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Topic: patents

Apple wants Siri to be able to search your iPhone photos

12/26/2013, 09:12 am

Starting with iOS 7, Apple began automatically sorting users' iPhone photos based on time taken and location. But a new patent application reveals the company is interested in taking it one step further, and allowing Siri to sort through iOS photos based on voice search and tagging.

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Apple patents accurate touch and hover panel, embedded heart rate monitor

12/24/2013, 04:12 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted two iOS device-targeted patents, one for a "touch and hover" display panel that is made more accurate by compensating for signal drift, and another for heart rate monitor that can be seamlessly integrated into a handset.

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Apple patent consortium Rockstar reportedly in talks for partial asset selloff

12/23/2013, 06:12 pm

The Apple-backed Rockstar Consortium, a group of high-power tech giants that purchased $4.5 billion worth of Nortel patents in 2011, is reportedly in discussions to unload a portion of the properties as it can't find licensees for the IP.

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Apple hints at future Maps app in 'layered map' patent filing

12/19/2013, 07:12 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application that takes the company's existing mapping apps and extends them to new levels of interactivity with data-rich layered viewing modes.

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Apple investigating quantum dot-enhanced displays for greater color accuracy

12/19/2013, 05:12 am

An Apple patent application published on Thursday reveals the company is actively researching advanced quantum dot-enhanced displays, a next-generation technology that has the potential to reproduce highly accurate and vivid colors.

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Apple patents 'desk-free' computer with intelligent, laser-powered projector and wireless charging

12/17/2013, 05:12 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday awarded Apple a patent for a completely wireless portable computer that uses a projection system, rather than a conventional LCD display, as its primary mode of visual output.

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Apple looks to curb Web browser UI spoofing using real-time camera images

12/12/2013, 06:12 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent filing for an anti-spoofing method in which camera output, as well as data from other on-board sensors, are used to change a browser's GUI in real-time.

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Former head of Google patent strategy appointed to run U.S. patent agency

12/12/2013, 01:12 am

Michelle Lee, who until July was running Google the firm's patent strategy, has been named the deputy director of the US Patent and Trademark Office, and will run the agency until a new director is appointed.

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Apple patents tech for making curved touch surfaces, displays

12/10/2013, 04:12 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday awarded Apple a patent that describes a method for efficiently manufacturing curved touch surfaces, suggesting the company may be experimenting with curved iOS device displays.

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Apple's 'smart dock' would give Siri a permanent place in the home

12/05/2013, 06:12 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application detailing a full-function "smart dock" that continually listens for cues to activate and communicate with the voice recognition functions of docked devices, like the iPhone and iPad.

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Apple investigating ways to add depth to iPhone photos

12/03/2013, 10:12 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark office on Tuesday revealed a newly-granted Apple patent that details a method for capturing stereoscopic image data in software, a possible precursor to a depth-enabled photography mode for the company's mobile devices.

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Future iPhones may unlock, hide messages based on a user's face

12/03/2013, 05:12 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent that uses facial recognition technology to control a computing device, like an iPhone, iPad or Mac, allowing for a more secure and productive operating environment.

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Apple patents Lytro-like refocusable camera suitable for iPhone

11/26/2013, 05:11 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday awarded Apple a patent for a camera system that uses a microlens adaptor to enable refocusing of an image after the initial shot is taken, much like the Lytro light-field camera.

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Jurors credit CPA witness for Apple's $290M victory in Samsung patent retrial

11/22/2013, 08:11 am

Apple's expert witness on damages, a certified public accountant from Chicago, was the person who sealed the iPhone maker's victory in its patent infringement retrial against rival Samsung, according to members of the eight-person jury.

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Jury awards Apple $290 million in patent infringement case with Samsung

11/21/2013, 03:11 pm

A jury of eight granted Apple $290 million in damages from rival Samsung on Thursday, in exchange for the South Korean electronics maker copying the patented software and hardware designs of the iPhone and iPad.

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Apple files patent for Touch ID sensor found in iPhone 5s

11/21/2013, 01:11 pm

The United States Patent & Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application covering the electronic packaging and sapphire lens of the company's new Touch ID fingerprint sensors.

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As Apple-Samsung trial drags on, jurors deliberate their lunch options

11/21/2013, 10:11 am

More than week into the retrial between Apple and Samsung, jurors are still deliberating how much money to award Apple for patent infringement by Samsung. But the jury has already come to a negative conclusion about their daily sourdough bread sandwiches.

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Apple's Siri may offer crowd-sourced answers to user queries

11/14/2013, 06:11 am

Apple's Siri may soon get more of a human touch as the Cupertino company is investigating the viability of using crowd-sourced information to broaden the virtual assistant's answer database.

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Apple's pressure-sensitive touchscreen possibly revealed in patent

11/12/2013, 05:11 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday published an Apple patent describing a "button" that is not only touch sensitive, but can detect multiple levels of pressure, allowing for an input method advanced beyond anything available today.

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Apple scores back to back wins vs. Google's Motorola in German, ITC patent cases

11/08/2013, 05:11 pm

Apple gained two favorable court decisions in its patent battles with Google's Motorola subsidiary today, one in Germany and other at the U.S. International Trade Commission.

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