Apple’s new subscription system for the App Store will offer developers the ability to automatically bill users periodically for things like magazine and newspaper content, music, and video services.

However not everyone is happy about the terms of the new subscription system; Apple is demanding that companies like Netflix, Amazon and others who are already offering free apps to complement their existing subscription services, start using the new in-app subscription and content purchasing system or face removal from the App Store.

At some point in the near future, Google will update Chrome to remove support for the h.264 codec, which will no longer be available for use in the HTML5 video tag.

Why would they do this, you say? I believe it has everything to do with being “open”, or rather keeping open things completely open, even if it means pushing developers toward Flash.

According to the Chromium blog, Google no longer intends to support the h.264 codec directly in Chrome. Instead, Google is pushing forward on making webM a full competitor, complete with hardware support and wide range of industry partners.

You know what crapware is, right? All that software that came with your Windows PC, that seems to pop up every so often asking you to buy it, or maybe it slows your machine down, or litters your desktop with ugly icons.

What if Google’s OEM partners preload Chrome OS machines with unwanted software or customizations?

Developers can be very picky when it comes to the tools they use daily. Some use a simple text editor, some want a full graphical environment complete with syntax highlighting, code completion, organized debugger output and file/project management.

When I decided to jump into Android development, it was quite a shock to go from Xcode to Google’s preferred IDE, Eclipse. Luckily, there is also an Android plugin available for Netbeans, and after spending a few hours working with it I can say that developing for Android is now almost as nice as developing for iOS.

Problem: You have an application on Linux that needs true random data, but the /dev/random kernel pool is empty causing your program to pause.

What if you could use a smart card device to fill that pool using a bit of C code?

Designed by PC Engines in Switzerland, the Alix single board computer is highly power efficient, small, and able to run common operating systems without significant modification thanks to its compatibility with the x86 instruction set.

Microsoft is hedging their bets, throwing their weight entirely behind h.264 in Internet Explorer 9, but promising to allow the new WebM codec system to be used, provided that users have installed the codec in Windows first.

Facebook has negotiated special access deals with some mobile carriers so that accessing Facebook does not count against your data cap, and cannot incur overage charges.

This could be the first real example to justify network neutrality regulations.

Wild Fox aims to provide support for things like H.264 that Mozilla itself cannot ship in Firefox due to patent issues