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Patent Troll eDekka

Notorious patent troll dealt fatal blow as Judge throws out 168 cases

October 2nd, 2015

I think most people would agree that patent trolls represent a plague on the tech community, consistently leveraging questionable and often times silly patents in an effort to extort money from companies that actually work hard to release products and services. In many respects, the patent system is out of control, and nowhere is this more …

Apple touchscreen patent

New Apple tech could revolutionize touchscreens

April 3rd, 2014

Apple was recently awarded a patent that would allow its touchscreen devices to detect how hard the user presses on the display. The patent, first noted by Apple Insider, uses a technology called frustrated total internal reflection, or FTIR, along with current capacitive touch sensors to determine force applied to the screen.

AT&T Illegal Downloads

AT&T wants to track your illegal downloads, ban access to file-sharing sites

December 16th, 2013

A new AT&T patent awarded in mid November describes methods through which the Internet service provider may track the privacy-related habits of customers and assign them a “Subscriber Reputation Score” (SRS) which could be used to limit access to file-sharing or P2P sites for repeat pirating offenders. The patent, discovered by Torrent Freak, basically explains …

T-Mobile iPhone Network

Future iPhones could have true wireless charging with no station required

November 29th, 2012

Wireless charging is set to take off this year with the likes of  HTC’s (2498) Windows Phone 8X, Nokia’s (NOK) Lumia 920 and 820 and Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 4. By comparison, Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5 feels decidedly last-gen without wireless charging or NFC. Apple’s reason for omitting wireless charging is that smartphones still need charging stations/plates plugged into the wall to work. A …

Apple patent reveals future iPhones could have ‘shake to charge’ battery tech

September 20th, 2012

While Nokia (NOK) is busy trying to convince everyone that wireless charging is the way of the future with its Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 smartphones, Apple (AAPL) has yet to make any revolutionary changes to battery charging. Perhaps the future is not as plain as Nokia thinks it will be, though. AppleInsider discovered a patent by Apple that …

Microsoft’s vision for the future of gaming transforms your living room to make it part of the game

September 11th, 2012

It’s tough to know exactly what Microsoft (MSFT) has in store for its next-generation Xbox (codenamed “Durango“), but that hasn’t stopped PatentlyApple from unearthing technologies that the Redmond-based company is dreaming up. Microsoft’s patent filed in the first quarter of 2011 and made public recently by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office outlines the use of an “Environmental Display” …

Patent reveals Microsoft’s detachable dual display technology

June 8th, 2012

Documentation regarding a recently published patent from Microsoft highlights a new invention for a dual display smartphone that can separate into two functional units, Patent Bolt reported on Friday. The software giant’s patent could take the hassle out of sharing a screen — literally — with another person. Rather than being crammed in front of one screen, …