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Samsung energy-harvesting clothes could charge your Galaxy S9

Samsung energy-harvesting clothes could charge your Galaxy S9

Samsung has patented smart clothing that is able to harvest energy for powering personal gadgets or embedded sensors. The patent details a shirt that contains this energy-harvesting technology, making it not just a shirt that could charge your gadgets, but one that could actually harvest the energy needed to do it. This is in contrast to previously unveiled "smart clothes," which typically involve a battery that needs to be charged elsewhere.

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Samsung patent uses palm recognition for passsword hints

Samsung patent uses palm recognition for passsword hints

Fingerprint scanning is secure and reliable. 3D face recognition is fast but still in development. Samsung has the former and is reportedly working on the latter for the Galaxy S9. But why stop there? Indeed, a recently surfaced patent reveals that Samsung is toying with the idea of using palm recognition for a related purpose. No, it won’t unlock your phone using your unique palm lines. It will just help you remember your password or PIN code.

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Apple sued over iPhone 7, 8 dual camera patents

Apple sued over iPhone 7, 8 dual camera patents

Another day, another patent infringement lawsuit. Apple is definitely no stranger to such, being one of the largest targets in the industry. Being big only inspires many would-be Davids to try and take a shot at the Goliath. The latest lawsuit, however, strikes at the heart of one of Apple’s most recent victories, its dual cameras. A startup based in Tel Aviv is suing Apple for infringing on its dual camera tech. More interesting, however, is the accusation that Apple even boasted it could get away with it.

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Samsung vs Apple patent appeal rejected by US Supreme Court

Samsung vs Apple patent appeal rejected by US Supreme Court

It’s nearly 2018 and Apple and Samsung are still going at it in patent lawsuits. The battle that has been raging for nearly a decade, however, might be at a close now that the Supreme Court has finally put its foot down. Unfortunately for Samsung, that means it will indeed have to fork over the $119.6 million a jury awarded to Apple years ago. But while the sum is peanuts for Samsung, and only a fraction of what Apple wanted, the loss is nonetheless legal leverage Apple can exploit in the future.

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Microsoft might become the headphone jack’s savior

Microsoft might become the headphone jack’s savior

Being a savior of anything is probably the last thing you will think of when talking about Microsoft. In fact, history would prove it has destroyed more things, dreams included, than saved anything. But if this latest patent filed by Redmond becomes reality, it might just end up turning the losing battle in the headphone jack’s favor. That is, if it can indeed implement a 3.5 mm port that can change its shape as needed and require very little electrical contacts to work.

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Samsung’s folding displays fix the one big problem

Samsung’s folding displays fix the one big problem

Folding displays are a mainstay of science fiction, and now Samsung is readying the tech to make gadgets with screens that bend or roll. The company has been working on flexible OLED for some years now, one of several manufacturers hoping to solve the consumer conundrum of people who want increasingly large displays in smaller and smaller form-factors. Problem is, it's not just about having a panel you can bend.

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Samsung wireless charger plans include Apple AirPower rival

Samsung wireless charger plans include Apple AirPower rival

A Samsung patent reveals that the South Korean company is working on a dual wireless charger not unlike the AirPower charger Apple unveiled in recent weeks. The patent was published by the USPTO and reveals a charging pad that could be used to charge two phones at once or, as another example, a phone and a smartwatch.

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Activision’s latest in-game money-maker trick uncovered

Activision’s latest in-game money-maker trick uncovered

It isn't exactly a secret that game publishers have gone a little crazy for microtransactions. As the current console generation marches on, more and more microtransactions are appearing in triple-A games, usually in the form of loot boxes. It is any surprise, then, that Activision was just awarded a patent for a matchmaking system designed to help sell microtransactions?

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Apple faces $440m damages in VirnetX FaceTime lawsuit

Apple faces $440m damages in VirnetX FaceTime lawsuit

Things haven't gone well for Apple in the courts today, with the Cupertino firm slapped with a $440m penalty in its long-standing battle against VirnetX. The two companies first ended up in the courtroom after VirnetX sued Apple in 2010 over claims it had infringed on secure communications protocols patents.

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Apple patent details smart blood pressure monitoring system

Apple patent details smart blood pressure monitoring system

A freshly surfaced Apple patent details a smart blood pressure monitoring device that would automatically measure a user's blood pressure. The patent was published by the US Patent and Trademark Office today, though it shows that Apple filed it back in April 2016. In it, the company refers to the system as an "Intelligent Blood Pressure Monitoring" technology.

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Flexible foldable iPhones teased in Apple patent

Flexible foldable iPhones teased in Apple patent

Apple's future in foldable displays on devices of all sorts hit the rumor fan this week as a patent for said tech passed through the USPTO. This patent defines a device with a flexible display, one which "folds about a bend axis" and uses either OLED or micro-LED lighting technology for its display. This display folds along an axis and includes an inactive tail portion which bends about another bend axis.

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New Apple patent could adjust the fit of your smartwatch automatically

New Apple patent could adjust the fit of your smartwatch automatically

The Apple Watch already has a pretty big edge against other smartwatches in the space, and this year we saw Apple pack even more into the tiny device. New improvements include building a an LTE antenna into the display of the device, but what happens when you run out of space to add or improve hardware? You shift your attention to the band, apparently.

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