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Samsung’s flying display drone is like a floating tablet

Samsung’s flying display drone is like a floating tablet

You can't have a good futuristic dystopian city without huge flying displays, and so thankfully Samsung is apparently working on just such an idea. The company's Samsung Display screen-focused arm is usually responsible for OLED panels on smartphones like the upcoming Galaxy S9 or curved screens for huge 4K TVs, but now it's looking to the skies.

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Apple smart glasses optics detailed in patent application

Apple smart glasses optics detailed in patent application

Apple has cooked up a new head-mounted display design that could dramatically shrink the size of a virtual reality or augmented reality headset, a newly-published patent application reveals. The company has been coy about its AR and VR ambitions, with CEO Tim Cook dismissing suggestions of any sort of imminent smart glasses release by pointing out the technology just isn't ready.

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Future Apple Pencil might work without an iPad Pro

Future Apple Pencil might work without an iPad Pro

It’s a bit amusing to see Apple embracing something it scorned in the past. Although it hasn’t completely adopted the stylus the Microsoft has with Windows Ink, Apple does seem to be playing around with the idea of expanding the Apple Pencil beyond the confines of iPad Pros. And, no, that doesn’t mean an iPhone Apple Pencil. In fact, based on this recently spotted patent, it won’t even need any iOS device at all.

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Facebook wants to figure out if you’re middle class

Facebook wants to figure out if you’re middle class

It's no secret that Facebook has access to a huge amount of data, and some of that data may be used for determining a user's socioeconomic status. According to a newly discovered patent, Facebook has developed a system (or perhaps just a system concept) that figures out whether users belong to one of three different socioeconomic groups, one being "middle class." This determination would be made based on info the user has provided, including things like homeownership.

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Amazon wristband patent details tracker for warehouse employees

Amazon wristband patent details tracker for warehouse employees

A newly discovered Amazon patent filed back in 2016 details a wearable device designed to track warehouse employees. Is the company developing such a product for its own warehouses? Perhaps. According to the patent, which was filed with the USPTO, the wearable can be used to monitor a warehouse worker's performance based on their proximity to certain inventory bins.

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PlayStation VR motion controller patents bring hope to believers

PlayStation VR motion controller patents bring hope to believers

At the moment, the mainstream VR market is mostly a two-horse race, with Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive taking the lion’s share of the market. Not that others haven’t tried. Microsoft has its own Windows Mixed Reality platform and Sony came even earlier with the PlayStation VR, formerly codenamed “Morpheus”. PS VR, sadly, still has a lot of growing up to do from a technology standpoint. Fortunately, at least based on these two patents filed in Japan, the company has given its motion controllers some serious thought that will hopefully translate into action.

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Galaxy Note 9 could make S Pen and finger work together

Galaxy Note 9 could make S Pen and finger work together

Yes, the Galaxy S9 isn’t even out yet, but that’s never a reason not to start talking about a phone that’s still probably 8 months in the making. With the foldable Galaxy X not expected to launch until next year, the Galaxy Note 9 won’t be overshadowed when it comes out. Especially not if these patents turn into reality. Patents filed in both the US and Korea reveal Samsung’s plans to enhance S Pen functionality almost ironically by making it work with your finger.

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LG folding phone patent shows handset transform into tablet

LG folding phone patent shows handset transform into tablet

A patent filed by LG shows a folding phone concept in which the handset forms a tablet when unfolded. According to the patent's details, this model -- should it ever be put into production -- wouldn't feature two separate displays like the ZTE Axon M, but rather a single flexible display that can be folded in half. The result is a smartphone that functions as a tablet.

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Samsung patents phone with in-display camera

Samsung patents phone with in-display camera

The bezel-less phone display battle has already started but the fighters remain ill-equipped to handle it. OEMs have scrambled to redesign their phones, some more or less ending up in failure. Samsung somewhat missed its chance when the in-display fingerprint sensor didn’t make it in time. But, at least based on a patent, it seems to be planning to make up for lost opportunity and will be putting not just a fingerprint scanner under the display, but every other scanner you can find on the face of a phone.

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TiVo sues Comcast claiming X1 platform infringes several patents

TiVo sues Comcast claiming X1 platform infringes several patents

TiVo has announced that its Rovi company and affiliates have filed lawsuits against Comcast in the District Courts in Massachusetts and California. The lawsuits allege patent infringement on Comcast's part, saying the service provider's X1 platform infringes upon Rovi patents. Those patents cover technology including voice functionality, advanced DVR features, multi-device pausing and resuming, and more.

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Huawei patent reveals touch-sensitive smartwatch bezels

Huawei patent reveals touch-sensitive smartwatch bezels

Smartwatch interfaces could soon become much robust with a wider range of input gestures. A recently granted patent to Huawei reveals the company is working on smartwatch bezels that are touch-sensitive, much like the actual display, allowing them to detect different taps and swipes in multiple spots. This could open the door for additional controls beyond just taps on the screen, but without the need for more physical buttons on a wearable.

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Huawei beats Samsung in lawsuit over wireless patent

Huawei beats Samsung in lawsuit over wireless patent

Back in 2016, Huawei sued Samsung for allegedly violating several of its patents. Lawsuits were filed in both California and China, the latter of which has proven fruitful for the company. A judge in Shenzhen ruled yesterday that Samsung has infringed upon one of Huawei's wireless communications patents. As a result, Samsung has been ordered to stop selling products that utilize the technology (in China, that is).

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