02/18/2014, If you look at all the far fetched rumors, going as far back as two years, most will predict that Apple is either launching a full fledged HDTV set or launching a smartwatch in the very near future. Both products haven’t materialized as yet, and aren’t expected to anytime soon. These days though it seems that Apple has its sights on the medical arena. The company is reportedly working on […]
02/13/2014, The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today published an Apple patent application that describes a method which uses automated “disposable” email addresses to curb spam. According to the patent titled “Disposable email address generation and mapping to a regular email account,” this system would work at server level to weed out any incoming spam to the user’s primary email address.
01/30/2014, Apple has filed for a new patent related to iPad smart bezels. The idea is to transform the bezels on its tablet into areas that are capable of recognizing touch input, thus extending the range of functions and gestures available to users. This would certainly make the bezels much useful, though in the filing indicates that the tablets will have larger bezels. The iPads have had larger bezels in the […]
01/28/2014, Wait, what? Didn’t Steve Jobs absolutely loathe styluses? Wasn’t the iPad launched to annihilate all post-PC devices that required users to control them through a stylus? That’s true, to an extent. The fact remains that Apple has been pondering on stylus technology, trying to reinvent the wheel so to speak. We first saw a patent for one similar product back in 2012, and today the company has been granted yet […]
01/12/2014, Back in 2013 when Samsung announced the Galaxy S4 with more pomp and substance that we had ever seen, it showed off the new eye-tracking features that its latest smartphone touted. Its possible that the company might build up on that and offer a similar but much more advanced feature on its next generation Galaxy flagship, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5. A patent application was filed in Europe last year […]
12/30/2013, Nokia has been taking on HTC for patent infringement in a number of countries. It was able to get an injunction against the Taiwanese manufacturer in the UK and even went after the company in France as well as Germany. Last week it won an injunction against HTC in Germany which covers all Android devices that use USB ports for connecting to a PC, though HTC had the option to […]
12/30/2013, For nearly two years now we have seen both Apple and Samsung fight it out in court over patent disputes. Even though a verdict has been handed down that Samsung pay nearly $900 million to Apple for patent infringement, it appears that the case might not be resolved anytime soon, as Samsung still has the option to appeal and it is set to do so. Perhaps the best way to end […]
08/14/2013, A few days ago BlackBerry announced that its board had created a Special Committee to probe “strategic alternatives” such as partnerships, alliances and even a sale of the company. A former Palm executive has said that buying BlackBerry would be a bad idea and various sources have been cited in a new report saying that the company is not likely to be wholly acquired by the bigger fish in the […]
07/30/2013, The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted a new patent to Apple today. Titled “Image capture using luminance and chrominance sensors,” the patent describes using three sensors to improve photo color quality in a mobile device. Out of these three, one sensor would be for luminance whereas the other two would be for chrominance, this would allow the camera to capture better color detail in photos taken through the mobile […]
07/25/2013, Battery life is a very real concern with electronic devices. As internal components get bigger and better, the need for substantial backup power increases as well. A new Apple patent describes an intuitive battery management system that will be able to conserve much needed battery life. The system will work based on usage patterns to determine how much power the device needs between charges, it will be capable of powering […]
07/23/2013, If someone puts you on hold right now during a call, you get a notification on the screen telling that you’ve been put on hold. Sometimes, you might hear “elevator music” as well. Apple has been granted a new patent which details a feature that can change all that. The feature would allow iPhone users to entertain other iPhone users that they have put on hold by allowing them to […]
07/16/2013, The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a new patent titled “Projected display shared workspaces” which details technology that would integrate small projectors in future iPhone and iPads. Obviously being granted a patent doesn’t necessarily mean that the technology will be introduced immediately, but it does offer a hint as to what technologies Apple might debut in the future. Having a projector onboard iOS devices will greatly increase […]
07/07/2013, An Apple patent from December 2011 has been discovered which hints at the possibility of flexible batteries being used for the company's much rumored iWatch product.
07/04/2013, An Apple patent has been discovered which hints that crowd sourced traffic data might at some point be integrated in to the iOS Maps app.