Patents by Inventor Kevin Decker

Kevin Decker 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).

  • Patent number: 10387104
    Abstract: The present aspects relate to audio management for a web browser. For example, an electronic device such as a mobile device may enable a user to navigate to a webpage within a web browser. In some embodiments, the webpage may automatically initiate presentation of audio content. However, the user may wish to quickly silence the audio content that is playing without locating the media player controls of the audio content within the webpage. Accordingly, the present aspects provide audio control for a web browser. Specifically, an audio control affordance may be displayed at a noticeable and recognizable position or area in the web browser, and based on a determination that a webpage includes audio content and/or determination of playback of the audio content. The user may in turn readily adjust a property of the audio content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Decker, Steven Falkenburg, Alan Hshieh, Patrick L. Coffman, Ada Chan, Richard Mondello, Chanaka G. Karunamuni
  • Publication number: 20190220243
    Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying an icon representation of a webpage are provided. In one exemplary method, while displaying a web browser, an electronic device receives a request to display an icon representation of a webpage. In response to receiving the request, the device determines whether the webpage provides access to an image that meets predefined quality standards. In accordance with a determination that the webpage provides access to an image that meets predefined quality standards, the device displays the high-quality image as an icon associated with the webpage at a respective location in the web browser. In accordance with a determination that the webpage does not provide access to an image that meets the predefined quality standards, the device identifies other content associated with the webpage, generates a generated icon based on the content, and displays the generated icon at a respective location in the web browser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Kevin DECKER, Ada CHAN, Steven FALKENBURG, Chanaka G. KARUNAMUNI, Richard MONDELLO, Patrick L. COFFMAN
  • Patent number: 10318095
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses that automatically detect availability of a reader mode for article content in a web page addressed by a URL are described. Availability detection may be progressively performed such that cheap operations are performed first to reduce the need to perform more expensive ones. A retrieval status of the web page may be detected to determine when enough content has been retrieved to initiate a detection of the reader mode for the web page. A reader indicator may be presented in a user interface of a browser if the availability of the reader mode is detected. A user of the browser may be noted with an alternative presentation of the article content from the web page in addition to a presentation of the whole web page by the browser. If the reader mode of the web page is not available, no reader indicator may be present in the browser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: David Frank Harrison, Jing Jin, Kevin Decker, Michael Paul Thole, Dan Bernstein
  • Patent number: 10296175
    Abstract: A novel method for graphically organizing and displaying multiple pages of internet content based on how the page was accessed. Pages are determined to be indirectly accessed if they were accessed via a hypertext link or a trail of hypertext links. Pages are determined to be directly accessed if accessed via other means, such as a bookmark or via Uniform Resource Locator (URL). Page groupings are created for each directly accessed page, and each indirectly accessed page is categorized into a grouping associated with a directly accessed page containing a link through which the indirectly accessed page was accessed. The web pages are presented to the user in an interface that is a graphical representation of the page groupings, wherein a user selects a page to view by first selecting the page's page grouping and then selecting the page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Decker, John William Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10275116
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing and managing docked browser tabs are provided. In one exemplary method, a webpage may be open in a first tab in a browser application on an electronic device. In response to one or more inputs, the state of the webpage in the first tab may be changed. A user may request to open the webpage in a second tab that is different from the first tab; and it may then be determined whether the first tab is a docked tab and whether the webpage is associated with a docked tab. In accordance with a determination that the webpage is associated with a docked tab and that the first tab is a docked tab, the webpage is presented with the state of the webpage in the first tab. In accordance with a determination that the webpage is associated with a standard tab and that the first tab is not a docked tab, the webpage may be presented in the second tab with a state different from the state of the webpage in the first tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Decker, Ada Chan, Steven Falkenburg, Chanaka G. Karunamuni, Richard Mondello, Patrick L. Coffman
  • Patent number: 10223458
    Abstract: Techniques and solutions for provided for generating web content magazines. For example, a web content magazine can be generated by obtaining a user-specific interest model for a particular user, determining a reading time period, obtain web content that can be read by the user within the reading time period, processing the obtained web content to generate a web content magazine, and providing the web content magazine for display. The web content magazine can contain an amount of content that can be read by the user within the reading time period according to the user's reading speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Decker, Peter Frank Hill, Saral Jain
  • Patent number: 10185782
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses that identify one of a plurality of modes from a web page associated with a document received at a browser are described. An identified mode may correspond to a user interface configuration. A portion of content may be extracted from the document for a presentation configured by the user interface configuration. A presentation of the extracted content may be displayed on a display screen while excluding a reset of the document without displaying the web page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Decker, Giovanni Donelli
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20160357823
    Abstract: Search results are improved, in one embodiment, through the use of subscription information about the status of a subscription to content. The subscription information can be transmitted to a cloud storage service used by a user account of a device; later, a search query from the device causes the receipt of search results from a search using the subscription information and these search results can show the status of the subscription such as whether the content is playable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Inventors: Anshu Chimalamarri, John Homkvist, Kevin Decker, Steve Falkenburg
  • Publication number: 20160357507
    Abstract: The present aspects relate to audio management for a web browser. For example, an electronic device such as a mobile device may enable a user to navigate to a webpage within a web browser. In some embodiments, the webpage may automatically initiate presentation of audio content. However, the user may wish to quickly silence the audio content that is playing without locating the media player controls of the audio content within the webpage. Accordingly, the present aspects provide audio control for a web browser. Specifically, an audio control affordance may be displayed at a noticeable and recognizable position or area in the web browser, and based on a determination that a webpage includes audio content and/or determination of playback of the audio content. The user may in turn readily adjust a property of the audio content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Inventors: Kevin DECKER, Steven FALKENBURG, Alan HSHIEH, Patrick L. COFFMAN, Ada CHAN, Richard MONDELLO, Chanaka G. KARUNAMUNI
  • Publication number: 20160357363
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing and managing docked browser tabs are provided. In one exemplary method, a webpage may be open in a first tab in a browser application on an electronic device. In response to one or more inputs, the state of the webpage in the first tab may be changed. A user may request to open the webpage in a second tab that is different from the first tab; and it may then be determined whether the first tab is a docked tab and whether the webpage is associated with a docked tab. In accordance with a determination that the webpage is associated with a docked tab and that the first tab is a docked tab, the webpage is presented with the state of the webpage in the first tab. In accordance with a determination that the webpage is associated with a standard tab and that the first tab is not a docked tab, the webpage may be presented in the second tab with a state different from the state of the webpage in the first tab.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Inventors: Kevin DECKER, Ada CHAN, Steven FALKENBURG, Chanaka G. KARUNAMUNI, Richard MONDELLO, Patrick L. COFFMAN
  • Publication number: 20160349937
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses that automatically detect availability of a reader mode for article content in a web page addressed by a URL are described. Availability detection may be progressively performed such that cheap operations are performed first to reduce the need to perform more expensive ones. A retrieval status of the web page may be detected to determine when enough content has been retrieved to initiate a detection of the reader mode for the web page. A reader indicator may be presented in a user interface of a browser if the availability of the reader mode is detected. A user of the browser may be noted with an alternative presentation of the article content from the web page in addition to a presentation of the whole web page by the browser. If the reader mode of the web page is not available, no reader indicator may be present in the browser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: David Frank Harrison, Jing Jin, Kevin Decker, Michael Paul Thole, Dan Bernstein
  • Patent number: 9355079
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses that automatically detect availability of a reader mode for article content in a web page addressed by a URL are described. Availability detection may be progressively performed such that cheap operations are performed first to reduce the need to perform more expensive ones. A retrieval status of the web page may be detected to determine when enough content has been retrieved to initiate a detection of the reader mode for the web page. A reader indicator may be presented in a user interface of a browser if the availability of the reader mode is detected. A user of the browser may be noted with an alternative presentation of the article content from the web page in addition to a presentation of the whole web page by the browser. If the reader mode of the web page is not available, no reader indicator may be present in the browser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: David Frank Harrison, Jing Jin, Kevin Decker, Michael Paul Thole, Dan Bernstein
  • Patent number: 9350786
    Abstract: A new resource address is registered in response to input received from a user. The user is then notified when a visually non-empty portion of content from the resource address has been loaded into a viewing area of the content viewing application. The notification cues the user to direct his/her attention to the viewing area of the content viewing application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Decker, Timothy G. Hatcher, Michael P. Thole
  • Patent number: 9292177
    Abstract: In addition to conveying a completion status of a task to a user, a progress bar can display a visual indication that the task is substantially complete (e.g., essential elements of a web page are loaded) followed by another visual indication that informs the user that a particular feature or functionality has been enabled. For example, in addition to displaying a visual cue (e.g., a rocket effect) when a triviality threshold indicating that the task is complete to a threshold degree, another indicator can be displayed in response to determining that a status of a feature has been modified. Determining that the status of the feature is modified when the triviality threshold is met and thus displaying the other visual indicator immediately following the visual indication produces a dramatic visual cue in directing the user's attention to the visual enablement of the feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Damian Kaleta, Kevin Decker
  • Patent number: 9104296
    Abstract: Some embodiments relate to providing an improved progress indicator in a graphical user interface. In addition to conveying a completion status of a task to a user, an improved progress indicator in some embodiments can convey additional information about the task to the user. For example, some embodiments can display a visual cue when a triviality threshold indicating that the task is “substantially complete” is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Damian Kaleta, Kevin Decker, Dan Bernstein, Beth Dakin, Simon Fraser, Samuel Weinig, Dave Hyatt, Geoffrey Garen
  • Publication number: 20140359412
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses that identify one of a plurality of modes from a web page associated with a document received at a browser are described. An identified mode may correspond to a user interface configuration. A portion of content may be extracted from the document for a presentation configured by the user interface configuration. A presentation of the extracted content may be displayed on a display screen while excluding a reset of the document without displaying the web page.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin Decker, Giovanni Donelli
  • Publication number: 20140327681
    Abstract: Animation control methods and systems. In one embodiment, a method to control animations includes receiving data representing content of a page (e.g. a web page), detecting, from the data, whether the page includes animated content, determining whether to halt execution of the detected animated content, and halting execution of the animated content if a determination to halt was made. In one implementation, the content can be configured into a document object model (DOM) and decisions to halt or not to halt can be made on a node-by-node basis within the DOM. In one implementation, the animated content can be allowed to execute for a shortened duration (e.g. in order to allow a user to see it) and then is halted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Decker, Jing Jin
  • Patent number: 8806325
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses that identify one of a plurality of modes from a web page associated with a document received at a browser are described. An identified mode may correspond to a user interface configuration. A portion of content may be extracted from the document for a presentation configured by the user interface configuration. A presentation of the extracted content may be displayed on a display screen while excluding a reset of the document without displaying the web page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Decker, Giovanni Donelli