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Topic: patents

GT Advanced reaches bankruptcy deal with Apple, will sell off more than 2,000 sapphire furnaces to pay debt

10/21/2014, 05:10 pm

As part of its plan to "wind down" sapphire production operations after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, GT Advanced Technologies will reportedly sell more than 2,000 sapphire furnaces to pay off an outstanding debt to Apple.

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Apple's patented iPhone-based CarPlay remote starts cars, performs high-level functions

10/21/2014, 04:10 am

An Apple patent published on Tuesday could foreshadow future CarPlay functionality that allows users to unlocks car doors, start the engine and perform other automated tasks based on a user's proximity to their vehicle.

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Apple's patented flexible device display triggers data events through bending

10/07/2014, 05:10 am

Apple on Tuesday was assigned a patent detailing an interactive flexible device display that uses built-in sensors to detect bends or panel movement, which triggers a server request for multimedia content.

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Apple's next-gen iOS Remote app solution could boast full Apple TV GUIs, interactive content

10/02/2014, 06:10 am

An Apple patent application published Thursday describes a next-generation iOS Remote app system capable of translating the Apple TV's UI to smaller format iPhone and iPad screens, while streaming back external content like movie trivia from those same devices.

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Apple patents glasses-free interactive holographic touchscreen display

09/30/2014, 05:09 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for an advanced device display that uses lasers, micro lenses and sensors to not only output a three-dimensional holographic image, but detect how a user interacts with it in real time.

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Apple invents bone conducting EarPods for better iPhone noise cancellation

09/18/2014, 06:09 am

As part of an ongoing effort to improve the quality of iPhone voice calls, Apple is investigating a unique take on bone conduction technology that uses sensor-laden EarPods and multiple microphones to cancel out unwanted noise.

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Apple's patented physics-based iPad GUI translates file size into mass, supports intuitive gestures

09/16/2014, 05:09 am

In its quest to humanize computers and digital user interfaces, Apple has invented a physics-based GUI that assigns mass to files and folders based on their data size, allowing for novel, yet intuitive, user interactions.

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Apple exploring new ways of melting and feeding Liquidmetal for manufacturing

09/11/2014, 09:09 am

Apple is still working to perfect methods of manufacturing Liquidmetal parts, according to a new patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, with the company moving on to processes for melting the unique metal alloy and feeding it to casting and processing equipment.

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Apple's iPhone-based augmented reality navigation concept has 'X-ray vision' features

09/04/2014, 06:09 am

According to a pair of patent applications published on Thursday, Apple is investigating augmented reality systems for iOS capable of providing users with enhanced virtual overlays of their surroundings, including an "X-ray vision" mode that peels away walls.

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Apple invents method of hardening sapphire screens to reduce cracking

09/04/2014, 05:09 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent describing a method of implanting ions in a sapphire display structure, strengthening the already hard material without using chemical treatments.

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Apple exploring double-duty NFC, inductive charging coil for smartwatches, mobile phones

08/28/2014, 09:08 am

On the heels of a report suggesting that Apple's long-anticipated "iWatch" could be unveiled within the next two weeks, a new patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows that the company has continued to contemplate wireless charging solutions for just such a device.

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Apple wins patent for Steve Jobs-designed Fifth Ave glass cube

08/28/2014, 08:08 am

The iconic Fifth Avenue Apple Store glass cube, which was designed in part by legendary company co-founder Steve Jobs, is now a patented ornamental building design sanctioned by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Judge denies Apple injunction against Samsung devices in second California patent trial

08/27/2014, 05:08 pm

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh on Wednesday handed down an order denying Apple's motion for a sales ban against Samsung products a jury found to have infringed on three patents in May.

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Apple patent embeds physical iPhone control, feedback components beneath flexible display

08/26/2014, 05:08 am

In a new patent discovered on Tuesday, Apple details a flexible mobile device screen that deforms to reveal buttons hidden beneath its surface, accepts sound and pressure input and provides haptic feedback.

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Apple's interest in reversible USB plugs detailed in new patent application

08/21/2014, 09:08 am

While a reversible "Type-A" USB connector may not meet the specifications of a certified USB cable, Apple has nevertheless shown interest in building one, a newly published patent application reveals.

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Apple invention helps iPhone users find their parked car despite poor cell, GPS reception

08/21/2014, 07:08 am

A pair of Apple patent applications discovered on Thursday describe a system that automatically determines when and where a user parks their car, and later directs them back to the vehicle without requiring a data connection or GPS signal.

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Judge denies Apple bid to recover attorneys' fees from Samsung, releases $2.6M bond related to Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban

08/20/2014, 09:08 pm

U.S. district Judge Lucy Koh handed down two orders on Wednesday dealing with the first Apple v. Samsung California court trial, one denying Apple's motion to recover $16 million in attorney fees from Samsung and another releasing a $2.6 million bond posted to block sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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Apple reimagines the mouse with force sensors, haptic feedback

08/14/2014, 07:08 am

An Apple patent filing uncovered on Thursday describes an advanced mouse that employs sensors to measure the level and location of force exerted on its main button, as well as haptics systems for providing feedback.

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USPTO rejects claims of Apple patent asserted against Samsung in California trial

08/07/2014, 09:08 pm

The USPTO on Tuesday rejected multiple claims of Apple's '172 patent for autocompletion of text input, which the company successfully asserted in its second California court action against Samsung.

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Apple's future iPhones could hide FaceTime camera & flash inside earpiece grille

08/07/2014, 09:08 am

The clean and simple design of Apple's iconic iPhone could become even simpler, thanks to a new concept that describes concealing the FaceTime camera within the earpiece speaker slot, and even adding a camera flash module that would illuminate forward facing pictures.

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