Microsoft Patent Applications On Subscription Based Services,Vehicle Computing System And More

Dynamic user interface for previewing live content

A dynamic user interface for previewing live content includes multiple tiles. Information for multiple pieces of live content available from a gallery is obtained, and this information is presented in the multiple tiles of the user interface in accordance with a current user interface layout. In accordance with one aspect, this current user interface layout changes automatically over time as the user interface is displayed. In accordance with another aspect, one or more of the multiple tiles is displayed in the user interface more prominently than the other tiles, and which information is to be displayed in the one or more tiles is based at least in part on a received fee.

 Vehicle computer system with audio entertainment system

A vehicle computer system has an audio entertainment system implemented in a logic unit and audio digital signal processor (DSP) independent from the host CPU. The audio entertainment system employs a set of ping/pong buffers and direct memory access (DMA) circuits to transfer data between different audio devices. Audio data is exchanged using a mapping overlay technique, in which the DMA circuits for two audio devices read and write to the same memory buffer. The computer system provides an audio manager API (application program interface) to enable applications running on the computer to control the various audio sources without knowing the hardware and implementation details of the underlying sound system. Different audio devices and their drivers control different functionality of the audio system, such as equalization, volume controls and surround sound decoding. The audio manager API transfers calls made by the applications to the appropriate device driver(s). The computer system also is supports a speech recognition system. Speech utterances are picked up by a microphone and sampled at an internal sampling rate. However, the speech recognition system employs a lower sampling rate. The computer system converts microphone data from the higher internal sampling rate to the desired sampling rate by piggybacking the microphone data on command/message streams to an SPI (serial peripheral interface) of the audio DSP. The DSP performs normal low-pass filtering and down sampling on the data stream and then uses the SPI to send out the microphone data at the lower sampling rate.

Subscription based services for closed computing systems

A disclosure of a subscription service is provided, where this service allows for the running of unsigned content, such as games, on closed computing systems, such as gaming consoles. The subscription service checks whether gamer tags have an account to run unsigned games on any consoles on which the gamer tags happen to be residing. If so, users associated with such gamer tags can run unsigned content; if not, then they cannot (but may be asked or allowed to subscribe to the service). The subscription service has various facets, some of which include: gamer tags that can interact with the service while being distributed across a plurality of consoles; remote location of the service from the gaming console; user privileges auditing and revocation if users associated with gamer tags violate policies set out by the subscription service, and so on.

Identification of devices on touch-sensitive surface

The identification of a data storage device detected on a touch-sensitive display surface of a display device is described. In one embodiment, the presence and location of the data storage device is detected on the display surface and the data storage device is detected on a wireless communications channel. It is then confirmed that the data storage device detected on the wireless communications channel is the data storage device detected on the surface of the display device by communicating with the data storage device over a second communications channel.

Discovering alternative user experiences for websites

The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for discovering alternative user experiences for Websites. Embodiments of the invention permit a user to navigate to a Web page that has an alternative application for a Web site. In response to a Web browser detecting the alternative application a user-interface control at the Web browser can be activated. A user can then select the user-interface control to install the alternative application in an alternative application control center. Through the alternative application control center, a user activates alternative applications to interact with Web sites having alternative user experiences.

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