We haven’t heard much from the legal battles between patent troll Lodsys and the developer community, but unfortunately that doesn’t mean Lodsys has shriveled up and vanished. Ars Technica has interviewed iOS developer Mike Lee , who founded the Appsterdam Legal Defense Team to fight Lodsys’s shaking down of developers, and it looks like the battle will rage on well into 2012. Lodsys has gained a well-deserved reputation for patent trolling this year.
2011 December 30
Attention, Masonville Mall in Ontario, Canada: You may be getting an Apple Store next year. A local radio station reports that the Eddie Bauer store in that location is closing soon due to bankruptcy, and city records say that the relevant authorities are checking out a $3 million project for that location that includes (what else?) an Apple logo.
The Wall Street Journal reports that some big iOS developers are having a real issue with Apple’s limit on testing devices. According to the App Store rules, developers are restricted to 100 devices for testing via ad-hoc distribution
The iPad and iPhone are wildly popular among consumers and influencing both the business and education markets. This is just the tip of the iceberg for the pair of iOS devices — their popularity will inevitably extend the iPad’s reach beyond these core markets and into smaller ones like religion.
Way back in 2006 we had a story from AppleGazette about 5 Apple products which never made it to production. Today there’s a photo of an old “touchscreen” phone Apple prototyped circulating (although I remember digging this up when the iPhone was announced; we never ran the story it seems) and I wound up doing a whopping five minutes of research on Flickr for more Apple prototypes. Like fishing for Steve Jobs videos on YouTube , these diversions can be a lot of fun
DMG files are often used when distributing Mac software outside the Mac App Store . While DMGs can be confusing to new users, I like them because they allow me to keep an original, unmodified version of whatever program I have downloaded