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Connectivity for a European Gigabit Society – starting today?

The European Commission proposed in September 14 a “connectivity package” containing, amongst others, a Code to overhauling the current EU telecoms rules and an Action Plan for 5G, aiming to meet Europeans’ growing connectivity needs and boost Europe’s competitiveness. Intel … Read more >

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“Closing the Talent Gap in Federal IT” — A Model Congressional Hearing!

By Thomas Gann, Director, Global Public Sector, Government and Policy Group, Intel Corporation It’s fair to say that the terms “Inspirational” and “Congressional hearing” rarely go together.  Too often hearings focus on the scandal of the day or on arcane … Read more >

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Demonstrating innovation and safety: drones take flight in the European Parliament

  By Kirsty Macdonald With its spiralling glass and steel atrium and myriad overlaying bridges, the European Parliament might not be the most obvious place to fly a drone but that is exactly what we did at a conference on … Read more >

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STEM-tastic Results in our Oakland Education Initiative

Posted for Barbara Whye, the Executive Director of Strategy and External Alliances in Intel’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Office – you can follow her on Twitter @steministbarb. The Intel-Oakland Unified School District initiative has produced fantastic results in year one … Read more >

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Intel® IoT Developer Kit: Your Gateway to Commercial Cloud Solutions with Microsoft Azure* IoT

Microsoft Azure* collaborates with Intel IoT® Technologies to provide developers with a full set of development tools – from the edge to the cloud. 

For many data-driven businesses, it’s already challenging to keep the software, firmware and configuration of IoT devices up-to-date. That issue is often compounded when equipment and sensors become geographically dispersed. As developers ask IoT to do more than ever before, the need for fully-integrated solutions continues to increase. 

With this need in mind, Intel and Microsoft are collaborating to provide a complete set of development tools for IoT – from the edge to the cloud.  With the Intel® IoT Developer Kit and Microsoft Azure* IoT Cloud Services you will have a better out-of-the-box experience, can access data easier, and rapidly move from prototype to product. Connecting the wide array of commercial devices becomes simpler, allowing access to information that was previously unavailable. Data can now be manipulated with advanced analytics, and utilized in a number of ways. 

Open to All Developers

The design of IoT should be on your terms. With use of the Intel® IoT Developer Kit in conjunction with Microsoft Azure* IoT, you are in control of your design. Whether you specialize in transportation or retail, Microsoft Azure* and the Intel® IoT developer kit help you rapidly prototype your project by enabling developers to use a variety of programming languages, sensor libraries, and devices in the same ecosystem. 

Rapid Prototyping to Product

A difficult hurdle for developers to overcome is the integration of devices in a commercial atmosphere. It is possible to hook up more equipment and drive data to the cloud easier than ever before using an Intel® NUC Gateway and Microsoft Azure* IoT. This integration allows you to view, manage and deliver near real-time data, allowing you to quickly move from prototype to product, as well as send data to your customers. By using Microsoft Azure* services through an Intel® Gateway, you can include stream analytics, machine learning and even notification hubs to trigger specific outcomes.

Best Developer Experience

Without fully-integrated IoT tools, the ability to manage devices and data requires individual connections, from the development platform to the device itself. With use of an Intel® Gateway and Microsoft Azure* IoT, you can centrally manage many devices, resulting in a simplified deployment methodology that saves time and money.

There is no longer a need to develop on a single platform or language, maintain device connections separately or worry about cross-platform compatibility. Using the resources of Microsoft Azure* IoT and the Intel® IoT Developer Program smooths out multi-language issues, making the developer experience simple and easy.

Code Samples to Get Started

Intel and Microsoft* have collaborated to make getting started easier. Between JavaScript*, Java* and C++, there are 28 code samples available through Github and the Intel® Software Developer Zone for IoT Microsoft Azure* page.

Not only can you experiment with the great starter project code, you can also utilize the code basics within your own innovations. With access to reliable code, you will have one less worry, allowing you to focus upon the big picture.

Fast-Track your Project

Versatile and performance optimized, Intel® IoT Developer Kits, which include Intel® Edison and Intel® IoT Gateway technologies, are supported by a variety of programming environments, tools and security options. 

Take the difficulty out of managing IoT by using Microsoft Azure* IoT Cloud Services with Intel® IoT Technologies, allowing you to innovate and rapidly move from prototype to product. You can find a demonstration of a rapid path-to-product IoT solution for retail using cloud data analytics on the Intel® Software Developer Zone for IoT along with numerous other code samples and tutorials. 

Visit Intel’s Microsoft Azure* IoT resource page to download software, code samples and get your project started. 

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Devising the Theory of Economic Incentives for Cybersecurity

Technologists pursuing interesting and elegant solutions in cybersecurity frequently lack the knowledge of economics to anticipate the influences of other technologies, existing infrastructure, and technology evolution on the potential  success of the technologies they are creating.  Viable solutions may not … Read more >

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Podcast: Mike Bates Discusses Distributed Energy Resources and Changing Business Models for Utilities

In the above podcast, Mike Bates, Director of Energy at Intel, discusses how energy and utilities’ business models are changing and how distributed energy resources will be tied into the energy markets. Mike also shares some insights into the exciting trends … Read more >

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Intel Commends the Advent of Federal Autonomous Vehicle Guidelines

Marjorie Dickman, Global Director & Managing Counsel of Internet of Things Policy at Intel Corporation As a global technology leader in advancing the future of fully autonomous driving, Intel appreciates the U.S. Department of Transportation’s announcement today of guidelines for … Read more >

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Driving Cloud Gaming Into the Mainstream

A quick glance through all 2016 cloud gaming related news and articles is enough to realize how fundamentally divided game pundits are towards the streaming delivery model.

On one side are the bulls. They espouse the sheer beauty of the concept: the world tends to digitalization, globalization, simplicity, rapidity, cross-screen and multi-device gaming, services vs. products, subscription models replacing traditional sales. Consumers have already switched to Spotify*, Netflix*, and the like, so it seems only natural to add a streaming games subscription and this shift is inevitable.

On the other hand are the bears, mainly influenced by the turbulent history of some past ventures, the reliability of a user experience closely linked to a steady Internet connection and, especially, to the cost of the hardware involved. Cost efficiency is the Mother of All Battles, as we, in PlayGiga, are well aware.

Cloud gaming demands custom servers equipped with multi GPU cloud graphic cards, fed, in turn, by high-end CPUs. On top of that, high-speed 10 Gb interfaces are required to enable the necessary number of concurrent users per server. The complexity of this solution is probably the reason why there´s only a new generation of servers every 2 or 3 years, and why these servers cannot be easily leveraged for other purposes. Unfortunately, customization reduces monetization opportunities for the 95% of the time servers are underutilized when not being accessed by online gamers.

And here’s where Intel® HD Graphics technology, featured in the Intel® Xeon® processor E3 family, comes to the rescue. In PlayGiga we are testing the use of general purpose and high density servers with integrated mainstream GPUs, like the Intel® Iris™ Pro graphics P580 available in the brand new Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1500 v5 product family. We believe this is the right approach to make cloud gaming scalable while delivering cutting-edge performance per watt and more efficient rendering in the cloud. Plus, through server optimization, we are able to vastly reduce the amount of server space and infrastructure required in our datacenter.

The concept is simple enough: mainstream cloud gaming access is achieved through mainstream hardware. The inflection point will be reached once we start seeing the next generation of cloud-optimized video games, which will drive efficiency to an unheard-of level and, with the scalability and cost-efficiency guaranteed… nothing’s gonna stop us now!

PlayGiga is a technological and editorial platform born in 2013 with the aim to lead the Cloud Gaming arena by developing a unique worldwide service based on a proprietary hybrid sandboxed virtualization technology. If you’re interested in learning more about PlayGiga´s cloud gaming solution, please contact us in

Luisfer Fernandez – PlayGiga CTO

Ivan Mayo – R&D Manager, PlayGiga

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