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Apple Patents a Haldheld Device that Works with Your Hands

Apple has really been racking up the patents lately, haven’t they? Most of the time, they don’t really amount to much, but the thrill of anticipation for Apple’s next generation product is pretty much spearheaded by these black-and-white blueprints that make their rounds on  the internet.

Case in point: Apple has patented a “handheld device” that uses capacitive sensors to recognize who you are based on the way you hold the device. The device would adjust itself based on the way your fingers are situated and your grip. The device might also be able to generate buttons right on to the chasis (we’re visualizing that it’s like the way that Android phones have buttons that fade in and out), depending on which hand you’ve got it in. There’s not much else beyond that, but the idea is that there is no on orientation for a handheld device, and it gives the mantra that you’re “holding it wrong” a whole new meaning.

Anyway, all these patents are just teasers for a better device in the end. So hold on to your horses and don’t start salivating just yet–the patent is still a patent, after all.

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Video: iOS Device Speeds Put to the Test

There is a stumbling block that must be surmounted before we as a species can hope to tackle such dark issues as war, famine, and racisim. It is a topic of heated debate, being bickered out in multiple locales around the world as we speak. It is a subject so divisive, that it has torn the bonds of brotherhood and family with the murmur of its discourse.

Of course, we’re talking about what iOS device can claim to be the speediest of them all.

In a bid to allow the world to get on with the business of living, 9to5Mac has taken the time to speed test of a number of iOS devices–an iPad, iPhone 4, a late model iPod touch and an iPhone 3GS–and capture it all on video. With just one look at the footage of all four devices revving up from a stone cold start, you’ll finally understand why you were born:

There. Now we can pool our resources and get to work on that cold fusion thing… or at the very least return to whispering about FaceTime and the front facing camera rumored to be crammed into the next iteration of iPad.

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