Motorola’s Moto G6 Play leaked in regulatory filing

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Motorola’s Moto G6 was absent from this week’s Mobile World Congress, thus missing the obvious annual refresh time frame after last year’s G5 was announced at the show. Presumably, the G6 and G6 Plus are still due sometime in the coming weeks; the series is known for representing perhaps the best value in midrange phones. During MWC, Motorola teased that something is on the way, but before the official unveiling, a Moto G6 Play phone has been leaked by Taiwanese certification agency NCC, as noted by TrendyTechz. (I don’t choose the blog names, people.)

The company typically tacks “Play” onto a phone’s name to signal that it has long battery life, and that appears to be the case again here. The G6 Play is expected to have a 4,000mAh…

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Spotify claims twice as many paid subscribers as Apple Music in its IPO filing

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The leading music-streaming service Spotify confidentially filed IPO documents with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission last December, and now the filing has gone public…. Read the rest of this post here

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Spotify’s public filing reveals key stats about the streaming giant

Spotify quietly signaled its intention to become a publicly traded company in December of last year, even though several lawsuits over licensing were looming. Now the streaming service has filed for a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange, an…
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Dropbox’s IPO filing reveals 500M users but a $1 billion deficit

In a move reminiscent of Snap's IPO journey, Bloomberg sources claimed last month that Dropbox had quietly filed to become a public company. Suspicious hires last year had tipped their hand, and we waited to see what would happen for a company valued…
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Updated Apple TV Trademark Filing Hints at More Advanced Gaming Capabilities

An updated Apple TV trademark from Apple points to the coming possibly working on making the HDMI streaming box a better gaming machine. The patent was filed under international class 028 which is specifically related to gaming consoles. Continue reading
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Apple leaks new iPads in regulatory filing, suggesting imminent release

Apple has requested and received permission from the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) to market previously unknown iPad models, reports Consomac (via AppleInsider), a regulatory step that typically signals a release of new hardware within one to two weeks. Dated February 19, the EEC’s list mentions A1893 and A1954 models of Apple tablet computers running iOS 11, models that do not correspond with existing iPads.

Rumors of new iPad models are fairly continuous, as Apple has been known to release updated tablets anywhere from March through September. The September 2015-vintage iPad mini 4 is the company’s oldest model, but the $ 329 9.7-inch iPad released in March 2017 seems most likely to receive an update. Questionable rumors late last year suggested that Apple was considering a $ 259 version of the 9.7-inch model to maintain iPad sales in the face of declining demand.

The EEC filing provides no further detail on the A1893 and A1954 models, but it should be noted that Apple typically releases two versions of each iPad: One with cellular capabilities, the other without cellular, and each with its own model number. Consequently, there’s a decreased likelihood of those model numbers representing both an iPad and an iPad mini, or two different models of iPad Pro. As Consomac notes, the filing also contains additional tablet models preceded by CC, and iPhone models starting with AA, which do not conform with standard Apple model naming conventions.

Apple updated the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and replaced the 9.7-inch iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch model last June. The company generally does not replace devices until at least a year after initial introduction. References to an unreleased “Modern iPad” in beta versions of iOS 11.3 are thought to reference a fully redesigned iPad Pro model with Face ID, akin to the iPhone X.

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LG patent filing shows foldable smartphone designs

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ZTE recently launched a foldable smartphone in the Axon M, and Samsung has said that it’s planning to launch its own foldable phone in 2019. Now it looks like LG may be getting into the foldable smartphone game, too.

LG has filed for a patent related to a foldable phone with a flexible display. The patent was filed on July 7, 2017 and published on January 12, 2018.

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The patent shows two different designs for this foldable device. The first (above) shows a phone that can be unfolded to show a large display and when folded up, it can display information on its back. 

The second design (below) is similar in that the device can be unfolded to show a large display and then folded up to reduce its size. The difference with the second design is that when the phone is folded, there appears to be a small sliver of screen still shown that can be used to display the time and other info.

LG foldable smartphone alternate design patent

There’s been some interest in foldable phones from companies like ZTE and Samsung, so it’s no surprise to learn that LG is considering that form factor, too. It does have its benefits, like being able to offer users a bigger display when they want it but then folding the phone into a smaller footprint when they don’t need a big phone. It’s unclear if we’ll ever actually see a foldable smartphone from LG, but these patents show that the company is at least thinking about such a device. – Latest videos, reviews, articles, news and posts

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2018) will actually be called A8 (2018), Bluetooth filing reveals

For whatever reason, it looks like Samsung is ready to change the branding for its A series smartphones. The successors to the Galaxy A5 (2017) and A7 (2017) will not be called A5 (2018) and A7 (2018), as you’d expect. A few days ago we found out that the latter of those two is actually going to go by the name A8+ (2018), and now it’s time to see what its sibling will be named. It turns out that the device we’ve so far been referring to as the Galaxy A5 (2018) will be sold by Samsung as the Galaxy A8 (2018). It has the model number SM-A530, which means it’s definitely supposed to be next… – Latest articles

Why are scientists filing lawsuits against their critics?

Scientific disputes traditionally have been settled by time and experiment, but lately researchers are using the judicial system to resolve what appear to be fundamentally scientific issues, or to defend themselves against critiques of their work. The latest such case was filed by Mark Jacobson, a climatologist at Stanford University, who wants $ 10 million from the first author and publisher of a recent critique of his work.

Jacobson’s paper, which he co-wrote with colleagues, was called “Low-cost solution to the grid reliability problem with 100% penetration of intermittent wind, water, and solar for all purposes.” In it, he argued that computer models show the U.S. could switch to a completely green energy grid by about 2055. It was…

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Classic Nintendo Game Boy Is Coming, Trademark Filing Suggests

Nintendo may be on the verge of releasing a Classic edition of its iconic Game Boy, a new trademark filing suggests.

The Japanese video game company filed a trademark in its home country on Sept. 15, which included an image of the original 1989 Game Boy. The filing flew under the radar until recently, when Japanese news sites first spotted the application. You can see the patent below, via a Japanese trademark Twitter bot.

It’s worth noting that the trademark application doesn’t specifically use the “Game Boy” name as part of its filing, as Kotaku points out, but the image of the classic handheld system is hard to mistake for literally anything else. The filing does cover a variety of “home video game console” programs, “programs for smartphones,” and various clothing and accessory items such as watches, necklaces, smartphone covers and cases, and key holders.

The Game Boy isn’t the only iconic Nintendo system that has been trademarked in recent months, either. In July, the company filed a similar trademark application that included an image of the Nintendo 64 controller.

As for why the company is filing these patents, Nintendo could just be attempting to prevent third-party companies from using the likeness of the Game Boy or the Nintendo 64 for non-affiliated products. But the possibility that’s obviously more exciting is that Nintendo is on the verge of releasing a Game Boy Classic Edition, or even a Nintendo 64 Classic Edition console.

The Japanese game company had success with its recent NES Classic Edition and Classic SNES Mini systems, and while the Game Boy form factor isn’t exactly ideal for miniaturization, a Classic Edition of its iconic handheld seems like the next logical step. That move seems even more likely as the 30th anniversary of the first Game Boy will happen in 2019.

To add further fire to these rumors, in a recent interview with Business Insider, Nintendo SVP Doug Bowser said that the Classic Edition series is “clearly” part of Nintendo’s strategy. “We’ve seen the power of retro games and the affinity towards them … so it’s a part of the plan.”

Additionally, the trademark listing can be viewed on the Japan Platform for Patent Information website.

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