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Google patent app puts fragmented social networks and services in one place

Google patent app puts fragmented social networks and services in one place

I'm not that big on social networking, but for many people social networking is a huge deal. Google already has a myriad of offerings that are social in nature, even if they aren’t Facebook, which many think of when they hear social networking. Many of Google's various services have a social edge to them. The catch is that many of the services are accessed through their own portals making the act of following them tedious.

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Apple Patent Application Suggests Hover Sensing

Apple Patent Application Suggests Hover Sensing

Next step, Marty McFly and the Hoverboard! No, not actually, this is a patent application for what appears to be "Touch and hover sensing." What the what? That sounds pretty fancy. In the app, they speak of a sort of capacitive sensor array that not only responds to signals that are touching the surface, but hovering on either side of it - YES, both above and behind! They mention that the shield that would be behind (aka this would be the non-screen side of the iPad,) could be enhanced by an AC ground shield that would be attached to the back. What would you even do back there? I don't know, put your hand into a virtual reality screen making it look like a robot hand? Hey! Good idea!

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 48 2010

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 48 2010

Welcome to the latest edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! Apple rejected an app for inclusion on the App Store this week because it was a magazine app about Android. The publisher of the app said that the person at Apple he spoke with said, "You know… your magazine. It’s just about Android…. we can’t have that in our App Store." A report came in early in the week that Windows Phone 7 was outsold by Android devices 15:1 in the UK. The revelation came by way of an aggregator of store deals in the UK called MobilesPlease.

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Apple Looking at Carbon Fiber for the Next iPad

Apple Looking at Carbon Fiber for the Next iPad

Based on a new patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week, Apple has been playing around with the idea of using carbon fiber for a little extra strength protection for their mobile devices. And, if the application is any indicator, Apple may be thinking that the iPad could be the first device to feature the new, reinforced housing.

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Nintendo Seeks Patent to Use DS for Shopping Lists in Wireless Shopping Network

Nintendo Seeks Patent to Use DS for Shopping Lists in Wireless Shopping Network

Nintendo's plans for the DS were grand. They didn't just want another mobile video game console, where only gamers were attracted to it. They wanted their device, and all of the subsequent hardware releases since then, to be carried around everywhere, no matter what the person was doing. This new patent that Nintendo is aiming for would help that case, by allowing users to build a shopping list that would connect to a wireless shopping network, and ultimately bring a new and interactive way for shoppers to find their goods.

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Microsoft Aims for Dynamic Keyboard Patent

Microsoft Aims for Dynamic Keyboard Patent

There are plenty of options out there fore keyboards. Especially for people who play PC games, or use their keyboard mainly for business. Interchangeable keys are a good options, even if it is still somewhat expensive for the extra keys. But, that's a lot of switching things around, so what can you do if you just want to use one keyboard, but want it to be a bit more . . . dynamic? Microsoft is seeking a patent for what they're calling a dynamic keyboard that would feature keys that change functions based on what you need, when you need it.

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Microsoft patent app for sweet remote control surfaces

Microsoft patent app for sweet remote control surfaces

There are a bunch of tech inventions that most of us couldn't live without. Things like the mobile phones, the DVR, and the remote control. Back in the days before the remote control, you had to do the unthinkable, get up and walk across the room to change channels. Or do like my dad and make your kids change channels for you.

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