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    Okay, so do you have an iPad Pro? With an Apple Pencil? You might want to be on the lookout for a new Apple Pencil that can act as a flashlight, a camera, an eyedropper or paintbrush tool or even an actual pencil — but all of it smarter. It's only a possibility, but Cupertino may be up to the challenge of making such a pencil as it has a patent for it, dating back all the way to 2012. Sure, with such tiny tips, fiddly handling could be expected. In fact, the lack of elegance in the whole act doesn't sound like something Apple would promote. But perhaps a beautiful accessory deserves ...

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    Well, it seems like we've found our new main vertical to cover here at Pocketnow and that's the smart contact lens. Seriously, first Samsung shows up at Korea's patent office with something people have been calling a "Gear Blink," then Sony's all up in the USPTO with a "contact lens and storage medium." Yep, putting on a contact lens to record pictures and video and store it in an extremely tiny disk of sorts. And yes, you blink to snap. And believe it or not, but Sony wants to figure out autofocus and OIS. You know, on a scale the size of your freaking cornea. All we can do for now, ...

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    Have you ever texted a friend about how cool Khloe Kardashian is — because, you know, your appetite for reality TV stars is just that big — and ended up talking about how fat she was? You know, because autocorrect decided that her name was actually Khloe Lardasses? Surely, there are some pretty bad examples of autocorrect misfires and overcompensations out there and there's only so much an explanation will do. But why not make iMessage handle the explanation for you? An Apple patent application shows off how that could happen. If you send a message that features autocorrected words, ...

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    More from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo as we've heard from him about iPhones old and small in investment note after investment note. This one follows on from a previous note talking about the 2017 iPhone, whatever it will happen to be called. Kuo is following up on a branch he left concerning the main build material for that iPhone. Would it be ceramic? Plastic? Glass and metal? How about glass and glass? All-glass, even, as the analyst believes that the competition is aluminium-saturated at this point and that Apple will look to diverge from the pack it has been settling into and ...

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    Interaction layers are a mighty headache for developers who know them from the back of their hands. We regular folk only can grade how good of a job their interface maximizes use of those features by achieving or failing to do what we want to do with them. If an app has a ton of features available, you'd probably not want to see all of them in list form — you'd want a cleaner, simpler look that you can put your fingers on and manipulate properly. Apple has tried adding feature access using the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch. The Pocketnow jury thinks it's flopped. So, what will Microsoft ...

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    First-person-view cameras, sometimes called "action cameras," have been pretty popular in the marketplace. But while these cameras are fairly small, when attached to a human, they're not exactly low-profile. Google Glass shrunk down the camera and put it in an infamous pair of glasses. But Samsung may be onto something with a camera in a contact lens. SamMobile is reporting that the company has applied for trademarks on the term "Samsung Gear Blink" in both South Korea and in the US. Following on from that, a South Korean patent filing from Samsung showed off some art featuring a contact ...

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    The past six months have seen an explosion in dual-camera phones of one sort or another. The iPhone 7 Plus is rumored to be a continuation of that trend. We have photos from a very protective leaker in Taiwan as well as another source of what the component for those cameras looks like. [gallery ids="466954,466955,466956,466957,466958,466959"]   A dual-camera iPhone would not only be a first for the lineage, but a first in the industry for its implementation: one 12-megapixel unit shoots pictures at a standard focal length while another 12-megapixel camera will go telephoto by up to ...

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    BlackBerry might be thinking beyond the charging cable when it comes to plugging in your future smartphone. It has just announced two patent licensing deals with London-based International Game Technology and camera manufacturer Canon. IGT is specifically focused on the gambling and pay-to-play video gaming industries. Global Chief Product Officer Victor Duarte released a statement in BlackBerry's press release: The addition of convenient charging capability to the IGT CrystalCore®, CrystalDual™ and S3000® [video slots] cabinets provides our customers with another feature that enables ...

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    It's a day that ends in "y" and Apple just lost a patent suit, so that means it's court time again. Haptics technology company Immersion has filed suit against Apple and both AT&T and AT&T Mobility over what three patents it claims the defendants infringed. U.S. Patent No. 8,619,051 regards "Haptic Feedback System with Stored Effects," No. 8,773,356 is on "Method and Apparatus for Providing Tactile Sensations" and No. 8,659,571 concerns Immersion's "Interactivity Model for Shared Feedback on Mobile Devices" Immersion believes the following products infringed upon those patents: ...

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    For as much thought as we put into PINs, passwords, and biometric authentication on our phones, security often feels like an afterthought – or not thought about at all – when it comes to wearables like smartwatches. To an extent, that makes sense; after all, we're a lot less likely to accidentally lose track of a gadget that's securely strapped to our wrist. But as we start using wearables for more and more functions, maybe especially in terms of mobile payments, is it worth thinking a little more about how to properly secure them? Samsung seems to be doing just that, and a recently ...

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    Apple thinks it has won. It won't let Samsung believe otherwise nor will it see to the Supreme Court considering so. In a brief in opposition against Samsung's lawyers' request for a hearing in Washington, Apple believes that the district court ruling on design patent infringement and the resulting damages aren't worthy of a SCOTUS review. Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents says in his analysis that Cupertino is backing its opposition with a lot of merit-based arguments, — arguments such as Samsung using its appeal to get away with what the district court ruled as patent infringement or ...

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    The saga between VirnetX and Apple has been running since about the start of the decade. It's now come to a blow against Cupertino. The Arizona-based patent holding company has successfully argued that Apple infringed four of its patents concerning VPN and FaceTime interfaces. An attorney for VirnetX said that the award was "well-deserved" while an Apple representative said "cases like this simply reinforce the desperate need for patent reform." Apple requested for the judge to declare a mistrial because the company believed that laweyers for VirnetX had "blatantly [misrepresented] the ...

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    Like we've said before, this two-camera hardware trend is one that we don't see dying for the moment. At least, the two-cameras-on-one-side buzz is still flying around. There's the Axon, the V10, the One M8 and the iPhone 7. Okay, the last one's a very iffy subject at this point. All we have to go on is a patent application filed by Apple. The patent goes into detail on a dual-sensor setup with a standard field-of-view lens attached to one of them and a telephoto lens to the other. Both sensors would be able to simultaneous take photos, both pictures would be saved as separate files which ...

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    Apple wants a gift from Samsung. It's money. Okay, it wouldn't be a gift, it would be a favorable judgment in court. After a crucial Apple patent that was part of the basis of the company's legal entanglement with Samsung was invalidated, Samsung paid up more than half a billion dollars in damages it owed to Apple. Samsung, in lieu of a reversal of judgment against the company, is waiting to see if it can make its case in the Supreme Court. Consider this next move a hiking of the stakes as a damages expert has asked Northern California District Court to allow supplemental damages to be ...

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    Wafting threats of sales bans after legal entrenchment have come between Apple and Samsung over the past few years. But as an ultimate solution is being waited upon, Taiwanese manufacturer HTC is dealing with a patent suit of its own and an oncoming stoppage of sales in Germany. Specifically, Acacia Research Group LLC out of Texas has won a lawsuit against HTC in a German district court and has been granted an injunction that bans sales of the manufacturer's devices through Deutsche Telekom. The ban could take effect within the month. Acacia is a patent licensing firm focusing on standard ...

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    China might be an industrial galaxy of sharing, caring and cannibalizing intellectual property, be it freely distributed or stolen from its rightful owners. But when a company that filed 45 lawsuits based on a vaguely-worded patent in 2012 comes back biting for more in late 2015 with Xiaomi on the verge of a product release ... well,  it's not really that exciting. Blue Spike, LLC has returned from three years ago to file a lawsuit against Xiaomi and Shenzhen-based web marketplace Tomtop for infringing upon a patent regarding its digital audio watermarking technology. The Xiaomi products ...

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    Legal papers are a thick bunch. The language within them is about as close as you can get to a non-Newtonian fluid on paper without being a cornstarch slurry. Apple and Samsung have written their hefty shares of it over the past several years and Judge Lucy Koh had written hers on the part of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. It turns out that the latest stage of play has both rival companies in agreement, or at least, — in the legal sense — a joint case management statement: Samsung will pay the $548 million due to Apple if it receives the ...

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    Will this end up being another strike against Samsung in future continuations of patent suits? Is the whole folding display thing overplayed already? When will those two childr-uh, companies stop fighting? We don't have the answers, just more questions as to what the heck Samsung is doing playing to its competitor in its patent art. Specifically, figures 1B and 5 are showing off an extended home screen that's been folded over one way and features a home row with an "iPod" app. You know, like Apple used to do with its older iPhones. Great. We're not sure who's laughing and who's fuming at ...

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    Yes, we know that Apple didn't invent the fingerprint scanner, nor was the company first at deploying it on mobile phones, but it's hard to deny that Cupertino did it best with the iPhone 5s. Today Touch ID has become so fast and practical that we even complain of its crazy speed at unlocking your iPhone 6s. Still, Touch ID is about more than just unlocking your phone, and a new Apple patent proves that. Apple has just filed a new patent called Fingerprint activation of a panic mode of operation for a mobile device, and the idea here is to give users an nifty way to protect their personal ...

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    Even though analysts debated if 3D Touch would be enough of a feature for Apple to be able to break more records with the iPhone 6s, it seems to have worked. 3D Touch, even though a tad confusing and inconsistent has been the only major update for the new iPhone, and sales continue to skyrocket regardless. The iPhone is actually the latest addition to other Apple products with this functionality, and today we learn of a new one. A new patent that Apple recently filed envisions the idea of a keyboard capable of Force Touch technology. The patent is called an "ultra low travel ...

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    Driverless cars are here and you could be buying them soon. How soon that will be, we don't know. So until then, enjoy the ride while you still can. And while you're on the road with a foot to the pedal, keep your hands on the wheel and not your phone. It always helps to get a smartwatch, though. Google has applied for a patent (US009037125) that the Patent and Trademark Office just published that signals a heavy reliance on a so-called "wearable computing device" that can tell if you're in a moving vehicle and, if so, if your wrist and arm movements constitute enough shiftiness to ...

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    James Bond movies are famous not only for the gadgets that were used, but also by the nifty ways that Bond would always survive to the craziest of attacks, and without ruining his attire. Most of these gadgets or safety devices were concealed beneath Bond's vehicles or gear, in a way that would only pop up when needed. Apple seems to think that it could use this same mentality to save you a few bucks in iPhone repairs with its new patents. Apple has just filed for an automated mechanism for protecting the iPhone display, and it looks like something right out of the movies. The idea is that ...

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    Even though Apple's processors are manufactured by Samsung, TSMC, and others, Cupertino has gained a lot of fame for designing them. At a time when processors have more cores than the average engine, Apple has figured out a way to keep its dual-core 64-bit technology on the cutting edge speed and power. The problem is that it seems that this technology wasn't really invented by Apple, and today it has to pay for it. The University of Wisconsin-Madison sued both Apple and Intel back in 2014 for the technologies used on certain Intel chips, and Apple's A7, A8, and A8X processors that powered ...

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    Companies are not in the business of losing money to those who steal their product ideas. But the path to patent protection in the process of profit gets dirty. Microsoft and Google have agreed to stop the mudslinging in some major disputes while Samsung and Apple might soon have to send lawyers up to Washington, D.C. But the University of Wisconsin-Madison has a bone to pick with Cupertino and a court is now in the process of determining how big that bone will be. Specifically, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, which licenses innovations made on behalf of the university, ...

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    Fingerprint scanners have existed for a very long time in smartphones, and that period extends much further when you consider laptops. The added security of a fingerprint scanner is simply unmatched by most of the other security alternatives out there. Still, the company that has popularized it most is Apple, and today we learn of the company's new plans. Apple has just patented a new “Finger sensing apparatus using hybrid matching and associated methods,” which in a nutshell is bringing Touch ID to the Mac. The patent considers bringing this technology to MacBooks, but also leaves the ...

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