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Qualcomm & Verizon Team For IoT

Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies have teamed up in name of IoT.

The two companies announced last week during CTIA Super Mobility 2016 that Verizon will pre-integrate its ThingSpace IoT platform as-a-service within Qualcomm Technologies’ MDM9206 Category M (Cat M1) LTE modem. Verizon’s 4G LTE network will also be used to build, deploy and manage a variety of IoT applications.

According to the companies, connecting IoT devices to the LTE wide area network is typically more expensive than linking to such technologies as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. This partnership hopes to make these costs “more compelling by using Category M1 as the new standard.” ThingSpace will speed up Cloud connectivity for businesses developing on the MDM9206, and is expected to assist with firmware management, real-time device diagnostics, device onboarding and data access.

The ThingSpace IoT platform is slated to be available for OEM integration on MDM9206-based solutions in early 2017.

“When it comes to the Internet of Things, no single company can go at it alone in order to scale from the millions of devices to the billions of devices needed to create cleaner cities, deliver better healthcare, conserve water and make the digital world work better for consumers and citizens,” said Mike Lanman, senior VP, enterprise products and IoT, Verizon.

Sony, Intel Partner For 4K Movie Streaming

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Intel announced a partnership to debut Sony’s Ultra 4K movie streaming service to PCs with Intel’s 7th Gen Core processor.

Coinciding with the planned expanded availability of the service, Ultra will add new features like 48-hour rentals and free 10-minute previews, allowing customers to experience a sample of any film on the service in 4K resolution before buying.

Sony said more than 100 new devices powered by 7th Gen Intel Core will be available this holiday season, and some will be available as early as September.

“More and more people are turning to their PC as their main movie viewing device. At the same time, studios like Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are leading the way in producing beautiful 4K content,” said Navin Shenoy, general manager of Intel’s Client Computing Group. “The combination of the amazing technology in our 7th Gen Intel Core processors combined with the fantastic 4K titles on Ultra means that anyone with these new computers will be immersed in a 4K viewing world.”

Films available on the service for purchase, rental and streaming on Ultra include new releases as well as a library of classic films. New releases are priced at $29.99 to own in 4K with HDR, and will be $7.99 for a 48-hour rental. Library titles are priced at $25.99 to own.

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