Apple Patent Would Allow Infrared Signals to Block iPhone Photo and Video Capture

It could also implement augmented-reality-like features


Too bad recording is disabled, that band is really rocking out.

Recently, artists have been going to some pretty great lengths in order to cut down on the number of people taking photos and videos during concerts. Recently Apple was granted a patent for which they filed in 2011 for tech that would allow an infrared transmitter to prevent the iPhone camera from recording in certain locations.

The idea would be to restrict recording in a simpler way that doesn’t require handing out an electronic bag to each patron that will only unlock outside the venue. The user, for instance, might see a message that says “recording is currently unavailable.”

As points out, there are also some practical applications for the technology, like using IR signals to enhance the camera and implement an augmented reality (remember when that was the craze?) system where the camera and phone screen become a heads-up display, adding information to the scene in front of you.

As always, this is a patent, so it could just stay in the realm of intellectual property forever. But, something like this could have some scary implications if it were to be used at, say, a large-scale protest or a gathering where smartphone video recordings would otherwise be very likely. On the other hand, the idea of renting a smartphone camera blocker for a wedding ceremony sounds fantastic.



Abercrombie & Fitch Hires New Women’s Designer from Karl Lagerfeld

Abercrombie & Fitch fall lookbook. Photo:

Abercrombie & Fitch fall lookbook. Photo:

The struggling retailer has rebuilt its design team as it looks towards a turnaround.

When Abercrombie & Fitch announced several new hires in June, it was still looking to fill the important role of head designer for A&F Women’s. On Tuesday, the retailer confirmed that the search was over: Kristina Szasz — most recently design director for denim at both Tommy Hilfiger and Karl Lagerfeld (Tommy parent company PVH has a minority stake in Karl Lagerfeld) — will take on the role starting in September.  Continue reading

Interview of the Year – Jeff Clark of Stomp and Stammer interviews the BITERS ♦♦♦♦♦

Alternate title:  Everything that you wanted to know about Philip Kross’s past but were afraid to ask…

We must commend Philip for getting that out of his system at a young age, and not going down that road while he is in his forties married with a couple of kids.  We see that happen a lot these days…

Exorcised from all evil spirits, Philip Kross is now a 100% PURE creative rock n’ roll force-Preying Mantis bass playing destroyer

Exorcised from all evil spirits, Philip Kross is now a 100% PURE Creative Rock n’ Roll Bass Playing Destroyer

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CAN THE BITERS KEEP 1975 ALIVE? Story by Jeff Clark

CAN THE BITERS KEEP 1975 ALIVE? Story by Jeff Clark