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Today at the Open Compute Project (OCP) European Summit, Microsoft announced the contribution of the 2nd generation Open CloudServer (OCSv2) specification to the OCP. Through a joint engineering collaboration with Intel, the companies have developed a board to go into OCSv2 that features a dual-processor design, built on Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 processors, enabling 28 cores of compute power per blade. Systems based on the OCSv2 and Xeon E5v3 processors are designed to set a new high watermark for performance per watt per dollar. The OCSv2 spec if also designed to maximize performance per unit of data center TCO. For additional information, view the Microsoft blog.

Nixie is the first wearable camera that can fly. At your cue, Nixie unfolds and takes flight. Nixie composes the perfect "selfie" shot from an awesome perspective, capturing the moment without interruption. The Nixie team is coming with nine other teams of innovators for the $500,000 grand prize in the Intel "Make it Wearable challenge" and the notoriety of helping to shape the future of wearables. Catch the video and check out the Wearables press kit.

 

Today, HP introduced Sprout by HP, an immersive computing platform that combines the power of an advanced, all-in-one desktop computer based on a 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor. Sprout's user interface creates a unique experience that breaks down the barriers between the digital and physical worlds. The Sprout Illuminator, a capture and project system which includes Intel RealSense technology, combines a scanner, depth sensor, hi res camera and a projector to allow users to take physical items and seamlessly merge them into the digital workspace. Sprout by HP will be available in the United States for pre-order beginning on October 29th.

Today, Intel released Intel® System Studio 2015, a major upgrade for Intel® Architecture-based embedded application and system software development. This upgrade helps developers improve system reliability and time-to-market with low-overhead trace for Intel® Core™ M processors and low-cost OpenOCD-based JTAG debug for lntel® Quark processors. This version adds two new target operating systems – Windows and Android Lollipop, including 64-bit support. Developers can enhance their productivity by taking advantage of the expanded integration into Eclipse, Wind River Workbench and Microsoft Visual Studio. Additionally, enhanced energy analysis plus compiler and performance library optimizations available in Intel System Studio 2015 help developers achieve better power efficiency along with application and system performance.

Though Halloween may traditionally be about ghosts, ghouls and goodies, don't let your Intel-based devices miss out on all of the fun. This photo from Intel highlights a house decorated for Halloween with some of the latest and greatest tablets, two-in-ones, portable all-in-ones and phone. These Intel-based devices may not go bump in the night, but they are sure to amaze with their versatility and lightning-fast processing power. So "Treat Yourself to Technology" and Happy Halloween from Intel!

 

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Chatting with your friends and family just got more fun. Intel’s Pocket Avatars app now allows you to send funny avatar messages to multiple people at one time via the group chat functionality. There are also a slew of new avatars to choose from including NCAA avatars and Halloween-oriented characters. Since its launch in the U.S. in mid-June, more than one million avatars have been downloaded, and it’s availability has expanded to more than 33 countries. Additionally, 35 new avatars have been added and the expanded library now boasts more than 75 avatars, including Halloween themed avatars such as Vlad, Dracula and even Jackie-O-Lantern. Many of the avatars are available for free; others cost just USD 99 cents for unlimited use. Today, the 3-D avatars featured in personal messages can smile big and small, blink, raise and lower eyebrows, stick out their tongue and even blow a kiss. Check out some of YouTube’s leading content creators – from Miranda Sings to Ricky Dillon – channeling their inner avatar.  Check out the Pocket Avatars infographic and this Intel blog post.

 

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The 15th annual Intel Capital Global Summit will kick off next week in Huntington Beach, California. From Nov. 3-5, this invite-only event will bring together more than 1,000 entrepreneurs, global CEOs, Fortune 1000 executives and industry influencers from more than 15 countries. This year’s list of speakers includes former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, Stanford President John L. Hennessy (“godfather of Silicon Valley”), and former FCC chairman Reed Hundt. A press conference with Intel Capital president Arvind Sodhani will take place on Tuesday, November 4 at 12:20pm Pacific Time, and will be webcast in our online newsroom. Follow #icapsummit and @intelcapital for updates throughout the conference.

Intel announces the eight finalists who will compete in the second annual Intel Parallel Universe Computing Challenge (PUCC) at SC14 in New Orleans, November 17-20. Representing some of the brightest minds in supercomputing from around the world, this high-stakes, single elimination tournament features rapid-fire supercomputing trivia and a parallel code optimization challenge. The Gaussian Elimination Squad from Germany will defend their title against returning challengers and newcomers. In honor of the 26th anniversary of the Supercomputing conference, Intel will donate $26,000 to a charitable organization selected by this year’s winning team. The PUCC competition kicks off Monday, November 17 at 8:00 p.m. during the SC14 Opening Gala. For full details, view the Intel blog.

HP today announced two new HP ProLiant Moonshot server cartridges featuring Intel processors. Powered by Intel’s 2nd generation 64-bit Intel® Atom® processor based SoCs, the HP ProLiant m350 underscores Intel’s 64-bit SoC market and technology leadership by delivering the highest density available in the Moonshot family. The new HP ProLiant m710 server features the Intel® Xeon® E3-1284L v3 processor with built-in Intel® Iris Pro Graphics P5200. The products are another example of Intel providing customized solutions for its partners to address specific workloads. Customers can choose from server options that have been optimized to deliver unmatched performance density for workloads ranging from video transcoding and virtual application delivery to static web hosting. For additional information, view the Intel blogs.

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today announced that Intel Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich will deliver a keynote address at the upcoming 2015 International CES in Las Vegas. Krzanich’s keynote is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Jan. 6.  During the keynote, Krzanich will address what’s next in computing innovation, the forces driving the next wave of consumer technology, and the company’s plans for bringing amazing experiences that redefine computing to life.

Open Bionics founder Joel Gibbard was newly named Britain’s “Young Design Engineer of the Year” for his skills, invention, and dedication in developing a lower cost 3D-printed prosthetic. Open Bionics is one of 10 final teams in the Intel “Make It Wearable” challenge vying for the $500,000 prize to be announced on Nov. 3.

 

Today, SGI and DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG), a geosciences company, announced a new SGI custom HPC system featuring a total of 3,800 Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors, making it one of the largest commercial deployments of Xeon Phi coprocessors. With added compute capacity of up to six peak petaflops, the system significantly accelerates DUG’s turnaround times for processing seismic data. In an industry where time is invaluable, the Intel Xeon Phi-based system allows DUG to test more and faster, leading to better results in a much shorter period of time. This has enabled DUG’s customers to bring their oil and gas projects online earlier, potentially saving them millions of dollars. For more information, please read the Intel blog and SGI news release.

Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment organization, announced its first investments totaling approximately US$28 million in five Chinese companies. The investments demonstrate Intel’s commitment to fostering Chinese technology innovation and accelerating China Technology Ecosystem (CTE) development in smartphones, tablets, wearable devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) market. Read more.

Today Microsoft announced the new Azure “G-series” – designed to deliver the most powerful VM sizes available in the public cloud. The G-series is powered by a high performance, customized SKU of the latest Intel® Xeon® E5 v3 processor. Customers will have access to up to 32 cores, 448GB RAM and over 6TB of local SSD storage, providing significant performance gains relative to existing VM sizes. The new G-series will benefit customers running large SQL, Oracle and MongoDB databases, big data workloads and enterprise applications that demand powerful processing along with large memory and fast disk performance. For more information, read the Intel blog.

E FUN, the fifth largest tablet supplier in the U.S., released its first Windows-based Nextbook, a new Intel-powered 2 in 1 tablet. The 10.1-inch ultra-portable Nextbook tablet leverages the power of an Intel® AtomTM processor for lightning-fast performance and long-lasting battery life, ensuring productivity and constant portability for users. The device comes packed with features such as a free one year subscription to Office 365 Personal, which includes 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage, as well as a detachable POGO keyboard and dual cameras with microphone. The Nextbook will be available in mid-November at Walmart stores nationwide and Walmart.com and in December at SamsClub.com.

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