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Apple Infrared Patent to Block iPhone Video Recording Granted

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An Apple infrared patent granted to the tech giant could lead to special signals that prevent iPhones from recording bootleg videos at places like concerts, reported technology website CNET.com. Some worry about what else the blocking ability could be used for.

The Apple system would use infrared signals to send messages to smartphones being used at, say, a music venue telling the device to shut off its video recording capability. 

The infrared signal patent was one of 44 granted to Apple by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, reported website Patently Apple. The infrared patent was filed back in 2011, with Apple making its last filing in connection with it in September 2014.

CNET.com said it wasn't known if, or when, Apple would put the technology to use. The company hasn't commented on the patent.

Singer Adele recently made headlines when in the middle of a concert in Italy she singled out a fan for filming the performance, reported ABC News.

"I want to tell that lady as well, can you stop filming me with a video camera?" Adele said in between songs. "Because I'm really here in real life, you can enjoy it in real life, rather than through your camera."

Social mediaites expressed dismay about the patent, with some wondering how it could be used for other purposes.

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