Nokia Trademarks Zoom Brand Ahead of EOS Launch

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Ahead of the highly anticipated and rumored Nokia EOS launch on July 11th at a New York City event, smartphone-maker Nokia has filed for a trademark for the Nokia Zoom branding. The invitation to the event had teased about the ‘zoom‘ capabilities to expand Nokia’s expertise in the camera phone segment with its PureView venture, […]

Will Facial Gesture Unlocking Give You the Right to Act Weird in Public?

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Google had debuted a key security feature called Face Unlock on the Android 4.0 software release, but users eventually found out that holding a picture of the owner’s phone up to the device’s front-facing camera would unlock the device, supplanting the security benefits. At its core, however, Face Unlock does offer a lot of potential, […]

Hints of a Google Nexus Smartwatch Revealed Through Motorola Patent

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Motorola had filed for three patents for a smartwatch that may give hints to the rumored Nexus smartwatch that Google is working on, in addition to Google Glass. As adoption for smartphones and tablets peak, Google and other technology companies are exploring wearable computing gadgets like Glass and watches. The patent applications were initially filed […]

Samsung Design Makes It Easier to Bring More Tablets to More Bars

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Remember AT&T Mobility’s old “More Bars In More Places” ads? A Samsung slate design innovation may make it easier for consumers to take more tablets to more bars, or essentially make it easier for consumers to take large 10-inch tablets to more places. As it stands, the domicile of 10-inch tablets is usually the home […]

Apple Improving iPhone Flash Photography By Combining Multiple iPhones

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A new patent application from Apple seeks to improve the camera flash on an iPhone by combining multiple iPhone smartphones to give better lighting to a scene. This would be akin to using slave flashes in photography where multiple flashes or lighting sources can be triggered when the shutter button is activated. In the case […]

Apple’s Contextually Aware Digital Wallet Combines Passbook Features

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A recently uncovered Apple patent application for a contextually aware digital wallet may give hints to a more secure iPhone as a form of payment at physical retail stores. The Apple digital wallet would essentially compete against other NFC solutions, such as Google Wallet on Android and the ISIS wallet that’s prepped by a coalition […]

Apple Working on iPhone with Invisible Buttons

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It looks like Apple may be working on an iPhone model with invisible buttons that may launch in the future. It’s unclear what plans for this smartphone model would be from the historically secretive company, but a recently discovered patent application suggests that Apple could potentially move away from its visible iconic home button on […]

New Apple Battery Patents Could Pave Way for iWatch, Slimmer iPhone

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Newly uncovered patents related to battery technology being developed by Apple could open the doors to devices with new form factors, including the much anticipated iWatch smartwatch, as well as slimmer iPhone, iPad, and MacBook notebooks. Unlike traditional flat or cylindrical batteries, Apple is working on new battery designs that have different shapes, including curved […]

Gaming Apple TV Controller, iCar Patents Fuel Rumors for New Apple Products

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Newly discovered Apple patent filings further ignite rumors of Apple entering new product categories, spurring speculations that the company will enter the home console gaming market through its set-top Apple TV streaming box as well as further integration of its iPhone and iPad into cars serving as remotes. These patent filings were unearthed just a […]

Apple Explores ‘Street View’ for iOS Maps in Latest Patent, Next Stop iCar?

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In the latest Apple-submitted patent filing to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, it appears that the iPhone-maker may be exploring options to bring a Google ‘Street View‘-like feature to the Apple Maps application for iOS. With iOS 6, Apple had removed Google’s underlying code to power its Maps application on the iPhone, essentially shunning […]

USPTO May Have Paved the Way for Galaxy Note, Tab Mini Branding

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In its decision to refuse Apple’s application for a trademark on the ‘iPad mini’ moniker, the United States Patent and Trademark Office may have essentially opened the doors for other companies to use the term ‘mini’ as a size descriptor for their products. The USPTO says that the iPad mini name merely ‘merely describes a […]

Could a Unibody Ceramic Enclosure Make Its Way to 2013’s Budget iPhone?

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With Apple rumored to be releasing two new iPhone models this year, a budget entry-level model and a flagship iPhone 5S, it is now rumored that the iPhone-maker may be looking at ceramic for the body of the low-cost iPhone model. Rather than the plastic shell that’s been previously rumored for an entry-level 2013 iPhone […]

Android Tethering At Risk in Patent Dispute With Nokia

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In a patent battle between Android smartphone-maker HTC and Nokia, the issue of tethering on one of the world’s most popular mobile platforms may be at risk. Likely, Nokia will seek an import ban on troubled smartphone-maker HTC, but the two companies will probably work out a licensing agreement that will allow both parties to […]

Apple, Amazon Pave Way for Digital Garage Sale

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The problem with owning digital media today, such as copies of TV shows, movies, e-books, and music through services like Amazon and iTunes, is that you cannot transfer ownership of your content to someone if you want to clean house. Thanks to two recent, but separate, patents filed by Apple and Amazon, this could all […]

Google May Add Touch Gestures to Rear of Phones

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Google had filed for a patent that could potentially bring a touch-sensitive controller to the rear side of the phone so users can interact with the back, rather than the primary touchscreen, for simple touch commands. The backside touch controller would be used for basic tasks, like scrolling, turning the page of an e-book, or […]

Next iPhone Could Be Unlocked With Picture ID

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Apple has filed for a patent that could bring a new method to secure and unlock the next iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac computer by using and matching pictures with names. For example, the iPhone could choose a random picture–perhaps via your contacts in your address book or the tagged images in iPhoto through […]

Apple Patents Hidden Fingerprint Reader Ahead of iPhone 5S

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We had previously reported that the ‘S’ in the name of the Apple iPhone 5S could stand for security as it had been used to represent ‘S’peed in the 3GS and ‘S’iri in the iPhone 4S. Now, a recently filed patent shows that Apple is working on integrating more biometrics security components into mobile devices–including […]

Google Gets Patent for Multi-LED Flash on Camera Phone

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Google has recently been granted for an invention that would allow future smartphones and tablets to have multiple LED flashes to better expose a scene for a photograph. Google has shown a number of different arrangements for the LED flash to be embedded on the backside of a phone. In one image posted on Droid-life, […]