Apple, Amazon Pave Way for Digital Garage Sale

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The problem with owning digital media today, such as copies of TV shows, movies, e-books, and music through services like Amazon and iTunes, is that you cannot transfer ownership of your content to someone if you want to clean house. Thanks to two recent, but separate, patents filed by Apple and Amazon, this could all […]

Google Close to Unloading Motorola’s TV Business

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One of my hopes when Google had announced that it was acquiring smartphone-maker Motorola Mobility in a deal valued at $12.5 billion was that Google now has a credible hardware platform in the form of Motorola cable boxes to leverage its emerging Google TV offering. However, as we had reported earlier this year, Google is […]

Apple Patents Smarter Silent Mode for Future iPhones

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Apple was recently granted a patent for a method to keep smartphone vibrations quiet according to an AppleInsider report. The patent uses motion sensors and the iPhone’s microphones to change the vibration of the phone if needed. The patent shows the phone slowing down or stopping the vibration if the microphones sense the iPhone is […]

Apple and Google CEOs Talking Over Patent Issues

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Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Larry Page are reportedly meeting to discuss patent issues between the two companies. According to Reuters Cook and Page had a phone conversation about the issues last week, and had another meeting scheduled for Friday. The two CEOs delayed the second meeting, however, for unknown reasons. The two should […]

Smart Gloves to Be Minority Report Companion to Google’s Project Glass

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Google’s Project Glass with its head-mounted display that was mounted at eye level caught the attention of the public and geeks when the initiative formally launched to developers at the company’s I/O conference late May this year. However, seeing is just one thing, and patent filings reveal that Google is looking to create a companion […]

Samsung Describes Galaxy Nexus Sales As “Minuscule”

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In Apple’s separate case against South Korean Android manufacturer Sasmung surrounding patents that the iPhone-maker feels that the Galaxy Nexus infringed upon, it was revealed that sales of the Galaxy Nexus was “minuscule.” The lawsuit filed by Apple alleges that the Galaxy Nexus and the Android software used by the smartphone infringes upon Apple’s patents […]

Microsoft’s Collected Patent Royalties Dwarf Windows Phone Sales

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With Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung Mobile in full swing in the U.S., the issue of patents, intellectual property, and licensing and royalties have gained traction in consumer mindsets. Another player in the mobile field that is going after various Android smartphone manufacturers is Windows Phone OS-maker Microsoft, which has inked royalty and licensing agreements with […]

Samsung Lawsuit Reveals a Motorola Photon-esque Apple iPhone Design

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In Apple’s ongoing lawsuit with Samsung over patent infringement over the design and technologies found within the iPhone, iPad, and the iOS software, we are now treated to some early iPhone prototypes that never made it the market. When Apple released its unibody iPhone in June 2007, the rest was history, or so we thought […]

New OTA Update for International Galaxy S III Removes Universal Search

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Following updates for the U.S.-based AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless models of the flagship Galaxy S III smartphone, Samsung is also rolling out the same update to the international edition of the Galaxy S III for GSM networks. The update, which actually doesn’t add any new functionality or bug fixes to the smartphone, does the […]

Apple Asking for $2.5 Billion In Damages From Samsung

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Apple wants $2.5 billion from Samsung in order to settle patent infringement claims. According to CNet, the amount Apple is asking for comes from per-unit royalties on the device that infringed on its patents. That patents include design and technology patents, with a majority of them focus on design. The actual number Apple isn’t listed […]

Mojang, EA, and Others Sued For Patent Infringement in Android Games

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A company called Unliec is suing Mojang over an alleged patent infringement in Minecraft for Android, and Notch (creator of Minecraft) isn’t very happy about it. According to the BBC, the lawsuit comes from a Texas-based company called Unilec and it includes other companies like EA, Gameloft, and Square-Enix. The lawsuit claims the companies violated […]

RIM’s Safe Driving Patent May Make the Roads More Unsafe

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Smartphone-maker Research in Motion had filed a patent with the USPTO to make the roads safer by deterring users from texting or operating their smartphones when the phone detects that it is inside a vehicle that’s moving at a certain speed or faster. Theoretically, this sounds like a great innovation to foster more hands-free usage […]

Galaxy Nexus Available in Play Store Again With Shipping Delays

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It looks like with Samsung’s victory on gaining a temporary stay on the Galaxy Nexus injunction pending Apple’s response in that lawsuit, the Google-branded Android smartphone is once again available in the U.S. in Google’s Play Store. This would be the unlocked GSM/HSPA+ model that would work on carriers T-Mobile USA and AT&T in the […]

Samsung, Google Working Together to Fight Apple in Legal War

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As Apple is continuing Steve Jobs’ legacy of thermonuclear war on Android handset-makers with varying patent wars, Samsung and Google are now teaming up to try to put an end to Apple’s bullish tactics. The latest blow to Samsung and Google came last week when Apple had won several injunctions against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 […]

Apple Wins Preliminary Injunction Against Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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A week after the U.S. launch of the Galaxy S III and a few days after the announcement of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Samsung has some bad news. According to Reuters, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh granted Apple a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, which will effectively ban the phone in the U.S. until the conclusion of […]

Apple Patent Hints at Inductive Charging for iPhone 5

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Apple’s iPhone 5 might not need wires for charging when it comes out later this year. According to Patently Apple, today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published an Apple patent the company applied for back in 2008. The patent is for inductive charging: using a specially designed dock to charge a device without the […]

Nokia Patent Uses Steering Wheel to Control Car Audio

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As Apple is announcing Siri Eyes-Free for cars, rival Nokia is also turning to the automotive space with a patent of its own to offer users an easier way to control their vehicle’s features, such as media play back. Instead of relying on voice control through a dedicated button on a car’s steering wheel, Nokia’s […]

Apple Seeks Ban on Samsung Galaxy S III

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In a move that should surprise nobody, Apple is seeking a ban on the Samsung Galaxy S III. According to FOSS Patents, Apple moved to add the Galaxy S III to its request for a preliminary U.S. ban on the Galaxy Nexus. Apple cites two patents in its complaint against the Galaxy S III. The […]