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Apple patent hints at live voicemail eavesdropping for call screening


With all the conveniences that they offer, we sometimes forget that smartphones lack several key features that we all used to enjoy back when answering machines and wired phones sat on our counters. Now that callers are redirected to our voicemail services, we have to wait until the message has been completed to see what our parents want to know about our day or who the heck is calling you from that area code you don’t recognize. It’s a minor quibble, but an inconvenience nonetheless. A patent awarded to Apple this week might change that. USPTO patent #8,666,034 carries the title “Audio call screening for hosted voicemail systems,” and according to the document, the invention will allow users to screen

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