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Apple’s P2P payment patent has a focus on security

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Touch ID could be a big part of Apple’s supposed personal payment plan.

In a few years, “Sorry, I don’t have any cash on me” may no longer be a good enough excuse to give that chronically money-strapped friend when they come around asking to borrow a few bucks.

That’s because a newly released Apple patent suggests that the iPhone maker may be getting into the person-to-person payment game in future versions of its hardware.

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The simple patent drawing was once a work of art

A flying machine from the 1860s drawn with shading, colors and detail not seen in today's patent illustrations.

A flying machine from the 1860s drawn with shading, colors and detail not seen in today’s patent illustrations.

The illustration that accompanies a patent application is a first glimpse inside the head of the inventor. Finally, an idea becomes a possibility, and even if an invention later proves to be impractical or an outright failure, the drawing serves as a tangible record of humanity’s quest to solve problems and move forward.
The simple patent drawing was once a work of art 
But the modern day patent sketches are stark chicken scratches compared to the intricately detailed, da Vinciesque artworks that once accompanied applications to the United States Patent & Trade Office, which first opened in 1790.

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Apple means culture: Taylor Swift, hot new patents, and Siri’s response to 9/11

Taylor powers into Apple like no one else.

Taylor powers into Apple like no one else.

Another week flying by here at Cult of Mac headquarters, and we’ve got a ton of great stories to share with you in the latest issue of Cult of Mac Magazine.

Taylor Swift made waves with her calling out the Cupertino company’s plans to not pay artists for music streamed during upcoming Apple Music free trial period, and we’ve got all the details within. Plus, we take a look at Amazon’s new home hub, the Echo, spend some time trawling the patent office for new Apple gear coming our way, and take a quick tour of the latest iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan betas for developers.

All that and more in this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine. Be sure to download and subscribe to check it all out on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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Apple Watch band is filled with cool tech, patent reveals

Apple Watch band

It’s not just a hunk of plastic.

Your Apple Watch band contains some cutting-edge fabrication technology that could extend into other fashion accessories, according to a patent filing released today.

The patent describes an ingenious method for molding “woven fibers” into any desired shape and securing them without stitching.

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The patent that proves Apple wants to put fingerprint scanners inside displays

Touch ID as you know it could be about to change.

Touch ID as you know it could be about to change.

Recent reports claim that Apple is looking to eliminate the need for a physical “home” button on future iPhones by integrating Touch ID fingerprint sensors into the main display. Now we have the patent application to prove it!

Published Thursday, Cult of Mac got its hands on a patent application entitled “Fingerprint Biometric Sensor Including Drive Signal Level Updating,” which reveals how Apple has been exploring processing circuitry capable of acquiring fingerprint data by using special “sensing pixels” within screens.

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Samsung pleads for damages cut in patent war with Apple

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Samsung wants to cut even more off of Apple’s $548 million award. Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns/Flickr CC

Samsung is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to cut more money off the $930 million Apple won in a patent lawsuit. The company is arguing that the appeals court’s earlier ruling is still unfair, even after successfully convincing the panel to chop off $382 million already.

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Patent hints at fixing Apple Watch’s heart-rate monitor

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Writing about patents always gets the blood pumping around here.

The Apple Watch’s heart-rate monitor is pretty damned cool, but it’s the one piece of the new smartwatch that’s seeing the most updates and tweaks since the hardware launched seven weeks ago.

A new patent suggests that Apple has even more changes in store for the health tech.

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Samsung outranks Apple where it really hurts… in the patent department

Who's really ahead in innovation? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Who’s really ahead in innovation? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

In an effort to prevent rivals from stealing its ideas, Apple patents everything it invents — from the iPhone and the iPad, to app icons and even “magic” tactile gloves. But compared to its biggest competitors, Apple’s patent portfolio from 2015 looks surprisingly bare.

Microsoft, Sony, Google, and LG have all outrank Apple in the patent department this year, while arch rival Samsung has absolutely crushed it.

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Forget Apple cars, Samsung just patented a robot battle suit

The future of war? Photo: Edge of Tomorrow, Warner Bros.

The future of war? Photo: Edge of Tomorrow, Warner Bros.

Samsung works in a lot of areas besides smartphones and, according to a recently published patent, one of those could soon be… Edge of Tomorrow-style soldier exoskeletons?

As described, Samsung’s wearable robot would be affixed to the legs of a user and would greatly enhance the strength of its puny human users by generating an auxiliary torque for assisting muscle power.

Well, at least this is one idea they probably didn’t borrow from Apple!

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New patent hints at hands-free gaming on Apple TV

Forget joysticks, this could be the future of gaming.

Forget joysticks, this could be the future of gaming.

There have been plenty of rumors about the refreshed Apple TV set to arrive at WWDC, but two of the biggest concern the fact that it will feature a revolutionary gesture-based user interface and a new focus on gaming.

Possibly tying into that is a newly-published patent from Apple, which describes a pattern projector which would use laser beams to map the 3D space between the device and a user — thereby allowing a person to carry out motions as a way of interacting with specific apps.

And, yes, that includes games.

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