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Apple-backed patent consortium settles lawsuit with Google

The patent-holding consortium Rockstar — which includes Apple among its members, alongside Microsoft, BlackBerry and others — has reached a settlement with Google.<p>In a lawsuit filed last October, Rockstar alleged that Google was infringing on 7 different search-related patents, which had been …

Sing Christmas carols with R2-D2 cookie jar

Grab a Star Wars gingerbread cookie from this R2-D2 treat jar and be rewarded with beeping carols of "Jingle Bells," "Deck the Halls" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."<p>Get into the holiday spirit this year with the help of everyone's favorite "Star Wars" droid, R2-D2. This R2-D2 Caroling Treat …

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Google Maps offers more info about destinations and alternate routes

Earlier this month, Google Maps for Android received the requisite Material Design update and tacked on in-app restaurant reservations for good measure (in the US). A new version is rolling out, and with it comes some handy features to lend a hand with those navigation needs. The app will display …

Elon Musk shows off rockets with 'X-wings' and landing pads in the sea

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk couldn't resist showing off some of his new toys on Twitter yesterday. First up is the latest version of SpaceX's reusable Falcon 9R rocket, which is now fitted with a set of four independently adjustable fins. Or, as Musk described them: real-life "X-wings." The …

Samsung requesting ITC to ban the sale of Nvidia chips, including Tegra

For those keeping a tally in the ongoing patent wars, two of the newest contenders are Samsung and Nvidia. Two months ago, Nvidia filed a lawsuit against Samsung, which resulted in a Samsung countersuit a week ago. Samsung has now decided to turn it up a notch, and has now requested the US …

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