Apple Now Has a Design Patent for Its Giant Glass Cube

Apple's been on a tear to protect the look of its retail experiences, trademarking the design of its stores and patenting its proprietary see-through staircases. Now its glass cube flagship store in Manhattan is officially a patented design in the U.S., with "Steve P. Jobs" listed as one of the inventors. » 8/28/14 11:23am Today 11:23am

The NSA Patented Tech That Will Catch You Swapping Sim Cards

Now that it's been over a year since the Snowden leaks, you might've thought that all of the insane NSA revelations had been revealed. Not so! Foreign Policy just published a fascinating and exhaustive list of every patent ever awarded to the spy agency. And one of its latest inventions is all about your SIM card. » 7/30/14 1:45pm 7/30/14 1:45pm

Posters of Famous Patents Put Other People's Great Ideas On Your Wall

The design process is a many splendored thing full of trial and error, prototypes and practice runs. When your genius is ready to make its debut, filing a patent is a bureaucratic way to project your concept from idea-stealers—but it turns out the diagrammatical drawings are artworks in themselves. » 7/28/14 5:57pm 7/28/14 5:57pm

iTime: Smartwatch Patent Shows Apple's Broad Ambitions

This morning the folks over at AppleInsider discovered that Apple was granted a patent today for the iTime, which can only be described as a device-connected smartwatch that offers advanced functionality like arm and wrist gestures, as well as advanced proximity sensing, through a sensor-laden smart strap. » 7/22/14 8:36am 7/22/14 8:36am

Airbus: Eh, Pilots Don't Really Need Windows

As a kid (or, let's be honest, even as an a adult), nothing is more thrilling than getting to venture into an airline pilot's coveted cockpit throne. But if Arbus' new cockpit-less patents ever become a reality, those days are behind us. Because let's face it—a "tour of the baggage locker" just doesn't have quite the… » 7/03/14 4:00pm 7/03/14 4:00pm

Samsung Smartwatch Patent Predicts Gesture Control on Your Wrist

There's only so much room for a touchscreen on your wrist and, unless you're dressed like Dick Tracy, talking into your watch will make you look like you've lost the plot. A newly-uncovered Samsung patent looks to motion-tracking gestures as potential supplementary smartwatch controls to ease the burden on the smaller… » 5/27/14 7:45am 5/27/14 7:45am