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Yahoo applies for patent on mass surveillance system the Soviets would envy

Yahoo applies for patent on mass surveillance system the Soviets would envy On March 31, 2015 Yahoo applied for a patent with implications that would make the Stasi sit up and cheer.But there could be, if you and everyone else would just surrender all your personal information forever.

The patent has now been made public and comes with a few new updates.

The patent has now been made public and comes with a few new updates. As per a new Google patent, the tech giant has plans for a small, screen-equipped quadcopter that would buzz around a room, bringing the teleconference into the 21st century.While the patent was first filed back in August, it was only made public on Thursday, and came with a couple of updates.

Apple might want to turn your headphones into convertible party speakers

Apple might want to turn your headphones into convertible party speakers The company was recently granted a patent for a convertible headphone design that looks to transform normal headsets into stereo speakers, which the document calls "dual mode" headphones.The sensors would also protect the user's ears by preventing the engagement of speaker mode, and a possible built-in amplifier and power source, when the headphone mode is in use.

Apple patent describes headphones that flip upward to double as speakers

Apple patent describes headphones that flip upward to double as speakers Such is probably the case with a new Apple application which shows a pair of headphones that serve double duty as loudspeakers.When the cups are facing inward and a built-in proximity sensor detects a nearby ear, the system recognizes they are in headphone mode.

Apple could be working on ‘exceedingly flexible’ phone screen, patent suggests

Apple could be working on ‘exceedingly flexible’ phone screen, patent suggests Why it matters to you Rumors of foldable phones and wearables have been all the rage as of late, and Apple's patent for a bendable screen could indicate it wants to be part of this new trend.The future looks flexible from Apple’s perspective.

Touch-enabled smart cases could come to iPhone, if Apple patent bears out

Touch-enabled smart cases could come to iPhone, if Apple patent bears out That’s the thinking behind an Apple patent for a smart case made of a “quantum tunneling material” that could actually extend touch-sensitivity to the back of a phone.The phrase “quantum tunneling material” sounds complicated, but is in fact relatively simple to understand.

Future iPhones could be touch-sensitive all over

Future iPhones could be touch-sensitive all over In the future, you might be able to grab your iPhone and control it from any angle.Touchable, scrollable input spots on the phone's backside could revolutionize the device, according to a new patent.

It’s possible iPhone cameras could soon refocus the shot — after a photo is taken

It’s possible iPhone cameras could soon refocus the shot — after a photo is taken A recently uncovered Apple patent details a method for generating focus stacks to make that possible.More: Apple’s iPhone 8 may feature wireless charging and an iris sensor But, if a camera could capture all that information, adjusting the focus after the shot would be possible.

Future iPhones could catch screen cracks before they turn into major problems

Future iPhones could catch screen cracks before they turn into major problems Walking around with a cracked iPhone screen isn't a good look.The patent lays out potential methods for detecting cracks as they form on the iPhone's display cover.

Google patent describes tileable displays to turn your living room into a movie theater

Google patent describes tileable displays to turn your living room into a movie theater The patent aims to improve on an earlier patent granted to the Mountain View, California company, by eliminating bezels between tiled displays.As it stands, there are really three methods for creating a giant wall-mounted display.

Apple was just granted a patent for a touchscreen that reads fingerprints

Apple was just granted a patent for a touchscreen that reads fingerprints The iPhone’s home button could soon disappear.The patent itself was first spotted by AppleInsider, and was made public on Tuesday by the U.

Sony files patent for new handheld that looks a lot like a Nintendo Switch

Sony files patent for new handheld that looks a lot like a Nintendo Switch For gamers who are in love with their PS Vita’s there might be hope for the future.More: Simple PS Vita homebrew exploit gives access to hobbyist-created games, apps NeoGAF user ponpo is the one who spotted the patent.

Apple might be creating its own version of Bitmoji

Apple might be creating its own version of Bitmoji On Monday, Apple was granted a patent for an "avatar editing environment" that looks a lot like Bitmoji, the popular app from Snapchat-owned Bitstrips.They can also modify face shapes and skin color and will be able to choose whether to create the avatar automatically or manually.

Apple patents avatar creation app that looks like its version of Bitmoji

Apple patents avatar creation app that looks like its version of Bitmoji The tech giant has been granted a patent for a product listed as “avatar editing environment” that looks like its version of Snap’s popular Bitmoji app or the Nintendo Mii.In the vein of Bitmoji, the avatars look cartoonish rather than “real” in the illustrations Apple has provided.