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Future EarPods may have noise canceling features

Future EarPods may have noise canceling features

Your next set of Apple EarPods may be a bit different. A recently published patent filing shows that Apple is working on some interesting new features for their earbuds, including bone conduction. The headset may also have noise canceling features, but lacks something many have been wanting to see.

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Apple’s reversible USB cable detailed in patent pics

Apple’s reversible USB cable detailed in patent pics

If you saw earlier pictures or video of the reversible USB cable Apple is allegedly planning to release with the iPhone 6, you’d know it was a cool concept. You may have also wondered how Apple was accomplishing the feat. Newly released patent info tells us, in some detail, just how the reversible USB will work.

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Google Glass starting to look like actual glasses in new patent

Google Glass starting to look like actual glasses in new patent

Like it or not, Google Glass is polarizing. Part of the reason it has detractors is its appearance, which is just plain weird. Futuristic, Glass is a bit too much for some, which is why a new Google patent could mean widespread success for their heads-up wearable.

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Apple might be bringing Touch ID to every device you own

Apple might be bringing Touch ID to every device you own

A new Apple patent details changes the company may be making to Touch ID. Though we’ve found it handy around the home button, it seems Apple may be working to get their tech involved in other parts of your device as well. They may also be working on a method to bring Touch ID everywhere.

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Apple patent suggests Siri is coming to the desktop

Apple patent suggests Siri is coming to the desktop

A lot of what make OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 great are their cooperative efforts. Things like “handoff” make the duo work well together, but there was always something from iOS many desktop users wanted: Siri. It seems the snarky digital assistant may be coming to our desktop soon, as a newly granted patent from Apple shows just how they’d work her into the mix.

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Apple patent could leave physical keyboards in the dust

Apple patent could leave physical keyboards in the dust

Touchscreens are the ubiquitous go-to for handheld device interaction, but they sometimes lack punch. Especially with gaming, the native experience can leave you wanting. The d-pad/button arrangement is timeless, but if you want more, Apple may have it in the pipeline. A newly discovered patent shows Apple is at least thinking of rear-controls for their tablets.

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Apple’s latest patent has iWatch written all over it

Apple’s latest patent has iWatch written all over it

Setting your phone to not bother you during certain times is still a bit of a confused affair. You may forget to activate on inactivate it, leading to unwelcome disruptions or missed information. Some services will silence your device by default when in a scheduled meeting, but what about when you don’t have something in your calendar? A newly granted Apple patent might help.

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Apple patent suggests all glass devices are possible

Apple patent suggests all glass devices are possible

A new Apple patent highlights that though they’ve moved away from glass-backed devices, they’ve not stopped backing glass. In the wake of a new video highlighting what is said to be Apple’s new display hardware being torture tested, a new patent suggests that’s all a phone may be in the future. Apple’s patent calls for more glass — well, actually all glass.

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Apple patent makes phone, tablet second screen for TV

Apple patent makes phone, tablet second screen for TV

If you thought product placement in TV was bad enough, a new Apple patent might just make it worse. The company has been awarded a patent that will discover what brands might be on the show you’re watching, then send a push notification to your smartphone or tablet giving you more info about those products. It could even offer a way to buy the items you’re seeing on the big screen.

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Study: 30% of smartphone cost tied to patent royalty fees

With all the patent litigation flying around, it’s reasonable to assume it will affect the price of a smartphone. If a case is lost or settled out of court, one or both sides typically have to pay a patent fee to the other company. That added cost is not blindly absorbed by the company, and a new document shows just how much we’re paying for patents when we buy a device.

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Apple patent points toward buttonless trackpads

Apple patent points toward buttonless trackpads

Though most of the MacBooks you'll see out in the wild today - from the last few years, that is - work without any apparent buttons under their surface, they do indeed use hardware that makes with the click. A patent application appearing today from Apple shows that they may very well be doing away with the clicky bits altogether in coming generations. Instead, so say the patent possibilities, these trackpads will become a lot more "magic."

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Motorola smart tattoos hit throat: lie detector mics abound

Motorola smart tattoos hit throat: lie detector mics abound

A patent application has been made public this week which shows Motorola to be thinking about creating "tattoo stickers" that would be applied to a users throat. These aren't the same sort of temporary tattoos you'd have gotten in 12-packs of Barqs rootbeer in the 90's, but a sort of sticker that'd be just a bit more long-lasting. What Motorola proposes here is that the user would keep this sticker/tattoo on their throat and use it as a microphone for their smartphone - one that could do just a bit more than listen to what you're saying.

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