AT&T Patent Grants

Tracking approaching or hovering objects for user-interfaces

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9690429
An architecture is described that can utilize photo-sensors embedded in a substantially transparent layer of a UI display for tracking objects that approach or hover over the UI display. The photo-sensors can be configured to detect light of certain wavelengths (e.g., visible light, infrared light) that are propagated toward the UI display, while ignoring light emanating from the UI display when displaying content. Accordingly, by examining various characteristics of the incoming light…

Using diversity to provide redundancy of virtual machines

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9690613
Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for using diversity to provide redundancy of virtual machines. A server computer that executes an orchestrator application can receive a virtual machine instantiation request. The server computer can analyze the request to determine needs associated with a virtual machine (including a redundancy requirement). The server computer can obtain resource availability data that indicates availability of resources and includes diversity data used to…

Systems, devices, and methods for providing a dynamic subscription update feature in a wireless communications network

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9691082
Systems, devices, and methods for providing a dynamic subscription update feature in a wireless communications network are disclosed herein. An exemplary system for providing a dynamic subscription update feature in a wireless communications network is configured to receive offline data and in-call data from a plurality of network entities for use in determining, in accordance with one or more rules, whether at least one subscriber is eligible to receive a subscription update offer and…

Guided wave couplers for coupling electromagnetic waves between a waveguide surface and a surface of a wire

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9692101
A dielectric waveguide coupling system for launching and extracting guided wave communication transmissions from a wire. At millimeter-wave frequencies, wherein the wavelength is small compared to the macroscopic size of the equipment, transmissions can propagate as guided waves guided by a strip of dielectric material. Unlike conventional waveguides, the electromagnetic field associated with the dielectric waveguide is primarily outside of the waveguide. When this dielectric waveguide…

Apparatus and method for interference cancellation in communication systems

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9692540
A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining an interference based on a channel gain for each signal of a group of signals received at a receiver from a group of transmitters. A determination is made as to whether the interference satisfies a threshold range of an analog-to-digital converter of the receiver for each of the group of transmitters. An analog time domain cancellation is performed responsive to a determination that the interference…

Method and apparatus for dynamic service provisioning for machine to machine (M2M) devices in a communications network

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9692668
A method and non-transitory computer readable medium for provisioning services for machine to machine communication devices in a communications network. For example, the method receives a request from a third party service provider to provision a service to a user of the third party service provider, determines whether a communication network service provider of the communications network and the third party service provider have a pre-existing agreement to provision the service, and…

Front end processor for short message service centers

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9692726
A communication gateway which includes a short-message-system network element is disclosed. The communication gateway includes a short-message-system network element to transmit short-message data to a plurality of session-initiation-protocol endpoints and a front-end processor coupled with the short-message-system network element to provide session-initiation-protocol services for translating the short-message data transmitted between the plurality of session-initiation-protocol…

Authentication techniques utilizing a computing device

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9692758
A pre-registration procedure is utilized to create a user profile for a user of a multi-factor authentication (“MFA”) service. A client application installation procedure is utilized to install a client application on a computing device that is to be utilized as an authentication factor for the MFA service. A computing device enrollment procedure is utilized to enroll the computing device on which the client application was installed for the MFA service. A voice enrollment procedure…

Security network buffer device

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9692780
A secure connection is facilitated between a device and a network. A security buffer device is used to determine an available network and connect to the network. The security buffer device can then allow the device to connect to the network via the security buffer device. The security buffer device can monitor any security breaches from the network and perform an action based on the indication of a security breach.

Devices and method for tagging media

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9692914
Technologies relating to tagging and receiving media on a mobile communication device are disclosed. A mobile communication device is equipped with tag logic allowing the user to tag media objects that are observed and/or desired by the user. The outputted tag includes a media reference and a user identification. When the mobile communication device outputs a media object, the user tags the media object by entering a command, hitting a button, entering a key sequence, etc. The tag is…

Video coder providing implicit coefficient prediction and scan adaptation for image coding and intra coding of video

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9693051
A predictive video coder performs gradient prediction based on previous blocks of image data. For a new block of image data, the prediction determines a horizontal gradient and a vertical gradient from a block diagonally above the new block (vertically above a previous horizontally adjacent block). Based on these gradients, the encoder predicts image information based on image information of either the horizontally adjacent block or a block vertically adjacent to the new block. The…

System and method for delivering interactive trigger events

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9693096
Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method in which a media processor identifies a first key and a second key associated with media content received over a network, and prepares a display object according to the first key that includes a selectable object. The media processor transmits a request to a remote server including the second key; the server returns first additional content and control code associated with the second key. The media processor merges the…

Method and apparatus for managing viewing of media content

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9693097
A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may perform, for example, generating parental control information for each of a plurality of users according to options selected from a plurality of media program tags retrieved from a library, detecting a first user of the plurality of users according to biometric information of the first user, identifying the parental control information associated with the first user, tuning to a first media channel responsive to receiving a first…

Multi-platform digital television

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9693101
A multi-platform television comprises at least one television signal interface to receive premium television services from at least two different television service providers. The television further comprises a programmable conditional access system to enable conditional access to the premium television services received by the at least one television signal interface from the at least two different service providers.

Apparatus and method for media content presentation

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9693102
A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, accessing, by a system comprising a processor, a content display configuration corresponding to a plurality of feed selections from a plurality of media content feeds, a plurality of display selections from a plurality of available displays, and a plurality of pairing selections assigning each feed selection of the plurality of feed selections to at least one display selection of the plurality of…

Method and apparatus for directed advertisement

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9693114
Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving registration information indicating a plurality of registered communication devices in proximity to a set-top box, the plurality of registered communication devices being registered according to a communication exchange between the set-top box and each of the plurality of registered communication devices, identifying a group of users associated with the plurality of registered communication devices, and determining…

System and method for processing image objects in video data

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9693116
A system, method and computer program product are disclose for processing an object in a video data stream. The method runs on a processor programmed to execute the method and includes but is not limited to receiving input data at the client device for rendering on the client device display a first functional indicator indicating one of a plurality of functions and surrounding a first region of pixel locations representing a first image object in the video data stream; and performing a…

Customizing wireless emergency alert messages using network analytics

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9693210
A method, computer-readable medium, and apparatus for broadcasting a wireless emergency alert message are disclosed. For example, a method may include a processor receiving a request to broadcast a wireless emergency alert message, determining an anticipated increase in a network usage in response to broadcasting the wireless emergency alert message, determining that a capacity of the network will not be exceeded with the anticipated increase in the network usage, and broadcasting the…

Method and apparatus for detecting tethering in a communications network

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9693248
A method, non-transitory computer readable medium and apparatus for detecting a tethering function being performed by an endpoint device in a communications network are disclosed. For example, the method analyzes a data packet directed towards the endpoint device, detects a signature based upon analyzing the data packet, and identifies the endpoint device as performing the tethering function based upon detecting the signature.

Consumer service cloud for implementing location-based services to control smart devices

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9693287
Concepts and technologies are described herein for a consumer service cloud (“CSC”) for implementing location-based services to control smart devices. According to one aspect disclosed herein, a CSC system can determine a cell identifier (“ID”) associated with a location in which one or more smart devices resides. The smart device(s) can include one or more settings that can be adjusted remotely by the CSC system to control one or more operational aspects of the smart device(s).…