Thursday, 25 August 2011

QR–Cure–Quizzing Realms–329

Apple and Samsung are engaged in several legal battles against each other in courts across at least nine countries. One of them is at the District Court for the Northern District of California, where Apple is trying to have four Samsung smartphones and tablets banned from the US due to alleged design patent infringement.

It was at this court that Samsung countered Apple’s allegations of it stealing from designs patented for the iPad with the argument that someone else had already designed an iPad-like device decades before the iLife giant.

Samsung says that this person, X, had created iPad’s design and depicted it in his groundbreaking work of fiction Y. Coincidentally, another of Apple’s market-changing gadgets derives its name from the same work of fiction.

Identify X and Y.

Happy quizzing, and have a nice life, folks!


Five answers, but only two are entirely correct. X is Stanley Kubrick, and Y is 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s the iPad now, but even the iPod owes its nomenclature to this ‘work of fiction’, or more specifically, the film directed by Kubrick!


  1. X-stanley kubrick Y - clockworks orange

  2. Stanley Kubrick's "2001-A Space Odessey"

  3. Arthur C Clarke, 2001 : A Space Odyssey. The gadget you refer to is iPod.

  4. Stanley Kubrick and 2001 a space odyssey


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