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Apple patent could leave physical keyboards in the dust

Apple patent could leave physical keyboards in the dust

Touchscreens are the ubiquitous go-to for handheld device interaction, but they sometimes lack punch. Especially with gaming, the native experience can leave you wanting. The d-pad/button arrangement is timeless, but if you want more, Apple may have it in the pipeline. A newly discovered patent shows Apple is at least thinking of rear-controls for their tablets.

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NSA patents reveal agency’s spy gadgets

NSA patents reveal agency’s spy gadgets

The folks at Foreign Policy have detailed a list of patents granted to the National Security Agency, and in them we see a plethora of spy-centric gadgets and tech that covers topics spanning from encryption to envelopes that reveal they've been tampered with.

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Apple’s latest patent has iWatch written all over it

Apple’s latest patent has iWatch written all over it

Setting your phone to not bother you during certain times is still a bit of a confused affair. You may forget to activate on inactivate it, leading to unwelcome disruptions or missed information. Some services will silence your device by default when in a scheduled meeting, but what about when you don’t have something in your calendar? A newly granted Apple patent might help.

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Airbus plans to pack customers in, patents standing seats

Airbus plans to pack customers in, patents standing seats

Do you already feel uncomfortable (read: claustrophobic and grumpy) when flying? Even first class can feel a bit cramped, depending on the aircraft, and it looks like that issue will only be getting worse. A patent filing has surfaced showing a design for standing airplane "seats".

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Google forms patent ‘Justice League’ to ward off trolls

Google forms patent ‘Justice League’ to ward off trolls

The patent system in the United States is broken. As we wait for reform, patent trolls keep trolling, and companies like Google keep fighting them off. Rather than being a lone wolf in the wild, Google has formed their own consortium to ward off trolls, dubbed the License on Transfer (LOT) network.

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Apple patent suggests all glass devices are possible

Apple patent suggests all glass devices are possible

A new Apple patent highlights that though they’ve moved away from glass-backed devices, they’ve not stopped backing glass. In the wake of a new video highlighting what is said to be Apple’s new display hardware being torture tested, a new patent suggests that’s all a phone may be in the future. Apple’s patent calls for more glass — well, actually all glass.

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Apple patent makes phone, tablet second screen for TV

Apple patent makes phone, tablet second screen for TV

If you thought product placement in TV was bad enough, a new Apple patent might just make it worse. The company has been awarded a patent that will discover what brands might be on the show you’re watching, then send a push notification to your smartphone or tablet giving you more info about those products. It could even offer a way to buy the items you’re seeing on the big screen.

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New Apple patents hint at iWatch and wearable features

New Apple patents hint at iWatch and wearable features

The USPTO has just published three new patents filed by Apple way back in 2012 detailing smart, adaptive, and sensor-based features. While some of these can almost fit any type of smart device, even an iPhone itself, they do make more sense when put inside the context of a wearable apparatus, perhaps the fabled iWatch.

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FitBit patent applications hint at smartphone control and more

FitBit patent applications hint at smartphone control and more

A trio of FitBit patent applications have surfaced for three products (possibly devices) that cover a range of sports-centric and fitness purposes, including mention of heart rate monitoring, smartphone control, and GPS, among other things.

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Study shows patent trolls have negative effect on startups

Study shows patent trolls have negative effect on startups

As much great stuff as we see with platforms like Kickstarter, the more streamlined approach for innovation comes via venture capital and similar background efforts. A new study shines a light on why some of those individuals and companies who fail before they get off the ground do. It seems that big or small, sometimes the same fate is reached due to patent trolling.

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Apple “iFone” lawsuit ends with local telecom fines

Apple “iFone” lawsuit ends with local telecom fines

Back in 2009, Apple went after Mexican telecom iFone's trademark, using claims of expiration and similarity to its own iPhone as reasons. Apple was countersued by iFone, which says it registered the trademark long before the iPhone existed, for damages and an injunction.

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Olympus patent surfaces for Glass-like wearable

Olympus patent surfaces for Glass-like wearable

Olympus is jumping feet-first into the wearable game, with a patent surfacing showing a pair of smartglasses very similar to Google's own Glass. There are subtle differences -- a longer display, at least in illustration form, is one. The basic premise, however, is the same.

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