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RPX buys all Rockstar patents; promises licensing, not lawsuits

RPX buys all Rockstar patents; promises licensing, not lawsuits

Rockstar, the patent trolling firm formed by Apple, Sony, Microsoft and others, is dissolving as we know it. The company, which was formed after the member companies joined forces to purchase over 6,000 patents being sold by Nortel Networks during their bankruptcy, has sold 4,000 of those patents to patent firm RPX for a reported $900 million. The remaining 2,000 patents were distributed to the companies involved with Rockstar, and are not subject to this sale. Rockstar is also ending all current litigation to quickly close the deal.

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John Carmack endorses Google Cardboard – sort of

John Carmack endorses Google Cardboard – sort of

The Chief Technology Officer of Oculus VR - and Facebook employee - John Carmack has made clear that he's all about Google Cardboard. It wasn't long after Facebook acquired Oculus VR that Google I/O 2014 took place and Google slyly released Cardboard. Google Cardboard product manager Andrew Nartker suggested earlier this month that it was "the first Cardboard prototype" that inspired Google's interest in VR as a whole - not necessarily the Oculus Rift VR headset. Carmack suggests he doesn't mind one way or the other - he's just glad the VR environment is expanding, so to speak.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 update on the way with Note 2

Samsung Galaxy S4 update on the way with Note 2

As a bit of a holiday gift from the likes of Samsung, it would seem, both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 have been added to lists of devices which will be getting an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. This update was NOT expected as previous lists shared by Samsung suggested that the cutoff point would be the Galaxy Note 3 from last year. Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Note 4 will be getting an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop as well.

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Galaxy S6 customization features tipped with leather Alpha

Galaxy S6 customization features tipped with leather Alpha

It would appear that the backside of your next Samsung Galaxy device might well be as customizable as a Moto X. What you're seeing above and below is the newest edition of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, complete with leather. If a metal rim wasn't enough of a departure from Samsung's traditional all-plastic exterior, a full leather backing might well be the change the company needs to revitalize its next release for the ever-roving eye of the masses. We might well see a whole lot more of this for the Galaxy S6 at Mobile World Congress 2015 - soon!

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Google Search now has song lyrics via Play Music

Google Search now has song lyrics via Play Music

If you’ve ever wondered what was actually said in a sing, Google can now help you figure it all out. Google has baked song lyrics into search via knowledge graph, so you’ll be able to search for those mysterious song lyrics all on your own without the embarrassment of asking a friend. Or singing the wrong lyrics out loud when you’re alone in your car. In an effort to drive more people to Play Music, Google offers to take you there for the full lyrical breakout.

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Google Glass is still around, so says Google

Google Glass is still around, so says Google

From now until the 16th of February, the de Young Museum in San Francisco will be hosting Keith Haring: The Political Line, fully Google Glass-friendly. It's not a direct effort on the part of Google to represent Glass for new users - they're not exactly aiming for the consumer market at the moment - but it is set to be a treat for Google Glass Explorers. The "Explorer" group of Google Glass owners are the first wave - early adopters - and possibly the last wave of users outside the enterprise market.

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Google unveils first ‘real build’ of self-driving car

Google unveils first ‘real build’ of self-driving car

Remember that odd little self-driving car from Google? Announced earlier this year, Google’s autonomous car is one of their famed moonshot ideas, meant to alter the way we transport ourselves around town. What you may not have known is their original car was a beta build, more concept than car (it didn’t have headlights, just a place for them). Now, the company is unveiling their first actual self-driving car, which they claim is very close to being road-ready.

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Google+ for iOS brings new sharing option, HD

Google+ for iOS brings new sharing option, HD

Google’s own social network, Google+, has been updated for iOS users. The new-look social app brings in a higher resolution to better support the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as some updated (and much needed) sharing options. The sharing is interesting because it adapts a very Android-y feature found in iOS 8, giving you the ability to add Google+ to your sharing options. Google+ users on iOS will also get the ability to vote on polls.

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Amazon Fire Phone: not the Android you’re looking for

Amazon Fire Phone: not the Android you’re looking for

As early as this Friday you'll begin to see an update on the Amazon Fire phone that'll bring new functionality to several key features. You'll get artwork recognition via Wikipedia, you'll get "Best Shot" for ideal photo taking, and you'll get better battery life. Is this the update set Amazon intends to use to sell the rest of their stock of this phone whose launch was utterly blunder-full? Not likely. Instead, this is another sign that Amazon does not intend to give up so easily.

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Intel Easy Migration promises one-click data transfer to a Chromebook

Intel Easy Migration promises one-click data transfer to a Chromebook

Intel is trying to make it easy for Windows PC and smartphone users on Android or iOS to migrate data from their device to a new Chromebook. Intel has introduced apps for Android and iOS devices as well as software for Windows PCs called Intel Easy migration. The goal of the software is to make it easy to transfer data like photos, video, and more to the cloud-based Chromebook.

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