Slide to Unlock patented by Apple? It’s one of the most annoying iPhone features

First the gossip: The United States Patent & Trademark Office this morning issued a patent grant to Apple pertaining to the familiar Slide to Unlock gesture. Remember, the now ubiquitous sliding move debuted on the original iPhone as a fun way to keep your device secured while in your pocket. “To unlock the phone, I […]

Applications Opinion

The patent panic hitting the App Store developers

This is one of those frustrating news items that has the propensity to wind-up everybody and generate a heck of a lot of bad publicity for the key protagonist waving his patents. Charles Arthur over at The Guardian reports that some enterprising software patent owners have decided to have-a-go at mobile application developers that they […]


Nokia, NEC and friends agree LTE patent swap shop

A handful of mobile heavyweights, including the likes of Nokia, Ericsson, NEC and Alcatel-Lucent have announced they’ve got together and worked out a patent sharing system for the development of HSDPA’s successor, LTE. The framework will give all of the company “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms” for licensing each other’s essential patents. The deal will […]