Based On Stored Usage Or User Profile (e.g., Frequency Of Use, Cookies) Patents (Class 715/745)
  • Publication number: 20150019990
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods and computer-readable storage media are provided for information management and display. In one embodiment, a method includes displaying, via a user interface of a communication device, a dynamically updatable wallpaper comprising a personalized theme personalized to a user of the communication device. The method also includes updating the dynamically updatable wallpaper to display one or more animated icons. Displaying the animated icons is based, at least, on detected activity of respective contacts associated with the one or more animated icons. In another embodiment, an apparatus comprises: a user interface component configured to display images indicative of contacts, wherein the plurality of contacts are predefined by a user of the apparatus. The apparatus also includes a messaging component configured to: integrate different types of text messages for one of the contacts; and provide concurrent display of the text messages and social media information for one of the contacts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Jared S. Peterson, Janna Ducich, Kristin Marie Pascal, Edward Woodbery
  • Patent number: 8935621
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for selecting components to include in portions of a displayable file. Selecting the components may include determining an order of the components for each portion of the displayable file. The components' order for a given portion may be based on a score for each component, where a component's score is based on an estimated value and standard error associated with the component. The component to include in each portion of the displayable file may be selected based at least in part on the determined component order for each portion and a predetermined priority of each portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett E. Lounsbury, Samuel A. Minter, Vishal M. Shanbhag, Jeffrey B. Slosberg, Michal M. Brye, Daniel B. Lloyd, Joseph Steven Mate, Tri M. Cao, Stephen B. Ivie
  • Patent number: 8935482
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method, a system and a server of removing a distributed caching object. In one embodiment, the method receives a removal request, where the removal request includes an identifier of an object. The method may further apply consistent Hashing to the identifier of the object to obtain a Hash result value of the identifier, locates a corresponding cache server based on the Hash result value and renders the corresponding cache server to be a present cache server. In some embodiments, the method determines whether the present cache server is in an active status and has an active period greater than an expiration period associated with the object. Additionally, in response to determining that the present cache server is in an active status and has an active period greater than the expiration period associated with the object, the method removes the object from the present cache server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventors: Gang Liu, Qing Ren, Wensong Zhang
  • Patent number: 8934756
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a detecting unit configured to detect a change in a viewing environment; a storing unit configured to store position information of data displayed on a display unit when the change in the viewing environment is detected by the detecting unit; and a reproducing unit configured to reproduce data corresponding to the position information stored in the storing unit by receiving a re-viewing instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Daisuke Kuroki
  • Patent number: 8935634
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to user interface control groups and provide a method, system and computer program product for rendering a set of user interface controls with dynamic content in a GUI. In one embodiment, the invention can include a data processing system including a set of user interface controls and control data including a set of cumulative selection metrics for each user interface control in the set. Each user interface control in the set, in turn, can include a label and an indicator of cumulative metrics for the user interface control. For instance, the set of user interface controls can include a set of radio buttons in a radio button control group. As another example, the set of user interface controls can include a set of check boxes in a check box control group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Muller, Andrew L. Schirmer
  • Publication number: 20150012838
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include methods, systems, and articles of manufacture for enabling beta testing of new features within a native application. In one embodiment, a native application executed by a client device may include executable instructions that are activated and executed only upon indication of a user belonging to a beta test group. The client device may receive a signal from a service or content provider that includes test group information indicating whether a user is a member of a test group. The client device may process the received signal to determine whether the user is a member of a test group and, if so, activates and executes certain instructions received as part of the native application that define a user interface enabling access to additional functionality unavailable to a user determined not to be a member of a test group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: CAPITAL ONE FINANCIAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kjell Hegstad, Dennis Brandt
  • Publication number: 20150012839
    Abstract: A file configuration method for a mobile phone includes generating, before an application program is closed to stop processing a target file, habit setting information in response to a user's use manner for the target file and saving the habit setting information in a configuration record file; storing the configuration record file in a preset directory; determining, when the application program is restarted to process the target file, whether the configuration record file is present; and if yes, reading the configuration record file, retrieving the habit setting information, and introducing the habit setting information to the application program so as to enable it to open the target file according to the habit setting information. The disclosure can automatically adjust an application program according to a user's use habits for different files, thereby reducing troublesome operations and enhancing the user's experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: HUIZHOU TCL MOBILE COMMUNICATION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Fang Xie
  • Patent number: 8930824
    Abstract: A user interface architectural pattern for product/platform user experience is described. In an embodiment, a request associated with a first macro file is made. The first macro file refers to a second macro file, and includes one or more elements embedded in a wrapper associated with the second macro file. Based at least in part on the second macro file, a user interface component is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Apollo Education Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Kris Bennett
  • Patent number: 8930823
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus having a plurality of functions and executing a function designated from the plurality of functions includes a display device for displaying a function selection image allowing a user to designate any of the plurality of functions. The display device displays a first group of functions of which frequency of use is higher than a prescribed threshold value, and a second group of functions of which frequency of use is not higher than the threshold value, on mutually different function selection images, with a display item indicating that functions are displayed distinguished from each other. The image forming apparatus further includes: a designating device receiving a user input designating any of the plurality of functions displayed by the display device; and an image forming unit executing the function designated by the input received by the designating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tamotsu Fukushima, Terumi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8930822
    Abstract: In a method for composing and presenting information in a user context, the information shall be presented for the user on a man-machine interface in the form of a visual or graphic display. The method comprises steps for determining a user context in which the information is required, selecting a set of content sources, and the content components are retrieved from the content sources. The information in selected content components are computed using an information measure that reflects the information as perceived by human cognition, and an optimum presentation of the selected content components are determined and presented for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Øystein Haug Olsen
  • Publication number: 20150007043
    Abstract: Computing systems may customize map content based on user specific data in a secure private data model without transferring any user-specific or identifying data to a remote network server. The secure private data model may isolate user specific data on respective client devices so that network servers do not have access to confidential information and cannot otherwise infer confidential information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: William Henry Steinmetz
  • Publication number: 20150007045
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for tracking, in at least one computing device, a presentation of a plurality of items for a user, each item being associated with at least one respective category of a plurality of categories, and determining a user histogram that is customized for a user. A visual symbol may be generated based at least upon the user histogram for each category, each visual symbol comprising a visual characteristic for associating the visual symbol to the category and a graphical dimension of the visual symbol, wherein the graphical dimension correlates with the respective degree of interest associated with the category. Each visual symbol may be appended to one another to form a graphic identifier and a user interface encoded for rendering, where the user interface comprises the graphic identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Tanya Salyers
  • Publication number: 20150007044
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a method and apparatus for managing a display mode. Input of a display mode is detected and the page is displayed in accordance with the input display mode. The page is requested from a server such that the display mode is sent in the request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Euichang JUNG, Saemee YIM, Doosuk KANG, Bokun CHOI, Minkyung HWANG
  • Patent number: 8924471
    Abstract: Techniques to automatically syndicate content over a network are described. An apparatus may comprise a client computer having a processing system with a processor and computer-readable medium. The computer readable medium may store program instructions for a syndication manager component communicatively coupled to a content producing component arranged to be executed by the processor. The syndication manager component may be operative to receive syndication content from the content producing component, and provide a syndication dialog through the content producing component to syndicate the syndication content using a content delivery platform. The syndication manager component may also syndicate the syndication content to form a syndication resource accessible from the content delivery platform over a network using a syndication referent. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Christian E Stich, Gareth Howell, Tristan Davis, Dan Parish, Eran Megiddo, Sherman Der, Jeff Rambharack
  • Publication number: 20140380185
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a system for reconfiguring touch controls on a device, such as a cell phone, in reaction to a user's changing mode of operation. For example, a standard display of icons that works well in two-handed operation may not work as well for one-handed operation where the user tries to operate the controls with a thumb of the holding hand. In such a case, a device can detect that the user is trying to operate the controls with a thumb of the holding hand and the controls can be reconfigured to be more suitable for thumb operation. Reconfiguration can also occur in other modes of operation, such as when the user is using a stylus, multiple fingers of a second (non-holding hand), fingers on both hands, etc. In some embodiments, detection of the mode of operation can be automatic such as where a camera takes an image to determine the mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Charles J. Kulas
  • Patent number: 8918720
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses, including computer programs encoded on computer-readable media, for receiving one or more keywords at a web application that are used to search for documents of a first type. The documents are accessible by a user via an account of the user based upon user permissions. Search results are provided based upon the keywords and include links to one or more documents of the first type. A selection one or more of the links is received. Selecting the links logs data that includes an indication that the documents were selected. A request for a list of most or recently selected documents of the first type for the user is received. The list of most or recently selected documents of the first type is based upon an aggregation of the logged data, and the list of most selected documents of the first type is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Ping Wu, Jennifer W. Lin
  • Patent number: 8918717
    Abstract: A system for providing collaborative tag sets to assist in the navigation and use of a folksonomy. The collaborative tag sets are social in nature. As more users group two tags together into tag sets, the disclosed system causes the association between those two tags to grow stronger, as exposed in the bookmark system user interface when alternative tags are suggested for browsing the bookmarks in a folksonomy. Tags that are grouped together by a user into a tag set have the strongest possible weight for that user, and accordingly the disclosed system automatically applies all tags in a set when that user is retrieving bookmarks if the user selects at least one of tags in the set. Tags not in the user's tag sets, but included in the public tag set(s) of another user(s) are displayed in the user interface as tag suggestions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Brooks, Michael Muller, Sandra L. Kogan
  • Publication number: 20140372901
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing a current-visitor context of a current visitor to a web page in a current web-browsing session. The current-visitor context includes one or more data associated with or concerning the current visitor. The method includes selecting based on the current-visitor context a particular one of multiple possible instances of the web page for presentation to the current visitor. The particular one of the multiple possible instances of the web page is substantially most likely to generate a highest expected outcome from interaction with the web page by the current visitor as indicated by the current-visitor context.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy J. Catlin, Richard E. Chatwin, Benjamin D. Foster, Matthew R. McEachen, Murthy V. Nukala, Veeravich T. Thumasathit
  • Patent number: 8914731
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for enhancing the display of data is provided. User interaction data describing the interactions of a plurality of users with a user interface component is stored. The user interaction data is analyzed to identify patterns of prior use of the user interface component. The operation of a three-tier architecture may be configured to enhance performance based on the patterns of prior use. For example, upon determining a certain percentage of users interact with the user interface component in a manner requiring the visual appearance of the user interface component to be updated to depict additional data not previously depicted, the additional data may be cached at an application tier or provided to a client before a user requests the additional data to minimize the delay in retrieving the additional data. The patterns of prior use may also be used to selectively initialize resources at the middle-tier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventor: Sanjay Krishnamurthy
  • Patent number: 8914732
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and a method of controlling the mobile terminal are provided. According to the mobile terminal and the method of controlling the mobile terminal, it is possible to automatically change widgets on a home screen in accordance with a user-defined time or location condition. Therefore, it is possible for a user to manually delete or add a widget to or from the home screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Bae Jun, In Hwan Park
  • Patent number: 8914729
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for navigating a corpus of content items stored in one or more information repositories within a distributed communications system. The content items may include video feeds, audio feeds, television broadcasts, website, a web log or the like. Using any browser application, the user views content items presented in an interactive scroll display. Modules are included for filtering, sorting and sampling content to ensure delivery of relevant high-quality content to the user. A feedback mechanism is also included for refining relevance filtering, sorting and sampling processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Micah Dubinko, Joseph Magnani, Jasmine Novak, Ravi Kumar, Prabhakar Raghavan, Andrew Tomkins
  • Patent number: 8910056
    Abstract: Entries within a participant list of an electronic communications system may be categorized automatically into one or more groups based on attributes of users represented in the participant list. Categorizing users includes maintaining a list of identifiers that are selected by a first user and for which online presence information is made perceivable through the list. The list includes one or more categories into which the identifiers are categorized. At least one attribute associated with an identifier for which online presence information is to be made perceivable through the list and attributes stored relative to at least one of the categories are accessed. The attributes associated with the identifier are compared to the stored attributes. Based on results of the comparison, at least one category within the list that corresponds to the identifier is identified, and the identifier is categorized into the identified category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Judson Valeski
  • Patent number: 8910052
    Abstract: A user profile for a user of a social networking system may include experiences, such as work, educational, travel, and interests. The social networking system provides a profile page for a user's user profile that allows the user to tag other users as being involved in or otherwise associated with the user's experiences. Once another user is tagged in an experience, a corresponding tag is added to the tagged user's user profile, and that experience is added as well if not already included in the profile. Tagging users in experiences allows a viewer to see connections between experiences of users of the social networking system and promotes more detailed user profiles that contain experiences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Deng, William Joseph Flynn, III, Josh Wiseman, Matthew Cahill, Philip Sanghoon Rha, Martin Smith
  • Publication number: 20140359471
    Abstract: An input and processing system allows user input information such as user affinity to efficiently determine user characteristics from content as well as novel input of commands such as copy/paste on a small mobile device screen among other computing devices. A client/server is also made more efficient due to the enhanced gathering of information. Also disclosed is a system for rapid presentation of information such as barcodes at barcode scanners. A system can request multiple barcodes, coupons or the like by detecting a signal from a scanner that information presented has been read.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Brian Roundtree, Thomas S. Huseby, Kevin Allan, William Munslow, David Pratt
  • Publication number: 20140359470
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and terminal device for playing media synchronously. The method comprises: triggering a function of playing media synchronously, acquiring a preset identification (ID) corresponding to an end user, obtaining a media history playlist including a history of an address and a play location of a media file that is listened or viewed by the end user corresponding to the end user according to the preset ID, and resuming the media file that is chosen by the end user according to the media history playlist.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventor: Xiaodan Lin
  • Publication number: 20140359469
    Abstract: Various systems, such as operating systems and application suites, have multiple programs that are installed and settings that are configured in order to put the system in a desired operational state (e.g., a substantially fully functioning state). Different users can have different experiences based on different programs they use, and the set of programs they use can come from network locations. A set of system readiness tasks is created that identifies the various actions to be performed to put the system in the desired operational state. Performance of the set of system readiness tasks is coordinated to display, prior to achieving the desired operational state, a preview of a user interface of the system that is customized to a specific user of the system. Performance of the set of system readiness tasks continues, while displaying the preview of the user interface, until the desired operational state is achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas H. Alphin, III, Samuel D. Clement, Samer F. Sawaya, Henri-Charles Machalani, Ananda Sarkar, Naresh Chandrasekaran
  • Patent number: 8904286
    Abstract: A method and hierarchical menu is provided for displaying on the screen of a wireless handheld electronic device an extended menu or a short menu, which is a subset of the corresponding extended menu. The method includes displaying a page on a screen and receiving an ambiguous request/selection when no menu is displayed. In response to the ambiguous selection, a short menu corresponding to the displayed page is displayed on the screen. Various short menus are provided with their respective menu items being dependent and adjustable based upon the position of a cursor on the displayed page, the currently opened application, and/or the previous selections. Further, a selection from the short menu is capable of displaying the extended menu corresponding thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Lee, Andrew Bocking, Jason T. Griffin, Steven Fyke, Janna Corrine Louise Hickson, Harry Major, Sherryl Lee Scott, Matthew Bells, Thanh Vuong
  • Publication number: 20140351708
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method, computer program product, and system for user interface customization. A computer records activity of a first computer on a user interface. The computer determines one or more repetitive activities of the first computer utilizing the recorded activity of the first computer. The computer determines a customized user interface for the first computer corresponding to the one or more repetitive activities of the first computer. In another embodiment, the computer initiates display of the customized user interface to the first computer. In another embodiment, the recorded activity of the first computer includes navigation through links in the user interface, applying filters to data in the user interface, and accessing data on the user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Internatinal Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Arun Balasubramanyan, Mary E. Rudden, Donald E. Schaefer
  • Patent number: 8898571
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes means for recording numbers and display times of a series of plurality of setting screens displayed in transition, means for assigning the degrees of forgetting of the current screen which is shifted from other setting screens that are displayed in the process of transition from the previous setting screen to the current screen, means for evaluating the total degree of forgetting of the current screen in consideration of all degrees of forgetting in transition from the other setting screens displayed in the process of transition, means for determining forgetting threshold values for the individual screens on the basis of the degree of importance of the application, means for comparing total degree of forgetting with the forgetting threshold values, and means for highlighting a predetermined content of the current screen in the case where the total degree of forgetting is lower than the forgetting threshold values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tohru Hasegawa, Yuhko Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 8892171
    Abstract: A system, method, and wireless communication device that profiles a user thereof, or a user at a second wireless communication device in communication therewith. The wireless communication device gathers user data for a user thereof, or from a user at a second wireless communication device, and either directly generates, or has generated elsewhere, a user profile, such as a personality or psychological profile, or medical diagnosis of the user, and can display the user profile to the user and/or alter the wireless communication device functionality based upon the user profile. The gathered user data can be from a user interaction with the wireless communication device, from information available to the wireless communication device, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: David J. Ross, Eric C. Rosen
  • Patent number: 8893043
    Abstract: In a method for automatically navigating potential websites for predictive browsing based on user activities along with efficiency of verifying content updates, a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) of websites and its associated attributes that a user visits can be recorded and stored in a storage engine. The potential sites can be predicted by a predictive engine component based upon a past browsing history and various environmental factors that are recorded in the storage engine. A dynamic content detection engine component examines each potential websites and detects if the site has been updated. The predictive engine component enables the user to navigate to the potential websites thereby permitting faster website browsing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher N. Dodson, Keith R. Walker, Brian M. O'Connell, Richard A. Locke
  • Patent number: 8892670
    Abstract: Described is an enterprise-based, contextual network system and method to keep employees connected with one another, as well as to external resources. Current media offers a great way to stay in touch with others but is not cohesive and contextual for businesses or generally productive for businesses. The enterprise media disclosed in this application presents a way for businesses to keep all of their employees and outside resources connected, but in a professional and efficient manner for the workplace. This enterprise media adapts to its users to create an interface that will help the user complete work, connect with others, and use various applications all in one place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: TIBCO Software Inc.
    Inventors: Sriram Chakravarthy, Gopala Janjanam, Madhav Vodnala, Chih-Ming Yi, Weiwen Weng
  • Patent number: 8893014
    Abstract: A system and method for deferring the loading of user interface (UI) components of a web page. A processing module receives data describing user activities and generates user behavior data for a user in a social network. A component engine generates the data for loading different UI components of the web page. A user behavior module receives the user behavior data and determines an order in which each UI component of the web page is loaded. A loading engine transmits data to a user's browser for loading a static version of the web page and then loads the different UI components according to the order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Carolyn F. Au, Justin J. Tansuwan, Venkat Venugopalan, Ryoji Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8887058
    Abstract: Media management for multi-user groups includes methods for determining a numeric score for recorded content being one of a popularity score or a relevance score, and for displaying a content library as an array of images each sized in accordance with its popularity score. The methods may also include social group features whereby a user may compare her content library with other libraries in her social group, and view relative popularity of content titles in the other libraries. The system includes numerous other features for content exploration, acquisition and management. An apparatus for performing the method comprises a processor coupled to a memory, the memory holding instructions for performing steps of the method as summarized above. Various aspects of the system may be implemented as a server or a client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Gewecke, Justin Herz, Essam Mahmoud, Maria Seidman
  • Patent number: 8887155
    Abstract: The invention provides a system, a method and a computer program product that facilitate access to one or more applications by a computing device. The invention includes determining one or more contexts associated with at least one of the computing device and a user of the computing device, such that the one or more contexts describe at least one of an environment and an activity of the at least one of the user and the computing device. Thereafter at least one contextual tag corresponding to the one or more contexts is generated. Subsequently, the one or more applications associated with the at least one contextual tag are identified and the computing device is enabled to access the one or more applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Keertikiran Gokul
  • Patent number: 8887055
    Abstract: The disclosed technology reconstructs stimuli displayed to a user as they interact with online-content. The technology may provide for a record of selected technical parameters and relevant data that may impact the manner in which online content is displayed, taking into consideration the current browser context. The technology may record events as reported from a browser interface. The events may be recorded in a format and syntax to form a primary index of events and related outcomes which comprise the user's interface experience. Events may be detected at the browser interface and identified, categorized, and filtered as to their relevance to visual stimuli. A unique identifier may then be assigned in the form of an alphanumeric string to each relevant event. Selected events may be recorded into a log (along with their categorization), a unique identifier, and the time in which the event occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Schlucktronix LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth H. Crain, William K. Vanover
  • Patent number: 8887061
    Abstract: The magnifier interface system determines a level of user activity with a screen magnifier user interface and determines a current user interface mode. If the system is currently in the full mode and the level of user activity indicates user interaction with the screen magnifier user interface below a threshold, then the system transitions from the full mode to the watermark mode based on the lack of determined user activity. If the system is currently in the watermark mode and the level of user activity indicates user interaction with the screen magnifier user interface, then the system transitions from the watermark mode to the full mode based on the determined user activity. Thus, the magnifier interface system presents a full user interface that transitions into a smaller watermark interface when not in use to take up less screen real restate yet remain available to users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Nazia Zaman, Harold S. Gomez
  • Patent number: 8886259
    Abstract: A system, method, and wireless communication device that profiles a user thereof, or a user at a second wireless communication device in communication therewith. The wireless communication device gathers user data for a user thereof, or from a user at a second wireless communication device, and either directly generates, or has generated elsewhere, a user profile, such as a personality or psychological profile, or medical diagnosis of the user, and can display the user profile to the user and/or alter the wireless communication device functionality based upon the user profile. The gathered user data can be from physical user interaction with the wireless communication device, or from other equipment resident at the wireless communication device, such as a camera and medical diagnostic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: David Jonathan Ross, Eric Carl Rosen
  • Patent number: 8887062
    Abstract: A method of streamlined web site navigation includes providing a command line interface supplemental to a graphic user interface. The command line interface accepts entry of verbs and parameters from a web site-specific vocabulary. The web site-specific vocabulary allows a user to access functions of a graphic user interface page of the web site by entering at least one verb and without navigating page links to reach the graphic user interface page. The method receives data entered at the command line interface, including the at least one verb. The method continues with identifying a particular web page responsive to the verb, and sending the particular web page towards a client system. The method may further include receiving with the data entered at the command line interface at least one parameter that modifies the verb, and identifying the particular web page responsive to the verb combined with the parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventor: Vinodh Kumar Rajagopal
  • Publication number: 20140331147
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method performed by a computing device includes receiving one or more command-line options; determining a user associated with the computing device; accessing, based on the command-line options and the user, configuration file for configuration settings for one or more user interfaces with the operating system shell hosted by the computing device; and creating the user interfaces within the operating system shell based on the configuration settings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Shailesh Jain, Shashidhar Banavasi Sadanand
  • Patent number: 8881021
    Abstract: A toolbar, such as an add-on toolbar for a web browser, may be automatically created for a user based on the preferences or habits of the user. A device may, for example, receive metadata relating to habits or preferences of the user. The device may match the metadata to a set of toolbar objects to obtain one or more recommended toolbar objects for the user. The device may generate custom toolbar code that includes the one or more recommended toolbar objects and transmit the custom toolbar code to the user for installation of the custom toolbar code to implement a custom toolbar in the application program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Kumar Das, Melodie Chu
  • Publication number: 20140325378
    Abstract: A method for generating a personalized page is provided, in which: various characteristic behaviours of a user when the user visits a website are recorded, and for each of the characteristic behaviours, information of a subject matter corresponding to the characteristic behaviour is recorded, a page request is received from a client, and in response to the page request, a current behaviour of the user is detected, if the current behaviour belongs to one of the various characteristic behaviours, recorded information of all subject matters corresponding to the current behaviour is acquired, and a personalized page is generated according to the information of all subject matters corresponding to the current behaviour, and the personalized page is returned to the client. Additionally, an apparatus and a server for generating a personalized page are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Xin Chen
  • Patent number: 8874730
    Abstract: In order to provide a user with control of how persistent information is used in a Web browser to aid in the display of website content in a non-disruptive manner, a system and a method are provided that allow a user to access a non-modal graphical user interface control using a Web browser. The non-modal graphical user interface control allows the user to specify one or more pieces of persistent information that the Web browser associates with the website content. The Web browser then uses the persistent information to aid in displaying the Web content while allowing the user to continue to use the browser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Jochen Eisinger
  • Patent number: 8875026
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to directed communication in a virtual environment. A method for method for providing directed communication between avatars in a virtual environment in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention includes: determining a relative location of a first avatar and a second avatar in a virtual environment; and adjusting an aspect of a communication between the first avatar and the second avatar based on the relative location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rick A. Hamilton, II, John P. Karidis, Brian M. O'Connell, Clifford A. Pickover, Keith R. Walker
  • Publication number: 20140317526
    Abstract: User interfaces such as web pages may be customized in terms of appearance and content based on user interests. For example, information items may be arranged such that items corresponding to strong user interests are displayed in more visually identifiable locations while items corresponding to weaker user interests are displayed in less visually valuable positions. The size of and space allocated to the information items may also be customized based on the relative strengths of the corresponding interests. For example, information associated with a strong user interest may be allotted 50% of the user interface. Other visual characteristics of the user interface and the information items such as font size/style, color, transparency and the like may also be customized to reflect the importance or strength of corresponding user interfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Michael T. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 8868542
    Abstract: A user interface including one or more references to content is customized. Several user profiles are provided from which a user may be associated. Each user profile includes user profile information. The user profile associated with a user to whom a user interface will be provided is accessed. A user interface is configured for the user, based at least in part upon the user profile accessed as being associated with the user. Access to content is enabled based on user manipulation of the configured user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey David Kimball, John Thurston Wassom, Jr., Christina Ann Rank Dolan
  • Patent number: 8869041
    Abstract: Techniques are described for display and navigation of hierarchical messages, which displays include contextual data for the messages. Context information for a current message includes reply messages, parent messages, and metadata representations. Message representations are also associated with visual depth indicators that are independent of the text of the messages. Users may navigate displays of hierarchical message data using different navigational inputs. For example, more information may be requested for messages, without selecting a new message for viewing as a focal message, using swipes across portions of the display dedicated to displaying the messages. A limited number of messages for a requested list of messages is initially retrieved and displayed, and a mechanism for viewing more messages from the list is provided. Historical usage of the mechanism is recorded and the number of messages to be displayed for the list of messages is adjusted based on the historical usage data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Apollo Education Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Jongwoo Lee, Manish Upendran, Locke D. Berkebile, Jason Brightman
  • Publication number: 20140309861
    Abstract: A method of customizing the interface of an infotainment system may include receiving a user profile from a multimedia device, a local store of the infotainment system, or cloud storage, and customizing the interface of the infotainment system based on the received user profile. A system for customising the interface of an infotainment system may include a receiving module configured for receiving a user profile from a multimedia device, a local store of the infotainment system, or a cloud storage, wherein the multimedia device is connectable to the infotainment system, and a customizing module configured for customizing the interface of the infotainment system based on the received user profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Henrik LIND, Robert BROSTROM
  • Patent number: 8863008
    Abstract: A method for automatic censoring of a graphical user interface (GUI) screen includes receiving a censoring trigger by a censoring module; identifying information present in the GUI screen by a object recognition module; comparing the identified information with a set of preferences stored in a censoring preferences module to determine content to be removed from the GUI screen; and removing the determined content from the GUI screen by the censoring module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yuk Chan, Tin H. To, Andrew Tsang, Wei Zhou
  • Patent number: 8863189
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, set top box (STB) having a controller to record one or more soft key preferences associated with a user of the STB for each of a plurality of media presentation states of a media communication system, receive a request for presentation of a graphical user interface (GUI) associated with one of the media presentation states, select one or more soft keys according to the one or more soft key preferences assigned to the requested media presentation state, and present the selected one or more soft keys in the GUI. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Properties I, LP
    Inventors: Scott White, James L. Cansler, Brett Anderson