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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 3, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 3, 2013

Welcome to Thursday evening everyone. Today Google settled its antitrust case with the FTC, avoiding fines in return for agreeing to license its standard-essential patents and removing advertising limits. The BlackBerry Z10 has leaked for Verizon and AT&T, while the ZTE P945 phablet has been revealed in leaked renders. Samsung has confirmed its oft-rumored Tizen handsets for 2013, with ASUS announcing a Leap Motion partnership today that will bring gesture controls to its PCs.

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BlackBerry Z10 leaks for Verizon and AT&T

BlackBerry Z10 leaks for Verizon and AT&T

A photo has been leaked today of the next-generation RIM-made BlackBerry 10 device by the name of BlackBerry Z10, a machine that's set to run an all-touch version of the mobile software coming out later this month. These handsets are said by the source to be in testing mode and that one is being carried by Verizon (scope the branding in the upper left) and the other is being carried by AT&T.

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New RIM patent filing puts “spy cam” pictures in its crosshairs

New RIM patent filing puts “spy cam” pictures in its crosshairs

There are a lot of leaks in the tech and gadget worlds, and many of these leaks center around blurry images of upcoming products that were snapped quickly to avoid being caught. RIM is looking to prevent these "spy cam" shots with a new patent it has on file with the USPTO. This patent is for technology that prevents a smartphone camera from snapping a picture unless the phone has been held still for a predetermined amount of time.

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Mysterious BlackBerry 10 device arrives at FCC

Mysterious BlackBerry 10 device arrives at FCC

Those who have been following the development of BlackBerry 10 might like to know that a new device has arrived at the FCC. Its model number is RFH121LW, but other than that, we don't know much about this phone. The documents that accompany the filing are merely an exposure report and its appendices, along with some letters and a test report. This means we don't get any images and hardly any idea of the phone's specifications.

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BlackBerry X10 poses for the camera once more

BlackBerry X10 poses for the camera once more

In the lead up to BlackBerry 10's January release, there have been plenty of leaks for us to get excited about. Anticipation has been running high, and we've seen more than a few quick shots of what's rumored to be the BlackBerry Z10 handset. While the Z10 is an all touch BlackBerry 10 phone, its sibling the X10 is more like the BlackBerry devices we're used to seeing, physical QWERTY keyboard and all. The X10 hasn't popped up quite as often, but today it's making headlines with a new set of leaked pictures.

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RIM to pay Nokia $65m in first patent settlement

RIM to pay Nokia $65m in first patent settlement

RIM will pay Nokia around $65m in a one-off patent royalty payment, newly filed SEC paperwork confirms, though subsequent payments could amount to nearly enough if analyst predictions bear out. The deal to settle ongoing litigation between the companies was announced last week, though at the time neither would say how much the "one-time payment and on-going payments" would involve. A new Securities and Exchange Commission 6-K filing, however, spills the beans on the actual amount.

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BlackBerry 10 slides leak video chat and screen sharing via BBM

BlackBerry 10 slides leak video chat and screen sharing via BBM

With the final release of BlackBerry 10 coming up in a special event scheduled for the 30th of January, it's no wonder we're seeing a blast of interest in everything RIM - today's leak being a set of slides showing BBM boosts and a new task manager. This set of slides shows that BlackBerry Messenger is set to be updated in a big way with both full-on video chat and screen sharing for all. Also on the docket is a fully upgraded task manager for those of you hoping to keep your tasks in order - notes and all.

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