7) Music recording comparison engine
U.S. Patent 7994410 Issued Aug 9, 2011
A method is provided to compare recordings that includes providing a list of a plurality of recordings and selecting at least a first recording and a second recording from the plurality of recordings. The first recording and the second recording have predetermined lengths. The method also includes selecting a first portion of the first recording, identifying a second portion of the second recording based on the first portion, and comparing the first portion to the second portion. When the entire length of the recording is selected as the first portion, the entire length of the second recording can be identified as the second portion. Identifying a second portion may also include normalizing it to the first portion. Also, identifying the second portion can include translating the first portion into a wave-form searching the second recording for another wave-form similar to the translated wave-form and matching the translated wave form with the similar wave-form.
5) Broadcast receiver capable of autonomous format-scanning, program identification and searching
U.S. Patent 5732338 Issued Mar 24, 1998
A broadcasting system capable of automatically or semi-automatically updating its database and using the database to identify received broadcasting stations, and search for stations according to user-chosen attributes and current data. The receiver is capable of receiving current location information within the received data stream, and also of determining the current location of the receiver by using a received station attribute. The receiver is capable of identifying and searching for, any station in any band the receiver is capable of receiving. A broadcasting/receiving system, including a factory or user installed database containing a skeleton of scheduling information, provides a generic format-scanning ability to the user without forcing him or her to subscribe to an updating service, and provides an automatic identification means to that user. Although these two functions can only be rudimentary in their applications if the system is not receiving updating or complementary data, they are nevertheless of great benefit compared to the complete lack of any such services from normal receivers, or to those system which are equipped with detailed schedule data receiving means but which have not actually, for one reason or another, received such data.
8) Knowledge matrix utilizing systematic contextual links
U.S. Patent 8700612 Issued Apr 15, 2014
Exemplary methods, apparatuses, and systems receive a search input, select a first cell related to the search input, and display data of the first cell and selectable objects in response to the search input. Each cell defines a way to display a portion of searchable data within a first contextual relationship and a way to display a portion of the searchable data within a second, different contextual relationship. Selection of a first selectable object results in displaying a first portion of the data of the first cell with a first set of other data related to the first portion based upon the first contextual relationship. Selection of a second selectable object results in the computer displaying a second portion of the data of the first cell with a second set of other data related to the second portion based upon the second contextual relationship.
6) Method and system to provide internet access to users via non-home service providers
U.S. Patent 5881234 Issued Mar 9, 1999
A system capable of granting Internet access to users when direct connection to their usual home Internet Service Providers (ISPs) is impossible, impractical or prohibitively expensive. The system offers users a unified method of login to other independent ISPs to provide easy and inexpensive access to the Internet and its various services. The system validates user logins, generates billing data, provides usage time and monitors communication links. The system also isolates the shells of the servers of the ISPs from the user until such time as the user has been determined to be valid, thereby providing security to the ISPs against unauthorized access to their servers. The system performs these tasks while requiring only a small amount of communication bandwidth for communication monitoring and billing.
4) Broadcast receiver capable of automatic station identification and format-scanning based on an internal database updatable over the airwaves with automatic receiver location determination
U.S. Patent 5393713 Issued Feb 28, 1995
A broadcasting system capable of automatically or semi-automatically updating its database and using the database to identify received broadcasting stations, and search for stations according to user-chosen attributes and current data. The receiver is capable of receiving current location information within the received data stream, and also of determining the current location of the receiver by using a received station attribute. The receiver is capable of identifying and searching for, any station in any band the receiver is capable of receiving.
3) Broadcast receiver capable of automatically updating location and performing spiral searching
U.S. Patent 5152012 Issued Sep 29, 1992
A broadcast receiver capable of automatically or semi-automatically updating its geographical location and using the geographical information to search for frequencies broadcast into its geographical region having a particular program format or broadcasting in a particular language desired by a user. The receiver is also capable of scanning for broadcast frequencies in geographical regions adjacent to the geographical region in which the receiver is located using a "spiral search" technique.