08/12/2011, Just when you thought patents couldn’t get any crazier, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos; and Amazon’s VP, Greg Hart; have been recently awarded a new patent that is likely to be in the running for gold in this year’s most ridiculous patent competition. And the patent in question? Why, none other than airbags for your cellphones of course! In the event you drop your phone from a high place, instead of […]
08/11/2011, Given the fierce competition between iOS and Android, it’s not surprising that Apple may eventually plan to move away from Google Maps and instead come up with something on their own. Actually this isn’t exactly a secret as it seems that Apple already has some of the framework in place, but as to when they will be able to roll it out still remains unknown.
08/04/2011, Back in June we reported on an Apple patent that suggested that Apple was looking into wireless charging for their devices i.e. the ability to charge your iPhone wirelessly via your iMac computer. It appears that in a recent patent discovered by AppleInsider, Apple has yet another method for charging your iOS devices and it will be through the use of your headphones.
08/04/2011, Earlier today, Google has posted a message on its corporate blog explaining how Microsoft, Apple and other high-profile companies ganged up to buy Novell patents with the goal of attacking Android or handset makers using Android. Such legal activities ultimately stifles innovation, Google said. This open letter was published by a Google executive, in a context of where HTC has to pay Microsoft royalties on Android devices it makes, and in which […]
08/02/2011, A while back Microsoft announced that there would be no tablets running on their mobile Windows Phone 7 platform, and to be honest it wasn’t all that surprising considering that they had recently unveiled Windows 8 which seemed to be rather tablet-centric in design. It also appears that Microsoft has a couple of patents filed that point to finger and stylus gestures that may very well be used in future […]
07/28/2011, Battery life on laptops is one of the features manufacturers tend to use in their marketing strategies, which the MacBook Air claiming to be able to run for 5-7 hours. Since laptops are naturally meant for mobility and portability, battery life does play an important role in deciding if a consumer would be willing to sacrifice power for longer battery life or would they favor power over longevity.
07/28/2011, A couple of years ago, parody news website The Onion put up a rather convincing video where Apple was showing off their virtual keyboard, which used a scroll wheel much like the iPod Classic to navigate the different letters of the alphabet. It was a good parody although given a recent patent filing that was discovered, it seems that a virtual keyboard for Apple’s computers may not be so far […]
07/27/2011, While patents aren’t a sign of things to come (most of the time, companies file for patent applications just to protect ideas that may or may not be used in the future); a recently discovered Sony patent shows a new direction it might be taking with its gaming consoles. And a weird one it is.
07/24/2011, While we all know that virtual keyboards will never replace physical keyboards anytime soon when it comes to speed and accuracy – engineers are constantly trying to make things better. The folks over at IBM recently filed a patent application for a new technology they’ve developed that is said to improve how virtual keyboards on touchscreens work.
07/22/2011, While it seems that in the past, Apple has not really displayed any indication that they might be making the move to 3D displays, following in the footsteps of other devices such as the HTC EVO 3D and the LG Optimus 3D, it appears that a recent patent filing revealed that Apple’s designs for a multilayer display will be able to display 3D images without the need for special glasses.
07/20/2011, We all know that HTC and pretty much every Android manufacturer could get into big trouble if Apple’s recent lawsuit succeeds. Combined with Microsoft’s patents (that HTC are paying off for its devices) things aren’t looking too good for Android right now. While Google is stepping in to try and prevent the downfall of the mobile platform, it looks like other companies are starting to plan ahead. According reports online […]
07/19/2011, HTC hasn’t been doing too well in its latest patent battle against Apple, with the ITC (International Trade Commission) ruling in favor of the Cupertino-based company in its initial judgment. In case you haven’t been up to date with the case, Apple filed a lawsuit against HTC to block sales of its Android devices that are allegedly infringing on Apple’s patents. The ITC has initially ruled HTC guilty of violating […]
07/15/2011, Uh oh, it looks like HTC might be in trouble this time around. After managing to evade Apple’s lawsuits earlier this year, the Taiwanese OEM was thrown another complaint from the fruity company earlier this week. And according to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) today – HTC has violated two of Apple’s patents.
07/12/2011, Fresh from battling with Samsung and Amazon, it looks like Apple is out for more blood. The Cupertino-based company has filed another lawsuit against the company it tried to take down earlier this year – HTC. According to reports Apple is targeting over a dozen HTC Android smartphones and the HTC Flyer tablet. Apple is aiming to block the sales of those Android devices it claims are infringing on Apple’s […]