Combining Diverse Help Information (e.g., Different Sources) Patents (Class 715/714)
  • Patent number: 10319473
    Abstract: Various of the disclosed embodiments enable adherence to a medication regimen or a healthcare regimen to be monitored using a wearable system. The wearable system can be used to monitor a user's activities by recording activities using a camera that is placed at the anterior part of the user's wrist. The camera, or another sensor, can detect, identify, and verifying movements or gestures of the hand or fingers. A gesture may be a particular hand position, finger movement, or combination of finger movements that are indicative of performance of an activity required as part of a medication or healthcare regimen. The camera can generate a recording of an activity, and the wearable system or a distinct computing device can then analyze the recording and determine compliance to the medication or healthcare regimen based on what action(s), if any, were identified in the recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: KALI CARE, INC.
    Inventors: Sina Fateh, Navid Nick Afsarifard
  • Patent number: 10198597
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method, the method including: utilizing at least one processor to execute computer code that performs the steps of: identifying one or more access permissions of an application associated with an electronic device; identifying, based on the access permissions, information accessible to the application; analyzing user information within with the accessible information; determining, based on the analyzing, at least one personal exposure risk; and providing to a user, based on the at least one information exposure risk, at least one proposed solution. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vijay Ekambaram, Nitin Gupta, Vikas Joshi
  • Patent number: 9953357
    Abstract: In a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having instructions embodied therein that when executed cause a computer system to perform a method for sharing an ensemble of items, access to a plurality of retail items to a user is enabled, wherein an ensemble of items is created from the retail items by the user. The ensemble of items are accessed, and the ensemble of items are shared such that the ensemble of items is able to be viewed by others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Comenity LLC
    Inventors: Richard Barber Ainsworth, III, Adam Koltnow
  • Patent number: 9942298
    Abstract: Help page techniques including: (i) sending, by a customer computer, heterogeneous software context data to a central registry over a communication network; (ii) receiving, by the customer computer, from a registry server over the communication network, a set of network address information including at least a first network address information for contacting a first provider server relating to the first software product and a second network address information for contacting a second provider server relating to the second software product; and (iii) linking, by the customer computer, the first and second network address information on a single set of help page(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gaurav Nigam, Arun Ramakrishnan, Rohit Shetty
  • Patent number: 9942300
    Abstract: Help page techniques including: (i) sending, by a customer computer, heterogeneous software context data to a central registry over a communication network; (ii) receiving, by the customer computer, from a registry server over the communication network, a set of network address information including at least a first network address information for contacting a first provider server relating to the first software product and a second network address information for contacting a second provider server relating to the second software product; and (iii) linking, by the customer computer, the first and second network address information on a single set of help page(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gaurav Nigam, Arun Ramakrishnan, Rohit Shetty
  • Patent number: 9772982
    Abstract: A system of forming a help file in a computer system, including an external configuration file containing information about a computer application running on the computer system, a help file having at least one page of help and an internal configuration file, and a control element to generate the at least one page of help according to the internal configuration file, wherein the control element incorporates the information from the external configuration file to the at least one page of help upon activation of the pages of help.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: S-PRINTING SOLUTION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ivan V. Pozharsky
  • Patent number: 9665649
    Abstract: Techniques are described for displaying help articles, for a web page, that are related to the context of the web page. A help article provider has access to a database of help articles, each of which are associated with target-context data that may include content identifiers for the help article and/or user profile attributes for users that the help article targets. The help article provider identifies content identifiers for a viewed web page based on one or more of: metadata and a URL for the web page. The help article provider searches the help article database using the identified content identifiers. The help article provider may filter the help articles based on an authenticated user's attributes. An ordered list of the identified help articles is displayed, with the most relevant or important help articles displayed at or near the top of the list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Apollo Education Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Murthy Adari, Stephen Carroll, Debarshi Mukherjee, Rahul Parandekar
  • Patent number: 9489915
    Abstract: A display method for a display device to display a display information includes receiving the display information to generate a first classification group display information and a second classification group display information; and displaying the first classification group display information at a first display zone in a first display period and displaying the second classification group display information at a second display zone in a second display period; wherein the display device corresponds to a matrix and a plurality of matrix units of the matrix correspond to a plurality of display units, such that the plurality of display units of the first display zone neighbor with the plurality of display units of the second display zone and both are disposed at different matrix units with different column or row information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Yao-Tsung Chang
  • Patent number: 9202406
    Abstract: An LCD device includes: an LC panel which exhibits different gamma curves under different view angles, and a display control circuit which divides a single frame period into first and second display periods and divides a display region of the LC panel into first and second regions. The display control circuit has a luminance computing section which computes A to D so that A to D satisfies A+C=B+D and A?B?D as well as C?B?D, where A and C are gray-level luminances, A and B are the white luminances of pixel data displayed in the first and second regions, respectively, during the first display period, and C and D are the white luminances of pixel data displayed in the first and second regions, respectively, during the second display period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ken Inada
  • Patent number: 9032308
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a manufacturer portal are disclosed. More specifically, in one embodiment a content distribution system, as a central location for user generated content may also provide manufacturers with a portal to monitor, and participate in, the process of content generation and distribution. This portal may provide the manufacturers with the ability to: view generated content related to that manufacturer and to filter this user generated content utilizing a wide variety of criteria and to generate content which may be responsive to presented generated content. Content generated by a manufacturer through their portal may subsequently be incorporated into one or more retailer's site utilizing the content distribution system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Bazaarvoice, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Chen, Sam Decker, Patrick Barrett
  • Patent number: 9026910
    Abstract: Dynamic help information is provided by receiving unit, configured to receive at least one operation of a user and to obtain the user's operation history, where the operation history includes at least one operation; a determining unit, configured to determine the corresponding help information according to the user's operation history; and an information obtaining unit, configured to obtain said corresponding help information. Assistance in providing help information is also provided, comprising: an operation capturing unit, configured to capture and send at least one operation of a user; and an information displaying unit, configured to receive and display the help information corresponding to the user's operation history, where the operation history includes at least one operation. With the apparatuses and method of this invention, the pertinent help information can be dynamically provided for users according to user's operation history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Xu Qing Lu, Yao Qi, Xing Xing Shen, Chuang Tang
  • Patent number: 9003281
    Abstract: To provide a user with an easily understandable help document, the MFP capable of executing a plurality of processes includes a process designation accepting portion to accept designation of at least one of the plurality of processes, a workflow generating portion to generate workflow definition data defining the one or more processes accepted, and a help document generating portion to generate a help document corresponding to the generated workflow. The help document generating portion includes a summary page generating portion to generate a summary page having listed thereon process names for identification of the one or more processes defined by the corresponding workflow definition data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Masaya Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9003285
    Abstract: An application includes functionality for dynamically modifying controls based on readme documentation content after the development of the application is substantially complete. A developer marks up a documentation file to include references to graphical user interface controls. The application generates a registry that stores associations between the documentation content and the affected controls. The application then modifies the properties of the affected controls to alter presentation or at least one behavior of each affected control. When the application creates an instance of an affected control, the control includes the modified presentation or behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Daniel Bauman, Amanda Jane Burton, Michael Pierre Carlson, Travis M. Grigsby
  • Patent number: 8890893
    Abstract: A data processing and display system includes processing and display means adapted for displaying, from a more secured domain and on a same screen of a display processing device, information data from one or more less secured domains and active data from the more secured domain as a superimposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventor: Cecile Morlec
  • Patent number: 8875038
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving from a web browser, by a server system via a network, an indication of dragging, by a user of the web browser, of an element displayed on a webpage displayed by the web browser, and dropping, by the user, of the element into a content area displayed on the webpage, the element selected from the group consisting of: a first content item displayed at a location on the webpage other than in the content area, and a graphical element displayed in association with the first content item. Responsively to the indication, the server system causes the web browser to display, in the content area, at least a portion of a set of one or more second content items related to the first content item. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Collarity, Inc.
    Inventor: Emil Ismalon
  • Patent number: 8850314
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for generating dynamic context aware help for operations supported by at least one reporting system. The methods and systems relate to receiving a help request for an operation from a client computer including at least one report file, analyzing the at least one report file to generate context data, dynamically generating help data according to the context data and the operation and sending the generated help data to the client computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Business Objects Software Limited
    Inventor: Michael Thompson
  • Patent number: 8850316
    Abstract: A system architecture that predefines a unique schema around content or applications so that the actions of a user are understood outside a specific piece of content or application. Additionally, the application also reports to system applications what specific locations or actions are currently being undertaken by a user. With this data, the system application can build a system whereby it concurrently presents contextual information to users outside of the specific piece of content or application in a way that supports bringing users with similar contextual states together and allow other information services to be hosted and presented concurrently to the user outside the specific piece of content or application on the multimedia device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Jerry Alan Johnson
  • Patent number: 8843851
    Abstract: In general, in one aspect, the invention relates to a method for providing online support to a user of a client application. The method includes: initiating a wizard including dialogs for completing a task; displaying a dialog to the user; enabling, based on a network connection being available, a help threshold associated with the dialog; determining, by a computer processor, that the help threshold is exceeded after enabling the help threshold; sending, in response to the help threshold being exceeded, an availability request to an external support server; receiving, after sending the availability request, a confirmation of an available support specialist; displaying an indication to the user that support is available; receiving a support request from the user; opening a chat dialog in response to receiving the support request; and initiating, using the chat dialog, a chat session between the user and the available support specialist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew B. Gotchy, Jason Alexander Poteet, Anne Quinter Smith, Michael Anthony Panian, Zachery Moneypenny, Alexandr Tolchinsky, Rajasivasubramanian Ramanathan
  • Patent number: 8769417
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for identifying an answer to a question in an electronic discussion forum. In some embodiments, text from a discussion forum that includes a question may be retrieved. One or more responses to the question from the discussion forum may be determined. An answer to the question may then be determined from the one or more responses to the question. In some embodiments, an answer may be determined based, at least in part, on at least one of a context of the text from the discussion forum, a context of a location in which the answer to the question may be further presented, and user behavior related to the one or more responses to the question.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Robinson, Joseph King, Brandon W. Farrell, Russell A. Dicker
  • Patent number: 8751931
    Abstract: A method includes receiving user input indicating a selection of a first multimedia channel from a set of multimedia channels for display. The method further includes determining a first user-selected audio indicator associated with the first multimedia channel. The method additionally includes providing the first audio indicator for audible output in response to receiving the user input indicating the selection of the first multimedia channel. Another method includes providing a user interface to facilitate an association of one or more audio indicators with one or more corresponding channel selection actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Edward Walter, Yolius Diroo
  • Patent number: 8739035
    Abstract: The invention relates to an applet for a mobile computing device, comprising an element to detect user input and perform appropriate associated actions, and to provide a cognitive aid for users of the mobile computing device. The invention also relates to a method for controlling operation of a mobile computing device, comprising detecting user input and performing appropriate associated actions and providing a cognitive aid for users of the mobile computing device. The invention further relates to a cognitive aid for a mobile computing device having a display screen, the cognitive aid being displayed on the display screen and including an on-screen and/or an audio tip, and being associated with an input vehicle of the mobile computing device. The cognitive aid provides relevant information to the user regarding the input vehicle. The invention still further relates to a method for assisting users of a mobile computing device having a display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Jim Trethewey
  • Patent number: 8727779
    Abstract: An authoring system is provided for generating a demonstration payload, which is installable on a target electronic device to create a demonstration environment on the target electronic device. The authoring system includes a build interface operative to receive authoring inputs which specify characteristics of the demonstration environment. The authoring inputs include specification of promotional media to be played during a promotional mode of the demonstration environment, and specification of mock user data to be accessible during a tryout mode of the demonstration environment. The system further includes an assembler module operative to generate the demonstration payload based upon the authoring inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: John Eversole, David Gunasegaram, Robert M. Kowal
  • Patent number: 8726169
    Abstract: A system and method for enabling structured communication among a social network is disclosed. The system enables a user to formulate a question and answer pattern including potential responses to the question based upon the form of question. The system then translates and transmits a message including the question and answer pattern to users over a plurality of different messaging platforms for eliciting responses to the question using the answer pattern. The system then aggregates responses to the question and presents the responses in a summary format. A language for defining messages according to static and dynamic content and other attributes is disclosed. Collaborative filtering reduces the decision space and as a result increases the possible range of specialized communications a user can choose from and apply or the message processing space available to contemplate alternatives resulting in more effective choices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: CircleUP, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Payne, Douglas W. Tung
  • Patent number: 8702606
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a patient monitoring help screen system and method. Specifically, embodiments of the present invention include a patient monitoring device with an integral help screen system including display of video. The help screen system may provide context-sensitive help, such that the help screen accessed by a help key may relate to a specific display context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Hui Wang, Min Meng
  • Patent number: 8683334
    Abstract: A control system and method is described having a framework in which many applications in a user interaction system (UIS) can share common data regardless of which application obtained the data and all without prior knowledge of the other applications. The shared data is typically personal data of the current user, such as name, location, preferences, etc. However, the system can also be used to share style sheets, announcements, etc., that can be utilized by multiple applications. The data is stored in a standardized manner in a location available to any application. Application's have access to the data based upon user privileges at any particular time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Intervoice Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Laurence Potter, III, Stephen A. Smith
  • Patent number: 8639826
    Abstract: A method and system for providing personalized information to applications executing on consumer devices by: building a consumer preferences profile on a consumer device using predefined associations between consumer preference attributes and application events (including user input); summarizing the consumer preferences profile into a profile summary when applications require a new personalized data resource; requesting a personalized data resource from a centralized database of data resources over the broadband network by including application context information along with the profile summary in the request; analyzing data resource groups in the centralized database to find a candidate set of data resources according to resource rules in the resource groups; selecting a personalized data resource from the candidate set of data resources that matches the profile summary and context information; and delivering the selected personalized data resource to the requesting application over the broadband network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Fourthwall Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis P. Slothouber, Jeffrey W. Johnston
  • Patent number: 8631065
    Abstract: The present invention is, in one embodiment, a system and method based on a client-server architecture for seamlessly integrating various information systems. In one embodiment, a bundle of files is deployed to a collaboration client, in order to enable the integration of the collaboration client with disparate information systems and content. In one embodiment, content within a mailbox item is allowed to become a “live” object, and is associated with trigger events, and actions, including sending all or part of the content to a separate information system. In one embodiment, mailbox items are subjected to predefined searches to assess whether they include certain content objects. In another embodiment, panel item elements are visible in the overview panel of the collaboration client. The user may interact with the panel items by dragging content onto them, double clicking them, and invoking actions from a context menu if one is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: VMware, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Dargahi, Kevin M. Henrikson, Roland J. Schemers, Jong Yoon Lee
  • Patent number: 8619850
    Abstract: An integrated real-time display is provided that includes video images and a graphical representation of the transmission path, where each video image is associated with a point along the graphical representation of the transmission path. A number of monitoring points, which correspond to critical points along the transmission path are identified. The points may be selected for technical reasons or economic reasons. The graphical representation of the transmission path can be a logical representation showing the logic blocks along the transmission path or a physical representation showing the devices along the transmission path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: The Weather Channel, LLC
    Inventors: Michael W. Smereski, Robert D. Butler
  • Patent number: 8582152
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus comprises: an operation part having a display area and operable to receive an input from a user; a first display part operable to display, in a part of the display area, (i) a first image to be visible only from a range of a first viewing angle and (ii) a second image to be visible only from a range of a second viewing angle that does not overlap with the range of the first viewing angle; an audio output part operable to output an audio explaining the first image; and a second display part operable, while the audio explaining the first image is being output, to display, in a remaining part of the display area, a notification indicating that the audio explaining the first image does not correspond to the second image, such that the notification is visible from the range of the second viewing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Eguchi, Toshikazu Higashi, Tatsuya Eguchi
  • Patent number: 8566717
    Abstract: Computer-readable media, computerized methods, and computer systems for intuitively surfacing a teaching animation that demonstrates a manual gesture recognized by a writing-pad tool are provided. Initially, the writing-pad tool is interrogated to determine a context of a computing environment associated with a touchscreen interface. Generally, determining includes recognizing a current condition of the writing-pad tool based on whether text is provided within a content-entry area generated thereby, ascertaining whether a focus of a cursor tool resides within the content-entry area based on whether a portion of the text is selected, and ascertaining which actions are available for invocation at the writing-pad tool based on the current condition and the focus of the cursor. The context of the computing environment is utilized to identify which teaching animations to promote to an active state. Typically the promoted teaching animations are associated with the actions ascertained as available for invocation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jan-Kristian Markiewicz, Jason Silvis, Adrian Garside, Leroy B. Keely, Manuel Clement
  • Patent number: 8527875
    Abstract: The information processing apparatus includes a screen display unit configured to display a first screen that displays content acquired from an external server and a second screen that displays content stored in the information processing apparatus, an accepting unit configured to accept language information about selection of a language to be used to display the first screen, a notification unit configured to notify a predetermined external server of the accepted language information and address information representing an address of the content, a first determination unit configured to determine whether the predetermined external server is a specific external server, and a setting unit configured to, when the first determination unit determines that the predetermined external server is the specific external server, set a language to be used to display the second screen to the same language as that of a received content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Ookuma
  • Patent number: 8458619
    Abstract: Authorized priority alerts are permitted to “pop up” on top of a running screensaver in a computer display without suspending operation of the screensaver. A windows manager monitors for priority alerts from applications. If the screensaver is active in the display, the windows manager determines if the alert issuing application and alert type are permitted to breakthrough the screensaver. If so, an alert notification window identifying the content of the alert is generated and displayed in z-order on top of the screensaver, without interrupting the operation of the screensaver displayed underneath. Some notification windows implement security features by displaying only a portion of the content of the corresponding alert or completely obscuring the content of the alert and only notifying of the presence of the alert. An additional security feature requires the user to enter a password in the notification window before the content or type of alert is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Hamzy, Dustin Kirkland
  • Patent number: 8458147
    Abstract: Techniques for the association, customization and automation of content from multiple sources on a single display device are described. A method includes storing an association rule as defined by a user, where the association rule defines a main content source and an associated content source. When the user accesses the main content source, automatically receiving content from the main content source and content from the associated content source as defined by the association rule. Then, causing the display of the associated content overlayed on the main content via a user interface on a display device. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Payne, Brian David Johnson, Cory J. Booth
  • Patent number: 8453044
    Abstract: Methods and systems relating to inferential networks are provided herein. This technology is further directed to methods and systems for making and using inferential networks. Still further, this technology is generally directed to making one or more inferential networks by using data generated from directed searches of collections of linked databases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Within3, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Markus, Heather A. Markus, Brian N. Smith
  • Patent number: 8386932
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for integrating help functions. A compound document is received. The compound document comprises a help module. The help module comprises a first collection of help information that applies specifically to the compound document. The compound document is associated with a processing application used to manipulate the compound document. The processing application comprises application help. The application help comprises a second collection of help information that applies to the processing application. The first collection of help information is distinct from the second collection of help information. The method also includes integrating the help module into the application help to form a modified help. The modified help comprises a combination of the first collection of help information and the second collection of help information. The modified help can be stored or displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Steven Arthur Shewchuk
  • Patent number: 8381113
    Abstract: A framework for using metadata to describe user interface elements and for interactions of the user interface elements with an end user and/or with data source(s) that store configuration data. The metadata can be used to generate a settings UI and code that manages the UI such as gathering user input, handling UI events, validating collected data, handling errors and warnings, managing interactions between different UI controls, and the like. A computer-implemented system that facilitates a settings user interface can include a code generation component that employs the stored metadata to automatically generate the settings UI and code that manages the UI. The code generation component provides the generated code to a data source component that interacts with the data source(s). The settings UI is displayed to an end user via a user interface component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Nirav A. Kamdar, Sanjib K. Dutta
  • Patent number: 8381103
    Abstract: When a jump instruction to display contents regarding a control out of contents in a help screen is given, if the jump instruction is given for a control with the same identification data as that of a control for which a preceding instruction is given, an explanation at a position next to a position of contents displayed in response to the preceding jump instruction is displayed on the help screen, out of the contents of a help data corresponding to the identification data of the control. If the jump instruction is given for a control with different identification from that of the control corresponding to the preceding jump instruction, an explanation at a head position, out of explanations in the help data corresponding to the identification data of the control for which the current jump instruction is given is displayed on the help screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Kotaro Terada, Masaru Aiso, Masaaki Okabayashi
  • Patent number: 8364514
    Abstract: A unique monitoring system and method is provided that involves monitoring user activity in order to facilitate managing and optimizing the utilization of various system resources. In particular, the system can monitor user activity, detect when users need assistance with their specific activities, and identify at least one other user that can assist them. Assistance can be in the form of answering questions, providing guidance to the user as the user completes the activity, or completing the activity such as in the case of taking on an assigned activity. In addition, the system can aggregate activity data across users and/or devices. As a result, problems with activity templates or activities themselves can be more readily identified, user performance can be readily compared, and users can communicate and exchange information regarding similar activity experiences. Furthermore, synchronicity and time-sensitive scheduling of activities between users can be facilitated and improved overall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Steven W. Macbeth, Roland L. Fernandez, Brian R. Meyers, Desney S. Tan, George G. Robertson, Nuria M. Oliver, Oscar E. Murillo, Mary P. Czerwinski
  • Patent number: 8355966
    Abstract: A method for using a website, including detecting, using an agent executing on a central processing unit (CPU) and operatively coupled to a financial management application (FMA), a user accessing a webpage of the website by comparing a web address submitted by the user to a pre-determined web address of the webpage, analyzing the webpage based on a pre-determined template to identify a data entry field, identifying, using the agent executing on the CPU, data managed within the FMA for populating the data entry field, wherein the data is identified by comparing the data entry field to a data model of the FMA, retrieving the data managed within the FMA to generate retrieved data, and populating, using the agent executing on the CPU, the data entry field using the retrieved data based on the data model of the FMA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Miriam Nga-Shun Vu, Nedda Cox, Julie Stanford
  • Patent number: 8327270
    Abstract: A method and system for enhancing search skills of human guides in an information search system. The method allows human guides to be trained when they are not particularly busy fielding search queries from information seekers. The method can include determining whether a guide is idle and presenting to a human guide at least one video or audio source for training the human guide. The video training can include a demonstration of the most effective method for providing search results for an information search query, thereby enabling a guide to learn effective strategies and skills for conducting information searching. The training can contribute to the likelihood of the guide being promoted to a level of a more experienced human guide, thereby allowing greater effectiveness in fielding search queries for information seekers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: ChaCha Search, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Jones, Thomas E. Cooper
  • Patent number: 8326925
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention relates to a method for processing a post to a discussion board comprising placing the post on the discussion board; performing an entitlement check to determine whether access to an expert should be provided to the user, wherein the entitlement check is associated with at least one of a characteristic of the user and a characteristic of the post; and based on the entitlement check providing access to the expert in the form of a control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Richard A. Santos, Paul A. Meyers, Ashish Pisolkar
  • Patent number: 8320594
    Abstract: An audio/video (A/V) device having a volume control function for external audio reproduction units by using volume control buttons of a remote controller is provided. The A/V device includes speakers, an audio output port for externally outputting an audio signal, an audio signal processing unit for reproducing and amplifying the audio signal and applying the amplified audio signal to the speakers or the audio output port, a memory unit for storing volume control values, and a control unit for applying to the audio signal processing unit any of the volume control values stored in the memory based on whether the external audio reproduction unit is plugged in the audio output port. The control unit controls the audio signal processing unit to adjust the volume control values for the audio output port by the volume control buttons when the external audio reproduction unit is plugged in the audio output port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae-hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 8300867
    Abstract: An audio/video (A/V) device having a volume control function for external audio reproduction units by using volume control buttons of a remote controller is provided. The A/V device includes speakers, an audio output port for externally outputting an audio signal, an audio signal processing unit for reproducing and amplifying the audio signal and applying the amplified audio signal to the speakers or the audio output port, a memory unit for storing volume control values, and a control unit for applying to the audio signal processing unit any of the volume control values stored in the memory based on whether the external audio reproduction unit is plugged in the audio output port. The control unit controls the audio signal processing unit to adjust the volume control values for the audio output port by the volume control buttons when the external audio reproduction unit is plugged in the audio output port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae-hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 8300866
    Abstract: An audio/video (A/V) device having a volume control function for external audio reproduction units by using volume control buttons of a remote controller is provided. The A/V device includes speakers, an audio output port for externally outputting an audio signal, an audio signal processing unit for reproducing and amplifying the audio signal and applying the amplified audio signal to the speakers or the audio output port, a memory unit for storing volume control values, and a control unit for applying to the audio signal processing unit any of the volume control values stored in the memory based on whether the external audio reproduction unit is plugged in the audio output port. The control unit controls the audio signal processing unit to adjust the volume control values for the audio output port by the volume control buttons when the external audio reproduction unit is plugged in the audio output port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae-hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 8276070
    Abstract: A system for presentation of help files on a computer with an operating system and a display is provided. Presentation-independent information associated with an application is stored on the computer. A help application is adapted to access the presentation-independent information based on user interactions and automatically to select between available rendering applications at runtime for displaying the presentation-independent information on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Dale Rogerson, Andrew Reddish, Sridhar Chandrashekar, Justin McRoberts
  • Patent number: 8271875
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for providing content includes extracting preconfigured content from an application; selecting, from second content associated with the application, a plurality of portions of the second content using the extracted preconfigured content; ranking the plurality of portions based at least in part on the preconfigured content; and associating a reference with the preconfigured content in the application such that the reference is displayed with the application, the reference providing user navigation to at least one of the plurality of portions selected based on the ranking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Remco Teunen, Suzanne R. Liu, Heather S. Cash
  • Patent number: 8261189
    Abstract: Method, article of manufacture and apparatus for playing back recorded database activity in a graphical user interface. Chronologically ordered database event information is dynamically displayed in a user interface having user-selectable graphical elements associated with predefined playback controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lance C. Amundsen, John M. Santosuosso
  • Patent number: 8250472
    Abstract: A first application executes in an identified state. The first application broadcasts the identified state. The broadcasted identified state of the first application is received by a second application. The second application determines contextual content based on the received identified state of the first application. The contextual content is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Martinez De Morentin, Mark Carl Hampton, John Anthony James
  • Patent number: 8234562
    Abstract: A method for displaying a form involves checking an input to determine whether an error exists, where the input corresponds to a field within the form, updating a tally of errors for the form reflecting the error when the error is contained in the field within the form, and visualizing the tally of errors by concurrently displaying the tally of errors and the form, where the field corresponding to the error is identified within the form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Rachel L. Evans, Leslie A. Skelly, Matthew G. Rice, John A. Dryden, Morris Neer, Celia M. Lynn
  • Patent number: 8214738
    Abstract: Tickers are populated with location-based information that is selected according to the geographic location of communication devices. The location of a communication device is identified based on a GPS system, proximity to transmitters in a wireless network, user input, or using other techniques. Location-appropriate content is obtained either in real-time from the network or from a local data store at the communication device. In general location-based, context-aware content can be displayed on tickers associated with a variety of communication devices, including mobile communication devices and “immobile” or stationary personal computers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Smith Micro Software, Inc
    Inventors: Konstantin Othmer, Carl J. Stocklein