Chrysalix RoboValley Fund Invests in Sortera Alloys, Developers of a Breakthrough Technology …

Vancouver, BC and Delft, Netherlands , Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Chrysalix Venture Capital, a global venture capital fund with a long history commercializing step-change innovation for resource intensive industries, announces an investment in Sortera Alloys, developers of an intelligent sorting system for the upcycling of non-ferrous scrap metal, including Aluminum, Copper, Zinc and Brass. The system enables accurate, high throughput sorting by metal type and alloy composition through a combination of sensor fusion (XRF, Optical), AI/ML image processing and an advanced scrap feeder design. 

“Chrysalix is making the circularity of metals a major theme of our new fund. Primary aluminum production accounts for 1% of global GHGs and to achieve the forecasted global demand and climate change targets, the industry must deliver significant decarbonization,” said Alfred Lam, Partner at Chrysalix Venture Capital. “Sortera’s sorting systems enable the recyclability of aluminum for high-value end products thereby saving up to

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Spotify threatening developers over apps that transfer playlists to other services

Developers who provide the ability to transfer Spotify playlists to Apple Music, or other services, are reportedly being told their access to the Spotify SDK will be revoked.

As it continues to say Apple “threatens our collective freedoms to listen, create, and connect,” Spotify has allegedly begun notifying developers that they can no longer transfer playlists to other services. SongShift reports that it has been told to cease such transfers or risk losing access to the Spotify SDK.

“The Spotify Developer Platform Team reached out and let us know we’d need to remove transferring from their service to a competing music service or have our API access revoked due to TOS [terms of service] violation,” announced SongShift in a blog post.

“While this is not the news we wanted to hear, we respect their decision,” it continued. As of the next release, SongShift v5.1.2, Spotify transfers will end. “This

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Sonatype Introduces Next Generation Dependency Management for Software Developers

Advanced Development Pack harnesses first-of-its-kind intelligence to help teams improve code quality, minimize breaking changes, and integrate next-gen security

Making Developer’s Lives Easier as We Enter The New Frontier of Dependency Management
Making Developer’s Lives Easier as We Enter The New Frontier of Dependency Management
Making Developer’s Lives Easier as We Enter The New Frontier of Dependency Management

Fulton, Md., Oct. 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sonatype, the company that scales DevOps through open source governance and software supply chain automation, today unveils its breakthrough Advanced Development Pack that fundamentally changes how teams manage code dependencies. Designed after studying development and cybersecurity hygiene practices across 30,000 software teams, this new offering available to Nexus Lifecycle customers, ensures developers select the highest quality OSS components that are used to build 90% of a modern application.

The Advanced Development Pack’s pioneering dependency management enables developers to choose components based on project quality, ease-of-upgrade, and advanced knowledge of abnormal committer behavior, giving them confidence they’ve chosen

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Google Mandates 30% Tax For Play Store App Developers

Google is cracking down on app makers who have been evading Android’s app store tax. The company has updated its policy to enforce the 30% cut it requires developers to pay if they want to sell and distribute their apps on the Google Play Store.

This isn’t a new development. But over the years, many companies like Spotify, due to Google’s lax guidelines, have managed to circumvent this tax by offering their own payment systems.

Starting September 30 next year, however, Google will mandate the use of its own in-app billing interface. In addition to the upfront fee premium apps charge, this also applies to just about anything else you’d pay for inside an app such as virtual currencies on games, subscriptions to a fitness or education service, and more.

Google says about 3% of apps on its Play Store sell digital goods and out of that, 97% already take

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Silicon Labs “Works With” Conference Brings New IoT Platform Capabilities To Developers

Silicon Labs stock has been on a tear lately. Since the end of March, it has been up 44%. If you are not familiar with Silicon Labs, it is a global, fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Austin, TX, my hometown. The company’s HQ is so close in proximity to my home and office, and I can see its logo. While the company does as much in the industrial IoT, you’ve likely used a consumer IoT device with Silicon Labs inside. Silicon Labs’ silicon is inside the Amazon Echo, Nest smart thermostat, a Fitbit, Google OnHub, Zigbee smart lightbulbs, Samsung Connect, and Tesla electric vehicles.

The company designs silicon devices, software, platforms, and semiconductors for various markets, including the Internet of Things (IoT), industrial automation, consumer, and automotive markets. Although Silicon Labs touches many markets, a large portion

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Coalition for App Fairness unites developers to fight Apple’s App Store fees and policies

The Coalition for App Fairness is comprised of many developers currently involved in high-profile disputes with Apple, as well as many who have been critical of the tech giant in the past.

Several big-name app developers have gathered together to form the Coalition for App Fairness, a non-profit organization seeking to highlight issues developers face when developing for Apple’s App Store.

Their website highlights that Apple makes more than $15 billion a year from its 30% app commission fee. They also point out that other “payment providers,” though it should be noted that Apple also provides hosting services and monitors apps for malicious code.

“We believe that every app developer is entitled to fair treatment and that every consumer should have complete control over their own device. Our App Store Principles will ensure a level playing field for platforms like Apple and a consistent standard of conduct across the

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Spotify, Epic, Tile, Match, and more are rallying developers against Apple’s App Store policies

Several of Apple’s biggest critics — including Epic Games, Spotify, Basecamp, Match Group, Tile, Blix, and Deezer — have banded together to create the Coalition for App Fairness, a new group aiming to “create a level playing field for app businesses and give people freedom of choice on their devices.”

While most of the founding members have individually fought or are fighting with Apple over its App Store policies, the Coalition for App Fairness marks a more coordinated effort for developers to formally protest Apple’s rules. The goal is to also provide a central organization for developers to join, especially those who may not have the clout or the resources to take on Apple alone.

The Coalition says that it welcomes “companies of any size, in any industry who are committed to protecting consumer choice, fostering competition, and creating a level playing field for all app and game developers globally.”

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Microsoft’s $7.5 billion video game deal includes Dallas-based developers

Microsoft dropped a gaming bombshell Monday when it announced a $7.5 billion cash deal to acquire ZeniMax Media, parent company of a large number of video game development studios across the world.

To put that in perspective, that’s almost as much as Disney paid for both Marvel and LucasFilm combined.

ZeniMax is commonly known for its subsidiary, Bethesda. The deal encompasses all of Bethesda’s studios and properties, which includes The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, Dishonored and the upcoming Starfield.

This gives Microsoft a big game development footprint in Dallas-Fort Worth. The deal includes legendary D-FW developer of Doom and Quake, id Software, which is based in Richardson. Alongside id, Bethesda Game Studios has an office in Dallas at the home of what was formerly Escalation Studios. If you zoom out and look at Texas as a whole, you’ll also find Arkane Studios in Austin.

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