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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Systems and Methods for Providing Safe Confluence Modality", for Approval

August 27, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Electronics Newsweekly -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventor BANDA, Gourinath (Begumpet Hyderabad, IN), filed on February 6, 2014, was made available online on August 14, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Mobile computing devices, such as laptops, computers, tablets, and mobile phones, have seemingly become a ubiquitous part of today's lifestyle. With increasing demand for more and more processing capability and additional functions for use by users, the mobile computing devices are now being configured with state of the art technologies, such as dual and multiple processors, to meet the demands and provide a remarkable user experience.

"Along with the support provided by more efficient and improved hardware to the mobile computing devices, the remarkable user experience is also made possible by the use of more and more sophisticated and complex applications. Many such applications are provided by the manufacturer of the mobile communicating device, while many others are later installed by the users to customize their mobile computing devices.

"Installation and execution of applications on the mobile computing device is often supported by an operating system, which abstracts the hardware, by providing an interface to the capabilities of the computing device. Present day operating systems provide an environment where several applications may run concurrently, with a minimal of interference between them, but with support for safe data sharing.

"Accordingly, there is a need for systems and methods for providing safe confluence modality in a mobile computing device.

"The above information is presented as background information only to assist with an understanding of the present disclosure. No determination has been made, and no assertion is made, as to whether any of the above might be applicable as prior art with regard to the present disclosure."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "Aspects of the present disclosure are to address at least the above-mentioned problems and/or disadvantages and to provide at least the advantages described below. Accordingly, an aspect of the present disclosure is to provide systems and methods for providing safe confluence modality. This summary is not intended to identify essential features of the claimed subject matter nor is it intended for use in determining or limiting the scope of the claimed subject matter.

"In accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure, a method for providing a safe confluence modality in a mobile computing device is provided. The method includes determining an application switch between a primary application and a secondary application, the primary application being switched from a 'foreground' application to one of a 'background' application, and the secondary application being switched from one of the background application to the 'foreground' application, identifying the application switch to be a Non-User Triggered Application (NUTA) switch based on the primary application and the secondary application, the NUTA switch corresponding to the application switch initiated by a non-user of the mobile computing device, capturing a user interaction provided after the NUTA switch.

"In accordance with another aspect of the present disclosure a system for providing a safe confluence modality in a mobile computing device. The system includes a processor, a switch identification module coupled to the processor, the switch identification module configured to determine an application switch between a primary application and a secondary application, the primary application being switched from a 'foreground' application to one of a 'background' application, and the secondary application being switched from one of the background application to the 'foreground' application, and identify the application switch as a Non-User Triggered Application (NUTA) switch based on the primary application and the secondary application, the NUTA switch corresponding to the application switch initiated by a non-user of the mobile computing device, a time determination module coupled to the processor, the time determination module configured to determine a confluence time associated with the application switch, the confluence time being indicative of a time period in which the user interactions are identified as Out-Of-Sync Interactions (OOSI), and an interaction capturing module coupled to the processor, the interaction capturing module configured to capture a user interaction provided within the confluence time after the NUTA switch.

"In accordance with another aspect of the present disclosure a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing instructions that, when executed, cause at least one processor to perform the method of providing a safe confluence modality in a mobile computing device is provided. The method includes identifying a switch event caused by a non-user event in the mobile computing device, switching a first application running in a foreground mode of the a mobile computing device to a background mode and a second application running in the background mode of the a mobile computing device to the foreground mode based upon the switch event, and recording a user interaction with the mobile computing device for a period of time, the period of time being determined by an association between the first application and the second application.

"Other aspects, advantages, and salient features of the disclosure will become apparent to those skilled in the art from the following detailed description, which, taken in conjunction with the annexed drawings, discloses various embodiments of the present disclosure.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"The above and other aspects, features, and advantages of certain embodiments of the present disclosure will be more apparent from the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:

"FIG. 1 schematically illustrates a system for a mobile computing device providing a safe confluence modality according to an embodiment of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 2A illustrates a user triggered application switch according to an embodiment of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 2B illustrates a Non-User Triggered Application (NUTA) switch according to an embodiment of the present disclosure; and

"FIG. 3 illustrates a method for providing a safe confluence modality to users of a mobile computing device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

"Throughout the drawings, it should be noted that like reference numbers are used to depict the same or similar elements, features, and structures."

For additional information on this patent application, see: BANDA, Gourinath. Systems and Methods for Providing Safe Confluence Modality. Filed February 6, 2014 and posted August 14, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=187&p=4&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140807.PD.&OS=PD/20140807&RS=PD/20140807

Keywords for this news article include: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

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