German high court invalidates Apple slide-to-unlock patent

German high court invalidates Apple slide-to-unlock patent

At the beginning of its patent lawsuits against the likes Samsung, with Android as collateral damage, Apple seemed to have the force of the law behind it. The publicity might have backfired, putting its patents under greater scrutiny, which has led some of them to be narrowed down or even thrown out outright. That latter might just be the case in Germany, where the country's highest (or next highest) court, the Federal Court of Justice, upheld that Apple's slide to unlock patent isn't patentable, at least not in Germany.

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Samsung outs R1, R3, R5 Wireless Audio 360 speakers

Samsung outs R1, R3, R5 Wireless Audio 360 speakers

Piling on the pre-IFA 2015 announcements, Samsung has just revealed three new speakers that make up its Wireless Audio 360 family. No weird egg shape this time. The R1, R3, and R5 wireless speakers are plain but stylish, industrial-looking and practical. Not only do they blast your music in all directions, their now flat tops also transform into a user interface area where owners can tap and swipe to control their tunes. Plus, the speakers work well with Samsung's Multiroom experience, bringing music and life to any part of the house.

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Biologist sees rare nautilus for the 2nd time after 30 years

Biologist sees rare nautilus for the 2nd time after 30 years

No, this isn't a reference to Jules Verne's submarine though it also that unique and rare. Biologist Peter Ward from the University of Washington was more than pleased to meet an old friend, so to speak. Traveling back to Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific, the scientist had an unexpected reunion with what could be one of the most rarest animals in the world, the Allonautilus scrobiculatus, a species of nautilus, a creature that is itself a subject of interest in biology because of its ties to the past.

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LG has four more 4K OLED TVs to display at IFA 2015

LG has four more 4K OLED TVs to display at IFA 2015

Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting different results. That definition might seem appropriate with LG's strategy of inundating the consumer market with model after model of 4K UHD smart TVs. But since it's almost time for IFA 2015, the manufacturer could be excused for trying to push harder a segment that is worryingly stagnating. Introducing the two EF9500s, ED9200, and the curved EG9100, LG's latest hurrah for the Smart TV segment, on top of the 9 others it already launched this year.

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Even Samsung’s exec is now teasing the Gear S2

Even Samsung’s exec is now teasing the Gear S2

When you have a product that could very well be taken to be a high point in the industry, you might as well flaunt it around, right? That might exactly be the line of reasoning in running in Dennis Miloseski's mind when he posted on Instagram a snapshot of him wearing the upcoming Samsung Gear S2. Miloseski, being VP of Samsung Design America and head of Samsung Mobile UXCA, is so far the highest ranking Samsung suit to give the public a taste of what's to come next week at IFA 2015.

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YouTube Gaming to launch tomorrow on Web and mobile

YouTube Gaming to launch tomorrow on Web and mobile

Google is about to put Twitch, and Amazon, on notice tomorrow when it finally launches YouTube Gaming in full. Revealed back in June, this corner of YouTube is Google's attempt to wrest the crown away from Twitch, which it was rumored to have tried to acquire. Twitch is now owned by Amazon, who rivals Google in many aspects. Leveraging the immense popularity and wider reach of the brand, YouTube Gaming could very well give rival services a run for their money, becoming the Internet's new favorite hangout for video game videos.

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Ashley Madison users report extortion: more lawsuits filed

Ashley Madison users report extortion: more lawsuits filed

The damage caused by the Ashley Madison leak is growing, and some former users are reporting that others have attempted to extort them using information contained in the data dumps. Eight individuals residing in the United States have filed lawsuits against the infidelity website, and the service is facing similar legal action from users in Canada. The lawsuits cite a host of reasons for the legal action: violations of privacy, breach of contract, negligence, and more.

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Facebook Moments update makes videos from photos

Facebook Moments update makes videos from photos

Following its June launch, Facebook Moments has received its first big update, which has been pushed out to both the iOS and the Android version. The service is available in many more languages and countries, but the big feature revolves around videos -- namely, the app will select half a dozen or more pictures from Moments and transform them into a video that users can edit and, after finalizing it, share with friends and family on the service.

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TuneIn adds premium plan, audiobooks, and MLB streaming

TuneIn adds premium plan, audiobooks, and MLB streaming

TuneIn, the radio streaming service that offers radio stations online, has added an $8 per month subscription plan that removes advertisements from 600 radio stations. In addition to the new premium plan, the service has also added a big library of audiobooks, many of which are well known and from big-name authors, and it will also provide audio streams from Premier League soccer and the MLB. The move brings the best of both worlds, allowing users to enjoy the perks of traditional radio alongside some of the features that would otherwise be limited to services like Spotify.

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Uber and University of Arizona partner in self-driving car effort

Uber and University of Arizona partner in self-driving car effort

Uber dreams of self-driving cars, and over the past year we’ve seen it take steps toward making those dreams reality. The company has already indicated that it is interested in Tesla’s future self-driving car, and it has teamed up with researchers to help develop autonomous driving technologies. Of the latter, Uber has recently expanded its research efforts in a new partnership with the University of Arizona, where it will work with researchers to increase self-driving efforts. In addition, Uber plans to test out autonomous cars in Tucson.

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Facebook ‘Spam King’ pleads guilty, faces 3 years in jail

Facebook ‘Spam King’ pleads guilty, faces 3 years in jail

Sanford Wallace, the so-called ‘Spam King’ of Facebook, has plead guilty to sending in excess of 27 million spam messages using the social network. This is a legal matter that stretches back years, and involves approximately 500,000 Facebook accounts that were compromised. Wallace, now 47, plead guilty yesterday to using Facebook for mass spamming in 2008 and 2009. Wallace plead guilty to both fraud and criminal contempt — he is said to have violated a court order that had barred him from accessing Facebook. Sentencing will not take place until this upcoming December.

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