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Google patent filing tips an improved pattern unlock experience

Android users already have several options when it comes to securing their lockscreen. Some of those include face unlock, pin codes and patterns. The catch is that you often have to give up on another convenience when you choose to go the secure lockscreen route. One of those conveniences is quick launching to an app. But with that in mind, judging from details found in a USPTO filing -- that may soon be changing.

Samsung GALAXY S 4 cannot be added in ongoing Apple patent suit

Back in mid-May Apple was attempting to add the GALAXY S 4 to the ongoing patent suit with Samsung and it looks like a decision has recently been returned. In short, Apple is not permitted to add the GALAXY S 4 to the list of devices that are said to be infringing patents. The decision was returned by US Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal who happened to have some interesting comments on the topic.

Google Face Unlock patent adds facial expressions to Android security

The ongoing debate about how secure and realistic face unlock is on Android is still a hotly discussed topic. However, Google is exploring new and improved systems that could help improve the security as we unlock our smartphones and tablets. The easy to fool (with a picture) Face Unlock feature could soon be getting facial features and expressions to help bolster the security method.

Apple patents curved battery tech – so much for a Nexus smartwatch

Today we're learning that the folks up at Apple headquarters have just secured another patent that could be a huge deal in our mobile future. Apple has just patented some form of "curved battery" technology. With mobile devices growing to all shapes and sizes, and wearable computing (like Google Glass) taking off, this could be a big win for Apple in the courtroom.
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