The Wrap: Intel drone investment, faster in-flight WiFi, IFA preview

Intel has invested millions of dollars in a Chinese drone maker as it hopes to catch up to Google and Amazon. 

In-flight WiFi will speed up now that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has cleared in-flight Internet provider Gogo to roll out updated technology later this year.

The IFA consumer electronics show kicks off next week in Berlin. We expect Samsung to debut its Gear S2 smartwatch. High dynamic range (HDR) televisions will be the latest gimmick from TV manufacturers.  

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Apple to help US military build flexible hybrid electronics

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Intelligence everywhere is the mantra of our increasingly connected planet and nowhere is this more apparent than in news Apple and others will help the US military develop wearable technologies.

The Pentagon today announced plans to work with Apple, Boeing, Harvard and 160 others within the newly announced Flexible Hybrid Electronic Institute. The aim is to use high-end printing technologies to “create stretchable electronics that could be embedded with sensors and worn by soldiers, a defense official said,” as reported by Reuters.

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Apple, Samsung battle to the end over payment of damages

It may take some time for Apple to see any damages from its patent infringement dispute with Samsung Electronics.

Apple is asking a district court to order Samsung to pay more than $548 million in damages in a patent dispute between the two companies that dates back to 2011.

But Samsung has fired back asking the court to declare invalid the claim of an Apple patent also known as the pinch-to-zoom patent, which figured in the lawsuit, or to stay proceedings.

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decided in December that claims of an Apple patent had been found invalid, according to Samsung’s filing.  The South Korean company also wants a vacation of damages awarded to Apple in connection with the patent.

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Mirrativ app can live stream anything on your phone

Mobile gaming company DeNA has launched a live streaming app that lets users stream anything on their smartphones, from chats to apps and video. 

Mirrativ goes beyond popular video live streaming apps like Periscope and Meerkat, as well as console-oriented Twitch, because it can broadcast smartphone screen content instead of just live feeds from the camera or video games. 

A blend of the words “mirror” and “narrative,” Mirrativ will mirror the content of the broadcaster’s screen on those of followers. The broadcaster can receive feedback in real time in the form of stars, questions or comments. 

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