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Walmart VR patents detail an entirely new way to shop online

Walmart VR patents detail an entirely new way to shop online

A pair of new Walmart patents reveal potential big plans for virtuality reality and the technology's ability to revolutionize the shopping experience. Though the company recently introduced a virtual showroom in which users can tour an apartment stocked with Walmart-brand items, the patents indicate the company may be planning something much bigger.

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Ferrari just gave us a glimpse of its hybrid supercar tech

Ferrari just gave us a glimpse of its hybrid supercar tech

Ferrari might not be the first automaker you'd associate with a hybrid engine, but the famed Italian supercar-maker has cooked up an innovative new electric turbocharger that could deliver both performance and an iconic soundtrack. It's another sign that, though Ferrari has been cautious about electrified sports cars, the automaker isn't dismissing the idea out of hand.

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LG foldable phone patent has some interesting twists

LG foldable phone patent has some interesting twists

Bezel-less screens, notches, and elevating cameras have practically stolen the market spotlight from the foldable phone. If things happen according to leaks, however, the tables could be turned before the year ends. Almost anyone and everyone has a foldable phone concept from Samsung to Apple to Huawei. Unsurprisingly, LG isn’t far behind. But while the patent for this LG foldable phone bears some resemblance to, say, Samsung’s, it definitely has a few differences that make it both interesting and odd.

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Huawei smartwatch design cleverly hides two wireless earbuds

Huawei smartwatch design cleverly hides two wireless earbuds

Huawei has designed a new smartwatch with a pair of removable Bluetooth earbuds, making it even less likely that you'll be caught on the go without a way to listen to music. The wearable would hide two small earpieces inside its chunky casing, which could be popped out when required.

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Facebook’s new eavesdropping tech is creepy, but might not be as bad as it sounds

Facebook’s new eavesdropping tech is creepy, but might not be as bad as it sounds

If you're a Facebook user, you've likely heard stories of people becoming convinced that the company uses the microphones that are everywhere these days (such as ones on a smartphone or laptop) to spy on its users. While those fears might just be the result of an overactive imagination, a new patent filing is fueling concerns that Facebook might actually be equipped to do just that someday soon.

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The Apple vs Samsung iPhone-copying lawsuit is finally over

The Apple vs Samsung iPhone-copying lawsuit is finally over

The Apple vs Samsung legal battle that has spanned seven years and numerous courtroom showdowns is finally over. The two companies - which had each claimed and counter-claimed that the other had infringed on design patents with their smartphones and tablets - agreed to drop the case, according to a newly-filed document today.

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Apple seeks to invalidate Qualcomm patents it may have infringed on

Apple seeks to invalidate Qualcomm patents it may have infringed on

When you are slapped with a patent lawsuit, one of the best ways to turn the tables is to have those patents invalidated. It is definitely easier and perhaps cheaper than arguing in court that you didn’t infringe on them anyway. Apple is no stranger to that tactic and is now pulling the same strategy on Qualcomm over four of the chip maker’s patents. Those same patents are, of course, the ones that Qualcomm is suing Apple for.

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Amazon patent reveals warehouse drones with claws and airbags

Amazon patent reveals warehouse drones with claws and airbags

Another Amazon patent has appeared at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In the document, Amazon details a new type of drone designed specifically for its warehouses. Unlike quadcopters and similar drones consumers are familiar with, Amazon's illustrations show a unique bubble-like drone with a claw similar to the one found in crane arcade games.

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Apple brings 5G and national security into Qualcomm patent battle

Apple brings 5G and national security into Qualcomm patent battle

As Apple and Qualcomm's ongoing legal battle over patent licensing fees continues, the two companies now find themselves before the US International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., with the chipmaker arguing that iPhones with rival Intel modems should be banned from the country. Apple's counter position, however, includes arguing that such a move would be a threat to US national security and the development of 5G.

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Bixby smart speaker details surface

Bixby smart speaker details surface

For as much talk as there's been about Samsung's Bixby smart speaker, the device is still shrouded in mystery. The veil is being lifted ever so slightly today, thanks to new patent filings with the World Intellectual Property Organization and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. These filings give us an idea of the capabilities we might expect from the smart speaker, and it looks like it could be a bit more advanced than similar devices from Samsung's competitors.

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Uber patent details AI that can tell if riders are drunk or tired

Uber patent details AI that can tell if riders are drunk or tired

Uber has submitted an application to patent an artificial intelligence technology that identifies drunk passengers. The patent, which is dated June 7 with the US Patent and Trademark Office, is titled "Predicting User State Using Machine Learning," and it hints that such a system may be used to accommodate riders who are outside of their "normal behavior" state.

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Motorola foldable phone patent includes a curious case

Motorola foldable phone patent includes a curious case

Everyone is getting into foldable phones these days, from Samsung to Microsoft to even Apple. So no surprise that Motorola apparently wants in, too, and has actually been scheming for years. A recently awarded patent reveals its idea for a smartphone that folds out into a tablet, pretty much like other foldable phone patents out there. What makes this one a bit more interesting, however, is not the phone itself but the addition of a case cover that actually adds some value to the device.

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