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Samsung foldable tablet patent folds in three parts

Samsung foldable tablet patent folds in three parts

Pretty soon, Samsung might earn the reputation of a company that folds. In a good way of course. It has just revealed its prototype for the first foldable phone, expected to actually hit markets next year, but it has been playing around with foldable concept far longer than that. And while it may have already settled on a design for its first foldable product, it might not exactly be its best idea yet. That may come from a recently published patent showing a tablet-sized device folding in three parts to form a rather thick phone.

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Apple patent could let iPhones detect spoofed phone calls

Apple patent could let iPhones detect spoofed phone calls

While smartphones have become more advanced and sophisticated, almost all of them aren’t that smart in protecting users from one of the most basic yet also the most dangerous threat of all: nuisance phone calls. Those range from simply annoying prank calls to dangerous phishing scams, and while there are apps that try to detect and curb those, scammers always have ways to get around those. That is why one of Apple’s latest patents tries to cut the scam at the root by trying to identify it even before it reaches your ears.

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Apple patents iPhone tech that detects spoofed calls

Apple patents iPhone tech that detects spoofed calls

A newly discovered Apple patent details technology that could one day enable iPhones to detect calls from spoofed phone numbers. The patent application was published today by the USPTO, and it hints at a possible plan at Apple to tackle the growing number of scam calls. Similar warnings already exist from certain wireless carriers, but they're typically based on phone number databases.

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Motorola RAZR could return with foldable screen, suggests patent

Motorola RAZR could return with foldable screen, suggests patent

Motorola has gone through numerous changes and even numerous owners, but throughout its history, perhaps only one phone has remained an icon and an example of its glory days: the RAZR. Even Motorola was acutely aware of this to the point that it attempted to ride on that nostalgia for the slim clamshell to no avail. It doesn’t seem to have given up on the dream of resurrecting the beloved phone and, at least based on a new patent, it might introduce a certain twist. Or rather, a fold.

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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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