• U.S. Patent Office Preliminary Determination Finds That The ‘Steve Jobs’ Multitouch Patent Is Invalid

    U.S. Patent Office Preliminary Determination Finds That The ‘Steve Jobs’ Multitouch Patent Is Invalid

    The USPTO has issued a preliminary notice indicating that the famous ‘Steve Jobs’ patent, which describes basic multitouch technology including scrolling, might be invalid, according to a first Office action uncovered by FOSS Patents. The ruling is very early, however, and Apple still has two months to make an initial response and a number of appeals before the patent in question… Read More

  • Apple Patents Vanishing Touch Interfaces, New Method For Targeted Computer Cooling

    Apple Patents Vanishing Touch Interfaces, New Method For Targeted Computer Cooling

    Apple was granted a couple of interesting patents today (spotted by AppleInsider), including one for multitouch surfaces embedded in devices that appear and disappear as needed, as well as a new cooling apparatus design that can redirect air to where it’s needed most within a device. One is just a twist on tech Apple already uses, and the other is something that could address warm lap… Read More

  • Dell's 21.5-inch Multi-touch IPS LCD Is Now On Sale

    Dell has just put up its new multi-touch screen at the online store. Not the first for Dell, as they’ve had a few others out, but this appears to us as a more tablet like design. Using a folding rear kickstand, the ST2220 is able to to sit nicely in your lap or in a variety of positions on a table top. Read More

  • Motorola DROID to be blessed with Android 2.1 in coming update [UPDATED]

    When the Nexus One was announced, many folks were questioning Google’s game plan and why it would release such an amazing device shortly after the Motorola DROID’s release. If that wasn’t enough to make some DROID owners envious, the Nexus One received a multitouch update last week which allowed pinch-to-zoom gestures within Google Maps, the Android browser and photo gallery. Read More

  • Multi-touch display maker FlatFrog gets $18m in funding – a credible adversary for Surface?

    Everyone with eyes in their head can see the bright future of multi-touch displays, but the huge variety of technologies out there makes it hard to place a bet. Will capacitive film rule? Or will it be the IR overlay? Or will Microsoft’s foresight in nurturing the Surface project pay off once they reveal their new, flatter display? Well, there’s one more competitor joining the… Read More

  • Why wait for the Nexus One Android OTA update when you can have it now?

    Patience is a virtue, but as tech fanatics who lap up the latest in hardware and software, we’ve not enirely familiar with that concept. So when we heard that it could take up to a few days for the Nexus One Android OTA update, it was a little disheartening. We want it now! And thanks to some clever folks over at Android Forums, we can get it right this moment. It just takes some… Read More

  • Now you can get multitouch in a thinner-than-paper film

    Last year’s CES found us at the booth of the iTable, which was an overlay for LCDs and TVs of any size that turned them into a multi-touch surface. We thought it was awesome, and the possibilities were many and various. Now we find that someone has one-upped the iTable, creating a multi-touch surface that’s thinner than a sheet of paper and can just be rolled onto any surface. How… Read More

  • The Nexus One Just Got Multi-Touch

    Google has just started to deploy an update to the Nexus One that brings a long-desired feature to Android: Multi-touch. ┬áIn a blog post announcing the news, Google says that the new update will bring “Pinch-to-zoom functionality” to the Nexus One, which will allow users to pinch-to-zoom in the Android browser, Gallery, and Maps applications. So does this mean that Multi-touch will… Read More

  • Get multi-touch on your Nexus One

    Cyanogen is at it again; the creator of the popular replacement interface for Android phones has come up with another hack, this time for the Nexus phone. The hack allows you to use multitouch functionality in the browser only for now, but the plan is to add this (much wanted) option to application in the future. [via Gadget Lab] Read More

  • Add multi-touch to your Linux notebook… and your old MacBook

    Here’s a fascinating hack for a rainy day. Programmer randomtruth has figured out a way to enable multi-touch under Linux and is working on a way to add multi-touch to older MacBooks. He has created a driver with: -Pinch Gesture -4 finger gestures -3 finger gestures Read More