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ZiiLabs Tales Samsung And Apple To Court Over Patent Infringement

Edwin Kee March 14, 2014

ZiiLabs Tales Samsung And Apple To Court Over Patent InfringementThe enemy of my enemy is my friend, or so the saying goes. While Samsung and Apple have been duking it out at courts over the past few years concerning the various patent infringements that one has accused the other of, along comes ZiiLabs. ZiiLabs has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the United States against both Samsung and Apple, where the lawsuit claims that selected devices from Samsung (which will include the many Galaxy branded handsets, tablets as well as laptops) and Apple (which will comprise of various iPhone and iPad models, the iMac and MacBook Pro) have actually infringed upon a number of ZiiLabs patents.

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    Apple Patent Describes Phone With Detachable Camera Lens

    Tyler Lee March 14, 2014

    Apple Patent Describes Phone With Detachable Camera LensOne of the ways companies market their smartphones is by boasting its camera’s capabilities. To a certain extent megapixels are still used as ammunition when it comes to marketing a camera, but as we all know, megapixels don’t determine a camera’s quality and that there are other factors that need to be taken into consideration.

    Companies like Nokia have marketed their cameras to be great in low-lighting situations, while companies like Sony boasts the use of its Exmor RS sensor and G-lens. According to a recent patent by Apple, it shows the Cupertino company possibly considering the idea of a detachable camera which would undoubtedly make for a great piece of marketing. (more…)

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    BlackBerry Keyboard Patent Hints At Windermere’s Features

    Tyler Lee March 7, 2014

    BlackBerry Keyboard Patent Hints At Windermeres FeaturesSo earlier last month, we caught wind of a BlackBerry device that was given the codename Windermere. As to how real this device is remains to be seen, but one of the interesting aspects of the phone isn’t so much its odd design, but its unique keyboard which according to the rumors, would sport a gesture-based physical keyboard.

    Now thanks to a recent BlackBerry patent discovered by BBNews.pl, it seems to suggest that the Windermere could be true, and also reveals the technology behind the gesture-based keyboard for the phone. (more…)

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    Nokia And HTC Agree To Settle Their Patent Litigations

    Tyler Lee February 7, 2014

    Nokia And HTC Agree To Settle Their Patent LitigationsWould it be more expensive for HTC to find workarounds for their devices in order to avoid infringing upon Nokia’s patents, or to sign an agreement with them in which HTC would pay Nokia in order to use their patents? Perhaps HTC has crunched the numbers and realized that the latter would make better financial sense because Nokia has recently announced that they and HTC have agreed to settle all outstanding patent litigation and to enter into a patent agreement, although exactly how much HTC will be paying Nokia for the right to use their patents remains unknown, unsurprisingly. (more…)

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    LG Patent Reveals Smartwatch/Stylus Combo

    Tyler Lee February 7, 2014

    LG Patent Reveals Smartwatch/Stylus ComboWe’re not sure how many of you guys actually remember this, but back in the day, there were these toys/accessories that kids would wear. It was a strap that when you slapped onto your wrist, it would immediately curl up and form a bracelet. It was a pretty fun thing to do back then although we’re not sure if kids these days might appreciate it. That being said, perhaps LG might be interested in bringing it back to the modern day, thanks to a recent patent which revealed a possible plan for LG’s smartwatch.

    Typically smartwatches look like normal watches but have a little bit more functionality to it apart from the ability to only tell the time. Chances are some of them might come with a touchscreen display as well. However in this LG patent, it describes a smartwatch that can wrap itself around your wrist, looking more like a bracelet than a watch (as pictured above). Alternatively it seems that this smartwatch can be fully extended which in turn can be used as a stylus as well, so it’s a win-win situation! Of course there’s no telling if LG will ever embrace this concept but what we do know is that LG has a smartwatch in the works. How it looks like and what functions it has remains unknown, but it will definitely be worth keeping an eye on. In the meantime what do you guys make of this concept?

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    iPhone Touchscreen Could Be Pressure Sensitive According To Patent Filing

    Edwin Kee January 30, 2014

    force-patent-displayEarlier today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published an Apple patent which describes a device that has built-in pressure sensors which will work together in tandem with touchscreen input so that an enhanced user interface navigation experience will happen. It has been described as Apple’s “Gesture and touch input detection through force sensing” patent application, where the nitty gritty boils down to this – a particular device (a future iPhone, we presume) would make use of the standard multitouch display that has a minimum of three force sensors that are located underneath the screen’s surface. Using these pressure-sensitive components around the device’s corners as well as other known areas would allow them to be in a special position of functioning as a secondary mode of input.

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    Motorola Patent Will Help Drivers Avoid Obstacles On The Road

    Tyler Lee January 30, 2014

    motorola-patent-figure-264x350Have you ever been driving behind a car only to have them suddenly swerve to the left or right? We’re sure most drivers have encountered something like that and it’s not because the driver in front is drunk, but it could be that they suddenly spotted debris on the road that had to be avoided, like a broken off car part, rubbish, road kill, a pot hole, and so on. This can be very dangerous to drivers at either side and at the back who might not know what the heck just happened, but that’s a problem that Motorola is interested in solving. In a recent patent by Motorola, it talks about how cars will come equipped with sensors and cameras that will be able to snap photos of the obstacle and relay it to other drivers, warning them of what’s to come.

    According to the patent’s description, “An inter-vehicle alert system controls the camera to initiate capturing video data which includes the video data. A method of operation modulates a radar signal to include at least a portion of the video data captured in response to detecting an obstruction, and transmits the radar signal to a second vehicle via an antenna array oriented at the moving vehicle’s rear.” It’s actually interesting that Motorola is the one who patented it, not Google who might be working on it with their Google X team, or the team behind the self-driving car, but either way it is a pretty cool idea, don’t you think?

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    Apple Patents Interchangeable Lens Method For The iPhone

    Tyler Lee January 28, 2014

    14.01.28-Camera-1Wouldn’t it be cool if our smartphone cameras could perform more photography-related functions? Right now our smartphone cameras can take photos normally or zoom in, and that’s pretty much it. If you wanted a wide-angle shot, a macro shot, or an even longer zoom shot, you’d have to buy third party accessories like the Olloclip that is basically an external camera lens that you can attach to your smartphone. Alternative you could always go for Sony’s offering in the form of the QX10 and the QX100 which are admittedly more expensive and bulky, although with much better optics. (more…)

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    Apple Patents Solar Powered MacBook With Dual Displays

    Tyler Lee January 28, 2014

    14.01.28-RearSolar powered devices are an interesting concept, although given the technology these days, especially towards more commercial products, it feels more like a novelty feature rather than a functional one. That being said we expect that there will come a day when solar powered charging can be brought to consumer products that will be just as efficient as the solar farms out there, but in the meantime it seems that Apple has toyed around with such an idea for its MacBook series of laptops. In a recent patent granted to Apple, it hints at a MacBook system in which a two-sided glass laptop display will be used.

    While the display inside the laptop will be used normally, the outside display is expected to house photovoltaic cells used for solar charging, and at the same time act as a secondary display that houses sensors that can be used for touch input as well. In a way this sounds like hybrid Windows 8 devices we’ve seen hit the market, with the main difference being that Apple’s system will feature solar powered charging capabilities. It sounds like a nifty idea although we’re not sure if Apple will even implement such a system. After all most Windows 8 hybrid devices tend to be rather thick and with Apple placing such a huge emphasis on making devices light and thin, we’re not sure if that is something they’d sacrifice just for the added features, but what do you guys think?

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