Thursday, September 18, 2014
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
AT&T Launches High-speed U-verse Service for Businesses
AMD Moves Closer To The Introduction Of Project FreeSync Monitors
Ericsson to Shut Modem Business
VIA Launches ARTiGO A900 Android System For IoT and M2M Deployments
Amazon Purchases .buy Domain for 4.6 Million Dollars
Toshiba to Develop New Transistor Series Using Latest Process Technology
Samsung Now Mass Producing 20-Nanometer 6Gb LPDDR3 Mobile DRAM
Samsung Introduces 27-inch S27D590C Curved Monitor
Active Discussions
Yamaha CRW-F1UX
help questions structure DVDR
Made video, won't play back easily
Questions durability monitor LCD
Questions fungus CD/DVD Media, Some expert engineer in optical media can help me?
CD, DVD and Blu-ray burning for Android in development
IBM supercharges Power servers with graphics chips
Werner Vogels: four cloud computing trends for 2014
 Home > News > Mobiles > Apple C...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Apple Could Charge iPhone Competitors Over Touch-screen Controls


Apple has gained a significant legal weapon against iPhone competitors after the US patent Office awarded Apple with a patent related to the use of touch-screen controls on mobile phones.

US Patent 7,479,949 is awarded to "(Steve) Jobs et al" for a method of "detecting one or more finger contacts with the touch screen display" to command computing devices.

The patent details iPhone or iPod Touch commands such as finger or thumb swiping, twisting, or spreading to flip pages, rotate views, or enlarge images.

"A computer-implemented method for use in conjunction with a computing device with a touch screen display comprises: detecting one or more finger contacts with the touch screen display, applying one or more heuristics to the one or more finger contacts to determine a command for the device, and processing the command. The one or more heuristics comprise: a heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a one-dimensional vertical screen scrolling command, a heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a two-dimensional screen translation command, and a heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a command to transition from displaying a respective item in a set of items to displaying a next item in the set of items," reads a summary of the patent.

The majority of mobile phone makers have been using touch-screen technology in their latest mobile phones, in an effort to compete with Apple's highly successful iPhone. Although Apple has not yet taken advantage of the new patent, it could be used as a strong legal weapon against its competitors.

Apple chief operating officer Tim Cook made some comments at the company's quarterly earnings call, the Associated Press reported.

Cook believes iPhones are "years ahead of the competition" and that they are vigilantly watching to make certain rivals don't usurp Apple's intellectual property. "We think competition is good," Cook said. "We are ready to suit up and go against anyone. However, we will not stand for having our IP ripped off and will use whatever weapons at our disposal."

While not mentioning a specific competitor, Cook made his comment in reply to a question related to a new Palm Pre touch-screen mobile telephone unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show this month.


Previous
Next
iLife 09 Shipping January 27        All News        35 Million Netbook Shipments Expected in 2009: An Era Begins
QSTARZ Launches QSports - Your Private Sports Coach     Mobiles News      Qualcomm Buys Handheld Graphics and Multimedia Assets from AMD

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Apple Updates Privacy Policy, Delays Healthkit
New iPads And OS X Yosemite Announcements Expected Next Month
Apple iOS 8 Coming On Wednesday
Apple Adds Two-step Verification To iCloud
Apple Lets You Remove U2 Gift Album From iTunes
Pre-orders for New iPhones Top Four Million in First 24 Hours
Apple Enjoys Huge Demand For New iPhone 6 Plus
Apple Unveils iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch And Apple Pay
Gold iPhone 6 Appears Online
Apple Invites Fashion Editors To Press Event
Apple Supplier To Inverstigate Alleged Labor Rights Violations
Apple To Alert iCloud Users Over Security Issues

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2014 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .