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Apple patents cover variety of topics

Several Apple patents have appeared today at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Following is a summary of each.

Patent number 20120094684 is for location based operation of a wireless mobile system. Per the patent, operating parameters of a wireless mobile communication device can be adjusted to comply with requirements defined by a local regulatory regime. Location information can be received by the wireless mobile communication device and be used to determine local operating requirements.

In one embodiment, location information in the form of MCC-MNC information can be used to query a local database to determine values of local operating limits such as, for example, a local value of a maximum allowable transmission power limit. Vusthia Sunil Reddy is the inventor.

Patent number 20120096189 is for a method and system for allowing a media player to determine if it supports the capabilities of an accessory are disclosed. The method and system comprise requesting information about the capabilities of the accessory by the media player and providing information about the capabilities of the accessory by the accessory to the media player. The method and system further include utilizing the information to determine if the capabilities of the accessory are supported by the media player.

Accordingly, a method and system in accordance with the present invention provides a system that allows a media player to obtain information from an accessory about the accessory's capability. A media player can then utilize this information to allow for the maximum functionality of the accessory when connected to the media player. The inventors are Paul Holden, Greg Marriott, Donald J. Novotney, John B. Filson and David Tupman.

Patent number 20120096343 involves systems, methods and computer-readable media for providing a dynamic loupe for displayed information. The displayed information can be provided in various sub-regions of the document. Based on the position of an input relative to a particular sub-region, the loupe can be sized and positioned such that a portion of information from the sub-region is displayed in the loupe.

The portion of information can be displayed using a loupe scale factor that may differ from a scale factor used for the rest of the displayed information. The loupe position can be selected such that the contents and or position of the loupe may be biased towards a particular sub-region. Nils Beck and Conrad Carlen are the inventors.

Patent number 20120096356 is for visual presentation composition. Methods, systems and/or computer program products are disclosed that help facilitate visual presentation composition. A method includes analyzing a plurality of video clips, each video clip comprising a plurality of frames, to determine a subset of the plurality of video clips that have at least one frame depicting one or more faces. The method further includes presenting, in a user interface of a video editing application, the determined subset of video clips along with indicia indicating one or more face-related characteristics of each of the subset of video clips.

Furthermore, the method includes receiving, from a user of the video editing application, a selection of one or more frames of at least one of the subset of video clips to populate a shot placeholder in a movie-building template, and generating a playable media file representing a movie based at least in part on the selection received from the user. The inventors are Randy Ubillos and Michael P. Leong.

Patent number 20120092340 involves systems, methods and computer-readable media for manipulating graphical objects. For example, a polygonal mesh may be modeled based on graphical object content, and then both a graphical object based on the graphical object content and a map of control points based on the polygonal mesh may be rendered on a display. A user may activate one or more of the displayed control points and may provide one or more user movements to reposition the activated control points.

The polygonal mesh may be physically simulated in response to the user movements of the control points, and then the graphical object and the map of control points may be re-rendered based on the physical simulation of the polygonal mesh. The graphical object content may include multiple character glyphs of a text string, and the polygonal mesh for that content may include one or more intra-character polygons per character glyph. The inventors are Matthew Jacob Sarnoff, Samir B. Gehani and Conrad B. Carlen.


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