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Asus will now pre-install Microsoft apps on its Android devices

Microsoft has expanded its patent-licensing deal with Taiwanese hardware maker Asus. The revised terms will permit Asus to pre-install Microsoft’s Office productivity suite on its Android smartphones and tablets. Conversely, Microsoft also gains access to Asus’ patent portfolio. …

Google and Microsoft settle five-year patent dispute

Google and Microsoft have agreed to bring an end to their five-year dispute over patents related to smartphone and video game technology, dismissing about 20 active lawsuits in the US and Germany. Financial terms of the arrangement weren’t disclosed.

Apple patent points to Siri-like assistant for OS X

MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMacs could get their own Sir-like personal assistant in the near future, according to a patent application published by the US patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) last week. Titled Intelligent digital assistant in a desktop…

Google patents contact lenses with embedded camera

Google has filed a patent application with the USPTO for embedding micro cameras into contact lenses, according to TechCrunch. Although the technology can have multiple uses, the one that definitely stands out is the ability to enable users to take…