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BlackBerry smartwatches? Timex and BlackBerry announce patent license deal

BlackBerry doesn’t make its own smartphones anymore. Instead the company licenses its intellectual property to companies including TCL and Optiemus who build and sell phones like the BlackBerry KeyOne and DTEK60. Now it looks like BlackBerry may be planning a similar move for smartwatches. Maybe. Timex and BlackBerry announced a patent license agreement this week, […]

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Lilbits (6-16-2014): Testing new Bay Trail gear

A number of new products featuring Intel Bay Trail processors are hitting the streets this summer, including Chromebooks, Windows tablets, Android tablets, and 2-in-1 systems. Thanks to some devices Asus and Acer loaned me, I’ll be testing some of each in the coming weeks. Today an Acer Switch 10 Windows 2-in-1, Asus C200 Chromebook, Asus […]

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Google, Samsung announce 10 year patent cross-licensing deal

At a time when mobile companies often seem to prefer litigation to licensing, Samsung and Google have announced that they’ve signed a 10 year cross-licensing agreement for existing and future patents. It’s not sure if this covers all patents from the companies, but it does mean we’re a bit less likely to see lawsuits fly between […]

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Imagination buys MIPS, brings CPU and GPU designs under one rooft

Graphics chip designer Imagination Technologies has acquired CPU designers MIPS Technologies for $60 million. The move mean we’ll start to see more MIPS-based tablets, smartphones, and other devices soon… or maybe it won’t. MIPS Technologies designs low power processors that can be used in a range of devices including TVs and cable boxes as well […]

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Apple to Samsung: build non-rectangular tablets and Bedazzle them

When a judge holds up a Samsung Galaxy Tab and iPad side-by-side and the company’s own lawyers can’t tell the difference, you know things aren’t going well. Fortunately, Apple was kind enough to offer up a few helpful hints for the design crew at Samsung to assist them in their quest to avoid future litigation. […]

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Patent Wars cheat sheet

The patent wars have been heating up recently, with Apple suing Samsung in Europe and Australia to try and prevent the sales of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets, and Google planning to acquire Motorola for $12.5 billion, largely to obtain the company’s patent portfolio — even though only 18 of the 17,000 patents may actually […]