Apple Wants To Use Your Fingerprints to Unlock Your iPhone

Apple was just granted a patent for technology that could lead to a fancy new biometric unlocking mechanism on future Apple products. The technology could also be used to implement new security features for ecommerce. The patent comes just a few months after Apple bought security technology company AuthenTec for $356… » 10/11/12 11:55am 10/11/12 11:55am

Apple Now Owns the Unlock Slide Gesture

Whether you're sliding a bar or pulling a puzzle piece across your smartphone screen, you're performing an action patented by Apple. Seriously, any "predefined gesture" used to unlock a phone is now covered under patent 8,046,721, issued today. Check out the full—albeit indecipherable—patent description at The Register. » 10/26/11 1:00am 10/26/11 1:00am