We already have wireless charging, but it requires you to set your gadgets on a charging pad, which usually means specialized, bulky sleeves for your phone and the like to take advantage of the system. Read: it kind of sucks. Apple's take? Ditch the wires and the pads using f&#@in' magnetism. But how does that work?
Picture this (because one day your iPhone may not let you): you're at a concert seeing your favorite band. You want to get a simple picture to remember the moment forever, so you whip out your iPhone 9000, but the camera button doesn't work. Your iPhone knows you don't have the commercial right to take that picture and has denied you.
OLED displays offer brightness and crispness that's near-unmatched. So why hasn't Apple embraced them yet? Well, they might be soon according to some recently unearthed patents.
A patent filed by Apple shows what could be the next evolution of the company's line of mice: a touchscreen device with its own built-in processor. Of course, you could already be rocking a touch surface using Apple's Magic Mouse (essentially just an external trackpad, which is a little redundant for laptop users), but this patent still makes you wonder.
Returning all those duplicate copies of Avatar (you wanted five, right?) and pairs of underwear may be a lot easier in the future — in fact, returns may be a thing of the past. That is, if Amazon's sorta-dubious-but-we-all-are-horrible-enough-to-use-it patented bad gift interceptor gets put in place by the company.
Apple joins the likes of IBM and Sony in wanting to bring about some sweet holographic display technology. While Apple's patent admits that it isn't a "true hologram" the company is after, it does go so far as to call the proposal "exceptional." Not your usual humble, dry patent here!
While shopping apps for smartphones are dime-a-dozen, generally there's not much they can do other than, well, give you a list. If you asked us who would be first in line to improve that experience, Nintendo is not a company we'd name, but this patent application for a semi-interactive shopping experience on the DS handheld has us standing corrected.
The US Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Apple a patent for its idea for a "text-based communication control for personal communication device[s]." Let me translate that for you: no more naughty words in text. The idea has a lot of folks up in arms, but, really, you shouldn't care. Here's why.
It's so convenient to have a charging cradle for your iPhone or iPod, letting you park it for rejuvenation in no time flat. But Apple must be annoyed by all the adapters and various shapes necessary to accommodate its line...
If you thought the airport denizens of the TSA were already obnoxious, wait until they get their mitts on a Sick Traveler Detector. It's a software idea by Belgian company Biorics, which can determine if travelers are sick by the...