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Apple just patented a touch-sensitive stylus

Apple just patented a touch-sensitive stylus

During the late Steve Jobs' time, the CEO and the company were quite popular for their derision of the stylus, as the input stick was back then. Fast-forward to today, not only has Apple bet on the accessory for two of its iPads, it has been toying with ideas to improve the stick to go beyond their limitations. Or particularly the Apple Pencil's limitations. The USPTO just published a patent Apple filed back in December 2014 for a stylus that had sensors and electrodes to enable the it to gather touch gestures to be interpreted by the OS or software into appropriate actions.

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US Supreme Court ruling puts patent trolls on notice

US Supreme Court ruling puts patent trolls on notice

Software and tech companies might have just scored a victory in their almost never ending battle against patent trolls and their often frivolous patent claims. The US Supreme Court has just handed down a ruling that upheld a new government process that allowed challenges to the validity of patents to be held before the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) instead of a federal court, significantly cutting down on trial costs. The process has been largely hailed by companies like Google and Apple in aiding them in fending off patent trolls.

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Apple patent reveals a smartphone with wraparound display

Apple patent reveals a smartphone with wraparound display

If you thought only Android smartphone makers like Samsung are interested in curved smartphone screens, better think again. Apple was, in fact, thinking of something even more radical as far back as 2011. Cupertino was just granted a patent for an "Electronic device with wrap around display" that does exactly what it says in the text. It has a screen that goes from front to side to back to side to front again. Like a double-sided Samsung Galaxy edge, but an iPhone, of course.

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Xiaomi to preload MS Android apps, also buys 1,500 MS patents

Xiaomi to preload MS Android apps, also buys 1,500 MS patents

Android bloatware has a new name and it is Microsoft. That might be a rather scathing remark, but that is the reality facing Android users yesterday and today. Xiaomi and Microsoft have just announced that they have signed a cross-licensing deal that will see Microsoft's Android apps, particularly the mobile Office ones, pre-installed on Xiaomi's more recent handsets. What the announcement didn't mention, which Wall Street Journal reported, is that Xiaomi is also purchasing a whopping 1,500 patents from Microsoft for an undisclosed sum.

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Apple tipped working on a smart Walkie Talkie

Apple tipped working on a smart Walkie Talkie

In the not-too-distant future, Apple may release a new device which is made to communicate directly with other devices point-to-point. Based on info we've been sent by an anonymous source, we understand that these devices would work somewhat similar to classic walkie talkies - opening lines of communication over short distances directly. The name of the patent associated with this technology is "Point-to-point Ad Hoc Voice Communication," and it was originally filed for by Apple back in November of 2014. This tech includes a communication device that has hardware not included in today's iPhones - as well as a headset and a touchscreen user interface.

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Google wins “fair use” ruling in Oracle’s $9bn Android trial

Google wins “fair use” ruling in Oracle’s $9bn Android trial

Bad news for Oracle and Larry Ellison today, as a San Francisco jury ruled in favor of Google and dismissed a $9bn attempt to take a bite out of Android. The lengthy legal saga had seen Oracle contend that, in developing Android, Google should've paid for a license to the Java programming language; not so, Google countered, insisting that it was all done under fair use given copyright law.

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Huawei sues Samsung in the US over 4G smartphone patents

Huawei sues Samsung in the US over 4G smartphone patents

Samsung is definitely no stranger to patent lawsuits. It has been sued left and right by different parties, ranging from your usual patent trolls to Apple, in its most high-profile patent court battle. Now, however, Samsung is facing an attack from an unexpected new foe. Chinese OEM Huawei has filed a lawsuit against Samsung in the US, alleging that the Korean consumer electronics giant has used several of its patents, mostly relating to the use of 4G technology and software, in its smartphones without paying a license fee.

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Apple hit with patent suit because iPhones are phones

Apple hit with patent suit because iPhones are phones

Patent trolls are nothing new. They may have even existed as long as it became profitable to sue people for patent infringement. Of late, however, they have increased in their aggressiveness and boldness, whether out of desperation or out of greed. Case in point this latest patent lawsuit levied upon Apple by a Texas company named Corydoras Technologies, LLC. Its beef is that all of Apple's iPhones, and some of its iPads, can make calls, take selfies, do video chats, and block incoming calls. Practically what makes a smartphone a smartphone.

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Apple patent hints at future Pencil working on Mac trackpads

Apple patent hints at future Pencil working on Mac trackpads

Has Apple truly embraced the stylus after years of ignoring, if not deriding, it? If this recently published patent filed back in 2014 is any indicator, it could very well be the case. Still referred to as "the stylus" in the document, the patent reveals Apple's ideas for an even more advanced version of the Apple Pencil. While most of the images demonstrate such a stylus working on a display device like an iPad, there are some that do show it working on what is most likely a Mac trackpad.

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Google patents sticky hoods for self-driving cars

Google patents sticky hoods for self-driving cars

Google has been hard at work on their self-driving cars, but people still have a lot of questions about them. Some of the biggest questions revolve around what happens when one of the cars inevitably hits a pedestrian. Even the best driver (or computer driver) can't always avoid hitting someone, if they walk or run out in front of a car. Knowing this, Google has been hard at work trying to find ways to help mitigate the damage to someone struck by one of their cars. And their latest patent shows a bizarre method for doing it.

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Samsung smartwatch concept uses your hand as a projection surface

Samsung smartwatch concept uses your hand as a projection surface

One of the biggest limitations smartwatches face when it comes to using apps or interacting with the UI is their small screen. Samsung has a concept that might offer a solution, a recent patent filing has revealed. To put it simply, the wearable features a small projector that displays an extended screen on the back of a wearer's hand.

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Apple patents Smart Covers with solar panel, sketchpad, and more

Apple patents Smart Covers with solar panel, sketchpad, and more

Apple may have devised a new Smart Connector for its iPad Pro line, but so far that has been utilized for one and one thing only: a keyboard Smart Cover. Of course, Apple had more in mind in the past, even if only one actually made it to production. At least for now. The company was just recently awarded a patent for a Smart Cover that clearly does more than the current incarnation, including one with solar panels, flexible displays, and even another display just for sketching.

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