Items tagged with Patent

A relatively recent trend in the smartphone space is to implement dual cameras on the backside of the handset, which enables some nifty depth-of-field effects through hardware (rather than software alone). Some phones even wield four rear cameras, like Huawei's Mate 20 Pro. Well, LG apparently has aspirations of... Read more...
Is it too early to speculate about the Galaxy S10, or even the Galaxy S11? Heck no! Display innovations loom right around the corner, and while Samsung is getting ready to announce a foldable smartphone—the Galaxy F or Galaxy X—it has other tricks up its sleeve. A recent patent application details some of what Samsung... Read more...
A new Microsoft patent application has emerged that Redmond filed on May 1, 2017, but was only published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on November 1, 2018. The patent application shows an interesting feature that might turn up on a future version of the Surface Pro. The feature is a second supplemental... Read more...
Apple and Qualcomm aren’t exactly friends, but in some ways, the two firms need each other. iPhones are among the top-selling smartphones in the world, and Qualcomm certainly wants to get in on that sales action. Apple needs Qualcomm modems because they typically outperform rival hardware from Intel and MediaTek, and... Read more...
Microsoft has an idea for a hinged Surface device with dual screens that was seen in patent drawings back in July. This device would go a long way towards giving users more screen space while maintaining a portable form factor. This week a new patent application has surfaced, and that it gives us another glimpse at... Read more...
Nintendo is riding a wave of nostalgic gaming right now, and that wave is bringing in the money. The Nintendo Switch continues to sell well, and Nintendo's small, retro consoles like the NES Classic and SNES Classic are very popular with gamers. However, the company is underrepresented in the smartphone arena. While... Read more...
Apple has lost an ongoing patent battle against a Canadian patent holding firm called WiLan. WiLan proudly announced that it won a judgement against Apple to the tune of $145.1 million after it was found that the company's iPhone family infringed upon a pair of patents. That is most certainly a fraction of a drop in... Read more...
Apple has been fighting Qualcomm over patents that the iPhone allegedly violates. Qualcomm filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) previously, and a panel has recommended that a trade judge find that Apple infringed on at least one of these patents. If the judge does rule that Apple... Read more...
Nintendo has been selling Switch consoles in droves pushing its earnings to record levels. Months back, a company called Gamevice took issue with Nintendo and filed a patent infringement suit against the Switch for allegedly infringing on patents relating to how controllers attach to the sides of an electronic device... Read more...
When it comes to cryptocurrency mining, many small- and large-scale outfits have cornered the GPU market, buying up large quantities of current generation AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards. Gamers have especially been hit hard by miners, as even mainstream graphics cards that should be heading towards the bargain bin at... Read more...
LG has a new patent that is making the rounds that shows a device with a dual purpose. The patent describes the device as a "mobile phone with a flexible display which can be folded in half." The original filing for the patent was in July of 2017, and the patent was just published on January 12, 2018. There are two... Read more...
A new patent app has turned up that shows what Amazon is working on in the clothing space, and it's quite interesting. One big challenge for Amazon when it comes to selling clothing online is allowing people to see what the clothing looks like on their own body. This isn't something that Amazon can do right now and is... Read more...
More evidence has emerged pointing to Microsoft releasing a Surface Phone next year. The latest hint comes in the form of another patent application detailing a bit of additional information pertaining a foldable Andromeda device. In the patent, Microsoft talks about the increased demand that exists for larger... Read more...
There have been plenty of rumors and leaks about a Samsung Galaxy device with a folding screen flying around over the last few months. A new patent application surfaced recently that outlines a folding Galaxy device with two screens. It looks very much like the device in Microsoft's patent with dual folding screens... Read more...
Microsoft might have killed off its Windows Mobile devices, but the company is still working on a smallish device with dual screens that will slip into the Surface family. The device has dual displays that meet in the middle with a trick hinge. The major details that the patent images and abstract focus on is the... Read more...
A current smartphone trend has seen vendors put fingerprint readers on the backs of our devices, which also might beg the question, "what else could we put back there?" According to a newly granted Google patent, a touchpad could be in the cards for the Android creator's future branded Pixel smartphone devices. If... Read more...
Walmart is working on the perfect product for people who hate shopping in stores. A recent patent filing revealed that Walmart is currently developing a device that resembles the Amazon Dash Button. The main difference? Users would not even need to press a button in order to reorder their needed item. Walmart’s... Read more...
Microsoft has just been granted a patent that could help the company to fight back against users that have been taking advantage of its OneDrive cloud storage service to share pirated materials. Now more than ever, users are storing a lot of their data outside of their homes or devices, taking advantage of services... Read more...
Innovation is not dead in the smartphone space, folks. Perhaps no company knows that better than Samsung, which has been changing the way we think of smartphone displays over the past few generations of handsets. The curved edge design proved so popular that both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have adopted it in place... Read more...
As you read this, you're more than likely surrounded by wireless signals. However, wouldn't it be great if those waves of energy could be utilized for purposes other than just delivering data? Apple sure thinks so, as its latest patent application thoroughly highlights. The proposed patent is titled "Wireless... Read more...
Using Windows Hello, a feature Microsoft introduced with Windows 10, you can log into your system (assuming it's compatible) with your face or your fingerprint. It's a nifty alternative to hammering out a password, but it could also be more secure. In an effort to make it so, Microsoft was recently granted a patent... Read more...
For all of Microsoft's successes in hardware (Surface Pro and Surface Book are both great devices), it has never been able to make an impact in the mobile phone market. The failure to do so was underscored at the end of last year when Microsoft decided to stop selling Lumia handsets at its Microsoft Store. Be that as it may, Microsoft has Read more...
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