With Subscriber Selection Or Switching Patents (Class 455/3.04)
  • Patent number: 10455470
    Abstract: A method for automatically switching between a mobile network and a local area network based on practical situations of both networks, whereby the switch does affect the online experience. For a switch from a mobile network to a local area network, wherein the network device is access to the mobile network, the switch is activated when data buffering meets requirements and a stable local area network signal is available, and then the network device is switched into the local area network. For a switch from a local area network to a mobile network, wherein the network device is access to the local area network, the switch is activated when data buffering meets requirements and the local area network is unstable, and then the network device is switched into the mobile network. The method ensures the watching experience of the user on the premise that the expenses are appropriately reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN ANTOP TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Ruidian Yang
  • Patent number: 10410157
    Abstract: A device may provide a user interface to a user device for inputting contract information. The device may receive the contract information from the user device via the user interface. The contract information may include information about a contract between a first party and a second party, and information about a relationship between the first party and the second party. The device may determine values for risk variables based on the contract information. The device may determine a risk score based on the values for the risk variables. The risk score may indicate a likelihood that the second party will renew the contract. The device may provide risk information to the user device to be displayed via the user interface. The risk information may indicate the risk score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Kannan Sundaresan, Rajeev Chadha, Chacko Lakshminarasimhan, Shobhit Shrotriya, Rajiv Banarji
  • Patent number: 10263718
    Abstract: A satellite receiver in a vehicle continues to receive satellite communications even when line-of-sight to the satellite becomes obscured by obtaining a stream of the satellite broadcast via an ad hoc network. When the satellite receiver determines that the satellite broadcast signal is being lost (or is about to be lost), the satellite receiver transmits a request message on an alternate wireless channel seeking an alternate source for the satellite media program. Another satellite receiver that is able to receive the broadcast replies to the request message, and an ad hoc communication session is established with the alternate source via an alternate wireless channel. The receiver is therefore able to receive the media program from the alternate source via the ad hoc session instead of the satellite broadcast signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: DISH TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventors: Bin Xu, Xinhua Yang
  • Patent number: 10142881
    Abstract: A platform in a wireless public land mobile network environment associates a mobile device's unique identifier with a provider of services to the mobile device as well as with the device's anchor network. When the mobile device wirelessly accesses services from a local wireless network while roaming outside of its anchor network's wireless coverage via an APN of the local network, the platform receives electronic data session transaction information records from the local network and replaces the mobile device's unique identifier with a pseudo/replacement unique device identifier that is associated in the platform with the local network and returns the transaction record to the local network instead of to the anchor network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: M2MD TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Charles M. Link, II
  • Patent number: 10062095
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and method for facilitating a purchase in conjunction with media content information. The apparatus includes a receiver configured to receive a transmission of media content, information regarding the content, and information for facilitating a purchase of at least one of a copy of the content, a good, and/or a service. The content may include broadcast media content and entertainment media content. The apparatus also includes a processor configured to process the information regarding the content and the information for facilitating a purchase of the copy of the content, the good, and/or the service. The apparatus also includes a display device for displaying information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: POLTORAK MEDIA LLC
    Inventor: Alexander I. Poltorak
  • Patent number: 10009408
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a communication apparatus communicates with a first device including a first data file via a network. The communication apparatus includes an indication unit and a request sending unit. The indication unit indicates a first data sending request to send first data from a first position as a start position of the first data file toward a second position as an end position of the first data file. Furthermore, the indication unit indicates a second data sending request to send second data from the second position toward the first position in the first data file. The request sending unit sends the first data sending request and the second data sending request to the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Shunichi Gondo, Hiroyuki Aizu, Hiroshi Kawazoe
  • Patent number: 9979993
    Abstract: One or more network devices provide, to a user device, a content list of content items available for presentation. The one or more network devices receive, from the user device, a personalized channel plan that includes a schedule of selected content items, from the content list, for presentation on a viewing device that is different than the user device. The one or more network devices select, based on the selected content items, advertising for inclusion with the selected content items and assign links for the viewing device to obtain the selected content items. The one or more network devices send the links to the user device, which may in turn be provided to the viewing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Ruffini, John K. Trimper, Sankar Subramanian, Joseph G. Fragale, Dwight W. Fronsdahl, Paul D. Heitlinger, Rahul Kher, Eric N. Klings, Dongchen Wang
  • Patent number: 9858348
    Abstract: A system and method for presentation of media related to a context. A request is received over a network from a requesting device for media related to a context, wherein the request comprises at least one criteria. A query is formulated based on the context criteria so as to search, via the network, for user profile data, social network data, spatial data, temporal data and topical data that is available via the network and relates to the context and to media files so as to identify at least one media file that is relevant to the context criteria. A playlist is assembled via the network containing a reference to the media files. The media files on the playlist are transmitted over the network to the requesting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Christopher W. Higgins, Christopher T. Paretti, Nicola Stefano Ghezzi, Michael Spiegelman, Ronald Martinez, Marc Davis, Chris Kalaboukis
  • Patent number: 9847961
    Abstract: The disclosure generally relates to Internet of Things (IoT) device social networking, and in particular to an IoT device publish-subscribe messaging model and automatic IoT device social network expansion. For example, IoT devices from different networks may publish status data that relates to certain topics, wherein the published status updates may be managed in a distributed manner at each IoT network. Furthermore, IoT devices interested in published data can subscribe to data relating to certain topics, which may be used to dynamically adjust actions that the subscribing IoT devices may take. Furthermore, IoT devices can employ common social networking capabilities (e.g., refer, follow, like, publish, subscribe, etc.) to interact with other IoT devices and find relevant information from other IoT devices that can be used to improve performance and effectiveness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Mohammed Ataur Rahman Shuman, Amit Goel, Sandeep Sharma, Binita Gupta, Ashutosh Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 9805391
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein for determining whether to provide an advertisement to a user of a social network. The determination is based on a click probability and a social network value for the user. The click probability indicates a likelihood of the user to select the advertisement if provided to the user via the social network. The social network value is based on a subscription probability of the user and further based on subscription probabilities of other users in the social network that are included in an affinity set of the user. Each subscription probability indicates a likelihood of a respective user to subscribe to a paid service with respect to the social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Excalibur IP, LLC
    Inventor: Deepak K. Agarwal
  • Patent number: 9767221
    Abstract: Delivering targeted content includes collecting, via at least one tangible processor, user activity data for users during a specified time period. questions asked by the users during the specified time period are extracted from the user activity data, via the at least one tangible processor, and stored in user profiles for the users. The user profiles are clustered, via the at least one tangible processor, based on the questions asked. Targeted content is delivered, via the at least one tangible processor, to a subset of the users based on the clustering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Srinivas Bangalore, Junlan Feng, Michael James Robert Johnston, Taniya Mishra
  • Patent number: 9749944
    Abstract: A communication device includes a communication portion and a controller that determines whether or not a communication terminal from which the communication portion has received a connection request is a specified communication terminal. The controller makes a connection with the specified communication terminal based on the determination result of whether or not the communication terminal from which the communication portion has received the connection request is the specified communication terminal and transmits connection permission/refusal setting information to the specified communication terminal with which the controller has made a connection to allow a user to provide a connection permission/refusal setting of a communication terminal other than the specified communication terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Matsuda
  • Patent number: 9654834
    Abstract: System and method are provided to associate or compare media programs. A method includes: obtaining, using at least one processing circuit, first metadata for a first media program and second metadata for a second media program, wherein the first metadata are organized into a plurality of first fields, and the second metadata are organized into a plurality of second fields; extracting, using at least one processing circuit, a plurality of first tokens from one of the plurality of the first fields and a plurality of second tokens from one of the plurality of second fields; assigning a weight factor to each of the first and second tokens; cross-correlating the first and second tokens between the plurality of first fields and the plurality of second fields; and calculating a similarity score between the first and second media programs based on the cross-correlating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Grzegorz Glowaty, Michal Brzozowski, Marcin Wielgus
  • Patent number: 9628207
    Abstract: Intelligent switching of audio sources includes determining, via a computer processor communicatively coupled to an audio system in a vehicle, alternative sources of content that are communicatively available to the vehicle. The audio system renders an instance of a content item that has been received from a content provider, as a source of content, over a network. Upon determining an interruption in a signal from the content provider with respect to the instance of the content item, the intelligent switching of audio sources also includes presenting an alternative content item, through the audio system, from one of the alternative sources of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Sitaram Emani, Tarun Inabathuni
  • Patent number: 9613318
    Abstract: A system for assessing a user interaction experience of content displayed on a mobile device, implemented by a computing processor, receives an indication of content to be displayed on the mobile device. The indication is received in response to a user attempting to access the content. The system analyzes the content to assess the user interaction experience of the content to be displayed on the mobile device. The analysis is based at least on the mobile device on which the content is to be displayed. The user interaction experience is comprised of the viewing quality of the content to be displayed on the mobile device, and/or a feasibility of user interaction with the content. Based on the user interaction experience, the system presents, on the mobile device on which the content is to be displayed, an indication of the user interaction experience and the indication of the content to be displayed on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa M. Bradley, Matthew E. Broomhall, Robert E. Loredo, Asima Silva
  • Patent number: 9571892
    Abstract: Techniques described herein enable searching for multimedia content and for downloading or scheduling the recording of the multimedia content. The multimedia content may have been previously stored on one or more databases. The client device may download or schedule the recording of multimedia content in one step, for example, in one touch. When desired multimedia content is not available, the multimedia content is added to the client device's wish list. When the client device's does not have a wish list, the client device's wish list may be created on the spot. During the scheduling of the recording, a tag associated with the multimedia content is checked to determine whether the multimedia content is live or delayed. When the tag indicates the multimedia content is live or delayed, the client device prompts with a suggestion to add extra time to the end of the recording of the multimedia content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Poniatowski, Shelly Glennon, Brian Beach, Marcel Dubois
  • Patent number: 9553908
    Abstract: The invention discloses a wireless music playing method, a wireless music playing system and a wireless music player, wherein the method includes the following steps. A digital media controller edits a play schedule and delivers the play schedule to a wireless music player, and the play schedule includes a playing time and corresponding location information of a music source. The wireless music player links to the corresponding location information of the music source to play music media data according to the playing time and the corresponding location information of the music source in the play schedule. The technical solution of the invention can simplify the operation of music playing and realize the automatically classified playing according to time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignees: Inventec Appliances (Pudong) Corporation, Inventec Appliance Corp.
    Inventor: Chuan-Yi Chang
  • Patent number: 9516584
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wireless communication system, and more specifically, to a method for setting up a high-speed link in a WLAN system and a device for the same. A method for setting up a high-speed link by a station (STA) in a WLAN system, according to one embodiment of the present invention, can comprise the steps of: transmitting a frame including identification information and/or fragment identification information of a previous access point (AP) from the STA to a current AP; and receiving Generic Advertisement Service (GAS) query response information from the current AP, wherein when the identification information of the previous AP is included in the frame, the GAS query response information can be acquired by the current AP from the previous AP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Suhwook Kim, Jeongki Kim, Giwon Park, Jinsam Kwak, Kiseon Ryu, Jinsoo Choi
  • Patent number: 9503954
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and system for station location based neighbor determination and handover probability estimation. A serving access point determines the location and movement measurements of a station (STA). Neighboring access points report coordinates of cell fringes of the neighboring access points. The STA sends a request for system information to the current access point along with current location of the STA. The current access point provides the system information, and the STA utilizes the system information to determine best handover candidate from among neighboring access points and an estimate of the time for handover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: InterDigital Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Ulises Olvera-Hernandez, Alan G. Carlton
  • Patent number: 9479845
    Abstract: System and method for automatically recognizing media contents comprise steps of capturing media content from the Internet and/or devices, extracting fingerprints from captured contents and transferring to the backend servers for identification, and backend servers processing the fingerprints and replying with identified result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventors: Lei Yu, Yangbin Wang, Qier Lv
  • Patent number: 9473910
    Abstract: An approach is provided for messaging gateway services. It is determined whether a user profile specifies opting to receive content. The content is selectively forwarded, according to a multimedia protocol, to a device of a user as a multimedia messaging service (MMS) message or a short messaging service (SMS) message based on the determination, wherein the multimedia protocol supports both MMS messaging and SMS messaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Zhijian Lin, Lodema Steinbach, Eli Pasetes, Jerry Kupsh, Wei Guang Tan
  • Patent number: 9418377
    Abstract: A system and method for visualizing property based listing on a mobile device may include grouping a plurality of property listings into at least one property listing group, the plurality of property listings selected based on a search area associated with a location of a mobile device; displaying, on the mobile device, a first group of the at least one property listing group overlaid on a live view of a camera of the mobile device, the displayed location of the first group based on an orientation of the mobile device; displaying a details interface overlaid on the live view, the details interface including attribute data of a first property listing of the first group; receiving a user interaction with the details interface; and displaying attribute data from a second property listing of the first group based on the user interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: MobileRealty Apps.com, LLC
    Inventor: Aaron Kardell
  • Patent number: 9408119
    Abstract: A wireless access system includes: a first communication system that performs communications by a first communication scheme; a second communication system that performs communications by a second communication scheme different from the first communication scheme; and a communication terminal capable of communicating with both the first communication system and the second communication system. A base station of the first communication system transmits, to the communication terminal, a threshold value in accordance with an elapsed time is measured from a first point in time at which the communication terminal previously enters a second communication area that is an area of the second communication system to a second point in time at which the communication terminal previously exits from the second communication area to a first communication area that is an area of the first communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Takeshi Kunugi, Noboru Hasegawa, Akihiro Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9253626
    Abstract: A system and method for optimizing performance of an application are provided. The system includes an application processor including a logic section, multiple peripherals coupled to the application processor, and an antenna system coupled to some of the peripherals, where the antenna system includes multiple antennas including one or more modal antennas. Each of the one or more modal antennas has multiple modes corresponding to multiple radiation patterns, respectively. The logic section controls the antenna system to have a configuration that optimizes gain associated with networks and performance of the application selected for a time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: ETHERTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Sebastian Rowson, Laurent Desclos
  • Patent number: 9191355
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates in general to social networks run in a computer environment and in particular to methods and systems for posting messages about future events to users of a social network who are registered users of the social network, preferably in accordance with selectable, pre-selectable or adjustable settings for individual users. The method and system allows a user to post a message about a future plan or event that is taking place at a specified time rather than the time that the message is sent. The approach according to the present disclosure is directed to a unique way of social networking via an ordered list of events, such as a timeline or calendar, that shows when future plans will take place, and to a ‘matchmaking’ service between people organizing or taking part in such an event and other users who may also be interested in that event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Crytek GmbH
    Inventor: Cevat Yerli
  • Patent number: 9183281
    Abstract: Techniques for locating information in a document relevant to an interest of a user are provided. Information defined by the user of a document browser is collected. A context model is generated using the collected information. A document selected by the user is obtained. The document is divided into one or more segments. A relevance value is computed for each of the one or more segments by comparing each of the one or more segments to the context model. The relevance value represents a relationship to an interest of the user. Each of the one or more segments with the computed relevance value is presented in a defined organizational area of a display. The one or more segments presented on the display are linked to a corresponding one or more segments in the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Wen-Huang Cheng, David Haim Gotz
  • Patent number: 9179408
    Abstract: Provided is a node probing method using an adaptive and asynchronous rendezvous protocol in an opportunistic network. The node probing method includes: selecting, by each of nodes in the opportunistic network, a prime number larger than two; using, by the node, the selected prime number to generate a wake-up pattern according to the following equation: x n = { 1 , if n ? 0 ? ( mod ? ? p ) ? ? or n ? 1 ? ( mod ? ? p + 1 ) 0 , others where Xn=1 represents a wake-up slot, Xn=0 represents a sleeping slot, and ‘mod p’ represents a modulo operation for the prime number p); and searching, by the node, for a neighbor node according to the generated wake-up pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: POSTECH ACADEMY-INDUSTRY FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Hyeon Mok Ko, Chee Ha Kim
  • Patent number: 9154844
    Abstract: The invention includes a method and apparatus for providing programs to a client device. The method includes providing a first video program stream over a first channel where the first video program stream conveys a first video program having a first quality level, and providing a plurality of second video program streams over a second channel where each of the second video program streams conveys a second video program having a second quality level below the first quality level. The first video program stream and second video program streams are adapted for use by the client device in locally switching from presenting the first video program at the first quality level to presenting a selected one of the second video programs at the second quality level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventor: Willem van Willigenburg
  • Patent number: 9154823
    Abstract: An advertisement selecting system is disclosed providing, when selecting advertisements to be exposed to subscribers over the Internet, exposure control reflecting the inventory of advertisements by taking into account results of past exposure of each of the advertisements. When subscribers with a particular profile biased to specific tastes or preferences gain access to contents carrying advertisements, the first-ranked advertisement, i.e., the one best targeted for the subscribers in question, is exposed repeatedly but in a manner also making way for the advertisements in second and subsequent places which would be less likely to be exposed if handled conventionally, so that the stocked advertisements are exposed in fairly averaged fashion. Advertisement exposure is thus controlled in a manner averting lopsided exposure of certain (or partial) advertisement information by giving consideration to the advertisement inventory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshio Inoue, Tomohiro Tsunoda, Masaaki Hoshino, Tomoharu Ohsumi
  • Patent number: 9141924
    Abstract: A processor-implemented method, system, and/or computer program product generates a recommendation for a worker to be included in a project team. A requisite skill set that is not presently needed, but will be needed in the future, by a project team is determined. Historical data that describe antecedent conditions, which caused a historical worker to obtain the requisite skill set, is received. A candidate worker's current skill set data is adjusted with skill set enhancers, which are available to members of the project team, to generate a predicted future skill set of the candidate worker. In response to the needed requisite skill set matching the predicted future skill set of the candidate worker, a recommendation is generated for adding that candidate worker to the project team.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Friedlander, James R. Kraemer, Justyna M. Nowak, Elizabeth V. Woodward
  • Patent number: 9128737
    Abstract: A method for dynamic switching of user profiles on a computing device. The computing device is coupled to at least one image-sensing device and can be configured using a plurality of stored user profiles. The method includes receiving at least one image from the at least one image-sensing device and generating a current user value based on the at least one received image. The method further includes determining if the current user value corresponds to at least one stored user value corresponding to a stored user profile. If the current user value corresponds to at least one stored user value, the method includes retrieving the stored user profile and configuring at least some programs operating on the computing device using the retrieved user profile. If the current user value does correspond to at least one stored user value, the method includes configuring the computing device using an alternative method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Andrew Sipe, Hugo Barra, Henry Will Schneiderman
  • Patent number: 9100683
    Abstract: A method, program product and system are provided for optimizing recording requests to minimize electricity usage for a network of DVRs. The disclosed methodology analyzes upcoming recording requests against a schedule guide including both local and networked DVRs. Overlaps in requested recordings and broadcasts during same or close proximity time slots are identified. Requested recordings are then rescheduled to optimally overlap recording times based upon the number of tuners in each DVR system. Changes in recording schedules are then communicated to other interconnected DVRs in a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kulvir Singh Bhogal, Gregory Jensen Boss, Rick Allen Hamilton, II, Andrew R. Jones, Brian Marshall O'Connell
  • Patent number: 9092062
    Abstract: A user interface system has an input device for collecting gesture inputs of a user, a computing device for processing the gesture inputs collected by the input device, a memory for storing a set of executive gestures for executing various functions, and an output device for displaying information processed by the computing device, wherein each executive gesture is defined as an executive input for each function, so that, when a gesture input performed by the user corresponds to an executive gesture, a function corresponding thereto is executed, and wherein the executive gestures are capable of being changed and stored by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Myoung Soo Park, Jung-Min Park
  • Patent number: 9077800
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for processing feedback information received from mobile device responding to tone transmission are provided. One system may include a memory for storing computer-executable instructions, and an information source processor in communication with the memory, wherein the processor is configured to execute the computer-executable instructions to associate a location identifier with user prompting information and transmit the location identifier to a tone transmission device, where the location identifier is embedded in a tone. The processor is further configured to execute the computer-executable instructions to receive the location identifier that was sent from a mobile device that received the tone from the tone transmission device, retrieve, from the memory, user prompting information based on the location identifier, and transmit the user prompting information to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: First Data Corporation
    Inventor: Bruce Dragt
  • Patent number: 9014616
    Abstract: An alert content reception apparatus comprises a communications interface (229) compatible with a data broadcast service and capable of receiving, when in use, a broadcast data message comprising reference data concerning alert content. The apparatus also comprises a processing resource (202) arranged to analyze, when in use, the broadcast data message and acquire the alert content associated with the reference data in response to determining that the alert content associated with the reference data has not previously been acquired. The communications interface (229) is compatible with a bidirectional data communications service, the processing resource (202) also being arranged to cooperate with the communications interface (229) in order to retrieve the alert content via the bidirectional data communications service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: TomTom International B.V.
    Inventors: Berry Heerdink, Theo Kamalski
  • Patent number: 9002259
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer program products for receiving an identifier of a first transmission channel for a first media station, determining whether content of the first media station is available via a second transmission channel for the first media station, and automatically initiating transmission of content of a second media station to a client computing device over a transmission channel for the second media station based on results of the determining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel M Morton
  • Patent number: 8958742
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and a method for operating the same are discussed. The method for operating the mobile terminal includes displaying on the mobile terminal a remote control screen for remotely controlling an image display apparatus, entering a wireless audio reception mode if a wireless audio reception mode start signal is received during the displaying of the remote control screen, and displaying on the mobile terminal a wireless audio reception mode screen. Accordingly, it is possible to improve user convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Seokhee Lee, Jeonghwan Hwang, Sunjung Hwang, Sungmok Shin
  • Patent number: 8934838
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system, a method, a service server, an end-point terminal, a connection method and storage media for recommending an efficient connection path, in which if an end-point terminal connected to a mobile communication terminal through a short-range communication network can be connected to a service server through two or more mobile communication terminals, the end-point terminal can use a service through a mobile communication terminal capable of providing an optimum connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: SK Planet Co., Ltd
    Inventors: In Hwan Kim, Jeong Hoon Lee, Jeong Min You
  • Patent number: 8929824
    Abstract: To provide information of a device in communication between devices, an operating method of a device includes including device information of the device in a message defined by a communication protocol used to connect to the other device; and transmitting the message comprising the device information using the communication protocol. The device information comprises at least one of a device type, support of a mirror link, mobile communication network connection support, automatic execution of an application corresponding to the device, vendor identification information, and product identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Youn-Jo Oh, Hee-Jeong Lee
  • Patent number: 8929869
    Abstract: A communications system may include at least one mobile wireless communications device for storing personal interest information for respective contacts and for storing calendar event data. The system may further include a notification server communicating with the at least one mobile wireless communications device via a wireless communications network and configured to access the personal interest information and calendar event data from the at least one mobile wireless communications device, and send notifications to the at least one mobile wireless communications device based upon the personal interest information and the calendar event data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Sherryl Lee Lorraine Scott, Jason T. Griffin, Mark Church, Scott Reeve, Michael K. Brown
  • Patent number: 8923747
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for capturing information associated with wireless audio sounds among a plurality of users. When a user encounters audio sound files of interest, the user can capture information regarding the audio sounds, such as title, artist, collection, genre, year, encoding rate, size, playlist, a unique identifier, or other desired information. The information can be used to seamlessly purchase the sound files from a remote digital repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Jook, Inc.
    Inventors: Min-Liang Tan, Hoe Chan, Terence Tang
  • Patent number: 8909128
    Abstract: A method, system, media, and apparatus are directed to radio recording. Radio stations are simultaneously recorded based on a radio parameter including a processing parameter, a memory usage or allocation, a recording status, or the like. The radio parameter is adapted for an individual station, some radio stations, or all radio stations. The processing parameter is adapted based on a processor usage. The memory usage is adapted based on a memory requirement of a station being recorded. A station may be suspended from recording based on a loss of a signal and resumed based on a resumption of the signal. An access to a radio content recorded while a signal was available may be provided, if the signal is unavailable. The plurality of stations may be prioritized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: 3D Radio LLC
    Inventor: Michael D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8892025
    Abstract: A radio receiver may comprise a receiver adaptable for receiving a plurality of broadcast streams over a plurality of broadcast channels, wherein the receiver will attempt to receive a selected broadcast stream on a selected broadcast channel, and if the selected broadcast stream is not receivable on the selected broadcast channel, the receiver will attempt to receive the selected broadcast stream on an alternative broadcast channel. A computer readable medium may allow a user of a receiver to create a composite stream comprising at least one portion selected from each of at least two of a plurality of broadcast streams. A method of open interface merge replication may involve comparing data between first and second databases, and if a conflict exists, updating one of the first and second databases with at least a portion of data from the other of the first and second databases to resolve the conflict.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: iHeartMedia Management Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Zigler, Kevin R. Lockhart, Richard D. Wooden, Jacqueline J. Lockhart, Theodore N. Myers, Evan A. Hill, Tanya R. Jellison
  • Patent number: 8869229
    Abstract: A unified system of programming communication. The system encompasses the prior art (television, radio, broadcast hardcopy, computer communications, etc.) and new user specific mass media. Within the unified system, parallel processing computer systems, each having an input (e.g., 77) controlling a plurality of computers (e.g., 205), generate and output user information at receiver stations. Under broadcast control, local computers (73, 205), combine user information selectively into prior art communications to exhibit personalized mass media programming at video monitors (202), speakers (263), printers (221), etc. At intermediate transmission stations (e.g., cable television stations), signals in network broadcasts and from local inputs (74, 77, 97, 98) cause control processors (71) and computers (73) to selectively automate connection and operation of receivers (53), recorder/players (76), computers (73), generators (82), strippers (81), etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Personalized Media Communications, LLC
    Inventors: John Christopher Harvey, James William Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 8856311
    Abstract: The invention proposes a scan control device, wherein in the scan operation a network detection is performed, the device comprising a request receiving means (41) for receiving at least one request for providing scan information, and a scan control means (42) for performing a scan operation independently from receiving the scan information requests. The invention also proposes a corresponding method and a computer program product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Mikko Jaakkola
  • Patent number: 8855548
    Abstract: This invention discloses a method of communicating with a user including wirelessly broadcasting content which is accessible to a multiplicity of users and which includes at least some non-audio content which is not visible to the users without user actuation and which includes product-specific information, enabling a user to select a portion of the content, responsive to a selection by the user, capturing at least part of the non-audio content, corresponding to the portion of the content selected by the user and employing at least part of the captured content to access a contact using a mobile communicator by initially establishing contact with a non product-specific communication facility and employing product-specific information contained in the non-audio content. A system for communicating with a user is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Michael L. Kagan, David Kamien, Ian Elkan Gamse, Charles Anthony Rose
  • Patent number: 8843056
    Abstract: A media device including a broadcast receiver that receives broadcast media from a plurality of broadcast sources where the broadcast receiver is tunable to a first broadcast source. The media device also includes a data store that stores a list of contact identifiers where each contact identifier is associated with a broadcast source. The media device includes a user interface that: i) provides a prompt to a user to enable the user to initiate contact with the first broadcast source, and ii) receives a user indication to initiate contact with the first broadcast source. The media device further includes a transceiver that initiates the contact with the first broadcast source by sending a communications session request via a communications network to the first broadcast source that includes a contact identifier associated with the first broadcast source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Allen P. Haughay, Jr., Ryan Perry
  • Patent number: 8839293
    Abstract: A unified system of programming communication. The system encompasses the prior art (television, radio, broadcast hardcopy, computer communications, etc.) and new user specific mass media. Within the unified system, parallel processing computer systems, each having an input (e.g., 77) controlling a plurality of computers (e.g., 205), generate and output user information at receiver stations. Under broadcast control, local computers (73, 205), combine user information selectively into prior art communications to exhibit personalized mass media programming at video monitors (202), speakers (263), printers (221), etc. At intermediate transmission stations (e.g., cable television stations), signals in network broadcasts and from local inputs (74, 77, 97, 98) cause control processors (71) and computers (73) to selectively automate connection and operation of receivers (53), recorder/players (76), computers (73), generators (82), strippers (81), etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Personalized Media Communications, LLC
    Inventors: John Christopher Harvey, James William Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 8838121
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a receiver, a registration section, a determination section, and a controller. The receiver receives broadcast waves including signals of a plurality of channels. The registration section registers a recognition target. The determination section determines whether or not the recognition target, registered in the registration section, exists in a frame of an image including the signals of the plurality of channels included in the broadcast waves received by the receiver. The controller sequentially switches, in accordance with a determination result obtained by the determination section, the plurality of channels received by the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Shibata, Mayumi Yuasa
  • Patent number: 8811889
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing broadband signals to a portable user device is disclosed. Broadband signals, such as satellite radio signals, are received at a base station having a plurality of antennas. The content of the broadband signals are then encoded using space time coding (STC), and the STC encoded broadband content is transmitted from the plurality of antennas via a first wireless network protocol. The STC encoded broadband content can be received at a portable user device having a plurality of antennas or at a wireless access point having a plurality of antennas, which then transmit the broadband signals via a second wireless network protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Alfred, Joseph M. Sommer