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Apple Prevents "Patent Troll" Early to Address Threats of USB Patents

Apple filed a lawsuit against Fundamental Innovation Systems International (FISI) on Tuesday requesting a California court to establish that Apple has not violated a number of USB Power patents held by FISI. FISI, patented by Apple for patent litigation revenue, acquired from BlackBerry a portfolio of royalty patents that it holds against several technology giants, including LG, Samsung and Huawei, …

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How to find out the field of view of a drone

Do you know what happens when I get a new toy? Physics happens. I can not stop, it's just the way I am. In this case, the toy is a DJI Spark drone (it was a birthday present). I always wanted a drone that could do cool stuff. The one I had before was basically just a toy. But with …

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Apple Maps launches redesigned data collection website

As part of its effort to "build up Apple Maps from scratch," Apple has been gathering data at street level for more than three years with LiDAR-equipped vehicles. Apple also used staff carrying backpacks with LiDAR equipment to collect pedestrian data in California from the end of last year. As these efforts spread throughout the world, Apple has recently switched …

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This bird-like robot uses thrusters to float on two legs

We humans envy birds because of their seemingly effortless flying ability and their ability to win endless amounts of bread in parks of old people. But between these two states, there is a middle ground – rising on forces and floating on two feet – which we like to overlook: birds are a kind of hybrid. To walk over difficult …

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With the new 911 Porsche improves the incorrigible again

While throwing the car into a sweeping left turn in 19459004, Mark Webber expresses his sympathy for the people who made this round possible. "I feel terrible for future Porsche engineers," he says, hauling 450 hp over the red and white curbs of Spanish circuit Ricardo Tormo. On the way to a time that corresponds to his status as a …

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Facebook was late on the phone. Now mobile is its future

When Facebook applied for a publicly traded company almost exactly seven years ago, its social network barely extended beyond the desktop. For most of 2012, mobile users accounted for a small fraction of all people on the network. The mobile app did not display any ads. Facebook was frequently hailed for its sluggish mobile strategy, and its move away from …

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