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Apple was yesterday granted a patent giving it ownership of a method by which tablet devices can detect how close users' fingers and thumbs are. Dubbed 'Proximity Detector for Tablets', US patent number 7,653,883 describes how sensors may be used to look for approaching digits and pop up appropriate user interface elements …

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  1. Jacqui Smith's DVD Collection!
    FAIL

    Sick of it

    Patents like this are wrong, Apple did not invent multi-tap/multi-touch they should not be awarded a patent for it.

    1. Ivan Headache

      That's as may be, but

      This patent is for something else.

      I wonder how it knows what is is you are going to want to tap though?

  2. Ivan Hallworth
    Happy

    Patents - there has to be a better way

    The whole question of patents if fraught with difficulties.

    Seen from both sides.

    Neither entirely satisfactory.

    PS: Hope someone comes up with a better more equitable way perhaps? : )

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