AT&T Patent Grants

Methods, systems, and computer program products for recovering a password using user-selected third party authorization

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9710642
A password recovery technique for access to a system includes receiving a request from a first party to recover the first party's password to access the system, receiving a selection of a second party from the first party, sending a message to the second party requesting that the second party authorize the request to recover the first party's password, receiving authorization from the second party for the request to recover the first party's password, and resetting the first party's…

System and method of providing advertisements to vehicles

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9710827
A communication device is removable and operable within a vehicle and is in communication with a data network as the communication device travels in the vehicle. Vehicle identification data is obtained from the communication device, and a type of media file supported by a media system of the vehicle is determined based upon the vehicle identification data. Media content is obtained in a format corresponding to the determined type of media file. When the communication device is within a…

Carried-forward service units and commoditization thereof

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9710831
Methods, systems, and products roll over unused credits. An available number of service units is provided during a billing cycle. The number of service units consumed during the billing cycle is compared to the available number of service units. When service units remain at an end of the billing cycle, then unused service units are rolled over to another billing cycle.

Optimizing social information signaling

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9710861
A method and apparatus for optimizing social information signaling in a communication network are disclosed. For example, the method receives an indication that social information associated with a first endpoint device has changed, determines whether the social information is to be forwarded to a second endpoint device in a list of the first endpoint device based upon a behavior parameter, wherein the behavior parameter comprises a strength of relationship, and forwards the social…

Network-based background expert

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9711137
A system and methodology that provides a network-based, e.g., cloud-based, background expert for predicting and/or accomplishing a user's goals is disclosed herein. Moreover, the system monitors, in the background, user generated data and/or publicly available data to determine and/or infer a user's goal, with or without an active indication/request from the user. Typically, the user-generated data can include user conversations, such as, but not limited to, speech data in a voice call,…

Radio frequency repeater system for signal transmission through radio frequency shielding material

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9712227
A radio frequency (“RF”) repeater system can receive, from a connected home device, an original RF signal that is unable to propagate through an object. The RF repeater system can demodulate the original RF signal to extract a data stream that includes data captured by the connected home device, can change an original data rate of the data stream to a new data rate that matches an ultrasonic frequency capable of propagating through the object thereby creating an ultrasonic data…

Systems and methods for performing conflict resolution and rule determination in a policy realization framework

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9712331
Various systems and methods for providing a policy realization framework for a communications network are disclosed. The policy realization framework can be an application and service layer policy framework that is separate and distinct from the network layer policy framework. As such, policy decisions can be made remote from the network layer, and common policies across multiple networks are possible. Methods and systems for providing these and other features are disclosed. A policy…

Transmission device with channel equalization and control and methods for use therewith

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9712350
Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a transmission device that includes at least one transceiver configured to modulate data to generate a plurality of first electromagnetic waves in accordance with channel control parameters. A plurality of couplers are configured to couple at least a portion of the plurality of first electromagnetic waves to a transmission medium, wherein the plurality of couplers generate a plurality of second electromagnetic waves that…

Adaptive analysis of diagnostic messages

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9712416
Adaptive processing of alert messages allows proactive maintenance. Alert messages are monitored and compared to a threshold. If a threshold number of the alert messages is exceeded, diagnostic codes are retrieved and a query value may be adjusted.

Methods, systems, and products for authentication

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9712528
Multiple authentication procedures enhance security of Internet transactions. For example, a request is received from a customer to access a service. A first authentication request is sent to the customer for first authentication information. A second authentication request may be sent to the customer for second authentication information. The method then enables the customer to proceed with accessing the service if the second authentication information is received.

Anycast transport protocol for content distribution networks

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9712648
A cache server for providing content includes a processor configured to receive a first datagram from a client system sent to an anycast address, send a response datagram to the client system in response to the first datagram, receive a request datagram from the client system sent to the anycast address, and send a batch of content datagrams to the client system. The first datagram includes a universal resource locator corresponding to the content. The response datagram includes a…

System and method of delivering video content

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9712787
A system and method of delivering video content is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the method includes receiving channel selection data from a set-top box device via an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) access network. The channel selection data indicates a selection of an IPTV channel. The method also includes sending a rapid channel change (RCC) request to a distribution switch/router system via a subscriber virtual local area network (VLAN) associated with the set-top box…

Rule-based selection of content

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9712858
An apparatus includes a network interface. The apparatus includes a processor coupled to the network interface. The apparatus further includes memory accessible to the processor. The memory includes instructions that are executable by the processor to perform operations. The operations include receiving user history information associated with customer premise equipment device. The operations include generating a rule associated with a startup screen based on the user history information…

Integrating video share and text messaging with set-top box and access point

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9712880
Techniques provide for converged wireline and wireless services in part by employing a set-top box (STB) with machine-to-machine (M2M) communication. The STB, associated with an access point, such as a femtocell, can be used to send/receive messages, including video, to/from user equipment (UE) via a core network. A monitoring system includes a sensor component that is triggered under specified conditions, and the STB records events in response to the trigger, where a recorded event can…

Methods and systems for providing information about programs available for viewing

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9712883
A user interface is presented on a monitor of a media device for providing information about available programs. The user interface includes an array having three columns (channel, current show, and next show) with commonly aligned rows. Each row of the channel column includes an indicator. Each row of the current show column includes a title naming a program currently available on a channel of the media device corresponding to the indicator in a commonly aligned row of the channel…

Devices and methods for transferring data through a human body

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9712929
An illustrative method for transferring data to a device includes identifying the data that is to be transferred to the device, modulating the data with a signal, providing the signal to a contact microphone that is in physical contact with an individual, and transmitting the signal through a body of the individual to the device using the contact microphone. An illustrative method for authenticating the individual includes transmitting a signal through a body of the individual in…

Limiting services based on location

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9712957
A system for authorizing services in wireless devices based on a type of service requested and a location of the wireless device is provided. For example, in a wireless telephony system, when a session is set up via an Internet Protocol-based system, an application server queries a location service for the location of the handset requesting the service. If the handset or the receiving handset is in a location that is not authorized for the requested service based on the position of the…

Apparatus and method for managing security domains for a universal integrated circuit card

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9713006
A device that incorporates the subject disclosure may perform, for example, generating a security domain root structure for a universal integrated circuit card of an end user device, where the security domain root structure includes a hierarchy of a link provider operator security domain above a mobile network operator trusted security domain, where the link provider operator security domain enables transport management by a link provider operator, and where the mobile network operator…

Adaptive SINR control

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9713097
An adaptive SINR control process is triggered based on various quality measures associated with the received signal in a mobile device or on a geographic region in which a base station and an interferer are located. As part of the adaptive SINR control process, the mobile device reduces the signal level of the received signal, which reduces both the signal strength of the desired signal and the interfering signal. If the control process is triggered on the mobile device side, after…

System and method for mapping potential Internet Protocol television interference

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9713102
A device is disclosed for determining a first geographical location of a customer premise, a second geographical location of a radio frequency transmitter and a third geographical location of network access equipment proximal to the customer premises, wherein the network access equipment provides access to media signals by way of a broadband communications link. The first, second and third geographical locations are mapped, and a distance between the second geographical location and one…