Patents by Inventor Thomas Alsina

Thomas Alsina 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: 20230396848
    Abstract: In some implementations, a user device can predictively route media content to a remote playback device based on playback context information obtained by the user device. The playback context can include local playback context information related to the state and/or context of the user device. The playback context can include remote playback context information related to the state and/or context of available remote playback devices. Based on the playback context information obtained by the user device, the user device can generate a predictive score for each available playback device that indicates or predicts the likelihood that the user will want to send media content to the corresponding playback device. The user device can generate and present a graphical user interface that can identify the playback devices having predictive scores over a threshold score. In some instances, the user device can automatically route selected media content to a predicted playback device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2023
    Publication date: December 7, 2023
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Pietsch, Craig M. Federighi, Adam A. Sonnanstine, Taylor G. Carrigan, Johannes P. Schmidt, Astrid Yi, Deepak Iyer, Thomas Alsina, Jonathan A. Bennett, Patrick L. Coffman, Cesar de Camargo Barscevicius
  • Patent number: 11831943
    Abstract: The subject technology provides for synchronized playback of different media content streams. The disclosed techniques may include determining, while certain audio content is being outputted, whether a triggering event has occurred at a media device. Responsive to a determination that the triggering event has occurred, audio information including identification information and a current output status of the audio content may be obtained, and a visual content stream for visual content corresponding to the audio content may be obtained. At the media device, the visual content stream may be processed based on the audio information to determine a starting time point indicating a time point within the visual content from which to start outputting the visual content. The visual content may be outputted such that the output of the visual content begins at the starting time point and is synchronized in time with the audio content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Vicars-Harris, Eric R. Seshens, Joel Ostrowski, Thomas Alsina
  • Publication number: 20230333808
    Abstract: Generating a customized playlist may include identifying a user account for which a playlist is to be generated, where the user account is associated with a user listening history, a taste profile, and a social profile, identifying one or more friend accounts linked to the user account based on the social profile, obtaining an indication of a plurality of songs associated with one or more of the friend accounts, determining a listening history for the one or more plurality of songs based on the friend accounts, obtaining a subset of the plurality of songs based on the listening history of the plurality of songs, and generating a playlist from the subset of the plurality of songs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2023
    Publication date: October 19, 2023
    Inventors: Bekir B. Dundar, Arvind S. Shenoy, Daniel Cartoon, Denise L. Chen, Drew R. Domm, Fredric R. Vinna, Mark H. Levy, Paul C. Irvine, Priyo Mustafi, Thomas Alsina, Erik Lindholm, Uli M. Schoberl
  • Publication number: 20230336328
    Abstract: A device receives a time-based restriction for usage by a first user with respect to an application, a website or a device-level function. The device receives encrypted data indicating a usage by the first user on a second device with respect to the application, website or device-level function. The device determines that at least one of the usage by the first user on the second device or a usage by the first user on the device with respect to the application, website or device-level function violates the time-based restriction. The device provides, in response to the determining, a notification that the time-based restriction has been violated by the first user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2023
    Publication date: October 19, 2023
    Inventors: Christopher G. SKOGEN, Jean-Pierre CIUDAD, Julien F. FREUDIGER, Joao Pedro DE ALMEIDA FORJAZ DE LACERDA, Cyrus DABOO, Todd R. FERNANDEZ, Thomas ALSINA, Deepak IYER, Cody D. JORGENSEN, Edward T. SCHMIDT, Astrid YI
  • Publication number: 20230259550
    Abstract: Systems and processes for operating an intelligent automated assistant are provided. In accordance with one example, a method includes, at an electronic device with one or more processors and memory, receiving a first natural-language speech input indicative of a request for media, where the first natural-language speech input comprises a first search parameter; providing, by a digital assistant, a first media item identified based on the first search parameter. The method further includes, while providing the first media item, receiving a second natural-language speech input and determining whether the second input corresponds to a user intent of refining the request for media. The method further includes, in accordance with a determination that the second speech input corresponds to a user intent of refining the request for media: identifying, based on the first parameter and the second speech input, a second media item and providing the second media item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2023
    Publication date: August 17, 2023
    Inventors: David Chance GRAHAM, Cyrus Daniel IRANI, Aimee PIERCY, Thomas ALSINA
  • Patent number: 11729470
    Abstract: In some implementations, a user device can predictively route media content to a remote playback device based on playback context information obtained by the user device. The playback context can include local playback context information related to the state and/or context of the user device. The playback context can include remote playback context information related to the state and/or context of available remote playback devices. Based on the playback context information obtained by the user device, the user device can generate a predictive score for each available playback device that indicates or predicts the likelihood that the user will want to send media content to the corresponding playback device. The user device can generate and present a graphical user interface that can identify the playback devices having predictive scores over a threshold score. In some instances, the user device can automatically route selected media content to a predicted playback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Pietsch, Craig M. Federighi, Adam A. Sonnanstine, Taylor G. Carrigan, Johannes P. Schmidt, Astrid Yi, Deepak Iyer, Thomas Alsina, Jonathan A. Bennett, Patrick L. Coffman, Cesar de Camargo Barscevicius
  • Patent number: 11716193
    Abstract: A device receives a time-based restriction for usage by a first user with respect to an application, a website or a device-level function. The device receives encrypted data indicating a usage by the first user on a second device with respect to the application, website or device-level function. The device determines that at least one of the usage by the first user on the second device or a usage by the first user on the device with respect to the application, website or device-level function violates the time-based restriction. The device provides, in response to the determining, a notification that the time-based restriction has been violated by the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher G. Skogen, Jean-Pierre Ciudad, Julien F. Freudiger, Joao Pedro De Almeida Forjaz De Lacerda, Cyrus Daboo, Todd R. Fernandez, Thomas Alsina, Deepak Iyer, Cody D. Jorgensen, Edward T. Schmidt, Astrid Yi
  • Patent number: 11706729
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide synchronized sharing of multimedia between multiple devices. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing of multimedia. In an embodiment, group members may have playlist manipulation privileges such as pausing, rewinding, fast forwarding, or adding tracks to the playlist. A system may stream or distribute content according to the shared playlist. Playback may be synchronized for group members so that everyone is exposed to a same part of the content as the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Taylor G. Carrigan, Szu-Wen Huang, Eric S. Lee, William M. Bachman, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Steve S. Gedikian, Nicholas J. Paulson, Gregory R. Chapman, David P. Saracino, Steven P. Bischoff
  • Publication number: 20230186358
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for uploading, by a verified party, verified-party content to a media platform, receiving requests by a client device for store content, and displaying the uploaded verified-party content along with store content on the client device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2023
    Publication date: June 15, 2023
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Arvind S. Shenoy, Matthew J. Laine, Zachary T. Friedland
  • Publication number: 20230186373
    Abstract: Improved techniques and systems for delivery and acquisition of digital assets are disclosed. The techniques and systems are especially suitable and useful for delivering digital assets (e.g., media assets) that are available for acquisition and electronic delivery from online stores to electronic devices. In accordance with one aspect, when a digital asset is acquired from an online store via an electronic device associated with a user, the digital asset can be arranged for delivery to a number of other of electronic devices also associated with the user. It will be appreciated that the digital asset can be delivered and acquired without requiring explicit user input or instruction in accordance with another aspect. Other aspects of the techniques and systems include customization of configuration and user interfaces that are provided to facilitate acquisition of digital assets in a more efficient manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2023
    Publication date: June 15, 2023
    Inventors: Christopher B. Chang, Sean B. Kelly, Olagappan Manickam, Thomas Alsina, Payam Mirrashidi, Michael Kuohao Chu, Kevin R. Lafferty
  • Patent number: 11675829
    Abstract: Systems and processes for operating an intelligent automated assistant are provided. In accordance with one example, a method includes, at an electronic device with one or more processors and memory, receiving a first natural-language speech input indicative of a request for media, where the first natural-language speech input comprises a first search parameter; providing, by a digital assistant, a first media item identified based on the first search parameter. The method further includes, while providing the first media item, receiving a second natural-language speech input and determining whether the second input corresponds to a user intent of refining the request for media. The method further includes, in accordance with a determination that the second speech input corresponds to a user intent of refining the request for media: identifying, based on the first parameter and the second speech input, a second media item and providing the second media item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David Chance Graham, Cyrus Daniel Irani, Aimee Piercy, Thomas Alsina
  • Patent number: 11676188
    Abstract: An online store can transmit an online account token to an electronic device or to a biometric sensing device after a user successfully enters his or her account password. The electronic device or the biometric sensing device can countersign the online account token when the one or more biometric images match reference biometric images and the account password matches user identifier data stored in the electronic device or in the biometric sensing device. The countersigned online account token can then be transmitted to the online store. The user can then make one or more purchases after the online store receives the countersigned online account token.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Dallas B. De Atley, Augustin J. Farrugia, Byron B. Han, Sean B. Kelly, Craig A. Marciniak, Maxim Khutornenko, Raymond N. Walsh
  • Publication number: 20230129395
    Abstract: The subject technology provides for synchronized playback of different media content streams. The disclosed techniques may include determining, while certain audio content is being outputted, whether a triggering event has occurred at a media device. Responsive to a determination that the triggering event has occurred, audio information including identification information and a current output status of the audio content may be obtained, and a visual content stream for visual content corresponding to the audio content may be obtained. At the media device, the visual content stream may be processed based on the audio information to determine a starting time point indicating a time point within the visual content from which to start outputting the visual content. The visual content may be outputted such that the output of the visual content begins at the starting time point and is synchronized in time with the audio content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2022
    Publication date: April 27, 2023
    Inventors: Nicholas VICARS-HARRIS, Eric R. SESHENS, Joel OSTROWSKI, Thomas ALSINA
  • Patent number: 11621003
    Abstract: A device implementing a system for responding to a voice request includes a processor configured to receive a voice request for content, the voice request corresponding to a first user account, the device being associated with the first user account, a second user account and a default account. The processor if further configured to determine that the content is unavailable via the first user account, and provide, in response to the determining, the content via at least one of the second user account or the default account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Taylor G. Carrigan, Jessica J. Peck
  • Patent number: 11593851
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for uploading, by a verified party, verified-party content to a media platform, receiving requests by a client device for store content, and displaying the uploaded verified-party content along with store content on the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Arvind S. Shenoy, Matthew J. Laine, Zachary T. Friedland
  • Publication number: 20230053350
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for managing media playback among an ad hoc group of playback devices. Such techniques may involve building a session among the playback devices in which playback devices communicate information regarding their playback capabilities. Based on the playback capabilities of the devices, playback mode may be derived for the session. Playback operations may be synchronized among the devices that are members of the session, in which devices receive identification of asset(s) to be rendered pursuant to the playback operation and timing information of playback of the asset. The devices may stream the playback assets directly from media sources when they are capable of doing so. In this manner, communication resources are conserved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2022
    Publication date: February 23, 2023
    Inventors: Thomas ALSINA, Charles MAGAHERN, Cody D. JORGENSEN, Edward T. SCHMIDT, Jason P. KETTERMAN, Nicholas J. PAULSON, Szu-Wen HUANG, Cesar de CAMARGO BARSCEVICIUS, Elena LEYFMAN, Keith HENRICKSON, Andrew SINESIO, Owen IMHOLTE, Harry SIMMONDS
  • Patent number: 11580973
    Abstract: A device implementing a system for providing content in response to a request includes a processor configured to receive a voice request for content associated with a home environment, the voice request corresponding to a user account, and determine, based on the voice request, not to provide the content via the device. The processor is further configured to select, in response to the determining, a second device from among multiple devices associated with the home environment, wherein the selecting is based at least in part on configuration settings associated with the home environment, and provide for the second device to output the content based on a profile of the user account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Vijay Sundaram, Thomas Alsina, Anush G. Nadathur
  • Patent number: 11556979
    Abstract: Improved techniques and systems for delivery and acquisition of digital assets are disclosed. The techniques and systems are especially suitable and useful for delivering digital assets (e.g., media assets) that are available for acquisition and electronic delivery from online stores to electronic devices. In accordance with one aspect, when a digital asset is acquired form an online store via an electronic device associated with a user, the digital asset can be arranged for delivery to a number of other of electronic devices also associated with the user. It will be appreciated that the digital asset can be delivered and acquired without requiring explicit user input or instruction in accordance with another aspect. Other aspects of the techniques and systems include customization of configuration and user interfaces that are provided to facilitate acquisition of digital assets in a more efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher B. Chang, Sean B. Kelly, Olagappan Manickam, Thomas Alsina, Payam Mirrashidi, Michael Kuohao Chu, Kevin R. Lafferty
  • Publication number: 20230008201
    Abstract: A content management system and/or client device can enable a user to initiate a quick play mode where a content category and content medium are selected for the user. A client device and/or a content management system can select a content medium for a user based on one or more factors, such as the content category. Certain content categories of content can be preferably delivered in certain content mediums. In some embodiments, a content management system and/or client device can select a content medium for a user based on contextual data gathered from the user. Contextual data can be data describing the user's current state and/or environment. For example, contextual data can include data such as the time of day, geographic location, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2022
    Publication date: January 12, 2023
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Arvind S. Shenoy, Daniel Cartoon, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Mark Levy
  • Patent number: 11522965
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing system can manage access to media sources associated with a user's media account. For example, the system can coordinate access to a user's media account between local and network devices such that when access to the user's media account is granted to an application on a user device, the application can access both local and network media sources associated with the user's media account. Similarly, when access to the user's media account is revoked from an application at a user device or at a network device, the application is prevented from accessing both local and network media sources associated with the user's media account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Zhiyuan Zhao, Kenneth C. Barry, David K. Heller