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The story of iOS's text selection tool and the importance of those "handles"

On February 11, 2014 the United States Patent and Trademark Office published the Apple's patent for the "selecting of text using gestures." Filed in 2008, and arriving on iOS devices in iOS 3 in June of 2009, you probably know this patent as "the thing that lets you highlight text on your iPhone."...

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Apple and Google band together and ask Supreme Court to help keep patent trolls at bay

Bloomberg reports that Apple, Google and 13 other companies are teaming up in an effort to convince the Supreme Court to make it easier to recoup attorneys fees stemming from frivolous patent suits. With more than US$140 billion in the bank, Apple is naturally an attractive target for patent trolls...

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Looking for a data center tech job? Apple's hiring: News from Jan. 10, 2014

Good evening! Here's the Apple news for Jan. 10, 2014: Apple has posted additional positions for its Oregon-based data center, including data center maintenance techs and a chief engineer for the center. As MacRumors notes, Apple has been seeking that engineer since last year. The story also...

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Daily Update for December 17, 2013

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some of the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the player at the top of...

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Apple patents 'desk-free computer,' but you'll still need a place for your keyboard and mouse

Today, Apple was awarded a patent for what the company calls a "desk-free computer," which was filed way back in late 2008. The strange patent describes a desktop computer -- which looks a good bit like a Mac mini in the patent drawings -- that includes a built-in projector that replaces your...

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Apple snags patent for face detection and recognition

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple has been awarded a patent that embodies face detection and recognition technologies. What's more, the patent covers a method for allowing users to control their device -- whether it be a Mac or iOS device -- via various facial expressions. In one proposed use...

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Apple wins iPhone patent suit against NetAirus

Apple has won a patent suit brought against it by NetAirus Technologies and Richard Ditzik, a 70-year-old engineer who claimed he came up with the idea for a smartphone, reports Bloomberg. Ditzik's patent showed how a hand-held device could be paired with a computer and cellular and 802.11...

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Apple had no say in Rockstar's decision to sue Google

Three weeks ago, we reported that Rockstar, a consortium backed by companies like Apple and Microsoft, sued Google and a host of other companies for patent infringement. As a quick primer, the Rockstar consortium in June of 2011 jointly bid US$4.4 billion in an auction for more than 6,000 Nortel...

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Damages retrial in Apple/Samsung case kicks off today

A jury trial to determine just how much Samsung owes Apple for patent infringement commenced today in the US District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose, Calif. Recall that a jury initially awarded Apple US$1.05 billion in damages back in August of 2012 after finding that an...

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Apple-backed consortium sues Google, Samsung and others over Nortel patents

In late June of 2011, Apple was part of a consortium of tech companies that banded together to purchase more than 6,000 Nortel patents. The winning bid checked in at US$4.5 billion and came from a group that included Apple, EMC, Ericcson, Microsoft, RIM and Sony. Together, Apple and co. were...

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USPTO confirms 'Steve Jobs patent'

Last December, the US Patent and Trademark Office gave Apple a tentative rejection on 20 claims by Apple regarding the "Steve Jobs patent" after it was anonymously challenged by one of Apple's rivals. The patent covers a "touch screen device, method and graphical user interface for determining...

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Daily Update for September 27, 2013

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requires...

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Apple and 13 other companies warn that EU patent shakeup may encourage patent trolls

Seemingly not a week goes by without hearing some new story about a patent troll mysteriously emerging out of the woodwork, with questionable second-hand patents in hand, and suing a smorgasbord of tech companies for patent infringement. While the Obama Administration has taken steps to potentially...

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Daily Update for September 3, 2013

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requires...

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Apple could use gestures to grant user access on iOS devices

An interesting patent has been uncovered by AppleInsider that shows a way Apple could use gestures to grant access to specific apps and iOS device functions on a per-user basis. The patent would be an interesting implementation of something many iOS device users want: individual user accounts on...

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