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Perhaps company was visited by a very early Christmas ghost -- or more likely is desperate to beat Android

Apple gave its iOS developers some shocking news today -- it was reallowing ports using third-party tools, including ports of Flash apps.  The company writes:

We are continually trying to make the App Store even better. We have listened to our developers and taken much of their feedback to heart. Based on their input, today we are making some important changes to our iOS Developer Program license in sections 3.3.1, 3.3.2 and 3.3.9 to relax some restrictions we put in place earlier this year.
In particular, we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. This should give developers the flexibility they want, while preserving the security we need.
In addition, for the first time we are publishing the App Store Review Guidelines to help developers understand how we review submitted apps. We hope it will make us more transparent and help our developers create even more successful apps for the App Store.

That announcement seems particularly amazing given that in April Apple CEO Steve Jobs responded to one disgruntled developer's accusations that he was playing Scrooge, commenting, "We’ve been there before, and intermediate layers between the platform and the developer ultimately produces sub-standard apps and hinders the progress of the platform."

This about-face comes after news hit that Google's Android had passed the iPhone in U.S. market share.  Other recent studies have also confirmed that Apple's smartphone market share is in a downward slide while Android is surging upwards.  Apple has denied that this is happening.

We are awaiting comment from Adobe about whether this means that the converter to port Flash apps to Objective C code will now be restored to the Creative Suite.

Even though Apple is once again being generous with the tools developers use, it's unlikely that opens its tightly closed gates to Flash itself.

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RE: Wonder of wonders
By hiscross on 9/9/2010 1:03:31 PM , Rating: 1
I'm am not afraid of death the least bit. Better to die free than to live in slavery (as the Spartans always said). Actually, the NFL implemented the weekest team got to pick the best players in the draft in the late 70's. That helped the Giants and Jets reached the play-offs in 81. The salary crap thing is what spread the wealth, so to speak. It helped Dallas in the 90's and New England recently. MLB baseall is making money because NY and Boston have been competitive in recent years. At some point, fans will realize that MLB has out sourced too much and stop going to games. Just look at Balitimore and KC for example. MLB use of on-line technology is pretty much the standard. All SOA. Got to go, my jailer tells me its time.

RE: Wonder of wonders
By eskimospy on 9/9/2010 1:22:37 PM , Rating: 5
Sparta was also a horrific slave state all on its own, and the Spartans became quite comfortable living on their knees under first the Macedonians and then the Romans (and then, and then, and then.) So, it's pretty safe to assume they changed their mind on that one.

You probably would too.

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