Tag Archives: iOS

Comixology removes in-app purchasing from iOS apps

Yesterday, with zero advance notice, came some big comic news: Amazon stated that Comixology will drop in-app purchases for iOS users, to avoid Apple’s 30% cut of all in-app sales on any iOS app. The Android version will still allow in-app purchases, but not through Google Play’s system; Google also takes a 30% cut of sales from Android in-app sales. Android users will have to go through Paypal or Comixology’s own credit card system, which is what Comixology’s website uses. The new versions of Comixology’s…

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Blu-ray vs. digital media stores: which option’s better for multiple mixed-OS devices?

Lately, I’ve been considering going to high definition for future movie and TV show purchases. Between the direction things are moving, my owning an HDTV set, and that the HD version of “Wreck-It Ralph” I’ve seen looks a lot better than my DVD version does, I figure it’s time to make the move. But what kind of HD videos? The current choices are Blu-ray and the various digital media stores, the latter dominated by iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. I’ve written about Blu-ray in the…

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Apple’s big tech news: revamps for the Mac Pro and iOS 7, announcement of OS X “Maverick”

This week, Apple announced a slew of new product information. While multiple tech sites have covered everything in detail, I thought I’d give my reactions toward the bigger news points announced, though more thorough reactions won’t come until I can see the products in person. iOS 7 iOS is getting a big revamp for version 7. The icons have been simplified, for starters. Meanwhile, the interfaces for various software on iOS (and OS X) lose the skeuomorphism, which seems to have bothered some (though not…

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GoComics app now available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone devices

As reported by Engadget, Universal Uclick’s released a comics viewing app for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone based devices. Universal Uclick is a national syndicate formed by a merger a few years ago of online site Uclick and traditional newspaper comic strip syndicate Universal Press Syndicate. While Universal’s comics have been available for years for viewing through their website (www.gocomics.com), one can now view them through this app, as well. Strips I enjoy reading via Uclick include “FoxTrot,” “Doonesbury,” “Luann,” “Baldo,” “La Cucaracha,” and “Pearls…

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TweetDeck gets decked: Twitter ends support for iOS, Android, and AIR versions

Twitter, owners (since 2011) of the long-standing TweetDeck Twitter client software, has announced it’s shutting down the iOS, Android, and Adobe AIR versions of its client. The mass purge in support platforms is being done so TweetDeck can shift to primarily being a web-based (and Chrome-browser-based) service, though the Mac and Windows clients will continue to be supported (for now…). However, the remaining future versions will no longer have Facebook integration. Coupled with the recent heavy cutback in support for non-Twitter-approved software tying into Twitter,…

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Five years of the iPhone (and the modern smartphone era)

This week marked the fifth anniversary of the original iPhone coming onto the market. Yes, there’s much being written about this anniversary, and how much it’s changed both Apple and our lives overall. For Apple, the iPhone quickly became their top-selling device, pushed Apple into becoming one of the US’ most valuable companies, lessened the iPod’s importance, and ushered in the modern smartphone era, “apps” and all. The iPhone’s operating system (now called iOS) has also changed Apple’s computing hardware, as Apple’s folded some iOS…

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Tech thoughts, early edition: Apple’s iPhone 4S/iOS 5 news (and other tidbits)

On Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave Apple’s first post-Steve Jobs keynote address, announcing the new updates for Apple’s portable media/mobile phone products. However, the announcements were less than exciting, being mostly incremental upgrades and some emphasis on the new cloud-based features. A full summary of today’s announcements are on Engadget. My observations: The iPhone 4S (the newest iPhone model’s name) mostly features a general spec bump, a price drop on its predecessor models (with contracts, the 3GS is now free, while the 4 is…

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DC’s new digital comics store and the state of digital comics

Much like the current eBook trend, there’s also a trend toward offering digital versions of comic books. On the heels of Marvel’s similar service, DC Comics has opened a new digital comics store via digital comics service Comixology (who also run similar stores for most of the other major comic companies—Dark Horse, Archie, etc.): http://www.newsarama.com/comics/dc-digital-comics-store-101110.html Yesterday I tried out one of the free titles on the service, an amusing comic strip called “The Night Owls,” a black-and-white comic about a trio of paranormalist investigators in…

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The new iPhone is announced: video calling (wi-fi only) and a sharper screen

Yesterday, the new iPhone (version 4) was announced; among the various changes made: Changing the name of the iPhone OS to “iOS”, which I suppose makes sense in light of the OS being used on the iPad as well as the iPhone. The new iPhone has a square-ish shape to it, thanks to a design change making the antenna part of the outer body. A sharper screen. Available in black or white colors. Video calling is available, but only via wi-fi (thanks to AT&T’s sorry…

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