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The Apple Newton had a similar layout and predates those...It's called a "Design Patent". A regular utility patent covers novel functional features. A design patent covers purely aesthetic features, i.e., the "look and feel" of a thing. While the article doesn't link to the patent in dispute, the artwork shown from the claim looks like it would be from a design patent, and the Samsung phone is nearly a clone.
Re: My assertion that machine controls are "cheap"Good point - even while I was writing it, I was a bit troubled on how to classify machine controls. I do agree that per unit, COTS machine controls can be very expensive! This is due to the very specialized nature and tiny production runs. However, the non-recurring development costs, and component costs are generally pretty low. Usually, these are not pushing the limits of technology, and the hardware and software are...
Oddly enough, While I don't really agree with MS, I also don't agree with most of the posters here either. The major issue is that one type of machine doesn't necessarily replace another outright. The PC has been the dominant (not not the only) type of computer for many years. "Post-PC" doesn't mean that it is dead, just that it's glory days are over. It isn't going away, and probably will continue to be what most people think of when they hear "computer". To make...
I guess the author meant that the design would feature a large screen and the usual array of buttons. So, the overall design is just like the iPhone 4! And 3GS, and 3G, and original iPhone before it, too! This does looks like the edges would be curved in iPad 2 style, no more "ice cream sandwich"...
1) Tablet PCs have been around for years, running Windows. Microsoft's entire pitch is based the familiarity. More people are familiar with Windows than iOS. By that measure, Apple is a decade late to the party, and yet the only one that most people even know about. Other companies have had scattered tablet-like devices that failed. I recall Nokia touchscreen web-browsing-things a few years ago. (I wouldn't have wanted one if it was free...) 2) "Lucrative" means...
Actually, it's not. Just about every modern operating system implements a graphical user interface, and almost every graphical user interface is designed around a "window" system. Mac OS, Unix/Linux (most distributions), NeXTstep, Amiga OS, BE OS, [...] all have basic user-visible interface elements that are referred to as "windows". Even iOS has "windows", even if they always full screen... So, "window" is a generic term that applies to most operating systems...
Most flash memory specs state 100,000 write cycles or more, which is plenty for most uses. Wear-leveling strategies will move around block of data periodically, so that rarely written files (i.e., OS or application binaries) and frequently-written files (swap files, business databases) even wear out the device and extent the usable life span.
Actually, a dispassionate review isn't extremely anything. It's "meh." \
To the person who suggested using a real alarm clock: When I'm traveling, I use my phone as my alarm. Hotel alarm clocks are always different and sometimes confusing to set. I've had times where I find out after I've overslept that the volume is all the way down or it is tuned between stations (probably bumped by housekeeping). Anyway, I'd never had a phone-alarm problem before. But today's the first day of this trip, and it went off early. It's bad enough that...
As of today I don't believe there is any way to accomplish this. Near term possibility: Once iOS 4.2 is released, XM radio should be able to update their iPhone app to support AirPlay, which will allow you to stream from your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch to your AppleTV. Whether or not this happens (and when) depends on how motivated XM is to add new features to their app. Long term possibility: I believe the AppleTV is on a track similar to the iPhone's. I am sure it will...
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