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Motorola fails in attempted Xbox 360 ban

A US judge has thrown out Motorola’s attempt to ban the Xbox 360 over an alleged patent dispute. The BBC reports that Motorola was attempting to claim $4bn a year due to an alleged breach of its connectivity and video-coding patents. The judge argued that the patents have been recognised …

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Sony patents Move/Dualshock controller hybrid

Although patents don’t always point to final products, a freshly published Sony patent points to an interesting possible design for the PS4. As spotted by The Sixth Axis, the new hybrid design combines the traditional Dualshock controller with the Move motion controller. Diagrams show a fairly conventional joypad that has …

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Patent allows Kinect to watch you, monitor your content usage

A freshly unearthed Microsoft patent entitled ‘Content Distribution Regulation by Viewing User’ will likely not appeal to fans of 1984. The idea is that Kinect (or any compatible camera source) will effectively observe users viewing content they have acquired and ensure that they are complying with the license. Breaches of …

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Apple ordered to run Samsung apology ads

A UK judge has ordered Apple, to publicly apologise to rival Samsung. That comes after it was ruled last week that Samsung’s Galaxy tablet range does not infringe on Apple iPad patents, despites Apple’s court allegations. In Apple’s words the Galaxy line blatantly imitates the appearance of Apple’s products to …

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UPDATE: Gaikai sued over alleged patent infringement

T5 Labs is attempting to sue cloud gaming firm Gaikai in the Delware courts. It alleges that the Sony-owned company has committed and continues to commit acts of infringement” in the region. It is demanding a jury trial. The complaint revolves around US Patent 8,203,568 called Sharing a Graphical Processing …

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Now Microsoft patents wearable controllers

A new Microsoft patent has added to the body of evidence suggesting Xbox 720 will be anything other than conventional. Back in June it was revealed that Microsoft included virtual reality headset technology in a leaked Xbox 720 roadmap document. Then last week a patent emerged based on an Environmental …

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Are full living-room 3D environments Microsoft’s next-gen aspiration?

Bear in mind that many people are still unable to play Kinect because their living room is too small. With that thought nestled firmly in your consciousness, take a look at one of Microsoft’s more ambitious gaming patents. Spotted by CVG, it’s called the Environmental Display and uses advanced projection …

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Microsoft rejects Motorola settlement offer

A proposed settlement offer from Motorola has been rejected by Microsoft as the pair’sw legal tussle continues. Having successfully won a block on Xbox 360 sales in Germany(pending the outome of the US trial), Motorola’s patent claim against the console now threatens to ban the machine from the US. CVG …

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Ads that pause gameplay – coming to PS3?

Technology that pauses gameplay to display advertisements has been filed in a patent by Sony Computer Entertainment America. The tech would work by effectively pausing any in-progress game and forcing an ad to be displayed on screen for a pre-defined period of time. It is described by SCEA as "a …

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Judge recommends Xbox 360 ban in US

Microsoft’s patent dispute with Motorola just got significantly more serious with the threat of a US ban on the console. The legal tussle between the pair saw the Xbox 360 console blocked from distribution in Germany earlier this month. Now Judge David Shaw of the International Trade Commission has recommended …

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