Archive for the ‘Patent’ Category

The simplest way to protect a treasured mobile gadget, is to purchase a case or cover that can cope with the inevitable scratches, scuffs and drops that a device will inevitably face during its lifespan. But not everybody is thrilled about the added bulk, particularly when most protective gear arrives with no guarantees that a device is completely safe from harm, and as such, mobile vendors are always looking for ways to increase the ruggedness of their roster. A new patent filing suggests Apple may have found a solution to the problem of dropping, and thankfully, it appears to do so without adding masses of rubber or silicone to the outer shell.

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If you thought Apple was going to follow what others are doing for smartwatches, you couldn’t have been more wrong. Or, at least, that’s what the iTime patent that the Cupertino-based company was granted is having us believe. The patent, as the name suggests, appears to be for a smartphone connected watch that doesn’t restrict itself to serving notifications from the accompanying device – it offers advanced features such as proximity sensing, wrist and arm gestures, GPS positioning and much more.

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Apple has already received plenty of plaudits for the way it has worked to try and reduce the number of iPhone thefts in big cities, but a newly discovered patent application shows that the firm isn’t resting on its laurels. Instead, if we’re reading this Thursday’s patent application right, Apple is working on technology that will analyze usage patterns in order to discern whether a device is in the hands of its rightful owner.

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They say there’s no rest for the wicked, and that’s never been more true for Apple’s lawyers after the Cupertino firm set about another attempt to put Samsung out of business in the United Stated while simultaneously taking the Korean company for as much as it can in the process.

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Solar power is one of those things that was once supposed to provide a fix for all of our power-based problems. Even though some companies are using solar energy to at least part fuel their datacenters, it has still not quite lived up to its billing. Solar energy has even been talked of as a way of powering our personal gadgets, too, but so far nothing has really come to fruition. Sure, calculators and keyboards exist that run on power generated from the sun, but that’s a far cry from keeping a power hungry iPhone juiced all day long.

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In the very latest Apple vs. Samsung court battle, the latter was ordered to pay its rival damages to the sum of almost $120 million, but as one might perhaps have anticipated, the Korean company is having none of it. John Quinn, Samsung’s lawyer in this particular case, has noted that the Galaxy maker will request that the award of damages be reduced to zero, which is a rather brazen step given the size of the initial award.

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The jury has finally reached a verdict in the round two of Apple vs Samsung trial and has found Samsung to have infringed on two out of five patents of Apple. As a result, Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple around 120 million dollars ($119,625,000 to be exact) in damages, a far cry from $2.2 billion which Apple asked for.

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Along with the iPhone 5’s release back in late 2012, Apple also took the wraps off its new EarPods earphones, which represented a marked improvement upon the previous ear buds in terms of design, audible output, and comfort. Aside from packing a mic and some basic controls, there wasn’t really much else to tell about the EarPods, but a new patent filing by the Cupertino company suggests that an accelerometer and beamforming mics could be thrown in to an improved edition, allowing the peripheral to include its very own voice-recognition facility.

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Apple’s approach to the cameras that it puts in its iPhones has always been rather different to some of its competitors. Nokia likes to throw as many pixels at its cameras as it can, and Samsung tends to follow a similar theme with the cameras that it puts in its Android smartphones. Apple, instead, likes to stick with its 8-megapixel shooter but to tweak it, adding features in both hardware and software that will make it shine when it counts; in the photos you take.

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Every year, a new trend seems to hit the smartphone market, and if it isn’t large displays or gold color configurations, then it’s the manufacturers’ new found love for a curved display. Naturally, Samsung was first to the draw with the Galaxy Round, closely followed by its compatriot LG with the impressive G Flex, and although an iPhone featuring an angled panel would seem quite a way off right now, a newly-awarded patent suggests that the Cupertino company is very much considering it.

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Apple’s Siri voice-recognition technology might not yet have made waves among the iOS-using community, but the implementation first seen with the iPhone 4s back in 2011 shows no sign of disappearing. We’ve already seen how the likes of Honda and General Motors announce plans to include the Siri Eyes Free technology into upcoming production cars, and now, a new patent filing from Apple suggest that it too is ready to take Siri to the next level. Published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, the filing outlines a speaker dock system that includes Siri integration, which would be interacted with via the in-built speaker system.

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Apple’s Touch ID had been rumored to be on its way to devices for some time, and when it was finally unveiled as part of the iPhone 5s we all marveled at how Apple managed to take a fingerprint sensor and build it right into the Home button to the extent that you wouldn’t know it was there. These things always seem even more impressive when shown as part of an exploded diagram, which is why everyone should take notice of the fact that Apple’s Touch ID is now part of a patent application with the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

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