toggle

AAPL Stock: 121.3 ( -1.07 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Apple buys out 18 'axis-based user interface' patents

updated 05:35 pm EST, Thu January 31, 2013

Could be used to improve Apple OS platforms

Apple has bought 18 patents from a Canadian firm called Maya-Systems, according to a press release from the latter party. The patents are said to relate to Mayas's "axis-based user interface technology." The company doesn't go into further detail in its release, but in some of its promotional content, Maya illustrates a file sorting system that can reorganize according to time, category, or a common theme -- such as a work project -- and sync with cloud servers and other users.

What Apple might have in mind for the patents is unclear, but the company may be looking to improve the file systems in OS X and/or iOS, particularly as the two become interconnected through iCloud. Currently there is no easy way to manage files hosted on iCloud, and Apple may want to encourage people to treat all Apple devices as part of a single platform.




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. blahblahbber

    Banned

    Joined: 02-01-05

    hmmm

    how much different is it from this:

    http://www.mindjet.com/#web

    This stuff has been around for awhile, and I have been using this since version 6.

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    Originally Posted by blahblahbberView Post

    how much different is it from this:

    Collaborative Tools and Work Management Software: Mindjet

    This stuff has been around for awhile, and I have been using this since version 6.



    Mindmapping software vs. document management/storage/sharing infrastructure?

    Did you perchance simply fail to watch the embedded video, thus failing to realize that this is pretty much exactly what iCloud is sorely missing?

  1. blahblahbber

    Banned

    Joined: 02-01-05

    ohhh

    tired

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    Make sure to post something negative anyway, even if you're way too tired to figure out what's going on.

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

HP 14-x030nr 14-inch Chromebook

If you're like us, chances are you've come to realize that you need the ability to access the Internet on the go. Also, you've prob ...

15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch

Apple's 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro continues to be a popular notebook with professional users and prosumers looking for the ultimate ...

Typo keyboard for iPad

Following numerous legal shenanigans between Typo -- a company founded in part by Ryan Seacrest -- and the clear object of his physica ...

toggle

Most Commented