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Samsung patents Edge-like phone with two Xenon flash, modular camera

Samsung patents Edge-like phone with two Xenon flash, modular camera

It seems that Samsung is once again on a patent collecting spree, at least in its South Korean home court. One of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world is, of course, known for throwing around its ideas in the patent pool and while not all of the come to fruition, some are so interesting that we wish they did. Take for example of couple of patents that reveal a smarpthone not unlike the Samsung Galaxy Edge but with dual Xenon flash and, more interestingly, a modular camera system.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Duo Pixel: modular pieces, retro expansion

Samsung Galaxy S7 Duo Pixel: modular pieces, retro expansion

If you remember the Samsung Galaxy Camera, you remember how nice it was to be able to upload photos from your very capable handheld shooter. That wasn't all that common a feature for cameras at the time. Now, here at the tail end of 2016, devices like the Galaxy S6 smartphone have better camera setups in a much smaller body. Today also we're having a peek at what may be a leap forward in photography for smartphones of the Samsung Galaxy S7 (2016) age.

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Nintendo patent for crazy controller hints at NX

Nintendo patent for crazy controller hints at NX

A recent patent filed by five Nintendo employees has been discovered, revealing a unique game controller that possibly reveals what the company has in store for its upcoming "NX" console. Patent filings should always be taken with a grain of salt, and this one is no different, however some of the controller's features are in line with a previous Nintendo patent, as well as circling rumors about how the NX will function.

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Samsung to pay Apple $548M settlement in patent case

Samsung to pay Apple $548M settlement in patent case

In 2011, Apple first filed a lawsuit against Samsung for infringing on its smartphone patents, and after what seems like an endless five years of trials, appeals, retrials, and so on, Samsung has finally agreed to a $548 million out of court settlement. The two companies filed a joint statement to the US District Court for the Northern District of California, with Samsung saying it will pay Apple within ten 10 days if it receives an invoice from Apple by December 4th, a round about way of saying December 14th.

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License deal with Xiaomi is a mixed win for Qualcomm

License deal with Xiaomi is a mixed win for Qualcomm

Qualcomm, the highest profile mobile chip maker in the market, has just announced that it has reached a patent licensing agreement with Xiaomi, the highest profile Chinese mobile device maker. Based on the deal, Xiaomi will be paying to be granted the license to develop devices that use Qualcomm's 3G and 4G technologies. Patent licensing deals like this aren't exactly extraordinary, but the implications for the two companies are quite significant, most especially for Qualcomm who is struggling to secure a stronger foothold in the Chinese market.

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New Samsung patent continues dream of rollable, foldable phones

New Samsung patent continues dream of rollable, foldable phones

Once upon a time, ok just two or three years ago, Korean rivals Samsung and LG were seemingly involved in a rat race for foldable, if not flexible, devices. The two have recently become silent, with both having achieved some amount of success as far as flexible screens go. Samsung, however, has definitely not given up on the dream just yet. A new batch of patents filed at the USPTO hints just as much, with three new designs that could pique one's curiosity. At least as far as ideas go.

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Airbus modular airplane cabins detailed in new patent

Airbus modular airplane cabins detailed in new patent

A new Airbus patent has cropped up showing a new type of modular aircraft with cabins that are detachable and that essentially slot into the plane via a docking module of some sort. Each of these modular aircraft could then serve multiple purposes rather than one, and airlines could reduce down time by loading and unloading passengers in these modular cabins rather than directly in the aircraft itself.

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Google self-driving cars aim to talk to pedestrians, patent reveals

Google self-driving cars aim to talk to pedestrians, patent reveals

There have already been a number of examples of Google's self-driving cars being overly cautious in the name of safety, such as confrontations with a cyclist at an intersection, or just driving so slowly that they get pulled over. However, there are times when a vehicle needs to be a bit aggressive in order for other drivers to accommodate and make room. A four-way stop could be one example. Fortunately, Google has received a patent that would allow the vehicles to communicate their intentions to others.

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Patent suggests Google Glass 2 looks less dorky, more creepy

Patent suggests Google Glass 2 looks less dorky, more creepy

A new document shows Google Glass 2, or another iteration of the first, to look more like head-wrap than a pair of traditional glasses. The form is a patent, and the patent has been filed this week with the US Patent and Trademark Office. In the patent, we see a pair of Google's Glass smart wearable, this time utilizing the shape of the wearer's head to their advantage, rather than relying on the nose. This version doesn't require that you have the device resting up in front of your face - just the glass display reflection.

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Apple patents activating “Panic Mode” with a fingerprint

Apple patents activating “Panic Mode” with a fingerprint

"Apple picking", as New York law enforcers called the spate of iPhone theft, is now a thing of the past. Well, at least mostly, partly thanks to Apple's strong stance on encryption and locking down stolen phones. But there might be times when it isn't your iPhone that is in danger but you yourself. Presuming you still have some presence of mind, and an iPhone of the future, you might be able to not only lock down your phone but also discretely call for help, thanks to a recent patent that Apple filed.

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Companies, devs sued over patent for watches that control cars

Companies, devs sued over patent for watches that control cars

As smartwatches become more known and more ubiquitous, only time will tell before they become the patent litigation magnet that smartphones are today. Actually, that ball has already started rolling, but for a specific use case. A non-practicing entity or NPE, lovingly called patent trolls, by the name of Intellectual Capital Consulting is suing people left and right over a patent related to how a watch can be used to lock, unlock, and start a car remotely. The lawsuit's defendants are the likes of Apple, Samsung, and probably half the car makers in the world.

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Apple loses patent battle over A7, A8 CPU chips

Apple loses patent battle over A7, A8 CPU chips

As the source of many patent lawsuits, Apple is no stranger to also being the target of some. This latest one, however, strikes at the almost literal heart of its devices. Early last year, the University of Wisconsin's Alumni Research Foundation, or WARF, sued Apple for infringing on its patents that are used in Apple's custom A7, A8, and A8X chips. More than a year later, a US jury found Apple guilty of the charges, which could see the company pay up to $682 million in damages.

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