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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...

Kinect-based parental controls a possibility?

10/03/2011, When one trolls for patents in a patient manner, sooner or later you would come up with a gem – as tech blog Geekwire found out recently, where they managed to discover a US patent for software that relies on Kinect hardware in order to scan a...

Microsoft patent uses 3D camera to determine user’s age

10/03/2011, A recently revealed patent by Microsoft has shown that the Redmond may have some interesting ideas involving a 3D camera that sees it merge with parental control. The patent suggests that Microsoft has plans for a 3D camera, similar to the one found in...

Microsoft patent reveals idea for a modular phone

09/27/2011, While our smartphones can be used for just about anything these days – checking our email, surfing the web, playing games, watching movies, what if one day we had a smartphone that came with interchangeable parts to accomplish those specific tasks?...

Samsung reportedly charging Apple 2.4% per 3G chip

09/26/2011, A few days ago we reported that Samsung was reported to have requested for a ban of the iPhone and 3G iPad in the Netherlands, claiming that Apple had infringed upon their patents which included a form of wireless technology used for 3G communications,...

Apple patent will let us pay parking meters with our iPhone

09/22/2011, NFC seems to be the buzzword as of late, what with Google launching their mobile payment service Google Wallet which uses the NFC chip in the Samsung Nexus S in order to conduct their transactions. While Apple has been rumored to bring NFC support in...