Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Nov 2011 22:20 UTC
Legal This is probably not entirely surprising. The European Commission has announced that it is investigating both Apple and Samsung because they may have breached antitrust rules with regard to patents used as standard in the mobile phone industry - otherwise known as FRAND patents. While the EC states it's investigating both Samsung and Apple, it's likely the investigation focusses on Samsung.
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RE[3]: Comment by Tony Swash
by unclefester on Sun 6th Nov 2011 08:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Tony Swash"
unclefester
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2007-01-13

The CD player was patented in 1969. It reached the market in 1981. The delay was due to the fact that the hardware was too expensive to build any earlier.

Dick Tracy had a two way wrist radio back in 1946 and a wrist TV in 1964. back in the 1940s.

Someone had probably thought of some type of touchscreen mobile phone by the 1960s.

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RE[4]: Comment by Tony Swash
by frderi on Sun 6th Nov 2011 17:30 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Tony Swash"
frderi Member since:
2011-06-17

The CD player was patented in 1969. It reached the market in 1981. The delay was due to the fact that the hardware was too expensive to build any earlier.

Dick Tracy had a two way wrist radio back in 1946 and a wrist TV in 1964. back in the 1940s.

Someone had probably thought of some type of touchscreen mobile phone by the 1960s.


What are you trying to say? CD players aren't iPods. wrist radios aren't either.

Its a big difference between thinking something up and actually building it. In fact I can imagine a computer that will plug into a socket after my ear, after which my brain is instantly connected to the internet. No screen, keyboard, or touchscreen required. The computer in itself is as big as a mentos and has 50 TB of solid state storage. Knowing how to turn that vision into a real product however, is the difference between sci-fi and the real world.

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unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Companies typically plan products many years ahead. Once the technology becomes cheap enough they build.

Cheap touchscreens became available so touchscreen phones were marketed.

The iPod and Mac designs design were blatantly stolen from 1960s Braun catalogues.

The iPad is a direct copy of the 1987 Knight-Ridder concept tablet.

The iPhone is a copy of the LG Prada.

Edited 2011-11-06 23:51 UTC

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