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Recent patent applications related to Blackberry Limited. Blackberry Limited is listed as an Agent/Assignee. Note: Blackberry Limited may have other listings under different names/spellings. We're not affiliated with Blackberry Limited, we're just tracking patents.

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Tdd and fdd joint carrier aggregation enhancements in lte-advanced

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

Reliability of volte/vilte calls

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

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

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

Method and apparatus for adapting a variable impedance network

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

Personal network access control system and method

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

Method and apparatus for a thin film dielectric stack

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

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

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

Gps pre-acquisition for geotagging digital photos

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

Data access control based on storage validation

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

Method and apparatus for band tuning in a communication device

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

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

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

Crossed-invite call handling

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

Suspending a connection in a wireless communication system

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

11/30/17 / #20170347225

Optimized short message transport

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

11/30/17 / #20170347220

Customization of device configuration settings

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

11/30/17 / #20170344128

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

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

11/30/17 / #20170343638

Determining a location of a wireless device using fingerprinting

In some examples, a query including signal values providing measures of signals between a first wireless device and corresponding access points is received. Access points are ranked for the query based on sorting the signal values. ... Blackberry Limited

11/23/17 / #20170339738

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

11/23/17 / #20170339727

Using wlan connectivity of a wireless device

In some examples, a first wireless device communicates with a group device that wirelessly interconnects a plurality of wireless devices in a group, to obtain, from the group device, information identifying a second wireless device from which the first wireless device is able to use a wireless connectivity of the second wireless device to a wide area network (wan), the second wireless device being part of the plurality of wireless devices. The first wireless device communicates data over the wan using the wireless connectivity of the second wireless device.. ... Blackberry Limited

11/23/17 / #20170338971

Multicast broadcast single frequency network data scheduling and handling

A system is provided for scheduling for a multicast broadcast single frequency network (mbsfn). The system includes a central control configured to promote a plurality of enhanced node bs (enbs) transmitting one or more multicast traffic channels (mtchs). ... Blackberry Limited

11/23/17 / #20170338872

Method for operating a mobile transceiver

A method and mobile transceiver for asset tracking. In one aspect, there is a of operating the mobile transceiver comprising determining whether a door of a container to which the mobile transceiver is mounted is open or closed, switching an active antenna for the wireless transceiver to the first antenna when the door of the container is determined to be open, and switching the active antenna for the wireless transceiver to the second antenna when the door of the container is determined to be closed.. ... Blackberry Limited

11/23/17 / #20170337902

Variable glyph encoding

A system and method for graphically encoding text. A textual data set comprising a plurality of encoded text characters that corresponding to at least one text character to be visually rendered is received. ... Blackberry Limited

11/23/17 / #20170337388

Data security using alternative encoding

A system and method for protecting text from unauthorized access. An original data set including a plurality of character code values is received, where each character code value corresponds to a respective character defined in a character definition standard. ... Blackberry Limited

11/23/17 / #20170337176

Message correction and updating system and method, and associated user interface operation

Message corrections are effected on a user electronic device using a touch-based user interface. In response to user input in a messaging application input field indicating that a replacement or correction operation is to be carried out, the device identifies multiple strings corresponding to the correction in at least one previous message sent by the messaging application. ... Blackberry Limited

11/16/17 / #20170332311

Systems and methods for managing a ue-to-network relay

Method and systems for managing a communication link. One or more indicators of an expected service interruption associated with a communication link is determined. ... Blackberry Limited

11/16/17 / #20170332286

Communicating in a second channel while ceasing transmission in a first channel

In some examples, a wireless device receives, from an access point (ap), information indicating that the wireless device is to cease transmission in a first channel. In response to the information, the wireless device communicates with the ap in a second channel that is a subset of the first channel, during a time interval in which the wireless device is to cease transmission in the first channel.. ... Blackberry Limited

11/16/17 / #20170331628

Protected encryption key recovery

A system and method for supporting encryption key retrieval. A first digital key is created. ... Blackberry Limited

11/16/17 / #20170329953

Method of passcode unlock using force detection

A system and method unlock a passcode-secured device using force detection and haptic feedback. When prompted for a passcode, a user applies a press and hold gesture, applying continuous pressure force, to a surface of the device while receiving tactile feedback at the surface in the form of vibratory pulses. ... Blackberry Limited

11/16/17 / #20170329940

Privilege management and revocation

This disclosure relates to management of privileges associated with applications accessible by users of electronic devices. In one aspect, an electronic device detects that a privilege has been revoked, shuts down any application running on the electronic device that has previously accessed the privilege, and restarts any application that was shut down, the restarted application no longer having any access to the revoked privilege. ... Blackberry Limited

11/16/17 / #20170329589

Requesting resource access permissions

Systems, methods, and software can be used to share content. In some aspects, the electronic device receives an installation manifest for an application. ... Blackberry Limited

11/09/17 / #20170325272

Determining device in-range proximity

Devices and methods are provided for determining the proximity of client nodes within a wireless-enabled communication environment. A first client node comprises a database containing identification data associated with a plurality of wireless network access nodes and fingerprint data associated with the client node and a plurality of second client nodes. ... Blackberry Limited

11/09/17 / #20170325060

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

11/09/17 / #20170324783

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

11/09/17 / #20170324737

System and method for multi-factor authentication

A method at an authentication server for multi-factor authentication of an electronic device, the method including receiving at the authentication server a request for authentication of the electronic device; sending information to the electronic device; receiving a response based on the information sent to the electronic device, the response further including an authentication time limit; authenticating the response; and storing the response and time limit upon verification of the response.. . ... Blackberry Limited

11/09/17 / #20170324685

System and method for enabling voice and video communications using a messaging application

A method and system are provided for enabling voice communications via a messaging application. The method comprises enabling an instant messaging (im) presence status option to be selected; and blocking an incoming voice communication when the presence status option has been selected. ... Blackberry Limited

11/09/17 / #20170324565

Inter-workspace communications

Systems, methods, and software can be used to access an enterprise resource. In some aspects, configuration information for an enterprise application is received at an enterprise mobility management (emm) client on a mobile device. ... Blackberry Limited

10/26/17 / #20170311312

Method and apparatus for avoiding in-device coexistence interference with preferred frequency notification

A method, system and device are provided for avoiding in-device coexistence interference between different radio technologies deployed in adjacent bands on the same device by providing preferred frequency solutions for the in-device coexistence system.. . ... Blackberry Limited

10/26/17 / #20170311241

Methods and apparatus for configuring network connections using a memory

Methods and apparatus for configuring network connections using memory are described. An example method for use in mobile equipment includes: reading a mobile subscriber identity from a memory device associated with the mobile equipment; determining if part or all of the mobile subscriber identity matches a data set entry within a file associated with the mobile equipment; determining if an elementary file is on the memory device; when the elementary file is on the memory device, determining if an access point name is stored in a location identified in the elementary file; and when the access point name is stored in the location identified in the elementary file, using the access point name to connect the mobile equipment to a mobile network. ... Blackberry Limited

10/26/17 / #20170311142

Wireless network discovery using a mimo transceiver

In some examples, a wireless device includes a multiple-input, multiple-output (mimo) transceiver that has a plurality of antennas to perform mimo wireless communication. At least one processor is configured to concurrently perform discovery of respective different wireless devices using at least two of the plurality of antennas.. ... Blackberry Limited

10/26/17 / #20170310012

Antenna aperture tuning and related methods

An antenna assembly includes an antenna feed, and a first radiating element connecting to the antenna feed, where the first radiating element includes a proximal radiating segment and a distal radiating segment. The antenna assembly also includes a tunable circuit coupling the proximal radiating segment and the distal radiating segment. ... Blackberry Limited

10/26/17 / #20170308862

Method and system for updating message threads

A method for updating an electronic mail (“email”) message presented to a user on a display screen of a data processing system, the email message belonging to a thread of email messages received by the data processing system, the method comprising: determining whether one or more of the email messages in the thread was received after the email message is opened on the display screen; and, if so, displaying an update message on the display screen indicating that one or more of the email messages in the thread was so received.. . ... Blackberry Limited

10/26/17 / #20170308727

Method and system for asset tracking in an enterprise environment

A method and system for tracking an asset in an indoor facility. The method includes receiving, from a first mobile device, an asset tracking tag collision report, the asset tracking tag collision report including a tag identifier of an asset tracking tag associated with an asset; determining a new location of the asset based on the received asset tracking tag collision report; updating an asset location database to indicate the new location of the asset; and, in response to determining the new location of the asset, transmitting an instruction message to a mobile device to cause the mobile device to direct the asset tracking tag to cease broadcasting the wireless signal. ... Blackberry Limited

10/26/17 / #20170308695

Smart random password generation

A method for generating a password for accessing a password-protected service is disclosed. A password requirements database and default password generation requirements are stored in a memory of a computing device. ... Blackberry Limited

10/12/17 / #20170295546

Mechanisms to support ue power preference signaling

Disclosed herein is a method at a user equipment (ue) comprising determining that a current radio resource configuration is of a normal type, and responsive to the determining, prohibiting the ue from sending a power preference indication (ppi) for a radio resource configuration of the normal type. Also disclosed is a method at a ue comprising: determining that a current radio resource configuration is of a power optimized type, and responsive to the determining, prohibiting the ue from sending a ppi for a radio resource configuration of the power optimized type. ... Blackberry Limited

10/12/17 / #20170295448

Managed object to provision a device according to one of plural provisioning techniques

A wireless device receives, from a configurator device, a managed object that includes information indicating which of different provisioning techniques is to be used to provision the wireless device. The wireless device determines, based on the information, a particular provisioning technique of the different provisioning techniques to use.. ... Blackberry Limited

10/12/17 / #20170295156

Provisioning enterprise services

Systems, methods, and software can be used to share content. In some aspect, an enterprise mobility management (emm) server receives a command for provisioning a user for an enterprise service at an identity provider (idp). ... Blackberry Limited

10/12/17 / #20170294891

Method and apparatus for adaptive impedance matching

A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an adaptive impedance matching network having an rf matching network coupled to at least one rf input port and at least one rf output port and comprising one or more controllable variable reactive elements. The rf matching network can be adapted to reduce a level of reflected power transferred from said at least one input port by varying signals applied to said controllable variable reactive elements. ... Blackberry Limited

10/12/17 / #20170293417

Method and system for detection and resolution of frustration with a device user interface

A method for user interface interaction on a computing device, the method including detecting frustration with a user interface interaction on the computing device; determining a location of input events on a display of the computing device; and magnifying an area proximate to the location of input events. Further, a computing device includes a processor; and a user interface, wherein the computing device, using the processor and user interface, is configured to detect frustration with a user interface interaction on the computing device; determine a location of input events on a user interface of the computing device; and magnify an area proximate to the location of input events.. ... Blackberry Limited

10/12/17 / #20170293401

Displaying a calendar view

Systems, methods, and software can be used to populate contact information. In some aspect, a starting time and an ending time for a calendar event on a first day is determined. ... Blackberry Limited

10/05/17 / #20170290085

Method and apparatus for user equipment directed radio resource control in a umts network

A method and apparatus for improved battery performance of user equipment in a wireless network having multiple radio resource control (rrc) states, the method comprising the steps of: monitoring, at the user equipment, application data exchange; determining when no application on the user equipment is expected to exchange data; and initiating, from the user equipment, a transition to a less battery demanding radio resource control state or mode.. . ... Blackberry Limited

10/05/17 / #20170289887

Dynamically managing band capability

In some implementations, a method in a user equipment (ue) for dynamically managing band capacity includes communicating with a first radio access network (ran) on a first radio frequency (rf) channel and a second ran on a second rf channel, where the first ran and the second ran are different networks. The ue receives an indication from the first ran (or makes a determination) to handover to a third rf channel. ... Blackberry Limited

10/05/17 / #20170289190

Monitoring packet routes

Systems, methods, and software can be used to share content. In some aspect, an address associated with a packet is identified at an electronic device. ... Blackberry Limited

10/05/17 / #20170289102

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

10/05/17 / #20170288826

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

09/28/17 / #20170279966

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

09/21/17 / #20170273098

Mitigating interference between co-located wireless technologies

An apparatus has a first communication module that is compatible with a first wireless communication technology, and a second communication module that is compatible with a second, different, wireless communication technology. Transmissions by each communication module may contribute to interference at the other communication module. ... Blackberry Limited

09/21/17 / #20170273066

System and method for reducing decoding for carrier power control

A method for processing a control channel at a user agent (ua) to identify power control commands within a wireless communication system, the method comprising the steps of, at a user agent, monitoring for power control messages on a single carrier, decoding a message received on the single carrier to generate decoded information and using the decoded information to identify a power control command for each of at least first and second carriers.. . ... Blackberry Limited

09/21/17 / #20170272986

Methods and apparatus for use in facilitating the communication of neighboring network information to a mobile terminal with use of a radius compatible protocol

A disclosed example method for requesting neighboring network information from a device involves encoding a request for neighboring network information and sending the request to an authentication server to obtain the neighboring network information. The example method also involves receiving a response to the request, retrieving the neighboring network information contained in the response, and decoding the neighboring network information. ... Blackberry Limited

09/21/17 / #20170272256

Processing certificate validation warnings

Systems, methods, and software can be used to process certificate validation warnings. In some aspect, a connection to a virtual private network (vpn) server is initiated at an electronic device. ... Blackberry Limited

09/14/17 / #20170265185

Multi-carrier operation for wireless systems

The present disclosure generally relates to an uplink control signal design for wireless system. One example method of a subscriber station (ss) includes performing network entry in a multi-carrier wireless environment using a primary carrier, receiving timing information corresponding to the primary carrier, receiving a first control signaling via the primary carrier, the first control signaling assigning at least one secondary carrier, transmitting uplink data via the secondary carrier using an uplink transmission timing of the secondary carrier, the uplink transmission timing of the secondary carrier being assigned the same as an uplink transmission timing of the primary carrier, and determining an adjustment of the uplink transmission timing or frequency of the secondary carrier.. ... Blackberry Limited

09/14/17 / #20170264477

Method and apparatus for i-q decoupled ofdm modulation and demodulation

A method and apparatus for orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (ofdm) modulation includes separating a frequency-domain sequence of complex numbers into a first portion and a second portion that is disjoint with the first portion, each of the first portion and the second portion including a respective half of the complex numbers of the frequency-domain sequence, and generating a time-domain sequence having a real in-phase component that is a function of the first portion only, and an imaginary quadrature-phase component that is a function of the second portion only.. . ... Blackberry Limited

09/14/17 / #20170264335

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

09/14/17 / #20170264322

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

09/14/17 / #20170263252

Method and apparatus for voice control of a mobile device

A method and apparatus for voice control of a mobile device are provided. The method establishes a connection between the mobile device and a voice-control module. ... Blackberry Limited

09/07/17 / #20170257905

Releasing connections with local gw when ue moves out of residential/enterprise network coverage

A method, system and device are provided for managing lipa and/or sipto connection releases when ue moves out of residential/enterprise network coverage in case service continuity is not supported for the lipa/sipto pdn connection(s). To address problems caused by not providing service continuity for lipa/sipto pdn connections, the pdn connection/pdp context created in the henb/hnb by the mme/sgsn includes context information related to the ue indicating whether such connection is a lipa pdn connection pdn connection or not. ... Blackberry Limited

09/07/17 / #20170257819

Provisioning a device in a network

In some examples, a headless device that is without an available user interface and that is to be provisioned for access to a network receives information relating to provisioning of the headless device from a network node. The headless device sends, to a mediator device with a user interface, at least a portion of the received information. ... Blackberry Limited

09/07/17 / #20170257716

Device and method for adjusting an output to an audio port based on a determined sensitivity

A device and method for adjusting an output to an audio port based on a determined sensitivity is provided. The device comprises a processor, an audio port, and an electrical measurement device configured to measure electrical properties of an external device plugged into the audio port over a range of frequencies. ... Blackberry Limited

09/07/17 / #20170257360

Accessing enterprise resources

Systems, methods, and software can be used to access an enterprise resource. In some aspects, a certificate for accessing enterprise resources at one or more service providers (sp) is received at an enterprise mobility management (emm) client on a mobile device from an emm server. ... Blackberry Limited

08/31/17 / #20170251406

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

08/31/17 / #20170251358

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

08/31/17 / #20170251030

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

08/31/17 / #20170251020

Method and apparatus for a dual radio user equipment

A method at a user equipment capable of supporting at least two radio connections, the method including requesting from a remote server, using a first radio connection, a subscriber identity; receiving, at the user equipment, the subscriber identity over the first radio connection; using the subscriber identity to establish a second radio connection; and forcing the first radio connection to remain on a same network as the second radio connection. Further, a method at a user equipment capable of supporting at least two radio connections, the method receiving a subscriber authentication challenge over the second network connection; using the first radio connection to connect to the remote server to obtain an authentication challenge response for the subscriber authentication challenge; and sending the authentication challenge response over the second network connection.. ... Blackberry Limited

08/31/17 / #20170250846

Phich transmission in time division duplex systems

A method is provided for communication in a wireless telecommunication system. The method comprises multiplexing, by a network element, at least one symbol of a phich onto at least one resource element of a pcfich.. ... Blackberry Limited

08/31/17 / #20170249454

Slider authenticator

For a device with a slider component, movement of the slider component may be used as part of an authentication process, for example, when unlocking the device, or a portion thereof, or providing user authentication to an application executed on the device.. . ... Blackberry Limited

08/31/17 / #20170249078

User interface methods and apparatus for use in communicating text and photo messages

Techniques for use in messaging from a portable communication device having a camera module are described. A first key for causing alphanumeric characters to be sent and a second key for causing a photographic image to be sent are provided on a display. ... Blackberry Limited

08/24/17 / #20170245318

Simplified ue + enb messaging

A method, mobile device (101) and radio access network ran (102) are disclosed for suspending and re-establishing a radio resource control (rrc) connection. In some examples, the mobile device (101) indicates a preference to have the rrc connection either suspended or released. ... Blackberry Limited

08/24/17 / #20170245270

Multi-beam cellular communication system

A cellular communication system comprising a plurality of geographically spaced base stations (2) each of which comprises an antenna arrangement (4, 6, 8) per base station sector, each of which antenna arrangements has an antenna element for generating an array of narrow beams (10, 12, 14) covering the sector. Timeslots are simultaneously transmitted over each of the beams so as to generate successive sets of simultaneously transmitted timeslots per sector. ... Blackberry Limited

08/24/17 / #20170245252

Methods and system for protocol layer enhancements in data offload over small cells

A method at a first wireless network element, the method receiving, from a second wireless network element, a plurality of packet data units (pdus) for a user equipment; transmitting the pdus to the user equipment (ue); compiling a pdu delivery status report in response to the transmitting of the pdus; and sending the compiled pdu delivery status report to the second wireless network element.. . ... Blackberry Limited

08/24/17 / #20170244773

Mobile media content delivery

A system and method are disclosed for managing the wireless delivery of streaming media content to a user equipment (ue) device. A ue device establishes a network connection with a local wireless network, which in turn is associated with a wireless network region with a corresponding data infrastructure server. ... Blackberry Limited

08/24/17 / #20170244514

System and method for modulation and coding scheme adaptation and power control in a relay network

A method for determining a modulation and coding scheme (mcs) and power control includes determining an error rate of a communication channel between the ua and at least one of the base station and the rn. When the error rate is below a first threshold, the method includes at least one of increasing the mcs, and reducing a transmission power of the ua. ... Blackberry Limited

08/24/17 / #20170242983

Sharing contents between applications

Systems, methods, and software can be used to share content. In some aspect, a first user input for copying a content is received at a first application on a mobile device. ... Blackberry Limited

08/24/17 / #20170242484

Portable electronic device and method of providing haptic feedback

A method for providing haptic feedback at a portable electronic device including a touch-sensitive display and a physical keyboard comprising depressible keys and touch sensors for detecting touches thereon, is provided. In response to detecting a first touch on the physical keyboard, which physical keyboard is moveable relative to the touch-sensitive display, between a first position in which the physical keyboard is exposed for use and a second position in which the physical keyboard is not exposed, wherein the first touch is associated with haptic feedback, first haptic feedback is provided to the physical keyboard. ... Blackberry Limited

08/17/17 / #20170237889

Camera flash for improved color balance

A camera unit and method of control are described. The camera unit has a camera flash sub-unit configurable to emit flash light having an adjustable characteristic. ... Blackberry Limited

08/17/17 / #20170235926

Methods and devices for distributing content to an electronic device

Methods and devices for distributing and receiving content are provided. In one example aspect, a method comprises: receiving a command on a first electronic device to output content at an output device associated with a second electronic device; and in response to receiving the command to output content at the output device associated with the second electronic device: providing content access information from the first electronic device to the second electronic device, and adjusting a security state on the second electronic device.. ... Blackberry Limited

08/17/17 / #20170235469

Managing resource access

Systems, methods, and software can be used to manage resource access. In some aspect, a user interface is outputted on an electronic device. ... Blackberry Limited

08/10/17 / #20170230673

Rolling intra prediction for image and video coding

Methods and devices for image and video coding using rolling intra prediction. The encoder selects a mode for a current block, the current block having a plurality of neighboring reference samples from an adjacent block, wherein the mode is associated with a prediction function. ... Blackberry Limited

08/10/17 / #20170230369

Access control for digital data

A system and method to control access to data are disclosed. An access request is received from a requesting device to access requested data and a context for the requesting device is determined. ... Blackberry Limited

08/03/17 / #20170223511

Indoor positioning systems and meeting room occupancy

A method of determining room occupancy of a room in a facility having an indoor positioning system with wireless access point fingerprints each correlated to a location in the facility. The method may include receiving a request from a computing device for a room occupancy assessment associated with the room. ... Blackberry Limited

08/03/17 / #20170223414

Managed parental controls

A system and method to filter content delivered to a device are disclosed. A birthdate for a user associated with a controlled device is received. ... Blackberry Limited

08/03/17 / #20170220331

Application lifecycle operation queueing

A trusted execution environment on an enterprise-enabled computing device allows invocation of a suite of secure applications (apps) on a computing device in an enterprise without hindering external or non-enterprise apps from running on in the same memory space on the same enterprise computing device. An application wrapper provides an operation queue for storing application lifecycle operations while the trusted execution environment is enabled, and the environment is secured. ... Blackberry Limited

07/27/17 / #20170215129

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

07/27/17 / #20170214530

Trusted execution environment

A trusted execution environment on a computing device within an enterprise, whether owned by the enterprise or the employee/user, allows invocation of trusted enterprise applications without hindering external or non-enterprise apps from running on the same computing device. Each of the trusted apps can interact with other trusted apps on the same enterprise computing device in a trusted manner such that other apps or untrusted network connections are prevented for access to the trusted apps. ... Blackberry Limited

07/27/17 / #20170213305

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

A first-party vendor provides a licensed first-party service on one or more electronic devices, the first-party service associated with a licensed third-party service provided by a third-party vendor on the electronic devices. A cloud service of the first-party vendor may host one or more third-party license keys that are securely accessible to the first-party service, each third-party license key pointing to a corresponding global third-party license issued by the third-party vendor for access to the third-party service on the electronic devices. ... Blackberry Limited

07/20/17 / #20170208577

Resource scheduling in direct device to device communications systems

Methods, systems, and apparatuses of a wireless communications network can involve transmitting, to a first user equipment (ue), configuration information for the first ue (ue1 configuration information) for an inter-device session (ids) between the first ue and a second ue. The ue1 configuration information may include a first ids radio network temporary identifier (ids-rnti). ... Blackberry Limited

07/20/17 / #20170208541

Service mode display on a handheld communication device

In a handheld communication device capable of a plurality of wireless communication modes, a method of communication begins by receiving, at the handheld communication device, a notification of an available one of the wireless communication modes. Then, in a data communication window of the communication device, a user-indication of an active one of the available wireless communication modes is provided in accordance with the received communication mode indication. ... Blackberry Limited

07/20/17 / #20170208517

Methods and apparatus for selectng 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

07/20/17 / #20170208469

Verifying a certificate

Systems, methods, and software can be used to verify a certificate. In some aspects, a request to connect to a virtual private network (vpn) server is received from an application on a mobile device. ... Blackberry Limited

07/20/17 / #20170208249

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

07/20/17 / #20170207844

Detecting the number of transmit antennas in a base station

Data is scrambled at a transmitter according to one of a number of predetermined scrambling sequences which are associated with a particular one of a number of predetermined transmit antenna diversity schemes (i.e., a specific number of transmit antenna ports). Received data is decoded using one or more of the known transmit antenna diversity schemes and the scrambled data is descrambled according to a corresponding descrambling sequence (related to the scrambling sequence). ... Blackberry Limited

07/20/17 / #20170206378

Selectively wiping a remote device

A system and method for selectively securing data from unauthorized access on a client device storing a plurality of data types with reference to an authorization level indicated in a command. A command is received at a client device comprising an authorization level indicator. ... Blackberry Limited

07/13/17 / #20170201924

Transferring from a cellular network to asynchronous communications

In some examples, a wireless device communicates in a communications session over a cellular network with a remote endpoint device. The wireless device detects a condition indicating potential loss of wireless connectivity or actual loss of wireless connectivity with the cellular network. ... Blackberry Limited

07/13/17 / #20170200324

Device, method and system for collecting user-based insurance data in vehicles

A device, method and system for collecting user-based insurance data in vehicles is provided, including a device comprising: a processor, a memory storing a plurality of driver-associated encryption keys and a communication interface configured to communicate with a vehicle diagnostic monitor and a remote server, the processor configured to: determine a current driver of the vehicle; select a current encryption key from the plurality of the driver-associated encryption keys based on the current driver; collect, using the communication interface, vehicle data from the vehicle diagnostic monitor; encrypt the vehicle data using the current encryption key to produce encrypted vehicle data; and, transmit, using the communication interface, the encrypted vehicle data to the remote server.. . ... Blackberry Limited

07/06/17 / #20170195958

Method and mobile transceiver for asset tracking

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

07/06/17 / #20170195947

Method and apparatus for multi-sim selection

A mobile transceiver having multiple subscriber identity module (sim) cards and a method of selection is provided. In accordance with one embodiment, there is provided a method of operating a mobile transceiver, comprising: waking up the mobile transceiver from a low power mode in response to a wakeup event; determining whether a sim card has been pre-selected for a location of the mobile transceiver or the wakeup event; when a sim card has been pre-selected, selecting the pre-selected sim card as a first subscriber identity module (sim) card, activating a cellular transceiver using the first sim card, and searching, via the cellular transceiver, for available wireless services associated with the first sim card; and when a wireless service is available, sending at least a portion of a data log to an asset tracking service using the wireless service.. ... Blackberry Limited

07/06/17 / #20170195924

Systems and methods for mobile stations to identify radio access technologies

A mobile station capable of being served via a first radio access technology (rat) and a second rat. The mobile station includes a component configured to receive a permission to identify a cell of the first rat in absence of a first radio access type neighbour cell list for a serving cell of the second rat. ... Blackberry Limited

07/06/17 / #20170195923

Determination of appropriate radio resource to be requested in case of a circuit-switched (cs) fallback procedure

A system and method for implementing fallback on a wireless device for circuit switched fallback from a first network that does not provide a circuit switched domain service is presented. A paging message is received from the first network. ... Blackberry Limited

07/06/17 / #20170195848

Method and mobile transceiver for asset tracking

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

07/06/17 / #20170195024

Method and apparatus for detecting an abnormal antenna condition

A method and mobile transceiver for asset tracking which detects an abnormal antenna condition (such as damage or tampering which detects damage or tampering suspected damage or tampering) is provided. The mobile transceiver of the present disclosure comprises a cellular transceiver and a satellite receiver, each having an internal antenna and external antenna. ... Blackberry Limited

07/06/17 / #20170193983

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

An electronic mail server, computer-readable medium and method of delivering an electronic message to a wireless communication device are provided. An electronic text message for delivery to a wireless communication device is received. ... Blackberry Limited

07/06/17 / #20170193443

Mobile transceiver having selectable travel modes and a method of operation

A mobile transceiver having selectable travel modes and a method of operation are provided. In accordance with one embodiment, there is provided a method of operating a mobile transceiver having a processor, and a wireless transceiver and a satellite receiver each coupled to the processor, the method comprising: sending a message to an asset tracking service, the message from a mobile transceiver including a device identifier (id) associated with the mobile transceiver; receiving a message from the asset tracking service, the message including an instruction for the mobile transceiver to apply a selected travel mode; and applying the selected travel mode as a current travel mode.. ... Blackberry Limited

07/06/17 / #20170192667

Electronic device and method of displaying information in response to a gesture

A method includes displaying information associated with a first application on a touch-sensitive display of an electronic device. A gesture is detected on the touch-sensitive display, which gesture indicates a request to display information associated with a second application. ... Blackberry Limited

07/06/17 / #20170192225

Barrier for a lens

A lens for a camera that has a flash and an image sensor is disclosed. The lens includes a transparent portion including a flash portion for covering the flash and an image sensor portion for covering the image sensor. ... Blackberry Limited

07/06/17 / #20170191836

Mobile transceiver with adaptive monitoring and reporting

A method and mobile transceiver with adaptive monitoring are provided. In accordance with one embodiment, there is provided a method of operating a mobile transceiver, comprising: waking up the mobile transceiver from a low power mode in response to a wakeup event; determining a waypoint in a travel itinerary corresponding to the wakeup event, the travel itinerary defining a number of waypoints including an origin endpoint and destination endpoint; performing an action associated with the wakeup event; determining a wakeup frequency associated with the determined waypoint; and setting a wakeup frequency of one or more subsequent wakeup events in accordance with the determined wakeup frequency.. ... Blackberry Limited

06/29/17 / #20170188348

Transmission of information in a wireless communication system

Methods, devices, and systems for the transmission of information in a wireless communication system are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for the transmission of information in a wireless communication system comprises receiving a downlink message, wherein the downlink message includes a first control channel element; determining a first index using the location of the first control channel element; determining a second index; determining a first orthogonal resource using the first index; determining a second orthogonal resource using the second index; spreading an uplink message using the first orthogonal resource to form a first spread signal; spreading the uplink message using a second orthogonal resource to form a second spread signal; transmitting the first spread signal using a first antenna; and transmitting the second spread signal using a second antenna.. ... Blackberry Limited

06/29/17 / #20170188268

Negotiation of quality of service (qos) information for network management traffic in a wireless local area network (wlan)

An access point advertises a management frame quality of service (mfq) policy that defines an access category used for transmitting a first type of management frame. Each mobile station associated with the access point is to prioritize transmission of management frames according to the mfq policy advertised by the access point, unless a policy configuration request for the mobile station to prioritize transmission of management frames according to a different mfq policy has been accepted.. ... Blackberry Limited

06/22/17 / #20170181145

System and method for multi-carrier network operation

Methods, devices, and systems for multi-carrier network operation are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of performing channel scrambling in a multi-carrier network, wherein the multi-carrier network includes a first component carrier (“cc”) and a second cc between a base station and a user equipment (“ue”) comprises receiving a cell radio network temporary identifier (“c-rnti”) and a cell identification (“id”) for at least one of the first cc and the second cc; and using the rnti and the cell id to perform scrambling of information transmitted on at least one of the first cc and the second cc.. ... Blackberry Limited

06/22/17 / #20170181035

Controlling data offload in response to feedback information

A first wireless access network node receives feedback information from a second wireless access network node that performs data offload for the first wireless access node, the feedback information identifying a user equipment (ue) and including information relating to a buffer condition of a data buffer in the second wireless access network node. In response to the feedback information, performing, by the first wireless access network node, control of the data offload that includes controlling an offload of at least one radio bearer of the ue identified by the feedback information.. ... Blackberry Limited

06/22/17 / #20170180946

System and method for providing traffic notifications to mobile devices

A system, computer program product, and method for displaying a warning graphic for traffic congestion is provided. The method begins with determining a mobile device approaching a zone comprising traffic congestion. ... Blackberry Limited

06/22/17 / #20170180757

Binarizer selection for image and video coding

Methods and devices for image and video coding using arithmetic coding. The binarization of symbols, normally carried out using a default binarizer, may be carried out using a modified binarizer. ... Blackberry Limited

06/22/17 / #20170180732

Adaptive binarizer selection for image and video coding

Methods and devices for image and video coding using arithmetic coding. The binarization of symbols in an encoder and decoder is adaptive based on changes to the probability distribution as symbols are encoded/decoded. ... Blackberry Limited

06/22/17 / #20170177614

Virtual collection of entities in sync process

Apparatus and methods to control selection of media content provide a mechanism to enhance user interaction with multimedia devices. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.. ... Blackberry Limited

06/15/17 / #20170171726

User interface and method of viewing unified communications events on a mobile device

A user interface and method for viewing communications events on a mobile device includes a user interface, a communications event handler, and a communications event database is disclosed herein. The communications event handler interfaces with the database and the user interface to provide a user of the mobile device with a communications event history associated with the correspondent of an incoming communications event. ... Blackberry Limited

06/15/17 / #20170169118

Populating contact information

Systems, methods, and software can be used to populate contact information. In some aspect, a search term for a contact is received at an electronic device. ... Blackberry Limited

06/08/17 / #20170164400

System and method for multi-carrier network operation

Methods, devices, and systems for multi-carrier network operation are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of pairing and linking carriers in a multi-carrier network, wherein the multi-carrier network includes a downlink carrier, a first uplink carrier, and a second uplink carrier between a base station and a user equipment (“ue”), comprises receiving a radio resource control (“rrc”) signaling; pairing the first uplink carrier with the downlink carrier using information in the rrc signaling, wherein the information includes the pairing of the downlink carrier with the first uplink carrier; and linking the second uplink carrier with the downlink carrier using information in the rrc signaling, wherein the information includes the linking of the downlink carrier with the second uplink carrier.. ... Blackberry Limited

06/08/17 / #20170164330

Multicast control channel design

A system for providing a multicast control channel (mcch) including information related to a service is provided. The system includes a processor programmed to promote transmission of a mcch including a multi-cell information portion that contains information common to a plurality of cells in a wireless telecommunications network, and a cell-specific information portion that contains information specific to one of the cells. ... Blackberry Limited

06/08/17 / #20170164202

System and method of modifying policy settings in an electronic device

The present invention provides a system and method of modifying policy settings in an electronic device. An embodiment includes a plurality of access stations, each capable of wirelessly transmitting across a geographic region. ... Blackberry Limited

06/08/17 / #20170163643

Device, method and system for enabling multiple wirless communication devices to communicate with a trusted network via a secure connection

The present disclosure provides a device, method, and system for enabling multiple wireless communication devices to communicate with a trusted network over a secure connection. The device includes a communication interface configured to communicate with the wireless communication devices and local area networks (lans) and a processor configured to: broadcast a non-trusted service set identifier (ssid); in response to detecting a non-secure connection to a wireless communication device of the wireless communication devices using the non-trusted ssid, establish a connection to a local area network (lan) of the lans. ... Blackberry Limited

06/08/17 / #20170163585

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

06/08/17 / #20170163314

Electronic device with nfc antenna adjacent display and related methods

An electronic device may include a housing, processing circuitry carried by the housing, and at least one wireless transceiver carried by the housing and a nfc device carried by the housing. The electronic device may also include a display carried by the housing and having an internal surface within the housing and a display surface opposite the internal surface, and an nfc antenna mounted on and extending across at least a portion of the internal surface of the display, wherein the nfc antenna comprises a substrate and electrically conductive traces thereon defining a plurality of loops.. ... Blackberry Limited

06/08/17 / #20170163067

Electronic device including battery and method of controlling same for charging the battery

A method of controlling a portable electronic device that has a battery. The method includes, in response to detecting coupling of the portable electronic device to a charger for charging the battery of the portable electronic device, determining if a condition is met to enter a reduced battery use state, and in response to determining that the condition to enter the reduced battery use state is met, identifying a configuration setting of the portable electronic device in the reduced battery use state, and entering the reduced battery use state by applying the configuration setting to adjust a configuration of the portable electronic device.. ... Blackberry Limited

06/08/17 / #20170160926

Enhanced display of interactive elements in a browser

A method, system and electronic device are provided for processing touch inputs on a touchscreen display. A starting touch input is detected on a document displayed at an initial scale on the touchscreen. ... Blackberry Limited

06/01/17 / #20170156132

Design on enhanced control channel for wireless system

A method is provided for communication in a cell in a wireless telecommunication system. The method comprises, in a region that would otherwise carry a pdsch, the region being defined by a number of resource blocks and a number of ofdm symbols, instead transmitting at least one of an uplink grant and a downlink assignment in a plurality of ofdm symbols within a first slot, a second slot, or both slots of the region, wherein the region can use either localized or distributed resources, and wherein the region contains one of: a transmission point-specific reference signal; a ue-specific reference signal; and a cell-specific reference signal.. ... Blackberry Limited

06/01/17 / #20170156063

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

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

05/18/17 / #20170142657

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

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

05/18/17 / #20170142415

Methods and devices for context set selection

Methods of encoding and decoding for video data are described for encoding or decoding multi-level significance maps. Distinct context sets may be used for encoding the significant-coefficient flags in different regions of the transform unit. ... Blackberry Limited

05/18/17 / #20170142091

System and method for controlling configuration settings for mobile communication devices and services

A method, device and system for controlling a user device by a server. In one example, the user device comprises a plurality of applications, the method comprising: defining a set of application policy settings for the user device; and transmitting to the user device the application policy settings to control the management of at least one of the plurality of applications, wherein at least one of the application policy settings controls how at least one setting of the at least one of the plurality of applications may be user-configurable.. ... Blackberry Limited

05/18/17 / #20170141806

Method and apparatus for identification of a mobile device peripheral

A method at a mobile device for recognizing and adapting to a peripheral device, the method obtaining a reading from a magnetic sensor on the mobile device associated with a magnet on the peripheral device; determining, from the reading, at least one of a polarity or a magnetic field strength of the magnet; identifying a type of the peripheral device based on the at least one of the polarity or magnetic field strength of the magnet; and adapting the mobile device to the type of the peripheral device.. . ... Blackberry Limited

05/18/17 / #20170138740

Utilizing camera to assist with indoor pedestrian navigation

A method for estimating the location of a mobile device in an indoor facility is disclosed. The method includes receiving a first sequence of image frames captured by a first camera, the first sequence of image frames being captured when the first camera is substantially faced toward a ceiling of the indoor facility; for each pair of consecutive image frames in the first sequence: identifying a transformation between the pair of image frames, and correlating the transformation with an estimated change in position of the mobile device; obtaining a first sequence of displacements based on the estimated changes in position of the mobile device for the pairs of consecutive image frames in the first sequence; and determining the current location of the mobile device within the indoor facility based on an initial location of the mobile device and the first sequence of displacements.. ... Blackberry Limited

05/11/17 / #20170135031

Gateway selection controlled by network

A method, computer program product and a user equipment (ue) are provided for selecting a second network node for connection. A first message is sent to a first network node. ... Blackberry Limited

05/11/17 / #20170135000

Identifying a subframe containing information relating to an uplink grant

A user equipment (ue) receives, from a wireless access network node of a source cell, a radio resource control (rrc) message identifying a subframe containing information relating to an uplink grant to be sent by a target cell. The ue detects the uplink grant in the identified subframe transmitted by a target wireless access network node of the target cell. ... Blackberry Limited

05/11/17 / #20170134563

Method and apparatus pertaining to the dynamic handling of incoming calls

A control circuit determines when a user of a corresponding portable communication device is presently driving a vehicle and then, in response to detecting this use state, automatically answer incoming communications and provide at least two contact options to the sender. One of these contact options can comprise the option to speak with the user during the incoming communication. ... Blackberry Limited

05/11/17 / #20170134555

Camera-based accessory classification

A method for using an accessory with a mobile device is disclosed. The method includes: causing at least one camera of the mobile device to capture one or more images of a pattern on an accessory that is being used with the mobile device; determining a type associated with the accessory based on the one or more images; and entering an accessory-specific operating mode in which behavior of the mobile device is controlled to accommodate features that are specific to the accessory type.. ... Blackberry Limited

05/11/17 / #20170134502

Methods and apparatus for managing notifications for service events

The communications method may include opening a communication channel, e.g. A hypertext transfer protocol secure (https) connection, between a service event source and an event management platform, and at the event management platform, generating a request to the service event source, the request including information associated with the communication channel and requested event information related to a plurality of services offered by the service event source for a mobile wireless device associated with a given service user; sending the request to the service event source. ... Blackberry Limited

05/11/17 / #20170134444

Establishing a session initiation protocol session

The present disclosure describes methods and systems for establishing a session initiation protocol session. One method includes transmitting a first message requesting authentication configuration information; in response to the first message, receiving a second message that includes the authentication configuration information; transmitting a third message that includes authentication information based upon the received authentication configuration information; receiving an authentication challenge request that is formatted according to the second protocol; and in response to receiving the authentication challenge request, transmitting an authentication response to the second network node.. ... Blackberry Limited

05/11/17 / #20170132893

System and method for enhancing a proximity warning sound

A system and method for enhancing a proximity warning sound may determine an indicator of a distance between a first object and a second object. A proximity warning sound may be generated including a reverberation mimicking component responsive to the determined distance indicator; where a human listener perceives the reverberation mimicking component included in the audible proximity warning sound to be indicative of the determined distance indicator.. ... Blackberry Limited

05/11/17 / #20170132848

Methods and devices for selecting objects in images

Methods and devices for selecting objects in images are described. In one example aspect, a method includes: receiving stereoscopic image data, the stereoscopic image data includes a first image obtained from a first camera and a second image obtained from a second camera; identifying an object in the first image by analyzing the first image and the second image; displaying the first image, the identified object in the first image being selectable.. ... Blackberry Limited

05/04/17 / #20170127271

Accommodating hybrid ipv4v6 network support

A user equipment (ue) is provided. The ue comprises at least one component that is configured to detect an event of one of the ue changing routing area and the ue changing radio access technology from a long-term evolution (lte) network to a global system for mobile communications enhanced data rates for gsm evolution radio access network (geran) or to a universal mobile telecommunication system terrestrial radio access network (utran) and, responsive to detecting the event, to deactivate one of a packet data protocol (pdp) context and an evolved packet system (eps) bearer.. ... Blackberry Limited

05/04/17 / #20170127066

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

05/04/17 / #20170126778

Electronic device and method of managing data transfer

A method of managing data transfer from a server to a portable electronic device via a network includes, by the portable electronic device, initiating data transfer to the portable electronic device, identifying a network connection type by the portable electronic device to the network; setting, by the portable electronic device, a filter size for data record transmission to the portable electronic device, the filter size set based on the network connection type, and requesting, by the portable electronic device, a quantity of data records from the server. The quantity of data records is a number of data records that is dependent on the filter size set based on the network connection type.. ... Blackberry Limited

05/04/17 / #20170126771

Wireless transmission of real-time media

A method for encoding real-time media for wireless transmission from a source device to a sink device over a wireless transmission channel is disclosed. The method comprises encoding media for the wireless transmission based on a minimum of (i) an available bandwidth between the source device and the sink device for the wireless transmission based on a time allocation of the source device for wireless transmission or (ii) a throughput constraint for the wireless transmission based on a hardware limitation associated with one or both of the source device and the sink device; and wirelessly transmit the encoded media from the source device to the sink device.. ... Blackberry Limited

05/04/17 / #20170125032

Method and device for supressing ambient noise in a speech signal generated at a microphone of the device

The present disclosure relates to a mobile communication device and a method of controlling a mobile communication device to suppress ambient noise in a speech signal generated at a microphone of the mobile communication device. A primary microphone configured to receive speech and ambient noise and generate a primary speech signal corresponding to the speech and the ambient noise that is received. ... Blackberry Limited

05/04/17 / #20170124344

System and method of owner application control of electronic devices

Systems and methods of owner application control of an electronic device are provided. Owner application control information is stored on the electronic device and/or one or more remote servers. ... Blackberry Limited

04/27/17 / #20170118749

Methods and devices for performing proximity discovery

A method for use in a first user equipment (ue) includes receiving, from a base station, control information and a resource assignment for uplink transmission; and transmitting, based on the control information, a discovery signal on the assigned resource for uplink transmission, the discovery signal including a first temporary ue identifier (id) assigned to the first ue, wherein the first temporary ue id is used to identify the first ue for device-to-device communication.. . ... Blackberry Limited

04/27/17 / #20170118611

Monitoring resource access

Systems, methods, and software can be used to monitor resource access. In some aspect, an electronic device determines that an application attempts to access a resource on the electronic device. ... Blackberry Limited

04/27/17 / #20170118610

Detecting resource access

Systems, methods, and software can be used to detect resource access. In some aspect, a monitoring period for monitoring resource access on an electronic device is determined. ... Blackberry Limited

04/27/17 / #20170118395

Auto-focus control in a camera to prevent oscillation

A method and device for auto-focus control in an imaging device is provided. The imaging device includes a lens. ... Blackberry Limited

04/27/17 / #20170118394

Autofocusing a macro object by an imaging device

A method and device for autofocusing a macro object by an imaging device is provided. The imaging device includes a lens. ... Blackberry Limited

04/27/17 / #20170118238

Preventing messaging attacks

Systems, methods, and software can be used to prevent messaging attacks. In some aspects, a scanning short message is sent to a uicc associated with a mobile device. ... Blackberry Limited

04/27/17 / #20170118229

Detecting malicious applications

Systems, methods, and software can be used to detect malicious applications. In some aspects, an outgoing short message sent from a mobile device is monitored. ... Blackberry Limited

04/27/17 / #20170118203

Handling authentication failures in wireless communication systems

A method for handling authentication failures in a wireless communication system includes transmitting, by a user equipment (ue) and via a first cell, a first plurality of messages including at least one of authentication and ciphering failure messages or authentication failure messages, where two or more of the first plurality of messages indicate at least one of synch failure or medium access control (mac) failure, and where the ue includes at least one of a subscriber identity module (sim) or universal sim; receiving at least one of an authentication reject message or an authentication and ciphering reject message subsequent to transmitting the two or more of the first plurality of messages indicating at least one of synch failure or mac failure; and in response to receiving the at least one of an authentication reject message or an authentication and ciphering reject message, transmitting an attach message via a second cell.. . ... Blackberry Limited

04/27/17 / #20170118157

Method for priming inbox and conversations during initial synchronization of messages

A method for synchronizing a mobile device with a message mailbox is described. The method includes: sending a request to the server to identify an initial subset of most recently received messages from among a plurality of messages for synchronization; retrieving the initial subset of messages from the server; and retrieving, from the server, messages belonging to a conversation that includes at least one of the messages in the initial subset, prior to retrieving more recently received messages that do not belong to any conversation that includes at least one of the messages in the initial subset.. ... Blackberry Limited

04/27/17 / #20170118014

Providing security assurance information

Systems, methods, and software can be used to provide security assurance information. In some aspects, a certificate request for a client process on a mobile device is received. ... Blackberry Limited

04/27/17 / #20170116427

Token-based control of software installation and operation

Described are a method and system of authorizing software execution on a computing device having a processor, the device storing a production key associated with software authorized for end-user release and storing a pre-release key associated with software not authorized for end-user release. The method includes determining that a signed software image is not signed with the production key; determining that the device has stored in memory thereon a pre-release token, the pre-release token containing data uniquely identifying the device and identifying the pre-release key; validating the pre-release token; and authenticating the signed software image using the pre-release key and, in response, permitting execution of the software image.. ... Blackberry Limited

04/27/17 / #20170116413

Executing process monitoring

A system and method to monitor executing processes are disclosed. A respective starting fingerprint of memory of each executing process within at least one process is determined during a system startup phase that is prior to a device operational phase. ... Blackberry Limited

04/27/17 / #20170116400

Message sender authentication

A system and method to control establishing inter-process communications are disclosed. A message from a requesting process that is different from a serving process is received at the serving process via an inter-process communications facility. ... Blackberry Limited

04/27/17 / #20170116293

Electronic device and method of searching data records

A portable electronic device includes a display for displaying results of a search for data records, and a memory for storing a plurality of applications and, for each application of the plurality of applications, respective associated metadata identifying a location of the data records associated with the application, a mapping for associating data in the data records with a unified format utilized by a search client, and an identification of filterable fields and the filtering method. The portable electronic device also includes a processor coupled to the display and to the memory to utilize the metadata stored in association with the plurality of applications to perform a search of the data records and identify a plurality of the data records that accord with the search query to provide search results, and provide the search results in a unified format on the portable electronic device.. ... Blackberry Limited

04/27/17 / #20170115994

Launching an application

Systems, methods, and software can be used to launch an application. In some aspects, a plurality of process classes is configured. ... Blackberry Limited

04/20/17 / #20170111928

Methods and apparatus for enabling further l1 enhancements in lte heterogeneous networks

A network element in a first cell in a wireless telecommunication network is provided. The network element comprises a processor configured such that the network element provides uplink and downlink grants in the first cell, wherein the first cell is a low-power cell within the coverage area of a second, high-power cell, and wherein the first cell acts as a secondary cell and the second cell acts as a primary cell in a carrier aggregation mode, and wherein at least one uplink control signal is received by one of only the first cell or both the first cell and the second cell.. ... Blackberry Limited

04/20/17 / #20170111907

Communication stations and methods for transmitting on a random access channel

Example communication stations and methods for transmitting on a random access channel (rach) in wireless networks are disclosed herein. An example method for transmitting on an enhanced rach by a device such that an initial access burst is received in a single time slot by a wireless network involves determining a timing advance, the timing advance being associated with a serving cell. ... Blackberry Limited

04/20/17 / #20170111804

Providing secondary coverage in a mobile communication system

Example methods, apparatus, articles of manufacture and systems for providing secondary coverage in a mobile communication system are disclosed. Example methods for a first device to provide secondary coverage in a mobile communication system include transmitting a secondary coverage signal and receiving a presence indication from a second device. ... Blackberry Limited

04/20/17 / #20170111400

Method for providing wireless application privilege management

A method for providing an administration policy to a user device comprising a plurality of applications, the method comprising centrally generating the administration policy to be implemented in the user device, the administration policy comprising at least one of an application administration policy to be used by at least one of the plurality of applications and a client administration policy for the user device; and providing the generated policy to the user device.. . ... Blackberry Limited

04/13/17 / #20170105102

Changing topology of wireless peer-to-peer group

A device in a peer-to-peer (p2p) group has the role of group owner. A different device in the p2p group may take on the role of group owner without ending the p2p group and create a new p2p group. ... Blackberry Limited

04/13/17 / #20170104988

Wireless transmission of real-time media

A method, for wireless transmission of real-time media from a source to a sink over a wireless transmission channel is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises encoding media as a plurality of sets of frames, wherein each set of frames includes a key-frame, wherein the media is encoded for the wireless transmission such that a time-required for transmission of the key-frame of each set of frames is less than or equal to a time-allocation for the wireless transmission; and wirelessly transmitting the media from the source device to the sink device.. ... Blackberry Limited

04/13/17 / #20170102851

Displaying items on handheld devices

A method of displaying data items on handheld devices. The device displays data items in a scrollable viewport of vertically arranged fields. ... Blackberry Limited

04/13/17 / #20170102782

Electronic device and method for rendering secondary characters

A portable electronic device is provided. The portable electronic device includes a memory configured to store instructions, and a screen configured to display data. ... Blackberry Limited

04/06/17 / #20170099614

Establishing a voice call

A user equipment (ue), which is able to use a plurality of different wireless access technologies, receives a request to establish a voice call. In response to the request, the ue determines whether voice over a first wireless access technology of the different wireless access technologies is supported, and responsive to determining that voice over the first wireless access technology is not supported, the ue attempts to establish the voice call over a second wireless access technology of the different wireless access technologies.. ... Blackberry Limited

04/06/17 / #20170099513

Apparatus and method for processing media content

An apparatus and method pertaining to transmitting media content recorded by a media recorder in combination with metadata. That metadata can include information regarding one or more of technical information regarding the media recorder (such as, but not limited to, information that categorically characterizes the media recorder as regards a type of media recorder and/or information regarding technical specifications for the media recorder), orientation information regarding the media recorder when recording the media content (such as, but not limited to, information that corresponds to a field of view when recording the media content), and parameter settings regarding the media recorder when recording the media content (such as, but not limited to, information regarding selectively variable parameters such as zoom settings and digital imaging sensitivity settings).. ... Blackberry Limited

04/06/17 / #20170098097

Private data exchange

A system and method to exchange data among applications are disclosed. A request for information that includes private information is received from a user application. ... Blackberry Limited

04/06/17 / #20170097689

Method and apparatus for movable assembly position sensing and virtual keyboard display

A method and computer program product are provided for operating a device having a housing section carrying a touch-sensitive display and a physical keyboard section movable in a sliding direction relative to the housing. A position detector determines a position of the physical keyboard section in relation to the housing section. ... Blackberry Limited

04/06/17 / #20170096147

System and method for mitigating unintended operation

A system and method for mitigating unintended operation of a vehicle is described herein. The system and method analyze data and/or signals received from sensors to determine when the vehicle is experiencing changes the in the vehicle's direction, dynamic state and/or status. ... Blackberry Limited

03/30/17 / #20170094659

Method and apparatus for enabling transmission in a slotted radio data communication system by pausing data reception

Apparatus, and an associated method, that facilitates communication of data in a radio communication system that utilizes a slotted communication scheme. Multiple successive time slots are allocable upon which to communicate data to a receiving communication station. ... Blackberry Limited

03/30/17 / #20170094625

For small cell demodulation reference signal and initial synchronization

Described herein is a system with a first network element and a second network element. The first network element contains a processor configured to synchronize with the second network element; and maintain synchronization with the second network element. ... Blackberry Limited

03/30/17 / #20170094001

Policy proxy

In a system with a policy server, a first device able to communicate with the policy server and a second device able to communicate with the first device and unable to communicate with the policy server, the first device is to act as a policy proxy. The policy server may push to the first device a policy for the second device, and the first device may push the policy to the second device.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/30/17 / #20170091182

Data access control based on storage validation

A system and method to control access to data are disclosed. A command to mount a specified file system as a trusted file system is received. ... Blackberry Limited

03/23/17 / #20170086047

Receiving public warning system data

A method for receiving public warning system (pws) data includes receiving, at a user equipment (ue), a public warning system (pws) message. The ue determines that the pws message is a type 2 pws message. ... Blackberry Limited

03/23/17 / #20170085244

Method and apparatus for adapting a variable impedance network

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

03/23/17 / #20170083692

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

03/16/17 / #20170079052

Multi-user mimo systems and methods

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

03/16/17 / #20170078408

Pre-association discovery of services

A network node of a wireless local area network (wlan) filters, based on at least one policy, information about services available via the network node. The network node sends, to a wireless device as part of a pre-association discovery operation of the wireless device, the filtered information about the services.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/16/17 / #20170078363

Electronic device and method of providing digital photograph information

A method of providing information relating to a digital photograph on an electronic device includes detecting, by a processor of the electronic device, a digital photograph sharing event for sharing the digital photograph, receiving text input related to the digital photograph, the text input comprising text entered at the electronic device or text received from the at least one other electronic device, in response to detecting and receiving text input related to the digital photograph, processing the text related to the digital photograph utilizing natural language processing to extract the information relating to the digital photograph, and storing the information that is extracted in association with the digital photograph.. . ... Blackberry Limited

03/16/17 / #20170077885

Generating adaptive notification

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

03/16/17 / #20170076071

Controlling access by code

A novel code signing system, computer readable media, and method are provided. The code signing method includes receiving a code signing request from a requestor in order to gain access to one or more specific application programming interfaces (apis). ... Blackberry Limited

03/16/17 / #20170075926

Shared image database with geographic navigation

There is disclosed a method and device for operating an image database shared by a plurality of users. In an embodiment, each image captured by a user and stored in a shared image database is associating with the geographic coordinates of the location at which the image was captured. ... Blackberry Limited

03/16/17 / #20170075543

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

03/16/17 / #20170075445

Portable electronic device including keyboard and method of controlling same

An electronic device includes a plurality of keycaps, first magnets disposed on an underside of the keycaps, each first magnet of the plurality of first magnets being associated with a respective one of the keycaps and moveable therewith relative to the back of the device, and electromagnets disposed between the back of the keyboard and the first magnets, each electromagnet being associated with a respective one of the first magnets and a respective one of the keycaps. The electronic device also includes a controller coupled to the electromagnets to control each electromagnet to maintain a magnetic field to repel the first magnet and to reverse the polarity in response to detecting an external applied force on the keycap that meets a threshold value to facilitate movement of the respective keycap from a first position, toward the back of the keyboard, to a second position.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/16/17 / #20170075435

Altering sampling rate to thwart attacks that involve analyzing hardware sensor output

A hardware sensor and a hardware user-input component are integrated in a portable electronic device. The hardware sensor is operable to produce hardware sensor output indicative of orientation or motion or both of the device within its environment. ... Blackberry Limited

03/09/17 / #20170070981

Suspending a connection in a wireless communication system

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

03/09/17 / #20170070925

Methods of performing cell change without receiving description of resources in a target cell

Methods and systems of performing cell change for a circuit-switched call without a mobile station receiving a description of resources in a target cell are provided. In some embodiments, a command is generated at the serving cell which indicates to the mobile station to perform a cell change without first receiving a description of resources in the target cell. ... Blackberry Limited

03/09/17 / #20170070915

Sending data rate information to a wireless access network node

A first wireless access network node sets a data rate for communication of data between a second wireless access network node and a user equipment (ue) that is concurrently connected to the first wireless access network node and the second wireless access network node. The first wireless access network node sends information relating to the data rate to the second wireless access network node for use by the second wireless access network node in controlling data communication between the second wireless access network node and the ue.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/09/17 / #20170070868

Merging active group calls

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

03/09/17 / #20170070851

Sending location information from within a communication application

A method in a wireless communications device for transmitting current location information representing a current location of the wireless communications device entails engaging in a voice call with a communications device and, during the voice call: receiving input on a user interface of the wireless communications device; responsive to receiving the input, automatically launching an application that generates a message; obtaining, by the application, the current location information representing the current location of the wireless communications device from within the application; automatically including the current location information in the message; and transmitting the message to the communications device. The input is a press of a dedicated hotkey or a press of a combination of keys. ... Blackberry Limited

03/09/17 / #20170070346

Communication device, method and system for establishing communications using the subscriber identity data of another communication device

A communication system may include a pair of mobile wireless communications each including a contactless short-range communication subsystem. The first mobile wireless communications obtains subscriber identity data from the second mobile wireless communication when input matching a shared secret is provided on the second mobile wireless communication. ... Blackberry Limited

03/09/17 / #20170068934

Method of automatic scheduling, related devices and communication system

A method of automatic scheduling, related devices and system. In one aspect, there is provided a method of automatic scheduling, comprising: receiving one or more tasks associated with a user, wherein each task has an associated duration; determining available timeslots in a calendar database associated with the user; and automatically populating one or more of the available timeslots in the calendar database associated with the user with new calendar events associated with the one or more tasks in accordance with one or more scheduling rules.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/02/17 / #20170064592

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

03/02/17 / #20170064590

Method and apparatus to enable multiple wireless connections

In some examples, a source wireless access network node generates, for a user equipment (ue), a plurality of security configurations, wherein each security configuration of the plurality of security configurations is associated with a different respective candidate target wireless network node in a set of candidate target wireless access network nodes. The source wireless access network node sends each security configuration of the plurality of security configurations to the respective candidate target wireless network node, and sends security information of the plurality of security configurations to the ue.. ... Blackberry Limited

03/02/17 / #20170064530

System and method for determining establishment causes for emergency sessions

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

03/02/17 / #20170064487

Optimized short message transport

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

03/02/17 / #20170064298

Video coding with delayed reconstruction

Methods of encoding and decoding media, for example video, using delayed reconstruction are described. The decoding process may include decoding first prediction information that specifies parameters for generating a prediction of a current block, and residual data syntax elements for the current block, and decoding second prediction information that specifies parameters for a prediction of a subsequent block. ... Blackberry Limited

03/02/17 / #20170061979

Method and device for mitigating wind noise in a speech signal generated at a microphone of the device

A mobile communication device and a method of mitigating wind noise in a speech signal generated at a microphone of the mobile communication device. A primary microphone of the mobile communication device receives speech and wind noise and generates a first speech signal based on the speech and the wind noise that is received. ... Blackberry Limited

03/02/17 / #20170061171

Method and system for asset tracking in an enterprise environment

A method and system for tracking an asset in an indoor facility. The method includes receiving, from a first mobile device, an asset tracking tag collision report, the asset tracking tag collision report including a tag identifier of an asset tracking tag associated with an asset; determining a new location of the asset based on the received asset tracking tag collision report; updating an asset location database to indicate the new location of the asset; and, in response to determining the new location of the asset, transmitting an instruction message to a mobile device to cause the mobile device to direct the asset tracking tag to cease broadcasting the wireless signal. ... Blackberry Limited

03/02/17 / #20170061166

Suspicious portable device movement determination

A system and method to determine suspicious movement of a portable device are disclosed. A determination is made that an update received by a local device was sent from a remote device different than the local device. ... Blackberry Limited

03/02/17 / #20170060808

Emulating bi-directional bus communication using separate unidirectional channels

Methods and systems are described for emulating a bi-directional synchronous communications protocol for bi-directional bus communication using unidirectional channels between a master device and a slave device. The master device includes a physical interface to the unidirectional channels that resynchronizes outgoing and incoming data streams in order to reconstruct a bitstream that is compliant with the bi-directional synchronous communications protocol. ... Blackberry Limited

03/02/17 / #20170060361

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

02/23/17 / #20170054667

Method to pre-select folders to synchronize during initial email activation on a mobile device

A method for synchronizing a mobile device with an email mailbox is described. The method includes: sending a search query to a mail server to identify email messages that are associated with folders of the email mailbox other than an inbox folder; selecting one or more folders of the email mailbox to synchronize on the mobile device based on the identified email messages; and retrieving, from the mail server, one or more email messages associated with the selected folders.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/16/17 / #20170048880

Uplink resource scheduling control in response to channel busy condition

A wireless access network node determines that a user equipment (ue) has experienced a channel busy condition that prevented the ue from transmitting on an uplink to the wireless access network node. In response to the determining, the wireless access network node refrains from scheduling an uplink resource for the ue.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/16/17 / #20170048712

System and method for handling peripheral connections to mobile devices

Systems and methods for establishing a data connection between a mobile device and a peripheral. The mobile device is configured to determine whether to handle user approval of the data connection between the mobile device and the peripheral. ... Blackberry Limited

02/16/17 / #20170048702

Network access identifier including an identifier for a cellular access network node

A user equipment (ue) sends, to a wireless access node in a wireless local area network (wlan), a network access identifier (nai) that includes an identifier for a cellular access network node. The ue receives an authentication challenge based on information in the nai.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/16/17 / #20170048526

Scaling in perceptual image and video coding

Methods and devices for image and video coding. A block of n coefficients is defined as an input vector of n dimensions having a magnitude value and n−1 angle values. ... Blackberry Limited

02/16/17 / #20170048330

Methods and apparatus for providing session policy during a registration of a device

A method for a user agent to access a session policy in a network is provided. The method comprises the user agent sending a registration message to a first network node. ... Blackberry Limited

02/16/17 / #20170048119

Method and system for transaction diagnostics

A method at a network element for monitoring, at the network element, transactions between the network element and at least one client device; applying rules to each transaction; and performing at least one of parsing, storing, or discarding each transaction based on the rules. Further, a method at a client device including storing a session identifier; generating a transaction message; adding the session identifier and a transaction identifier to the transaction message; and sending the transaction message with the session identifier and transaction identifier to a server.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/16/17 / #20170046378

Management of upgradeable endpoints

Data structures are stored in an endpoint data store. Each data structure represents an endpoint having one or more components, each component having one or more arbitrary properties. ... Blackberry Limited

02/16/17 / #20170046150

Groups of endpoints and targeting of releases and packages to endpoints

Data structures are stored in an endpoint data store. Each data structure represents an endpoint having one or more components, each component having one or more arbitrary properties. ... Blackberry Limited

02/16/17 / #20170046149

Delivery mechanisms for deployment of releases of packages to endpoints

Transport information is to be used by an endpoint to obtain one or more packages comprised in a deployed release. The transport information is sent in a single message that identifies the deployed release and the one or more packages. ... Blackberry Limited

02/09/17 / #20170041982

Systems and methods for data offload in wireless networks

Systems, methods, and apparatuses for radio resource control (rrc) signaling in wireless communication networks with data offload are provided. The radio configuration messages from a small cell to a dual connection ue may be sent by an overlay macro e-utran node-b (enb). ... Blackberry Limited

02/09/17 / #20170041877

Discontinuous reception configuration

A network node sends, to a user equipment (ue), signaling comprising: first information specifying a current uplink-downlink configuration to use responsive to a dynamic uplink-downlink configuration change, and second information specifying a set of discontinuous reception (drx) parameters to control drx operation at the ue in response to the dynamic uplink-downlink configuration change.. . ... Blackberry Limited

02/09/17 / #20170041775

System and methods for data communications in a wireless communication system

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

02/09/17 / #20170041260

Method and device for attaching messages stored at a device as attachments to a message being composed at the device

A method and device for attaching messages stored at the device as attachments to a message being composed at the device. The device comprises: a memory storing a messaging application, a communication interface, a display device, and a processor configured to execute the messaging application to: render, at the display device, the message; in response to detecting selection of an attach icon in the message, render, at the display device, message icons, each message icon associated with a respective one of the stored messages; detect selection of at least one message icon; for each selected message icon, convert a stored message associated with the selected message icon into a multipurpose internet mail extension (mime) attachment message; encode the message and each mime attachment message into a mime message; and, in response to detecting selection of a send icon of the message, transmit, via the communication interface, the mime message.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/02/17 / #20170034681

Enhanced public warning system to provide rich content

A method, device and a computer program product operable in a communications network to provide enhanced public warning system (pws+) messages to a communication device over the current pws system is disclosed. The method includes generating, at a server or network device, at least one public warning system (pws) message and at least one enhanced pws (pws+) message, and associating the pws+ message with the at least one pws message. ... Blackberry Limited

02/02/17 / #20170034644

Establishing machine type communications

A method for establishing a machine type communication includes receiving a connection request for a machine type communication from a device. The connection request includes an authentication credential for the device. ... Blackberry Limited

02/02/17 / #20170034334

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

A method and electronic device. A short messaging service message is received at the communication device where the short messaging service message has a telephone number associated therewith. ... Blackberry Limited

02/02/17 / #20170034104

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

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

02/02/17 / #20170033823

System and method for automatic detection and enablement of a virtual sim on a mobile device

A method implemented by an enterprise server to facilitate activation of a virtual subscriber identity module (sim) service on a mobile communication device. The method includes detecting a triggering event and in response to detecting the triggering event: determining that a sim application on a physical universal integrated circuit card (uicc) currently inserted into the mobile communication device is associated with a mobile network operator (mno) providing one or more virtual sims to which the enterprise server has access; determining whether the sim application on the physical uicc is associated with one of the virtual sims provided by the mno; and if the sim application on the physical uicc is associated with a virtual sim provided by the mno, sending a message to the mobile communication device indicating that the mobile communication device is enabled for a virtual sim service.. ... Blackberry Limited

02/02/17 / #20170032762

Method for wirelessly transmitting content from a source device to a sink device

Methods and devices for wirelessly transmitting content from a source device to a sink device are disclosed. The method comprises: identifying one or more data types associated with a display frame displayed on the source device; selecting a transmission format for the display frame in accordance with the one or more identified data types, wherein the transmission format is selected from the group consisting of screencasting, graphics processing unit (gpu) processing, or gpu processing with media streaming; and sending visual information representing the display frame in the transmission selected transmission format to the sink device. ... Blackberry Limited

02/02/17 / #20170031921

Device and method for distributed database keyword searching

A method performed by a mobile communications device, including: populating a central database on the device with a title for each of a plurality of software modules installed on the device and associating each title with its software module; populating the central database with at least one keyword associated with each of the plurality of software modules and associating each keyword with its software module; receiving at the device a search query; displaying at the device a search result identifying at least one of the software modules installed on the device having either a title or one or more associated keywords matching the search query; and in response to receiving at the device a selection of a software module identified in the search result, activating the selected software module.. . ... Blackberry Limited

01/26/17 / #20170026877

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

01/26/17 / #20170026841

Computing device with environment aware features

An electronic device is provided which automatically adjusts settings based on the environment of the electronic device. The settings of the electronic device which are adjusted may be security settings, filter settings, or status for instant messaging in dependence on the determined location of the electronic device.. ... Blackberry Limited

01/26/17 / #20170026806

Indoor positioning systems and meeting room occupancy

A method of determining room occupancy of a room in a facility having an indoor positioning system with wireless access point fingerprints each correlated to a location in the facility. The method may include receiving a request from a computing device for a room occupancy assessment associated with the room. ... Blackberry Limited

01/26/17 / #20170026804

Indoor positioning systems and wireless fingerprints

An indoor positioning system and method that correlates map locations to respective wireless access point (ap) fingerprints, and wherein each wireless ap fingerprint is a plurality of wireless ap signal measurements associated with the correlated map location. The method includes receiving position-inference data associated with a user; determining a probable location inside the building based on the position-inference data; receiving wireless ap signal measurements detected by a wireless device associated with the user; associating the probable location with the wireless device based on the association between the position-inference data and the user of the wireless device; and updating the wireless ap fingerprint correlated to the probable location using the received wireless ap signal measurements. ... Blackberry Limited

01/26/17 / #20170026664

Significance map encoding and decoding using partition selection

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

01/26/17 / #20170025763

Method and apparatus for radio frequency tuning utilizing a determined use case

A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a memory, a transceiver, a plurality of antennas coupled with the transceiver, a matching network coupled with at least one of the plurality of antennas, a detector coupled with the matching network where the detector obtains operational data associated with at least two of the plurality of antennas, and a controller circuit coupled with the detector and the matching network. The controller circuit can analyze the operational data to determine an operational data differential between the at least two of the plurality of antennas. ... Blackberry Limited

01/26/17 / #20170024019

Keyboard and touch screen gesture system

A method at an electronic device including a touch-sensitive display for receiving touch input and a keyboard comprising a plurality of buttons, the method comprising: detecting actuation of a button on at least one of the plurality of buttons; detecting a touch input at the touch-sensitive display while the button is actuated; responding to the touch input, wherein response to the touch input while the button is actuated is different to response to touch input detected while the button is not actuated.. . ... Blackberry Limited

01/19/17 / #20170019849

Apparatus and method for transmitting messages in mobile telecommunications system user equipment

A method and device for transmitting a sequence of messages from a handheld telecommunications device to a telecommunications network is described, the sequence of messages comprising a plurality of messages to be transmitted at specified times. The method comprises transmitting a message of the sequence of messages and turning off at least one of the transmitter and receiver of the device after transmission of at least one of the messages in the sequence of messages. ... Blackberry Limited

01/19/17 / #20170019753

Communication system providing data transfer direction determination based upon motion and related methods

A communication system may include at least one electronic device configured to wirelessly communicate via a short-range communications format, and at least one mobile communications device. The at least one mobile communications device may include a short-range communications device configured to wirelessly communicate with the at least one electronic device via the short-range communications format, and a controller coupled to the short-range communications device. ... Blackberry Limited

01/12/17 / #20170013672

Method and apparatus for state/mode transitioning

A method and network element for sending a transition indication to transition a user equipment to a different state or mode, the method receiving a configuration message from a network; and transmitting a transition indication from the user equipment, the transition indication only includes a cause if the configuration message contains an inhibit transition indication. Also, a method and user equipment for processing a transitioning indication from a user equipment indicating the user equipment desires a transition to a different state or mode, the method comprising: receiving the transition indication from the user equipment; if the transition indication contains a cause: releasing a signaling connection of the user equipment or transitioning the user equipment to a different state or mode; and if the transition indication does not contain the cause: releasing the signaling connection.. ... Blackberry Limited

01/12/17 / #20170013653

Systems and methods for managing a ue-to-network relay

Method and systems for managing a communication link. One or more indicators of an expected service interruption associated with a communication link is determined. ... Blackberry Limited

01/12/17 / #20170013586

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

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

01/12/17 / #20170013539

Controlling transmission of a wireless device associated with multiple access points

A device decides to not transmit over a first wireless link between a wireless device and a first access point (ap), in response to determining that the wireless device is communicating or is about to communicate over a second wireless link with a second ap, wherein the wireless device is concurrently associated with the first and second aps.. . ... Blackberry Limited

01/12/17 / #20170012946

Public key encryption algorithms for hard lock file encryption

In some aspects, an encryption method comprises encrypting a first portion of a message using a first secret key. The first secret key is generated based on the public key of an entity. ... Blackberry Limited

01/12/17 / #20170012919

Method and device for prioritizing messages based on based on originating time zone

A method, non-transitory computer readable medium and a communication device display an email message by receiving at least one incoming email message, determining the incoming email message originates from a different time zone than the time zone in which the communication device is currently located, and displaying the incoming email message in a prioritized position within a message listing. The incoming email may be displayed at a top of the message list, regardless of reception order. ... Blackberry Limited

01/12/17 / #20170011858

Thin film capacitors

A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a first solid electrode, a second electrode separated into subsections, and a dielectric medium separating the subsections from the first solid electrode, where the subsections of the second electrode include a first group of subsections and a second group of subsections, where the first group of subsections are connectable with a first terminal for receiving an input signal, and where the second group of subsections is connectable with a second terminal for providing an output signal. Other embodiments are disclosed.. ... Blackberry Limited

01/12/17 / #20170010680

Portable electronic device including keyboard and method of controlling same

A portable electronic device includes a touch-sensitive display including a display and display touch-sensors to detect touches, and a keyboard including mechanical keys associated with characters, the mechanical keys including depressible keycaps to output the characters and keyboard touch sensors to detect touches on the mechanical keys. A processor is coupled to the keyboard and to the touch-sensitive display to detect a touch at a location associated with a signature entry field displayed on the touch-sensitive display, in response to detecting the touch, enter a keyboard signature process, detect a moving touch on the mechanical keys of the keyboard, along a path of contact of the touch on the mechanical keys, and, in response to detecting completion of the moving touch, enter a signature defined by the path of contact of the touch on the mechanical keys into the signature entry field.. ... Blackberry Limited

01/05/17 / #20170006571

Method and system to authenticate multiple ims identities

A method and ue for registering with a third network node using ims, the method creating a tunnel; authenticating a first public identity associated with the ue to the first network node; receiving configuration information with a second private identifier and a second public user identifier, and registering with a third network node using the second private identifier and the second public user identifier. Further, a method and first network node configured for authentication between a ue and a third network node using ims, the method establishing a tunnel; authenticating a first public identity of the ue; receiving a configuration information message from the ue including a network identifier for a network the ue is registered on; obtaining, from a second network node, a second private identifier and second public user identifier; and providing the second private identifier and second public user identifier to the ue.. ... Blackberry Limited

01/05/17 / #20170006512

Geographically-organized neighbor cell lists

Communication network techniques may use geographic information to reduce a number of neighboring cell measurements to be taken. Such techniques may be useful, for example, in cell reselection.. ... Blackberry Limited

01/05/17 / #20170006511

Method of interference cancellation and method of detection of erroneous neighbour cell measurements

Methods of interference cancellation are provided. Channel estimation is performed with or without interference cancellation. ... Blackberry Limited








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