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Assembla acquires Cornerstone, a Subversion client for MacOS

Git may seem like it’s the only version control system out there sometimes. And while it’s definitely the most popular option right now, competing technologies like Subversion and Mercurial still have their fair share of users, especially in the enterprise.

It’s maybe no surprise, then, that Assembla, which offers a version control service for the enterprise with a strong focus on Subversion, today announced that it has acquired Cornerstone, one of the most popular Subversion clients for MacOS.

Assembla acquired Cornerstone, as well as Zennaware, the company behind the product. Zennaware first launched Cornerstone back in 2008, and Assembla will continue to sell and develop the client, and plans to launch version 4.0 in the coming months. The financial details of the transaction remain undisclosed.

“We are investing in the future of Cornerstone,” Assembla CEO Paul Lynch writes today. “Never wishing to stand still, it is our plan to take the key improvements we’ve made in both Subvers…
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Apple’s ‘Everyone Can Code’ program expands more broadly in Europe

Apple announced this morning it’s bringing its “Everyone Can Code” program to 70 more colleges and universities across Europe. The program, which Apple designed to help students learn how to build apps, launched in May 2017 but was initially limited to the U.S. before expanding to other markets, including Australia, and select institutions in Europe last November.

The expansion brings the full-year curriculum to institutions in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland and Portugal.

The company noted some of the participating colleges and universities adding the course, including Harlow College in the U.K. and Mercantec Vocational College in Denmark, both of which have 3,000 students; the Technical University of Munich in Germany; and Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen in the Netherlands, which has 34,000 students.

The course is designed to teach students how to build apps using …

Apple finally lets net neutrality testing app onto iOS

After causing a stir in the media on Thursday, Apple reversed its decision to allow Wehe onto its app store. The app determines whether ISPs are abiding by net neutrality rules.

Wehe was submitted by researcher David Choffnes, but it was initially rejected by Apple which stated to him that “your app has no direct benefits to the user.” In its decision reversal, Apple claimed that other apps claim to do things they can’t do and asked for evidence from Choffnes.

Following the story’s media rounds, Apple contacted Choffnes to provide a technical description of how the app was able to detect if certain types of data were being throttled; once he had responded to the request, his app was published. Describing the conversation he had with Apple to Motherboard, he said:

“The conversation was very pleasant, but did not provide any insight into the review process [that] led the app to be rejected in the first place.”

Wehe allows users to test the speeds of several popular services including Y…

Amazon Prime's monthly fee is going up $2; yearly to stay the same

Amazon's Prime service is great if you like free two-day shipping and access to Amazon videos and music. But if you pay monthly instead of yearly, you are going to start paying a bit extra each month for those benefits.

The company has announced that its monthly charge is going up from $10.99 to $12.99, while the annual fee of $99 will remain unchanged. The increase means that month-by-month subscribers will now pay almost $57 more each year than if they paid once a year.

That isn't the only membership fee rising, either. Students will see a monthly bump of $1 to $6.49, while the yearly $49 fee stays the same. The increase is expected to kick in after February 18.

Amazon did not give an exact reason for the increase, although a spokesperson told CNET it was because of the "tremendous appetite" of customers for two-day shipping and the other perks of the membership. Likely, that translates to a monthly fee is harder to rely on for end-of-the-year projects than a year…

With ‘Wolves in the Walls,’ the ex-Oculus team at Fable Studio makes its debut

Wolves in the Walls, directed by Pete Billington and premiering today at Sundance, is the unique product of a tight, scrappy team of pioneering creatives, with most of them sharing a common element of their past, as they were laid off from Facebook last year when the company’s VR original content arm Oculus Story Studio was shut down.

The team is back, under the name Fable Studio, a new startup dedicated to pushing storytelling forward in immersive mediums like AR and VR.

For Fable, Wolves in the Walls, based on the work of Neil Gaiman, is an opportunity to experiment as heavily as possible, given that Oculus is still footing the bill for this project from the young startup.

They were admittedly already doing some wild stuff (partnering with an immersive theater group for one, working heavily with motion capture tech was another) before Story Studio was shuttered.

At Sundance, the team is showcasing just the first chapter of Wolves in the Walls. Serialized content is admittedly a bit…

Twitch partners with Disney Digital Network on content, adds software for broadcasting pre-recorded videos

On the heels of Twitch’s exec shakeup yesterday which saw the Amazon-owned streaming site adding a new COO, the company today announced a multi-year partnership with Disney Digital Network to bring several top creators to its site. The company also debuted new software for all creators that will allow them to broadcast pre-recorded content to their channels.

Disney Digital Network is the Mouse House’s multi-channel network, launched last year as a way to roll up all its digital-first content under one roof, including Disney acquisition, Maker Studios.

Twitch’s deal with Disney will see four of the digital network’s larger personalities – Jacksepticeye, LuzuGames, Markiplier, and Strawburry17 – establishing their own channels on Twitch, where they’ll broadcast live and create exclusive video-on-demand content.

While some of these creators already had Twitch channels, they’ll begin posting new and exclusive content starting today, says Twitch.

The move could bring an increased number o…

'Bill Protection' is Project Fi's answer to unlimited data plans

Project Fi was a great deal when it was first introduced, minus the fact that the only compatible phone was the Nexus 6. Now that carriers are re-introducing 'unlimited' plans, Project Fi's $10/GB pricing tier isn't quite as appealing as it once was. Fi has now introduced its own version of an unlimited plan, called 'Bill Protection.' Project Fi has always had the same pricing scheme - you pay $20/month for unlimited talk and text, and then every GB of data you use is $10. You're only charged for what you use, so if I hit 2.5GB in one month, my bill would be $45. This works out great for users that are almost always near a Wi-Fi network, but not so much if you use plenty of cellular data.

Single users are now charged a maximum of $80/month, no matter how much data they use. Project Fi will now cap your total monthly bill at a certain amount, based on how many people are on your plan. If you have one person, your bill maxes out at $80/month. Then it's $135 …