Thursday, 31 May 2012

[TechRepublic] 10 wild new patents from IBM, Google, Microsoft and more

Cracking Open

TechRepublic Member | May 31, 2012

Editor's note
Gina Smith looks at 10 patents awarded to Google, Microsoft, IBM and others that may give us a glimpse of future. Check out galleries below for more amazing tech patents. --Bill

10 wild new patents: The future of tech?

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Fantastic folding laptop designs

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