Patents by Inventor Conrad A. Shultz

Conrad A. Shultz has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200410134
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide a privacy mechanism to protect user data when transmitting the data to a server that estimates a frequency of such data amongst a set of client devices. In one embodiment, a differential privacy mechanism is implemented using a count-mean-sketch technique that can reduce resource requirements required to enable privacy while providing provable guarantees regarding privacy and utility. For instance, the mechanism can provide the ability to tailor utility (e.g. accuracy of estimations) against the resource requirements (e.g. transmission bandwidth and computation complexity).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Abhishek Bhowmick, Andrew H. Vyrros, Umesh S. Vaishampayan, Kevin W. Decker, Conrad Shultz, Steve Falkenburg, Mateusz Rajca
  • Publication number: 20200379616
    Abstract: Systems and methods for proactively identifying user interface objects (e.g., internet links) directed to information of interest to the user and displaying the identified user interface objects in a user interface on an electronic device are disclosed herein. In one aspect, the method includes receive, via a user input device, a user input within a user interface of an internet browser application and displayed on the display of the electronic device; and in response to the user input, display, within the user interface, a first set of one or more user interface objects, each providing a suggested internet link obtained from one or more data sources, different than the internet browser application, on the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventors: Alan S. Hshieh, Conrad A. Shultz, Karl Christian Kohlschuetter, Mateusz K. Rajca, Oluwatomiwa Alabi, Raymond S. Sepulveda, Shawn D. Moon, Zachary G. King, Garrett M. Davidson
  • Patent number: 10776511
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide a privacy mechanism to protect user data when transmitting the data to a server that estimates a frequency of such data amongst a set of client devices. One embodiment uses a differential privacy mechanism to enhance a user experience by inferring potential user preferences from analyzing crowdsourced user interaction data. Based on a statistical analysis of user interactions in relation to various features or events, development efforts with respect to application behavior may be refined or enhanced. For example, user interactions in relation to the presentation of content such as content from online sources may be analyzed. Accordingly, presentation settings or preferences may be defined based on the crowdsourced user interaction data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin W. Decker, Conrad Shultz, Steve Falkenburg, Mateusz Rajca, Abhishek Bhowmick, Andrew H. Vyrros, Umesh S. Vaishampayan
  • Publication number: 20200210512
    Abstract: An electronic device: displays a website settings interface provided to edit a plurality of a presentation settings for at least one website among a plurality of websites within a web browsing application, including concurrently displaying: a first website representation and a user-modifiable control for selecting a first value for a presentation setting for the associated website; and a second website representation and a user-modifiable control for selecting a second value for the presentation setting for the associated website, where the second value is not associated with a previously received user preference and the second value is set according to a predetermined value for the presentation setting; and in response to detecting an input that ceases display of a website associated with the second website representation, ceases to display include the second website representation within the website settings interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Conrad A. Shultz, Mateusz K. Rajca
  • Publication number: 20200143038
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, the method includes: detecting, via the one or more input devices, a request to display information for password protected accounts; and, in response to detecting the request, concurrently displaying, on the display device: a representation of a first password protected account that is associated with a credential having one or more security issues, wherein the representation of the first password protected account is visually associated with an alert indicator indicating the one or more security issues associated with the credential of the first password protected account; and a representation of a second password protected account that is associated with a credential having one or more security issues, wherein the representation of the second password protected account is visually associated with an alert indicator indicating the one or more security issues associated with the credential of the second password protected account.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Conrad A. Shultz, Richard J. Mondello, Reza Abbasian, Ivan Krstic, Darin Adler, Charilaos Papadopoulos, Maureen Grace Daum, Guillaume Borios, Patrick Robert Burns, Alexander David Sanciangco, Brent Michael Ledvina, Chelsea Elizabeth Pugh, Kyle Brogle, Marc J. Krochmal, Jacob Klapper, Paul Russell Knight, Connor David Graham, Shengkai Wu, I-Ting Liu, Steven Jon Falkenburg
  • Patent number: 10635738
    Abstract: An electronic device: displays a website settings interface provided to edit a plurality of a presentation settings for at least one website among a plurality of websites within a web browsing application, including concurrently displaying: a first website representation and a user-modifiable control for selecting a first value for a presentation setting for the associated website; and a second website representation and a user-modifiable control for selecting a second value for the presentation setting for the associated website, where the second value is not associated with a previously received user preference and the second value is set according to a predetermined value for the presentation setting; and in response to detecting an input that ceases display of a website associated with the second website representation, ceases to display include the second website representation within the website settings interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Conrad A. Shultz, Mateusz K. Rajca
  • Patent number: 10616464
    Abstract: A method of automatically activating a camera application implemented in a mobile device in locked mode starts with the processor receiving a first signal from an accelerometer. The device's processor activates the camera application when the processor determines that the mobile device has remained in a stationary portrait or landscape position for a period of time based on the first signal. Activating the camera application includes signaling by the processor to the display device to display a camera screen from a locked screen. The processor may also receive a second signal from a proximity sensor that detects presence of a nearby object to the mobile device. When the processor determines that there is presence of the nearby object to the mobile device based on the second signal, the mobile device remains in locked mode and the processor does not activate the camera application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Conrad A. Shultz
  • Patent number: 10599867
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide a privacy mechanism to protect user data when transmitting the data to a server that estimates a frequency of such data amongst a set of client devices. In one embodiment, a differential privacy mechanism is implemented using a count-mean-sketch technique that can reduce resource requirements required to enable privacy while providing provable guarantees regarding privacy and utility. For instance, the mechanism can provide the ability to tailor utility (e.g. accuracy of estimations) against the resource requirements (e.g. transmission bandwidth and computation complexity).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Abhishek Bhowmick, Andrew H. Vyrros, Umesh S. Vaishampayan, Kevin W. Decker, Conrad Shultz, Steve Falkenburg, Mateusz Rajca
  • Publication number: 20190372989
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to user authentication. In some embodiments, a first computing device receives, from a second computing device, a request for a user credential to be input into an authentication prompt associated with the second device. The first computing device determines a proximity associated with the second computing device based on a received wireless location beacon and, based on the request and the determined proximity, presents a selection prompt asking a user of the first computing device to select a user credential stored in the first computing device. The first computing device then provides the selected user credential to the second computing device to input into the authentication prompt. In some embodiments, the first computing device receives the wireless location beacon from a remote controller of the second computing device and determines a proximity based on a signal strength associated with the received location beacon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2018
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Conrad A. Shultz, Alexander D. Sanciangco, Brent M. Ledvina, Chelsea E. Pugh, Kyle C. Brogle, Marc J. Krochmal, Maureen G. Daum, Reza Abbasian, Richard J. Mondello, Jacob S. Klapper
  • Publication number: 20190370457
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a method is performed at an electronic device with a display device and one or more input devices. The method includes displaying, via the display device, a user interface that includes a new-password field. The method includes detecting, via the one or more input devices, a user input that corresponds to selection of the new-password field. In response to detecting the user input that corresponds to selection of the new-password field, the method includes displaying, on the display device, a representation of a new automatically-generated password in the new-password field and displaying, on the display device, an affordance to accept the new automatically-generated password and an affordance to decline to use the new automatically-generated password.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Conrad A. Shultz, Richard J. Mondello, Reza Abbasian, Ivan Krstic, Darin Adler, Charilaos Papadopoulos, Maureen Grace Daum, Guillaume Borios, Patrick Robert Burns, Alexander David Sanciangco, Brent Michael Ledvina, Chelsea Elizabeth Pugh, Kyle Brogle, Marc J. Krochmal, Jacob Klapper, Paul Russell Knight, Connor David Graham, Shengkai Wu, I-Ting Liu, Steven Jon Falkenburg
  • Publication number: 20190020801
    Abstract: A method of automatically activating a camera application implemented in a mobile device in locked mode starts with the processor receiving a first signal from an accelerometer. The device's processor activates the camera application when the processor determines that the mobile device has remained in a stationary portrait or landscape position for a period of time based on the first signal. Activating the camera application includes signaling by the processor to the display device to display a camera screen from a locked screen. The processor may also receive a second signal from a proximity sensor that detects presence of a nearby object to the mobile device. When the processor determines that there is presence of the nearby object to the mobile device based on the second signal, the mobile device remains in locked mode and the processor does not activate the camera application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventor: Conrad A. Shultz
  • Publication number: 20180373803
    Abstract: An electronic device: displays a website settings interface provided to edit a plurality of a presentation settings for at least one website among a plurality of websites within a web browsing application, including concurrently displaying: a first website representation and a user-modifiable control for selecting a first value for a presentation setting for the associated website; and a second website representation and a user-modifiable control for selecting a second value for the presentation setting for the associated website, where the second value is not associated with a previously received user preference and the second value is set according to a predetermined value for the presentation setting; and in response to detecting an input that ceases display of a website associated with the second website representation, ceases to display include the second website representation within the website settings interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Conrad A. Shultz, Mateusz K. Rajca
  • Publication number: 20180349637
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide a privacy mechanism to protect user data when transmitting the data to a server that estimates a frequency of such data amongst a set of client devices. One embodiment uses a differential privacy mechanism to enhance a user experience by inferring potential user preferences from analyzing crowdsourced user interaction data. Based on a statistical analysis of user interactions in relation to various features or events, development efforts with respect to application behavior may be refined or enhanced. For example, user interactions in relation to the presentation of content such as content from online sources may be analyzed. Accordingly, presentation settings or preferences may be defined based on the crowdsourced user interaction data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Kevin W. Decker, Conrad Shultz, Steve Falkenburg, Mateusz Rajca, Abhishek Bhowmick, Andrew H. Vyrros, Umesh S. Vaishampayan
  • Patent number: 10051168
    Abstract: A method of automatically activating a camera application implemented in a mobile device in locked mode starts with the processor receiving a first signal from an accelerometer. The device's processor activates the camera application when the processor determines that the mobile device has remained in a stationary portrait or landscape position for a period of time based on the first signal. Activating the camera application includes signaling by the processor to the display device to display a camera screen from a locked screen. The processor may also receive a second signal from a proximity sensor that detects presence of a nearby object to the mobile device. When the processor determines that there is presence of the nearby object to the mobile device based on the second signal, the mobile device remains in locked mode and the processor does not activate the camera application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Conrad A. Shultz
  • Patent number: 10037216
    Abstract: Systems and methods for disabling one or more plugins associated with a browser application are provided. In one exemplary method, a plugin is installed on an electronic device, and the device receives data from a data source, where that data is associated with the installed plugin. Whether the installed plugin meets a disabling criteria is determined. In accordance with a determination that that the installed plugin meets a disabling criteria: performance of a function with the installed plugin is foregone; and it is reported to the data source that the installed plugin is not installed on the electronic device. In accordance with a determination that the installed plugin does not meet the disabling criteria, the function is performed with the installed plugin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Decker, Conrad Shultz, Steven Falkenburg, Darin Adler, Richard Mondello, Craig M. Federighi, Patrick L. Coffman, Jessie Berlin
  • Publication number: 20170280035
    Abstract: A method of automatically activating a camera application implemented in a mobile device in locked mode starts with the processor receiving a first signal from an accelerometer. The device's processor activates the camera application when the processor determines that the mobile device has remained in a stationary portrait or landscape position for a period of time based on the first signal. Activating the camera application includes signaling by the processor to the display device to display a camera screen from a locked screen. The processor may also receive a second signal from a proximity sensor that detects presence of a nearby object to the mobile device. When the processor determines that there is presence of the nearby object to the mobile device based on the second signal, the mobile device remains in locked mode and the processor does not activate the camera application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Inventor: Conrad A. Shultz
  • Patent number: 9571714
    Abstract: A method of automatically activating a camera application implemented in a mobile device in locked mode starts with the processor receiving a first signal from an accelerometer. The device's processor activates the camera application when the processor determines that the mobile device has remained in a stationary portrait or landscape position for a period of time based on the first signal. Activating the camera application includes signaling by the processor to the display device to display a camera screen from a locked screen. The processor may also receive a second signal from a proximity sensor that detects presence of a nearby object to the mobile device. When the processor determines that there is presence of the nearby object to the mobile device based on the second signal, the mobile device remains in locked mode and the processor does not activate the camera application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Conrad A. Shultz
  • Publication number: 20160357583
    Abstract: Systems and methods for disabling one or more plugins associated with a browser application are provided. In one exemplary method, a plugin is installed on an electronic device, and the device receives data from a data source, where that data is associated with the installed plugin. Whether the installed plugin meets a disabling criteria is determined. In accordance with a determination that that the installed plugin meets a disabling criteria: performance of a function with the installed plugin is foregone; and it is reported to the data source that the installed plugin is not installed on the electronic device. In accordance with a determination that the installed plugin does not meet the disabling criteria, the function is performed with the installed plugin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Inventors: Kevin DECKER, Conrad SHULTZ, Steven FALKENBURG, Darin ADLER, Richard MONDELLO, Craig M. FEDERIGHI, Patrick L. COFFMAN, Jessie BERLIN
  • Patent number: 9483574
    Abstract: A content application includes one or more content list panels. The content application provides mechanisms that allow the user to easily manage article representations included in the content lists such as adding article representations a content list and editing the items directly in menus associated with the content lists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin W. Decker, Darin Benjamin Adler, Steven J. Falkenburg, Raymond Sepulveda, Craig Federighi, Steve O. Lemay, Patrick Coffman, Andreas Wendker, Brian Croll, Chan Karunamuni, Conrad Shultz
  • Publication number: 20160301843
    Abstract: A method of automatically activating a camera application implemented in a mobile device in locked mode starts with the processor receiving a first signal from an accelerometer. The device's processor activates the camera application when the processor determines that the mobile device has remained in a stationary portrait or landscape position for a period of time based on the first signal. Activating the camera application includes signaling by the processor to the display device to display a camera screen from a locked screen. The processor may also receive a second signal from a proximity sensor that detects presence of a nearby object to the mobile device. When the processor determines that there is presence of the nearby object to the mobile device based on the second signal, the mobile device remains in locked mode and the processor does not activate the camera application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Publication date: October 13, 2016
    Inventor: Conrad A. Shultz