LG patents flexible capacitive stylus that wraps around your arm, behaves like a smartwatch
Feb06

LG patents flexible capacitive stylus that wraps around your arm, behaves like a smartwatch

A new patent application from LG has surfaced today courtesy of the USPTO. In it, the Korean company describes a very interesting thing that’s basically a flexible capacitive stylus that can be worn on your arm like a watch – and can behave like a smartwatch too. This could be a very remarkable evolution of the Life Band Touch activity tracker wristband from LG that should become available in the coming weeks. Or it may...

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Apple is working on Optical Image Stabilization and improved Autofocus for iPhone camera
Jan10

Apple is working on Optical Image Stabilization and improved Autofocus for iPhone camera

Apple never cared much about megapixel count in iPhone cameras. They started with 2 megapixels in the original iPhone, when Nokia was already shipping smartphones with 5 megapixel modules. It took Apple 3 years to get to by then standard 5 megapixels in iPhone 4. And its latest iPhones are still stuck with 8 megapixel sensors, when every other flagship smartphone comes with 13 megapixels or more. Despite that, every iPhone review...

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Apple’s plans for Touch ID: trackpad for 5”+ iPhones, all display as fingerprint scanner & more in a patent app
Nov25

Apple’s plans for Touch ID: trackpad for 5”+ iPhones, all display as fingerprint scanner & more in a patent app

When iPhone 5S launched, the new word entered the discussion pretty soon. Many early users and reviewers agreed that the new Apple smartphone was “futureproof”. They were talking about the new 64-bit A7 CPU powering iPhone 5S, and M7 coprocessor that continuously tracks motion data. Value of both of those chips is pretty limited today, but they will enable a whole class of new apps and user experiences in the future. But A7 and M7 are...

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Google Translate app for Android tablets may offer conversations via split screen, two keyboards
Nov21

Google Translate app for Android tablets may offer conversations via split screen, two keyboards

Yesterday Google updated their Translate app for Android. They added simpler, more intuitive interface and handwriting recognition for more languages. The app update isn’t available in a Play Store here yet, so I couldn’t test it myself. But from the looks of it, the new UI will be a huge improvement over the old one, and should make conversation in language you don’t know much easier. And Google isn’t done with Translate improvements...

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Samsung smartphone with flexible wraparound display, that actually has a good reason to be. Launch next year
Nov14

Samsung smartphone with flexible wraparound display, that actually has a good reason to be. Launch next year

The first smartphones with flexible displays – Samsung Galaxy Round and LG G Flex, are pretty pointless devices. Samsung and LG did them for bragging rights, and simply because they could. Not because there’s something those phones can do better than handsets with traditional, flat screens. But it does not mean that they won’t find ways to do useful stuff better with flexible OLEDs in the future. They certainly will. In fact, Samsung...

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Could your iPhone send GPS data even when it’s off? Yep. Apple started toying with the idea last year
Nov13

Could your iPhone send GPS data even when it’s off? Yep. Apple started toying with the idea last year

Can your iPhone transmit your location data even if it is switched off? This not an idle question. Washington Post recently claimed that NSA has been collecting location data from powered down phones for almost a decade now. And when British watchdog Privacy International checked with the cellphone makers if such thing is possible, Nokia and Samsung kind of denied it, many others, including Apple, didn’t reply, and Ericsson said that...

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Motorola patents skin tattoo throat mic for your smartphone. That can act as a… lie detector
Nov07

Motorola patents skin tattoo throat mic for your smartphone. That can act as a… lie detector

Remember the haptic tattoos that Nokia has been playing with to improve your smartphone experience? Well, Finns are not the only ones exploring tattoos for mobile. Motorola is looking into their own skin tattoo stickers that could interact with your Moto X or the latest Droid. Only instead of vibrations that inform you about the messages you receive on a phone, Motorola wants to use their stuff as a throat mics, to capture your voice...

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Google Project Loon: 10 Mbps for users, 50 Gbps ultra-bright LED links between backbone super-nodes 100 miles apart
Aug14

Google Project Loon: 10 Mbps for users, 50 Gbps ultra-bright LED links between backbone super-nodes 100 miles apart

So far Google has been describing their Project Loon balloon internet initiative in very general terms. Yes, we know that the idea is to provide internet access via a network of balloons floating in stratosphere 20 kilometers high, and use rather stable atmospheric winds at different altitudes up there to keep balloons on station by moving them up or down. But that’s about all that Google told us about Project Loon. How exactly those...

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Apple is working on Smart Stay like gaze detection feature for iPhone. May come in iOS 7. Or later
May30

Apple is working on Smart Stay like gaze detection feature for iPhone. May come in iOS 7. Or later

Samsung has one cool feature on its last year’s flagship – Galaxy S3 . Its called Smart Stay, and determines whether you are looking at the phone screen, then prevents it from auto-dimming the display until you move your eyes off it. When it works, it is a pretty useful thing when you take your time to read some web article on the huge SGS3 display, and don’t want to constantly slide you finger on it, just to keep the display...

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Google plans to include haptic/tactile feedback engine into Android to… make their ads more effective
May23

Google plans to include haptic/tactile feedback engine into Android to… make their ads more effective

Looking from the business model point of view, Google is an advertising company. All their apps and services, almost all the technologies they are working on, are geared for one purpose only – get as much pageviews as possible to display ads on, and get as much information about you, to show the most actionable ads possible. Today USPTO has published a patent application called “ Providing information through tactile feedback” that...

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