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Amazon patents noise-cancelling headphones with hazard alerts

Amazon has been granted a patent for a pair of noise-cancelling headphones that can automatically mute themselves when in an emergency situation. They solve the problem of headphones disconnecting you from your surroundings, keeping you aware of hazards.

Kim Dotcom to revive Megaupload

Wellington - Internet mogul Kim Dotcom has announced plans to relaunch his Megaupload empire in 2017, exactly five years after US authorities shut it down over allegations of massive copyright piracy.

Man says he invented the iPhone 20 years ago, sues Apple for $10b

A man has filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging the company's iPhone, iPad and iPod products infringe on his designs for an "Electronic Reading Device" created over 20 years ago. He is seeking over $10 billion in damages from the company.

Samsung patents smartwatch that projects display onto your hand

Samsung has developed a concept smartwatch that projects an image of its display onto the wearer's hand. The idea increases the size of the display, letting developers create more complex apps and allowing users to type with more precision.

Gilead wins controversial patent for hepatitis drug

Non-governmental organizations and health campaigns have reacted with dismay to the news that the drugs company Gilead has secured a patent for a hepatitis drug to be marketed in India.

Facebook wins China trademark suit

Bejing - US social network Facebook has won a trademark case in China against a local company, state media reported Monday, weeks after a court ruled against tech giant Apple in a similar suit over its iPhone brand.

Apple could tell you when autocorrect destroys a text message

Autocorrect can dramatically speed up typing speed on mobile devices. It's not without its problems though and can insert a wrong correction or autocorrect things that should be left alone. Apple wants to fix that, letting you know when it makes mistakes.

U.S. judge bans sale of Samsung phones in meaningless patent case

Apple has won a victory in its patent dispute with Samsung as a U.S. court has ruled Samsung should be banned from selling its smartphones in the country. The case is meaningless though because the phones are all years old and the patents almost invalid.

Kim Dotcom calls U.S. a 'bully' as court hearing wraps up

Wellington - Internet mogul Kim Dotcom's marathon extradition hearing ended in New Zealand on Tuesday, edging his four-year battle to avoid being sent to the United States closer to a conclusion.

French film-maker Besson ripped off 'Escape from New York': Court

Paris - French film-maker Luc Besson was found guilty earlier this year of plagiarising cult classic "Escape From New York" with his sci-fi thriller "Lockout", according to documents seen by AFP on Friday.

iPhone processors infringe on patents, Apple may face $862m fine

Apple could be fined as much as $862 million for being found guilty of infringing on patents owned by the University of Wisconsin. Several of Apple's recent processor designs used the technology without proper licensing.

Microsoft and Google agree to settle long-running patent dispute

Two of Silicon Valley's largest companies have agree to put an end to legal battles that have lasted years. Microsoft and Google opted not to reveal exact details of the deal which settles patent disputes over smartphones and games consoles.

Apple's iPhone 7 changes may include a farewall to 3.5mm headsets

A recent Apple patent filing has suggested that the company could be planning to drop the 3.5mm headphone jack from its iPhone 7, replacing it with an ultra-slim 2mm version instead. The change isn't the first time Apple has moved ports about.

Nintendo may be heading back towards the game cartridges of old

Nintendo has filed a patent for a games console that stores its content on memory cards, harking back to the days of the cartridge-based Nintendo 64 of 20 years ago. It's unclear whether the company intends to use the tech in its upcoming "NX" device.

Apple could lose $500m as patent in Samsung lawsuit ruled invalid

The United States Patent & Trademark Office has ruled that a patent held by Apple on the design of the iPhone 3GS is actually invalid. The decision will prove critical in the company's lawsuit against Samsung, alleged to have infringed on Apple's patents.

Tokyo 2020 logo designer apologises in new plagiarism row

Toukyo - The designer of Tokyo's 2020 Olympics logo has apologised after admitting his team traced the designs used for a Suntory promotion campaign, as he faces plagiarism allegations over the Games design.

Airbus patents supersonic jet

Airbus might have plans on developing a supersonic jet that could make it from London to New York in just one hour. Regular commercial flights take around seven to eight hours to complete the journey.

Silicon Valley unites to defend Samsung against Apple patent case

Several Silicon Valley technology companies have stepped up to help Samsung win its ongoing patent dispute with Apple. The group has filed a "friend of the court" letter to help argue Samsung's case. Apple claims that it infringed on multiple patents.

Apple patent looks in your bank account to target advertising

Apple has filed a patent for technology that would hook directly into the contents of your bank account to make advertising even more targeted than it is today. It would mean Apple would only display adverts for products that you can afford.

iPhone 7 may ditch the plastic antenna strips

A new patent granted to Apple suggests that it may have solved the issue of the plastic antenna strips on the iPhone 6, making the unsightly bands across the metal chassis a thing of the past on the upcoming iPhone 7 while maintaining signal strength.

Yes, there is a correct way to hang toilet paper

One of the biggest disagreements in modern families today is how to hang the toilet paper. How the roll hangs is right up there with whose turn it is to take out the trash or walk the dog one last time before going to bed.

This is Google's patent for a creepy, watching smart teddy bear

It has emerged that Google has filed a patent for a "smart teddy bear" that could listen to your conversations, watch your movements and control media devices. It would have built-in speakers, cameras and microphones but Google's intentions are not clear.

Microsoft and Nokia Lumia phones violate patents, rules judge

An ITC judge has ruled that Lumia-branded Windows Phone smartphones built by Nokia and Microsoft violate patents held by licensing firm InterDigital. Microsoft plans to appeal but failure could lead to an import ban on Lumia phones in the US.

Taking videos on iPhone might be about to get a whole lot better

Apple has been granted a patent for a new light-splitting, three-sensor camera system, Apple Insider reports, which could pave the way for a higher quality photos and videos in the iPhone.

Hospital challenges the patenting of genes

Toronto - Who owns your genes? You? Big Pharma? Or should it be for the public good? At present the balance is with the company that patents the genetic material. Is this right? Not according to an Ottawa hospital.

Op-Ed: The patent gene debate: who owns your genes?

The Federal Court of Australia has rejected an appeal of a ruling that allows companies to patent isolated human genes. This reignites the debate: who owns your genes - you or the company that extracts them?

Microsoft files patent for touchscreen game control layout

Microsoft has filed a patent for a new control scheme for touchscreen mobile devices that resembles console controllers with two 'thumbsticks' at the bottom corners of the screen and what can only be called shoulder buttons at the top of the display.

Apple and Google make peace — for now

Smartphone companies Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss lawsuits they had brought against each other over technology patents. This brings to an end years of arguing in the courts.

Apple, Google call truce in smartphone patent war

San Francisco - Google and Apple, the two technology titans behind the world's top smartphone platforms, called a truce in a long-running patent war.

Microsoft apparently planning a smartwatch for two years now

Surprise surprise, Microsoft is in the smartwatch race as well, at least that's what their patent shows. Can they actually deliver the smartwatch they're planning on? If they can, it could be smarter than all of its competitors.
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NEW PATENT: The Airbus supersonic jet is designed to reach speeds of up to Mach 4.5.
NEW PATENT: The Airbus supersonic jet is designed to reach speeds of up to Mach 4.5.
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Samsung s smart watch design shows a flexible screen
Samsung's smart watch design shows a flexible screen
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Here's a diagram of the sensor provided in the patent application via Apple
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The flying machine the Wright brothers patented.
The flying machine the Wright brothers patented.
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A Microsoft patent filing for a touchscreen game controller layout reminiscent of an Xbox controller
A Microsoft patent filing for a touchscreen game controller layout reminiscent of an Xbox controller
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Google's patent filing for a "smart" internet-connected teddy bear
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