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Virtual reality helmets on planes: Airbus patent filing reveals details

Virtual reality helmets on planes: Airbus patent filing reveals details

This past summer, we saw a patent filing surface from Airbus for standing seats in planes. Though many expressed less-than-enthusiastic opinions about that prospect, the latest patent filing by the aircraft maker is likely to have a more positive response: virtual reality helmets for passengers.

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NVIDIA sues Samsung, Qualcomm for patent infringement

NVIDIA sues Samsung, Qualcomm for patent infringement

Samsung might find itself in court again, but this time not against Apple and this time not alone. NVIDIA has filed a lawsuit against both Samsung and Qualcomm, accusing them of infringing on 7 of its patents related to computer graphics and is asking the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court in Delaware to confirm that, ban devices, and award them damages.

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Dish Network’s Nutv trademark teases upcoming Internet TV service

Dish Network’s Nutv trademark teases upcoming Internet TV service

Dish Network's anticipated Internet TV service may be called Nutv, if a trademark from the company that recently surfaced is any indication. This wouldn't be entirely surprising, since the company has dabbled with the name in the past, but it has made a small refinement that makes it a bit more consumer-friendly.

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Disney patents show drone-controlled puppets

Disney patents show drone-controlled puppets

Disney has taken its puppets to some incredible levels, but all of them will pale in comparison to what it has planned for the future. According to some patents that have surfaced, Disney is looking to add drones to its entertainment arsenal, reserving them for use with puppets of all sizes.

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Apple’s reversible USB cable detailed in patent pics

Apple’s reversible USB cable detailed in patent pics

If you saw earlier pictures or video of the reversible USB cable Apple is allegedly planning to release with the iPhone 6, you’d know it was a cool concept. You may have also wondered how Apple was accomplishing the feat. Newly released patent info tells us, in some detail, just how the reversible USB will work.

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SLS 3D printers see price drop following patent expiration

SLS 3D printers see price drop following patent expiration

Selective Laser Sintering 3D printers, more commonly called SLS 3D printers, have long been the most expensive among 3D printing technologies, not the least of which was due to the existence of many patents related to the tech. With those patents expiring this year, the cost of these printers -- though certainly not "budget-friendly" in the traditional sense -- have seen a drastic drop in price.

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Google Glass starting to look like actual glasses in new patent

Google Glass starting to look like actual glasses in new patent

Like it or not, Google Glass is polarizing. Part of the reason it has detractors is its appearance, which is just plain weird. Futuristic, Glass is a bit too much for some, which is why a new Google patent could mean widespread success for their heads-up wearable.

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Apple might be bringing Touch ID to every device you own

Apple might be bringing Touch ID to every device you own

A new Apple patent details changes the company may be making to Touch ID. Though we’ve found it handy around the home button, it seems Apple may be working to get their tech involved in other parts of your device as well. They may also be working on a method to bring Touch ID everywhere.

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Apple patent suggests Siri is coming to the desktop

Apple patent suggests Siri is coming to the desktop

A lot of what make OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 great are their cooperative efforts. Things like “handoff” make the duo work well together, but there was always something from iOS many desktop users wanted: Siri. It seems the snarky digital assistant may be coming to our desktop soon, as a newly granted patent from Apple shows just how they’d work her into the mix.

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Apple patent could leave physical keyboards in the dust

Apple patent could leave physical keyboards in the dust

Touchscreens are the ubiquitous go-to for handheld device interaction, but they sometimes lack punch. Especially with gaming, the native experience can leave you wanting. The d-pad/button arrangement is timeless, but if you want more, Apple may have it in the pipeline. A newly discovered patent shows Apple is at least thinking of rear-controls for their tablets.

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NSA patents reveal agency’s spy gadgets

NSA patents reveal agency’s spy gadgets

The folks at Foreign Policy have detailed a list of patents granted to the National Security Agency, and in them we see a plethora of spy-centric gadgets and tech that covers topics spanning from encryption to envelopes that reveal they've been tampered with.

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Apple’s latest patent has iWatch written all over it

Apple’s latest patent has iWatch written all over it

Setting your phone to not bother you during certain times is still a bit of a confused affair. You may forget to activate on inactivate it, leading to unwelcome disruptions or missed information. Some services will silence your device by default when in a scheduled meeting, but what about when you don’t have something in your calendar? A newly granted Apple patent might help.

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