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Method to filter notifications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235473D
Original Publication Date: 2014-Mar-03
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2014-Mar-03
Document File: 1 page(s) / 7K

Publishing Venue

Lenovo

Related People

John Mese: INVENTOR [+6]

Abstract

While performing a task that you do not want to be interrupted (e.g., watching video), phone and email messages, in general, can be annoying. It can be especially annoying if in presentation mode (multiple-monitor mode or a WebEx session), as the notifications may inadvertently show private information.

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Method to filter notifications

    The system or application can be configured to allow notifications only from senders that the user has explicitly permitted (e.g., via contact list attribute or membership within a group). Temporary notification override would go into effect during critical tasks (e.g. video). User doesn't have to keep checking for an important notification. The notification could show transparently on top of full screen content, to be less obtrusive.

    The filtering could also take advantage of the type of notification. For example, never show sign-in/sign-out notifications but do show incoming email previews subject to the sender filtering rules mentioned above. Additional rules could be set to change behavior based on the app in the foreground, like PowerPoint.

    It could also detect the existence of multi-monitor environment or WebEx session and dynamically switch to utilizing the filter rules.