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RIM Patents Phone Feature for Preventing the “Inconspicuous Use of Cameras”

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When consumer electronic products have photographs leaked to the world prior to their official announcements, they’re often blurry shots that appear to have been taken with a quick snap of a smartphone camera by some not-so-loyal employee or factory worker. Blackberry maker RIM wants to help companies who value privacy plug up these leaks, and has created a smartphone feature that is meant to make snapping stealthy shots a much more difficult thing to do.
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RIM Bringing Built-In Photo Editing and Instagram-Like Filters to BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry doesn’t get much attention from App developers these days, and as such many of the photo apps iOS and Android users take for granted are expected to be sadly absent when RIM’s new mobile operating system, BlackBerry 10, makes it onto phones. Still, the upcoming operating system has already made some waves using Scalado rewind technology, and according to CrackBerry, there’s a lot more photo goodness on the way from RIM in the form of a full suite of editing options and Instagram-like filters. Read more…

Nokia Looking to Acquire Scalado and Make Lumia Phone Cameras Even Better

Scalado is a big name in imaging, having come up with some pretty phenomenal ideas like the Rewind and Remove apps — the first of which made a big splash when it was demoed as part of RIM’s BlackBerry 10. And now it seems someone is finally trying to move in and steal Scalado all for themselves: Nokia. Read more…

Key Patent in Kodak’s Lawsuit Against Apple Tossed by Judge

Kodak has been selling off its assets left and right as it tries to dig itself out of its financial hole. Most recently, it “successfully” sold its Gallery business to Shutterfly. But Kodak’s most prized possession, and the sale it was hoping to make up the most ground with, is its massive collection of patents split into two portfolios. Read more…

BlackBerry 10 Timeline Feature is Indeed Scalado Rewind Rebranded

A couple of days ago the world was wowed by the up and coming BlackBerry 10′s new camera app. The app, demoed by RIM at BlackBerry World 2012, allowed you to select someone’s face and scroll through frames captured before and after you hit the shutter button. If you thought the app looked familiar, you were right: it’s actually a rebranded version of Scalado Rewind.
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Kodak Hopes to Win $1 Billion from Apple Over Camera Patent Dispute

With its photography-related businesses struggling and no end in sight to its stock’s free fall, Kodak is turning to patent infringement lawsuits as a way to generate revenue. The company is currently in a patent dispute with Apple (iPhone) and RIM (Blackberry) over a patent it holds for previewing image on camera phones, and hopes to generate over $1 billion in royalty revenues if it comes out victorious. Previously Kodak had used this same patent to win nearly $1 billion from Samsung and LG.

Of the $7.2 billion in revenues Kodak generated in 2010, $838 million was from patent royalties. Somehow this doesn’t seem like a sustainable strategy for the company to stop being “Apple in reverse”.

(via Bloomberg)


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