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Google’s driverless car receives patent

12/16/2011, Remember the driverless car from Google? Well, that might sound like a dream for some, and for control freaks, a nightmare, but either way, the driverless car is definitely something worth talking about and introducing a dividing factor even among close...

Apple patent reveals Kinect-like input for controlling computers

12/08/2011, It seems like gesture-based control is the in thing now thanks to a recent patent filed by Apple. The recently published patent revealed that Apple had plans to implement a system that would allow users to interact with their Mac computers via gestures, a...

Apple licenses touchscreen patent

12/05/2011, Apple is currently embroiled in their fair share of patent suits worldwide, that some of us out there might think that as a corporation, they are nothing but heartless executives who weigh down their potential competitors with heavy law tomes. Perhaps...

Google granted patent for pattern unlock screen

11/18/2011, While Apple may have patented the “slide to unlock” feature found on iOS devices and some non-iOS devices, it looks like Google may have been granted the patent for a pattern unlock screen, a feature we’re sure many Android users are familiar with.

Apple patent reveals new MacBook battery and SSD configurations

11/14/2011, Apple has patented many inventions and innovations in the past, some practical and some bordering on something you would expect from a sci-fi novel, but a recent publishing of Apple’s patents for their MacBook series of laptops might suggest that these...

Huawei in negotiations with Microsoft over Android patent licenses

11/08/2011, It looks like Microsoft has plans to add yet another Android manufacturer to their list of licensees, and this time round they have Huawei in their sights. Huawei has confirmed this and it seems that negotiations over the licensing of certain patents are...

NVIDIA Patents Tiny Computer

11/03/2011, Somewhere deep in the US Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO), there is a filing about a nano-computer designed by NVIDIA. From their description, the computer would roughly be as big as a USB key (40-60 x 10-12 x 5-10mm), but yet powerful enough to be...

Slide to Unlock Patent Goes to… Apple

10/25/2011, Most smartphones use a form of Slide to Unlock to go from the lock screen to the main menu. The feature was (I think) introduced in the original iPhone, and it’s not clear if there was prior work. In any case, Apple has been awarded the patent,...

Apple patent suggests a thinner MacBook Pro

10/21/2011, In case  you didn’t know, one of the reasons that the MacBook Air is so thin is due to the fact that it lacks an optical drive, which is also one of the features (or lack of) that separate it from the MacBook Pro lines. Well, it looks like Apple...

Apple obtains patent for for solar cell assembly

10/19/2011, If there is an Achilles heel for modern day smartphones, it would definitely be the lack of lasting battery power in a stock model. Having a case that has an extended battery attached to it does not count – we more often than not need to juice up...

Sony Ericsson is “patent safe” says CEO

10/04/2011, A lot of lawsuits are being thrown around in today’s competitive smartphone industry, with the most famous ones being the ongoing battle between Samsung and Apple. Instead of focusing on innovation and besting their rivals – companies seem more...