Viewing Lower Priority Windows (e.g., Overlapped Windows) Patents (Class 715/797)
  • Patent number: 10254930
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, implementing and using techniques for an integrated user interface an interface that receives user input through the user interface. User selection input received through the user interface is used to sequentially update a selection register and sequential user selections are differentiated within the user interface based on their status within the selection register.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Jef Raskin
  • Patent number: 10126905
    Abstract: An electronic device and a method for controlling a screen are provided. The method for controlling the screen includes displaying an executed application on the screen; detecting reception of an event; and displaying a popup window comprising at least one piece of information corresponding to the received event on the displayed application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Kyung-Lim Choi, Hye-Soon Jeong, Hui-Chul Yang, Mi-A Oh, Wan-Soo Lim, Bong-Hak Choi
  • Patent number: 9798448
    Abstract: A system for full-screen heterogeneous desktop display and control is described. In one implementation, a method includes determining, by a processing device of a computing device, that a source is connecting with the computing device and is a candidate for assignment to a desktop graphical user interface (GUI) of the computing device, when the source is not assigned to an existing desktop GUI, generating, by a desktop manager of the computing device, a new desktop GUI on the computing device for the source, and assigning the new desktop GUI for the source to a scaled representation element in a desktop management interface provided by the desktop manager, the desktop management interface providing a plurality of scaled representation elements for a plurality of desktop GUIs on the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Red Hat, Inc.
    Inventor: Maureen E. Duffy
  • Patent number: 9740774
    Abstract: In the metadata organization system a metadata classification module dynamically reads metadata organization information, such as, for example, metadata field information, metadata display set information, and metadata category grouping information, from the metadata organization database, reads metadata from a metadata database, and organizes the metadata for display to a user in a graphical user interface. In the graphical user interface, a user may add, delete, and/or modify the metadata in the display. As the user changes the metadata, the metadata database is updated and the user's changes are reflected in the graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy P Chaney, Joshua E. Elman, Elizabeth C Grigg
  • Patent number: 9639322
    Abstract: Because a voice recognition device in accordance with the present invention can adjust the output of a voice recognition result according to the priority of a display of the recognition result with respect to display information other than the voice recognition result at all times while recognizing an uttered voice, the voice recognition device prevents the acquisition of other information important for the user from being blocked due to the display of the recognition result, and improves the user's convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masanobu Osawa, Yuki Furumoto
  • Patent number: 9612741
    Abstract: An electronic device, with a touch-sensitive surface and a display, includes one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts with the touch-sensitive surface. The device detects a contact on the touch-sensitive surface while a focus selector corresponding to the contact is at a respective location on the display associated with additional information not initially displayed on the display. While the focus selector is at the respective location, upon determining that the contact has an intensity above a respective intensity threshold before a predefined delay time has elapsed with the focus selector at the respective location, the device displays the additional information associated with the respective location without waiting until the predefined delay time has elapsed; and upon determining that the contact has an intensity below the respective intensity threshold, the device waits until the predefined delay time has elapsed to display the additional information associated with the respective location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Matthew I. Brown, Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Julian Missig, Avi E. Cieplinski, May-Li Khoe, Nicholas Zambetti, Bianca C. Costanzo, Myra Haggerty, David J. Hart, B. Michael Victor
  • Patent number: 9575655
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a processor and a display connected to the processor, the display being configured to present a first and second application on the display so that the second application is transparently presented over the first application wherein the first and second applications are active applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Markku Rytivaara
  • Patent number: 9472003
    Abstract: A method for generating a tree map for tree map visualization includes obtaining node information of a plurality of nodes to be processed, the plurality of nodes to be processed being sub-nodes sharing a same parent node and the node information comprising at least sizes of the nodes; determining from the plurality of nodes a plurality of candidate nodes whose sizes are less than a threshold size; determining at least one super node including the plurality of candidate nodes based on the node information of the determined plurality of candidate nodes, a screen size, and the threshold size, such that when displaying in a zooming-in mode the super node on the screen, all candidate nodes in the super node are displayed at display sizes not less than the threshold size; and determining data required for displaying the tree map based on the determined super node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hao Chen, Ya Bin Dang, Howard M. Hess, Feng Li, Shao Chun Li, Xin Zhou
  • Patent number: 9443328
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a wireless communication unit configured to wirelessly communicate with at least one other terminal; a memory configured to store a material texture assigned to a type of an application executed on the mobile terminal; a display unit configured to display screen information having the material texture assigned to the type of the application executed on the mobile terminal; and a controller configured to receive an input on the displayed screen information, and apply a visually changing textural effect to the displayed screen information that corresponds to the material texture assigned to the type of the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yoonmi Lee, Yoongwoo Yoon, Nara Yoon
  • Patent number: 9411484
    Abstract: A mobile device with a memo function and a method for controlling the device are provided. The mobile device and method allows a user to input a short note to a privacy memo screen, on which the short note is not displayed during the input process, or to a screen in a locked state. The method includes executing a memo application in the background, and if a user's input for creating a memo is detected through a touch screen, creating a memo in the background through the memo application on the basis of the detected user's input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin Park
  • Patent number: 9361715
    Abstract: A global composition system is described. In one or more implementations, the global composition system may be configured to perform rendering for a plurality of applications. For example, the global composition system may be configured to expose one or more application programming interfaces (APIs) that are accessible to the applications. The APIs may then be used to cause a single composition engine to perform the rendering for the plurality of applications. The use of a single composition engine may be used to support a variety of different functionality, such as to perform efficient rendering by knowing what elements are provided by each of the applications and how those items relate for rendering to a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Leonardo E. Blanco, Silvana Patricia Moncayo, Reiner Fink
  • Patent number: 9355482
    Abstract: In a data visualization system, a method of arranging, in n dimensions, data points representing n or more variables, the method including the steps of: a data point ranking module ranking a set of data points with respect to a first axis of a visual representation using a first variable; and based on a second variable, a data point distribution module distributing the set of data points along the first axis while retaining information relating to the ranking of data points determined in step i).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: New BIS Safe Luxco S.à r.l
    Inventor: Andrew John Cardno
  • Patent number: 9280323
    Abstract: Example systems and methods of displaying semantic layers of source code of a computer program are presented. In one example, a user selection of a first portion of the source code is received. The first portion is displayed in a first display area and corresponds to a first semantic layer of the source code. A user command referring to a second portion of the source code related to the first portion is received, with the second portion corresponding to a second semantic layer of the source code. In response to the user command, a second display area for the second portion of the source code is displayed to indicate a relationship between the first and second portions while indicating a difference in semantic layers between the first and second portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Rainer Andreas Dattke
  • Patent number: 9254750
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosed subject matter are directed to a graphical display that efficiently conveys information to a vehicle operator. In accordance with one embodiment, a method is provided that presents scrollable graphical elements on a shared screen area. More specifically, the method includes assigning a priority level to scrollable graphical elements that convey vehicle readings on the graphical display. Then, the one or more scrollable graphical elements are rendered on the graphical display at locations that change locations periodically. When an abnormal vehicle reading is identified, the method dynamically assigns an enhanced priority level to the scrollable graphical element that is configured to convey the abnormal vehicle reading. If the scrollable graphical element is currently assigned an off-screen location, the method causes the scrollable graphical element to be rendered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventors: Christopher Tarte, Shawn Brewer
  • Patent number: 9214189
    Abstract: An image editing method includes detecting positions of the moving object contained in the images for the stored series of images, detecting a locus of movement of the moving object based on the detected positions of the moving object contained in the series of images, specifying an image corresponding to a feature point of the detected locus of movement of the moving object, extracting, from the series of images stored in the memory, images which include the specified image and correspond to a second shooting time interval longer than the first shooting time interval, and storing the extracted series of images as an image file in a memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kota Endo
  • Patent number: 9183607
    Abstract: A method in system for latency buffered scoreboarding in a graphics pipeline of a graphics processor. The method includes receiving a graphics primitive for rasterization in a raster stage of a graphics processor and rasterizing the graphics primitive to generate a plurality pixels related to the graphics primitive. An ID stored to account for an initiation of parameter evaluation for each of the plurality of pixels as the pixels are transmitted to a subsequent stage of the graphics processor. A buffer is used to store the fragment data resulting from the parameter evaluation for each of the plurality of pixels by the subsequent stage. The ID and the fragment data from the buffering are compared to determine whether they correspond to one another. The completion of parameter evaluation for each of the plurality of pixels is accounted for when the ID and the fragment data match and as the fragment data is written to a memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: NVIDIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Justin M. Mahan, Edward A. Hutchins, Kevin P. Acken, Michael J. M. Toksvig, Christopher D. S. Donham
  • Patent number: 9154578
    Abstract: In a communication terminal device, in a case where the arrangement of the windows is changed in a list screen, an overhead screen is initially displayed, in which the list screen is overviewed, and the arrangement of the windows is subsequently changed in the overhead screen, and a magnified screen (original screen) of the overhead screen, in which the arrangement of the windows has been changed, is displayed last, as described in the foregoing. By displaying a magnified image, it is possible to make windows better visible in a small display area of a mobile phone. Also, in a case where a window exists that cannot be displayed in a magnified screen, by displaying an overhead screen, it becomes possible for a user to recognize a fact that a window that cannot be displayed exists in a magnified screen, and also recognize a position of the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Keiichi Murakami, Dai Kamiya, Yasushi Onda, Izua Kano, Kazuhiro Yamada, Naoki Hashida
  • Patent number: 9146751
    Abstract: A method a multifunction device with a touch-sensitive display includes: detecting a first user input on a first application icon on the display; in response to detecting the first user input: activating and displaying a first application associated with the first application icon in a first region of the display and displaying a partial view of a second application in a second region of the display without activating the second application; detecting a second user input on the partial view of the second application on the display; in response to detecting the second user input: suspending the first application and activating a full view of the second application on the display; detecting a third user input to deactivate the second application; and, in response to detecting the third user input: deactivating the second application and resuming the first application on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Freddy Allen Anzures, Alessandro Francesco Sabatelli
  • Patent number: 9142193
    Abstract: Some embodiments implement a linear switching application that provides functionality for switching between different windows based on an x-axis ordering of the windows instead of the z-axis or other ordering of prior art. The linear switching application identifies an array of currently open windows and sorts the array based on the leftmost x-coordinate position of the windows in the array. Optionally, the linear switching application modifies the GUI to display window identifiers based on the leftmost x-coordinate position of each window to orient the user to the x-coordinate position of each of the windows on-screen. The application determines an index in the current x-sorted array for the window that is currently frontmost and changes the frontmost window based on the current frontmost window and a directional input provided by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Intellitact LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Laubach
  • Patent number: 9129437
    Abstract: A line plotting method for plotting lines whose coordinates are given on a display screen on which pixels are arranged according to a prescribed rule, the method includes correcting coordinates at the end point of a line on the basis of which the end point is a starting point or an ending point or whether the end point is inside a prescribed frame determining whether a direction from a starting point of a line after correction toward its ending point horizontally or vertically is the same as a direction from a starting point before correction of a line toward its ending point determining whether integer values of the coordinates of starting and ending points after correction are the same when directions from starting points after and before correction of a line toward their ending points are not matched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Kouji Nishikawa, Makoto Adachi, Masayuki Nakamura, Motonobu Mamiya, Kae Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9043313
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to a system and/or method for providing enhanced content search results based on metrics indicating user affinity for an information site such as a web site. Information on user visits to a particular web site may be accumulated, for example, in connection with a beacon or other tracker placed on the publisher web site. The enhanced content may be provided by the publisher web site or may be generated otherwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventor: Amit Kumar
  • Patent number: 8997017
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the inventive subject matter are directed to affixing a first window to a top layer of a stack of overlaid windows in a user interface, and making one or more portions of the first window transparent. One or more portions of one or more additional windows below the first window in the stack of overlaid windows become visible through the one or more portions of the first window. Some embodiments are further directed to directing a focus for user input to the one or more additional windows below the first window while the first window remains affixed at the top layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: David M. Stecher
  • Patent number: 8984446
    Abstract: In general, one aspect of the subject matter described in this specification can be embodied in a method for providing a hierarchical data structure to store nodes, wherein the nodes comprise graphical primitives to be rendered to a common display space of a computer system. The hierarchical data structure governs graphical compositing amongst the nodes. Two or more separate software applications are allowed to create nodes in the hierarchical data structure and share the common display space. The two or more separate software applications are restricted from accessing nodes in the hierarchical data structure based on node ownership information linking one or more nodes in the hierarchical data structure to a respective software application in the two or more separate software applications. The hierarchical data structure is used for rendering and displaying the common display space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Deneb Meketa, Ethan Malasky
  • Patent number: 8966361
    Abstract: As part of a document summary view system, a miniaturized version of a document is provided that presents a summary overview of the document over a user interface, enabling a user to easily read and distinguish the contents of the document. The summary view may preserve a basic format and/or layout of a document and may retain the core elements within the document including headings, bulleted lists, tables, images, and/or the first sentence of each paragraph, and obscure any remaining text and elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: David B. Lee
  • Patent number: 8949728
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing graphical user interfaces are described. Overlaid, information-bearing windows whose contents remain unchanged for a predetermined period of time become translucent. The translucency can be graduated so that, over time, if the window's contents remain unchanged, the window becomes more translucent. In addition to visual translucency, windows also have a manipulative translucent quality. Upon reaching a certain level of visual translucency, user input in the region of the window is interpreted as an operation on the underlying objects rather than the contents of the overlaying window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Bonura, Kim Silverman
  • Patent number: 8918812
    Abstract: In a method of displaying video data using an embedded media player page, frame dimensional data for a first video file is received from a database. The database includes frame dimensional data indexed therein for a plurality of video files. The plurality of video files includes the first video file, and the plurality of video files is retrievable from at least one video server through a communications network. A media player is launched within the embedded media player page. A video display area of the media player is sized based upon the received frame dimensional data. The video data from the first video file is displayed within the video display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: AOL Inc.
    Inventor: Monte Duane Hayward
  • Patent number: 8910075
    Abstract: A game apparatus includes an LCD, and a touch panel is provided on the LCD. On the LCD, a game screen of a tramp game is displayed. When a player performs a touch-on operation on a card object displayed on the game screen, if another card is overlapped with the touched card object, and the overlapping is large, this another card object is moved. Accordingly, a mark and a character (numeric or alphabetic character) of the card object on which the player performs a touch-on operation are displayed to be visually identifiable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuichiro Ito
  • Patent number: 8898590
    Abstract: Provided are an information input device, an on-screen arrangement method thereof, and a computer-executable program capable of preventing deterioration of operability even when an input disable region is set on a touch panel. An information input device capable of inputting information by an indicator touching a touch panel formed on a display screen includes an input disable region setting controller that sets an input disable region on a part of the touch panel and a display controller that rearranges an object being displayed on the display screen to avoid the set input disable region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Mamoru Okada, Hidetoshi Mori, Masaki Matsubara, Masahiro Tsukiyama
  • Patent number: 8893038
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to task bar management and provide a method, system and computer program product for graphical association of task bar entries. In one embodiment of the invention, a method for graphically associating a window with a task bar entry in a windowing operating system GUI can be provided. The method can include rendering multiple windows in a z-space sequence in a desktop of the windowing operating system graphical user interface and detecting a proximity event for an entry in a task bar for the windowing operating system graphical user interface. In response to detecting the proximity event, a corresponding one of the windows in the desktop can be highlighted without re-ordering the z-space sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Albert D. Bennah, William G. Pagan
  • Patent number: 8839142
    Abstract: A graphical user interface includes a first system object, e.g., a window. The first system object is removed from the graphical user interface when the first system object remains inactive for a period of time, and the first system object is substantially overlapped by a second system object, e.g., a second window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran A. Chaudhri, John O. Louch
  • Patent number: 8839122
    Abstract: A method a multifunction device with a touch-sensitive display includes: detecting a first user input on a first application icon on the display; in response to detecting the first user input: activating and displaying a first application associated with the first application icon in a first region of the display and displaying a partial view of a second application in a second region of the display without activating the second application; detecting a second user input on the partial view of the second application on the display; in response to detecting the second user input: suspending the first application and activating a full view of the second application on the display; detecting a third user input to deactivate the second application; and, in response to detecting the third user input: deactivating the second application and resuming the first application on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Freddy Allen Anzures, Alessandro Francesco Sabatelli
  • Patent number: 8812975
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products feature receiving, from a client application running in a virtual machine and displayed within a first window of a graphic display, a request to create a second window within the graphic display. In an example implementation, a first set of one or more parameters is received in association with the request. The request and some or all of the first set of one or more parameters are provided to a host application. An indication of a determination is received from the host application as to whether the second window has been created. The determination is based on a policy of the host application. The indication of the determination is provided to the client application. If the indication of the determination indicates that the second window has been created, the indication further includes an identifier associated with the second window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: James G. Sandman, Jr., Eric Berdahl, Scott Kovatch
  • Patent number: 8806367
    Abstract: The display control device detects a pressing down of a one-shot media button arranged in a remote controller, receives a report on the detection of the pressing down of the one-shot media button and specifies a window associated with any one of moving picture reproducing applications, and changes the front-back order of the window so that the specified window is displayed on the frontmost surface on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Taguchi
  • Patent number: 8775959
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing graphical user interfaces are described. Overlaid, information-bearing windows whose contents remain unchanged for a predetermined period of time become translucent. The translucency can be graduated so that, over time, if the window's contents remain unchanged, the window becomes more translucent. In addition to visual translucency, windows also have a manipulative translucent quality. Upon reaching a certain level of visual translucency, user input in the region of the window is interpreted as an operation on the underlying objects rather than the contents of the overlaying window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Bonura, Kim Silverman
  • Patent number: 8775968
    Abstract: A method of controlling a display includes displaying a first window on the display, setting the first window to receive commands, and displaying a second window on the display. When the second window is displayed, a portion of the first window is kept being displayed, and the first window is kept being set to receive commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: AmTRAN Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Kuang-Cheng Chao
  • Patent number: 8756518
    Abstract: Techniques for stack object order traversal and manipulation are described, including presenting an object preview panel having objects, each of the objects being associated with at least one stack object presented in a document panel, and performing an operation associated with at least one of the stack objects, the operation including accessing a stack object data file and a document file, where the operation is initiated in the object preview panel and performed in the document panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Rathnagiri Nagarajan, Yadvinder Bhatia
  • Patent number: 8739063
    Abstract: A method for providing an Integrated Development Environment comprises receiving input from a user identifying an area containing an edge shared by two or more objects, wherein said shared edge includes two or more individual edges corresponding to said objects, and visibly separating said two or more individual edges in a localized exploded view responsive to said receiving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Dexter Reid, Narciso B. Jaramillo, Mark Anders
  • Patent number: 8694914
    Abstract: A processing system may include a display device, a primary window manager, and an auxiliary window manager. The primary window manager may display a first remote-enabled window in the display device. The processing system may also include a program to generate a mouse-enabled window, and the primary window manager may prevent the mouse-enabled window from displaying in front of the first remote-enabled window. The auxiliary window manager may detect an attempt to display the mouse-enabled window, and, in response, may automatically display a second remote-enabled window in front of the first remote-enabled window. The second remote-enabled window may include an object that a user can select with a remote control to instruct the processing system to display the mouse-enabled window. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Terry Ryun Bradfield
  • Patent number: 8667130
    Abstract: Embodiments of the instant invention are directed to a system, apparatus and method for monitoring a user's activities and displaying and presenting unsolicited content to users over a wide area network. Embodiments of the instant invention include a monitoring system comprising an activity monitor and a content transfer and display means, wherein the activity monitor comprises an event identifier and a timer. The monitoring system monitors user activities, identifies trigger events, measures the elapsed time of inactivity of the user and initiates the presentation of unsolicited data, or content, to the user computer. In general, the monitoring system identifies trigger events and measures the elapsed time between trigger events. If the elapsed time between the trigger events exceeds a predefined time period the monitoring system causes unsolicited data to be presented on the user computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Intellectual Ventures I LLC
    Inventor: Gary Shuster
  • Patent number: 8650503
    Abstract: A mockup image can be received at a user interface designer module and a representation of the mockup image can be overlaid with a representation of a user interface that is under construction. One or more visual features of the user interface and one or more visual features of the mockup image can be matched. Also, one or more guides can be matched to one or more features in a mockup image, and one or more features of a user interface that is under construction can be automatically matched to the one or more guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Bogdan Mihalcea
  • Patent number: 8621387
    Abstract: User interfaces for multiple display regions are described. One embodiment provides an array of non-overlapping windows that are created from a set of overlapping windows, and a user can select one of the non-overlapping windows to obtain an enlarged view of that selected window while keeping the other windows in their non-overlapping state. In one embodiment, the array of non-overlapping windows can include minimized windows or windows in other virtual desktops (e.g. windows in other “Spaces”) or both. In one embodiment, only windows of a selected application are shown in non-overlapping mode while opened windows of other applications are not shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John Louch, Timothy W. Bumgarner, Eric S. Peyton, Christopher J. Hynes
  • Patent number: 8612883
    Abstract: User interfaces for multiple display regions are described. One embodiment provides an array of non-overlapping windows that are created from a set of overlapping windows, and a user can select one of the non-overlapping windows to obtain an enlarged view of that selected window while keeping the other windows in their non-overlapping state. In one embodiment, the array of non-overlapping windows can include minimized windows or windows in other virtual desktops (e.g. windows in other “Spaces”) or both. In one embodiment, only windows of a selected application are shown in non-overlapping mode while opened windows of other applications are not shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John Louch, Timothy W. Bumgarner, Eric S. Peyton, Christopher J. Hynes
  • Patent number: 8601384
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses to display windows. In more than one embodiments of the invention, a window is closed automatically (e.g., after a timer expires, or when a condition or criterion is met, or a system input is received) without user input. In some examples, the window is translucent so that the portion of another window, when present, is visible under the window. In some examples, the image of the window is faded out before the window is closed and destroyed. In some examples, the window does not close in response to any input from a user input device. In some examples, the window is repositioned (or hidden) automatically when another translucent window is displayed. The degree of translucency, the speed for fading out, the discrete levels of translucency for fading out, the time to expire, and/or other parameters for controlling the display of the window may be set by the user or adjusted by the system (or application software programs) automatically according to system conditions or other criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran Chaudhri, Bas Ording
  • Patent number: 8572657
    Abstract: A broadcast receiving device and a method for change one or more configurations of windows of a program guide displayed on a display unit of a broadcast receiving device according to a user input, are discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Suzin Lee
  • Patent number: 8547347
    Abstract: A method for generating multiple windows frames, an electronic device thereof, and a computer program product using the method are provided. In the present method, first, a touch trajectory generated by continuously touching a touch panel of the electronic device is detected, wherein the center of the touch panel is a display area, and a non-display area surrounds the display area. Then, whether the touch trajectory is started from one side of the non-display area and passed through the display area to be extended to another side of the non-display area is determined. If so, the display area is split according to the touch trajectory to display at least two windows frames. As a result, an intuitional and convenient method for generating multiple windows frames in the display area is provided, and the operation of the electronic device is made very convenient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Ching-Liang Chiang, Chi-Pang Chiang, Chih-Wei Tai, Chao-Yi Chen
  • Patent number: 8493404
    Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques for rendering pixels on a display. A processing unit may receive pixel values for surface pixels of each surface of a plurality of surface. The processing unit may also receive an order of the plurality of surfaces. Based on at least the location and order of the plurality surfaces, the processing unit may blend pixel values for co-located surface pixels. The processing unit may also accumulate opaqueness values for co-located surface pixels and/or opaqueness values for surfaces with co-located surface pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Andrew E. Gruber
  • Patent number: 8468463
    Abstract: The image processing apparatus is provided with: a display that displays an object; a receiving device that receives a specified position specified by a user on the display; a holding device that holds setting of a process for the object; a judgment device that judges whether or not the specified position received by the receiving device is included in the display areas of a plural objects overlappedly; and an execution device that executes the process for selecting the plural objects of which the display areas include the specified position received by the receiving device according to the setting held in the holding device, when the judgment device judges that the specified position received by the receiving device is included in the display areas of the plural objects overlappedly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Rei Shibaike
  • Patent number: 8464177
    Abstract: Replacing display content in a window of a graphical user interface includes displaying a window in a graphical user interface, and displaying first display content in the window. A request initiated by a user to change a size of the window is received. Second display content is accessed based on the request. The second display content is different from the first display content. In response to the request, the window is resized and the second display content is substituted for the first display content in the resized window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventors: Roy Ben-Yoseph, Iain Fraser Langridge, Cian Chang
  • Patent number: 8464176
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention are directed to the stacking of visual items, and their subsequent expansion, or unstacking. Upon selection of a stack, that stack expands into the individual visual items making up that stack. Further aspects of the present invention are directed to expanding a stack in different ways depending upon the circumstances. Further aspects of the present invention are directed to providing a hot area associated with, and potentially disposed around, a stack. Selection by the user of the hot area results in selection of the associated stack. The stack may itself be considered a single item that is itself selectable. After the stack is expanded, then the individual visual items making up the original stack are each individually selectable. However, when stacked, the individual items may not be selectable except as a complete stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Cornelis K Van Dok, Fabrice A Debry, Lyon King-Fook Wong, Timothy P. McKee, Andrew S. Crane
  • Patent number: 8453060
    Abstract: A computer-readable medium and user interface for displaying media objects on a geographic map to a user are described. Indications from the user are received specifying a target location and a view direction on the geographic map. A database is accessed to retrieve media objects, either individually or in a panoramic view, that were captured in a geographic location in the proximity of the target location. The retrieved media objects are displayed on the map according to their geographic location from the target location. Enlarged versions of any of the retrieved media objects captured in the view direction from the target location are then presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Eyal Ofek, Ricky Dean Welsh