If you’re the kind of person who takes lots of photos and videos at concerts, your days might be numbered. Apple has been granted a patent that would let the company to disable photo and video capturing in places where it’s frowned upon.
Many problems with the patent system — from the explosion in patent trolling to the wasteful smartphone wars — can be traced to the flood of software patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).
The Pull to Refresh action is a common gesture for mobile apps — used by the likes of Twitter, Facebook, Tweetbot, and Sparrow for a variety of commands. It may soon be a lot less common if the USPTO grants Twitter’s patent request.