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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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LG patent envisions 16-camera smartphone

LG patent envisions 16-camera smartphone

Move over Huawei, Samsung, and Light! LG is out to reclaim its fame as the first company that put out a dual camera smartphone. The Korean manufacturer has been quite slow to capitalize on some of its innovations and it is largely seen to be quite late on the multiple camera bandwagon. A new patent, however, reveals that the company has actively been thinking of ways to change that perception, including putting no less than 16 camera lenses on a single smartphone.

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iPhone will soon recognize human barks

iPhone will soon recognize human barks

A patent application filed by Apple showed a futuristic way in which the iPhone would recognize and translate human barks. The patent application went by the name Voice Effects Based on Facial Expressions, and the resulting images are worth a peek. The original patent application was filed in late February of 2018 but were just made public by the USPTO on Thanksgiving day, November 22nd, 2018 - yesterday.

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Ford patents method to eliminate ‘new car smell’ from vehicles

Ford patents method to eliminate ‘new car smell’ from vehicles

Ford has patented a method for eliminating the "new car smell" from new cars. It seems like an odd move given the popularity of a new car's odor, something many air fresheners have attempted to replicate, but the automaker has a single good reason for its madness: China. The aroma of a newly deployed vehicle isn't popular in the nation.

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Official Apple Watch camera patent sees many ways at once

Official Apple Watch camera patent sees many ways at once

Assuming you've never seen a wristwatch-based camera before, the Apple Watch camera should strike you as a real wild idea. What better way to capture any and all things around you than to have a camera on your arm, right? But remember the original Samsung Galaxy Gear and you'll find the first big test of concept. That didn't work out particularly well long-term - not in a very natural way, anyway. The Apple Watch camera concept might well fix it all up.

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OPPO’s folding phone might indicate OnePlus future

OPPO’s folding phone might indicate OnePlus future

This week in patents we're taking a peek at a new set of images from OPPO. This company is very closely related to OnePlus, and generally when one company makes a phone with a new feature, there's a pretty OK chance the other will follow suit. In this case, there's a bit more of a gap between one execution and the other - but it's worth a glance!

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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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