AMD may be developing hybrid chips similar to ARM’s big.LITTLE and Intel’s Foveros designs

It’s been nearly a decade since ARM introduced its big.LITTLE chip designs that allow a single processor to use two or more different CPU cores. The name comes from the idea that you could pair “big” high-performance cores with “LITTLE” energy-efficient cores to get the best of both worlds – speed when you need it […]

This could be what the new Moto Razr folding phone looks like

Smartphones with folding displays are all the rage these days, but it looks like different phone makers may be different approaches. Royole’s FlexPai smartphone folds in half so that part of the phone’s 7.8 inch display becomes a 4.5 inch screen. Samsung’s upcoming foldable will bend the other way… so that the tablet-sized screen is […]

US regulators investigate Nintendo Switch patent infringement allegations

Nintendo has a way of thinking outside the box when it comes to game consoles. While Sony and Microsoft tend to duke it out to see who can pack the most power into their latest gaming boxes, Nintendo has focused on oddball features like motion controllers and a balance board (Wii), a dual screen mobile […]

Motorola patents self-healing screen tech for smartphones

Motorola already sells phones with shatterproof (but scratch-prone) displays. What’s next? Phones with self-healing screens… maybe. The company has filed a patent application for a “method and device for detecting fascia damage and repairing the same.” In plain English? It’s a self-healing screen that can repair cracks and scratches. But it’s unclear if Motorola will […]

Is Facebook working on a modular smartphone? (Project Ara-resurrected)

Facebook may be the dominant social networking site on the planet, and one of the biggest players in online advertising. But despite years of rumors of a so-called “Facebook Phone,” the company’s efforts in that space have been pretty lackluster so far. But according to Business Insider, it looks like Facebook may be working on […]

Supreme Court: Patent holders can’t block resale of products (like printer cartridges)

The United States Supreme Court has issued a ruling that could have wide implications for the sale of used and refurbished products. Printer maker Lexmark had sued a company called Impression Products for patent infringement. Impression had been buying used Lexmark printer ink cartridges sold at low pries abroad, and then refilling and selling them in […]