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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

Merging active group calls

A method for merging active group calls includes hosting, at a first push to talk (ptt) server, a first active group call. A first group of ptt clients participate in the first active group call. ... Blackberry Limited

Exchange and use of globally unique device identifiers for circuit-switched and packet switched integration

According to one aspect, a system and method of exchanging gruus (globally routed user agent uri (uniform resource identifier)) between a first telephony-enabled device and a second telephony enabled device using a circuit-switched message is provided. Once exchanged, the telephony enabled devices can exchange sip (session initiated protocol) communications routed by the gruus. ... Blackberry Limited

Private text chatting sessions

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

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

Mobility in a distributed antenna system

A device, method or system implements operations to receive compressed samples of wireless transmissions from a plurality of user equipment (ues) traveling through different communication regions in a wireless network, and detect information in the wireless transmissions of the ues based on the compressed samples.. . ... Blackberry Limited

Method and relay node for mobile relay enablement

A method and relay node for managing a relay node that is moving relative to a source network node, the method receiving parameters of a target network node from a source network node at the relay node; initiating a direct attachment of the relay node to the target network node; and detaching the relay node from the source network node. Also, a method and network node for managing a relay node that is moving relative to a source network node, the method sending a handover request of a relay node from the source network node to a target network node; performing handover of a plurality of user equipments (ues) from the source network node to the target network node, wherein the plurality of ues are attached to the relay node, and establishing an interface between the relay node and the target network node.. ... Blackberry Limited

Method and apparatus for providing files to electronic devices

Method and apparatus for transferring a file from a sending wireless device to a receiving wireless device in a short-range wireless system. A file to be sent to the receiving wireless device is selected on the sending wireless device. ... Blackberry Limited

Passive audio headset compatible with binaural recording and off-headset noise cancellation

A backwards compatible passive audio headset compatible with binaural recording and off-headset noise cancellation is provided. The audio headset comprises: a first microphone; a second microphone; a first speaker; a second speaker; a ground line; and, an audio plug comprising: a barrel portion and a tip portion, the barrel portion comprising a sleeve connector, a first ring connector and a second ring connector, the tip portion comprising a tip connector and a second connector located between the tip connector and the barrel portion, each connector of the audio plug connected to one of, the first microphone; the second microphone; the first speaker; the second speaker; and a ground line, in a one-to-one relationship.. ... Blackberry Limited

Managing use of network resources

Some aspects of what is described here relate to managing the use of network resources on a mobile device. User input received at the device indicates whether to allow an application associated with a first perimeter on the device to access a network resource associated with a second perimeter on the device. ... Blackberry Limited

Managing vpn connectivity for data communications

Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for managing virtual private network (vpn) connectivity for data communications are disclosed. In one aspect, a method includes storing, in a computer-readable medium of a computing device, packages of code and configuration data that associate the packages of code with respective virtual private networks (vpns), the configuration data associating at least one of the packages of code with at least two of the vpns, and, in response to a request to execute application code included in a first package of code, identifying, based on the configuration data, a first vpn associated with the first package of code and binding a communication interface of the first package of code to a connection with the first vpn.. ... Blackberry Limited

Method and apparatus for managing interference in a communication device

A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a matching network including a tunable reactance circuit configured to be coupled to at least one of a transmitter portion and a receiver portion of a communication device, wherein the tunable reactance circuit is adjustable to a plurality of tuning states, and wherein the determination of a tuning state is based on parameters associated with a detected interference. Additional embodiments are disclosed.. ... Blackberry Limited

Segment pattern entry based authentication

A system and method to support authentication or device pairing. A respective indication is received from a respective output of each respective contact element within a plurality of contact elements. ... Blackberry Limited

Packet delay optimization in the uplink of a multi-hop cooperative relay-enabled wireless network

A method for communication in a wireless network is provided. The method includes a relay node receiving a data packet and determining whether to transmit the packet without performing error checking.. ... Blackberry Limited

12/15/16 / #20160366570

Pseudo-interactive input processing in wireless environments

An electronic communication device includes a buffer and a controller. The buffer stores characters as they are being input by a user. ... Blackberry Limited

12/15/16 / #20160366542

Methods and devices for facilitating bluetooth pairing using a camera as a barcode scanner

Embodiments of the systems, devices and methods described herein generally facilitate performing bluetooth pairing between a first device and a second device. In accordance with one example embodiment, a first device generates a barcode that encodes bluetooth pairing data for transmission to the second device, wherein the pairing data comprises a bluetooth address associated with the first device, and wherein the pairing data further comprises a personal identification number usable to complete the bluetooth pairing, the barcode is transmitted to the second device, and bluetooth pairing is performed with the second device.. ... Blackberry Limited

12/15/16 / #20160366432

Methods and devices for coding binary symbols as n-tuples

Methods and devices for reconstructing coefficient levels from a bitstream of encoded video data for a coefficient group in a transform unit. Greater-than-one flags are encoded by grouping them into tuples and by encoding a tuple-based value that is a function of the greater-than-one flags within that tuple. ... Blackberry Limited

12/15/16 / #20160365915

Relay link harq operation

A method for preventing a first network node from missing a transmission from an second network node. The method includes, when a ten millisecond periodicity is used for multicast/broadcast single frequency network (mbsfn) subframes, setting a time between an uplink grant from the second network node to the first network node and an acknowledgement/negative-acknowledgement message (ack/nack) from the second network node to the first network node equal to ten milliseconds. ... Blackberry Limited

12/15/16 / #20160365082

Headphones using multiplexed microphone signals to enable active noise cancellation

Headphones or a headset to enable active noise cancellation or binaural recording. Microphone signals are multiplexed within the headphones/headset and are conveyed to an attached device using a single contact point in the audio plug. ... Blackberry Limited

12/15/16 / #20160363911

Calendar event time zone preview

A photography subsystem is configured to be operated in fingerprint scanning mode and a normal mode. An autofocus module may be initialized to control a lens with an initial focal length set according to received instructions indicating one of the modes of operation. A system and method to view schedule entry information. An event schedule display includes a start time input that is configured to receive a first start time. ... Blackberry Limited

12/08/16 / #20160360474

Capturing data from a mobile device through group communication

Some aspects of what is described here relate to systems, devices, and computer-implemented methods for capturing data related to a mobile device in a wireless network. In one example, a method may include receiving, at a first mobile device, data capture configuration information from a wireless network. ... Blackberry Limited

12/08/16 / #20160360435

Capturing data from a mobile device in an off-network environment

Some aspects of what is described here relate to systems, devices, and computer-implemented methods for capturing data related to a mobile device in a wireless network. In one example, a method may include receiving, at a mobile device, data capture configuration information from a wireless network, the data capture configuration information indicating a data type to be captured from the mobile device in an off-network environment. ... Blackberry Limited

12/08/16 / #20160360374

Gnss-assisted cellular network selection

A method of selecting a cellular network entails determining a current location using a global navigation satellite system (gnss) receiver in a mobile device, prioritizing bands based on the current location to create a set of prioritized bands, and searching the set of prioritized bands for the cellular network. This method expedites selection of the cellular network when a mobile device is powered on or when its cellular radiofrequency transceiver is activated.. ... Blackberry Limited

12/08/16 / #20160359960

System and method of managing pairing information associated with peer-to-peer device pairings

Systems and methods of managing pairing information associated with peer-to-peer device pairings are disclosed herein. The pairing information can include link keys or other configuration data associated with the peer-to-peer device pairing. ... Blackberry Limited

12/08/16 / #20160359525

Communications device, method and system for establishing wireless communications between communications devices

A device, method, and system are disclosed for establishing wireless communications between communications devices comprising respective magnets and magnetic sensors each located on first and second communications device and aligned such that a magnet on the first communications device is aligned with a magnetic sensor on the second communications device and a magnet on the second communications device is aligned with a magnetic sensor on the first communications device. In response, a near field communications (nfc) circuit contained in each of the first and second communications devices is activated and data exchanged between the first and second communications devices using a nfc communications protocol.. ... Blackberry Limited

12/08/16 / #20160358585

Performance control of ambient light sensors

A device and method to control measurements of light intensity are described. The device includes two or more ambient light sensors arranged at respective surface locations of the device, each of the two or more ambient light sensors measuring the light intensity at the respective surface location. ... Blackberry Limited

12/08/16 / #20160357805

System and method for service advertising and discovery

A centralised identity and capability resolution server is provided. Each subscriber is provided with a unique ecosystem identifier. ... Blackberry Limited

12/08/16 / #20160356607

System and method for displaying address information on a map

A method of displaying a map on a device includes determining position information of a position on the map, displaying a graphical position indicator representing the position on the map, determining address information corresponding to the position on the map, and presenting the address information via a user interface of the device by displaying a street number on the map adjacent to the graphical position indicator.. . ... Blackberry Limited

12/01/16 / #20160353495

Activating a mobile hotspot operation

A method for activating a mobile hotspot operation includes detecting, at a mobile device, an event associated with activating a mobile hotspot operation on the mobile device. In response to the detection of the event, a mobile hotspot operation is activated on the mobile device. ... Blackberry Limited

12/01/16 / #20160353336

Method and apparatus for handling circuit switched calls at a user equipment

A method at a user equipment including detecting that a circuit switched (cs) call has been requested at the user equipment; if a most recent registration attempt or registration update attempt with a network of a first radio access technology (rat) resulted in an abnormal state, registering with a network of a second rat; and initiating the cs call with the network of the second rat.. . ... Blackberry Limited

12/01/16 / #20160353267

Content disposition system and method for processing message content in a distributed environment

In one embodiment, a wireless mobile user equipment (ue) device comprises a message generator configured to send a sip request message via a first ip network and a processor configured to process a sip response message received from a network node via the first ip network, the processor further configured to process instructions to provide a treatment for at least one message body content of the sip response message based on a value of a content type indicator independent of at least one of an absence of a content disposition indicator, a content disposition indicator without a value and a content disposition indicator having a value. The treatment, applied by the ue device, may comprise one of: (i) performing an emergency services (es) call effectuated via a cs network and (ii) performing a registration and an es call effectuated via an ip network.. ... Blackberry Limited

12/01/16 / #20160352994

Camera having hdr during pre-flash

An electronic device is described. The electronic device includes a flash configured to generate a pre-flash and a regular flash and a camera. ... Blackberry Limited

12/01/16 / #20160352918

Method and apparatus for virtual sim service activation and deactivation via subscription tracking

A method at a user equipment to verify enablement of data billing splitting using a virtual subscriber identity module platform (‘vsp’) service, the method including receiving a credential at the user equipment, the credential including an international mobile subscriber identity (imsi) from a physical universal integrated circuit card (uicc) subscriber identity module (sim) application; storing the credential on the user equipment; checking, at a vsp service module on the user equipment, whether the credential matches an imsi of a uicc currently inserted into the user equipment; if the checking determines a match, enabling the data billing splitting; and if the checking determines a mismatch, preventing enablement of the data billing splitting.. . ... Blackberry Limited

12/01/16 / #20160352408

Method and apparatus for antenna selection

A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system including an rf switch connected with an antenna system that includes a first antenna and a second antenna. The system can include, where the rf switch has a first position in which the first antenna operates as the primary antenna and the second antenna operates as the diversity antenna, and wherein the rf switch has a second position in which the second antenna operates as the primary antenna and the first antenna operates as the diversity antenna. ... Blackberry Limited

12/01/16 / #20160351655

High-throughput deposition of a voltage-tunable dielectric material

High-throughput deposition of a voltage-tunable dielectric material onto a substrate comprising a conductive electrode is provided. Respective gradients in at least two grain size defining parameters of the deposition are simultaneously provided, the respective gradients occurring for a first time period thereby producing a smoothly changing columnar crystalline habit of the voltage-tunable dielectric material. ... Blackberry Limited

12/01/16 / #20160349988

Method and apparatus for launching activities

A handheld electronic device having a microprocessor housed within a body including a display area and a contact-sensitive area is disclosed. The contact-sensitive area detects contact engagement therewith and produces instruction data based thereupon. ... Blackberry Limited

12/01/16 / #20160349912

Tactile feedback method and apparatus

A method includes displaying on a display at least one selection option comprising a first selection option and detecting a touch or cursor on the display. Tactile feedback having a first characteristic is provided when the touch or cursor is at a first location associated with the first selection option. ... Blackberry Limited

11/24/16 / #20160345290

System and method of secure message processing

A mobile communications device receives and handles an encoded message. State data about the encoded message is generated based upon a first access of the encoded message. ... Blackberry Limited

11/24/16 / #20160345251

Methods and apparatus for selecting a base station transceiver system based on service communication type

Techniques for use in selecting a base station transceiver system for communication with a mobile station are described. The mobile station is connected to a first base station transceiver system, and scans to identify a second base station transceiver system for communication. ... Blackberry Limited

11/24/16 / #20160344539

Apparatus and associated method for providing communication bandwidth in communication system

An apparatus and an associated method selects rates at which received signals are sampled in a multi-user communication system. The signals are sampled at initial sampling rates during a first period. ... Blackberry Limited

11/24/16 / #20160342434

Methods and systems for virtualization of portable electronic devices

A method for configuring an electronic device comprises receiving an order for a new electronic device from a user, receiving account information for a server account for the user emulating the new electronic device on a server to generate a virtual electronic device, associating the virtual electronic device with the server account, providing access to the virtual electronic device through the server account, configuring the virtual electronic device based on user interaction with the virtual electronic device through the server account, receiving an activation signal from the new electronic device; and applying a configuration of the virtual electronic device to the new electronic device.. . ... Blackberry Limited

11/17/16 / #20160338095

Transmitting a scheduling request for a device-to-device transmission

A method for transmitting a scheduling request includes receiving, at a relay ue and from a remote ue, a sidelink control information. The relay ue is within a coverage area of a base station. ... Blackberry Limited

11/17/16 / #20160338094

Allocating resources for a device-to-device transmission

A method for allocating resources for device-to-device transmission between two or more user equipment (ues) includes transmitting, from a first ue to a second ue, a resource allocation configuration for device-to-device communications. A resource request for a device-to-device transmission is received from the second ue. ... Blackberry Limited

11/17/16 / #20160338090

Methods and systems for scheduling a virtual mimo communication environment

A system and method for scheduling cooperative uplink transmissions in a virtual multiple input multiple output (mimo) wireless communication environment are provided. More specifically, both random and channel aware orthogonal scheduling techniques for identifying a sub-set of n mobile terminals to provide cooperative uplink transmissions for each transmit time interval are provided.. ... Blackberry Limited

11/17/16 / #20160337909

Uplink data splitting

A user equipment (ue) receives, from a plurality of wireless access network nodes, respective indicators, where the ue is concurrently connected to the plurality of wireless access network nodes. The ue determines, based on the indicators, a split of uplink data in a buffer of the ue into a plurality of uplink data portions for transmission by the ue to the respective wireless access network nodes.. ... Blackberry Limited

11/17/16 / #20160337862

Associating services to perimeters

In some implementations, a method includes receiving, from a user of a first device, a request to enable access, through a second device, to a server resource account of an enterprise. The first device includes a first enterprise perimeter including an internal resource and a first enterprise identifier and configured to prevent external resources from accessing the internal resource. ... Blackberry Limited

11/17/16 / #20160337363

System and method for secure control of resources of wireless mobile communication devices

Systems and methods for secure control of a wireless mobile communication device are disclosed. Each of a plurality of domains includes at least one wireless mobile communication device asset. ... Blackberry Limited

11/17/16 / #20160336916

Tunable microwave devices with auto-adjusting matching circuit

An embodiment of the present disclosure provides a circuit including an antenna having a tunable component. The tunable component can be operable to receive a variable signal to cause the tunable component to change a reactance of the antenna. ... Blackberry Limited

11/10/16 / #20160330639

Method and system for data-driven, variable-rate, channel quality indicator for lte non-real-time bursty traffic

A method and system, in a long term evolution architecture utilizing adaptive modulation and coding requiring periodic channel quality indication reports, the method having the steps of: waiting for an idle channel indication; and upon detection of the idle channel indication, decreasing the rate of periodic channel quality indication reports.. . ... Blackberry Limited

11/10/16 / #20160330597

Electronic device and method of determining suggested responses to text-based communications

A method of responding to a text-based communication on a portable electronic device includes receiving the text-based communication at the portable electronic device, performing textual analysis on the text-based communication to determine a set of possible responses, for each possible response of the set of possible responses, ranking the possible responses based at least on auxiliary information at the portable electronic device, and selecting a first possible response as a suggested response based on the ranking of the possible responses.. . ... Blackberry Limited

11/10/16 / #20160330249

System and method for determining trust for sip messages

A method for performing initial registration is provided. The method includes receiving a server timeout message, the server timeout message including at least a field set to a value equal to a value received during a first registration. ... Blackberry Limited

11/10/16 / #20160330101

Information distribution in a wireless communication system

Methods, devices, and systems for information distribution in a wireless communication system is provided. In one embodiment, a method of information distribution in a wireless communication system comprises receiving an information advertisement signal by a propagator node, wherein said information advertisement signal identifies information available from a distributor node; storing said information advertisement signal by said propagator node in a distributor routing table; and forwarding said information advertisement signal by said propagator node to another propagator node, a selector node, or both.. ... Blackberry Limited

11/10/16 / #20160327627

Calibration of temperature effect on magnetometer

A method for calibrating a magnetometer following a temperature event is described. The magnetometer includes three sensors, including a hall effect sensor associated with a first sensing axis and a sensor of another type associated with a second sensing axis. ... Blackberry Limited

11/03/16 / #20160323924

Method and system for initial synchronization and collision avoidance in device to device communications without network coverage

A method at a first device for enabling a device-to-device wireless link, the method detecting whether a presence signal of a second device is received over a first time period, the presence signal of the second device having a time-slot boundary; and if the presence signal of the second device is not detected, initiating a time-slot boundary by the first device including: transmitting a first presence signal of the first device in a selected time-slot; and checking for an acknowledgment to the first presence signal.. . ... Blackberry Limited

11/03/16 / #20160323895

Interference measurement methods for advanced receiver in lte/lte-a

A method for receiving a pdch is provided. The method comprises: receiving, by a ue, information identifying a plurality of resource elements that are transmitted with zero power in a resource block containing the pdch; receiving, by the ue, a first dmrs on a first dmrs port transmitted from a first cell; and receiving, by the ue, the pdch that is transmitted on the first dmrs port.. ... Blackberry Limited

11/03/16 / #20160323811

Randomized beacon transmissions

A deterministic random number generator at a first wireless communication node computes a pseudorandom number. The deterministic random number generator employs a same random number generation algorithm as a random number generator of a second wireless communication node. ... Blackberry Limited

11/03/16 / #20160323764

Effecting change to transmit duty cycle of wlan transceiver

An apparatus has a wireless local area network (wlan) transceiver and one or more sensors. The sensors are monitored. ... Blackberry Limited

11/03/16 / #20160323285

System and method for secure control of resources of wireless mobile communication devices

Systems and methods for secure control of a wireless mobile communication device are disclosed. Each of a plurality of domains includes at least one wireless mobile communication device asset. ... Blackberry Limited

11/03/16 / #20160323211

Electronic device and method of providing unit information

A method of providing unit information on an electronic device is provided. The method includes displaying a message composition interface on the electronic device, and, in response to identifying a recipient of a message in the message composition interface, identifying a location associated with the recipient, analyzing message content to identify values and units of measurement, in response to identifying a first value and a first unit of measurement in the message, converting the first value and the first unit of measurement into a second value and a second unit of measurement associated with the location, and adding the second value and the second unit of measurement to the message content prior to sending the message.. ... Blackberry Limited

11/03/16 / #20160323066

Forward error correction decoding avoidance based on predicted code block reliability

A method and device for performing forward error (fec) correction avoidance based upon predicted block code reliability in a communications device is provided. An avoidance unit comprising a metric computation unit and a decision unit generates a reliability metric based upon a received code block. ... Blackberry Limited

11/03/16 / #20160322994

Mobile wireless communications device providing enhanced interference mitigation from wireline transmitter and related methods

A mobile wireless communications device may include a housing, a wireless receiver carried by the housing and configured to receive communication signals over a wireless frequency range, a wireline transmitter carried by the housing and configured to transmit communication signals overlapping in frequency with the wireless frequency range, and a controller carried by the housing and coupled with the wireless receiver and the wireline transmitter. The controller may be configured to determine when the wireless receiver is to begin receiving and, based thereon, switch the wireline transmitter to a suspended communication mode during which transmission is disabled. ... Blackberry Limited

11/03/16 / #20160322991

Adaptive impedance matching apparatus, system and method with improved dynamic range

An embodiment of the present invention provides an apparatus, comprising' an rf matching network connected to at least one rf input port and at least one rf output port and 5 including one or more voltage or current controlled variable reactive elements; a voltage detector connected to the at least one rf output port via a variable voltage divider to determine the voltage at the at least one rf output port and provide voltage information to a controller that controls a bias driving circuit which provides voltage or current bias to the rf matching network; a variable voltage divider connected to the voltage detector and implemented using a 10 multi-pole rf switch to select one of a plurality of different resistance ratios to improve the dynamic range of the apparatus; and wherein the rf matching network is adapted to maximize rf power transferred from the at least one rf input port to the at least one rf output port by varying the voltage or current to the voltage or current controlled variable reactive elements to maximize the rf voltage at the at least one rf output port.. . ... Blackberry Limited

11/03/16 / #20160322986

Methods and devices for coding and decoding the position of the last significant coefficient

Methods and devices are described for entropy coding data using an entropy coder to encode quantized transform domain coefficient data. Last significant coefficient information is signaled in the bitstream using two-dimensional coordinates for the last significant coefficient. ... Blackberry Limited

11/03/16 / #20160321882

Three dimensional haptics hybrid modeling

A method and apparatus for producing a haptic sensation is disclosed. An acoustic transducer at a first cellular communication device is used to determine a gesture of a user object with respect to a first cellular communication device. ... Blackberry Limited

11/03/16 / #20160321492

Fingerprint scanning method

A computer-implemented method entails capturing a digital fingerprint of a finger using a fingerprint-capturing device, collecting pressure measurements using pressure sensors associated with the fingerprint-capturing device as the finger contacts the fingerprint-capturing device, determining a finger-sensor contact direction from the pressure measurements and storing the finger-sensor contact direction in association with the digital fingerprint for subsequent biometric authentication.. . ... Blackberry Limited

11/03/16 / #20160320856

Devices and methods for establishing a communicative coupling in response to a gesture

A method and a device are disclosed, whereby the device can be a first electronic device. The first electronic device is adapted to be coupled to a second electronic device. ... Blackberry Limited

10/27/16 / #20160316399

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

10/27/16 / #20160316060

Methods and apparatus to audibly provide messages in a mobile device

Methods and apparatus to audibly provide messages in a mobile device at described. An example method includes determining that audio of a voicemail includes a predetermined phrase and, in response to determining that the audio includes the predetermined phrase, audibly presenting the voicemail while the electronic device is set to at least one of a silent mode, a quiet mode, and a lock mode.. ... Blackberry Limited

10/27/16 / #20160314310

Data source based application sandboxing

A computing device and a method for a computing device to control access to data stored on a data store of the device. An access component of the device having control over access to the data. ... Blackberry Limited

10/27/16 / #20160314285

Managing application access to certificates and keys

Plural modes of operation, each associated with a class attribute, may be established on a mobile device. The present application discloses a method of handling an application launch request, a computing device for carrying out the method and a computer readable medium for adapting a processor to carry out the method. ... Blackberry Limited

10/27/16 / #20160314087

Bus communications with multi-device messaging

Methods and systems are described for reading from or writing to a plurality of slave devices connected to a communications bus having a common data line. The slave devices are mapped to a virtual device address and the communication is initiated by the master by signaling a start condition and the virtual device address. ... Blackberry Limited

10/27/16 / #20160313841

Portable electronic device including touch-sensitive display and method of controlling same

A method includes detecting first and second touches on the touch-sensitive display and determining a location of each of the first and second touches, determining, by a plurality of force sensors, reaction forces, for the first and second touches, and determining a respective applied force for each of the first and second touches based on the reaction forces and the locations of the first and second touches.. . ... Blackberry Limited

10/20/16 / #20160309460

System and method for uplink control information transmission in carrier aggregation

A method for communicating uplink control information to a base station using a user equipment is presented. The method includes identifying component carriers on the user equipment scheduled for physical uplink shared channel (pusch) transmissions, and identifying at least one first ranking for each of the component carriers for transmission of uplink control information. ... Blackberry Limited

10/20/16 / #20160309358

Joint wlan power and rate control to mitigate co-located lte tdd interference

In some implementations, a method of a wireless local area network (wlan) transmitter includes, in response to interference with a long term evolution (lte) receiver, determining a de-sense value of the lte receiver; determining a transmission rate for the wlan transmitter, the transmission rate requiring an equal or lower receiver sensitivity than a received signal strength threshold; determining a frame aggregation size based on the transmission rate and an lte frame configuration for the lte receiver; determining a transmission power based on the de-sense value; and transmitting data during a downlink receiving period of the lte receiver using the transmission rate, the frame aggregation size, and the transmission power.. . ... Blackberry Limited

10/20/16 / #20160309287

Application routing configuration for nfc controller supporting multiple nfcees

The present document relates to near field communication (nfc). In particular, the present document relates to the routing of application related information in a system comprising multiple nfc execution environments (nfcee). ... Blackberry Limited

10/20/16 / #20160309280

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

10/20/16 / #20160309271

Apparatus, systems and methods for detecting insertion or removal of an audio accessory from an electronic device

According to one aspect, an electronic device for detecting an audio accessory. The electronic device includes an audio jack having at least two detection terminals. ... Blackberry Limited

10/20/16 / #20160309251

Device-adaptable audio headset

A device-adaptable headset device is provided, comprising: a microphone; one or more speakers; an audio connector comprising: a microphone output pin; and one or more speaker input pins respectively connected to the one or more speakers; a microphone line between the microphone output pin and the microphone; a ground line; one or more input devices in communication with the microphone line; a first circuit and a second circuit respectively configured for active signalling and passive signalling on the microphone line; and, a processor configured to: determine a present signalling mode; when the signalling mode is active, and when the one or more input devices is actuated, generate active signals on the microphone line using the first circuit; and, when the signalling mode is passive, and when the one or more input devices is actuated, generate passive signals on the microphone line using the second circuit.. . ... Blackberry Limited

10/20/16 / #20160308672

System and method of mimetic messaging settings selection

Systems and methods of selecting message settings mimetically on a messaging client. In one embodiment, when an outgoing message is composed on a messaging client, the messaging client determines whether the outgoing message is related to a received message. ... Blackberry Limited

10/20/16 / #20160308659

Method and system for harq operation and scheduling in joint tdd and fdd carrier aggregation

A method at a user equipment for hybrid automatic repeat request (harq) operation, the user equipment operating on a primary carrier having a first duplex mode and on at least one secondary carrier having a second duplex mode, the method using harq timing of the first duplex mode if the timing of the first duplex mode promotes acknowledgement opportunities over using harq timing of the second duplex mode; and using harq timing of the second duplex mode if the timing of the second duplex mode promotes acknowledgement opportunities over using harq timing of the first duplex mode.. . ... Blackberry Limited

10/20/16 / #20160306987

Method and apparatus for differentiated access control

A method for differentiated access control on a computing device having a connection with a second device, the method checking whether a timer has expired on the second device or if a connection is lost to the second device; and preventing at least one of the plurality of application subsets from being launched or enabled if the timer has expired on the second device or the connection is lost to the second device.. . ... Blackberry Limited

10/20/16 / #20160306507

Portable electronic device including touch-sensitive display and method of providing access to an application

A method of providing access to an application from a portable electronic device is provided. The method includes detecting an event to provide a selectable option, identifying a selectable option associated with the event and providing the selectable options on a touch-sensitive display of the portable electronic device, and in response to detecting a touch associated with the selectable option on the touch-sensitive display and movement of a keyboard portion of the portable electronic device relative to the touch-sensitive display, performing a function associated with the selectable option.. ... Blackberry Limited

10/13/16 / #20160302048

Regrouping push-to-talk groups

A network node communicates data of a first push-to-talk (ptt) group using a first multimedia broadcast/multicast service (mbms) bearer, and data of a second ptt group using a second mbms bearer. Responsive to a regrouping of the first ptt group and the second ptt group to form a regrouped ptt group, the network node communicates data of the regrouped ptt group using at least one of the first and second mbms bearers.. ... Blackberry Limited

10/13/16 / #20160301643

Method, device and system for distinct forwarding of a plurality of messages selected as a group

A method, device and system for distinct forwarding of a plurality of messages selected as a group is provided. The device comprises: a processor, a memory, a communication interface, an input device and a display device, the processor configured to: render, at the display device, a message list comprising messages associated with the device; receive, using the input device, a selection of a plurality of the messages in the message list, and thereafter a single indication to forward all of the plurality of the messages in the selection to a given network address; and, transmit, using the communication interface, to the given network address, a plurality of distinct forwarding messages, each respectively comprising at least a portion of one of the plurality of the messages in the selection, the plurality of distinct forwarding messages in a one-to-one relationship with the plurality of the messages in the selection.. ... Blackberry Limited

10/13/16 / #20160301508

Method and system having reference signal design for new carrier types

A method and network element for providing reference signals to a user equipment, the method determining a reference signal pattern at the network element; and sending the reference signals to the user equipment using a reference signal mapping based on the reference signal pattern. Further a method and user equipment for receiving reference signals from a network element, the method determining a reference signal mapping at the user equipment; and detecting the reference signals at the user equipment using the reference signal mapping.. ... Blackberry Limited

10/13/16 / #20160301460

Mutual coupling mitigation in a multi-port antenna system

A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, accessing a group of de-coupling data stored in a memory of a communication device where the group of de-coupling data is mapped to corresponding use cases associated with the communication device, selecting de-coupling data from among the group of de-coupling data according to a determined use case of the communication device, generating a pre-distortion signal according to the selected de-coupling data, combining the pre-distortion signal with rf signals to generate pre-distorted rf signals, and transmitting the pre-distorted rf signals via a multi-port antenna of the communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.. ... Blackberry Limited

10/13/16 / #20160301262

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 determining whether magnetic saturation occurred in at least one of the mobile device and the wireless charger during a first wireless transmission of power from the wireless charger to the mobile device; and, when magnetic saturation is determined to have occurred, successively reducing transmit power in the wireless charger until reaching an operating wireless transmit power, wherein neither the mobile device nor the wireless charger is in magnetic saturation at the operating wireless transmit power.. ... Blackberry Limited

10/13/16 / #20160299682

Authentication using a touch-sensitive keyboard

For a computing device that employs a touch-sensitive keyboard, authentication may involve illustrating, to the electronic device, knowledge of a stored secret though providing input, at least in part, via the touch-sensitive keyboard. The input may be in the form of swipes alone or in combination with key actuations. ... Blackberry Limited

10/13/16 / #20160299588

Portable electronic device including touch-sensitive display and method of controlling selection of information

A method of controlling selection of information on a display is provided. The method includes displaying the information on the display and displaying a selection indicator associated with a selection including a part of the information, and detecting an input to adjust an amount of the information included in the selection. ... Blackberry Limited

10/06/16 / #20160295577

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

10/06/16 / #20160295446

Systems and methods of transmitting measurement reports

Systems and methods for transmission of measurement reports are provided. In some cases, once a mobile station transmits a measurement report for a cell, such as an uncontrolled cell, then the mobile station transmits some further minimum number of measurement reports. ... Blackberry Limited

10/06/16 / #20160295433

Data burst communication techniques for mobile communication devices operating in packet data sessions

A mobile device experiences a condition where a time overlap exists between a packet data burst being communicated over a packet data channel of a serving cell and broadcast data burst being communicated over a broadcast control channel of a neighbor cell. The mobile device sets its rf receiver to receive the packet data burst instead of the broadcast data burst based on identifying that the neighbor cell is not a candidate for an upcoming handoff. ... Blackberry Limited

10/06/16 / #20160292239

Method for sorting and displaying data on a portable electronic device

A method of sorting and displaying data on a portable electronic device includes: determining geographical coordinates of the portable electronic device, providing search criteria to the portable electronic device, performing a search in a database based on the search criteria resulting in a list of database records, determining a search area of the portable electronic device and displaying selected records from the list of database records on a display screen of the portable electronic device. Each of the selected records is located within a search radius, which originates at the geographical coordinates of the portable electronic device, and within the search area, which is determined based on a pointing direction of the portable electronic device.. ... Blackberry Limited

10/06/16 / #20160291864

Method of interacting with a portable electronic device

The present disclosure provides a method of interacting with a portable electronic device and a portable electronic device configured to perform the same. In accordance with one embodiment, the method comprises: detecting motion of the portable electronic device; determining whether detected motion matches a first motion gesture or a second motion gesture; when the first motion gesture is detected, showing a designated user interface element in a user interface screen displayed on a touch-sensitive display of the portable electronic device; and when the second motion gesture is detected, hiding the designated user interface element from the user interface screen displayed on the touch-sensitive display of the portable electronic device.. ... Blackberry Limited

09/29/16 / #20160286472

Methods to enable efficient use of multiple radio access technologies

A device and method are provided for concurrently using a plurality of radio access technologies (rats) to support a wireless-enabled communications session. A set of data is processed at a client node to identify a subset of priority data. ... Blackberry Limited

09/29/16 / #20160286423

Wireless access network node having an off state

A wireless access network node receives, from a coordinating network node, configuration information relating to a configuration of an uplink signal comprising a given uplink sequence selected by a user equipment (ue) from a plurality of uplink sequences and to be transmitted by the ue, the configuration information to enable the wireless access network node to monitor for the uplink signal, the plurality of uplink sequences mapped to respective power levels. The wireless access network node monitors for the uplink signal according to the configuration while the wireless access network node is in an off state, and determines a power level of the uplink signal based on the given uplink sequence in the uplink signal detected by the wireless access network node.. ... Blackberry Limited

09/29/16 / #20160285869

Methods and systems for server-initiated activation of device for operation with server

Methods and systems for enabling activation of a wireless communication device to operate with a server on a wireless communication network. An activation request to establish a wireless communication service relationship between the device and the server is pushed from the server to the device. ... Blackberry Limited

09/29/16 / #20160285849

System and method for identity management for mobile devices

Systems and methods for managing a user identity on a mobile device are provided. The system comprises the mobile device comprising a user agent and a client application, the user agent and the client application in communication with each other. ... Blackberry Limited

09/22/16 / #20160277554

Optical navigation module with decoration light using interference avoidance method

A method of eliminating interference at an optical sensor of a mobile device that receives light from multiple light sources. The mobile device includes an optical navigation module having a cover and an illumination device disposed around the periphery of the cover. ... Blackberry Limited

09/22/16 / #20160277347

Method and communication device for processing data for transmission from the communication device to a second communication device

A method and communication device for processing data for transmission from the communication device to a second communication device is provided. It is detected that the data comprises an attachment. ... Blackberry Limited

09/22/16 / #20160277129

Method and apparatus for tuning antennas in a communication device

A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a process for obtaining a first operational metric for a transmitter of a communication device, determining a range of impedances based on the first operational metric where the range of impedances is associated with an acceptable level of performance for the communication device, obtaining a second operational metric for the transmitter, determining a target impedance within the range of impedances based on the second operational metric, and tuning a first impedance matching network based on the target impedance, where the first impedance matching network is coupled with a first antenna of the communication device, and where the tuning is based on adjusting a first variable component of the first impedance matching network. Additional embodiments are disclosed.. ... Blackberry Limited

09/22/16 / #20160275937

Facilitating text-to-speech conversion of a domain name or a network address containing a domain name

To facilitate text-to-speech conversion of a username, a first or last name of a user associated with the username may be retrieved, and a pronunciation of the username may be determined based at least in part on whether the name forms at least part of the username. To facilitate text-to-speech conversion of a domain name having a top level domain and at least one other level domain, a pronunciation for the top level domain may be determined based at least in part upon whether the top level domain is one of a predetermined set of top level domains. ... Blackberry Limited

09/22/16 / #20160274211

System and method of transmitting location data based on wireless communication activity

Systems and methods of transmitting location data based on wireless communication activity can include a location transmitting device having a sensor communicatively coupled to a low-power transmitter. The transmitter (e.g., a bluetooth™ transmitter) can transmit location data from which an electronic device can derive its location. ... Blackberry Limited

09/15/16 / #20160269924

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

09/15/16 / #20160269892

Method for saving an image from a camera application of a portable electronic device

An image is saved to a contact record or set as a home screen directly from a camera application of a portable electronic device. The method includes: capturing an image using a camera that is integrated into the portable electronic device, selecting at least a portion of the image, selecting a contact record from an address book application or selecting a set as home screen option.. ... Blackberry Limited

09/15/16 / #20160269622

System and method for providing orientation of a camera

A system and a method provide an orientation of a camera on a mobile device. This information can be used in an augmented reality application. ... Blackberry Limited

09/15/16 / #20160269055

Method and apparatus for adjusting the timing of radio antenna tuning

A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, determining, by a controller of a mobile communication device, a phase shift criteria and an amplitude shift criteria associated with a modulation being implemented by the mobile communication device. The controller can determine a group of tuning steps that satisfies the phase and amplitude shift criteria and that provides a desired tuning step for a matching network of the mobile communication device. ... Blackberry Limited

09/15/16 / #20160269052

Supporting multiple frequency bands

A channel sharing method includes receiving a signal in a frequency band. The frequencies in the signal above a cutoff frequency are filtered to generate a filtered signal. ... Blackberry Limited

09/15/16 / #20160268048

Thin film dielectric stack

A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a fabricated thin film capacitor formed by depositing a first dielectric layer on a first electrode layer utilizing a first process that is performed at a first temperature, depositing a second dielectric layer on the first dielectric layer utilizing a second process that forms a randomly-oriented grain structure for the second dielectric layer, depositing a third dielectric layer on the second dielectric layer utilizing a third process that is performed at a second temperature and that forms a columnar-oriented grain structure for the third dielectric layer where the second temperature is higher than the first temperature, and depositing a second electrode layer on the third dielectric layer to form the thin film capacitor. Other embodiments are disclosed.. ... Blackberry Limited

09/15/16 / #20160267460

Payment processing system including point-of-sale device with a unique identifier and associated methods

In a payment processing system, a secure intermediary system associates payment processing devices including a pos device, mobile communication device, and transaction server with unique identifiers. The secure intermediary receives communications of transaction data from the payment processing devices, the communications including identifiers. ... Blackberry Limited

09/15/16 / #20160266659

Method and apparatus for word prediction using the position of a non-typing digit

Methods and apparatuses are provided for improving word prediction in an electronic device. User input of one or more characters is received via a capacitive physical keyboard having a plurality of input members. ... Blackberry Limited

09/08/16 / #20160262062

Method and system for transitioning between radio access technologies (rats)

A method in a wireless communications device having a first protocol stack for use with a first radio access technology (rat) and a second protocol stack for use with a second rat, the first protocol stack comprising a reordering component associated with a first layer of the first protocol stack and arranged to implement a data reordering queue, the method for transitioning from the first rat to the second rat, the method comprising: determining that the device should transition from the first rat to the second rat; in response to determining that the device should transition, determining that data is present in a reordering queue implemented by the reordering component; sending the data present in the reordering queue to a second layer which is higher than the first layer; and attempting transitioning from the first rat to the second rat.. . ... Blackberry Limited

09/08/16 / #20160261430

Bridged local area network communication between a device and a cellular access network node

A bridge communicates a link layer frame between a device and a cellular access network node, the link layer frame comprising a portion including a header and data of an upper layer protocol layer instance in the device or the cellular access network node. The header includes identification information to identify which of a plurality of upper layer protocol layer instances the data is associated with.. ... Blackberry Limited

09/08/16 / #20160261389

Simultaneously accessing shared resources

In some implementations, a method in a wireless network includes allocating a radio resource to a plurality of transmitters. The radio resource is configured for simultaneously transmitting and receiving user data with varying transmission delays. ... Blackberry Limited

09/08/16 / #20160259378

System and method of rendering data based on an angle of a carrying case flap

A system and method of rendering data based on an angle of a carrying case flap is provided. The system comprises: a mobile device comprising: a processor and a display device; a carrying case configured to mate with the mobile device, the carrying case comprising a flap having an open position and a closed position, the flap at least partially obscuring the display device in the closed position when the mobile device is mated with the carrying case; and, a sensor located at one or more of the mobile device and the carrying case, the sensor configured to measure an angle between the flap and the display device as the flap moves between the closed position and the open position, the processor of the mobile device configured to: render data at the display device based on the angle.. ... Blackberry Limited

09/01/16 / #20160255549

Method for controlling wireless communication devices when operating in a wireless communication network

A method of controlling a wireless communication device to dynamically adapt and update roaming parameters stored in the device when operating in a wireless network. The method includes: determining a first roaming metric (m1) for a first wireless access point (ap) of the network when the device is in communication with the first ap; determining a second roaming metric (m2) for a second wireless ap of the network when the device has roamed to the second ap; and determining an adaptation value by subtracting m2 from m1. ... Blackberry Limited

09/01/16 / #20160255467

Utilizing wi-fi country code to assist cellular network selection

A method of selecting a cellular network entails detecting a wi-fi signal, obtaining a country code from the wi-fi signal, prioritizing cellular network frequency bands based on the country code to define a band priority, and selecting a cellular network based on the band priority. The country code may be an ieee 802.11d country code information element.. ... Blackberry Limited

09/01/16 / #20160255464

Methods and apparatus for providing map locations in user applications using url strings

Techniques for use in a wireless communication device for displaying a map are described. The device receives via a user interface a selection of a hypertext link object in an electronic file or message. ... Blackberry Limited

09/01/16 / #20160254895

Methods and apparatus for providing communications with use of first and second rf transceiver modules

A method of communicating using first and second radio frequency (rf) transceiver modules of a communication device involves reserving selected timeslots for a wireless communication link of a first rf transceiver module; communicating data via the second rf transceiver module during the selected reserved timeslots; and simultaneously communicating data via the first rf transceiver module during remaining unreserved timeslots of the wireless communication link.. . ... Blackberry Limited

09/01/16 / #20160254593

Mobile wireless communications device antenna assembly with antenna element and floating director element on flexible substrate and related methods

A mobile wireless communications device may include a portable housing, a circuit board carried by the portable housing and having a ground plane thereon, wireless communications circuitry carried by the circuit board, and an antenna assembly carried by the housing. More particularly, the antenna assembly may include a flexible substrate, an electrically conductive antenna element on the flexible substrate and connected to the wireless communications circuitry and the ground plane, and a floating, electrically conductive director element on the flexible substrate for directing a beam pattern of the antenna element.. ... Blackberry Limited

09/01/16 / #20160253641

License management for device management system

The present disclosure involves systems, software, and computer-implemented methods for managing access of device management systems in license management operations associated with purchase accounts of a bulk licensing system. An example method includes identifying a request for a license management operation associated with a purchase account of a bulk licensing system, wherein the request includes a licensing identity associated with the purchase account; in response to the identifying, determining that the license management operation is to be performed based on the licensing identity; and in response to the determining, performing the license management operation.. ... Blackberry Limited

09/01/16 / #20160253568

System and method of authentication of an electronic signature

A system and method supporting signature verification. An input signature from a contact point of a stylus at a touch-sensitive surface is received. ... Blackberry Limited

09/01/16 / #20160253528

Method of interacting with an electronic device while the display screen is deactivated

A method of interacting with an electronic device while the display screen is deactivated and the electronic device is possibly locked is described. In one embodiment, the electronic devices generate a notification regarding a new event and/or device state using a notification element in response to receiving a predetermined key input from the hardware keyboard while the electronic device is in the locked state and while the display screen is deactivated, wherein the notification is generated while the display screen remains deactivated.. ... Blackberry Limited

09/01/16 / #20160253159

System and method for restricting system and application software available for installation on a managed mobile device

A method for managing software on a device is provided. The method comprises: receiving, from a third party associated with the device, by a software administrator of an organization different from the third party, release information regarding software versions for the device; creating, by the software administrator, a profile that specifies whether or not at least one of the software versions is allowed on the device; and transmitting the profile, by the software administrator to a server computer associated with the third or other parties, to promote enforcement of the profile for the device.. ... Blackberry Limited

09/01/16 / #20160252365

Directional location system for a portable electronic device

A method for a first portable electronic device to locate a second portable electronic device includes: determining location coordinates of the first portable electronic device, receiving location coordinates from the second portable electronic device, determining a relative direction from the first portable electronic device to the second portable electronic device, generating an arrow on a display of the first portable electronic device, the arrow representing a direction from the first portable electronic device to the second portable electronic device. Wherein the direction of the arrow is automatically updated based on changes in the location coordinates of the first portable electronic device and the location coordinates of the second portable electronic device.. ... Blackberry Limited

09/01/16 / #20160252353

Portable mobile transceiver for gps navigation and vehicle data input for dead reckoning mode

A mobile transceiver device comprises a gps receiver module to receive gps signals and calculate current positions. The current positions are used in a navigation module. ... Blackberry Limited

08/25/16 / #20160249218

Reconciliation of sim-card purchased licenses to devices of user

A virtual pool of licenses associated with an identifier of a user is created. A license is added to the virtual pool by associating the license with the identifier of the user. ... Blackberry Limited

08/25/16 / #20160248975

Device with a front facing camera having discrete focus positions

A device with a front facing camera having two discrete focus positions is provided. The device comprises: a chassis comprising a front side; a display and a camera each at least partially located on the front side; the camera adjacent the display, the camera facing in a same direction as the display, the camera configured to: acquire video in a video mode; acquire an image in a camera mode; and, discretely step between a first and second focus position, the first position comprising a depth of field (“dof”) at a hyperfocal distance and the second position comprising a dof in a range of about 20 cm to about 1 metre; and, a processor configured to: when the camera is in the camera mode, automatically control the camera to the first position; and, when the camera is in the video mode, automatically control the camera to the second position.. ... Blackberry Limited

08/25/16 / #20160247045

Constructing and using support vector machines

Methods and systems are described for building and using a support vector machine for classifying a new sample. Training samples of one class or another class are used to build the machine by mapping the angle space to a set of angle vectors and, for each angle vector, finding candidate hyperplanes that are orthogonal to a vector at the angle vector and radiating from an origin point to the hyperplane. ... Blackberry Limited

08/25/16 / #20160246956

Password by touch-less gesture

A device and method to use a password by touch-less gesture are described. The device includes two or more ambient light sensors arranged at respective surface locations of the device, each of the two or more ambient light sensors measuring light intensity at the respective surface location. ... Blackberry Limited

08/25/16 / #20160246489

Portable electronic device and method of controlling same

A shutter and shutter operator are displayed adjacent to a boundary of an information display region on a display of a portable electronic device. The information display region displays first information. ... Blackberry Limited

08/25/16 / #20160246379

Method of providing tactile feedback and apparatus

A method includes detecting a query gesture and actuating, in response to the query gesture, an actuator to provide tactile feedback including information associated with the query gesture. The query gesture may be detected on a touch-sensitive display of a portable electronic device.. ... Blackberry Limited

08/18/16 / #20160242133

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

08/18/16 / #20160242079

Method and apparatus for setup of a circuit switched call during circuit switched fallback

A method, at a user equipment (‘ue’), the method: sending a request to a first network for circuit switched fallback (‘csfb’); receiving, responsive to the request, redirection information; acquiring a second network based on the redirection information; initiating establishment of circuit switched (‘cs’) voice radio bearers with the second network; waiting for a predetermined event to occur; after the predetermined event has occurred, establishing a packet switched (‘ps’) connection with the second network. Further, a method, at a network element, the method receiving a request for circuit switched fallback (‘csfb’) from a user equipment (‘ue’); sending, to the ue, redirection information; receiving a routing area update (‘rau’) message from the ue; waiting for a predetermined event to occur; upon the predetermined event occurring, responding to the rau message.. ... Blackberry Limited

08/18/16 / #20160241276

Method and apparatus for antenna tuning and power consumption management in a communication device

A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a controller that determines a radiated throughput for at least one of an uplink throughput or a downlink throughput of the communication device, reduces transmit power for the communication device responsive to the radiated throughput satisfying a predetermined throughput range, and tunes a matching network of the communication device responsive to the radiated throughput not satisfying the predetermined throughput range. Other embodiments are disclosed.. ... Blackberry Limited

08/18/16 / #20160239541

Automatic reuse of user-specified content in queries

A device and method for reusing user-specified content is provided. After generation of a query comprising parameters explicitly set by the user, the explicitly set parameters are stored in a parameter store. ... Blackberry Limited

08/18/16 / #20160239129

Portable electronic device including touch-sensitive display and method of controlling selection of information

A method of selecting information on a touch-sensitive display includes displaying the information on the touch-sensitive display, detecting a first touch at a first location on the touch-sensitive display, and identifying delimiters in the information displayed on the touch-sensitive display and displaying a graphical selection element including control delimiters that correspond to the delimiters identified in the information displayed. The method also includes, in response to detecting a second touch that begins at a second location associated with the graphical selection element and moves generally along the graphical selection element, identifying a nearest one of the control delimiters displayed in the graphical selection element to the second touch, and selecting information from the first location to one of the delimiters identified in the information displayed that corresponds to the identified nearest one of the control delimiters displayed in the graphical selection element.. ... Blackberry Limited

08/11/16 / #20160234849

System and method for supporting gan service request capability in a wireless user equipment (ue) device

In one embodiment, a scheme is disclosed for supporting wireless access network service request capability in a user equipment (ue) device that is operable in wide area cellular network (wacn) bands as well as in wireless access network bands (e.g., gan bands and/or uma bands). The ue device includes capability for gaining internet protocol (ip) connectivity with a wireless access network node (e.g., a gan controller (ganc) or uma network controller (unc)). ... Blackberry Limited

08/11/16 / #20160234381

Method and system for communicating and displaying data with a voice call

A method of communicating information describing a voice call from a caller device to a recipient device. Call subject information describing the call is obtained from the caller device and sent to the recipient device to inform the recipient about the subject of the call. ... Blackberry Limited

08/11/16 / #20160233996

Sounding reference signal transmission in carrier aggregation

A cell-specific sounding reference symbol (srs) subframe configuration and ue-specific srs configuration are defined for carrier aggregation. For the cell-specific srs subframe configuration, the same cell-specific srs subframes are configured for all uplink (ul) carrier components (ccs). ... Blackberry Limited

08/11/16 / #20160232701

Devices and methods for rendering graphics data

Methods and devices to enable rendering of graphics data on a computing device having a native rendering engine. The computing device determines the graphics format that is most desirable in light of the nature of the native rendering engine on the device. ... Blackberry Limited

08/04/16 / #20160227478

System and method for controlling network scan parameters for a network connection

A system and method for controlling aspects of network communications from a device to a network are provided. In particular, a method of initiating scans for a network by a communication device for a communication network is provided. ... Blackberry Limited

08/04/16 / #20160227477

System and method for controlling network scan parameters for a network connection

A system and method for controlling aspects of network communications from a device to a network are provided. In particular, a method of initiating scans for a network by a communication device for a communication network is provided. ... Blackberry Limited

08/04/16 / #20160227416

Communication in unlicensed spectrum

A wireless access network node receives assistance information from a user equipment (ue) or other wireless access network node, the assistance information comprising information indicating one or more channels of an unlicensed spectrum to use or avoid. Responsive to the assistance information, the wireless access network node selects at least a first channel of the unlicensed spectrum for communicating data of the ue.. ... Blackberry Limited

08/04/16 / #20160227357

Short range wireless file sharing

A system and method for short-range wireless peer-to-peer file sharing is provided. A consolidated catalog of accessible files stored both locally and remotely is sent by a first computing device to a peer computing device over a short-range wireless communications link. ... Blackberry Limited

08/04/16 / #20160226981

Link indication referring to content for presenting at a mobile device

During an automated login process to a wireless network, a mobile device receives, from an access node, a link indication referring to content for presenting at the mobile device.. . ... Blackberry Limited

08/04/16 / #20160226922

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

08/04/16 / #20160226691

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

08/04/16 / #20160226585

Computing devices and methods for data transmission

In one aspect, described herein is a computing device comprising a light emitting unit; and a controller communicatively coupled to the light emitting unit, the controller being configured to: apply an encoding to data, using at least one device identifier; generate a plurality of color identifiers by applying a color mapping to the data, wherein each color identifier is associated with one of a plurality of color values; and transmit, via the light emitting unit of the computing device, at least one light signal based on the plurality of color identifiers. In one embodiment, the at least one device identifier comprises at least one of the following: at least one identifier of the computing device that is unique to the computing device, or at least one identifier of a recipient device that is unique to the recipient device.. ... Blackberry Limited

08/04/16 / #20160224504

Device with an audio port changeable between data paths

A device for changing communications of an audio port between an applications processor and an audio processor is provided. The device comprises: an audio port configured to connect with an external accessory; an applications processor configured to implement a digital communication protocol; an audio processor configured to process audio data; and, a switch configured to change communications of the audio port between the applications processor and the audio processor based on an electrical configuration of the audio port, the electrical configuration changing according to the external accessory.. ... Blackberry Limited

07/28/16 / #20160219576

Application-based wireless device initiated radio resource management

A method and apparatus for radio resource management in a wireless device is provided. A type of data connection to be established between the wireless device and a network is determined. ... Blackberry Limited

07/28/16 / #20160219484

Method and apparatus for handover in heterogeneous cellular networks

A method at a user equipment for handover from a serving cell to a target cell, the method sending a measurement report to the serving cell; and transmitting a reconfiguration complete message to the target cell; wherein the measurement report includes downlink timing measurements for the target cell. Further, a method at a source network element for handover of a user equipment from the source network element to a target network element, the method receiving a measurement report from the user equipment; sending a handover request to the target network element; receiving a handover request acknowledgement from the target network element, the handover request acknowledgement including a reconfiguration message and at least one downlink subframe in which an uplink grant is expected at the target network element for the user equipment; and forwarding the reconfiguration message and at least one downlink subframe to the user equipment.. ... Blackberry Limited

07/28/16 / #20160219446

Performing inter-frequency measurements in a mobile network

Methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture for performing inter-frequency measurements in a mobile network are disclosed. Example methods disclosed herein include a mobile station receiving, from a network, one or more lists specifying a set of frequencies for which measurements are to be performed. ... Blackberry Limited

07/28/16 / #20160219430

System and method for remotely controlling mobile communication devices

A system for remotely controlling mobile communication devices includes a redirection system, a remote control system and a mobile data communication device. The redirection system detects a triggering event at a host system and in response to the triggering event continuously redirects data items from the host system to a wireless network. ... Blackberry Limited

07/21/16 / #20160210002

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

07/21/16 / #20160209932

Hybrid keyboard for mobile device

A mobile device has a user interface comprising a plurality of keys arranged in a plurality of groups. A processor is operatively coupled to the user input device to receive user input from the user input device and to identify which group of keys has received the user input. ... Blackberry Limited

07/14/16 / #20160205620

Methods and apparatus for use in facilitating access to aggregator services for mobile communication devices via wireless communication networks

A mobile device performs a scanning operation for identifying a wireless network and receives from the wireless network a hotspot aggregator service identifier which identifies a hotspot aggregator service made available via the wireless network. The mobile device compares the received hotspot aggregator service identifier with one or more hotspot aggregator service identifiers stored in memory. ... Blackberry Limited

07/14/16 / #20160205618

Apparatus, and associated method, for facilitating communications by a mobile node in a multiple network radio communication system having interworking capability

Apparatus, and an associated method, by which to permit selection by a user of a mobile node of with which cellular communication system network that the mobile node shall communicate by way of an interworking wireless local area network. User selection is provided even when the interworking wireless local area network is directly connected to the home network of the mobile node. ... Blackberry Limited

07/14/16 / #20160205040

Managing connection retries due to access class barring

In some implementations, a method includes receiving a connection request from a user application. A service request is sent to a radio resource control (rrc) module. ... Blackberry Limited

07/14/16 / #20160204808

Methods and apparatus for performing impedance matching

A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining a first voltage standing wave ratio (vswr), selecting a vswr circle from among a group of vswr circles based on the first vswr, identifying a group of sets of tuning settings for variable reactance elements of a matching network of the communication device where the identifying of the group of sets of tuning settings is based on each set of tuning settings of the group of sets of tuning settings being associated with the vswr circle, and selecting a set of tuning settings from among the group of sets of tuning settings responsive to a second vswr determined for the set of tuning settings satisfying a vswr threshold. Other embodiments are disclosed.. ... Blackberry Limited

07/14/16 / #20160203307

Authentication for access to a device that has a primary display portion and a secondary display portion

An authentication scheme in which an instance of a designated element is shifted to proximity with a designated target to gain access a device may be enhanced by creating conditions that allow for either the designated element or the designated target to be different for each instance of authentication. In one embodiment, a secondary display portion may be used to provide an indication of a dynamic designated element. ... Blackberry Limited

07/14/16 / #20160202944

Mobile device, system and method for controlling a heads-up display

A mobile device, system and method for controlling a heads-up display device is provided. A mobile device is in communication with a heads-up display (hud) device. ... Blackberry Limited

07/07/16 / #20160196107

Method and apparatus for generating an audio notification file

A method and apparatus for generating an audio notification file for a computing device are provided. A first audio file associated with a first mental state is selected as a first section of the audio notification file. ... Blackberry Limited

07/07/16 / #20160196099

Device, system and method for generating data

A device includes a first processor and a first display coupled to the first processor, the first processor being configured to generate first display data, pertaining to elements of a first active application currently being executed on the device, for display on the first display, and generate link data pertaining to a subset of the elements of the first active application; wherein the first processor is configured to output the generated link data to a second display. A system and method pertaining to the device are also described.. ... Blackberry Limited

07/07/16 / #20160196028

Portable electronic device having touch-sensitive display with variable repeat rate

A method of controlling a repeat rate of a button displayed on a touch-sensitive display of a portable electronic device is described. In accordance with one embodiment, there is provided a method of operating a touch-sensitive display, comprising: displaying on the touch-sensitive display a user interface screen including a user interface element, the user interface element being activatable by first control input to perform a single instance of an action; when a variable repeat control mode is activated: in response to receipt of a second control input, repeating the action associated with the user interface element at a rate dependent on the second control input; and when the variable repeat control mode is not activated: disabling ability of the second control input to cause the repeating of the action and enabling the first control input to cause a single instance of the action.. ... Blackberry Limited

07/07/16 / #20160196013

Electronic device and method of controlling display of information

A method of controlling display of information on a portable electronic device includes detecting, at the portable electronic device, an input to enter an attachment and link view, in response to detecting the input to enter the attachment and link view, scanning communications received at the portable electronic device for attachments and links, the communications including messages received in a plurality of messaging applications, and displaying previews of the attachments and links from the plurality of messaging applications. The display of the previews of attachments and links from the plurality of messaging applications is dependent on an active application at the time of receipt of the input to enter the attachment and link view.. ... Blackberry Limited

06/16/16 / #20160174291

Method and apparatus to control hsdpa activation/de-activation

A method and a user equipment (“ue”), for high speed downlink packet access (“hsdpa”) de-activation, the method determining whether a number of serving hsdpa cell changes of the ue exceeds a threshold within a predetermined time period; and; sending a transition indication from the ue to a network node to deactivate hsdpa if the threshold is exceeded for within the predetermined time period. Also, a method and a network node, for high speed downlink packet access de-activation, the method determining whether a number of serving hsdpa cell changes of a user equipment communicating with the network node exceeds a threshold within a predetermined time period; and; deactivating hsdpa for the ue if the threshold is exceeded within the predetermined time period.. ... Blackberry Limited

06/16/16 / #20160174235

Reference signal for a coordinated multi-point network implementation

A system and method of receiving a channel state information reference signal (csi-rs) is presented. At a user equipment, a first csi-rs transmitted from a base station is received. ... Blackberry Limited

06/16/16 / #20160174135

Communicating an indicator extending an area scope of system information

A user equipment (ue) receives an indicator that extends an area scope of system information received by the ue, the system information transmitted by a wireless access network node.. . ... Blackberry Limited

06/16/16 / #20160174126

Procedure for formulating a signal to interference plus noise ratio

A method and system for formulating an sink metric for cells using only the existing rsrp and rsrq measurements. With this method and system side information is exchanged between enbs of an e-utran using the x2 interface where the x2 interface carries the x2 application protocol (x2ap). ... Blackberry Limited

06/16/16 / #20160173901

Multi-bit information hiding using overlapping subsets

Methods and devices for reconstructing coefficient levels from a bitstream of encoded video data for a coefficient group in a transform unit. Sign bits are hidden in the parity of partially overlapping subsets of a set of coefficients. ... Blackberry Limited

06/16/16 / #20160173586

Persistent network negotiation for peer to peer devices

A device may communicate with a peer-to-peer (p2p) network prior to associating with that network. The communications prior to association may include information about whether the p2p network is persistent or non-persistent. ... Blackberry Limited

06/16/16 / #20160173172

Method and apparatus for antenna selection

A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, an antenna system coupled with the transceiver that includes a first antenna and a second antenna where one of the first or second antennas is operating as a primary antenna and the other of the first or second antennas is operating as a diversity antenna. The system can include an rf switch connected with the antenna system, where the rf switch has a first position in which the first antenna is the primary antenna and the second antenna is the diversity antenna, and wherein the rf switch has a second position in which the second antenna is the primary antenna and the first antenna is the diversity antenna. ... Blackberry Limited

06/09/16 / #20160165655

Methods and apparatus for mobile device recovery following radio link failure

Methods and apparatus to audibly provide messages in a mobile device at described. An example method includes detecting a radio link failure condition, in response to detecting the radio link failure condition, sending a cell update message to a medium access control of the user equipment, detecting that a timer associated with a radio access bearer has expired before receiving confirmation from the medium access control of transmission of the cell update message to a network, and in response to detecting that the timer associated with the radio access bearer has expired and sending the cell update message to the medium access control, maintaining the radio access bearer associated with the timer.. ... Blackberry Limited

06/09/16 / #20160165556

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

06/09/16 / #20160165528

Methods and apparatus to discover network capabilities available via wireless networks

An example method for network selection involves discovering network capabilities by performing an access network query protocol (anqp) query at a wireless terminal, and receiving a subsequent anqp response from an access point of a wireless local area network. The network capabilities are indicated in the subsequent anqp response. ... Blackberry Limited

06/09/16 / #20160165477

Methods and apparatus to report link quality measurements for downlink dual carrier operation

Methods and apparatus to report link quality measurements for downlink dual carrier operation are disclosed. Example methods and apparatus disclosed herein implement one or more example techniques for reporting link quality measurements involving, for example, modifying measurement reporting messages to increase the number and/or types of link quality measurements that can be reported, permitting mobile stations, when appropriate, to use different reporting messages capable of supporting more link quality measurements, and/or prioritizing certain link quality measurements to be reported when the reporting messages do not contain sufficient space to report all requested and/or specified link quality measurements.. ... Blackberry Limited

06/09/16 / #20160165452

Mobile wireless communications device performing device unlock based upon near field communication (nfc) and related methods

A mobile wireless communications device may include a near field communication (nfc) transceiver, a geo-position determining device, and a controller coupled with the nfc transceiver and the geo-position determining device. The controller may be configured to receive a tag geo-position from an nfc tag when in close proximity thereto via the nfc transceiver, determine the geo-position of the mobile wireless communications device using the geo-position determining device, and perform at least one device unlock operation when the tag geo-position is within a threshold distance from the mobile wireless communications device geo-position.. ... Blackberry Limited

06/09/16 / #20160163325

Method for speech coding, method for speech decoding and their apparatuses

A high quality speech is reproduced with a small data amount in speech coding and decoding for performing compression coding and decoding of a speech signal to a digital signal. In speech coding method according to a code-excited linear prediction (celp) speech coding, a noise level of a speech in a concerning coding period is evaluated by using a code or coding result of at least one of spectrum information, power information, and pitch information, and various excitation codebooks are used based on an evaluation result. ... Blackberry Limited

06/09/16 / #20160163316

Mobile wireless communications device with speech to text conversion and related methods

A communications device and method are provided for converting speech to text and applying corrections to the text. The communications device may include at least one audio interface, such a microphone and/or speaker, and at least one communications subsystem, as well as a controller or processor operative to receive speech input using the at least one audio interface, convert the speech input to input text, correct the input text to corrected text, and send the corrected text over a network using the communications subsystem. ... Blackberry Limited

06/02/16 / #20160157187

System and method for adjusting a power transmission level for a communication device

A system, method and device for adjusting a communication parameter for a network communicating with a communication device are provided. The method comprises: monitoring for a condition relating to a first network that has been in communication with the communication device; and determining whether an adjustment is to be implemented on a communication parameter of a second communication network that has been in communication with the communication device based on the condition and if so, implementing the adjustment to the communication parameter for the second communication network.. ... Blackberry Limited

06/02/16 / #20160157168

Storing wi-fi and cellular tower database to assist cellular network system selection

A method of selecting a cellular network includes storing a location database in a memory of a mobile device, the location database providing location data for one or more locations each identified by a unique identifier, in response to recognizing the identifier, determining a current location of the mobile device by looking up the identifier in the database, prioritizing bands based on the current location to define a band priority, and selecting the cellular network based on the band priority.. . ... Blackberry Limited

06/02/16 / #20160157150

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

06/02/16 / #20160157055

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

06/02/16 / #20160157015

Method, system and apparatus for loudspeaker excursion domain processing

A method, system and apparatus for loudspeaker excursion domain processing and thermal limiting are provided. At a device comprising: a processor; a loudspeaker and voice coil, device(s) for determining loudspeaker voltage and current; a volume device; and a memory storing a bl product for the loudspeaker, a fourier space excursion-from-voltage transfer function hxv(ω) is determined. ... Blackberry Limited

06/02/16 / #20160157014

Method, system and apparatus for loudspeaker excursion domain processing

A method, system and apparatus for loudspeaker excursion domain processing are provided. At a device comprising: a processor, a loudspeaker comprising a voice coil, one or more devices for determining loudspeaker voltage and current as a function of time, t, and a memory storing a bl product for the loudspeaker, loudspeaker currents i(t) and corresponding voltages v(t) are received at the processor from the one or more devices. ... Blackberry Limited

06/02/16 / #20160156773

Dynamically updating route in navigation application in response to calendar update

A method of dynamically updating a route entails receiving a calendar update for a calendar event of a calendar application on a mobile device, the calendar update specifying an updated destination location, transferring the updated destination location to a navigation application, recalculating the route to the updated destination location, and presenting navigation output based on the updated destination location. This may be used for outdoor navigation, indoor navigation or both.. ... Blackberry Limited

06/02/16 / #20160156322

Voice coil protection using damping

A method, system and apparatus for voice coil protection using damping are provided. At a device and/or a system comprising: a processor; a sound transducer comprising a voice coil; a power supply; an amplifier in communication with the voice coil; and a circuit configured to apply an electromotive force (“emf”) to the voice coil under control of the processor, the amplifier is placed into a standby state. ... Blackberry Limited

06/02/16 / #20160155271

Method and device for providing augmented reality output

Methods and devices for generating an augmented reality output are described. In one aspect, the method includes: obtaining camera data from a camera associated with an electronic device, the camera data defining an image representing a card having a graphic disposed thereon; obtaining sensor data from a sensor associated with the electronic device; and generating an augmented reality output on an output interface based on the sensor data and the graphic.. ... Blackberry Limited

05/26/16 / #20160150230

Perceptual image and video coding

Methods and devices for perceptual image and video coding. A method for reconstructing a quantization parameter for a current block includes predicting the quantization parameter, wherein predicting the quantization parameter is based upon a previous quantization parameter used for a neighboring block in the image, an estimated ac energy of the neighboring block, and an estimated ac energy of the current block; decoding from the bitstream a quantization parameter residual; and deriving the quantization parameter from the predicted quantization parameter and the quantization parameter residual. ... Blackberry Limited

05/26/16 / #20160150090

Exchange and use of globally unique device identifiers for circuit-switched and packet switched

According to one aspect, a system and method of exchanging gruus (globally routed user agent uri (uniform resource identifier)) between a first telephony-enabled device and a second telephony enabled device using a circuit-switched message is provided. Once exchanged, the telephony enabled devices can exchange sip (session initiated protocol) communications routed by the gruus. ... Blackberry Limited

05/26/16 / #20160150005

The managed peer-to-peer sharing in cellular networks

A method, system and apparatus are provided for performing peer-to-peer (p2p) data sharing operations between user equipment (ue) devices in a wireless-enabled communications environment. A first client node comprises content data and operates in a server peer mode to provide content data. ... Blackberry Limited

05/26/16 / #20160148396

Method and apparatus for controlling display of mobile communication device

A method and computing device are provided for improving readability of a graphical user interface as provided on the display of a computing device.. . ... Blackberry Limited

05/26/16 / #20160148169

Method and apparatus for generating a new event directly from a document

An event providing apparatus includes a storage device in communicating with a date/time detector module. The detector module detects a condition that at least a portion of information stored on the storage device could be mapped to an event, identifies date and time entries in the information, and generates a hyperlink to open an application for creating an event for each entry, the date and time being provided to the application to generate the event directly from the information. ... Blackberry Limited

05/26/16 / #20160147815

System and methods for matching identifiable patterns and enabling associated actions

A system and method are provided, the method comprising: receiving, at a registry service, a request to register an identifiable pattern for matching patterns in text; registering, in a registry, the identifiable pattern and a corresponding handler for performing an action; and updating at least one client library accessible to a corresponding client process with the identifiable pattern.. . ... Blackberry Limited

05/26/16 / #20160147686

Synchronization of electronic device with another electronic device on bus using synchronization field

Various embodiments are described herein related to techniques for synchronizing a slave device to a master device that communicates using a unified bus communication protocol or some aspect thereof. In one example, the method may comprise assuming a first mode of operation for the unified bus communication protocol; searching for a synchronization pattern at one or more locations in transmitted data according to the first mode of operation; obtaining synchronization when the located synchronization pattern is verified according to at least one synchronization rule for the mode of operation; and if synchronization is not obtained based on the assumed first mode of operation, a second mode of operation for the unified bus communication protocol is assumed and the searching and obtaining acts are carried out on the transmitted data according to the second mode of operation.. ... Blackberry Limited

05/26/16 / #20160147495

Electronic device and method of controlling display of information

A method of controlling display of information arranged in tiles on a display includes arranging the tiles in rows by setting a height of each row to a largest minimum height of the tiles of that row, receiving selections of a first group of tiles in a first row and a second group of tiles in a second row. In response to determining that the first group width is equal to the second group width, the groups are exchanged by moving the first group of tiles to the second row and the second group of tiles to the first row. ... Blackberry Limited

05/26/16 / #20160147440

Portable electronic device and method of controlling display of selectable elements

A method of controlling display of selectable elements on a portable electronic device includes displaying a navigation bar including a plurality of selectable elements along a side of the touch-sensitive display that is adjacent to the physical keyboard. In response to entering a keyboard input mode, a plurality of keyboard keys is displayed on the touch-sensitive display, along the side that is adjacent to the physical keyboard. ... Blackberry Limited

05/26/16 / #20160147381

Electronic device and method of controlling display of information

A method of controlling display of information includes arranging tiles in a plurality of columns, each tile having a width of about a column width or about one half the column width, receiving a selection of a first tile and receiving a selection of a second tile. In response to determining that a first tile width is generally equal to a second tile width, exchanging locations of the first tile with the second tile. ... Blackberry Limited

05/26/16 / #20160147004

Backlight module having a prism structure

A backlight module for illuminating a display or keypad is described. The backlight module may be provided in an electronic device along with a light source. ... Blackberry Limited

05/19/16 / #20160143085

Power saving for tight coupled interworking

In some implementations, a power saving method includes receiving, from a base station, at a user equipment (ue), a discontinuous reception (drx) configuration. The ue determines a wlan listen interval that includes at least one traffic indication map (tim) period and at least one tim transmission period. ... Blackberry Limited

05/19/16 / #20160142920

Sharing channels in a licensed-assisted access in long term evolution operation

A channel sharing method includes determining a starting time for transmission on an laa-lte channel. A length of a hybrid preamble is determined based on the starting time and a predetermined transmission time boundary. ... Blackberry Limited

05/19/16 / #20160142511

Application assignment reconciliation and license management

The present disclosure involves systems, software, and computer-implemented methods for reconciling application assignments of different types to users and devices, and associating appropriate licenses for the applications to the users from purchase accounts managed by an external application store. An example method includes identifying a change in an assignment configuration for a user, the assignment configuration including a plurality of assignments of an application to the user; determining a winning assignment from the plurality of assignments; in response to determining the winning assignment, determining that the winning assignment requires a change to an external application store; and in response to determining that the winning assignment requires a change to the external application store, instructing the external application store to perform a configuration change corresponding to the winning assignment.. ... Blackberry Limited

05/19/16 / #20160142088

System and method for providing service license aggregation across multiple physical and virtual sim cards background of the invention

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

05/19/16 / #20160142086

System and method for providing service license aggregation across multiple device 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

05/19/16 / #20160138944

Proximity sensor

A proximity sensor for an electronic device comprises a proximity module, a lens and an optical module secured in an air gap therebetween. The proximity module has an emitter and a detector and is configured to generate a signal that is a function of light emitted by the emitter, and light detected by the detector, some portion of the detected light having been reflected by a target external to the electronic device. ... Blackberry Limited

05/12/16 / #20160135245

Methods and apparatus to connect wireless-enabled devices

Examples to establish a connection between wireless-enabled devices involve collecting first biophysical signal data via a first wireless-enabled device, using the first biophysical signal data as a key to decrypt encrypted information received from a second wireless-enabled device to recover first information, and establishing a wireless connection between the first wireless-enabled device and the second wireless-enabled device based on a comparison of the first information and second information stored in the first wireless-enabled device.. . ... Blackberry Limited

05/12/16 / #20160135205

Wi-fi network access and a mobile terminal configured for the same

A method for accessing a wi-fi network from user equipment (ue) using a preferred access point (ap) when more than one ap is available is provided. Rssi included in received responses to scanning from the us and past connectivity data associated with the aps are used to generate a preferred list of aps from which an ap for connecting or switching to is selected.. ... Blackberry Limited

05/12/16 / #20160135042

Enhanced cell broadcast service via secure group broadcast

A secure cell broadcast method entails defining a group of mobile devices, reserving a channel for the group, associating cryptographic key material with the group, notifying the mobile devices of the channel for the group, securely providing the key material to the mobile devices of the group, and broadcasting on the channel a secure broadcast message that is encrypted such that the mobile devices of the group receiving on the channel can receive and decrypt the secure broadcast message using the key material.. . ... Blackberry Limited

05/12/16 / #20160134664

Providing session initiation protocol request contents method and system

An embodiment provides a user equipment that includes a processor configured to receive a session initiation protocol (sip) notify message transmitted by a network component as a result of a registration event. The sip notify message contains at least a portion of information included in a first sip message sent between a first user equipment and the network component. ... Blackberry Limited

05/12/16 / #20160134572

Methods and devices for message attachment transmission

Methods and devices for transmitting message attachments from a messaging server to a mobile device. The mobile device identifies if any of the attachments are of a first type and requests transmission, from the messaging server, of the identified attachments of the first type, if any. ... Blackberry Limited

05/12/16 / #20160132285

Portable electronic device including touch-sensitive display and method of controlling audio output

A method of controlling audio output from a portable electronic device having a touch-sensitive display includes detecting a touch on the touch-sensitive display when the portable electronic device is in an audio output mode in which audio is output through a speaker of the portable electronic device, identifying a location of the touch and magnitude of touch signals utilizing signals received from touch sensors of the touch-sensitive display during detecting the touch, and, based on the identified location and magnitude of the touch signals, adjusting audio output from the speaker.. . ... Blackberry Limited

05/05/16 / #20160128122

Inter-device session connectivity enhancement

Devices and methods are provided for managing device-to-device (d2d) communications session in a wireless-enabled communication environment. A first client node comprises a database containing location and id information associated with a plurality of second client nodes. ... Blackberry Limited

05/05/16 / #20160128111

Communication device, method and system for establishing wireless peer-to-peer connections

A communication device for establishing wireless peer-to-peer connections includes a network interface, a memory and a processor. The processor receives a command to initiate a wireless peer-to-peer connection with a second device, sets an intent parameter to a default value and stores the intent parameter in the memory. ... Blackberry Limited

05/05/16 / #20160128015

Wireless local area network hotspot registration using near field communications

A first device that includes a processor configured to transmit/receive a trigger message to/from a second device based on wireless short-range communication. The trigger message initiates a registration process within a wireless local area network (wlan).. ... Blackberry Limited

05/05/16 / #20160127983

Application assisted band scanning method to reduce network acquisition time

A method of selecting a cellular network entails determining a current location of a mobile device by obtaining location data from an application on the mobile device, prioritizing cellular network frequency bands based on the current location to define a band priority, and selecting the cellular network based on the band priority. This method expedites selection of the cellular network when a mobile device is powered on, when its cellular radiofrequency transceiver is activated or when returning from an out-of-coverage area.. ... Blackberry Limited

05/05/16 / #20160127915

Spectrum channel sharing system

A spectrum channel sharing system may coordinate a shared usage of one or more spectrum channels between a first communication system and a second communication system. The first communication system may transmit a request to the second communication system to clear communication traffic associated with the second communication system from a spectrum channel. ... Blackberry Limited

05/05/16 / #20160127533

Systems and methods for providing alternate line selection information on a mobile device

A system and method for providing a user interface that allows users to change the active line on which an outgoing call may be placed. In example embodiments, upon detecting call screen interaction a line selection menu is displayed. ... Blackberry Limited

05/05/16 / #20160127526

Electronic portable device shell having an integral stand and stand brace

A shell is configured to attach to an electronic portable device (such as a smart phone or a pad/tablet-styled device). The shell comprises a unitary integral component having a stand that selectively moves between a deployed position and a stowed position and a corresponding stand brace that selectively moves between a deployed position and a stowed position. ... Blackberry Limited

04/28/16 / #20160119084

Carrier aggregation acknowledgement bits

Systems, methods, and user equipment can involve transmitting acknowledgement/negative acknowledgement (ack/nack) bits for carrier aggregation between a first cell and a second cell in a user equipment (ue). With the ue, for a sub-frame, a first number of ack/nack bits for the first cell can be compared with a second number of ack/nack bits for the second cell. ... Blackberry Limited

04/28/16 / #20160116993

Apparatus and method to dynamically vary backlighting for a physical keyboard

An apparatus and method for dynamically varying backlighting for mechanical keys. By one approach at least some of the individual mechanical keys each includes a capacitively-sensitive keycap. ... Blackberry Limited

04/28/16 / #20160116986

Systems and methods for providing direct and indirect navigation modes for touchscreen devices

The described embodiments relate generally to systems and methods for providing direct and indirect navigation modes on mobile devices comprising a touch screen display based on a determined characteristic of the mobile device. In example embodiments, upon detecting a first characteristic, touch screen input is interpreted as direct navigation input. ... Blackberry Limited

04/07/16 / #20160100435

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

04/07/16 / #20160100061

Apparatus, system and method of call notifications to active communication devices

An apparatus, system and method for call notifications to active communication devices are provided. At an apparatus comprising a processor and a communication interface, a call for a first device is received via the communication interface. ... Blackberry Limited

04/07/16 / #20160099918

System and method to provide built-in and mobile vpn connectivity

A system and method for facilitating the establishment of a virtual private network between a network and a remote computer, the system having: a mobile device connectable to the remote computer and storing a user profile, virtual private network information, and password information; virtual private network software being located on one of the mobile device and the remote computer; an access point communicating with the network; and communication means for communications between the access point and one of the mobile device and the remote computer, wherein the user profile, virtual private network information, and password information is passed to the virtual private network software upon connection of the mobile device to the remote computer, the virtual private network software using the user profile, virtual private network information, and password information to establish a virtual private network through the communications means and the access point to the network.. . ... Blackberry Limited

04/07/16 / #20160098974

Method and apparatus for controlling a display of a portable electronic device

A method and apparatus for controlling a display of a portable electronic device are provided. The method comprises generating a screen comprising a list on the display. ... Blackberry Limited

04/07/16 / #20160098252

Application development environment for mobile device with gesture-based coding

A software development method entails providing an application development environment on a mobile device connected to a computing device such as a desktop or laptop computer that provides a browser acting as a code editor for writing code. The code input via a keyboard of the computing device is transferred to the mobile device and compiled by the application development environment. ... Blackberry Limited

04/07/16 / #20160098133

Electronic device including touch-sensitive display

A method includes detecting a touch on a touch-sensitive display, determining a time of a display update of the touch-sensitive display, and adjusting a scanning rate of scanning electrodes of the touch-sensitive display based on the time of the display update.. . ... Blackberry Limited

03/31/16 / #20160094942

Visual representation of contact location

A method for visually representing information on a display of a portable electronic device includes receiving location coordinates from at least one other portable electronic device, plotting a visual identifier on a map and displaying the map on the display of the portable electronic device. The position of the visual identifier corresponds to the location coordinates received from the at least one other portable electronic device, which correspond to an actual location of the at least one other portable electronic device. ... Blackberry Limited

03/31/16 / #20160094706

Communications system providing automatic text-to-speech conversion features and related methods

A communications system may include at least one mobile wireless communications device, and a wireless communications network for sending text messages thereto. More particularly, the at least one mobile wireless communications device may include a wireless transceiver and a controller for cooperating therewith for receiving text messages from the wireless communications network. ... Blackberry Limited

03/24/16 / #20160088662

Method and apparatus for selecting an ip type during roaming

A method and apparatus for selecting a data connection ip (internet protocol) type during roaming. At a device a comprising a processor, a memory storing data indicative of radio access technologies and associated internet protocol (ip) types to use under different roaming conditions, and a communication interface, it is determined, using the communication interface, that roaming is occurring and a given radio access technology being used in the roaming is also determined. ... Blackberry Limited

03/24/16 / #20160088644

Systems and methods for network mimo

A multiple-input, multiple-output (mimo) communication system comprising a master base station and a slave base station. The master base station has a plurality of transmit antennas and transmits a first set of data to a mobile station in a first transmission. ... Blackberry Limited

03/24/16 / #20160088505

Measure of quality of link between mobile station and base station

A mobile station associated with a base station determines a measure of the quality of a communication link between the mobile station and the base station. The measure is determined by comparing either i) an expected data rate for communications over the link and an actual data rate of communications over the link, wherein the expected data rate takes into account radio frequency (rf) power levels of signals received at the mobile station over the link, or ii) an expected rf power level for communications over the link and rf power levels of signals received at the mobile station over the link, wherein the expected rf power level takes into account the actual data rate of communications over the link. ... Blackberry Limited

03/24/16 / #20160088127

Configuring a discard timer

A first wireless access network node receives, from a second wireless access network node, delay information relating to a delay in buffering data at a protocol layer in the second wireless access network node. The first wireless access network node configures a discard timer based on the received delay information for a packet to be sent to a user equipment.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/24/16 / #20160085394

Method of modifying rendered attributes of list elements in a user interface

A method of modifying attributes of list elements in a layout space of the list as the list scrolls in a user interface is disclosed herein. The method comprises determining a series of location values of each list element for a duration of a scroll event. ... Blackberry Limited

03/17/16 / #20160081071

Methods and apparatus for enabling further enhancements to flexible subframes in lte heterogeneous networks

A method is provided for communication in a wireless telecommunication network. The method comprises providing, by a network element, one of an uplink grant or a downlink grant to at least one ue that the network element has determined, based on information received from a plurality of ues, is closer to the network element than is another ue, wherein the uplink grant is scheduled such that the ue transmits to the network element only during at least one flexible subframe, and wherein the downlink grant is scheduled such that the network element transmits to the ue only during at least one flexible subframe. ... Blackberry Limited

03/17/16 / #20160081067

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

03/17/16 / #20160081059

Methods and apparatus for providing network broadcast information to wlan enabled wireless communication devices

One illustrative method for a wireless device in a wireless local area network (wlan) includes receiving a network interworking indicator at the wireless device, the network interworking indicator indicating support of a capability of the wlan to communicate information relating to a wireless network. A request for network information identifying one or more networks is transmitted from the wireless device to the wlan. ... Blackberry Limited

03/17/16 / #20160081021

Measurements to aid rapid identification of neighbor cells

A method for communication in a wireless telecommunications system is provided. The method comprises performing, by a ue, responsive to the ue being engaged in an emergency service, at least one neighbor cell measurement regardless of a value of an rsrp in relation to a cell measurement parameter and regardless of a configuration status of the cell measurement parameter.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/17/16 / #20160081004

Uplink transmissions for type 2 relay

A method for providing user agent data. The method includes an access node receiving an indicator sent from a relay node as an indication that the relay node has received data from the user agent.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/17/16 / #20160080989

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

03/17/16 / #20160080749

Transform coefficient coding for context-adaptive binary entropy coding of video

Methods and devices for encoding and decoding video are described that partition transform blocks into coefficient groups. The coefficients within non-zero coefficients are run-length coded in a reverse scan order within the group. ... Blackberry Limited

03/17/16 / #20160080026

Method and apparatus for radio antenna frequency tuning

A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium, which can include computer instructions to determine a subset of use cases from a group of use cases stored in a memory of a communication device, and to determine a target use case from among the subset of use cases based on an operational parameter associated with a transceiver of the communication device. Additional embodiments are disclosed.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/17/16 / #20160079655

Wideband antenna for mobile system with metal back cover

A device is set forth, comprising: a metallic back cover having interior and exterior portions; a chassis disposed on the interior portion of said metallic back cover for mounting components; a metallic edge ring surrounding said metallic back cover and said chassis; a gap extending through the exterior portion of the back cover and through the edge, for defining one dimension of an antenna conducting plane; a ground plane covering the chassis such that said antenna conducting plane and ground plane wrap around the chassis and components mounted thereon; an antenna feed extending through the ground plane to the antenna conducting plane; and a shorting pin connecting the ground plane to the antenna conducting plane.. . ... Blackberry Limited

03/17/16 / #20160079654

Mobile device having an interior multiband antenna and a partially metal back

A mobile device having an interior multiband antenna and a partially metal back is provided. The device comprises: a back side comprising: a conducting central portion; non-conducting portions comprising respective widths from respective end edges of the back side to the conducting central portion, the conducting central portion separating the non-conducting portions; an interior chassis covered by the back side; antennas located on the interior chassis behind each of the non-conducting portions, each of the antennas comprising at least two respective radiating arms configured to resonate in at least three frequency ranges; one or more antenna feeds connected to each of the antennas; and, a switch configured to select one or more of the antennas for operation.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/17/16 / #20160079653

Multi-antenna system for mobile handsets with a predominantly metal back side

A device with a predominantly metal back side is provided. The device comprises: a non-conducting chassis having an interior and an exterior; at least one exterior radiating arm on the exterior of the chassis and a respective microstrip line located on the interior of the chassis, the exterior radiating arm and the microstrip electrically connected through the chassis, the exterior radiating arm and microstrip configured to resonate together in a first frequency range; and, at least one interior radiating arm located, and configured to resonate in one or more second frequency ranges higher than the first frequency range; a ground plane located on the exterior of the chassis, each of the exterior radiating arms and the ground plane being electrically separated from each other on the exterior of the chassis; and, one or more antenna feeds configured to connect to each of the microstrips and interior radiating arms.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/17/16 / #20160079652

Mobile device with tri-band antennas incorporated into a metal back side

A mobile device with tri-band antennas incorporated into a metal back side thereof is provided. The device comprises: a back side comprising a face and opposing ends; an edge extending from the face: a conducting central portion; antennas located at the opposing ends, each of the antennas electrically separated from the conducting central portion, and each comprising: a first respective radiating arm located at least partially on the face, and at least two further respective radiating arms extending from the first respective radiating arm, the at least two further respective radiating arms located on the edge, the radiating arms configured to resonate in at least three frequency ranges; one or more antenna feeds connected to each of the antennas; and, a switch configured to select one or more of the antennas for operation.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/17/16 / #20160078268

Fingerprint scanning method

A computer-implemented method entails capturing a digital fingerprint of a finger using a fingerprint-capturing device, collecting pressure measurements using pressure sensors associated with the fingerprint-capturing device as the finger contacts the fingerprint-capturing device, determining a finger-sensor contact direction from the pressure measurements and storing the finger-sensor contact direction in association with the digital fingerprint for subsequent biometric authentication.. . ... Blackberry Limited

03/17/16 / #20160077733

Method and device having touchscreen keyboard with visual cues

A method for providing visual cues rendered on a display is provided. The method comprises: detecting a touch input associated with a user interface element rendered on the display; determining an input direction of the touch input; and displaying on the display a visual cue associated with the user interface element, wherein the visual cue is located at a position based on the input direction of the touch input.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/17/16 / #20160077602

Method and handheld electronic device for displaying and selecting diacritics

A handheld electronic device includes a keypad having a plurality of keys and a selection member; a display component; and a processor cooperating with the keypad and the display component to provide a display at the display component. The display includes a first representation of a plurality of the keys, and at least one of: (a) a second representation of an activated one of the input members, (b) a third representation including a plurality of diacritics disposed about an activated one of the input members, and (c) a fourth representation including a plurality of diacritics disposed about an activated one of the input members, and a direction of selection between the activated one of the input members and one of the diacritics. ... Blackberry Limited

03/10/16 / #20160073428

Method and apparatus to determine a pseudo-grant size for data to be transmitted

A control circuit determines a pseudo-grant size for data to be transmitted via an unlicensed wireless spectrum. This pseudo-grant size indicates to a protocol layer above a medium access control protocol layer an amount of data that can be transmitted in a transmission instance over the unlicensed wireless spectrum. ... Blackberry Limited

03/10/16 / #20160073404

Method and apparatus for simultaneous use of both licensed and unlicensed wireless spectrum

A control circuit determines that a wireless portable electronic device currently being serviced via licensed wireless spectrum should also be served via unlicensed wireless spectrum and then transmits a radio resource control (rrc) message to cause the wireless portable electronic device to connect to a network node operating in the unlicensed wireless spectrum. By one approach this control circuit comprises an evolved node-b base station in a long term evolution (lte) radio access network (ran) and the network node operating in the unlicensed wireless spectrum comprises an 802.11-compatible wireless local area network node.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/10/16 / #20160073344

Medium access control in lte-u

In some implementations, a medium access control (mac) method for lte in unlicensed (lte-u) includes transmitting at least one of a clear to send (cts) message or a request to send (rts) message on an lte-u secondary cell (scell) carrier. The at least one of the cts message or the rts message may include a duration field. ... Blackberry Limited

03/10/16 / #20160073265

Method and apparatus for authenticating a network entity using unlicensed wireless spectrum

An unlicensed wireless spectrum access point control circuit receives a first identifier from a first network entity and also receives a second identifier from a second network entity and then compares the late the first identifier to the second identifier to thereby authenticate the second network entity. By one approach the first and second identifier are medium access control (mac) addresses. ... Blackberry Limited

03/10/16 / #20160073130

Coding position data for the last non-zero transform coefficient in a coefficient group

Methods and devices for video coding are described. When encoding a non-zero coefficient group (cg) prior to the last such group in a group scan ordering within a transform block, data representative of the true (x,y)-position of the last non-zero transform coefficient in a scan ordering within that cg is modified, to improve coding efficiency, based upon at least one of (a) an intra-prediction mode used to encode the block and (b) at least one coefficient group neighbouring that cg. ... Blackberry Limited

03/10/16 / #20160072746

E-mail proxy

In one embodiment, a method for processing an e-mail message addressed to an e-mail client is disclosed. The method comprises receiving at a mail server an e-mail message addressed to the e-mail client, the e-mail message including an attachment which is characterized by a size; reducing the size of the attachment to create a reduced size attachment; preparing a formatted message, which includes the reduced size attachment and a link to the attachment, wherein the attachment is downloadable from the mail server using the link; and delivering the formatted message to the e-mail client for display on a computational device.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/10/16 / #20160072743

Automatic identification and retrieval of message attachments in a message conversation

The present disclosure provides for an end-user communication device of a messaging system configured to identify messages exchanged during a message conversation. Responsive to selection of one or more data files, the device retrieves the one or more selected data files from a local memory of the device or from a server of the messaging system. ... Blackberry Limited

03/10/16 / #20160070606

Multiplatform management system and method for mobile devices

Systems and methods for managing multiple wireless devices are disclosed. An exemplary system includes multiple domains each having a particular type of wireless device management system and respective (application programming interface) apis. ... Blackberry Limited

03/10/16 / #20160070379

Capacitive touch sensor

The present disclosure provides a capacitive touch sensor for an electronic device. The touch sensor has a trace carrier having a sensing surface, a connecting surface, and a number of electrically conductive traces on the trace carrier. ... Blackberry Limited

03/03/16 / #20160066322

Td lte secondary component carrier in unlicensed bands

A method is provided for communication in a wireless telecommunication system. The method comprises adaptively designating, by a network element following a frame-based communication protocol, for use as a secondary component carrier in a carrier aggregation scheme, at least a portion of radio resources on an unlicensed band.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/03/16 / #20160066292

System and method for uplink timing synchronization in conjunction with discontinuous reception

A system and method are disclosed for providing uplink timing synchronization during drx operation in a wireless communication system.. . ... Blackberry Limited

03/03/16 / #20160066225

Mitigating interference with wireless communications

An electronic device monitors a quality of a wireless connection between the electronic device and a first access point. Based on the monitoring and a collection of parameters relating to controlling handover between access points, a determination is made regarding whether the electronic device should be handed over to a second access point from the first access point, where the parameters differ for different combinations of the first access point and candidate destination access points for handover of the electronic device from the first access point.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/03/16 / #20160066174

Method and apparatus for proximity discovery for device-to-device communication

A method, network node, and user equipments for providing parameters to a first user equipment served by the network element, the parameters describing at least a second user equipment for the purpose of the first user equipment initiating a device to device proximity discovery service with the second user equipment, the method collecting information for user equipments desiring device to device proximity discovery; creating a candidate user equipment list for a candidate tier based on the collected information at the network element, wherein each candidate tier comprises one or more thresholds based on timing advance values in use at the first or the at least the second user equipment; and providing the parameters describing at least a second user equipment to the first user equipment.. . ... Blackberry Limited

03/03/16 / #20160066165

Method, system and apparatus for location and time-based messaging using text-based tags

A method, system and apparatus for location and time-based messaging using text-based tags is provided. A message and an address of a destination device is received at a processor of a device, the message comprising text for delivery to the destination device, the text comprising and a text-based tag in the text, the tag comprising one or more keywords associated with one or more of a location and a time to deliver the message to the destination device. ... Blackberry Limited

03/03/16 / #20160065333

Enhanced common downlink control channels

A method is provided for communication in a wireless telecommunication system. The method comprises designating, by a network element, a first set of time-frequency resources for transmitting a first set of downlink control channels for a plurality of ues, wherein the first set of time-frequency resources is known to the plurality of ues, and wherein the first set of time-frequency resources varies from a first time interval to a second time interval. ... Blackberry Limited

03/03/16 / #20160065319

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

03/03/16 / #20160062619

Portable electronic device and method of controlling the display of information

A method of controlling display of information on a touch-sensitive display of a portable electronic device includes displaying selectable elements in an application screen. The first selectable element is located at a first location and, in response to receipt of an input, entering the display control mode of the portable electronic device. ... Blackberry Limited

03/03/16 / #20160061586

Method to determine length and area measurements within a smartphone camera image

A mobile communication device includes a processor operably coupled to a memory and to a wireless communication subsystem operable to send and receive data, a camera operably coupled to the processor, a sensor operably connected to provide to the processor a distance between the camera and an element viewable by the camera. Instructions are stored in the memory; when these instructions are executed by the processor, the mobile communication device takes an image with the camera, uses the sensor to determine a distance between the camera and at least one object recorded in the image, receives a request for a desired measurement comprising one of a desired length measurement and a desired area measurement of an element in the image, calculates the desired measurement, and provides the desired measurement to the user.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/25/16 / #20160057772

System and method for supporting inter-band carrier aggregation with different ul/dl tdd configurations

In some implementations, a method of wireless communications between a wireless communications network and wireless user equipment includes receiving, using a primary time division duplex (tdd) configuration, data on a primary component carrier in a first frequency band. Using a secondary tdd configuration, data on a secondary component carrier is received in a second frequency band different from the first frequency band. ... Blackberry Limited

02/25/16 / #20160057696

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

02/25/16 / #20160057601

Content disposition system and method for processing message content in a distributed environment

In one embodiment, a wireless mobile user equipment (ue) device comprises a message generator configured to send a sip request message via a first ip network and a processor configured to process a sip response message received from a network node via the first ip network, the processor further configured to process instructions to provide a treatment for at least one message body content of the sip response message based on a value of a content type indicator independent of at least one of an absence of a content disposition indicator, a content disposition indicator without a value and a content disposition indicator having a value. The treatment, applied by the ue device, may comprise one of: (i) performing an emergency services (es) call effectuated via a cs network and (ii) performing a registration and an es call effectuated via an ip network.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/25/16 / #20160057286

Method of joining a conference call

In a computer-implemented method of joining a user to a conference call event an interface associated with a time management software application is displayed. The interface displays information relating to the conference call event including a date for a conference call which is subject of the conference call event and a start time of the conference call. ... Blackberry Limited

02/25/16 / #20160057203

System and method for transferring data between electronic devices

A system and method are provided for transferring data from a first mobile device to another device by determining a set comprising one or more items, initiating a first transfer of at least some data associated with at least one of the one or more items to the other device, detecting an interaction with the set, and enabling a second transfer of additional data associated with the set.. . ... Blackberry Limited

02/25/16 / #20160057055

Binding ieee 802.11 mac frames to logical channels

An ieee 802.11 media access control (mac) frame (or contents thereof) at a transmitter apparatus includes information from which a logical channel carrying traffic can be identified, so that a receiver apparatus, when unpacking the ieee 802.11 mac frame (or contents thereof), is able to route the traffic to the appropriate radio link control (rlc) entity associated with the logical channel. An evolved node b (enb) that is also an access point (ap) distinguishes conventional uplink wireless local area network (wlan) traffic from traffic that is to be routed to an rlc layer.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/25/16 / #20160055471

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

02/25/16 / #20160055040

Processing user input events in a web browser

A method and computing device are provided for processing user events received via a user interface, such as a touchscreen, in multiple threads. When a user event is received for a target element in a webpage, the user event is dispatched to both a main browser thread and a secondary thread. ... Blackberry Limited

02/18/16 / #20160050642

Portable electronic device and method of controlling notifications

A method of controlling a portable electronic device includes, in response to receipt of selection of an option to enter a do not disturb mode at the portable electronic device, suppressing notifications for the communications received at the portable electronic device while in the do not disturb mode. The method also includes, in response to exiting the do not disturb mode, discontinuing suppressing notifications for new communications received at the portable electronic device, providing an option to view the communications received at the portable electronic device while in the do not disturb mode and, in response to receipt of selection of the option to view the communications received while in the do not disturb mode, displaying a consolidated list of the communications received at the portable electronic device while in the do not disturb mode. ... Blackberry Limited

02/18/16 / #20160050607

Communicating data using a local wireless access network node

A local wireless access network node receives a request to offload at least a portion of data traffic for a user equipment from a macro wireless access network node to the local wireless access network node, where the user equipment is to maintain a wireless connection to the macro wireless access network node after the offload. The local wireless access network node sends a response to indicate whether the local wireless access node has accepted or denied the request.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/18/16 / #20160048471

Universal peripheral connector

A universal connector apparatus for a mobile device and in communication with the mobile device, the apparatus comprising: at least one universal serial bus (usb) connector providing at least one connection; at least one usb host controller configured to control the at least one usb connection; a microprocessor configured to control the at least one usb host controller, the microprocessor having an operating system; a usb device control interface on the mobile device configured to communicate and control the universal connector apparatus; and a usb driver configured to operate within the operating system to enable the mobile device to connect to one or more peripherals via the at least one usb connector.. . ... Blackberry Limited

02/18/16 / #20160048303

Electronic device and method of messaging meeting invitees

A method of composing an email message at an electronic device and an electronic device operable to carry out the method are provided. The method includes receiving an email command from a user input of the electronic device through a calendar user interface, the email command relating to at least one of a plurality of intended attendees of a calendared meeting, and providing an email composition interface in response to receiving the email command. ... Blackberry Limited

02/11/16 / #20160044515

Dynamic cell clustering

In some implementations, a method for dynamic cell clustering includes splitting, by an initial central coordinator, the cluster into two or more clusters in response to a message from a small cell in a cluster. The initial cluster includes a plurality of cells, including the small cell, with each cell assigned a same time division duplex (tdd) configuration.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/11/16 / #20160044500

Methods and apparatus to indicate space requirements for communicating capabilities of a device

Example methods and apparatus to indicate space requirements for communicating capabilities of a device are disclosed. In accordance with a disclosed example method, a request is sent to a network to request a quantity of blocks to be allocated for use by a mobile station. ... Blackberry Limited

02/11/16 / #20160044496

Methods and apparatus for use in transferring an assignment of a secure chip between subscription managers

Techniques for use in transferring an assignment of a secure chip of a wireless device from a current subscription manager (sm) of a current mobile network operator (mno) to a new sm of a new mno are described. In one illustrative example, the current sm receives a request for transferring the assignment and produces transfer permission data in response. ... Blackberry Limited

02/11/16 / #20160044476

Method and apparatus pertaining to bluetooth(tm)-conveyed voice-based user input

An apparatus having both a bluetooth-compatible transceiver and a cellular-telephony transceiver has a control circuit operably coupled to the foregoing configured to facilitate at least one on-board application using voice-based user input. The control circuit, upon determining that a call-setup message as received via the bluetooth-compatible transceiver specifies a particular predetermined number (such as a predetermined number that comprises an invalid number to serve as a telephone number) to call, automatically uses audio content received via the bluetooth-compatible transceiver as the aforementioned voice-based user input for that on-board application. ... Blackberry Limited

02/11/16 / #20160044465

Method of limiting use of a mobile wireless access point near a wireless local area network

To promote network security in a wireless local area network (wlan), a mobile communication device, which is operable as a mobile wireless access point, may read a wlan identifier that is known to be used by the wlan and an indication of a channel on which a wireless access point of the wlan is known to operate. The device may then monitor the channel for a transmission of the wlan identifier. ... Blackberry Limited

02/11/16 / #20160042164

Mobile communications device providing heuristic security authentication features and related methods

A mobile communications device includes a plurality of first input devices capable of passively collecting input data, a second input device(s) capable of collecting response data based upon a challenge, and a processor capable of determining a level of assurance (loa) that possession of the mobile communications device has not changed based upon a statistical behavioral model and the passively received input data, and comparing the loa with a security threshold. When the loa is above the security threshold, the processor may be capable of performing a given mobile device operation without requiring response data from the second input device(s). ... Blackberry Limited

02/11/16 / #20160041966

Method and apparatus for word prediction selection

Methods and apparatuses are provided for improving word prediction candidate selection in an electronic device. Input of one or more characters is received via a capacitive physical keyboard. ... Blackberry Limited

02/04/16 / #20160037496

System and method for sharing a control channel for carrier aggregation

A method for processing a control channel at a user agent (ua) to identify at least one of an uplink and a downlink resource allocated by a resource grant within a multi-carrier communication system wherein resource grants are specified by control channel element (cce) subset candidates wherein the carriers used for data transmission and reception are configured carriers, the method comprising the steps of receiving activation signals specifying active and deactivated carriers from among the configured carriers, for active carriers (i) identifying a number of cce subset candidates to decode and (ii) decoding up to the identified number of cce subset candidates in an attempt to identify the resource grant; and for deactivated carriers, ignoring cce subset candidates associated with the deactivated carriers.. . ... Blackberry Limited

02/04/16 / #20160037468

System and method for uplink timing synchronization in conjunction with discontinuous reception

Systems and methods for controlling sounding reference signal transmission are provided; a user equipment starts transmitting the sounding reference signal in anticipation of uplink data transmission, and then discontinues transmitting the sounding reference signal after completion of uplink data transmission.. . ... Blackberry Limited

02/04/16 / #20160037418

Method for accessing a service unavailable through a network cell

A method performed by user equipment (ue) includes receiving a request to access a service unavailable through a first network cell associated with the ue, and receiving a message from an access device associated with the first network cell, wherein the message identifies a plurality of second network cells providing the service.. . ... Blackberry Limited

02/04/16 / #20160037348

Associating services to perimeters

In some implementations, a method includes receiving, from a user of a first device, a request to enable access, through a second device, to a server resource account of an enterprise. The first device includes a first enterprise perimeter including an internal resource and a first enterprise identifier and configured to prevent external resources from accessing the internal resource. ... Blackberry Limited

02/04/16 / #20160037048

Method and device for sharing a camera feature

Methods and electronic devices for sharing a camera feature are described. In one aspect, the present disclosure describes a method. ... Blackberry Limited

02/04/16 / #20160037016

System and method for sharing images using an image upload menu

There is disclosed a system and method for uploading an image file to an image repository from a mobile handheld communications device having an integrated camera. In an embodiment, the method comprises: upon determining capture of an image using the integrated camera, automatically initiating an image upload module; configuring the image upload module to display an image upload user interface having user selectable image upload settings; and upon receiving user instructions, uploading the image file to the image repository with the selected image upload settings. ... Blackberry Limited

02/04/16 / #20160036736

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

02/04/16 / #20160036611

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

Methods and apparatus are provided for inserting data symbols and pilot symbols in an ofdm (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing) transmission resource utilizing frequency hopping patterns for the data symbols and/or the pilot symbols. Data symbols and pilot symbols are allocated for down link (base station to mobile station) and up link (mobile station to bases station) transmission resources in a two-dimensional time-frequency pattern. ... Blackberry Limited

02/04/16 / #20160034236

System and method for document transmission from a computing device to a portbale electronic device

The present specification provides an managing a document using printer emulation.. . ... Blackberry Limited

02/04/16 / #20160034124

Capturing and processing multi-media information using mobile communication devices

Methods and devices are provided for generating and publishing multi-media information associated with actions performed on a mobile communication device. A publishing application monitors actions performed on the mobile communication device and enables selection of at least one of the actions. ... Blackberry Limited

01/28/16 / #20160029187

User interface and method for viewing short messages on a wireless device

A method and electronic device. An electronic message is received at the communication device where the electronic message having an address associated therewith. ... Blackberry Limited

01/28/16 / #20160029154

Methods and devices for facilitating bluetooth pairing using a camera as a barcode scanner

Embodiments of the systems, devices and methods described herein generally facilitate performing bluetooth pairing between a first device and a second device. In accordance with one example embodiment, a first device generates a barcode that encodes bluetooth pairing data for transmission to the second device, wherein the pairing data comprises a bluetooth address associated with the first device, and wherein the pairing data further comprises a personal identification number usable to complete the bluetooth pairing, the barcode is transmitted to the second device, and bluetooth pairing is performed with the second device.. ... Blackberry Limited

01/28/16 / #20160028879

Handheld electronic device including cross application use of phone related inputs, and associated method

A method and system are disclosed. An active application, which is an application other than a phone application and an address book application, displays information. ... Blackberry Limited

01/28/16 / #20160028875

System, method and device-readable medium for communication event interaction within a unified event view

A method, electronic device, and device-readable medium are provided for implementing quick actions or additional actions in a unified inbox context. A number of communication event listings are displayed in either a first mode or a second mode. ... Blackberry Limited

01/28/16 / #20160028863

Mobile wireless communications device with improved broadband antenna impedance matching

A mobile electronic device is provided. In one aspect, the mobile electronic device comprises a chassis including a ground plane; a processor carried by the chassis; a frequency tunable antenna carried by the chassis and fed by an inductor; a communications interface carried by the chassis and operative with the processor for receiving and transmitting rf signals via the frequency tunable antenna; audio circuitry carried by the chassis and operative with the communications interface and processor; an audio transducer having a coil in proximity to the frequency tunable antenna for at least one of receiving and transmitting audio signals from and to the audio circuitry; and at least one rf choke configured for blocking rf energy from the frequency tunable antenna through the audio transducer to the ground plane and decoupling the antenna from the audio transducer to minimize any detuning of antenna impedance match and degradation in antenna gain. ... Blackberry Limited

01/28/16 / #20160028473

System and method for relay node selection

A method for recommending a relay node to which a user agent attaches. The method includes recommending the relay node based on a relay node selection rank.. ... Blackberry Limited

01/28/16 / #20160026367

System, method and device-readable medium for last-viewed communication event interaction within a unified event view

A method, electronic device, and device-readable medium are provided for improving user interaction with a unified inbox. A first view of the unified inbox includes a set of communication event listings for a number of communication events. ... Blackberry Limited

01/28/16 / #20160026352

System, method and device-readable medium for message composition within a unified event view

A method, electronic device, and device-readable medium are provided for implementing a quick reply action for communication events listed in a unified inbox. In a unified inbox, a subset of communication event listings include a user interface element that is actuatable to initiate a reply to the communication event, while other listings in the unified inbox do not include this user interface element. ... Blackberry Limited

01/21/16 / #20160021648

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

01/21/16 / #20160021562

Automatic full download of important emails

A mobile communication device, computer readable storage medium, and method for determining whether to download a full instance of an email. The mobile communication device determines a change in quality of service of wireless communication, and sends a request to completely download from an email server a full instance of an email, based on the mobile communication device determining that the change in quality of service of wireless communication indicates the mobile communication device is entering a poor wireless coverage area.. ... Blackberry Limited

01/21/16 / #20160021232

System and method for providing a user interface for managing calls received at a mobile device

Embodiments of a system and method for providing a user interface for managing calls received at a mobile device is described. The user interface provides an incoming call screen to the user, where the incoming call screen comprises a caller identification data field for displaying data associated with incoming calls and at least one key label field in which labels for mobile device keys (e.g. ... Blackberry Limited

01/21/16 / #20160021119

Method for establishing a plurality of modes of operation on a mobile device

A method, device and system for establishing plural modes of operation on a mobile device, including: associating each application on the mobile device with one of a plurality of modes; and restricting access to data on the mobile device to only a subset of applications based on the mode associated for the each application. A system includes connection of an untrusted device to a trusted device and restricting data access for restricted data to a subset of trusted applications on the untrusted device.. ... Blackberry Limited

01/14/16 / #20160014683

Assisted system scanning with paired devices

A method in a first wireless device, the method performing wireless network scanning to discover available wireless networks; and communicating results of the scanning to a second wireless device, the results containing information to enable the second wireless device to connect to at least one of the available wireless networks without the second wireless device having to perform the same wireless network scanning or reduce the amount of scanning required to connect to at least one of the available wireless network. Also a method in a first wireless device, the method receiving results of wireless network scanning performed on a second wireless device, the results containing information enabling the first wireless device to connect to at least one available wireless network discovered during the scanning without the first wireless device having to perform the same wireless network scanning.. ... Blackberry Limited

01/14/16 / #20160014581

System and method for communication diversion notification

A node and method for communication diversion and communication diversion notification is provided. The node has a component configured to receive notification about a communication diversion related to an incoming communication corresponding to only those communication diversions which match criteria for at least one specific reason to be notified, wherein the notification includes a diversion reason element that is locale-independent encoded.. ... Blackberry Limited

01/14/16 / #20160014509

Communication device and method for adapting to audio accessories

A communication device and method for adapting to audio accessories are provided. The communication device includes a memory; a first microphone, a connector for receiving data from an accessory device having a second microphone, and a processor interconnected with the memory, the microphone and the connector. ... Blackberry Limited

01/14/16 / #20160014268

Method, apparatus and system for call leg selection

A method, apparatus and system for call leg selection is provided. In an embodiment, a call manger is provided which is connected to telephones that have the same telephone number. ... Blackberry Limited

01/14/16 / #20160014225

System and method for delivering push content to a mobile device

A system is provided for delivering push content to a wireless device. The system includes a central storage device, a push content delivery component, and a transfer protocol delivery component. ... Blackberry Limited

01/14/16 / #20160014056

Method, devices and system having out of office based presence

A communication device receives an out-of-office message regarding a first contact. An application executing on the communication device displays a name of the first contact and an out-of-office indication regarding the first contact without displaying said out-of-office message.. ... Blackberry Limited

01/14/16 / #20160011731

System and method for revealing content on an electronic device display

A system and method are provided for concealing content displayed on electronic devices. The method includes concealing content of a first application user interface and displaying a reveal window on a portion of the first application user interface, the reveal window providing a view of a portion of the content of the first application user interface. ... Blackberry Limited

01/07/16 / #20160007292

Adaptively determining a wakeup period

In some implementations, a method in a user equipment (ue) for adaptively determining a wakeup period includes determining a power level of a downlink (dl) transmission from a base station during a first wakeup period within a discontinuous reception (drx) inactive time. The ue deactivates a rf receiver in response to the determination of the second wakeup period. ... Blackberry Limited

01/07/16 / #20160007272

Wireless network service transaction protocol

A mobile device may retrieve service information about a network prior to associating with the network. Utilizing an advertisement protocol to transmit service query messages, a mobile device may receive service query responses from a network that identify the services available prior to establishing network capability. ... Blackberry Limited

01/07/16 / #20160007203

Computing device with environment aware features

A method and mobile electronic device are provided which automatically adjust settings based on the environment of the mobile electronic device. The settings of the mobile electronic device which are adjusted may be security settings, filter settings, or status for instant messaging in dependence on the determined location of the mobile electronic device.. ... Blackberry Limited








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