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US08726410B2 Atomic force microscopy system and method for nanoscale measurement
An atomic force microscope (AFM) system capable of imaging multiple physical properties of a sample material at the nanoscale level. The system provides an apparatus and method for imaging physical properties using an electromagnetic coil placed under the sample. Excitation of the coil creates currents in the sample, which may be used to image a topography of the sample, a physical property of the sample, or both.
US08726404B2 Regulating access to and protecting portions of applications of virtual machines
Embodiments of apparatus, computer-implemented methods, systems, and computer-readable media are described herein for a virtual machine manager, wherein the virtual machine manager is configured to selectively employ different views with different permissions to map guest physical memory of a virtual machine of the apparatus to host physical memory of the apparatus, to regulate access to and protect different portions of an application of the virtual machine that resides in different portions of the physical memory. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
US08726403B2 Secure video content provisioning using digital rights management
A method that includes receiving a first request for video content from a user of a user device; retrieving an identifier for the user device using an application programming interface; sending a second request to receive the video content that includes the identifier; receiving an instruction to provide payment to rent or purchase the video content; sending the payment in response to the instruction; receiving the video content and a token, where the video content is encrypted based on a key and where the token indicates that the payment was processed; sending a third request to obtain a license associated with the video content that includes the token and the identifier; receiving the license, which includes the key and terms under which the video content is to be processed; decrypting the video content, using the key, when the decrypting is performed in a manner permitted by the terms; and playing the decrypted video content.
US08726401B2 Data transmission apparatus, control method therefor, and image input/output apparatus
According to the present invention, a data transmission apparatus capable of transmitting data by using a plurality of transmission media, comprises an authority storage unit, adapted to store authority information representing use authority to use each transmission medium by each user; and a transmission control unit, adapted to, in transmitting data, restrict data transmission to a destination corresponding to a transmission medium for which a current user does not have the use authority.
US08726398B1 System and method to anonymize data transmitted to a destination computing device
A method and system for anonymizing data to be transmitted to a destination computing device is disclosed. Anonymization strategy for data anonymization is provided. Data to be transmitted is received from a user computer. Selective anonymization of the data is performed, based on the anonymization strategy, using an anonymization module. Accent preservation of data is selected. An accent value for the data is determined. The anonymized data with the determined accent value is transmitted to the destination computing device over a network. In one embodiment, the anonymized data has less number of characters than the input data.
US08726397B2 Content receiver, content utilization system, viewing time limit determination method, program, and recording medium
When a control unit of a content receiver causes to write out content to an exchangeable medium, causes to also write out a viewing license of the content to the exchangeable medium, and further causes an invalidating/validating unit to invalidate a viewing license of related content belonging to a same predetermined content group as the content if a viewing time limit of the content is not determined. When a content reproducer reproduces the content recorded in the exchangeable medium, determines the viewing time limit of the content and records it to the exchangeable medium. When the exchangeable medium which is reproduced by the content reproducer is installed, the control unit causes to set a viewing time limit of the related content to the same time limit as the viewing time limit of the content on the exchangeable medium and causes to validate the viewing license of the related content.
US08726392B1 Systems and methods for combining static and dynamic code analysis
A computer-implemented method for combining static and dynamic code analysis may include 1) identifying executable code that is to be analyzed to determine whether the executable code is capable of leaking sensitive data, 2) performing a static analysis of the executable code to identify one or more objects which the executable code may use to transfer sensitive data, the static analysis being performed by analyzing the executable code without executing the executable code, 3) using a result of the static analysis to tune a dynamic analysis to track the one or more objects identified during the static analysis, and 4) performing the dynamic analysis by, while the executable code is being executed, tracking the one or more objects identified during the static analysis to determine whether the executable code leaks sensitive data via the one or more objects. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
US08726389B2 Methods and apparatus for dealing with malware
In one aspect, a method of classifying a computer object as malware includes receiving at a base computer data about a computer object from each of plural remote computers on which the object or similar objects are stored. The data about the computer object received from the plural computers is compared in the base computer. The computer object is classified as malware on the basis of said comparison. In one embodiment, the data about the computer object includes one or more of: executable instructions contained within or constituted by the object; the size of the object; the name of the object; the logical storage location or path of the object on the respective remote computers; the vendor of the object; the software product and version associated with the object; and, events initiated by or involving the object when the object is created, configured or runs on the respective remote computers.
US08726383B2 Flow data for security intrusion detection
Disclosed herein are techniques for detecting possible security intrusions in a computer network. The security intrusion detection may be based on analyzing patterns of how transactions flow through one or more software applications. For example, patterns of transaction flows are determined for an initial time period to establish a baseline of normal flow patterns. These normal flow patterns may be compared with patterns for transaction flows for a later time period. Deviations in the patterns of transaction flow may indicate a possible security intrusion.
US08726381B2 Clickjacking protection
A clickjacking protector in an electronic system helps prevent unwanted clickjacking. The elements clicked on by the click position are evaluated to determine whether any of the elements clicked on by the click position is obscured (including being transparent or partially transparent). A protective action is generated in response to a determination that an element clicked on by the click position is obscured.
US08726378B2 Enforcing input validation through aspect oriented programming
Implementations of the present disclosure include methods, systems, and computer readable storage mediums for validating input parameters provided to an application, including executing the application using the one or more processors, collecting one or more validation aspects associated with the application to provide a set of validation aspects, receiving a first input parameter that is associated with a first validation point, extracting a first data type of the first input parameter, and determining that a validation aspect corresponding to the first data type is available in the set of validation aspects and, in response, applying a corresponding validation function to the first input parameter.
US08726377B2 Malware determination
A method for determining whether an electronic file stored at a client device is infected with malware. A server receives from the client device a request message that includes signature information of the electronic file. The server queries a database of signature information. If the signature information corresponds to signature information stored on the database, a determination is made as to whether the electronic file is malware. If the signature information does not correspond to signature information stored on the database, a determination is made as to whether a number of further request messages for the electronic file are received from additional client devices within a time period. If fewer request messages are received within the time period, it is likely that the electronic file is malware.
US08726368B2 Security management system, medical device and method for managing security
A security management system, comprising: an authentication unit for authenticating an operator of an operating terminal in order to determine whether the operator is permitted to log in or release a lock; a current operator information inquiry unit for inquiring for login status information and current operator information; an authority information inquiry unit for inquiring for authority information regarding the operator and that regarding the current operator; a lock unit for detecting an event, where a predetermined lock condition is satisfied, in the login status to allow the operating terminal to change to a lock status, and for allowing the operating terminal to change to an operable status in response to a login instruction or an instruction for a release; and a lock control unit for transmitting the instruction for a release to the lock unit when a predetermined condition is satisfied.
US08726366B2 Ascertaining presentation format based on device primary control determination
A computationally implemented method includes, but is not limited to: determining which of a plurality of users detected in proximate vicinity of a computing device has primary control of the computing device, the computing device designed for presenting one or more items; ascertaining one or more particular formats for formatting the one or more items based, at least in part, on said determining; and presenting, via the computing device, the one or more items in the one or more particular formats. In addition to the foregoing, other method aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.
US08726364B2 Authentication and access protection of computer boot modules in run-time environments
Methods and systems to authenticate and load a plurality of boot logic modules in corresponding access protected memory regions of memory, and to maintain the access protections in run-time environments. Access protection may be implemented with access control list (ACL) policies expressed in terms of page boundaries to distinguish between read, write, and execute access requests.
US08726362B2 SOC-based device for packet filtering and packet filtering method thereof
Provided is a device including a chip that includes a firewall engine, and a driver, wherein the driver identifies an owner process of a packet to be transmitted, and transmits the packet to the chip only if the owner process is allowed to transmit the packet to an external device, wherein the chip performs filtering by applying a rule for packet filtering to the packet received from the driver.
US08726361B2 Method and apparatus for token-based attribute abstraction
According to one embodiment, an apparatus may store a plurality of tokens associated with a session. The session may facilitate access to a resource by a user. The session may be identified by a session token. The apparatus may determine, based on a token-based rule, a second plurality of tokens required to facilitate determination of a risk token. The risk token may be used to facilitate determination of an access decision to the resource. The apparatus may determine that the plurality of tokens comprises the second plurality of tokens and generate a dataset token that represents the plurality of tokens. The apparatus may then communicate the dataset token to facilitate the generation of the risk token. The apparatus may receive the risk token and correlate it with the session token to facilitate determination of the access decision.
US08726358B2 Identity ownership migration
Systems, computer-implemented methods, and computer-readable media for establishing an online account with a resource provider are provided. An authentication token including identification of a user from an authentication server is received. The identification of the user from the authentication token is utilized to establish an online account for the user with the resource provider. Additional credentialing information from the user for the online account is received. The additional information received from the user is associated with the online account for the user with the resource provider.
US08726354B2 System and method for performing access control
Rather than defining roles in terms of those resources and/or actions pertaining to the resources that are permitted to subjects having that role, it has been found that by instead defining a role by negative permissions, i.e. those resources and/or actions related thereto that are not permitted to subjects in that role, the evolution of a system is more convenient to manage. In this way, the system is only required to track and update the denied resources for particular roles. It has also been recognized that by defining a role in terms of negative permissions, i.e. what subjects in that role cannot do, malicious users can be thwarted from creating false user accounts since selecting functions associated with the resources takes permissions away rather than adds them.
US08726353B2 Secure computer use system
Methods and apparatus for ensuring the computer security of users of a computer system are described. A user is allocated a security grading relating to how secure their computer system (2) is, for instance in terms of anti-virus software, firewalls and up-to-date security patches. Methods and apparatus (10, 12) for providing a security grading of a user's computer system are also disclosed. Users without a security grading or with low level security grading may then be accorded only basic access to the data or functionality of another computer system (8), for instance such as on-line banking services or the like. This ensures therefore that those users that take responsibility for their own security are allowed full access without undue security protocols whereas users without proper security do not have so much access.
US08726351B2 Systems and methods for controlling access to electronic records in an archives system
Systems and/or methods for controlling access to a plurality of records and/or documentary materials to be persisted in an electronic archives system are provided. The plurality of records and/or documentary material and all preserved information may be stored and accessed on the basis of user and/or object attributes. The user attributes include group affiliation, ownership, and state (e.g., workflow step and time of day). The object attributes include group affiliation, business role, clearance or access level, and network address from which access is requested. Access to the plurality of records and/or documentary material can be obtained both from within a single security domain as well as across more than one security domain.
US08726350B2 Network selection tool for information handling system
A user information handling system (IHS) link analysis tool intercepts requests to navigate to a webpage, such as a link. The user IHS link analysis tool transmits the link to a security IHS link analysis tool. The user IHS link analysis tool receives a network selection message from the security IHS indicating which network the user IHS should utilize based upon the content of the link.
US08726347B2 Authentication based on previous authentications
Generally speaking, systems, methods and media for authenticating a user to a server based on previous authentications to other servers are disclosed. Embodiments of a method for authenticating a user to a server may include receiving a request to authenticate the user to the server and determining whether authenticating the user requires matching an authentication plan. If a plan is required, the method may also include accessing a stored authentication plan with authentication records each having expected information relating to user access to a different server. The method may also include receiving an indication of the user's current authentication plan from an authentication store where the plan has authorization records each having current information relating to user access. Embodiments of the method may also include comparing the stored authentication plan with the received current authentication plan to determine whether they match and, in response to a match, authenticating the user.
US08726345B2 Communication system, line providing apparatus and communication method
A line providing apparatus has an acceptance processor accepting a line use request from the terminal apparatus, a contract determiner determines a state of conclusion of a first contract, a second contract or a combined contract obtained by substantially combining the first contract and the second contract at the terminal apparatus which is a source of the line use request accepted by the acceptance processor, and an assistance processor performing an assisting process for conclusion of a contract found not to be concluded according to a result of determination on the state of conclusion of the first contract, the second contract or the combined contract by the contract determiner, whereby the user of the terminal apparatus which does not yet conclude can sign the contract for the communication service or the information providing service through the terminal apparatus.
US08726343B1 Managing dynamic policies and settings in an orchestration framework for connected devices
Aspects described herein allow multiple devices to function as a coherent whole, allowing each device to take on distinct functions that are complementary to one another. Aspects described herein also allow the devices function as a coherent whole when interconnected devices and their respective applications are configured to operate in various operation modes, when management policies are employed to control the operation of the interconnected devices and their respective applications, when transferring content between the interconnected devices and storing the content at those devices, when obtaining access credentials for the interconnected devices that enable the devices to access enterprise resources, when a policy agent applies management policies to control operation of and interaction between the interconnected devices, and when the interconnected devices are used to access an enterprise application store.
US08726337B1 Computing with presentation layer for multiple virtual machines
An improved technique for managing multiple virtual machines includes a presentation layer that receives user input for multiple virtual machines and renders output from the virtual machines in a unified presentation, which can be displayed to a user. In certain examples, Red/Green security is implemented by designating one virtual machine as a Green virtual machine and another as a Red virtual machine. Although different virtual machines are used, the presentation layer unifies the user's interaction with the virtual machines and reduces the need for the user to keep track of different virtual machines or to switch manually between them.
US08726334B2 Model based systems management in virtualized and non-virtualized environments
Architecture that provides model-based systems management in virtualized and non-virtualized environments. A security component provides security models which define security requirements for services. A management component applies one or more of the security models during the lifecycle of virtual machines and services. The lifecycle can include initial deployment, expansion, moving servers, monitoring, and reporting. The architecture creates a formal description model of how a virtual machine or a service (composition of multiple virtual machines) is secured. The security requirements information can also be fed back to the general management system which uses this information in its own activities such as to guide the placement of workloads on servers can be security related.
US08726332B2 Broadcast programming delivery apparatus, switcher control method, and computer program product
A broadcast programming delivery apparatus includes: a broadcast programming delivery control unit that controls broadcast programming delivery based on a broadcast programming delivery program formed of a plurality of items; and a switcher being controlled by the control unit, and a plurality of output channels of a material server having the plurality of output channels for outputting a video material being connected to predetermined input lines of the switcher, wherein the items include control data of the switcher having information for specifying a video material of the material server, and the control unit receives, from the material server, channel material information indicating a video material outputted from each of the output channels, and allows an input bus of the switcher necessary to take an input of a video material to select one of the input lines corresponding to the output channel from which the corresponding video material is outputted.
US08726328B2 Method for transmitting a broadcast service, and method and apparatus for receiving same
A broadcast receiver receives a packetized stream. The broadcast receiver extracts display time information from the header of the received packetized stream, and extracts preparation trigger information including a target service identifier from the payload of the received packetized stream. If a current time is a preparation time designated by the extracted display time information, the broadcast receiver starts to prepare an object corresponding to the target service identifier for activation at a later time.
US08726325B2 Method and apparatus for scheduling delivery of video and graphics
A method and apparatus for scheduling delivery of graphics and video to an on-screen display is described. The method comprises accessing a schedule comprising at least one video, at least one template, and layout information, wherein the at least one video and the at least one template are associated with each other and scheduled to run at least one start time. In one embodiment, the system is a video server that provides a combined output stream of both video and graphics to a set top box, TV, computer or other display device. In another embodiment of the invention, the video server creates a script that relates video, graphics, and layout information to each other as web components. The web components are provided from the video server to a set top box, and the set top box utilizes a web browser to assemble the web components together.
US08726322B2 Non-real time push services
In certain embodiments, a transmitter transmits an output packet stream containing non-real time program content, a FLUTE file description table (FDT), NRT service metadata and NRT content metadata. A multiplexer is configured to multiplex the IP packet stream to contain: NRT program content, the FLUTE FDT, NRT service metadata, and NRT program content metadata. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
US08726320B1 System and method for providing service to a multi-dwelling unit
A system and method for distributing television signals includes a multi-switch module multiplexing television signals therethrough. The system further includes a plurality of unit configurations having respective power sources therein. The plurality of unit configurations receives the television signals. The system also includes a splitting module in communication with the multi-switch module and the plurality of unit configurations whereby at least one of the plurality of unit configurations powers the multi-switch module.
US08726318B2 Multimedia information receiving apparatus
A multimedia information receiving apparatus receives multimedia information which is transmitted by a broadcast system and receives multimedia information which is simultaneously transmitted by another transmission system such as IP communications, and generates one received information by selecting elements having a few errors from elements of demodulated broadcast system information and elements of demodulated other transmission system information and then arranging the selected elements.
US08726313B2 Previously aired episode retrieval based on series DVR scheduling
A device receives an identification of a series to schedule automatic recording of episodes that are currently airing or that will be airing in the future, receives an instruction to automatically retrieve previously aired episodes of the scheduled series based on the scheduling of the automatic recording of the episodes that are currently airing or that will be airing in the future. The device searches content, based on receipt of the instruction, to retrieve previously aired episodes of the scheduled series. The device records at least one episode of the scheduled series, and presents the recorded at least one episode of the scheduled series and the previously aired episodes of the scheduled series such that a user may select and play the at least one episode of the scheduled series or the previously aired episodes of the scheduled series.
US08726312B1 Method, apparatus, system and computer-readable medium for dynamically editing and displaying television advertisements to include individualized content based on a users profile
A computer-implemented method of dynamically determining television advertisements to be provided to a customer includes obtaining profile information of a customer; selecting an advertisement based on the obtained profile information; editing the selected advertisement to include content related to the obtained profile information; and delivering the edited advertisement to the television.
US08726311B2 System and method for modifying advertisement responsive to EPG information
A system and method for utilizing data stored in an EPG database for modifying advertisement information. In this way, a service provider and/or an advertiser can transmit a single advertisement to all the television stations regardless of their geographic location and other user specific information, and need not re-transmit the advertisement even if there is a change in the show's program description. When the advertisement is displayed, the correct updated information is retrieved from the EPG database and inserted into the advertisement.In one aspect, the present invention describes a method for modifying an advertisement in an EPG comprising the steps of: storing television schedule information in a first database; storing advertisement information in a second database; incorporating a portion of the television schedule information into a portion of the advertisement information to form a modified advertisement; and displaying the modified advertisement on a screen.
US08726308B2 Media content redundant transmission
A premises based multimedia communication system includes a source device that produces multimedia content, a rendering device that presents the multimedia content, and a premises communication network coupling the source device to the rendering device. The source device receives data packets carrying the multimedia content from the remote content source via at least one remote delivery communication network and transmits at least two copies of the data packets carrying video frames of the multimedia content to the rendering device via the at least one premises communication network. The rendering device decodes video frames carried by first copies of the data packets. Upon an unsuccessful decoding of the video frames carried by the first copies of the data packets, the rendering device decoding video frames carried by second copies of the data packets and upon a successful decoding of the video frames carried by the first copies of the data packets, the rendering device discards video frames carried by second copies of the data packets.
US08726305B2 Methods and systems for application rendering and management on internet television enabled displays
Computer implemented methods for managing communication between a display device and a remote server or services is provided. A remote server provides access to widget applications that are to be used on the display device. The method includes receiving a request from the display device, and the request includes data that identifies attributes of the display device. Then, examining the data to authorize access a specific application widget gallery. The specific widget gallery includes widget applications that have passing filter parameters for the request. Then, returning to the display device data for populating attributes or widget application data for rendering on the display device. Furthermore, the methods and systems for providing access to, installing, administering and rendering web-based applications (e.g., widgets) on a display device, which connects to a server, are provided. The server is defined by a system infrastructure of software, hardware and storage that can be distributed, load balanced and securely accessed over the internet from any connected location on the globe. A display device, as used herein, is generally a system, with integrated hardware and software that will enable access to the internet, browsing and connections to remote processing servers and storage. The display device, in one example, is a television set, with integrated hardware, memory and software, which can connect to the Internet.
US08726304B2 Time varying evaluation of multimedia content
Methods, systems, devices and computer program products are provided to facilitate enhanced use and interaction with multimedia content that is based on a time-varying evaluation of the multimedia content. While a content is being presented on a first device, timing information identifying temporal locations of content segments are extracted and transmitted to a database along with a user's evaluation feedback of the multimedia content. The user then receives a response corresponding to feedback provided by a plurality of consumers of the multimedia content on a segment-by-segment basis.
US08726301B2 Cover for an optical disc drive and optical disc drive having the same
A cover for an optical disc drive. The cover includes: a body having a top portion that is configured to cover a disc if the disc is inserted into the optical disc drive, and a pressure structure formed on the body and having an asymmetrical shape.
US08726300B2 Built-in disk driver and related thin computer device
A computer device with a built-in disk driver is disclosed in the present invention. The thin computer device includes a casing for accommodating at least one electronic component. A sunken structure is disposed on a surface of the casing. The thin computer device further includes a disk driver movably disposed inside the sunken structure. The disk driver includes a tray, a drive motor, a track set, and an optical read-in module. The tray movably connected to the casing for holding an optical disk. The drive motor disposed on the tray. The track set disposed on the tray. The optical read-in module slidably disposed on the track set. The optical read-in module reads information from the optical disk when the tray holds the optical disk and is located outside the sunken structure.
US08726298B1 Cloud-based instrument driver system
A cloud-based instrument driver system enables a user device to interact with one or more instruments through a remotely located driver cloud. The driver cloud may store drivers and ancillary software. The user device may be connected to each instrument either directly or indirectly, for example, over one or more computer networks, and may be connected to and communicate directly with the driver cloud over the computer network. However, the driver cloud and the instrument may not be in direct communication. The user device relays commands and responses to and from the instrument to the driver cloud for translation into a format suitable for processing by the user device. Utilization of the driver cloud obviates the need to obtain, install and maintain any drivers and/or ancillary software on the user device in order to enable the device to interact with the instrument.
US08726297B2 Search tool that aggregates disparate tools unifying communication
A user entering information in an application might desire functionality not supported by that application. Based on an input or a subset of the input, a functionality associated with a different application can be automatically applied within a current application. Sometimes, a particular application or mode of communication can be used to send information and reply information can be sent in a different mode of communication. The communications can be automatically associated or related to each other. A user can be presented with information relating to both communications, upon request, although the communications might be associated with different modes of communication. Constraints or parameters can be placed on a subsequent communication by either a sender or a recipient.
US08726293B2 Dynamic application policy for service based interaction
In one embodiment, dynamic state for an end device is stored. The dynamic state may be derived from a state of the end device or may be derived from other sources, such as third-party applications. A message is received and associated with a first application for the end device. Dynamic state for the end device is determined. The dynamic state may be applied to dynamic rules to determine an action to perform. For example, the interaction between the first application and the second application may be affected based on applying the dynamic state to the dynamic rules. Thus, the message may be routed differently based on the dynamic state.
US08726290B2 System and/or method for balancing allocation of data among reduce processes by reallocation
The subject matter disclosed herein relates to a system and/or method for allocating data among reduce processes. In a particular implementation, a map process may be executed to provide intermediate data associating key/value pairs with input data. Intermediate data may be allocated among a plurality of reduce processes. At least a portion of intermediate data initially allocated to one or more of said reduce processes may be re-allocated based, at least in part, on a load factor associated with one or more reduce processes.
US08726288B2 Improving data processing efficiency based on data behavior type
In order to improve processing efficiency, a command execution device includes: a behavior type decision unit which decides a behavior type indicating the content of a data input/output operation, according to the content of data processing executed by an entered command; a command storage unit which refers to setting information set in advance for each of the behavior types, and stores the command in a command queue created for each priority level, based on the priority level included in the setting information; and a command execution unit which fetches, out of commands stored in the command queue, a command stored in a section of the command queue having the highest priority level from the command queue, and executes the command.
US08726287B2 Method for reducing inter-process communication latency
A method for handling a system call in an operating system executed by a processor is disclosed. The message comprises steps of receiving the system call to a called process from a calling process; if the system call is a synchronous system call and if a priority of the calling process is higher than a priority of the called process, increasing the priority of the called process to be at least the priority of the calling process; and switching context to the called process.
US08726286B2 Modeling and consuming business policy rules
Concepts and technologies are described herein for modeling and consuming business policy rules. A policy server executes a policy application for modeling and storing the business policy rules. The business policy rules are modeled and stored in a data storage device according to an extensible policy framework architecture that can be tailored by administrators or other entities to support business-specific needs and/or operations. The modeled business policy rules can be used to support enforcement of business policy rules against various business operations, as well as allowing histories and/or other audits of business policy rules to be completed based upon information stored as the business policy rules.
US08726281B2 Method and system for improving performance and reducing energy consumption by converting a first program code into a second program code and implementing SIMD
A method and device for converting first program code into second program code, such that the second program code has an improved execution on a targeted programmable platform, is disclosed. In one aspect, the method includes grouping operations on data for joint execution on a functional unit of the targeted platform, scheduling operations on data in time, and assigning operations to an appropriate functional unit of the targeted platform. Detailed word length information, rather than the typically used approximations like powers of two, may be used in at least one of the grouping, scheduling or assigning operations.
US08726277B2 Domain controller safety-features and cloning
The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for domain controller safety-features and cloning. Embodiments include cloning virtual domain controllers. Cloning permits virtual domain controllers to be rapidly deployed by copying/cloning the entire operating system state of an existing virtual domain controller. Other embodiments provide safety features protecting domain controllers running within virtual machines from introducing distributed corruption into a directory services data system. Protection is facilitated by detecting when a hypervisor or Virtual Machine Manager (“VMM”) uses features that cause a virtual machine to be rolled back in time outside of an operating system's awareness. In response to detecting a feature that causes rollback, safeties can be implemented to compensate for otherwise divergent state and prevent the introduction of duplicate unique identifiers.
US08726275B2 Selective partial cloning of virtual machines in a virtual computing environment
A virtual machine belonging to a virtual computer environment is selectively cloned by retrieving information about applications available in a parent virtual machine to be cloned, and for each application, further retrieving information about a virtual disk associated with the application. Cloning is further performed by identifying a target environment on which the clone is to run, retrieving information about the target environment and calculating a clone of the virtual machine based at least in part, upon retrieved information. Calculating a clone further includes introspecting the virtual disks of the virtual machine. Cloning a virtual machine further comprises generating the clone to the target environment, based on the calculated clone.
US08726274B2 Registration and initialization of cluster-aware virtual input/output server nodes
In a data processing system having a plurality of virtualized operating system (OS) partitions, a first cluster-aware virtual input/output server (VIOS) is provided within an OS partition by execution of a cluster-aware (CA) OS on a virtual processor resource of the first VIOS. The CA OS establishes the VIOS as a cluster-aware VIOS by registering the first VIOS with a VIOS cluster comprising a second VIOS. Registering the first VIOS to the VIOS cluster enables the first VIOS to receive VIOS cluster configuration data and status data, which provides the first VIOS with information about the other VIOSes within the VIOS cluster. The first VIOS is thus able to communicate with other VIOSes within the VIOS cluster and share I/O resources with the other VIOSes within the VIOS cluster. Relevant cluster information is stored within a local storage of the first VIOS.
US08726273B2 Space efficient virtual machines
A method and a system of making a virtual machine space efficient are disclosed. The virtual machine includes a virtual disk. The method includes creating a temporary virtual disk and adding the temporary virtual disk to the virtual machine. The temporary virtual disk works in conjunction with the virtual disk. The virtual machine is configured to store temporary files in the temporary virtual disk rather than the virtual disk.
US08726270B2 Distributed installation configuration over multiple machines
Distributed installation configuration system and method are provided. The system and method in one aspect collects information about all products and components being installed from a centralized user interface, before the actual installation is performed, regardless of the target machine locations. The collected information is then stored centrally. Thereafter, subsequent installations, whether on the same or different machine locations, access this information for the subsequent installation procedure.
US08726269B2 Method to enable application sharing on embedded hypervisors by installing only application context
A system and method for reducing storage space requirements for an embedded hypervisor. The system and method includes installing an application context on a hypervisor while installing files needed by the applications to a shared storage device. Such a system and method provides a unique application context install. Additionally, such a system and method uniquely shares applications while reducing the space occupied on the embedded device. Also, such system and a method uniquely loads applications from remote storage without actually caching the applications on a local system.
US08726264B1 Architecture for incremental deployment
A deploy service is provided to determine a set of software artifacts that needs to be transmitted to a target machine upon receiving an application deployment request from a user of a client device. For instance, the deploy service may compare versions of software artifacts on the target machine with the software artifacts of the application that the user desires to deploy to determine the set of software artifacts that needs to be transmitted. Instead of having to transmit the entire application, some embodiments transmit only a small portion that is reflective of what has been changed between the old version of the application and the new version of the application. This enables the transfer of large files across the Internet to be more efficient.
US08726253B2 Method and apparatus for compiling regular expressions
Apparatus, systems, and methods for a compiler are described. One such compiler converts source code into an automaton comprising states and transitions between the states, wherein the states in the automaton include a special purpose state that corresponds to a special purpose hardware element. The compiler converts the automaton into a netlist, and places and routes the netlist to provide machine code for configuring a target device.
US08726252B2 Management of conditional branches within a data parallel system
A compiler of a single instruction multiple data (SIMD) information handling system (IHS) identifies “if-then-else” statements that offer opportunity for conditional branch conversion. The SIMD IHS employs a processor or processors to execute the executable program. During execution, the processor generates and updates SIMD lane mask information to track and manage the conditional branch loops of the executing program. The processor saves branch addresses and employs SIMD lane masks to identify conditional branch loops with different branch conditions than previous conditional branch loops. The processor may reduce SIMD IHS processing time during processing of compiled code of the original “if-then-else” statements. The processor continues processing next statements inline after all SIMD lanes are complete, while providing speculative and parallel processing capability for multiple data operations of the executable program.
US08726251B2 Pipelined loop parallelization with pre-computations
Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for automatically parallelizing loops with non-speculative pipelined execution of chunks of iterations with pre-computation of selected values. Non-DOALL loops are identified and divided the loops into chunks. The chunks are assigned to separate logical threads, which may be further assigned to hardware threads. As a thread performs its runtime computations, subsequent threads attempt to pre-compute their respective chunks of the loop. These pre-computations may result in a set of assumed initial values and pre-computed final variable values associated with each chunk. As subsequent pre-computed chunks are reached at runtime, those assumed initial values can be verified to determine whether to proceed with runtime computation of the chunk or to avoid runtime execution and instead use the pre-computed final variable values.
US08726247B2 Computer program product containing instructions for providing a processor the capability of executing an application derived from a compiled form
An integrated circuit card is used with a terminal. The integrated circuit card includes a memory that stores an interpreter and an application that has a high level programming language format. A processor of the card is configured to use the interpreter to interpret the application for execution and to use a communicator of the card to communicate with the terminal.
US08726241B1 Method and system for the development of high-assurance computing elements
The present invention is a methodology for developing high-assurance computing elements. The method may comprise one or more of the following steps: (a) receiving a plurality of requirements detailing intended behavior of a high-assurance computing elements; (b) creating a model based on the requirements; (c) generating higher order language (HOL) code based on the model; (d) simulating the behavior of the computing elements from the HOL code; (e) generating test cases based on the model; (f) translating the model into a verification tool-specific format; and (g) formally verifying the model using a verification tool.
US08726239B2 Generating type-safe wrappers for dynamic detouring
An isolation system is described for converting original product code into corresponding modified code. The isolation system operates by identifying a subset of original methods to be converted. For each such original method, the isolation system generates a modified part having at least one property with a type-safe delegate type which matches a signature of the original method. Test code, which tests the product code, can then associate a delegate instance to the thus-defined property of the original method. This prompts an execution system to dynamically execute detour code associated with the delegate instance, rather than an instrumentation of the original method, thus avoiding dependency on potentially non-deterministic functionality which would be otherwise invoked by an instrumentation of the original method.
US08726235B2 Telecom business-oriented taxonomy for reusable services
A method, system, and computer program product for a management and development framework of shared business service assets within a common services oriented architecture strategy are provided. The framework comprises a multi-dimensional business oriented taxonomy that is aligned with organizational business services requiring software support. The framework affords advantageous placement of business service assets using a product publication schema and rapid search and discovery of business service assets through a product discovery schema. Implementation of the framework across multiple units of an organization facilitates business service asset reuse, thereby enabling a minimization of asset redundancy, reduction in business application development time and cost, and rapid market entry for organizational products.
US08726234B2 User-customized extensions for software applications
The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for allowing a computer system user to extend the functionality of a data-centric software application. The method includes instantiating the data-centric software application, where the data-centric application has portions of business logic categorized and associated with items of data-centric application functionality defined in a schema. The method includes receiving customization input to customize at least one of the portions of business logic. The method includes formulating a representative model corresponding to at least one of the portions of customized business logic. The method includes applying the representative model to the schema to generate a customized schema that extends the business logic of the data-centric software application. The method includes instantiating the data-centric software application in accordance with the customized schema to customize the functionality of the business logic in the data-centric software application.
US08726233B1 System and method of using an active link in a state programming environment to locate an element
A method is provided for interacting with the graphical model is provided. At least one of the plurality of views of the graphical model is parsed to create an intermediate representation. An interactive overlay is displayed using the display device. User interacts with the destination object based on an input instruction via the interactive overlay and modifies the destination object using the input instruction, the modifying allows the destination object to perform a modified operation when the model is executed. The graphical model includes execution semantics and a destination object, where the destination object is influenced by the execution semantics. The graphical model is rendered on a display device based on a selected view.
US08726231B2 Support for heterogeneous database artifacts in a single project
A single software project can include heterogeneous types of artifacts. The artifact definition can be converted to a format compatible with a common model or information derived from the artifacts can be added to the common model so that tools that operate on the common model can provide information derived from the heterogeneous artifacts to developers during design time in an IDE. Build and deployment tools can operate over a more inclusive universe of data to provide a more accurate deployment plan. Build and deployment tools can operate within the context of the IDE or from the command line.
US08726229B2 Multi-language support for service adaptation
A plurality of domain-specific service adaptation languages can be supported by a back-end service adaptation system to provide runtime access to a runtime instance of a data object comprising data stored in a repository. By defining a language-specific data access service and parser for each domain-specific service adaptation language, a single, service adaptation language-independent compiler and interpreter can prepare and execute a runtime load that includes an execution plan for retrieving and converting data from the repository for delivery in a data object according to a query request from a consumer runtime environment. A consumer using the consumer runtime environment can define the service adaptation language to be used and provide a parser and source code to enable access to business object data using the back-end service adaptation system.
US08726227B2 Modeling a governance process of establishing a subscription to a deployed service in a governed SOA
Modeling a governance process of establishing a subscription to a deployed service in a governed Service Oriented Architecture (‘SOA’) and generating, in dependence upon the modeled governance process, one or more automation modules, each automation module comprising a module of computer program instructions that, when executed by a computer processor, supports performance of one or more steps of the modeled governance process, where the modeled governance process includes collecting available service artifacts associated with a deployed service; determining whether the deployed service meets predefined functional requirements; if the deployed service meets the predefined functional requirements, determining whether the deployed service meets predefined non-functional requirements if the deployed service meets the predefined non-functional requirements, creating a subscription request; requesting approval of the subscription request; and if approval is received, creating a subscription to the deployed service.
US08726224B1 System, method, and computer program product for hierarchical browsing
The present disclosure relates to a computer-implemented method for electronic design visualization. The method may include providing, using at least one computing device, an electronic design and identifying a plurality of power domains associated with the electronic design. The method may further include associating, using the at least one computing device, at least two of the plurality of power domains with a particular group and displaying one or more of the plurality of power domains in a hierarchical manner.
US08726220B2 System and methods for converting planar design to FinFET design
A method for generating a layout for a device having FinFETs from a first layout for a device having planar transistors is disclosed. The planar layout is analyzed and corresponding FinFET structures are generated in a matching fashion. The resulting FinFET structures are then optimized. Dummy patterns and a new metal layer may be generated before the FinFET layout is verified and outputted.
US08726218B2 Transistor-level layout synthesis
A layout tool partially replicates the layout of a base cell to determine the layout for a target cell. The base cell is information representing an arrangement of a set of transistors having an established layout. The target cell is information indicating the desired arrangement of another set of transistors. The layout tool identifies correspondences between subsets of the base cell transistors and subsets of the target cell transistors and replicates the layout of the identified base cell subsets to determine the layout for the identified target cell subsets. In addition, the layout tool can identify base cell subsets that closely match target cell subsets, but for which the layout cannot be exactly replicated because of obstructions in the target cell subsets. For such identified base cell subsets, the layout tool can determine a layout by adjusting the base cell subset layouts to avoid the obstructions.
US08726216B2 Area efficient power switch
A method of generating an area efficient power switch cell includes receiving, by a cell library design tool, a specification of a power switch circuit to be established as a power switch cell in a cell library. The cell library design tool also receives one or more attributes of the power switch cell including a height of the cell boundary and receiving, by the cell library design tool, a layout placement constraint requiring the power switch cell to be placed in a semiconductor layout so as to bridge two parallel rows of doped wells. The parallel rows of doped wells are interleaved with doped substrate and the doping of the wells is of a different type than that of the substrate. Based on the specification of the power switch circuit, the one or more attributes, and the layout placement constraint, the cell library design tool generates the power switch cell.
US08726214B2 Floorplanning method for an analog integrated circuit layout
A floorplanning method for an analog integrated circuit layout is disclosed. A first-type block is defined as a movable and deformable block with rectangle constraint, and a second-type block is defined as a fixed-size block without rectangle constraint. Each block in the floorplan is classified to the first-type or the second-type block. In a shape determination stage, a target shape is determined among candidates of the first-type block, the first-type block accordingly being modified to the target shape, resulting in at least one overlap in the floorplan. In an overlap elimination stage, neighboring blocks of each said overlap are analyzed, the overlap being then eliminated by utilizing surrounding space, resulting in unused space in the floorplan. In an enlargement stage, the unused space is utilized for enlarging the first-type block.
US08726208B2 DFM improvement utility with unified interface
A utility includes a design-for-manufacturing (DFM) checker configured to check layout patterns of an integrated circuit, and a layout change instruction generator configured to generate a layout change instruction based on a result generated by the DFM checker. The DFM checker and the layout change instruction generator are embodied on a non-transitory storage media. The layout change instruction specifies an identifier of a layout pattern among the layout patterns, and a respective layout change to be performed on the layout pattern.
US08726205B1 Optimized simulation technique for design verification of an electronic circuit
A method includes reading, through a processor of a computing device communicatively coupled to a memory, a design of an electronic circuit at a first level higher than a second level at which design verification and/or design simulation of the electronic circuit is to be conducted, and representing instances of elements of the electronic circuit in a data structure. The method also includes parsing, at the first level, the design to automatically generate a list of regular expressions related to text-matching strings with the elements of the electronic circuit based on removing undesired instances related to the elements from the data structure, and pruning, at the second level, connectivity descriptors of the electronic circuit based on the automatically generated list of regular expressions. Further, the method includes optimizing the design verification and/or the design simulation at the second level based on the pruned connectivity descriptors thereof.
US08726204B2 Managing and controlling the use of hardware resources on integrated circuits
Disclosed herein are representative embodiments of methods and apparatus for managing and allocating hardware resources during RTL synthesis. For example, in one exemplary method disclosed herein, an RTL description of a circuit to be implemented in a target architecture is received. The target architecture of this embodiment comprises a fixed number of hardware resources in a class of hardware resources. One or more operator instances are determined from the RTL description received, where at least some of the operator instances are implementable by the hardware resources in the class of hardware resources. In this embodiment, and prior to initially synthesizing the RTL description into a gate-level netlist, assignment information indicative of how the operator instances are to be implemented using the hardware resources in the class of hardware resources is automatically determined. A graphical user interface is also provided that allows a user to view and modify the assignment information.
US08726199B2 System and method for displaying images and videos found on the internet as a result of a search engine
In response to entering a screensaver mode of operation, a search criteria identifying requested subject matter is transmitted to a search engine. A set of uniform resource locators are returned based upon the search criteria. A display image at a display device is updated periodically to display information referenced by the uniform resource locator.
US08726198B2 Electronic device and method of controlling a display
A method includes entering, by a portable electronic device, a low-power condition after displaying an application image on a display. No information is displayed on the display during the low-power condition. While in the low-power condition, an input is detected. In response to detecting the input, a cover image is displayed. The application image is progressively revealed along with movement of a gesture while reducing display of the cover image, wherein the gesture controls a size of an area where the application image is displayed.
US08726189B2 Multiple tab stack user interface
Computer-implemented methods for organizing graphical user interface windows into separate stacks of windows is provided are provided. In one aspect, a method includes providing, for display, a first window in a graphical user interface, and receiving a request to display a second window in the graphical user interface when viewing the first window. The method also includes moving the first window to a first stack in the graphical user interface in response to the request, and displaying the second window in the graphical user interface in a second stack. In response to a request to display a third window in the graphical user interface, the third window is configured to be displayed in the first stack or in the second stack based on a defined constraint shared between the third window and the second window. Systems, graphical user interfaces, and machine-readable media are also provided.
US08726188B2 Method for presenting information to a host vehicle having a user interface
A method for presenting information to a host vehicle having a user interface. The method comprises remotely creating an information set including user accessible information pertaining to troubleshooting onboard components of the host vehicle, wirelessly communicating a portion of the information set to the host vehicle, and operating the user interface to selectively make available the user accessible information in the portion of the information set for access at the host vehicle.
US08726185B1 Method and apparatus for rendering overlapped objects
A method and apparatus for rendering overlapped objects are provided. In the method, multiple objects are sorted according to rendering properties thereof and placed into a source chain. As for a target object in the source chain, an object first overlapped with the target object is successively searched. If no overlapped object is found, the target object is moved to a target chain. Otherwise, a blending object is generated by blending an overlapping area of the target object and overlapped object according to an alpha-blending property thereof and the blending object and all non-overlapping areas of the target object and overlapped object are inserted respectively as a new object into the source chain. The above steps are repeated until all objects in the source chain are moved to the target chain. Finally, the objects in the target chain are rendered on an electronic device.
US08726182B1 Multi-stage throbber
A multi-stage throbber that can be used to communicate stages of progress of resource loading in a browser to a user. In an embodiment, a method for communicating resource loading progress in a browser is provided. The method includes evaluating the resource loading progress, identifying a throbber stage representative of the evaluated resource loading progress, and outputting multi-stage throbber data for rendering a multi-stage throbber at the identified throbber stage.
US08726180B2 Information processing device, information processing method, content transfer system and computer program
An information processing device is provided that performs content transfer with a content recording device on which is stored content that has content identification information identifying the content. The information processing device includes: an identification information acquisition portion that acquires, from the content recording device, the content identification information for the content recorded in the content recording device; a display control portion that groups a list of the content identification information acquired by the identification information acquisition portion for each of a content type acquired from the content identification information and displays the list; and a sort control portion that sorts, for each of the content types, the list of the content identification information displayed by the display control portion, based on the content attribute information acquired from the content identification information.
US08726177B2 Systems and methods for generating a database query using a graphical user interface
A computer-implemented graphical user interface system for generating a database query includes a create region, a plurality of clause-specific regions and a navigation region. The create region may be used to receive a plurality of graphical icons and to create an association between the plurality of graphical icons to define the database query. The plurality of graphical icons may include a plurality of clause-specific icons that identify clauses for the database query and a plurality of table icons that identify sets of data in the database. The plurality of clause-specific interface regions are each associated with a particular clause-specific icon and may be used to receive user input to define one or more parameters associated with the particular clause-specific icon. The navigation region may be used to receive user input to select between the create region and the plurality of clause-specific interface regions.
US08726174B2 Method and system for showing a display panel in a graphical user interface
A method for showing a display panel in a graphical user interface involves associating a client-side script variable with a display panel wrapper, where the display panel is embedded in the display panel wrapper, and where the client-side script variable indicates that the display panel is hidden. The method further involves modifying the client-side script variable to show the display panel in the graphical user interface, where showing the display panel involves showing an input control for manipulating a data area in the graphical user interface.
US08726172B1 Managing an environment of a virtual space based on characters made accessible responsive to corresponding tokens being detected
Objectives, an environment, and/or a theme associated with a virtual space may be managed based on characters made accessible responsive to corresponding tokens being detected. Tokens, including a first token associated with a first character or a second token associated with a second character, may be detected based on signals received from one or more token readers. The first character may be made accessible in the virtual space responsive to the first token being detected and the second character may be made accessible in the virtual space responsive to the second token being detected. Responsive to one or both of the first token being detected or the second token being detected, a given objective associated with the virtual space may be effectuated in the virtual space, an environment of the virtual space may be modified, and/or a theme of the virtual space being modified.
US08726171B1 Communication initiation control
Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for providing communication initiation controls. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a term that a user has entered into a text field, selecting one or more contacts that match the term, providing a communication initiation control for each of multiple communication modes, determining, for each of the multiple communication modes, whether any of the selected contacts are available or are capable of communicating through the communication mode, and enabling or disabling, for each of the multiple communication modes, the communication initiation control for the communication mode based on determining whether any of the selected contacts are available or are capable of communicating through the communication mode.
US08726169B2 Online system and method for enabling social search and structured communications among social networks
A system and method for enabling structured communication among a social network is disclosed. The system enables a user to formulate a question and answer pattern including potential responses to the question based upon the form of question. The system then translates and transmits a message including the question and answer pattern to users over a plurality of different messaging platforms for eliciting responses to the question using the answer pattern. The system then aggregates responses to the question and presents the responses in a summary format. A language for defining messages according to static and dynamic content and other attributes is disclosed. Collaborative filtering reduces the decision space and as a result increases the possible range of specialized communications a user can choose from and apply or the message processing space available to contemplate alternatives resulting in more effective choices.
US08726168B2 System and method for hiding latency in computer software
A system and method hides latency in the display of a subsequent user interface by animating the exit of the current user interface and animating the entrance of the subsequent user interface, causing continuity in the display of the two user interfaces. During either or both animations, information used to produce the user interface, animation of the entrance of the subsequent user interface, or both may be retrieved or processed or other actions may be performed.
US08726164B2 Mark-up extensions for semantically more relevant thumbnails of content
The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates rendering of a portion of published content. A browsing session can enable navigation and display of a portion of published content. A render definition enforcer can implement a tag related to the portion of published content with at least one view-level display property, the view-level display property is at least one of a definition to at least one of display or not display the portion of published content based upon a view-level within the browsing session or a definition related to a size scale factor for the portion of published content based upon a view-level within the browsing session. The browsing session can utilize the portion of published content at a view-level in accordance to the view-level display property.
US08726160B2 Method for providing extended content and system using the same and computer-readable recording medium
A content service system including a content metadata analyzer module, a widget information acquisition module, a widget administration module, and a widget engine module is provided. The content metadata analyzer module receives a first metadata corresponding to a multimedia content, and generates a widget request or a service metadata according to the first metadata. The widget information acquisition module acquires a widget information of a first widget according to the widget request or the service metadata. The widget administration module installs and executes the first widget according to the widget information, wherein the first widget plays an extended content corresponding to the multimedia content. A content service method and a computer-readable recording medium corresponding to the content service method are also provided.
US08726159B2 Content level navigation systems and methods
An exemplary system includes a media content processing subsystem configured to provide a first interactive graphical user interface to a display for presentation to a user in response to a transmission of an input command, provide an end interactive graphical user interface to the display for presentation to the user in response to a repeat transmission of the input command, and perform an action corresponding to a selected entry within the end interactive graphical user interface in response to another repeat transmission of the input command. The first interactive graphical user interface corresponds to a first content level within a navigation thread and the end interactive graphical user interface corresponds to an end content level within the navigation thread.
US08726156B2 Graphical user interface device
The disclosure refers to a graphical user interface device. In one example, the device is configured to provide images for display on a plurality of split screen forming areas of a split screen display. The device displays to a user an operation window having operation areas, the number of operation areas being the same as the number of split screen forming areas of the split screen display. Each of the operation areas is associated with one of the split screen forming areas.
US08726154B2 Methods and apparatus for controlling transition behavior of graphical user interface elements based on a dynamic recording
A dynamic recording including transition information is provided. Transition behavior of a graphical user interface (GUI) element on a display of an electronic device, such as a mobile terminal, is defined responsive to the dynamic recording. For example, in some embodiments of the present invention, the dynamic recording may be generated responsive to a sensor of the electronic device, such as an audio sensor, a video sensor and/or a motion sensor. The GUI transition behavior may include, for example, a window transition behavior, a menu transition behavior and/or a dialog transition behavior. The defined GUI transition behavior may include, for example, movement, metamorphosis, shape transition behavior and/or color transition behavior. Apparatus and computer program products configured to perform such operations are provided.
US08726146B2 Systems and methods for video content association
Methods and apparatus are disclosed to identify and associate video content. In one implementation, a method is provided that includes requesting a webpage by a user computer and determining whether a keyword is present on the webpage requested by the user computer. Furthermore, the method includes creating a link on the webpage from the keyword to the video file and displaying the video file when the link is activated.
US08726140B2 Dummy data padding and error code correcting memory controller, data processing method thereof, and memory system including the same
A data processing method of a memory controller includes receiving first partial data of a last sector data among a plurality of sector data to be stored in an n-th page of a non-volatile memory in a program operation; padding the first partial data with first dummy data and generating a first error correction code (ECC) parity in the program operation; and transferring the first partial data and the first ECC parity to the non-volatile memory in the program operation, while refraining from transferring the first dummy data to the non-volatile memory. Related devices and systems are also described.
US08726139B2 Unified data masking, data poisoning, and data bus inversion signaling
Provided herein is a method and system for providing and analyzing unified data signaling that includes setting, or analyzing a state of a single indicator signal, generating or analyzing a data pattern of a plurality of data bits, and signal, or determine, based on the state of the single indicator signal and the pattern of the plurality of data bits, that data bus inversion has been applied to the plurality of data bits or that the plurality of data bits is poisoned.
US08726133B2 Method for detecting return link packet error in hub which communicates with satellite terminal and apparatus thereof
When errors occur in a packet received from a satellite terminal device, a modulation and coding (MODCOD) value is calculated according to a result of the detection, and a calculated MODCOD value is transmitted to the satellite terminal device, so that packet loss is reduced based on the yield of actual traffic when the satellite terminal device transmits a return link packet. An occurrence of a packet error is detected by generating a first return link packet by sequentially assembling the plurality of return link packets from the satellite terminal device and performing a comparison analysis by comparing the first return link packet with a newly received second return link packet.
US08726132B2 Checksum verification accelerator
Disclosed is a method and system for validating a data packet by a network processor supporting a first network protocol and a second network protocol and utilizing shared hardware. The network processor receives a data packet; identifies a network packet protocol for the data packet; and processes the data packet according to the network packet protocol comprising: updating a first register with a first partial packet length specific to the first network protocol; updating a second register with a second partial packet length specific to the second network protocol; and updating a third register with a first checksum computed from fields independent of the network protocol. The system produces a second checksum utilizing a function that combines values from the first register, the second register, and the third register. The system validates the data packet by comparing the data packet checksum to the second checksum.
US08726131B2 Spatial multiplexing communication system with enhanced codeword mapping with flexible rate selection on each spatial layer and with single HARQ process
A method of data transmission includes encoding an information block according to a predetermined retransmission protocol to generate, for a single hybrid automatic repeat request (HARQ) instance, a transport block having information bits and error detection bits and channel coding different parts of the transport block using different modulation and coding schemes to generate one or more codewords for transmission to a receiving station.
US08726130B2 Dynamic buffer management in a NAND memory controller to minimize age related performance degradation due to error correction
An output buffer circuit for a non-volatile memory comprises an error check circuit, an error correction circuit, a switch circuit, and three storage circuits. The error check circuit receives the plurality of data bits and the plurality of ECC bits from the non-volatile memory to determine if the plurality of data bits need to be corrected and generates a correction signal. The error correction circuit receives the plurality of data bits and the plurality of ECC bits and generates a plurality of corrected data bits in response to the correction signal. A switch enables the output buffer circuit to concurrently performs operations of error check, error correction, and transfer of data bits out of the output buffer circuit on three distinct pluralities of data bits. The switch allows reallocation of storage circuits to different operations without any data transfer.
US08726128B2 Non-volatile memory module, non-volatile memory processing system, and non-volatile memory managing method thereof
By using a processor to share certain burdens originally handled by a controller of a non-volatile memory module, the controller is able to process more complicated procedures. The procedures include an error correction code generating procedure, a data scrambling procedure, a data recovery procedure, an address translation procedure configured to translate a logical address into a physical address, and a wear leveling procedure.
US08726126B2 Non-regular parity distribution detection via metadata tag
This can relate to non-regular parity distribution of a non-volatile memory (“NVM”), such as flash memory, and detection of the non-regular parity via a metadata tag. For example, each codeword of the NVM can include one or more parity pages that may be distributed at random through the NVM. To identify the page as a parity page, a parity page marker can be included in the metadata of that page. During power-up of the NVM, an address table including the logical-to-physical address mapping of the pages can be created. Pages including a parity page marker, however, can be skipped during the creation of this address table. Additionally, by having two or more parity pages associated with a codeword, an additional layer of protection can be provided for repairing errors in that codeword.
US08726125B1 Reducing interpolation error
An approach to reducing interpolation error is described. This approach generally involves using an offset correction table, populated with predetermined offset correction values, to reduce the error introduced by linear interpolation. This approach includes calculating an approximate inverse quantized value. The offset correction table is accessed, and a corrected inverse quantized value is then calculated.
US08726121B2 Circular buffer based rate matching
Systems and methodologies are described that facilitate employing circular buffer based rate matching. Encoded block(s) that include systematic, parity 1, and parity 2 bits can be generated using turbo code. Bit type can be identified to separate bits into distinct groups. Systematic bits can be interleaved together to generate a randomized sequence of systematic bits, parity 1 bits can be interleaved together to yield a randomized sequence of parity 1 bits, and parity 2 bits can be interleaved together to output a randomized sequence of parity 2 bits. The randomized sequences of parity 1 bits and parity 2 bits can be interlaced together in an alternating manner. The randomized sequence of systematic bits can be inserted into a circular buffer, and upon inserting the entire sequence, the interlaced parity bits can be inserted into the circular buffer (e.g., until reaching capacity). Bits inserted into the circular buffer are transmitted.
US08726117B2 Wireless error correcting transmission apparatus, and error correcting transmission data formation method
A wireless reception apparatus (200) for a wireless communication system which transmits, between an MBS transmission apparatus and MBS reception apparatus, multiple transport blocks (TB) coded by error correction coding at the physical layer or at both the physical layer and the data link layer. In the wireless reception apparatus (200), a feedback condition judgment unit (208) transmits feedback information to the MBS transmission apparatus when a reception judgment unit (206) detects errors in L or more TBs out of an N-number of TBs (N is a natural number while L is a natural number less than N) that constitute the beginning portion of any MAC FEC blocks where the beginning TB has been identified. In the wireless communication apparatus (100), the link adaptation unit (114), based on the feedback information from the wireless communication apparatus (200), adjusts the physical layer transmission parameters used for the TBs in the physical layer processing unit.
US08726113B2 Selective per-cycle masking of scan chains for system level test
Built-in self-test techniques for integrated circuits that address the issue of unknown states. Some implementations use a specialized scan chain selector coupled to a time compactor. The presence of the specialized scan chain selector increases the efficiency in masking X states. Also disclosed are: (1) an architecture of a selector that works with multiple scan chains and time compactors, (2) a method for determining and encoding per cycle scan chain selection masks used subsequently to suppress X states, and (3) a method to handle an over-masking phenomenon.
US08726111B2 Shifting instruction data through IRS of IC TAP and TLM
IEEE 1149.1 Test Access Ports (TAPs) may be utilized at both IC and intellectual property core design levels. TAPs serve as serial communication ports for accessing a variety of embedded circuitry within ICs and cores including; IEEE 1149.1 boundary scan circuitry, built in test circuitry, internal scan circuitry, IEEE 1149.4 mixed signal test circuitry, IEEE P5001 in-circuit emulation circuitry, and IEEE P1532 in-system programming circuitry. Selectable access to TAPs within ICs is desirable since in many instances being able to access only the desired TAP(s) leads to improvements in the way testing, emulation, and programming may be performed within an IC. A TAP linking module is described that allows TAPs embedded within an IC to be selectively accessed using 1149.1 instruction scan operations.
US08726110B2 Separate dies with interfaces and selection circuitry connected by leads
An IC includes an IEEE 1149.1 standard test access port (TAP) interface and an additional Off-Chip TAP interface. The Off-Chip TAP interface connects to the TAP of another IC. The Off Chip TAP interface can be selected by a TAP Linking Module on the IC.
US08726107B2 Measurement of latency in data paths
This disclosure is related to measurement of latency in data paths. A latency measurement may be accomplished by calculating a roundtrip write-to-read latency based on generating a write signal and receiving a read signal approximately simultaneously. The read signal may be based on a coupling between a write element and read element. A device setting may then be adjusted based on the calculated roundtrip write-to-read latency. Further, a read/write mechanism that is used to write user data to and read user data from a data storage medium may be used to determine the roundtrip write-to-read latency. Even further, the roundtrip write-to-read latency may be determined in real-time as the data storage device is in operation.
US08726103B2 Visual outage management tool
Described herein are systems related to a visual tool for providing a dynamic and accessible collaborative environment during a production outage or network downtime. An outage management tool comprising a server application tool receiving and storing monitoring data related to an operation of a network and application-level components of the network, wherein the monitoring data includes outage information corresponding to one of the network and the application-level components, and a visualization tool generating an interactive representation of the network including the outage information, the visualization tool and generating, in response to a request, an adjusted interactive representation of the network including application-level components affected by an outage and event traffic related to the outage.
US08726101B2 Apparatus and method for tracing memory access information
An apparatus and method for tracing memory access information of a user program while ensuring a normal operation of the user program. An access permission about a memory region may be set to trace the memory access information. An instruction of the user program encounters a page fault according to the set access permission. If the page fault occurs, memory access information is stored based on the page fault, and apparatus executes an instruction causing the page fault while in a supervisor mode.
US08726099B2 Data processing system
Disclosed is a data processing system capable of detecting a sign of abnormality in such a manner as to increase the degree of safety and availability of the system. The data processing system uses a prediction circuit that detects a sign of abnormality in accordance with a cumulative history of significant events encountered during the processing of CPUs. The prediction circuit retains latest notification timing information about periodic notification from the CPUs in association with the CPUs, acquires elapsed time from the latest notification timing at predetermined intervals, and successively retains history information corresponding to changes in the elapsed time from a target value in association with the CPUs. When the retained history information reaches a predetermined threshold value, the prediction circuit concludes that there is a sign of abnormality.
US08726097B2 Debugging method and computer system using the same
A debugging method for a computer system is disclosed, which includes defining a debug reference data area in a storage device for a BIOS and a control device, periodically transmitting a reply request including an identification information to the BIOS, transmitting reply information corresponding to the identification information according to the reply request, checking the reply information and storing an execution log data into the debug reference data area when the identification information does not conform to the original identification information, determining whether the computer system is in normal operation, and performing a debugging process according to the execution log data when the computer system is in abnormal operation.
US08726091B2 Troubleshooting system for industrial control programs
A system for troubleshooting control programs employs an event log that captures the values of inputs to outputs from the control program only at event times determined by changes in input or output data. The program allows the event log to be reviewed in jumps to only events which cause a change in output value of an instruction or particular change in output value of a particular instruction, greatly simplifying the troubleshooting process. The event log records a particular instruction instance associated with the event permitting the operation of the program to be studied in reverse order. The event log may also record a timestamp of the event allowing time stamped data from different devices to be synchronized with the review of the events.
US08726089B2 System error analysis method and the device using the same
A system error analysis device which includes a top unit and a storage unit coupled to the top module is mentioned. The storage unit is configured to store each of the input data, each of the output data and each of the bus data transmitted by the top unit. When receiving an interrupting signal, the system error analysis device outputs the input data, the output data and the bus data stored as soon as the interrupting signal is received and the input data, the output data and the bus data stored before the receiving of the interrupting signal. Accordingly, by comparing and analyzing the data output by system error analysis device, the system employing the system error analysis device is able to obtain the reason of the generation of the interrupting signal.
US08726086B2 Generation of simulated errors for high-level system validation
Embodiments of the invention enable error simulation for system validation. Errors can be simulated by modifying data presented to the processor as well as generating interrupts consistent with the modified data in the ASIC hardware. Modify logic may be added to the ASIC so when the microprocessor attempts to read a specific address, the modify logic may mask one or more of the data bits returned by the requested address. Address, bit mask, and force value data may be stored in registers to determine which address may be modified, the bit location to be modified, and the value that bit location should be changed to. Selection logic may then determine whether data from the modify logic or the unmodified value from an attached device should be sent to the ASIC interface and on to the microprocessor. A timer may also be used to decouple the setup from the test.
US08726083B1 Synchronized taking of snapshot memory images of virtual machines and storage snapshots
A system for providing prior operation states of a virtual machine in a storage system having at least one storage array is provided. It may be determined that a trigger for taking a snapshot image of the virtual machine and a snapshot of a storage array state has occurred. The snapshot image of the virtual machine may be taken. The snapshot of the storage array state may be taken. The snapshot image of the virtual machine and the snapshot of the storage array state may be made available for subsequent access to rollback the virtual machine and storage array state to a prior state.
US08726081B2 Event based model for managing application health and failure recovery for asynchronous processing systems
A method for event management in asynchronous work processing including timing at least one step in an asynchronous work process, wherein the at least one step is performed by an application and the at least one step has an expected time of completion; determining an error preventing step completion in response to the expected time of completion expiring; correcting the error; and re-performing the at least one step.
US08726078B1 Method and system for providing high availability to computer applications
A system and method for assigning application specific IP addresses to individual applications. The system may be operable to assign a unique IP address to an application, and alias the application IP address to a NIC IP address on the host where the application is running. In an exemplary embodiment, the system may be further operable to migrate the application IP address to a new host as part of a migration, and alias the application IP address to a NIC in the new host as part of the migration.
US08726071B2 Localized dispersed storage memory system
A method begins by a processing module receiving data to store and determining error coding dispersal storage function parameters. The method continues with the processing module encoding at least a portion of the data in accordance with the error coding dispersal storage function parameters to produce a set of data slices. The method continues with the processing module defining addressable storage sectors within the single hard drive based on a number of data slices within the set of data slices to produce a set of addressable storage sectors. The method continues with the processing module storing data slices of the set of data slices in corresponding addressable storage sectors of the set of addressable storage sectors.
US08726070B2 System and method for information handling system redundant storage rebuild
Out-of-order reconstruction of a RAID storage device at a replacement storage device enables the replacement storage device to execute I/O for reconstructed regions during reconstruction of the replacement storage device. In one embodiment, the failed storage device is analyzed to find recoverable information, which is copied to the replacement storage device to reduce the need for reconstruction. In another embodiment, the priority for region's reconstruction is increased upon detection of an I/O to the region. The I/O is queued until reconstruction of the region and then executed after reconstruction of that region so that I/O at the region need not be repeated during reconstruction of the remainder of the replacement storage device.
US08726069B2 Highly available file system in a directly attached storage
A method and system to provide a highly available file system in a directly attached storage (DAS). The storage is directly attached to a computer system that has an inactive operating system. A hardware module in the computer system receives a network command to access the file system. The hardware module determines a physical location of data blocks to be accessed in the storage. According to the network command, the hardware module accesses the data blocks in the storage.
US08726068B2 Intra-realm AAA fallback mechanism
There is provided an intra-realm AAA (authentication, authorization and accounting) fallback mechanism, wherein the single global realm may be divided in one or more sub-realms. The thus presented mechanism exemplarily comprises detecting a failure of an authentication server serving at least one authentication client within a first sub-realm of a single-realm authentication system, and routing authentication messages of the at least one authentication client to a fallback authentication server within a second sub-realm of the single-realm authentication system, wherein routing may exemplarily comprise sub-realm based source routing.
US08726061B2 System and method for synchronizing multiple media devices
Multiple media devices are synchronized in a multi-media system having a computer system, a plurality of media devices, and a display system. Each media device to be synchronized receives a front-end synchronization signal that periodically increments a front-end counter. The front-end counter represents an unadjusted system time (UST). The media device obtains a frame of data to be displayed from a computer system. The media device also receives a back-end synchronization signal that periodically increments a back-end counter each time a frame of data is to he displayed. The back-end counter represents a media stream count (MSC). UST and MSC data are periodically transmitted to the computer system for analysis and use by a synchronization algorithm. Specifically, UST is transmitted to the computer system each time a frame of data is obtained, and a UST/MSC pair is transmitted to the computer system each time a frame of data is displayed. The computer system executes a synchronization algorithm that uses the transmitted UST and UST/MSC pair to maintain the media devices in a synchronized state.
US08726059B2 Systems and methods for use in controlling energy consumption within a building
A computing device is provided. The computing device includes a communication interface that is configured to receive at least one signal from a utility, wherein the signal is representative of a request for a reduction of energy consumption within a building. Moreover, the computing device includes a processor that is coupled to the communication interface and is programmed to identify at least one machine within the building that is subject to the request. The processor is further programmed to generate at least one proposed control parameter for the machine based on the request. A user interface is coupled to processor and configured to enable a user of the machine to provide a response to the control parameter.
US08726050B2 Computer power supply with low standby power
A computer power supply with low standby power has a power inlet wired to an external AC power supply, a DC conversion circuit wired to convert AC into DC, a power control switch operating an AC switch, a power supply circuit connected to the power control switch, a power outlet connected to the power control switch, a starting circuit, a power bus connected to the power supply circuit to transfer DC to the host computer, and a start button connected to a starting circuit. The start button starts the power supply circuit, supplies power to the hose computer, and transmits switching signals of the computer.
US08726049B2 Computer system with a plurality of computer modules and baseboard management controllers, including a state machine that dynamically conducts a switching operation
Without disposing any dedicated management module, it is possible to monitor sensors of shared sections shared among computer modules. A computer system includes a state machine for monitoring a power state of each computer module and a state of a baseboard management controller of the computer module, shared modules of shared sections shared among the computer modules, and switches corresponding to the shared modules for selecting one of the baseboard management controllers to establish connections between the baseboard management controllers and the shared modules. At occurrence of an abnormality in the power state or the baseboard management controller of any one of the computer modules, the state machine dynamically conducts a switching operation to designate one of the baseboard management controllers to monitor sensors of the shared modules.
US08726047B2 System on chip, devices having the same, and method for power control of the SOC
Disclosed is an integrated circuit device including a plurality of power domain blocks, which includes a core power domain block. A power control circuit is configured to control power supplied to each of the plurality of power domain blocks independently responsive to control communication from the core power domain block. The power control circuit includes a plurality of power clusters corresponding to the plurality of power domain blocks, respectively. The plurality of power clusters control power supplied to the plurality of power domain blocks, respectively, independently responsive to the control communication from the core power domain block.
US08726044B2 Encrypting data on primary storage device and on cache storage device
A primary storage device stores a first encrypted version of data. The first encrypted version of the data is encrypted in accordance with a first encryption-decryption approach. A cache storage device for the primary storage device stores a second encrypted version of the data. The second encrypted version of the data is encrypted in accordance with a second encryption-decryption approach different than the first encryption-decryption approach.
US08726041B2 Methods and apparatus for generating a random number in one or more isolated processors
A system and method is disclosed which may include providing at least one processor with an integrally disposed random number generator (RNG) therein; entering a protected mode by said at least one processor; and generating a random number using said RNG in said at least one processor after entering said protected mode.
US08726029B2 Cryptographic processing of content
A system for cryptographic processing of content comprises an input for receiving the content. A plurality of look-up tables represents a white-box implementation of a combined cryptographic and watermarking operation. The look-up tables represent processing steps of the combined cryptographic and watermarking operation and the look-up tables being arranged for being applied according to a predetermined look-up scheme. The look-up scheme prescribes that an output of a first look-up table of the plurality of look-up tables be used to generate an input of a second look-up table of the plurality of look-up tables. The combined cryptographic and watermarking operation comprises a cryptographic operation and a watermarking operation. A control module looks up values in the plurality of look-up tables in dependence on the received content and in accordance to the look-up scheme, thereby applying the combined cryptographic and watermarking operation to the content.
US08726022B2 Method for the access of the mobile terminal to the WLAN and for the data communication via the wireless link securely
The present invention relates to a method for the secure access of mobile terminal to the Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) and for secure data communication via wireless link, which, combining the common key encryption technology and the symmetry encryption technology, has resolved the failure in WLAN to provide effective control on secure MT access, and overcome the limitation on the confidentiality of the data communication via wireless link. When MT logs on AP, both parts must perform the certificate authentication through AS. Only the MT holding the legitimate certificate can access to AP holing the legitimate certificate; MT and AP perform the negotiation of common key for conversation, complete the dynamic revision of the secret key in each authentication, each secret key and in the process of conversation to achieve confidential data communication. Anyway, the method has not only achieved control on the access of MT, but also ensured the security of MT access and high confidentiality of communication.
US08726021B2 Scalable RFID systems: a privacy-preserving protocol with constant-time identification
A protocol with constant-time complexity solves the problem of private identification of tags in low-cost, large-scale radio frequency identification (RFID) systems—assuming that an adversary has complete control over the communication channel. Each RFID tag has an internal counter, c, and is preloaded with a unique pseudonym, ψ, and a secret key, k. A RFID reader attempting to identify and authenticate a tag within its range generates and transmits a random nonce to the RFID tag, which returns a first hash of its current pseudonym and counter, and a second hash that is a function of the secret key. The reader uses the returned data to identify the RFID tag and its secret key by reference to a database and returns other hash values that authenticate the reader to the RFID tag. The most expensive operation that RFID tags are required to perform is a hash function.
US08726020B2 Updating configuration information to a perimeter network
Automatically sending configuration information from a trusted network to a perimeter network. Master servers residing in the trusted network are adapted for administering a distributed directory service containing configuration information. Edge servers residing in the perimeter network are adapted for using a local directory service local to each edge server. Edge-connected bridgehead servers residing in the trusted network are adapted for replicating the configuration information from the trusted network to the perimeter network. Replicating the configuration information to the perimeter network by trusted servers acquiring leases on edge servers is also disclosed.
US08726018B2 Electronic authorization system and method
An electronic authorization system comprising a data source system configured to transmit transaction data. A secure data system is coupled to the data source system over an open network, the secure data system is configured to receive the transaction data from the data source system, generate a unique encrypted identifier for the transaction data and to transmit the unique encrypted identifier to the data source system. The data source system is configured to receive the unique encrypted identifier and replace payment card data associated with the transaction data in a database with the unique encrypted identifier.
US08726017B2 Data storage and removal
A system and method for data storage and removal includes providing databases and providing encryption keys. Each database is associated with a database time period and each encryption key is associated with an encryption time period. Data items are received and each data item is encrypted using the encryption key associated with the encryption time period that corresponds to a time associated with the data item. Each encrypted data item is stored in the database associated with the database time period that corresponds to the time associated with the data item. Each encryption key is deactivated at a predetermined time after the associated encryption time period ends. Each database is made irretrievable upon a determination that all of the encryption keys associated with the data items stored in that database have been deactivated.
US08726016B2 Intelligent integrated network security device
Methods, computer program products and apparatus for processing data packets are described. Methods include receiving the data packet, examining the data packet, determining a single flow record associated with the packet and extracting flow instructions for two or more devices from the single flow record.
US08726010B2 Secure content distribution
In an example, a method of securing content is described. The method may include instantiating a content server on a client device. The method may also include operating the content server to retrieve content identified by a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI). The method may also include serving the content from the content server to a content renderer on the client device. The content renderer may be configured to render the content at the client device and to prohibit saving the content in the clear on the client device.
US08726004B2 Switching drivers between processors
Systems, methods, and computer software for operating a device can be used to operate the device in multiple modes. The device can be operated in a first operating mode adapted for processing data, in which a first processor executes a driver for a nonvolatile memory and a second processor performs processing of data stored in files on the nonvolatile memory. An instruction can be received to switch the device to a second operating mode adapted for reading and/or writing files from or to the nonvolatile memory. The driver for the nonvolatile memory can be switched from the first processor to the second processor in response to the instruction, and the driver for the nonvolatile memory can be executed on the second processor after performing the switch. A communications driver can be executed on the first processor in response to the instruction to switch the device to the second operating mode.
US08726000B2 Authentication system for gaming machines and related methods
Various embodiments disclosed herein are directed to gaming devices having a secured basic input/output system (BIOS) and methods for determining the validity of the gaming device's BIOS. According to one embodiment, the gaming device includes a secured module for authenticating the BIOS of the gaming device. During the boot-up process, the secured module issues a challenge to the BIOS. The BIOS generates a response to the challenge, and the secured module determines whether the BIOS response matches the calculated response of the secured module. If the BIOS response matches the secured module response, the gaming device continues the boot process. Otherwise, the boot process is halted by the gaming device.
US08725997B2 Self-provisioning of configuration for a specific-purpose client having a windows-based embedded image with a write-filter
Examples of methods and apparatus are provided for self-provisioning of configuration for a specific-purpose local client having a windows-based embedded image with a write-filter and obviating reinstallation of an entire windows-based embedded image onto the specific-purpose local client. The apparatus may include a retrieval module of the specific-purpose local client configured to facilitate locating a repository server containing a configuration file. The retrieval module may be configured to facilitate obtaining the configuration file from the repository server while the write-filter is enabled, while obviating reinstallation of an entire windows-based embedded image onto the specific-purpose local client. The apparatus may include an apply settings module of the specific-purpose local client configured to apply a configuration change to the windows-based embedded image based on the configuration file or another configuration file.
US08725994B2 Launching an application from a power management state
A method for launching a selected application in a computer system that is either in a sleep state or a power-off state, the computer system includes an operating system (OS) installed therein to execute applications in a normal mode of the OS. The method includes, while the computer system is in one of the sleep state and the power-off state, receiving a command to launch the selected application in the computer system, loading the OS in a sandbox mode preconfigured for the selected application, and the OS in the sandbox mode launching the selected application to run in the computer system.
US08725990B1 Configurable SIMD engine with high, low and mixed precision modes
A configurable SIMD engine in a video processor for executing video processing operations. The engine includes a SIMD component having a plurality of inputs for receiving input data and a plurality of outputs for providing output data. A plurality of execution units are included in the SIMD component. Each of the execution units comprise a first and a second data path, and are configured for selectively implementing arithmetic operations on a set of low precision or high precision inputs. Each of the execution units have a first configuration and a second configuration, such that the first data path and the second data path are combined to produce a single high precision output in the first configuration, and such that the first data path and the second data path are partitioned to produce a respective first low precision output and second low precision output in the second configuration.
US08725989B2 Performing function calls using single instruction multiple data (SIMD) registers
In one embodiment, a processor can perform a function call from a main program to a function that is to operate on at least one vector-type operand, in which only scalar values are passed to the function, and input values to the function including the at least one vector-type operand are to be renamed from virtual registers identified in the function to physical registers of a vector register file, and output values from the function including the at least one vector-type operand are to be renamed from virtual registers identified in the function to physical registers of the vector register file. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
US08725984B2 Performing memory accesses while omitting unnecessary address translations
In computing environments that use virtual addresses (or other indirectly usable addresses) to access memory, the virtual addresses are translated to absolute addresses (or other directly usable addresses) prior to accessing memory. To facilitate memory access, however, address translation is omitted in certain circumstances, including when the data to be accessed is within the same unit of memory as the instruction accessing the data. In this case, the absolute address of the data is derived from the absolute address of the instruction, thus avoiding address translation for the data. Further, in some circumstances, access checking for the data is also omitted.
US08725983B2 Memory devices and systems including multi-speed access of memory modules
A system, comprising: a plurality of modules, each module comprising a plurality of integrated circuits devices coupled to a module bus and a channel interface that communicates with a memory controller, at least a first module having a portion of its total module address space composed of first type memory cells having a first maximum access speed, and at least a second module having a portion of its total module address space composed of second type memory cells having a second maximum access speed slower than the first access speed.
US08725979B1 Efficient methods and systems for allocating storage volumes
A machine implemented method and system for allocating a storage volume from among a plurality of storage volumes for storing information in a storage system is provided. The storage system maintains a plurality of groups for segregating the plurality of storage volumes based on storage volume utilization at any given time. A storage volume, when available, is selected from a group that was previously used to select another storage volume. After an end of the group has been reached for allocating the other storage volume, and a threshold value for using the same group to allocate storage volumes has been reached, then another group is used to select the next storage volume.
US08725976B2 Method of optimizing data training in system including memory devices
In one embodiment, a method of performing data training in a system including a memory controller and at least a first memory device including a group of memory banks is disclosed. The method includes providing a plurality of enabling states for the group of memory banks, wherein each enabling state is different and for each enabling state a set of the memory banks of the group is enabled and any remaining of the memory banks of the group are not enabled. The method further includes performing a first data training procedure that includes a series of first data training operations for the first memory device, each data training operation being performed for a different one of the plurality of enabling states, generating a noise profile based on the series of first data training operations, statistically analyzing the noise profile to select a reference enabling state of the group of memory banks, and performing a second data training procedure for the first memory device using the reference enabling state. As a result, the operating speed and reliability of the system including the memory device may be improved.
US08725971B2 Storage apparatus and method for controlling storage apparatus involving snapshots
A drop in the access performance to a source volume is prevented by executing various control methods according to the snapshot usage method. A storage apparatus comprises one or more storage devices which provide storage areas; and a controller which creates a logical volume in the storage area provided by the one or more storage devices, and which reads and writes data from/to the logical volume according to a request from a host, wherein the controller acquires one or more snapshots which are data images at certain time points of the logical volume, wherein the controller determines whether the logical volume is subject to abrupt load fluctuations on the basis of performance information of the logical volume and the snapshots, and wherein, if the logical volume is subject to abrupt load fluctuations, the controller executes predetermined control processing according to usage cases of the snapshots.
US08725969B2 Distributed content storage system supporting different redundancy degrees
A storage device includes: a data storing control unit configured to store storage target data into a storage device and, in the case of storing other storage target data with the same data content as the storage target data already stored in the storage device into the storage device, control so as to refer to the storage target data already stored in the storage device as the other storage target data; a reference count management unit configured to, for each of the storage target data stored in the storage device, store a reference count that is a number of times that the storage target data is referred to as other storage target data; and a redundancy degree control unit configured to execute redundancy processing corresponding to a redundancy degree proper to the reference count of the storage target data, and store the storage target data into the storage device.
US08725966B2 Generation and update of storage groups constructed from storage devices distributed in storage subsystems
A plurality of storage subsystems and a plurality of storage devices are maintained, and wherein each storage subsystem includes at least one storage device of the plurality of storage devices. A plurality of storage groups is generated, wherein each storage group includes one or more storage devices selected from the plurality of storage devices, and wherein the one or more storage devices selected in each storage group are included in at least two different storage subsystems. The plurality of storage groups is adjusted based on: (a) usage statistics of the data, wherein the usage statistics are stored in a log file; and (b) properties and organization of the data stored in a plurality of data structures.
US08725962B2 Device and method for rewriting main memory data
A main memory data rewriting device includes a rewrite condition analysis unit configured to analyze a rewrite condition for target data in main memory data stored in a main memory before deactivation of an information processing device, and create a first processing content to acquire environment data substituting the target data from outside of the information processing device and a second processing content to rewrite the target data to the environment data, an environment data processing unit configured to acquire the environment data according to the first processing content when the information processing device is temporarily activated at an activation time set to rewrite the target data during a deactivating period of the information processing device, and a rewrite processing unit configured to rewrite a region of a nonvolatile storage medium in which the target data is stored with the environment data according to the second processing content.
US08725955B2 Chip combined with processor cores and data processing method thereof
A chip having integrated multiple processor cores and a data processing method are disclosed. The processor chip includes an MP core (main processor core), an AP core (application processor core) which performs a processing function designated by a control of the MP core, a first SM controller which sets a path such that the MP core is coupled with a shared memory, and a second SM controller which sets a path such that the AP core is coupled with the shared memory. By virtue of the present invention, the number of chips installed can be minimized, to allow efficient utilization of PCB space and enable a compact size for a portable terminal.
US08725954B2 Information processing apparatus and memory control apparatus
A memory control apparatus, in a case of receiving from a processor, under a condition where the number of cache memories retaining a copy of data stored in a main storage device is one, a notification to the effect that data retained in the cache memory is purged, updates directory information on a directory cache without accessing the main storage device when the data is not modified by the processor, and the directory information on the directory cache and directory information on the main storage device is determined to be different and the directory information on the main storage device is determined to be in a state indicating that the copy of the data is not retained by any processor in the state of coherence.
US08725953B2 Local cache power control within a multiprocessor system
A data processing system including a plurality of processors 4, 6, 8 each having a local cache memory 10, 12, 14 is provided. A cache coherency controller 16 serves to maintain cache coherency between the local cache memories 10, 12, 14. When one of the processors 4, 6, 8 is placed into a low power state its associated local cache memory 10, 12, 14 is maintained in a state in which the data it is holding is accessible to the cache coherency controller 16 until a predetermined condition has been met whereupon the local cache memory 10, 12, 14 concerned is placed into a low power state. The predetermined condition can take a variety of different forms such as the rate of snoop hits falling below a threshold value, the ratio of snooping hits to snoop requests falling below a threshold value, a predetermined number of clock cycles passing since the associated processor for that local cache memory was powered down as well as other possibilities.
US08725950B2 Horizontally-shared cache victims in multiple core processors
A processor includes multiple processor core units, each including a processor core and a cache memory. Victim lines evicted from a first processor core unit's cache may be stored in another processor core unit's cache, rather than written back to system memory. If the victim line is later requested by the first processor core unit, the victim line is retrieved from the other processor core unit's cache. The processor has low latency data transfers between processor core units. The processor transfers victim lines directly between processor core units' caches or utilizes a victim cache to temporarily store victim lines while searching for their destinations. The processor evaluates cache priority rules to determine whether victim lines are discarded, written back to system memory, or stored in other processor core units' caches. Cache priority rules can be based on cache coherency data, load balancing schemes, and architectural characteristics of the processor.
US08725947B2 Cache control for adaptive stream player
An adaptive stream player that has control over whether a retrieved stream is cached in a local stream cache. For at least some of the stream portions requested by the player, before going out over the network, a cache control component first determines whether or not an acceptable version of the stream portion is present in a stream cache. If there is an acceptable version in the stream cache, that version is provided rather than having to request the stream portion of the network. For stream portions received over the network, the cache control component decides whether or not to cache that stream portion. Thus, the cache control component allows the adaptive stream player to work in offline scenarios and also allows the adaptive stream player to have rewind, pause, and other controls that use cached content.
US08725946B2 Mass storage system and method of using hard disk, solid-state media, PCIe edge connector, and raid controller
Methods and systems for mass storage of data over two or more tiers of mass storage media that include nonvolatile solid-state memory devices, hard disk devices, and optionally volatile memory devices or nonvolatile MRAM in an SDRAM configuration. The mass storage media interface with a host through one or more PCIe lanes on a single printed circuit board.
US08725939B1 System and method for improving cache performance
A method, computer program product, and computing system for receiving a read request on a first cache system, wherein the read request identifies previously-written content included within a data array. If the previously-written content identified in the read request is stored within the first cache system in a compressed format, and the previously-written content identified in the read request is stored within the data array in an uncompressed format; a determination is made as to if it is less computationally expensive to obtain from the data array the previously-written content in an uncompressed format.
US08725928B1 Method and apparatus for configuring write performance for electrically writable memory devices
Methods and systems are provided that may include a nonvolatile memory to store information, where the nonvolatile memory is associated with a configuration register to indicate a write speed setting for at least one write operation to the nonvolatile memory. A circuit may supply current to achieve an indicated write speed setting for the at least one write operation to the nonvolatile memory.
US08725927B2 Hot memory block table in a solid state storage device
Solid state storage devices and methods for populating a hot memory block look-up table (HBLT) are disclosed. In one such method, an indication to an accessed page table or memory map of a non-volatile memory block is stored in the HBLT. If the page table or memory map is already present in the HBLT, the priority location of the page table or memory map is increased to the next priority location. If the page table or memory map is not already stored in the HBLT, the page table or memory map is stored in the HBLT at some priority location, such as the mid-point, and the priority location is incremented with each subsequent access to that page table or memory map.
US08725925B2 Interface adapter between PCI express interface and HDMI interface and adapting method thereof
A structure for transmitting signals of PCI express and a method thereof provides a converting device and a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) cable. The converting device has a plug connector to into a PCI express slot, along with a HDMI connector. The signal converting circuit connects the signal pins of the PCI express slot to the signal pins of HDMI connector. One end of the HDMI cable is connected with the HDMI connector of the converting device. The present invention can extends the signal distance of the PCI express to exactly perform the signal test.
US08725924B2 Information backup system with storing mechanism and method of operation thereof
A method of operation of an information backup system includes: supplying a power to a first communication port and a second communication port; electrically connecting a host microcontroller to the first communication port for connecting a handheld device; electrically connecting the host microcontroller to the second communication port for connecting a mass storage device, the host microcontroller is for functioning as a host to the second communication port and the first communication port; and transferring data between the first communication port and the second communication port.
US08725921B2 Virtual multi-processor system
A virtual multi-processor system includes a plurality of logic processors. Moreover, the virtual multi-processor system includes a logic processor controller configured to allocate a time slice to each of the logic processors to control the logic processors so that the logic processors sequentially run in a time-sharing manner. When a request for interrupt processing occurs, an external interrupt controller performs control so that a logic processor that has a time slice within which the interrupt processing is possible and that runs next executes the interrupt processing.
US08725919B1 Device configuration for multiprocessor systems
Disclosed is an approach for configuring devices for a multiprocessor system, where the devices pertaining to the different processors are viewed as connecting to a standardized common bus. Regardless of the specific processor to which a device is directly connected, that device can be generally identified and accessed along the standardized common bus. PCIe is an example of a suitable standardized bus type that can be employed, where the devices for each processor node are represented as PCIe devices. Therefore, each of the devices would appear to the system software as a PCIe device. A PCIe controller can then be used to access the device by referring to the appropriate device identifier. This permits any device to be accessed on any of the processor nodes, without separate and individualized configurations or drivers for each separate processor node.
US08725918B2 Cable with fade and hot plug features
In an embodiment, a host computing device includes an internal display and also includes a connector to connect to an external display. A cable is provided to connect to the connector and to connect to the external display. The cable includes video processing capabilities. For example, the cable may include a memory configured to store a frame buffer. The frame buffer may store a frame of video data for further processing by the video processing device in the cable. The video processing device may manipulate the frame in a variety of ways, e.g. scaling, rotating, gamma correction, dither correction, etc.
US08725917B2 Chip and computer system
A computer system is provided. The computer system comprises system and peripheral hardware devices, a display device and a chip. The display device comprises a display panel and an on-screen display (OSD) control module. The chip comprises a computer system environment information monitoring module, a control connection interface and a control module. The computer system environment information monitoring module monitors computer system environment information according to the system and peripheral hardware devices. The control connection interface is electrically connected to the OSD control module. The control module is electrically connected to the computer system environment information monitoring module and the control connection interface to control the OSD control module through the control connection interface according to the computer system environment information to further control the display function of the display panel.
US08725915B2 Virtual buffer interface methods and apparatuses for use in wireless devices
Techniques are provided which may be implemented in various methods and/or apparatuses that to provide a virtual buffer interface capability between a plurality of processes/engines and a memory pool.
US08725907B2 Electronic device and electronic device system
An electronic device includes a USB connector, a power supply unit for supplying electric power to an external device, which is connected via the USB connector, a judgment unit for judging whether the external device is a device being compliant with a USB 2.0 standard or a compatible device being compatible with a device complying with the USB 2.0 standard; and an acquisition unit for acquiring a value of voltage requested by a connected compatible device by communicating with the connected compatible device when the judgment unit judges that the external device is the compatible device; wherein the power supply unit supplies electric power corresponding to the value of voltage acquired by the acquisition unit to the compatible device when the judgment unit judges that the external device is the compatible device.
US08725905B2 Power over ethernet powered management and diagnoses of information handling systems
A power over Ethernet (PoE) compliant device may be able to keep alive just enough of a management controller and/or target to respond to requests and tell a host (initiator) why it may be unable to respond to a data transfer request in a desired fashion due to a power failure. Thus only a small portion of an information handling system management capabilities need stay alive for reporting the operational condition of the overall information handling system during a power outage.
US08725904B2 Management processors, methods and articles of manufacture
Example management processors, methods and articles of manufacture are disclosed. A disclosed example management processor includes a network card interface to communicatively couple the management processor to an operating environment, and a request processor to forward a received external management request to the operating environment via the network card interface, and to combine response information received from the operating environment with response information generated at the management processor.
US08725903B2 Data transfer, synchronising applications, and low latency networks
Asynchronous network interface and method of synchronisation between two applications on different computers is provided. The network interface contains snooping hardware which can be programmed to contain triggering values comprising either addresses, address ranges or other data which are to be matched. These data are termed “trip wires”. Once programmed, the interface monitors the data stream, including address data, passing through the interface for addresses and data which match the trip wires which have been set. On a match, the snooping hardware can generate interrupts, increment event counters, or perform some other application-specified action. The invention thus provides in-band synchronisation by using synchronisation primitives which are programmable by user level applications, while still delivering high bandwidth and low latency. The programming of the synchronisation primitives can be made by the sending and receiving applications independently of each other and no synchronisation information is required to traverse the network.
US08725898B1 Scalable port address translations
A system and method for performing address translation for packets entering or leaving a network. In some embodiments, a private network that may be fully or partially virtualized can use a stateless tunneling mechanism to communicate with external networks, such as the Internet, without using an external IP address for every host on the private network. For example, a packet forwarding device using a stateless Port Address Translation (PAT) implementation can route the packets subject to PAT by using forwarding rules rather than by storing connection-tracking state. Connection state information can be maintained at the hosts rather than at the packet forwarding device.
US08725897B2 Communication apparatus and control method thereof
Address information of an external device is registered as address information to refuse reception or to permit reception in a filtering address storage unit, and additional address information held by an external device having the registered address information is obtained. Then, the obtained additional address information is registered in association with the address information in the filtering address storage unit. In a case that information is received from an external device, it is determined whether or not the address information of the external device is stored in the storage unit so that information from the external device is refused.
US08725891B2 Aggregation across cloud providers
A method and apparatus for aggregating cloud system resources is described. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving a request to start a cloud computing session. The method may also include determining a cloud computing system from among a plurality of cloud computing systems that satisfies the request. Furthermore, the method may include routing the request to the determined cloud computing system to initiate the cloud computing session.
US08725886B1 Provisioned virtual computing
A policy indicative of overprovisioning and underprovisioning indicators defining rules to specify a triggering event indicating the need to reassess the provisioning of a user. Such reprovisioning occurs automatically upon occurrences of predetermined events, and may even be undetectable to the user. Since the reprovisioning can either expand or contract the resources available to a particular user, users are matched to an optimal, or “best fit” computational resource set to correspond to the demands of the particular user. Provisioning determining a class of the user, and is indicative of an expected resource load the user imposes. The provisioner continuously monitors usage imposed by the user to aggregate a user profile indicative of provisioning demands, automatically reevaluating the class based on the aggregated user profile according to predetermined events, and selectively reassigning the provisioning environment based on the reevaluation.
US08725885B1 Securely establishing ice relay connections
Methods, apparatuses, and computer program products are described for securely connecting a plurality of ICE client devices without using TURN. A session border controller (SBC) receives, via a website application server, a connectivity message from a first ICE client device at a first relay port and a connectivity message from a second ICE client device at a second relay port. The SBC authenticates the messages using credential information received from the server, and latches address information associated with the first client device to the first relay port and address information associated with the second client device to the second relay port. The SBC forwards the message from the first client device to the second client device and the message from the second client device to the first client device, and establishes an ICE relay connection indirectly between the first client device and the second client device via the relay ports.
US08725880B2 Establishing online communication sessions between client computing devices
A method and apparatus for assisting in establishing an online communication session between client computing devices. An online communication session invite request message is received from an initiating client computing device, the message includes connection data of the initiating computing device and an online communication session endpoint identifier for an intended recipient. A set of one or more push tokens that are associated with the identifier is determined, where each of the push tokens identifies a client computing device. An online communication session invite message that includes the connection data of the initiating client computing device is transmitted to a set of intended recipient client computing devices that correspond with the set of push tokens. An invite accepted message is received from at least one of the set of intended recipient client computing devices that includes connection data of that computing device. An invite accepted message is transmitted to the initiating computing device that includes the connection data of each accepting computing device to allow the initiating computing device and each accepting computing device to establish a direct peer-to-peer online communication session.
US08725878B1 Method and apparatus for topology driven zoning
Methods and apparatus to create zones for ports from a storage layer to a compute layer both coupled to a storage area network switch. In one embodiment, the storage layer includes ports in field replaceable unit (FRU) port groups, the port groups in FRU adapters, and the adapters in FRU adapter groups. The ports can be selected to minimize single points of failure.
US08725874B2 Dynamic determination of an ideal client-server for a collaborative application network
The ideal client-server for a collaborative application in a client-server network environment is dynamically determined. An Ideal Server utility compares the capabilities of the computer system of an entering client with the computer system of the current client-server to determine which system is best equipped to control the execution of the application. Whenever a new client enters/participates in the application session, the Ideal Server utility evaluates the system capabilities of the new client (the candidate client-server) and compares the new client's system capabilities with the system capabilities of the current client-server. If the new client possesses better capabilities than the current client-server, the new client is provided the role of the client-server. A transfer of the application to the candidate client-server is initiated. Once the transfer is completed, the application resumes processing on the new client-server.
US08725873B1 Multi-server round robin arbiter
A plurality of server access requests is received from a plurality of clients via at least one input port of an arbiter. One or more of a plurality of servers that are available for access by the plurality of clients are identified. One or more of the plurality of clients are selected based on identifying the one or more available servers and based on a selection sequence that includes each of the plurality of clients from which one of the plurality of server access requests has been received. Data indicative of a requested service is forwarded from each of the one or more selected clients to a corresponding one of the one or more available servers.
US08725872B2 Information processing apparatus, image forming apparatus, information processing method, image forming method, and computer readable medium
An information processing apparatus includes an acquiring unit that acquires an information item regarding an operating condition of an image forming apparatus, a first storage controller that stores the information item in a memory, an extracting unit that extracts samples from among the information items stored in the memory in accordance with a predetermined algorithm if an amount of space remaining in the memory is smaller than a predetermined threshold value, where the samples represent results of detection of the operating condition of the image forming apparatus, a statistical unit that computes a statistical value using the samples, a second storage controller that deletes the samples from the memory and stores the statistical value in the memory, and a transmitting unit that transmits the information items to a server via a communication line.
US08725871B2 Systems and methods for application dependency discovery
Systems and methods for discovering a set of applications that run on a network are disclosed. In accordance with one method, aggregate traffic volumes are determined for pairs of nodes on the network over a plurality of time intervals. The method further includes building a traffic matrix denoting each of the pairs of nodes and denoting respective aggregate traffic volume histories of each of the pairs of nodes that are based on the determined traffic volumes. In addition, the traffic matrix is formulated as a combination of bases vectors that model the set of applications. The bases vectors are determined by applying a covariance matrix adaptation evolutionary strategy based on the traffic matrix. An indication of the set of applications based on the bases vectors is output.
US08725870B2 Instruction system, method, and recording control apparatus
A system including a first apparatus including a first processor, a first storage device, and a first communication interface and a second apparatus including a second processor and a second communication interface is provided. The first processor measures traffic of data communicated via a predetermined communication path in each of a plurality of time ranges, stores the data communicated in each of the plurality of time ranges in the first storage device, and performs a control processing to cause the first communication interface to transmit the measured data traffic to the second apparatus, and when the second processor receives the measured data, the second processor performs control processing to cause the second communication interface to transmit to the first apparatus designation information designating one of the plurality of time ranges in which protection target data not to be deleted from the first storage device has been communicated.
US08725868B2 Interactive service management
In one implementation, an interactive service management system includes a performance profile module and a performance evaluation module. The performance profile modules defines a performance measure of an interactive service based on a quality assessment associated with the interactive service. The performance evaluation module compares the performance measure with performance target associated with the interactive service, and modifies the performance target associated with the interactive service based on the comparison of the performance measure and the performance target.
US08725863B2 Method for obtaining external IP address and its network protocol system
A method for obtaining an external IP address and its network protocol system are provided. A rack system of the network protocol system comprises a rack management controller (RMC), a power distribution unit and at least one node server. When a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) service is lost in the rack system, a jumper of the rack management controller is detected to obtain an identification code. Then, a first temporary IP address of the rack management controller is obtained based on the identification code and a first table, and a first command package is sent to the power distribution unit by the rack management controller. After the first command package is received by the power distribution unit, an IP assign service is activated to set a second temporary IP address of the node server so that the node server can still communicate with the system management terminal.
US08725860B1 Visualization for managing multiple IP address management systems
Visualization for managing multiple IP address management systems is provided. In some embodiments, visualization for managing multiple IP address management systems for an IP address management manager system includes communicating with a plurality of IP address management systems to determine IP address management information managed by each of the IP address management systems; and generating a graphical visualization of an IP address space managed by the plurality of IP address management systems based on the IP address management information managed by each of the IP address management systems, in which the graphical visualization of the IP address space managed by the plurality of IP address management systems indicates any gaps or overlaps in the IP address space managed by the plurality of IP address management systems.
US08725858B1 Method and system for selecting content based on a user's viral score
Methods and systems for selecting and presenting a content item, such as an advertisement, to a user of a social network are provided, where the content item is selected based on a calculated “content propagation likelihood” for the user. A user's “content propagation likelihood” is a likelihood that an entity (e.g., video, audio clip, photograph, etc.) will spread throughout the user's social network, and the social networks of the user's friends, when the entity is shared (e.g., broadcast) by the user. A user's content propagation likelihood is computed using weighted measures of various ways in which an entity can spread through a social network. A user's content propagation likelihood may also be set for a given vertical (e.g., music, sports, etc.) and/or a given media type (e.g., images, videos, etc.) that pertains to the particular user.
US08725857B2 Dynamic query services and methods
A system has a network and a data source communicatively coupled to the network. Further, the system has logic configured to discover the data source available on the network and store metadata indicative of the discovered data source in memory, the logic further configured to generate a release parcel, in response to a user input, for performing operations on the data source, the logic further configured to deploy the release parcel to a dynamic query service computing device wherein operations on the data source can be performed through the release parcel.
US08725856B2 Discovery of network services
Discovery of network services consumable by a client executing on a first device. A request is received from the client for a list of services. There is a determination of whether a second device on the network which maintains a current list of services can or can not be located. Responsive to a determination that the second device can not be located, a local cached copy of a list of services is returned to the client. Responsive to a determination that the second device can be located, a request for the current list of services is sent to the second device, and a response containing the current list of services is received from the second device. The current list of services is returned to the client.
US08725853B2 Agile information technology infrastructure management system
The agile information technology infrastructure management system and related methods and processes provide a solution with the required flexibility to effectively and efficiently monitor and manage a wide-variety of disparate information technology and network infrastructure deployed in businesses and enterprises throughout a region or the world.
US08725845B2 Automation control system having a configuration tool
A convergence and automation system (CAS) includes an internet protocol based network, hardware connected to the network, implemented with a web service for devices (WSD) protocol and including a plurality of devices, wherein each device is configured to perform at least one service, and a configuration tool to configure the CAS, to control hardware, and to converge and automate the services from the devices.
US08725841B2 Providing different versions of a media file
Data indicates characteristics of a user's multiple media files. The multiple media files are associated with a media library. At least one of the multiple media files matches content in a master media file. The content in the matching media file is of a quality that is lower than the quality of the master media file. The user can provide payment for access to the master media file and, if the user does so, the master media file is associated with the media library and the user is provided with access to the master media file.
US08725839B2 Imposing pre-installation prerequisite checks on the install user to ensure a higher rate of installation success
Methods, systems and computer products are provided for imposing pre-installation prerequisite checks on the install user to ensure a higher rate of installation success. Projected failure rates are calculated for scenarios in which a user opts to not perform one or more prerequisite activities prior to the installation. The system prompts the user to perform the prerequisites, and provides installation advices showing the projected failure rates in the event the user opts out of performing one or more prerequisites. The system may not allow the user to bypass some prerequisites designated as being mandatory to the installation.
US08725838B2 Content sharing
Content can be shared between devices by transmitting an encoded signal that indicates, to each capable device within range, instructions for accessing the content. For example, a first device can emit an encoded audio signal that can be received by any capable device within audio range of the device. Any device receiving the signal can decode the information included in the signal and obtain a location to access the content from that information. Using such an approach, a first user can quickly and easily share content with several users at the same time without any of the receiving users having to determine or navigate to the content being shared. Further, using signals, such as audio signals, provides the ability for most existing devices to easily share content without significant hardware modification or additional expense.
US08725833B2 Comparison of selected item data to usage data for items associated with a user account
Comparing usage of items at a location associated with a sensor network to attributes of a selected item is disclosed. A client device captures an item descriptor associated with a selected item. An item identifier is extracted from the item descriptor and transmitted from the client device to an item information server to retrieve data describing attributes of the selected item. The client device transmits an account identifier to an account server, which uses the account identifier to retrieve data from a sensor network describing usage of items at a location associated with the sensor network. The account server transmits to the client device a comparison of one or more attributes of the selected device with usage of items at the location associated with the sensor network.
US08725830B2 Accepting third party content contributions
Accepting a third party news article submission is disclosed. A first submission, including a first URL of a first news article that is different from a second URL of a previously accepted second news article submission, is received. One or more automated checks are performed on at least a portion of the first submission. Whether to accept the first submission is automatically determined based at least in part on the performed checks.
US08725828B2 Method, apparatus, and computer program product for recommending interaction between devices in a local environment
Various methods are provided for recommending interaction between devices in a local environment. One example method may include locating at least one device within a local environment in response to an interaction with content. The at least one device that is located within a local environment is configured to provide functionality related to the interaction with the content. The method may include identifying a selected device from the located at least one device based on a user profile recommendation and the interaction with the content. The method may further include causing at least one of the content and an executable to be transferred to the identified selected device. Similar and related example apparatuses and example computer program products are also provided.
US08725823B2 Location-based communications
A computer-implemented method includes generating a communication to be sent from a sender to a recipient who are related to one another by blood or employment; and scheduling delivery of the communication to the recipient based on a future location of the recipient. The content of the communication and the future location of the recipient are determined from an analysis of electronically-accessible resources by or about the sender, the recipient, or both.
US08725822B2 Controlling the presence information of activity participants
Techniques for relaying presence information of one or more entities, wherein the one or more entities are participants in a scheduled activity, are provided. A status of the scheduled activity is obtained from a first entity via an application loaded on a device of the first entity. The presence information of the first entity and/or a second entity is updated in accordance with the status of the scheduled activity. The updated presence information of the first entity and/or the second entity is published.
US08725819B2 Chat system, server device, chat method, chat execution program, storage medium stored with chat execution program, information processing unit, image display method, image processing program, storage medium stored with image processing program
A matching server, when a chat room specified by participation request information received from a client terminal device is registered in a room storage region, associates and registers that client terminal device to the chat room, and when the chat room specified by the participation request information is not registered, associates the client terminal device and the chat room with each other and registers them newly in the room storage region. When a chat room specified by leave request information received by the client terminal device is registered in the room storage region, it cancels registration of the client terminal device for the chat room, and when there is no client terminal device registered to the registered chat room, it cancels registration of the chat room.
US08725808B2 Method for transferring data between a first device and a second device
According to an aspect of this disclosure, a method for transferring data from a first device to a second device is described, the method comprising: writing data into a data-sharing application of an operating system of the first device; requesting a data-sharing application to select a physical layer data transmission technology; the data-sharing application selecting a physical layer data transmission technology; connecting a data-sharing of an operating system of the second device via the selected physical layer data transmission technology; and transferring the data from the data-sharing application of the first device to the data-sharing application of the second device.
US08725807B2 Decentralized data casting in an interest aware peer network
Systems and methods for data casting in an interest aware peer network are provided. The method comprises determining whether a set of interests associated with a node in a network is updated, wherein the set of interests comprises one or more topics IDs, wherein each topic ID corresponds to a topic of interest associated with said node; distributing the set of interests associated with the node to one or more neighboring nodes by way of a first distribution scheme until N nodes in the network are aware of the updated set of interests for the node; providing each node in the network with a mechanism to determine value of a topic of interest in a set of interests received in association with a node based on a topic ID included in the set of interests for the node.
US08725806B2 User aliases in a communication system
A technique is disclosed in the context of a communications system whereby parties accessible through the system may be referenced by multiple alternative symbolic names. User profile information for a given party may be maintained in the system to control features and routing behavior in response to session request involving the party. By virtue of a mapping capability, one or more symbolic names may be associated with the same user profile information. A session request involving any of the alternative names for a party will evoke the same user profile.
US08725804B2 Method and system for sharing brand information
An interactive, computer network based system presents consumers with multimedia brand information via a browser-based interface called the GraffitiWall™. Consumers can use the GraffitiWall™ to modify and display a sponsor's brand information in any way desired. Consumer modifications are immediately communicated to the other member consumers and the advertiser/sponsor. Consumers can rate the GraffitiWall™, or portions thereof, and email the GraffitiWall™. An archive of GraffitiWalls™ is maintained by the system. Consumers participate in online focus groups, one-to-one interviews and discussions, as well as games and promotions pertaining to the brand. Interaction with consumers through focus groups, one-to-one interviews, discussions, games and promotions allows the hosting company to reinforce brand equities; speak directly to their target audience; test new and updated products and services; and encourage participation to a brand via purchases and signups by rewarding the participant with coupons, samples, gift certificates, and the like. An ongoing dialogue between business and consumer, as well as consumer-to-consumer, nurtures customer participation, loyalty and satisfaction, and builds a community housed within the company's brand.
US08725800B1 Mobile photo application migration to cloud computing platform
Technology is disclosed herein for migrating execution of at least a portion of a photo application to a server. According to at least one embodiment, a computing device monitors the photo application executing at the mobile device to identify a background thread and a foreground thread of the photo application, determine a current workload of the mobile device, transmit a received photo and an instance of the background thread to the server when the determined current workload exceeds a predefined threshold, receive a processed photo from the server, and provide access to the processed photo through the mobile device using the user interface generated by the foreground thread of the photo application.
US08725799B2 Server-side timing estimation of client-side actions
A computer implemented method of adjusting for varying delays in communication of a batch of actions uploaded for processing from a client application to a server application. The method includes receiving the batch of actions to be processed, the batch of actions including the actions, action time stamps, and an upload time stamp, generating a receipt time stamp for receipt of the batch, estimating times of occurrences of actions in the batch based on a base time and the action time stamps, and adjusting a process running on a server based on the estimated times. The base time is estimated by estimating when a first action in the batch occurred and, if a time between two adjacent actions in the batch exceeds a predefined limit, the base time is re-estimated by estimating when a second of the two adjacent actions occurred.
US08725798B2 Provisioning high performance computing clusters
Provisioning a cloud based high performance computing cluster. The method includes from a cloud based provisioning service deployed in a cloud based computing provider, providing a user interface. The method further includes receiving user input at the cloud based provisioning service from the user interface. The method further includes from the user input, determining a configuration for a cloud based user service for the user. Using the cloud based provisioning service, the method further includes provisioning the cloud based user service for the user, in the cloud, based on the determined configuration.
US08725791B2 Methods and systems for providing a consistent profile to overlapping user sessions
Just in time delivery of a consistent user profile to overlapping user sessions, where a first user session issues a request for a first file of a user profile to a server agent. Upon receiving the request, the server agent retrieves the first file from a base user profile, and just in time delivers the retrieved first file to the first user session. The user, via a second user session executing simultaneously with the first user session, issues a request to the server agent for the first file and a second file of the user profile. Upon receiving the request, the server agent identifies a modified version of the first file in a provisional user profile, retrieves the modified first file from the provisional user profile and the second file from the base user profile, and just in time delivers both files to the second user session.
US08725790B2 Multiple application activation
A technique for multiple application activation is disclosed. The technique includes a client device receiving from a server an indication of applications available to purchase and a user selecting at least two of the indicated applications to be purchased. Then at least one of the applications is automatically received on the networked computer in response to the applications being selected. A second of the applications is automatically received after the first application has been received. While the second application is being received, the first of the applications is automatically installed and activated.
US08725788B2 System and method for decryption of content including partial-block discard
Embodiments may include receiving a protected version of content that includes multiple encryption chains each including encrypted blocks of content. The protected version of content may include one or more initialization vectors for decrypting the encrypted blocks of content and discard information that specifies non-content portions of one or more data blocks to be discarded after decryption. Embodiments may also include performing chained decryption on the multiple encryption chains using the initialization vectors specified by the decryption information. The chained decryption may result in a sequence of decrypted data blocks. Embodiments may also include, based on the discard information, locating and removing the non-content portions of one or more data blocks in the sequence of decrypted data blocks. Embodiments may also include generating the protected version of content. Embodiments may also include performing any of the aforesaid techniques on one or more computers.
US08725786B2 Approximate SRT division method
The invention relates to a program storage device readable by a machine, tangibly embodying a program of instructions executable by a specific semiconductor-based computational device situated in the machine to perform the steps of a partial SRT (PSRT) division of a dividend X by a divisor D to obtain a quotient Q. The steps include: causing a computer to obtain the dividend X and the divisor D; representing the dividend X and the divisor D as a digital representation having a plurality of bits; and performing iteratively a series of steps until a desired accuracy of the quotient Q is achieved. The invention also relates to an article of manufacture including a computer usable medium having computer readable program code embodied therein for causing a partial SRT (PSRT) division of a dividend X by a divisor D to generate a quotient Q.
US08725783B2 Mathematical expression calculation apparatus and computer-readable medium
A mathematical expression calculation apparatus includes: a display; and a processor to perform the operations of: displaying a mathematical expression on the display; displaying terms included in the mathematical expression displayed on the display in display modes which differ among types of the terms respectively; specifying among the display modes a display mode of any of the terms of the mathematical expression displayed on the display, in accordance with operation of a user; and carrying out calculation among terms which are included in the terms of the mathematical expression displayed on the display and are displayed in the specified mode, and renewing and displaying the mathematical expression.
US08725782B2 Virtual disk storage techniques
This document describes techniques for effecting a virtual disk. In an exemplary configuration, a virtual disk file can be associated with a log that acts as both a log and a check point record. When a log entry is generated, information that identifies the tail can be stored therein. This information can be used in the event that virtual disk file is improperly closed, i.e., a crash or power failure occurs, to discover a sequence of log entries to replay. In addition to the foregoing, other techniques are described in the claims, detailed description, and figures.
US08725777B2 Object recognition and localization service using RFID
A method of creating and managing a database of meta_data sets for a plurality of objects is provided. The meta-data set is configured to characterize an object. The meta_data set for a “j”-object is selected from the group consisting of: a first item; a second item; an “i”-th item; and ID-j tag; wherein “i” and “j” being integers. The method comprises: (A) identifying a meta_data set for at least one object; (B) collecting a meta_data set for at least one object; (C) creating the database of meta_data sets for the plurality of objects; (D) storing the database of meta_data sets for the plurality of objects; and (E) accessing the database of meta_data sets for the plurality of objects.
US08725775B2 Identifying and abstracting a visualization point from an arbitrary two-dimensional dataset into a unified metadata for further consumption
A system and method for determining a set of visualization points from any given two-dimensional dataset to best describe a given visual analytic. A first user selection is received in a data processing apparatus for a chart. A chart type associated with the first user selection is identified for the chart. One or more visualization strategies are accessed from a strategy pool database based on the chart type. A second user selection is received in the data processing apparatus for a two-dimensional dataset from a data provider in communication with the data processing apparatus. The two-dimensional dataset is analyzed to determine a best strategy from the one or more visualization strategies accessed from the strategy pool database. Metadata representing the two-dimensional dataset is generated based on the best strategy, and a display representing the metadata is generated to visualize the two-dimensional dataset according to the best strategy.
US08725770B2 Secure search performance improvement
A flexible and extensible architecture allows for secure searching across an enterprise. Such an architecture can provide a simple Internet-like search experience to users searching secure content inside (and outside) the enterprise. The architecture allows for the crawling and searching of a variety or of sources across an enterprise, regardless of whether any of these sources conform to a conventional user role model. The architecture further allows for security attributes to be submitted at query time, for example, in order to provide real-time secure access to enterprise resources. The user query also can be transformed to provide for dynamic querying that provides for a more current result list than can be obtained for static queries.
US08725768B2 Method, system, and computer readable storage for affiliate group searching
A method for allowing an information seeker to utilize affiliate group searching involving human searchers who are members of particular information affiliate groups. Each affiliate group has an area of expertise in which they are particularly skilled. In at least one embodiment, the method includes accepting designation of an affiliate group for providing information searching and presenting search results produced by a member of the affiliate group to an information seeker.
US08725767B1 Multi-dimensional object model for storage management
Described are techniques for controlling access to objects. A template is selected. The template includes information specifying a role, one or more levels of expertise, and which objects and object information are accessible to said one or more levels of expertise. A first of the levels of expertise is selected. The template and the first level of expertise are associated with a user identifier. Access to objects and object information is restricted in accordance with the template when performing processing for the user identifier.
US08725766B2 Searching text and other types of content by using a frequency domain
A method and a system are provided for searching content (e.g., text, metadata and/or a fingerprint, etc.). In one example, the system receives content and a query for matching the content. The content includes computer readable data. The system generates a feature vector for the content. Generating the feature vector comprises generating a signal from the content, generating a spectrogram from the signal, and generating the feature vector from the spectrogram. The system searches for at least one feature vector that matches the feature vector for the content.
US08725762B2 Preventing leakage of information over a network
Information is acquired over a network by acquiring an original request including a current search value that specifies information to be acquired from a database. It is determined whether the information to be acquired by the original request is singular with respect to a request previously issued by the information processing apparatus and stored in a request log in which a history of search values is registered. A diffusion request is generated including a dummy request to dilute singularity of an access log related to the current search value to the database issued by the information processing apparatus where the original request is determined to be singular with respect to the current search value, the dummy request being generated from a dummy value that provides a different search value requesting information different from the information to be acquired. The diffusion request is issued as a search request to the database over the network. The search result information acquired by the diffusion request is extracted from a response to the search request.
US08725757B2 Information processing apparatus, tuner, and information processing method
An information processing apparatus includes: a program image displaying unit configured to display an image of a program on a predetermined display device; a search key acquisition unit configured to acquire program related information as a search key from a source of the information; a search execution unit configured to transmit a search request designating the search key to a predetermined search server and acquire a result of the search; and a search result display unit configured to display the result of the search in a part of a display screen on the display device showing the image of the program.
US08725756B1 Session-based query suggestions
Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, in which one or more search query suggestions are made for a current search session. Similar previous search sessions which include search queries common to the current search session are identified. Based upon the similar previous search sessions, one or more suggested search queries are derived and provided to a search engine interface for serving to a user or a client.
US08725755B2 Methods and apparatus or interactive name searching techniques
Methods and apparatus include presenting an initial set of names to a user. The user selects a set of names from those presented. An Interactive Evolutionary Algorithm (IEA) extracts features of each selected name from a database of names and features to form a feature set. The IEA forms a set of match features that are chosen from the feature set according to a priority function and/or weighting of the features, either of which may vary in succeeding iterations. The IEA searches the database to obtain a candidate set of names, where each name has features matching the match features. One or more names is chosen from the candidate set and added into a presentation set of names. The IEA may repeat the formation of the match features, candidate set, and selection of one or more names from the candidate set until the new presentation set is complete.
US08725749B2 Matching regular expressions including word boundary symbols
According to an example, a method for matching regular expressions including word boundary symbols includes receiving an input string and receiving a regular expression including a word boundary symbol. The method further includes transforming, by a processor, the regular expression into an automaton such that a set of strings accepted by the automaton is the same as a set of strings described by the regular expression. The method also includes processing the input string by the automaton to determine if the input string matches the regular expression.
US08725748B1 Method and system for storing and retrieving semiconductor tester information
A tester information tester information processing system provides test equipment for generating test data. A markup language encoder connected to the test equipment encodes the test data for storage in an object-oriented database management system connected to the markup language encoder, and a user interface is operatively connected to the object-oriented database management system for retrieval of the test data.
US08725746B2 Filtering information using targeted filtering schemes
A method for filtering user information takes into account not only specific keywords in the user information, but also related user-characteristic data (e.g., user activity data), and allows targeted user characteristics to be determined from multiple aspects of user activities. In one aspect, the disclosed method adopts different filtering schemes for different types of targeted users to improve the recognition accuracy with respect to the target user information. The method determines a suitable filtering scheme using a correspondence relationship between the filtering scheme and keywords and user-characteristic data. The method uses modeling of sample users and multiple candidate filtering schemes to formulate targeted filtering scheme. An apparatus for implementing the method is also disclosed.
US08725744B2 Method, apparatus and computer program product for visually grouping relationships from databases
Provided herein is a method, apparatus and computer program product for providing a visual representation of relationships between information entities from databases. In particular, the method may include identifying a plurality of entities with a primary relationship with a root entity, and a plurality of entities with a secondary relationship with the root entity, display of the root entity, a first subset of the plurality of entities with a primary relationship with the root entity, and a first subset of the plurality of entities with a secondary relationship with the root entity. Methods may further include display of an indication that the first subset of entities with a primary relationship has a primary relationship with the root entity and providing for display of an indication that the first subset of entities with a secondary relationship has a secondary relationship with the root entity.
US08725741B2 Assessing application performance with an operational index
The present invention relates to a system and method for assessing application performance and user satisfaction. In one embodiment, the system and method calculates an Operational Index (OPdex) representing user satisfaction with an application. The OPdex may be a number quantifying user satisfaction with an application, such as a web application, and system performance. The OPdex may be based on one or more measurable metrics having a range of values that may affect user satisfaction or performance of an application. The OPdex may comprise calculating the index based on a soft threshold, a hard threshold, and measurements indicating a perceived application response time. The OPdex calculation may also account for sensitivity of user satisfaction to response time. Based on the OPdex, the system and methods also provide information indicating the relationship among application response time thresholds set by the users, the user satisfaction level, and the mean response time.
US08725740B2 Active playlist having dynamic media item groups
Systems and methods are provided for creation and management of an active playlist having dynamic media item groups. A number of media items to be used for the active playlist are first identified and classified into one or more media item groups based on a primary criterion and, optionally, one or more secondary criteria to provide an underlying pool of media items for the active playlist. The active playlist is then populated with media items from the underlying pool of media items. More specifically, the active playlist is divided into media item groups corresponding to those in the underlying pool of media items. Each media item group in the active playlist is populated with a predefined number of the media items in the corresponding media item group in the underlying pool of media items. Thereafter, the media items in the media item groups of the active playlist are dynamically updated.
US08725739B2 Category-based content recommendation
Techniques for category-based content recommendation are described. Some embodiments provide a content recommendation system (“CRS”) configured to recommend content items (e.g., Web pages, images, videos) that are related to specified categories. In one embodiment, the CRS processes content items to determine entities referenced by the content items, and to determine categories related to the referenced entities. The determined entities and/or categories may be part of a taxonomy that is stored by the CRS. Then, in response to a received request that indicates a category, the CRS determines and provides indications of one or more content items that each have a corresponding category that matches the indicated category. In some embodiments, at least some of these techniques are employed to implement a category-based news service.
US08725738B1 System of organizing, displaying and searching data
A system for organizing and searching data, representing objects, in a database. The data is organized into subsets according to the objects' characteristics. A value is assigned to each subset member according to the degree it possesses the relevant characteristic. Each subset is organized into a linear progression according to the characteristic values of the subset member. Next, a beginning subset is selected. A portion of the selected subset is displayed as a linear progression, along which the searcher may scroll to view the subset members. Selecting an object from the linear progression will prompt the system to determine whether the object is a member of other subsets. If so, a portion of those subsets will be displayed as linear progressions intersecting the original linear progression at the selected object. The searcher may either continue scrolling along the original linear progression or begin scrolling along an intersecting linear progression.
US08725737B2 Systems and methods for using metadata to enhance data identification operations
Systems and methods for managing electronic data are disclosed. Various data management operations can be performed based on a metabase formed from metadata. Such metadata can be identified from an index of data interactions generated by a journaling module, and obtained from their associated data objects stored in one or more storage devices. In various embodiments, such processing of the index and storing of the metadata can facilitate, for example, enhanced data management operations, enhanced data identification operations, enhanced storage operations, data classification for organizing and storing the metadata, cataloging of metadata for the stored metadata, and/or user interfaces for managing data. In various embodiments, the metabase can be configured in different ways. For example, the metabase can be stored separately from the data objects so as to allow obtaining of information about the data objects without accessing the data objects or a data structure used by a file system.
US08725733B2 System and method for providing search results based on registration of extended keywords
Provided is a system and method providing a search result by registering an extended keyword. A search result providing system may include a registration keyword determining unit to determine whether a registration keyword is required to be additionally registered based on at least of information associated with a registration of an input keyword, and a registration keyword registration unit to additionally register the registration keyword associated with the input keyword.
US08725729B2 System, methods and applications for embedded internet searching and result display
Systems and methods allow a user of a text or graphics editor to quickly create multiple robust internet search queries by selecting and ranking groups or individual key words from a document. A user who is composing or reading a document can identify and link multiple sets of key words into separate search queries by highlighting and assigning either unique search numbers, colors or other readily ascertained indicators of their logical relation. Each individual search query is routed to selected internet search engines, and the results are returned to the user in the same viewed document. The user may select the form in which the results are displayed. For example, results may be listed within the document by way footnotes, endnotes, or separate hover or pull-down windows accessible from the search terms. In addition, the user can browse, sort, rank, edit or eliminate portions of the results.
US08725726B1 Scoring documents in a linked database
A method assigns importance ranks to nodes in a linked database, such as any database of documents containing citations, the world wide web or any other hypermedia database. The rank assigned to a document is calculated from the ranks of documents citing it. In addition, the rank of a document is calculated from a constant representing the probability that a browser through the database will randomly jump to the document. The method is particularly useful in enhancing the performance of search engine results for hypermedia databases, such as the world wide web, whose documents have a large variation in quality.
US08725724B2 Method for efficient association of multiple distributions
An association method for analyzing a dataset and grouping its objects in homogeneous groups. Multiple grouping algorithms of the art are performed against the dataset, each producing its own grouping results. All the distributions (groupings) are ordered in a matrix, where each distribution suggested by a specific algorithm and/or parameters is presented in a column of the matrix, and each object is presented in a row of the matrix. The association method is applied to the grouping results and associates similar groups among different grouping methods. The best grouping of the objects is determined according to one or more quality criteria. The various grouping results are represented by colors in the matrix such that similar colors, even on different rows, represent similar grouping recommendations.
US08725721B2 Personalizing scoping and ordering of object types for search
A method of establishing personalized limits on a search responsive to a key word query in an enterprise search system is described that includes receiving an object types access history for a particular user. Applying this method, the object types access history includes records of object types selected from search results returning multiple object types and records of object types selected via interfaces other than search results. The method continues with determining and storing in computer readable memory a personalized scope of object types. The personalized scope of object types sets a limit on object types initially returned by an enterprise search system for the particular user in response to key word queries by the particular user that do not specify object types to search.
US08725719B2 Managing web page links using structured data
In accordance with certain embodiments, requests to collect structured data in a web page and to subscribe to that structured data are received. This structured data is stored in a data store to allow offline use of the structured data. In accordance with other embodiments, a computing device displays multiple links each of which identifies a different one of multiple web pages. Additionally, the multiple pages include structured data. The display of these multiple links is altered as the computing device detects changes to the structured data in the web pages. In accordance with other embodiments, a web page includes structured data that has been subscribed to. The computing device detects changes to the web page, and notifies a user of a change to the web page only if the change is a change to the structured data and not a change to other portions of the web page.
US08725716B1 Customized web summaries and alerts based on custom search engines
The present invention provides systems and methods for generating alerts based on results received from one or more custom search engines. In an embodiment, the present invention generates alerts based on custom search engines by (1) receiving one or more alert specifications including a custom search engine identifier; (2) receiving at least one current result from the identified custom search engines; (3) determining one or more itemized alert elements based on the at least one current result; and (4) transmitting a signal representing the one or more itemized alert elements to a user via a communication network.
US08725715B2 Enhanced content and searching features provided by a linked-to website
Methods and systems are disclosed that allow a linked-to web page to be provided using information about a linked-from web page. The linked-to web page, for example, may be provided with enhanced content, additional content, suggestion features, or searching features. Certain of the methods are useful in the context of a user using a search engine web page to search for and link to other web pages. An exemplary method can be performed by a server that provides such a linked-to web page. The server receives a request to provide the linked-to web page and parses the request to identify information, such as, search terms that were entered on the search engine web page. The server can use the search terms or other information associated with the linked-from web page to determine what content should be provided or how it should be provided for the linked-to web page.
US08725711B2 Systems and methods for information categorization
This invention relates to a computer-based method and system for facilitating the classification of information items. Information items are searched for references to entities of interest, and associated with such entities based on calculated confidence levels that the information items contains a reference to the entities and a category confidence level that the information items relate to the entities.
US08725707B2 Data continuous SQL process
One embodiment is a method that repeatedly triggers a User Defined Function (UDF) that generates a data stream. A data continuous Structured Query Language (SQL) query is applied to the data stream to construct a data continuous SQL process (DCSP) which executes in a database.
US08725705B2 Systems and methods for searching of storage data with reduced bandwidth requirements
Systems and methods enabling search of a repository for the location of data that is similar to input data, using a defined measure of similarity, in a time that is independent of the size of the repository and linear in a size of the input data, and a space that is proportional to a small fraction of the size of the repository. Additionally, remote operations are accomplished with significantly reduced system bandwidth by implementing remote differencing operations.
US08725702B1 Systems and methods for repairing system files
A computer-implemented method for repairing system files may include 1) identifying a request to repair a corrupted system file in an operating system, 2) receiving file metadata describing the corrupted system file and system metadata describing the operating system, 3) identifying an uncorrupted version of the corrupted system file by i) identifying a series of matching tests for matching the corrupted system file with the uncorrupted version, the series of matching tests including at least one file metadata item from the file metadata and at least one system metadata item from the system metadata, and ii) applying the series of matching tests in a predetermined order to a database of uncorrupted system files until a matching test matches the corrupted system file with the uncorrupted version of the system file. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
US08725701B2 Merger and acquisition data validation
Systems and methods are provided that perform data validation in real time. By uploading the source data from spreadsheets or entering the data directly into an application, the required validations can be run and reported in real time. Users can then either extract the data back into spreadsheets for manipulation, and then re-upload it, or correct the data directly within the application. Once the data set has passed all validations, it is then passed to the technical team for upload into the transactional system.
US08725698B2 Stub file prioritization in a data replication system
Stubbing systems and methods are provided for intelligent data management in a replication environment, such as by reducing the space occupied by replication data on a destination system. In certain examples, stub files or like objects replace migrated, de-duplicated or otherwise copied data that has been moved from the destination system to secondary storage. Access is further provided to the replication data in a manner that is transparent to the user and/or without substantially impacting the base replication process. In order to distinguish stub files representing migrated replication data from replicated stub files, priority tags or like identifiers can be used. Thus, when accessing a stub file on the destination system, such as to modify replication data or perform a restore process, the tagged stub files can be used to recall archived data prior to performing the requested operation so that an accurate copy of the source data is generated.
US08725697B2 Cloud data backup storage
Techniques for cloud data backup are disclosed. Example methods may store backup data from a client computer on portions of data storage media associated with peer computers. In some example embodiments, a file may be encoded into segments using an error-tolerant encoding scheme, and the segments may be stored on peer computers. In some example embodiments, individual segments may be stored on more than one peer machine and/or an individual peer machine may not receive all of the segments associated with the file.
US08725695B2 Storage system and object management method
A storage system comprises a second NAS storage apparatus comprising a processor and a storage medium and a third NAS storage apparatus for migrating an object managed by a first NAS storage apparatus. The processor stores path information of an object for which migration has started after including the path information in object management information, in the storage medium prior to migrating the object entity to the third NAS storage apparatus. The processor, after receiving the object entity from the first NAS storage apparatus and migrating the object entity to the third NAS storage apparatus, stores the third NAS storage apparatus path information to the object entity in the object management information, and reflects the management information in the third NAS storage apparatus.
US08725693B2 Reinstatement of database systems in an automatic failover configuration
Techniques used in an automatic failover configuration having a primary database system, a standby database system, and an observer. In the automatic failover configuration, the primary database system remains available even in the absence of both the standby and the observer as long as the standby and the observer become absent sequentially. The failover configuration may use asynchronous transfer modes to transfer redo to the standby and permits automatic failover only when the observer is present and the failover will not result in data loss due to the asynchronous transfer mode beyond a specified maximum. The database systems and the observer have copies of failover configuration state and the techniques include techniques for propagating the most recent version of the state among the databases and the observer and techniques for using carefully-ordered writes to ensure that state changes are propagated in a fashion which prevents divergence.
US08725690B1 Time and bandwidth efficient backups of space reduced data
A method, article of manufacture, and apparatus for efficiently backing up information are disclosed. In some embodiments, this comprises receiving data and analyzing the data. In some embodiments, the data may be manipulated. In some embodiments, the data may come from multiple sources. Chunk headers, data chunks and chunk maps are then created based on analyzing the data. Chunk headers store the data manipulation technique of the data chunk. In some embodiments, chunk headers store the size of the manipulated and un-manipulated data chunks. The chunk headers, data chunks and chunk maps are then organized into a datastream. The datastream is then stored in a storage device. In some embodiments, the received data may be discarded. In some embodiments, a chunk header is associated with a data chunk.
US08725685B2 Content transfer apparatus and associated methodology of updating contents between devices
An information-processing apparatus includes a networking device that communicates with an external apparatus. The information-processing apparatus also includes a storage that stores an album of a plurality of content data and a transfer log indicating whether each of the content data has been transferred to the external apparatus. The information-processing apparatus additionally includes a processing unit that identifies certain content data from the content data of the album when the transfer log indicates that the certain content data has never been transferred to the external apparatus and controls a display of information about the album. Further, the processing unit starts a transfer of the certain content data to the external apparatus, when the album has been selected and the certain content data has never been transferred to the external apparatus, and updates the transfer log when the networking device transfers the certain content data to the external apparatus.
US08725681B1 Synthesized identifiers for system information database
Techniques for managing system information are disclosed. In one embodiment, a piece of system information is received, a synthesized link is created linking a system information identifier corresponding to the system information to a synthesized group identifier, the synthesized group identifier represents a group to which the synthesized information/synthesized information identifier belongs.
US08725673B2 Evaluating an item based on user reputation information
Evaluating an item based on user reputation information is disclosed. Sharing event data is received. A graph is materialized from the received sharing event data. User reputation scores are determined based at least in part on the graph. A score is assigned to the item based at least in part on the user reputation scores of users associated with the item.
US08725672B2 Method for detecting suspicious individuals in a friend list
A method is provided for detecting friend or potential friend candidates as being suspicious in an OSN. A processor is used to obtain at least one candidate as being a suspicious friend in the OSN. One or more risk factors are used in the analysis. Heuristics are applied to the risk factors with the processor. In response, a determination is made as to whether the candidate is a suspicious individual. The processor can be software, hardware, or one or more individuals can use manual methods, to do the analysis and make the determination.
US08725670B2 Electronic brain model with neuron tables
A method of emulating the human brain with its thought and rationalization processes is presented here, as well as a method of storing human-like thought. The invention provides for inclusion of psychological profiles, experience and societal position in an electronic emulation of the human brain. This permits a realistic human-like response by that emulation to the people and the interactive environment around it.
US08725669B1 Signal processing method and apparatus
A signal processing method and system combines multi-scale decomposition, such as wavelet, pre-processing together with a compression technique, such as an auto-associative artificial neural network, operating in the multi-scale decomposition domain for signal denoising and extraction. All compressions are performed in the decomposed domain. A reverse decomposition such as an inverse discrete wavelet transform is performed on the combined outputs from all the compression modules to recover a clean signal back in the time domain. A low-cost, non-drug, non-invasive, on-demand therapy braincap system and method are pharmaceutically non-intrusive to the body for the purpose of disease diagnosis, treatment therapy, and direct mind control of external devices and systems. It is based on recognizing abnormal brainwave signatures and intervenes at the earliest moment, using magnetic and/or electric stimulations to reset the brainwaves back to normality. The feedback system is self-regulatory and the treatment stops when the brainwaves return to normal. The braincap contains multiple sensing electrodes and microcoils; the microcoils are pairs of crossed microcoils or 3-axis triple crossed microcoils.
US08725667B2 Method and system for detection of tool performance degradation and mismatch
Autonomous biologically based learning tool system(s) and method(s) that the tool system(s) employs for learning and analysis of performance degradation and mismatch are provided. The autonomous biologically based learning tool system includes (a) one or more tool systems that perform a set of specific tasks or processes and generate assets and data related to the assets that characterize the various processes and associated tool performance; (b) an interaction manager that receives and formats the data, and (c) an autonomous learning system based on biological principles of learning. Objectively generated knowledge gleaned from synthetic or production data can be utilized to determine a mathematical relationship among a specific output variable and a set of associated influencing variables. The generated relationship facilitates assessment of performance degradation of a set of tools, and performance mismatch among tools therein.
US08725663B1 System, method, and computer program product for data mining applications
A system, method, and computer program product for evaluating a set of data records to identify critical records in said set which lie very close to a class boundary and are sensitive to small changes in attribute values, such that the small changes may result in the switching of classes. Additionally, a system, method, and computer program product is presented that uses said critical records to improve performance of a classifier.
US08725656B1 Freight rate manager
A freight rate manager provides rules for calculating freight rates for use in delivering real-time costing information. The freight rate manager includes a rate sheet input module for accepting data describing a rate sheet. A rate sheet analyzer analyzes the rate sheet to identify potential errors and compares the rate sheet against rate sheet templates. If a template matches the rate sheet, then the rate sheet analyzer interprets the rate sheet according to the template. If the rate sheet analyzer does not find a matching template, a communications module sends the rate sheet to another location or otherwise stores the rate sheet for analysis. An accessorial charges module accepts information about accessorial charges. The outputs of the rate sheet analyzer and the accessorial charges module are provided to a rule generator which generates rules for calculating freight rates given the rates in the rate sheet and the accessorial charges.
US08725653B1 Dare campaign platform
Disclosed are platforms, systems, media, and methods comprising: a software module configured to allow generation of a dare campaign, a dare campaign having parameters comprising a creator, a target, a challenge, funds raised, and a beneficiary; and a software module configured to generate a dare campaign community, a dare campaign community organized around a primary dare campaign and characterized by one or more of: a primary dare campaign having a challenge defined by a community member other than the creator or the target; one or more child dare campaigns, wherein a child dare campaign has parameters defaulted to those of the primary dare campaign, wherein the parameters are customizable by the creator of the child dare campaign; and one or more clone dare campaigns, wherein a clone dare campaign has parameters linked to the primary dare campaign, wherein the linked parameters include at least the challenge.
US08725651B2 System and method for providing private demand-driven pricing
A system and method for providing private demand-driven pricing for fixed cost digital goods are described. An encrypted price of identically-priced digital goods is additively perturbed. The digital goods are stored in a database by a seller system and an approximate revenue maximizing price for the digital goods has not been realized. A purchasing decision about one of the digital goods based upon the additively-perturbed price is sent to the seller system without revealing the particular digital good. A conditionally disclosed symmetric key is received in return under which the digital goods in the database have been encrypted. The purchaser system and seller system engage in symmetric private information retrieval on the database. The purchaser system decrypts the digital good purchased with the symmetric key. The seller system privately updates the encrypted price of the digital goods to close on the approximate revenue maximizing price whenever a purchase is made.
US08725649B2 System and method to protect computer software from unauthorized use
A system and method encrypt a license file associated with computer software using a private key. The license file includes one or more license keys, and each license key is associated with a feature of the computer software. The license file associated with the computer software is decrypted at runtime using a public key. A module determines whether a user is permitted to execute the computer software. The module is authenticated by one or more of a determination of whether a hash code included within the module matches a hash code generated by a user of the computer software at run time of the computer software, and an encryption of the module prior to run time of the computer software using the private key and a decryption of the module at run time of the computer software using the public key.
US08725644B2 Secure online transaction processing
Various methods for securely processing an online transaction between a customer and a merchant are disclosed. In one method, an authentication credentials request that includes a transaction identifier is received from a merchant system. In response, an encryption key is transmitted to the merchant system. From a customer system, the personal account data associated with the customer is received, which is encrypted with the encryption key. A transaction processing request from the merchant system prompts the generating of a transaction processing response based upon its execution.
US08725642B2 Delayed settlement transactions
Methods for deferring settlement of a transaction are disclosed. A server computer receives an authorization request message for a transaction. The server computer then receives an authorization response message for the transaction. The server computer then receives a deferred settlement indicator for the transaction.
US08725637B2 Methods and systems for generating invoices
This disclosure describes, generally, methods and systems for generating electronic invoices. The method may include logging on to an online invoicing service account, and looking up a customer account from multiple customers associated with the online invoicing service account. The method may further include selecting the customer account that has a pending financial transaction with a biller. A request for an electronic invoice to be generated for the selected customer is initiated and the electronic invoice may be transmitted to the selected customer.
US08725628B2 Customer assistance system
In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, an apparatus may include a network interface configured receive data from and communicate data to a remote electronic device and a processor coupled to the network interface. The processor may be configured to receive, via a user interface of the remote electronic device and the network interface, credentials for identifying a customer; and determine, based on known information regarding the customer available at the time of receipt of the credentials, whether the customer is eligible to apply for a payment program an account with a past-due amount.
US08725626B2 Method, device and system for automated context information based selective data provision by identification means
The present invention relates to a method, a device and a system supporting an automated selection of data records for being provided by an identification means. The data records comprising payment and electronic ticket related information. Obtained context information allow for selecting automatically one suitable data record out of said plurality of data records to be provided by the identification means, which operated for example as a radio frequency identification (RFID) transponder to an external identification means, which operated for example as a radio frequency reader (RFID) implemented for instance in a point of sales, a cash box and/or a ticket checkpoint.
US08725625B2 Capital asset planning system
A capital asset planning system for selecting assets for improvement within an infrastructure that includes one or more data sources descriptive of the infrastructure, one or more databases, coupled to the one or more data sources, to compile the one or more data sources, one or more processors, each coupled to and having respective communication interfaces to receive data from the one or more databases. The processor includes a predictor to generate a first metric of estimated infrastructure effectiveness based, at least in part, on a current status of the infrastructure, a second metric of estimated infrastructure effectiveness based, at least in part, on a user-selected, proposed changed configuration of the infrastructure, and a net metric of infrastructure effectiveness based, at least in part, on said first metric and said second metric. The system also includes a display, coupled to have the one or more processors, for visually presenting the net metric of infrastructure effectiveness, in which the assets for improvement are selected based, at least in part, on the net metric of infrastructure effectiveness.
US08725624B2 Computerized investment product
A computer implemented investment product includes data stored on one or more computers that corresponds to a notional performance portfolio of assets. The notional performance portfolio includes: (a) a base portfolio of assets having a selected exposure amount; (b) a passive commodity index portfolio, of long and short positions, having a passive commodity index portfolio exposure in an amount substantially equal to a product of the selected exposure amount multiplied by a leverage factor of at least 100%; and (c) the notional performance portfolio having a lower risk and a higher return as compared to either the base portfolio or the passive commodity index portfolio. The one or more computers monitor the base portfolio and the passive commodity index portfolio and calculate the return for the notional performance portfolio.
US08725622B2 System and method for conducting electronic auctions with multi-parameter optimal bidding
An auction methodology wherein the auction competition among the bidders is generated by allowing each bidder to bid for non-price bid parameters (e.g., lead time, labor rate, contract length, etc.) in addition to the price of the lot on auction. Such a multi-parameter bidding provides the buyer (i.e., the auction requester) with more diverse information when selecting the winning bidder. The buyer and each bidder participating in the electronic auction may receive a real-time feedback of the bidding activity including details on bids placed for price and non-price parameters, which allows each bidder to adjust or modify one or more of its own bids (for price and non-price bid parameters) to effectively compete in the auction. The bidding software nullifies the effect of each bidder's bids for the non-price parameters on that bidder's bid for the price parameter by multiplying the value of the bid for each non-price parameter by the number zero (0) and also locks the bid values initially received for the non-price parameters to avoid affecting their values when lot price is changed during bidding. Such zero-weighting and locking helps the buyer objectively determine the optimal bid for the lot on auction.
US08725618B1 System and method for de-risking a pension fund
A system for de-risking a pension fund, the system including: an input module for receiving asset class forecasts; a modeling module for modeling a plurality of portfolios based on the asset class forecasts to provide a de-risking framework; an asset mix module for receiving an asset mix for each of the model portfolios based on the de-risking framework; a database for storing data related to the asset class forecasts, the model portfolios, and asset mix; a processor configured to monitor the model portfolios for performance within the de-risking framework by: calculating an indicator of funded status volatility; comparing the indicator with a benchmark; and reporting the result. In particular, the indicator of funded status volatility is a liability tracking error and the benchmark is the liability tracking error of a conventional or standard pension portfolio.
US08725616B2 Method for managing a home equity sales program
A system and method for conducting a home equity sales (HES) program enables a real estate property owner to sell a partial equity ownership interest in a real estate property. This allows the property owner to sell the interest outright to an investor and receive compensation for the sale of the interest. The property interests of the property owner and the investor are both recorded in property records relating to that particular property. The property owner may sell multiple interests in the same property and an investor may also purchase these multiple interests.
US08725615B2 System and method for monitoring accounts with insurance benefits
A method for providing an investment account comprises storing an account associated with an owner, wherein the account comprises a plurality of instruments. The account is associated with a current value based at least in part on the plurality of instruments and with a base amount that is periodically adjusted to be the greater of the current value or the base amount prior to the adjustment. The method continues by updating the account based at least in part on one or more trading orders associated with the owner. The method continues by receiving an initial request to withdraw funds from the account. In conjunction with receiving the initial request, the method continues by determining an allowance amount based at least in part on the base amount. The method continues by permitting the withdrawal of the allowance amount from the account. If the current value of the account falls to zero, the method concludes by initiating one or more annuity payments based at least in part on the allowance amount.
US08725610B1 System and method for managing privacy for offerings
Methods, systems, and articles of manufacture consistent with the present invention provide for managing privacy in a data processing system having an offering platform. A privacy policy is mapped to a data elements that are transmitted to remote offering platforms. The remote offering platform complies with the privacy policy to ensure data security.
US08725609B2 System and method for intraday netting payment finality with supplemental funding
A system and method are disclosed for continuous intraday final settlement of payment orders among a plurality of participants, each participant having facilities configured to electronically send and receive the payment orders in the form of payment messages. Primary positions, corresponding to balances in a prefunded balance account, are stored. Supplemental positions, corresponding to balances in the prefunded balance account, are stored. Payment messages are received from sending participants. A selected payment message is released, such that the sending participant's supplemental position is decreased by the payment amount and the receiving participant's supplemental position is increased by the payment amount, if it is determined that: (i) the sending participant's supplemental position, after subtraction of the payment amount, is greater than or equal to the predetermined minimum for the sending participant's supplemental position, and (ii) the receiving participant's supplemental position, after addition of the payment amount, is less than or equal to the predetermined maximum for the receiving participant's supplemental position.
US08725608B2 Method of assisted education planning
A method of planning for an education with the assistance of a single source includes a user communicating with the single source for planning for multiple financial needs for an education, determining various insurance protection plans which are provided by the single source, selecting financing options for the education which are provided by the single source, obtaining spending tools which are provided by the single source, and procuring communications tools which are provided by the single source.
US08725607B2 Electronic payment clearing and check image exchange systems and methods
A system and corresponding method are provided. The system includes a plurality of first entities (such as banks), each first entity communicatively connected to at least one distributed traffic agent (DTA), a second entity (such as a central facility) communicatively connected to a DTA, and a communication network communicatively connecting the DTAs. A payload containing a data file (such as electronic check presentment data, electronic payment data, or any other data type) is communicated from one first entity to another through their respective DTAs via the communication network. In addition, a transmittal containing control information corresponding to the payload is communicated from the one first entity to the second entity through their respective DTAs via the communication network.
US08725606B2 Term note paired with a money market note
There is provided an arrangement for a money market note and a term note. The arrangement includes (1) a provision for crediting (a) a collection to (b) principal of the money market note, if the principal of the money market note is not fully credited, and (2) a provision for crediting (a) the collection to (b) principal of the term note, if the principal of the money market note is fully credited.
US08725604B2 Method and system for collecting and processing electronic data
The present invention provides a system and method of generating a set of tax schedule information comprising: (a) providing an Excel interface, the Excel interface being associated with a set of commands and functions; (b) accessing a separate database, the separate database storing a set of data, the set of data having been defined using the set of commands and functions; (c) manipulating the set of data according to the set of commands and functions to generate the set of tax schedule information; and (d) storing the set of tax schedule information in a separate database. This embodiment may further include one or more of the following: using at least one entry from the set of tax schedule information to populate a tax schedule; wherein the separate database is an XML database; wherein the set of tax schedule information is based, at least in part, on a set of tags associated with the XML database.
US08725603B1 Method and system for facilitating management of paycheck disbursements
A method and system are provided for helping a user configure her paycheck deductions and disbursements. Paycheck information is retrieved (e.g., from an aggregator, from benefits providers, from the user) and a tool is activated to present an electronic paycheck summary to the user. A tax engine is invoked to determine whether her net pay can be increased by reducing the amount of pay withheld for taxes. The user is then invited to change any or all of the benefit deductions taken from her pay. For example, she may be invited to select from a number of insurance plans (e.g., medical, dental, life insurance), select a level of contribution to a retirement account, open an investment account, and so on. Action to implement some or all of the user's selected deductions may then be initiated electronically. Alternatively, she may be presented with a checklist of actions she needs to take.
US08725598B2 Stock flow management system and method
A computer program product tangibly embodied in an information carrier includes instructions that, when executed, perform operations that modify stock levels of a storage location in a logistic environment system. The operations include receiving information indicating a stock level change at storage location database objects that each represent a storage location for stock in a logistic environment. A storage location database object has associated with it a rule, a stock amount value specifying an amount of stock for the storage location, and a threshold that indicates a stock level to be maintained for the storage location. The operations also include determining, using the rule, if the stock level change would cause the stock amount value to cross the threshold, and if so, generating a request to modify the amount of stock at the storage location so that the stock amount value does not cross the threshold.
US08725592B2 Method, system, and medium for recommending gift products based on textual information of a selected user
Exemplary embodiments provide methods, systems and devices for recommending one or more products for a selected individual. The products may be recommended to a user for gifting to the selected individual. Exemplary embodiments may automatically determine one or more topics of interest to the selected individual. In an exemplary embodiment, semantic analysis may be performed on textual content associated with the selected individual to automatically extract the topics of interest. Exemplary embodiments may use the topics of interest to automatically determine one or more products that are likely to be of interest to the selected individual.
US08725588B2 Multiparty computer-assisted haggling
The claimed subject matter relates to a computer-implemented architecture that can facilitate computer-assisted haggling and/or negotiation between multiple parties simultaneously. For example, various proxies associated with both buyers and sellers can be configured to negotiate with other proxies to buy or sell an item. The negotiations can be required to be progressive and during the negotiations a buyer or seller is, typically, allowed to withdraw his or her proposals. The architecture can include a registration component that can resolve concurrency and facilitate a registration of an agreement between two of the parties. The registration of an agreement can create a binding obligation between the parties after which other outstanding proposals can be terminated.
US08725581B2 Apparatus and methods for efficient delivery of auction item information
Apparatus and methods for efficient delivery of a plurality of information regarding items for auction. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a server entity adapted to communicate with a plurality of information sources (such as sources having vehicle history information, estimated valuation information, etc.) The server entity compiles information received from the plurality of sources and formats the information for efficient delivery to a client device via e.g., SMS based text messaging, internet-based instant messaging, or the like. In another salient aspect of the invention, a client enters an auction identification number (AID) rather than a longer alpha-numeric VIN or other identification number. The server entity may also calculate and communicate estimates and/or alerts/reminders of when bidding will begin for particular items for auction which the client has expressed interest in. Exemplary client interface and business methods are also given.
US08725576B2 Remote transaction processing with multiple payment methods using authentication
A method and system for conducting an online payment transaction through a point of sale device. The method includes receiving input from a user selecting an item for purchase through the point of sale device; calculating a total purchase amount for the item in response to a request from the user to purchase the item; and sending payment authorization for the total purchase amount from the point of sale device to a payment entity, in which the payment authorization is sent to the payment entity via a mobile communication device of the user. The method further includes receiving a result of the payment authorization from the payment entity through the mobile communication device; and completing the payment transaction based on the result of the payment authorization.
US08725573B1 Method and system for creating and maintaining a virtual library
A system and method for creating and maintaining a virtual library is provided. A virtual library includes one or more photographic images of the user's physical library, and an inventory of the products revealed in those images. The virtual librarian facilitates uploading the images, generating an inventory from those images, and locating products in the physical library with reference to the images. The virtual librarian optionally provides the user with an appraisal of the value of their physical library, and advice regarding how to organize the library and whether to make certain acquisitions to complement the existing library.
US08725571B1 Monitoring and replaying user consumption of content
Activity monitoring and replay techniques monitor and replay user consumption of content. To perform one of the techniques, event data from users that reflects the consumption of content is collected. The collected event data is used to infer one or more features in the content that are consumed by the user. The consumption of the one or more features by the user is replayed.
US08725570B2 Creation of a universal profile of a user by identifying similar user-managed assets on a plurality of devices of the user
A system for identifying a same user of multiple communication devices is configured to perform the steps of: (a) receiving first data relating to a first device operated by a user; (b) receiving second data relating to a second device operated by a user; (c) determining that the user of the first device is the user of the second device based on identifying that the first data is substantially the same as the second data; and (d) selecting and transmitting a sponsored content to the second device for display thereon, wherein the sponsored content has a relevance to the first and second data and/or a user characteristic datum associated with the user.
US08725568B2 Coupon bearing sponsor account transaction authorization
A transaction handler receives, for forwarding to a sponsor account's issuer, a coupon authorization request message from a merchant's acquirer that identifies the sponsor account and a coupon for an item being purchased by a consumer in a transaction with the merchant. The issuer determines eligibility of the coupon for use by the consumer, and sends an authorization response message to the merchant via its acquirer and the transaction handler for the application of a corresponding discount for the item when the coupon is eligible. One or more coupon eligibilities for the purchase of the item by the consumer from the merchant can be derived from comparisons of the transaction to predetermined times, geographies, jurisdictions, sets of merchants, and/or the number of times that coupons have been used in other transactions. The transaction handler can further process the transaction for authorization the consumer's account to pay of the transaction.
US08725566B2 Predicting advertiser keyword performance indicator values based on established performance indicator values
Methods, systems, and computer-readable storage media for predicting advertiser keyword performance indicator values based on proximity of advertisers to one another are provided. A keyword is received from a first advertiser that has not previously bid on the keyword. Another advertiser that is similar to the first advertiser and has previously bid on the keyword is identified, and a predicted performance indicator value for the keyword is calculated for the first advertiser based upon an established performance indicator value of the keyword for the other advertiser. In this way, performance predictions for an advertiser desiring to bid on a keyword that is new to that advertiser may be calculated more accurately than traditional methods that do not take into account advertiser similarity.
US08725563B2 System and method for searching media assets
A search engine, system and method for locating and rating a plurality of electronic mentions of respective ones of a plurality of brands. The engine, system and method includes a web crawl engine that seeks mentions of ones of a plurality of keywords in proximity to ones of the electronic mentions of the respective ones of the plurality of brands, a content reviewer that electronically presents to a manual reviewer the mentions of ones of a plurality of keywords in proximity to ones of the electronic mentions of the respective ones of the plurality of brands, a scoring input for receiving a first of the ratings from the manual reviewer of the mentions of ones of a plurality of keywords in proximity to ones of the electronic mentions of the respective ones of the plurality of brands, at least one electronic rating input for receiving second ones of the ratings of the mentions of ones of a plurality of keywords in proximity to ones of the electronic mentions of the respective ones of the plurality of brands, and a correlator that normalizes the rating by comparing the first of the ratings to the second ones of the ratings, and that correlates ones of the plurality of brands to a desired purchaser profile in accordance with the normalized rating.
US08725561B1 Attributing calls to publisher sites
Systems and methods for attributing an ad impression due to a telephone call generated from a displayed advertisement are discussed herein. Techniques and systems for managing a pool of phone numbers and allocating phone numbers from that pool to advertisements for display and presentation and also tracking the number allocation time and de-allocating numbers for re-use are also discussed herein. Also, systems and methods for attributing particular calls to particular advertisements based on the ongoing phone number allocation are discussed.
US08725558B1 Intra-site product advertising system
Systems and methods are provided for determining an electronic advertisement to be displayed to a highly targeted set of customers. Items are grouped into item groups of related and competing products and advertisers competitively bid against other advertisers having products in the same item group to determine whose advertisement will potentially be shown to customer associated with the item group.
US08725555B2 Vendor performance management system and method for determining a vendor's contribution value and vendor services score
The disclosure relates to a computer implemented method and component configured to assess the value of goods and services provided by a vendor to a service agency. An embodiment of the method includes the act of storing, in an electronic database, a total-budget value, an amount-paid value, a case-score value, a total-case-score value, a vendor-service-score value, and a total-vendor-services-score value. The embodiment includes selecting a vendor, forming a vendor-score-contribution value, distributing the case value of one or more service items provided by the vendor, and computing the net contribution of the vendor.
US08725552B2 Pharmaceutical/life science technology evaluation and scoring
A method for evaluating and/or scoring pharmaceutical/life science technology is provided. The method includes importing data of a publication; transforming the data into a structured schema; ingesting the structured schema to determine a context of the data and draw associations between the data and a plurality of profiles; and generating a score based on the associations between the raw data and the profiles. The method may also include generating meta-data based on the determined context of the data and/or one or more quantitative metrics having a temporal component based on the ingested data. Related apparatus, systems, techniques and articles are also described.
US08725551B2 Smart electric vehicle interface for managing post-charge information exchange and analysis
A computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer program product for managing post-charge information distribution for an electric vehicle. In one embodiment, a user profile is updated with charging process data that is derived, in part, from a charging process between the electric vehicle and a charging station. The process then identifies a set of recipients of data from the user profile. The set of recipients include a set of third party principals. The data from the user profile is processed using a set of data processing rules specified by the set of recipients to form processed data. Thereafter, the processed data is transmitted to the set of recipients according to preferences of the set of recipients.
US08725550B2 Managing process logs
Systems, methods and techniques relating to managing process logs are described. A described technique includes identifying an end-to-end business process from a first system; identifying a plurality of systems that execute at least a portion of the end-to-end business process based on a definition of the end-to-end business process within the process registry; identifying a plurality of local process logs associated with the end-to-end business process for the a plurality of systems as defined by the process registry; and generating a federated process log based on at least a portion of each of the a plurality of local process logs.
US08725547B2 Utilization indicating schedule scanner
A method and apparatus for use with a processor, a database and an interface including a display screen, the database including schedule information associated with utilization of time for at least one medical resource that may be scheduled for use over a period including several sub-periods, the method for aiding a scheduler responsible for scheduling the resource to optimally schedule new requests for the resource's time, the method comprising the steps of identifying a utilization value for at least one schedule sub-period for the at least one resource wherein the utilization value indicates current use of time for the at least one sub-period for the at least one resource, identifying an optimization indicator at least in part as a function of the utilization value for the at least one sub-period and presenting the optimization indicator via the display.
US08725546B2 Workflow scheduling method and system
A system of scheduling a plurality of jobs in a production environment may include a plurality of resources and a computer-readable storage medium comprising programming instructions for performing a method of processing a plurality of jobs. The method may include receiving a plurality of jobs and setup characteristics corresponding to each job. The method may also include grouping each job having a job size that exceeds a job size threshold into a large job subgroup and grouping each job having a job size that does not exceed the job size threshold into a small job subgroup. The large job subgroup may be classified as a high setup subgroup or a low setup subgroup based on the setup characteristics corresponding to each job in the large job subgroup. The large job subgroup may be routed to a large job autonomous cell.
US08725544B2 System and method for processing work products for vehicles via the world wide web
A method and system for receiving data relating to an insurance claim for a damaged vehicle and transmitting a valuation report for the damaged vehicle over the world wide web. The system includes a client computer and a web server that are coupled through an electronic communication network such as the internet. The web server contains a web site that contains a plurality of web pages. Each web page allows an operator to enter the insurance claim data. The data can be processed into a valuation report by a separate valuation server. The valuation report can be transmitted to the client computer through the web server. A claims adjuster can access the web server by merely entering a uniform resource locator (“URL”) into a web browser. The adjuster does not have to dial directly into the valuation server.
US08725542B1 Communication of insurance claim data
Aspects of the invention include methods and systems for a vehicle insurance claim management application which improves communication and streamline tasks between a vehicle repair shop and an insurance company system in three general task groups: assignment (comprising work requests, estimates/photos, and reinspections), financial management, and performance measurement. Aspects of the invention also provide interoperability with different types of estimating systems that do not necessarily follow an industry standard. This interoperability is provided through an adapter module with a claim processing system to communicate with the insurance company system and the vehicle insurance claim management application. The invention is preferably accessed by a user over a computer network such as the Internet, from a remote location such as a vehicle repair shop.
US08725537B2 Method and system for providing online records
A method for providing a user with the ability to access and collect legal records associated with the user includes assigning a phone number to the user for fax and voice communications from a legal services provider, associating access information with the user for the user to use to access a secure web site, providing the user with a document to provide to the legal services provider exercising rights of the user for access to the legal records, the document requesting the legal services provider to send the legal records to the phone number, receiving a private fax communication comprising a legal record associated with the consumer for which the consumer has requested and given permission to the legal services provider to send, converting the private fax communications into an image file format, storing the legal services record encoded in the image file format, and providing the user with secure access to the web site using the access information and providing on the web site an interface to the legal records of the user for the user to access the legal record.
US08725536B2 Establishing a patient-provider consent relationship for data sharing
A shared secret may be shared between a patient and the patient's healthcare provider. The healthcare provider may submit the shared secret to the database system via a provider interface to generate a validation code. The validation code may be later submitted to the database system by the patient via a patient interface to cause the database system to prompt the patient to submit the shared secret. Upon submission of the shared secret to the database system, the patient may be prompted to approve or deny a request of the healthcare provider to access the electronic medical record of the patient. Access may be granted to the healthcare provider upon approval of the request by the patient.
US08725534B2 Systems and methods for enrollment of clinical study candidates and investigators
Certain embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for clinical study notification. Certain embodiments provide a method for clinical study notification. The method includes accessing a pool of potential study participants generated from electronic patient data. The method also includes identifying one or more healthcare providers associated with the pool of potential study participants. The method further includes electronically communicating with the one or more healthcare providers and/or the pool of potential study participants regarding participation in a clinical study. Additionally, the method includes allowing the one or more healthcare providers and/or the pool of potential study participants to join the clinical study.
US08725528B2 System and method for managing history of patient and wound therapy treatment
A tissue treatment system including a processing unit executing software, an electronic display in communication with the processing unit, and a storage unit in communication with the processing unit. The software may be configured to cause the processing unit to manage a patient history database, treatment history database, and image history database. The processing unit may further be configured to enable a clinician to access and display information stored in any of the databases.
US08725522B2 Automatic identification of user-aligned fragments in business process models
The present disclosure involves systems, software, and computer implemented methods for providing automatic identification of semantically coherent, user-aligned fragments in business process models. One process includes operations for identifying a hierarchy of process fragments in a business process model associated with a user. At least one process metadata category associated with a role of the user is determined. A score for each process fragment in the hierarchy of process fragments is computed, the score computed based at least in part on a probable level of interest in the at least one process metadata category for the role of the user. At least one process fragment in the hierarchy of process fragments for inclusion in a view of the business process model to be presented to the user, the selection based at least in part on the score computed for the at least one process fragment.
US08725520B2 Power efficient batch-frame audio decoding apparatus, system and method
Power savings in a mobile device is accomplished by generating audio samples by decoding a bitstream with a decoding system within the mobile device. The generated audio samples are transferred into at least one memory bank in a set of memory banks in a power saver block within the mobile device. Parts of the decoding system not involved in the storing of the generated audio samples are switched off after batch decoding a bitstream associated with multiple audio frames. The bitstream includes bits less than that found in one audio file. At least one of the memory banks in the set of memory banks is power collapsible. The fetching of the decoded by the decoding system can be synchronized with a paging channel of a modem in the mobile device. The transferred audio samples is a lossless compression and may occur after a re-encoding.
US08725519B2 Audio encoding and decoding apparatus and method thereof
Provided are audio encoding and decoding apparatuses capable of recovering a high-quality audio signal at a low bit rate. The audio encoding method includes: detecting at least one sinusoidal wave from an input audio signal; calculating components of additional basis vectors based on residual audio signals and the additional basis vectors of the sinusoidal wave; determining transmission of components of the additional basis vectors; and at least one of (a) encoding frequencies and (b) phases and amplitudes of the sinusoidal waves when the transmission of the components of the additional basis vectors are determined, wherein the residual audio signals are obtained by excluding the detected sinusoidal waves from the input audio signal.
US08725516B2 Systems and techniques for producing spoken voice prompts
Methods and systems are described in which spoken voice prompts can be produced in a manner such that they will most likely have the desired effect, for example to indicate empathy, or produce a desired follow-up action from a call recipient. The prompts can be produced with specific optimized speech parameters, including duration, gender of speaker, and pitch, so as to encourage participation and promote comprehension among a wide range of patients or listeners. Upon hearing such voice prompts, patients/listeners can know immediately when they are being asked questions that they are expected to answer, and when they are being given information, as well as the information that considered sensitive.
US08725514B2 Verifying a user using speaker verification and a multimodal web-based interface
A method of verifying a user identity using a Web-based multimodal interface can include sending, to a remote client device, a multimodal markup language document that, when rendered by the remote client device, queries a user for a user identifier and causes audio of the user's voice to be sent to a multimodal, Web-based application. The user identifier and the audio can be received at about a same time from the client device. The audio can be compared with a voice print associated with the user identifier. The user at the remote client device can be selectively granted access to the system according to a result obtained from the comparing step.
US08725512B2 Method and system having hypothesis type variable thresholds
A method (and system) for spoken dialog confirmation classifies a plurality of spoken dialog hypotheses, and assigns a threshold to each class of spoken dialog hypotheses.
US08725510B2 HMM learning device and method, program, and recording medium
An HMM (Hidden Markov Model) learning device includes: a learning unit for learning a state transition probability as the function of actions that an agent can execute, with learning with HMM performed based on actions that the agent has executed, and time series information made up of an observation signal; and a storage unit for storing learning results by the learning unit as internal model data including a state-transition probability table and an observation probability table; with the learning unit calculating frequency variables used for estimation calculation of HMM state-transition and HMM observation probabilities; with the storage unit holding the frequency variables corresponding to each of state-transition probabilities and each of observation probabilities respectively, of the state-transition probability table; and with the learning unit using the frequency variables held by the storage unit to perform learning, and estimating the state-transition probability and the observation probability based on the frequency variables.
US08725506B2 Speech audio processing
A speech processing engine is provided that in some embodiments, employs Kalman filtering with a particular speaker's glottal information to clean up an audio speech signal for more efficient automatic speech recognition.
US08725500B2 Apparatus and method for encoding at least one parameter associated with a signal source
Apparatus (119) for encoding at least one parameter associated with a signal source for transmission over k frames to a decoder comprises a processor (119) which is configured in operation to assign a predetermined bit pattern to n bits associated with the at least one parameter of a first frame of k frames and set the n bits associated with the at least one parameter of each of k−1 subsequent frames to values, such that the values of the n bits of the k−1 subsequent frames represent the at least one parameter. The predetermined bit pattern indicates a start of the at least one parameter.
US08725494B2 Signal processing approach to sentiment analysis for entities in documents
A document can be processed to provide sentiment values for phrases in the document. The sequence of sentiment values associated with the sequence of phrases in a document can be handled as if they were a sampled discrete time signal. For phrases which have been identified as entities, a filtering operation can be applied to the sequence of sentiment values around each entity to determine a sentiment value for the entity.
US08725493B2 Natural language parsing method to provide conceptual flow
A method for parsing the flow of natural human language to convert a flow of machine recognizable language into a conceptual flow includes, first, recognizing the lexical structure and then, a basic semantic grouping is determined for the language flow in the lexical structure. The basic semantic grouping is then determined that denotes the main action, occurrence or state of being for the language flow. The responsibility of the main action, occurrence or state of being for the language flow is then determined within the lexical structure followed by semantically parsing the lexical structure. Thereafter, any ambiguities in the responsibilities are resolved in a recursive manner by applying a predetermined set of rules thereto.
US08725490B2 Virtual universal translator for a mobile device with a camera
Disclosed are apparatus and methods for providing a virtual universal translator (VUT) for a mobile device so that a user of such mobile device can use the camera and display of the mobile device to translate text from one language to another language. As the user points the mobile device's camera at a particular text string, such text string is automatically translated by the VUT into a different language that was selected by the user and this translated text is then transposed over the currently viewed image or video in the display of the mobile device. The user can utilize the VUT to continuously pass the camera over additional text strings so that the translated text displayed over the viewed image or video is continuously updated for each new text string.
US08725485B2 Simulation method and simulation apparatus
A simulation method and apparatus including a restore point setting unit setting restore points in core models for executing threads using parallel processing. The method also includes storing information for reproducing a state the core models at the restore points.
US08725479B2 Use of monte carlo simulations for establishing correlations and their uncertainties
A method and computer-readable medium for establishing an uncertainty for obtained values of a one-dimensional logging parameter mapped to a three-dimensional volume is disclosed. A relation is formed between the obtained values of the logging parameter and a volumetric parameter of the three-dimensional volume. A set of representative data points is obtained that relates the obtained values of the logging parameter to the volumetric parameter by binning the obtained values. A plurality of regression curves are then determined, wherein each regression curve is obtained by adding a random error to the set of representative data points to obtain a set of randomized data points and performing a regression analysis using the set of randomized data points. The plurality of regression curves are used to establish the uncertainty for the values of the logging parameter in the three-dimensional volume.
US08725477B2 Method to generate numerical pseudocores using borehole images, digital rock samples, and multi-point statistics
Methods and systems for creating a numerical pseudocore model, comprising: a) obtaining logging data from a reservoir having depth-defined intervals of the reservoir, and processing the logging data into interpretable borehole image data having unidentified borehole image data; b) examining one of the interpretable borehole image data, other processed logging data or both to generate the unidentified borehole image data, processing the generated unidentified borehole image data into the interpretable borehole image data to generate warped fullbore image data; c) collecting one of a core from the reservoir, the logging data or both and generating a digital core data from one of the collected core, the logging data or both such that generated digital core data represents features of one or more depth-defined interval of the reservoir; and d) processing generated digital core data, interpretable borehole image data or the logging data to generate realizations of the numerical pseudocore model.
US08725473B2 Method for optimizing the settings of an ophthalmic system
A method implemented by computer means, for optimizing the settings of an ophthalmic system comprising an ophthalmic lens arranged to be fitted in a spectacle frame according to a given wearer, the method comprising the steps of: providing to the computer means wearer, frame and lens data comprising a 3D representation of the, respectively wearer's face, frame and lens, generating positioning data based on the wearer, frame and lens data, said positioning data comprising the respective position of the wearer face with respect to the spectacle frame associated with the ophthalmic lens, and upon a modification request, modifying the settings of the ophthalmic lens to be manufactured and fitted in the spectacle frame, so as to modify the positioning data.
US08725466B2 System and method for hybrid solid and surface modeling for computer-aided design environments
Systems and methods for modeling computer-aided design (CAD) environments and objects are disclosed. The systems and methods provided herein comprise a hybrid between solid modeling and surface modeling. The methods and systems are directed to structures that represent objects and rendering of the objects. The hybrid solution combines the modeling features and rules of solid modeling and the performance abilities provided by surface modeling.
US08725465B2 Dental modeling system and method
A method for simulating tooth movement utilizes electronic modeling to represent the teeth. Instant centers of rotation are determined and projected paths of movement are plotted. The electronic model provides improved precision and provides a method for simulating movement in three dimensions. The movement from growth and/or correction is shown with the electronic model. The simulation provides for improved correction.
US08725463B2 Frequency spectrum analyzing apparatus
A frequency spectrum analyzing apparatus for performing a frequency spectrum analysis with respect to a detected value of an operating parameter of an internal combustion engine in synchronism with rotation of the engine, is provided. The operating parameter is sampled at predetermined time intervals, and a sampled value is converted to a digital value. Intensities of first and second elements are calculated with respect to a predetermined number of the sampled values. The first elements and second elements respectively correspond to a plurality of frequency components contained in the detected value, and a phase of the second element differs from a phase of the first element by 90 degrees. Frequency component intensities corresponding to the plurality of frequency components are calculated in synchronism with rotation of the engine, using the first element intensities and the second element intensities. The frequency component intensities are calculated by replacing a part of an integrated value of the first element intensities, and a part of an integrated value of the second element intensities respectively with corresponding preceding calculated values, when an rotational speed of the engine is higher than or equal to a set threshold value.
US08725459B2 Irradiance mapping leveraging a distributed network of solar photovoltaic systems
A computer processor implemented method of developing irradiance mapping using a distributed network of solar photovoltaic systems, the method comprising the steps of: selecting a predetermined geographic area having at least five solar photovoltaic systems to provide a photovoltaic system; calibrating the photovoltaic system; reversing the photovoltaic system performance model using a computer processor to solve the irradiance input value; calculating irradiance according to irradiance input value, energy output and weather data using the computer processor to provide a single irradiance point; and mapping at least two single irradiance points to create an irradiance map.
US08725455B2 Systems and methods for monitoring, inferring state of health, and optimizing efficiency of refrigeration systems
Systems and method for operating and monitoring refrigerators are described. Temperature cycles within the compartment are characterized using statistical, frequency and pattern analysis techniques to derive a steady-state characteristic of temperature within the compartment. A thermal sensor inside the conditioned area is monitored and temperature data sets can be analyzed to determine performance in comparison to a baseline, and energy consumption. Analysis of continuous temperature readings taken from individual or groups of freezers identifies patterns of variations in temperature cycles from which feedback on efficiency can be inferred. Electrical load can be determined by measuring or estimating current usage and identifying periods of time when compressors are active in the refrigerator.
US08725452B2 Method of confirming motion parameters apparatus for the same, and motion assisting device
The invention provides a method of confirming motion parameters, an apparatus for the same, and a motion assisting device. The invention obtains and utilizes the motion data of a recognized object sampled at each of the sampling time, comprising the acceleration of the recognized object sampled by a tri-axial accelerometer, the angular velocity of the recognized object sampled by a tri-axial gyroscope, and the angle of the recognized object corresponding to a three-dimensional geomagnetic coordinate system sampled by a tri-axial magnetometer. Feedback calculation is utilized to obtain an actual acceleration at each sampling time from the motion original time to the motion end time, and the actual acceleration is obtained by reducing the acceleration of gravity from the acceleration sampled by a tri-axial accelerometer. The invention reduces the complexity of the system, and the accuracy is less affected by environmental factors, particularly light.
US08725450B2 Method and system for evaluating characteristics of an S-cam
A system and method for evaluating characteristics of an S-cam are provided. The inventive method includes the step of obtaining angle values and displacement values indicative of an angle of rotation of the S-cam and displacement of a cam follower caused by rotation of a lobe of the S-cam. The method further includes the step of determining a profile for the lobe of the S-cam responsive to the angle values and the displacement values. The method further includes the steps of computing a deviation of the profile from a desired profile for the lobe of the S-cam and determining a rate of change in the deviation of the profile. In addition, the system and method may evaluate characteristics such as the concentricity of the S-cam and power transfer characteristics of the S-cam.
US08725449B2 Methods and systems to implement a surrogate head model and directly measure brain/skull relative displacement
A human surrogate head model (HSHM) to measure brain/skull displacement due to a physical force, such as due to an explosive, ballistic, or automotive crash type of event. A HSHM may include a plurality of magnetic field generators positioned stationary relative to a HSHM skull, each to generate a magnetic field oriented with respect to a corresponding one of multiple directions. The HSHM may include one or more electromagnetic force (EMF)-based displacement sensors, each of which may include three inductive coils oriented orthogonally with respect to one another and co-aligned about a central point. A signal processor may be implemented to separate signals generated by each coil of each EMF-based displacement sensor into a plurality of component magnitudes, each attributable to a corresponding one of the magnetic fields. A computer-implemented model may be implemented to correlate between the component magnitudes and a corresponding position and orientation of the displacement sensor.
US08725447B2 Method for correcting a wave front analyser and analyser implementing said method
A method for correcting a wave front analyzer, in which the analyzer detects a signal from an incident wave front to be analyzed (FO), the detected signal providing phase and intensity local information. The method includes correcting the phase computation according to intensity space variations. A wave front analyzer for implementing the method is also described.
US08725435B2 Syringe-based leak detection system
Generally described herein are devices, methods and systems related to detecting a leak present in a gastric banding system for the treatment of obesity. For example, a leak detector may include a syringe, a leak sensing unit and a needle, and may measure a pressure decay within a gastric banding system after the needle penetrates the patient's skin and is inserted into an access port connected to the gastric band of the gastric banding system. The pressure decay may be interpreted to determine if a leak is present in the gastric banding system.
US08725433B2 Signal processing method, signal processing apparatus, and Coriolis flowmeter
A signal processing method, a signal processing apparatus, and a Coriolis flowmeter are capable of always performing measurement with constant precision and performing phase measurement with high filtering performance and a small amount of computation even when a temperature of a fluid to be measured changes, air bubbles are mixed into the fluid to be measured, or the fluid to be measured rapidly changes from a gas to a liquid. The Coriolis flowmeter detects at least one of a phase difference and a vibration frequency proportional to a Coriolis force acting on at least one flow tube or a pair of flow tubes.
US08725431B2 Tactile sensor unit, robot including the tactile sensor unit, and load calculation method
A tactile sensor unit is provided, which includes a substrate; a coat formed on the substrate; and a cantilever beam structure having one end fixed to the substrate and curved to rise in such a direction that the other end of the cantilever beam structure is farther from the substrate than the one end. The tactile sensor unit detects a load applied to the coat. The cantilever beam structure is capable of resonating at a first resonant frequency and a second resonant frequency which is different from the first resonant frequency. The tactile sensor unit further includes a computation section for calculating a directional component of the load based on a change ratio of the first resonant frequency obtained in accordance with a change in the load and a change ratio of the second resonant frequency obtained in accordance with the change in the load.
US08725429B2 Fatigue monitoring
A method and system are provided to reconstruct vibration responses such as stress and fatigue damage at desired locations in a structure from a limited number of vibration measurements at a few locations in the structure. Vibration response measurements can be of any type, e.g. acceleration, angular velocity, strain, etc. The desired locations can be anywhere within the domain of the structure and may include the entire structural domain. Measured vibration responses may be of uniform type or combinations of different types.
US08725427B2 Method and apparatus for estimating features of target materials by using kinetic change information
Disclosed are a method and an apparatus for estimating the features (concentration, weight, volume, etc.) of target materials, by using kinetic change information along time, when measuring the results of a chemical reaction between two materials, target materials and reactant, with an optical or electrochemical method.
US08725426B2 Gene expression profile algorithm and test for determining prognosis of prostate cancer
The present invention provides algorithm-based molecular assays that involve measurement of expression levels of genes, or their co-expressed genes, from a biological sample obtained from a prostate cancer patient. The genes may be grouped into functional gene subsets for calculating a quantitative score useful to predict a likelihood of a clinical outcome for a prostate cancer patient.
US08725423B2 Replication timing profiles for leukemia and other cancers
Described is a method for determining that a population of cells are a specific type of leukemic cell based on the replication timing fingerprint for the population of cells.
US08725422B2 Methods for estimating genome-wide copy number variations
Methods for determining the copy number of a genomic region at a detection position of a target sequence in a sample are disclosed. Genomic regions of a target sequence in a sample are sequenced and measurement data for sequence coverage is obtained. Sequence coverage bias is corrected and may be normalized against a baseline sample. Hidden Markov Model (HMM) segmentation, scoring, and output are performed, and in some embodiments population-based no-calling and identification of low-confidence regions may also be performed. A total copy number value and region-specific copy number value for a plurality of regions are then estimated.
US08725419B2 System and method for sequence distance measure for phylogenetic tree construction
The present invention permits identification of biological materials following recovery of DNA using standard techniques by comparing a mathematical characterization of the unknown sequence with the mathematical characterization of DNA sequences of known genera and species. The clinical identification of infectious organisms is required for accurate diagnosis and selection of antimicrobial therapeutics. The invention allows an ab initio approach with the potential for rapid identification of biological materials of unknown origin. The approach provides for identification and classification of emergent or new organisms without previous phenotypic identification. The technique may also be used in monitoring situations where the need exists for classification of material into broad categories of bacteria which could have an immediate impact on bio-terrorism prevention.
US08725415B2 Method and device for long-duration navigation
A long-term navigation method using an inertial unit associated with a system of axes X, Y, Z and mounted on a vehicle traveling relative to the Earth in order to measure its movements relative to an inertial frame of reference having axes Xi, Yi, and Zi. The method includes the steps of acting in permanent manner to measure an orientation of the system of axes X, Y, Z in the inertial frame of reference and applying a predetermined sequence of turnovers to the inertial unit in the inertial frame of reference about first and second axes that are substantially perpendicular to each other and in such a manner that at the end of the sequence the inertial unit is in a final orientation identical to its initial orientation relative to the inertial frame of reference, with the turnovers canceling within the sequence.
US08725411B2 3D tunnel representation
The invention relates to system and method for generating a 3-dimensional representation of a tunnel. Road network data is provided having a plurality of road segments, at least one road segment being a tunnel road segment, including the information that said at least one road segment is a road segment located in a tunnel. The tunnel segment in the road network is identified, providing a geographical elevation map including elevation data of the geographical region in which the tunnel road segment is located, providing predefined patterns representing predefined parts of a 3-dimensional tunnel body, generating the 3-dimensional representation of the tunnel based on the tunnel road segment, the elevation map and the predefined patterns, and storing the 3-dimensional representation of the tunnel in connection with the road network as a 3-dimensional object which is located at the geographical position of the tunnel road segment.
US08725410B2 Navigation apparatus for motorcycle
Provided is a motorcycle navigation apparatus that receives broadcasts from a satellite radio mounted on a motorcycle. The motorcycle navigation apparatus includes a controller, monitor and a screen switching unit. The controller is configured to control the navigation apparatus. The a monitor configured to provide, when said satellite radio receives a warning, a notification that information has been received by said satellite radio. The screen switching unit configured to switch said navigation screen to a screen that corresponds to the received information when an operator executes a predetermined operation on the controller, wherein the predetermined operation is executed upon receipt of said notification.
US08725407B2 Enhanced location information for points of interest
Systems, methods, and computer program products are provided for identifying a serviceable address that is associated with a street network connection point and a parcel drop-off point. For example, in one embodiment, the serviceable address may be associated with a street network connection point that is part of a digital map. The serviceable address may also be associated with a parcel drop-off point that includes parcel drop-off point information, such as a parcel drop-off point geo coordinate associated with the parcel drop-off point and street network connection point geo coordinate associated with the street network connection point.
US08725405B2 Methods and system for crossing prediction
Various methods and systems are provided for predicting crossing times. In one embodiment, a method comprises determining a vehicle position of a vehicle from sensed data, filtering the vehicle position, determining vehicle velocity based on the filtered vehicle position, filtering the vehicle velocity to a greater extent than vehicle position is filtered, at least above a threshold frequency, and determining a time-to-crossing based on the filtered vehicle position and filtered velocity.
US08725396B2 System for providing traffic data and driving efficiency data
Current and predicted traffic information is provided from incident data, traffic flow data, and media related to traffic received from multiple sources. The crowd sourced data may be provided passively by applications on remote mobile devices or actively by users operating the remote mobile devices. An application on a mobile device may receive the multiple data types, aggregate and validate the data, and provides traffic information for a user. The traffic information may relate to the current position and route of the user or a future route. The present technology may also provide driving efficiency information such as fuel consumption data, carbon footprint data, and a driving rating for a user associated with a vehicle.
US08725394B2 Multi-modal speed limit assistant
A speed limit assistant (SLA) system includes a camera based SLA, a map based SLA, and a fusion unit. The camera based SLA is configured to determine a first set of probabilities for an input image, wherein the probabilities indicate how likely the image includes a discrete set of speed limit signs. The map based SLA is configured to determine a second set of probabilities for an input coordinate, wherein the probabilities indicate how likely the coordinate is to correspond to one of a discrete set of speed limits. The fusion unit is configured to perform a Bayesian fusion on the first and second set of probabilities to determine a final speed limit from the discrete set of speed limits.
US08725389B2 Control device for multi-cylinder internal combustion engine
A control device for a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine executes feedback control such that an air-fuel ratio detected by an air-fuel ratio detecting unit becomes a target air-fuel ratio, carries out external EGR, and, when an abnormal deviation that an air-fuel ratio of at least any one of cylinders deviates from the target air-fuel ratio has occurred during the feedback control, detects the abnormal deviation and an abnormal cylinder. When the abnormal deviation has been detected during feedback control and external EGR, the control device corrects the target air-fuel ratio to compensate for a detection error of the air-fuel ratio detecting unit due to the influence of specific components of exhaust gas. The control device changes the correction mode on the basis of whether the abnormal cylinder causes more intensive gas flow or equal or less intensive gas flow against the air-fuel ratio detecting unit than the other cylinders.
US08725387B2 Apparatus for determining an air-fuel ratio imbalance among cylinders of an internal combustion engine
An apparatus for determining an air-fuel ratio imbalance among cylinders based on an output value of an air-fuel ratio sensor, an imbalance determination parameter which becomes larger or smaller as a difference among air-fuel ratios becomes larger, and performs determining an air-fuel ratio imbalance among cylinders based on a result of a comparison between the imbalance determination parameter and a imbalance determination threshold. The determining apparatus calculates a purge correction coefficient which compensates for a change in the air-fuel ratio due to an evaporated fuel gas which is generated in a fuel tank, while the evaporated fuel gas is being introduced into an intake passage, and corrects a fuel injection amount with the purge correction coefficient FPG.
US08725383B2 Integrally combined operative control unit having multiple operative devices of different types
A simple and reliable operative control unit is constituted by at least two mechanism-linked operative control devices of different types aiming to meet the demand for operating driving units of different types. The multiple operative control devices of different types constituting the operative control unit replace a central controller as well as relevant software and monitoring devices so as to reduce the cost and promote reliability.
US08725376B2 Vehicle
A vehicle can be operated in a first drive mode in which a front differential is set to a non-driven state and a rear differential is set to a differential state, a second drive mode in which the front differential is set to a non-driven state and the rear differential is set to a differential locked state, a third drive mode in which the front differential is set to a differential state and the rear differential is set to a differential locked state, and a fourth drive mode in which the front differential is set to a differential locked state and the rear differential is set to a differential locked state. Transition is allowed only between adjacent drive modes.
US08725375B2 Hydraulic control apparatus for vehicle
The hydraulic control apparatus calculates a target engagement hydraulic pressure of a frictional engagement element, controls the frictional engagement element so that a revolution speed at a driving source side of the frictional engagement element is higher than a revolution speed at a driving wheel side of the frictional engagement element, outputs a command current to a solenoid valve on the basis of a map having a relationship between the target engagement hydraulic pressure and the command current, and decreases the engagement hydraulic pressure when a vehicle speed is equal to or less than a predetermined vehicle speed at which the vehicle is judged to be vehicle stop during execution of the slip control. Further, the hydraulic control apparatus corrects the map so that a variation of the command current with respect to a variation of the target engagement hydraulic pressure is small when decreasing the engagement hydraulic pressure.
US08725374B2 Method for determining clutch coefficients of friction and method for determining clutch contact points
A method wherein the first and second threshold values of the characteristic are a threshold value of the clutch temperature, or of the speed of rotation at the particular input shaft of the clutch, or of the speed of the engine, or of the slip speed at the clutch, or of the clutch torque hysteresis, or of the oil volume flow in a wet clutch, or of the actuator speed or of the actuator position.
US08725371B2 Speed changing control apparatus for vehicle
A speed changing control apparatus for use in a vehicle includes: a driving power source configured to generate driving power for running; a transmission having a synchromesh mechanism configured to synchronize an input shaft revolution number with an output shaft revolution number and an actuator configured to automatically carry out a shift operation; and an automatic clutch disposed between the driving power source and the transmission. The speed changing control apparatus is configured to start a shift disengaging operation for the transmission after a speed change is requested and before the automatic clutch turns into a decoupled state, so as to suppress torsional vibration at the time of decoupling the automatic clutch. Such control enables the synchromesh mechanism to carry out revolution synchronization with the input shaft revolution number of the transmission in a lowered state, and diminishes a revolution difference subjected to synchronization.
US08725369B2 Method and system for driving of a vehicle
A method for driving a vehicle which has a gearbox connected to a combustion engine and the gearbox is capable of being set to a number of different transmission ratios in order to deliver motive force to a driveshaft for propulsion of the vehicle. The vehicle is arranged for driving in at least a first mode and a second mode, such that in the first mode the gearbox is switched to a low transmission ratio and in the second mode the combustion engine is disconnected from the at least one driveshaft. When the vehicle is being driven in a situation where there is or will within a specific time be a reduced need for motive force for the vehicle, the method determines whether the vehicle should be driven according to the first mode or the second mode, on the basis of an ambient parameter.
US08725365B2 Method for controlling an automated clutch or automated transmission or a drive unit in a vehicle
A method for controlling an automated clutch or an automated transmission or a drive unit in a vehicle is disclosed in which protective measures for the clutch and/or for the transmission and/or for a drive unit is provided by the control system. The protective measures include measures against overheating or wear. When measuring temperature, allowance is made for the air density in the vehicle environment or altitude as compared to sea level.
US08725364B2 Control device for hydraulic transmission vehicle
A control device controls a hydrostatic transmission vehicle having a hydrostatic transmission including a variable displacement pump and a variable displacement hydraulic motor. The control device is configured to set a set vehicle speed based on a forward/rearward travel command and a gear stage command instructed by an operator, to set a torque limit usable for the hydrostatic transmission based on an engine speed, to set a vehicle speed limit based on a pressure in the hydraulic circuit and the torque limit, to select a lower one of the set vehicle speed and the vehicle speed limit, and to control respective displacements of the variable displacement pump and the variable displacement hydraulic motor based on the selected vehicle speed.
US08725361B2 Vehicle guidance system and method
A guidance method and system automatically steers a guided vehicle which moves along a planned path between adjacent crop rows. The vehicle has a frame and steerable wheels. The method includes generating a left crop position signal with a left crop sensor on a left side of the vehicle, generating a right crop position signal with a right crop sensor on a right side of the vehicle, and generating a vehicle position signal with a vehicle position sensor unit. The method also includes generating a difference position signal by subtracting one of the left and right crop position signals from the other of the left and right crop position signals, and converting the difference position signal into a time-varying lateral offset signal. The method also includes offsetting the planned path by the time-varying lateral offset signal, and guiding the vehicle as a function of the offset planned path.
US08725358B2 Working vehicle, control device for working vehicle, and hydraulic oil amount control method for working vehicle
An object of the present invention is to prevent an unnecessary large amount of hydraulic oil from being supplied to a cylinder when a working vehicle capable of performing both a loading operation and a digging operation is performing the digging operation. When one or a plurality of first digging operation conditions are satisfied and when a second operation condition that it is not detected that the loading operation is being performed is also satisfied, a control unit executes fluid amount reduction control of reducing the amount of hydraulic oil supplied from a first pump to a cylinder that actuates a work equipment.
US08725355B2 Self-balancing vehicle with swivel seat steering
A motorized vehicle includes a pair of opposed wheels and a seat which is mounted so that it can rotate about a vertical axis. The rotational position of the seat is sensed by at least one sensor, such as a potentiometer or rotary encoder, which produces an output signal. This signal is input into a control system which rotates the wheels to steer the vehicle based on the rotational position of the seat.
US08725353B2 Vehicle rollover mitigation system
The present disclosure provides a system and a method for mitigating vehicle rollovers, the method comprises monitoring a vehicular tilt and sensing a vehicular rollover in a particular direction, through a tilt sensor. Further, the system determines an occurrence of a rollover according to a calculated tilt threshold, through a central processing unit. Steering the vehicle in the sensed direction of the rollover, accelerating the vehicle in the same direction, and braking the vehicle upon sensing a decrease in the rollover, all being controlled through a controller, enables the vehicle to eventually stabilize and return to track.
US08725352B2 Power assisted steering for an automobile
The invention relates to a power assisted steering system (21) that includes an electric assist motor (22) arranged to assist the manual force exerted by a driver on the steering wheel of the automobile, a processing means (23) arranged to control the electric assist motor (22), the processing means (23) including a means (28) for predetermining a signal (S3) for controlling the electric assist motor on the basis of a first operation signal (S1) determined on the basis of the angular position of the electric assist motor, and a second operation signal (S2) determined on the basis of the measurement or calculation of the angular acceleration of the electric assist motor and the measurement or calculation of the assistance torque output by the electric assist motor.
US08725348B2 Method for detecting faults in an electronically controlled drive system of a motor vehicle
A method is provided for detecting faults in an electronically controlled drive system of a motor vehicle by way of an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit detects at least the accelerator pedal position and the longitudinal acceleration of the motor vehicle as input signals. The control unit is configured to carry out a first fault detection program independently of its actual functional scope, by which program, a fault is detected if a defined acceleration gradient, which is dependent on a change in the accelerator pedal position, is exceeded for longer than for a predefined time period.
US08725344B2 G.P.S. management system
A management system using Global Positioning System receivers for tracking remote units from a central office and quickly and conveniently determining if those remote units have varied from a set of predetermined parameters of operation. The system also includes provisions that allows information to be sent from the remote units to the central office and vice versa. The system also has safety features that promote the rapid dispatch of law enforcement personnel when requests for emergency assistance have been made from the remote units.
US08725336B2 Power transmission control device for vehicle
In this power transmission control device, an EV travel mode for traveling by using only an electric-motor driving torque in a state in which a clutch torque is maintained to zero, and an EG travel mode for traveling by using the internal-combustion-engine driving torque in a state in which the clutch torque is adjusted to a value larger than zero are selectively realized depending on a travel state. In a state in which the EV travel mode is selected, when it is determined that a vehicle speed is higher than a predetermined speed Vth, “a gear position to be realized” is changed depending on the travel state of the vehicle, and when it is determined that the vehicle speed is equal to or lower than the predetermined speed Vth, “the gear position to be realized” is maintained to a current gear position independently of the travel state of the vehicle.
US08725335B2 System and methods for torque control in an electronic all wheel drive vehicle
Methods and apparatus are provided for torque control in an electric all wheel drive (e AWD) vehicle. The apparatus is a system having at least one propulsion system capable of determining a desired torque command and torque capability data for a primary and secondary axle. Also included are one or more active chassis systems capable of providing chassis system data and a processor coupled for processing the desired torque command, the torque capability data and the chassis system data to provide a maximum torque limit and a minimum torque limit for the secondary axle. In this way, at least one propulsion system processes the desired torque signal and the maximum torque limit and the minimum torque limit to provide an electric motor torque command and an engine torque command for the eAWD vehicle. A method for torque control in an eAWD vehicle is also provided.
US08725334B2 System for controlling the torque applied to the wheels of a vehicle provided with at least one electric motor
A method for controlling torque applied to wheels of a vehicle including at least one electric motor connected to a battery and connected to at least one driving wheel. The motor is capable of operating as a generator for recharging the battery when the vehicle slows down. A first braking adjustment travel and a second acceleration adjustment travel are applied to the movement of the acceleration pedal of the vehicle, the braking adjustment travel being a continuously decreasing function relative to the charge of the battery.
US08725332B2 Hybrid vehicle
A hybrid vehicle includes a regenerative charging area detection section, a recovery loss estimation section, and a motor use ratio increase section. The regenerative charging area detection section detects arrival of a regenerative charging possible area in which a regenerative charging from a motor to a battery is possible. The recovery loss estimation section estimates a recovery loss of the regenerative charging based on a regenerative charge amount in the regenerative charging possible area and a current remaining battery amount in response to detection by the regenerative charging area detection section. In response to estimation by the recovery loss estimation section, before the arrival at the regenerative charging possible area, the motor use ratio increase section increases a use ratio of the motor so as to decrease a remaining battery amount while limiting the temperature of the battery to a predetermined temperature range.
US08725331B2 Charge-discharge management apparatus and system for vehicle
A charge-discharge management system for a vehicle running using electricity stored in a battery is disclosed. The system creates a charge-discharge schedule of the battery for a travel route of the vehicle according to the travel route of the vehicle and a condition of the vehicle or a road, so that a charge amount of the battery falls within a predetermined range in the travel route. The systems corrects the charge-discharge schedule by comparing between the charge amount actually in the battery and the charge amount in the charge-discharge schedule.
US08725327B2 Navigation system and method of obtaining accurate navigational information in signal challenging environments
A present invention embodiment includes a navigation system with a front-end GPS receiver, auxiliary sensors and a digital signal processor providing filtering and other processing. The navigation system enhances a UTC type architecture by employing an inertial compensation unit and a stochastic regulator. The inertial compensation unit compensates for inertial errors within the sensors, while the stochastic regulator applies an optimal stochastic control law to control system operation. The inertial compensation unit and stochastic regulator mitigate instability within the navigation system and provide: the functionality to attain high position accuracy in the sub-meter range that is stable and reliable; an optimal solution evident in the process of signal recovery time after loss and reacquisition, thereby resulting in signal-loss recovery with an order of magnitude improvement; and the ability to mitigate inertial errors that originate in the sensors. The navigation system provides navigation information for indoor and urban environmental conditions.
US08725323B2 System and method for automated establishment of a vehicle consist
A method for controllably linking propulsion units in a vehicle consist includes transmitting a linking signal having an identity of a lead propulsion unit. A remote propulsion unit is remotely controlled by the lead unit when the identity matches a designated identity stored onboard the remote unit. A de-linking signal is transmitted from the lead unit when the lead unit is to be decoupled from the vehicle consist. The de-linking signal includes a replacement identity of a replacement propulsion unit. A replacement linking signal is transmitted from a second lead unit. The remote propulsion unit allows the second lead propulsion unit to remotely control the operations of the remote propulsion unit when replacement identity stored onboard the remote propulsion unit matches an identity that is communicated in the replacement linking signal.
US08725320B1 Graphical depiction of four dimensional trajectory based operation flight plans
The different advantageous embodiments provide a system comprising a user interface and a computer. The user interface comprises a display. The computer is configured to display information about time and position of an aircraft in relation to a number of waypoints for a flight on the display. The information is displayed using a number of graphical display features.
US08725317B2 Multiple detection zone supplemental remote control system for a materials handling vehicle
A multiple detection zone supplemental remote control system for a materials handling vehicle comprises one or more sensors capable of defining multiple contactless detection zones at least towards the front of the forward travel direction of a remotely controlled vehicle. The vehicle responds to the detection of objects within the designated zones based upon predetermined actions, such as to slow down or stop the vehicle, and/or to take other action, such as to perform a steer angle correction.
US08725316B2 Robotic mower boundary sensing system
A robotic mower boundary sensing system includes a boundary driving circuit on a charging station transmitting an encoded signal on a boundary wire, a boundary sensor on a robotic mower and including an inductor receiving the encoded signal, and a vehicle control unit on the robotic mower receiving the encoded signal from the boundary sensor and decoding the signal and cross correlating the received signal to determine the distance of the boundary sensor from the boundary wire.
US08725312B2 System for obtaining information in vehicle
An information obtaining system in a vehicle is provided. The information obtaining system includes a nonvolatile memory built into the vehicle, vehicle information relating to the vehicle being stored in the nonvolatile memory; a portable reader device which is not incorporated into the vehicle and can be carried by a person, the portable reader device being configured to read out the vehicle information from the nonvolatile memory, encrypt the vehicle information, and store the encrypted vehicle information, and being capable of outputting the encrypted vehicle information; and an analyzing device which is not incorporated into the vehicle, the analyzing device being separate from the portable reader device, and configured to decrypt the encrypted vehicle information output from the portable reader device into the vehicle information.
US08725310B2 Laser diode based self-mixing sensor for a vehicle electronic stability program
The invention is related to laser diode based self-mixing laser sensors for simplified vehicle stability control. Vehicle's side slip angle, front and rear tire slip angles, yaw rate and lateral acceleration rate are derived explicitly from self-mixing laser sensors. Three criteria based on yaw rate, turn radius and tire slip angle analysis are employed to detect the occurrence of understeer or oversteer, which enables simplified vehicle electronic stability program.
US08725305B2 Power distribution network fault management
A fault interrupt device is tripped by a fault in a power distribution network. A distributed automation controller (DAC) determines a location of and isolates the fault. Power is restored upstream of the fault and downstream power requirement vs. power availability from a secondary source(s) is assessed. The secondary source(s) is connected to the downstream portion if power available is sufficient or after nodes are deactivated to bring power requirements below power available. If a second fault occurs, it is also located and isolated, such as by communication between affected partition DACs of the power distribution network.
US08725303B2 System and method for the multi-dimensional representation of energy control
A multi-dimensional energy control system is provided with an energy management software application that organizes the consumption of energy by a device as an n-dimensional energy space, where n is an integer greater than 2, and each axis in the energy space represents an energy consumption characteristic. The energy management application generates instructions for a device in response to calculating a compromise operating point in the energy space. A user interface (UI) connected to the energy management application has a display to receive a graphical representation of the energy space and compromise operating point, and an input to receive user commands for moving the represented compromise operating point in the represented energy space. The energy management application calculates the compromise operating point in the energy space to match the displayed compromise operating point.
US08725301B2 Computer implemented method for controlling ebb flow watering systems
A method of controlling an ebb and flow watering system utilizing existing hardware commonly used in ebb and flow systems including float switches, water pumps, electromechanical timers, reservoir, control bucket, flood lines, indicator LEDs and plant containers such that the filling and draining of the control bucket is improved by accommodating for hydraulic delays, flood line restrictions, and pump limitations, while further providing constant monitoring for leaks or float switch failure, and shutting off the pumps if the same are determined.
US08725298B2 Alarm and diagnostics system and method for a distributed architecture heating, ventilation and conditioning network
The disclosure provides an HVAC data processing and communication network and a method of manufacturing the same. In one embodiment the network includes a subnet controller, a system device and a gateway. The controller is configured to publish control messages over a data bus. The system device is configured to receive the messages and to provide an HVAC service in response to the messages. A gateway is configured to provide access by a remote user to the network. The access includes operating the network to generate diagnostic data and retrieving the diagnostic data via the gateway.
US08725296B2 Gripping judgment apparatus and gripping judgment method
There is provided a gripping judgment apparatus including a plan unit that generates a target orbit for moving a gripping unit in a state in which an object as a gripping target is gripped by the gripping unit, an observation unit that measures movement of the gripping unit driven based on the target orbit, a gripping state judgment unit that judges whether or not an object as a gripping target is grippable based on a target value of the gripping unit derived from the target orbit and an actual measured value measured by the observation unit, and a gripping state change unit that changes a gripping state of an object gripped by the gripping unit based on a judgment result obtained by the gripping state judgment unit.
US08725289B2 System and method for processing batches of documents
A method of processing documents by receiving at least a batch of documents and a separator card in a document processing device. The separator card includes a conductive material disposed on one side, and a barcode indicative of the source of the batch of documents. The documents and separator card are transported via a transport mechanism past an evaluation unit and a field-effect sensor, respectively. The document processing device evaluates each document, determines whether the document meets or fails predetermined criteria, and detects the presence of the conductive material when a separator card is transported past the sensor. The source identification information from each separator card is entered into a memory of the document processing device. Feeder operation is paused between each batch to verify that the previous batch closed successfully. Pausing feeder operation to address document anomalies before subsequent batches are processed promotes batch integrity and reduces operator confusion.
US08725287B2 Three-dimensional goods storage arrangement in which the space taken up by the goods is reduced in relation to the goods storage capacity
A three-dimensional goods storage arrangement includes a system of beams with a number of levels and, arranged in these and extending in two main directions, channels for goods. A lift is included together with transport elements and is controlled by control elements and sensors for automated transfer of goods. Time or date information concerning the arrival and expected dispatch of the goods influences the automated transfer of goods in order to shorten the time at dispatch.
US08725285B2 Robot system and transfer method
A workpiece in a container is held by a robot based on a result of detection of shape information in the container by a shape sensor, a holding condition of the workpiece held by the robot is inspected by an inspection device, and the workpiece is transferred to a subsequent step by the robot when the inspection device has determined that the holding condition of the workpiece is acceptable. When the inspection device has determined that the holding condition of the workpiece is unacceptable, the held workpiece is placed on a temporary placement table, the shape of the workpiece is again detected by detecting the workpiece using the shape sensor, and the workpiece is held and transferred to the subsequent step by the robot based on a result of the detection.
US08725281B2 Recording and/or reproducing apparatus and recording apparatus
A recording and/or reproducing apparatus includes a microphone, a semiconductor memory, an operating section and a controller. An output signal from the microphone is written in the semiconductor memory and the written signals are read out from the semiconductor memory. The operating section performs input processing for writing a digital signal outputted by an analog/digital converter, reading out the digital signal stored in the semiconductor memory and for erasing the digital signal stored in the semiconductor memory. The control section controls the writing of the microphone output signal in the semiconductor memory based on an input from the operating section and the readout of the digital signal stored in the semiconductor memory. The control section operates so that, if, when the signals written in the storage section is read out from it, an input for erasure is entered by the operating section, the signal being read out from the storage section is erased when, after reading out the signal from the storage section for a pre-set period, an input for erasure is again entered from the operating section.
US08725280B2 Audio output device
Provided is an audio output device capable of preventing noises and improving the S/N ratio even if no audio signal is inputted in the middle of the input of audio signals, or even if an audio-signal input state and a no-signal state are alternately repeated. In the provided audio output device, a multiplier is provided on the input side of each of the delayers. Each multiplier multiplies the addition output of the corresponding one of adders by a multiplier coefficient supplied by the coefficient counter. If there is no input of digital audio signals into a ΔΣ modulator, the counter control circuit decreases the output of the coefficient counter down to 0 stepwise at predetermined intervals.
US08725273B2 Situational awareness for teleoperation of a remote vehicle
A method for improving situational awareness for teleoperation of a remote vehicle by creating a 3D map display of an area around the remote vehicle comprises: receiving an original image from a stereo vision camera and utilizing the original image to perform visual odometry to determine the x, y, z, roll, pitch, and yaw for the original image; applying a fill-in algorithm to the original image to fill in an estimated depth for areas of the original image for which no depth data is available, which creates an enhanced depth image; combining the enhanced depth image with the x, y, z, roll, pitch, and yaw for the original image to create the 3D map display of the area around the remote vehicle; and displaying the 3D map display on an operator control unit used to control the remote vehicle.
US08725267B2 Simultaneous-script execution
The present application discloses systems and methods for engaging in a peer approach to script execution. In accordance with at least one embodiment of the disclosed systems and methods, a hearing prosthesis receives two scripts. Each script defines a different set of instructions to be carried out by the hearing prosthesis. In one embodiment, the command module receives one script and the stimulation module receives the other script. In such an embodiment, each module executes the script at substantially the same time. Furthermore, when one module encounters portions of the script that are somewhat time sensitive (e.g., a portion of a script that dictates to receive a transmission from the other module), the module will pause execution of the script and wait for execution of the other script to catch up.
US08725266B2 Method for stimulating retinal response using photoactive devices
An improved method for stimulating electrical activity in an eye is provided. Provided is a technique for implanting small, nanometer-sized photoactive devices into an eye to improve electrical activity within an eye or mitigate degradation of electrical response in damaged eyes.
US08725262B2 Inductively rechargeable external energy source, charger, system and method for a transcutaneous inductive charger for an implantable medical device
A mechanism for transferring energy from an external power source to an implantable medical device is disclosed. A sensor may be used to measure a parameter that correlates to a temperature of the system that occurs during the transcutaneous coupling of energy. For example, the sensor may measure temperature of a surface of an antenna of the external power source. The measured parameter may then be compared to a programmable limit. A control circuit such as may be provided by the external power source may then control the temperature based on the comparison. The programmable limit may be, for example, under software control so that the temperature occurring during transcutaneous coupling of energy may be modified to fit then-current circumstances.
US08725261B2 Rate initialization and overdrive pacing for capture threshold testing
Approaches for rate initialization and overdrive pacing used during capture threshold testing are described. Cardiac cycles are detected and the cardiac events of a cardiac chamber that occur during the cardiac cycles are monitored. The number of intrinsic beats in the cardiac events is counted. Initialization for a capture threshold test involves maintaining a pre-test pacing rate for the capture threshold test if the number of intrinsic beats in the cardiac events is less than a threshold. The pacing rate is increased for the capture threshold test if the number of intrinsic beats in the cardiac events is greater than the threshold.
US08725250B2 Controlled titration of neurostimulation therapy
Described herein are methods and devices that utilize electrical neural stimulation to treat heart failure by modulating a patient's autonomic balance in a manner that inhibits sympathetic activity and/or augments parasympathetic activity. Because other therapies for treating heart failure may also affect a patient's autonomic balance, a device for delivering neural stimulation is configured to appropriately titrate such therapy in either an open-loop or closed-loop fashion.
US08725249B2 Stimulation of the urinary system
Apparatus and methods are described including identifying a subject as suffering from an impaired body system, the body system being selected from the group consisting of: a cardiovascular system and a renal system. In response thereto, a structure is inserted inside a bladder of the subject, and the bladder is mechanically stimulated with the structure. Other applications are also described.
US08725246B2 Method and system for modulating eating behavior by means of neuro-electrical coded signals
A method for modulating eating behavior comprising (i) generating at least one confounding neuro-electrical signal that is adapted to modulate the sense of taste in the body, (ii) generating at least one confounding neuro-electrical signal that is adapted to modulate the sense of smell in the body, and (ii) transmitting at least one of the confounding neuro-electrical signals to a subject to modulate the subject's sense of taste or smell. In a preferred embodiment, both confounding neuro-electrical signals are transmitted to the subject to modulate the subject's sense of taste and smell.
US08725245B2 Resonant coil for measuring specimen condition
An oscillator provides a reference signal having a phase. A tunable reactive circuit, including an induction coil, is driven by the fixed frequency reference signal of the oscillator with coil adapted to be positioned adjacent the specimen to generate an oscillating signal corresponding to the condition of the specimen. The tunable reactive circuit provides an output signal having a parameter indicative of the condition of the specimen. A resonant control circuit compares the reference signal to the oscillating signal and provides to the tunable reactive circuit a resonance control signal representative of the comparison. The resonance control signal tunes the tunable reactive circuit, which may be a series RLC circuit, so that the frequency of the oscillating signal is substantially constant.
US08725243B2 Methods and systems for recommending an appropriate pharmacological treatment to a patient for managing epilepsy and other neurological disorders
The present invention provides systems and methods for managing epilepsy. In one embodiment, a method of the present invention characterize a patient's propensity for a future epileptic seizure and communicates to the patient and/or a health care provider a therapy recommendation. The therapy recommendation is typically a function of the patient's propensity for the future epileptic seizure.
US08725237B2 Devices, systems, and methods for virtual staining
The disclosure herein provides methods, systems, and devices for virtually staining biological tissue for enhanced visualization without use of an actual dye or tag by detecting how each pixel of an unstained tissue image changes in waveform after staining with a certain dye(s) and/or tag(s) or other transformation under a certain electromagnetic radiation source, developing a virtual staining transform based on such detection, and applying such virtual staining transform to an unstained biological tissue to virtually stain the tissue.
US08725234B2 Systems, devices, and methods employing fiber optic shape tracking
The present invention provides systems, devices, and methods employing fiber optic shape and position tracking. The systems, devices, and methods permit measurement of and continuous tracking of the shape and position of objects whose shape dynamically changes with time. Applications include tracking and monitoring of endoscopes for diagnostic and surgical procedures.
US08725231B2 Fracture risk assessment
The present disclosure relates to a bone fracture risk assessment method and system. The method may include generating a volumetric model corresponding to a three-dimensional image of a bone structure for each bone structure in a set of bone structures. The method may further include defining a vector of variables for each bone structure. Each variable in the vector of variables may include a three-dimensional position of one of a number of volumetric vertices and at least one parameter associated with the one volumetric vertex. The method may include generating a set of individual vectors and performing variable reduction on the set of individual vectors. The method may further include determining a discriminator based at least in part on a result of the variable reduction.
US08725230B2 Steering wheel with hand sensors
The invention relates to a steering wheel for a vehicle can include a sensor assembly mounted in the steering wheel. The sensor assembly can include an electrode configured to measure a biological parameter of a driver of the vehicle. In invention further relates to a sensor assembly for a steering wheel. The sensor assembly can include an electrode configured to measure a biological parameter of a driver of the vehicle. The sensor assembly can be configured to be mounted in the steering wheel.
US08725229B2 Cover sheet for a body measuring apparatus and an automatic sheet dispenser therefor
A cover sheet (1) used in a body measuring apparatus having electrodes for supplying current to a human body or for measuring a difference in electrical potential between two sites of the body. The cover sheet has electric conductive area portions (2) corresponding to the electrodes of the body measuring apparatus and having a electric conductivity in thickness direction, and insulation area portions (3) spacing adjacent electric conductive area portions (2) and having electrically insulating property at least along a plane direction. The cover sheet is used to prevent cross-infection and can be used safely without slip and prepared cheaply without affecting to impedance, with assuring completely insulation between adjacent electrodes. Conductivity is created with conductive solid (“dry type”) or conductive liquid (“wet type”). The cover sheet is fed automatically by a sheet dispenser.
US08725227B2 Electrode arrangement and measuring device for measuring the electrical activity in an electrically active tissue
The invention relates to an electrode arrangement and a measuring device for measuring the action flow and/or the action potential of an electrically active tissue. The aim of the invention is to provide a simple and economically producible electrode for measuring action flows and/or action potentials in electrically active tissues (preferably the stapedius muscle tissue), ensuring that the electrode is fixed securely, but reversibly, in the muscle tissue and that the muscle tissue is disturbed as little as possible. The electrode arrangement according to the invention comprises a first electrode (2) and a fixing element (3), the first electrode (2) being connected to a first, long electrical line (4) and consisting of a long base body (6) comprising a first end (7) and a second end (8). The first electrical line (4) is connected to the base body (6) in the region of the second end (8) thereof, and means are provided for reversibly fixing the fixing element (3) to the first electrode (2).
US08725225B2 Intraoperative imaging of renal cortical tumors and cysts
The invention provides methods for visualizing renal tumors and for staging cysts during an operation by use of a fluorescent dye.
US08725222B2 Payment-enabled mobile telephone assembly
A payment-enabled mobile device assembly includes a carrying case configured for attachment to a portable electronic device and that includes an aperture for accepting an integrated circuit (IC) identification card. The IC identification card has a card body and includes electronic components, and in some embodiments a shield layer is provided to shield the electronic components of the IC identification card from electronic components of the portable electronic device. In addition, when the IC identification card is inserted into the aperture at least a portion of the front surface is visible through the aperture.
US08725220B2 Power saving method and related communication device
A power saving method for a mobile device in a wireless communication system is disclosed. The power saving method comprises obtaining a first parameter according to a first signal transmitted between the mobile device and a first network; estimating a first power consumption of the mobile device in the first network according to the first parameter and a first radio access technology (RAT) employed in the first network; determining whether the first network is suitable according to at least a comparison of the first power consumption with a second power consumption of the mobile device in a second network, wherein the second network employs a second RAT different from the first RAT; and switching to a the second network when the first network is not suitable.
US08725210B2 Attachable assembly
An attachable assembly for smart phone that has at least one contact site disposed thereon is disclosed. The attachable assembly comprises a mount unit and an extension device. The mount unit is fixed at one edge of the smart phone, and has at least one locking slot disposed thereon; the extension device electrically contacts the contact site and has at least one locking member selectively engaged to the locking slot. Wherein, the extension device has a rotative axis so that the extension device is rotated and fitted with the mount unit.
US08725207B2 Method and apparatus for determining posture of mobile terminal
A method and apparatus for determining a posture of a mobile terminal are provided. The mobile terminal includes a first camera module located in a rear surface thereof and a second camera module located in a front surface thereof, and the method includes measuring illuminance in each of the first camera module and the second camera module, comparing an illuminance value measured in the first camera module and an illuminance value measured in the second camera module with a predetermined critical value, and determining a posture of the mobile terminal according to a result of the comparison. Therefore, a posture of the mobile terminal can be determined without an acceleration sensor or a gyro sensor.
US08725206B2 Disabling operation of a camera on a handheld mobile communication device based upon enabling or disabling devices
A handheld communication device capable of transmitting and receiving at least voice and text communication. The device has a body assembly including a front face arranged to be directed toward an operator of the device when held in a text communicating orientation. A display screen and a text-input keyboard are included and are each exposed at the front face of the body assembly. The keyboard has a plurality of keys that include a set of alphabetic keys with which either QWERTY-, QWERTZ- AZERTY- or Dvorak-arranged alphabetic characters are associated. An integrated camera assembly is also included that is configured for taking photographs and the communication device enabled to wirelessly communicate photographs taken with the camera assembly to a remote receiver. The camera assembly includes a photo-initiating actuator having an actuated position and an unactuated position and at least one of a selective enablement device or a selective disablement device.
US08725203B2 Multiservice communication device with logical control channel
A multiservice communication device includes a plurality of transceivers that wirelessly transceive network data with a corresponding plurality of networks in accordance with a corresponding plurality of network protocols, wherein at least one of the plurality of transceivers further transceives control channel data with a remote management unit contemporaneously with the network data via a logical control channel carried using the corresponding one of the plurality of network protocols, wherein the control channel data includes local control data sent to the management unit and remote control data received from the management unit. A processing module processes the remote control data and generates a least one control signal in response thereto, the at least one control signal for adapting at least one of the plurality of transceivers based on the remote control data.
US08725202B2 Single transceiver for wireless peer-to-peer connections
Data transfer in a communications network includes a first communication device including a transceiver; and an interface operatively connected to the first communication device, wherein the interface provides multiple operative connections for data transfer, wherein the multiple operative connections include a WLAN connection adapted for communication with an access point that generates data exchange signals; and a P2P connection adapted for communication with a second communication device, wherein the transceiver is shared between the multiple operative connections. The first and second communication devices may include a WiFi device. The first communication device may further include a pair of data registers and state machines; a MAC layer controller that receives input from the pair of data registers and state machines; and a PHY layer controller that receives input from the pair of data registers and state machines and the MAC layer controller, and sends instructions to the transceiver.
US08725201B2 Multi-carrier receiving device and method
The present invention discloses a multi-carrier receiving device and method. The multi-carrier receiving device includes an antenna, a splitter, a plurality of analog extraction modules, a combiner, an analog-to-digital converter, and a plurality of digital extraction modules, where input ends of the plurality of analog extraction modules are connected to an output end of the splitter; an input end of the combiner is connected to output ends of the plurality of analog extraction modules, and an output end of the combiner is connected to an input end of the analog-to-digital converter; an output end of the analog-to-digital converter is connected to each of the plurality of digital extraction modules; and the plurality of digital extraction modules extracts a single-carrier digital signal from a digital signal obtained after analog-to-digital conversion.
US08725200B2 Communication operating method for dual standby mobile terminal and dual standby mobile terminal supporting the same
A communication operating method and a dual standby mobile terminal including a first communication module and a second communication module are provided. The first communication module supports forming a first communication channel with a first wireless communication network. A second communication module supports forming a second communication channel with a second wireless communication network. When the first communication module transitions from an abnormal service state to a normal service state, the first communication module performs a base station search based on base station channel information of the second communication module and camps on a found base station.
US08725193B2 Adaptive A-MPR in inter-band carrier aggregation
A method to prevent reception interference caused by inter-band CA is described. The method includes receiving instructions to concurrently operate on a first and second band. A first MPR is associated with the first band and a second MPR is associated with the second band. In response to determining that the concurrent operation on the first band and the second band would cause desensitization, a power adjustment is selected. The power adjustment includes a first A-MPR for the first band and/or a second A-MPR for the second band. In response to determining that the device can concurrently operate on the first band and the second band when the power adjustment is applied, the power adjustment is applied. Apparatus and computer readable media are also described.
US08725192B2 Beacon transmit power schemes
In a multi-level power transmission scheme, an access point transmits at one power level, while repeatedly transmitting at a burst power level for short periods of time. For example, a femto cell may transmit a beacon with periodic high power bursts of short duration, while the femto cell transmit power also undergoes high power bursts aligned with the beacon bursts. In a network listen-based power control scheme, an access point listens for one or more parameters sent over-the-air by the network and then defines transmit power based on the received parameter(s). In some aspects, beacon transmit power may be set based on a defined outage radius parameter and the total received signal power on a channel. In some aspects, access point transmit power may be set based on a defined coverage parameter and the received energy associated with signals from access points of a certain type.
US08725188B1 Enclosed space communication systems and related methods
Systems and methods for communication in enclosed areas. Implementations may include a high-frequency (HF) conversion side including an HF modulator and HF demodulator which is coupled with an HF antenna. A medium-frequency (MF) conversion side including an MF modulator and an MF demodulator which is coupled with an MF antenna may also be included. The HF conversion side may be coupled to the MF conversion side at the HF demodulator and the HF modulator. The HF conversion side may be physically separate from the MF conversion side.
US08725181B2 Personal cellular zone with signal resolution
A method and apparatus for providing a cellular zone is disclosed. A communication link connects a cellular base station and a wireless access point. A typical communication link can be a wire-based communication network, such as the Internet, using IP telephony protocol. The wireless access point communicates with a cell phone over a cellular frequency and thereby establishes the cellular zone. Where the area of the cellular zone and the coverage area of the cellular base station overlap, continuous arbitration is performed to select a communications channel. The strength of a first signal received from the cellular base station is compared to the strength of a second signal received from the wireless access point. Selection criteria include signal strength and a time-oriented criteria to maintain continuity of communication channel.
US08725179B2 System for distributed spectrum sensing in a highly mobile vehicular environment
A system and method for detecting spectrum holes in a region is disclosed. The system comprises a requesting module, a detecting module and an aggregation module. The requesting module retrieves channel availability data for a region. The channel availability data describes potential availability of a channel. The detecting module obtains a set of values for the channel by spectrum sensing at a set of locations in the region based at least in part on the potential availability of the channel. The aggregation module aggregates the set of values for the channel over the set of locations in the region to obtain a first value for the channel and determines the availability of the channel based at least in part on the first value for the channel.
US08725176B2 Methods for receiving information relating to an article of footwear
In at least one embodiment, a method for providing information to a user about a fitness activity includes receiving on a portable fitness device from a shoe having an RFID tag information relating to the shoe, wherein the shoe is for wearing during the fitness activity, receiving on the portable fitness device information about the fitness activity, and displaying to the user the information relating to the shoe and the information about the fitness activity.
US08725172B2 Wireless communication system having mobility-based content delivery
A portable subscriber access unit includes a wireless transceiver and a processor. The processor controls the transceiver, determines a mobility state of the access unit, and determines a data packet content type. The transceiver transmits the mobility state, receives service rights based on the mobility state, and transmits the data packet on a condition that the content type is allowed by the service rights.
US08725170B1 System and method for measuring the quantity, type and transmission quality of mobile communication devices within a defined geographical area
A system and method for measuring the quantity, type and transmission quality of mobile communication devices within a defined geographical area is disclosed herein. A data server is configured to receive new transmission data for mobile devices from each of a plurality of sensor devices and associate the new transmission data with a corresponding sensor device of the plurality of sensor devices. A console application is also configured to display the display information to an end-user operator.
US08725164B2 Method and apparatus for reminding calendar schedule and recording medium
A method and an apparatus for reminding a calendar schedule and a recording medium are provided. First, a schedule and a location of an event are set in a calendar, and first positioning information of the location is obtained. Then, second positioning information of a current location of a mobile device is obtained. Next, the current location is determining whether to be within a signal range of a signal source. Once the current location is within the signal range, the time for moving from the location with the second positioning information to the location with the first positioning information is calculated. Finally, a reminding time is set according to the transferring time, and a reminding action is taken at the reminding time. Thereby, the reminding time of the event can be dynamically adjusted to avoid delay caused when the mobile device is too far from the event location.
US08725161B2 Excess delay estimation using total received power
To determine the position of a mobile device located within a coverage area of a base station, the time of arrival (TOA) of the CDMA signal received by the mobile device from the base station is reduced in proportion to the received power of the CDMA signal. The mobile device uses the reduced TOA of the CDMA signals together with the received GPS signals to detect its position. Alternatively, the mobile device transmits the TOA and power measurements of the received CDMA signals to a position determination entity (PDE). The PDE biases the TOA to estimate the position of the mobile device and transmits assistance data to the mobile device, thereby enabling the mobile device to receive GPS signals. The received GPS signals alone, or in combination with the biased TOA are then used to recompute the position of the mobile device.
US08725160B2 Offline device paging
The network resources allocated to Machine Type Communication (MTD) devices (also referred to as Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Devices) can be reduced through the introduction of a new device state in a network. The network device state, referred to as a sleep state, allows the network to offload context information about the device to another network element so that the resources allocated to the sleeping device can be released. When the device needs to be contacted by a network element, the stored context information can be retrieved to facilitate paging the otherwise offline device.
US08725159B2 Mobile communication system
A mobile communication system according to the present invention is a mobile communication system, in which a mobile station UE is configured to transmit and receive a signal to/from a radio base station eNB simultaneously using a first carrier of a frequency band F1 and a second carrier of a frequency band F2 higher than the frequency band F1, that is, the mobile station UE is configured to perform CA, wherein the radio base station eNB is configured to manage a cell #11 using the first carrier and a cell #21 using the second carrier, a coverage area of the cell #11 and a coverage area of the cell #21 are configured to be geographically superimposed with each other, and the coverage area of the cell #11 is configured to be larger than the coverage area of the cell #21.
US08725156B2 Methods for supporting mobile nodes in industrial control and automation systems and other systems and related apparatus
A method includes providing wireless service to a mobile leaf node using at least one first infrastructure node in an industrial control or monitoring system. The method also includes detecting movement of the mobile leaf node away from the at least one first infrastructure node.The method further includes handing off the mobile leaf node to at least one second infrastructure node in the industrial control or monitoring system so that the at least one second infrastructure node provides the wireless service to the mobile leaf node. The wireless service provided to the mobile leaf node remains deterministic. Various techniques can be used to detect the movement of the mobile leaf node. Also, the first and second infrastructure nodes could be in different clusters of nodes, and various techniques can be used to support handoffs between infrastructure nodes in different clusters.
US08725152B2 Measurement reporting of neighbor cells
At a user equipment, individual ones of a set of measurements of neighbor cells are associated with individual code points which are relative to a threshold (301) and define a step size (303) that is dynamically determined from a set of possible step sizes. The code points to which the measurements are associated are compiled into a measurement report which is sent to a network. At the network, the code point step size (303) is sent to the user equipment which sends the measurement report to the network. The step size is thus dynamically determined from a set of possible step sizes. The network selects, based on the received measurement report, one of the neighbor cells for handover of the user equipment. In an embodiment, the threshold (301) is determined from an offset value sent by the network to the user equipment. Methods, apparatus, and stored computer programs are described for both user equipment and network side embodiments.
US08725151B2 Apparatus and method for X2 interface setup and cell switching in mobile communication system
A method and an apparatus for setting up an X2 interface setup are provided. The method includes transmitting, by a first Base Station (BS), an X2 interface setup request to a second BS, wherein the X2 interface setup request comprises an access mode of a Closed Subscriber Group (CSG) supported by a cell in the first BS, and transmitting, by the second BS, an X2 interface response message to the first BS, wherein the X2 interface response message comprises the access mode of the CSG supported by the cell in the second BS.
US08725148B2 System and method for handoff of session from VoIP interface to cellular interface of dual-mode device
A method and system for handing off an active VoIP call with a remote party from a VoIP interface of a dual-mode device to a cellular interface of the dual-mode device. A cellular call is established between a PBX IP/PSTN gateway and the cellular interface. Media relating to the first termination point of the VoIP leg of the active call is then redirected to the cellular call and the VoIP leg is terminated.
US08725145B2 Mobile device requests of non-communication time periods to a wireless communication network
A particular method includes sending a request from a mobile device associated with a plurality of subscriptions to a wireless communication network. The request indicates a time period requested by the mobile device as a non-communication time period of the wireless communication network with respect to the mobile device.
US08725143B2 Methods and systems for handover in WiMAX networks
This application provides techniques for robust handover to a target base station, based on performing initial ranging with the target base station. The techniques might generally include scanning neighboring base stations (BSs), selecting a target BS for a handover at least based on results of the scanning, performing initial ranging with the target BS, and sending a Handover Request to the target BS.
US08725142B1 Channel scanning method and apparatus
A receiver is tuned to a first channel in a plurality of channels, and at least one beacon signal from at least one other channel is received while the receiver is tuned to the first channel. The at least one other channel is determined to be active based on the at least one beacon signal received while the receiver is tuned to the first channel. A channel that is determined to be “active” may be, for example, a communication channel on which an access point in a communication network is communicating or is able to communicate.
US08725135B2 System and method for using a mobile terminal in a motor vehicle for updating the software of on-board computers
A system for using at least one mobile terminal in a motor vehicle, such as a passenger automobile or a two-wheeled vehicle in particular, having the at least one mobile terminal and a communication interface between the motor vehicle and the mobile terminal is provided. A software version transmission device transmits a software version message indicating which sequence controllers and/or control unit data are stored and/or installed in one or more control units of the motor vehicle. The software version message is analyzed to ascertain whether the vehicle-external download device has one or more current sequence controllers and/or control unit data ready for downloading, which are downloaded via a communication link and stored in the mobile terminal. An updating device stores and/or installs the sequence controllers and/or control unit data stored in the mobile terminal in the at least one affected control unit.
US08725134B2 Remotely configuring mobile telephone software based on subscription
A method, which is convenient to subscribe, configure and move mobile telephone software service, focuses on user. It regards all kinds of mobile telephone service software as the carrier of the service. A user's mobile telephone stores user description information and service description information related of the mobile telephone in service management platform after installing and starting a mobile telephone service. The user logs on the service management platform through access equipment, and subscribes mobile telephone service modality and all kinds of function available after identity authorization. The user can configure service parameters through access equipment, downloads the mobile telephone service software or service description information from service management platform, and installs them to user's mobile telephone after subscription or configuration operation. The user can log on the service management platform through new mobile telephone when the mobile telephone is updated. All mobile telephone service and service description information used in the original mobile telephone can be moved to the new mobile telephone selectively or as a whole after identity authorization. It is convenient to update, subscribe and configure individualization mobile telephone service software.
US08725130B2 Integration of wireless and external computing devices
A wireless device may include logic that enables the wireless device to interface with the external computing device. The wireless device may also include rule logic to direct handling by the external computing device of call events of the wireless device.
US08725128B2 Pre-fetching of assets to user equipment
Systems and methods are disclosed for pre-fetching assets from content providers to user equipment (UE). In one embodiment, the UE initiates a pre-fetch operation to download assets from content providers in advance of an end user requesting the assets. The UE accesses a resource profile for the pre-fetch operation that indicates the content providers that have assets for the UE to download in advance for local storage on the UE, and defines a percentage of UE resources allocated to each of the content providers for downloading the assets during the pre-fetch operation. The UE may then download the assets from the content providers based on the resource profile, and store the assets in a local memory.
US08725126B2 System for targeting advertising content to a plurality of mobile communication facilities
A system for targeting advertising content includes the steps of: (a) receiving respective requests for advertising content corresponding to a plurality of mobile communication facilities operated by a group of users, wherein the plurality includes first and second types of mobile communication facilities with different rendering capabilities; (b) receiving a datum corresponding to the group; (c) selecting from a first and second sponsor respective content based on a relevancy to the datum, wherein each content includes a first and second item requiring respective rendering capabilities; (d) receiving bids from the first and second sponsors; (e) attributing a priority to the content of the first sponsor based upon a determination that a yield associated with the first sponsor is greater than a yield associated with the second sponsor; and (f) transmitting the first and second items of the first sponsor to the first and second types of mobile communication facilities respectively.
US08725124B2 Enhanced deployment of applications
Systems and methods for managing distribution of applications are provided herein. A host server can act as an intermediary between a communications device and an app store in order to manage distribution of applications to the communications device. Thus, the host server can receive from the communications device an app request for an application that resides at the app store. The host server can examine various catalog information and provide a package that includes the application to the communications device.
US08725122B2 Systems and methods for providing trusted service management services
Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for providing trusted service management services. According to one embodiment, a system can include at least one service provider gateway operable to receive and transmit messages with multiple service providers; at least one mobile network operator gateway operable to receive and transmit messages with multiple mobile network operators; at least one provisioning gateway operable to transmit mobile device application data with multiple mobile devices and to receive messages from the plurality of mobile devices. The system can further include a processor operable to execute computer-executable instructions to: facilitate service provider communications by providing a common service provider interface for the service providers; facilitate mobile network operator communications by providing a common mobile network operator interface for the mobile network operators; facilitate provisioning multiple mobile device applications with the mobile devices; and facilitate communications with the mobile devices.
US08725120B2 Internet system for connecting client-travelers with geographically-associated data
A multi-dimensional information repository has a plurality of stored data structures; and one or more tags associated with individual ones of the plurality of data structures. The data structures are tagged according to locations and defined regions relative to the surface of the Earth, and a data retrieval system retrieves information from the data structures according to location data accompanying requests for data. In some cases data structures are also tagged relative to time in addition to location and defined regions, and both tags are used in retrieving data structures. An Internet-connected subscription server system using the data repository has a communication module for receiving data requests accompanied by location data and a code set for managing retrieval of information from the data repository in response to the data requests. The system, receiving a data request, uses the location data accompanying the request to determine location in individual ones of pre-defined regions, and uses the pre-defined region information to access data structures and retrieve information related to the pre-defined regions for transmission in response to the data requests.
US08725117B2 Optimizing operation of a radio program
Exemplary embodiments provide for optimizing operation of a radio program operated by a host process. Aspects include analyzing the contextual information received from the plurality of client devices participating in the radio program and enabling at least one feature on the host process based at least in part on the contextual information.
US08725114B2 Method and apparatus for transferring identity information to a wireless device
A method and apparatus for transferring identity information for temporary use by a wireless device, visiting a foreign operator network, is provided. A user is presented, at a kiosk, with an opportunity to download a temporary identity which is recognized by the operator network as belonging to a local subscriber, and the user may make a request for service. In response to the user-generated request for service, local identity information is transferred to the wireless device for use thereby. The transfer is short-range wireless communication from the kiosk to the wireless device. The temporary identity, once installed on the wireless device, makes the wireless device appear as a local subscriber. Upon termination of use, the temporary identity is returned to a pool and usable for another wireless device.
US08725111B2 Method for switching a telematics communication
A method for providing telematics communications is provided comprising: sending an ignition-on message to a switching server by a telematics device, when an ignition is turned on; sending a switching phone list to the telematics device by the switching server; sending to the switching server, by the telematics device, information about a mobile terminal that a driver or passenger selects from the switching phone list and an authentication number that the driver or passenger inputs; and sending a switching setting result to the mobile terminal by the switching server after performing user authentication by using the authentication number and performing switching setting to allow a telephone number assigned to the selected mobile terminal to be switched to that of the telematics device.
US08725110B2 Mobile communication terminal and method for managing SIM cards
A mobile communication terminal includes a first SIM card, a second SIM card, a surfing detecting module, a bandwidth detecting module, and a control module. The first SIM card uses a first payment mode to pay for surfing the Internet according to bandwidth used. The second SIM card uses a second payment mode to pay for surfing the Internet according to time used. The surfing detecting module detects whether the mobile communication terminal is connected to the Internet. The bandwidth detecting module detects the bandwidth used. The control module enables one of the first and the second SIM cards according to the bandwidth used.
US08725108B2 Determining telecommunication subscriber metrics
Information associated with a communication is gathered at a switching point during the routing process to determine subscriber metric information associated with an active service identifier. The information relates to the originator of the communication and the target. The information is compared to a provider database to determine a carrier originally associated with the active service identifier. The information is then compared to a porting database to determine if the active service identifier was ported, and if so, to which carrier the active service identifier was ported. A determination can then be made regarding which carrier is associated with the active service identifier. The data may be aggregated for a large amount of switched communications, representing a large amount of active service identifiers for a given market. Thus, a number of subscribers for a given carrier in a given market may be determined.
US08725098B2 Method for tuning a RF front-end circuit using an on-chip negative transconductance circuit to make an oscillator
A radio-frequency (RF) front-end circuit includes a tunable filter, a negative transconductance circuit coupled with the tunable filter to produce a tuning oscillation signal, and a counter arranged to determine a frequency of the tuning oscillation signal. The RF front-end circuit also includes a control circuit arranged to shift the frequency of the tuning oscillation signal by adjusting the tunable filter until the frequency of the tuning oscillation signal falls within an acceptable frequency range corresponding to a desired channel frequency band.
US08725096B2 Circuit board for controlling wireless dental handpiece
A system, method, and apparatus including a printed circuit board for wireless communication between the various components and devices used in a wireless dental device. The printed circuit board includes a substrate for mounting of a plurality of electronic components. The electronic components include a programmable controller; a radio frequency transceiver; an accelerometer; a wake-up device for generating a wake-up signal to the controller; and a 2.45 GHz antenna communicatively coupled with the RF transceiver. The electronic components are in electronic communication through printed circuit traces on the substrate and configured to communicate with at least one remote wireless controller. The PCB is configured to be mounted within a housing module of the hand-held dental hand piece.
US08725093B2 Radio frequency transmission device and method with multi-mode and full frequency band
The present invention discloses a multi-mode full frequency band radio frequency transmission device comprising a radio frequency switch chip positioned in the latter stage of the radio frequency main amplifier chip and configured to integrate all solid switch elements. Each of the solid switch elements comprises a transfer switch used when values of a variable capacitor and a variable inductor are controlled. The variable capacitor and the variable inductor are configured to control values of passive elements in an input switch matching circuit/output switch matching circuit to implement a single input/output matching circuit. The present invention further discloses a multi-mode full frequency band radio frequency transmission method comprising controlling values of passive elements in an input switch matching circuit/output switch matching circuit through the variable capacitor and the variable inductor to implement a single input/output matching circuit.
US08725092B2 Methods and apparatuses for frequency filtering for non-centered component carrier transmission
In accordance with an example embodiment of the present invention, an apparatus comprises a first multiplier configured to convert a first frequency signal into a second frequency signal based at least in part on a first complex-valued local oscillator signal, a pair of low-pass filters configured to filter the second frequency signal, and a second multiplier configured to convert the filtered second frequency signal into a third frequency signal based at least in part on a second complex-valued local oscillator signal wherein the first frequency signal and the third frequency signal share the same frequency position and the pair of low-pass filters is configured based on an indication of allocated transmitted channels.
US08725090B2 Method for single stream beamforming with mixed power constraints
System and method for calculating a transmitter beamforming vector related to a channel vector h under per-antenna power constraints combined with total power constraint, under per-antenna power constraints combined with overall line of site (LOS) effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP) and under all three constraints. Calculating a transmitter beamforming vector may be done in the transmitter, in the receiver and feedback to the transmitter or in both. The method may be adapted to perform with a multi-antenna receiver and with multi-carrier systems.
US08725084B2 MIMO mode switch management for beamformed MIMO systems
Techniques are provided herein for improving multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) wireless communications, and in particular to dynamically determining when to switch MIMO transmission modes on a communication link between two devices that are capable of supporting multiple MIMO transmission modes. A base station receives from a client device one or more signals containing information representing a first signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) measurement and a second SNR measurement made by the client device. The first SNR measurement is associated with a first MIMO transmission mode and the second SNR measurement is associated with a second MIMO transmission mode. The base station computes a MIMO channel quality indicator from the first SNR measurement and the second SNR measurement, and evaluates the MIMO channel quality indicator to determine whether to switch MIMO transmission modes for transmissions to the client device.
US08725082B2 Dongle and method for operating external input means, and external input system with the dongle
A dongle and method for operating external input means, and an external input system with the dongle are provided. The dongle includes a wired interface for connecting the dongle to an external input means, the external input means including at least one external input device; a signal converter for converting a wired signal, which is transmitted from at least one external input device connected to the wired interface, into a Radio Frequency (RF) signal; and an RF communication module for transmitting the RF signal to an electronic device via an RF communication channel.
US08725077B2 Scheduling and coordination in a wireless network
Providing scheduling and adjusting of multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) streams by a first network component based on channel quality for a user equipment or assistance data received by another network component is disclosed. Receiving multiple MIMO OFDM streams by a user equipment (UE) from at least two network components is also provided.
US08725070B2 Shaped load modulation in a near field communications (NFC) device
A method and apparatus is disclosed to compensate for overshoot and/or undershoot in a transmission sequence by shaping the transmission sequence according to a shaping envelope to lengthen its rise time and/or fall time to provide a modified transmission sequence. The shaping envelope may represent a trigonometric function, a polynomial function, a piecewise function or any other function that lengthens the rise time and/or the fall time of the transmission sequence. The modified transmission sequence adjusts an impedance of an antenna to load modulate a carrier wave that is inductively coupled to it.
US08725069B2 Wave dielectric transmission device, manufacturing method thereof, and in-millimeter wave dielectric transmission method
Provided is an in-millimeter wave dielectric transmission device including a first signal processing board for processing a millimeter wave signal, a second signal processing board signal-coupled to the first signal processing board to receive the millimeter wave signal and perform signal processing with respect to the millimeter wave signal, and a viscoelastic member provided between the first signal processing board and the second signal processing board and having a predetermined relative dielectric constant and a predetermined dielectric dissipation factor. The viscoelastic member constitutes a dielectric transmission path. With such a configuration, the viscoelastic member absorbs vibration when external force is applied to the signal processing boards, so that vibration of the first signal processing board and the second signal processing board can be reduced, and a millimeter wave signal between the signal processing boards can be transmitted through the viscoelastic member at a high speed without using connectors and cables.
US08725068B2 Repeater design and verification tool
The performance of a repeater path may be predicted by identifying the parameters of a transmitting earth, a receiving earth station, and the component performance parameters of at least one of the gain, loss and noise figure of at least one of repeater components in the repeater path. The component performance parameters, the transmitting and receiving earth station parameters, and the predicted repeater performance may be communicated and/or displayed via a graphical user interface.
US08725066B2 Apparatus and method for allocating resource to mobile station connected to relay station in broadband wireless communication system
An apparatus and method for allocating a resource to a Mobile Station (MS) connected to a Relay Station (RS) in a broadband wireless communication system are provided. In the broadband wires communication system, a Base Station (BS) includes a transmitter for transmitting a pilot signal transmission request message to an MS, and a scheduler for frequency-selectively allocating a resource to the MS by using channel information upon receiving from an RS the channel information estimated using the pilot signal.
US08725064B2 System and method for providing event spectators with audio/video signals pertaining to remote events
A system and method for providing content for access by a portable device at an event are provided. The system includes an interface to receive signals from a plurality of sources. The plurality of sources are located at an event and remote from the event. The signals define event content and non-event content. The system further includes a processor for processing the received signals to generate combined signals based upon the received signals from the plurality of sources. The system also includes a transmitter for transmitting to a plurality of portable devices at the event the combined signals. The combined signals are configured to allow a user to select content using the portable device receiving the combined signals.
US08725063B2 Multi-mode media device using metadata to access media content
A multi-mode media device arranged to store digital media content and at least in part wirelessly access and/or control a separate media source configured to provide media content to a separate media output unit. In a first mode, the media device displays a list of media content stored on the device; receives a selection signal to play a selected media content; and plays the selected content on the device. In a second mode, the device operatively connects to a media source, permitting the device to issue commands to the source; at least in part wirelessly transmits a selection signal including a media content request from the device to the media source; and in response to the media content request, the media source delivers the appropriate media content from the media source to a media output unit for output, based on the media content request.
US08725062B2 Media broadcasts from wireless access point
An integrated circuit radio transceiver and method therefore includes a wireless access point that is operable to receive media content for subsequent delivery to at least one wireless mobile terminal and to store such media content until a specified delivery time or such media content is requested. The wireless access point is operable to generate transmissions of the media content at an increased power level either directly through attached point-to-point communications that span a super service area that overlaps service areas of other wireless access points or by way of broadcast transmissions at an increased power level that overlap the service areas of other wireless access points.
US08725061B2 Message distribution method, radio base station, and message distribution station
A message distribution method according to the present invention includes the steps of: (A) determining, at a message distribution station (CBC), distribution area information and a distribution type, based on a message distribution request received from a flash report transmission station (CBE) and containing distribution target area information, and reporting, from the message distribution station (CBC) to a radio base station (eNB), the distribution area information and the distribution; and (B) determining, at the radio base station (eNB), the distribution area, based on the distribution area information and the distribution type, and distributing, from the radio base station to the mobile station in the distribution area, a predetermined message.
US08725057B2 Image formation apparatus
An image formation apparatus has a belt unit and a drawer casing configured to accommodate the plurality of process units. The drawer casing is movable in a horizontal direction so that it is insertable in and/or drawable from a main body of the image formation apparatus. An openable cover for an opening formed on an end face of the drawer casing is provided. The drawer casing is arranged above an imaginary plane including the bridging surface of an endless belt, while a sheet tray is arranged below the imaginary plane. A pair of rollers is arranged on the sheet tray side with respect to the movable path and configured to feed the sheet fed from the sheet tray to the belt unit. A first guide and a second guide, which is provided opposite to the first guide with a predetermined clearance therebetween, are provided to form a sheet feed path.
US08725046B2 Transfer device and image forming apparatus
A transfer device includes a transfer body that transports a recording medium to a transfer position to transfer toner images to the recording medium; a leading-end gripping member that grips a leading-end portion of the recording medium when causing the recording medium to be wrapped around the transfer body and releases the leading-end portion when causing the recording medium that has been wrapped around the transfer body to become separated from the transfer body; and a moving member that moves, after a final toner image starts being transferred to the recording medium but before the leading-end gripping member releases the leading-end portion, the leading-end gripping member while the leading-end gripping member grips the leading-end portion in order to cause a leading-end side of the recording medium to become separated from the transfer body.
US08725040B2 Image forming apparatus with speed control function
An image forming apparatus configured to form a toner image on a sheet, including: a transfer belt configured to bear and transfer the toner image to the sheet conveyed at given conveying speed; a drive roller configured to drive the transfer belt; a speed detection roller held in contact with the transfer belt and configured to output roller information on rotational speed of the speed detection roller when the speed detection roller rotates as the transfer belt runs; a motor configured to drive the drive roller; a motor speed output portion configured to output motor information on rotational speed of the motor; and a control element configured to control the rotational speed of the motor.
US08725037B2 Image forming apparatus
An image forming apparatus comprising a detachable container storing a toner, the image forming apparatus comprising: a lever part movable in an attaching and detaching direction of the container, the lever part also contacting the container when the container is being detached, thereby moving the container in a detaching direction; and a stopper part being latched to the container and preventing the container from moving, a latching of the stopper part and the container being unlatched by a movement of the lever part when the container is being detached.
US08725036B2 Electrophotographic photoreceptor, process cartridge and image forming apparatus
An electrophotographic photoreceptor includes: an electrophotographic photoreceptor body containing a cylindrical electroconductive substrate having openings at both ends in an axial direction, the cylindrical electroconductive substrate having a thickness of approximately 2 mm or more at a center portion in an axial direction and having a socket joint portion on each of inner surfaces of both end portions in an axial direction; and a photosensitive layer provided on an outer surface of the electroconductive substrate; and a support member fit in the openings of the electroconductive substrate, having an fitting portion which has an outer diameter that is larger than a diameter of the opening by a range of from approximately 0.01 mm to approximately 0.1 mm, the fitting portion being press-fit into the opening.
US08725034B2 Image forming apparatus including process cartridge and drive unit with bracket and bracket bearing
An image forming apparatus including a process cartridge having a developing device and detachably installable in the image forming apparatus, and a drive unit to rotatively drive the developing device. The drive unit includes a drive force generator to generate a drive force to rotatively drive the developing device, a drive substrate to support the drive force generator, a drive shaft to transmit the drive force to the developing device, a bracket having a cylindrical bearing seating, a bracket bearing provided inside the bearing seating to support the drive shaft in a thrust direction, and an elastic member provided between the bearing seating and the bracket bearing to allow movement of the drive shaft in a radial direction, and a substrate bearing provided to the drive substrate to support the drive shaft in both the radial and thrust directions.
US08725030B2 Image forming apparatus
An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit to form a developer image in a developer agent on a photosensitive member, an intermediate transfer member arranged in a position to face the photosensitive member, a primary transfer member to transfer the developer image from the photosensitive member to the intermediate transfer member, a secondary transfer member to transfer the developer image from the intermediate transfer member to the recording medium, a cleaning member to remove materials adhered onto the intermediate transfer member, a container to store the materials removed from the intermediate transfer member, an attachment section, to which the container is detachably attached, and a conveyer to convey the recording medium to pass through a position between the intermediate transfer member and the cleaning member.
US08725022B2 Image forming apparatus for print job scheduling
Disclosed is an image forming apparatus including a storage unit which stores job data of a reserved job, an image forming unit which executes an image forming based on the job data of the reserved job, a paper feeding unit which stores a paper to be supplied to the image forming unit, a display unit, a control unit which determines whether a type of a paper to be used in the reserved job is different from a type of a paper which is stored in the paper feeding unit or not, and allows the display unit to display a job scheduling screen for displaying reservation information indicating a time required for an execution of the reserved job by including a predetermined notification when the control unit determines that the type of the paper to be used in the reserved job is different from the type of the paper which is stored in the paper feeding unit.
US08725021B2 Image forming apparatus with controlled developer removal
An image forming apparatus includes an image bearing member for carrying a developed image, a developer carrying member for carrying a developer to be supplied to the image bearing member, a cleaning blade for removing the developer from the image bearing member, and a controller for executing, at predetermined timing during a non-image-formation period, sequence controls for moving developer to the image bearing member and removing developer from the image bearing member by the cleaning blade. In addition, a removing unit removes the developer at a position before the developer, moved to the image bearing member by the sequence control, reaches the cleaning blade. An amount of the developer removed by the cleaning blade is controlled to be smaller in a first sequence control than in a second sequence control.
US08725017B2 Fuser assembly heater temperature control
A printer is provided including a substrate transport apparatus; a pick mechanism; a fuser assembly having a heat transfer member including a belt and a heater, a backup member for engaging the belt so as to define a fusing nip with the belt, and a temperature sensor associated with the backup member for sensing the temperature of the backup member; and a controller coupled to the substrate transport apparatus, the pick mechanism, the heater and the temperature sensor. The controller causes the pick mechanism to remove substrates from the storage tray at a first pick rate when the backup member is at a temperature within a first backup member index temperature range and at different pick rate less than the first pick rate when the backup member is at a temperature greater than the first backup member index temperature range.
US08725016B2 High speed image forming apparatus and image forming method thereof
An image forming apparatus includes image forming sections for respective colors, the image forming sections facing an outer surface of an intermediate transfer belt on an outward path. A transfer roller is provided on a returning path and is movable to a contact position where the transfer roller is pressed against the intermediate transfer belt or to a detachment position where the transfer roller is detached from the intermediate transfer belt. A density sensor is provided for detecting a density of toner image on the intermediate transfer belt. In an image quality adjustment operation, image forming sections form a toner image row on the intermediate transfer belt, and the density sensor measures densities. A length of the toner image row is smaller than a length of the intermediate transfer belt between the endmost photoreceptor drum on the downstream side and the transfer roller.
US08725015B2 Image forming apparatus
An image forming apparatus includes: an image bearing member; a development device; a speed varying unit that can vary a speed of a developer bearing member; a sensing portion that senses an environmental temperature around the development device; and a controller that can perform a mode in which, compared with a period which an image forming region of the image bearing member passes through the developing region, the rotation speed of the developer bearing member slows down a period which a non-image forming region of the image bearing member passes through the developing region, wherein based on sensing result of the sensing portion, the controller performs the mode when the environmental temperature is higher than a predetermined value, and the controller does not perform the mode when the environmental temperature is lower than the predetermined value.
US08725014B2 Image forming apparatus
Provided is an image forming apparatus capable of performing stable charging and thus stable image formation over a long term by changing a charge control method based on various environments. An engine control section serves as a first applied voltage determining unit, obtains a relationship between an applied voltage and a discharge current amount to a charging roller, and determines a voltage value of an applied voltage corresponding to a predetermined discharge current amount. The engine control section serves as a second applied voltage determining unit and determines a voltage value of a voltage to be applied to the charging roller based on the environment information detected by the environmental sensor. The engine control section selects, as the voltage to be applied to the charging roller, any one of the voltage values determined by the first and the second applied voltage determining units based on the environment information.
US08725013B2 Image forming apparatus using a transparent toner
An image forming apparatus capable of forming an image with a color toner and a transparent toner does not always form an image using the transparent toner. Under the circumstance where the image in which the transparent toner is more easily deteriorated than the color toner is output, if the deteriorated transparent toner is frequently discharged, the productivity may be lowered. Thus, when an amount of the transparent toner applied to the recording material that is acquired by an acquisition device is less than a predetermined amount, the transparent toner in the amount more than that acquired by the acquisition device is applied to the recording material.
US08725009B2 Image forming apparatus
An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier, a cleaning device that collects a waste toner attached to the surface of the image carrier using a cleaning member, a waste container that is removable from an image forming apparatus body, a temporary storage unit that is provided in the image forming apparatus body to temporarily store a waste including the waste toner collected in the cleaning device before the waste is transported to the waste container, and a waste transport unit that transports the waste to the temporary storage unit, wherein a discharge speed of the waste from the temporary storage unit by the waste discharge unit is lower than a transport speed of the waste to the temporary storage unit by the waste transport unit.
US08725008B2 Using images to diagnose defects in an image forming apparatus
Methods and systems receive printing symptoms from a user into a graphic user interface and receive system information from a printing device exhibiting the printing symptoms. The method analyzes the printing symptoms using a diagnostic inference system operating on a computerized device operatively connected to the graphic user interface to produce candidate component defects. The method outputs diagnostic recommendations containing the candidate component defects to the user. The diagnostic recommendations include at least one representative image of a printing defect corresponding to each candidate component defect, and probabilities of correctness of the candidate component defects displayed alongside the representative image.
US08725007B2 Method and arrangement for adaptive dispersion compensation
A received optical signal is coherently demodulated and converted into electrical complex samples, which are dispersion compensated in a compensation filter. A control circuit calculates comparison values from corrected samples and an estimated error value. A plurality of compensation functions is applied according to a predetermined dispersion range and after a second iteration, the compensation filter is set to an optimum compensation function.
US08725005B2 Dynamic impedance photodetector receiver circuit
A photodetector receiver circuit for an optical communication system includes an optical photodetector which receives optical signals and converts them into an electrical current. In one illustrative embodiment, a dynamic impedance module which switches the receiver circuit between a high impedance state and a low impedance state and a buffer stage which receives the electrical current and converts the electrical current into a voltage signal compatible with a digital circuit. A method for receiving an optical signal includes, receiving the optical signal and converting it into an electrical pulse train, switching a dynamic impedance module between a high impedance state and a low impedance state, transforming the electrical pulse train into an output voltage signal using a buffer stage, and receiving the output voltage signal by a digital circuit.
US08725001B2 Multicore fiber transmission systems and methods
An optical data link includes first and second pluralities of transmission devices, at least one of which is configured as an array. A multichannel transmission link has a first end connected to the first plurality of transmission devices and a second end connected to the second plurality of transmission devices so as to form a plurality of parallel transmission channels therebetween. The multichannel transmission link includes a multicore fiber with a plurality of individual cores having a configuration matching the array configuration of the at least one plurality of transmission devices. The multicore fiber has an endface connected directly to the at least one plurality of transmission devices, with the individual cores of the multicore fiber aligned with respective devices in the at least one plurality of transmission devices. Further described are access networks and core networks incorporating a transmission link comprising at least one span of a multicore fiber.
US08724991B2 Dynamic communication bandwidth allocation method, computer-readable medium storing dynamic communication bandwidth allocation program, semiconductor chip, and PON system
The present invention provides a station-side terminal device including a control signals reading/generating section that receives a requested bandwidth which the subscriber-side terminal devices require for the communication, from each of the subscriber-side terminal devices, and an uplink band allocating section including a first calculation section that allocates a usable communication bandwidth to each of the subscriber-side terminal devices based on a ratio of a service level parameter predetermined for each of the subscriber-side terminal devices, and a second calculation section that obtains an updated usable communication bandwidth updated by subtracting a sum of the allocated bandwidths from the usable communication bandwidth, and obtains an updated requested bandwidth updated by subtracting the allocated bandwidth from the requested bandwidth, to allocate the updated usable communication bandwidth to each of the subscriber-side terminal devices based on a ratio of the updated requested bandwidth.
US08724986B2 Method for transmitting impairment information, node, and network system
The embodiments of the present invention relate to the field of communication technologies, and disclose a method for transmitting impairment information, a node, and a network system. The method for transmitting impairment information includes: receiving, by a first node on a path, first impairment information from a previous hop node, and updating the first impairment information to obtain physical impairment parameters of all or a part of available wavelengths at the first node; deleting a wavelength whose physical impairment parameter at the first node exceeds a preset range; and sending second impairment information to a next hop node of the first node when a residual wavelength still exists after the wavelength whose impairment parameter exceeds the preset range is deleted. The second impairment information includes a physical impairment parameter of the residual wavelength at the first node.
US08724985B2 Wavelength division multiplexing filter
The present invention discloses a Wavelength Division Multiplexing Filter which can satisfy coexistence requirements of different PON systems and an optical line detecting system. The Wavelength Division Multiplexing Filter comprises a plurality of filters that are configured: in a downlink direction, to receive a first optical pulse signal output by a first PON system, a second optical pulse signal output by a second PON system or gained by coupling an output signal of the second PON system and a video signal, and a third optical pulse signal sent from an Optical Time Domain Reflectometer, and to couple the first optical pulse signal, the second optical pulse signal and the third optical pulse signal into an Optical Division Network; and in an uplink direction, to split an uplink optical pulse signal according to wavelength bands, to transmit an optical pulse signal in a first uplink wavelength range to the first PON system, to transmit an optical pulse signal in a second uplink wavelength range to the second PON system, and to transmit an optical signal in a third uplink wavelength range to the Optical Time Domain Reflectometer.
US08724982B2 Focus control device, focus control method, lens system, focus lens driving method, and program
A focus control device includes: an in-detection-range focal depth number calculation section that calculates the number of in-detection-range focal depths as the number of focal depths, which are divided as division units and each of which depends on a position of a focus lens, in accordance with a detection range in which the focus lens is shifted in order to detect the contrast of a captured image signal; a detection interval determination section that determines the number of in-detection-interval focal depths, which represents the number of focal depths as the division units, as a detection interval in the detection range, in accordance with the calculated number of in-detection-range focal depths; and a focus lens shift instruction section that instructs a lens section to perform a focus search which shifts the focus lens by specifying the detection range and the number of in-detection-interval focal depths determined as the detection interval.
US08724981B2 Imaging apparatus, focus position detecting method, and computer program product
An imaging apparatus includes: a focus lens; an imaging device; a movement detecting unit that detects the movement of an image on the basis of a difference between a plurality of image data which is output from the imaging device in time series; an estimating unit that estimates the movement of an object or a photographer on the basis of the movement of the image detected by the movement detecting unit; a movement range setting unit that sets a movement range of the focus lens on the basis of the movement of the object or the photographer estimated by the estimating unit; and a focus position detecting unit that moves the focus lens in an optical axis direction in the movement range set by the movement range setting unit and detects a focus position where the focus lens is focused on the position of the object of the image.
US08724980B2 Lens driving apparatus and control method thereof, and image capturing apparatus and control method thereof
A lens driving apparatus comprises: a zoom lens driven in an optical axis direction; first and second correction lenses driven in the optical axis direction; a storage unit that stores, for each predetermined focal length, positional relationships between the zoom lens, and the first and second correction lenses used for correcting a shift of an image plane upon driving of the zoom lens; a position detection unit that detects a position of the second correction lens; and a control unit that calculates driving amounts of the first correction lens and the second correction lens, and controls driving of the first and second correction lenses. The control means corrects an image plane position difference caused by a difference between a position of the second correction lens corresponding to a position of the zoom lens, and the detected position of the second correction lens, by moving the first correction lens.
US08724975B2 Fragrance producing lighting device
A light and fragrance producing device includes an electrically powered light source and a separate electrically powered heating element. The device also includes a fragrance disk that can emit fragrances when heated by the heating element. The fragrance disk also can be configured to remain solid while heated by the heating element rather than melting or evaporating. The device can also include a decorative outer housing that can be interchangeable.
US08724974B2 Vaporizer
A vaporizer, capable of stabilizing the behavior of pressure inside the vaporizer, includes a chamber having an inlet and an outlet, a heating device that heats the inside of the chamber, a partition wall structure 13 that is provided inside the vaporizer and partitions the liquid material inside the chamber into a plurality of sections, and liquid distribution portions 20 that are provided at the lower portion of the partition wall structure 13 and that allow liquid distribution among the sections partitioned by the partition wall structure 13, and the partition wall structure includes a grid-like, honeycomb-shaped, mesh-like, or pipe-shaped partition wall.
US08724971B2 Recording system
The invention relates to an apparatus and method for recording transmitted data items, and particularly television and radio programmes. The data items are received at one or more inputs along with ID data identifying the transmitted data items and the programme series to which the data item belongs. An input interface receives input indicating whether one or more received transmitted data items have been viewed or recorded by a user and a processor generates values for ranking the series to which each of the received data items belong based upon the received input. Subsequently received transmitted data items are stored in a storage device based on the generated values, the stored data items belonging to a series for which a value has been generated.
US08724970B2 Method and apparatus to search video data for an object of interest
A method of searching for objects of interest within captured video comprising capturing video of a plurality of scenes, storing the video in a plurality of storage elements, and receiving a request to retrieve contiguous video of an object of interest that has moved through at least two scenes of the plurality of scenes. In response to the request, searching within a first storage element of the plurality of storage elements to identify a first portion of the video that contains the object of interest within a first scene of the plurality of scenes, processing the first portion of the video to determine a direction of motion of the object of interest, selecting a second storage element of the plurality of storage elements within which to search for the object of interest based on the direction of motion, searching within the second storage element to identify a second portion of the video that contains the object of interest within a second scene of the plurality of scenes, and linking the first portion of the video with the second portion of the video to generate the contiguous video of the object of interest.
US08724965B2 Reproduction device
A playback apparatus has a platform 1410 that is a program execution environment of an application 1400. When the platform 1410 initiates the application 1400, a graphics information transmission unit 1403, which corresponds to an API function, obtains graphics information and stores the graphics information in a graphics information storage unit 1413. A graphics information control unit 1414 selects graphics information to be rendered, based on a stream event obtained by a stream event reception unit 1416 and the graphics information stored in the graphics information storage unit 1413. The graphics information control unit 1414 has a graphics rendition unit 1415 render the selected graphics with a video playback timing relating to the stream event.
US08724959B2 Image recording apparatus and image displaying method
At least one exemplary embodiment is directed to an image recording apparatus configured to display an identification image of a moving image recorded on a recording medium and to display a moving image corresponding to a specified identification image. If the specified identification image corresponds to a moving image encoded according to a moving image coding method generated from a plurality of still images encoded according to a still image coding method, the image recording apparatus serially displays a plurality of still images encoded according to the still image coding method from which the moving image has been generated.
US08724954B2 Optical fiber, optical fiber cord, and optical fiber cable
A trench optical fiber that stably realizes a small transmission loss includes (1) a core extending in an axial direction while containing an axial center of the fiber, the core having a diameter d1 of 7.0 μm to 7.4 μm; (2) a first optical cladding layer surrounding the core and having an outside diameter d2 of 1.67d1 to 2.5d1; (3) a second optical cladding layer surrounding the first optical cladding layer; and (4) a jacket layer surrounding the second optical cladding layer and containing fluorine having a concentration of 0.06 wt % or higher. A relative refractive index difference Δ1 of the core with respect to the jacket layer is 0.31% to 0.37%. A relative refractive index difference Δ2 of the first optical cladding layer with respect to the jacket layer is +0.02% or larger and smaller than Δ1. A relative refractive index difference Δ3 of the second optical cladding layer with respect to the jacket layer is −0.2% or smaller.
US08724953B2 Optical fiber
A optical fiber (1) includes a fiber core (11); a cladding layer (12) enclosing the fiber core; a first buffering layer (13) attached to the cladding layer; a colored layer (15) coating on the first buffering layer; a second buffering layer (15) enclosing the colored layer; and wherein the second buffering layer is transparent and the colored layer can be observed from an outside.
US08724951B2 Optical fiber
According to one example of the invention an optical fiber comprises: (i) a core comprising Al doped silica but essentially no Er or Yb, and having a first index of refraction n1; (ii) at least one F doped silica based cladding surrounding the core and having a second index of refraction n2, such that n1>n2, wherein the cladding comprises essentially of SiO2 and 0.2-5 wt % F; (iii) a hermetic carbon based coating surrounding said cladding, said hermetic coating being 200 to 1000 Angstroms thick; and (iv) a second coating surrounding said hermetic coating, said second coating being 5 μm to 80 μm thick.
US08724945B2 High power fiber laser system with integrated termination block
The present disclosure is a system for the protection of a fiber within a laser system. The system has a water-cooled housing supporting a termination block, which is operative to shield a protective layer of a delivery fiber from back-reflected beams of light. The termination block is manufactured from quartz and is frustconical in configuration and fuseable to the delivery fiber. The delivery fiber has a polymeric protective layer with an acceptance end and a delivery end, and passes through a washer contained within the housing; the washer has a dielectric reflective coating. The system has at least one terminal block connector which further comprises a cone termination block, a reflector, and a set of light guards. The cone termination block is spliced to an output end of the delivery fiber and produces an angle λ so as to reduce propagation of back-reflected light. The reflector is positioned so as to block additional back-reflected light from the protective layer of the delivery fiber.
US08724937B2 Fiber to wafer interface
An interface device includes a body portion having a single-mode waveguide portion including a substantially optically transparent material, a cladding portion defined by channels contacting the waveguide portion, the cladding portion including a substantially optically transparent polymer material, an engagement feature operative to engage a portion of a wafer, and a guide portion operative to engage a portion of an optical fiber ferrule.
US08724932B2 Fiber-optic modulators
This disclosure is directed to fiber-optic modulators that can be integrated in optical fibers to encode data in optical signals. In one aspect, a fiber-optic modulator includes a weak planar, sub-wavelength grating disposed between an end of a first optical fiber and an end of a second optical fiber. A first electrode is disposed on an edge of the grating and connected to an electronic signal source, and a second electrode is disposed on the edge of the grating opposite the first electrode and connected to the electronic signal source. The grating includes a grating pattern to reflect a channel input to the first optical fiber when a low or no current portion of an electronic signal to be generated by the electronic signal source is applied to the grating and to transmit the channel when a high current portion of the electronic signal is applied to the grating.
US08724931B2 Automated user information provision using images
A method for automated user information provision using an image includes requesting at least one user information image in response to receiving a user information form from a requesting entity over a network. The at least one user information image is received from a camera. The at least one user information image is analyzed using a processor to determine that the at least one user information image includes requested user information in at least one request section of the user information form. The requested user information is automatically provided into the at least one request section of the user information form. The user information form including the requested user information in the at least one request section is displayed on a display. The user information form may then be sent over the network to provide the requested user information to the requesting entity.
US08724925B2 Misalignment detecting apparatus, misalignment detecting method, and computer program product
A correction-coefficient calculating unit calculates a correction coefficient to correct misalignment between a first print image and a second print image. A correcting unit corrects the first print image based on the correction coefficient to obtain a corrected first image. A pixel-value determining unit assigns a pixel value based on pixel-value matching state at corresponding positions in the corrected first image and the second print image. An image generating unit generates a misalignment display image from the corrected first image and the second print image that is assigned a predetermined pixel value. An output unit that outputs the misalignment display image.