Position Based Personal Service Patents (Class 455/456.3)
  • Patent number: 9344392
    Abstract: Methods including computer program products for receiving a request from a first device, the request incorporating a message. One or more users from a first set of one or more users are selected where each of the selected one or more users is associated with a second device that is in a proximity to a current location of the first device. The message and the current location of the first device are sent to each of the second devices associated with the selected one or more users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Telecommunication System, Inc.
    Inventors: Sunit Lohtia, Joseph H. Astroth, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9338602
    Abstract: According to a method for providing a location-based service for finding a person using a smart device suggested in the present invention, the method can find a second user corresponding to matching information among other users at adjacent places in real time and can enable a first user to be connected with a person who he or she looks for by chance by enabling a service provision server to receive the location information from a first user terminal, to match the second user using the matching information received and registered from the first user terminal among other users located within the predetermined distance from the location of the first user, and to transmit the matched data to the first user terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: Jin Woo Pae
  • Patent number: 9338592
    Abstract: A system for reducing crowdsourcing network traffic has a server that aggregates data from a plurality of devices within a particular area. The devices determine their locations using, for example, a location engine (e.g., Global Positioning System (GPS)) to learn its geographic coordinates. As part of the crowdsourcing exercise, the device opportunistically scans for nearby communication nodes, such as Wi-Fi access points and the like. When a communication node is found, the electronic device associates the device's location coordinates with the detected communication nodes to create data that is tagged with the identity of the communication nodes. The tagged data may be stored locally on the electronic device and periodically uploaded to the server. When the server has sufficient information on the communication nodes in the area, the server sends a notification to the devices to refrain from additionally scanning for and/or sending additional tagged data, thereby curbing the amount of network traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Abinash Mahapatra
  • Patent number: 9332386
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems for generating enhanced location information on or about a mobile device may include hybrid lateration and/or trilateration solutions in which the mobile device determines whether information obtained via a geospatial system of the mobile device is accurate, collects location information from a plurality of mobile devices in a communication group in response to determining that the information obtained via the geospatial system of the mobile device is not accurate, computes computing more precise location information (including three-dimensional location and position information) based on the location information collected from the plurality of mobile devices, and using the generated location and position information to provide an enhanced location based service, such as an emergency location service, a commercial location service, an internal location service and/or a lawful intercept location service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: RIVADA RESEARCH, LLC
    Inventor: Clint Smith
  • Patent number: 9319837
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for automatically creating a geofence (1), comprising the following steps: detecting a starting position; transferring the starting position to a digital map; automatically creating an area object on the digital map, wherein the area object comprises the starting position; detecting movement data of at least one moveable object in the region of the area object; and automatically reducing the area object to form the geofence (1), on the basis of the movement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: DEUTSCHE POST AG
    Inventors: Frank Josefiak, Filip Petkov
  • Patent number: 9316503
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide methods, servers, and systems for obtaining navigation information. In an exemplary method, a first obtaining request of a client device can be received and the first obtaining request can at least contain navigation key information and a public account ID. According to the public account ID, a target public account database can be determined. The target public account database can be a public account database corresponding to the public account ID. The target public account database can include the navigation key information and corresponding navigation information. According to the navigation key information, navigation information corresponding to the navigation key information from the target public account database can be obtained. The obtained navigation information can then be sent to the client device to display the obtained navigation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yuexin Zhang, Liqun Zhu
  • Patent number: 9319854
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for a high fidelity voicemail system. In one aspect, a method includes detecting, by a caller device, a prompt to leave a voicemail message. The method further includes generating, by the caller device, a recording of the voicemail message based on detecting the prompt. The method further includes storing, by the caller device, the recording of the voicemail message. The method further includes transmitting, by the caller device, the stored recording of the voicemail message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew J. Hershenson
  • Patent number: 9313613
    Abstract: A method for unsolicited location-based downloading, and an apparatus and a system therefore are discussed. The method according to one embodiment includes setting a location report interval for updating information about a location of a client device; updating the location information based on the location report interval; reporting the updated location information; receiving a predicted location and predicted period of the client device and a source universal resource identifier (URI) for downloading content before the client device reaches the predicted location; sending a request for the content corresponding to the source URI when the client device reaches the predicted location. The request is to request downloading of the content in a set format and is generated by any one of the server and the client device. The method according to the embodiment further includes downloading the content; and assigning a priority to each of the predicted locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Minsoo Lee, Kyungho Kim
  • Patent number: 9313615
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to systems, methods, apparatuses, articles, etc. for mobile device locating in conjunction with localized environments. For certain example implementations, a method may comprise obtaining at a mobile device one or more signals comprising information indicative of a location thereof. The information may be transmitted to one or more servers. A location context identifier (LCI) may be received responsive to the transmitting, with the LCI corresponding to a localized environment at which the mobile device is located. The LCI may be transmitted to the one or more servers. Location-based data may be received responsive to the transmitting of the LCI, with the location-based data being associated with the LCI and pertaining to the localized environment. The location of the mobile device may be determined with respect to the localized environment based, at least in part, on the location-based data. Other example implementations are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Saumitra Mohan Das, Ayman Fawzy Naguib, Rajarshi Gupta
  • Patent number: 9313720
    Abstract: Cellular network may introduce a large number of limited access/limited range (“small”) base stations deployed by end-users such as home base nodes (HNBs) or Femtocells that provide access to access terminals (ATs) or user equipment (UE) to a core network. A selective discovery approach enables UE to discover and to use a small base station without wasting power to discover an alien base station or to search when not within range of any open small base station. Discovery can entail location-dependent determination (e.g., macro base station triangulation, global positioning system, local broadcast channel, etc.) of being within range of an open femtocell whose identity was manually learned, accessed via a distributed neighbor list, etc. The UE can advantageously tolerate small changes in location without having to relearn the identity of the femtocell. The type of access afforded is advantageously communicated to end user via a display indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Srinivasan Balasubramanian, Manoj M. Deshpande, Young C. Yoon, Jen Mei Chen
  • Patent number: 9307281
    Abstract: A media guidance application is provided by which users can define rules for assigning user equipment devices as destinations for media content. For example, a user may define a rule by which selected media content having attributes that satisfy a user-defined condition are downloaded, recorded, or streamed to a particular, user-specified user equipment device. The user may define and manage rules using media guidance menus, and may restrict other users from accessing the rules (e.g., parents restricting children).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay S. Bryant, Edgar Fereira
  • Patent number: 9307037
    Abstract: A system and method for providing enhanced event planning capabilities including receiving information regarding an invitee. The invitee information may be stored for later use. The presence of the invitee at an event may be detected. In response to the detected presence, information may be communicated to a communications device associated with the invitee regarding the event, using the stored invitee information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Sweeney, Kelsyn Rooks, Jeff Stafford
  • Patent number: 9306929
    Abstract: A method is provided to manage access to a social network from a mobile device, which has a user ID. The method is executed by a server, which manages accesses for a plurality of social networks, each social network being associated with a location and a time window. The method includes: receiving a request from the mobile device to join a social network, the request comprising at least information on the location of the mobile device and the user ID; gathering a timestamp associated with the received request; retrieving at least one social network associated with the location of the mobile device and a time window comprising the time indicated by the timestamp and registering the user ID in association to the at least one social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Orange
    Inventors: Teresa Jimenez Arreola, Fanny Monier
  • Patent number: 9307367
    Abstract: The invention relates to a user-portable electronic device and in particular one which is capable of establishing transmission connection with one or more mobile electronic devices. A user-portable electronic device comprising: transmission connection circuitry arranged to establish transmission connection between the user-portable electronic device and one or more mobile electronic devices; geographic-location determining circuitry arranged to determine a geographic location of the or each mobile electronic device associated with transmission connection of the user-portable electronic device and the or each mobile electronic device; and log circuitry arranged to allow storage of a geographic-location log including at least a last-known geographic location of the or each mobile electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Janne Vuori
  • Patent number: 9307066
    Abstract: Disclosed are a mobile terminal to which a touch input is applicable, and a control method thereof. The mobile terminal includes: a terminal body; a wireless communication unit configured to receive position information on the terminal body; and a controller configured to extract one or more schedules stored in the terminal body, to acquire azimuth information on positions related to the extracted schedules based on the received position information, and to output one or more icons related to the extracted schedule(s) to an edge region of the display unit, wherein when a tilted state of the terminal body is sensed, the controller controls the one or more icons to move along the edge region of the display unit, based on azimuth information changed according to a sensed gradient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Wooseong Park, Daehwan Kim, Changkeun Choi, Gwanggoo Kang, Taewon Jang
  • Patent number: 9301093
    Abstract: Techniques are provided which may be implemented in various methods, apparatus, and/or articles of manufacture to allow a mobile device to obtain certain location service(s) and/or the like from one or more computing devices that have been authorized for use. For example, in certain implementations, an authorizing location server may obtain a first message from a mobile device indicating a first set of location servers, determine a second set of location servers based, at least in part, on the first set of location servers, and transmit a second message to the mobile device indicating that the second set of location servers are authorized for location service related access by the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen William Edge, Andreas Klaus Wachter, Philip Michael Hawkes
  • Patent number: 9298358
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be implemented in, among other things, a method for displaying scrollable notifications for unlocking an electronic device. The method includes a step for receiving a notification from an application for display on a locked screen of an electronic device, wherein the notification includes content viewable by a user of the electronic device, wherein the content is scrollable. The method also includes a step for displaying the received notification. The method also includes a step for receiving, from the user, a scroll event associated with the displayed notification. The method also includes a step for scrolling, in response to the received scroll event, content in the notification, wherein the scrolling provides additional content viewable to the user. The method also includes a step for unlocking, in response to the scrolling, one or more capabilities of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Leif Hendrik Wilden, Paul Anthony Martini, Dennis Moak Hwang, Ioannis Tsoukalidis
  • Patent number: 9292605
    Abstract: A method of using a mobile terminal to implement cloud searching is provided. The method includes receiving, by the mobile terminal, searching conditions inputted by a user; executing, by the mobile terminal, local searching; and detecting whether networking is executed If networking is executed, the method includes detecting, by the mobile terminal, whether the local stores user account information; and connecting to a cloud server when the local of the mobile terminal stores the user account information. If networking is not executed, the method includes returning local searching results. The method further includes transmitting, by the mobile terminal, the searching conditions to the cloud server; and executing, by the cloud server, cloud searching according to the searching conditions; and returning searching results to the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: HUIZHOU TCL MOBILE COMMUNICATION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Baozhong Zhou, Kun Shen, Guicheng Li
  • Patent number: 9295026
    Abstract: A location of a network user computing device is determined relative to a location of a point of interest. If the user device is determined to be stationary, the user device is monitored for movement, the movement resulting in re-determining the location of the user device relative to a location of the point of interest. If the user device is determined to be moving, the velocity of the user device is matched with a predetermined velocity, and a preliminary estimated time of arrival to the point of interest is determined based on the predetermined velocity matched to the user device. At a later time that is based on a function of the preliminary estimated time of arrival, an estimated time of arrival to the point of interest is verified based on the predetermined velocity matched to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael James Taylor, Xiaohang Wang, Yakov Okshtein, Farhan Shamsi, Mohammad Hossain Sheikh Attar
  • Patent number: 9293044
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, a traffic information communication system includes a receiver and a transmitter. The receiver may be configured to receive a message relating to traffic conditions along a thoroughfare from a communication node. The transmitter may be communicatively coupled to the receiver and may be configured to rebroadcast the message within a predetermined amount of time after receiving the message. The traffic information communication system may be implemented in a vehicle traveling along the thoroughfare.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Wei-Peng Chen
  • Patent number: 9288307
    Abstract: Embodiments provide an apparatus, a system, a device, and a method. A method includes automatically providing data indicative of a location of a first mobile wireless communications device from the first mobile wireless communications device to a second mobile wireless communications device in response to respective human-user imitated authorizations exchanged between the two mobile wireless communications devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9285231
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for determining transit routes through crowd-sourcing, for determining an estimated time of arrival (ETA) of a vehicle of the transit route at a given location, and for providing predictive reminders to a user for catching a vehicle of the transit route. A server receives signal source information about wireless signal sources detected by user devices, including information about a first wireless signal source detected by some devices. The server determines that the first wireless signal source is moving. The server determines that the first wireless signal source is associated with a public transit route upon determining that the signal source information satisfies one or more selection criteria. The server stores information associating the first wireless signal source with the public transit route as transit movement data corresponding to the public transit route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: François M. Jouaux, Rama Krishna Chitta, Lukas M. Marti, Michael P. Dal Santo, Ronald Keryuan Huang
  • Patent number: 9288622
    Abstract: Aggregated geo-fencing area based information delivery, in one aspect, may include determining a plurality of first geo-fencing areas of a first user based on monitoring or detecting locations of the first user. The locations may be detected via one or more user selected devices, which include location-aware devices such as GPS receiver/transmitter devices. A second user identifier may be received from the first user. One or more second geo-fencing areas of a second user may be determined, for example, similarly to the first geo-fencing areas. Content may be gathered based on aggregated geo-fencing area comprising the plurality of first geo-fencing areas and the one or more second geo-fencing areas. The content associated with the aggregated geo-fencing area may be presented, for example, for collaborative activity among the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Billy W. Chang, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 9280851
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for automatically combining computer-generated imagery with real-world imagery in a portable electronic device by retrieving, manipulating, and sharing relevant stored videos, preferably in real time. A video is captured with a hand-held device and stored. Metadata including the camera's physical location and orientation is appended to a data stream, along with user input. The server analyzes the data stream and further annotates the metadata, producing a searchable library of videos and metadata. Later, when a camera user generates a new data stream, the linked server analyzes it, identifies relevant material from the library, retrieves the material and tagged information, adjusts it for proper orientation, then renders and superimposes it onto the current camera view so the user views an augmented reality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Suranjit Adhikari, Ted Dunn, Eric Hsiao
  • Patent number: 9280850
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for automatically combining computer-generated imagery with real-world imagery in a portable electronic device by retrieving, manipulating, and sharing relevant stored videos, preferably in real time. A video is captured with a hand-held device and stored. Metadata including the camera's physical location and orientation is appended to a data stream, along with user input. The server analyzes the data stream and further annotates the metadata, producing a searchable library of videos and metadata. Later, when a camera user generates a new data stream, the linked server analyzes it, identifies relevant material from the library, retrieves the material and tagged information, adjusts it for proper orientation, then renders and superimposes it onto the current camera view so the user views an augmented reality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Suranjit Adhikari, Ted Dunn, Eric Hsiao
  • Patent number: 9282161
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to, among other things, providing point of interest item recommendations and/or point of interest map information to users. In some examples, point of interest tags associated by a first user with point of interest items may be managed. Additionally, point of interest item ratings may be received from at least one of a plurality of other users. Based at least in part on the received ratings, a recommendation of a first point of interest item of the one or more point of interest items may be prepared for the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Hill
  • Patent number: 9282432
    Abstract: Aggregated geo-fencing area based information delivery, in one aspect, may include determining a plurality of first geo-fencing areas of a first user based on monitoring or detecting locations of the first user. The locations may be detected via one or more user selected devices, which include location-aware devices such as GPS receiver/transmitter devices. A second user identifier may be received from the first user. One or more second geo-fencing areas of a second user may be determined, for example, similarly to the first geo-fencing areas. Content may be gathered based on aggregated geo-fencing area comprising the plurality of first geo-fencing areas and the one or more second geo-fencing areas. The content associated with the aggregated geo-fencing area may be presented, for example, for collaborative activity among the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Billy W. Chang, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 9280849
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for automatically combining computer-generated imagery with real-world imagery in a portable electronic device by retrieving, manipulating, and sharing relevant stored videos, preferably in real time. A video is captured with a hand-held device and stored. Metadata including the camera's physical location and orientation is appended to a data stream, along with user input. The server analyzes the data stream and further annotates the metadata, producing a searchable library of videos and metadata. Later, when a camera user generates a new data stream, the linked server analyzes it, identifies relevant material from the library, retrieves the material and tagged information, adjusts it for proper orientation, then renders and superimposes it onto the current camera view so the user views an augmented reality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Suranjit Adhikari, Ted Dunn, Eric Hsiao
  • Patent number: 9277359
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems enable efficient organizations of group communications on a mobile device. The mobile device may be configured to receive location information from other mobile devices in a communication system, determine the current location and orientation of the mobile device, determine directions and distances from the mobile device to each of the other mobile devices, and generate a first-person perspective and/or top-down perspective display showing relative locations of the other mobile devices. Other multiple mobile devices may be represented in the display as images (e.g., icons, avatars, directional indicators, etc.). The display may provide a user interface to enable a user to quickly organize other mobile devices into groups and initiate group communications with some of the other mobile devices. The mobile device may be configured to group the displayed images into one or more communication units and establish communication links with mobile devices in the communication units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Arthur Lee
  • Patent number: 9275499
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for automatically combining computer-generated imagery with real-world imagery in a portable electronic device by retrieving, manipulating, and sharing relevant stored videos, preferably in real time. A video is captured with a hand-held device and stored. Metadata including the camera's physical location and orientation is appended to a data stream, along with user input. The server analyzes the data stream and further annotates the metadata, producing a searchable library of videos and metadata. Later, when a camera user generates a new data stream, the linked server analyzes it, identifies relevant material from the library, retrieves the material and tagged information, adjusts it for proper orientation, then renders and superimposes it onto the current camera view so the user views an augmented reality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Suranjit Adhikari, Ted Dunn, Eric Hsiao
  • Patent number: 9264319
    Abstract: A multimedia communicator is disclosed. The multimedia communicator comprises a processing unit; and a storage device coupled to the processing unit. The multimedia communicator further includes a plurality of interfaces to allow the multimedia communicator to offer a user a plurality of services. The MMC which includes a microprocessor computing system may be located in a car, for example, or within a handset similar to handsets presently utilized for cell phones. The MMC may be connected to a WiFi Internet connection, a cellular network, a satellite radio or equivalent satellite network, or to other available wireless networks. Additionally, the MMC has the potential to interface with GPS signals as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: 1st COMMUNICATIONS INC.
    Inventor: Scott W. Lewis
  • Patent number: 9264554
    Abstract: A wireless service provider identifies a mobile computing device capable of short-range wireless communication and in an agreement to receive service from a cellular network. The wireless service provider provides, to the mobile computing device, terms for a third party computing device to accept in order to gain access to the cellular network via the mobile computing device. In response to a third party computing device agreeing to the terms, the wireless service provider indicates to the mobile computing device to allow the third party computing device to access the cellular network via the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jason L. Anderson, Gregory J. Boss, Andrew R. Jones, Kevin C. McConnell, John E. Moore, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9264771
    Abstract: In accordance with some implementations of the disclosed subject matter, mechanisms for determining channel information are provided. In some implementations, a method for providing media guidance is provided, the method comprising: associating with a local area network; detecting at least one media device on the local area network; determining device information associated with the at least one media device on the local area network; determining, without user intervention, television provider information based on the device information; determining location information of the at least one media device; determining channel information based on the determined television provider information and the determined location information; and causing media guidance information to be presented that includes at least a portion of the determined channel information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Ant Oztaskent, Yaroslav Volovich
  • Patent number: 9264874
    Abstract: In accordance with one example embodiment of the present invention a method comprises at least partially controlling the functionalities of a session area wherein said session area can be either in an active status or in a passive status according to at least one predetermined time window, said session area defining the boundaries for a location based group session event for members of one or more predetermined groups belonging to one or more social networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Federico Fraccaroli
  • Patent number: 9262732
    Abstract: A system and method of tracking action items in an enterprise data processing environment. The method includes receiving, by a client from a server, an action item that includes a location. The method further includes performing a check-in, by the client, at the location related to the action item. The method further includes performing a check-out, by the client, related to the action item. The method further includes changing, by the client, the status of the action item. In this manner, a database of action items and statuses may be developed for more effective business collaboration and business management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Bin Duan, Lap Chan
  • Patent number: 9262470
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments that employ application fingerprinting and lifestyle fingerprinting. Application fingerprints are received, where each application fingerprints is associated with a corresponding application and is generated based at least in part on a static analysis, a dynamic analysis, and a behavioral analysis of the corresponding application. A selection of an application is received. Applications that are similar to the selected application are determined by comparing a particular application fingerprint that is associated with the selected application with other application fingerprints. Users are determined based at least in part on lifestyle fingerprints. In one embodiment, such users may be invited to test the selected application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan Zane Evans, David Allen Markley, James Newton Adkins, III
  • Patent number: 9257020
    Abstract: A communication device includes a display screen upon which information is displayed. A microprocessor configured to execute at least one notification program is provided that displays a notification descriptive of an access control request on the display screen. The at least one notification program is programmed to receive data indicative of an access control request and to receive data descriptive of the access control request. Additionally, the at least one notification program is further programmed to display a notification indicative of the access control request and comprising an explanation of the access control request based on the received descriptive data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Lyle Bender, Michael Grant Kirkup, Michael Kenneth Brown, Radu Alexandru Manea, Brian Alexander Zubert
  • Patent number: 9258795
    Abstract: The invention relates to an Automatic Identification System (AIS) ship's transceiver for sending and receiving AIS radio signals, wherein the position can be taken as a basis and/or adjacent ships can be taken as a basis for activating or deactivating the emission of AIS radio signals of a second AIS radio signal type for satellite-assisted monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V.
    Inventors: Jorg Behrens, Andis Dembovskis
  • Patent number: 9258672
    Abstract: A short-range wireless communication device, utilized with a communication partner terminal that executes a cooperative application while switching between foreground and background operations when a predetermined protocol is established between the communication partner terminal and the short-range wireless communication device, and disconnects a protocol by changing the cooperative application from the foreground operation to the background operation, includes: a control device that determines whether a condition of returning the cooperative application from the background operation to the foreground operation is satisfied, determines whether the cooperative application returns to the foreground operation according to an operating status of an application in the communication partner terminal when the condition is satisfied, and transmits a request for establishment of the protocol to the communication partner terminal when the cooperative application returns to the foreground operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Aida
  • Patent number: 9243912
    Abstract: Mobile device for communicating arrival information at a waypoint, communicating that information to a server, receiving a set of tasks (statically assigned or dynamically assigned) for the user (for example, from the server or from another user), displaying the set of tasks to the user, receiving a completion response (successful or unsuccessful) from the user, and proceeding to the next waypoint along a route/trip plan. A coordination server facilitates communication of a list of tasks assigned to a user to be performed at a specified location. The list of tasks is delivered to the user of the first mobile device by the coordination server (if such tasks exist) when the coordination server receives notification from the first mobile device indicating arrival at a specific location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventor: Madhavi Jayanthi
  • Patent number: 9247391
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for wireless device communication. A wireless device may be engaged in a wireless data communication session within a local geographic region. The wireless device may be tracked within the local geographic region. The targeted information may be provided to the wireless device regarding the local geographic region based on the tracking of the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventor: John C. Hopkins, III
  • Patent number: 9247513
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of time synchronizing a plurality of base stations in a wireless communication system includes receiving an indication of a timing associated with a synch burst, where the synch burst is from a mastercell having a better time synchronization quality than other cells and measured by at least one cell other than the mastercell. A request is sent to a wireless transmit/receive unit (WTRU) for a measurement of a base station time of arrival (BSTOA) value of the at least one cell other than the mastercell. The BSTOA value from the WTRU is received and a timing adjustment is sent to the at least one cell other than the mastercell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: InterDigital Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen G. Dick, Eldad Zeira
  • Patent number: 9245384
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for automatically combining computer-generated imagery with real-world imagery in a portable electronic device by retrieving, manipulating, and sharing relevant stored videos, preferably in real time. A video is captured with a hand-held device and stored. Metadata including the camera's physical location and orientation is appended to a data stream, along with user input. The server analyzes the data stream and further annotates the metadata, producing a searchable library of videos and metadata. Later, when a camera user generates a new data stream, the linked server analyzes it, identifies relevant material from the library, retrieves the material and tagged information, adjusts it for proper orientation, then renders and superimposes it onto the current camera view so the user views an augmented reality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Suranjit Adhikari, Ted Dunn, Eric Hsiao
  • Patent number: 9232046
    Abstract: A system includes a database of image data associated with a vehicle; and control logic configured to cause a user device to capture one or more images and compare data associated with the one or more images with the image data to determine if a user is present in a vehicle and disable a text messaging function at least in part responsive to the determination using the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: TKSN HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Shamim A. Naqvi
  • Patent number: 9230260
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to transmit deals, promotions and other manner of advertisements and offers to users of mobile devices that are relevant to the users' current location and intent. Users' current intent includes actions the user is likely to take in the near future, such as, for example, purchase a specific product or service. Users' probable intent is inferred from activities performed by users on their mobile devices such as, for example, user queries relating to products and services. Businesses set up offers that are directed to specific geospatial locations and specific user intent. When a user enters a geospatial location associated with an offer and manifests intent associated with the offer, the offer is transmitted to the user's mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: YellowPages.com LLC
    Inventors: David Lothele Williams, Rohan Koduvayur Krishnan Chandran, Kelvin Voon-Kit Chong, Srinivas A. Mandyam, Krishna Vedati
  • Patent number: 9230377
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing mobile device security are disclosed. In some implementations, a request for access to a security mechanism is received at a user terminal. A short-range radio connection of the user terminal at a time of receiving the request for access is identified responsive to the request. A memory of the user terminal is accessed to determine whether the identified short-range radio connection corresponds to a user-identified secure radio connection. Upon determining that the radio connection corresponds to the user-identified secure radio connection, the user is granted access to the security mechanism without soliciting the user of the user terminal for a predetermined security input. Upon determining that the radio connection does not correspond to the user-identified secure radio connection, the user is solicited for the predetermined security input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Cellco Partnership
    Inventors: Venkateswara Rao Gaddam, Sankar Shanmugam, Michelle Felt, Ravi Kotyala, Alexander Papadopolo, Neil Thomas Razzano, John Edwin Straley, Arulvadivel Venugopal
  • Patent number: 9226105
    Abstract: Architecture that enables users to define user interests, and when two or more people with matching interests (mutual) are identified in the same geographical area, the architecture actively notifies either one or both of the users (e.g., based on a given scenario). After being notified, either or both users can decide how to act (e.g., the user that wants to buy the car can call the user that wants to sell the car and then set a meeting at a suitable time). The architecture automatically creates dynamic geo-fences in association with users to perform different location-based matching scenarios. The locations of the users are continuously identified as the users move in a geographical area. When a matching interest is identified, the architecture actively notifies the users of items that might be of interest and which are currently occurring in the user vicinity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ami Turgman, Saar Yahalom
  • Patent number: 9224282
    Abstract: Disclosed are a safety service system and a method thereof. The safety service system comprises: a collection unit for collecting position information and image information related to a protected person who is registered by a protector; and a service providing unit for providing the position information and the image information to one or both of the protector and a security company upon detection of a signal that the protected person is in danger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Thinkware Corporation
    Inventors: Ji Young Lee, Yong Rae Jo, Jung Hwa Yoo, Ji Hyun Yoo
  • Patent number: 9225823
    Abstract: Methods, portable electronic devices and servers are provided for downloading applications to the portable electronic device from the server based on a geographical location of the portable electronic device. One or more applications are stored at the server. The one or more applications have an associated region and duration. A current position of the portable electronic device is determined. Ones of the stored applications are downloaded from the server to the portable electronic device if the current position of the portable electronic device is within the associated region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: Markus Andreasson, Erik Backlund
  • Patent number: 9220019
    Abstract: Provided is a communication system for allowing a user to feel the presence of other users existing in the same daily living area without using short-distance wireless communication. The system includes a position coordinate receiving section (80) for obtaining positions from a plurality of user terminals, and a nearby user distributing section (94) for selecting, under the condition that the nearby user distributing section (94) obtains a position of a specified user terminal, one or more of the plurality of user terminals corresponding to the position obtained from the specified user terminal and the positions obtained from the plurality of user terminals and providing the specified user terminal with information on the selected one or more of the plurality of user terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Kenji Kaido, Eiichi Nishina, Shohei Konno, Tomohiro Hasekura, Takamasa Shichisawa, Keigo Tsuchiya