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Apple files patent for haptic touch laptop keyboard

Apple files patent for haptic touch laptop keyboard A new patent filed by Apple could offer a glimpse into the future of MacBook design, and it would be a much less tactile experience.It describes a haptic-powered touch keyboard for devices like laptops.

Apple scores patent for iPad cover with built-in flexible touchscreen

Apple scores patent for iPad cover with built-in flexible touchscreen They can act as stands, put your iPad to sleep and it lets you peek at things, but this new patent shows that Apple wants to make a cover that’s really smart.com for a few years, you might remember it: the patent application got our attention when it surfaced way back in 2012.

New Apple patent suggests future iPhones could have a Digital Crown

New Apple patent suggests future iPhones could have a Digital Crown For the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Apple surely has something grand planned.But here's an interesting possibility: a Digital Crown (like the one on the Apple Watch) on an iPhone.

Qualcomm fined $865 million by South Korean FTC for abusive business practices

Qualcomm fined $865 million by South Korean FTC for abusive business practices The South Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has fined Qualcomm $865 million dollars for violations of antitrust law.Bloomberg reports that Qualcomm only licensed its patents to mobile phone manufacturers and didn’t properly negotiate license terms.

Forget telepresence robots on wheels, Google wants telepresence drones

Forget telepresence robots on wheels, Google wants telepresence drones This is one reason why Google thinks telepresence drones are a good idea, according to a U.Existing telepresence robots (many of which are just an iPad on wheels) don't allow for such collaborative two-way communication.

Future iPhones and iPads could have stretchy screens

Future iPhones and iPads could have stretchy screens While the iPhone is inching closer toward becoming just a single pane of glass, the future could look very different.A patent filed last year and made public this week, unearthed by AppleInsider, suggests Apple is potentially interested in making electronic devices with flexible displays that could stretch.

The iPhone 8's screen might be way more than just a pretty glass panel

The iPhone 8's screen might be way more than just a pretty glass panel Brace yourself, because Apple might really kill the iconic home button with built-in Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 8.The patent outlines the use of a new type of display technology that uses embedded micro LEDs and an IR diode to essentially scan and detect the position of a finger on the screen.

BlackBerry sues Nokia, alleging networking patent infringement

BlackBerry sues Nokia, alleging networking patent infringement Two former smartphone kings, Nokia and BlackBerry, have become embroiled in a lawsuit involving patents relating to networking gear.More: Nokia announces the return of the legendary 3310 The Canadian-based company said Nokia provides these devices and services to carriers such as T-Mobile and AT&T for their LTE networks, and BlackBerry alleges that “Nokia has persisted in encouraging the use” of these devices without a license.

Apple might be creating its own version of Bitmoji

Apple might be creating its own version of Bitmoji On Monday, Apple was granted a patent for an "avatar editing environment" that looks a lot like Bitmoji, the popular app from Snapchat-owned Bitstrips.They can also modify face shapes and skin color and will be able to choose whether to create the avatar automatically or manually.

The inventor of Maglev train tech wants to build a magnet-powered rocket launcher

The inventor of Maglev train tech wants to build a magnet-powered rocket launcher Well, Powell last year filed a patent application for a related concept: a “SpaceTram” maglev rocket launcher that would eschew chemical propellants in favor of magnets for launching a rocket into space.If made a reality, this would be a new way to achieve magnetic levitation, stabilization, and propulsion for a space launch.

On second thought, Apple doesn’t have to pay $533M for alleged patent infringement

On second thought, Apple doesn’t have to pay $533M for alleged patent infringement Its patent disputes with Samsung and Nokia are another story, but at least in the case of Apple versus Smartflash, the iEmpire has come out on top.On Wednesday, a federal appeals court overturned the original verdict requiring Apple to pay the impressive sum of $533 million to Smartflash LLC, a tech company that accused Apple of infringing upon its data storage patents with its iTunes software.

Microsoft patent is for a 2-in-1 featuring multiples displays with hidden borders

Microsoft patent is for a 2-in-1 featuring multiples displays with hidden borders There’s a great deal of uncertainty around Microsoft’s plans for its next Surface devices.The Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 replacements appear to be delayed, and the much-rumored Surface Phone remains something of a unicorn.

The MacBook Pro's beloved MagSafe could return as ... a dongle

The MacBook Pro's beloved MagSafe could return as ... a dongle The new MacBook Pros dropped a weight class and gained a Touch Bar, but they also killed the beloved MagSafe charger.A newly publicized patent, however, suggests Apple could have a fix in the works.

Google forms group of major players to reduce patent disputes

Google forms group of major players to reduce patent disputes When it comes to patent infighting, Google’s laying down the law.In a blog post yesterday, the search giant announced PAX , a patent licensing group founded to “[promote] innovation and healthy competition.

Huawei must honor patent judgment or face U.K. ban of its phones

Huawei must honor patent judgment or face U.K. ban of its phones It stemmed from an ongoing intellectual property battle between Huawei, Google, and Samsung, and Unwired Planet, a holding company.In 2014, Unwired Planet alleged that all three firms had infringed on six patents related to networking standards.

BlackBerry awarded $815 million in judgment against Qualcomm

BlackBerry awarded $815 million in judgment against Qualcomm A court awarded the Waterloo, Canada-based smartphone maker $815 million in refunded royalty payments stemming from a binding arbitration agreement, CNBC reports.The specifics of the refund remain unclear — Qualcomm said it is for sales of “subscriber units” — but at the core of the dispute is licensing fees BlackBerry paid in advance to Qualcomm.

The creator of the toy everybody's obsessed with hasn't seen a penny for it

The creator of the toy everybody's obsessed with hasn't seen a penny for it It's a huge success — but its creator isn't reaping any of the windfall.Still, given how they're selling like hot cakes, you'd think their creator would be diving into mounds of gold coins like Scrooge McDuck.

RED's Hydrogen One patent drawings reveal how it's really a camera pretending to be a phone

RED's Hydrogen One patent drawings reveal how it's really a camera pretending to be a phone We haven't touched it, and we're not even sure how it'll work, but RED's Hydrogen One phone is so mysterious that even its patent filing drawings are fascinating.The modular phone, which promises to switch between "traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view content, 3D content, and interactive games," looks fairly minimalist in the shadowy photos released so far.

Apple is secretly funding a legal battle against a rival

Apple is secretly funding a legal battle against a rival And while at first glance this may look like a Peter Thiel-esque legal battle by proxy, Apple's motivation appears to be mostly business (and probably only partly personal).Rather, it stems from an ongoing legal dispute between Apple and Qualcomm.