Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Jan 2009 10:28 UTC
Apple In a possible legal showdown over multitouch patents between Apple and Palm, the Cupertino gadget maker has just looted a decent weapon off the dead body that is the US patent system: a patent on just about all multitouch gestures used in the iPhone and iPod Touch, such as swiping, pinching, and so on. Wielding this weapon, Apple suddenly has a pretty good case against Palm.
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Crap I tell you!
by Kancept on Wed 28th Jan 2009 02:25 UTC
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This is crap. This is why patents on software and such need to go away. I own a Touchstream LP and have been using multitouch years before Apple had it (they bought Fingerworks who made the Touchstream) and this should be invalidated. They haven't developed the tech any further than it was 6 years ago when I bought it. I could do all this pinch, zoom, swipe, etc on that thing, and still can, as it let me program my own gestures. The Mac's prefs sure don't let me do that...only Apple's predefined things, which is really a hinderance.

I wish Fingerworks hadn't sold out, and furthered the tech and made a cool System Pref to configure it with.

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