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Samsung president JK Shin announces Galaxy Gear. Photo: Samsung

Samsung president JK Shin announces Galaxy Gear. Photo: Samsung

While its profits may be falling on the back of weak smartphone sales, it’s not all bad news for Samsung. The South Korean company has been named the most reputable company in the U.S. technology industry in the Reputation Institute’s latest RepTrak report.

Who's really ahead in innovation? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Who’s really ahead in innovation? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

In an effort to prevent rivals from stealing its ideas, Apple patents everything it invents — from the iPhone and the iPad, to app icons and even “magic” tactile gloves. But compared to its biggest competitors, Apple’s patent portfolio from 2015 looks surprisingly bare.

Microsoft, Sony, Google, and LG have all outrank Apple in the patent department this year, while arch rival Samsung has absolutely crushed it.

Yes, Microsoft bought another one of your favorite apps. Photo: 6Wunderkinder

Yes, Microsoft bought another one of your favorite apps. Photo: 6Wunderkinder

Microsoft’s devouring of our favorite mobile apps continues today with the acquisition of 6Wunderkinder, makers of popular task management app Wunderlist.

The buyout, which comes just four months after Microsoft acquired Sunrise, will help the software continue its mission to reinvent productivity in a mobile-first world, it says.

Microsoft apps will now be pre-loaded on more Android devices. Photo: Microsoft

Microsoft apps will now be pre-loaded on more Android tablets. Photo: Microsoft

Microsoft today announced that 20 new companies will now be pre-loading its apps and services on Android devices sold by them.

Cortana in action on Android. Screenshot: Cult of Android

Cortana in action on Android. Screenshot: Cult of Android

The battle between virtual assistants is about to hot up again as Microsoft Cortana prepares to go cross-platform to take on Siri and Google Now. The intelligent virtual assistant will be arriving on Android and iOS later this year, but you can get a sneak peek in the video below.

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