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HTC smartphones pulled from sale in UK during patent row

HTC smartphones pulled from sale in UK during patent row

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HTC has stopped offering its phones for sale in the UK while it is involved in an intellectual property dispute.The Taiwanese company's online store currently lists all of its models as "out of stock" despite the fact they remain available in other nations.HTC has been involved in a long-running dispute with research and development company Ipcom over a wireless technology developed for car phones.To resolve it, HTC agreed to sell only mobiles with a workaround in the UK.However, Munich-based Ipcom has alleged it carried out tests earlier this year that showed no workaround had been implemented. It said HTC had failed to "play by the rules" and had displayed "disregard for the law by contravening...
Uber applies for patent to spot drunk passengers

Uber applies for patent to spot drunk passengers

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Taxi app company Uber has applied for a patent to use artificial intelligence to determine how drunk potential passengers might be.The app used to summon rides could also feed other information to the driver, including a passenger's location, how accurately they are typing and even the angle they are holding their phone at.It could help drivers who do not want to pick up inebriated riders.But critics said it could also be used to identify vulnerable passengers.According to the application to the US patent office, the system would spot "uncharacteristic user activity".Uber does not have the best track record when it comes to collecting data. In 2014 it was revealed the company used a software program known as God View to monitor r...