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: 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
  • Patent number: 8769398
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Decker, Jing Jin
  • Patent number: 8656295
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, methods and computer program products are described for automatically resizing or repositioning an area of interest, identifying a portion of a document for display, so that the area of interest aligns with one or more edges of a structural element in the document. A method is provided that includes receiving input to resize (or reposition) an area of interest associated with a clipping of content. The clipping displays a portion of a document corresponding to the area of interest. The document has a plurality of structural elements. A boundary associated with a structural element in the document is determined. The area of interest is automatically resized (or repositioned) based on the boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Decker
  • Publication number: 20140026034
    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: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David Frank Harrison, Jing Jin, Kevin Decker, Michael Paul Thole, Dan Bernstein
  • Patent number: 8600967
    Abstract: An automatic organization into topics for a browsing history. In one embodiment, a system identifies groups of browsing actions as related, and clusters the browsing history (e.g. a web browsing history) into sessions based on heuristics used to determine relationships. Latent semantic analysis can be used to determine the relationships which can be considered topics. User interfaces for displaying or otherwise presenting these sessions can include icons representative of topics, and these icons can have different sizes depending on a frequency of web page visits within a topic. The topics can be displayed in time ranges or in a cover flow view or both time ranges and cover flow view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jing Jin, Kevin Decker, Timothy Hatcher, Raymond Sepulveda, Michael Thole
  • Patent number: 8555155
    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: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David Frank Harrison, Jing Jin, Kevin Decker, Michael Paul Thole, Dan Bernstein
  • Publication number: 20130246962
    Abstract: An improved progress bar can convey a completion status of a task to a user in a manner that properly manages the expectations of the user. A browser application can overestimate a time to load a web page and thereby cause a completion status indicator in a progress bar to increment at a slower rate. The rate at which the completion status indicator increments can be adjusted as the browser application updates its estimation of the remaining load time. By underreporting the completion status of the task (i.e., loading the web page), the chances of the completion status indicator stalling towards the end of the progress bar are minimized, thereby allowing the user's expectations of completion of the task to be property managed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Damian Kaleta, Kevin Decker
  • Publication number: 20130235044
    Abstract: In addition to conveying a completion status of a task to a user, an improved progress bar can convey additional information about the task to the user. For example, some embodiments can present a type of animation in the progress bar conveying a rate at which the task is being completed. A different type of animation can represent performance of a task at a different rate. For example, a different animation may be displayed when a web page is loading at 5 Mb/s as opposed to when the web page is loading at 0.5 Gb/s. Further, in some embodiments, different types of animation can represent different types of tasks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Damian Kaleta, Kevin Decker, Chanaka Karunamuni
  • Publication number: 20130239039
    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: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Damian Kaleta, Kevin Decker, Dan Bernstein, Beth Dakin, Simon Fraser, Samuel Weinig, Dave Hyatt, Geoffrey Garen
  • Publication number: 20130239040
    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: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Damian Kaleta, Kevin Decker
  • Publication number: 20130191709
    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: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Decker, John William Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8375319
    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: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Decker, Timothy G. Hatcher, Michael P. Thole
  • Patent number: 8347230
    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: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Decker, John W. Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20110302510
    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: June 4, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventors: David Frank Harrison, Jing Jin, Kevin Decker, Michael Paul Thole, Dan Bernstein
  • Publication number: 20110191344
    Abstract: An automatic organization into topics for a browsing history. In one embodiment, a system identifies groups of browsing actions as related, and clusters the browsing history (e.g. a web browsing history) into sessions based on heuristics used to determine relationships. Latent semantic analysis can be used to determine the relationships which can be considered topics. User interfaces for displaying or otherwise presenting these sessions can include icons representative of topics, and these icons can have different sizes depending on a frequency of web page visits within a topic. The topics can be displayed in time ranges or in a cover flow view or both time ranges and cover flow view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventors: Jing Jin, Kevin Decker, Timothy Hatcher, Raymond Sepulveda, Michael Thole