4 nieuwe patenten Yahoo! Toolbar

Het werd weer eens tijd om de Yahoo! Toolbar opnieuw onder de loep te nemen nadat deze week een viertal nieuwe patenten bekend werden.

Patent 1: RSS Awareness

Zodra een webpagina een RSS feed heeft wordt deze automatisch herkend en kan een preview worden bekeken. Op zich niet iets om warm of koud van te worden, aangezien dat in veel browsers al zit of via extensions kan worden toegevoegd.

Systems and methods for improving access to syndication feeds in network browsing applications
Invented by Stephen Owens, James Bollas, Michael Wolford
US Patent Application 20060265518
Published November 23, 2006
Filed on October 31, 2005

Abstract

A browsing application includes instructions for identifying and subscribing to a syndication feed delivered over a network. The instructions include code for analyzing a page of data that has been retrieved over the network by a browsing application to determine the availability of the syndication feed, code for causing a user interface element to be displayed on the browsing application, the user interface element indicating the availability of the syndication feed, and code for responding to a user’s selection of the user interface element by causing the browsing application to display a page which permits the user to subscribe to the syndication feed.

Patent nr. 2: Systems and methods for providing features and user interfaces therefor in network browsing applications

Klinkt spannend, nietwaar? In feite komt het erop neer dat de toolbar geheel automatisch voor jou bij het opstarten van de browser enkele tabs opent met daarin pagina’s die je regelmatig open hebt staan. Erg handig als je ook wel vaak naar sites gaat die je juist niet wil openen als iemand anders je PC gebruikt…

Systems and methods for providing features and user interfaces therefor in network browsing applications

Invented by Edward Seitz, Derrick Whittle, Robert Gue, Stephen Owens, Brockton Davis, James Bollas, Michael Wolford
US Patent Application 20060265481
Published November 23, 2006
Filed on May 17, 2006

Abstract

A method and user interfaces for permitting a user to define and edit a set of web sites to be loaded when a network browsing application is loaded. This allows the user to easily keep track of the latest changes to one or more of the user’s favorite web sites, to track the status of corporate information, or the like. The set of web sites can be individually controlled, or an administrator or other entity may specify at least a subset of the set of web sites to be loaded.

Patent nr. 3: geautomatiseerd vertalen

Tja, dit is helemaal niet zo uniek. We hebben een zeer goede vertaling via Google, we hebben de aloude Babelfish en ga zo maar verder.

Systems and methods for language translation in network browsing applications
Invented by Edward Seitz, Brockton Davis, Derrick Whittle, James Bollas
US Patent Application 20060265652
Published November 23, 2006
Filed on October 31, 2005

Abstract

A browsing application for accessing resources over a network includes code for receiving a command from a user to translate textual material appearing on an arbitrary page displayed in the content display area, and code for causing the textual material to be passed to a translation resource on the network, whereby the display area of the browsing application is caused to display a page which includes a translation of the textual material. The application may display a menu accessible from an arbitrary page whereby the user may select among translation options such as a translate to language and a translate from language. The application may be configured to cause text selected by a user to be translated, and/or may cause an entire page to be translated. Translated text may be displayed along with graphics in a layout similar to that of the original page.

Patent nr.4: Informatie synchronisatie

Dit is wederom een handige, zeker als je met meerdere apparaten rond loopt (laptop, smartphone, Bberry enz.). Hiermee kun je informatie synchroon houden tussen alle apparaten.

Systems and methods for providing short message service features and user interfaces therefor in network browsing applications
Invented by Edward Seitz, Derrick Whittle, Robert Gue, Stephen Owens, Brockton Davis, James Bollas, Michael Wolford
US Patent Application 20060265472
Published November 23, 2006
Filed on May 17, 2006

Abstract

A method of transferring content between a plurality of devices, one embodiment of the method comprising opening a network browsing application on a first device; identifying content to be transferred to at least one second device; causing a content transfer user interface to be opened on the first device; identifying the at least one second device; and, causing the identified content to be transferred to the at least one identified second device.

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