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Topic: patents

Apple patents automatic 'station tuning' for broadcast and streaming audio, video content

01/21/2014, 04:01 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent for a system that analyzes on-board, broadcast or streamed audio and visual media content to create a custom tailored playlist that can switch between sources to deliver an optimal user experience.

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Apple FaceTime invention uses face morphing, image matching to keep video smooth

01/16/2014, 06:01 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple invention that replaces frames dropped during a low-bandwidth FaceTime call with pre-recorded or doctored images, thereby creating the illusion of a seamless feed.

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Apple details secure 'touchless' e-wallet strategy in patent filing

01/16/2014, 05:01 am

Apple has been coy in revealing its plans for a touchless payment solution, but a patent filing discovered on Thursday gives clues as to where the company is headed.

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Apple's patented GUI compensates for iPhone motion, minimizes errant touches

01/14/2014, 06:01 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded an interesting patent describing a graphical user interface that offers a solution to inadvertent input errors users may see when interacting with a touchscreen while moving.

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Apple's 3D video editing patent hints at future Final Cut Pro features

01/14/2014, 05:01 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a software-driven method of processing and editing 3D video, hinting that the feature may show up in a future version of Final Cut Pro.

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Google doubled patent filings in 2013 as battle with Apple intensifies

01/13/2014, 10:01 am

As a proxy war rages over Android in courtrooms around the world, Apple and Google are racing to stockpile key intellectual property in a bid to stave off a legal extinction event, with Google in particular seeing its patent filings surge last year.

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Apple's 3D recording concept could allow user-generated 'street views' in Maps

01/07/2014, 11:01 am

Apple was awarded a patent this week for a concept that could allow users to crowd-source street-level, three-dimensional mapping data by simply taking pictures on their iPhones and sharing them with the world.

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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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