New camera patent will allow Apple to build slimmer iPhones and iPads

By on April 29, 2014 at 6:04 PM.

New camera patent will allow Apple to build slimmer iPhones and iPads

A patent granted to Apple could result in ultra-slim iPhones and iPads in the future. AppleInsider reports that the company has been granted a patent to use micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) in its camera’s autofocus module. More →
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Apple’s ‘transparent texting’ lets you text and walk

By on March 31, 2014 at 4:26 PM.

Apple’s ‘transparent texting’ lets you text and walk

US tech giant Apple has filed a patent for new technology that aims to make texting while walking safer by replacing the text background with a live video feed of whatever is in front of the smartphone user. Many smartphone users keep their eyes glued to the screens while texting and walking which can cause them to stumble over or bump into obstacles. Apple's 'transparent texting' aims to solve this problem by overlaying messages on a live video feed from the rear camera of the smartphone. This will allow users to see what is happening beyond their phone and text at the same time. More →
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Future Samsung cameras might have awesome transparent displays

By on March 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM.

Future Samsung cameras might have awesome transparent displays

Samsung has filed a new patent in South Korea, the Wall Street Journal reports, in which it describes a new camera concept that apparently fixes a camera issue users may have not been aware of – the lack of direct eye-contact. The patent proposes a device with a transparent screen, that will allow users both to look at pictures that were taken with the device, but also see the subjects of their photo sessions through it while taking photos. More →
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Samsung has designed a smartphone with an insane 21:9 aspect ratio

By on March 13, 2014 at 11:08 AM.

Samsung has designed a smartphone with an insane 21:9 aspect ratio

Forget bringing back the flip phone — could Samsung be trying to resurrect the old-school candy bar phone? SamMobile has spotted a newly filed Samsung patent for a smartphone that has a 21:9 aspect ratio, which would likely make it the longest smartphone ever. More →
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New Samsung inventions could change the way we use Galaxy phones

By on February 16, 2014 at 11:15 AM.

New Samsung inventions could change the way we use Galaxy phones

Samsung is apparently interested in further improving the security of mobile devices that come with stylus support, such as the future Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, as well as the speed of launching certain applications, a new patent application discovered by Phone Arena reveals. Entitled “Mobile Device, and method for releasing lock of the mobile device via handwriting recognition,” the patent describes methods of unlocking the screen of a mobile device by using a handwritten signature instead of a lock pattern or a PIN code. More →
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Could future Apple devices actually come with… a stylus?

By on January 31, 2014 at 11:26 AM.

Could future Apple devices actually come with… a stylus?

Apple cofounder Steve Jobs was always very vocal about his dislike of styluses, the electronic pens that Samsung has brought back into fashion with its Galaxy Note series. And while it’s not likely that Apple will include a stylus in its own upcoming phablet that it’s set to release later this year, a new patent filing revealed this week shows that Apple has at least batted around the idea of making a stylus for its mobile devices. More →
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Apple is working on an amazing new camera system for future iPhones

By on January 29, 2014 at 1:21 PM.

Apple is working on an amazing new camera system for future iPhones

The quality of photos captured using cameras in leading smartphones like Apple’s iPhone lineup has gotten very impressive over the past few years. As smartphones get thinner and pack more technology, however, there’s only so much vendors can do in that small amount of space. New technology Apple is currently developing will look to tackle the issue by moving some of the heavy lifting outside of the phone itself and into a series of lens attachments that could dramatically extend the iPhone camera’s capabilities. More →
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Apple’s imminent attack on mobile payments comes into focus

By on January 17, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

Apple’s imminent attack on mobile payments comes into focus

A new Apple patent application reveals that the company is interested in secure wireless “iWallet” payments based on various wireless technologies including Bluetooth Low Energy (LE), Wi-Fi and near field communication (NFC), Patently Apple reports. While the iBeacon Bluetooth LE-based technology isn’t specifically mentioned, it makes sense to assume that the company would employ iBeacons for a wireless payment solution in stores including its own, in the event that the wireless payment methods described in this patent are actually used in the future. iBeacons have already been deployed in Apple retail stores, with the technology seeing popularity with other companies as well – Major League Baseball will use iBeacons in stadiums, while a recent scavenger hunt was organized at CES 2014 based on iBeacons. More →
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Exciting new features that could come to Siri have been uncovered

By on December 29, 2013 at 11:25 AM.

Exciting new features that could come to Siri have been uncovered

A newly awarded Apple patent describes a technology that would allow the Siri voice-based virtual assistant that’s currently available on various iOS devices to help with photo cataloging and image searching in the future, MacRumors reports. The patent, called “Voice-Based Image Tagging and Searching” and awarded to Apple on December 26 after being filed earlier in March, identifies photo management as a time-consuming chore on mobile devices. It proposes “a simple, intuitive, user-friendly way to tag photographs” that includes “voice-based photo-tagging, automatic photo-tagging, and voice-based photo searching implemented at an electronic device.” More →
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Newly discovered Apple tech points to an exciting future for the iPhone

By on December 27, 2013 at 12:05 PM.

Newly discovered Apple tech points to an exciting future for the iPhone

Apple has been granted two new patents that could change how users interact with iOS devices, AppleInsider recently reported. One newly awarded patent describes an intelligent display that can handle both touch and hover inputs while the second describes a heart rate monitor that can be embedded in devices. More →
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