Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th May 2014 16:58 UTC
Apple

iOS 8 is likely to supercharge the functionality of Apple's iPad with a new split-screen multitasking feature, according to sources with knowledge of the enhancement in development. These people say that the feature will allow iPad users to run and interact with two iPad applications at once. Up until now, each iPad application either developed by Apple or available on the App Store is only usable individually in a full-screen view.

The ability to use multiple applications simultaneously on a tablet's display takes a page out of Microsoft's playbook. Microsoft's Surface line of tablets has a popular "snap" multitasking feature that allows customers to snap multiple apps onto the screen for simultaneous usage. The feature is popular in the enterprise and in environments where users need to handle multiple tasks at the same time.

No, this is not a "page out of Microsoft's playbook". What is wrong with these people that features that have been part of computing for decades are now magically new just because they're on a mobile device?

Please, stop this madness.

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Comment by bornagainenguin
by bornagainenguin on Wed 14th May 2014 04:37 UTC
bornagainenguin
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2005-08-07

Thom Holwerda asked...

What is wrong with these people that features that have been part of computing for decades are now magically new just because they're on a mobile device?


It looks like 'on a mobile device' is the new 'over the Internet' and 'with a computing device' as far as the tech media and patent office is concerned. I guess now would be a good time to start looking around at what obvious uses could be patented with an addendum of "on a mobile device' in the filing. If you'll excuse me, I'm off to open a small innovation company in East Texas....

--bornagainpenguin

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RE: Comment by bornagainenguin
by kwan_e on Wed 14th May 2014 05:53 in reply to "Comment by bornagainenguin"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

It looks like 'on a mobile device' is the new 'over the Internet' and 'with a computing device' as far as the tech media and patent office is concerned.


Don't forget "in the cloud".

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RE[2]: Comment by bornagainenguin
by zima on Wed 14th May 2014 12:27 in reply to "RE: Comment by bornagainenguin"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

"On a smartwatch"! ;)

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