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Apple’s reversible USB cable detailed in patent pics

Apple’s reversible USB cable detailed in patent pics

If you saw earlier pictures or video of the reversible USB cable Apple is allegedly planning to release with the iPhone 6, you’d know it was a cool concept. You may have also wondered how Apple was accomplishing the feat. Newly released patent info tells us, in some detail, just how the reversible USB will work.

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SLS 3D printers see price drop following patent expiration

SLS 3D printers see price drop following patent expiration

Selective Laser Sintering 3D printers, more commonly called SLS 3D printers, have long been the most expensive among 3D printing technologies, not the least of which was due to the existence of many patents related to the tech. With those patents expiring this year, the cost of these printers -- though certainly not "budget-friendly" in the traditional sense -- have seen a drastic drop in price.

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Google Glass starting to look like actual glasses in new patent

Google Glass starting to look like actual glasses in new patent

Like it or not, Google Glass is polarizing. Part of the reason it has detractors is its appearance, which is just plain weird. Futuristic, Glass is a bit too much for some, which is why a new Google patent could mean widespread success for their heads-up wearable.

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Apple might be bringing Touch ID to every device you own

Apple might be bringing Touch ID to every device you own

A new Apple patent details changes the company may be making to Touch ID. Though we’ve found it handy around the home button, it seems Apple may be working to get their tech involved in other parts of your device as well. They may also be working on a method to bring Touch ID everywhere.

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Apple patent suggests Siri is coming to the desktop

Apple patent suggests Siri is coming to the desktop

A lot of what make OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 great are their cooperative efforts. Things like “handoff” make the duo work well together, but there was always something from iOS many desktop users wanted: Siri. It seems the snarky digital assistant may be coming to our desktop soon, as a newly granted patent from Apple shows just how they’d work her into the mix.

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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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