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Apple patents Google Cardboard in search of use for iPod

Apple patents Google Cardboard in search of use for iPod

Apple files for a patent that looks extremely similar to the basic concept for Google Cardboard. It would appear that Apple has prepared for the eventuality that virtual reality lust would hit the iPhone community. What we're looking at today is a couple of patent applications that essentially have Apple owning the idea of a face and ears-mounted display carrier, a headset, that can use an iPhone as its display. Sound familiar? It certainly should. This also isn't the first, second, or even third time such an invention has been seen (and produced) by a hardware company.

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iPhone 7 may look more like iPhone 4 than 6

iPhone 7 may look more like iPhone 4 than 6

Today we're having a peek at the possibility that the iPhone 7 could return to its slightly more retro "4" roots in look and feel. A refined look that worries more about fashionability than it does about falling to the ground, breaking into a million pieces. We're talking about glass on the back of this next iPhone, not just sides that are (once again) flat. In the following patent, Apple speaks about methods and means for cutting into a "highly reflective and smooth surface" on the iPhone.

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Facebook, others take Samsung’s side in Apple patent case

Facebook, others take Samsung’s side in Apple patent case

Apple and Samsung have been fighting a legal battle for a long time now that focuses on Apple alleging that Samsung has violated several of its patents. Samsung now has some industry heavyweights on its side that all have a stake in having Apple lose the court case. Previously the courts ordered Samsung to turn over profits from a few products that the court found infringe on Apple patents.

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Seriously, Google wants to put remotes on your eyes and teeth

Seriously, Google wants to put remotes on your eyes and teeth

A patent revealed this week suggests that not only is Google still working on smart contact lenses, they've got all kinds of body-mountable devices on the books. While we've not heard from Google about this Google X project since March - and even then just inside another patent - it's clear that there's work being done behind the scenes. This particular patent doesn't concentrate so much on the health-monitoring aspects of the lens, instead focusing on the user interface. Instead of working on your glucose, these devices will change the channel on your television.

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Apple knows how to make iPhone antennas invisible

Apple knows how to make iPhone antennas invisible

Radio waves may not pass through metal, but Apple is developing new materials that could look like aluminum even as they play nice with LTE and WiFi networks. The distinctive strips running around the edges and across the rear of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are a necessary evil, given the interference a fully-metal chassis would introduce to the wireless tech a smartphone relies upon. However, a freshly-filed Apple patent suggests a fix could be on the way, and it could have big implications for MacBooks, too.

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Amazon patents ear-scanning technology for unlocking smartphones

Amazon patents ear-scanning technology for unlocking smartphones

Forget typing in a four-digit code, or drawing a specific shape as a passcode, and even using your fingerprint to unlock your smartphone. Amazon thinks that the next great way to secure your digital device is by scanning the shape of you ear. The company has just received a patent for technology that would scan your ear with a phone's front-facing camera, unlocking it as you hold the device to the side of your face when answering a call.

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Samsung’s Korean patent shows tri-folding tablet design

Samsung’s Korean patent shows tri-folding tablet design

It seems that Samsung is getting back on track when it comes to its fantastical display ambitions. Once known for its obsession for foldable and bendable displays, Samsung is once again the subject of rumors of equally fantastical devices of the future. A recent patent granted to its by the Korean Intellectual Property Office reveals just how much the Korean OEM has thought about the topic. This latest shows a tablet that can fold in three parts to become what could very well be a phablet.

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Google patents contact lens with an iris scanner

Google patents contact lens with an iris scanner

Google definitely has a thing for eyewear. After the failure that was Google Glass, it has and continues to fawn over over contact lenses instead, embedding anything that can be embedded inside of something that will sit extremely close to our eyes. Most of those, however, reside in patents and this latest patent takes into the realm of spy fiction. Filed almost a year ago, this patent basically uses our unique irises as a biometric fingerprint, which the contact lens can collect and compare with a stored reference for identity matching.

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Samsung patent details voice controlled auto-ejecting stylus

Samsung patent details voice controlled auto-ejecting stylus

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has just published a patent application from Samsung which specifies an "automatically ejectable input touch pen system" which can be controlled by voice commands or gestures. The new built-in stylus design is rumored to be for the Samsung Galaxy Note, but it could be incorporated into any mobile device with a stylus. This patent application was filed at the end of 2014, and the patent has not been officially granted yet, just published. Therefore, it's still undergoing the examination process.

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Apple patent details earphones that can be used between 2 listeners

Apple patent details earphones that can be used between 2 listeners

Apple was recently granted a patent from the US's Patent and Trademark Office for a new type of earphones that can detect when they are being used by more than one person. The new technology is said to be in the earphone's cable, and would make it possible for each user to hear audio in a mono output, instead of stereo intended for a single listener. Also mentioned is the ability for each listener to hear different audio tracks.

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