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Microsoft files patent application for "Quiet Time" feature

0. phoneArena 17 Nov 2013, 21:01 posted on

Microsoft has filed a patent application for a system that can be used to prevent a teenager's phone from making phone calls while behind the wheel of a moving car. Called "Quiet Time," the feature could prevent phone calls from being made during certain times of the day, with exceptions made to call certain numbers like Mom, or Dad or the cops...

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posted on 17 Nov 2013, 21:18 8

1. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


This is a good idea, but I don't think it should receive a patent. Cynaogenmod literally has the same "quiet hours" settings that does the exact same thing. Actually, this feature has been embedded in the ROM since 2010.

Just goes to show how stuffed up the patent system is.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 21:34 4

3. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3537; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


You're just mad because it would be implemented on a WP device.. Tell me something.. What's your OS of choice❔ Because I haven't seen you on one Android, or iPhone related article today.. Yet in still you appear on every WP, MS, or Nokia related article with something negative to say everytime.. It would be OK if you gave credit where credit is due, but you've obviously got a pathetic chip on your shoulder.. Now, I understand that you may not find anything to give credit to, but by now everyone knows that, and you don't have to keep convincing us that you don't want to buy a WP device... Why do you waist your breath❔... Like I said last time.. You really want a WP device, it's just that you're to afraid of what your friends will think because it's not "popular"... So what's going to be your next device❔ Is it definitely going to be a WP device, or is it going to be Android.. And, I don't want to hear a bunch of besides the point BS. Just answer the question.. Either answer the questions, or just admit that you come on these related articles just to ruin it for the fans... Those are your only options❕

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 21:45 5

4. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


I'm not mad, I'm simply telling the truth. I have used that feature for a long time now (search up cyanogenmod quiet hours).

And as for my preferred OS, Android is it, though I'm welcome to change if there is a better one. And I'm not irrationally bashing WP8, (I did say this feature was a good idea) I'm simply pointing out its flaws. After all, I used to bash Android and think that Windows tablets were the way forward.

It's good to express an opinion, and I might just get an RT device if the original surface has a firesale.

Oh, and I don't care what is popular and what isn't, I just use what suits me.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 21:56 2

5. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3537; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Ok, fair enough.. But, we'll see.. We got our eyes on you, boi❕

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 22:15 2

6. Reality_Check (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Okkkaaaayyyy... When did you become the universal watchdog? I thought that was NSA's job !!

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 00:41 1

13. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3537; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


A long, long, time ago. Do you have a point❔

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 00:50 2

15. tedkord (Posts: 4701; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Nobody is mad that its going to be on a WP device. We don't like stolen ideas being given patent protection, so that the originators can be either banned or extorted for their own idea.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 22:35 1

7. sprockkets (Posts: 1160; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Then again, Nokia's ancient dumbphones had multiple profiles that could be activated at certain time periods.

Oh poor Microsoft. Trying to patent stuff to make a case to patent troll Android OEMs for money. Too bad they already have all the prior art to invalidate it.

Oh, there is a new feature about it being location based perhaps, but that isn't really a novel invention or something non obvious to someone skilled in the arts to implement. AKA a software patent.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 23:39 1

11. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


There are limitations to the prior art argument. You ever heard of a mouse-trap. The prior art didn't stop a second guy from making a better mouse-trap.

"Quiet Time" the idea may not be new, but how MicroSoft approaches this idea has to involve a different method or process.

People are still building mouse- traps, prior art notwithstanding.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 22:05

23. sprockkets (Posts: 1160; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


I don't think you know what you are talking about.

If you build a better mouse trap then it follows that you did something new and novel and thus, no prior art existed. You can then patent your innovation, not withstanding still having to deal with the original patent if such exists.

Nothing here in MS patent is new or novel in any way.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 01:42

19. taikucing (unregistered)


Calm down, dude. No need to be angry. MS may patent it. But this feature will become a free app or mod in android. So, MS can't sue anyone.
In android, I can use the stupid chess board launcher like WP8 but WP8 can't use android like launcher.
Understand? yes.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 05:16

22. deewinc (Posts: 156; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Dude whether it is going to WP or not, that should not be the reason for you to fire up like a chimney. The feature surely does not deserve a patent, it is already in existence as explained above.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 22:50

9. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 966; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


my n9 has an app called situations one of this app's many features is similar to this patent so yeah i agree with you ! on how it shouldn't be patented !

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 21:19 1

2. ShenAlJoker (Posts: 96; Member since: 19 Jul 2013)


No no no no no nooooooooooooooo!
Don't do that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 22:38

8. Whateverman (Posts: 3195; Member since: 17 May 2009)


The question is, who controls this app/feature? I don't like the thought of anyone blocking my access to my phone. I hope at the very least it can be disabled by the account owner.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 23:05

10. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2599; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Good feature but should be controlled by owner when required.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 00:19 1

12. spectrums (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


Microsoft Failur Selling Phone, So His Selling Patent Now :)

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 02:28

20. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


"The feature would be disabled when a quieted device bumps with the main mobile device."

Wut? The quieted device bumps with... main mob... ile... device? Wut? I really don't understand that sentence.

Also:
"In another scenario, parents could set up the "Quiet Time" function before their child gets into the car and drives."

Lol, driving children. Maybe it's the time (4:30 am), but that cracked me up.

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