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Apple just patented a touch-sensitive stylus

Apple just patented a touch-sensitive stylus

During the late Steve Jobs' time, the CEO and the company were quite popular for their derision of the stylus, as the input stick was back then. Fast-forward to today, not only has Apple bet on the accessory for two of its iPads, it has been toying with ideas to improve the stick to go beyond their limitations. Or particularly the Apple Pencil's limitations. The USPTO just published a patent Apple filed back in December 2014 for a stylus that had sensors and electrodes to enable the it to gather touch gestures to be interpreted by the OS or software into appropriate actions.

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First Galaxy Note 6 detail spilled by Samsung

First Galaxy Note 6 detail spilled by Samsung

In what must be the smallest detail leak in the history of Samsung that remains significant to super-fans, the Galaxy Note 6 has been named. Named on Samsung's Agent (AA) Profile page, that is. In comes SM-N930F, the "F" version of what's certainly the next smartphone in the Note series. It goes like this: Galaxy Note 4 is SM-N910, Note 5 is SM-N920, and we can safely assume that the Note 6 (or Note 7, as it may be called), is SM-N930.

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LG Stylus 2 Plus begins its global rollout in Taiwan

LG Stylus 2 Plus begins its global rollout in Taiwan

While stylus-empowered smartphones are more commonly associated with Samsung, this Korean manufacturer doesn't have the monopoly in that market. To remind consumers of that fact, its eternal rival LG has just announced the launch of its LG Stylus 2 Plus, which it first revealed back in February even before MWC 2016 started. But while Samsung's Galaxy Note line walks along the path of the high-end and sometimes experimental, the LG Stylus 2 Plus clearly has its sights set on delivering an affordable writing experience.

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Adonit Pixel is the stylus that your iPad needs

Adonit Pixel is the stylus that your iPad needs

When you use a tablet, it's pretty simple to point your finger and poke at the screen. And this works great for most apps, as they're designed to be used by our fingers. However, there are times when you need a finer touch that your sausage fingers just can't produce. And that's why Adonit has been working hard on their new stylus.

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Apple patent hints at future Pencil working on Mac trackpads

Apple patent hints at future Pencil working on Mac trackpads

Has Apple truly embraced the stylus after years of ignoring, if not deriding, it? If this recently published patent filed back in 2014 is any indicator, it could very well be the case. Still referred to as "the stylus" in the document, the patent reveals Apple's ideas for an even more advanced version of the Apple Pencil. While most of the images demonstrate such a stylus working on a display device like an iPad, there are some that do show it working on what is most likely a Mac trackpad.

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Apple Pencil patent hints next stylus to feature swappable tips, eraser

Apple Pencil patent hints next stylus to feature swappable tips, eraser

The latest news in Apple product patents comes in the form of an older filing for the stylus known as the Apple Pencil. While the patent was filed back in 2012, it includes details on several features that may make their way into the next generation of the iPad drawing accessory, including interchangeable tips to simulate different writing/drawing tools, as well as new sensors, and even Touch ID.

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Microsoft Wacom pen in the works [UPDATE: statement confirms UPF 2.0!]

Microsoft Wacom pen in the works [UPDATE: statement confirms UPF 2.0!]

This week the fellow that introduced us to Microsoft Ink at BUILD 2016 also let loose word of a new writing tool. This stylus, he somehow neglected to mention onstage, will be made in collaboration with Wacom, and will "work across a huge number of pen enabled devices." This word comes from Microsoft's Bryan Roper who also mentions that this is "something big", as it were.

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Microsoft Ink puts stylus front and center

Microsoft Ink puts stylus front and center

Those of you that reach for a pen and pad when you want to write yourself a note will soon be welcomed into the fold with Windows 10. Microsoft has introduced a number of features that'll make you find writing with a stylus on a Windows 10 device easier, more interesting, and worth the hassle - now more than ever before. This is Microsoft Ink - perhaps not the first time you've ever heard that term if you're a hardcore Microsoft Word user - but now it's prepped to envelop the world of hardcore pen-users too.

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Samsung to have pressure sensitive, Bluetooth C-Pen stylus

Samsung to have pressure sensitive, Bluetooth C-Pen stylus

Once upon a time, Samsung had two styluses. One was the ever popular S-Pen that could only be found in the company's Note line of devices. The other was a less known, almost forgotten C-Pen, which was, practically, just a Samsung-branded capacitive stylus of the rubbery stub kind. It seems that Samsung will try to revive that C-Pen but also give it a lot more powers this time around. Spotted from a retailer listing a new kind of C-Pen that toted Bluetooth connectivity and a narrower, almost ballpoint-like tip.

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LG Stylus 2 heading to MWC 2016 with nano-coated pen tip

LG Stylus 2 heading to MWC 2016 with nano-coated pen tip

It might not be too far-fetched to say that Samsung has a unique spot in the market when it comes to stylus-toting phablets. That, however, isn't going to stop LG from coming up with its own. In fact, at MWC 2016 next week, it will be putting up on display the LG Stylus 2. While LG has definitely leveled up its game for this particular device, the Stylus 2 remains what its predecessor clearly was: a mid-range, and hopefully affordable, smartphone equipped with a stylus with a somewhat rubbery tip.

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Huawei teases stylus-enabled “Matebook” for MWC 2016

Huawei teases stylus-enabled “Matebook” for MWC 2016

With just a few days left before MWC 2016 formally starts, companies are starting to line up their ducks to make sure they get maximum media and public attention. Samsung probably doesn't need to lift it's finger too much in this regard. LG has even already pre-announced some of the devices it will have on the side. Lenovo, via its India outfit, has teased what seems to be a speaker-centric, non-Moto smartphone. Now Huawei's own CEO is jumping in, teasing a stylus-equipped, business-oriented device that could be rumored dual booting Matebook laptop hybrid.

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Adobe Photoshop Sketch Review with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

Adobe Photoshop Sketch Review with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

Over the past week and a half I've been using the app Adobe Photoshop Sketch for iOS with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. It's not what I expected. I expected it to be an experience in which the stylus (the Apple Pencil) would be speedy and the app would have simple basics. As it turned out, the Apple Pencil is speedy, yes, but latency is so extremely small it's as if the hardware were made for this app specifically. This goes for the app interacting with the Pencil as well - tapping between brushes and backing up and drawing - all of this felt entirely natural.

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