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Google patents tech for helping you pronounce places right

Google patents tech for helping you pronounce places right

Google has just recently been awarded a patent for new tech that will dish up the correct pronunciation for "place" names, something that could make the frequent traveler's life a bit easier. The patent just recently surfaced on the USPTO's website and was granted on February 3, and in it Google details a new twist of technology that will take audio clips of a specific place being pronounced by those from the region, then use that to form audio suggestions aiding searchers in saying it correctly.

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Apple may have just patented Apple Pay for digital music sharing

Apple may have just patented Apple Pay for digital music sharing

As rumors swirl that Apple is gearing up for another musical push — likely streaming — we’re left to examine the clues to see what might be coming. Their Beats acquisition was obviously a big deal, and their recent purchase of a music analytics firm suggests Apple is getting ready to feed info to the music industry. Now there is news of a patent, recently awarded to Apple, that would allow users to share music with one another without fear of running into issues with ownership and piracy.

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Apple camera patent takes aim at GoPro’s market

Apple camera patent takes aim at GoPro’s market

The Apple Watch is coming in a few short months, but a new patent granted to Apple details it may work with more than an iPhone. The patent awarded to Apple is for a sports camera that can be mounted, much like a GoPro. The patent also tells us the camera will work underwater, and can be controlled remotely via a smartwatch. The camera patent includes another patent Apple has, which they purchased from Kodak in 2013. News of the patent sent GoPro investors scurrying.

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Apple stylus patent boasts swappable tips, sensors

Apple stylus patent boasts swappable tips, sensors

Apple has just been awarded a patent that could revive the long-toothed stylus market. Though nearly five years old, the patent mentions a range of use-cases for the new stylus, even taking it off the screen and onto paper. That’s nothing new, but what is interesting is how Apple plans to get there. By switching out your stylus tip and relying on accelerometers, Apple wants to make your writing come to life on and off screen, and could even lead to more artistic digital creations than ever before.

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RPX buys all Rockstar patents; promises licensing, not lawsuits

RPX buys all Rockstar patents; promises licensing, not lawsuits

Rockstar, the patent trolling firm formed by Apple, Sony, Microsoft and others, is dissolving as we know it. The company, which was formed after the member companies joined forces to purchase over 6,000 patents being sold by Nortel Networks during their bankruptcy, has sold 4,000 of those patents to patent firm RPX for a reported $900 million. The remaining 2,000 patents were distributed to the companies involved with Rockstar, and are not subject to this sale. Rockstar is also ending all current litigation to quickly close the deal.

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Apple patents mirroring display from Apple TV to mobile

Apple patents mirroring display from Apple TV to mobile

When we hear the phrase "display mirroring", we most likely think of sending our smartphone or tablet content to a TV, a feature which is now almost common fare among media streaming devices. Apple, however, seems to be on the verge of cooking up something that goes in the opposite direction. The company has just been granted a patent that could, in theory, let users view what's playing on Apple TV right from their iPhone or iPad without missing a single beat.

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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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