Get on the edge of your seats, everybody - it's patent time again. Today, the USPTO handed down what's called a preliminary invalidation finding on a rather infamous Apple software patent regarding touchscreen heuristics. This patent was known as the "Steve Jobs patent," as its first listed author is the late Apple cofounder (let's keep the Jobs insults to a minimum in the comments, please). This comes after the preliminary invalidation of Apple's also-infamous "rubber-banding" patent back in October. This patent here is pretty basic, and I'm going to break down the three elements of the primary claim. First, here's the relevant claim language (excerpted and modified in spacing): ...a vertical screen scrolling heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a one-dimensional vertical screen scrolling command rather than a two-dimensional screen translation command based on an angle of initial movement of a finger contact with respect to the touch screen … [Read more...] about USPTO Preliminarily Invalidates The “Steve Jobs” Apple Touch Heuristic Patent
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really want an Apple ad that had Jobs’ writing all over it, you need to start scouring your personal savings. Advertisement sold to the Byte Shop, where they retailed for $666, this bare bones printed circuit board was sold to Jobs’ friends and acquaintances. document and two Polaroids will likely sell for around $60,000. If you’re an Apple fan, there are other interesting items in the Bonham auction, too. Apple-1 computer (expected to reach $250,000 – $350,000) and an Apple Lisa ($30,000 – $50,000.) Steve Jobs-related memorabilia is heavily sought after by collectors. Other recent items to go under the hammer in recent years include Jobs’ former BMW Z8, a signed check made out to former girlfriend Tina Redse, a 1973 job application, and more. The price of Apple-1 computers has fluctuated at auction. In 2014, a working Apple-1 sold at auction for an incredible $905,000. However, last year a unit sold at auction for … [Read more...] about Handwritten Steve Jobs Apple-1 spec sheet up for auction
Apple reports its third profitable quarter after the return of Steve Jobs, continuing the company’s remarkable turnaround. Apple earns $101 million for the quarter, largely thanks to the success of the Power Mac G3. In the same quarter one year earlier, Apple lost $56 million. This is the first time in three years Apple has managed three straight profitable quarters. return to profitability at that January’s Macworld Expo, saying that the company’s new strategy had, “all come together for us.” Power Macintosh G3 computer, which debuted in late 1997. By July 15, 1998, this machine had sold 750,000 units, qualifying it is a big hit for the time. “It truly is stunning that they should get that far ahead of what all of us expected,” Daniel Kunstler, at the time a technology analyst at JP Morgan, told CNN. “They were really able to do it on the margins.” One hit product away While the results were certainly dazzling, what Apple needed … [Read more...] about Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs’ Apple turnaround continues
Sunday marks the third anniversary of the passing of Steve Jobs. Apple's co-founder was taken from us way too early, at the age of 56. Regardless of whether you liked him or hated him, the truth is that he touched everyone's lives for the better. Think about the all of the times that you saw a Pixar movie and smiled because your kids did. Steve Jobs of course, was one of the co-founders of Pixar.Even if you currently rock an Android handset, you can thank Steve Jobs for the enjoyment that you get from the device everyday. After all, Android was not originally designed to support touchscreens until the Apple iPhone launched. And of course, the Apple iPad started a whole new category.No, Steve Jobs was not perfect. He had faults, just like all of us have. But he did have drive and he did have vision. He and Steve Wozniak started a company in a garage, and it became the most valuable company in the world. That is quite a feat.In advance of Sunday's anniversary, current Apple CEO Tim Cook … [Read more...] about Apple CEO Tim Cook marks the third anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death with email message to Apple employees
, companies have personalities, insofar as companies reflect the personality of their CEOs. We have mentioned this in order to squash silly rumors that Google is out to by closing it off and making its own devices with Motorola. This time though, we have to take a moment to consider how this philosophy affects . Apple is known as Steve Jobs' company, and essentially an extension of the man himself. The trouble is that Steve is no longer the CEO; Tim Cook is. And, that is where we need to make a point here. We're talking about how Apple does business not Apple products. Apple products are still a matter of opinion. The products won't change in core philosophy. They will still be geared for ease and integration, even if that means limitations. That may not be everyone's style, but we can't begrudge the choice to those who love Apple products, and there are a lot of those people out there. What we are talking about is how Apple has done business, which has been inexorably … [Read more...] about Are we still judging Apple by Steve Jobs?