingly used by everyone. They are the ideal alternative if you are in a hurry and you can’t start writing at that moment or the perfect solution for those who have difficulties when typing with the mobile keyboard. However, sometimes those audio messages are endless and WhatsApp is improving the features available for the audio notes that we send through the instant messaging app.

With the arrival of WhatsApp audios came a new world of possibilities. Many people no longer write messages and respond at all times by audio, to the point that it was becoming hell for many. There are those who hate sending audios on WhatsApp and those who tell you their life in verse with endless messages that exceed ten minutes or more. To solve this inconvenience, WhatsApp enabled the possibility of speed up audio to save time and be able to listen to messages faster. Options are 1x normal speed, 1.5x speed increased by 50%, and 2x double playback speed. Now WhatsApp is implementing another very useful feature related to voice recordings.

Pause and resume WhatsApp audios

WhatsApp is implementing a very useful feature for users of the app in its web/desktop version: the possibility of pausing and resuming the audios that they send us. When the instant messaging app launched the download option for the official WhatsApp Desktop beta program, it also included the possibility of listen to the voice audios before sending them. Users will now also be able to pause and resume voice recordings.

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As you can see in the screenshot, there is a new pause button (in the previous version there was a stop icon) that allows you to pause the voice memo. Audio can now be heard before sending, deleting, or resuming recording.

An improvement that is already available in WhatsApp for iOS, WhatsApp Desktop beta 2.2201.2 and that will soon be available in WhatsApp beta for Android. Since this new feature has been rolled out to some beta users, it may take some time before it can be enabled on your WhatsApp account. On the other hand, WhatsApp continues to work on improving voice notes by developing a new feature that will allow you to listen to the audio, even if you are not in the conversation. In this case we still do not know the exact date on which it will be available. What do you think of this new improvement of the voice notes that WhatsApp has added?

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