In April, I wrote an article inspired by my frustration that my Apple iOS calendar and my Google Calendar don’t work together. These are two mainstream technologies which, to a large extent, try to pretend the other doesn’t exist. Case in point: Apple’s attempt to build its own map, which has been reported has not been working out swimmingly.
The NYT has published an article which lays bare the patent minefield, in-fighting, lawsuits and the total warfare going on between may of the top technology companies and the shockwaves it creates throughout the industry. The articles balance, defending patent-holders, while acknowledging the frustration of others seeking a foothold in the patent landscape should be noted.
While there’s no one that can/should be blamed, does such a landscape cast a pall over the ability for competing technologies to just “get along”?