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Facebook wants to figure out if you’re middle class

Facebook wants to figure out if you’re middle class

It's no secret that Facebook has access to a huge amount of data, and some of that data may be used for determining a user's socioeconomic status. According to a newly discovered patent, Facebook has developed a system (or perhaps just a system concept) that figures out whether users belong to one of three different socioeconomic groups, one being "middle class." This determination would be made based on info the user has provided, including things like homeownership.

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Amazon wristband patent details tracker for warehouse employees

Amazon wristband patent details tracker for warehouse employees

A newly discovered Amazon patent filed back in 2016 details a wearable device designed to track warehouse employees. Is the company developing such a product for its own warehouses? Perhaps. According to the patent, which was filed with the USPTO, the wearable can be used to monitor a warehouse worker's performance based on their proximity to certain inventory bins.

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LG folding phone patent shows handset transform into tablet

LG folding phone patent shows handset transform into tablet

A patent filed by LG shows a folding phone concept in which the handset forms a tablet when unfolded. According to the patent's details, this model -- should it ever be put into production -- wouldn't feature two separate displays like the ZTE Axon M, but rather a single flexible display that can be folded in half. The result is a smartphone that functions as a tablet.

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TiVo sues Comcast claiming X1 platform infringes several patents

TiVo sues Comcast claiming X1 platform infringes several patents

TiVo has announced that its Rovi company and affiliates have filed lawsuits against Comcast in the District Courts in Massachusetts and California. The lawsuits allege patent infringement on Comcast's part, saying the service provider's X1 platform infringes upon Rovi patents. Those patents cover technology including voice functionality, advanced DVR features, multi-device pausing and resuming, and more.

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Huawei beats Samsung in lawsuit over wireless patent

Huawei beats Samsung in lawsuit over wireless patent

Back in 2016, Huawei sued Samsung for allegedly violating several of its patents. Lawsuits were filed in both California and China, the latter of which has proven fruitful for the company. A judge in Shenzhen ruled yesterday that Samsung has infringed upon one of Huawei's wireless communications patents. As a result, Samsung has been ordered to stop selling products that utilize the technology (in China, that is).

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Amazon smart mirror patent details virtual clothing and scenes

Amazon smart mirror patent details virtual clothing and scenes

Amazon has patented a smart mirror that uses virtual clothing and mirrors to help consumers decide what to buy. This isn't the first time we've seen the idea of a smart mirror for modern shopping; it is, however, a bit unique from the others. The mirror doesn't just show virtual clothing overlaid onto the potential buyer's body -- it also puts virtual scenes in the background, helping the customer visualize what they would look like on, for example, the beach.

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Apple planning a wearable touchpad

Apple planning a wearable touchpad

Today we're having a look at a series of drawings and descriptions of a technology Apple has planned. This tech has electricity running through a series of strands of material, and the material is arranged in a weave. The conductive woven material creates the potential for Apple to go absolutely nuts in the wild world of wearables.

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Samsung Galaxy X: 3 ways this folding display phone could flex

Samsung Galaxy X: 3 ways this folding display phone could flex

The Samsung Galaxy X had our attention when we first saw Samsung fold a display, right before our eyes. It was amazing to see how the company - at least the Samsung Display portion of the company - was able to take something that seemed so fragile, and treat it like something far more robust. That was well before we heard rumors of the name Samsung Galaxy X - now we're well into hardware patents season. Today we're going to look at several ways in which Samsung tested the possibilities in flexible displays for a mobile device.

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Folding Microsoft Surface outed in new patent drawings

Folding Microsoft Surface outed in new patent drawings

For years now, rumors about foldable tablets and smartphones have been periodically springing up. Two of the companies that are usually at the heart of these rumors are Samsung and, more recently, Microsoft. We're getting new reason to believe that Microsoft is working on some foldable devices of its own, and it revolves around a new patent filing that has just been discovered.

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“New” Samsung Galaxy phone has wrap-around display

“New” Samsung Galaxy phone has wrap-around display

A new sort of Samsung Galaxy smartphone was revealed in schematics drawings this week with a wrap-around display. Much like what we saw with the original Galaxy Note Edge, this device moves information and controls not only off the front of the device, but down the side as well. This device's display covers the entirety of its front as well as just about half of its back.

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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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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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