A new patent awarded to Apple today, uncovered by Patently Apple, shows the company is exploring a foldable iPhone concept, confirming what rumours have long suggested. Apple was believed to be researching foldable iPhone designs starting back in 2013, but new evidence suggests the company is still serious about making this concept a reality at some point.
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We've all been there: It's late at night, you've had a few drinks, and you're messing around with your iPhone. It slips out of your grip, smashes into the ground and the screen shatters. Now, imagine doing the same thing with a phone made entirely of glass.
Magic Leap — valued at more than $US4.5 billion ($6 billion) — is one of the most secretive (and exciting) technology companies in the world. Despite its fruitful fundraising campaigns, the company has never released a commercial product and very few people have ever tried its state-of-the-art augmented reality headset.
It won't surprise you to hear that Google is desperately trying to trademark the word "Glass", but it may raise a wry smile on your face when you find out that the US government is taking exception to the idea. The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Patent and Trademark Office has objected to granting Google a trademark for Glass.
A patent application published today resurrects the rumour that Sony's next gaming console will suppress the playing of used games and outlines how such a scheme would be accomplished without the use of an always-on internet connection for verification. In short, an RFID ID stamped onto the new discs would track their usage history and restrict them to one console.
Or at least, what you can read of it, because vast swathes have been redacted. Still, there are bits you can actually read, so let's take a look.
Apple's continued disputes with Samsung reach new levels next week when yet another trial kicks off. But this time, Apple plans to argue its case using a raft of internal Samsung documents that openly admit that the company mimicked the iPhone — and was even warned off doing so by Google.
Another day, another Apple-Samsung death match. This time, Apple has succeeded in banning the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 across the entirety of Europe, because it was found to have infringed on Apple drawings that date back to 2004.
The New York Times is reporting that RIM has been found liable of infringing software patents held by Mformation Technologies. There goes $US147 million in damages for the BlackBerry manufacturer — more cash it can't afford to lose.
Google's Nexus 7 is the best new way to spend 250 bucks: it's fast, slick, and expensive-feeling. But it also manages to infringe a stack of Nokia patents in the process...allegedly.