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Apple files to block Moto Aware, Motorola scrambling for update

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Apple files to block Moto Aware, Motorola scrambling for update
When you're wrong, you're wrong, it seems. We have been talking about how Apple has become less lawsuit-happy since Tim Cook took over, but it looks like it might just be that Apple is being more covert about its filings. We have gotten word that Apple has filed to block the new Moto Aware feature that we saw as part of the info on the Motorola Luge.

As we reported a few days ago, the Luge is planned to launch today, August 28th, as a prepaid device for Verizon customers. Apple filed to block Moto Aware within the past couple of days, which has left Motorola engineers scrambling to put together a software patch for the device that would remove the software. Moto Aware was intended to be a new service on all new Motorola devices this year, and now those plans have been upended by Apple. 

We don't know exactly what Moto Aware is, but we have been led to believe that it would be a service to dynamically change your phone settings, security settings, and/or UI based on certain factors, like location, lighting, and ambient noise. If that sounds familiar, it is because Apple was granted a patent on a service like that this past July. 

Of course, Google was granted a similar patent in August of 2013, and Microsoft also has a similar patent that was granted in January of 2013. We don't know the specifics of the Moto Aware service, nor of the Apple claim; so, we can't say whether either of the competing patents will invalidate Apple's filing. Whatever the resolution, it will take time to sort out, and that will mean Moto Aware has to be removed from Motorola devices until the issue is resolved. 

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posted on 28 Aug 2014, 10:03 7

2. Cicero (Posts: 494; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Apple never settle.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 18:24 5

36. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6736; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Apple is nothing but a P.O.S. cry baby when it comes to patents and law suits. Doesn't Motorola have more patents than that evil fruit?

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 21:16 3

38. rallyguy (Posts: 574; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


I'm so sick of this. I will never buy anything made by Apple.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 00:01

42. techperson211 (Posts: 710; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Same old sh*t!!! Since Motorola is owned by Lenovo now , maybe that's the reason apple is pushing for this kind of crap. I won't be surprised if apple gets banned at China.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 10:07 24

3. wilsong17 (Posts: 1090; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Apple make me sick

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 18:25 1

37. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6736; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


makes me want to stop eating apples pff

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 00:07

43. aba71983 (Posts: 539; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


Yeah, stop eating Apple and try (android) Lemon with Vitamin C supports your immune system to help fight off diseases and infections. Lemon with Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen and a vital structural component of blood vessels, bone, ligaments and tendons.

But you need to eat Apple also because the main vitamin found in Apples is vitamin C, with each medium apple providing 14 percent of the daily value. This vitamin acts as an antioxidant to help prevent cell damage and is essential for healing wounds and forming collagen. An apple also has 5 percent of the DV for vitamin K, as well as smaller amounts of the fat-soluble vitamins A and E and the B vitamins thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folate and vitamin B-6. Vitamin K helps with blood clotting, vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and vitamin A is important for healthy vision. You need the B vitamins to turn the food you eat into energy.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 10:13

4. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1886; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Wasn't there an article awhile back about how Apple and Motorola agreed to cease litigation, similar to the Apple/Samsung agreement?

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 13:56 3

25. downphoenix (Posts: 2415; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Yea but if Motorola is scrambling to remove the feature, then I guess that means they are guilty of invalidating the patent and they know it. Why would they be in a hurry to remove it if they were not? I think Apple does get sue happy, but they may be on to something in this case.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 15:34 2

29. willard12 (Posts: 884; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


i think you mean "violating" not "invalidating." And maybe, they are just trying to avoid the legal hassle, guilty or innocent. It takes almost nothing for Apple to receive a temporary injunction and it could take years for Apple's patent claim to be ruled invalid. Motorola doesn't have the financial resources like Samsung to risk not being able to get their products to the market in order to fight Apple. HTC has also had to do work-arounds for Apple's patent claims such as "scroll-bounce".....which is now invalid. So, even when companies aren't guilty, they still have to take measures to avoid Apple's wrath just to be able to sell their products.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 10:17 11

5. AJagtiani (Posts: 466; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Apple Inc. in California, suing companies since forever!

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 10:24 4

7. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 685; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Uh, a service like that has been available for years on Symbian; "Situations", as some might recall... How the heck can these companies acquire a patent on such a vague concept? It's like Mercedes patenting four-wheeled vehicles or the steering wheel...!

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 10:37 5

8. Scott93274 (Posts: 1352; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Moto Aware sounds like an extension of Assist. Where it toggles your phone's settings on and off based off of context like location, time, and date. Are you at home? Turn on Wi-Fi and disable 4G, are you in the car? Disable Wi-Fi. Is it night time? Dim the lights. I was thinking just the other day that designing something like this would make for a great first attempt at programming an app. Meh, whatever.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 10:58 6

9. 14545 (Posts: 1152; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


What I don't understand is how any of these corps can file a patent(and receive it) on this based on prior art. Heck, just on android alone Tasker has been in existence since 2011 or 12. It can, for the most part, do any of these things. So that should show just how screwed up the stupid patent system is.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 13:06 5

19. Scott93274 (Posts: 1352; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Agreed with you 100%. All these damned patent trolls (Apple included) really only serve to hinder progress. The Smart phone as a whole would be so much more functional if companies actually learned to cooperate and not fight everyone over every single concept or idea.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 13:27 2

20. buccob (Posts: 1563; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I wonder exactly the same thing... not only Tasker, but also Llama which is simpler to use also allows for similar features... and SmartConnect by Sony has also a long history on Android since its time as "Live Aware" while it's not as customizable or smart as the others, it also triggers actions based on time, day of the week, and connections made.

The USPTO is definitely a broken system.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 10:59 10

10. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


OMG, that's groundbreaking, Apple. Innovation!

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 11:36 8

16. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 211; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


If you can't beat 'em, sue 'em! Geez, should we pay $1000+ for the upcoming INFERIOR iCRAP6 or $420 for the FAR-SUPERIOR NEXUS X?
You know what the drollin' iCHUMPS are gonna choose...

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 12:20 2

17. JunitoNH (Posts: 985; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


That sounds like your opinion, not the consensus of the populous. Prove your statement, number of Nexus devices sold vs iPhones. Please provide a link.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 13:43 5

21. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1886; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


So you're arguing what the general public thinks? The general public wouldn't know actual tech if it slapped them in the face. Most can't even setup their voicemail ffs. Many people like Mikey Cyrus and Justin Bieber, should we interpret that they're the best music has to offer? Just because the majority does it, doesn't mean it's the best or right thing.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 13:46 8

23. tedkord (Posts: 5261; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Ah, so numbers prove superiority. Got it. That proves that Android is at least 4x better than iOS.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 14:48 2

27. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5953; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Only 4x?

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 21:26 2

41. xondk (Posts: 177; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


just you know fyi, you cannot compare iphone to nexus or any other single android device really. Because android devices are many plentiful and come with a million different options and setups, allowing the user to pick exactly that experience which they want.

Apple, one design, one way to do things, their way.

Some would say that's because their device is 'the best' but yeah, I don't agree with that.

Apple claims to be the most innovating, yet apparently they are not adaptable or offering several options for their customers, which is in my mind, part of being innovative.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 12:25 1

18. AfterShock (Posts: 2960; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


So um, other parts of the OS already do this, for instance Google keep can set notes to activate on arrival in places.

Apple is such an anchor on technology, they stifle at every turn.

C'mon Apple, shut Google down too!!!

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 13:44 1

22. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1886; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Considering they're not the first to patent this, how the hell can they assert the right to claim infringement, when they themselves are infringing?

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 13:54 1

24. StanleyG88 (Posts: 106; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


Sounds like Microsoft has the controlling interest as the first patent granted.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 14:21 4

26. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Man, what the hell, Apple?

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 14:49

28. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5953; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Especially since Moto Aware hasn't been released.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 16:26

33. Scott93274 (Posts: 1352; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Between the Germans and Apple, Poor Motorola just can't catch a break.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 15:46 1

30. Heatfan316 (Posts: 453; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Apple just trolling again, these morons want to own every patent there possibly is so they can destroy every other tech company through litigation. Wow! I honestly hate this company more and more everyday.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 15:55

31. SemiFinal (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 Jul 2014)


IMHO, Apple does get carried away with patents, but patents do serve to increase competition as without them every smartphone would be almost exactly the same, the same thing would happen with other products as well

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 16:31

34. Scott93274 (Posts: 1352; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Patents get abused though. It's become a way for the corrupt to profit off of various industries. Patents are designed to protect the interests of the innovators, now it's just used to cripple everyone else.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 16:23

32. shinywindow (Posts: 69; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


it'z all about that dollar. that's all. apple, Motorola, they all operate the same. apple wants you to think they are this "green new age earth loving company" yeah ok.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 17:08 2

35. fzacek (Posts: 2206; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Apple, ssssstop it!!!

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 21:18

39. rallyguy (Posts: 574; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Aren't we supposed to be against bullies? Not support them by giving them our money.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 21:19

40. xondk (Posts: 177; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


wow......how.....there's been...tons of services and apps and such like this ever since gps was added to mobile devices.

How the heck does apple get these patents.
"hey joe, need these stamped"
"sure"
*stamp stamp*
"thanks joe"

Because seriously this is just mind boggling, I really hope EU at the very least does something to moderate such patents so at least it doesn't affect us in Europe that the US patent system is "out of order"

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 19:57

44. -box- (Posts: 3878; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Let's hope the USPTO invalidates the ones past the middle of last year.

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