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Why You Should Care About the Latest Chapter in the Showdown Between Apple and Qualcomm

The legal showdown between Apple and Qualcomm is nothing new. The two tech giants have been sniping at each other in courts spanning three continents for years now. But Monday marked the start of the main trial in what’s essentially the world’s biggest patent/antitrust case – and depending on who wins, the implications are huge for tech. Read More >>

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Future iPhones and Apple Watches May Warn You if You Need a Hot Date With a Shower

It can be a bit difficult to tell if you're a bit stinky sometimes. As a general rule if you can smell yourself, everyone else has been able to detect your nasty odour for a while. But what if your gadgets could warn you if you've been spending a bit too much time away from the shower? Future iPhones and Apple Watches might well be able to give you a subtle nudge, and make sure you don't go out smelling like you rolled around the local landfill on a hot day. Read More >>

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Pop-Up Cameras Are Just the Start as Oppo Dreams of Phones with Pop-Up Screens

You’ve heard of handsets with pop-up selfie cameras, but what about phones with full-on pop-up second screens? While the whole concept sounds a bit daft, it seems that’s precisely what Chinese phone maker Oppo may be cooking up based on its latest patents. Read More >>

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Samsung’s All-Wireless TV Concept Is the Real Cordcutting Solution I Want

There are a few ways to hide or camouflage the bundle of cables that hang from most wall-mounted TVs—power, HDMI, etc.—but none are as truly invisible as the wireless technology that was recently revealed in a patent Samsung filed with the World Intellectual Property Office in March of last year. It eliminates cables altogether using a variation of the wireless power technology that currently allows you to charge your phone without a cable. Read More >>

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“People Don’t Buy BlackBerries Because Twitter Exists” Says BlackBerry, Sues

We hesitate to call BlackBerry a patent troll, but they are kind of asking for it. Read More >>

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This Is What I Actually Want From Apple’s Future AirPods

AirPods aren’t going anywhere, but there are a lot of rumours swirling around what shape the next generation of Apple’s wireless earbuds will take. While it’s not likely we’ll see a refresh this year, a new patent awarded to Apple suggests interchangeable AirPods with at least one biometric sensor could be on the table for future models. Read More >>

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LG’s Dreaming Big in Its Patent for a 16-Camera Device

Phones with two or more rear cameras are already quite widespread, but with its recently granted patent, LG is dreaming of something much more ambitious. That’s because even though LG already has a five-camera phone in the V40, the company may be looking to more than triple that number up to 16. Read More >>

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Google’s Goofy VR Roller Skate Drawings Make Me Feel Less Dead Inside Somehow

The world might be on fire, but last week Google published a patent application for “Augmented And/Or Virtual Reality Footwear.” Yes, the Google document describes motorised shoes with wheels on the bottom that keep you in place as you walk around in VR. They’re basically what Ars Technica has aptly dubbed, “VR roller skates.” Read More >>

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Holes Are the New Notches, According to a Recent LG Patent

The notch is going to go down as one of the shortest-lived features in smartphone history, but that doesn’t mean we’re completely done with screen cutouts just yet. In a recent patent filing from South Korea, it seems LG is looking to evolve the notch by turning it into a hole. Read More >>

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Apple Could Let You Store Your Passport on an iPhone

Apple has been very keen on trying to make sure the iPhone can replace a bunch of other stuff you'd normally carry around. Credit cards, loyalty cards, gig tickets, plane tickets, and so on. Now it looks like it might be considering taking things a step further, and seeing whether it's possible to store your passport on the iPhone. Read More >>

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Bizarre Amazon Patent Application Suggests Jellyfish-Like Drones for Warehouses

Amazon is on a mission to mechanise as much of its supply chain as possible, and has—through publicly available documents—considered autonomous vehicles, drones that react to screaming, and flying warehouses. Among the strangest is a patent application which became public yesterday, and it’s, uh, some sort of crane game jellyfish thing. Read More >>

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Nike Patent Imagines Shoes With Tiny Treadmills Built Into the Soles

A recently published patent filed by Nike depicts a new “rotatable conveyor element” designed to help people put on their shoes. Essentially a tiny treadmill, the proposed device is a conveyer belt that’s embedded in a shoe’s insole and “configured to rotatably engage a body part of the wearer as the foot enters the space and draw the foot into the space,” according to the patent first spotted by Digital Trends. Read More >>

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Why the Round Apple Watch Dream Won’t Die

Yesterday, Apple was awarded a patent for an “electronic device having display with curved edges” that brings the dream of a round Apple Watch a little closer to the realm of possibility. Noticed by 9to5Mac, the patent mostly discusses the technical challenges when it comes to creating curved and circular displays, but the fact that it exists at all adds fuel to the fire inside me, the fire that demands a circular Apple Watch so I can stop looking like a total dork with a bit of disposable income. Read More >>

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Amazon Just Got a Patent to Track Bitcoin Transactions and Sell the Data

Big companies file patents all the time. Not because they want to use them, just to have them and stop someone else from coming along and claiming the idea for themselves. Amazon is no different, and back in 2014 it filed a patent for a 'Streaming Data Marketplace' that would allow it to collect online data streams, analyse the data, and after combining multiple streams together they could sell it off to someone else. Read More >>

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This Amazon ‘Sniffer’ Patent Sounds an Awful Lot like Spying to Me

If you have a smart speaker, like the Amazon Echo, you should already know that you have a device in your house that's always listening out for that key phrase "Alexa" so it can jump in to help you do whatever it is you can't (or won't) do for yourself. Amazon insists that the speaker doesn't record anything else you say before using the activation phrase, though a new patent suggests it's been considering expanding the number of keywords that will activate the Echo's digital ears. Read More >>