AT&T Patent Grants

Campus alerting via wireless geocast

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9656165
A geocast alerting system employs wireless geocast transmissions to deliver customized alerting messages to particular geographic areas. Geocast alerting regions and sub-regions can be defined within the system. Upon notice of the occurrence of an emergent situation, one or more geographic areas that may potentially be affected by the emergent situation are determined. The potentially effected geographic regions are compared with geocast alerting regions and sub-regions corresponding to…

Method and apparatus for abstracting internet content

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9659101
A method and apparatus for abstracting Internet content is disclosed. An apparatus that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a terminal device having a user interface element that links a graphical user interface element to each internet resource identifier of one or more subject matters of interest defined in a profile by an end user, and presents the one or more graphical user interface elements in a graphical user interface window without…

Virtual physician office systems and methods

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9659147
Electronic records are formatted according to recipient addresses. When an electronic database record is received by a server or other device, the electronic database record has any formatting, herein termed a legacy format. The electronic database record is destined for delivery to device identified by a recipient address. The recipient address is associated with a software agent that reformats the legacy format into a different format. The electronic database record is thus reformatted…

Methods, systems, and products for gesture-activation

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9659212
Methods, systems, and products recognize a gesture in a video signal. A camera generates the video signal as an output. An image comparison is then performed between frames in the video signal to images stored in memory of different gestures. When a frame matches an image, the gesture is determined. A corresponding controller operation may then be selected.

Methods, systems, and computer program products for displaying tag words for selection by users engaged in social tagging of content

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9659278
Methods, systems and computer program products for displaying tag words for selection by users engaged in social tagging of content accessible via a communications network, are provided. A tag cloud, tag word inventory curve and slider control are displayed within a graphical user interface. The tag cloud is a visual representation of an inventory of tag words. The tag word inventory curve is a graphical representation of the words in the inventory by frequency of usage by others. The…

System for managing scheduling conflicts

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9659281
A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a proactive scheduler having a controller element to determine a scheduling conflict between a called party and a calling party according to calendar information of the called party and presence information of the called party. Additional embodiments are disclosed.

Geocast-based file transfer

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9660745
Geocast-based file transfer may be implemented via use of a Geocast File Transfer (GFT) protocol. A sending device may parse a file into multiple chunks. Respective multiple geocast packets comprising the chunks may be geocast. The sending device may geocast all packets sequentially. Upon geocasting all packets, the sending device may wait a predetermined amount of time. During the period of time, any receiving device that did not receive a chunk of the file may geocast a request for the…

Informational enrichment for interactive systems

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661027
Interactive services are enhanced by intercepting a session initiation protocol message used to initiate a bidirectional communication and in transit to a networked recipient computer that provides interactive services for the bidirectional communication to be initiated. Supplemental information is obtained based on information in the session initiation protocol message in order to provide to the networked recipient computer of the bidirectional communication to be initiated. A computer…

Method and apparatus for configuring IP multimedia subsystem network elements

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661036
A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a method for receiving initial filter criteria from a home subscriber server, transmitting information obtained from the initial filter criteria to a domain name system, receiving a multicast IP address from the domain name system, and transmitting a message to a plurality of IP multimedia subsystem network elements according to the multicast IP address. The message can be used for configuring the…

Mode changing of a mobile communication device and vehicle settings when the mobile communications device is in proximity to a vehicle

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661125
A driver of a vehicle is identified and a command is sent to a mobile communications device that is associated with the identified driver and that is in proximity of the vehicle to force the mobile communications device to change modes such as to enter a hands-free or other suitable mode. The driver may be identified through one or more techniques including biometric sensing, key detection, switch controls, and so forth. Additionally, the driver and/or feature settings preferred by the…

Methods, systems, and products for providing social alerts

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661129
Ring tones and other alerts are processed based on social networks. A person's contact information, as an example, may be associated with a social network. Each different social network may also have its own custom ringtone or other alert. Calls, texts, and other electronic messages may thus processed with the alert of the social network.

Methods and apparatus to dynamically select a peered voice over internet protocol (VoIP) border element

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661148
Methods and apparatus to select a dynamically peered voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) border element are disclosed. An example method comprises collecting data representative of a dynamic performance of a voice over Internet protocol network, prioritizing a selection of a peered border element based on the collected data, and modifying a telephone number mapping (ENUM) database based on the prioritized selection.

System and method for distributing video conference data over an internet protocol television system

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661268
A system is disclose including but not limited to a processor in data communication with a non-transitory computer readable medium; a computer program stored in the computer readable medium, the computer program including but not limited to instructions to send from a first client device to a server, data indicating a first list designating a first group of video conference participants' end user devices' addresses; and instructions to send from the client device to the server, a first…

System and method of providing video content

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661358
A system includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations including sending a primary multicast video stream and a secondary multicast video stream to a media device. The secondary multicast video stream is limited to intra-coded frames (I-frames) extracted from the primary multicast video stream. Transmission of each intra-coded frame (I-frame) of the secondary multicast video stream is…

Method and system for message notification

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661367
Methods and systems for message notification are described. A video message is received from a source access device. A selection of a target user may be received for the video message. A message notification of availability of the video message for a target access device associated with the target user may be provided.

Rules-based content management

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661388
Techniques for rules-based content management are provided. Video on demand content is collected from a variety of sources. Business rules embedded within metadata can be retrieved where the business rules control processing and delivery of the video on demand content. The video on demand content may be selectively packaged in response to the business rules and the metadata to generate packaged video on demand content. A server can distribute the packaged video on demand content to…

Apparatus and method for transmitting media content

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661391
A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may perform operations including, for example, receiving a plurality of user-generated comments associated with media content where the plurality of user-generated comments are temporally associated with a portion of the media content during a presentation of the media content at a group of communication devices, and identifying from the plurality of user-generated comments a cluster of comments associated with a segment of…

Surface-wave communications and methods thereof

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661505
Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system including a frequency mixer that combines a signal and a carrier wave to form a combined signal, and a transmitter that generates a transmission based on the combined signal. The system can also include a coupling device that emits the transmission as an electromagnetic wave guided by an outer surface of a transmission medium. The electromagnetic wave can propagate longitudinally along the surface of the transmission…

Method and apparatus for detecting a sentiment of short messages

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9652449
A method, computer readable medium and apparatus for detecting a sentiment for a short message are disclosed. For example, the method receives the short message, and obtains an abstraction of the short message. The method then determines the sentiment of the short message based upon the abstraction.

Methods and apparatus to allocate bandwidth between subscribers of a communications network

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9655114
Methods and apparatus to allocate bandwidth between subscribers of a communications network are disclosed. An example method to allocate bandwidth between subscribers of a communications network includes projecting that a first network data usage of a first subscriber of the network service provider will exceed a first data allotment for a first network access account of the first subscriber within a time period. The example method also includes identifying a second subscriber of the…