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Apple patent points to Siri-like assistant for OS X

MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMacs could get their own Sir-like personal assistant in the near future, according to a patent application published by the US patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) last week. Titled Intelligent digital assistant in a desktop…

Google patents contact lenses with embedded camera

Google has filed a patent application with the USPTO for embedding micro cameras into contact lenses, according to TechCrunch. Although the technology can have multiple uses, the one that definitely stands out is the ability to enable users to take…

Apple applies for 'iWatch' trademark in Japan

A June 3 filing with the Japan Patent Office reveals that Apple has applied for a trademark for “iWatch” in the Land of the Rising Sun. The device is listed in a category that includes other products like handheld computers…

DNA can no longer be patented, says US Supreme Court

When it comes to ethical debates, the decision to patent human DNA is one of the most controversial. It might seem ridiculous, but for the past three decades the American government has been awarding patents to biotechnology companies, providing them…

Amazon patent outlines an anonymous mobile payment system

Amazon may be preparing to launch an anonymous mobile payment system as evident by a patent application published yesterday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Originally filed for in April 2009, the service would allow people to purchase items…