Posts in Social Media


Digital publishing sector increases share of magazine readership, advertising dollars

Between August 2012 and February 2013, digital publishing apps saw an average growth in their readership of 200 percent according to a state of mobile tech report released by computer …
By Steve Brachmann 18 days ago 1

Social Media and the Rise of Opportunistic #Trademark Filings

Last June, Walter Palmer, an American dentist and recreational big game hunter, shot and killed Cecil, a southwest African lion who had been the subject of a …
By Brian Focarino 20 days ago 1

Illicit pharmaceutical drug sales find a home on Twitter

Twitter’s popularity has not only benefited the legitimate side of the pharmaceutical industry. A study released in December, supported by both the Global Health Policy Institute …
By Steve Brachmann 3 months ago 0

IBM sales slump continues but Watson is getting brighter

Despite shrinking revenues, IBM may be able to chart its way back to stability if success continues for its Watson cognitive computing platform, the corporation’s fastest …
By Steve Brachmann 3 months ago 0

President Obama continues technology focus in his final year

The administration of the 44th President of the United States will be remembered for many reasons, but one theme which has been playing out since the earliest …
By Steve Brachmann 3 months ago 7

Police surveillance innovations include facial recognition, social media analytics

Data mining and predictive analytics designed to enhance the decision making process for law enforcement officials have been utilized in Richmond, VA, for more than a decade …
By Steve Brachmann 3 months ago 1

Disney loses TV subscribers but innovates in amusement rides and robotics

Through most of 2015, the Walt Disney Company had earned a total of 206 U.S. patent grants from all of its subsidiaries, with significant development in the fields …
By Steve Brachmann 5 months ago 1

Best Buy patents focus on universal chargers, personalized gift cards

Thus far in 2015, Best Buy has earned 20 patents from the USPTO. Although most of the company’s research and development is in disparate fields, as the text …
By Steve Brachmann 5 months ago 0

eBay seeks patents on interactive fitting rooms and other brick-and-mortar tech

The patent filing activities of eBay are fairly active, the company placing 149th overall in 2014 in terms of patents earned from the U.S. Patent and Trademark …
By Steve Brachmann 5 months ago 10

Amazon.com seeks patent on sense and avoid for automated vehicles

The research and development activities at Amazon have been strong in recent years and in 2014, the company placed 59th among all companies earning patents from the U.…
By Steve Brachmann 5 months ago 0

Walmart’s R&D focuses on crowd management, social media shopping tools

A digital receipt innovation designed to help Walmart employees conduct better in-store audits after customer checkouts to reduce theft is discussed within U.S. Patent No. 9165276, titled …
By Steve Brachmann 5 months ago 0

Tech Round-Up: Anonymous Takes on ISIL, Square IPO Beats Estimates and a Freeze Ray

From tech developers trying to take a stand against tech-savvy terrorists to a pair of highly anticipated initial public offerings of stock for tech start-ups, there’s …
By Steve Brachmann 5 months ago 0

Activision patents social networking for AI characters, online harassment prevention

The social aspects of video gaming have been a recent focus of Activision research and development activity, as is reflected by the issue of U.S. Patent …
By Steve Brachmann 5 months ago 0

AT&T’s merger with DirecTV leads to an increase in television service innovations

Prevention of the unauthorized use of television services is also reflected in U.S. Patent No. 9124933, entitled Method and System for Detecting Unauthorized Use of a Set …
By Steve Brachmann 7 months ago 1

Apple innovations in virtual music, seeks patent on fuel cell for portable computing device

The most intriguing patent application we’ve seen recently is Apple’s patent application titled 'Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing Device.' It would …
By Steve Brachmann 7 months ago 1