Patent application hints that Microsoft's folding phone could have three screens

Since December, we’ve shown you a few patents related to Microsoft’s Project Andromeda, which is a folding phone that turns into a tablet, and vice versa. Some believe that this is the long-awaited Surface Phone long rumored to be coming from the software giant. A new patent application from Microsoft reveals that the company might use three screens for the device, including a small display right in the hinge.

The images from this patent application show two large displays on either side of the device. In the middle, where the outer screens fold in, is a narrow display that would show information …


ZTE submits application to the Commerce Department asking it to suspend U.S. export ban

ZTE, the Chinese smartphone and network equipment manufacturer that is banned from receiving U.S. exports until March 2025, has filed an application with the U.S. Commerce Department seeking the suspension of the ban. Perhaps we should recap for those coming in late to the story. In 2017, ZTE was fined $1.19 billion by the Commerce Department for selling goods and services to Iran and North Korea. Additionally, the company was banned from receiving U.S. exports for seven years, although that part of the punishment was stayed as long as ZTE wrote those involved a letter of reprimand and withheld …

Apple files patent application for an eye tracking system designed for its AR glasses

Apple is rumored to be developing a device that one ex-Wall Street analyst thinks will be bigger than the iPhone. We are talking about Apple’s AR glasses that are expected to be named Apple Glasses. The vice chairman of contract manufacturer Quanta, the company that manufacturers the Apple Watch and other Apple devices, says that the wearable could launch by the end of next year. Reportedly, the device has a codename of T2888 and will use the reality Operating System (rOS).

While Apple has not confirmed the existence of such a device, or even that it is working on AR glasses, CEO Tim Cook …

Android P's arrival will mean the end of Samsung's Movie Maker application

The writing, as they say, is on the wall. The latest version of Samsung’s Movie Maker application, built-in on many Galaxy devices, includes an “End of service” notice. What it says is that once Android P is rolled out to these Galaxy phones, the Samsung Movie Maker will go bye-bye. All of the projects that you’ve been working on will also disappear. Samsung suggests that before you update to Android P, you should transfer your video projects. However, you do have quite a while before taking care of this; Android P won’t hit your Galaxy phone until the middle of 2019.

Besides the screenshot …

Jobs' 1973 job application sells for a cool $174,757 at auction

Nearly a week ago, we told you about a piece of tech history that was being auctioned off online by RR Auction. To be sold to the highest bidder was a job application for an unknown position, that was filled out by Steve Jobs in 1973. Roughly three years later, Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple Computer. Four years after that, Jobs was a millionaire when his company went public. However, back in 1973, when Jobs filled out the application, he didn’t own a car or a phone, and he wrote that access to transportation was “possible but not probable.”

When we last checked in at the auction, …

It's happening, Samboys! Galaxy Note 9 trademark application filed up… in Columbia

Samsung has applied for a “Galaxy Note 9” trademark… in Columbia, together with trademarks of all of its recent smartphones there. The date stamp on the filing says March 12, and, while we are still a few months away from the actual announcement, this is the first tangible proof that a Note 9 is coming, straight from the horse’s mouth.

From Columbia to the USPTO it’s only a stone throw away, but when Samsung files on US soil, we will know that the unveiling is imminent, and will inform you accordingly. As a reminder, the Note 9 is expected to sport the 6.3″ display of the Note …

Steve Jobs' 1973 job application surfaces at online auction; current bid is $50K

The amazing thing about history is that you can see what subsequently happened. Take an auction that is currently being held online by a company called RR Auction. Bidding ends on March 15th and one of the items up for grabs is a 1973 job application from Steve Jobs. The current high bid is $50,000. The document is written out in hand and the 18-year old Jobs lists Reed College as his address. His major is English Lit., according to the document. Ironically, in light of future events, he doesn’t have a phone.

Jobs goes on to state on the application that he has a driver’s license, but access …

Microsoft patent application could lead to a smaller notch for future iOS and Android handsets

Microsoft has applied for a patent application that could result in a smaller notch on future versions of the Apple iPhone X. The technology that the patent application covers would combine the front-facing camera and infra-red camera into one sensor. There are other advantages to doing this besides saving space. The technology in the patent would allow infra-red sensors to be placed in a camera alongside visible light sensors. This would allow the phone to collect infra-red data and visible light data at the same time, without parallax issues disrupting depth calculations.

The patent, named …

Images from Samsung patent application allegedly show the foldable Samsung Galaxy X

Just the other day, we passed along some more information about the foldable Samsung Galaxy X. One report stated that the device will look like a phone at rest, and when unfolded, it becomes a tablet with a 7.3-inch screen. Yesterday, the President of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business, DJ Koh, said that issues with the UX have forced Sammy to delay the launch of the Galaxy X to 2019.

Today, sketches of the Samsung Galaxy X have been released by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization). They are from a filing made by Samsung back on June 14 of last year. The product has one …

Microsoft patent application explains why the company wants to produce a folding phone

Over the last week or so, we’ve passed along some of the latest information regarding a folding device that could be released as soon as next year by Microsoft’s Surface division. With telephonic capabilities, and the phone-like size that the product transforms into, there is no telling exactly what Microsoft will call it. However, we might get some sense of what the thinking is in Redmond by reading part of a recent patent application that was filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The patent application includes plenty of drawings showing a free-stop 360 degree …