You might rule the world if you owned this patent:
U.S. Patent No. 8223134B1 2012-07-17 Portable electronic
device, method, and graphical user interface for displaying electronic lists
In a computer-implemented method, a
portion of an electronic document is displayed on the touch screen display. The
displayed portion of the electronic document has a vertical position in the
electronic document. An object is detected on or near the displayed portion of
the electronic document. In response to detecting the object on or near the
displayed portion of the electronic document, a vertical bar is displayed on
top of the displayed portion of the electronic document. The vertical bar has a
vertical position on top of the displayed portion of the electronic document
that corresponds to the vertical position in the electronic document of the
displayed portion of the electronic document. After a predetermined condition
is met, display of the vertical bar is ceased. The vertical bar is displayed
for a predetermined time period when the portion of the electronic document is initially
Patent 8,223,134 is being touted as the end-all patent for
Android. As proffered by Cult of Mac:
Apple has been granted what has
been described as "the mother of all software patents," which covers a whole
host of features that Apple pioneered with the iPhone. Not only is this huge
for Apple in its fight against copycats, but it could have a significant affect
[sic] on almost every single device that rivals the iPhone or the iPad.
If you're too young to remember R.E.M., the full line from the
song goes: "It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine." Android
fans aren't feeling fine.
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