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Your next iPhone could employ tiny gas thrusters

Your next iPhone could employ tiny gas thrusters

Apple Patents aren't always a clear indication of where the company is going in the near future. Most patents listed in the public are done so well after the product has hit the market - not before. Keeping that in mind, Apple's latest listing has some very, very strange implications for the next iPhone - or an iPhone in the distant future, including tiny thrusters and gas canisters inside the smartphone's body that shoot out when the device is in danger of hitting the ground after a long drop.

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iPhone 6 allegedly infringes on Chinese OEM design patent

iPhone 6 allegedly infringes on Chinese OEM design patent

In a rather ironic turn of events, it might be Apple who will soon be in trouble for copying someone else's smartphone design, depending on how much weight you put on this claim. Chinese company Digione isn't exactly the most popular in the market, at least when compared to the likes of Xiaomi or OPPO, so it is akin to a David versus Goliath legal battle. And the battle cry is something we've heard before. Supposedly, the iPhone 6 infringes on Digione's patented design for its own 100+ brand.

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Nintendo patent could put Game Boy on phones and flights

Nintendo patent could put Game Boy on phones and flights

A Nintendo patent application for virtualizing the Game Boy and other portable consoles, putting them in airline entertainment systems, phones, and other devices, has been revealed, lending further weight to speculation the Japanese firm may finally embrace mobile. Filed back in June, and revealed this week, the application describes how such devices could emulated classic Nintendo gaming hardware with software, and thus bring older titles like the Mario series to casual gamers. Though that could mean more to do on a transatlantic flight, it could also finally see Nintendo bringing its franchises to iPhone and Android.

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Samsung demands NVIDIA sales ban in patent retort

Samsung demands NVIDIA sales ban in patent retort

Samsung has shown it's not afraid to chase big legal injunctions when it believes its patents are at stake, and now it's NVIDIA facing a US sales block at the hands of the South Korean firm. A complaint filed on Friday asks the US International Trade Commission to shut down sales of NVIDIA's graphics chips, alleging they infringe Samsung's own intellectual property. As with Apple, however, Samsung didn't actually pull the trigger first: it was NVIDIA which kicked off this particular war.

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Google settles patent squabble with Rockstar Consoritum

Google settles patent squabble with Rockstar Consoritum

It seems that either Google or Rockstar (the industry consortium, not the game developers) has decided to throw in the towel. Details are still unclear on who called it quits first, but the fact of the matter is that, at least in the patent case filed in Texas, Google and Rockstar have reached an agreement to settle "all matters of controversy". It is highly likely that a large amount of money will also be involved. But what's even less clear is how it will affect Android, who is at the heart of the litigation.

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Apple patent may crowdsource iPhone network data for carriers

Apple patent may crowdsource iPhone network data for carriers

When you’re shopping for a smartphone, you likely put little thought into the radios that receive your signal. The reason: they’re all about the same, and pretty good at their job. You do fret over carrier strength in your area, though. Is AT&T stronger than Verizon, or is T-Mobile the better choice? You can check Open Signal, which is helpful for you, but what about the carrier? A new Apple patent could give carriers real-time info on their towers, including dropped signals.

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LG, Google ink 10-year patent licensing agreement

LG, Google ink 10-year patent licensing agreement

If you're tired of hearing patent squabbles left and right (though we haven't actually heard from Apple and Samsung recently), then this might come as a refreshing change. LG and Google have announced that they have reached a long-term cross-licensing agreement that will let both companies take a peek and use the other's portfolio of patents. Conversely, it also protects both from lawsuits that involve each others patents, leaving them free to work on their products and technologies, most likely ones surrounding Android and smart devices, without fear of litigation.

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Disney wins patent for search engine free of piracy

Disney wins patent for search engine free of piracy

Hot on the heels of Google's recent changes to reduce the appearance of torrent and piracy sites in search results comes news that Disney has obtained a patent for a search engine that is free of pirated content. Not just filtering out piracy from search results, Disney's patent focuses on promoting "authentic" sites, such as those of copyright and trademark holders, that are related to search terms.

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Samsung cites “collusion” as reason they didn’t pay Microsoft

Samsung cites “collusion” as reason they didn’t pay Microsoft

Earlier this month, news broke that Microsoft had sued Samsung for unpaid royalties. The South Korean electronics giant is being sued for $6.9 million in unpaid interest on a $1 billion patent royalty charge. Rather than pay the relatively small amount, Samsung is fighting this one in court. Samsung is now saying Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia violated the terms of their deal with Microsoft, making them a direct hardware competitor. In the filing, Samsung said “The agreements, now between competitors, invite charges of collusion.”

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Apple Store no longer carries Bose products

Apple Store no longer carries Bose products

A lot has been speculated on regarding Apple’s relationship with third-party entities lately, as both Bose and Fitbit have reportedly come under fire as having offended Apple’s sensibilities. In Fitbit’s case, it seems to be their resistance to support HealthKit that allegedly has them on the edge of being removed from the Apple Store. Bose and the NFL have a partnership that saw athletes being fined for wearing Beats headphones. Suddenly, a search for Bose headphones in the Apple Store brings up no products.

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