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Sonos headphones patent hints at just how they’ll work

Sonos headphones patent hints at just how they’ll work

The upcoming Sonos headphones have broken cover, with a newly-granted patent for the wireless headphones detailing their potential design and functionality. Rumored since early in 2019, the headphones are designed to integrate with Sonos' wireless speaker system, as well as potentially include voice control.

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Apple sued in China for $1.4 billion of Siri patent infringement

Apple sued in China for $1.4 billion of Siri patent infringement

Apple has long been trying to woo the Chinese market, its second-largest after the US, even going as far as making compromises it would not even consider doing for any other region. Given the tensions between the US and Chinese governments, however, the Cupertino-based company might feel like it's walking on eggshells. It doesn't help that it is constantly bombarded with lawsuits, the most recent of which could see it not only pay billions of dollars to the plaintiff but also temporarily halt the sales of almost all its devices in China.

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Apple Glass patent shows modular system for future hero tech

Apple Glass patent shows modular system for future hero tech

Apple's prospective plans for a "modular system for head-mounted device" were revealed in a newly-public patent posted to the USPTO. The United States Patent and Trademark Office showed this document with inventors Paul X Wang and Dinesh C Mathew, as first filed in April of the year 2019. This could, possibly, point to part of Apple's design language for their eventual release of a pair of smart glasses, imbued with augmented reality abilities and tipped to be called Apple Glass.

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Apple patent will let you take group selfies even when far apart

Apple patent will let you take group selfies even when far apart

Social or physical distancing, while not an assurance, is one of the simplest ways to keep the COVID-19 coronavirus from spreading. It isn't, however, one of the easiest as people have realized after months or even just weeks of being deprived of close social interactions. That's one of the reasons why video chat platforms are on the rise but that doesn't solve one important social activity, taking group selfies. Fortunately, Apple apparently has an idea on how to solve that though it remains to be seen if it actually has any plans to.

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Nintendo patents a gamified Quality of Life device

Nintendo patents a gamified Quality of Life device

Of the three major gaming platform makers, Nintendo has long been considered the most traditional, most reserved, and, sometimes, also most archaic. It was slow to jump on the latest gaming trends, especially mobile, and even then it would distance itself from things likes loot boxes and mobile gaming addiction. Those business practices have given it a more wholesome and family-friendly image and its latest patent reveals just how much it values quality of life practices, especially if it could be tied to a game and new products to sell.

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Galaxy Note 20 punch-hole camera could have a status indicator around it

Galaxy Note 20 punch-hole camera could have a status indicator around it

The urge to banish all bezels around the screen has resulted in a few casualties while manufacturers try to figure out how to best put back what they have kicked out. We're still waiting for the day that under-display cameras finally become a thing but, until then, we'll have to settle for notches and cutouts. The latter, unfortunately, has led to even less hardware, like LED indicators. Samsung may have a solution for the latter and it's something that third-party apps have already tried implementing quite a while back.

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OPPO patent reveals a keyboard case accessory

OPPO patent reveals a keyboard case accessory

Smartphones have become so powerful these days that you can use it for almost everything. You can even use a desktop on it, either through remote access or some Linux-based magic. Smartphones, however, will always be limited not just by the hardware they have inside but also their size. You can, of course, always attach a peripheral like a keyboard but one of OPPO's latest patents means you won't have to carry around a separate one with you. Presuming, of course, you're willing to bulk up your phone with a case.

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Galaxy Z Flip 2 could have three cameras but a larger cover display

Galaxy Z Flip 2 could have three cameras but a larger cover display

DxOMark's verdict on the Galaxy Z Flip phone is out and its message is pretty clear. It's good enough but not what you'd expect from a $1,400 phone. Of course, Samsung never really splurged on the foldable phone's cameras and left it rather ill-equipped to compete with other high-end flagships. The next Galaxy Z Flip might rise up to the challenged by adding another camera and a Samsung patent may reveal how it plans to solve its problem of fitting all of those on a small phone.

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Toyota unveils custom COVID-19 ambulance and patent tech freeze

Toyota unveils custom COVID-19 ambulance and patent tech freeze

Toyota has designed a special vehicle specifically for COVID-19 patients, with the tailor-made transportation taking into account the highly-contagious nature of coronavirus. The special ambulance was developed for Showa University Hospital in Japan, based on requests from medical facilities in the country, and includes a number of unusual features.

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Huawei Mate Xs successor might be more like a Galaxy Fold

Huawei Mate Xs successor might be more like a Galaxy Fold

Back when the giants Samsung and Huawei were competing over foldable phones, there were two schools of design that became prevalent last year. It was the Galaxy Fold's "innie" versus the Mate X's "outie". Neither has been completely impervious to accidents but the Huawei Mate X may have been taking too many risks. That may be just one of two reasons why Huawei's next foldable phone might be an innie but it may also have something to do with its cameras.

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Huawei Mate X2 foldable phone may beat Galaxy Fold 5G at its own game

Huawei Mate X2 foldable phone may beat Galaxy Fold 5G at its own game

Today clues on the features included with the next big foldable smartphone from Huawei suggest that Samsung's got some real competition for the Galaxy Fold 5G. The next-generation foldable smartphone called Huawei Mate X2 appeared in renderings via a design patent from EUPO show a pair of displays, one the size of a normal phone, the other the size of a medium tablet, with 6 cameras and a stylus!

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Apple, Broadcom owe CalTech $1.1 billion over Wi-Fi patents lawsuit

Apple, Broadcom owe CalTech $1.1 billion over Wi-Fi patents lawsuit

Patent lawsuits are a matter of life for any tech company and the bigger you are, the bigger the target painted on your back. Many of these lawsuits go unnoticed, especially when filed against giant companies that can make them disappear. Apple, however, wasn't able to win one against the California Institute of Technology and now has to pay the university what is perhaps its biggest patent-related damages sum in its history.

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