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Topic: patents

Apple's invention for touch-sensitive buttons could prevent accidental inputs

05/06/2014, 08:05 am

Apple is famous for its pioneering touchscreen devices, but a new patent shows the company has also dabbled behind the scenes in touch-sensitive buttons that would be able to distinguish between accidental activation and an actual finger press.

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After partial win, Apple comments on second Samsung trial as award grows

05/02/2014, 09:05 pm

Following the jury's verdict in the second Apple vs Samsung trial, which found infringement in three of the five patents Apple argued, the company issued a statement thanking the jury and suggesting a continued fight to defend the company's innovative products.

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Jury's verdict in Apple vs Samsung case threatens far reaching consequences

05/02/2014, 08:05 am

The jurors deciding the outcome of the second Apple vs Samsung trial haven't yet returned a verdict, but their options are limited to a few possible outcomes, ranging from a fiery thermonuclear blast to a wintery new Dark Ages.

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Future Apple docks could feature self retracting connectors to prevent breakage

05/01/2014, 04:05 pm

Apple has shown interest in building a docking station for devices like the iPhone and iPad that would retract the connector when the "iDevice" is being removed, preventing damage to both the dock and the device.

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Future MacBook keyboards may come loaded with in-key displays, capacitive touch sensors

05/01/2014, 05:05 am

While Apple's most recent innovations have come from portables like the iPad Air and iPhone 5s, a document uncovered on Thursday reveals a feature-laden keyboard with multi-function "keystacks" that integrate miniature displays, touch sensors and haptic feedback mechanisms.

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Future iPhone may use MEMS actuator for fast, efficient autofocus

04/29/2014, 06:04 am

While current iOS devices employ traditional voice coil motors for camera autofocusing duties, Apple is looking into a unique MEMS solution that could lead to much slimmer and more power-efficient handset designs.

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Appeals court rules Apple can sue Motorola, creates claim chaos for Data Detectors

04/25/2014, 01:04 pm

A U.S. appeals court ruled that Apple and Google's Motorola can sue each other over smartphone patents, overturning Judge Richard Posner's opinion from the summer of 2012. The court also sided with a claim construction that does not favor Apple, and may impact its case with Samsung.

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Future Apple devices may boast environmental sensor suite with built-in thermometer

04/24/2014, 06:04 am

A pair of documents unearthed on Thursday detail Apple's ambitions to make the iPhone -- or rumored iWatch -- a one-stop-shop for gathering all kinds of data, including information about a user's surrounding environment.

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Apple's display tech lets users interact with 3D objects in mid-air

04/24/2014, 04:04 am

A document discovered on Thursday describes an interactive three-dimensional display system that allows users to "touch" objects in mid-air, presenting the illusion of an advanced hologram.

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After putting Google on the hook for infringement of iPhone patents, Samsung lied about it

04/22/2014, 11:04 pm

Even more startling than the news from today's trial that Google offered to indemnify Samsung for Android's infringement of Apple's iPhones patents is the fact that Samsung falsely stated in court filings that that it had not been "seeking indemnification from any third party."

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Apple tech takes on distracted driving, blocks users from texting while behind the wheel

04/22/2014, 06:04 am

A new piece of technology unearthed on Tuesday shows Apple has developed iPhone technology that automatically shuts off texting capabilities when it is determined that a user is driving, helping to mitigate potential accidents resulting from in-car distractions.

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Apple's gesture-based unlocking tech channels Android's pattern lock screen

04/17/2014, 06:04 am

New documents unearthed on Wednesday show Apple was toying with a gesture-based unlock function for its mobile devices some four years after the idea was introduced in the Android operating system. Cupertino's version, however, is arguably far more advanced than even the latest designs from Google.

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Samsung email targeted Steve Jobs' death as "our best opportunity to attack iPhone"

04/16/2014, 03:04 am

Samsung executives discussed Steve Jobs' passing as "unfortunately" having an "unintended benefit for Apple," and at the same time, "our best opportunity to attack iPhone," in internal memos marked "highly confidential," presented in the Apple v. Samsung trial.

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Samsung braced for "iPhone 5 Tsunami," targeted an "attack" on Apple's customer base

04/15/2014, 06:04 pm

New confidential internal memos presented in the Apple v. Samsung trial detail a "counter tsunami plan" Samsung hoped to set up in response to Apple's iPhone 5 launch, in order to distract from its own Galaxy product vulnerabilities it described as "plastic feeling" with "lack of key feature."

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Apple tech uses Wi-Fi access points for indoor navigation, 3D positioning

04/15/2014, 05:04 am

While most mobile devices rely on GPS for mapping and navigation, the system only works outdoors and in range of satellite timing signals. However, new technology from Apple could extend accurate positioning indoors without need for additional hardware aside from existing Wi-Fi infrastructure.

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Android docs reveal before iPhone, Google's plan was a Java button phone

04/14/2014, 03:04 am

Before and after versions of Google's internal "software functional requirements" documents released in the Apple vs Samsung trial this week show that prior to Apple's 2007 iPhone debut, Google's vision for Android was a simple button phone running Sun's Java.

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Florian Mueller backs Samsung legal strategy of trivializing Apple's technology

04/13/2014, 09:04 pm

A prominent patent law blogger has again raised the argument that Apple's patented features have very little value, while stopping short of saying that Samsung should just stop using the infringing technology.

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Apple opts out of latest patent acquisition fund from Intellectual Ventures

04/11/2014, 08:04 am

Prominent patent buyer Intellectual Ventures won't be able to count Apple among the participants in its latest IP purchase, as the iPhone maker has apparently opted out of its latest investment.

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How Samsung & Google teamed up to steal Apple Data Detectors for Android

04/10/2014, 06:04 am

Apple's critics contend that it either doesn't have innovative inventions worthy of patents, or has grossly overestimated the commercial value of its patents. Apple Data Detectors is one example that proves both ideas are wrong.

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Samsung's 'Beat Apple' memo: 'Threat from Apple extremely real and urgent'

04/07/2014, 05:04 am

While the tech media has devoted lots of attention to Apple's concerned reaction to Samsung's 2012 marketing blitz, evidence likely to be presented during the Apple vs Samsung trial shows that it was Samsung that targeted its attention on "beating Apple" as its "#1 priority" for 2012.

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