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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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NVIDIA’s patent case against Samsung and Qualcomm stumbles

NVIDIA’s patent case against Samsung and Qualcomm stumbles

NVIDIA's hopes to tie up Samsung and Qualcomm in an expensive sales ban over mobile graphics chips has hit a roadblock. The company had sought an injunction from the United States International Trade Commission, alleging that rival chipmakers were infringing on its graphics patents with silicon found inside - among others - the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5.

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Google, Microsoft call truce on patent squabbles

Google, Microsoft call truce on patent squabbles

It seems that finally, the tech industry is waking up to realize that patent litigation isn't exactly the best way to move forward. We've heard of companies putting down their arms in favor of more amicable resolutions, and now two of the industry's largest names are doing likewise. Microsoft and Google jointly announced that they are ceasing all patent litigation against each other, especially those revolving around Motorola Mobility. In addition, the tech giants have announced willingness to cooperate on patent matters, thought not exactly sharing their portfolios.

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Nintendo patent reveals controller with shoulder-based scroll wheels

Nintendo patent reveals controller with shoulder-based scroll wheels

Another recent patent filed by Nintendo has been discovered, and much like the previous one for a console with no disc drive, it offer hints about the game company's upcoming "NX" system. Originally filed in February of this year, the patent was discovered online by the forum members of NeoGAF. The document reveals Nintendo's design for a controller that features scroll wheels on the upper right and left corners, in place of the shoulder buttons commonly seen on controllers for the Wii U and other consoles.

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Appeals court: Apple should have been granted Samsung ban

Appeals court: Apple should have been granted Samsung ban

Apple may have won its highest profile patent case against Samsung, but anyone who has been monitoring its developments would know that the war is far from over. Apple was indeed granted a hefty sum amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars, but District Judge Lucy Koh denied its injunction to have Samsung's infringing devices banned from sales in the country. Now a federal appeals court, ruling 2-1, says that the injunction should have been granted, once again putting Samsung's smartphones in danger in the US.

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Apple patent hints at MacBook with fuel cell power

Apple patent hints at MacBook with fuel cell power

It seems that the latest tech obsession these days are batteries and that fever is reaching beyond just smartphones and tablets. A newly published patent has revealed that even Apple is considering alternative forms of power source to fuel not its iPhones and iPads but its future MacBooks. And the technology it is mulling over is none other than fuel cells. In theory, a MacBook that bears a fuel cell battery, in addition to a conventional lithium ion one, can last for days, maybe even weeks, on a single charge.

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ITC clears Microsoft in 8 year old patent case, Lumias safe

ITC clears Microsoft in 8 year old patent case, Lumias safe

It would have been a devastating blow if Microsoft was blocked from importing its next batch of Lumia smartphones even before its Windows 10 Mobile OS got out the door. That crisis, however, has been just averted when the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in favor of Redmond in a patent case that InterDigital brought against Nokia way back in 2007. According to the ITC, Microsoft did not infringe on InterDigital's patents, which saves it from a potential import ban that could affect its Lumia smartphones.

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German high court invalidates Apple slide-to-unlock patent

German high court invalidates Apple slide-to-unlock patent

At the beginning of its patent lawsuits against the likes Samsung, with Android as collateral damage, Apple seemed to have the force of the law behind it. The publicity might have backfired, putting its patents under greater scrutiny, which has led some of them to be narrowed down or even thrown out outright. That latter might just be the case in Germany, where the country's highest (or next highest) court, the Federal Court of Justice, upheld that Apple's slide to unlock patent isn't patentable, at least not in Germany.

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Nintendo patent reveals game console without optical drive

Nintendo patent reveals game console without optical drive

A newly discovered patent from Nintendo reveals the gaming company may be planning to ditch the optical drive in its next console. Thankfully they aren't planning to make a return to cartridges, like in the pre-GameCube days, but rather forego any kind of drive at all for inserting games. Instead, it seems Nintendo may have finally caught up to the thinking of Sony and Microsoft, and sees a future where games are downloaded over the internet and stored locally.

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