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1. (WO2007007169) ALTERNATIVE NOTIFIER FOR MULTIMEDIA USE
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CLAIMS:
WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:
1. A method for displaying data on a portable electronic device comprising;
displaying graphical data on a graphical display;
responsive to an event that is independent of the graphical data,
selecting an event type from a list that associates each of at least two event types with one of at least two display formats, and
displaying the graphical data on the graphical display simultaneously with a notifier of the event in the selected format.

2. The method of claim 1 , wherein the event comprises an alarm within a memory of the portable electronic device.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein the device comprises a mobile station and the event comprises an incoming call.

4. The method of claim 3, wherein the notifier flashes at least during a time when the incoming call may be received by a user.

5. The method of claim 1 , wherein the device comprises a mobile station and the event comprises an incoming text message, further wherein the notifier comprises at least a portion of the message text.

6. The method of claim 5, wherein the notifier automatically scrolls to display the entire message text.

7. The method of claim 1, wherein the graphical data comprises video data received over a wireless link and displayed in real time, stored in a storage media of the device, or fed from a camera framing a scene.

8. The method of claim 1, wherein the graphical data comprises computer gaming data at least partially stored on a storage media of the device.

9. The method of claim 1, wherein displaying a notifier of the event and the graphical data simultaneously on the graphical display comprises displaying the graphical data at a first portion of the graphical display and displaying the notifier at a second portion of the graphical display.

10. The method of claim 1 , wherein displaying a notifier of the event and the graphical data simultaneously on the graphical display comprises displaying the notifier
superimposed over a portion of the graphical data.

11. The method of claim 1, further comprising:
responsive to a plurality of said events to which a user acknowledgement has not been received, displaying the graphical data on the graphical display simultaneously with a notifier of the event in a format that summarizes the plurality of events.

12. The method of claim 1 wherein:
the display format associated with an incoming call event comprises, in the case where a calling party identifier is matched to a calling party number in a local memory of the device, displaying the calling party name; and
the display format associated with a message event comprises displaying at least a portion of text specific to the message.

13. The method of claim 1 wherein the display format associated with an incoming call event comprises flashing the notifier of the incoming call event only while the incoming call is active.

14. A program of machine-readable instructions, tangibly embodied on an information bearing medium and executable by a digital data processor, to perform actions directed toward simultaneously displaying graphical data with a notifier of an event unrelated to the graphical data, the actions comprising:
displaying graphical data at a graphical display screen;
responsive to an event that is independent of the graphical data, determining an event type for the event;
accessing a local storage media to select a display format associated with the event type; and displaying on the graphical display screen a notifier of the event in the selected format simultaneously with the graphical data.

15. The program of claim 14, wherein the event comprises one of an incoming call, a user-designated alarm, an IM message, a multimedia message, and an SMS message.

16. The program of claim 14, wherein the information bearing medium is disposed within a mobile station.

17. The program of claim 14, wherein displaying a notifier of the event and the graphical data simultaneously on the graphical display comprises displaying the graphical data at a first portion of the graphical display and displaying the notifier at a second portion of the graphical display.

18. The program of claim 14, wherein the actions further comprise:
responsive to a plurality of said events to which a user acknowledgement has not been received, displaying on the graphical display screen a notifier of the said plurality of events in a summary format simultaneously with the graphical data.

19. A portable electronic device comprising:
means for receiving graphical data;
display means for displaying the graphical data;
means for receiving an event and classifying the received event by type;
means for associating each of at least two event types with one of a plurality of display formats; and
means for adapting the display means to display a notifier of the received event, in the display format associated with the event type, simultaneously with the graphical data.

20. The device of claim 19, wherein:
the means for receiving graphical data comprises at least one of a digital television receiver, a camera of the device, and a local storage media of the device;
the means for classifying the event by type comprises a processor and the means for associating comprises a data file in a local storage media of the device coupled to said processor;

the means for adapting comprises a display driver for the display means; and the means for receiving an event comprises one of a wireless receiver and a local storage media coupled to a processor.

21. An electronic device comprising:
a graphical display screen for displaying graphical data;
a processor and a display driver coupled to the graphical display screen for providing the graphical data; and
a local storage media coupled to the processor for storing an association of each of at least two event types with one of at least two display formats;
wherein the processor operates to
responsive to receiving an event that is independent of the graphical data, determine an event type of the received event,
select the display format associated with the determined event type, and
with the display driver, display the graphical data on the graphical display screen simultaneously with a notifier of the event in the selected format.

22. The electronic device of claim 21 comprising a mobile station that further comprises a wireless receiver and an antenna, wherein the at least two event types comprise an incoming call, an e-mail message, and at least one of a SMS and an IM message, each of said event types associated with a different display format.

23. The electronic device of claim 21 wherein the local storage media further comprises a user enabled alarm that comprises one of the at least two event types.

24. The electronic device of claim 21, wherein the processor and the display driver further operates, responsive to a plurality of said events to which a user acknowledgement has not been received at a user input of the device, to display the graphical data on the graphical display simultaneously with a notifier of the event in a format that summarizes the plurality of events.