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Accelerometer and proximity sensor controls could be programmed to enable a squeezing motion on a small mobile device to simulate the well-known "toothpaste tube" action. Steve Ballmer will claim prior art on that one with the Zune, no doubt.
I remember my days as a First Officer in a small jet charter company - I was the one designated to receive all the updates to the Flight and Approach charts by snail mail, update the bulky, heavy leather-bound folders full of hundreds of outdated pages, and chuck the old charts away. What's not to like about that now being done electronically? The Flight charts couldn't give you real-time weather either ;-)
Supported.The way Google politicised WebM against H264 (a technology they subscribe to) after acquiring it suggests that their motives in acquiring any technology are simply for purposes of "ploughing their own furrow" against all others while pretending to stand "for the common good".It's encouraging that the likes of Sony, Microsoft, Apple, RIM and Ericsson are all together in this enterprise (as indeed they are in the H264 consortium) to pool resources and defences...
It's amazing and amusing how many infantile minds in various forums (fora actually) including this one view the patent wrangling and auctions as some kind of football game and come out rooting for one side or the other. The vast sums involved in the litigation and auctioning should be enough to suggest that there is a lot at stake for all involved in the near, mid and long term that could beneficially or adversely affect their fortunes. For instance, there are many...
iOS 5, iCloud and OS X Lion present the opportunity for Apple to address these issues. It's pretty apparent that the two related OS'es are converging ever so gradually and deliberately, and iCloud certainly has the potential to be the glue that binds it all together. If so, what applies to iWork user file automatic version updating (as demoed in WWDC) and the ability to open the same file at the last point of edit in another iDevice should apply to other applications...
Collective IP acquisitions I would think are, except in extenuating circumstances, for defensive purposes. My $0.02...
For the time being, BridgeCo appears to be the only game in AirPlay Town... But nothing lasts forever. If they cared to borrow a leaf from Apple's own iPad playbook (?) it would make more sense to start off with a more aggressively-placed, cheaper price point to make it that much steeper a catch-up curve for the eventual competition.
From the outset, Light Peak / Thunderbolt has always looked like a high-end solution for video and audio heavy lifting in its current usage. As usual, with the progress of technology and the kick-in of economies of scale, costs will drop and the real benefits to users (and profits to vendors) will come with commoditisation. 10GbE and 100GbE seem like unattainable consumer bandwidth ranges with no infrastructure or applications supporting them today, but one can guarantee...
Spot on, Prof!What R&D requirement is there for what is essentially a Zero Configuration technology?Not content with passing on the entire chip cost to the user, the vendors appear to be simply attempting to cash in heavily on the "Apple device users are willing big-spender saps" mythos to carve out huge profits.Just wait for the outrage when independent experts like iFixit and iSuppli start to tear down the components and costs thereof, especially in comparison to DLNA...
Easier said than done. In the mid- to long-term however, Apple needs to rid itself of "knock-off Nigel" parasitic vendor-manufacturers like Samsung.
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