Chris J Powell

Apple gets a taste of its own medicine, Quad-core smart phones, What is 4K resolution

I am in no way condoning or supporting the ongoing stupidity of the Patent Wars that are raging in the mobile space but with Apple so keen on Innovation through Litigation in 2011 it is kind of nice to see someone stand up to them early in 2012.  Motorola filed a lawsuit against Apple for violation of “a receiver having [a] concealed external antenna” and “apparatus for controlling utilization of software added to a portable communication device“.

This places the Mobile Giants Google and Apple firmly on opposite sides of the camp now and I would expect a head to head battle without the cover of proxies to come soon rather than later.  In an all out battle of Brooks Brothers clad lawyers who would win?  I still think that the concept of Innovation through Litigation is just wrong and that US and Worldwide Patent Law needs a very serious reform to ensure that we as consumers are not constantly being dragged through the mud.

The future will not likely hold any magic bullet fix for this situation because even though the system is broke, it works for companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple (along with a whole host of other companies) but the cost of Patents make me wonder if they are worth the effort at all (other than to keep an army of Lawyers employed).

Here are some interesting Patent Facts pulled from the Ludwig von Mises Institute site:

Pricey Patents

Intellectual property is a precious asset–if you can afford to protect it.

$10 million: Cost to defend a high-stakes patent suit
$3.8 million: Median damages awarded in patent infringement cases from 2001-07
482,871: Patent applications filed in 2009
191,927: Patents issued in 2009
2,700: Average number of patent-infringement lawsuits filed per year
$1,000: Hourly rate charged by top patent litigators
100: Average number of patent cases that go to trial each year
57%: Percentage of trials won by patent holders
34.6: Average number of months to secure a patent


Quad Core Smart Phones

Two years ago my smartphone officially became more powerful than half of the computers in my home, so I went out and built a behemoth that would hopefully keep me firmly rooted where I like to be…at my desk.  Within the next 30 days we will see a swarm of Quad Core Smart Phones hit the market likely to start with the HTC Edge.

So what makes a quad-core phone so special?

Screen TypeCapacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Screen Size720 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches (~312 ppi pixel density)
Internal Memory1 GB RAM
Primary Camera8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Video CaptureYes, 1080p
Secondary CameraYes
OSAndroid OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
CPUQuad-core 1.5 GHz


What the Heck is 4K Resolution?

As if it wasn’t hard enough to walk into an electronics store and get bombarded by half baked Sales People explaining the differences between 720p and 1080i vs. 1080p we now have to contend with yet another resolution???

The fine folks over at CNET put out a great primer for the next generation of HDTV Resolution but to summarize how this new format is going to change your living room or media room:

Myself personally, I like my Full HD experience that I get today.  I would like a bigger version of it but I really don’t see the benefit of cramming all those pixels into the screen.  4000 x 2000 resolution is just absolutely mind blowing especially when we consider that we survived just fine on 405 lines of resolution from the 1930’s until the late 1980’s.

Ok so progress does have us want to get bigger, better, faster but really, why can’t we make things that will last?  I kinda long for the days of having to blow on my Nintendo Cartridges, change channels with a wired Clicker and freak out when we had to wait for the TV Repair guy to replace a burnt out Tube…ah yes the days of yester year.  Now we get antsy if a web page takes more than a second to load, replace instead of repair all the while claiming that we want to go Green.  I am just not buying it…and I am just as guilty…but at least I admit it.


Chris J Powell

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