patents

Bill Gates's New Patent Would Keep Glassholes From Spying On Your Screens

Google’s big Glass free-for-all has come and gone, but whether or not anyone actually bought the damn thing, cameras are popping up all over the place, and people are starting to get (perhaps rightfully) paranoid. Fortunately, there could be tech in the future to save your screens from prying camera eyes. And Bill Gates has the patent.


Why Is The U.S. Patent Office So Bad At Fending Off Patent Trolls?

Many problems with the patent system — from the explosion in patent trolling to the wasteful smartphone wars — can be traced to the flood of software patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).


CSIRO Braces For Massive Staff Cuts

Australia’s peak science body is facing a swathe of staff cutbacks in the coming months, with hundreds of scientific support staff, ancillary teams and senior managers heading for the chop in a bid to save cash.


Olympus Patent Imagines Variable Exposure Over Single Photographs

There’s an obvious weakness to the way that all modern cameras work: open the shutter to start an exposure, close it to finish, but whatever you do, the entire frame is bathed in light for the same length of time. Not if Olympus has anything to do with it though.


Apple's Touch-Sensitive MacBook Patent Embeds Controls In Screen Bezel

Ever since the rise of Apple’s touchscreen devices, it’s seemed only a matter of time until a touchscreen MacBook arrives. But those who wince at finger-smeared screens may not need to worry — a newly uncovered patent suggests Apple is more interested in revamping the bezel.


Apple's Fitness-Tracking Ambitions Go Beyond The iWatch

Lately, all the talk has been about the fitness-tracking, health-monitoring smartwatch that Apple is assumedly building. But a patent granted to Apple today shows the company wants to get into fitness tracking not just on your wrist, but in your ear, with sensor-laden earbuds to measure your athletic performance.


7 NSA Patents: Cyber Manholes, Super-Shredders And More

The National Security Agency has access to the world’s most incredibly sophisticated spy technology. But did you know that the NSA sometimes patents its own creations?


17 Historic Patents That Made Winter Olympic Sports Possible

You might not expect the United States Patent and Trademark Office to be as excited about the Winter Olympics as it is. But this month, office is releasing historic patents that reveal how winter sports emerged. So, who invented the snowboard?


Apple Patent Reaffirms Rumours Of Pressure-Sensitive Touchscreens

Last year, Bloomberg reported that Apple was working on enhanced sensors capable of detecting different levels of pressure. Then, a patent popped up adding weight to the rumour. Now, a second patent lends the idea of pressure-sensitive touchscreens yet more credence.


Apple's Touch-Friendly, Solar-Powered Laptop Would Be Insane

Hey you, Apple user. Have you been waiting — and waiting and waiting — for Apple to make some face-melting upgrades to the MacBook instead of just bumping the specs every few months? Well, this is it. Maybe. With a capital “M”.