Apple and Google have agreed to drop a long-running legal dispute over patents.

Since 2010, the iPhone maker and Motorola - which was bought by Google in 2012 - have been fighting several lawsuits across the globe, and claiming that the other had copied its smartphone technology.

"Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies," a joint statement said.

"Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform."

The agreement marks the end of around 20 remaining actions in the US and Germany.

However, the move does not mean complete harmony between the pair, as the deal does not include an agreement to license their technology to each other.

It also does not resolve the wider issues for Android manufacturers such as Samsung, who was recently ordered to pay Apple $119.6m (£71m) for a series of patent infringements.

Lenovo is currently in the process of taking over Motorola Mobility for $2.91 billion (£1.83bn), although Google will retain rights to the "vast majority" of its patent portfolio.


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Google Now has added a new type of info card that will provide billing reminders.

The latest info card works by extracting details from Gmail inboxes, according to Android Police who first reported the reminders.

Screenshots show that bills are displayed with the biller's name, amount due, the date it's due and a link to the email.

It's claimed that a 'Pay Now' option linking to the biller's payment website is available with some companies.

Google is currently rolling out the latest info card to devices, although it's not clear whether it will be available in all regions.

Earlier this year, Google also added an info card telling drivers where they parked their car.


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Pinterest has been valued at $5 billion after raising an additional $200 million in its latest round of funding.

The virtual pinboard service said in a statement that the capital will be invested in technology, international expansion and its advertising programme.

Companies including SV Angel, Bessemer Venture Partners, Fidelity, Andreessen Horowitz, FirstMark Capital, and Valiant Capital Partners provided the latest investment.

Pinterest, which has raised a grand total of $764 million since launch, was valued at $3.8 billion during its last round of funding in October 2013.

Founded in March 2010, Pinterest is a social media platform that allows users to pin pictures to themed boards dedicated to topics including travel, sports and inspirational quotes.

Its success has influenced other web services to rethink the way they present visual information, with eBay adding a 'Collections' section in the US, allowing users to create "visual stories" with items found on the auction website.


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Apple has rolled out a batch of incremental updates for its OS X, iTunes and iOS Podcasts services.

The company's desktop operating system has received a host of security patches, enhanced support for 4K displays, and improved syncing of contacts and calendars using a USB connection.

iTunes version 11.2 makes it easier for desktop users to search out podcasts, while the Podcasts iOS service has introduced Siri support.

Podcasts also saves the user's favourite episodes and auto-deletes files once they have been played to save storage space.

Users will be prompted to download the new updates automatically, but they can be accessed manually via the Mac App Store and Apple's support website.

Apple is expected to announce new Mac hardware at its Worldwide Developers Conference, which commences on June 2.

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Columbia University has embarked on a research project that aims to make iOS software compatible with Android devices.

The institute's Software Systems Laboratory has developed an "operating system compatibility architecture" called Cider that lets Android tablets and smartphones run native Apple software.

Cider is more complex than a standard emulator, using compile-time code adaptation to convert iOS code into a language the Google operating system can understand.

The system works without altering code or optimising the apps, which can even interface with the native software and hardware components of Android.

Cider has not been optimised for consumer use, but serves to demonstrate how iOS software could potentially run on other platforms.

Apple is likely to oppose a consumer version of the system due to its 'walled garden' ethos, but it fits in with the open nature of Google's Android.


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Microsoft is planning to make more Xbox announcements prior to the E3 gaming expo.

The company recently announced plans to sell the Xbox One without Kinect, Games with Gold for Xbox One and Halo 5: Guardians.

According to head of Xbox Phil Spencer, the firm is planning a few more announcements prior to next month's event in Los Angeles.

"There are a few things coming prior to E3," Spencer tweeted. "Show is getting set so easier to see what we want to talk about prior."

Spencer said that Microsoft needed to make some announcements early because there were some "special" things planned for E3.

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FIFA 14 has overtaken Titanfall to return to the top of the all-format gaming chart.

It's FIFA 14's 12th week as number one, breaking the 11 week series record set by FIFA: Road to the World Cup 98.

Only a few hundred sales behind, Titanfall slips to second, above the debuting Minecraft: PS3 Edition in third and its Xbox 360 counterpart in fourth.

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil and Call of Duty: Ghosts remain in fifth and sixth, above The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which drops four places despite the release of the Xbox One version.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe is this week's second highest new entry at 16, charting above Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and Thief.

The top 20 in full:

1. (2) FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts)
2. (1) Titanfall (Electronic Arts)
3. (-) Minecraft: PS3 Edition (Sony)
4. (4) Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Microsoft)
5. (5) 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (Electronic Arts)
6. (6) Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision)
7. (3) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Activision)
8. (7) The LEGO Movie Videogame (Warner Bros Interactive)
9. (8) Battlefield 4 (Electronic Arts)
10. (13) Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar Games)
11. (11) Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare (Electronic Arts)
12. (9) LEGO: The Hobbit (Warner Bros)
13. (10) LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Warner Bros Interactive)
14. (14) Infamous: Second Son (Sony)
15. (15) Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes (Konami)
16. (-) Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Nintendo)
17. (17) Assassin's Creed 4 (Ubisoft)
18. (16) Thief (Square Enix)
19. (12) Bound by Flame (Focus Home Interactive)
20. (18) Batman: Arkham Origins (Warner Bros Interactive)

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YouTube has reportedly struck a deal to buy Twitch for more than $1 billion.

According to Variety, an official announcement from the Google-owned video sharing platform is imminent.

However, The Wall Street Journal claims that the two companies are still in early talks and not likely to announce a deal just yet.

Since launching in 2011, Twitch has notched up more than 1 million unique users a month who use the service to live stream games from consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

If finalised, the acquisition would boost YouTube's presence in the live streaming sector and would be one of the site's biggest deals since Google took it over in 2006.

Twitch recently achieved a new record, attracting 108,000 unique users broadcasting from the Xbox One Twitch app, accounting for more than a fifth of all unique broadcasters during the same period.

Fans clocked up 2.7 million minutes of Twitch streaming during the app's first day, which is more than any other Twitch console app at launch.

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NBA 2K15 will feature an expanded Euroleague lineup, with 11 additional teams added to this year's instalment.

Developer 2K Sports has announced that the game will feature 25 teams from the highest level of professional basketball in Europe, including FC Bayern Munich, JSF Nanterre and Partizan NIS Belgrade.

It was recently announced that Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has been chosen as the cover athlete for the game.

NBA 2K15 will make its North American debut on October 7 for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Its predecessor, NBA 2K14, was named the best-selling next-generation sports title to date by the NPD group.

A UK release date for NBA 2K15 is yet to be announced.

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Nintendo is seemingly planning to lift the lid on a mystery 3DS title at E3 2014.

Invites for the firm's press events indicate that it will hold Q&A sessions dedicated to Super Smash Bros and a new game for its handheld system, CVG reports.

Super Smash Bros director Masahiro Sakurai will field questions from reporters on June 10, while the 3DS title will have its own dedicated event the following day.

Nintendo previously confirmed that it will not be hosting a stage this year's E3, instead delivering a Nintendo Direct presentation on June 10.

Sony will hold its E3 press conference on June 9 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, with Microsoft's Xbox-themed presentation taking place on the same day.

EA and Ubisoft's press conferences will also occur on the Monday.

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