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Submission + - Apple Patents location-based camera disabling (petapixel.com)

cynop 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.

Android

Submission + - Apple Claims Android Started With Them (gizmodo.com)

cynop 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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