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Apple patent applications surface for stylus pens on iPad and iPhone

Apple patent applications surface for stylus pens on iPad and iPhone

It seems that Steve Jobs and his minions in Cupertino are reversing on the long held beliefs that a stylus isn’t required if you get a touchscreen device right. Jobs once quipped on stage during a presentation, "It’s like we said on the iPad, if you see a stylus, they blew it." If you go by that statement then Apple may have blown it since two more patent apps have surfaced that show Apple looking at stylus tech for potential use in its gear.

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iMac To Wirelessly Charge iPods, iPhones, and iPads?

iMac To Wirelessly Charge iPods, iPhones, and iPads?

Apple's iMac all-in-one computer already helps reduce a lot of clutter. In the near future, it may also help reduce the number of charging cables you have lying around. A recently dug up patent application shows that Apple may be working on integrated wireless charging that will allow your iMac or Macbook Pro to wirelessly charge your other Apple devices.

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Apple patent outlines IR system for future iOS cameras

Apple patent outlines IR system for future iOS cameras

An interesting patent app has surfaced from Apple that outlines a complicated sounding system of infrared tech that will work along with future iOS cameras. The tech described in the patent sounds good form some aspects and not good from others. The good part is that IR tech might allow users to do things like get more details on an artwork at a museum or get prices on items in the store and details on items. The downside is the tech might make it so that your iPhone camera can't snap a pic of your favorite band on stage at a concert.

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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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