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Sonos beat Google on patents: How Nest speakers will suffer

Sonos beat Google on patents: How Nest speakers will suffer

Google and audio company Sonos have been in a long-standing legal battle over patent infringement. After two years of lawsuits and countersuits and a preliminary ruling in favor of Sonos last year, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has fortified that Google did, indeed, use Sonos's patented audio streaming features and has issued an order that could potentially ban all Google products violating the patents from being imported into and sold in the US (via The New York Times).

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What Was the First Car to Use Seat Belts?

What Was the First Car to Use Seat Belts?

Seat belts have proven to be an irreplaceable safety feature in vehicles. As per data from 2017 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 47 percent of the lives lost in motor vehicle accidents could have been saved if the driver and/or the passengers were wearing seat belts. There is no dismissing the life-saving ability of seat belts, but just in case you're wondering how this simple yet ingenious invention came to exist and what was the first car to use seat belts, we have the answers for you.

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PS5 side plate patent might mean Sony is ready for official custom parts

PS5 side plate patent might mean Sony is ready for official custom parts

Ever since the world collectively realized that the plates on the sides of the PlayStation 5 could be removed, there's been some degree of demand for custom fits and DIY alternatives. Several companies have to capitalize on that demand early only to meant with threats of litigation by Sony, and now we may know why. A Sony patent for PS5 side plates was made public this week. This may suggest that the company plans to offer custom plates of its own.

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Samsung patent details gesture functionality for folding phones

Samsung patent details gesture functionality for folding phones

Samsung is one of the most popular smartphone makers in the entire world, and it's always looking for new features to set its devices apart from others available on the market. Renderings have turned up online that appear to have line art from a Samsung patent application detailing possible future gesture controls integrated into its folding smartphones. The images, which can all be seen below, focus mainly on buttons that are located on the sides of the smartphone.

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Dastardly patent outlines a method of serving ads inside the car

Dastardly patent outlines a method of serving ads inside the car

It's hard to do anything today without being deluged by ads. You can't stream videos from many sources without ads, you can't surf the Internet without ads, and you can't drive down the road without seeing billboards and other types of advertisements. A patent has turned up that was published on May 6, 2021, called "Billboard Interfaces for Vehicle Displays."

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Valve papers tease eye tracking VR headset potential

Valve papers tease eye tracking VR headset potential

In a patent application made public today, Valve showed drawings and descriptions of a new sort of VR headset. This wearable head-mounted display (HMD) included an array of features, including but not limited to wireless functionality, antenna, optical subsystem, IMU sensors, a dedicated processor (or processors), onboard memory, functioning operating system, applications, games, a head tracking module, and an eye tracking module.

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Apple could have a fix for its charging cables’ biggest frustration

Apple could have a fix for its charging cables’ biggest frustration

Most people with an Apple device (or most people with any smart device, for that matter) can tell you stories about charging cables fraying over time. It's a frustrating issue because not only does it represent money that you're throwing in the trash can, but until you replace the cable, it's also a hazard. Apple may have figured out a way to make cables more durable, potentially solving the issue of frayed cables.

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Spotify patents technology to suggest songs based on your emotional state

Spotify patents technology to suggest songs based on your emotional state

Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services in the world. The company is always looking for ways to improve the listener experience and get subscribers to listen to more music. Spotify has announced that it has patented technology allowing it to analyze the voice and suggest songs based on the listener's emotional state, gender, age, or accent.

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New Apple patents show future MacBooks may charge iPhones wirelessly

New Apple patents show future MacBooks may charge iPhones wirelessly

This week Apple was granted a pair of patents that have to do with two-way charging. Owners of some Android devices will be familiar with the technology, which is also called reverse charging. For instance, some Android smartphones can charge other smartphones inductively to share battery power when needed.

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Renderings based on a Samsung patent show Pro Sound speakers

Renderings based on a Samsung patent show Pro Sound speakers

Samsung has faced challenges with its Galaxy line of smartphones over the years. A new patent has turned up that shows Samsung is considering adding a speaker resonance chamber to future Galaxy devices. This design would significantly increase the sound quality of audio coming out of the phone's internal speakers.

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Microsoft dual screen device patent turns the hinge into a third screen

Microsoft dual screen device patent turns the hinge into a third screen

There is a lot of fuss over foldable devices and their flexible, bendable screens but those aren't the only new things in town. LG kicked things off last year with the LG V50 ThinQ Dual Screen and sometime later this year we'll finally see the Surface Duo and, later on, the Surface Neo in the wild. One problem with the latter dual screen implementations, however, is the hinge that bridges and at the same time divides the two screens. It seems that Microsoft may have an idea on how to turn this liability into a potential strength.

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Apple iMac could be in for a drastic redesign

Apple iMac could be in for a drastic redesign

It may not be long before we see the iMac sporting a dramatic redesign. New Apple patent filings point to a potential iMac that's made almost entirely out of a single sheet of glass, which would be a big departure from the iMac we're familiar with today. Obviously, there's no guarantee that Apple will actually pursue such a design in a mass market product, but the fact that patent filing exists does indicate that it's something Apple has considered.

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