Pop-up Control Patents (Class 715/808)
  • Patent number: 8301202
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a user input unit configured to receive user-inputs, a wireless communication unit configured to wirelessly communicate with at least one other terminal, at least one camera configured to capture images, a touchscreen configured to display a camera preview image captured by the camera, a position-location processor configured to obtain information on a current position of the mobile terminal, and a controller configured to display textual object information on the touchscreen identifying objects included within the preview image based on the obtained current position of the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Min Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 8302020
    Abstract: An authoring environment for creating and/or editing user interface elements such as widgets used in a unified interest layer. The authoring environment facilitates creation of widgets that have a consistent appearance and mechanism, and allows third-party developers to easily create widgets that have a look and feel that is consistent with a predefined set of widgets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John O. Louch, Andrew M. Grignon, Timothy Wayne Bumgarner, Eric Steven Peyton, Maxwell O. Drukman
  • Patent number: 8296654
    Abstract: A system for analyzing data is disclosed. In one general aspect it includes a data analysis user interface responsive to user interaction to initiate actions on the data. An action logging interface is operative to create a logged sequence of actions as the user initiates them through the data analysis user interface. And a token-based authoring user interface responsive to user selection commands to select action-tokens corresponding to the actions logged by the action logging interface to create an authored set of actions that has an authored sequence that can be different from the logged sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Spotfire AB
    Inventors: Christopher Ahlberg, Lars Bauerle, Tobias Lehtipalo, Rikard Edgren, Anna Lundberg, Stefan Jernberg, Johanna Altenstedt
  • Patent number: 8291332
    Abstract: A user-activatable dashboard (also referred to as a unified interest layer) contains any number of user interface elements, referred to herein as “widgets,” for quick access by a user. In response to a command from a user, the dashboard is invoked and the widgets are shown on the screen. The user can activate the dashboard at any time, causing the dashboard to temporarily replace the existing user interface display on the user's screen. Once the dashboard has been activated, the user can interact with any or all of the widgets, and can configure the dashboard by adding, deleting, moving, or configuring individual widgets as desired. When the user wishes to return to the normal user interface he or she was working with, the user issues a command causing the dashboard to be dismissed. Once the dashboard has been dismissed, the previous user interface state is restored, allowing the user to resume normal interactions with the operating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran A. Chaudhri, John Louch, Andrew M. Grignon, Gregory N. Christie
  • Patent number: 8291338
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer-usable medium for improved management of object properties in an integrated development environment (IDE). A cursor mode allows the underlying properties of one or more predetermined objects in a graphical editor to be dynamically viewed and modified by a user. One or more object's properties are displayed in an object properties pop-up viewer/editor window adjacent to the cursor when a user “mouses-over” target objects in a graphical editor and are editable upon explicit user gesture. The properties pop-up viewer/editor window is implementable to move with the cursor, i.e., cursor-attached, and to remain open to dynamically display, without additional user gestures, the respective properties of each predetermined object a user mouses-over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael T. Stokes, David Kirk Grotjohn, Lucinio Santos
  • Patent number: 8291309
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods that employ scalable vector graphics (SVG) to view and effectuate an industrial device from a remote Web interface. The systems and methods can be utilized to retrieve an SVG XML markup language-based file associated with the device and execute the SVG file via basic ASCII drawing commands. Thus, a faceplate of an industrial device and/or other device-related information can be represented via SVG syntax and stored with the device. A user can employ a Web browser from a remote location (e.g., via a Web client) to retrieve the SVG file, wherein the file can be loaded within the Web browser and/or an open source software package. The SVG file can be executed to render an interactive graphical faceplate that can depict LEDs, alphanumeric displays, inputs/output, etc., trending mechanisms (e.g., graphs, charts, etc.), and capabilities to load parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Callaghan, Brian A. Batke
  • Patent number: 8291344
    Abstract: A method includes displaying a first application view. A first input is detected, and an application view selection mode is entered for selecting one of concurrently open applications for display in a corresponding application view. An initial group of open application icons in a first predefined area and at least a portion of the first application view adjacent to the first predefined area are concurrently displayed. The initial group of open application icons corresponds to at least some of the concurrently open applications. A gesture is detected on a respective open application icon in the first predefined area, and a respective application view for a corresponding application is displayed without concurrently displaying an application view for any other application in the concurrently open applications. The open application icons in the first predefined area cease to be displayed, and the application view selection mode is exited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Imran Chaudhri
  • Patent number: 8291340
    Abstract: Embodiments of the instant invention are directed to a method and apparatus for presenting unsolicited data to users without interrupting the user's activities, wherein the presentation of the unsolicited data is monitored and is available for review by the user at the user's convenience. Embodiments of the invention comprise a content and display manager, wherein the content and display manager include a display monitor, a content delivery system and a content controller. The display monitor selects the display of content to the users, in part, by reviewing a marker which defines the last time that content was displayed to the user and the type of content displayed. The content delivery system transmits a content window to a user computer via the controller. The controller controls the downloading of the content and initially displays the content window in front of a first browser window position and then displays the content window behind the first browser window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Hoshiko LLC
    Inventor: Brian Shuster
  • Patent number: 8281242
    Abstract: System and method for debugging a program. A graphical user interface (GUI) displays source code for the program in a first GUI element, and first user input is received to the first GUI element indicating an expression, e.g., including one or more one or more variables, constants, macros, and/or operators, in the source code. A value of the expression is displayed in a tooltip in response to the first user input. Second user input is received to the tooltip modifying the value, thereby specifying a new value, and the expression in the program is set to the new value. The program continues execution in accordance with the new value of the expression. The tooltip includes a first portion, e.g., context sensitive control, displaying the value and to receive the second user input modifying the value, and a second portion, e.g., text indicator, displaying non-editable information related to the expression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: National Instruments Corporation
    Inventors: Luis M. Gomes, Madras S. Mohanasundaram
  • Patent number: 8275844
    Abstract: A system and method for an extendable software interface includes a software architecture for use in a mobile device having a processor and a memory device. The software architecture includes a set of first-order controller software instructions configured to interface the application program with a first-order data model, and a first-order data object stored in the memory device in the form of the first-order data model. The first-order data object includes a second-order data object. A second-order set of controller software instructions configured to interact with the second-order data object is also included in the software architecture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Michael Maguire, Krishna K. Pathiyal
  • Patent number: 8275846
    Abstract: A system and method for an extendable software interface includes software architecture for use in a mobile device having a processor and a memory device. The software architecture includes a set of first-order controller software instructions configured to interface the application program with a first-order data model, and a first-order data object stored in the memory device in the form of the first-order data model. The first-order data object includes a second-order data object. A second-order set of controller software instructions configured to interact with the second-order data object is also included in the software architecture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Michael Maguire, Krishna K. Pathiyal
  • Patent number: 8266539
    Abstract: Variables incorporated into a hypertext markup language document enable location of hypertext elements. Once the variable is located, the information contained within the identified hypertext element may be used in other applications. The information may be received, as a recognized input, by the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Oleg B. Rashkovskiy
  • Patent number: 8266538
    Abstract: A user-activatable dashboard (also referred to as a unified interest layer) contains any number of user interface elements, referred to herein as “widgets,” for quick access by a user. In response to a command from a user, the dashboard is invoked and the widgets are shown on the screen. The user can activate the dashboard at any time, causing the dashboard to temporarily replace the existing user interface display on the user's screen. Once the dashboard has been activated, the user can interact with any or all of the widgets, and can configure the dashboard by adding, deleting, moving, or configuring individual widgets as desired. When the user wishes to return to the normal user interface he or she was working with, the user issues a command causing the dashboard to be dismissed. Once the dashboard has been dismissed, the previous user interface state is restored, allowing the user to resume normal interactions with the operating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran A. Chaudhri, John Louch, Andrew M. Grignon, Gregory N. Christie
  • Patent number: 8266544
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes setting minimum boundaries for a pop-up window based on content, displaying the content in the pop-up window, receiving an input to change a layout of the content, calculating new minimum boundaries for the pop-up window based on the layout change, resizing the pop-up window using the new minimum boundaries and displaying the content in the resized pop-up window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Kay, Aaron Boodman
  • Patent number: 8266612
    Abstract: Provided are arrangements for delivering customized application or update notifications corresponding to a software application so that a user may be informed of the value of the application or update. In addition, the notifications may be rendered by a configurable notification mechanism so that the behavior of the notification, i.e., when and how often it is displayed, to what users and in what conditions, and the like, is also configurable. In this way, users become more invested in the application or update, are more likely to install the same, and become more aware of what changes to expect following installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Vibha Rathi, Derek Cheng, Hrishikesh S. Raje, Neelima N. Putrevu, Jianbo Hou
  • Publication number: 20120227008
    Abstract: A system and method for receiving contact information is disclosed. According to one example method, an administrative window is employed to define the input mode and a pop-up form is employed to receive input from a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventor: Richard B. Himmelstein
  • Patent number: 8255836
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure may relate to detecting, by a computing device, a first user input comprising a first gesture to interact with a touch-sensitive screen of the computing device. Aspects may also include detecting a second user input comprising a second gesture using the touch-sensitive screen of the computing device. Aspects may also include, responsive to detecting the first user input, initiating a hover mode of interaction in a graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Gildfind
  • Patent number: 8255819
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of providing information for a web notebook is disclosed. The method can include displaying a web document in a content area of a browser window, receiving a user selection of content from the document initiated by a first user mouse click, and displaying a selection icon in the content area upon completion of the user selection, wherein the selection icon is displayed without the need for a second user mouse click.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Bay-Wei Chang, Kushal Dave, Robert Allen Ryskamp, Xiangtian Dai, Paul Fontes, Daniel M. Russell, Joseph M. Ashear
  • Patent number: 8255799
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and article of manufacture obtain user input during a playback of a macro. A series of user actions are recorded in the form of a macro. A representation of the user actions is displayed. The representation provides nodes that each represent the user actions. One of the nodes is selected and configured by the user to request additional user input relating to a parameter of the selected node during playback of the macro. The macro is played back and automatically pauses at the selected node. User input is obtained and the macro automatically continues execution utilizing the user input for the parameter of the selected node. Additionally, one or the user actions includes a selection of objects. As part of the recorded macro, references to the selected objects are stored in a non-graphical manner. During playback, objects are selected based on the stored references.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy Kintzley, Hans-Frederick Brown
  • Patent number: 8250486
    Abstract: A computer controlled graphical user interface implementation comprising displaying a set of graphic tools in a primary container location on the display in combination with an implement for using a selected tool to create a graphic object at a selected display location that is changeable as the object is being created in which there are provided functions responsive to the creation of the graphic object for displaying a secondary container containing a duplicate of the selected tool proximate the location of the graphic object, the secondary container being dynamically moveable responsive to the graphics object creation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: James Lee Lentz
  • Patent number: 8239784
    Abstract: A user interface method is disclosed. The method includes detecting a touch and then determining a user interface mode when a touch is detected. The method further includes activating one or more GUI elements based on the user interface mode and in response to the detected touch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Hotelling, Brian Q. Huppi, Joshua A. Strickon, Duncan Robert Kerr, Bas Ording, Imran Chaudhri, Greg Christie, Jonathan P. Ive
  • Patent number: 8239941
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product are provided for alerting users of a plurality of computers of a security event via a network. A security alert is first generated including information relating to a security event utilizing a server. The security alert is then pushed from the server to a plurality of computers via a network. The information of the security alert is then automatically displayed in a front most window of a user interface of the computers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: McAfee, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent J. Lymer, Babu Katchapalayam, Brad Kingsbury
  • Patent number: 8228435
    Abstract: When a user hovers a screen cursor over a TV channel icon on a cross-media bar (XMB) user interface (UI) for a threshold period, enhanced metadata from PSIP/XDS/EPG that pertains to the program currently available on the associated TV channel is presented in a pop-up window on the XMB UI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Hyehoon Yi
  • Publication number: 20120174031
    Abstract: The clickless graphical user interface provides a pop-up window when a cursor is moved over designated areas on the screen. The pop-up window includes menu item choices, e.g., “double click”, “single click”, “close” that execute when the cursor is moved over the item. This procedure eliminates the traditional ‘mouse click’, thereby allowing users to move the cursor over the application or file and open it by choosing among the aforementioned choices in the file or application being focused on. The pop-up window shows the navigation choices in the form of a text, e.g., yes/no or color, e.g., red/blue, or character, such as triangle for ‘yes’ and square for ‘no’. Pop-up window indicator types are virtually unlimited and can be changed to any text, color or character. The method is compatible with touch pads and mouses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: KING FAHD UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM AND MINERALS
    Inventors: MEHMET DONDURUR, AHMET Z. SAHIN
  • Patent number: 8213916
    Abstract: A picture captured via an optical input of a mobile device is received. A selection of an area of the picture via the touch screen input on the mobile device is received. An item in the selected area of the picture is identified. The picture is tagged with an identification of the item. An offer related to the identified item is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Yankovich, Ryan Melcher, Robert Dean Veres
  • Patent number: 8209719
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a computing device having a controller adapted to monitor one or more activities taking place at a media content processor, and present an iconic symbol in a graphical user interface window adjusted according to the one or more activities being monitored. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Publication number: 20120159387
    Abstract: An icon display method in a portable terminal includes: displaying icons corresponding to predetermined menu functions on a standby screen; recognizing a user's gesture for at least two icons among the displayed icons; and executing a pre-set menu corresponding to the recognized icons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun-Chul OH, Jun-Chul KANG
  • Patent number: 8204713
    Abstract: A results reporting system can generate test results at one or more laboratory sites. Each of the generated test results can be in a conventional unit of measurement. The results reporting system can then convert each of the testing results to a normalized decimal equivalent unit system of measurement. The normalized decimal equivalent unit of measurement can be a unit of measurement that is normalized to an associated reference range of the test result. Once converted to normalized decimal equivalent unit, the test results can be stored in a mass storage device for later reporting. A triggering event (e.g., a request from a reviewing entity) can then trigger the reporting system to generate a results report using the stored test results. The results report can convey the test results to a reviewing entity using the normalized decimal equivalent unit of measurement in graphs, tables or other methods of conveying data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Blick
  • Publication number: 20120151410
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus and method for executing a menu in a portable terminal, which makes it possible to conveniently execute an earphone-aided menu in a portable terminal. An apparatus for executing a menu in a portable terminal includes an earphone connection detecting unit and a control unit. The earphone connection detecting unit is configured to detect the connection of an earphone to the portable terminal. The control unit is configured to display earphone-aided menus in a pop-up window when the earphone is connected to the portable terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hyun-Tae JUNG
  • Patent number: 8200808
    Abstract: A communication apparatus includes history information storing means for storing history information on communication; displaying means for displaying a calendar; means for classifying the history information on the communication of each day into a plurality of patterns; and image storing means for storing beforehand images corresponding to the plurality of patterns, wherein the displaying means displays an image corresponding to a pattern corresponding to the history information on the communication of each day, in correspondence with each day of the calendar, when the calendar is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Maiko Ishida
  • Publication number: 20120133519
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems and methods for monitoring and evaluating ventilatory parameters, analyzing those parameters and providing useful notifications and recommendations to clinicians. That is, modern ventilators monitor, evaluate, and graphically represent multiple ventilatory parameters. However, many clinicians may not easily recognize data patterns and correlations indicative of certain patient conditions, changes in patient condition, and/or effectiveness of ventilatory treatment. Further, clinicians may not readily determine appropriate ventilatory adjustments that may address certain patient conditions and/or the effectiveness of ventilatory treatment. Specifically, clinicians may not readily detect or recognize the presence of double triggering during ventilation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC
    Inventors: Gary Milne, Kirk Hensley, Peter R. Doyle, Gardner Kimm
  • Publication number: 20120137250
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems and methods for monitoring ventilatory parameters, analyzing ventilatory data associated with those parameters, and providing useful notifications and/or recommendations to clinicians. For example, many clinicians may not easily identify or recognize data patterns and correlations indicative of a fluctuation in resistance during mechanical ventilation of a patient. Furthermore, clinicians may not easily determine potential causes for the fluctuation in resistance and/or steps for mitigating the fluctuation in resistance. According to embodiments, a ventilator may be configured to monitor and evaluate diverse ventilatory parameters to detect fluctuations in resistance and may issue suitable notifications and recommendations to the clinician based on potential causes of the fluctuation, ventilatory and/or patient data, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC
    Inventors: Gary Milne, Kirk Hensley, Peter R. Doyle, Gardner Kimm
  • Publication number: 20120137249
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems and methods for monitoring and evaluating ventilatory parameters, analyzing those parameters and providing useful notifications and recommendations to clinicians. That is, modern ventilators monitor, evaluate, and graphically represent multiple ventilatory parameters. However, many clinicians may not easily recognize data patterns and correlations indicative of certain patient conditions, changes in patient condition, and/or effectiveness of ventilatory treatment. Further, clinicians may not readily determine appropriate ventilatory adjustments that may address certain patient conditions and/or the effectiveness of ventilatory treatment. Specifically, clinicians may not readily detect or recognize the presence of double triggering during ventilation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC
    Inventors: Gary Milne, Kirk Hensley, Peter R. Doyle, Gardner Kimm
  • Publication number: 20120131502
    Abstract: A computer program for instructing a processor to display to a user of a computing device a reminder for the user to perform an action, the computer program comprising a series of instructions for: displaying in a window on a screen associated with the computing device the reminder represented by a character that undertakes said action, from a plurality of available actions, to be carried out by the user; enabling the user to set a predetermined time when one or more of the plurality of actions undertaken by the character is displayed to the user; and enabling the user to access within the displayed window another of the plurality of actions to display in the window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventors: Taryn Marie Bock, Robert Herman Brunner
  • Patent number: 8185562
    Abstract: A method and graphical user interface, the graphical user interface includes a search tool to search for and retrieve specific business object (BO) data located in a business object (BO) database; a business query language (BQL) statement creation tool to create a BQL statement based on the specified BO data; and a BQL execution engine to execute the BQL statement created by the BQL statement creation tool of the graphical user interface. The method includes specifying a BO to search for using a search tool of the graphical user interface; retrieving, from a BO database, BO data associated with the specified BO; creating a business query language (BQL) statement using a BQL creation tool of the graphical user interface based on the specified BO; and executing the BQL statement using a BQL execution engine of the graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Koch, Christine Hörner
  • Publication number: 20120124515
    Abstract: A border menu can be presented on four sides of an outer border of a graphical user interface. The border menu can be presented at the top of a stack of a graphical user interface. The border menu can include a set of user-selectable options, each selectable via a pointing device, each of the user-selectable options being associated with at least one of an icon or text button. At least one of the user-selectable options can be presented along each of the four sides of the outer border of the border menu. Selection of each of the user-selectable options can result in triggering an event, which results in firing of a programmatic action to run executable code for a corresponding one of the user-selectable options. At least a portion of the user-selectable options can include application-specific options for an application running on the computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jin LI, Michael WULKAN
  • Patent number: 8181124
    Abstract: A method and system for notification in a palm-sized computer system. Specifically, the present invention discloses an Attention Manager that manages application demand for a user's attention. The Attention Manager receives multiple attention requests from varying applications. With each new attention request received that indicates a record needs a user's attention, the Attention Manager stores the request in memory and determines if there are other outstanding attention requests that have not been cleared. Depending on the number of outstanding requests, the Attention Manager sends a request for record information in list or detail format. If there are multiple outstanding attention requests, the Attention Manager displays a notification dialog in a list format. If there is only one outstanding attention request, the Attention Manager displays the notification dialog in detail format. Additionally, a simple user interface to navigate to the application and record entry requiring attention is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Bob Ebert, Peter Epstein, Georgiann Puckett
  • Patent number: 8179371
    Abstract: A portable electronic device may display one of a plurality of soft keyboards in a first display area and input characters in a second display area. The user may select a key on the soft keyboard, causing a plurality of objects corresponding to the plurality of soft keyboards to be displayed. The user may then select one of the objects, and the soft keyboard corresponding to the selected object is displayed and made operational. The soft keyboards corresponding to the objects not selected are not made operational.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Kocienda, Richard Williamson
  • Publication number: 20120096398
    Abstract: A method of notifying a person using a computer includes providing a computer system including at least one sensory cueing component. The method includes defining a subliminal and a supraliminal range of at least one human sense. A cue may be defined and includes a variable attribute, and the cue is directed to the at least one human sense. An alert level may be associated with the message and the alert level may be classified as being in the subliminal or supraliminal range. The method may include a presentation methodology of the cue and the message. The cue may be initiated and presented in either the subliminal range or the supraliminal range and directed to the at least one human sense in the user's sensory environment. The user acknowledges the cue and the message in either the subliminal or supraliminal range, before the cue is removed from the user's sensory environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: COMPUTER ASSOCIATES THINK, INC.
    Inventors: Steven Greenspan, Gabriel Silberman
  • Patent number: 8161390
    Abstract: A display apparatus is designed for displaying formation of a network on a screen. The network is composed of a plurality of nodes and is capable of transferring either of musical performance information and an audio signal through communication paths connecting the plurality of the nodes. In the display apparatus, an acquiring section acquires a type of each node and an arrangement of the communication paths arranged among the nodes for transmitting and receiving the musical performance information and the audio signal. An allocating section allocates a display area to each node within the screen according to the acquired type of each node. A drawing section draws a plurality of index images indicating the respective nodes on the screen at the display areas allocated to the respective nodes, and draws lines connecting the displayed index images of the nodes on the screen according to the acquired arrangement of the communication paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Fumiteru Takeda, Takaaki Muto
  • Publication number: 20120089943
    Abstract: Initiating and completing transactions using a notification architecture associated in part with an operating system executing on a first computing device. The transactions are associated with a second computing device (e.g., a merchant computing device). Transaction messages relating to the transactions are conveyed via the notification architecture to the first computing device of a user. User interface notification elements associated with the operating system on the first computing device display the transaction messages, and receive authorization from the user relating to the transactions. The authorization is provided to the merchant computing device by the notification architecture. The transactions are completed without executing, on the first computing device, an application associated with the merchant computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kalpit Jain, Jeffrey Scott Neafsey
  • Patent number: 8156434
    Abstract: An arrangement for determining those optimal times to permit an important pop-up message to be displayed by way of garnering a user's attention, while permitting less important messages to be displayed at times when a user's attention is unlikely to be garnered. In accordance with a particularly preferred embodiment, an arrangement is provided to recognize whether a user is looking towards a computer monitor and, at such times, to determine whether a blink rate of the user's eyes corresponds to a degree of focus and concentration that would ensure a strong likelihood of the user seeing or “catching” a message that may then appear. If such likelihood is thus determined to be strong, then a critical message may preferably then be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Jamie Lynn Finamore
  • Patent number: 8156152
    Abstract: This present invention describes an innovative solution in the area of indexing and searching binary files including various binary files such as multimedia files, including image files, mp3 files and other audio/video files from the public Internet. The invention introduces a way to index binary files such as multimedia files according to their content signatures, which uniquely identify themselves, and search for related files by walking through a graph database constructed during the index phase. The present invention can be used in a search engine and a download engine, as well as with text based index and search technologies. As a result, such extended usage will broaden a multimedia file's context and increase relevant accuracy of the keywords describing the context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Xunlei Networking Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shenglong Zou, Ming Xu
  • Patent number: 8146013
    Abstract: Mechanisms to allow authorized popup windows on a website are provided. With the mechanisms, one or more identifiers of authorized popup window sources are associated with website content. When the website content is downloaded to a client device in response to a request, the one or more identifiers are also provided to the client device. A popup blocker application resident on the client device uses the one or more identifiers to generate a filter list of authorized popup window sources against which the source of popup windows may be compared when the popup window attempts to be loaded into the browser. If the source of the popup window that is attempting to be loaded is not present in the list of authorized sources of popup windows, then the loading and output of the popup window content is blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kulvir S. Bhogal, Keys D. Botzum, Kwang S. Kang, Alexandre Polozoff
  • Patent number: 8146002
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product for providing a pop-up repelling region (e.g., frame) for use in a screen sharing session that includes providing, or creating a region on a screen, during a screen sharing session, that includes a view of at least one application within the region and repelling from the view in the frame of all other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher D. Price, William M. Quinn, Amy D. Travis
  • Publication number: 20120072494
    Abstract: A social media management server (MS) provides a single authentication point for a client device to log in to multiple social networking accounts. Through the MS, the client device can pull social networking updates to it or have them pushed to the client device. Also, the MS provides a set of APIs for all enabled client devices to interact with social networking sites/services. The MS updates APIs between itself and the social networking sites/services without changing the APIs between itself and client devices in that only mandatory changes in the MS-to-social networking servers APIs are propagated to the APIs between the MS and client devices to reduce the API update requirements on the client side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: LING JUN WONG, TRUE XIONG
  • Publication number: 20120072367
    Abstract: This disclosure provides various embodiments for performing a dry-run of a business process model in a design-time environment. A start event and end event of the business process model are identified, defining a path of a flow map including a sequence of a plurality of events, including the start event, the end event, and at least one other event sequenced between the start and ends. The events in the path are stepped-through to simulate each event. An error is identified corresponding to a particular event in the path and the step-through is paused upon identifying the error. A user is then prompted for an input to at least temporarily resolve the at least one error. The stepping-through of the plurality of events is then resumed in response to a resolution input from the user. The dry run ends in response to stepping-through to the end event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: SAP AG
    Inventor: Julia Reisbich
  • Publication number: 20120072867
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for presenting pop-up controls in a user interface are disclosed. When input instructing presentation of a pop-up control within a display area of the device is received, a display object that has current input focus in the display area can be identified. A content area of the display object and a location of the display object in the display area can be determined. Then, the pop-up control can be displayed in proximity to the location of the display object while avoiding the content area of the display object. In some implementations, the pop-up control includes the menu hierarchy of an application-level menu bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Eric Charles Schlegel
  • Patent number: 8140993
    Abstract: A method, a computer program product, a computer system and a method for supporting an application. The method includes: starting one or more applications, each application of the one or more applications having multiple possible states; displaying a taskbar on a computer screen, the taskbar having an application state filter select button; creating a corresponding task button representing each application of the one or more applications; upon selection of the application state filter select button, displaying a list of state filters on the computer screen; and upon selection of a state filter from the list of state filters, displaying task buttons corresponding only to those applications presently in a state corresponding to the selected state filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Swaminathan Balasubramanian
  • Patent number: 8136045
    Abstract: An approach for using multiple menus with a graphical user interface is disclosed. A multiple menu comprises a menu panel with two or more selection regions, each of which is associated with a base menu. A user requests the menu panel without selecting a menu object displayed on a display unit, such as by right-clicking. The menu panel is displayed along with one base menu, and other base menus are displayed by the user moving the cursor to another selection region. The user selects a menu item from a base menu to cause the application to execute the function associated with the menu item. The selection regions of the menu panel do not include information describing the content of the associated base menus. By arranging the base menus around the menu panel, cursor movement is minimized to improve user efficiency in using the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Britt S. Miura, Scott C. Morrison