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Google patents kids toys with hidden microphones, cameras

Google patents kids toys with hidden microphones, cameras

If your laptop's webcam staring back at you gives you the willies, Google's newly patented connected kids toys will bring a whole new level of creepiness. The patent details “an anthropomorphic device, perhaps in the form factor of a doll or toy, [that] may be configured to control one or more media devices.” Joining the description is an illustration showing a stuffed teddy bear and bunny rabbit with embedded microphones, cameras, speakers, and motors. We've a copy of the illustration after the jump!

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New Apple patents reveal 3D display with eye-tracking, compact cellular hotspot

New Apple patents reveal 3D display with eye-tracking, compact cellular hotspot

Two new patent applications filed by Apple that reveal possible new products or features were published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week. While these kind of filings are rarely a clear indication of what the company is planning, we have seen a few patents in the past, such as the TouchID fingerprint scanner, directly make their way into new products. The new patents are for a display that can show both 2D and 3D images at the same time, along with eye-tracking, and a unique looking portable cellular hotspot.

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Apple’s Samsung damages cut by $382m after “rounded corners” appeal

Apple’s Samsung damages cut by $382m after “rounded corners” appeal

Apple's $930m win against Samsung in 2012 faces a slash of more than 40-percent, after an appeals court ruled that the things like rectangles with rounded corners couldn't be protected. The closely-watched court case eventually decided three years ago that not only had Samsung infringed on iPhone patents, it had infringed "trade dress" too, effectively damaging its unique brand in the process. Now, though, the latter part of that ruling is being called into question, and it's worth $382m.

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Apple patent app hints at future iPhone Force Touch display

Apple patent app hints at future iPhone Force Touch display

Apple has a new patent application that hints at the OS X Quick Look feature coming to iOS via a new so-called “Intense” touch gesture that’ll be facilitated with new display intensity sensors -- basically meaning Force Touch being integrated into the iPhone's own display. We’ve already seen Force Touch on Apple’s new MacBook, and there’s also rumor that it’ll be coming to a future iPad model. If this is the future of iOS devices, it means they'll be able to sense the force of your touch.

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Microsoft phones infringe on patents, may face import ban

Microsoft phones infringe on patents, may face import ban

Microsoft may have acquired more than Nokia's mobile business. It has also inherited the Finnish company's legal headaches and now it will be facing the music. A judge for the US International Trade Commission has deemed that Microsoft's smartphones indeed infringe on two patents held by patent licensing outfit InterDigital. This lawsuit was first filed against Nokia almost four years ago and it is Microsoft who will now be paying the price. Worst case scenario, the ITC could ban imports of infringing Windows Phones into the US.

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Google wants to buy your patents before trolls get them

Google wants to buy your patents before trolls get them

No stranger to patent trolls, Google has introduced a program they’re calling the ‘Patent Purchase Promotion’. Equal parts patent purchasing clearinghouse and troll roadblock, Google’s scheme will allow those interested in selling patents an avenue for submitting the patent, setting a price, and allowing Google to review the offer. After a review period, Google will either make an offer or refuse the purchase. Google is calling the new program ‘experimental’, and its first wave will open up next month for a two week period.

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Google Glass patent shows split hardware, ‘normal’ form-factor

Google Glass patent shows split hardware, ‘normal’ form-factor

Choose whatever reason you like — it looked weird, got too much attention, or just plain didn’t catch on — Google Glass is pretty much dead and buried. Version one is, at least. Showing they may not be done with wearables just yet, a new patent has surfaced which might show the direction Google is headed with Glass. Though it hasn’t changed much, the core hardware is being split up; likely a response to those who weren’t comfortable with a head-mounted camera ready to shoot.

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Apple granted another stylus patent, Jobs would disapprove

Apple granted another stylus patent, Jobs would disapprove

Tech companies usually file dozens, if not hundreds, of patents that never see the light of a product launch. They've become more of legal guarantees and protection than actual plans for something tangible, much less marketable. That said, the fact that Apple has been granted yet another patent relating to an active stylus for a mobile device is still noteworthy, especially in light of the late Steve Jobs' dislike of the pointy tool. Plus, it adds fodder to rumors of a larger iPad Pro that will be marketed more to content creators than conventional content consumers.

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Twitter patents hint at new security API, SDK for apps

Twitter patents hint at new security API, SDK for apps

Twitter, who have been quite busy of late updating their service, have filed for a few trademarks that suggest they’re again ready to combat a competitor. With their trademarks for the term “The Future of Identity” and an icon for what seems to be a service concerned with real-time sharing of news and info (that somehow isn’t Twitter), the microblogging platform may be set to take on one (or more) competitors it hasn't yet dealt with. It also fits Twitter’s current ploy to keep us all tied to them via outlier apps and services.

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Google’s new patent wants to protect you from spoilers

Google’s new patent wants to protect you from spoilers

This April, there is a lot of new content to look forward to. Daredevil, Game of Thrones Season 5, Avengers: Age of Ultron, just to name the high profile ones. Inevitably, this will be the source of no small amount of discussion over the Internet, which will, of course, lead to spoilers. If you're the type who can't stand this situation, you'll most likely go off the grid until you catch up. Google, however, has a brighter idea. Let it do the filtering for you and hide those pesky spoilers while you continue to cruise the Web worry-free.

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