AT&T Patent Grants

System for presenting media programs

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9733810
A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may use, for example, a method for sending a set-top box an identification of the media player, receiving operational instructions from the set-top box according to the emulator executed by the set-top box that emulates a user interface of the media player by presenting a representation of the media player in a graphical user interface, and transmitting media content to the set-top box according to the operational instructions. The…

Alert driven interactive interface to a website mining system

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9734259
Disclosed is a web server that includes a headlines module for automatically generating headlines based on data retrieved from a network (e.g., World Wide Web). The web server also includes an interactive agent for generating responses to inquiries relating to the headlines based on the data.

Hash codes for images

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9734436
A method includes receiving, at a neural network, a subset of images of a plurality of images of a training image set. The method includes training the neural network by iteratively adjusting parameters of the neural network based on concurrent application of multiple loss functions to the subset of images. The multiple loss functions include a classification loss function and a hashing loss function. The classification loss function is associated with an image classification function…

Methods, systems, and products for measuring health

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9734542
Methods, systems, and products measure health data related to a user. Often times a weight scale, blood pressure monitor, or other medical measurement device is shared among a group of users. A time-stamped physiological measurement is compared to a time-stamped message from a mobile device. If the timestamps are contemporaneous, then the physiological measurement is bound to the mobile device.

Apparatus and method to improve compression and storage data

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736081
Methods, computer-readable media and apparatuses to improve storage and compression of data are disclosed. A processor receives a data stream, wherein the data stream comprises multiplexed data from a plurality of different sources, analyzes the data stream to identify a source of the plurality of different sources for each block of data of the data stream, demultiplexes the data stream based on the source of the each block of data of the data stream and applies a compression to the data…

Intelligent high-volume cloud application programming interface request caching

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736082
A system for processing requests handled by an application programming interface is disclosed. The system may receive a plurality of requests which call functions that are hosted by the application programming interface. Once the plurality of requests are received, the system may group a subset of the requests into a pool of requests if the subset of requests call similar functions hosted by the application programming interface. Additionally, the system may combine a set of requests…

Apparatus, methods and computer-readable storage media for security provisioning at a communication device

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736106
Apparatus, methods and computer-readable storage medium are provided for security provisioning at a communication device. In some embodiments, a method can include: executing a high security application on a communication device based, at least, on detecting that high security is enabled for the communication device and detecting execution of a low security application; outputting, via a user interface (UI), information configured to detect an entry to the communication device; detecting…

System and method for secure transmission of media content

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736124
A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a gateway comprising a controller to receive from a communication device a request for media content, receive a key and a record associated with the communications device from an interactive television system, wherein the record comprises a list of entitled media content, determine whether the requested media content is in the list of entitled media content, retrieve the requested media content from…

Apparatus and methods for activation of communication devices

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736144
A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, storing, by a universal integrated circuit card including at least one processor, a digital root certificate locking a communication device to a network provider, and disabling an activation of the communication device responsive to receiving an indication of a revocation of the stored digital root certificate from a certificate authority, wherein the indication of the revocation of the stored…

Centralized authentication for granting access to online services

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736165
Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture (e.g., physical storage media) to implement centralized authentication for granting access to online services are disclosed. Example authentication methods disclosed herein include accessing an identification code included in an authentication request received from an online service for authentication information associated with a first device, wherein the identification code was previously assigned to provide valid identification…

Method and apparatus for machine to machine network security monitoring in a communications network

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736174
A method, non-transitory computer readable medium and apparatus for providing network security monitoring in a communications network are disclosed. For example, the method receives communications traffic associated with a sensor network from a sensor that is a member of the sensor network, analyzes the communications traffic to determine if an attack is occurring on the sensor network, and generates an alarm if the attack is occurring on the sensor network.

Preventing spoofing attacks for bone conduction applications

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736180
Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for preventing spoofing attacks for bone conduction applications. According to one aspect, a device can receive an authentication signal that has propagated through a body. The device can prevent an adversary from using the authentication signal to spoof a user to be authenticated by the device. The device can also authenticate the user.

Peer-to-peer video on demand techniques

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736539
Techniques for delivering video content are provided. A video distribution service maintains associations of viewer devices that have portions of specific items of video content. As new viewer devices, which lack the specific video content, make requests for the specific items of video content from the video distribution system, the video distribution system identifies a viewer device from which a portion of the item of video content may be acquired. Viewer devices having the requested…

System and method for providing interactive on-demand content

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736543
A set-top box device includes a network interface module and a client interface module. The network interface module is configured to receive interactive content instructions and an interactive content notification over an Internet protocol data connection, and to receive an associated on-demand content video stream from a television service provider. The network interface module is also configured to connect to a website containing product information for a product associated with the…

Method and system for presenting electronic programming guides

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736545
A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media processor having a controller to present a graphic user interface (GUI) for customizing an electronic programming guide (EPG), the GUI including a plurality of scrollable media channels, each media channel accompanied by an image, a description of the media channel, an option to select the media channel for inclusion in the EPG, a first button to customize the EPG according to one or more…

Method and apparatus for presenting dynamic media content

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736551
A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set top box (STB) comprising a controller to analyze scheduled media content with limited temporal accessibility provided by a content provider, select a portion of the media content based on the analysis of the media content and a recipient media device to receive the portion of the media content, transmit the portion of the media content to a DVR to store the portion of the media content, and…

Authoring system for IPTV network

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736552
In an embodiment, a system and method permit an IPTV subscriber to display on a channel of an IPTV network video data from a subscriber video database. The system may include, in addition to the IPTV network and the subscriber database, an IPTV server and an IPTV set top box. The IPTV set top box is configured to receive commands causing the IPTV set top box to retrieve video data from an IPTV subscriber database, display the video data on an IPTV display unit; and to transmit the video…

System and method for managing sensor network uplink and downlink communications

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736553
A network includes a supervisory sensor in communication with a wireless network and a non-supervisory sensor in communication with the supervisory sensor, wherein the non-supervisory sensor communicates with the wireless network through the supervisory sensor. The supervisory sensor may be configured to receive downloads from a server communicating through the wireless network and to collect data from the non-supervisory sensor. The supervisory sensor may be configured to transmit the…

Location accuracy for proximity services

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736631
Concepts and technologies are described herein for improving location accuracy for proximity services. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, an expression application server can receive an expression message generated by a Third Generation Partnership Project (“3GPP”) proximity service (“ProSe”)-enabled application executing on a mobile device. The expression message includes an expression code and a location tag. The expression application…

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage devices for generating and using a radio-frequency map of an area

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736644
A method comprising obtaining, by a system using a processor, a wireless fingerprint corresponding to a mobile communication device and a subject area in which the mobile communication device is or was positioned. The method also includes obtaining, by the system, an area wireless signal distribution map indicating wireless signal strength values corresponding to multiple wireless transmitters positioned in the subject area, and determining, by the system, based on the wireless…