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Topic: patents

Apple new touchscreen tech would use IR light to discern hard presses from soft

04/03/2014, 06:04 am

Using a combination of capacitive touch and infrared light sensing, Apple's newly revealed touchscreen technology concept allows users to accurately convey force applied to a touch surface without bulky physical hardware, opening new dimensions in GUI navigation and interaction.

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Apple may use bayonet mounts for interchangeable iPhone camera lenses

04/01/2014, 04:04 am

Apple is investigating the use of bayonet lens mounts -- one of the most common lens attachment mechanisms used in modern photography -- in its iOS device lineup, suggesting the company is mulling interchangeable lens accessories for its iOS device lineup.

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Samsung shifts strategy in second Apple trial, now claims all patents are worth very little

03/31/2014, 02:03 am

Apple's second patent infringement trial against Samsung begins today, outlining a battle that the two sides are waging in very different ways. Apple will be expanding upon its legal strategy outlined in the first trial, while Samsung is starting over with an entirely new tactic aimed at devaluating Apple's inventions so it can continue using them for virtually nothing.

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How Wikipedia's sloppy facts obscured reality in Apple vs. Samsung trial

03/28/2014, 01:03 pm

In 2011, the world's two most profitable mobile phone makers engaged in a global IP war that continues to this day. As Apple and Samsung prepare for their second trial, it's useful to review why many onlookers were so ill informed about the first one: Wikipedia.

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Apple exploring new iPad Smart Case with integrated multitouch keyboard

03/27/2014, 10:03 am

iPad owners might soon have a new, more compact option when choosing a keyboard to pair with their tablet as Apple is contemplating a redesigned iPad Smart Case with an integrated, multitouch keyboard.

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iPhone IP Wars: Nokia vs Apple vs HTC, Motorola & Samsung

03/27/2014, 08:03 am

In 2007 Apple introduced iPhone, emphasizing that virtually every significant aspect of its entirely new experience and industrial design was protected by patents. Three years later a global patent war erupted. Who's to blame?

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Apple tips hand on sapphire displays with patent for oleophobic coatings

03/27/2014, 07:03 am

While Apple remains coy about plans to incorporate sapphire into its product lineup, a new patent application published on Thursday suggests the company is at the least experimenting with the hard material for use in touch-capable displays.

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Apple's 'transparent texting' tech lets iPhone users safely message while moving

03/27/2014, 06:03 am

Apple is looking into technology that offers users an easier, safer, way to text and walk by making an iPhone's screen "transparent" during messaging operations through the clever use of live video.

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Apple exploring split cameras for thinner iPhones, location-based security

03/25/2014, 09:03 am

Future iPhones could be thinner and more secure thanks to technology outlined in two unique proposed inventions from Apple, covering adaptive security profiles and a new type of split-sensor camera.

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Japanese court says Apple's iPhones, iPads don't infringe on Samsung patents

03/25/2014, 08:03 am

Apple has once again defeated rival Samsung in the courtroom, this time in Japan, where it was ruled that the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPad 2 do not infringe on data communication patents owned by the South Korean electronics giant.

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Apple's smart iPhone power management system would track trends to boost battery life

03/20/2014, 10:03 am

iPhone owners may be able to go even longer between charges in the future, thanks to a new power management system Apple is exploring that would learn users' habits and dynamically adjust the handset's performance.

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Apple investigating stylus with extendable 'multitouch' nib, onboard light and motion sensors

03/20/2014, 05:03 am

Apple has shown interest in building a new intelligent, sensor-laden stylus that could draw lines of varying widths and shapes by extending a long, extendable "nib" that interacts with a multitouch display.

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Apple patents iPhone camera remote control with display, asynchronous notifications

03/18/2014, 05:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a wireless accessory that can control an iPhone's camera functions, allowing users to preview, snap and review photos remotely.

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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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