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The New Google Glass Could Look Like A Monocle 🕵

Get ready for the Google Monocle. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted <a target="_blank" href="http://pimg-fpiw.uspto.gov/fdd/67/950/091/0.pdf">a new patent</a> to Google for a potential

Innovating In A World Of Patent Lawsuits

Apple seems to get caught in lots of patent fights. Since 2009, Nokia has sued Apple (they settled), Apple has sued HTC (they settled), Kodak sued Apple (Kodak is appealing), Motorola Mobility sued Ap

Patent Reform Tries Again

Patent reform, long a decidedly unsexy topic best discussed over a strong espresso, has been a hot topic in recent years. Even though Congress substantially overhauled the patent system just three and

Company Awarded Patent For ‘Space Elevator’

The space game is hot and only the strongest are going to survive. One Canadian company feels like its in a good spot to succeed, having just been awarded the patent for a “space elevator.&#8221

Apple Is Looking At Facial Recognition For Easing Photo-Sharing

Perhaps taking a leaf out of Facebook's playbook, Apple is looking at ways to automatically share photographs with the people being snapped, according to a new patent filing.

Apple’s Mobile Hotspot Patent Application Could Connect Apple Watch Anywhere

Apple has a new patent application for a mobile hotspot (via AppleInsider), which might surprise people since it hardly seems like the type of accessory the iPhone maker would go out of its way to cre

Apple Patents Eye-Tracking And Visual Control Tech For Mac, iOS And Beyond

Apple has been granted a patent (via AppleInsider) that describes a method for tracking eye movement and using it to control UI elements on computing devices. The gaze-based control system also includ

Apple Patents A Wireless Action Camera And Wrist-Based Remote

Apple has been awarded a patent by the USPTO based on IP it acquired from Kodak in a deal from 2013, which details a remote digital camera system that can be controlled from a smartwatch (Apple Watch

Apple Details A Modular Stylus That Can Capture Handwriting On Any Surface

Apple has a new patent granted by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) that describes a new type of stylus in detail, which can capture handwriting from a user, on a variety of surfaces and with a range

Touch ID Patent Application Shows Apple Could Expand Home Button Features

A new patent application published by the USPTO (via AppleInsider) details some additional uses of the Touch ID sensor found on the iPhone and iPad that could make its way into future products. The pa

Apple Patents A Strange Physics-Based GUI For iPad File And Folder Manipulation

Apple had an interesting patent granted to it today by the USPTO (via AppleInsider), which describes a graphic user interface on the iPad that more closely resembles a desktop arrangement of files and

Apple Explores Augmented Reality Navigation For iPhones

Apple has two new patent applications out today (via AppleInsider) that show it’s been working on boosting the iPhone’s navigation abilities with augmented reality features. The patent des

Apple Patents Flexible Display Tech That Turns Screens Into Buttons, Microphones And More

Apple has a new patent granted by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) that describes various control mechanisms that could be used with flexible displays, to replace components such as physical buttons

Apple Gets An Exhaustive iWatch Patent

Apple has received a patent from the USPTO (via AppleInsider) that covers multiple kinds of smartwatch devices, including a modular design that includes a smart strap with built-in sensors and control

Apple Patents A Way For Your iPhone To Lock Out Users Whose Behavior It Doesn’t Recognize

Apple has a new patent out (via AppleInsider) that describes a method for locking a device or asking a user for proof of their identity if the device detects a pattern of unusual behavior. It’s

Apple Explores Ways To Automate Notifications And Alarms Based On Feedback From Wearables

Apple had some new patent applications related to wearables published today (via AppleInsider) and they all deal with a system in which the iPhone acts as a hub that collects data from sensors in wris

Apple Patents LiquidMetal And Sapphire Mobile Device Construction Method

Apple has just renewed its exclusive licensing deal with LiquidMetal, a fairly exotic metal alloy that behaves like plastic, and today it was granted a patent by the USPTO (via AppleInsider) for use o

Apple Patents Mechanical Shutters That Could Ruggedize Speakers And Mics On Future iPhones

Apple has applied for a patent (via AppleInsider) that would introduce mechanical shutters to mobile devices that would slide shut when they detect a potential fall or impact, protecting sensitive wea

Apple Patents Solar Panels Integrated Into Flexible Touch Displays

Apple has a new patent that could pave the way for future solar-powered mobile devices, according to AppleInsider. The new intellectual property describes a method for embedding a solar array within a

Apple Patents Photo Backgrounds To Help You Remember Who You’re Texting With

Apple has a new patent application published by the USPTO (via AppleInsider) that makes it easier to remember who you’re texting. This could help alleviate the incredibly painful SMS fails where
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