• Monday Morning News

    The patent dispute settlement that happened between Apple and HTC a few weeks back was unexpected, and it's not hard to tell which company came out on top. But we might never know the actual number HTC is paying Apple per handset, as both companies will have to give a copy of their settlement agreement to Samsung, who are currently embroiled in numerous ongoing patent battles with Apple *sadly, that document won't include any financial details.

    UK Bank Barclays has bought 8500 iPads in what will be one of the biggest corporate iPad rollouts in the UK, says The Next Web. The plan is for the iPads to run an app called Mortgage Brain, in order to improve the customer experience.

    If I were a betting man, I'd wager that Apple will be releasing the all-singing and all-dancing (but mostly just redesigned) iTunes 11 sometime this week. Which is why now is as good a time as any to look at iTunes through the ages. The Ars Technica piece covers everything from iTunes 1.0 before the iPod, all the way through to iTunes 10 with its paradigm-breaking vertical traffic lights.

    Strangely, Apple are selling physical DVD copies of Snow Leopard once more on the online store. At first I thought this was a US-only thing, but it looks like it's available on our own online store too where's your optical drive now? (Also a great thread in the forums on the subject.)

    On Friday I linked to the original introduction video of the iMac G5 that featured the Black Eyed Peas, so it's only fitting I link to this piece where will.i.am wants to put an extra lens, sensor and flash on your iPhone to turn it into a 14-megapixel, and I quote, "genius-phone". No word on performance or anything yet, but I'm guessing we'll see some pretty thorough reviews when the accessory hits stores on November 28th.

    People just can't stop talking about skeuomorphism lately. There's pros and cons to using it in your app or including it as part of your UI, which a post on the Realmac Software blog runs though pretty nicely, including what is and what isn't skeuomorphism with some of Apple's own examples.

    Ben Brooks runs through some Keyboard Maestro basics. For the uninitiated, Keyboard Maestro is a Mac app that makes you more productive by enabling more efficient keyboard usage through the use of custom macros, usually activated through hotkeys or similar. It can do Text Expander-style text expansion, but so, so much more.

    For some reason, free apps are usually more profitable than paid apps. But why? Tero Kuittinen explores the mobile app market and wonders why people seem to gravitate towards free-to-play instead of paying outright for their apps.

    If cases aren't your style, then perhaps bumpers are. And if bumpers are, then why not the Sector 5 case from Element, the same company that released the Vapor case for the iPhone 4 last year? If proprietary aerospace polymers tickle your fancy, the Sector 5 might be the bumper you've been looking for. Just don't call it a case.

    As it turns out, you can now get custom keycaps for every kind of Apple keyboard. The Lazerwood Keys are especially nice, and might even make a nice gift for someone this Christmas. As an aside, I think this is what they call "rustic", but don't quote me on that.

    Borderlands 2 is now available on the Mac, and strangely enough, it's even on sale on Steam at the moment (and for the rest of Monday). If you already own on there, don't fret *you already own it on the Mac now, too.

    Over at the Verge Forums there's the school of thought that starts off by saying an iPad mini and a non-iPhone smartphone is a potent combination, but I'm not sure I agree (at least not totally). I mean, if you're going to be carrying around an iPad mini and some other smartphone, why not just use an iPhone as well?
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