Dell's predictive maintenance plans

Dell's predictive maintenance plans

In the world’s most sophisticated plants and shipyards, maintenance operations are carried out much differently than they once were. Technicians rely on data from sensors embedded within production equipment to predict rather than troubleshoot issues before they have a chance to cause harm. It’s an approach that Dell believes could be beneficial in other, more…

Fujitsu’s quest to improve public Wi-Fi networks

Fujitsu’s quest to improve public Wi-Fi networks

While it focuses mainly on enterprise technology and semiconductors nowadays, Fujitsu still has a big role in the consumer electronics world as an upstream supplier. It even makes the occasional attempt to directly tackle a trend or problem affecting people’s day-to-day interactions with technology. According to one of the company’s newest patent filings, the current…

Microsoft wants to redefine the tablet experience

Microsoft wants to redefine the tablet experience

Microsoft now makes nearly $1 billion per quarter from Surface devices according to its latest earnings report, but this figure still represents only a small portion of the overall mobile market. One of the ways the company has been trying to secure a bigger share of the pie is by offering up various value-added software…

Next on Google's agenda: Industrial robots

Next on Google's agenda: Industrial robots

The robotics industry has emerged as a key focus area for Google in recent years. The company’s Boston Dynamics subsidiary recently unveiled a four-legged walker that can independently navigate around a house, while its artificial intelligence researchers are working to improve the finesse of mechanical limbs. And now a new patent application indicates that yet…

IBM wants to use hacker tactics for desktop security

IBM wants to use hacker tactics for desktop security

The world of enterprise cybersecurity is in flux. Traditional antivirus software and firewalls are being replaced with a new generation of security tools that use artificial intelligence to look for malicious behavior. One of the vendors leading the transition is IBM Corp., which is churning out one patent after another as its engineers push the…

Native ad-blocking is coming to Windows handsets

Native ad-blocking is coming to Windows handsets

The rivalry between Apple and Microsoft continues to reach new heights. Three months after iOS 9 rolled out with support for ad-blocking software, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published a filing from Redmond that reveals its mobile engineers are working to bring similar filtering capabilities to Windows Phone. Both implementations borrow heavily from…

Microsoft is trying to get into 3D printing

Microsoft is trying to get into 3D printing

Look no further than a company’s patent trail to understand its expansion plans. If some moonshot technology suddenly comes up in a filing and never resurfaces again, it’s likely just the legal department trying to make the most out of employees’ overflowing imagination. But if that technology starts appearing in more applications over time, then you may have just stumbled…

Microsoft is developing 3D folders for Windows 10

The rows of folders you see in Windows Explorer may soon be replaced by interactive 3D cubes with contextual navigation aids to help you find files and applications judging by a recent patent filing from Microsoft that was published last week. The new scheme aims to address what Redmond perceives as a fundamental problem with the present arrangement.…

Northwestern University has developed a way to plug privacy holes in Android apps once and for all

Consumers may not have to endure through the game of whack-a-mole that the mobile industry has been playing with security exploits on Android for much longer if one of the newest projects at Northwestern University bears fruit. Its computer science department has developed a piece of software that could effectively bullet-proof mobile apps against privacy leaks.…

Microsoft’s HoloLens will closely guard your privacy

It can sometimes seem as if the more entwined technology grows with our lives, the less privacy  is left, a cycle Microsoft now hopes to break with its HoloLens. One of the newest patent fillings to have come out of its augmented reality unit reveals that the forthcoming headset will feature a special mechanism designed to prevent software from directly accessing…