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Samsung patent shows a stylus that’s also the smartphone speaker

Samsung patent shows a stylus that’s also the smartphone speaker

Samsung apparently isn’t done innovating with the stylus. Or at least isn’t done having crazy ideas about them. A patent filed in March this year reveals its idea of a stylus that doubles as a smartphone speaker. But before you think it’s something as odd as ASUS’ Stylus Headset, it is both less and at the same time even more insane. In Samsung’s patent, the stylus is the smartphone speaker, though through some technological marvel, the smartphone would continue to output sound even without the speaker stylus inside.

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Walmart patent details self-driving shopping cart robots

Walmart patent details self-driving shopping cart robots

Imagine this future: you use your smartphone to order a self-driving car, which pulls up on its own and takes you to the grocery store...in this case, Walmart. When you get there, you just stand by the carts and wait patiently while a small robotic device fetches one and brings it to you, no searching or yanking necessary. Such may one day be reality if a newly awarded Walmart patent -- which describes an autonomous shopping cart system -- is anything to go by.

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Samsung patents split window dual Android, Windows OS

Samsung patents split window dual Android, Windows OS

It’s probably not an understatement to say that Samsung, at least on Android, has gotten split and multi windows down to a “T”, having nearly perfected that feature long before Google even approved of it. Now it seems that Samsung is considering pushing the envelope even further, to interesting and partly insane degrees. A patent filing reveals that the manufacturer has toyed with the idea of a smartphone that not only runs two operating systems, namely Android and Windows, on the same device. They can even split the screen between them.

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Lenovo to bundle Office and other Microsoft apps on Android devices

Lenovo to bundle Office and other Microsoft apps on Android devices

Lenovo and Microsoft have announced that they are teaming up to deepen their strategic tires. The team up will mean that Lenovo will now load Microsoft productivity apps by default on its Android powered devices. That will presumably mean tablets and smartphones. Lenovo expects to ship millions of Android devices globally over the next several years.

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Apple won’t need to pay VirnetX a single cent, for now

Apple won’t need to pay VirnetX a single cent, for now

Apple almost needed to pay VirnetX, a patent holding company, $625.6 million, a lot more than what it is demanding from Samsung over patent infringement. It seems, however, that the stars are aligning in Apple's favor. At least for now. Tyler, Texas District Judge Robert Schroeder overturned an earlier verdict awarding VirnetX that lump sum on the grounds of an unfair trial. However, Apple isn't exactly in the clear yet, as the judge did order two separate retrials, where Apple could still come out with a hefty fine.

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Amazon patents noise-blocking headphones that turn off with a keyword

Amazon patents noise-blocking headphones that turn off with a keyword

Last month, Amazon was granted a patent for a pair of noise-cancelling headphones that listen for a specific keyword in order to suspend the noise-cancelling feature. They could, it seems, be set up with something like your name as the keyword, causing the headphones to suspend the noise-cancelling aspect whenever someone nearby says your name. The headphones can also listen for specific noises or patterns of noises — a car horn, perhaps, for extra safety while jogging.

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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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