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New Apple patent describes an “Active Stylus”.
While a traditional stylus is merely a more accurate ‘poking device’, able to be used on a smaller touchscreen with more accuracy than a fingertip, some such as the Samsung S Pen have run into problems with some users reporting slow response times from the stylus. The new Apple patent bills itself as being an ‘active stylus’, with embedded electronics able to make for a more sensitive and responsive input device.


Unlike conventional styluses which work passively by blocking electric field lines between the drive and sense electrodes of a capacitive touch sensor panel, the styluses disclosed in this patent filing can either act as a drive electrode to create an electric field between the drive electrode and the sense lines of a mutual capacitive touch sensor panel, or as a sense electrode for sensing capacitively coupled signals from one or more stimulated drive rows and columns of the touch sensor panel or both.
These active styluses can significantly improve stylus sensing on a mutual capacitive touch sensor panel without incurring significant additional cost.

New Apple patent describes an “Active Stylus”.

While a traditional stylus is merely a more accurate ‘poking device’, able to be used on a smaller touchscreen with more accuracy than a fingertip, some such as the Samsung S Pen have run into problems with some users reporting slow response times from the stylus. The new Apple patent bills itself as being an ‘active stylus’, with embedded electronics able to make for a more sensitive and responsive input device.

Unlike conventional styluses which work passively by blocking electric field lines between the drive and sense electrodes of a capacitive touch sensor panel, the styluses disclosed in this patent filing can either act as a drive electrode to create an electric field between the drive electrode and the sense lines of a mutual capacitive touch sensor panel, or as a sense electrode for sensing capacitively coupled signals from one or more stimulated drive rows and columns of the touch sensor panel or both.

These active styluses can significantly improve stylus sensing on a mutual capacitive touch sensor panel without incurring significant additional cost.

Apple event underway.

Apple initially teased the expected smaller iPad by making reference to a … new Mac Mini! They’ve since shown off the 7.9 inch iPad, along with bunch of product updates for desktop and laptop models. The new iMac is 5mm thick at the edges, making last years models look like crap!

A fourth generation 10 inch iPad has also been announced, in what seems like a punch in the face to everyone who shelled out for an iPad 3 over the last six months!

Google and Apple both announce events.

It’s looking like a big week for technology next week, with Google sending out invitations for a launch event on October 29, with the style of the invitation hinting at something related to Google Now. The event can be live streamed here - it’s at 10am in New York City.

Apple’s invitation for an October 23 event could well be the rumored iPad Mini launch, although a smaller MacBook Pro has also been hinted at.

Meanwhile Google’s October 29 event coincides with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 launch, which comes just three days after the October 26 launch of Windows 8 itself.

Surface release date confirmed.
Microsoft have confirmed the release date for their upcoming Surface tablet, as being October 26 - alongside the launch of Windows 8.
The news comes from a form submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, in which Microsoft also admits they will struggle to compete in the tablet market with Apple and other established competitors, saying “our competitors have been in the market longer and in some cases have established significantly large user bases”, and efforts to compete will “will increase our cost of revenue and reduce our operating margins”. Microsoft acknowledge they “may not achieve significant revenue from new product and service investments for a number of years, if at all”.
Microsoft also acknowledge that the release of the Surface will frustrate companies which are already set to produce other Windows 8 based tablets. “…our Surface devices will compete with products made by our OEM partners, which may affect their commitment to our platform.”
While pricing is still to be announced, the specs of initial Surface tablet will put it in competition with tablets such as the iPad, Motorola Xoom, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab range. A higher spec model will release 90 days later.
Check out a pretty epic video introduction to the Surface here.

Surface release date confirmed.

Microsoft have confirmed the release date for their upcoming Surface tablet, as being October 26 - alongside the launch of Windows 8.

The news comes from a form submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, in which Microsoft also admits they will struggle to compete in the tablet market with Apple and other established competitors, saying “our competitors have been in the market longer and in some cases have established significantly large user bases”, and efforts to compete will “will increase our cost of revenue and reduce our operating margins”. Microsoft acknowledge they “may not achieve significant revenue from new product and service investments for a number of years, if at all”.

Microsoft also acknowledge that the release of the Surface will frustrate companies which are already set to produce other Windows 8 based tablets. “…our Surface devices will compete with products made by our OEM partners, which may affect their commitment to our platform.”

While pricing is still to be announced, the specs of initial Surface tablet will put it in competition with tablets such as the iPad, Motorola Xoom, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab range. A higher spec model will release 90 days later.

Check out a pretty epic video introduction to the Surface here.

Early iPhone and iPad prototypes shown.
Court documents shown during the Apple vs Samsung cases have revealed early prototypes of Apple products, including the awesome 8 sided iPhone above.
iPad models shown included kickstands and handles on either side.
Check out the gallery here at The Verge.

Early iPhone and iPad prototypes shown.

Court documents shown during the Apple vs Samsung cases have revealed early prototypes of Apple products, including the awesome 8 sided iPhone above.

iPad models shown included kickstands and handles on either side.

Check out the gallery here at The Verge.

Apple posts latest sales results.
Apple have announced their third quarter financial results, with generally large improvements all round. In the last three months the company brought in US$35 billion in revenue, with a profit of $8.8 billion. Those figures are up from $28.6 and $7.3 billion this time last year.
The company sold 26 million iPhones, which is a 28% increase, along with 17 million iPads which is a huge 84% increase from the same quarter last year.
Also in the press release from Apple was news that it’s newest desktop operating system - Mountain Lion - will launch tomorrow.

“We’re thrilled with record sales of 17 million iPads in the June quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve also just updated the entire MacBook line, will release Mountain Lion tomorrow and will be launching iOS 6 this Fall. We are also really looking forward to the amazing new products we’ve got in the pipeline.”

Apple posts latest sales results.

Apple have announced their third quarter financial results, with generally large improvements all round. In the last three months the company brought in US$35 billion in revenue, with a profit of $8.8 billion. Those figures are up from $28.6 and $7.3 billion this time last year.

The company sold 26 million iPhones, which is a 28% increase, along with 17 million iPads which is a huge 84% increase from the same quarter last year.

Also in the press release from Apple was news that it’s newest desktop operating system - Mountain Lion - will launch tomorrow.

“We’re thrilled with record sales of 17 million iPads in the June quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve also just updated the entire MacBook line, will release Mountain Lion tomorrow and will be launching iOS 6 this Fall. We are also really looking forward to the amazing new products we’ve got in the pipeline.”

Court orders Apple to publicly acknowledge Samsung didn’t copy iPad.
A British judge has ruled that Apple must post a public message on their website and in several high profile British newspapers and magazines, acknowledging that Samsung did not copy the iPad.
The judge stated that Samsung’s tablets were unlikely to be confused with the iPad because they are “not as cool” (and no I’m not making that up!).
Apple have already appealed the ruling and will take it to the court of appeal. If the public acknowledgement does go ahead it will only have to appear on Apple’s UK website, and not at Apple.com.

Court orders Apple to publicly acknowledge Samsung didn’t copy iPad.

A British judge has ruled that Apple must post a public message on their website and in several high profile British newspapers and magazines, acknowledging that Samsung did not copy the iPad.

The judge stated that Samsung’s tablets were unlikely to be confused with the iPad because they are “not as cool” (and no I’m not making that up!).

Apple have already appealed the ruling and will take it to the court of appeal. If the public acknowledgement does go ahead it will only have to appear on Apple’s UK website, and not at Apple.com.

NASA’s Augmented reality ‘Spacecraft 3D’ app available now.
The free app lets you use the camera on your iPhone or iPad to show a NASA rover rolling around ‘in the real world’. The current range of rovers available includes Curiosity - which is due to land on Mars in just over two weeks. The range of rovers will be expanded with future updates.
Check out the app here at the iTunes store.

NASA’s Augmented reality ‘Spacecraft 3D’ app available now.

The free app lets you use the camera on your iPhone or iPad to show a NASA rover rolling around ‘in the real world’. The current range of rovers available includes Curiosity - which is due to land on Mars in just over two weeks. The range of rovers will be expanded with future updates.

Check out the app here at the iTunes store.

New superyacht is controlled by an iPad.
The Adastra is a £15-million superyacht which can be controlled by an iPad. The 42m yacht has a maximun speed of 22.5 knots, and can go from the UK to New York without refueling.
It also looks heaps like the UFO from the 80s movie Flight of the Navigator!

New superyacht is controlled by an iPad.

The Adastra is a £15-million superyacht which can be controlled by an iPad. The 42m yacht has a maximun speed of 22.5 knots, and can go from the UK to New York without refueling.

It also looks heaps like the UFO from the 80s movie Flight of the Navigator!

New technique allows for cheaper high resolution displays.
A new manufacturing technique being adopted by electronics manufacturers will allow very high resolution displays (similar to Apple’s ‘Retina Display’) to be produced at cheaper costs. The technique was previously only possible for research and development projects, but will now be able to be implemented on a  wider scale across tablets, phones and even televisions.

Applied Materials’s new machines perform plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD), a process that deposits thin films of material onto surfaces. The machinery makes it possible to produce displays that use a different material for the display’s backplane—the layer of transistors that sits behind the display and controls its pixels. That material, known as indium gallium zinc oxide, or IGZO, makes it easier and cheaper to build displays with extra-dense pixels, like the one Apple installed in the latest iPad. Making displays with this kind of resolution larger than seven inches diagonally would be impossible without using IGZO, Applied Materials claims.
"I would expect to see products this year," says Doug Hayden, senior director of global product management at Applied Materials’s displays division, AKT. "It will probably be tablets followed by TVs, but it will be close." In TVs, the new material will mean both higher resolution and faster refresh rates.

New technique allows for cheaper high resolution displays.

A new manufacturing technique being adopted by electronics manufacturers will allow very high resolution displays (similar to Apple’s ‘Retina Display’) to be produced at cheaper costs. The technique was previously only possible for research and development projects, but will now be able to be implemented on a  wider scale across tablets, phones and even televisions.

Applied Materials’s new machines perform plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD), a process that deposits thin films of material onto surfaces. The machinery makes it possible to produce displays that use a different material for the display’s backplane—the layer of transistors that sits behind the display and controls its pixels. That material, known as indium gallium zinc oxide, or IGZO, makes it easier and cheaper to build displays with extra-dense pixels, like the one Apple installed in the latest iPad. Making displays with this kind of resolution larger than seven inches diagonally would be impossible without using IGZO, Applied Materials claims.

"I would expect to see products this year," says Doug Hayden, senior director of global product management at Applied Materials’s displays division, AKT. "It will probably be tablets followed by TVs, but it will be close." In TVs, the new material will mean both higher resolution and faster refresh rates.