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June 2014

Beyond the First Wave of Health Apps and Sensors Comes the Second Wave of Biotech Features for Displays

10. News
According to an industry report, convergence displays based on biotechnology are now in development. As biotechnology is applied to displays, simply watching television will be able to remove face wrinkles and give the effect of basking in the sun. TVs and tablet PCs will evolve into multi-devices for health. The first biotechnology features coming to displays are expected to kill or reduce touchscreen bacteria.

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Samsung's North American S5 Fans Get Screwed Over & More

10. News
Just last month we reported that "Samsung S5 Early Adopters Lose Big Time as the New S5-Prime Smartphone is Close to Release." One month later and the news is out that Samsung's new "S5 LTE-A" smartphone will deliver the very Quad HD display that North American Android fans were hoping for. Those eager Android fans just got royally screwed over by Samsung.

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Future Smartphone Cameras may use a Micro Electrochromic Iris made from Smart Glass Eliminating the use of Actuators

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Today, an Apple patent application regarding an Electro-Active Polymer Actuator also known as an artificial muscle came to light. While Apple's camera based invention is to replace older styled mechanical actuators, a new technology is around the corner that will do one better. A European report published today states that a small, low-powered camera component made from a "smart glass" material has been created by a group of researchers in Europe, with the hope of inspiring the next generation of smartphone cameras.

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Apple Patents Reveal a New Camera Electro-Active Polymer Actuator and more about Apple's ID Technology

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On June 19, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published patent applications from Apple related to advancing Apple cameras for iDevices and Macs along with another original Touch ID patent that Apple acquired from Authentec. Apple's camera related patent is about advancing the actuator of an autofocus feature. While it's mildly interesting, it's the use of the term "artificial muscle" that makes it sound so incredibly futuristic, but really isn't. Apple notes that the term simply relates to electro-active polymer actuators which have been around for some time. Apple's use of it in a camera module isnt' new either as noted here and here. When this technology is applied to an artificial robotic hand, for instance, it could be understood why they use the term artificial muscle as seen here. And finally, a second patent of mild interest published today relates to one that Apple acquired from Authentec that presents the invention behind Touch ID authentication that focused on the biometrics being imlplemented into a smartphone Home Button.

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Apple Invents Over-the-Ear Hybrid Adaptive Headphones

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On June 19, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that well before Apple acquired Beats Music, they were already working on over-the-ear headphones. Specifically, Apple's invention relates to a hybrid adaptive headphone having active noise control capability and passive noise control capability. Apple is on a roll of late regarding new over-the-ear headphones features. At the end of May we posted a patent report titled "
Apple to Add Presence Sensors to EarPods & Future Beats Headsets."

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Apple tweaks their Embedded Heart Rate Monitor Invention while introducing new Health Related Alarms

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Way before there was any hype about a Healthbook or HealthKit from Apple there was a patent application that we covered back in 2010 concerning a future iPhone with a seamlessly embedded heart rate monitor titled "Apple Takes a Giant Leap in Biometrics with Heart Sensors." This was one of the first indicators that Apple was exploring next generation sensors for the iPhone and other future wearables such Apple's EarPods which this patent covered specifically. Today, the US Patent Office published a few new Apple patent applications regarding health sensors – with the one noted above being revisited by Apple.

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Apple's invents a Futuristic Frequency Sensor and Magnifier Application for the iPhone that could be Very Cool

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On June 19, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a futuristically advanced iPhone feature and capability. In the future, Apple's iPhone may be able to project an emulated keyboard, keypad, mouse, trackpad, or a game controller onto a table top surface and more.

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Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos introduces their new Fire Phone

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On June 4 we reported that Amazon announced that they would unveil their first smartphone during a June 18 event. To differentiate their phone in a sea of new smartphones coming to market later this year, Amazon was aiming to wow consumers with the world's first 3D user interface that would use head tracking technology. A video teaser was included that was to build excitement for the new phone. Well, today is June 18 and Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos did in fact deliver their new phone branded the Fire Phone. Update 12:50 PM PST: see an Amazon Video Link to the 3D effect or dynamic perspective UI.

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A Luxembourg Troll uses Five Siemens Patents in Case against Apple

50. Patently Legal
A Luxembourg patent troll by the name of Enterprise Systems Technologies S.a.r.l. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit claims that Apple is infringing on five patents that they acquired from Siemens.

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Democrats Try One More Time to Defend Net Neutrality

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Yesterday while reporting on the EU and South Korea working together to establish next generation 5G network standards, we stated that "with the advent of so many new video services exploding onto the market of late, I'm sure there's pressure to expedite the move to 5G networks. However, let's hope that before 5G networks arrive that we'll be closer to finding Federal support for Net Neutrality or else we'll be paying through the nose to get our hands on faster services. Well, there new information on that front today. Democratic congressional leaders led by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) have introduced legislation titled "The Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act" that they say will ensure the Internet stays accessible to all online services and Net users and free of so-called "fast lanes."
The goal is to help prevent the creation of a two-tiered Internet system and ensure that startups, entrepreneurs, and consumers all have equal access to the Internet.

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US-Canada Web Traffic for June shows iOS Trumps Android

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A new study by Chitika for June 2014 shows us that Apple's iOS trumped Android again when measuring web traffic in the US and Canada. It's another study to show that developers creating cool web apps should consider iOS first for the best return on their investment.

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Korean Security Firms have Gone Negative on Samsung

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On Monday we posted a report titled "Samsung's Galaxy S5 is Confirmed a Dud & May Hurt Financials." In that report we noted that Korea's UDN reported that Samsung's supply chain sources were stating that Samsung's goal was to ship 21 million Galaxy S5 units this quarter and that they'll likely ship closer to 15 million which is a 25% target miss. That would be a huge miss. Now Korean security firms have gone negative on Samsung. A new Korean report published this morning states that "Samsung Electronics' profitability is expected to deteriorate in the second quarter of this year, unlike the previous prediction."

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New Device Invented by Microsoft to Challenge Google Glass

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At the moment it doesn't appear that Apple has any interest in challenging the Google Glass product any time soon, which leaves Microsoft as the only one left that could put some serious pressure on Google in the next year or so. Last week a new Microsoft patent came to light at the US Patent Office describing Microsoft's ambitious invention of building a Glass product focused on new multitouch sensor technology.

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Europe and South Korea Sign an Agreement to Set Standards for Next-Gen 5G-Network

10. News
It's being reported today that the European Union will be working closely together with South Korea's Ministry of Science to develop technologies for a next-generation mobile information and communication network, while also jointly seeking to set global standards with the new technology.

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Apple Granted 31 Patents Today Covering a Design Win for the iPhone 5, a Microphone Accessory for the iPod and more

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The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 31 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's design win for the iPhone 5, their earphone controller, an iPod voice memo microphone accessory and more. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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Rumor: Nuance Exploring Sale to Samsung

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Nuance is exploring a possible sale to Samsung. In that same report, they mention that activist investor Carl Icahn is Nuance's largest shareholder with a 19% stake. The report further notes that "The presence of an activist can increase the odds of a sale of all or part of the company or a stock buyback." Is it in Icahn's interest to start such a rumor hoping it'll push Apple into a battle for Nuance with Samsung? I would think so.

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Samsung's Galaxy S5 is Confirmed a Dud & May Hurt Financials

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Last week it was reported by NWA online that Samsung's mobile-phone business, which accounted for 76 percent of operating income in the first quarter, posted the lowest sales in five quarters as Chinese producers gain in emerging markets with cheaper, feature-packed devices. The chances of it turning around this quarter may be tough if a new report out of Korea pans out.

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Apple and Cisco File Joint Amicus Brief against US Government Search Warrants demanding Data that's not stored in the US

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Microsoft's case to prevent the United States government from using search warrants to demand data that is not stored in the United States has picked up a number of high-profile backers. Although Verizon, AT&T and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are supporting Microsoft's position, it was Apple and Cisco's legal teams that filed a joint amicus brief with the court in the Southern District of New York late on Friday. Apple makes the case that it offers iCloud services to customers for storing photos, contacts, calendars, documents and more. Because some of those servers are located outside the United States, Apple is subject to, or may become subject to, various foreign laws regarding data transfer. Apple further noted that "neither the broad economic interests nor the political interests of the United States will be served if foreign citizens believe that they are better off not doing business with U.S. based companies" – due to the overreach of US government search warrants.

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Samsung Patent Reveals work on new Smart Bangle Wearable Device

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Samsung has thus far introduced wearable computers under the smartwatch category which they branded as Gear and Gear 2. They most recently introduced a new fitness band which they've branded as Gear Fit. The market hasn't really taken to the smartwatch as of yet as fitness bands have outsold smartwatches easily 4 to 1. Although Samsung rushed their first smartwatch to market just to say they were first to market, recent patents tell us that they're working on future versions of wearables that are better thought out. The first one surfaced in September 2013 and gave us a peek at a next generation wearable computer that Samsung has in mind. Samsung's focus this time around is sharply on the introduction of a smart "Bangle." The design of the Bangle is to provide the user with a wider display that will be able to better run applications like music, fitness, email, Facebook and much, much more. The idea closely mirrors one that Apple first introduced back in February 2013 – though it does provides us with many new features that are uniquely Samsung's. The Bangle will be able to be used as an e-Wallet communicator, provide smart zooming functions for photos and maps and much, much more. If you want to keep on top of what the competition is up to, then our Patently Mobile IP report definitely delivers the goods. 
 

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Apple Seeks Trademark for "Maps Connect"

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After Apple's grand WWDC keynote earlier this month which covered so much ground regarding iOS 8 and Yosemite, we knew that Apple legal would be busy filing many new trademarks with the US Patent and Trademark Office shortly thereafter to cover such things as iCloud Drive, Handoff, Instant Hotspot, Health and more. Yet the first new trademark filing to surface is for one Apple didn't cover at their developer conference publicly, and it's called "Maps Connect." Apple filed it late yesterday in Hong Kong China. The application has no fancy graphic or link to an Apple website page to help us understand exactly what Maps Connect is all about. Yet they may have left us with a few clues. This Report has been Updated

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New Web Traffic Study shows iOS 7 Adoption is highest in UK

10. News
Last month we posted a report titled "Going into Apple's WWDC, iOS 7 Web Traffic Reigns Supreme." In that report we showed that iOS web traffic for the iPhone was at 89.7% and iOS for the iPad was at 84.8% in North America which is exactly what developers like to see. Now a new study shows that the UK has taken the lead in iOS 7 adoption.

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Apple Opens New Store in Tokyo on Upscale Omotesandō Street

 

We reported in April that Apple had been particularly successful in Japan in Q1 2014 where they secured 81% of Softbank sales, 59% at KDDI AU and 42% of smartphone sales on NTT DoCoMo. Then last month we reported that NTT DoCoMo was going to start selling the iPad in June. To keep the momentum going, Apple opened a high-end Apple Store in Japan on Omotesandō Street and the video above provides us with a quick look at the store on opening day. A hearty cheer goes out to the new Apple Store team in Japan.

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HeartFlow Patent Reveals iPad App that will work with HealthKit

10. News
During Apple's WWDC keynote held last week in San Francisco, they revealed their new "HealthKit" that allows apps that provide health and fitness services to share their data with other apps and/or to health professionals. Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, noted that "Heart rate, calories burned, blood sugar, cholesterol — your health and fitness apps are great at collecting all that data. The new Health app puts that data in one place, accessible with a tap, giving you a clear and current overview of your health." Federighi further noted that "you choose what you want shared. For example, you can allow the data from your blood pressure app to be automatically shared with your doctor." Today, a new patent surfaced from HeartFlow Inc. that's designed to work with an iPad. The app can be monitored by your physician just as was noted during Apple's keynote.

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