Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Apr 2011 21:40 UTC
Apple Apple has responded to the location data thing, and as it turns out, most of us moderate folk were completely right. Apple claims the data isn't sent to Apple, and that the storing of the information is a bug Apple will fix in the coming weeks. Still a very nasty and potentially dangerous bug, but not the massive privacy issue many made it out to be. Also, a new colour iPhone is out, which, if you were to believe the gadget and Apple sites, is yet another Apple revolution.
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Innovation
by fretinator on Wed 27th Apr 2011 21:45 UTC
fretinator
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2005-07-06

I'm pretty sure Apple has patented the process of using color to convey the status of the user of a technological device. Pretty sure.

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RE: Innovation
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 27th Apr 2011 21:57 in reply to "Innovation"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

"Method or apparatus to remove colour from an object until light emitted or reflected by it stimulates all three types of colour sensitive cone cells in the human eye."

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RE[2]: Innovation
by mrstep on Thu 28th Apr 2011 01:28 in reply to "RE: Innovation"
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2009-07-18

"A jury in the Eastern District of Texas today awarded $4.9 billion to Apple for violations of light emission / absorption as related to portable device look and feel. All non-Apple gadgets are now to be released in Zune turd-brown."

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RE: Innovation
by mistersoft on Wed 27th Apr 2011 22:11 in reply to "Innovation"
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2011-01-05

while i'm pretty sure you jest! and rightly so.
I'm also pretty sure (you might be too) that Apple do actually have a patent, filed at least, for ..I think it was: hard plastic/polymer surface that can change colour to indicate device status -or something like that. I prefer your idea that the device could indicate its owners' status though ;-)

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RE: Innovation
by kragil on Wed 27th Apr 2011 22:35 in reply to "Innovation"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

They try to patent: "Location Histories for Location Aware Devices" (http://lwn.net/Articles/440295/)

And anyways, how is "These calculations are performed live on the iPhone using a crowd-sourced database of Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data that is generated by tens of millions of iPhones sending the geo-tagged locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers in an anonymous and encrypted form to Apple." not tracking people?

Anybody who thinks that this supposedly anonymous data can not be correlated with other data to reveal lots and lots of nasty stuff is just naive. Anonymity is really hard.

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