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iPhone patent flags phone status before calling

iPhone patent flags phone status before calling

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent from Apple today that details a way for iPhone users to tell if other users are available before they even attempt to make a call. The patent is called "Methods to determine availability of user based on mobile phone status," and describes how it would use similar server-controlled status updates to instant messaging products like iMessage in order to clue people in on when might be best to call their iPhone-owning friends and family.

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Canonical Ubuntu Edge smartphone production still a possibility

Canonical Ubuntu Edge smartphone production still a possibility

Earlier today, we reported that Canonical's Indiegogo campaign to fund an Ubuntu-based smartphone missed its crowdfunding goal by a mile. However, we're now learning that Canonical has every intention of moving forward in another capacity, calling the campaign a success and noting that the $12.8 million they did manage to raise was the largest amount raised for a crowdfunding campaign ever.

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Archos 101 XS 2 tablet revealed in FCC filing

Archos 101 XS 2 tablet revealed in FCC filing

A lot of announcements are on the docket for Archos at IFA this year, including several smartphones, but it looks like we've gotten a peak at what one of those items will be specifically: the Archos 101 XS 2. Thanks to an FCC filing, we now know they will be revealing this tablet as a part of their product lineup, a clear follow up to the Archos 101 XS, which was released around this time last year.

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Google Glass augmented reality gets real-time demo

Google Glass augmented reality gets real-time demo

We already saw augmented reality on Google Glass last month as developer Brandyn White created an augmented reality UI that uses Mirror API to display information over still images. Now White and fellow OpenGlass developer Andrew Miller have now been able to demonstrate AR in real-time. This opens the door for displaying useful info over what you see immediately in front of you, as you see it, like restaurant ratings, product reviews, and more.

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion adds new character class

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion adds new character class

With the arrival of Diablo III to consoles just around the corner, speculation was high at the Gamescom conference about what Blizzard would be adding to the game. Live reporting by Eurogamer shows an expansion called Reaper of Souls is set to add a new character class called the Crusader into the mix. Changes and additions to the loot system, story, and endgame options round out this expansion's feature set.

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