Special Service Patents (Class 455/414.1)
  • Patent number: 10182143
    Abstract: A vehicle safety function is installed and operative in the vehicle electronics. The vehicle function is implemented via a texting-safety logic inside the vehicle electronics. The texting-safety logic when the vehicle exceeds a threshold speed outputs an RF signal with a texting-safety code. The texting-safety code is picked up by a smart phone in the vehicle to alert the driver about the danger of texting and/or disable the texting feature in the phone while the vehicle is being driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Tara Chand Singhal
  • Patent number: 10175883
    Abstract: Techniques for determining user input on a touch screen of a user device are disclosed. In some situations, the techniques include: receiving information about a user input provided to a touch screen of a user device, the touch screen displaying two or more selectable objects, wherein each of the selectable objects, if selected, initiates a response corresponding to the selection of the object, determining a selectable object among the selectable objects that has a highest likelihood of being an object that a user intended to select with the user input, and providing a response corresponding to a selection of the determined selectable object. In one situation, a selectable object is a button or a hyperlink included in a Web page displayed on the screen of the device, and the response includes content associated with the selected button or hyperlink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rouhollah Rahmani, Srikanth Thirumalai, Elmore Eugene Pope
  • Patent number: 10178240
    Abstract: A multiple subscriber identity module cards (multi-SIM) resource management method, device and multi-SIM terminal. The method comprises: acquiring a subscriber identity module card list in a terminal, the subscriber identity module card list comprising all subscriber identity module cards in the terminal; and if a remaining quantity of a service resource on a subscriber identity module card currently used in the terminal is less than or equal to a preset remaining quantity threshold, then automatically switching to a subscriber identity module card having a sufficient service resource and in the subscriber identity module card list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: ZTE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Diankai Zhang, Lin Shen, Guangcai Qu, Chenyu Lei
  • Patent number: 10178492
    Abstract: Systems and methods are operable to adjust an output audio volume level of presented audio content that is output as sound from one or more speakers in a media presentation environment. An exemplary embodiment detects movement of a user who is listening to the audio content; increases the output audio volume level when the detected user movement is away from a predefined location in the media presentation environment; and decreases the output audio volume level when the detected user movement is closer to the predefined location in the media presentation environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: ECHOSTAR UKRAINE LLC
    Inventor: Albina Popova
  • Patent number: 10173642
    Abstract: The operation of a conventional cellular telecommunications transceiver that forms part of a vehicle's telematics system can be selectively changed in order to provide telephone calls by providing the transceiver with a second and different SIM card. Providing a second SIM card, however, will disable telematics service that can include stolen vehicle tracking. A personal identification number or PIN is thus required in order for the information that is stored in an external, user-provided SIM card to be used by a telematics system transceiver rather than the information stored in a built-in SIM card that is provided by a telematics system operator/provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James R Snider
  • Patent number: 10171640
    Abstract: According to a method for displaying a message in a mobile terminal, message content that needs to be displayed may be obtained, then a visible area on a screen of a mobile terminal is determined, and a display length and a quantity of display lines of the message content are calculated according to the visible area, and the message content is displayed in the visible area in a scrolling manner according to the calculated display length of the message content if the quantity of the display lines exceeds a display range of the visible area. In this way, only a small area of a screen is occupied, and message content can be displayed automatically and completely without the need for a user to perform a further operation. An apparatus and a system for displaying a message in a mobile terminal are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Yulong Wang
  • Patent number: 10169562
    Abstract: A method of two-factor authentication for gaining access to an application using at least a first device and a second device registered to a user. The first and second devices each have a plurality of sensors for detecting activity modalities of the user on the first and the second devices and are in communication with a server computer. In the method, the server computer: receives credentials and detected activity modality for gaining access to the application from the first device; sends a request to the second device registered to the user for activity modality of the user; receives the detected activity modality from the second device; compares the detected activity modality of first device to the detected activity modality of the second device; and if the detected activity modalities of first device and the second device match, granting access to the user on the first device to the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sambaran Bandyopadhyay, Vijay Ekambaram, Saravanan Sadacharam, Ashok Pon Kumar Sree Prakash
  • Patent number: 10172141
    Abstract: A system includes a notification controller including one or more processors, and a memory storing code that is executable by the notification controller to determine a context for a plurality of mobile devices. The system further determines, for the context, a hierarchical ranking for the plurality of mobile devices, wherein a first mobile device of the plurality of mobile devices is higher-ranked than at least one second mobile device of the plurality of mobile devices, and communicates a command selected by a higher-ranked first mobile device to modify one or more notification settings of the at least one second mobile device that is lower-ranked than the first mobile device. Methods and a program product corresponding to the system are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Inseok Hwang, Su Liu, Eric J. Rozner, Chin Ngai Sze
  • Patent number: 10171623
    Abstract: A method for optimizing the number of pre-emptive service requests in an application based on identifying a plurality of pre-emptive execution eligible service requests. The method includes identifying one or more locations, associated with one or more service requests, respectively, in an application. Analyzing the one or more service requests based on the one or more locations. Determining if the one or more service requests are eligible for pre-emptive execution based on the analyzing, and responsive to determining the one or more service requests are eligible, outputting, by the one or more processors, one or more identities of the one or more service requests, respectively, for pre-emptive execution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Pradeep Gohil, Anthony P. Papageorgiou, Stephen J. Hobson
  • Patent number: 10168190
    Abstract: A method and an electronic device for providing environment information are provided. The electronic device includes a sensor configured to measure an environmental factor and obtain first data based on the measured environmental factor, a communication module configured to receive, from at least one external electronic device, second data obtained by the at least one external device, a processor configured to generate environment information based on the first data and the received second data received, and an output module configured to display the environment information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 10172178
    Abstract: Proposed is a method for receiving a Wi-Fi service by a wireless LAN station supporting an application service platform (ASP). Specifically, the Wi-Fi service can be received through at least two connection techniques, for example, a Wi-Fi direct connection of Wi-Fi infrastructure connection may be used. The wireless LAN station having an ASP may detect information on each of the connection techniques and may be provided with the Wi-Fi service using one of the connection techniques. In addition, when a change in a communication environment or the like occurs, the connection technique may be switched and, in this case, signaling for switching the connection technique may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Giwon Park, Byungjoo Lee, Dongcheol Kim, Hyunhee Park
  • Patent number: 10163124
    Abstract: A client device detects a QR code (or NFC tag). The client device decodes the QR code. The client device determines that the data encoded within the QR code includes a URL. Based on the URL, the client device sends a first request to a first server identified by the URL. In response to the first request, the client device receives from the first server data configured to cause the client device to display, to a user of the client device, at least one of: a video or an interactive web page. Responsive to the data encoded in the QR code, the client device sends to a coupon server: identification data associated with a user of the client device, and a request for the coupon server to distribute a digital coupon for an offer associated with an identifier encoded within the QR code to an account associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: QUOTIENT TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Steven M. Horowitz, Jason Boehle, Bipin Pattan
  • Patent number: 10165399
    Abstract: Methods, program products, and systems for baseband location monitoring and related functions are disclosed. A mobile device can monitor its own current location using its baseband subsystem and decide whether to selectively activate its application subsystem based on whether particular conditions are satisfied by the current location. The mobile device can also correlate location and cellular signal information using its baseband subsystem and provide the correlated location and cellular signal information to a server. The server can receive the correlated location and cellular signal information from the baseband subsystems of a large number of widely distributed mobile devices and generate respective profiles of cellular network base stations that transmitted the cellular signals to the mobile devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald K. Huang, Morgan Grainger, Robert W. Mayor
  • Patent number: 10165447
    Abstract: A technique involves modular storage of network service plan components and provisioning of same. A subset of the capabilities of a service design system can be granted to a sandbox system to enable customization of service plan offerings or other controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Headwater Research LLC
    Inventors: Gregory G. Raleigh, Jeffrey Green, James Lavine, Justin James
  • Patent number: 10165402
    Abstract: An engagement tracking system monitors user interactions with media items to calculate an engagement score of the media item. The engagement tracking system may be or include a group of one or more server machines configured to detect an exposure of a client device to a media item maintained by the engagement tracking system. In response to detecting the exposure of the client device to the media item, the engagement tracking system tracks a location of the client device based on access requests to location based media items. The engagement tracking system may thereby monitor client devices exposed to the media item in order to calculate an engagement score of the media item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Davis, Peter Sellis, Farnaz Azmoodeh, Samir Ahmed, Douglas Cohen
  • Patent number: 10162482
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for displaying a list of information items selected depending on whether each information item contains certain information is provided. An information display method of the present invention includes displaying a list having at least one information item; classifying, when a user command is input, the at least one information item into shown-information item and hidden-information item according to a display rule; and modifying the list to show only the shown-information items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seung Myung Lee
  • Patent number: 10157530
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method for determining a personalized gas level exposure are generally described herein. A method may include receiving, at a wearable device, a plurality of gas level measurements for a gas level, determining, using the plurality of gas level measurements, a five-minute average gas level, in response to determining that the five-minute average gas level exceeds an instantaneous exposure threshold, issuing a dangerous exposure alert at the wearable device, determining, from the plurality of gas level measurements, a rate of change for the gas level, and in response to determining that the rate of change indicates the gas level is decreasing, disabling the dangerous exposure alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy Parra, Cynthia Lynn Merrill
  • Patent number: 10158981
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application disclose a method, device and storage medium for pushing information during a call. The method for pushing information during a call includes: obtaining a recommendation information group pre-uploaded to a server by a peer user before the call is answered or hung up; determining a recommendation information category to be recommended according to a real-time state of a mobile terminal of a local user; and selecting recommendation information for recommending from the recommendation information group according to the recommendation information category. By means of the method, device and storage medium for pushing information during a call provided in the embodiments of the present application, the information recommending forms during a call are diversified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kai Bai, Jun Li, Yunfeng Luo, Yinyin Jin, Jichao Han, Zicheng Pei, Jianding Luo, Jinglin Chen, Feng Wu
  • Patent number: 10157374
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of reconditioning a mobile electronic processing device. The method comprises firstly disassembling a mobile electronic processing device to at least obtain a main processor board assembly having an operational International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of the disassembled mobile electronic processing device stored in a memory of the main processor board assembly. Then, to assessing suitability of the main processor board assembly for reassembly in a mobile electronic processing device. If suitable, to reassembling said main processor board assembly with a reconditioned or new LCD screen assembly and a reconditioned or new housing assembly to thereby provide a reconditioned mobile electronic processing device taking said IMEI of the disassembled mobile electronic processing device as its operational IMEI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: EcoRenew DMCC
    Inventors: Gary Q. Lau, Paul Anthony Smith
  • Patent number: 10157373
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of reconditioning a mobile electronic processing device. The method comprises firstly disassembling a mobile electronic processing device to at least obtain a main processor board assembly having an operational International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of the disassembled mobile electronic processing device stored in a memory of the main processor board assembly. Then, to assessing suitability of the main processor board assembly for reassembly in a mobile electronic processing device. If suitable, to reassembling said main processor board assembly with a reconditioned or new LCD screen assembly and a reconditioned or new housing assembly to thereby provide a reconditioned mobile electronic processing device taking said IMEI of the disassembled mobile electronic processing device as its operational IMEI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: EcoRenew DMCC
    Inventors: Gary Q. Lau, Paul Anthony Smith
  • Patent number: 10156960
    Abstract: A system for diagnosing and repairing vehicles is provided. An example apparatus includes a vehicle interface configured to transmit one or more instructions to an adaptor connected to a vehicle and retrieve an indication of one or more diagnostic trouble codes from the adaptor. The apparatus includes a communication module configured to transmit the diagnostic trouble codes to a remote server along with a user identifier or a vehicle identification number, and receive repair information from the remote server. The apparatus further includes a user interface configured to receive user requests for information and to display information regarding the adaptor, the vehicle information, the one or more diagnostic trouble codes, and/or the repair information. Finally, the apparatus includes a memory and a processor configured to control the vehicle interface, the communication module, the user interface, and the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: ALLDATA LLC
    Inventors: Paul A. Marshall, Jeffery W. Lagges
  • Patent number: 10154526
    Abstract: Exemplary methods, apparatuses, and systems establish a wireless connection between a full-feature device and a limited user interface (UI) device to enable the full-feature device to transmit, and the limited UI device to receive, network setup information for the limited UI device to utilize in connecting to a wireless access point. For example, the transmission and receipt of network setup information include establishing a secure connection between the limited UI device and the full-feature device to configure the limited UI device as a wireless local area network client using the display and input capabilities of the separate full-feature device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: GTHRIVE, INC.
    Inventor: Bruce S. Borden
  • Patent number: 10149102
    Abstract: Initiation of a search query is accomplished by voice direction, rather than by reading choices and texting or clicking through options. A mobile phone includes a dedicated voice query service button for generating a signal for initiating a voice enabled service session, a speaker and microphone for transducing sounds and electrical signals, a display for displaying visual information to a user, memory for storing data, a transceiver for receiving and transmitting data and a processor. The processor receives a signal generated by the service button for initiating a voice enabled service session, communicates a prompt to a user to begin speaking, stores voice data from a user and transmits the stored voice data to a server for transforming the voice data to a result satisfying the spoken voice service request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Nagareddy S. Reddy, Vikram Khandpur
  • Patent number: 10148637
    Abstract: Techniques to perform secure authentication to provide mobile access to shared content are disclosed. In various embodiments, a user credential associated with a request to access content is received at a connector node from a mobile application running on a mobile device. The user credential is used to create at the connector node a secure credential token that includes the user credential. The secure credential token is used to provide to the mobile application on the mobile device, via the connector node, access to content on two or more servers residing on a protected network with which the user credential is associated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Anand Taralika, Divakara Challa, Srin Kumar, Alok Ojha, Leonard Chung
  • Patent number: 10142467
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed that allow entities to set up and send targeted calls and other communications over a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Robert Geroe, Michael Gene Perham
  • Patent number: 10142770
    Abstract: A method for communicating location information to a device includes receiving, at a computer system that implements a social networking service, location information that represents a geographic location of a device associated with a first user; associating, by the computer system, the received location information with a profile associated with the first user; and sending, from the computer system to a device associated with a second user, a message that is generated based at least in part on the location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Dennis P. Crowley, Alexander M. Rainert
  • Patent number: 10139241
    Abstract: An information provision system includes provision instruction means for generating a provision instruction to provide a content associated with a guidance voice every emission of the guidance voice, and information distribution means for transmitting distribution information for reproducing the content related to the provision instruction, to a mobile terminal registered as a target of provision of the content associated with the guidance voice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shota Moriguchi, Takahiro Iwata
  • Patent number: 10136302
    Abstract: A software defined networking controller can be provided to manage sharing of information relating to roaming requests for mobile devices that are roaming on visited networks. The software defined networking controller can be a sub-instance of a main software defined networking controller that manages traffic within the home network, and the software defined networking controller can sit at the edge of the home network and control edge routing elements. The edge software defined networking controller may communicate with roaming partner's edge software defined networking controller and/or with the roaming interconnect operator's software defined networking controller to exchange roaming related information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Qingmin Hu, Farooq Bari
  • Patent number: 10133868
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for implementing an educational mode on a portable computing device, such as a tablet computer, that is a single-user system, used serially by multiple users. Each user can have a separate user storage that may be encrypted. The computing device boots as a system user to a login screen. A first student user enters user credentials into the login screen. The computing device can reboot the user-space processes, while leaving the kernel running, rebooting the computing device as the first student user. When the first student user logs out, data to be synchronized to, e.g., the cloud, can be synchronized for the first student user while a second student user is logged into the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew W. Wright, Joseph R. Auricchio, Puja D. Gupta, Ananthakrishna Ramesh, Timothy P. Hannon
  • Patent number: 10133708
    Abstract: A method and system for processing electronic documents. A temporary computer object is created. An address of a first electronic document is obtained. A first tag, a second tag, and the address of the first electronic document are copied into a header of the created temporary computer object. Selected text from the first electronic document is obtained. The first and second tag respectively mark the beginning and the end of the header. The address of the first electronic document is disposed between the first and second tags. The selected text and a third tag are copied into the created temporary computer object. The third tag marks the end of the created temporary computer object. The selected text is disposed between the header of the created temporary computer object and the third tag. The created temporary computer object is stored in a second electronic document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Fernando Incertis Carro, Ghislain Imbert De Tremiolles
  • Patent number: 10135803
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for dynamically switching user identity when generating a web service request by receiving, at a client application, an invocation of a web service, the invocation associated with a first authenticated user identity of a first user, identifying a second user identity, verifying that a switch from the first user identity to the second user identity is permitted by switching rules, including the second user identity in a service request when the switch is permitted, and communicating the service request to the web service. The switching rules can include associations between initial user identities and permitted user identities. Verifying that a switch is permitted can include searching the associations for an entry having an initial user identity that matches the first authenticated user identity and a new user identity that matches the second user identity, wherein the switch is permitted when the entry is found.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nickolas Kavantzas, Jiandong Guo, Pratibha Gupta
  • Patent number: 10129480
    Abstract: It is possible to readily observe pathology specimens without spending much time and suspected pathology specimens in detail. A specimen observation device comprises an image capturing unit acquiring a partial image representing at least a part of one of multiple pathology specimens mounted on an accommodating section and a whole image of the multiple pathology specimens mounted on the accommodating section; an input unit inputting identification information of the accommodating section; a display unitdisplaying an enlarged version of the partial image acquired by the image capturing unit); an image designating unit designating the partial image displayed on the display unit; and a storage unit storing the identification information input via the input unit and a position of the partial image designated via the image designating unit in relation to the whole image such that the position and the identification information are associated with the whole image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Kawano
  • Patent number: 10129683
    Abstract: A method and corresponding system for correcting for deviations in a performance that includes a plurality of audio sources, the method comprising detecting a parameter relating to an audio source, determining if the parameter deviates from a predetermined characteristic and in response to it being determined that the parameter deviates from the predetermined characteristic, causing display of a user interface configured to control the parameter, to allow a user to correct the deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Juha Arrasvuori, Antti Eronen, Arto Lehtiniemi, Jussi Leppänen
  • Patent number: 10122660
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mobile communication platforms are described. In one embodiment, a method for distributing contextual information over a network to a first remote subscriber computer comprises receiving contextual information at a transmission server sent from a data source over a network, storing the remote subscriber's preferences relating to defined communication aspects, configuring the contextual information accordingly, and providing a configurable viewer application to the first remote subscriber for installation on the remote subscriber computer, the configurable viewer application including an interactive graphical user interface for viewing the configured contextual information. In a further aspect, the method includes sending a first encoded short URL for downloading the configurable application in a message to the first remote subscriber's computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: MINDBODY, INC.
    Inventors: Chet I. Brandenburg, Mario E. Ruiz
  • Patent number: 10121213
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a method, system, and computer-readable storage medium with instructions for recommending locations to a user. Preferred criteria may be selected by the user, for example, or a third party, and provide objective or subjective information that the user is seeking in a location. Embodiments may include compiling objective information with the location and comparing the objective information to preferred criteria. A user's profile may be compared to another person's profile, where the other person's profile is associated to the location. A location may be recommended to the user if the objective information correlates to the preferred criteria and if the other person's profile correlates to the user's profile. Subjective information associated with the location may be provided to the user along with the recommended location. Furthermore, a location may be recommended to the user if the subjective information correlates to the preferred criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Bradly Jay Billman, Charles Lee Oakes, III, Reynaldo Medina, III, Michael Patrick Bueche, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10123174
    Abstract: A management server is adapted to be provided with: a field data managing unit configured to store mobility data of mobility instances; a group possibility degree determining unit configured to execute a predetermined process for improving identification of mobility context, for the mobility data; and a group extracting unit configured to, based on a time distance and a spatial distance between mobility data of one mobility instance and mobility data of another mobility instance, identify mobility context of the one mobility instance after the process is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yosuke Himura, Mitsunari Kobayashi, Yoshiko Yasuda
  • Patent number: 10120697
    Abstract: Examples relate to extending hardware support for sensors embedded in peripherals. In some examples, a driver is used to determine that a peripheral device includes a sensor in response to the peripheral device being attached to a mobile computing device, where the driver is preloaded in an operating system kernel of the mobile computing device. Next, a list of supported hardware features is updated to include a peripheral hardware feature that is provided by a sensor of the peripheral device, and the list of supported hardware features is sent to an application store server. At this stage, a list of available applications that are compatible with the list of supported hardware features is received from the application store server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Juliano Godinho Varaschin de Moraes, Nicholas Hallas, John Michael Main
  • Patent number: 10117062
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to transmit a series of impulses into a vehicle interior. The processor is also configured to receive data from a wearable-device receiver receiving the impulses, the data indicating arrival times and magnitudes of the impulses. The processor is further configured to analyze the arrival times and magnitudes to determine a likely wearable device location and control a functionality aspect of a mobile device associated with the wearable device, based on the likely wearable device location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Perry Robinson Macneille, Oliver Lei
  • Patent number: 10116601
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and devices for presentation of display device notifications. The notifications are visually appealing, employing a common theme and user interface. The notifications are less-intrusive, such that the user experience is improved. The notifications can provide additional information, function as links to destinations, and give the user multiple options, from which the user can make a selection. Actions taken by a user can be controlled and monitored to optimize user interaction with the notifications. By providing display device notifications to a user, the user is able to process important information on a display device in an improved way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignees: JAMDEO CANADA LTD., QINGDAO HISENSE ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., HISENSE USA CORP., HISENSE INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sanjiv Sirpal, Mohammed Selim, Alexander De Paz, Saulo Dourado, Tong Chen, Gregory Burdzinski
  • Patent number: 10110279
    Abstract: Apparatus for supplying power to a field device, comprising: a first electrical connector adapted to electrically couple a field device to the apparatus, a power supply unit electrically coupled to the first connector and adapted to provide electrical power to a field device via the first connector; a local user input, e.g. a manually operated switch, adapted to be actuated by a user; a monitoring circuitry electrically coupled to the local user input and adapted to detect an actuation of the local user input. The monitoring circuit is adapted to generate an activation signal causing the power supply unit to provide electrical voltage to the first electrical connector for powering a field device electrically coupled to the first connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER PROCESS SOLUTIONS AG
    Inventors: Marc Fiedler, Reinhard Griech
  • Patent number: 10102547
    Abstract: Techniques for scheduling deals based on predicted user locations are described herein. In particular implementations, a service provider may aggregate location information for multiple users. In one example, the location information comprises check-in information shared by a user through a location-based service. The service provider may utilize the aggregated location information to predict future user traffic for a geographical region associated with a deal or a merchant of the deal. In some instance, the deal comprises an offer of an item for acquisition at a discounted value for a period of time, such as a period of hours, days, or weeks. The predicted user traffic may be used by the service provider, merchant, or others to identify the time period and discounted value at which to offer the deal for acquisition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Nosakhare Daniel Omoigui
  • Patent number: 10095876
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for enabling a user to access a blocked media asset. These systems and methods allow a user to request that a parent, or another user, who can approve access to the blocked media asset approve access to the blocked media asset for viewing. The request may be transmitted as a notification to a mobile phone or another suitable device, such that the parent the other user can approve the request, even though they may be remote from the requesting user. Both the requesting user and the user whose approval is required to unblock the media asset (i.e., the approver), are identified by the system based on an identifier associated with each user. This informs the approver which user submitted the request. Additionally, this also adds a layer of security, since the approver must enter an identifier to authenticate their identity to the system before being able to unblock the program for the requesting user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Reda Harb
  • Patent number: 10097678
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of this disclosure provide an apparatus and a method for generating a group profile. The apparatus receives, from a first external device, a request for generating a set of first information related to a group including a plurality of users using different electronic devices through the communication module. The apparatus receives, from the first external device or a second external device, a set of second information related to at least some of the plurality of users in response to the received request. The apparatus generates first data including the set of first information and second data for at least a part of at least one user interface corresponding to the set of first information based on at least some of the received set of second information. The apparatus transmits the first data or the second data to the first external device through the communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young-Ri Kim, Doo-Suk Kang, Eun-Sun Kim, Jin-A Lee, Young-Ho Rhee, Cheol-Kyu Lim
  • Patent number: 10097295
    Abstract: A method of linkage-viewing a TV broadcasting program between a mobile communication apparatus and a digital TV, the method includes inputting a TV linkage-viewing command in order to successively view a TV broadcasting program which is being viewed on the mobile communication apparatus, on the digital TV; transmitting data information from the mobile communication apparatus to the digital TV according to the input of the TV linkage viewing command; and selecting a TV channel in the digital TV which is the same as a current channel which is being viewed on the mobile communication apparatus and changing to the selected TV channel based on the data information which the digital TV has received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Min-kyung Chun
  • Patent number: 10091615
    Abstract: Interactions between users on mobile devices can be facilitated by making the users aware when other users have performed similar searches. In one embodiment, when two users executing a mapping application on a mobile device each perform a similar search in a similar geographic area, the server that receives and performs the search request can make each user aware of the other's presence, for example by displaying an icon indicating the other user on the mapping application. The search results may be refined to indicate search results in a geographic area common to the geographic search areas of each user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Open Invention Network LLC
    Inventor: David Gerard Ledet
  • Patent number: 10091147
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus related to providing additional information related to a vague term in a message. For example, in some implementations, one or more messages sent by a sender and received by one or more recipients may be identified, a vague term in the message may be identified, a user-restricted database may be identified that is associated with the sender or a recipient, and additional information related to the vague term may be determined from the user-restricted database. A vague term is a term which may have multiple meanings and that can be clarified with additional information. In some implementations, user-restricted databases may include additional information that is associated with the user that may be utilized to replace the vague term with a clarified term. In some implementations, a user-restricted database may be utilized to identify additional information in another database that may be utilized to clarify the vague term.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Tomkins, Shanmugasundaram Ravikumar, Shalini Agarwal, MyLinh Yang, Bo Pang, Mark Yinan Li
  • Patent number: 10091784
    Abstract: An Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) communication network controls Device-to-Device (D2D) scheduling. The OFDM access point wirelessly exchanges wireless communications with a plurality of individual User Equipment (UEs) using scheduled UE resources in a shared resource range. The OFDM access point wirelessly receives a first D2D communication request for a first D2D UE and responsively schedules D2D resources for the first D2D communication request in the shared resource range. The OFDM access point detects D2D interference for one of the plurality of individual UEs and determines that the D2D interference exceeds a D2D interference threshold. The OFDM access point wirelessly receives a second D2D communication request for a second D2D UE and responsively schedules D2D resources for the second D2D communication request in a D2D dedicated resource sub-range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Chunmei Liu, Krishna D. Sitaram, Hemanth Balaji Pawar, Pratik Kothari
  • Patent number: 10082403
    Abstract: A system and method for improved routing that combines real-time and likelihood information. In accordance with an embodiment, the system comprises a digital map/map information; a likelihood routing information; a route processor; wherein, when a request is received from a user/driver, or from another system, to receive a routing information, the system receives real-time information from a traffic-monitoring device or service providing real-time information; wherein the route processor adjusts the received real-time information based on the system's likelihood routing information; and wherein the routing information based on the combination of real-time and likelihood information can then be provided to the user/driver or other system in response to the original request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Gil Fuchs
  • Patent number: 10082586
    Abstract: A system for detecting radiation using computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Pioneer Square Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Kosai
  • Patent number: 10084925
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for processing charging in wireless communication systems and methods and apparatuses for providing providers' policy services through the charging process are provided. The method includes identifying, by an evolved Node B (eNB), a radio access technology (RAT) used by a user equipment (UE), and generating, by the eNB, charging information per use of a communication service by the UE according to the identified radio access technology (RAT). The method includes identifying, by an eNB, a RAT used by a UE, generating, by the eNB, charging-related information including RAT information indicating the identified RAT for a charging process per use of a communication service by the UE, and transmitting, by the eNB, the charging-related information to a network entity involved with the charging process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Han-Na Lim, Ha-Kyung Jung, Jung-Shin Park, Ki-Suk Kweon, Beom-Sik Bae