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 new patent  System and method for selecting a message transport for a multi-mode communication device

The present disclosure relates to a system and method for selecting a network for use by a communication device to process a data transmission. The method comprises: determining whether an amount of data sent by the communication device over a first network in communication with the communication device has reached a data limit; and if the amount of data has reached the data limit, selecting a second network for use by the communication device.. ... Blackberry Limited

 new patent  Methods and devices for coding motion vectors in video compression

Methods and devices for video coding using inter-coding and removing redundant motion vectors from a set of candidate motion vectors. The methods may determine that at least some candidate motion vectors in a set of candidate motion vectors in a search range around the motion vector predictor identify candidate blocks in the previously-reconstructed reference picture that are redundant and, based on that determination, eliminate said at least some of the candidate motion vectors to reduce the set to a subset. ... Blackberry Limited

 new patent  Encryption in wireless communication systems

A method for encryption in a wireless communication system includes encrypting, at a base station, data of a physical layer control channel using at least one of a control channel type, a radio resource aggregation level of the control channel, a radio resource index of the control channel, or a subcarrier frequency of the control channel; and transmitting the encrypted data to a user equipment (ue), where the ue is in a cell of the base station.. . ... Blackberry Limited

 new patent  Method and apparatus for radio antenna frequency tuning

A matching network of a communication device that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a controller that executes instructions facilitating an identifying a subset of usage scenarios based on a usage condition of the communication device and adjusting the matching network device based on a subset of different tuning scenarios corresponding to the subset of usage scenarios. A group of operational parameters is obtained via parametric measurements for each tuning scenario change between the tuning scenarios corresponding to each of the subset of usage scenarios. ... Blackberry Limited

Voice interface and vocal entertainment system

A system and method that enhances spoken utterances and provides entertainment by capturing one or more microphone signals containing echo and decomposing the one or more microphone signals into a plurality of signal paths through a synthesizer that adds or makes non-linear modifications to some of the captured one or more microphone signals. The system and method and estimates multiple echo paths from each of the one the one or more microphones. ... Blackberry Limited

Voice interface and vocal entertainment system

A system and method that enhances spoken utterances and provides entertainment by capturing one or more microphone signals containing echo and decomposing the one or more microphone signals into a plurality of signal paths through a synthesizer that adds or makes non-linear modifications to some of the captured one or more microphone signals. The system and method and estimates multiple echo paths from each of the one the one or more microphones. ... Blackberry Limited

Three-dimensional simulation system

A multimodal system and process processed one or more sensor signals and extracts features from the one or more sensor signals through a spatiotemporal correlation between consecutive frames of an image or video sequence. The multimodal system and process determines the movement and direction of the features through an image subtraction, or a coherence measure and synthesizes a musical instrument signal in response to the detected movement and direction or the triggers. ... Blackberry Limited

Reporting power headroom for aggregated carriers

A method for reporting power headroom-related information for a plurality of aggregated carriers. The method includes reporting in a bitmap the power headroom-related information for a number of the aggregated carriers that is less than or equal to the total number of aggregated carriers, wherein the power headroom-related information is one of a power headroom for at least one of the aggregated carriers and a path loss for at least one of the aggregated carriers.. ... Blackberry Limited

Mobility in a wireless network

A system and method for mobility in a wireless network are presented. A user equipment with a processor configured to inform a network component of a closed subscriber group (csg) capability of the ue. ... Blackberry Limited

Controlling access to compartments of a cargo transportation unit

In some examples, a controller directs transport of a cargo transportation unit (ctu) to a plurality of pickup locations or a plurality of destination locations in response to requests of a plurality of requesters. The controller controls access to a plurality of compartments in the ctu, wherein controlling the access comprises selecting respective compartments of the plurality of compartments in which to place cargo items for the requests, the selecting based on characteristics of the cargo items and characteristics of the respective compartments.. ... Blackberry Limited

Adjusting mechanical elements of cargo transportation units

In some examples, a controller includes at least one processor configured to receive information regarding a condition associated with a cargo transportation unit (ctu), the received information regarding the condition including information of an environment around the ctu at a location of the ctu, and adjust an adjustable mechanical element of the ctu in response to the received information.. . ... Blackberry Limited

Systems and methods for location tracking notification

Systems and methods for location tracking notification are provided. Location sharing involves a mobile device sending location information to another device. ... Blackberry Limited

Method and system for preventing capture of sensitive information by proximate devices

A method for disabling one or more features at a computing device, the method including receiving, at the computing device, a first signal, the first signal directing the computing device to enter a monitoring mode; detecting, while in the monitoring mode, a second signal, the second signal indicating the computing device can operate normally; reporting to a system administrator receipt of the second signal; detecting a third signal at the computing device while in the monitoring mode, the third signal indicating an exclusion zone; responsive to the detecting of the third signal: disabling one or more features on the computing device; and reporting detection of the third signal to the system administrator.. . ... Blackberry Limited

Authenticating for an enterprise service

Systems, methods, and software can be used to provide authentication for an enterprise service. In some aspects, an identity server receives an authentication request. ... Blackberry Limited

06/21/18 / #20180173883

System for secure context-aware password management

A method, electronic device, and computer readable storage medium, for secure context-aware management of passwords stored in a password manager application in an electronic device. The password manager application prompts for entry of a password at a first user interface to unlock display of sensitive information in a second user interface. ... Blackberry Limited

06/21/18 / #20180173868

Device restrictions during events

A system and method for controlling functions on devices is disclosed. An occurrence of a start of an event is determined. ... Blackberry Limited

06/21/18 / #20180172722

Determining motion of a moveable platform

In some examples, to perform motion detection of a moveable platform, variance values based on acceleration data from an accelerometer on the moveable platform are computed. Using the computed variance values, it is determined whether the moveable platform is in motion.. ... Blackberry Limited

06/21/18 / #20180172721

Determining an open/close status of a barrier

In some examples, a method determines an open/close status of a pivotable barrier on a moveable platform based on selective use of a plurality of different filters for filtering measurement data from a sensor device.. . ... Blackberry Limited

06/14/18 / #20180167962

Proximity signaling and procedure for lte

A method for communication in a wireless telecommunications system is provided. The method comprises receiving, by a first user equipment (ue), a reference signal transmitted by a second ue and transmitting, by the first ue to a network node, a report indicating that the reference signal was received. ... Blackberry Limited

06/14/18 / #20180167952

Multi-user mimo systems and methods

A method and system are provided for scheduling data transmission in a multiple-input multiple-output (mimo) system. The mimo system may comprise at least one mimo transmitter and at least one mimo receiver. ... Blackberry Limited

06/14/18 / #20180167922

Method and system for signaling transmission layers for single user and multi user mimo

A method and system to signal transmission layers or dedicated reference signal ports to be used in a multiple input multiple output system, the method including providing a downlink control signal containing information for transmission layers or dedicated reference signal ports utilized, the dedicated reference signal ports being associated with the transmission layers; and using the information to demodulate data on each transmission layer.. . ... Blackberry Limited

06/14/18 / #20180167905

Apparatus, and associated method, for facilitating radio control system operation with an ics-capable wireless device

An apparatus, and an associated method, for facilitating communication operations with a wireless device that is ics or dtm capable. Signaling protocols and apparatus are provided for operation of the wireless device when an ics with the wireless device is ongoing, and the device leaves an area that provides for ics as well as when the ics can be provided using circuit-switched connections.. ... Blackberry Limited

06/14/18 / #20180167635

Multiple sign bit hiding within a transform unit

Methods of encoding and decoding for video data are described for encoding or decoding coefficients for a transform unit. In particular, the sign bits for the non-zero coefficients are encoded using sign bit hiding. ... Blackberry Limited

06/14/18 / #20180167380

Providing a secure communication path for receiving a software update

Systems, methods, devices, and software can be used to send or receive a software update. In some aspects, a software update notification is received at an electronic device. ... Blackberry Limited

06/14/18 / #20180165473

Selectable privacy modes

A system and method for selectable privacy modes are disclosed. A plurality of privacy mode definitions are stored with each privacy mode definition including a respective control state definition for each function in a plurality of functions of an electronic device. ... Blackberry Limited

06/14/18 / #20180165472

Verified privacy mode devices

A system and method for a privacy mode are disclosed. A trusted execution environment and general operating system that has restricted access to the trusted execution environment are maintained on a processor. ... Blackberry Limited

06/07/18 / #20180160367

Methods and apparatus for use in facilitating access to a communication service via a wlan hotspot

A mobile communication device identifies and selects a wireless local area network (wlan) available for communications in its coverage area. Automatically, without detecting any requests made by a user via a browser application.. ... Blackberry Limited

06/07/18 / #20180160271

Initial access of wireless access network using assistance information

In some examples, a device sends first information to a service, the first information comprising location information of the wireless device, and receives, from the service, assistance information that is based on the first information. The device performs initial access of a wireless access network using the assistance information to achieve power saving at the wireless device, and transmits second information to the service over the wireless access network node.. ... Blackberry Limited

06/07/18 / #20180158019

Sending reports of asset transport status

In some examples, a device includes a processor configured to compare a current transport status of the asset to a predicted transport status of the asset at each respective time instance of a plurality of time instances, and in response to determining that the current transport status does not differ from the predicted transport status by greater than a specified threshold, skip sending a report relating to the current transport status to a service over a network at the respective time instance of the plurality of time instances.. . ... Blackberry Limited

05/31/18 / #20180152872

Method for selecting a cellular network

A method performed by a mobile device of selecting a cellular network entails activating a cellular radio transceiver, scanning a most recently used frequency list of radiofrequency channels most recently used by the cellular radio transceiver of the mobile device, scanning a likely frequency list of likely radiofrequency channels available at a plurality of locations where activation of cellular radio transceivers commonly occurs, and selecting the cellular network by identifying one of the radiofrequency channels as a usable channel.. . ... Blackberry Limited

05/31/18 / #20180152838

Method and apparatus for accessing authentication credentials within a credential vault

A method at a computing device, the method including detecting, at the computing device, a trigger that authentication is pending for an application or service; indicating a state of a credential vault via a user interface of the computing device; and when the credential vault is in a locked state, activating an authentication mechanism for the credential vault without changing focus on the user interface for the application or service.. . ... Blackberry Limited

05/31/18 / #20180152704

Multi-level significance maps for encoding and decoding

Methods of encoding and decoding for video data are described in which multi-level significance maps are used in the encoding and decoding processes. The significant-coefficient flags that form the significance map are grouped into contiguous groups, and a significant-coefficient-group flag signifies for each group whether that group contains no non-zero significant-coefficient flags. ... Blackberry Limited

05/24/18 / #20180146464

Harq process number management for downlink carrier aggregation

A method for designating, by a user agent supporting multiple carriers in a wireless communication network, one assigned carrier as an anchor carrier, at least one assigned carrier as an inactive carrier, and at least one assigned carrier as an active carrier. The method can also include receiving a command from an enhanced node b causing a first carrier to transition from an inactive carrier to an active carrier. ... Blackberry Limited

05/24/18 / #20180146427

System and method for semi-persistent and dynamic scheduling and discontinuous reception control

Methods of combining semi-persistent resource allocation and dynamic resource allocation are provided. Packets, such as voip packets, are transmitted on the uplink and downlink using respective semi-persistent resources. ... Blackberry Limited

05/24/18 / #20180146422

Method and apparatus for multi-sim selection

A mobile transceiver having multiple subscriber identity module (sim) cards and a method of selection is provided. In accordance with one embodiment, there is provided a method of operating a mobile transceiver, comprising: activating a cellular transceiver using a first sim card in a plurality of sim cards, wherein the first sim card is a last used sim card in the plurality of sim cards; searching, via the cellular transceiver, for available wireless services associated with the first sim card; and switching from the first sim card to a second sim card in the plurality of sim cards when a wireless service for the first sim card is not available.. ... Blackberry Limited

05/24/18 / #20180144306

Representing new messages on a communication device

There is provided a method of representing new email messages on a communication device having a display. This method comprises setting a new message flag when an email message is received by the device; and displaying a new message indicator on the display when the new message flag is set. ... Blackberry Limited

05/17/18 / #20180137086

Determining a load status of a platform using a likelihood ratio test

In some examples, measurement data is received from at least one sensor that detects a signal reflected from a surface inside a platform. A likelihood ratio test is applied using the measurement data, and a load status of the platform is determined based on the likelihood ratio test.. ... Blackberry Limited

05/10/18 / #20180132084

Server for sending new application portions to mobile wireless communications devices and related methods

A communications system is to communicate with an application server storing a plurality of applications. The communications system includes a mobile wireless communications device configured to store at least one application from among the plurality of applications, the at least one application having stored version information associated therewith. ... Blackberry Limited

05/10/18 / #20180131801

Handheld device with notification message viewing

Displaying information related to a message on a display screen of a handheld electronic device. In response to a movement of the handheld electronic device from an initial position to a first orientation, displaying on the display screen a first notice related to the message.. ... Blackberry Limited

05/10/18 / #20180131495

Method and system for dynamic ack/nack repitition for robust downlink mac pdu transmission in lte

A method and apparatus for dynamic acknowledgement repetition for a downlink medium access control packet data unit transmission ‘mac pdu’ requiring multiple acknowledgements, the method having the steps of: receiving the downlink mac pdu requiring multiple acknowledgements; and utilizing a differentiating factor and acknowledgement scheme, sending the multiple acknowledgements.. . ... Blackberry Limited

05/10/18 / #20180129644

User interface for a handheld device

A user interface and method for composing a message to be sent over a wireless network environment using a handheld device is disclosed. According to the method, upon receipt of a user request to compose a message, a screen is displayed with a recipient field for a recipient address, an associated label to indicate that the recipient field is for a recipient address, and a message body field for holding message content. ... Blackberry Limited

05/03/18 / #20180124681

Customization of data session retry mechanism in a wireless packet data service network

In one embodiment, a method is provided for customization of a mobile communications device's data session retry mechanism in a wireless packet data service network. The mobile communication device requests activation of a data session with a node via the wireless network and receives a reject message via the wireless network in response to the request for activation of the data session, the reject message including a cause code. ... Blackberry Limited

05/03/18 / #20180124601

Requesting system information

Systems and methods to request system information are provided. In some aspect, a user equipment (ue) transmits a request for on-demand system information. ... Blackberry Limited

05/03/18 / #20180124560

Notification of access control request and explanation indicative of the access control request on a communication device

A communication device includes a display screen upon which information is displayed. A microprocessor configured to execute at least one notification program is provided that displays a notification descriptive of an access control request on the display screen. ... Blackberry Limited

05/03/18 / #20180124419

3d transform and inter prediction for video coding

Methods and devices for video coding using inter prediction and three-dimensional transform. A sequence of pictures in the video is partitioned into coding cuboids. ... Blackberry Limited

05/03/18 / #20180123856

Communication with i-q decoupled ofdm modulation

In some examples, an apparatus includes a transmitter configured to apply input data as a frequency-domain data sequence to modulate a set of subcarriers, and separate the frequency-domain data sequence into a first subsequence of elements and a second subsequence of elements. A first conjugate symmetric subsequence that is based on inserting a zero value into the first subsequence is formed, and a second conjugate symmetric subsequence that is based on inserting a zero value into the second subsequence is formed, where the zero values are inserted at different positions in the first and second subsequences. ... Blackberry Limited

05/03/18 / #20180121397

Text obfuscation

Text may be obfuscated by manipulating (pre-processing) the text to, thereby, generate obfuscated text before presenting the obfuscated text on the display of a computing device. The manipulation of the text may obfuscate the text in such a manner that the meaning of the text is clear only to the reader that understands the manner of obfuscation. ... Blackberry Limited

04/19/18 / #20180109475

Voice and text group chat display management techniques for wireless mobile terminals

A single content region in a chat history display is used to display entries representative of a plurality of messages corresponding to all chat histories for all of chat threads currently engaged in by a given mobile terminal. Additionally, a buddy list display supports management of chat buddies, a detail view display allows otherwise truncated messages to be displayed, and a text message editor display supports the composition of text messages. ... Blackberry Limited

04/19/18 / #20180109235

Adaptive matching network

A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure can include, for example, an apparatus having a matching network adapted to reduce a magnitude of a signal reflection at a port of the matching network. The matching network can have one or more controllable variable reactive elements. ... Blackberry Limited

04/19/18 / #20180108059

Automatic distribution of licenses for a third-party service operating in association with a licensed first-party service

A first-party vendor provides a licensed first-party service on one or more electronic devices, the first-party service associated with a licensed third-party service provided by a third-party vendor on the electronic devices. When a customer purchases a first-party license for the first-party service, the customer may automatically be issued a third-party license that aligns with the first-party license. ... Blackberry Limited

04/12/18 / #20180103385

Dynamic power control

In some examples, a wireless access network node communicates with user equipments (ues) in a plurality of sets of subframes, the plurality of sets of subframes comprising a first set of subframes and a second set of subframes. The wireless access network node performs dynamic power control of a transmission of the wireless access network node in the first set of subframes, and does not perform dynamic power control of a transmission of the wireless access network node in the second set of subframes.. ... Blackberry Limited

04/12/18 / #20180103029

Writing system software on an electronic device

Systems, methods, and software can be used to write system software on an electronic device. In some aspects, an instruction to write system software on an electronic device is received from a booting device that is different than the electronic device. ... Blackberry Limited

04/12/18 / #20180102991

Private text chatting sessions

A system and method for private text chatting. A request is sent to a remote device to establish a private text chat session. ... Blackberry Limited

04/12/18 / #20180102990

Handheld electronic device and associated method providing time data in a messaging environment

An improved handheld electronic device and an associated method are provided in which time data regarding certain aspects of a messaging conversation on a handheld electronic device are made available to a user. Such time data is provided, for instance, in situations where an interruption has occurred during a messaging conversation. ... Blackberry Limited

04/12/18 / #20180101422

Generating unified data on an electronic device

Systems, methods, and software can be used to generate unified data on an electronic device. In some aspects, a request for unified data is received at a unified content provider and from an application. ... Blackberry Limited

04/12/18 / #20180101388

Selecting a boot loader on an electronic device

Systems, methods, and software can be used to select a boot loader. In some aspects, a primary boot loader on an electronic device invokes a boot selector stored on a permanent memory storage on the electronic device. ... Blackberry Limited

04/05/18 / #20180098302

System and method for determining a location for a device in a communication network

The disclosure recites a system and method of identifying location data for a server device managing communications for a wireless network. The method comprises: obtaining location data for the server device; identifying a location for the server device by analyzing at least the location data; updating data in the server device with the location; identifying a communication transmission range for the location for the server device; and configuring communications generated by the server device to conform to the communication transmission range.. ... Blackberry Limited

04/05/18 / #20180097930

Handheld electronic device having improved phone call log, and associated method

An improved handheld electronic device and an associated method provide an improved call log that presents information relating to logged phone calls in a collapsed manner, meaning that for each phone number having a call stored in the memory of the device, only the most recent in time call is listed on the call log. An improved handheld electronic device and an associated method also provide a call history for any phone call from the improved call log that is selected by the user. ... Blackberry Limited

04/05/18 / #20180097494

Generating adaptive notification

A method for generating adaptive notifications include analyzing, at a user device, a spectrum of environmental noise. A portion of the spectrum for adaptive notification enhancement is selected based on the analyzing the spectrum of environmental noise. ... Blackberry Limited

03/29/18 / #20180092006

Transmitting data over a radio access technology

Systems, methods, and software can be used to transmit data over a radio access technology (rat). In some aspect, a data transmission using a first radio access technology (rat) is initiated at a mobile device. ... Blackberry Limited

03/29/18 / #20180091193

Efficient near field communication (nfc) tag detection and related methods

The present disclosure relates to efficient near field communication (nfc) tag detection and related methods. In accordance with one example, there is provided a method of communication between a mobile wireless communications device and near field communication (nfc) tags, comprising: polling for nfc devices at a default rate; detecting an nfc tag in response to the polling at the default rate; when the detected nfc tag was previously detected a first threshold number of times within a first threshold duration, polling for nfc devices at a reduced polling rate.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/22/18 / #20180084514

Using a cell as a pathloss or timing reference

Information is communicated indicating whether a cell on a first carrier of a first type is to be used as a reference cell, wherein the reference cell is at least one selected from among a pathloss reference cell and a timing reference cell, and wherein the first carrier of the first type is part of a carrier aggregation that further includes at least a second carrier of a second, different type.. . ... Blackberry Limited

03/22/18 / #20180084491

Wlan scanning according to channel order representing decreasing relative prevalence of access point deployment

A channel order that is specific to a population of access points is stored in a wireless local area network client device. The order of channels in the channel order represents the decreasing relative prevalence of access point deployment in the population. ... Blackberry Limited

03/22/18 / #20180084470

Determining handover parameters

In some examples, to mitigate interference of wireless communications, an electronic device that includes a first type wireless component and a second type wireless component receives values of parameters relating to wireless communication using the first type wireless component. The electronic device determines, using a model of a relationship between the parameters relating to wireless communication using the first type wireless component and at least one handover parameter relating to wireless communication using the second type wireless component, a value of the at least one handover parameter based on the received values of the parameters relating to wireless communication using the first type wireless component. ... Blackberry Limited

03/22/18 / #20180083657

Method and apparatus for managing operations of a communication device

A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a communication device having a controller to provision a matching network that controls one or more operational characteristics of one of a receiver portion and a transmitter portion of the communication device according to a profile describing one or more characteristics of a communication system from which the communication device operates. Additional embodiments are disclosed.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/22/18 / #20180081508

Dynamic bar oriented user interface

Method and user interface for controlling an apparatus are provided. In accordance with one embodiment, the method comprises: displaying a dynamic bar on a display of a mobile electronic device, the dynamic bar having an appearance that updates dynamically to reflect a change to information managed by an executable running on the mobile electronic device, wherein the dynamic bar includes a label portion and an icon menu comprising a plurality of icons, each icon in the plurality of icons being associated with a respective application or function; and displaying a dialog for configuring options associated with a particular application or function, the dialog displayed in response to selection of a respective icon of the plurality of icons in the icon menu associated with the particular application or function.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/15/18 / #20180077708

Transitioning between wideband and narrowband communications

A wireless device sends, to an access point, an indication to the access point that the wireless device is to transition between a wideband communication and a narrowband communication.. . ... Blackberry Limited

03/15/18 / #20180077597

Method and system for wireless network management

Methods and systems for wireless network management are described. In one embodiment, a radio measurement of a characteristic of a wireless access technology may be taken. ... Blackberry Limited

03/15/18 / #20180077555

Notification of discovery activities

In some examples, a wireless device includes a wireless interface to communicate wirelessly with wireless networks, and at least one processor configured to monitor discovery activities for identifying services or devices of the wireless networks, and provide, to a target entity, a notification containing information relating to the monitored discovery activities.. . ... Blackberry Limited

03/15/18 / #20180075433

System and method for capturing user inputs in electronic forms

A method, electronic device, and computer readable storage medium, for capturing user inputs in a fillable electronic form into an electronic wallet. A method includes: populating fields in a fillable electronic form with secured information from record fields in an electronic wallet at the electronic device while in an online transaction with an online vendor's server; receiving user input entering changes into the fields in the fillable electronic form overwriting the secured information to changed information in the fillable electronic form; upon determining that changes have been made in any field in the fillable electronic form, copying the changed information from the fields in the fillable electronic form and writing the changed information into corresponding record fields as secured information in the electronic wallet; and continuing with the online transaction using the fillable electronic form with the online vendor's server.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/15/18 / #20180075431

Methods and apparatus to obtain transaction confirmation

Methods and apparatus to obtain transaction confirmation are described. One example method includes emulating a payment method using a close-proximity communication device of a mobile device, establishing a close-proximity communication link using the close-proximity communication device of the mobile device, transferring payment information from the mobile device using the close-proximity communication device, switching the close-proximity communication device of the mobile device to an information receiving communication mode, and receiving a transaction confirmation at the close-proximity communication device of the mobile device. ... Blackberry Limited

03/15/18 / #20180074547

Application of modulated vibrations in docking scenarios

A docking station for electronic devices is disclosed. The docking station includes: a housing defining a docking area for receiving an electronic device; a vibrator for generating vibrations, the vibrator being positioned in the docking station such that vibrations generated by the vibrator are transmitted to at least a part of the electronic device when the electronic device is docked in the docking area; and a controller coupled to the vibrator, the controller being configured to: detect that the electronic device is docked in the docking area; and in response to detecting that the electronic device is docked in the docking area, cause the vibrator to generate vibrations corresponding to a signal representing an identifier of the docking station.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/08/18 / #20180070271

Extended service set transitions in wireless networks

A mobile device may transition between extended service set (“ess”) networks seamlessly, such that a consumer never loses the network connection despite the transition. The communication for enabling a transition may be prior to association with that network. ... Blackberry Limited

03/08/18 / #20180070236

Methods and apparatus to discover authentication information in a wireless networking environment

Examples to discover network authentication information in a wireless network involve transmitting during network discovery and prior to authentication, a generic advertisement service (gas) request to a network access point. The request requests authentication information. ... Blackberry Limited

03/08/18 / #20180070231

Method and device for facilitating authentication over a wireless network

One method for allowing and controlling access to an open wlan network is through the use of a secure website such as a hotspot or captive portal landing page that the device must “log in” to in order to have access to the network. Credentials for a captive portal or hotspot landing page (or other websites) are conventionally managed by a browser application and stored in a browser data storage space. ... Blackberry Limited

03/08/18 / #20180069853

Trusted ui authenticated by biometric sensor

The security of a personal image in an apparently trusted ui is improved through the use of a fingerprint sensor hardwired to a trusted execution environment. The personal image may be a complete or partial representation of a fingerprint sensed by the fingerprint sensor enhanced through emphasis of features of the fingerprint. ... Blackberry Limited

03/08/18 / #20180069699

Decrypting encrypted data on an electronic device

Systems, methods, and software can be used to encrypt and decrypt data. In some aspects, a decryption request to decrypt the encrypted data is received from an application on an electronic device. ... Blackberry Limited

03/08/18 / #20180068133

Method and device having secure removable modules

A method at an electronic device having at least one slot to receive a removable security module, the method including detecting coupling of the security module to the electronic device; sending a challenge to the security module; receiving a response from the security module; checking whether the response is valid at the electronic device; and providing a signal based on results of the checking, wherein only a defined number of security modules are configured to provide a valid response per slot or for each security module type at the electronic device. Further, a method for preventing functionality on an electronic device, the method including replacing a valid security module coupled to the electronic device with a dummy security module; detecting uncoupling of the dummy security module; and providing an alert.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/01/18 / #20180063812

Device and method for automatic notification customization

A device and method for automatic notification customization is provided. The device includes: a controller; a notification device; and a memory storing: notification data; and identification data, the identification data comprising one or more of: an identifier of the device; and an account identifier identifying an account associated with the device. ... Blackberry Limited

03/01/18 / #20180063804

Timing advance enhancements for cellular communications

A disclosed example method involves, when a device is operating in a stationary mode and before a need of the device to communicate data, determining whether a stored timing advance is valid. When the stored timing advance is not valid, a valid timing advance is determined before the need of the device to communicate the data.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/01/18 / #20180063050

Method and apparatus for automatically uploading an attached document to a device

A method and electronic device are provided to determine that a text-based message to be sent from a sender to a recipient includes a document attached thereto, determine a probability value for a portable electronic device associated with the recipient based at least on behavioural data associated with the recipient, in response to determining that the probability value meets a threshold, cause the portable electronic device to automatically download the document to a memory of the portable electronic device associated with the recipient, and transmit the text-based message.. . ... Blackberry Limited

03/01/18 / #20180062896

Scattered pilot pattern and channel estimation method for mimo-ofdm systems

A method and apparatus are provided for reducing the number of pilot symbols within a mimo-ofdm communication system, and for improving channel estimation within such a system. For each transmitting antenna in an ofdm transmitter, pilot symbols are encoded so as to be unique to the transmitting antenna. ... Blackberry Limited

03/01/18 / #20180060814

Efficiency of a cargo shipping system

Systems, methods, and software can be used to improve efficiency of a cargo shipping system. In some aspect, a shipping request for a load is received. ... Blackberry Limited

03/01/18 / #20180060774

Efficiency of a cargo shipping system

Systems, methods, and software can be used to improve efficiency of a cargo shipping system. In some aspect, a cargo transportation unit (ctu) status notification is received from a cargo tracking device coupled with a ctu. ... Blackberry Limited

03/01/18 / #20180060056

Techniques for deploying virtual software applications on computers

A method for bridging between virtual applications and an operating system of a host computer. The method comprises retrieving virtual applications and settings of the virtual applications assigned to a user logged onto the host computer, wherein each of the virtual applications includes the following files: a virtual engine, a user data file, and an application-on-demand (aod) file; downloading shadow files of the virtual applications assigned to the user; integrating each of the virtual applications with an operating system shell of the host computer; and causing a virtual application to be executed over the host computer when the virtual application is launched by the user.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/01/18 / #20180059808

Control of an electronic device including display and keyboard moveable relative to the display

A method of controlling an electronic device having a display moveable relative to a keyboard, between a first position in which the keyboard is not exposed and a second position in which the keyboard is exposed. The method includes, detecting movement of the display relative to the keyboard, to a third position, between the first position and the second position, in which the keyboard is partially exposed, determining a location of the display relative to the keyboard when the display is in the third position relative to the keyboard, identifying an action associated with the third position, and performing the action associated with the third position.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/22/18 / #20180054779

Method and apparatus for layer 3 configuration in a heterogeneous network

Methods, systems and apparatus are provided for camping, assisted serving cell addition or removal, and discontinuous reception (drx) in networks having a macro cell and at least one assisted serving cell. In other aspects, enhancements to layer 1 channels and uplink timing alignments are provided in networks having a macro cell and at least one assisted serving cell. ... Blackberry Limited

02/22/18 / #20180053995

Device and method for antenna alignment using vibrational positioning

A device and method for antenna alignment using vibrational positioning are provided. The device comprises: a controller; a vibrating device; and an antenna. ... Blackberry Limited

02/22/18 / #20180053350

Ar/vr device virtualisation

Methods, apparatuses and computer-readable media for virtualizing a physical device using an augmented reality (ar) or virtual reality (vr) virtualized or partially virtualized device (an ar/vr device) are provided. In particular, first data of a user interaction with the physical device is received by the ar/vr device from the physical device. ... Blackberry Limited

02/15/18 / #20180049128

System and method for conserving power for a wireless device while maintaining a connection to a network

A system, device and method are described for operating a communication device communicating with a wireless network. The method comprises in a power save mode wherein a communication subsystem of the communication device has been deactivated: for a first period beginning at a first instance, re-activating the subsystem, executing an action relating to a link layer connection condition, and then de-activating the subsystem; and for a second period beginning at a second instance, re-activating the subsystem, executing an action relating to a network layer connection condition, and then de-activating the subsystem. ... Blackberry Limited

02/15/18 / #20180048190

Energy transfer optimization by detecting and mitigating magnetic saturation in wireless charging with foreign object detection

A method is provided for optimizing wireless charging of a mobile device by a wireless charger. The method comprises successively reducing transmit power in the wireless charger until an operating wireless transmit power is reached when a power loss occurring during a wireless transmission of power is caused by magnetic saturation, wherein the magnetic saturation occurs in at least one of the mobile device and the wireless charger, wherein the wireless transmission of power is from the wireless charger to the mobile device, and wherein the magnetic saturation is reduced at the operating wireless transmit power, and disabling charging by the wireless charger when the power loss occurring during the wireless transmission of power is caused by a foreign object is present between the mobile device and the wireless charger.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/15/18 / #20180047123

Crisis-related inter-organization information exchange hub

A method for managing crisis-related communications includes storing, in a repository, data regarding entities and data indicating relationships between entities. Crisis-related information items are received from a plurality of originating entities. ... Blackberry Limited

02/15/18 / #20180046816

Method and apparatus for automatically storing and applying permissions to documents attached to text-based messages

A method and electronic device are provided to determine that a text-based message to be sent from a sender to a recipient includes a document attached thereto, determine a protection setting value associated with a protection setting, the protection setting value determined based on collaboration data associated with the sender and the recipient, determine whether the protection setting value meets a threshold, in response to determining that the protection setting value meets the threshold, apply the protection setting associated with the protection setting value to the document attached to the text-based message, and transmit the text-based message.. . ... Blackberry Limited

02/15/18 / #20180046333

Previewing a new event on a small screen device

Method and apparatus for previewing new events in a computing device having a plurality of applications for managing respective events are described. Individual applications are each represented by an application icon on a screen of a graphical user interface for the device. ... Blackberry Limited

02/08/18 / #20180042058

Discovering network information available via wireless networks

Network information may be discoverable without requiring a connection to that network. For example, access network query protocol (“anqp”) may allow a device to discover information about a network prior to the device associating with that network. ... Blackberry Limited

02/08/18 / #20180042055

System and method for managing emergency requests

A network component is provided. The network component including a component configured such that the network transmits a response message containing an indicator indicating that a first message is an emergency-related request, and such that the network receives a second message containing information associated with a user equipment (ue).. ... Blackberry Limited

02/08/18 / #20180041983

Mobile transceiver having route monitoring and method of operation

A mobile transceiver for asset tracking having route monitoring and method of operation are provided. In one aspect, the method comprises: determining a location of the mobile transceiver using the satellite receiver; determining whether the determined location deviates from a planned route; and sending an alert to an asset tracking service when the determined location deviates from the planned route.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/08/18 / #20180041982

Mobile transceiver for asset tracking having a power saving scheme for network access

A mobile transceiver for asset tracking having a power saving scheme for network access and related method are provided. In one aspect, the method comprises determining a location of the mobile transceiver, determining whether cellular service is likely to be available at the determined location based on a stored signal strength database, and activating the cellular transceiver from a low power mode when it is determined cellular service is likely to be available at the determined location.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/08/18 / #20180041965

Method of scheduling wakeup events, method of operating a mobile transceiver, and devices configured for same

A method of scheduling wakeup events, method of operating a mobile transceiver, and devices configured for same are provided. In one aspect, there is provided a method of scheduling wakeup events for a mobile transceiver, comprising: obtaining a first gnss data set comprising a plurality of gnss coordinates, the first gnss data set defining a route; applying a curve simplification algorithm to generate a second gnss data set comprising a plurality of gnss coordinates, wherein the second gnss data set is a subset of the first gnss data set; defining one or more alarms as wakeup events to activate the satellite receiver from a low power mode based on the plurality of gnss coordinates of the second gnss data, wherein the one or more wakeup events are each defined by an alarm; and applying the one or more alarms.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/08/18 / #20180041944

Method and mobile transceiver having advanced network selection

A method and mobile transceiver having advanced network selection are provided. In accordance with one embodiment, there is provided a method of operating a mobile transceiver, comprising: waking up a processor and a satellite receiver from a low power mode in response to a wakeup event; determining a location of the mobile transceiver using the satellite receiver; determining whether the determined location corresponds to a waypoint in a travel itinerary, wherein the travel itinerary defines a number of waypoints including an origin endpoint and a destination endpoint; when the determined location corresponds to a waypoint in the travel itinerary, activating a predetermined wireless transceiver from a plurality of wireless transceivers, searching for wireless service using the predetermined wireless transceiver, and sending an asset tracking log to an asset tracking service when wireless service is available.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/08/18 / #20180041895

Mobile transceiver having device-based alarm profile and a method of operation

A method of configuring a mobile transceiver, a system, and a mobile transceiver are provided. In accordance with one embodiment, there is provided a method comprising: assigning a device profile to the mobile transceiver, wherein the device profile defines restrictions on alarms configurable for the mobile transceiver; assigning an alarm profile to the mobile transceiver in accordance with the restrictions of the device profile, wherein the alarm profile defines a plurality of alarms, each alarm including a trigger condition and one or more actions; receiving a message from the mobile transceiver; and sending the assigned alarm profile to the mobile transceiver in response to receiving the message from the mobile transceiver.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/08/18 / #20180041626

Method and mobile transceiver providing container security

A method and mobile transceiver providing container security is described. In accordance with one aspect, there is provided a method of operating a mobile transceiver comprising a processor, memory, wireless transceiver and radiation detector. ... Blackberry Limited

02/08/18 / #20180041457

Method and apparatus for an interactive action log in a collaborative workspace

A method and apparatus is provided to determine that a comment has been added to a document associated with the collaborative workspace, and display an entry associated with the comment in an activity log, the entry including a reply indicator to enable entering a reply to the comment. In an aspect, a reply entered via the entry is incorporated into the document.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/08/18 / #20180040224

Mobile transceiver having asset-based alarm profile and a method of operation

A mobile transceiver having an asset-based alarm profile and a method of operation are provided. In accordance with one embodiment, there is provided a method of operating a mobile transceiver: sending to an asset tracking service a message including a device identifier (id); receiving from the asset tracking service an alarm profile assigned to the device id, wherein the alarm profile defines a plurality of alarms, each alarm including a trigger condition and one or more actions; storing the alarm profile in a memory of the mobile transceiver; and applying the alarm profile.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/08/18 / #20180039934

Automatic registration of asset tags based on crowd sourcing asset context

A server-implemented method for automatically registering an asset tag in a database is disclosed. One or more asset tag collision reports are received from at least one mobile device connected to the server, each report including a tag identifier of the asset tag that is wirelessly broadcast by the asset tag. ... Blackberry Limited

02/08/18 / #20180039682

Electronic device and method of managing data transfer

A method of managing data transfer from a server to an electronic device via a wireless communication, includes initiating a synchronization of a database of the electronic device with the server and determining, by the electronic device, a length of time since the synchronization of the database of the electronic device with the server. The method also includes, in response to determining that the length of time meets the threshold period, determining a quantity of data records for sending from the server to the electronic device to perform a further synchronization and requesting one of complete data records or incomplete data records based on the quantity of data records for transfer to the electronic device.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/08/18 / #20180039335

Touchscreen keyboard providing word predictions at locations in association with candidate letters

A method for providing a virtual keyboard displayed on a display with visual cues is provided. The method includes: receiving an input of a character from the virtual keyboard; displaying one or more sets of predicted input characters in a prediction bar displayed on the display, wherein each set of predicted input characters is located within the prediction bar at a position corresponding to a key of subsequent candidate input character in the set of predicted input characters.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/08/18 / #20180039314

Triggering transition of a device between states

In some examples, a controller receives, from a sensor that is part of a device mounted on a moveable platform, measurement data. The controller detects, based on the measurement data, a change in transit motion status of the moveable platform. ... Blackberry Limited

02/08/18 / #20180038991

Determining a load status of a platform

Based on a relationship between measurement data from at least one sensor and a baseline, a load status of a platform is determined. In response to the determined load status, such as determining that the platform is empty, the baseline is refined using a baseline estimator to produce a refined baseline that can be used to determine a further load status of the platform.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/01/18 / #20180035271

System and method for determining establishment causes for emergency sessions

A method for initiating a packet switched emergency call using a user equipment (ue) is presented. The ue includes a plurality of protocol layers. ... Blackberry Limited

02/01/18 / #20180035267

Distributed control of a push-to-talk session

In some examples, a first push-to-talk (ptt) client that has access to a wide area network (wan) performs distributed control for a ptt session in conjunction with distributed control for the ptt session performed by another ptt client in the ptt session, the distributed control by the first ptt client performed without use of any ptt server.. . ... Blackberry Limited

02/01/18 / #20180034860

Control of accesses for ims services

A method for operating a ue is provided. The method comprises retrieving, by the ue, an ims transport policy comprising a set of service transport rules. ... Blackberry Limited

02/01/18 / #20180032968

Calendar and email application

An electronic user device 2 is disclosed in which a user interface 20 for an email application is displayed. The user interface 20 includes an email thread 22 and a selectable calendar look-up banner 32. ... Blackberry Limited

02/01/18 / #20180031604

Determining an open/close status of a barrier

In some examples, a sensor device is to mount to a barrier pivotable between an open position and a closed position, the barrier being on a moveable platform. The sensor device includes an accelerometer to measure acceleration data and a rotation sensor to measure rotation about an axis. ... Blackberry Limited

01/25/18 / #20180027560

Method and apparatus for dynamic tuning

A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining first and second tuning states based on selections from first and second groups of tuning states, respectively, detecting an operational function of the communication device, adjusting weighting between the first and second tuning states according to the operational function resulting in an adjusted weighting, and determining a tuning configuration for a matching network of the communication device according to interpolation that utilizes the first and second tuning states in conjunction with the adjusted weighting. Other embodiments are disclosed.. ... Blackberry Limited

01/25/18 / #20180027551

Uplink control channel resource allocation for an enhanced downlink control channel of a mobile communication system

Uplink control channel resource allocation for an enhanced downlink control channel is disclosed. A first example method disclosed herein includes receiving, at a user equipment (ue), a downlink control channel carrying a physical uplink control channel (pucch) resource indicator, mapping the pucch resource indicator to a first offset, mapping a position of the downlink control channel to a second offset, and mapping a linear combination of the first and second offsets to an index identifying a first pucch resource. ... Blackberry Limited

01/25/18 / #20180027489

Apparatus, and associated method, for facilitating wlan selection by a mobile node

Apparatus, and an associated method, by which to facilitate selection of a wlan through which a mobile node communicates. Selection takes into account the geographic positioning of the mobile node. ... Blackberry Limited

01/25/18 / #20180027403

System and methods for data communications in a wireless communication system

Techniques for use by a mobile device configured to operate in a wireless network for the communication of data messages with a server are described. When the mobile device does not have an open session with the server, the mobile device receives from a service node via the wireless network a message which informs the mobile device that a data message has arrived at the server and needs to be retrieved. ... Blackberry Limited

01/25/18 / #20180027378

Method and mobile transceiver for asset tracking

A method and mobile transceiver for asset tracking is provided. In one aspect, a method of operating a mobile transceiver comprising a processor, a memory, a satellite receiver, and at least one wireless transceiver is provided. ... Blackberry Limited

01/25/18 / #20180026921

Method and system for using subjects in instant messaging sessions on a mobile device

A system and method are provided that incorporate subjects or subject lines into instant messaging sessions or conversations on a mobile device. During an instant messaging session, the user is provided with an option to specify a subject for at least the current portion of the session or for the entire session. ... Blackberry Limited

01/25/18 / #20180026668

System and method for providing service license aggregation across multiple physical and virtual sim cards

A system, a computer program product and a method associate service licenses with a wireless device. A device identifier (device id) which identifies the wireless device and a subscriber identity module identifier (sim id) identifying a sim card currently inserted in the wireless device are received. ... Blackberry Limited

01/25/18 / #20180026667

Method and apparatus for dynamic tuning

A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, adjusting a matching network utilizing a first tuning state resulting in a first tuning where the first tuning state is selected from among a first group of predetermined tuning states that increase performance in duplex operation, and responsive to a comparison of a first performance metric with a first reference metric, determining a weighted first tuning state and adjusting the matching network utilizing the weighted first tuning state resulting in a second tuning, where the weighted first tuning state is determined based on a weighting factor, the first tuning state, and a second tuning state selected from a second group of predetermined tuning states. Other embodiments are disclosed.. ... Blackberry Limited

01/25/18 / #20180026664

Method and apparatus for dynamic tuning

A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, adjusting a matching network utilizing a weighted tuning state resulting in a tuning where the weighted tuning state is determined from applying a weighting factor to multiple tuning states that are predetermined tuning states based on increasing performance associated with types of operation, comparing a measured performance metric to a weighted reference metric resulting in a comparison where the weighted reference metric is determined from applying the weighting factor to multiple reference metrics that are predetermined expected metrics based on the increasing performance associated with the types of operation, and responsive to a first determination that the measured performance metric satisfies a threshold according to the comparison, continuing the tuning utilizing the weighted tuning state. Other embodiments are disclosed.. ... Blackberry Limited

01/25/18 / #20180025327

Electronic device and method for automatically responding to calendar event notifications

A method and an electronic device are provided that include receiving at the electronic device a start and an end of an out-of-office period and an out-of-office preference for responding to new invitations to events occurring during the out-of-office period received at the electronic device, receiving at the electronic device a new invitation to an event occurring during the out-of-office period, and automatically transmitting at the electronic device a response to the new invitation based on the out-of-office preference.. . ... Blackberry Limited

01/18/18 / #20180020439

Timing advance group in lte small cell enhancement

A method for communication in a wireless telecommunication system is provided. The method includes assigning a first cell of a first network node to a first timing advance group (tag) of a user equipment (ue) and assigning a second cell of a second network node to a second tag of the ue, wherein the second network node has a separate mac (medium access control) scheduler from the first network node, and wherein the ue is able to transmit data on both the first and the second cell.. ... Blackberry Limited

01/18/18 / #20180019518

Container having a slot antenna

A container having a slot antenna is provided. In particular, a shipping container is provided, the shipping container comprising: a chassis; a door moveably mounted to the chassis, the door having an external surface and an internal surface; at least one slot antenna located at the external surface of the door; a tracking device having a radio transceiver, the tracking device located on the internal surface of the door; and, an antenna feed coupling the radio transceiver to the slot antenna through the internal surface of the door.. ... Blackberry Limited

01/18/18 / #20180018253

Automation of software verification

Systems, methods, and software can be used to automate software verifications. In some aspects, one or more application program interface (api) call pairs are generated based on a source code of a user module that invokes an api. ... Blackberry Limited

01/18/18 / #20180018161

Updating firmware at enterprise devices

An enterprise server selectively controls the ability of enterprise devices to install firmware updates. In some examples, the enterprise server identifies a subset of enterprise devices designated as alpha devices for testing functionality of newly installed firmware updates prior to installation at the remaining non-alpha devices, the alpha devices being configured to apply a first firmware update policy that enables installation of firmware updates. ... Blackberry Limited

01/11/18 / #20180014348

Method and system for signaling release cause indication in a umts network

A method and system for processing signaling release indication cause between user equipment and a wireless network, the method comprising the steps of: monitoring, at the user equipment, whether a signaling connection release indication should be sent to the wireless network; appending, at the user equipment, a cause for the signaling connection release indication to the signaling connection release indication; sending the appended signaling connection release indication to the wireless network; receiving the signaling connection release indication at the wireless network; and filtering said cause to determine whether to raise an alarm.. . ... Blackberry Limited

01/11/18 / #20180014030

Significance map encoding and decoding using partition selection

Methods of encoding and decoding for video data are describe in which significance maps are encoded and decoded using non-spatially-uniform partitioning of the map into parts, wherein the bit positions within each part are associated with a given context. Example partition sets and processes for selecting from amongst predetermined partition sets and communicating the selection to the decoder are described.. ... Blackberry Limited

01/04/18 / #20180007514

Method and apparatus for location notification using location context information

Provided is a method and apparatus for location notification using location context information. In accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure, a mobile device automatically generates location context information that indicates a point of interest in a vicinity of the mobile device. ... Blackberry Limited

01/04/18 / #20180007376

Multi-level significance map scanning

Methods of encoding and decoding for video data are described in which multi-level significance maps are used in the encoding and decoding processes. The significant-coefficient flags that form the significance map are grouped into contiguous groups, and a significant-coefficient-group flag signifies for each group whether that group contains no non-zero significant-coefficient flags. ... Blackberry Limited

01/04/18 / #20180004408

Electronic device and method of providing visual notification of a received communication

A method disclosed herein includes displaying information associated with a first application in a display area of an electronic device, detecting a change in direction of a continuous gesture across at least a portion of the display area between a first direction and a second direction different than the first direction, the continuous gesture associated with a request to display information of a second application, the first application being different than the second application, in response to detecting the change in direction of the continuous gesture, reducing display of the first application to a first portion of the display area and presenting a preview of information associated with the second application in a second portion of the display area in which the first application was presented prior to detection of the continuous gesture, based on a first characteristic of the continuous gesture, discontinuing providing the first information and display the second application in the display area, and based on a second characteristic of the continuous gesture, discontinuing providing the second information and display the first application in the display area.. . ... Blackberry Limited

12/28/17 / #20170374660

Tdd and fdd joint carrier aggregation enhancements in lte-advanced

In some implementations, a method in a user equipment (ue) for supporting time division duplex (tdd) and frequency division duplex (fdd) joint carrier aggregation (ca) includes receiving a physical uplink control channel (pucch) resource allocation from an evolved nodeb (enb). The pucch resource allocation includes a first pucch configuration for a first subframe and a second pucch configuration for a second subframe, and the second pucch configuration is different than the first pucch configuration. ... Blackberry Limited

12/28/17 / #20170374635

Reliability of volte/vilte calls

A method for improving reliability of voice over lte (volte)/video over lte (vilte) calls includes detecting, by a user equipment (ue) camped on a first radio access technology (rat), a problem with a radio connection on the first rat at a first time. After detecting the problem with the radio connection, the ue blocks non-access stratum (nas) registration on a second rat in a time period between the first time and a second time later than the first time. ... Blackberry Limited

12/28/17 / #20170374185

Method and system to intercept accidental emergency calls in a device repair facility

A system for intercepting accidental emergency calls in a facility, the system including at least one dead air network element configured within the facility, the at least one dead air network element providing a cellular signal stronger than live cellular signals as seen by electronic devices within the facility, wherein electronic devices connecting to the at least one dead air network element cannot reach emergency services.. . ... Blackberry Limited

12/28/17 / #20170373661

Method and apparatus for adapting a variable impedance network

The present disclosure may include, for example, a tunable capacitor having a decoder for generating a plurality of control signals, and an array of tunable switched capacitors comprising a plurality of fixed capacitors coupled to a plurality of switches. The plurality of switches can be controlled by the plurality of control signals to manage a tunable range of reactance of the array of tunable switched capacitors. ... Blackberry Limited

12/21/17 / #20170366584

Personal network access control system and method

A server is provided that includes a processor such that for a session initiation protocol (sip) request containing a uniform resource identifier (uri) identifying the first device, the processor is programmed to promote adding a uri and redirecting the sip request to a second device. The added uri used by the second device to invoke a personal network management (pnm) controller function.. ... Blackberry Limited

12/21/17 / #20170365656

Method and apparatus for a thin film dielectric stack

A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a thin film capacitor having a substrate, a first electrode layer on the substrate, a first dielectric layer on the first electrode layer where the first dielectric layer has a columnar-oriented grain structure, a group of second dielectric layers stacked on the first dielectric layer where each of the group of second dielectric layers has a randomly-oriented grain structure, and a second electrode layer on the group of second dielectric layers. Other embodiments are disclosed.. ... Blackberry Limited

12/21/17 / #20170364218

Method and apparatus for providing a user interface on a device enabling selection of operations to be performed in relation to content

A method comprising detecting, by an electronic device, a first input associated with a first selectable item of one or more selectable items displayed on a display, invoking, based on the first input, a menu for display adjacent an edge of the display, wherein the menu comprises one or more selectable icons and each icon represents a function, wherein when the first input is a continuous gesture extending to an icon displayed in the menu, performing the function associated with the icon.. . ... Blackberry Limited

12/21/17 / #20170363745

Gps pre-acquisition for geotagging digital photos

A handheld electronic device, such as a gps-enabled wireless communications device with an embedded camera, a gps-enabled camera-phone or a gps-enabled digital camera, determines whether ephemeris data needs to be obtained for geotagging digital photos taken with the device. By monitoring user activity with respect to the camera, such as activation of the camera, the device can begin pre-acquisition of a gps position fix by obtaining needed ephemeris data before the photograph is actually taken. ... Blackberry Limited

12/14/17 / #20170359341

Data access control based on storage validation

A system and method to control access to data are disclosed. A request for a subject to perform an action on an object is received. ... Blackberry Limited

12/07/17 / #20170353956

Method and apparatus for band tuning in a communication device

A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, adjusting a tuning state of a matching network of the communication device, selecting a power offset from among a group of power offsets where the selected power offset is associated with a sub-band of operation of the communication device, and adjusting a value associated with a measured receive power or a transmit power of the communication device based on the selected power offset to generate an offset power value. Additional embodiments are disclosed.. ... Blackberry Limited

12/07/17 / #20170353891

Method for accessing a service unavailable through a network cell

In an access device associated with a first network cell, a method for enabling user equipment (ue) to obtain a service unavailable through the first network cell includes receiving a request for the ue to access the service, and identifying, in a message to the ue, a plurality of second network cells providing the service.. . ... Blackberry Limited

12/07/17 / #20170353868

Method and apparatus for calculating a coverage signal strength indicator

Apparatus and method pertaining to the calculation of at least one value that represents, at least in part, wireless reception signal strength from the perspective of both a local wireless receiver and a remote receiver that receives wireless transmissions from a local wireless transmitter. By one approach the apparatus directly determines the wireless reception signal strength from the perspective of the local wireless receiver and indirectly determines the wireless reception signal strength from the perspective of the remote receiver.. ... Blackberry Limited

12/07/17 / #20170353503

Crossed-invite call handling

A method and devices for handling crossed-invite situations in set-up of ip-based sessions. A local device receives an incoming session invite after sending an outgoing session invite before the outgoing session invite has been accepted. ... Blackberry Limited

11/30/17 / #20170347346

Suspending a connection in a wireless communication system

An evolved node b (enb) includes a memory and at least one hardware processor communicatively coupled with the memory and configured to: determine to suspend an established radio resource control (rrc) connection with a user equipment (ue), where suspension causes the established rrc connection to be a suspended rrc connection that disables user plane data communications between the ue and the enb; in response to a determination to suspend the established rrc connection, store rrc connection data related to the established rrc connection; and transmit, to the ue, an rrc connection suspend command instructing the ue to store the rrc connection data and suspend the established rrc connection.. . ... Blackberry Limited

11/30/17 / #20170347225

Optimized short message transport

A method for transferring data using optimized short message transport includes receiving at a first network node an attach request message. The attach request message includes short-message data. ... Blackberry Limited

11/30/17 / #20170347220

Customization of device configuration settings

A method for providing device configuration settings includes receiving, at a database, a first group of settings (gos) including a first plurality of setting values and one or more first network identifiers; receiving a second gos including a second plurality of setting values, one or more second network identifiers, and the one or more first network identifiers; and sending the first gos and the second gos to a database user, where the first gos is associated with a mobile network operator and the second gos is associated with a mobile virtual network operator.. . ... Blackberry Limited

11/30/17 / #20170344128

Touchscreen keyboard providing word predictions at locations in association with candidate letters

A method for providing a virtual keyboard displayed on a display with visual cues is provided. The method includes: receiving an input of a character from the virtual keyboard; displaying one or more sets of predicted input characters in a prediction bar displayed on the display, wherein each set of predicted input characters is located within the prediction bar at a position corresponding to a key of subsequent candidate input character in the set of predicted input characters.. ... Blackberry Limited








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