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NVIDIA shakes up business model with Kepler licensing

NVIDIA shakes up business model with Kepler licensing

We've heard extensively about the gradual decline of the consumer PC market, with industry leaders feeling the pain as consumers gravitate towards more mobile devices: tablets and smartphones. NVIDIA is one such company that has felt the squeeze, and its response is a strong one: an expansion of its business model with an announcement that it will begin licensing Kepler architecture.

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Xbox One licensing statement details used game gifting and reselling

Xbox One licensing statement details used game gifting and reselling

It has been a bit since Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One, and today it has posted a write-up detailing how game licensing for the gaming console works. One particular area of concern has revolved around used games, which was partially detailed on May 24 in a policy leak. The licensing details posted by Microsoft clear up a few areas of questioning, such as whether used games can be given to friends and resold.

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HTC signs up for the Apple tax: $6-8 per Android phone

HTC signs up for the Apple tax: $6-8 per Android phone

It would appear that HTC is now set up to pay two giant companies for the rights to use their patents rather than face their legal wrath: their newest being Apple for $6-8 USD a phone. The other company HTC is into for cash-per-device is Microsoft, revealed all the way back in 2010 as an industry changing agreement for $5 USD a phone. The difference between that fee and this are small for HTC and for Apple and Microsoft in the end, but for this one fact: it does still appear that Microsoft makes more from Android-carrying device patent license fees than it does from its own Windows Phone platform - though that may change in the oncoming Windows Phone 8 season.

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RIM and Microsoft strike up a licensing deal for exFAT

RIM and Microsoft strike up a licensing deal for exFAT

Struggling BlackBerry platform holder RIM announced today that it has reached a licensing deal with Microsoft, but instead of RIM licensing out its tech like CEO Thorsten Heins has suggested many times in the past, RIM is the one paying out the licensing fee this time around. The deal gives RIM access to Microsoft's Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) technology, a system that allows for the easy transfer of large files between PCs and other devices like smartphones.

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