Would Apple Really Try to Block Future iPhone Owners From Recording…

In one of the most preposterous filed patents since the toaster/egg-fryer-combo, Apple's looking to protect its relationships with record labels and film studios by outfitting future iPhones with IR blockers, presumably with live venues and cinemas housing IR signal-emitting boxes. » 6/02/11 11:57am 6/02/11 11:57am

Apple Patent Hints at iPhones With Smart Bezels For Visual Cues

Let's face it—any bezel is a bezel too many, but Apple might be using that space for a "smart bezel," judging by these recent patent applications. It'd almost be like a second screen, able to give users visual feedback and cues dependant on what app they're using at the time. » 4/07/11 11:02am 4/07/11 11:02am

Automatic Cameraphone Zoom Shows Up In Sony Ericsson Patent App

I guess the complicated combination of accelerometers and proximity sensors isn't trivial technology, but this one really should have been done by now: automatic zoom based on camera movement. In a new patent application » 10/03/08 5:30am 10/03/08 5:30am, Sony Ericsson has detailed technology that judges your intention to zoom by measuring the…

Wireless Docking for iPhone, iPod Coming?

In yesterday's patent application Apple filed for its multi-orientation docking station for the iPhone, there was even more tantalizing information: Apple may be preparing wireless docking for its iPhones, iPods and other devices. The technique will use voodoo called induction, and involves hiding coils underneath the… » 2/16/07 9:25am 2/16/07 9:25am

iPhone Docking Station Patent Application Shows Multi-Orientation…

Two designs for Apple iPhone docking stations have just surfaced in an Apple patent application, showing cradles that allow the iPhone to be docked and viewed in either horizontal or vertical orientation. The patent application describes "Methods and apparatuses for docking a portable electronic device that has a… » 2/15/07 8:35am 2/15/07 8:35am

LG Develops "Drawer" Cellphone Idea

Here's another one of those patent drawings, this one by LG Electronics which has claimed the idea of a "drawer-type" handset. You push a button and tiny gears slide the cover up to reveal the keypad, while extending the antenna at the same time. » 4/17/06 10:28am 4/17/06 10:28am