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    Apple's investment in bringing sapphire technology to the iPhone proves that the company is interested in improving the durability of its smartphone lineup. Surely the company's plans came to an abrupt after the whole GT Advanced fiasco, but that isn't the only case where we've seen Cupertino bet its cards on durability. You might remember that a few years ago, the company filed a patent that would make iPhones smarter in the event of a fall, and if you don't, there's some new light on the subject. Back in 2011 Apple filed a patent called “Protective mechanism for an electronic ...

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    If you thought that Apple's intent to acquire Beats Audio was mainly focused on bringing better headphones to its lineup, we did too. Beats are sadly more famous for their design and marketing, and less for their audio quality, and it seems that Apple knows that as well. Apple has just filed a couple of new patents to improve its existing EarPod design, and we don't see Beats technology anywhere. Apple's new EarPod patent focuses on bringing new sensors to the headphones in order to increase audio quality, and noise cancellation accuracy. The design includes an accelerometer that will be ...

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    The biggest challenge we face every day with smartphones and tablets is the fact that we grew up with buttons, and not with a piece of glass that shows you one. If typing on a glass display provided you with a better experience, keyboards would be dead, and that same example can be used for video game controllers. We've seen Microsoft Research look for ways to solve this problem through haptic feedback, but Apple might have found a smarter way to do it. Apple's new patent focuses on creating a flexible display that can bend in order to create physical buttons whenever needed. A couple of ...

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    Even with all the buzz surrounding Samsung's smartwatch offerings, the bottom line hasn't proven to be as buzz worthy for this or any other company building wearables lately. Some customers seem to still be waiting for Apple to make its move later this year, and others simply feel that a smartwatch should look like the Moto 360. If you're on the list that believes Samsung could do better with its designs, it turns out that the company does too, and new patents reveal this. The USPTO has just granted Samsung a couple of patents that the company had originally filed since March of 2013. ...

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    We know that Apple wasn't the first to explore capacitive touch screens, but the iPhone did make the technology popular. Over the last couple of years, the iPhone's multi-touch technology has pioneered a new trend of ways to interact with mobile devices, up to the point of including computers as well. Obviously Apple hasn't stopped there, and a new patent reveals where the company wants to push next. Apple's new patent shows how the company is exploring the use if infrared technology in order to determine pressure sensitivity. This would allow a new trend of commands, where the device will ...

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    Ever since the launch of the original iPad, we've seen Apple explore different ways to build a case for it, and has succeeded in some, and failed terribly in others. The company even built a keyboard stand for the original iPad, which it decided to not continue after the launch of the iPad 2, for reasons it never made public. What the company has never done, is mix a case with a keyboard, and given how successful third-party companies have been with the concept, it seems Apple wants to take a stab at the market. A new patent reveals a new "Smart Case" with a keyboard attached to it. What ...

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    One of the coolest features of iOS 7 is really the one people take the most for granted. The concept of having everything work through layers of logical order is what makes it simple to move your way around. Still, Apple seems to want to take this concept a step further, as layers can also be applied to your surroundings if you want to. Apple is envisioning a new technology called "transparent texting" and the idea is that instead of having the messaging app show you the typical white background, the iPhone will detect if you're moving and portray whatever the back camera is capturing at ...

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    Apple's obsession for thin and light has been predominant ever since the launch of the original iPod more than a decade ago. It's definitely a pleasant experience to carry a phone in your pocket that you can barely feel, and Apple keeps pushing the bar in this department every two years or so, and a new patent reveals what the company might be trying next. Apple's new patent filing experiments with split camera technology. The idea is that one sensor would capture luma, or brightness, data, while the other could capture chroma, or color, information. The name of the patent is "Electronic ...

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    There's no denying that Apple has revolutionized the touch screen experience ever since the first-generation iPhone, and we've even seen more of that come to the way you can navigate around the iPad. At the moment, though sometimes cumbersome, you can navigate around apps and services with four-finger swipes on the iPad, though it does seem that Apple is just getting started. The company's new patent application shows a new iPad with pressure sensors in both the display and the bezel, in a way that would allow both pressure sensors to work together in order to provide users with a new ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Nokia's current marketshare within the Windows Phone ecosystem, even though that's not necessarily a good thing. We then talk about the Android 4.3 update to the Samsung Galaxy S 4, and who will be the lucky few to get it. Sony is up next as we talk about their plans for fast wireless charging for 2014. Then we go through Apple's retention of a patent that made a lot of damage to Samsung in previous years, and that could pose a threat. We end today's show talking about the Google Nexus 5 being leaked on the Google Play Store, and what to ...

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    Some interesting news have just happened, as the US Patent office has decided to uphold the patent No. 7,479,949 after pretty much invalidating it in December of 2012. Why is this important? Well if we all remember the Apple vs Samsung trial, among other lawsuits that included Palm and HTC, Apple has actually won cases against Samsung because of this particular patent, and it has been key in banning Samsung products years ago. This patent focuses on the iPhone's capability to ignore unintended swipes while you scroll from top to bottom or left to right. You'll notice that if you start ...

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    Nokia's PureView technology has proven to be quite the standard to beat when it comes to smartphone cameras. Whether it's the crazy amount of megapixels on the 808 PureView or the great low-light performance of the Nokia Lumia 920, this line of technology has proven to be quite successful among users and reviewers. Now with rumors of Nokia's EOS line-up coming up, many of us have asked ourselves what could be next for PureView, or if these are actually the same going forward, and their probable next move has just been published. Nokia has just filed a new patent that will allow your camera ...

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    Will the next iPhone have a curved screen? If a recent "leak" is to be believed, it's definitely a possibility. When you team that up with a recent patent application from Apple, that reality may arrive sooner than later. But why is a curved screen such a big deal? When the Samsung Nexus S came out with its curved screen I was under-impressed. Sure, the curved glass fit your face better than a flat slab, but the screen itself wasn't curved, just the glass. Later, the Galaxy Nexus followed suit, again with curved glass, not a curved screen. Both phones were somewhat unique in this ...

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    Rarely has the "lull" between trade shows given us so much to talk about. We kicked off the week with an exciting announcement welcoming two new members to the Pocketnow team, and since then we've barely been able to keep news, editorials, and videos on the front page long enough to read them. This feed is on fire. From ever-strengthening rumors about the HTC M7 and Samsung Galaxy S IV, to interviews with newcomers like Jolla, to new looks at old friends with BlackBerry 10, to modding and jailbreaking today's top smartphones, we've gotten a lot done since the last episode of the Weekly, ...

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    On the surface it all seems so absurd. Several days ago, various news outlets reported that LG Display (not to be confused with LG Electronics) asked for a ban on the manufacture and domestic sales of Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1, the tablet we weren't too impressed with back in August, which we reviewed in September, and which has failed to set the market on fire in the intervening months. How did this mediocre product get under the skin of Samsung's home-soil competitor? By allegedly breaching patents involving the angles at which the screen can be viewed. The LG-Samsung beef goes way ...

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