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For anyone interested, here's the Dutch court ruling:   http://zoeken.rechtspraak.nl/detailpage.aspx?ljn=BZ1983&u_ljn=BZ1983   The primary finding was that only the front of the Samsung tablet looked similar.  The sides and back did not.   The front alone was not enough, since there was prior art for such a frontal look.  Most reporters repeat the Court's reference to the 1994 Knight-Ridder tablet newspaper concept...     ...but the court also...
  Oh yeah, for sure.  They capture crumbs :)   OTOH, a person can use gloves on a keyboard or a resistive touchscreen.   Hmm.  Never tried it:  do fingers in medical gloves work on an iPad touchscreen?
  Thanks for that.  I was wondering if medical professionals used tablet protectors.   The trouble with touch devices is they're a great way to spread germs.   Before the iPad came along, there were a lot of Windows PC/CE based custom tablets that were specifically designed for medical usage... drop and moisture resistant... capable of constant sterilization / cleaning.
  It's not a patent.  It's an EU registered Community Design.  Unlike a patent, you just have to file -- no examination is done unless it's challenged.     There's the rub.  Apple never used their actual iPad design in court.   Instead, Apple kept trying to use that 2004 Community Design, which was not the registered design of any actual product.  Instead, it was a picture of a rather plain rounded rectangular slab, making it nearly impossible for a jury or court to...
  That would be cool.  Nokia often showed similar ideas in their concept ideas.    For example, Nokia's 2006 "Aeon" concept phone that everyone was drooling over before the iPhone came out:     Nokia also had an idea of choosing a skin for the entire phone body in this old concept video from early 2007 (see about 1:05 into it):     And choosing a device wallpaper for their Morph concept which could fold around your wrist (sound familiar?).  See...
  1) Drop the sales/shipment thing if you want to be taken seriously.   Apple also reports shipments as sales, and there have been plenty of quarters when their end user sales are millions less than their reported sales (and vice versa).     The only time that sales/shipment differences have any meaning is if a product is a total dud at the outset and shipments have to be returned.  Otherwise every company... including Apple... goes through an initial inventory fill with...
  For weather, the location change part is easy:  just notice if the cell id changes.  That's virtually free, and iOS has a location change API that does that.    As for refresh, weather widgets on Android let you set the refresh frequency, anywhere from 1/2 hour to every 12 hours.  The preset seems to be about 3 hours.  That's not much data / battery usage.   Or also, as you suggested, they could use notifications for major changes or alerts.
    I dunno. At Foxconn, each iPhone goes through about 50 workers.  In the US, most of those would probably be robots instead.  No dormitories or canteens or psychologists or bathrooms or parking lots or even heating needed.   Surveys say about 1/3 of the biggest American companies are looking into moving production back to the US, partly because Chinese labor costs are climbing.  So is shipping.   They've seen how other companies have done it, and sometimes been able to...
  As much as I want to only use digital tickets, I still don't trust not carrying paper as a backup.   My son was traveling to Hawaii last year and had his boarding pass on his iPhone.  He was very excited about being able to use it.   Unfortunately, when he got to the gate, he found out their scanner was broken.  They sent everyone with digital passes waaaaaay down the terminal into a huge line, to check back in and get paper passes.  It took him almost an hour, and he...
  That's an excellent example of an acquisition that has borne fruit.   Apparently the latest iOS devices use one of those controllers, and tests seem to show a better Flash read/write speed.
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