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METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING SERVICE USING BEACON SIGNAL

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Provided are a method and apparatus for providing a service using a beacon signal. More particularly, the method for providing the service using the beacon signal may include analyzing the strength of a beacon signal, determining shop entrance or exit information of a user, managing shop information such as the number of customers in a shop, the number of available seats, or the like, or providing an additional service suitable for a user who is entering or exiting the shop. A terminal includes a beacon signal collection module configured to receive a beacon signal from at least one beacon device, a beacon signal analysis module configured to analyze a change in strength of beacon signals collected through the beacon signal collection module for a predetermined time, and a service processing module configured to determine whether a user of a terminal enters or exits a shop where the beacon device is located, according to the change in strength of the beacon signals, receive corresponding information from a service providing server according to a result of the determination, and process the received corresponding information.



CUSTOMIZED INFORMATION SETUP, ACCESS AND SHARING DURING A LIVE CONFERENCE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A user device may access a remote conference management application and setup a conference customized for the user. For example, one method of operation may include transmitting a notification to a user device of an upcoming scheduled meeting time and receiving a confirmation that the scheduled meeting is a valid meeting time. The method may also include receiving at least one instruction from the user device regarding the meeting time, loading a data file sequence stored in a user account, and transmitting the data file sequence to a presentation management device.



HOME ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A home energy management system includes a protocol conversion device configured to provide bi-directional communication between a networking device and one or more energy meters, wherein the protocol conversion device connects to the networking device via a transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP) and connects to one or more energy meters via one or more communication protocols supported by one or more energy meters. The home energy management system further includes the networking device, connected to the protocol conversion device via the TCP/IP connection, configured to receive, from the protocol conversion device, data packets generated by the one or more energy meters, and transmit the data packets to a remote server.



ADVERTISING METHOD COMBINING GAME SOFTWARE IN A MOBILE DEVICE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An advertising method combining game software in a mobile device includes a game software activated in a mobile device and displayed on a game screen on which game icons with ad icons for an advertising theme mixed are deployed so that the ad icons enabled with the game icons are repeatedly and constantly seen by and impressed on a game player operating game icons of the game software for advertising effects.



PREPAID CURRENCY CARD VENDING MACHINE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

According to one aspect there is provided a prepaid currency card (PPCC) vending machine comprising: PPCC storage; an electronic point of sale terminal (POS) configured to take payment from a user and initiate transmission of a payment received message, said message comprising a payment identification code (PIC); a controller configured to receive said payment received message; a card identifier configured to read an identification code (ID) of a PPCC held in a position in PPCC storage which is next to be dispensed from; a PPCC dispenser configured to dispense a PPCC from said PPCC storage in response to receipt of a dispense command from said controller; and a transmitter configured to transmit said PIC together with said card ID to a card issuer server. According to a second aspect there is provided a method for issuing a PPCC from such a vending machine.



EVACUATION PLAN DESIGN

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

This disclosure relates to planning movement of multiple groups over a transport network, for example, but not limited to, the evacuation of persons from geographical zones. A processor receives an initial set of paths for the multiple groups to move through the transport network to respective arrival locations and for each group an initial path to the respective arrival location and an initial departure schedule. The processor then determines based on the initial departure schedules and initial paths one or more critical groups that violate a movement performance threshold and further determines based on the transport network an updated set of paths by adding one or more paths for each critical group to the initial set of paths. Finally, the processor determines for each group an updated path to the arrival location and an updated departure schedule based on the updated set of paths.



SHORTCODE FOR AUTOMATING APPLICATION PROCESSES

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Implementations of the disclosure describe shortcodes for automating application processes. In one implementation, a shortcode, sent by a client computing device, is received by a server computing device. A listing of shortcodes is referenced with the received shortcode. A match between the shortcode and another shortcode maintained in the listing is identified. A list of actions and content is identified. The list of actions and the content are transmitted to the client computing device. The list of actions include computer-executable instructions to: cause the client computing device to instantiate a process to generate an order request form using the content without user intervention and cause the client computing device to display a graphical representation of the order request form to a user. The order request form is received by the server computing device and a service, based on the order request form, is provided to the client computing device.



CYBER-BULLYING RESPONSE SYSTEM AND METHOD

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer program products for reporting incident(s) of illegal, unethical, harmful or other inappropriate conduct are provided. One method includes receiving, by at least one server, a user report of at least one incident of illegal, unethical, harmful or inappropriate conduct, and creating, by the at least one server, an incident report based on the received user report. The user report may include metadata comprising a unique code used to anonymously identify a user that the user report is received from.



INEXPENSIVE COMPUTER-AIDED LEARNING METHODS AND APPARATUS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A computer-aided learning method and apparatus to learn materials. In one embodiment, the apparatus retrieves a user identifier entered by the user, and determines whether the user is a learning user or an institute user. If the user is a learning user, the apparatus allows the user to access information regarding learning materials, which could be a project for the user. Not only does the apparatus provide the user the freedom as to where and when to learn, and the guidance as to what to learn, the user does not have to pay. If the user is an institute user, the apparatus permits the user to learn materials regarding at least one learning user. The institute user might be interested to use the apparatus to recruit employees to fill job openings. The apparatus can also track and update information regarding the users.



LIMITED USER CONTRACT CONTENT SHARING

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Contracts are shared by users with third parties via an electronic signature service in accordance with limitations specified by the users. The electronic signature service receives limitations from a user that controls third party access to a contract. A unique sharing identification is generated by the electronic signature service that links the contact to a third party. The limitations are associated with the unique sharing identification and the user and the third party are notified that the contract is available. A unique sharing link allows the third party to view contents of the contract via a third party device in accordance with the limitations.



MOTION MAPPING AND ANALYTICS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Various of the disclosed embodiments concern systems and methods for applying legal analytics. In some embodiments, a legal analytics platform retrieves legal data from an electronic database, analyzes some or all of the legal data, and identifies interesting patterns and results of statistical analyses. In order to permit searching of the legal data, metadata elements or tags can be generated for legal entities and legal events. In some embodiments, the legal analytics platform identifies timestamps in the legal data and performs time-based statistical analysis. Results of the statistical analyses can be presented to a user via a graphical user interface (GUI), which may also allow the user to interact with the legal analytics platform and search one or more databases of legal data.



LEGAL TIMELINE ANALYTICS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Various of the disclosed embodiments concern systems and methods for applying legal analytics. In some embodiments, a legal analytics platform retrieves legal data from an electronic database, analyzes some or all of the legal data, and identifies interesting patterns and results of statistical analyses. In order to permit searching of the legal data, metadata elements or tags can be generated for legal entities and legal events. In some embodiments, the legal analytics platform identifies timestamps in the legal data and performs time-based statistical analysis. Results of the statistical analyses can be presented to a user via a graphical user interface (GUI), which may also allow the user to interact with the legal analytics platform and search one or more databases of legal data.



ANALYZING AND CHARACTERIZING LEGAL CASE OUTCOMES

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Various of the disclosed embodiments concern systems and methods for applying legal analytics. In some embodiments, a legal analytics platform retrieves legal data from an electronic database, analyzes some or all of the legal data, and identifies interesting patterns and results of statistical analyses. In order to permit searching of the legal data, metadata elements or tags can be generated for legal entities and legal events. In some embodiments, the legal analytics platform identifies timestamps in the legal data and performs time-based statistical analysis. Results of the statistical analyses can be presented to a user via a graphical user interface (GUI), which may also allow the user to interact with the legal analytics platform and search one or more databases of legal data.



DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING VALIDATION AND AUTHENTICATION OF A PHYSICAL STRUCTURE OR PHYSICAL OBJECT

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A communicating device, method, and computer readable medium for performing a process of authenticating a physical structure. The communicating device includes circuitry that is configured to transmit a first instruction to a mobile device, receive first information associated with execution of the first instruction by the mobile device, validate the first information in order to determine a first score corresponding to the first instruction, by comparing the first information with pre-stored information, transmit a second instruction to the mobile device, receive, from the mobile device, second information associated with execution of the second instruction by the mobile device, validate the second information to determine a second score corresponding to the second instruction, by comparing the second information with pre-stored information, and generate an authentication result for the physical structure in response to the first and second scores being greater than first and second predetermined thresholds respectively.



DATA COLLECTION, STORAGE, AND PROCESSING SYSTEM USING ONE OR MORE INPUTS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system for collecting, storing, and/or analyzing data received from one or more inputs comprising a property information database, a profile preference database, and one or more modules for accessing the databases. The system may receive data from a multiple listing service, internet source, and/or drone. The system may calculate and store a predicted property value and/or compare the predicted property value to a stored listed property price. A real estate offer and/or orders for an inspection, appraisal, contractor walkthrough, preliminary title report, or loan applications may be generated and/or sent to an entity based, at least in part, on information stored in the property information database and/or the profile preference database.



METHOD OF PROVIDING ELECTRIC POWER TO A HOST

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of providing electric power and energy to a host comprises executing a power purchase agreement between a provider and the host. The provider has an electric generator system and the host has a facility located on a property of the host. The provider becomes a market participant in the regional wholesale electricity markets. The provider installs the generator system on the host's property. The provider provides power and energy to the host's facility through a local utility as an electric supplier. The provider provides distributed power and energy to the host's facility directly from the generator system.



System and method for improved inspection techniques

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Improved techniques for documenting and correcting deficiencies indentified during inspections are provided. Exemplary embodiments may use a portable electronic device, running an application to document inspection results. The application may provide a series of user interfaces and menus to support recordation of the inspection results. This portable electronic device may interface with a computer system over a computer network. Through this interface, an inspector may upload inspection results, which may include digital images, generate reports, and provide notification of deficiencies. Work orders may be generated and forwarded to appropriate entities for correction. The system may enable real-time collaboration during inspections and also during correction of deficiencies.



AUTOMATED AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITY DETERMINATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for autonomous record population with past agricultural treatments, including: monitoring a user device parameter of a user device for a trigger event, wherein the user device is associated with a user account; automatically initiating sensor measurement recordation with a user device in response to occurrence of the trigger event; recording a set of sensor measurements over a treatment time period; automatically identifying a past agricultural treatment based on the sensor measurements; and automatically generating a record of the past agricultural treatment for the user account, the record including: the treatment time period, an identifier for the past agricultural treatment, and a field identifier for the predefined geofence.



INTEGRATED SYSTEM FOR AUTHORIZING, DOCUMENTING, VERIFYING, BILLING AND ADJUDICATING LONG TERM SERVICES AND SUPPORTS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods for sharing billing information across at least two organizations in an integrated manner are described. A physical node may receive a request for authorization for a user in an organization to access an individual's information in another organization. The request may be logged. The physical node may determine whether the user is authorized to access the individual's information and, if it is, provide appropriate access. Also disclosed is an integrated web application and system which includes the core plan, budget, service authorizations, service documentation, claims, and communications of an individual under care and allows for calculated access and communication with external authorization and payment systems.



PRICE ASSESSMENT PLATFORM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and systems for producing price assessments are disclosed. In certain implementations, the methods and systems may include establishing an opening price and setting the price assessment to the opening price. An assessment period having a length may be commenced during which pricing input may be received and the price assessment is displayed. The pricing assessment may be updated based on the input. The assessment period length may be modified responsive to determining that a qualifying event has occurred.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH LEGAL, COMPLIANCE AND REGULATORY RISK

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Some embodiments include a system, method, apparatus and means for managing information associated with risk. In some embodiments, information associated with risk is collected, analyzed, stored, and disseminated. According to some embodiments, the information associated with risk is utilized to identify risk.



INSURANCE TRACKING

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and systems for a complete vehicle ecosystem are provided. Specifically, systems that when taken alone, or together, provide an individual or group of individuals with an intuitive and comfortable vehicular environment. The present disclosure builds on integrating existing technology with new devices, methods, and systems to provide a complete vehicle ecosystem.



System and Method of managing a supplemental program for a bonding company

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention discloses a system and method comprising stored instructions for managing operations of a supplemental pool insurance program for bail bonding companies. The system includes a server application that manages storage data devices that contain each bail bonding company profile information and supplemental pool insurance program information. The system further includes client devices in communication with a server application programs that manage each bail bonding company supplemental pool insurance.



Systems and Methods for Determining and Recovering Salvage Value of Property and Building Materials

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure relates to a systems and methods for determining, handling, tracking, and recovering salvage value. Specifically, the present disclosure relates to systems and methods for determining the value of insured-retained salvage, as well as, determining a salvage value for property turned over to an insurance company. The present disclosure also relates to systems and methods for determining the value of building material salvage, specifically building materials as a recyclable commodity, thereby offering environmentally-friendly solutions. The present disclosure further relates to systems and methods for handling content recovery management, specifically for content related to an insurance loss, thereby offering solutions for the same that are environmentally-friendly and/or charitable.



GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE SYSTEM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A computer system configured to generate data to provide an interactive graphical interface for display on a remote user device is configured to provide an interactive graphical interface including first and second screen areas, and icons for user manipulation, each icon corresponding to a user goal. Icons corresponding to user goals of a first set are displayed within the first screen area, and icons corresponding to user goals of the second set are displayed in the second screen area. A gap is calculated and displayed based on data associated with icons and stored data. Responsive to receipt of data indicative of drag and drop movement of an icon between the first and second screen areas, the gap is recalculated and a resized gap is displayed.



REAL-TIME REHYPE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for real-time rehype is described. The method being implemented on a computer system having one or more physical processors programmed with computer program instructions which, when executed, perform the method. The method comprising allocating a real-time rehype position to an investor; pending, by the computer system, the position into a dealer box of the investor; determining, by the computer system, the liquidity of the investor; in response to the investor having insufficient liquidity, continue pending the position into a dealer box; and in response to the investor having sufficient liquidity, settling the position with the investor.



SYSTEM FOR RESOURCE ALLOCATION ASSESSMENT AND ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Embodiments of the invention provide for systems, computer program products, and methods for a resource usage and allocation wellness tool that provides an overview of the well-being of resource allocation plan participants based on whether or not they are exhibiting behaviors in the resource allocation plan that may lead to success. The resource usage and allocation wellness tool creates a wellness score for plan participants based on the behaviors of the participants. The resource allocation plan wellness tool provides a report to an institution that shows aggregated wellness scores and aggregated metrics illustrating the well-being of plan participants based on the participants that utilize an advice service, trends of the plan participates over time, and comparisons against plan participants of other institutions.



System for Determining Margin Requirements

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods are provided for determining volatility levels and margin requirements for portfolios that include swaptions. End of day volatility data from swaption dealers. The data may be filtered and blended to obtain data and then a modified SABR model may be used to fit a smile to the data points. The modified SABR model models density instead of implied volatility



Targeted Benefit Account

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Exemplary embodiments provide a single financial account that may contain funds in either an actual or a notional balance from one or more payment, benefit, and/or entitlement programs with the funds being made available to an account holder through the use of a multipurpose financial account card that may be used for transactions. The account may accept funds from various non-governmental sources and prevent comingling of funds where comingling is not permitted or enable comingling of funds where permitted or encouraged. The access to and use of the funds may be governed by one or more hierarchical rules based on the type of funds' that determine the funds application to the transaction.



SETTLEMENT ALGORITHM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for settlement of repo agreement utilizing a settlement algorithm is described. The method being implemented on a computer system having one or more physical processors programmed with computer program instructions which, when executed, perform the method. The method comprising optimizing a portfolio of new trades; generating settlement instructions based on rulesets, basket IDs, and collateral preference schedule; repurchasing residual collateral from the maturing and principal decrease trades in the prescribed asset class order using dealer's liquidity; and settling new trades and principal increase trades up to a projected settlement amount.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATICALLY STRUCTURING AND APPROVING OFFERS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A disclosed system for structuring and approving an offer may include one or more memory devices storing software instructions. The system may also include one or more processors configured to execute the software instructions to receive a loan application request, the loan application request including information identifying a vehicle characteristic. The one or more processors may be further configured to identify a vehicle that matches the vehicle characteristic and determine a loan offer for a customer to purchase the vehicle comprising at least a first loan term. The one or more processors may be further configured to provide the loan offer to an offer system, and receive a response from the offer system related to the loan offer, the response including a loan offer modification.



SYSTEM FOR SPEND ANALYSIS DATA TRANSFORMATION FOR LIFE EVENT INFERENCE TRACKING

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Embodiments of the invention are directed to a system, method, or computer program product for a distributive network system with specialized data feeds associated with the distributive network for identifying and predicting times of life events within a level of certainty. Utilizing machine learning techniques the likelihood of occurrence of a life event it identified based on a compilation of data points including customer total spend, the magnitude of item or merchant level transactions, and the frequency of item or merchant level transactions. Once a threshold of characteristics is reached, the system identifies with a degree of certainty that an event will occur and a time frame in which it will occur, termed an event horizon. One the event horizon is generated with sufficient evidence from the data points, future actions are positively-biased towards the occurrence of the event.



METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ENABLING A CREDIT ECONOMY IN A REAL-TIME COLLABORATIVE INTELLIGENCE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods are for enabling a group of individuals, each using an individual computing device, to collaboratively answer questions or otherwise express a collaborative will/intent in real-time. The collaboration system comprises a plurality of computing devices, each of the devices being used by an individual user, each of the computing devices enabling its user to contribute to the emerging real-time group-wise intent. A collaboration server is disclosed that communicates remotely to the plurality of individual computing devices. Herein, a variety of inventive methods are disclosed for implementing a credit economy for the collaboration system. A credit amount is associated with each user. Credits are awarded to one or more users for certain events, such as successful completion of a collaborative session. Credits are decremented to one or more users for other events, such as for asking a question to be answered by the group.



NOTIFYING DEVICE, NOTIFYING METHOD, PROGRAM AND NON-TRANSITORY RECORDING MEDIUM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A notification-date-and-hour obtaining unit obtains a notification date and hour for transactions watched by a user, and preceded by a set time interval from a deadline for each transaction. Notification of transaction deadlines are sent after the notification date and hour associated with each transaction comes. When the user takes an action designated in the notification by the deadline, a presenting unit determines a collective time period containing the deadline for the transaction subjected to the notification. Next, the presenting unit presents to the user, a request page of the transaction subjected to the notification when the transaction within the collective time period and reaching the deadline within the collective time period is only the transaction subjected to the notification. The presenting unit collects information of respective request pages for the transactions within the collective time period when there are multiple transactions within the collective time period.



Net Offer Bidding Platform

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems, methods, and devices of the various embodiments may provide a real-estate offer and bidding platform. The real-estate offer and bidding platform may allow all buyers to view the terms that impact the net offer and the net offers of their competition. The real-estate offer and bidding platform may allow buyers to compete not only on the gross offer, but also the net offer, and the terms that impact the net offer. Various embodiments may include methods, systems, and devices for receiving an offer form indicating one or more terms of a bid for a property from a real estate buyer computing device at a server hosting a net offer bidding platform, determining a net offer for the bid based on the indicated one or more terms at the server, and displaying the determined net offer for the bid in a bid table associated with the property.



METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING ACTIONS OF AN AUCTION OF A PRODUCT OR SERVICE THROUGH A COMMUNICATION NETWORK

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for performing actions of an auction of a product or service through a communication network including sending to a plurality of sellers product or service specifications with an upset price wherein the plurality of sellers present a plurality of offers in homogenous manner for auction; receiving the plurality of offers; storing the plurality of offers in a database of communication network; receiving, from a plurality of buyers, purchase proposals for the product or service, the proposals being determined for each of the offers of the plurality of sellers; storing purchase proposals in the database; processing the purchase proposals and determining a plurality of lots, each of the lots of the plurality of lots being constituted by the plurality of purchase proposals received for each of the offers of the plurality of offers; and monitoring the moment when one of the sellers of the plurality of sellers buys a respective lot of the plurality of lots thereby defining the opportune moment, in the course of the auction, the price range of his interest to sell the product or service to the plurality of buyers who has given the plurality of purchase proposals in the respective lot bought.



PRESENTATION OF BIDDING ACTIVITY

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In various example embodiments, a system and method for presentation of bidding activity are presented. A series of bids is received from users participating in an auction of an item that is available for sale from an online marketplace. One or more values from the series of bids are determined. Times of receipt for the series of bids are also determined. A graph that depicts the series of bids as a set of points is generated. Display of the graph on a web page corresponding to the auction of the item is caused.



LEASE PURCHASE SYSTEM AND METHOD

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Embodiments of the invention provide a system and method for generating a lease-purchase agreement including a non-transitory computer-readable medium with software instructions a processor configured to execute the software instructions to cause the system to couple to a front end client including a customer interface including an approval and order session, to process a customer application by verifying a customer in the approval session, and switching to the order session to enable an approved customer to select a good, review an estimate, select a payment option, and order a good. The customer can review an initial and monthly payment, optionally select a user-definable early purchase option payment amount if applicable, and sign a lease agreement generated by the system. The front end client can be a web coupled device, where the approval and order sessions transmit over the Internet, or a kiosk device that displays the approval and order sessions.



Health Insurance Plan Comparison Tool

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A tool comparing different health insurance plans. A User can review a plurality of health plans for likely cost, quality, and provider availability. The results are arranged in a table according to selectable criteria, such as actuarially estimated total costs (premiums plus actuarial estimate of out-of-pocket). Actuarial cost estimates are used with one or more of the following: personalized summary quality measures produced by the User's applying personal weights to different aspects of quality; availability of User-selected health care providers indicating if these providers participate in each listed plan; information on the costs and quality of available health care providers; ability for User to adjust actuarial estimates based on User-predicted health care conditions, procedures, and products; and ability for User to adjust premiums based on User preference as to whether to accept the full available subsidy. User can sort, filter, and select plans based on displayed features.



METHODS FOR SUBMITTING A FOOD ORDER REMOTELY

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

One variation of the method for submitting a food order remotely includes: generating a graphical icon representative of a food item and a customization option for the food item selected by a customer; associating the icon with a payment option; associating the icon with a store location to fulfill the food item; displaying the icon on a display of a mobile computing device; and, in response to receiving a selection of the icon, submitting a food order including the food item, the customization option, and the payment option to the store location.



IDENTIFYING SOLD INDICATORS IN SOCIAL NETWORKING SYSTEM LISTINGS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure is directed toward systems and methods for identifying sold indicators within for-sale groups hosted by a social networking system. For example, systems and methods described herein identify information and social networking activities associated with a sale listing to determine whether an item advertised by the sale listing has been sold. Furthermore, systems and methods can prompt a seller associated with the sale listing to take action with regard to the sale listing in response to a determination that the item advertised by the sale listing has been sold.



Intelligent Item Tracking and Expedited Item Reordering by Stakeholders

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A computer-implemented method and system are described for ordering items within a zone of a physical location. An example method may include wirelessly receiving at a server via a computer network a unique identifier associated with a physical ordering device, the physical ordering device being remotely located from the server, retrieving, at the server from an information source, item information describing an item configured to be associated with the unique identifier of the physical ordering device, retrieving, at the server from the information source, shipping data including a physical location uniquely associated with the physical ordering device, and generating at the server a purchase request for re-ordering the item. The method may further include processing at the server the purchase request, and authorizing at the server shipment of the item to the physical location associated with the physical ordering device responsive to the processing of the purchase request.



ORDERING AND PAYMENT SYSTEMS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for processing a product transaction. An order system is provided which independently stores orders generated by a customer, in a customer order repository. A customer order repository (COR) is associated with a customer order repository ID which identifies the customer order repository. When shopping, the customer selects a product and provides the customer order repository ID to the vendor. The vendor provides the COR ID to the order processing system together with information identifying the product. The order processing system then communicates with a customer device via a customer interface, such as a client application. The customer confirms the order and the order processing system processes payment. Details of order processing and other information relating to the order may be published on social network sites and communicated to the customer and to the vendor.



Systems, methods, and apparatus for wireless thermal printing for order fulfillment

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems, methods, and a printer apparatus using network-based communication over 3G or 4G wireless networks, and provides for electronic response from the printer relating to order confirmation and fulfillment at the recipient printer, in communication to an order management coordinator or server. The printer provides an order output including at least one symbol representing an order, including at least one of order content, ordering entity or individual, price, time of order, and combinations thereof.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMMERCIALIZING AVATARS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a system having a controller to offer for sale an avatar engine that generates a visual representation of an interactive avatar capable of engaging in a verbal communication exchange by way of an audio system of a computing device from which the avatar engine is adapted to operate, receive a purchase request from a communication device, transmit to the communication device a usage policy and a copy of the avatar engine responsive to determining that the purchase request involves a request for a reproduction of at least a portion of the avatar engine, and enable the communication device to access services of the avatar engine responsive to determining that the purchase request involves the request for services of the avatar engine. Other embodiments are disclosed.



AUTOMATED SHOPPING APPARATUS AND METHOD IN RESPONSE TO CONSUMPTION

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and apparatuses are provided for use in tracking product consumption. Some embodiments provide a product purchasing apparatus comprising: a transceiver; a control circuit; and a memory coupled to the control circuit and storing computer instructions that when executed by the control circuit cause the control circuit to: receive multiple product data from a restockable customer product storage unit located at a customer residence; evaluate each of the multiple product data relative to one or more thresholds within a continuously updated customer profile; identify one or more products to be replenished as a function of the continuously updated customer profile; automatically cause a purchase, on behalf of the customer, of at least a first product to replenish at least one of the one or more products to be replenished; and obtain payment from a source associated with the customer.



AUTOMATIC NEGOTIATION USING REAL TIME MESSAGING

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In various example embodiments, a system and method for generating a message that identifies an item listing are presented. A message that identifies a first item listing is received from a client device. A determination of a price of a first item from the first item listing is identified. A second item listing of a second item is identified, the second item being priced lower than the price of the first item. A message that identifies the second item listing is generated. Display of a message that identifies the second item is caused.



VISUAL SEARCH IN A CONTROLLED SHOPPING ENVIRONMENT

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Various embodiments enable a customer to quickly search additional information (e.g., product variations, sizes, price and availability) related to a specific product. For example, the customer can request additional information of a specific product by submitting an image of the specific product from a computing device. In one embodiment, location of the customer can be determined based on the image submitted by the customer. Product features can be extracted from the image according to various imaging processing and text recognition algorithms and then used to match products that are within view of the customer. A search results with additional information of the specific product can be provided to the computing device for presentation to the customer.



Supply-Chain Side Assistance

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus, device, method, computer program product, and system that identifies an item having a presence within a geographic locale in response to a signal indicative of the item, obtains a first instance of a supply-chain assistance corresponding to the identified item from a first source and obtaining a second instance of a supply-chain assistance corresponding to the identified item from a second source; and aggregates the first supply-chain assistance and the second supply-chain assistance.



Application for Searching External Sales Websites and Notifying the User of the Best Available Offer

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of managing listings for products and services from external sales websites utilizes a user account, a display threshold, and a best match threshold. A plurality of buyable entities is retrieved from a plurality of external sales websites in order to provide the user account with the preferred buyable entity. In doing so, a search query is initially received from the user account and the relevant results from the plurality of buyable entities are produced accordingly. A similarity factor is used to determine if the results exceed the display threshold and the best match threshold. The results are sorted and displayed according to the similarity factor. If the preferred buyable entity is not available at first, the user account is later notified as soon as the preferred buyable entity is confirmed to be available. A preferred contact method is used in the notification process.