AT&T Patent Grants

Automatic shape adjustment of flexible display

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9632539
A device includes a flexible display for displaying media; an actuator for changing a shape of the flexible display; and a processor executing a shape determination application to apply a rule to a shape input to determine a desired shape for the flexible display in response to the shape input; the processor generating a command signal and providing the command signal to the actuator to place the flexible display in the desired shape.

Extending the functionality of a mobile device

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9632624
Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed for extending the functionality of a mobile device by including a cover for the mobile device with a substantial portion of the exterior overlaid with a touch-sensitive surface. Logic stored on the cover senses a user's touch on the touch-sensitive surface and transmits the touch input to the coupled mobile device. Logic stored on the coupled mobile device may receive and interpret the touch input as a function or command of an operating…

Method and apparatus for managing rehoming of user endpoint devices in a communication network

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9632975
A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a Domain Name System (DNS) server having a controller to receive new provisioning information for updating a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN), and update the FQDN with the new provisioning information. The new provisioning information can include among other things a start time for rehoming one or more user endpoint devices (UEs) assigned to a current session border Controller (S/BC), a move-from…

Dynamic jitter buffer size adjustment

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9634947
A method includes storing data packets in a buffer at a receiving terminal. The data packets are received by the receiving terminal from a transmitting terminal. The method also includes determining a dropped packet rate at the receiving terminal, a packet transmission latency between the receiving terminal and the transmitting terminal, a signal quality at the receiving terminal, and a use application at the receiving terminal. The method further includes dynamically adjusting a size of…

Network-based service for secure electronic mail delivery on an internet protocol network

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9634971
A network is disclosed that includes a message originator computer and a message recipient computer, for secure electronic mail delivery. In accordance with the invention, the network includes a message delivery server that can distinguish between real and phantom messages. In operation, the message originator computer waits a random time and then transmits a first encrypted phantom message to the message delivery server. This message is to spoof an eavesdropper into believing that there…

Method and apparatus for providing a collaborative workspace

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9635070
A method and apparatus for providing collaborative workspace are disclosed. The method receives a request to establish a video conference for two or more participants, and obtains information from historical information on the two or more participants to be used with the collaborative workspace. The method determines preferences for each of the two or more participants as to a presentation of the collaborative workspace. The method receives one or more live images of the two or more…

Consolidated network repository (CNR) for storing data associated with different communication network platforms

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9635120
An architecture that can facilitate support for or integration of disparate communications networks. The architecture can embody a consolidated network repository (CNR) that can be configured as a single logical repository that can potentially be configured according to a common schema regardless of the type or number of schema employed by the disparate communications networks.

Automatic application discovery, download, integration and launch

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9635129
A mechanism is provided for integrated functionality across separate software applications to provide a response. First and second software applications are determined both of which are independently designed to perform actions to provide the response. The first software application has a first functionality software component and a first data source software component. The second software application has a second functionality software component and a second data source software…

Apparatus and method for providing messaging services

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9635184
A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a voicemail device having a controller to detect a recording of a voicemail message, generate a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) message, wherein the SIP message contains visual voicemail data associated with the recorded voicemail message, and transmit the SIP message to a cordless phone system, wherein the SIP message is received by the cordless phone system over a data port of the cordless phone…

Method and apparatus to prioritize video information during coding and decoding

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9635376
A method and apparatus prioritizing video information during coding and decoding. Video information is received and an element of the video information, such as a visual object, video object layer, video object plane or keyregion, is identified. A priority is assigned to the identified element and the video information is encoded into a bitstream, such as a visual bitstream encoded using the MPEG-4 standard, including an indication of the priority of the element. The priority information…

Apparatus and method for delivering media content

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9635411
A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a mobile communication device, having a controller to capture media content and transmit the media content to a media server with a request for distribution of the media content to one or more targeted recipients according to a user profile associated with the mobile communication device that is stored in the media server, where a format of the media content is adjusted by the media server based at…

Methods, systems, and products for control of devices

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9635415
Methods, systems, and products control external devices during presentation of multimedia content. When a description of the multimedia content is received, the description may include control data for controlling a device. The control data may thus be executed to alter a presentation of the multimedia content.

Systems and methods for searching based on information in commercials

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9635418
A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining that a commercial segment of media content, including a video portion and an audio portion, contains neither metadata nor close captioning information. I response to determining that the commercial segment contains neither metadata nor close captioning information, advertised program content is identified based on the video portion, the audio portion or both. Alternative media content is…

Video content monitoring device and methods thereof

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9635419
A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving a packet indicative of a request for a number of video content items. The video content items are identified based on a network traffic flow characteristic associated with the packet and a popularity level is determined associated with each video content item of the number of video content items. The popularity level for each of the video content items is compared to a popularity threshold,…

System and methods to test media devices

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9635428
A particular method includes receiving, at a control server from a user terminal, input selecting at least one media device that generates media output in an output format. The method includes sending a signal from the control server to a media switch to couple an output of the at least one media device to the user terminal. The media output of the at least one media device is sent to the user terminal in the output format when the output is coupled to the user terminal. The method…

Centralized femtocell optimization

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9635563
Centrally optimizing femtocells is provided. A scanning component can receive information from femtocells indicating respective operating conditions of the femtocells. Further, an optimization component can categorize the femtocells into groups based on the information, and direct a change of a parameter set of a group of the groups to a femtocell of the group. A method can include receiving, from femtocells, information associated with respective operating conditions of the femtocells;…

Enhancement of access points to support heterogeneous networks

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9635566
An interface between access points is enhanced by enabling an exchange of a cell characteristic information element (IE). The cell characteristic information can provide an access point with information about the characteristics/features/capabilities of its neighbor cells. Automatic neighbor relations are also enhanced to store and/or manage the cell characteristic information. Moreover, the cell characteristic information can be utilized by the access point to significantly improve…

Femtocell local breakout mechanisms

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9635581
Local breakout mechanisms can be performed by a femto access point (FAP) to facilitate efficient utilization of backhaul and/or macro networks. In particular, a slave Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN) can be integrated within the FAP to directly route the incoming traffic from a user equipment (UE) at the FAP. In one example, Internet bound traffic can be directly routed to the Internet, without employing macro network resources. Further, the system can avoid hairpinning by routing…

Selective prioritization of voice over data

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9635678
Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are described herein for allowing a user or a service provider to selectively prioritize voice communications over data communications. By selectively prioritizing voice communications over data communications, the number of dropped calls in the mobile telecommunications network can be significantly reduced.

Method and apparatus for enabling a mobile endpoint device to be a hub for a conference call

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9635698
A method, computer-readable storage device and apparatus for enabling a mobile endpoint device to be a hub for a conference call are disclosed. For example, the method connects to the conference call, broadcasts a signal to at least one slave mobile endpoint devices to join the conference call over a personal area network, receives a pairing request from the at least one slave mobile endpoint device over the personal area network, accepts the pairing request and connects the at least one…