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Methods, systems, and media for providing media guidance based on detected user events

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9690455
Methods, systems, and media for providing media guidance are provided. In some implementations, a method for providing media guidance is provided, the method comprising: receiving device data from a mobile device associated with a display device; identifying a media content item being presented on the display device; determining a first indication that the mobile device has been interacted with during the presentation of the media content item; storing a first timestamp corresponding to…

Graphical user interface and related method

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9690467
A graphical user interface that is embodied in a computer-readable medium for execution on a computer, and configured for processing of an image that is displayed on a screen. The graphical user interface includes an original version of a control element, and a blurred version of the control element. The blurred version of the control element is superimposed over the image on the screen, and the original version of the control element is superimposed over the blurred version of the…

System and method for transferring software applications and data between two mobile devices with different operating systems

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9690560
A method, machine and system enable the automated transfer of software applications between mobile devices that have different operating systems. A computer receives (1004) a first image of a first display screen of a first mobile device with at least one application (app) selection icon visible within the first image. The computer analyzes (1006) the first image to identify at least one software application from the at least one selection icon. The computer initiates (1022) a download…

Dynamic profile switching based on user identification

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9690601
A method for dynamic switching of user profiles on a computing device. The computing device is coupled to at least one image-sensing device and can be configured using a plurality of stored user profiles. The method includes receiving at least one image from the at least one image-sensing device and generating a current user value based on the at least one received image. The method further includes determining if the current user value corresponds to at least one stored user value…

Distributed batch matching of videos based on recency of occurrence of events associated with the videos

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9690629
Distribution of various processing tasks is performed for a plurality of comparison objects, such as videos and/or other media content in a matching system. The plurality of comparison objects can include at least one feature that is compared to at least one feature of a plurality of reference objects to determine whether a match occurs in the comparison. Task descriptions corresponding to the processing tasks are distributed with the different processing tasks to a task pool. Matching…

Techniques for enabling or establishing the use of face recognition algorithms

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9690979
Embodiments described herein facilitate or enhance the implementation of image recognition processes which can perform recognition on images to identify objects and/or faces by class or by people.

Automatic curation of digital images

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9690980
The disclosed subject matter relates to computer implemented methods for automatic curation of digital images. In one aspect, the method includes selecting one of every two or more duplicate digital images of a plurality of digital images. The method further includes calculating an image quality score for each of the selected digital images. The method further includes associating a ranking with each of the selected digital images based on its respective calculated image quality score.

Systems and methods for inferential sharing of photos

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9691008
Techniques for separating shareable images from non-shareable images. In various implementations, image metadata and feature analysis may be used to evaluate the “shareability” of a photograph associated with a particular user. In some implementations, single photos may be determined to be shareable. In another implementation, an event associated with multiple photos may be determined to be shareable. In some implementations, a photo may be determined to be shareable with a single…

Depth concatenation using a matrix computation unit

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9691019
Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for depth concatenation using a matrix computation unit. One of the methods includes: receiving a request to process network inputs to a neural network using an integrated circuit, the neural network comprising a depth concatenation neural network layer; and generating instructions that, when executed by the integrated circuit, cause the integrated circuit to performing operations comprising:…

Digital wallet

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9691055
A digital wallet that facilitates fast, convenient, and secure commerce using a mobile electronic device (or non-mobile electronic device) and stores information associated with transactions, such as purchase confirmations and receipts. The digital wallet can store information for use in transactions, including information associated with one or more financial accounts, user information, and shipping information. To complete an online purchase, the digital wallet can interact with a…

Method and device for voice recognition training

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9691377
A method on a mobile device for voice recognition training is described. A voice training mode is entered. A voice training sample for a user of the mobile device is recorded. The voice training mode is interrupted to enter a noise indicator mode based on a sample background noise level for the voice training sample and a sample background noise type for the voice training sample. The voice training mode is returned to from the noise indicator mode when the user provides a continuation…

Negative n-gram biasing

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9691380
Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for performing dynamic, stroke-based alignment of touch displays. In one aspect, a method includes obtaining a candidate transcription that an automated speech recognizer generates for an utterance, determining a particular context associated with the utterance, determining that a particular n-gram that is included in the candidate transcription is included among a set of undesirable…

Voice action biasing system

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9691384
Methods, systems, and apparatus for determining that a software application installed on a user device is compatible with a new voice action, wherein the new voice action is specified by an application developer of the software application. One or more trigger terms for triggering the software application to perform the new voice action are identified. An automatic speech recognizer is biased to prefer the identified trigger terms of the new voice action over trigger terms of other voice…

Generating videos of media items associated with a user

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9691431
A method includes grouping media items associated with a user into segments based on a timestamp associated with each media item and a total number of media items. The method also includes selecting target media from the media items for each of the segments based on media attributes associated with the media item. The method also includes generating a video that includes the target media for each of the segments by generating a first animation that illustrates a first transition from a…

AC power monitoring and parameter determination

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9692309
Devices and methods for monitoring and determining alternating current (AC) power system parameters are provided. In some implementations, the device can include a processor; and at least one non-transitory computer-readable medium storing computer-executable instructions for implementing a number of components. The components include a monitor configured to: sense an AC line voltage signal and an AC current voltage signal; filter the AC line voltage signal; calculate average AC line…

System for controlling browser extensions

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9692787
A system includes a processor configured to execute a web browser in a first browser execution process initiated by an operating system of the system. The system includes a browser extension installed in the web browser, the browser extension including a markup language file and a file specifying at least one type of action related to a page element on which the browser extension seeks to act. The web browser may be configured to receive a set of rules from a web publisher associated…

Enhanced streaming media playback

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9692800
A streaming video playback system is provided to generate locally a manifest file associated with a streaming video for a media player of a client device. The locally generated manifest file helps reduce startup time for the media player and the manifest file is locally generated based on streaming metadata associated with the streaming video and the manifest files includes HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) based master playlists and media playlists. The locally generated manifest file also…

System and method for providing access to data objects based on proximity

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9692812
A system and method for providing access to data objects based on proximity. The system and method allow sharing of data objects by identifying one or more client devices proximate to the sharing device. The user of the sharing device may then select one or more of the identified devices with which to share the data object. Aspects of the invention include the ability to enable a “sharing mode” on the client devices to opt-in and allow communication with other similarly configured…

Transferring a state of an application from a first computing device to a second computing device

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9692821
The disclosed subject matter relates to computer implemented methods for transferring a state of an application from a first computing device to a second computing device. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a first request from a first computing device to transfer a state of a first application from the first computing device to the second computing device. The method further includes sending to the second computing device, a second request for an approval to initiate the…

Pausing interactive sessions

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9692831
Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for pausing interactive sessions. One of the methods includes initiating a live interactive session between a first user and a second user over a data communication network; during the interactive session, determining that the quality of the interactive session has become unacceptable to the first user; pausing the interactive session; while the session is paused, recording a segment of…