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Topic: patents

Apple exploring Kinect-like iPhone motion sensor, force-detecting MacBook trackpad

03/13/2014, 10:03 am

Two new Apple patent applications published Thursday shed light on the company's research into bringing three-dimensional imaging to mobile devices, as well as enabling more immersive ways to interact with laptop computers.

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Apple invention improves accuracy of wrist pedometers, points to future wearable device

03/13/2014, 05:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application covering a smart wrist-mounted pedometer that can automatically determine its location on a user's body and compensate for missed steps using advanced processing algorithms.

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Apple tech monitors device aging, adjusts operating parameters to ensure optimal performance

03/11/2014, 07:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent describing a method of monitoring the aging of a device's electronics, comparing the data with a global average and modifying operating parameters to maximize performance, battery efficiency and user experience over the product's advertised lifetime.

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Apple exploring device pairing with Touch ID, camera privacy using diffusers

03/06/2014, 10:03 am

A pair of newly released patent applications detail potential future capabilities for Apple devices, with the first detailing a system by which two devices could be paired using biometric information, like a fingerprint, while the second details a method to display camera information using electronic diffusers.

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Apple's 'attack detection mode' would protect iPhone owners in emergency situations

03/06/2014, 06:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent filing describing a unique mobile device feature that can automatically request assistance if it is determined that a user is in distress.

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Apple patent may allow iPhone users to snoop on voice mails for live call screening

03/04/2014, 05:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday assigned Apple a patent covering passive audio call screening via an off-site voicemail service, a feature that can theoretically be applied to cellphone platforms like the iPhone.

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Apple's dynamic user interface would adapt to user's proximity, allowing control from close & far

02/27/2014, 10:02 am

Apple has shown continued interest in a new input method that would use advanced sensors to detect gestures, movements, location and distance from a user, allowing a person to easily transition from physical input up close to gesture controls from afar.

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Apple sues Chinese government agency over Siri patent dispute

02/24/2014, 09:02 am

Apple has targeted both a Chinese government agency and a Shanghai-based company in a new patent lawsuit related to the ownership of Siri, the voice-driven personal assistant found on iPhone and iPad.

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Apple's smart magnet tech could spawn new class of connected iPad accessories

02/20/2014, 05:02 am

An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday describes an intelligent magnetic attachment system that provides an interface for an iPad to connect and communicate with a variety of accessory devices, including other iPads.

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Apple patents MacBook with illuminated touch controls in chassis, bezel & frame

02/18/2014, 08:02 am

A new patent filing reveals Apple's experimentation with a touch-sensitive MacBook chassis, which would offer the ability to sense a user's touch across a notebook's entire bezel, potentially allowing the company to eliminate physical buttons and allow for a more intuitive computing experience.

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Apple patents sensor-packed health monitoring headphones with 'head gesture' control

02/18/2014, 05:02 am

In one of the earliest pieces of evidence pointing to Apple's push into the fitness and health monitoring field, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted the company a patent for a biometric headphone system that can sense a variety of metrics including temperature, heart rate and perspiration levels.

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Apple's Tim Cook met with Samsung CEO in failed attempt to resolve patent dispute

02/14/2014, 09:02 am

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung mobile chief Shin Jong-Kyun met in the U.S. last week but were unable to hammer out an agreement that would end their long-running intellectual property battle, Korean media reported on Friday.

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Apple wants to stop, track down spammers with automated disposable email addresses

02/13/2014, 05:02 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application describing a system that thwarts spam mail by automatically generating and handling "disposable" email addresses, all while being transparent to the end user.

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Apple invents enhanced autocorrect tool and automated language input selection

02/06/2014, 07:02 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a pair of Apple patent filings, one describing a unique autocorrect system and another detailing a method in which a message's keyboard language is automatically selected based on contextual cues.

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Apple intensifies research into quantum dot-enhanced displays

02/06/2014, 05:02 am

A trio of patent applications published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveal Apple is conducting in-depth research into quantum dot-enhanced electronic device displays.

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Hit with another $2B damage claim, Apple joins Google in pressing Supreme Court to curb patent abuse

02/05/2014, 09:02 am

As Apple prepares to defend itself against a multi-billion dollar patent infringement claim in Europe, the company has aligned with rival Google in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow stiffer penalties for patent trolls who bring frivolous lawsuits.

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Apple patents inductive charging pad with orientation-based device docking functions

02/04/2014, 04:02 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for switching docking functions, such as data syncing, diagnostics or charging, based on the orientation of a device while laying on an inductive charging pad.

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Apple reveals sapphire covered iPhone display, vehicle location in patent filings

01/30/2014, 05:01 am

Among Apple's 41 patent applications published on Thursday were properties covering sapphire window manufacturing for iPhone displays and camera covers, as well as a method to automatically save the location of a parked car.

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Apple details pressure-sensitive iPhone touchscreen in patent filing

01/30/2014, 05:01 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent describing a device with built-in pressure sensors that work in concert with touchscreen input to provide enhanced UI navigation.

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Apple granted two patents for interchangeable iPhone camera lenses

01/28/2014, 05:01 am

Apple on Tuesday was issued two patents covering different methods of attaching lenses and camera modules to a portable electronic device, including a magnetic solution that incorporates a motor for physical optics adjustments.

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