Apple has filed a patent for a magnetic iPad stand, a photographer has captured gorgeous images of snowflakes with his iPhone 5, Radiohead's Thom Yorke has said Apple and Google are making music worthless, Oxford University has made an iPad-controlled car and a Lightning connector has broken off inside an iPad mini's Lightning port.

Here are the fun, fascinating and intriguing remains of the day for Monday 4 March.

Apple patents magnetic iPad stand

An Apple patent application published by the US Patent and Trademark Office has revealed a concept for a magnetic iPad stand that would allow the tablet to be securely mounted in a variety of places, including upside down in a moving car.

Apple Insider reports that the "Magnetic Stand for Tablet Device" patent describes a stand that uses magnets to "rigidly hold a portion of the tablet device in place."

As well as giving the ability to hang an iPad from the roof of a car for easy viewing like the televisions found in some aircraft, Apple's illustrations show that the stand could be used to mount the tablet to a tripod to display notes for a musician to read, or attaching the iPad to an exercise machine. 

The magnetic stand could also be used to connect to iPads together to create a hinge between the two devices. 

Photographer captures snowflake close-ups with iPhone 5

Professional videographer Ben Woodworth has captured beautiful close-up photographs of snowflakes using just his iPhone 5 and a macro lens attachment.

While filming ice-climbing athletes in Utah, the stellar dendrite snowflakes fell onto Woodworth's black backpack, so he pulled out his iPhone 5 and a $5 macro lens attachment to take a photo of them, reports Wired.

"When I go on these kinds of trips, opportunities seem to present themselves, so I always carry one of those little adapter lenses," Woodworth said.


After capturing the images, Woodworth edited the photographs using Snapseed to add some contrast and sharpness.

Radiohead's Thom Yorke accuses Apple, Google of making music 'worthless'

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has said expressed his dislike for companies such as Apple and Google during an interview with The Guardian.

"They have to keep commodifying things to keep the share price up," said Yorke. "But in doing so they have made all content, including music and newspapers, worthless, in order to make their billions."

Radiohead famously released its In Rainbows album as a download available only from the band's website in 2007, with a 'pay what you want' system that meant customers could choose their price for the album (or pay nothing if they wanted).

iPad-controlled car

Oxford University has modified a Nissan Leaf electric car to enable it to be controlled by an iPad.

The car uses small cameras and lasers that communicate with a computer mounted in the boot, and an iPad fitted within the dashboard to allow the car to drive itself for short distances. 

The driver can take back control of the car at any time by touching the break. Unlike cruise control, however, the car can see obstacles and can control speed and steering.

Check out the video of the self-driving iPad-controlled car below.

Lightning connector breaks off inside iPad mini port

GearDiary has the story of an iPad mini owner who came home to find that the Lightning connector had broken off and become lodged inside the tablet's Lightning port.

The Apple Advisor who spoke to the customer via Apple's online support reportedly said: "Well I knew the thing was flimsy but this is officially the first time I've ever heard of it breaking off in the device!"

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