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+ - Apple Patents location-based camera disabling->

Submitted by cynop
cynop (2023642) writes "Pretty soon, photographers won't be harrased me security officers for taking pictures in certain locations...cause the cameras will have stopped working on their own as soon as they enter a specific location.

U.S. Patent No. 8,254,902, published on Tuesday, is titled, “Apparatus and methods for enforcement of policies upon a wireless device”, and enables a camera with wireless connectivity (such as an iphone, or the sumsung's android camera ) to be remotely disabled by setting a “geofence” around a particular location, whether it’s a movie theater, celebrity hangout spot or protest site."

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+ - Hyperspectral Cameras Used to Uncover Ancient Mysteries->

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cynop (2023642) writes "Hyperspectral cameras are those that can capture information in the electromagnetic spectrum, far beyond what the human eye — and consumer cameras — can see. American Photo Magazine has a fascinating feature that tells of how researchers around the world are using the cameras to uncover century and millennium-old mysteries:

The historic discoveries are just getting started. No one yet knows how much researchers and scholars will find with this new generation of hyperspectral technology. More than a hundred years ago, in the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus, archeologists found piles of illegible papyrus. Recently, University of Oxford researchers found that they contained fragments of a lost tragedy by the ancient author Sophocles, of whose plays only seven were known to have survived. New imaging methods have also found portions of a poem by Archilochus that reveal new details about the genesis of the Trojan War. The research at St. Catherine’s could settle long-standing debates over the origins and foundation of some of the world’s major religions."

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+ - Apple Claims Android Started With Them->

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cynop (2023642) writes "Apple pretty much is saying now that Android started with them. According to the article in Gizmodo:
"In the early 1990s, Android head honcho Andy Rubin worked as a low-level Apple engineer. And that, according Apple's latest ITC filing, is grounds enough for them to potentially block Android in the US.
Apple now asserts that Rubin's superiors at Apple were the inventors of that realtime API patent and he worked for them at the very time they made that invention. (...) It's possible that he then contributed to the implementation of the claimed invention.

(...)If Apple were to sue Google directly over this particular patent, the could conceivably get an injunction. Against the entire platform. As well as lots, and lots, and lots, of money."

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