Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Oct 2010 21:30 UTC
Legal And we have another interesting development in the ongoing and ever-expanding idiocy that is the War of the High-Fiving Lawyers Mobile Patent World War. Motorola, now a central player in this worldwide conflict that is hurting consumers' wallets and clogging legal systems all over the world, has come to HTC's rescue by seeking to invalidate the patents Apple sued HTC with earlier this year.
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RE[4]: Motorola...
by tyrione on Mon 18th Oct 2010 09:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Motorola..."
tyrione
Member since:
2005-11-21

I'm sorry, but Apple did not invent the smart phone interface, nor did they popularize it as much as you state.

The touch screen phones/devices that we have today are all derivatives of Palm.



The Palm engineers are ex-Apple engineers.

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RE[5]: Motorola...
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 18th Oct 2010 10:09 in reply to "RE[4]: Motorola..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

The Palm engineers are ex-Apple engineers.


Yes and no.

Originally, Palm had nothing to do with Apple. It was founded by people who had never worked for Apple at all. In fact, Hawkins was developing touchscreen tablets and PDAs, including handwriting recognition, since the '80s.

It wasn't until the Palm Pre/webOS days that some Apple engineers made their way to Palm - some, not all. You are grossly oversimplifying the matter.

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RE[5]: Motorola...
by molnarcs on Mon 18th Oct 2010 15:36 in reply to "RE[4]: Motorola..."
molnarcs Member since:
2005-09-10

The Palm engineers are ex-Apple engineers.

I know that for you Apple is the Alpha and the Omega of anything remotely related to computing, but you're quite wrong about that. Or do you mean that HTC engineers were originally Apple engineers? How do you suppose they ended up in Taiwan?

Actually, HTC is one company with many first. Check the "smartphones" entry on wikipedia, or check HTC's history.

HTC started to develop the world's first touch and wireless devices in 1998.

HTC desidned the first Microsoft-powered smartphone in 2002 and the first Microsoft 3G phone in 2005 (incidentally, they were the first on the market with a new 4G phone).

The Palm Treo 650 and the first iDevice, the iPAQ (no relation there to Apple) was also designed by them (in 2000).

The first iPhone was introduced in January 2007.

So you're meaning to say that the Palm Treo and the iPAQ were designed by Apple engineers seven years before they launched the iPhone?

Now when it comes to the Newton, that might be considered a first, but it was a completely different architecture and concept (running it's own Newton OS, and sporting SDK that had it's own programming language, surprising called the Newton Programming Language). That said, we saw both concepts (I mean Treo/iPAQ and Newton) in Star Trek TNG way before they were launched. Now if Gene Roddenberry had patented the idea back then...

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RE[6]: Motorola...
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 18th Oct 2010 15:42 in reply to "RE[5]: Motorola..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Now if Gene Roddenberry had patented the idea back then...


Mr Roddenberry would shake his head in disgust if he saw how technological advances are being held hostage by greedy and evil companies like Apple, Microsoft, and the like. The Star Trek universe is the exact polar opposite of everything those companies stand for.

Roddenberry's utopia pretty much means the end of companies like Apple and Microsoft.

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