Tuesday, August 26, 2008

2008-08-26 Newly Issued Apple Patents

1
D575,793
User interface for computer display (OS X dock with zoom)


2
7,418,529
Method and apparatus for communicating with an embedded controller which includes a reference to metadata objects within a computing device


3
7,418,156
Domain of definition in warper/morpher


4
7,418,037
Method of performing rate control for a compression system


5
7,417,973
Method, apparatus and computer program product for ensuring node participation in a network bus


6
7,417,869
Methods and systems for filtering signals


7
7,417,649
Method and apparatus for nonlinear anamorphic scaling of video images

Claim 1. A machine-implemented method to scale a video image, the method comprising: determining a nonlinear function to transform a first video image having a first aspect ratio to a second video image having a second aspect ratio, the second aspect ratio being different from the first aspect ratio, wherein the nonlinear function comprises piecewise linear scaling of a plurality of regions according to different scaling factors along at least one direction; performing nonlinear scaling of the first video image along the at least one direction according to the nonlinear function to generate the second video image; and wherein the second video image is capable of being displayed on a display device.


8
7,417,646
Background rendering in video compositing

Claim 1. A method for editing video, said method comprising: receiving a selection of an editing stage in a multi-stage video editing process; receiving a request from a user to background render at least a portion of the video up to said selected stage; launching an external process to render said portion of the video; and while said external process is executing to render said portion, receiving and performing an edit to a particular editing stage in the multi-stage editing process.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

2008-08-19 Newly Issued Apple Patents

1
D575,305
Media device (iPod Nano 1G)
2
D575,304
Media device (iPod Mini?)
3
D575,275
Docking station (iPod A/V dock with IR sensor)
4
7,415,563
Method and system for allowing a media player to determine if it supports the capabilities of an accessory

Claim 1. A method for establishing communication between a media player and an accessory, the method comprising, by the media player: sending to the accessory a first command packet including a request for capability information, the request including an information type indicator designating one of a plurality of information items as being requested, wherein the plurality of information items includes: a minimum media player firmware version information item identifying a minimum version of media player firmware required to support the accessory; a command set information item identifying a version of a command set used by the accessory; and an accessory firmware version information item identifying a version of firmware used by the accessory; receiving, in response to the request, a second command packet including the requested information item; and determining, based on the received information item, whether the media player supports the accessory.


5
7,415,545
Method and apparatus for dynamic link driver configuration
6
7,415,499
Method and apparatus for listening for incoming calls on multiple port/socket combinations

Thursday, August 14, 2008

2008-08-14 Newly Published Apple Patent Applications

1
20080195877
CONSERVING POWER BY REDUCING VOLTAGE SUPPLIED TO AN INSTRUCTION-PROCESSING PORTION OF A PROCESSOR

1. An instruction-processing system, comprising:

a core with instruction-processing circuitry;

an area coupled to the core;

a core voltage provided to the core; and

an area voltage provided to the area;

wherein in a normal operation mode:

a clock signal to the core is active;

the core voltage is sufficient to maintain state information of the instruction processing circuitry; and

the area voltage is sufficient to maintain the data stored in the area;

wherein in a first power-saving mode:the clock signal to the core is inactive;the core voltage is sufficient to maintain the state information of the instruction-processing circuitry; and

the area voltage is sufficient to maintain the data stored in the area; and

wherein in a second power-saving mode:the clock signal to the core is inactive;the core voltage is less than the first value; and

the area voltage is sufficient to maintain the data stored in the area.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

2008-08-07 Newly Published Apple Patent Applications

1
20080189390
Remote access of media items

Claim 1. A method of downloading media items to a first network device from a second network device, comprising:obtaining media item metadata associated with a plurality of media items from the second network device;storing the obtained media item metadata associated with the plurality of media items on the first network device;obtaining media item content data associated with a first subset of the plurality of media items from the second network device; andstoring the obtained media item content data associated with the first subset of the plurality of media items on the first network device;wherein at least some of the media item metadata associated with a second subset of the plurality of media items is stored on the first network device without the associated media item content data.


2
20080188209
COMMUNICATING AND STORING INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH MEDIA BROADCASTS

Claim 1. A method performed by an accessory communicably coupled to a portable media device ("PMD"), the method comprising:receiving broadcast data including a first track;determining whether the first track is to be tagged; andin response to determining that the first track is to be tagged:generating a first tag comprising identifying information for the first track; andinstructing the PMD to store the first tag in a storage medium of the PMD.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

2008-08-05 Newly Issued Apple Patents

1
7,409,347
Data-driven global boundary optimization
2
7,408,403
Circuits and methods for amplifying signals

Claim 1. A method for compensating for reverse power supply current of a modulator, the method comprising: generating a voltage-dependent compensation current for the power supply to compensate for the reverse current, the compensation current controlled by an output voltage of the modulator circuit.

3
7,407,315
Method and apparatus for backlighting a device

Claim 1. A light guide panel for backlighting a device, the light guide panel comprising: a plate including a plurality of optical fibers for dispersing light through the plate to illuminate the plate and provide a backlight for the device, the plurality of optical fibers being completely within the plate; and a light-emitting diode (LED) coupled to the plate for providing the light dispersed by the plurality of optical fibers, the light-emitting diode being located in a central portion of the plate such that the light-emitting diode (LED) does not touch an edge of the plate, wherein an opaque portion of the device covers the light-emitting diode (LED) in the central portion of the plate such that when the light-emitting diode (LED) is illuminated, the light from the light-emitting diode (LED) is more evenly distributed throughout the plate, the opaque portion of the device being a user input button of the device.


4
D574,378
Computing device (Macbook)
5
D574,375
Stand (narrow, but relatively deep, stand for iPhone, iPod, or a tablet?)
6
D574,365
Electronic device holder (iPod accessory with dock and headphone connectors)