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The curved screens of Samsung's Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus helped them stand out in the smartphone crowd, but it's clearer than ever that the company doesn't have a lock on the idea. Apple is exploring the concept as well: it just received a patent for a technique that molds thin glass into bent or

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Sometimes, a patent grant is less about the technology itself than what it could mean for others. Case in point: a newly granted Apple patent for a \"mini-SIM connector.\" The design complements earlier work and represents a straightforward approach to a SIM slot that prevents damage from inserting

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Keeping map data relevant's a full-time job -- just ask Nokia, Google and, yes, even Apple. Which is why Microsoft may be gearing up to offload some of that heavy lifting to users in the augmented reality guise of mobile gaming. Or at least that's one possible future outlined by a recently surfac

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The US Patent and Trademark Office tentatively invalidated Apple's so-called rubber-banding patent back in October, and it looks like it's now done so again with one of the company's key multitouch-related patents. According to FOSS Patents, the USPTO has issued an Office Action rejecting all 20 c

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We already know what some of you are thinking, but that doesn't change the reality on the ground: Apple has been granted a design claim patent for a \"portable display device\" that looks a whole lot like the original iPad. Filed just a day before the big reveal in 2010, it's both specific to the ta

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