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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Accessing Audio Files from an Online Content Management System", for Approval

July 29, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Balakrishnan, Ramesh (San Francisco, CA); Boning, Josiah (San Francisco, CA); Tang, Jie (San Francisco, CA); Tung, Julie (Mountain View, CA), filed on March 12, 2013, was made available online on July 17, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Dropbox, Inc.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The disclosed embodiments generally relate to online content management systems. More specifically, the disclosed embodiments relate to a system that facilitates accessing audio files from an online content management system.

"Online content management systems, such as the Dropbox.TM. service provided by Dropbox, Inc. of San Francisco, Calif., presently provide a convenient way for a user to store content items (such as audio files) in a replicated, synchronized storage architecture that allows the user to share content items with other users, and also enables the user to access content items from different computing devices. As these online content management systems become more prevalent, people are beginning to use them to store different types of content, such as audio files. Storing audio files in an online content management system enables users to access their audio files from different network-connected electronic devices, such as a laptop computer or audio player in a car.

"However, existing online content management systems do not provide convenient mechanisms for accessing audio files. At the moment, audio files are typically stored in various folders belonging to the user on the online content management system, and the user needs to manually navigate through these folders to locate audio files for playback on a client device.

"Hence, what is needed is a more convenient way for users to access their audio files on an online content management system."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "The disclosed embodiments relate to a system that facilitates accessing audio files associated with a user from an online content management system. During operation, the online content management system receives a function call from a client to list audio files associated with the user. In response to the function call, the system filters through operations for content items associated with the user to identify audio files. Next, the system returns metadata for the identified audio files associated with the user to the client. In some embodiments, filtering the operations involves filtering an operation log to identify operations performed on audio files associated with the user, wherein the operations occurred since a preceding call to the function.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES

"FIG. 1 illustrates a content management environment in accordance with the disclosed embodiments.

"FIG. 2 illustrates a system for processing audio files in accordance with the disclosed embodiments.

"FIG. 3 presents a flow chart illustrating the process of listing a user's audio files from an online content management system in accordance with the disclosed embodiments."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Balakrishnan, Ramesh; Boning, Josiah; Tang, Jie; Tung, Julie. Accessing Audio Files from an Online Content Management System. Filed March 12, 2013 and posted July 17, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=637&p=13&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140710.PD.&OS=PD/20140710&RS=PD/20140710

Keywords for this news article include: Dropbox, Dropbox Inc., Information Technology, Information and Data Aggregation.

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