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Apple files patent application for high-resolution display in video glasses

Apple files patent application for high-resolution display in video glasses

Apple has applied for yet another patent with the US Patent Office, but instead of smartphone-related features, this patent covers high-resolution display in video glasses. The timing may seem suspect, what with Google's current Google Glass push going strong, but Apple has actually been filing patents related to video glasses since 2006. Indeed, this is nothing new for Apple, and with this latest patent application, it seems that the company is getting closer to achieving what it ultimately wants: bringing a retina-like display to the smaller screen you'd find in video glasses.

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Google valued Motorola’s patents at $5.5bn

Google valued Motorola’s patents at $5.5bn

It’s almost been a year since Google purchased Motorola Mobility for the princely sum of $12.4 billion, but how much of that was for the intellectual property? The Wall Street Journal reports that a regulatory filing for the purchase has revealed that around $5.5 billion of the purchase was for Motorola’s extensive patent portfolio. The filing also goes into detail about how Google arrived at the $12.4 billion price tag for Motorola Mobility.

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Apple denies copying Samsung’s 3G homework

Apple denies copying Samsung’s 3G homework

One of the trials between Apple and Samsung has already kicked off in Australia, and day two of the case saw Apple arguing over its implementation of a 3G patent owned by Samsung. Samsung believes that Apple is infringing on the patetn, while Cupertino argues that while it does use the 3G standard, its implementation of the method is different than what Samsung has filed for. The patent relates to power management while using 3G data services.

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Tim Cook reportedly met with Samsung execs over patent case

Tim Cook reportedly met with Samsung execs over patent case

Apple and Samsung’s trial is expected to start in the United States on July 30th, but both companies were ordered by Judge Koh to sit down and discuss the possibility of mediation. Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Samsung executives Choi Gee-sung and Shin Jong-kyun on July 16th, according to a Korea Times article that has since been removed. It marks the second time that high-level executives at the companies have met to discuss the case.

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Motorola Android device import ban takes effect today

Motorola Android device import ban takes effect today

Microsoft scored a win against Motorola back in May, with the ITC ruling that the smartphone manufacturer had violated an ActiveSync patent on its handsets. The ban is scheduled to come into effect starting from today, but Motorola has said that it has a plan that will allow its products to remain available to customers. The company issued a statement regarding the imminent ban, saying only that it had taken “proactive measures” to ensure its devices remain available.

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Apple patents mobile scroll bar

Apple patents mobile scroll bar

Today comes news of a new Apple patent that could cause problems for most of the Android devices floating around out there. The patent in question is US patent 8,223,134, and it covers disappearing vertical scroll bars on touchscreen devices in a pretty broad fashion. With the patent covering things like portable devices with a touchscreen display, vertical scroll bars that disappear after a short time, and moving the vertical bar through touch, it's pretty easy to see why this have could have a negative outcome for Android and manufacturers working with Google's Mobile OS in general.

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Digg sale splits the company three ways for $16m total

Digg sale splits the company three ways for $16m total

Just yesterday one tiny chunk of the taking apart of the once-titanic social networking site Digg was leaked with a $500k price tag - today it seems that this is only one piece of the puzzle. This sale took place, according to TechCrunch in three waves, not just one. The first is said to have taken part some time before yesterdays deal with the Washington Post purchasing nearly the entirety of the staff that up until recently ran Digg and its many web-based ins and outs.

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Microsoft patent hints at scalable console

Microsoft patent hints at scalable console

The idea of a console that could be upgrade over time isn’t new, but Microsoft has filed a patent for that very concept. The company applied for the patent back in December 2010, which details a console that could “satisfy quality of service guarantees for multimedia applications such as game applications while allowing platform resources, hardware resources in particular, to scale up or down over time.”

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Apple denied emergency HTC handset ban

Apple denied emergency HTC handset ban

It wasn’t that long ago that Apple scored an injunction against the HTC One X and the EVO 4G LTE in the United States. The handsets were eventually let into the country once HTC proved the phones were no longer infringing Apple’s patent. Cupertino cried foul, saying that HTC continued to infringe the menu related patent on 29 devices. The company called on the ITC to issue an emergency ban, a request which has now been denied.

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