After Apple's victory over Samsung in a patent infringement case that ended last month, the Korean Times has been publishing a number of articles supporting Samsung. Some points are interesting, but like Samsung, they cling to the notion that Apple is an aggressor and, get this, a patent troll. The problem is that their source doesn't see it that way, at all.
While we've all read about Microsoft's next generation Xbox 720 gaming console coming to market in 2013, a recent Microsoft patent application reveals what Microsoft envisions for gaming beyond that point. On the drawing board is Microsoft's next generation immersive gaming environment – which is simply wild! This could really be a hit with die-hard gamers and with a little imagination you quickly realize just how cool this could be. First there was the Xbox, and then came Kinect and now the next great thing in gaming from Microsoft is on its way and we detail it all in our report.
Apple was granted two patents covering their earphones with remote and mic back in 2011. The first was granted in January and the second in March of that year, the very month and year that Samsung just happened to file for a patent that mirrors Apple's product. Is Samsung trying to copy Apple? You be the judge.
The Taiwan press was glad to report this morning that Eva Airways (EVA), Taiwan's second largest airline company was touted by Apple as a model to have successfully incorporated smart technology -- the iPad -- into flight services. According to the report, the Apple team came to Taiwan twice earlier in the year to profile EVA, which since 2011 has outfitted each of its 800 pilots and 200 cabin service managers with an iPad containing specially designed applications to deliver more real-time information.
In March of this year we posted our first haptics related patent report for 2012 titled "Apple Looking to deliver a little More Buzz to iOS Devices." Then in May we posted another haptics report titled "Apple Reveals Wildly Intelligent Multi-Tiered Haptics System," which was a very detailed and ambitious application. Then in August we posted our third patent report covering haptics that related to a low Z profile linear vibrational motor. Today, in our fourth haptics report of the year we take a quick look at Apple's work on a linear vibrator which provides localized haptic feedback. Obviously Apple is searching for the right haptics solutions for the right devices. In fact, our morning report titled "Apple Advances Work on Virtual Keyboards for iMac & MacBook," is the ideal application for Apple's localized haptic feedback technology.
There's great news for gamers this morning. A new patent application published by the US Patent & Trademark Office published this morning clearly illustrates that Apple has been working on backside controls for the iPad specifically for controlling video games. Of course being Apple, the sensor based controls are positioned beneath the surface of the iPad so as to not to appear as hard buttons of yesteryear. Although Apple has already been granted a patent regarding backside controls for the iPad, we find that today's revelations build on this foundation with specifics aimed at video games.
During the Credit Suisse Asian Technology Conference held in Taipei today, Randy Abrams, Credit Suisse's head of equities research in Taiwan, stated that "Apple may place most processor orders using the advanced 20-nanometer technology to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. rather than Samsung" sometime in 2014.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty-six newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today which covers a lot of ground including the advancement of the MacBook's housing, cellular wireless communication systems, location technology and more. One of the most important granted patents of the day relates to the multi-touch display technology used in the original iPhone and beyond.
During Intel's 2009 IDF Keynote delivered by CEO Paul Otellini, he talked about the astounding Netbook that was the fastest growing device in the last three years. He compared the Netbook with the Nintendo's Wii and Apple's iPhone. According to Otellini there was no looking back. Oh how things could change in the blink of an eye.
According to a new report, Apple has added the best-selling Samsung Galaxy S3 handset to a list of products it says infringe its patents. The Galaxy Note tablet is also included in a new list of 21 gadgets submitted to a court in California. The report notes that it's not the same court that last month awarded Apple $1.05bn (£644m) after finding Samsung guilty of "wilful" copyright infringement.
Earlier this summer Bloomberg reported that employees of LG Electronics, the world's second-largest flat-panel maker, had been charged over theft of business secrets relating to Samsung Mobile's organic light-emitting diode technology. Seoul-based LG Display said it plans to take legal action against Samsung Display for defamation. Some technology websites think that Apple may use OLED technology in the future and so we can understand Samsung's apparent paranoia over their technology possibly falling into the hands of an Apple supplier. The game of industrial espionage is a serious one. Some of the largest companies in the world have been tried for such activities and just recently an industrial espionage computer worm was discovered stealing AutoCAD Designs from companies and secretly sending them to sources in China. In this light it was interesting to recently discover that Hon Hai, Apple's hardware supplier in China, has filed a pair of patents for an unmanned aerial vehicle for security surveillance. Whether these aerial vehicles are now securing plants where Apple products are made is unknown at this time.