Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Dec 2011 11:27 UTC
Legal I'm guessing Apple is getting desperate, since its software patent lawsuits aren't doing particularly well. Moving on from software and design patents, the company is now suing Samsung over... Patents for mobile phone and tablet cases (more at The Verge). I think Apple has more offensive lawsuits than products now, so technically, "patent maker" is more accurate than "gadget maker" or "device maker". Fun times.
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RE[13]: two sides of the coin
by lustyd on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 07:53 UTC in reply to "RE[12]: two sides of the coin"
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2. Likewise, whether or not an item is "genre defining" (whatever that means) is subjective and has nothing to do with whether or not that item is inventive/innovative.

Simple really, most normal people refer to MP3 players as iPods when speaking generally, and an RSS feed of sound recordings as a pod-cast. The BBC even tried to rename its podcasts as "free downloads" yet their DJs still say podcasts by accident more often than not, and their fans still believe they are downloading a podcast.
This is in a similar way to the Walkman in the 1980s - portable cassette players are still referred to as walkmans to this day.

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