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Apple iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 Release Update: Patents Reveal New Slide-to

Apple iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 Release Update: Patents Reveal New Slide-to
Apple has been working on a range of patents including done describing a new -to-Talk iPhone and/or iDevice feature. The company has also reportedly filed for the patents describing new Push-to-Talk technology, social networking editing, avatar …
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New iPhone 6 case photos reaffirm big redesign, show relocated power button
A big report from an industry insider with a remarkably solid track record covered all of the key points when it comes to the broad-stroke details surrounding Apple's upcoming new iPhone 6 and the iPhone phablet. Basically, we're looking bigger screens …
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Unhappy Apple Rumor: 'iPhone 6' Might Cost 0 More
According to Jeffries analyst Peter Misek, the next iPhone may even come with a heftier price tag. In a company research report sent to The Huffington Post, Misek states: "Our checks indicate Apple has started negotiating with carriers on a $ 100 iPhone …
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Google Patents Tiny Cameras Embedded In Contact Lenses

Hand holding - zoomed in Google has a new patent application with the USPTO (via 9to5Google), which takes one of the basic concepts of Glass and extends it even further, embedding tiny cameras that could be embedded in contact lenses for various uses, including photographing what a wearer sees, or providing the basic input for a contact-based assistive device for the visually impaired. Google has previously detailed a… Read More

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Apple Rumor Roundup: iPhone 6 New Patents, iPad Air/Pro and 12-inch

Apple Rumor Roundup: iPhone 6 New Patents, iPad Air/Pro and 12-inch
The 12-inch MacBook Air may just be around the corner. Predicted by the Kuo in 2013, more evidence shows up supporting the production of the notebook. According to a report a patent sighting, the device may sport a trackpad with "force sensors and …
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MacBook Air with Retina Display to Arrive in 2014, Rumor Says
Notebook users have long been waiting for a Retina Display-enabled version of the MacBook Air, even with Apple revamping its thin-and-light last year with power-saving Haswell chipsets from Intel. With battery life improved on last year's MacBook Air …
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Apple Patents A Smarter, More Accurate Wrist-Based Activity Tracker

Apple has applied for a patent for an improved wearable pedometer design, according to a new filing published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider). The filing describes a way to vastly improve accuracy on wearable step counters, by determining where a user is wearing it and adjusting the way it analyzes movement as a result. The patent specifically details automatic detection of when it’s… Read More

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Apple Patents A Smarter, More Accurate Wrist-Based Activity Tracker

Apple has applied for a patent for an improved wearable pedometer design, according to a new filing published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider). The filing describes a way to vastly improve accuracy on wearable step counters, by determining where a user is wearing it and adjusting the way it analyzes movement as a result. The patent specifically details automatic detection of when it’s… Read More

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Apple Patents Sapphire Component Production Method As Manufacturing Facility Ramps Up

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Apple is moving fast on securing intellectual property related to the making and usage of sapphire glass, filing another patent related to the material recently that has been published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider). Previously we saw Apple file a patent for a method of attaching sapphire glass display windows to a device, and now its looking to insure that its method for manufacturing and shaping the material into forms usable in gadgets are legally protected.

The patent is fairly technical, describing how sapphire can be grown, the collected and polished down into wafers, as well as treated with various coatings including oleophobic coatings (the kind used on the iPhone to prevent fingerprints) and ink masking (presumably to enable printing of logos and other elements on the sapphire). Sapphire is a difficult material to work with in terms of manufacturing electronics, since it’s hardness makes traditional methods of cutting and shaping it more challenging.

Apple’s methods include using lasers to cut the sapphire into usable chunks, and it specifically mentions smartphone displays as one potential application. To get the material to where it needs to be for use in assembling phones and other devices, it describes a means by which it’s grown and then turned into cores which can be sliced into wafers. Those wafers can be sliced using lasers, which is both cleaner and faster than using machine grinding, which could be a clue into how Apple plans to make manufacturing sapphire components at scale cost-efficient.

A new report from 9to5Mac says that Apple is keen on ramping up its sapphire manufacturing plant in Arizona, which it will be running with GT Advanced Technologies as part of a $ 578 million deal. The facility should be live by February, according to 9to5Mac, and it will aid in producing “a new sub-component of Apple products,” say documents obtained by the blog. An earlier report also said that Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn was already doing test production runs using sapphire glass screens in assembling iPhones.

Apple gearing up for sapphire use on both the IP and the manufacturing front is a pretty safe sign that we’ll see this component feature prominently in future designs. In terms of timing, it’s likely that at this point we’ll have to wait until late this year before anything reaches consumers, but the wheels are turning, and the result could be much more durable devices.

Photo courtesy flickr user Joey DeVilla.

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Google and Samsung agree to license each other’s patents for 10 years

It’s no secret that Google and Samsung need each other given that Samsung dominates Android device sales. It only makes sense, then, that the two companies have just struck a deal to license each other’s patents for the next 10 years. In addition to …

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Google and Samsung agree to license each other’s patents for 10 years

It’s no secret that Google and Samsung need each other given that Samsung dominates Android device sales. It only makes sense, then, that the two companies have just struck a deal to license each other’s patents for the next 10 years. In addition to …

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Google and Samsung agree to license each other’s patents for 10 years

It’s no secret that Google and Samsung need each other given that Samsung dominates Android device sales. It only makes sense, then, that the two companies have just struck a deal to license each other’s patents for the next 10 years. In addition to …

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Google patents ads that offer a free ride to your next shopping spree

Having items shipped to our door when we order them — or even before — is nice, but a new Google patent flips things around and offers potential buyers an immediate trip to the store. Apparently, Mountain View’s toying with the idea of arranging …

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