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With the Intel® Perceptual Computing SDK 2013, developers can create exciting new applications that take advantage of the SDK’s core capabilities: speech recognition, close-range hand and finger tracking, face analysis, augmented reality, and background subtraction.
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Software development library that exposes Intel platforms' industry-leading media acceleration capabilities (encoding, decoding and transcoding).
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App Wars: Who buys the most, and why?
13-Dec-2013 | 3:23 PM PST | 0
A recent report from mobile app statistics clearinghouse App Annie revealed that Japan is now the largest app market in the world, outpacing the United States. Combined sales ...
Developers of Indie Games Continue to Gain Important Ground
11-Dec-2013 | 2:31 PM PST | 0
Indie developers and indie games are in the news lately, especially as major consoles like Microsoft’s Xbox move to make publishing ever more easier for smaller studios: "After lots of pressure by the public, gamers and game developers alike, Microsoft eventually caved with the Xbox One's ...
Jeff's Notebook: Convenient and More Secure Login's - Intel Identity Protection Technology and MYDIGIPASS.COM
11-Dec-2013 | 11:33 AM PST | 0
Login passwords, so important to protecting your various accounts or even your personal identity, but with all of our online accounts, what a pain passwords can be.  How do you remember all your user names and passwords?  Many people use the same user name and password for all of their online ...
The Future of Gaming Certification Programs
10-Dec-2013 | 4:08 PM PST | 0
Hi Everyone, I just soft-launched the PC Gaming Alliance (PCGA) 'Gaming Certified' Certification Program a few months ago; and thought I'd share some over-arching themes behind why we took the approach that we did on several fronts.  For those of you that'd like to dive into the details of that ...
Computer Science Education Week Kicks Off With “Hour of Code”
10-Dec-2013 | 3:13 PM PST | 0
This week is Computer Science Education Week, and more than 30,000 schools all around the world will be dedicating at least one solid hour to teaching their students about software development in an initiative headed up by titled “Hour of Code”: “…’s Hour of Code” initiative, ...
Intel Software License Manager Getting Started Tutorial
07-Dec-2013 | 1:04 AM PST | 0
Intel® Software License Manager - Getting Started Tutorial Contents Obtain your License File     Who is eligible to obtain a license file? ...
Implementing Multiple Touch Gestures Using Unity* 3D with TouchScript
06-Dec-2013 | 11:51 AM PST | 1
By Lynn Thompson Downloads Implementing Multiple Touch Gestures Using Unity* 3D with TouchScript [PDF 1.48MB] This article provides an overview and example for the several TouchScript gestures (Press ...
Intel® System Studio 2014 – JTAG Debugger Supports More Processor Families
06-Dec-2013 | 6:22 AM PST | 0
If you are interested in JTAG debugging you may want to read an article on the new features coming to Intel System Studio 2014. ...
Creating a successful app: one size does not fit all
04-Dec-2013 | 4:08 PM PST | 0
Apps that take off with users are profiled on a regular basis in various technology journals, websites, and blogs. We are curious to know why, exactly, this particular app “made it big”: was there something in particular that this app did that especially resonated with users? How about ...
How to Integrate Intel® Perceptual Computing SDK with Cocos2D-x
04-Dec-2013 | 1:34 PM PST | 0
Downloads How to Integrate Intel® Perceptual Computing SDK with Cocos2D-x [PDF 482KB] Introduction In this article, we will explain the project we worked on as part of the Intel® Perceptual ...
Using Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers to Optimize Splinter Cell*: Blacklist*
04-Dec-2013 | 12:17 PM PST | 0
Download article Using Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers to Optimize Splinter Cell*: Blacklist* [PDF 559KB] For the most recent installment of Tom Clancy’s* Splinter Cell series, engineers from ...
Android in China: An Undiscovered App Market?
02-Dec-2013 | 3:47 PM PST | 0
A new report from Chinese search engine company Baidu this week revealed mobile trends with Android users in China. A few of the ...
Jeff's Notebook: Online Banking with Two-Factor Authentication Security
02-Dec-2013 | 11:58 AM PST | 0
As online banking has become a predominate and normal way of conducting much of our personal banking, security has become ever more important.  We want to know that our bank is protecting our money, our accounts and our financial information from those “bad guys” out there.  One of the key methods ...
App Privacy: Is it really an “anomaly”?
25-Nov-2013 | 2:42 PM PST | 0
This week, Google's chief internet evangelist, Vint Cerf spoke on privacy at an FTC event, inferring that privacy might not necessarily be sustainable, especially in regards to apps and social networks:   “Our social behavior is also quite damaging with regard to privacy," Cerf says. He gives an ...
Interview with Developer Martin Wojtczyk
20-Nov-2013 | 3:54 PM PST | 0
Busy developer Martin Wojtczyk generously gave us a few minutes of his team this week to talk about his current work with perceptual computing and Android technology.  Along with his wife Devy, this developer team recently demoed several Perceptual Computing projects they entered during the Intel ...
How Shopping Apps Are Changing the Consumer Landscape
18-Nov-2013 | 3:58 PM PST | 0
I have a dog with very picky eating habits.  He also has some pretty severe skin allergies that will flare up if he gets food with the “wrong” ingredients in it. On a recommendation from a friend who has decades of experience in pet nutrition, we bought him some new food – and overnight (literally ...
Why Users Uninstall Apps
14-Nov-2013 | 1:55 PM PST | 0
Getting an app developed is just the first step in a long journey. One of the more daunting problems facing developers is user engagement; basically, how to get users to install apps ...
Developers and the “middle class” app economy
11-Nov-2013 | 3:46 PM PST | 0
While breaking into the big-time is still a hard nut to crack for developers, there is definitely a  vibrant “middle class” app economy that is alive and well, according to a new report released by Flurry, an app analytics firm this week: “These numbers are simply unprecedented, especially because ...
Dual-Camera 360 Panorama Application
11-Nov-2013 | 11:33 AM PST | 0
Download source code Download paper as PDF Introduction Taking panoramic pictures has become a common ...
Developers and the psychology of social gaming
08-Nov-2013 | 12:25 PM PST | 0
It’s probably a familiar scenario to most of us; we log on to our favorite social networking site, say, Facebook, and are instantly greeted with at least 5 new invites/pleas for new farm animals, jewels, or some kind of candy. Annoying? Yes. Incredibly effective? Absolutely. Social gaming – ...
08-Nov-2013 | 8:49 AM PST | 0
Downloads PERCEPTUAL COMPUTING: Perceptual 3D Editing [PDF 839KB] By Lee Bamber 1. Introduction If you’re familiar with Perceptual Computing and some of its applications, you will no doubt be wondering to what ...
Developers and the psychology behind “free to play” games
06-Nov-2013 | 3:00 PM PST | 0
There are a myriad of game models on the market that all require different modes of payment; straight up cold cash, micro-transactions, social engineering, etc. However, the financial model that seems to be the most successful overall is the so-called “free to play” game: “Take a look at the list ...
Fast ISPC Texture Compressor
05-Nov-2013 | 2:18 PM PST | 1
This article and the attached sample code prooject were written by Marc Fauconneau Dufresne at Intel Corp. This sample demonstrates a state of the art BC7 (DX11) Texture compressor. BC7 partitioning decisions are narrowed down in multiple stages. Final candidates are optimized using iterative ...
Coding for Custom Devices in Windows* 8.1 and Windows* RT 8.1
04-Nov-2013 | 4:08 PM PST | 0
Coding for Custom Devices in Windows* 8.1 and Windows* RT 8.1 By Bill Sempf Downloads Coding for Custom Devices in Windows* 8.1 and Windows* RT 8.1 [PDF 803KB] The Windows 8.1 operating system (as well as ...
Learn How to Code: 22 Free Online Resources
04-Nov-2013 | 3:41 PM PST | 0
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook is quite favorable for software developers: "Employment of software developers is projected to grow 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of applications developers is projected to ...
Developing Windows* 8 Desktop Touch Apps with Windows* Presentation Foundation
04-Nov-2013 | 9:57 AM PST | 0
By Bruno Sonnino Downloads Developing Windows* 8 Desktop Touch Apps with Windows* Presentation Foundation [PDF 733KB] The launch of the Windows 8 operating system made touch a first-class citizen, and ...
Closing the Technology Gender Gap with “She Will Connect”
01-Nov-2013 | 1:20 PM PDT | 1
It’s a fact that can’t be denied: there are, quite simply, far fewer women in technology-related fields then there are men. STEM-focused fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) have been typically underrepresented by the fairer sex for decades, and the gap looks to be growing. A ...
Unity* 3D Touch GUI Widgets
01-Nov-2013 | 11:11 AM PDT | 0
By Lynn Thompson Downloads Download Unity* 3D Touch GUI Widgets [PDF 966KB] Source Code: (coming soon!) This article provides an example of using Unity* 3D assets to simulate Windows* graphical user interface (GUI) ...
Intel® App Innovation Contest 2013 Developer Insights Interview Series - Garry Lyons
31-Oct-2013 | 3:16 PM PDT | 0
MasterCard’s Garry Lyons on app innovation, mobile commerce and the value of data A Q&A on developing finance and retail-related apps for mobile devices - Marc Saltzman The Intel® App Innovation Contest 2013 [] is ...
Intel® App Innovation Contest 2013 Developer Insights Interview Series - Dave Butler
31-Oct-2013 | 1:25 PM PDT | 0
Discussing MasterCard’s OpenAPI platform with business leader Dave Butler Our second MasterCard Q&A tied to the Intel App Innovation Contest 2013 - Marc Saltzman In case you missed our chat with ...
Power Explorer
31-Oct-2013 | 11:54 AM PDT | 0
Today any review of a new processor whether it’s used in a desktop computer, a laptop, a tablet or a phone will contain lots of information about how efficient it is and the new technologies that have been used to achieve this performance. Operating system developers spend large amounts of time ...
How to write a 2 in 1aware application
31-Oct-2013 | 8:26 AM PDT | 1
Dynamically adapting your UI to 2 in 1 configuration changes By: Stevan Rogers and Jamel Tayeb Downloads How to write a 2 in 1 aware application [PDF 596KB] Introduction With the ...
HTML5 and The Museum of Mario
30-Oct-2013 | 3:15 PM PDT | 0
Nintendo fans around the world were thrilled this month as IGN in a collaboration with Intel’s HTML5 Hub unveiled “The Museum of Mario”, an interactive anthology experience exploring the different iterations of Mario: Starting in the Arcade era ...
Using JavaFX to Implement Multi-touch with Java* on Windows* 8 Desktop
29-Oct-2013 | 2:27 PM PDT | 1
Documentation for developers interested in multi-touch support in Java applications running on Windows 8 systems.
Power Explorer
29-Oct-2013 | 8:21 AM PDT | 0
Today any review of a new processor whether it’s used in a desktop computer, a laptop, a tablet or a phone will contain lots of information about how efficient it is and the new technologies that have been used to achieve this performance. Operating system developers spend large amounts of time ...
How to Get Your App Discovered on Google Play: Part Two
28-Oct-2013 | 2:45 PM PDT | 0
Google Play is the go-to destination online for downloading Android apps. As of July 2013, there are over ...
How to Get Your App Discovered on Google Play: Part One
25-Oct-2013 | 10:40 AM PDT | 0
If you’re a developer making apps, then you probably already know about Google Play, an Android app store where hundreds of thousands of apps are curated and discovered by users all over the world. As a developer at Google Play, getting users to ...
Needle in a Haystack: App Discovery
23-Oct-2013 | 12:34 PM PDT | 0
Think about the last time you downloaded an app. What was the process behind it? Were you influenced by a friend talking about it on a social media channel such as Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn? Did you see a commercial on the television, in your Web browsing, or even in a magazine or newsletter? ...
Case Study: JOY Develops the First Musical-Visual Instrument with the Intel® Perceptual Computing SDK
23-Oct-2013 | 9:14 AM PDT | 0
by Karen Marcus Download Article Download Case Study: JOY Develops the First Musical-Visual Instrument with the Intel® Perceptual Computing SDK [PDF 1MB] TheBestSync, a development company based in China, is a ...
Intel® App Innovation Contest 2013
23-Oct-2013 | 8:22 AM PDT | 0
Intel® Developer Insights Interview Series: This interview was conducted to provide developer insights and stimulate innovative thinking for developers interested in creating apps for the Education market segment. As part of the Intel® App Innovation Contest 2013, Pierre Le Lann of Tribal Nova ...
How Do Apps Get Discovered?
21-Oct-2013 | 3:55 PM PDT | 0
You’ve done the hard work of coming up with an idea for an app; you’ve slogged through the process of coding it into life, and now it’s time to release your creation into the wild blue yonder, where it will organically rank high in search, pull down one gushing review after another, and make it ...
Case Study: LinkedPIXEL Wins Intel® Perceptual Computing Challenge with Gesture-based Drawing Application
16-Oct-2013 | 5:14 PM PDT | 0
By Karen Marcus Download Article LinkedPIXEL Wins Intel® Perceptual Computing Challenge with Gesture-based Drawing Application [PDF 1.1MB] Matt Pilz, owner and sole developer at LinkedPIXEL, was one ...
Video Demo: Intel® XDK New at IDF 2013
16-Oct-2013 | 2:25 PM PDT | 0
At IDF 2013, the Intel® XDK New, a tool to help promote and enable cross-platform HTML5 app development, was demoed. This is the newest version of the Intel® XDK with ...
ShadowArtShowMaker: From Idea to reality!
16-Oct-2013 | 10:30 AM PDT | 4
My son is two and half years old and he likes all sorts of stories and animations. So when it came to writing a proposal for Intel Perceptual Computing Challenge, I thought why not do something that will be liked by my son! I have been an admirer of different art forms (though I have little of the ...
Day 2 at IDF 2013: Intel App Show for Developers
15-Oct-2013 | 1:19 PM PDT | 0
The Intel App Show for Developers took on Day One of IDF 2013 with their insightful review of  keynotes given by new Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and new President Renee James ...
Case Study: Redesigning ‘Back in Time’ from an iPad* to Windows* Store App
15-Oct-2013 | 12:20 PM PDT | 0
Abstract This paper looks at the enhancements and challenges required to redesign the education application “Back in Time.” Authored by Landka®, the application was originally designed for the iPad*, and porting it to Windows* 8 provided multiple opportunities for an enhanced user experience. ...
Updated Guidance for Connected Apps on Windows 8(.1)
14-Oct-2013 | 2:38 PM PDT | 0
In our article on Delivering a Better User Experience for Windows* 8 Applications back in May 2013, we highlighted strategies for syncing and caching data ...
Perceptual Computing and why we are excited
14-Oct-2013 | 11:53 AM PDT | 0
Download Article Perceptual Computing and why we are excited [PDF 374KB] By Chris Skaggs (Founder and CTO of Code Monkeys) Back in mid-2012 we had the privilege of seeing some cutting-edge ...


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Get live sports scores with SofaScore LiveScore on Intel® Atom™ Tablets for Windows* 8.1
By THOMAS C. (Intel)Posted 04/02/20140
Get up to the minute for any sports results and scores in all major sports leagues, tournaments and events The SofaScore LiveScore app is now available for download on Intel® Atom™ tablets for Windows* 8.1, providing live sports results from all major sports leagues throughout the world. SofaSc...
Cloud Rendering Sample
By Egor Yusov (Intel)Posted 04/01/20140
04-01-2014 04-01-2014 Graphics Tech Samples This new sample demonstrates high quality cloud rendering technique which uses Pixel Shader Ordering, a DirectX extension available on Intel HD graphics...
How Scribblify Delivers a Cross-Platform GUI with Node.js* and the Chromium* Embedded Framework
By adminPosted 03/31/20140
By Edward J. Correia   Introduction   For Wisconsin-born developer Matt Pilz, the third time’s the charm. Pilz is founder of LinkedPIXEL, and his creativity and hard work have found favor with judges in a trio of consecutive developer challenges that Intel conducted. Most recently, his Scribblify...
Hot Shots* Warps Conventional Touch Gaming
By adminPosted 03/28/20140
By William Van Winkle Downloads Hot Shots* Warps Conventional Touch Gaming [PDF 656KB] When Apple brought the world of touch to smartphones, developers leaped into the new opportunity. A similar opportunity is hitting the industry again now in the form of touch screen PCs. The Ultrabook™ devic...


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ARPedia: “You’ve Got a T-Rex?”
By Wendy Boswell (Intel)Posted 03/28/20140
Jurassic Park-You've got a T-Rex?! For anyone who’s seen the iconic film “Jurassic Park”, the above-mentioned quote is instantly familiar. While some of us might be more partial to the more docile Triceratops, the Tyrannosaurus Rex is instantly recognizable in most people’s imaginations. Zh... - Second IP address
By ylian-saint-hilaire (Intel)Posted 03/28/20142
Just a quick note to say that a few days back, we added a second static IP address to and made it known as "". I configured the server so that port 443 on the new IP address is identical to port 8080 on the original address. So, Mesh agents can now connect b...
Optimizing Apps for the 2 in 1: A Better User Experience
By Wendy Boswell (Intel)Posted 03/26/20140
A recent Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro review at Ars Technica ostensibly focused on the incredibly high resolution of this 2 in 1 device; but seemed to be more focused on something besides the size of the pixels: “The device now comes with a staggering 3200×1800 of those pixels, packed into the same 13.3-in...
The Chronicles of Phi - part 5 - Plesiochronous phasing barrier – tiled_HT3
By jimdempseyatthecovePosted 03/25/20141
For the next optimization, I knew what I wanted to do; I just didn’t know what to call it. In looking for words that describes loosely-synchronous, I came across plesiochronous: In telecommunications, a plesiochronous system is one where different parts of the system are almost, but not quite, p...


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Windows 8.1 drivers
By Hermit Dave3
Being keen, I have 8.1 RTM installed on UBHB2SDP and sadly something is getting in the way of hibernating the system. I have the following installed: Visual Studio 2012 Visual Studio 2013 Window Phone 8 SDK Regards, Hermit PS: I was told that it could be hyper-v related issue but disabling hyper-v has done nothing so far
Seeking better understanding of Intel Smart Connect
By robert h.2
Some questions I have about Smart Connect are: 1) Once lid is closed how does system decide on which power state to go into. What’s the criteria for going into S0i1 and what’s the criteria for going into S0i3? 2) What happens to the system when in S0i1 state? I know it reduces power but in respects to device states or anything else what is going on here? 3) What happens to the system when in S0i3? I know it reduces even more power but in respects to device states or anything else what is going on here? 4) If my system is in S0i1 state how does email updates occur? 5) If my system is in S0i3 state how does email updates occur? 6) If my system is in S0 state and im streaming audio and i close my lid will my audi stream continue or will it stop? 7) If someone is trying to contact me via skype while I am in S0i1 or S0i3 will my system alert me of the incoming request? Any insight is appreciated.
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How do I restore original factory settings after installing Windows 8 ?
Square of numbers
By Sakthivel M.4
This is an application which gives the square value of the given number,not only the shows to text box one for  the starting number and the for ending number.after entering the values we need to  press the compute button,than it shows the square vals of all the numbers from the starting to ending value.for example if we give 1 to 5 then shows the square value for 1,2,3,4,5.if we using calculator to calculate square value for n numbers it take time and work efficiency instead of calculator if we use this square machine,it will helpfull to caculate with small amount
Medical app
By Sakthivel M.7
This app is based on medical field.That is,if we enter the name of any one disease means,than it will give the symptoms,causes,cures and full details about the specified diseases.
SDK for IdeaCentre Horizon Multimode Table PC
By Finalhit10
Hi, Wondering is there SDK for IdeaCentre Horizon Multimode Table PC development? Is it possible to use Intel Perceptual Computing SDK? I see "Dragon Assistant" listed in product specification, does it mean Intel Perceptual Computing SDK can be used for Voice Recognition & Synthesis? Also, there are some accessories, such as Joystick, Striker and E-dice. Is there any info how to support them: Many thanks,Ivan
Haswell, S0ix and connected standby.
By Chippy0
I have a simple question about Ultrabook efficiency as I start to go through my first review of a Haswell Ultrabook. This is a software and hardware questions I guess. Am I right in saying that Haswell S0ix modes only come into play in Win 8 Connected Standby (CS) mode? I.e. Ultrabooks without CS capability don't use S0ix at all. Based on CS specifications (LPDDR, SSD and background drain pre-requisites from Microsoft) I would expect to see more efficient Ultrabooks in desktop mode, if they are CS-capable.Is taht a fair statement? My first tests indicate a lower background drain in desktop mode for a non-CS Haswell Ultrabook and I guess that's attributable to new power management of islands and the overall power savings of the new process and SoC. Any feedback welcome.  Steve / Chippy.


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