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Nokia Tablet resurfaces in patent and Adidas app preview

Nokia Tablet resurfaces in patent and Adidas app preview

It's not every day you see two tips from different sources on the same product the manufacturer hasn't yet confirmed to exist. But that's what's happening this week - and though both tips didn't appear today originally, sadly enough (that'd just be too lucky), it doesn't seem entirely a coincidence that both items would be showing up so close to one another. What we've got on our hands is the two newest appearances of the fabled Nokia tablet - could it finally be time?

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Apple patent suggests convertible MacBooks on the way

Apple patent suggests convertible MacBooks on the way

An interesting new patent has made its way through the US patent office, and it suggests that Apple is looking into convertible MacBooks of sorts, showing off the technology in a recent patent application. However, this particular type of convertible laptop with a removable display would boast wireless display technology.

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iPhone 5S event tipped for June 20 while Apple patent suggests ceramics

iPhone 5S event tipped for June 20 while Apple patent suggests ceramics

Take today's latest iPhone news with a grain of salt, folks, but it looks like Apple's next iPhone could be announced on June 20, and be released a couple weeks later sometime in early July. This isn't an odd time frame for Apple, however, as they've made announcements in June in the past. This would then point to a fall launch of a possible lower-cost iPhone that, according to a new patent, could come with a ceramic body.

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Google takes Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge

Google takes Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge

Google has made a statement on open source and patents, publicly making an Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge and promising not to go after open source software on the basis of patents. This follows Microsoft's launch of its Patent Tracker tool earlier today, which is a step towards patent transparency, something that has a solid place in the OPN pledge Google has taken.

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Microsoft moves towards greater transparency with Patent Tracker Tool

Microsoft moves towards greater transparency with Patent Tracker Tool

In a world where patent wars are a common staple in the news and courtrooms, many companies are moving towards more transparency, Microsoft being among them. Today the company has rolled out its Patent Tracker tool, which allows anyone to check out which patents the company owns, as well as download a list of them all in CSV format.

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Apple patents wrap-around AMOLED display

Apple patents wrap-around AMOLED display

This week Apple's industrial designers and inventors have found their way back into the USPTO with a patent filing for a wrap-around display. This means that you'll have a device that's got a display that's wrapping around its sides rather than just sitting on the front - AMOLED in technology, too. You'll have brightness and light coming at you from all directions!

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LG accuses Samsung of infringing on eye-tracking patent on GALAXY S 4

LG accuses Samsung of infringing on eye-tracking patent on GALAXY S 4

The tango between Samsung and LG is starting back up again. LG is accusing Samsung of infringing on one of its eye-tracking patents. Specifically, the dispute deals with Samsung's "Smart Pause" on the GALAXY S 4 and "Smart Video" on the Optimus G Pro, both of which automatically pause video when your eyes stray away from the screen.

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Apple files for Smart Cover inductive charging patent for iPad

Apple files for Smart Cover inductive charging patent for iPad

Apple's new Smart Cover for the iPad has a lot of potential, and it seems the company thinks so as well. Case in point: Apple just applied for a patent that would see the Smart Cover being used as a wireless charger to charge up the iPad when the Smart Cover is closed. Both the iPad and Smart Cover would have induction coils to make the wireless charging possible.

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Judge cuts Apple’s award down to $600m in Samsung trial

Judge cuts Apple’s award down to $600m in Samsung trial

Remember when a court ruled that Samsung owed just a tad over $1 billion to Apple back in August? Yeah, that was a lot of money. However, it turns out that Judge Lucy Koh has voided almost half of that award down to 598.9 million. Plus, she's ordering up a new trial involving 14 of Samsung's products. Why? Koh says that "the Court identified an impermissible legal theory on which the jury based its award."

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Samsung denies any involvement in UK judge recruitment

Samsung denies any involvement in UK judge recruitment

Earlier today, we reported that Samsung allegedly hired the UK judge that forced Apple to publicly apologize over patent infringement that it committed against the Korean-based company, saying that the judge, Sir Robin Jacob, could help the company out with its lawsuit with Ericsson due to his patent expertise. However, Samsung has denied that they were involved with hiring Jacob.

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Apple iWatch wristband patent shows the future of slap bracelets

Apple iWatch wristband patent shows the future of slap bracelets

Apple's iWatch has been making the rounds lately, and we've seen our fair share of mockups and possible ideas going behind the rumored smartwatch. Today, for instance, a new patent filing suggests Apple is working on a slap bracelet of the future, complete with a small AMOLED flexible display. It comes straight out of Apple's R&D labs with the name "bi-stable spring with flexible display."

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Amazon patent hints at used ebook marketplace

Amazon patent hints at used ebook marketplace

Ebooks are pretty fantastic. Granted, there's nothing better than reading an actual, physical book, but being able to squeeze a handful of books on an reader or tablet is a good deal. However, the problem with ebooks is the same problem with digital gaming distribution services, where you can sell your copy once you're done with it. However, Amazon filed for a patent that hints at the possibility that the online retailer may start up a used ebook marketplace.

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