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Apple patents are a dime a dozen but one discovered this week is grabbing the attention of even the largest media conglomerates because it appears as if it could be used by parents to prevent their children from participating in sexually-explicit text message conversations.

The patent titled "Text-based communication control for personal communication device," originally filed by Apple in January of 2008, was awarded to the iPhone maker on Tuesday by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Although Apple has yet to implement the technology in a shipping product, it promises to allow administrators -- or parents -- to set permission controls that could prevent children from sending and receiving explicit text messages, more commonly referred to as "sexting."

Messages containing unauthorized text could either be censored or deleted entirely before reaching the recipient, and parents could select an option that would allow them to receive an alert should their child attempt to begin sexting with one of their friends.

Apple says the technology behind the parental controls would also be capable of evaluating whether or not a text message communication contains approved text based on, for example, objective ratings criteria or a user's age or grade level.

By these same conventions, the technology outlined in Apple's patent could also be put to educational use as a study tool, according to the filing. Parents could turn text messaging into an instructional tool or study aid by setting one or more modes, such as language, vocabulary, grammar, spelling, punctuation.

For example, parents can require a child who is slumping in their foreign language class to send a certain number of text messages each week in that language. Should the child not meet that quota, their texting privileges could be dialed back or revoked.



Along the same lines, the technology could also force children to brush up on their grammar, requiring that messages include designated vocabulary words, proper spelling, as well as correct grammar and punctuation, all based on a skill level set by their parents.

Although Tuesday's patent covers only text-based communications and not explicit imagery, Apple's intellectual property portfolio already contains face detecting technology that has since found its way into the company's iLife suite of digital lifestyle applications. As such, it's conceivable that particular technology could be adapted in time to detect other body parts, allow parents to pull the plug on all forms of "sexting."
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The patent only applies to written communications, so I don't think that even qualifies as "sexting". Leave it to our crap pile media (and you're not helping, AI) to deliberately misinterpret the story in order to generate more salacious headlines to attract frustrated and bored readers. It's an old, weak game.

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As such, it\\\\\\'s conceivable that particular technology could be adapted in time to detect other body parts, allow parents to pull the plug on all forms of \\\\\\"sexting.\\\\\\"

Will Apple implement this as a standard feature on iPhones? So that their devices could not be used for illicit purposes?

After all, if people want porn, Android has them covered (or uncovered, as the case may be

Apple has undertaken extensive efforts to be sure that our apps are free of porn, but they do nothing with respect to pictures, text messages or the web. This technology could help ensure that no iOS device is used for any smutty stuff.
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The patent only applies to written communications, so I don't think that even qualifies as "sexting". Leave it to our crap pile media (and you're not helping, AI) to deliberately misinterpret the story in order to generate more salacious headlines to attract frustrated and bored readers. It's an old, weak game.

Lots of complaining today, Spam. Tired? The patent is relevant and interesting.

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In before the Apple hating idiots try to tie this to the App Store policies
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In before the Apple hating idiots try to tie this to the App Store policies

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Will Apple implement this as a standard feature on iPhones? So that their devices could not be used for illicit purposes?

After all, if people want porn, Android has them covered (or uncovered, as the case may be

Apple has undertaken extensive efforts to be sure that our apps are free of porn, but they do nothing with respect to pictures, text messages or the web. This technology could help ensure that no iOS device is used for any smutty stuff.

I spoke too soon.
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Breaking: ESPN reports the Minnesota Vikings have just purchased an app with this technology.
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Two points...
First, teens will find a way to send a text that communicates the message they have. Rather than the word F**K, they would simply text FK.

Second, isn't 'sextin' more about photos? Find a way to stop the camera from sending an image of a boob. (Well, unless it's our favorite boob - Ballmer).
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I thought the sexting was sending explicit pictures to other teens. Although with Apple's face recognition technology maybe it could be adapted to work as genitalia recognition.

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Lots of complaining today, Spam. Tired? The patent is relevant and interesting.

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The patent is relevant and interesting, but the story is deliberately misleading. Why is that?

Also, I have not been doing "lots of complaining", Kasper. I try to call it as I see it.

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post #11 of 59
This should be on all phones. Apple should release it to the public. People dont buy iPhones for being kid friendly. They buy it because of the other cool stuff does (like apps).
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Two points...
First, teens will find a way to send a text that communicates the message they have. Rather than the word F**K, they would simply text FK.

Second, isn't 'sextin' more about photos? Find a way to stop the camera from sending an image of a boob. (Well, unless it's our favorite boob - Ballmer).

my thoughts exactly. looks pretty crude. i could outwit this and i KNOW the average teen could. ex: i'm hungry. if you got the peanut butter i got the jelly. lol @ my uncle steve jobs.
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Damn, that will kill sales to teens if true! TG in my day we had paper, pens, envelopes and stamps! Seiously though you have to remember what is considered totally healthy and normal in Europe is often considered shocking and disgusting in modern America.
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my thoughts exactly. looks pretty crude. i could outwit this and i KNOW the average teen could. ex: i'm hungry. if you got the peanut butter i got the jelly. lol @ my uncle steve jobs.

They'll speak NA'VI LOL
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The kids who are most likely to sext have parents who would be the most unlikely to place limits on them. So I'm not sure how much practical use this has although it might make for good marketing and imaging.

Also, it seems to me this has to work on the receiving end as well as the sending end. This way parents who do care about these things can limit what messages their kids receive.

And while I realize that it's supposed to look for context, I don't see how it can stop FK U or U R A hor (which reminds me of the line from "The Odd Couple" where Oscar says after reading an insane note left by Felix, "It took me 20 minutes to realize that F U meant Felix Ungar.")

But if it did work, I guess the kids will have to regress back to "You smell and your mother dresses you funny. Reply: "Your mutha!"

But it's all moot if it doesn't prevent sexual images and I don't see how it can.
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In related news, Apple patents method of transmitting Finder commands using telepathy and three giraffes.
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This reminds me of two old Dilbert cartoons... Kids always manage to find ways around parental controls if they're driven enough.
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In related news, Apple patents method of transmitting Finder commands using telepathy and three giraffes.

You know some tool will grip the giraffe too tightly strangling it and try to sue Apple when this fails!
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This reminds me of two old Dilbert cartoons... Kids always manage to find ways around parental controls if they're driven enough.

Loved the cartoon. In fact they will try even harder if there are parental controls. Adults are no different. Not porn as such here but 'control' all the same ... look at prohibition and more recently the opposite effect ... a massive drop in problems in Spain after relaxing drug laws. I love Apple but I'd rather they kept clear of this.
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But it's all moot if it doesn't prevent sexual images and I don't see how it can.

We already have cameras that can recognize and take a photo when you smile.
Chatroulette has technology that can detect male genitals in a live webcam feed.
Didn't apple buy a company that had face detection technology from within video.

A way for Apple to appear more wholesome and worry free for parents is probably an easy path to more sales. Though why any kid would be given an iPhone is beyond me.
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We already have cameras that can recognize and take a photo when you smile.
Chatroulette has technology that can detect male genitals in a live webcam feed.
Didn't apple buy a company that had face detection technology from within video.

A way for Apple to appear more wholesome and worry free for parents is probably an easy path to more sales. Though why any kid would be given an iPhone is beyond me.

How sad America thinks this way. I guess pictures of many great master pieces are screwed. It reminds me of the morons wanting to cover Michelangelo sculpture.
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This reminds me of two old Dilbert cartoons... Kids always manage to find ways around parental controls if they're driven enough.

That is how sex works in real life, competition equals breeding success. There should be controls, those who can't figure a workaround get weeded out of the mating pool. The parents that don't use these tools are not preparing their children properly for adulthood. The kids that get passed demonstrate not only the ability to attract a mate, but also the cognitive skills to circumnavigate the locks and willingness to manage risk.

Now if only there was a way to stop those with gmail accounts from breeding with each other, then our species' evolution could continue without hinderance.
post #23 of 59
Ooh. A patent. Scary.

I've done a lot of patent illustration. Little of them ever end up being as 'scary' as they seem.. or even end up being at all.
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How sad America thinks this way. I guess pictures of many great master pieces are screwed. It reminds me of the morons wanting to cover Michelangelo sculpture.

I think you imagine some sort of prudish American attitude that creates these ideas. You are obviously misinformed... Americans have done all the real cool stuff that attracts a lot of sex.
The rest of the world's problem is being preoccupied with trying to have sex with Americans. Sorry that not everyone measures up, but you can't blame us for trying to be picky.
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Why stop at SMS? E-mail could be filtered, too, but perhaps e-mail is already covered by another patent.
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Please.. Like parental control features doesn't already exist on different devices.

This nothing more than parental controls. And possibly a feature 3rd party apps can use.

Don't see what big fuzz over this patent is all about.
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The patent only applies to written communications, so I don't think that even qualifies as "sexting". Leave it to our crap pile media (and you're not helping, AI) to deliberately misinterpret the story in order to generate more salacious headlines to attract frustrated and bored readers. It's an old, weak game.

Sexting is suggestive texts or pictures. So it does qualify as sexting, it just doesn't encompass all of what sexting is.

Also, to others, just because kids will find ways around rules we set up as parents, doesn't mean we just stop setting up rules and boundaries. I would be a little (only a little) comforted to know it was that much harder for my teen to send raunchy messages to people or use as much foul language. I am no prude, but they don't need to be so foul mouthed in everything they do. Besides, lots of people use sexting-like messages to harass people, which is causing a lot of harm to today's youth.
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Along the same lines, the technology could also force children to brush up on their grammar.... proper spelling...... punctuation, all based on a skill level set by their parents.

Grammar!? Spelling !!?? Punctuation!!!??? In texts!!!!????

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"Apple patents are a dime a dozen"

They ARE?? I'll take twelve!
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I thought the sexting was sending explicit pictures to other teens.

"Sexting" is short for "sex texting".
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Here's $1, I'll take 120 Apple patents please.
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Along the same lines, the technology could also force children to brush up on their grammar, requiring that messages include designated vocabulary words, proper spelling, as well as correct grammar and punctuation, all based on a skill level set by their parents.

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If it helps prevent kids from typing ebonics, then I'm all for it.
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Though why any kid would be given an iPhone is beyond me.

The kids I know are all teenagers. Whenever the cell phones are being shown about, the Android phones get oohs and ahs and the iPhones stay in the pocket.

I have no real information, FWIW that is what I have seen.
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The kids I know are all teenagers. Whenever the cell phones are being shown about, the Android phones get oohs and ahs and the iPhones stay in the pocket.

To steal a phrase, those with the iPhone, "speak softly and carry a big stick".
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Find a way to stop the camera from sending an image of a boob. (Well, unless it's our favorite boob - Ballmer).

Read the last paragraph:

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Although Tuesday's patent covers only text-based communications and not explicit imagery, Apple's intellectual property portfolio already contains face detecting technology that has since found its way into the company's iLife suite of digital lifestyle applications. As such, it's conceivable that particular technology could be adapted in time to detect other body parts, allow parents to pull the plug on all forms of "sexting."

Hmmmmmmm, can't take a pic at the art museum and send it to my friend because the phone censors boobies.
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Hmmmmmmm, can't take a pic at the art museum and send it to my friend because the phone censors boobies.

Hmmmmmmm, are you afraid that your phone censors boobies, i.e., your mummy and daddy, won't let you?
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What if you're a gardener?

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I mean really filtering is something that was done like 20 years ago and in this case is an obvious adaptation to their hardware/software platform. Beyond the legal issue of the patent we also have the problem of this being totally stupid. Especially if directed at teens.

It is like half the country has forgotten what it was like to be a teen or what they got away with all those years ago. Then again maybe people are remembering what they got away with and find the need there in to punish their children for their past behavior. Worst How many parent actually understand what their children are speaking these days.

In the end they are patenting an appeal to ignorance.

Dave
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I mean really filtering is something that was done like 20 years ago and in this case is an obvious adaptation to their hardware/software platform. Beyond the legal issue of the patent we also have the problem of this being totally stupid. Especially if directed at teens.

It is like half the country has forgotten what it was like to be a teen or what they got away with all those years ago. Then again maybe people are remembering what they got away with and find the need there in to punish their children for their past behavior. Worst How many parent actually understand what their children are speaking these days.

In the end they are patenting an appeal to ignorance.

Dave

Dave - out of curiosity, do you have kids?

My opinion: the more tools Apple gives me to help protect my children from the rapidly degenerating 'culture' of American media, the better. MANY parents feel exactly the same way, and it has nothing to do with being prudish or wanting to 'punish' our children. The fact that Apple provides options to help us make their devices kid friendly is a huge positive in my mind with regard to Apple.
post #40 of 59
We should thank Apple for even considering something like this. Most everybody else is targeting
the older crowd with the money to spend.

Living in a world filling up with kids dying because of bullying. Or even embarrassing someone to the point of suicide. Apple understands their responsibility for all this advanced technology.

Sure some will consider this another way for Apple to interfere with their freedom. I am sure it will be possible for those to leave all the restrictions off, at least until something negative happens to them or their loved ones.

How anybody can see anything negative in this patent is beyond me.
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