Format Conversion (e.g., Text, Audio, Etc.) Patents (Class 455/414.4)
  • Patent number: 11159320
    Abstract: The invention relates a method involving calling of hardware components (i.e. memory, keyboard, microphone, user interface, etc.) being controlled by software units from trusted execution environment [102]; and encryption of the input from these elements within the trusted execution environment [102]; and transmission of the said encrypted data preferably normalized methods to the application in the rich environment [103]; transmission of the said encrypted data to the receiver via the application in the rich environment [103] via the methods of the application of the rich environment [103]; transmission of the said encrypted data using protocols/methods of the application running in the rich environment [103]; and at the receiving device being opened at the trusted execution environment [102] and being displayed to the user as such.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: HAVELSAN HAVA ELEKTRONIK SANAYI VE TICARET ANONIM SIRKETI
    Inventors: Mesut Gözütok, Oguzhan Sereflisan, Kemal Biçakci
  • Patent number: 11138386
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to recommendation and translation of symbols. In some embodiments, the method includes receiving current text data from a sender, receiving a first set of historical text data for the sender, determining emoji use preference of the sender, analyzing the current text data for context that is representable by an emoji, selecting a first emoji based the context and the first set of historical text data, receiving a second set of historical text data for a recipient of the current text data, analyzing a contextual meaning of the selected emoji based on the first set of historical text data and the second set of historical text data, determining, based on the analyzing the contextual meaning of the selected emoji, that a second emoji would more closely match the context of the current text data, and sending the second emoji to the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sharon Chen, Jin Shi, Chao Yuan Huang, Pei-Yi Lin
  • Patent number: 11140034
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are system, apparatus, article of manufacture, method and/or computer program product embodiments, and/or combinations and sub-combinations thereof, for automatically determining the functionality and capabilities of electronic components. Some embodiments operate by transmitting a command to the display device in question (sometimes called the device under test—DUT—herein) and monitoring the device. Then, it is determined whether an action by the display device was one of a set of proper responses to the command. If the action was proper, then it is determined that the display device supports the command set associated with the command. The command set may be the Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) set, although this disclosure is not limited to that example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventors: Ilya Asnis, Daniel Martin Daly, Gregory Mack Garner, Scott Edward De Haas, David Allen Westerhoff, Anthony John Wood
  • Patent number: 11115539
    Abstract: A smart voice system is disclosed. The smart voice system includes a data receiving module, a voice message receiving module, a voice response module and a voice message output module. The data receiving module receives a hearing evaluation data of a user, and acquiring a hearing parameter according to the hearing evaluation data. The voice message receiving module receives a voice message inputted by the user. The voice response module acquires a response voice message corresponding to the voice message and the frequency of the response voice message is adjusted according to the hearing parameter. The voice message output module outputs the response voice message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventors: Kuo-Ping Yang, Chih-Long Chang, Neo Bob Chih-Yung Young
  • Patent number: 11048873
    Abstract: At an electronic device, detect a first input on the touch-sensitive surface that represents selection of a first ideogram. Identify at least one attribute of the first ideogram. Select a plurality of suggested one or more characters to display, where at least a first set of suggested one or more characters is selected based on a set of selection criteria, the set of selection criteria including the identified at least one attribute of the first ideogram. Display at least the first set of suggested one or more characters. Detect a second input on the touch-sensitive surface that represents selection of the displayed first set of suggested one or more characters. In response to detecting the second input, displaying a composed electronic message, the composed electronic message including the first ideogram and the selected first set of suggested one or more characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tiffany S. Jon, Imran Chaudhri, Chanaka G. Karunamuni, Kenneth Kocienda, Giancarlo Yerkes, Woo-Ram Lee
  • Patent number: 10952071
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a communication apparatus including a first execution unit, a second execution unit, and a selection unit. The selection unit selects a first process of setting a wireless parameter in another communication apparatus or a second process of setting a wireless parameter that is set in another communication apparatus in the communication apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kenichi Fujii
  • Patent number: 10887120
    Abstract: An example videoconferencing system includes a server, a videoconferencing codec, and a system controller in communication with the videoconferencing codec and the server via one or more wired and/or wireless communication networks. The system also includes a mobile computing device adapted to communicate with the server via the one or more wired/and or wireless communication networks. The mobile computing device includes a user interface. The mobile device is configured to parse information stored on the mobile computing device according to a parsing protocol to obtain information regarding a scheduled conference call, and to transmit at least a portion of the information regarding the scheduled conference call to the server in response to user input. The server is configured to transmit the information regarding the scheduled conference call to the system controller, and the system controller is configured to initiate the scheduled conference call via the videoconferencing codec.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Zeller Digital Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Justin McArdle
  • Patent number: 10859731
    Abstract: An approach is provided for interpolating weather forecast reports for a forecast location having limited weather station access. The approach involves segmenting a plurality of weather forecast reports according to a plurality of segmentation categories, the plurality of segmentation categories representing respective one or more forecast parameters. The approach also involves determining respective values of the plurality of segmentation categories from each of the plurality of weather forecasts. The approach further involves selecting a representative value from the respective values for each of the one or more segmentation categories. The approach further involves combining the representative value for said each of the plurality of segmentation categories to generate an interpolated weather forecast report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Alex Averbuch, Leon Stenneth
  • Patent number: 10791930
    Abstract: There are disclosed systems, devices, and methods for generating insights relating to patient health using a social networking platform interconnecting a patient with a plurality of care givers. The patient is provided access to a computer application configured to solicit and collect patient data from the patient, the computer application selected based on at least one characteristic of the patient. First patient data reflective of the health condition of the patient, as collected by the computer application, are received through the social networking platform. A communication from a care giver is transmitted to the patient through the social networking platform. Second patient data reflective of the health condition responsive to the transmitted communication are received through the social networking platform. The first and second patient data are analyzed to determine at least one insight relating to health of the patient; and a report is generated to present the insight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: SELF CARE CATALYSTS INC.
    Inventors: Grace Castillo Soyao, Jared Ring Adams, Zenon Harley
  • Patent number: 10733519
    Abstract: The various implementations described herein include systems and methods for determining that media items are currently being presented. In one aspect, a method performed at a client device includes: (1) identifying a media item potentially being presented on an output device coupled to the client device; (2) calculating a level of confidence that the identified media item is currently being presented to the user; (3) subsequent to the calculating, determining that at least one predetermined event associated with user interaction with the media item has occurred; and (4) based on the at least one predetermined event, increasing or decreasing the level of confidence that the identified media item is currently being presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Vincent Dureau
  • Patent number: 10715955
    Abstract: A system and a method generate a recommendation on a mobile device. The system and the method may use a time, a location, a venue and/or an event to generate the recommendation. Further, the system and the method may use an event database to determine current interests of the user. Still further, the system and the method for generating a recommendation on a mobile device may use a transactional history of the user and/or behavior of other users to generate the recommendation. The system and the method may recommend, for example, digital media, news and event information, editorial content and/or physical or digital merchandise. As a result, the system and the method may generate a recommendation that corresponds to the current interests of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: III HOLDINGS 2, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Jenkins, Jeff Rayfield
  • Patent number: 10685642
    Abstract: An information processing method includes determining information received by an electronic device is information of a first type, converting the first type information to information of a second type, and, in response to receiving a presentation instruction for the second type information, presenting the second type information on the electronic device using a presentation mode corresponding to the second type information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chen Chen, Xiaoping Zhang
  • Patent number: 10659546
    Abstract: Various embodiments describe controlling usages of channels of a user experience ecosystem. A computer system provides a user interface to a computing device, generates data entries based on user interactions with the user interface, and stores the data entries in a data store. The data entries identify the channels and specify dependencies between the usages of the channels. The computer system adds, to the data store, identifiers of storage locations of content. The computer system provides, to channel systems, access to the data entries and the identifiers of the storage locations in the data store. A usage of a channel by a channel system includes a content publication based on the data entries and the identifiers of the storage locations. The usage of this channel is coordinated with a usage of a different channel by a different channel system based on the dependencies specified in the data entries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Stephanie Au, Peter Krmpotic, John Costello
  • Patent number: 10588171
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes various examples of a method, an apparatus, and a computer readable medium for multi-state discontinuous reception (DRX) in wireless communications. For example, one of the methods described may include identifying, by a user equipment (UE), at least two states in connected mode, determining, by the UE, one or more triggers for transitioning between the at least two states, and transitioning, by the UE, from a first state of the at least two states to a second state of the at least two states in response to a determination of the one or more triggers. In an aspect, the transitioning comprises transitioning between cross-slot scheduling and same-slot scheduling, or between a narrow bandwidth and a wide bandwidth, or between a larger periodicity and a smaller periodicity for monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Peter Pui Lok Ang, Brian Clarke Banister, Tingfang Ji, Alexei Yurievitch Gorokhov, Wanshi Chen, Jing Sun, Joseph Binamira Soriaga, Jafar Mohseni, Amir Aminzadeh Gohari, John Edward Smee
  • Patent number: 10555311
    Abstract: The present invention provides a data transmission method and apparatus based on networks of multiple communications standards. According to the method of the present invention, an air interface state of a first communications standard network and an air interface state of a second communications standard network are detected, a data packet sending rate suitable for the air interface status of the first communications standard network and a data packet sending rate suitable for the air interface state of the second communications standard network are determined, and a data packet is allocated to the first communications standard network and the second communications standard network according to the determined data packet sending rates, so that the data packet may be simultaneously delivered to a user by using the networks of the two communications standards together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiagang Ji, Weihua Dai, Dan Jiang
  • Patent number: 10542419
    Abstract: Functionality of a mobile device may be controlled based on speed and/or location. Rules define functional capabilities, and restrictions, based on speed and/or location. File access may also be based on speed and/or location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: David B. Nagorniak
  • Patent number: 10495785
    Abstract: Provided are methods, devices and non-transitory computer readable storage mediums to generate a more accurate weather forecast by utilizing actual observation of a weather event in a particular location and time. For example, the observation data may be received from a user device and contain information indicative of a weather event that the user observed. Alternatively, or additionally, the observation data may be automatically generated by one or more sensors placed in certain locations and transmitted to a central server automatically upon detecting an observation. The observation data may be used to predict a weather forecast of a location that corresponds to, or is otherwise related to the particular location in which the observed event occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: SKY MOTION RESEARCH, ULC
    Inventor: André Leblanc
  • Patent number: 10486059
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods and systems for locating virtual elements that can be used or collected by players of a parallel reality game having a virtual world that parallels at least a portion of the real world are provided. In particular, the location of virtual elements in the virtual world is determined based on data associated with one or more real world conditions. Virtual elements can be located in the virtual world at locations corresponding to locations in the real world that encourage safe and effective game play. Locating virtual elements in the virtual world based on data associated with real world conditions improves the link between the parallel virtual world and the real world, enhancing the illusion that the virtual world is another dimension of the real world that the player can interact with through the parallel reality game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Niantic, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith P. Golden, Mark A. Aubin, John V. Hanke, Phillip Craig Keslin, James Dinkelacker, Charles Spirakis, Alexander Vladimirov
  • Patent number: 10425365
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer-readable storage devices for message delivery according to a distribution list, from the point of view of a message relay server. An example message relay server receives a message, and parses the message to extract a distribution list identifier. The message relay server can parse the distribution list identifier from one of a body of the message, a message subject, an address to which the message is directed, for example. Based on the distribution list identifier, the message relay server can retrieve a distribution list of intended recipients for the message and the message relay server can adapt the message for each intended recipient on the distribution list based on respective message preferences, to yield adapted messages. The message relay server can deliver each of the adapted messages to a respective recipient in the distribution list of intended recipients based on respective message preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Tum J. Lee
  • Patent number: 10212483
    Abstract: In accordance with a method a plurality of subscriber systems are provided, the systems being coupled via a Wide Area Network (WAN) and comprising a first subscriber system. The first subscriber system has processing and non-volatile storage and is suitably programmed for providing a subscriber service to a first subscriber. The first system is disposed in an unsecured location, which is associated with the first subscriber. Subsequently, the subscriber service is provided to the first subscriber. Separately, a task is provided to the first subscriber system via the WAN and is executed on the first subscriber system. An activity record for the execution of the task is logged, based on an amount of at least one of the processing and the non-volatile storage consumed on the first subscriber system during execution of the task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: LeoNovus Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Willis, Paul Master, Gordon Campbell, Sean O'Hagan, Derek Noble
  • Patent number: 9886860
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing concatenated datalink messages are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Raghu Shamasundar
  • Patent number: 9755683
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and techniques for dual-mode communication are provided. Example embodiments provide an enhanced mobile device that includes a low latency transceiver and a high latency transceiver. In some cases, the enhanced mobile device is operated by a customer and configured to interact with a point of service computing system via both the low and high latency transceivers to facilitate a customer interaction at a point of service location. For example, the enhanced mobile device may transmit via its high latency transceiver an indication that it is en route to the point of service location. Upon arrival at the point of service location, the enhanced mobile device may transmit via its low latency transceiver an indication that the customer has arrived at the point of service location. The point of service computing system may then provide a service based on the information received from the enhanced mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Kevin Griffin
  • Patent number: 9712639
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the systems, methods and computer-readable mediums (collectively “system”) discussed herein may be configured to enable a single mobile application to receive dynamically customized content. The criteria and/or preferences that influence the dynamically customized content may be defined by a user and/or may be automatically detected by a user device. The criteria and/or preferences may be associated with the mobile application and/or a mobile device operating the mobile application. The criteria and/or preferences may be provided as part of a request for content to a content distribution system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL RELATED SERVICES COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Hans-Jurgen Greiner, Mallikarj U Hiremath, Owais Mohaideen, Edward Louis Morabito, Vasif Mehmood Pasha, Kevin H. Ringger, Sathyakumar Rajaraman, Mukund Shankar Simha Raghu, Subir Sud
  • Patent number: 9692830
    Abstract: The teachings herein generally relate to client-server communications and the delivery of content over computer networks to clients, and provide improved methods, systems, and apparatus for identifying and/or characterizing client devices that are requesting content from a server. For example, based on information sent in a client device's request for content, a web server modified in accordance with the teachings hereof can identify a set of characteristics associated with that client device. Such characteristics might include the model name of the client device, the screen dimensions of the client device, information about the particular operating system or browser name/version it is running, content formats it is capable of consuming, and so on. The web server can use this information to modify and customize its response for the given client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Akamai Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alec Heller, David H. Kaufman, Eric L. Kobrin, Stephen R. Scaffidi, Walter P. Tetzner
  • Patent number: 9602672
    Abstract: A device that enable users to send and receive a message in different formats may include a text message gateway, an audio message gateway, and a processor. The text message gateway may include a Short Message Service (SMS) gateway. The audio message gateway may include an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) unit and/or a client application interface that receives audio from a client application of a mobile communications device. The processor may be configured to convert text messages received at the text-message gateway into audio messages and then to send the audio messages via the audio message gateway. The processor may also be configured to convert audio messages received at the audio message gateway into text messages and then to send the text messages via the text message gateway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Lee Engelhart, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9436946
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus include computer programs encoded on a computer-readable storage medium for providing content to a user. A method includes: receiving a query; receiving query results based on the query; determining for each of a predetermined number of top results entities associated therewith; using the determined entities to either augment or filter the query producing an enhanced query; and using the enhanced query to identify one or more sponsored content items for presentation to a user along with the query results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Collins, Andrew T. Wansley
  • Patent number: 9386119
    Abstract: Techniques, systems, and articles of manufacture for mobile web adaptation techniques. A method includes determining a user preference value for each of multiple items of web content to be loaded onto a mobile device of the user; determining a content provider preference value for each of the multiple items of web content to be loaded onto at least the mobile device of the user; for each of the multiple items of web content to be loaded onto the mobile device of the user, combining (i) the corresponding user preference and (ii) the corresponding content provider preference value, thereby generating a combined value; and loading the multiple items of web content to the mobile device of the user in order of highest combined value to lowest combined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Malolan Chetlur, Vikas Agarwal, Pradipta De, Sumit Mittal, Kuntal Dey, Sougata Mukherjea, Ayush Dubey
  • Patent number: 9355382
    Abstract: Group-based information displays correspond to the collection of display objects representative of either contacts associated with a user or applications or executable components executable, or otherwise accessible, via the telecommunication device. The group-based information displays can be logically organized according to organizational criteria. The organizational criteria can include, for example, organization or other affiliates criteria, event-based or activity based criteria, topic-based criteria and the like. Through group-based information displays, telecommunication device users can initiate one or more actions corresponding to the selection of display objects. Additionally, as applicable, the user can limit, or otherwise apply, the initiated actions to contacts identified, or otherwise associated, with specific group-based information displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Steffen Vance, Jared T. Benson, Christian Robertson, Shilpa R. Shah, Gabriel J. White
  • Patent number: 9191790
    Abstract: An system and method for converting standard characters or emoticons in electronic messaging service messages to animated characters. The system and method for animating electronic messages is embodied on a mobile electronic communications device configured through executable software to perform the primary steps of identifying convertible characters, associating convertible characters with a corresponding, stored animation, and converting the associated convertible character with the corresponding animation. Text or emoticons in messages sent over electronic messaging services such as SMS and MMS, is converted into animated characters prior to transmission from the sending mobile electronics communications device. The animated message, or message with contains an animated character, is then received and displayed on the receiving mobile electronic communications device through its conventional MMS messaging handling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventors: Umar Blount, Amani Bradshaw
  • Patent number: 9191792
    Abstract: A system and method for the insertion of additional content to messages sent between mobile communications devices. The system provides for a point system which allows users of the system to accumulate points for additional content sent with text messages. The points may be used for various functions such as purchasing premium services or may be applied towards the user's service charges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Cohen
  • Patent number: 9178952
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses and program products configured to provide a topology-service tool are described. A presence-federation solution asset is leveraged to address topology-federation problems. A network topology tool takes as input network endpoints, for example caller and callee telephone numbers, determines a network service flow used to connect the network endpoints, and develops a network topology view of the service flow along with associated network device related information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Arup Acharya, Nilanjan Banerjee, Dipanjan Chakraborty, Koustuv Dasgupta, Chetan Desai, Piyush Sarwal, Shachi Sharma, Xiping Wang
  • Publication number: 20150140961
    Abstract: A system for communicating short message service messages from a SMS application to a wireless communication device. The system includes a protocol gateway for converting messages from a simple object access protocol (SOAP) to a short message peer-to-peer (SMPP) protocol. By using a SOAP protocol for a portion of communications between the SMS application and the wireless communication device, the system provides communications path in which SMS application is not required to maintain knowledge of the complex SMPP protocol. The system may also include a billing mechanism for charging subscribers for content received by the wireless communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: David Midkiff
  • Patent number: 9037114
    Abstract: A method for applying personalized rules to an incoming e-mail message includes receiving an e-mail message addressed to a user and forwarding a copy of the e-mail message to a mobile communication device associated with the user. One or more pre-defined rules associated with the user are applied to the e-mail message. At least one of the pre-defined rules is identified that the e-mail message satisfies. The identified rule specifies that a text message such as an SMS message be sent to the mobile communication device indicating that an e-mail message satisfying the pre-defined rule has been received. The text message includes a link that allows the user to directly access the e-mail with the mobile communication device's user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Sami Khoury
  • Patent number: 9037116
    Abstract: A provisioning system configured to retrieve a voicemail password and/or a pilot number for a voicemail account, create a first service request directed to an over-the-air system, and send the first service request to the over-the-air system, if the provisioning system determines that the voicemail account has been initialized. The first service request instructs the over-the-air system to format a first message including the voicemail password and/or the pilot number for delivery to a mobile device. The provisioning system is further configured to create a second service request directed to the over-the-air system and send the second service request to the over-the-air system, if the provisioning system determines that the voicemail account has not been initialized. The second service request instructs the over-the-air system to format a second message including a default voicemail password and/or a default pilot number for delivery to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Adrianne Binh Luu, Mark Causey, Michael Zubas
  • Patent number: 9037120
    Abstract: A system that automatically delivers telephony network services from a dual mode service technology platform to an external entity. The system includes a sensing component that detects the presence of a mobile handset registered on a cellular network, and registers the mobile handset with a wireless access network. Further, a provisioning component identifies calls to subscribers that are provisioned for the requested telephony network service. Once the calls are identified, the provisioning component extracts the requested data from the incoming calls and routes the data to an external entity for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Thomas W. Bonner
  • Patent number: 9020473
    Abstract: A content sharing system in which a plurality of terminal devices that enable voice calls and data communication to each other, switching equipment that mediates the voice calls, and a content sharing server that mediates the data communication are connected to each other, each mobile device comprising: a voice call module, a content sharing application that generates incremental update commands in response to one user operation and sends the incremental update commands to another mobile device with respect to the same content; first and second communication control units that perform data communication according to first and second communication protocols; and a protocol selection unit that sends a desired protocol to the content sharing server according to the status of the terminal device, receives the determined protocol and switches the communication protocol to this protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuaki Nakajima
  • Publication number: 20150111547
    Abstract: An approach is provided for providing immersive interaction via everyday devices based on one or more immersive interaction events. An immersion service processes content presented at a device to determine one or more immersive interaction events. The immersion service further determines (a) one or more control signals for controlling the device, one or more other devices, or a combination thereof to cause, at least in part, the one or more immersive interaction events; (b) one or more protocols for transmitting the one or more control signals; or (c) a combination thereof. The immersion service also causes, at least in part, a transmission of the one or more control signals to the device, the one or more other devices, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Diego Baldini, Steven Bauer, Steven James Rawlings
  • Patent number: 9009754
    Abstract: Alternate digital content is inserted into mobile devices with a method and apparatus that comprises an alternate content scheduler, an alternate content reporter, and a micro-splicer. The alternate content scheduler further comprises a mobile network interface for interaction with a mobile data and broadcast network, a micro-splicer interface for interfacing with a micro-splicer, a rulebook that is shared with the network which provides the rules for alternate content scheduling, a preference provisioning module comprising an alternate content scheduler library for storing user or network preferences, a scheduler for providing tight synchronization between original program content and alternate content, and a metric recording interface to an alternate content reporter. The micro-splicer works in tandem with the alternate content scheduler to render synchronized display of alternate multimedia content on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Goldspot Media, Inc.
    Inventor: Srinivasa Dharmaji
  • Patent number: 9009041
    Abstract: A method is described for improving the accuracy of a transcription generated by an automatic speech recognition (ASR) engine. A personal vocabulary is maintained that includes replacement words. The replacement words in the personal vocabulary are obtained from personal data associated with a user. A transcription is received of an audio recording. The transcription is generated by an ASR engine using an ASR vocabulary and includes a transcribed word that represents a spoken word in the audio recording. Data is received that is associated with the transcribed word. A replacement word from the personal vocabulary is identified, which is used to re-score the transcription and replace the transcribed word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: George Zavaliagkos, William F. Ganong, III, Uwe H. Jost, Shreedhar Madhavapeddi, Gary B. Clayton
  • Patent number: 9008652
    Abstract: Provided in the present invention are method and system for delivering an electronic business card by combining geographical location information and Bluetooth technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Intsig Information Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiping Luo, Qingshan Chen, Lixin Zhen, Teng Long, Lu Cao
  • Patent number: 9002330
    Abstract: An exemplary mobile phone is for determining a using state of each of other mobile phones communicatively connected with the mobile phone. The mobile phone includes a first communicating unit, a power switch, a using state determining unit, a second communicating unit, and a control unit. The using state determining unit determines the using state of the mobile phone by monitoring the first communicating unit and the power switch. The control unit controls the second communicating unit to transmit a contact ID and the using state of the mobile phone to a mobile switching center (MSC) via a base station (BS). Each one of the other mobile phones obtains the using state of the mobile phone from the MSC by transmitting the contact ID of the mobile phone via the BS, and updates the using state of the contact ID in the address list with the obtained using state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ren-Wen Huang
  • Publication number: 20150094044
    Abstract: In embodiments of the present invention, systems and methods for organizing content for media services may comprise organizing content from a plurality of data sources having information relevant to a channel, transforming the content into short messages suitable for delivery to a user via at least two of SMS, MMS, WAP, e-mail, and the Internet, and managing a script of such messages, wherein the next short message in a series is based on a user response to a prior short message in the series. User engagement may be facilitated by developing locally produced, personalized channels for delivery of relevant content. The mobile platform may enable building mobile-oriented communities around original content. Content may be local, authentic, relevant, insider, original, aggregated, a multi-modal mash-up, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel C. Smith, Jack Odell, Rekba Singh, Kevin W. Massey
  • Patent number: 8995975
    Abstract: A hardware and/or software facility measures end user activity associated with a software application or service on a mobile phone or other mobile device. The facility tracks and stores usage data associated with a mobile user's use of the application or service. When the mobile user initiates transmission of the usage data, the facility retrieves from the mobile phone or other mobile device a usage code representing the usage data. The facility relies on user transcription, text input-buffer insertion, or other indirect means of data transport to deliver the usage code from the mobile phone or other mobile device to an application developer, service provider, or another entity. The recipient extracts the usage data contained in the usage code, and may perform various data mining and analysis techniques on the usage data in order to evaluate how the application or service is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin B. Marshall
  • Patent number: 8995974
    Abstract: A device that enable users to send and receive a message in different formats may include a text message gateway, an audio message gateway, and a processor. The text message gateway may include a Short Message Service (SMS) gateway. The audio message gateway may include an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) unit and/or a client application interface that receives audio from a client application of a mobile communications device. The processor may be configured to convert text messages received at the text-message gateway into audio messages and then to send the audio messages via the audio message gateway. The processor may also be configured to convert audio messages received at the audio message gateway into text messages and then to send the text messages via the text message gateway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Robert Lee Engelhart, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8995973
    Abstract: A system for targeting advertising content includes the steps of: (a) receiving respective requests for advertising content corresponding to a plurality of mobile communication facilities operated by a group of users, wherein the plurality includes first and second types of mobile communication facilities with different rendering capabilities; (b) receiving a datum corresponding to the group; (c) selecting from a first and second sponsor respective content based on a relevancy to the datum, wherein each content includes a first and second item requiring respective rendering capabilities; (d) receiving bids from the first and second sponsors; (e) attributing a priority to the content of the first sponsor based upon a determination that a yield associated with the first sponsor is greater than a yield associated with the second sponsor; and (f) transmitting the first and second items of the first sponsor to the first and second types of mobile communication facilities respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Millennial Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Jorey Ramer, Adam Soroca, Dennis Doughty
  • Patent number: 8989719
    Abstract: A device receives, from an application server, a message destined for a user equipment, and reformats the message into a non-access stratum (NAS) transparent message. The device also provides, to a home subscriber server, a query for an identification of a mobility management entity serving the user equipment, and receives, from the home subscriber server, the identification of the mobility management entity serving the user equipment. The device further provides the NAS transparent message to the identified mobility management entity, where the mobility management entity forwards the NAS transparent message to the user equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Xuming Chen, Andrew Youtz, Ho Yin Cheuk
  • Patent number: 8989785
    Abstract: Voicemail is received at a voicemail server and converted to an audio file format; it is then sent or streamed over a wide area network to a voice to text transcription system comprising a network of computers. One of the networked computers plays back the voice message to an operator and the operator intelligently transcribes the actual message from the original voice message by entering the corresponding text message (actually a succinct version of the original voice message, not a verbose word-for-word conversion) into the computer to generate a transcribed text message. The transcribed text message is then sent to the wireless information device from the computer. Because human operators are used instead of machine transcription, voicemails are converted accurately, intelligently, appropriately and succinctly into text messages (SMS/MMS).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Michael Doulton
  • Patent number: 8989094
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating and displaying application information on a wireless station. A wireless station is configured to select icons for display on a wireless station based on a network information string received by the wireless station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Wifiname, Inc.
    Inventors: Stillman Bradish, Scott A. Smith
  • Patent number: 8989718
    Abstract: In embodiments, the present invention provides a method and system for providing a user interface that simultaneously and dynamically presents a sponsored content concurrently with activating a mobile communication facility, wherein the dynamic presentation is based at least in part on a mobile subscriber characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Millennial Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Jorey Ramer, Adam Soroca, Dennis Doughty, Neal J. Karasic
  • Patent number: 8981902
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling location information at a computer device such as a mobile telephone. Location information is intercepted and obtained by, for example, intercepting it from an Application Programming Interface destined for a location application. The location application is identified, and a rule is determined for applying to the location information on the basis of the identified location application. The rule is applied to the location information to give amended location information, and the amended location information is then sent to the location application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: F-Secure Corporation
    Inventors: Jarno Niemelä, Veli-Jussi Kesti, Pirkka Palomäki