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One of the key innovation that Microsoft developed with the launch of Windows Phone 7 was the camera key that can be used even when the mobile device is locked. Mobile devices with cameras often have a locked mode to prevent accidental or unauthorized access to the device. However, in many situations it is desirable to capture a photograph or…

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We are pretty sure Microsoft is working on augmented reality smart glasses, with a number of patents already published for the device, and of Microsoft’s purchasing of Osterhout Design Group’s virtual reality patents for $150 million. Microsoft has continued to work on cool applications for the unannounced and unreleased device. The latest to pop up is a patent application for…

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The US Patent Office has just published a new patent application by Microsoft for a feature which they call a “personal cloud of mobile tasks”. The personal cloud has nothing to do with internet servers and storage, but is rather a “cloud” of commonly performed tasks which appear on the user interface, making it quick and easy for users to…

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  Microsoft may be gearing up once again to make more money from IP licensing than actual device sales, as they gather more patents relevant to smart watches while not shipping any, while their main opponent Google gets ready to churn out a whole flotilla of smart arm bands. Their latest two patents is for Discreetly Displaying Contextually Relevant Information…

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  While we still have to see the results of their efforts, Microsoft is strongly rumoured to be working on various wearables, including a biometric health and fitness band. Now it seems Microsoft, no doubt taking some inspiration from Nokia’s Morph design, has taken their efforts one step further, into the field of wearable computers, with a flexible smartphone-like device…

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Earlier today, we reported that Chinese Ministry of Commerce has approved Nokia’s sale of Devices and Services division to Microsoft. Nokia specifically mentioned that Chinese Ministry of Commerce didn’t approve the deal on any specific conditions. On the other side, Microsoft today revealed that they have made set of commitments the Chinese Ministry of Commerce regarding patents. During the investigation…

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Nokia has applied for a patent which would allow for files such as music and other media to be transferred simply by swiping above the phone in the direction of the intended receiver. The phone would detect the the gestures and position of the receiving device primarily via a capacitive field, but the patent notes infra-red or cameras or a…

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We have heard that Nokia intends to go into the wearables market after divesting itself from its handset division. The biggest issue there is battery life, due to the difficulty of fitting a large battery into a small enclosure. Making the battery flexible, so it can conform to the shape of the device, such as a wrist band, is one…

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