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Lenovo foldable phone patent is the oddest one yet

Lenovo foldable phone patent is the oddest one yet

We have seen all sorts of ideas, both in simple renders as well as legal patents, that plays around with the concept of a foldable device, be it a phone or a tablet or anything in between. Some of those, like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X, have become actual products. There are a few, however, that might be better off as just ideas. As far as strange patents go, one of Lenovo's latest probably takes the cake, with a fold and a second screen that barely makes sense.

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Amazon hot air balloon Prime Air patent describes stealthy delivery drones

Amazon hot air balloon Prime Air patent describes stealthy delivery drones

Amazon has patented a drone that can turn into a mini airship, a tech mashup that we'd assume was a late April Fools' joke were it not for the retail behemoth's obsession with UAVs. The patent, filed back in early 2016 but granted today, describes an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which could switch into a stealthy, quiet-running mode.

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Russian anti-drone patent details defense UAV with built-in shotgun

Russian anti-drone patent details defense UAV with built-in shotgun

While some countries experiment with eagles, drones that launch nets, and signal disruptors, Russia is taking a different approach to dealing with unwanted drones: shotguns. A state-owned Russian weapons company called Almaz-Antey was recently issued a patent for an unmanned aerial vehicle that features a stabilized shotgun for shooting down drones.

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Lenovo foldable device could have a Surface Book hinge

Lenovo foldable device could have a Surface Book hinge

Foldable phones have stolen the MWC show in February but those might not be the only kind of foldable devices manufacturers have in mind. After all, when you are not limited by screen space, anything can be folded. The problem, however, is either in the screen, the hinge, or both. Lenovo has patent yet another one of its ideas though, this time, its "connecting assembly", a.k.a. hinge, is something Microsoft will be too familiar with.

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Sony PS5 backward compatibility game hopes raised by patent

Sony PS5 backward compatibility game hopes raised by patent

It would seem that Sony just patented a game emulator for their next major console, tentatively named PS5. The patent actually suggests that a new gaming console would be able to "interpret" the inner workings of previously-released consoles. The patent goes by the name "Impersonating CPUID for backward compatibility" and was registered first in the official Japan Patent Office as of January 31st, 2019.

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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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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 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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Otter patent reveals Samsung-like foldable phones and tablet

Otter patent reveals Samsung-like foldable phones and tablet

The folks at Otter Products patented a number of designs for foldable-screen phone cases. The patents just came to light this week and seem pretty specifically tuned for a couple of different sorts of phones. The existence of these designs does not definitely point toward one brand having a phone like this - but the potential for such is pretty interesting.

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