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May 22, 2019

Federal judge rules Qualcomm violated antitrust rules

Roughly five months after the Federal Trade Commission and Qualcomm entered the courtroom over charges that Qualcomm engaged in anti-competitive behavior, a federal judge has sided with the FTC. In a decision shared Tuesday night, US District Judge L…
 
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May 9, 2019

Microsoft patented a braille-displaying controller accessory for the blind

Those rows of dots would display in-game text as finger-readable braille dots.

Last year, Microsoft released its highly customizable Adaptive Controller as a way to further engage with gamers facing a variety of “limited mobility” disabilities. But a newly surfaced patent first filed in 2017 shows the company was also looking into a braille-compatible controller aimed at visually impaired gamers.

Microsoft’s patent for a “Braille chording accessory for a game controller” describes a device that would attach to the back of what looks in diagrams to be a standard Xbox One controller, adding “a [...]

 
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May 8, 2019

A generic HIV prevention drug should arrive in 2021

Pharmaceutical giant Gilead has agreed to release its exclusive patent to manufacture and sell the HIV-prevention drug Truvada. This means we could see a generic version of the pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) on the market earlier than expected. T…
 
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May 7, 2019

Microsoft envisions an Xbox controller with Braille

Microsoft is clearly invested in adaptive gaming controllers. Its Xbox Adaptive Controller for Xbox One and PC was the star of its latest Super Bowl ad. The company spent more than a year designing accessible packaging, and it recently teamed up with…
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