Devices running Google's Linux-based Chrome OS are some of the most affordable laptops and desktops on the market, typically costing under $400. While the profile of Chromebooks/Chromeboxes and their potential for PC market disruption looms large in the industry, even prompting a TV ad response from Microsoft, usage statistics point to the devices making a minimal impact in North America more than two years following their market debut.
On February 20, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new architecture relating to Multi-Participant Conference Setup. The sophistication of Apple's architecture as noted in their patent pending invention, could suggest that Apple is contemplating a FaceTime Pro version of their application for the enterprise that might one day compete with the likes of Cisco's WebEx. Apple's push for iWork on iCloud would definitely make future video conferencing at the enterprise level in the future much easier for sharing documents in real-time. This is definitely a future service to watch for down the road.
According to a new NPD Group report, Apple maintained its top position in the US smartphone market with a 45 percent unit share in 2013. Overall, the US consumer smartphone market grew 21 percent as more than 121 million smartphones were sold in 2013. Sales results weakened during the fourth quarter as unit growth slowed to just 10 percent year over year.
On February 20, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals newly advanced facial and feature recognition methods of combining multiple image detectors to obtain robust feature detection. Apple's previous work in this area covered advancing the accuracy of facial recognition and how facial recognition could one day apply to locking and unlocking devices. Theoretically speaking, Apple could one day add facial recognition to the authentication process as a secondary security measure to Apple's fingerprint based Touch ID feature. At present, a combination feature such as this has been explored by Google and others.
On Feb 20, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a major patent application from Apple that reveals yet another giant leap in iPad attachment designs. Apple began with the iPad Smart Cover that uses a magnet system to attach the protective cover to the iPad. Since that time, Apple's engineers have been busy designing next generation Smart Covers with advanced features that could one day include solar panels, inductive charging, integrated touch displays and take on more of a wraparound book-like appearance. In today's new round of magnetic based iPad accessory designs we're introduced to those supporting a game controller, new vehicle applications, new carrying cases, new iPad docks and a method to start or shut-off your iPad with a simple swipe of your hand across the iPad's display. Today's report is jam packed with illustrations that you won't want to miss.
In a recent Wired Gadget-Lab interview with Steve Wozniak, the "Woz" made waves when suggesting Apple should make a smartphone running Android. Specifically, he was quoted as saying that "There's nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market. We could compete very well. People like the precious looks of stylings and manufacturing that we do in our product compared to the other Android offerings. We could play in two arenas at the same time." Then the Woz backtracked and said he was misquoted, followed by it was "a form of comedy." Yet as insane as his thinking was, Apple actually established precedents that wouldn't rule out a form of that completely. And considering that dual OS smartphones will be an emerging trend over the coming years, some may wonder if this trend is anywhere on Apple's radar.
Ever since Patently Apple reported on Apple's iWatch patent, rumors of it coming to market at neck breaking speeds have never ceased. In a February report we noted that Apple was building a medical team and presented details behind a new medical related patent that surfaced in Europe from an engineer that patented a financial system for Apple. So there's evidence of some kind of wearable computer in the works at Apple that may have medical related applications associated with it. Yet beyond that, the mystery project is being fueled by no more than speculation and rumor. Today, another rumor has surfaced noting that Apple's future iWatch may use 3D protective glass and much more.
According to a December 2013 CNET report, more than half of Samsung's 62,000 engineers are now working on software. Samsung's co-CEO Boo-keun Yoon stated that "Software is something that we're working on continuously. These days, hardware is important, but that is not enough." That's because Samsung's future will rest upon how well its products work together, which is all about the software. With the World Mobile Congress trade show kicking off on Monday, Samsung's timing of three trademark applications in the US tells us about one of the software services that they're likely to introduce: Milkmusic.com.
According to a list released today of the world's 500 most valued brand by Brand Finance Global 500, Apple is number one again for the third year in a row. Others on the list include Samsung, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, GE, AT&T, Amazon, Walmart and IBM.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Before there was ever mention of a wristband computer or iWatch with built-in health sensors, there was Apple's health monitoring headset system invention. Intel introduced the very same idea during their 2014 CES keynote completely unaware that they were a full 5 years behind Apple's patent pending idea. Our report also covers Apple's granted patent for a compact power adapter along with five new design wins covering the iPad, iPod touch and more. In today's granted patent wrap-up report we conclude with a listing of the remaining patents that were granted to Apple today.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single yet powerful invention. While the invention primarily relates to a possible future MacBook, it also relates to a future tablet, iPhone, television or home appliance. The invention focuses in on the device casing being an I/O interface that could illuminate physical buttons. In the case of the MacBook, there would be no physical keyboard, just an illuminated image of a keyboard which could also morph into a numeric pad and technically into any configuration supporting an application. So with GarageBand, for instance, the keyboard area would be able to morph into a piano keyboard. With a gaming application, the face of the MacBook would be able to reconfigure itself to represent game controls of one sort or another. This is one of Apple's more interesting inventions that could one day support a futuristic hybrid device that would be able to morph into many devices including a notebook, portable gaming machine, television and beyond.
Patent Assertion EntityTLI Communications has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple products and processes that are used to capture, upload, store and organize the digital images it receives from mobile devices having telephones.
It was reported this week that patent holding company IPCom, based in Munich, has sued mobile-device makers globally over mobile technology it acquired from Robert Bosch GmbH in 2007 to collect license fees. The company is now specifically suing Apple for 1.57 Billion Euro (US $2.2 Billion). FOSS Patents interestingly noted that Samsung and Google lawyers are to represent the licensing firm against Apple. Bloomberg's report noted that "Apple's lawyer Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont argued the language of the patent is restricted to one bit while the 3G standard uses three bits. The court shouldn't allow an interpretation that goes beyond the actual language the patent was granted for." Patently Apple has now learnt that IPCom has filed an ex parte for an order in California allowing them to obtain targeted discovery from Apple to be used in their case in Germany. Our report provides you with an overview of IPCom's filing.
A new report published late yesterday states that a security researcher has discovered a way to take over roughly 70 percent of Android devices via a Web page or app. It's not known if anyone's actually using the exploit to attack people's phones, but the researcher's findings are nonetheless a reminder that Google faces a growing headache because it lacks any way to effectively distribute security updates to the hundreds of millions of devices running its software worldwide. Many of those devices have outdated versions of Android.