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Forget Face ID, Samsung Possibly Working On A Galaxy Phone That Can Read Palms

According to a just-released patent, it appears Samsung has been toying with the idea of scanning a user’s palm to give them hints if they forget their password. However, it won’t stand as an unlocking method.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech December 5, 2017

Apple Finally Wins ‘Slide To Unlock’ Patent Battle: Samsung Must Pay $120 Million For Infringement

Samsung just lost its longstanding patent war against Apple. After a lengthy legal battle involving slide to unlock and quick links patents, the court is now upholding its original verdict that requires Samsung to pay nearly $120 million in damages.

Apple November 8, 2017

Gamers Outraged Over Activision Patent To Encourage Microtransactions: Here's What The Fuss Is All About

Gamers are very angry over an Activision patent that will encourage players to engage in microtransactions. The growing trend of paid downloadable content has frustrated players, and the systems in the patent will only make things worse.

Video Games October 19, 2017

New Motorola Patent Shows Screens That Heal Like Wolverine: Perfect For Clumsy Users Who Keep Dropping Their Smartphones

Motorola filed a patent for self-healing screens that can fix themselves after suffering from damage through heat. The technology would make Wolverine, Deadpool, and Spider-Man proud, if it ever becomes a working feature.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech August 17, 2017

Nintendo Switch Controllers Hit With Patent Dispute: Legitimate Lawsuit Or Attempt To Leech Off Hybrid Console's Success?

Accessory maker Gamevice claimed that Nintendo infringed on a patent that it holds with the Joy-Cons of the Nintendo Switch. Is this a legitimate lawsuit, or is Gamevice looking to leech off the success of the hybrid console?

Video Games August 12, 2017

Apple Legal Issues Continue: Court Orders $506 Million Payment To University Of Wisconsin-Madison For Patent Infringement

Apple has been ordered to pay $506 million in damages to the patent licensing arm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison over a patent infringement lawsuit. Apple will appeal the decision, but there are other legal battles ahead for the company.

Apple July 26, 2017

Apple Wins Court Battle In China: iPhone 6 Did Not Infringe Design Patent

Apple emerged victorious in the lawsuit filed by Shenzhen Baili. The Beijing Intellectual Property Office has overturned the previous decree, which stated Apple violated some design patents.

Apple March 28, 2017

Broad Institute Wins Patent To CRISPR: Here's Why It Matters

Broad Institute retains the lucrative rights to gene-editing technique CRISPR after a U.S. patent office’s ruling found no 'interference' on the patent. On the losing side is the University of California, Berkeley, considered as the home of this particular technology.

Biotech February 16, 2017

Apple Has A Patent For A Vaporizer: Company Planning To Target The Vaping Market?

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent last week, filed by Apple, which outlines a vaporizer technology. However, it’s best not to get too excited yet.

Apple January 27, 2017

Future Motorola Smartphones May House Iris Scanner: Moto Z (2017) To Tout The Feature?

A new patent hints that Motorola could integrate an iris scanner into its future smartphones. The upcoming Moto Z (2017) could potentially be equipped with this futuristic technology.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech January 27, 2017

iMessage May Have Violated 15-Year Old Patent, Alleges A New Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Apple has been accused of infringing a 15-year-old patent by Seatoun Media, which alleges that several of the company's products are misusing its technology. Apple has not responded to the allegations.

Apple January 18, 2017

Microsoft Patent Hints At A Foldable Mobile Device: Could The Surface Phone Be A Smartphone-Tablet Hybrid?

Microsoft has just secured a patent for what looks to be a foldable smartphone, whose form factor can be warped into a tablet. But don’t get too excited.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech January 17, 2017

Withings Products Pulled Out From Apple Stores: Why Were The Health Devices Taken Down?

Withings products such as the Body Cardio Scale can no longer be purchased through Apple's online and physical stores. Why did Apple take down the health-related devices in the middle of the holiday season?

Apple December 23, 2016

Apple Is Once Again Locked In A Patent Battle With Nokia: What Are They Fighting About This Time?

Apple and Nokia are once again locked in an international patent battle after settling such a lawsuit in 2011. What are the two companies fighting about this time?

Apple December 22, 2016

Apple To Make Foldable iPhone With Flexible Display Soon? Newly Won Patent Says Yes

Apple has been granted a patent for bendable devices with a flexible OLED display, filed back in 2014. The patent shows a device foldable in numerous ways, though it’s uncertain whether Apple will release a bendable iPhone in the future.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech November 23, 2016

Apple's Patent Hints At Foldable, Bendable iPhones In The Future

Apple has been awarded a patent which allows for a device to be foldable without breaking. Apple has long been rumored to be experimenting with bendable screens for a future iteration of the iPhone, and the patent bolsters the notion.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech November 6, 2016

New Nintendo Patents Could Highlight Unannounced 'Switch' Features

After the announcement of the Nintendo Switch, many folks found the device to be less than stellar, but what if Nintendo is holding some features very close to its chest? New patents give the impression this is indeed the case.

Video Games October 27, 2016

New Apple Patent Integrates Sensors In Display: Is A Bezel-Free iPhone With An Edge-To-Edge Screen Coming Soon?

Apple has been awarded a patent that describes a technology to integrate sensors into the display of an electronic device. Is a bezel-free iPhone featuring an edge-to-edge screen on the way?

Apple October 12, 2016

This Could Be Proof That Apple’s Home Button Is The Next Thing To Go From The iPhone

Apple’s newly awarded patent means it could get rid of the Home Button in its next model, and instead feature its Touch ID fingerprint sensor underneath the display.

Apple October 5, 2016

Move Over, iPad Pro! Samsung Has Been Awarded A Patent For A Snazzy Foldable Tablet

Samsung has recently been awarded the patent for a foldable tablet with a keyboard and built-in stand. The listing, however, only offers the design concept of the device.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech October 4, 2016

Apple's First Vehicle-Related Patent Is A Surprise: A Steering Device That Could Be Used In Military Trucks

The first vehicle-related patent of Apple will come as a surprise to those looking forward to the Apple Car. The invention, covered by the approved patent, is for a steering device that can be used to improve military trucks.

Apple August 10, 2016

Samsung Is Working On Wireless Chargers: 3 New Designs Surface On Patents

A Samsung patent application suggests that the company is working on three new wireless charger designs. The wireless chargers would be able to charge a smartwatch and a smartphone simultaneously.

Gadgets July 25, 2016

Snapchat Could Soon Serve You Ads Based On The Photos You Take

Snapchat recently showcased a patent filing that adds filters, ads and coupons to the photos of its users. This should bring additional revenue for the company and help users save some money as well.

Apps/Software July 19, 2016

Nintendo Files New Patent For Handheld Device: Is This Related To The NX?

Nintendo has filed a new patent application for what looks like a handheld device. Some speculate that the unit could have something to do with the NX, which could offer a hybrid console/handheld experience.

Video Games July 6, 2016

The Next Project Of Alphabet's Nest Is Apparently A Smart Crib: How Would It Function?

A patent application filed by Nest suggests that the company is developing a smart crib to help parents monitor their babies. The crib will have sensors, microphones, monitors and more, which will help parents track the activity of their babies.

Gadgets July 1, 2016

Crazy Patent Claims: Man Sues Apple For Stealing 'iPhone' Sketches From 24 Years Ago

A man from Florida wants a piece of Apple’s profits, as he claims the company used his patent in manufacturing iPhones and iPads. Unfortunately, there was only one problem with Thomas S. Ross’ patent filing application from 1992.

Apple June 30, 2016

Here's How The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Iris Scanner Could Work, Based On A Samsung Patent

A new patent from Samsung for its iris scanner reveals how the technology will operate on the upcoming Galaxy Note 7. Samsung will apparently use a new type of 'triple-camera system' to house iris scanning abilities.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech June 29, 2016

Google Patents Sticky Car Hood, Self-Driving Vehicles Could Soon Catch Pedestrians Like Flies

Google patented a sticky adhesive coating on its self-driving vehicles. This patent is aimed to reduce cases of fatal road accidents involving autonomous cars.

Car Tech May 22, 2016

Buttonless, Bezel-Free iPhone Coming? Latest Apple Patent Says Yes

A new patent that has been awarded to Apple suggests that the company could be using ultrasound imaging technology, which will negate the need for a physical home button in future iPhones and embed fingerprint scanning within the screen.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech May 19, 2016

Samsung Files Patent For Smartwatch That Can Project The Display Onto Your Hand

Samsung has filed a patent application for a smartwatch that can beam the display onto a user's hand or any nearby surface. Here's how it's expected to work.

Wearable Tech May 17, 2016

Google Receives Patent Approval For A ‘Tearable’ Display Screen

In the images accompanying the patent, an illustration shows what looks like a paper flyer with phone number tabs at the bottom, presumably designed to be ripped off.

Google May 5, 2016

New Google Patent Shows An Injectable Device Applied Directly To The Eyeball To Provide Vision Correction

In the patent, illustrations demonstrate the injection of an electronic device that would focus light on the retina and would be powered wirelessly through an energy-harvesting antenna.

Google April 29, 2016

Tech Companies 1, Patent Troll 0: PTAB Invalidates Uniloc's Patent '216

Tech companies have faced off with Uniloc’s Patent ‘216. Through a case filed out of the federal courts, the tech companies have finally won the battle against one of the biggest patent trolls in history.

Legal March 28, 2016

Facebook Wants To Go Hipster On Slang, Planning 'Social Glossary' That Learns Emerging Phrases Before You Do

Facebook recently got a patent filing for an app that can recognize slang words on the social media platform. The software scans and recognizes novel terms, adding them to a database that can be helpful in many ways.

Internet March 9, 2016

Hedy Lamarr Helped Invent Wi-Fi: Here Are Other Feats Of Engineering

Hedy Lamarr is famously known as an exotic Hollywood beauty but it's time to learn more about the actress' contributions to science and technology. Find out how she improved everyone's lives with her patented idea.

FEATURE November 10, 2015

Apple Patents Panic Mode To Let You Call For Help On Your iPhone With A ‘Secret’ Fingerprint

Add this one to the growing list of iPhone 7 rumors – a "panic mode" that can be initiated with a secret "panic finger." The latest Apple patent reveals Touch ID recognizing a specific fingerprint that when used would automatically put an iPhone into "panic mode" and locks down the phone.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech November 8, 2015

Apple Force Touch Keyboard Coming Soon? Filed Patent Hints At Yes

A recently published Apple patent hinted that the company has a Force Touch keyboard in the pipeline. The patent was filed in 2012, and suggested that Apple may already be working on a MacBook that utilizes this technology.

Computers November 5, 2015

Samsung Galaxy S7 Claims Of 3D Touch-Like Pressure-Sensitive Display Bolstered By New Samsung Patent

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and the possible Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge might come equipped with 3D Touch-like technology due to a newly-discovered Samsung patent.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech October 20, 2015

Apple Ordered To Pay $234M To University Of Wisconsin-Madison For Patent Infringement

A United States jury ordered Apple to pay over $234 million in damages to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Apple said that it will appeal the verdict.

Legal October 17, 2015

NASA Wants To Share Its Patented Technology And Inventions With High-Tech Entrepreneurs: Free Access For Startups

NASA presented a Startup program where its patents and inventions are free of charge for American entrepreneurs. The Agencies’ discoveries were game changers for optics, communications and more. Tech-oriented enterprises never expected the free patents, but now they have them.

Start Ups October 10, 2015

Airplane Passengers Will Be Stacked On Top Of Each Other In Airbus Patent

A new patent from European aircraft manufacturer Airbus proposes a seating design that suggests that passengers will be stacked on top of each other.

FUTURE TECH October 8, 2015

The Apple Ring Coming Soon? Patent Filed For Ring Computing Device

A patent application confirms that the Apple Ring is real and supports a myriad of miniature technologies. Some of the features are voice command recognition, gesture-based bank transfers and full connectivity with iOS devices.

Wearable Tech October 2, 2015

Microsoft And Google Are Friends Again: 20 Patent Lawsuits Dropped

Microsoft and Google agreed to dismiss about 20 patent lawsuits between them. The two companies have even agreed to collaborate on certain patent-related matters in the future.

Business October 1, 2015

Apple Awarded Patent For Curved And Flexible Display: How Is It Different From The Galaxy S6 Edge's Screen?

Apple has been awarded a patent for a flexible wraparound display which the company filed in 2013. The Apple Patent apart not only covers a curved screen, but also the capacity to make the display a flexible one.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech September 30, 2015

Kyocera’s Haptivity Force Feedback Will Make Touchscreen Buttons Feel Like Real Buttons

A new technology dubbed "Haptivity" from Kyocera will simulate the sensation of pressing physical keys. Haptivity will allow force feedback that will make the touchscreen buttons on a display seem like real physical buttons.

September 29, 2015

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