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Method for controlling software in an electronic system having an insertable peripheral device

Patent Number: 6,845,408

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An embodiment of the present invention is directed to a method for controlling software in an electronic system having a plurality of applications and an insertable peripheral device. In one embodiment of the present invention, an indication is received from a headphone jack regarding the insertion state of an audio plug. In response to the indication, a software application resident on said electronic system is automatically notified of the insertion state. In response to the notifying, the execution state of the software application is automatically changed. In one example, the application suspends when the plug is removed and automatically resumes when the plug is reinserted.
Patent Number: 6,845,408
Issue Date: 2005-01-18

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