Apple has acquired eighteen user interface patents from Canadian company Maya-Systems. The patents are all related to its axis-based interface where documents and files can be stored and grouped in the cloud. A searchable timeline can then be created based on a files tags or attributes; it all sounds very similar to an Evernote type of system for notes and storage.
In the third quarter of 2012, a transaction took place between Maya-Systems Inc. and Apple Inc. (apple.com), through which Apple acquired a portion of Maya-Systems? patents relating to innovative axis-based user interface technology. The acquisition included 18 patent properties of Maya-Systems.
Maya-Systems? technology offers an intuitive way to display any virtual content in a superior manner. This transaction attests that Maya-Systems axis-based user interface is ahead of the growing demand for axis-based user interfaces. ?We dealt with a significant number of sophisticated buyers,? noted Mathieu Audet, founder of Maya-Systems and patent agent. ?We are pleased to have secured the transaction with Apple.? ?Our patents have been analyzed thoroughly by many potential buyers. We are confident that they are strong assets.? The negotiations with Apple were carried out with the assistance of Mr. Louis Carbonneau from Tangible IP LLC
As noted by MacRumors, Maya-Systems main product is called ?I am Organized?, it is a platform for organizing, sharing and viewing files and documents stored in the cloud. It looks like Apple wanted these patents to significantly enhance its current iCloud file sharing and document storage system; maybe we will find out much more when Apple shows off iOS 7.
Well known high end Apple accessory manufacturer Twelvesouth has announced its latest accessory for the iPhone and it is something just that little bit different. Say hello to the ?SurfacePad? which Twelvesouth is calling an ultra-slimluxury leather cover for the iPhone. Yep, it is not a case according to Twelvesouth, it?s a cover for those that like to keep their iPhone safe from life?s daily dangers while still allowing its beautiful design to shine through.
Made from luxury Napa leather, SurfacePad dresses up iPhone unlike any other cover. At less than 1/10th an inch thick and weighing less than one ounce, this thin leather jacket does not interfere with the buttons, ports or camera on iPhone. Since the cover wraps around and protects the front and back surfaces, the tell-tale profile of the iPhone remains on display. At a glance there?s never any doubt what phone you?ve chosen to run your world.
SurfacePad is thin, light and shows off your iPhone - but it also makes a design statement all its own. It adds a pop of color to your iPhone. It makes your phone distinctive and sophisticated in a sea of silly plastic. With its razor thin profile and supple touch, SurfacePad is the first cover worthy of your iPhone, and shares the same design sensibilities as well. Sleek, modern, minimal - both device and cover are cut from the same cloth
The SurfacePad for iPhone is available for the iPhone 4, 4s and 5 and comes in three different colors too. You can have it in Jet Black, Modern White or Red Pop. The SurfacePad also has a built in stand sewn into the back cover which lets you watch videos or even set your iPhone down in a position suitable for use as a bedside clock radio. If you fancy getting your hands on one of these rather innovative covers for your iPhone they are available right now from Twelvesouth and will cost you $34.99.
What do you think about the Twelvesouth SurfacePad for iPhone?
The United States prepped for its opening game in the final round of World Cup qualifying with a dull 0-0 tie against Canada on Tuesday night in Houston as Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez returned to the American national team lineup after a two-year absence.
The youngster has cerebral palsy and cannot walk unaided but the surgery should reduce the tightness he suffers in his muscles giving him the chance to play football and dance like his friends.
Jack's Will to Dance is being held at Canvas above the Slug and Lettuce in St Nicholas Street on Saturday from 7pm to 5am.
There are still tickets left for the house music event this weekend.
Among the DJs who will be playing are Tristan B from BCFM, Craig Brown who plays at Banjax and
Leon Henry, Shaun Para, and Seb Christie from We Funk, Ship Wrecked.Tickets are £15, which includes a drink on entry and entry into the raffle with prizes including meals, an overnight stay at a hotel, hair and beauty treatments and family days out.
For tickets contact 07530 656823.