Ticker Metaphor Patents (Class 715/774)
  • Patent number: 10643381
    Abstract: An electronic device is described. The electronic device includes a processor. The processor is configured to render a first zone of an image. The processor is also configured to render a second zone of the image. The first zone has a higher tessellated level of detail than the second zone. The processor is further configured to present the first zone and the second zone on at least one vehicle window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Phi Hung Nguyen, Ning Bi
  • Patent number: 10318601
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to method and system for rendering multimedia content based on interest level of a user in real-time by a content rendering system. The content rendering system comprises detecting interest of user watching multimedia content, broadcasted by content provider based on set of parameters. The interest of user is on portion of multimedia content, determining metadata, object of interest, action and context from portion of multimedia content by processing image containing portion, generating search queries based on object of interest, action and context, extracting content similar to portion, broadcasted by one or more other content providers, based on search queries and metadata and combining extracted similar content with multimedia content currently viewed by user based on metadata to render multimedia content to user based on interest level of user in real-time. The present disclosure renders similar content from multiple content providers based on interest level of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventor: Manjunath Ramachandra Iyer
  • Patent number: 10248193
    Abstract: In a motor vehicle having a plurality of display devices, a gaze direction of a driver of the motor vehicle is detected and used to check whether the driver has directed his gaze to a display region of the display devices for at least a predefined gazing duration. If the gaze has been directed to one of the display regions of one of the display devices for at least the predefined gazing duration, an interaction mode of an operating device for controlling the relevant display device is activated. An extended gazing duration which is longer than the predefined gazing duration is predefined for at least one of the display devices and for this display device, the interaction mode is activated only if it has been detected that the gaze of the driver has been directed to the display region of this display device for at least the extended gazing duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Marcus Kuehne, Ulrich Mueller
  • Patent number: 10209772
    Abstract: Described herein are methods, systems, and computer program products for providing supplementary information with an initial visualization. To provide supplementary information, a display device can provide the initial visualization, a gaze tracker can capture gaze direction data from a user viewing the initial visualization, and a processor of a computing device can process the gaze direction data to determine a point of interest. The display device can then provide the supplementary information with the initial visualization based on the point of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eli M. Dow, Thomas D. Fitzsimmons, Maurice M. Materise, Jessie Yu
  • Patent number: 10162411
    Abstract: In a motor vehicle, having at least one display device, a gaze direction of a vehicle occupant of the motor vehicle is detected and used to check whether the vehicle occupant has directed his gaze to a display region of the display device for at least a predefined gazing duration. If the gaze has been directed to the display region of the display device for at least the predefined gazing duration, an interaction mode of an operating device for controlling the display device is activated After the interaction mode has been activated, at least one predetermined criterion is used to determine whether control of the display device has been concluded. The interaction mode is maintained as long as it has been determined that the control of the display device has not been concluded or at least one other predetermined criterion has not yet been satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Marcus Kuehne, Ulrich Mueller, Johann Schneider
  • Patent number: 10162951
    Abstract: A non-modal notification user interface element is displayed persistently but unobtrusively such that a user may easily determine that authentication credentials are required by a background synchronization process. The non-modal notification is configured such that it may be ignored by the user such that their workflow is not interrupted. The background synchronization continues to synchronize the data it can even though the background synchronization may require authentication credentials for a subset of the data to be synchronized. The user may select the non-modal notification user interface element at any point in time in order to supply the required authentication credentials. The non-modal notification is removed from the display when there are no further authentication credentials required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Rasmussen, Ilya Koulchin
  • Patent number: 10013701
    Abstract: A server system comprising one or more processors and memory initiates delivery of a respective message campaign that includes one or more messages addressed to a plurality of users. The server system receives, from the plurality of users, campaign-feedback data indicative of user interaction. The campaign-feedback data includes information that enables generation of campaign reports including quantitative information about the message campaigns. After receiving the campaign-feedback data, the server system transmits, to one or more remote storage systems, campaign-tracking data that is based on the campaign-feedback data and then receives, from a requestor, a first request for analysis of the campaign-feedback information. In response to receiving the first request for analysis of the campaign-feedback information, the server system obtains a campaign report generated using the campaign-tracking data from the one or more remote storage systems; and provides the campaign report to the requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Selligent, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Sterns, Tulsi Ram Mayala
  • Patent number: 9846524
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for scrolling through a list comprising a plurality of selectable items and configured so that a single item in the list is displayed at a given instant on an interface, the display of the next item in the list being triggered by the detection of a scrolling action performed by a user on an input device associated with the interface, the method being such that it has steps of display of an item in the list, of determination that a predetermined item in the list is displayed, and of opening of a period of inactivity of predetermined duration during which scrolling actions on the input device are ignored. The invention likewise relates to a device and a piece of electronic equipment that implement the method for scrolling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: ORANGE SA
    Inventors: Richard Guignon, Olivier Thunin
  • Patent number: 9779223
    Abstract: A non-modal notification user interface element is displayed persistently but unobtrusively such that a user may easily determine that authentication credentials are required by a background synchronization process. The non-modal notification is configured such that it may be ignored by the user such that their workflow is not interrupted. The background synchronization continues to synchronize the data it can even though the background synchronization may require authentication credentials for a subset of the data to be synchronized. The user may select the non-modal notification user interface element at any point in time in order to supply the required authentication credentials. The non-modal notification is removed from the display when there are no further authentication credentials required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Rasmussen, Ilya Koulchin
  • Patent number: 9696799
    Abstract: An information display device that displays plural pieces of display information on a screen while laying out these pieces of display information, including: a gaze judger that judges whether or not the user is gazing at the screen; a display area change detector that detects a change of the display area of the display information; a display area determinator that, when a change of the display area is detected when the user is gazing at the screen, determines a display area according to a ratio of the change of the display area; and a display information display that displays the display information according to the display area of the display information. Even when the layout of the display information is changed in a state in which the user is not gazing at the screen, a change from a state in which an original display is produced is displayed when the user is gazing at the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Kohei Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9633017
    Abstract: A method is provided for building a user interest profile. According to the method, features of each of a plurality of articles are identified. For a given user, views of one or more of the plurality of articles are logged. For each view, a corresponding dwell time for the view by the given user is measured. A weight is applied to each view based on the corresponding measured dwell time. User interest scores for features of the articles are determined based on the weighted views, and the user interest profile is generated for the given user based on the user interest scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Xing Yi, Dilan Gorur, Scott Gaffney
  • Patent number: 9495075
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and software for implementing enhanced menu presentation technology. In at least one implementation, a user interface to a personal information service is presented by a suitable computing system. The user interface includes a viewing pane and an information panel in which various personal information items may be organized. In response to a selection of any of the personal information items for viewing, content associated with the item is presented in the viewing pane. In addition, in response to an identification of an action group that includes multiple ones of the personal information items, an action menu is presented in at least a portion of a space in the user interface occupied by the viewing pane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Kutlay Topatan, Poonam G. Hattangady, Yung-Cheng Chen, Jeffrey Feiereisen
  • Patent number: 9485312
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed of providing a user application with a notification message. One example method may include receiving a script to setup a message queue, the script may include a database schema and the script may be executed by a processor to apply the database schema to a database that includes the message queue. The method may also include receiving one or more notifications messages having specific notification content that is applied to notification messages. The notifications may be received from a remote device. The message queue may include notification content used to generate notification messages destined for end user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: KASEYA LIMITED
    Inventors: Chad Gniffke, Robert Wendell Davis, Mark Thomas Lingen, Ryan Smith, Mark James Sutherland, Scott Robert Powell
  • Patent number: 9374686
    Abstract: A mobile phone provided with a push-to-talk function and methods for operating a mobile phone provided with a push-to-talk function are disclosed. An operation receiving module is configured to receive a user operation. A display control module is configured to cause a display module to display both first information relevant to a push-to-talk call and second information relevant to a function other than the push-to-talk, if the user operation for executing the function other than the push-to-talk is received during the push-to-talk call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Osanai
  • Patent number: 9372613
    Abstract: A method and an electronic device for scrolling a display on a touchscreen are disclosed. The scrolling method for the electronic device includes setting a scroll direction based on a first touch input movement direction, and scrolling a display image in the scroll direction, based on a second touch input movement distance, irrespective of a second touch input movement direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ho-Sung You, Yoon-Jeong Choi
  • Patent number: 9191451
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for automatically selecting one of multiple formats in which to serve a content item. The system collects data regarding content items served and user activity and/or revenue regarding those served items. These data are used to calculate performance values or scores of each format for specified factors such as destination (e.g., a web domain, a URL, a content channel), visibility (e.g., above the fold), a period of time, a vertical or type of content, and so on. When a new content request is received, the format selected for serving in response to the request is chosen based on the competing formats' calculated performances, and a suitable content item is selected. The selected format may be the format likely to generate the most revenue, may be selected by statistical sampling, or may be selected by using the performance values/scores in some other way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Yingfeng Oh, Romer Rosales, Nihar Mehta
  • Patent number: 9032323
    Abstract: A character information display device includes: a display format deciding part 2 for deciding that the display format of a character string to be displayed is telop display when the number of characters making up the character string exceeds the number of characters for one line on the screen; a scroll speed setting part 6 for setting the scroll speed of the character string to be displayed at a reference speed in a case where the character string is judged as a character string easy to read, and setting the scroll speed of the character string to be displayed at a slower speed than the reference speed in a case where the character string is judged as a character string difficult to read by a reading difficulty judging part 4; and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shinyoung Park, Junichi Kimura
  • Patent number: 8997014
    Abstract: A communication apparatus comprises a data receiving unit, a display, a selection receiving unit and a controller. The controller is configured to acquire the content summary information via the data receiving unit and to control the display to display a plurality of titles included in the acquired content summary information with scrolling in a single line. The controller is further configured to accept a first selection and to determine a first selected title which is displayed when the first selection is inputted. The controller is still further configured to control the display to display a list of a plurality of titles of content summary information acquired from the external server. Moreover, the controller is configured to accept a second selection received via the selection receiving unit and determine a second selected title among the plurality of titles displayed in the list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hajime Inada
  • Patent number: 8943425
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed whereby the context of user activity can be used to tailor the ambient information system. The method and apparatus use both short-term context such as recent activity and long-term context such as historical patterns to highlight specific content on channels or widgets that are likely to be of most immediate interest to the user. This contextual information provided by the framework can also be used to make intelligent decisions about how to tailor the user experience after a user has interacted with the item in question. Additionally, context information accumulated on one device such as a mobile phone can be broadcasted to other devices to influence the ambient information display application on a second device such as a desktop based on enabling remote access to the local context repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Jehan Wickramasuriya, Craig Janssen, Nitya Narasimhan, Michael Pearce, Daniel Stewart
  • Publication number: 20150007090
    Abstract: A system for providing information to a user includes a screen for showing the information to the user, receiving means for receiving one or more values from a source of values on which values the information shown to the user is based, generating means for generating two or more data lines wherein each of said data lines comprises at least one data set, wherein the data sets comprise data which are based on said values and wherein the data sets are assigned to at least two data lines by predetermined or changeable criteria displaying means for simultaneously showing said two or more data lines to the user on said screen, and moving means for moving at least one of said data lines on the screen, wherein the moving means comprise adjustment means for adjusting a speed of the movement of the at least one data line depending on a criterion relating to the at least one data set comprised in the data line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Nicolas BISSANTZ
  • Publication number: 20150007091
    Abstract: A system for providing information to a user includes a screen for showing the information to the user, receiving means for receiving one or more values from a source of values on which values the information shown to the user is based, generating means for generating two or more data lines wherein each of said data lines comprises at least one data set, wherein the data sets comprise data which are based on said values and wherein the data sets are assigned to at least two data lines by predetermined or changeable criteria displaying means for simultaneously showing said two or more data lines to the user on said screen, and highlighting means for visually highlighting at least one data set out of said two or more data lines according to at least one criterion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Nicolas BISSANTZ
  • Patent number: 8923926
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of modifying user content data on a mobile station are disclosed. One example method of displaying customized content data on a mobile station may include receiving the content data at the mobile station, and modifying the content data based on predefined viewing preferences of the user. The modified content may then be displayed on a display interface of the mobile station allowing the user to view the content based on their specified preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventors: Erika Nelson Kessenger, Bruce Pollock
  • Patent number: 8918735
    Abstract: A virtual address bar user interface control is presented. The virtual address bar comprises an interactive address segment and a conventional address segment. The interactive address segment corresponds to a predefined filter comprising selection criteria applied to content stored on a storage device. Selection of the interactive address segment causes content satisfying the predefined filter to be displayed. The conventional address segment references content at the content's particular location within a hierarchical file system structure on the storage device. Selection of the conventional address segment causes the content stored at the particular location to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC.
    Inventors: J. Craig Hally, Jason F. Moore, Richard M. Banks, Patrice L. Miner, Kenneth A. Koch, Mark R. Ligameri, Shaun A. Kaasten, Michael Sheldon, David G. De Vorchik, Zeke B. Odins-Lucas
  • Patent number: 8863036
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to preventing a user from losing sight of a parameter that the user is currently set. To solve the problem, there is provided an information processing apparatus or a display control method for, when detecting that a node in a structure display area is selected by a user's operation, specifying a tab of setting associated with the selected node via a management unit and displaying the tab in a detailed setting display area, and when detecting that a tab in the detailed setting display area is selected by a user's operation, specifying a node associated with the selected tab, via a management unit and displaying the node in a selected state in the structure display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tetsuya Sato
  • Patent number: 8826168
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the distribution of electronic media content for distribution to employees of a subscriber. The system includes an electronic display for displaying selected electronic media content that may be selected, modified and/or generated by the subscriber. The system allows for dramatically increased subscriber control of the media content presented as well as for increased security for any confidential media content to be presented on the customer display. The system further provides for individual control of multiple displays that may be located in differing geographic locations while at the same time providing for ease of information management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: The Marlin Company
    Inventors: Frank Kenna, III, Richard George Pierce
  • Patent number: 8799801
    Abstract: Ticker functionality provides filtering and displaying information relevant to a user. The ticker can be employed to parse information from a broadcast stream and insert the information into a ticker display area. The information presented in the display area can be animated in order to maximize and control the amount of information available to the user. The information offered in the ticker is interactive so that it allows the user to customize this abbreviated data and how the data is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Jonathan Paul McCartie, George Allen Rothrock, Nicholas Andrew Glassman
  • Patent number: 8798583
    Abstract: A method of providing a link to mobile content on a mobile device includes receiving a plurality of tags at the mobile device, each tag having at least one piece of mobile content associated therewith. The mobile content is in a format suitable for transmission over a wireless communication network. The method also includes scrolling the plurality of tags across a portion of a display screen of a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Funmobility, Inc.
    Inventors: Srivathsan Narasimhan, Skot Leach, Hudson A. George, Lincoln Lydick, Yu-Jen Dennis Chen, Eric F. Allen, Adam Lavine
  • Patent number: 8793618
    Abstract: A robust window pane display system and method for coordinating window pane displays in the form of dashboards to assist nurses and doctors in the treatment of a medical patient based upon various medical situations. The window pane display system may be linked to a computer or computer network. The system may involve multiple dashboards for a multi-stage procedure or operation having discrete dashboards for each stage of the multi-stage procedure. A method for creating new dashboards for use in the window pane display system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Neil A. Martin, Farzad D. Buxey
  • Patent number: 8775963
    Abstract: The present specification provides a method and apparatus for controlling a display based on signals received from one or more input devices. In one implementation, a mobile device with a touch screen and a touch pad is provided. A notification module executable on the mobile device configures the processor of the mobile device to control the display to generate a notification bar and a content region. The notification bar contains an icon representing each application from which a notification has been generated and a number adjacent the icon for indicating how may notifications have been generated by the application. The content region includes data associated with the notifications, and is arranged in rows beneath a header identifying the application. The layout of the applications may be varied as well as the priority of ordering the application sin the content region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Alen Mujkic
  • Patent number: 8775942
    Abstract: A toolbar is provided, which may be downloaded and installed in a user's web browser. The toolbar uploads the user's browsing history to a server. The server determines, based on the browsing history, which sites the user visits frequently. Additionally, the server determines, based on an analysis of web content, which categories of content, and which concepts, the user is interested in based on the concepts and categories that occur frequently in the user's browsing patterns. The server identifies content of interest to the user—where such content may comprise frequently-updated content, such as news or RSS feeds—and provides a custom web page that shows or identifies the selected content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Venkatesh Harinarayan, Jason Zien
  • Publication number: 20140164979
    Abstract: A social networking system displays stories describing actions to a user in a news ticker. The stories may be selected so that a variety of types of stories, stories associated with a variety of users, or stories associated with a variety of actions are presented via the news ticker. Additionally, stories having a common characteristic, such as being associated with a common user, may be aggregated and a description of the aggregated stories is presented in the news ticker. For example, stories aggregated based on acting user may identify the user common to the stories and a description of the aggregated stories may be displayed. Further, the value to the social networking system of displaying different types of content may be used to modify how different types of content are displayed in the news ticker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Ken Deeter, Robert William Cathcart
  • Publication number: 20140164978
    Abstract: A social networking system displays stories describing actions to a user in a news ticker. The stories may be selected so that a variety of types of stories, stories associated with a variety of users, or stories associated with a variety of actions are presented via the news ticker. Additionally, stories having a common characteristic, such as being associated with a common user, may be aggregated and a description of the aggregated stories is presented in the news ticker. For example, stories aggregated based on acting user may identify the user common to the stories and a description of the aggregated stories may be displayed. Further, the value to the social networking system of displaying different types of content may be used to modify how different types of content are displayed in the news ticker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Ken Deeter, Robert William Cathcart
  • Patent number: 8751954
    Abstract: Displaying information in a column of a user interface (UI) on a display screen is enhanced by a column scroll control that displays information that is otherwise truncated from display in the space allocated to the column. The control is sensitive to a threshold limited scrolling input from a user to activate the display of the information ticker style. The display of the remainder of the user interface may be maintained while the column is scrolled. The controls are advantageous for trackball and similar pointing devices especially those used with handheld wireless communication devices (cellular phones, PDAs, smart phones, etc.) where one handed operation is desirable and where display screen sizes and resolutions often require truncation of information in a particular column entry or entries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Philip Luk, Matthew Lee
  • Publication number: 20140143704
    Abstract: A system and method for providing time-sensitive information to a handset using a scrolling ticker. The method includes receiving the time-sensitive information at a server, determining the time period before the next update for a second set of information, and if less than a pre-determined value, then streaming the time sensitive information at the end of the time period to the handset. If the time period is greater that than the pre-determined value, then streaming the time-sensitive information immediately. In an alternative embodiment, a method is provided which includes determining a base schedule for periodically streaming the information to a handset via a scrolling ticker, receiving time-sensitive information relating to an event, determining a second schedule for periodically streaming time-sensitive information related to the event, and streaming the time-sensitive information in accordance with the second schedule during a time period associated with the event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Adrianne Binh Luu, Jeffrey Mikan
  • Publication number: 20140096062
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving from a server, by a mobile computing device, real-time activity stories for display by the mobile computing device. The real-time activity stories are sent automatically by the server to the mobile computing device while a user is interacting with the mobile computing device. The method also includes receiving from the server, by the mobile computing device, news-feed stories for display by the mobile computing device. The news-feed stories are sent by the server to the mobile computing device in response to requests from the mobile computing device for the news-feed stories. The method also includes displaying, by the mobile computing device, to the user the real-time activity stories and the news-feed stories in a scrollable visual stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Francis Luu, Alexander Urim, Rose Yao
  • Publication number: 20140089099
    Abstract: Systems, programs, non-transitory computer readable media, and methods of providing gift recommendations to a user of a social media website hosted by a social media server are described. For example, the user may grant an administrator server authorization to interface with the social media server such that the administrator server can identify important life events of the user's social media contacts, such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and other events. If a social media contact of the user is determined to have an upcoming life event, then the administrator server generates a post containing (i) an advertisement that invites the user to review gift recommendations, and (ii) a link to a product page of an e-commerce website. Once generated, the post with the advertisement is streamed to a user device where it is displayed to the user in a ticker format along with other social media content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: OVERSTOCK.COM, INC.
    Inventor: Ryan Money
  • Patent number: 8667415
    Abstract: A media authoring tool includes web widgets for creating page elements for various types of media (e.g., websites, blogs, broadcasts, slide shows, multimedia presentations). A widget inspector associated with the widget can be used to modify the behavior of the widget.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Rudolph, Mac Murrett, Kurt Revis
  • Patent number: 8667526
    Abstract: A system may present video content with a data scroll on a video display device. The data scroll may include data scroll items that are automatically and consecutively presented on the video display device. Each of the data scroll items may include information associated with a particular topic. The system may receive a selection of a softkey corresponding to one of the data scroll items, retrieve, in response to receiving the selection of the softkey, additional content corresponding to the particular topic associated with the one of the data scroll items, and present the additional content on the video display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J Afram, D. Beau Morley, Hannah Y Moon
  • Patent number: 8645856
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, there is provided an Internet client window with a ticker display area. The ticker display area displays moving hypertext ticker data associated with selected ticker types and ticker fields. Ticker data may be provided by third party suppliers such as sponsors. Activation of the hypertext ticker data results in a display of related information. The ticker data may move in various directions through the ticker display area at various speeds, and be displayed in various formats, all depending on the ticker types and ticker fields with which the ticker data is associated, upon the number of ticker types being simultaneously displayed, and upon other factors including user preferences or selections. The Internet client window includes various other navigational and informational data, links, and application-invoking buttons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: NetZero, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Burr, Marwan Zebian
  • Publication number: 20130332876
    Abstract: Provided is a system and method for summoning user interface object(s) of a display to a gesture position of a user. In a pressure sensitive display embodiment, a user maintains a convenient touch position to the display, performs a summon gesture, and user interface object(s) are automatically moved to the user's touch position as requested. When a summon gesture is recognized, a user interface object, or point or interest thereof, automatically transitions to a desired position where the gesture was recognized. Objects can transition in a variety of manners. Also, a magnetic mode can be activated for virtually magnetizing objects of interest to a user's position, for example as the user touches various places on the display. A user's configurations can be stored into a cloud system for convenient access and use at a plurality of different data processing system user interfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: William J. Johnson, Jason M. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8548529
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of modifying user content data on a mobile station are disclosed. One example method of displaying customized content data on a mobile station may include receiving the content data at the mobile station, and modifying the content data for a user of the mobile station to view the content data based on predefined viewing preferences of the user. The modified content may then be displayed on a display interface of the mobile station allowing the user to view the content based on their specified preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventors: Erika Nelson Kessenger, Bruce Pollock
  • Patent number: 8539371
    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 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Smith Micro Software, Inc
    Inventors: Konstantin Othmer, Carl J. Stocklein
  • Patent number: 8509853
    Abstract: A system and method for initiating communications between a first wireless device and a second wireless device. The method includes the steps of detecting the status of the first wireless device, notifying the second wireless device via a scrolling ticker message based on the detecting step and establishing a communication session between the first and second wireless devices. The detecting step includes generating an alert based on a predefined event. The system for establishing a communication path between a first mobile device and a second mobile device includes an IMS core, a presence server communicatively coupled to the IMS core and in communication with the first mobile device, a scrolling ticker server in communication with the presence server and with the second mobile device, wherein the presence server communicates availability of the first mobile device and the scrolling ticker notifies the second mobile device of the availability of the first mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Wayne Stafford, Mark Steven Wuthnow, William Patrick Coan
  • Patent number: 8504912
    Abstract: A system that supports the editor of an journal web site into deciding the layout of the homepage of the journal web site; the homepage is divided into a set of zones, and each zone consists of several locations; articles are published into each location; and the system suggests ways to rearrange the articles published in the homepages into different locations within the same zone, in order to maximize the total number of clicks generated by the homepage of the journal web site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Neodata Group S.r.l.
    Inventor: Giovanni Giuffrida
  • Publication number: 20130179822
    Abstract: A character information display device includes: a display format deciding part 2 for deciding that the display format of a character string to be displayed is telop display when the number of characters making up the character string exceeds the number of characters for one line on the screen; a scroll speed setting part 6 for setting the scroll speed of the character string to be displayed at a reference speed in a case where the character string is judged as a character string easy to read, and setting the scroll speed of the character string to be displayed at a slower speed than the reference speed in a case where the character string is judged as a character string difficult to read by a reading difficulty judging part 4; and so on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinyoung Park, Junichi Kimura
  • Patent number: 8479113
    Abstract: A tile bar for use in association with a graphical user interface associated with at least one operating system is disclosed. The tile bar includes a plurality of tiles indicative of one or more of an application, a file, a window, a data, and an outcome, an identifying tile among the plurality of tiles, wherein the identifying tile is uniquely indicative of at least one of a user preference and user information of a user logged in to the graphical user interface, and wherein the identifying tile is adjacent to at least one tile of the plurality of tiles, and a scroll for presenting ones of the plurality of tiles not immediately viewable to the user. The tile bar further includes each of said plurality of tiles comprises at least one of rotating about an axis, focused by a magnifying cursor, increased vividness, and blurring upon placement of a cursor provided by the graphical user interface at a predetermined proximation to each tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Fuhu Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Robb Fujioka, Daryl Okimoto
  • Patent number: 8458611
    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. When a ticker item is selected from the ticker, a location associated with the selected ticker item and/or a location of the communication device is used to generate a map that is displayed on the display of the device to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Smith Micro Software, Inc.
    Inventor: Konstantin Othmer
  • Patent number: 8423898
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for performing calculations is provided so that a paradigm of a tape is utilized in a calculator application that executes on a computing platform and which is configured to enable a user to see and interact with multiple virtual tapes that each show numerical values and operators. Each tape functions as a user-accessible memory and a memory value may be recalled from any one tape and that value placed on any other tape. The calculator application is configured to enable the user to enter a sequence of values and operators which are all displayable on a given tape, as well as support the user's ability to edit any value or operator that was previously entered on that tape. Calculations are updated to reflect the user's edits on both the tape currently being edited and any other tape that uses the edited tape as a memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Hale Software Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Presley Eugene Hale, Daniel Eugene Hale, Brent Foust
  • Patent number: 8386941
    Abstract: A method for indicating localization conflicts. The method includes receiving information about a first graphical user interface element and receiving information about a second graphical user interface element. Localization data associated with the first graphical user interface element and the second graphical user interface element is accessed. A determination is made as to if there is a conflict between the first graphical user interface element and the second graphical user interface element. An indication of the results of the determining of whether there is a conflict between the first graphical user interface element and the second graphical user interface element is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Bart De Smet
  • Patent number: 8352296
    Abstract: Presence information within a meeting room is detected and published to users for managing room availability and real time status. Various means such as motion detectors, card readers, log-in mechanisms associated with in-room computers, and the like, are used to detect presence information. Different status indicators are assigned to each room and published through a communication application or hosted service providing useful and real time information to users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Puneet Taneja, Murali Venkataraman, Shiran Sathananthan, Eric Sather, Vivek Ramamoorthy, Anil Kommineni, Paul Egger