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Galaxy Note S Pen might have a camera inside for selfies

Galaxy Note S Pen might have a camera inside for selfies

How much can you squeeze inside a thin stick like the Galaxy Note 9’s S Pen? Well, there is a button, a supercapacitor acting as a battery, a Bluetooth radio, and a spring. If that sounds like a lot already, apparently Samsung thinks that isn’t enough. For its next S Pen trick, it may put a camera inside. Still not satisfied, it might even add optical zoom that is mostly absent in larger smartphones.

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Samsung foldable gaming phone patent is intriguing

Samsung foldable gaming phone patent is intriguing

Samsung is already set to launch its first foldable phone this year but why stop at just one? In typical Samsung fashion, it could have another one in mind. That’s at least based on a patent for yet another foldable phone that puts a small twist to the concept. In addition to folding the opposite way from what Samsung teased late last year, this foldable device seems to be earmarked for gaming, complete with gamepad controls that may actually be too small to be comfortable.

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Intel foldable phone patent shows how to make it usable

Intel foldable phone patent shows how to make it usable

There is no shortage of patents on foldable phones and tablets and this year we’ll finally see some of them come to light. The first iterations are, however, expected to not be the foldable phones of fiction and dreams. Because if it comes to a design that makes that foldable device usable and perfect, then Intel’s 2017 patent probably comes closest to that ideal all in one mobile device.

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OPPO punch hole camera patent uses dead space as a launcher

OPPO punch hole camera patent uses dead space as a launcher

With Samsung and almost all of the major Chinese OEMs backing it up, it seems there is no more escaping the next dreaded “evolution” of the smartphone screen. The punch hole or hole punch camera is intended to be less visually invasive than the notch but, like a small black dot in an otherwise pure white paper, it may actually make it worse. Some like Samsung might try to distract users with fancy animations and gestures but OPPO might, instead, use that “dead space” as a launcher for the camera and a shortcut for other apps.

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Apple wins against Qualcomm in second German patent lawsuit

Apple wins against Qualcomm in second German patent lawsuit

You win some, you lose some, as they say. Though in the court of law, even a single loss can be devastating. But Apple can breathe a bit easier now that at least the regional court in Mannheim, Germany has verbally declared that it doesn’t infringe on the patents that Qualcomm insists it does. While that doesn’t immediately affect an earlier ban imposed in Munich, it could at least give Apple some legal leverage to have that decision reversed soon.

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Samsung patent hints at smart sports shoes ambitions

Samsung patent hints at smart sports shoes ambitions

It’s no secret that Samsung wants to build an entire smart ecosystem of its own. Not just smartphones or even smart TVs but also smart appliances and, yes, even smart clothing. Samsung’s involvement in literally wearable technology has mostly been on the fringes, via partnerships or spinoffs. A new patent, however, reveals that Samsung might be mulling over making its own line of running shoes made smarter by sensors and a smartphone app to boot. Pun intended.

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Qualcomm may have cheated in German win against Apple

Qualcomm may have cheated in German win against Apple

Qualcomm may have scored another big win against Apple, this time in Germany, but it probably shouldn’t celebrate just yet. Because if Internet sleuths are correct, the chip maker might find itself in even deeper trouble than before. According to those following the patent infringement case from the sidelines, Qualcomm effectively blocked key evidence from being presented in the German court, the same key evidence that led a US court to rule that Apple did not infringe on the said patent.

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Apple updates iOS on banned iPhones, not enough, says Qualcomm

Apple updates iOS on banned iPhones, not enough, says Qualcomm

Apple may have found a way to keep its older iPhones in the Chinese market but it’s not going to fly if Qualcomm is to be asked. Following a preliminary court order that banned iPhone models starting from the 6s to last year’s X, Apple pushed an iOS 12.12 update that supposedly addresses the Qualcomm patents it was accused to have infringed on. Unsurprisingly, Qualcomm says Apple’s response is insufficient and it should comply with the Chinese court’s orders to cease sales and imports of affected iPhones immediately.

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Facebook has a plan to track you offline

Facebook has a plan to track you offline

This week a plan for a future Facebook app feature was revealed in a patent for "Office Trajectories" by the USPTO. In this patent, Facebook detailed a method for determining the current location of an individual - even when their phone is turned off and/or their GPS is deactivated. How might Facebook achieve this, you might scream? They'll just use all the information you've already given them, jam it all in a computer with Machine Learning, and spit out the most likely location - it's easy, really!

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iPhone sales ban in China as Qualcomm patent fight bites [Update]

iPhone sales ban in China as Qualcomm patent fight bites [Update]

Apple's iPhone has been hit with a preliminary injunction in China, after Qualcomm's legal battle with the smartphone-maker reached new heights this week. In a worst-case scenario, it could see imports and sales of nearly all iPhone models banned in the country. However, there are arguments as to just how encompassing the ban might actually be in practice.

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Samsung patents a phone with displays on almost all sides

Samsung patents a phone with displays on almost all sides

Many phone makers these days love to flaunt their bezel-less phones but, in truth, they’re really that bezel-free. Both because of manufacturing limitations and usability considerations, you still have a frame around those full (or notched) screens. Patent filings, however, aren’t really limited by what exists and what’s not yet possible. So it’s not exactly surprising to hear that Samsung has filed one for a phone that has a screen on almost all sides, potentially proving how untenable that design is.

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Samsung smartwatch patent uses in-display fingerprint sensor

Samsung smartwatch patent uses in-display fingerprint sensor

Samsung would have been the first smartphone maker to use a fingerprint on display (FoD) sensor but the technology and the company just wasn’t ready to make the jump. But while it may be trying to catch up with Chinese rivals, at least based on leaks and speculation, it might also try to outdo them to the point of going overboard. A new patent filed by the company last year reveals the places it could use such sensors including, surprise surprise, on a smartwatch.

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