Google patents social media helper

If maintaining your presence on social media is becoming a burden, Google may be able to help.

Google wants to patent splitting the check

They won't do evil, but Googlers will patent human, normal day, people stuff like, say, how do you divide a restaurant check between four people. Yes, Google has applied for a patent for splitting the check, presumably for a mobile app. They pay people really good money at Google, and give them great perks.

Shielding mesh networks from prying government eyes

Employing a mesh network configuration allows users to form their own networks without a centralized infrastructure - making them inherently resistant to censorship, surveillance and disruption.

Psst... wanna used iTunes collection?

Apple is at least considering a system to allow customers to sell or lend their iTunes content.

Google Glass to include bone conduction sound technology

More details are emerging of Google Glass, the company's augmented reality display technology, which now looks set to include a bone-conduction speaker.

Apple patent outlines laser-powered depth perception system

A recently discovered patent application outlines an Apple-designed system that uses lasers and image sensors to facilitate a sense of depth perception.

Report: TSMC building A6X chips for Apple

The Taiwanese-based TSMC has reportedly been tapped to manufacture future batches of Apple ARM-based A6X chip that currently powers Cupertino's most recent iPad.

Foxconn designs an ejectable mouse-trackpad

A notebook with a removable trackpad that works like a mouse?

Microsoft eyes augmented reality glasses

Microsoft appears to be working on an augmented reality headset of its own, similar to Google's Project Glass.

Samsung patent fight spreads to iPad Mini

The iPad Mini's likely to become the target of a patent suit, with Samsung seeking permission to add it to the list of iOS devices it's targeting.

Apple files theft detection patent

In future, Siri could shriek 'Help! Help', when someone tries to steal your iPhone from your pocket.

Microsoft sued over Windows 8 Live Tiles

Microsoft's being sued for patent infringement over the Live Tile interface in Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

Patent office changes mind about crucial Apple patent

The US Patent and Trademark Office has reviewed one of the Apple patents that led to a $1.05 billion ruling against Samsung - and decided that it isn't valid after all.

Samsung claims Apple juror was biased

Samsung is attempting to have the recent $1 billion patent verdict in favor of Apple thrown out, on the basis that the foreman of the jury was biased.

Google eyes "smart glove" technology

Google is apparently eyeing a heavily augmented reality future with initiatives like Project Glass.

Japan rules Samsung didn't infringe Apple patent

  The latest country to rule on whether Samsung's been infringing an Apple patent, Japan, has decided that it didn't.

Motorola files new patent claims against Apple

Motorola Mobility, now owned by Google, has filed new patent claims against Apple. They include the assertion that Apple's voice assistant, Siri, is based on Motorola technology.

Judge asks Apple and Samsung to strike their own deal

If Lucy Koh pulls this one off, we'll have to ask her to sort out the Middle East.

Judge overturns massive patent penalty against RIM

A Californian judge has overturned a widely-criticized ruling that RIM infringed an Mformation patent.

Patent award against RIM could make all smartphones unaffordable

As if it wasn't having a bad enough time already, RIM's been ordered to pay out $147.2 million in damages to Mformation Technologies over patents related to the remote management of wireless devices.