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Microsoft files patent for muscle-based computer controls

January 1st, 2010

While everyone is going “ga-ga” over Apple’s dynamic tactile feedback keyboard patent, Microsoft has quietly filed a patent for several methods of controlling a computer using Electromyography (EMG). The technique would record the electrical activity of muscles and translate those signals into instruction sets which would control a computer. EMG technology is not new, it is used in …

Apple files counter suit against Nokia

December 11th, 2009

Back in October we reported that Nokia was filing suite against Apple, Inc. for infringing on, “patents for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) standards.” Today Apple has fired back with a counter suit and a little shot across the bow from Apple’s General Council Bruce Sewell, “other companies must compete with us by inventing …

Apple’s newly awarded multi-touch patent might make Palm uneasy

January 27th, 2009

Do you remember the day the iPhone was unveiled during Steve Jobs’ famous keynote at MacWorld 2007? You might recall him wowing the world with multi-touch features and following it up by saying Apple is going to patent all of it. Two very short years later, Apple got its wish from the US Patent Office …

Apple possibly working on a search engine?

November 13th, 2008

File this one under kinda, maybe, probably not – but the rumor du jour on this fine Thursday morning is that Apple may well be toying with the idea of taking on the Big G in the search game. On the surface, yes, this sounds patently ridiculous. Why would Apple enter a market so firmly …

Apple files patent for iPhone IM

April 22nd, 2008

A native iChat application is one of the most highly coveted iPhone additions, with users everywhere eagerly awaiting some sort of instant messaging solution that doesn’t require a jailbreak. Apple demoed a native AIM client during their SDK announcement, and it looks like there might be a bit more excitement in store. A recently revealed …

Iphone Flip coming soon?

March 17th, 2008

  It looks like Apple has a few tricks up its sleeves. The company has been caught red handed, filing a publicly available patent for a "Dual Sided Flip" form factor. The patent describes a two-piece touchscreen interface that provides contextually distinct interfaces depending on the which program is currently running. When the flip closes, …

Apple TV + DVR = Billions?

March 16th, 2008

A series of patent filings from October 2006 were recently uncovering, revealing a logical next step for Apple’s increasingly popular Apple TV service. The patents essentially cover the integration of TiVo-like DVR features into the set top box that would provide guide, recording and playback-control functionality to the user. DVR integration would certainly go a …

Apple to allow purchases from your iPhone and iPod

December 28th, 2007

Apple recently applied for a patent to allow users to purchase items through their iPhone. The last major annoucement for the iPhone from Apple was the ability to purchase songs wirelessly and this appears to be the next evolution of the technology. For a couple of years now, Japanese cell phone users have been able …