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    For as much thought as we put into PINs, passwords, and biometric authentication on our phones, security often feels like an afterthought – or not thought about at all – when it comes to wearables like smartwatches. To an extent, that makes sense; after all, we're a lot less likely to accidentally lose track of a gadget that's securely strapped to our wrist. But as we start using wearables for more and more functions, maybe especially in terms of mobile payments, is it worth thinking a little more about how to properly secure them? Samsung seems to be doing just that, and a recently ...

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    Apple thinks it has won. It won't let Samsung believe otherwise nor will it see to the Supreme Court considering so. In a brief in opposition against Samsung's lawyers' request for a hearing in Washington, Apple believes that the district court ruling on design patent infringement and the resulting damages aren't worthy of a SCOTUS review. Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents says in his analysis that Cupertino is backing its opposition with a lot of merit-based arguments, — arguments such as Samsung using its appeal to get away with what the district court ruled as patent infringement or ...

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    The saga between VirnetX and Apple has been running since about the start of the decade. It's now come to a blow against Cupertino. The Arizona-based patent holding company has successfully argued that Apple infringed four of its patents concerning VPN and FaceTime interfaces. An attorney for VirnetX said that the award was "well-deserved" while an Apple representative said "cases like this simply reinforce the desperate need for patent reform." Apple requested for the judge to declare a mistrial because the company believed that laweyers for VirnetX had "blatantly [misrepresented] the ...

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    Like we've said before, this two-camera hardware trend is one that we don't see dying for the moment. At least, the two-cameras-on-one-side buzz is still flying around. There's the Axon, the V10, the One M8 and the iPhone 7. Okay, the last one's a very iffy subject at this point. All we have to go on is a patent application filed by Apple. The patent goes into detail on a dual-sensor setup with a standard field-of-view lens attached to one of them and a telephoto lens to the other. Both sensors would be able to simultaneous take photos, both pictures would be saved as separate files which ...

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    Apple wants a gift from Samsung. It's money. Okay, it wouldn't be a gift, it would be a favorable judgment in court. After a crucial Apple patent that was part of the basis of the company's legal entanglement with Samsung was invalidated, Samsung paid up more than half a billion dollars in damages it owed to Apple. Samsung, in lieu of a reversal of judgment against the company, is waiting to see if it can make its case in the Supreme Court. Consider this next move a hiking of the stakes as a damages expert has asked Northern California District Court to allow supplemental damages to be ...

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    Wafting threats of sales bans after legal entrenchment have come between Apple and Samsung over the past few years. But as an ultimate solution is being waited upon, Taiwanese manufacturer HTC is dealing with a patent suit of its own and an oncoming stoppage of sales in Germany. Specifically, Acacia Research Group LLC out of Texas has won a lawsuit against HTC in a German district court and has been granted an injunction that bans sales of the manufacturer's devices through Deutsche Telekom. The ban could take effect within the month. Acacia is a patent licensing firm focusing on standard ...

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    China might be an industrial galaxy of sharing, caring and cannibalizing intellectual property, be it freely distributed or stolen from its rightful owners. But when a company that filed 45 lawsuits based on a vaguely-worded patent in 2012 comes back biting for more in late 2015 with Xiaomi on the verge of a product release ... well,  it's not really that exciting. Blue Spike, LLC has returned from three years ago to file a lawsuit against Xiaomi and Shenzhen-based web marketplace Tomtop for infringing upon a patent regarding its digital audio watermarking technology. The Xiaomi products ...

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    Legal papers are a thick bunch. The language within them is about as close as you can get to a non-Newtonian fluid on paper without being a cornstarch slurry. Apple and Samsung have written their hefty shares of it over the past several years and Judge Lucy Koh had written hers on the part of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. It turns out that the latest stage of play has both rival companies in agreement, or at least, — in the legal sense — a joint case management statement: Samsung will pay the $548 million due to Apple if it receives the ...

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    Will this end up being another strike against Samsung in future continuations of patent suits? Is the whole folding display thing overplayed already? When will those two childr-uh, companies stop fighting? We don't have the answers, just more questions as to what the heck Samsung is doing playing to its competitor in its patent art. Specifically, figures 1B and 5 are showing off an extended home screen that's been folded over one way and features a home row with an "iPod" app. You know, like Apple used to do with its older iPhones. Great. We're not sure who's laughing and who's fuming at ...

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    Yes, we know that Apple didn't invent the fingerprint scanner, nor was the company first at deploying it on mobile phones, but it's hard to deny that Cupertino did it best with the iPhone 5s. Today Touch ID has become so fast and practical that we even complain of its crazy speed at unlocking your iPhone 6s. Still, Touch ID is about more than just unlocking your phone, and a new Apple patent proves that. Apple has just filed a new patent called Fingerprint activation of a panic mode of operation for a mobile device, and the idea here is to give users an nifty way to protect their personal ...

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    Even though analysts debated if 3D Touch would be enough of a feature for Apple to be able to break more records with the iPhone 6s, it seems to have worked. 3D Touch, even though a tad confusing and inconsistent has been the only major update for the new iPhone, and sales continue to skyrocket regardless. The iPhone is actually the latest addition to other Apple products with this functionality, and today we learn of a new one. A new patent that Apple recently filed envisions the idea of a keyboard capable of Force Touch technology. The patent is called an "ultra low travel ...

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    Driverless cars are here and you could be buying them soon. How soon that will be, we don't know. So until then, enjoy the ride while you still can. And while you're on the road with a foot to the pedal, keep your hands on the wheel and not your phone. It always helps to get a smartwatch, though. Google has applied for a patent (US009037125) that the Patent and Trademark Office just published that signals a heavy reliance on a so-called "wearable computing device" that can tell if you're in a moving vehicle and, if so, if your wrist and arm movements constitute enough shiftiness to ...

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    James Bond movies are famous not only for the gadgets that were used, but also by the nifty ways that Bond would always survive to the craziest of attacks, and without ruining his attire. Most of these gadgets or safety devices were concealed beneath Bond's vehicles or gear, in a way that would only pop up when needed. Apple seems to think that it could use this same mentality to save you a few bucks in iPhone repairs with its new patents. Apple has just filed for an automated mechanism for protecting the iPhone display, and it looks like something right out of the movies. The idea is that ...

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    Even though Apple's processors are manufactured by Samsung, TSMC, and others, Cupertino has gained a lot of fame for designing them. At a time when processors have more cores than the average engine, Apple has figured out a way to keep its dual-core 64-bit technology on the cutting edge speed and power. The problem is that it seems that this technology wasn't really invented by Apple, and today it has to pay for it. The University of Wisconsin-Madison sued both Apple and Intel back in 2014 for the technologies used on certain Intel chips, and Apple's A7, A8, and A8X processors that powered ...

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    Companies are not in the business of losing money to those who steal their product ideas. But the path to patent protection in the process of profit gets dirty. Microsoft and Google have agreed to stop the mudslinging in some major disputes while Samsung and Apple might soon have to send lawyers up to Washington, D.C. But the University of Wisconsin-Madison has a bone to pick with Cupertino and a court is now in the process of determining how big that bone will be. Specifically, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, which licenses innovations made on behalf of the university, ...

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    Fingerprint scanners have existed for a very long time in smartphones, and that period extends much further when you consider laptops. The added security of a fingerprint scanner is simply unmatched by most of the other security alternatives out there. Still, the company that has popularized it most is Apple, and today we learn of the company's new plans. Apple has just patented a new “Finger sensing apparatus using hybrid matching and associated methods,” which in a nutshell is bringing Touch ID to the Mac. The patent considers bringing this technology to MacBooks, but also leaves the ...

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    No this is not April for you to think the headline is rather off. We’ve followed a particular wearable in a trade show a few years ago that promised to bring smart features to a ring, and it sadly turned out to be a dud. We don’t blame them for trying though, as technology even on smartwatches today can be rather archaic, but you know what happens when Apple follows on that same idea. Today we discover a new patent application from Apple for a smart ring. If you thought reading notifications on a watch was cumbersome, a ring would only make things worse, unless there’s an added ...

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    It looks like Apple's best way of teasing the future to all of us is with the patent. If you want to dread and fight all about it, well, keep tabs on Samsung. We first saw a piece of Apple's future (possibly in tune with an iPhone, but applicable to any form factor) back in March 2013 with a patent application regarding a device with a wraparound, flexible display. Now, within a burst of 28 approved patents from the Patent and Trademark Office, we see that the all-around display device patent is among them. Patent #9,146,590 features the following claim: An electronic device, comprising: a ...

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    But spoiler alert: it's not looking good for Samsung. It may not be nearly the $1.05 billion penalty the Korean OEM was looking at when the final gavel first came down in this case, but still having $548 million on the line isn't a good option for the chaebol, either. One of the late developments we got in Apple's patent suit was that a few of the patents Cupertino contended that Samsung infringed shouldn't have been granted to them in the first place. Yesterday, Samsung made legal moves to ask that one of Apple's patents focusing on a pinch-to-zoom API be made invalid as a matter of law ...

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    Apple is famous for the audio quality of its products ever since the days of the iPod, but it’s been a while since the company has launched a new pair of earphones. The company’s in-ear headphones are older than old, the EarPods exist since the iPhone 5, and it’s not like if we actually praise Beats headphones for their quality. Today we learn that Cupertino hasn’t necessarily been sitting in its laurels about this. The company has filed a new patent for wireless earphones with bone conduction noise canceling technology. In a nutshell, you can take a phone call with these wireless ...

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    Google has been working hard on making users love and rely on its Maps navigation services. Surely it isn’t the only service in the world, but I’m sure that many will agree that Google’s offering is one of the most complete services out there. Mountain View continues to improve these services, and today we learn of new plans. Today we hear of a new patent that Google has filed which will allow the company to use your car’s GPS Navigation system, among other sensors to detect damaged portions of the road through the vibrations that your vehicle is exposed to. This information will ...

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    Apple filed suit against Samsung back in 2011, claiming that 25 products from the Korean OEM infringed patents it owned. Counterclaims were filed. Suits were thrown all across the map from Korea to Japan to Australia. Battles were won and lost on both sides. Both sides appeared to have some crack lawyers. It wasn't before August 2012 that the root case in all of this mess, dubbed "Apple I," was sorted out with a $930 million award to the Cupertino tech company. Samsung appealed a part of the ruling this year that related to $400 million of the total damages. Today, the Federal Circuit ...

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    The word “hologram” gets thrown around a lot when we're talking about 3D imagery, but it's rare we deal with actual holograms: diffraction-encoded recordings of light fields. An autostereoscopic parallax barrier screen doesn't display proper holograms, nor even does Microsoft's inappropriately named HoloLens. However, today we look at a new patent from Samsung that actually follows through on the promise of holographic screen tech, bringing holographic icons to a smartphone's display. Samsung describes a method for embedding a series of holographic icons in a smartphone's display ...

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    We've kept a close eye on Apple's future Apple TV, and even the remote control that should come with it. There shouldn't be anything hot about a remote control, but this one in particular is rumored to bring a few enhancements like bluetooth, a touch pad, and other features that make it useful for any other Apple product. Today we see a patent on the topic, and it seems there's more to come. It seems that Apple is considering the inclusion of a Touch ID sensor on a future Apple TV remote control according to the patent. Now keep in mind this is Apple, and this wouldn't be the first patent ...

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    Even though ads can be annoying for some, there are some of us that buy a newspaper just for the ads. The key is to find a way to serve ads that users actually care about, as deals on your favorite tech store are always more welcome than deals on buying a pack of diapers. We've seen companies find ways to do a better job at targeting ads to your needs, but a new Apple idea seems to be controversial. A new Apple patent envisions using your bank account information and credit card status in order to serve you ads for products that you can afford. Obviously the main purpose for any sort of ...

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