Apple’s Future iPhones Could Detect Nuisance Callers

One of the features that was announced alongside the new Google Pixel 3 is screen calling feature, where users can better identify spam and nuisance callers. This is a feature that many had praised, with some even suggesting that Apple should definitely adopt it in future versions of the iPhone and iOS.


Microsoft Makes Some Of Its Patents Open Source To Protect Linux

Patent trolls exist and what usually happens is that they take vague sounding patents and go after big companies in hopes that these companies will choose to settle so that they’ll go away. Unfortunately not all companies, especially smaller ones, have the resources to deal with patent trolls, and in such instances it can break a company.


Apple’s Electromagnet Patent Could Protect iPhones & iPads When Dropped

When you think about how expensive an iPhone and an iPad is, you probably get that sinking feeling in your heart when you drop either device. Sometimes you get lucky and there is no damage, but sometimes you get a bit unlucky and the damage can be pretty bad, resulting in the device being rendered unusable.


Apple Patent Suggests At Improvements To The Apple Pencil

The Apple Pencil together with the iPad Pro have been lauded by creative professionals as being the perfect tool that allows them to draw and take notes on the go, thanks largely to the iPad Pro’s display which offers a fast refresh rate, and the Apple Pencil that has multiple pressure points and also a very low latency.


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Nintendo Patents Smartphone Case That Transforms It Into A Game Boy

The Nintendo Game Boy is one of most classic handheld gaming consoles of all time, and it is one of the more immediately recognizable devices. However Nintendo’s focus seems to be on the DS series of handhelds these days, but could the company be thinking of perhaps reviving the Game Boy somehow?


Apple Could Be Working On Water-Resistant Mac Keyboards

A lot of us tend to keep drinks around our computers, such as a bottle of water, a cup of tea or coffee, a can of soft drink, a glass of wine, and so on. There’s nothing wrong with that, but there is a danger in accidentally knocking our drinks over onto our keyboards, and given that most keyboards aren’t designed to be waterproof, it can damage them.


Apple Patent Will Tell You When Your Shoes Start To Wear Out

How do you determine when your shoes are about to wear out? There are some who might want a pair of shoes until it literally breaks apart on them, while others might throw out a pair of shoes once the grips on the soles have faded, but it seems that Apple wants a more hi-tech way of solving that “problem”.


Future iPhone Displays Could Be More Battery-Friendly

The displays on our smartphones are one of the bigger culprits when it comes to draining battery life. However with more manufacturers transitioning to the use of OLEDs which require less energy due to the fact that it does not use backlighting, we’re seeing an improvement on that front. However it appears that Apple might have plans to take it one step further.


Apple Patents Non-Invasive Glucose Monitoring Tech

Our smartwatches and fitness trackers have revealed certain data about ourselves that we might not have previously known, thanks to its built-in sensors like the heart rate monitor. Naturally the functionality of such devices is expected to expand in the future, and last we heard, Apple had plans to introduce non-invasive glucose monitoring to the Apple Watch.


Apple’s Self-Driving Cars Will Offer Countdown Before Taking Action

One of the problems that some have noticed with self-driving cars is that the actions taken by the car can sometimes be abrupt, such as turns, changing lanes, and so on, which can lead to passengers feeling sick or even uncomfortable. However it seems that Apple might have an answer to that problem, which is letting passengers know in advance.


Virtual Reality Shopping Could Soon Be A Walmart Feature

One of the joys and benefits of shopping in brick and mortar stores is that you get to see the product you’re about to buy. You can touch it, see it, smell it, and test it before deciding if it is right for you. Of course this also means having to take time out of your day to drive to the store, walk around, and so on.


Apple Toying With The Idea Of Using iPhones For Identification

Our smartphones are highly personal devices and in some instances, they can already be used for personal identification, such as storing driver’s licenses. However it seems that Apple is taking things one step further and suggesting that perhaps our iPhones could even be used as passports.


Apple Patent Hints At iMacs With Built-In Subwoofers

Speakers built into laptops, TVs, monitors, and all-in-one desktops aren’t usually the best-sounding speakers. However for the most part, Apple has done a decent job at making them sound better than you would expect, and now it looks like the company is exploring more ideas.


Amazon Patents Real-Time Accent Translator

Accents can be difficult to understand sometimes, especially if it’s an accent that you’ve never heard before. However Amazon thinks that they might have the solution in the form of a real-time accent translator which was revealed in a recently discovered patent by Patent Yogi (via TechCrunch).