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January 2011

Big Patent Day for the iPod Touch & More

1 - Cover - Big day for the iPod touch and more - jan 11, 2011 
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 10 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In round two of our patent reporting on this day, we focus on Apple's earphone remote with mic and strategic patent wins covering the actual design of the third generation iPod touch and its sophisticated assembly methodologies.  

 

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Could Apple Challenge Microsoft's Next-Gen Surface Technology?

1 final - Cover - Could Apple Challenge Microsoft's Next-Gen Surface Technology - Jan 8, 2011 
If you missed Microsoft's 2011 CES Keynote, you didn't miss much. But there was one bright spot that came to light worth noting: Their next generation of Surface Technology. Microsoft's Surface technology is gearing up for mass markets and I think it's going to be a hit. The question now is: does Apple have anything on radar that could compete with Surface? You might be surprised.  

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Sony's Head of e-Books Doesn't Think Apple's iPad is Innovative

X1 - Cover - Sony - Apple iPad isn't innovative 
In an interview with Japan's Nikkei BP, Fujio Noguchi, who supervises Sony's e-book business, stated that Sony is "aiming to acquire a share of 40% in the global electronic book market in fiscal 2012." More interestingly however, is what he had to say about Apple's iPad.  

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Apple's iPad May Gain New Speaker Array + Facial Recognition Cam

1 - cover - ipad, speaker array, facial & location recognition & more - Apple patent jan 2011 
On January 6, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for Apple's iPad. The patent introduces us to three and four speaker arrays that will advance the iPad's audio range so as to cover high range tweeter and a lower range speaker. But the patent packs a bigger punch by illustrating the iPad's camera that will include facial and location orientation. So if you're chatting in landscape or portrait, the camera will reorient itself accordingly. The patent also shows us that Apple is thinking of a very cool iPad stand. It's a concept, but one that would be very, very cool to own.  

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Apple Reveals possible iWallet Implementation in Portables

1 - Cover - Apple patent 2011 jan - ejectable component assemblies in devices 
Amongst some of yesterday's seemingly minor Apple granted patents was one that I almost overlooked. It seemed like a patent describing Apple's SIM card slot assembly and no more. Yet under closer investigation, it became clear that Apple has their eye on expanding the use of their ejectable component assembly. The patent points to other future applications such as memory cards or perhaps a tiny SD card. But the real eye opener here is that Apple is considering integrating things like microprocessor or integrated circuit cards. That translates into how the iWallet component will come to be in the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and other future miniature devices. You'll simply pop your mini-credit card chip into one of these protected ejectable assemblies just like you do today with a SIM card.  

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Apple is granted a Sweet Cable TV Set-Top-Box Patent & More

1 - cover - apple patent for cable TV STB, DVR, PVR solutions - Jan 2011 
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 16 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today and in our third report of the day, we focus on perhaps the most intriguing granted patent of the day. It's a patent that could already be DOA – or it could be a glimpse of various forms of Apple TV that Apple could be advancing ever so quietly behind the scenes. Most of us don't think that Apple is finished with Apple TV just yet – and today's patent just adds fuel to that fire.  

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Apple Wins Cinema Display and Two Important iChat Patents

1 - cover - apple patents for ichat and cinema display design - jan 2011 
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 16 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today, and in this report we cover Apple's design win for their Cinema Display and focus on two important iChat related patents covering sophisticated audio and their cool 3D-like interface design.   

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Apple Granted a Major Multi-Touch Patent Relating to E-Docs

1 - Cover - Apple Granted Patent for multi-touch relating to e-docs - jan 2011 
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 16 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. One of the most important granted patents issued today covers how multi-touch e-docs are handled on portable devices such as Apple's iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. Our report is dedicated to this single patent.  

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Is Dell Following Apple's Patents Closely?

1 - Special Report - Is Dell Following Apple's Patent's closely - Jan 3, 2010
As the New Year Kicks off, we see that Dell is out of the gate quickly with a new Multi-Touch tilting display that mimics a concept that Apple first introduced in a patent published this summer. In fact, it was Apple's number one patent of the year. Dell's new design is to dramatically improve on their first generation All-in-one multi-touch design so as to allow users to relax their hands when typing or moving pictures around on screen or to simply play some awesome games with a friend. The new design could provide Macites with a glimpse of what a new iMac Touch could principally deliver if Apple so chooses to bring this to market. But at the end of the day, it's the PC Copycat that beat Apple to market once again.  

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