Zoho’s New Operating System Zoho One Bundles All Its 35+ Apps, Costs Just $1 A Day Per User

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“At $1 a day, we are licensing not just our apps but peace of mind for our customers,” stated Sridhar Vembu, founder Zoho, at the launch of its new operating system for business, Zoho One.  Zoho One is an all-in-one suite of applications to run an entire business—across every function and organisational group. It includes more than 35 integrated web applications and some 55+ mobile apps. More so, all of this comes with a single sign-on and with centralised administration and provisioning at a price of $30 or INR 1,000 per month, per employee.

With Zoho One, a company has all the applications it needs to acquire and serve its customers (marketing, sales, and support apps) and run operations (finance, recruiting, and related HR apps). Also, it can provide all the tools for its employees to work collaboratively and get their work done (office suite, mail, personal productivity, and collaboration apps). Or, as Sridhar puts it, a whole enterprise can be run on the platform. The best part is that all of this is being offered in a single contract, negating the need for multiple contracts and multiple renewal cycles.

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Sridhar stated, “This is the unravelling of a strategy that has been in the works for 10 years. A suite like this typically costs hundreds of dollars and even then customers have to do software rationing. With Zoho One, not only are we doing away with the problem of rationed software but also making enterprise applications available to SMBs at consumer prices.”

Till now, Zoho has offered application bundles including CRM Plus, Workplace for office productivity and Finance Plus. Zoho One is the first time that it has offered all of its software bundled for one price. In fact, the price of Zoho One is less than what Zoho charges for some of its applications and bundles.

However, Zoho will still license individual apps and offer bundled suites and existing customers will not be forced to update their plans. In total, the company has now the breadth and depth of products from SMBs to large enterprise organisations. The three models—individual app licenses, bundled suites, and an all-in-one package with Zoho One —represent an approach similar to that of Google and Microsoft. In fact, Zoho will now be competing against the two software giants in many of these categories.

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The most noteworthy aspect of Zoho One is that it dispenses with traditional vendor pricing strategies like upgrades, add-ons, and multi-year contracts with one simple invoice for the entire organisation. As Sridhar says, “At Zoho, we fully embrace the consumerisation of IT. We believe that software should be ubiquitously available.”

Zoho One will also be offering hundreds of integration points across its applications. These integrations connect sales, marketing, customer support, accounting, human resources, and other activities, while also fostering communication and collaboration amongst colleagues, customers, and vendors. Contextual integrations bring in relevant information from other apps to improve the effectiveness of any app.

This approach simplifies the “Integration spaghetti” dilemma faced by companies. This is because the traditional approach to integration involves large budgets and armies of expensive IT consultants to integrate application silos from multiple vendors, a privilege restricted to large companies with deep pockets. With Zoho One, sophisticated software will now be available to every business.

Zoho One: Running An Enterprise At $1 A Day

With its disruptive pricing of $1 a day per user, Zoho is setting the benchmarking in software licensing.

Zoho Chief Evangelist, Raju Vegesna stated, “This comes as a welcome change for a market littered with vendors with bloated business models offering individual, overpriced applications. Zoho One changes the game by offering an all-you-can-eat application suite at an unheard of price.”

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Sridhar claims that the product has already signed up hundreds of users even without a formal launch. He adds that they are preparing for a deluge of users, a reason which made them accelerate the launch from September to July 2017. Some of these customers include online publishing platform Notion Press and online financial portal 5paisa.com.

The idea is to dispense with traditional vendor pricing strategies like upgrades, add-ons, multi-year contracts, and usage restrictions. They effectively chain the customer to the vendor and it was something which Sridhar always wanted to attack. He said, “This is how we always wanted the world to be. It is one of the reasons for developing Zoho One as I was personally sick of the tricks salespeople of software vendors play on clients.”

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With this competitive pricing and availability in multiple languages, Zoho is preparing itself for the next years, where it aims to target a billion paying users (Current user base is 30 Mn) as more and more people come online. It will be interesting to see how many organisations will make the switch for Zoho One and how bigger competitors will respond to Zoho’s aggressive pricing.

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Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of New watchOS 4 Operating System to Developers

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Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming watchOS 4 update to developers, a little over one week after seeding the third beta and over a month after introducing the new update at its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the watchOS 4 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General –> Software update.

To install the update, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the iPhone.

watchOS 4 features three new watch faces, including a dedicated Siri watch face that displays dynamic information unique to each individual and is perhaps the most significant new feature in the update. There are also new complications for Now Playing and Apple News, and an enhanced Workout app that supports High Intensity Interval Training and new swimming options.

GymKit, a new technology platform, will let the Apple Watch interface with gym equipment for workout data sharing purposes, and the Activity app will offer up intelligent coaching and tailored workout encouragement along with new monthly activity challenges.

Many other small tweaks and changes have been introduced, all of which are outlined in our dedicated watchOS 4 roundup.

watchOS 4 is only available to developers and will not be provided to public beta testers, so non-developers will need to wait until the software sees an official release in the fall to try it out.

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There’s Joy And Frustration In Kingsway, The Operating System RPG

If the operating system on the PC I used in the ‘90s was anything like the one in Andrew Morrish’s OS/RPG Kingsway, I would have gotten a lot more “work” done back then.

Out this week on Steam for $9.99, Kingsway is a role-playing game that takes place on the desktop of a retro computer operating system. Your character sheet is a window, with statistics and slots for adding equipment. Your inventory is a window, filled with potions, weapons, armor and magical artifacts. Traveling from point-to-point on the world map (also a window) involves a progress bar. Random monster encounters are moving pop-ups. Quests are delivered by email alerts, and the soundtrack is a series of really catchy electronic tunes housed in a primitive media player.

The idea is for your player, created from a selection of standard fantasy archetypes (warrior, wizard, rogue, beastperson) is attempting to make it to the king’s castle, far to the east. Traveling from point to point, the player character must brave fantastic beasts and perilous traps while completing quests and dealing with other random events (NPCs in need of aid and such). Overcoming obstacles and completing goals rewards experience levels, which leads to stronger weapons and armor and more powerful spells and abilities.

It’s delightful, in a frustrating sort of way. Like any role-playing game, the player is at the mercy of random number generation. Perhaps the path from point A to B is relatively safe, or patrolled by a single, easily-dispatched low-level creature. Or maybe it’s a parade of difficult battles that will surely result in your doom.

Death is permanent in Kingsway. When your character falls, you start over with a new one in a new procedurally-generated continent. The saving grace is that each death generates crystals, which can be used to purchased items or equipment to help make the next journey a bit easier. Or change the color of the desktop. It’s up to you.

I played Kingsway for a little over a half an hour on Facebook earlier today, and while I didn’t get very far, I had a great time. Check out the stream archive below to see the operating system RPG in action.

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Apple Seeds Third Beta of New watchOS 4 Operating System to Developers

Image result for Apple Seeds Third Beta of New watchOS 4 Operating System to DevelopersApple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming watchOS 4 update to developers, just over three weeks after seeding the second beta and more than a month after introducing the new update at its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference. The new version is build 15R5321h.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the watchOS 4 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General –> Software update.
To install the update, the Apple Watch must have 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it must be in range of the iPhone.

watchOS 4 features three new watch faces, including a dedicated Siri watch face that displays dynamic information unique to each individual and is perhaps the most significant new feature in the update. There are also new complications for Now Playing and Apple News, and an enhanced Workout app that supports High Intensity Interval Training and new swimming options.

Gymkit, a new technology platform, will let the Apple Watch interface with gym equipment for workout data sharing purposes, and the Activity app will offer up intelligent coaching and tailored workout encouragement along with new monthly activity challenges.

Many other small tweaks and changes have been introduced, all of which are outlined in our dedicated watchOS 4 roundup.

watchOS 4 is only available to developers and will not be provided to public beta testers, so non-developers will need to wait until the software is officially released in the fall to try it out.

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New operating system brings iPad into the world of laptops

Apple’s iOS 11 operating system overhauls the use of iPads and ­delivers many value-adds for ­iPhones as well.

I’ve been trialling iOS 11 Beta and, while it’s rough in places for now, there are big changes.

The iPad finds itself at a kind of crossroads. It’s great as a media consumption device, for watching movies, listening to music, reading, and browsing, and for ­creating on the go: drawing, doodling, writing, as well as photo and basic movie editing.

But it’s not the powerhouse that laptops are and, with iOS, doesn’t offer the versatility and flexibility of Mac OS or Microsoft Windows.

But with iOS 11, Apple has sought to vastly improve the iPad user experience. This starts with the extended dock. Having just four apps along the bottom of the screen is gone. Now up to 13 apps can be added, and Apple has included three more frequently used ones.

The dock is easy to access: it slides up from the bottom. I can quickly access and switch between the apps I use regularly.

With the new dock comes new gestures and accessibility. Continuing to slide up from the bottom uncovers a redesigned control centre.

iOS 11 Beta on iPad.
iOS 11 Beta on iPad.

There’s no need to double-press the home button on iPad. In one sliding action the current app can be minimised and it’s possible to switch to another. Music controls are accessible along with a range of settings, and HomeKit devices. Extra functions can be added in control centre settings.

iOS9 offered “split view” with two apps opened side-by-side. There’s now an additional variation called slide-over, where a column view of an app floats above another app.

While viewing one app, it’s possible to flick up from the bottom and select another from the dock. Drag it upwards and to the left or right edges for split view, or release it just short of the edges to float it.

I could change between slide-over and split view by dragging down on the app.

In control centre, apps are no longer dragged to close. Instead, press down on one of the apps (the RHS bottom of an app worked best), wait for the little “x” to appear on each, and then touch to close. These gestures take practice to get right and persistence is important. But there are keyboard shortcuts, too. Hold down the Cmd key for a list. They include Cmd/Option/D for the dock and Cmd/Tab to switch apps.

iOS 11 also features drag-and-drop within and between apps, but its implementation is limited for now. With Photos open on the left side, and a Note on the right, I could drag images into that Note. But this didn’t work for Pages. There’s work to be done to make these features more universal.

Sketching with iOS 11.
Sketching with iOS 11.

The new Files app debuts on both iPad and iPhone. It offers what many people have missed with iOS — a file system with folders. You can access files and folders on the iPad, on iCloud Drive and a series of other cloud services such as Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive. Dropbox support is on the way.

Don’t expect anything like the experience of macOS Finder or Windows Explorer, at least for now. While I could see files and folders, I couldn’t necessarily open them in the Files app. For example, if I chose a Google Drive Docs file, it wouldn’t open in the iOS Google Docs app although I could edit these files directly in the iOS Google Docs app.

It’s best to fire up the apps that create and write these files, rather than access them this new way. There are exceptions. I could easily access and open PDF files on different cloud services through the Files apps.

Don’t expect to store Apple proprietary files in preferred ­places. For example, Pages documents can’t be dropped into OneDrive through the Files app, nor Notes into Google Drive. It’s a controlled implementation of a file access system.

There’s a major change to the photo and video format on iPhone 7 and newer iPads. They are HEIF and HEVC rather than JPEG and H.264. Apple says the change saves up to 50 per cent of space. Images and video are converted back to regular formats when transferring them to a Mac or PC.

iOS 11 on iPad.
iOS 11 on iPad.

But this creates an incompatibility issue with third-party apps if and until they adapt to the new format. In Google Photos in iOS, I got the message “too big or unknown type” when I tried to backup an HEIF image. So in Google Photos (which many iOS users have), photos taken on one Apple device don’t appear on another, although it works fine with iOS Photos of course.

In Settings/General/iPhone, there’s a selectable new feature called “Offload Unused Apps”, which purges a phone of unused apps, although data and documents generated by those apps remain. On my iPhone 6 Plus, that amounted to almost 2GB. Apps can be offloaded manually, too.

If you have a friend over and both have iOS devices, you can share your Wi-Fi with them without giving them a password. You respond to a prompt to allow them on to your network.

Other iOS 11 changes include searching handwritten notes, iCloud syncing of iMessages across devices (which should have happened years ago), marking up PDFs and screenshots, and the start of translations with Siri.

A scrolling app drawer at the bottom of iMessages allows the edition of maps, files and other media to messages. That will include person-to-person payments when Apple Pay works here.

The release of SiriKit to developers means Siri will perform tasks within third-party apps as it is implemented. And augmented reality apps with iOS 11 will allow users to superimpose imaginary objects in the real world, as they did with Pokemon Go.

The update rolls out later this year.

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Indus OS becomes first mobile operating system to integrate UPI

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India’s homegrown mobile operating system Indus OS has integrated the United Payments Interface (UPI) interface on its platform, making it the first smartphone operating system to do so. With this integration, 8 million Indus OS users will be able to access the UPI platform on their phones without having to download any external app.

Indus OS has partnered with Yes Bank for this purpose. Incidentally, Yes Bank was also the chosen partner for PhonePe, the Flipkart-owned digital payments platform that launched last year. Consumers can use the UPI platform directly on the SMS/messaging and Dialler interface and even on third-party apps, Indus OS said in a statement. A one-tap interface built within the Indus keyboard will allow users to transfer money by using the rupee symbol across all apps. The OS level AI will also be able to sense the user’s intent to make a payment, and it will contextually suggest payments through UPI directly in the messaging applications. Going ahead, it would be integrated with Aadhaar as well, thus making transactions highly secure. ALSO READ: Digital India: Aadhaar-based Digi Pay app now used by 22,000 village entrepreneurs

Indus OS hopes that UPI transactions will go significantly due to this one-click interface. ”This year, one of our focus areas is to empower the ecosystem with OS-integrated innovations that allow for mass applicability of initiatives launched under the ‘Digital India’ program. Our partnership with Yes Bank, which has already created a success with its existing UPI framework, aims to further drive up the existing growth rate of UPI-based transactions,” said Rakesh Deshmukh, Co-founder and CEO of Indus OS.

UPI transactions crossed the 10-million mark in June, according to data released by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) — creator of the platform. “The transaction volume has risen to 10 million in just 11 months from less than one million in August 2016. UPI volume during last three months were 7.20 million, 9.36 million and 10.35 million in April, May and June 2017 respectively,” the NPCI statement said. And transactions on UPI have received a fillip owing to increasing co-operation from member banks, merchants and consumers.

Yes Bank has been at the forefront of furthering UPI’s cause. It was the first bank in India to actively partner with merchants and is currently responsible for close to 35 percent of all UPI transactions in the country. There are over 10,000 online and offline merchants on Yes Bank’s UPI payments solutions. ALSO READ: UPI now available offline via USSD-based mobile banking; here’s how it works

“As a leader in the UPI ecosystem, we are very excited to partner with Indus OS, the only operating system made for the Indian masses, to make the whole UPI experience more contextual. Integrating UPI into the mobile OS will help in creating multiple use cases for payments and spur the adoption of UPI in our country,” said Ritesh Pai, Chief Digital Officer, Yes Bank.

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Risk-Based Thinking in Planning (6.0): Using the Business Operating System Approach

Image result for Risk-Based Thinking in Planning (6.0): Using the Business Operating System ApproachIn the 1990s, Omnex worked with Ford Motor Co. to develop the Ford quality operating system methodology, which with maturity and broad experience has evolved into Omnex’s business operating system (BOS) process.

The quality operating system promised and has delivered the following:
• Cross-functional management
• Visual management
• Process orientation
• Continual improvement teams

Omnex worked with Ford’s tier-one suppliers around the world in both the manufacturing and service sectors successfully implementing this process. Disciplined management meetings coupled with the visual analysis of key measurables (KPIs), Pareto diagrams, data-drive action plans, and Paynter charts to measure impact, helped these organizations improve tremendously. Ford, working with Omnex, also developed a quality operating system questionnaire that focused on aligning goals and objectives with KPIs and identifying key processes and process measures for key areas of customer focus.

QS-9000, ISO 9001:2000, ISO 9001:2015, and the high level structure

From 1995 to 2016, Omnex modified the quality operating system methodology, adjusting the approach to adapt to the requirements of evolving quality management system (QMS) standards. As a result, Omnex QMS, enterprise management system (EMS), and other management system implementations always included the quality operating system, renamed as the business operating system, or BOS, to support strategic planning and performance monitoring and improvement. BOS has always been the way Omnex fulfilled customer focus, process orientation, measurement of KPIs, management review, and continual improvement. BOS is crucial for any management system implementation. BOS is the essential process needed to fulfill the key requirements of management system standards, an ideal solution to how you need a process to fulfill the requirements (“shalls”) of ISO 9001 and similar standards.”

The BOS methodology and ISO 9001:2015

The ISO 9001:2015 QMS standard and the high level structure together focuses on “interested party expectations” and the “context” of the organization. Why focus on interested parties? The simple answer is that organizations need to satisfy more than just their direct customers’ requirements to stay in business. Additionally, organizations need to evolve beyond the “one size fits all” mode of thinking. Companies need to go beyond “one set of KPIs” for the entire organization, or “one strategy” for the entire business, or “one QMS.” With proper implementation, interested party expectations and context will help organizations identify KPIs, key processes, and action plans that fit the organization, whether it’s a manufacturing site or a design center. This is why organizations identify internal and external issues and interested party expectations, to determine how best to succeed in the environment their organization is situated.

See the BOS process below in figure 1:

Figure 1: BOS process (Click for larger image.)

The BOS process, as shown above, illustrates how goals and objectives are set based on the context, mission/vision/values, and interested party expectations of the organization. The goals are then translated to metrics via KPIs that measure performance with goal lines that identify the objectives. Finally, the KPIs are fulfilled via processes that help deliver the results. In other words, results are the outcome of the processes performing well. When processes improve, they drive results, helping organizations achieve their goals and objectives. The goals and objectives, in turn, help ensure that the enterprise achieves interested party expectations and the mission/vision/values of the organization.

Risk-based thinking

While implementing this process within hundreds of organizations over the past 20+ years, Omnex has understood that the improvement actions always addressed process variation in organization. In other words, the process risk was always related to the capabilities of the processes to deliver on the results reflected in the KPIs of the organization. Management system standards, via the high level structure, are requiring the organization to de-risk the planning process. In other words, the risk-based thinking in ISO 9001’s Planning (6.0), for instance, helps reduce the risk of management not meeting goals and objectives. If we can conduct a failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) to reduce design and manufacturing risk, why not conduct an exercise for identifying and managing enterprise risk?

Omnex suggests a disciplined process that identifies processes that affect a specific enterprise KPI and then identifying how the process can fail, including determining impact or severity combined with likelihood. The effect of the process failure on the business, either in business loss or business impact, and its likelihood defines risk.

Omnex uses two different risk forms—one simple and, when justified, one more-rigorous approach. See figure 2 below:


Figure 2

Implementing BOS

BOS implementation is streamlined to a six-step process as follows:

Step 1: Determine organizational context and interested parties
In this step, the facilitator interacts with the top management team to identify the key internal and external issues.

Step 2: Align policy, mission, vision, and values
The second step reviews and ensures that the policy (quality, environmental, or other), mission, vision, and value statement are aligned with the context of the organization.

Step 3: Identified interested party expectations are listed, grouped, and rated.
The rating is based on potential impact on the business failing to meet critical expectations. Rated from high (immediate business impact/dollar impact) to low (no impact to the business). This prioritization is applied to each expectation, always looking through the eyes of the interested party. This allows the organization to focus on those expectations most strategically critical to the business. Even employee expectations and the loss of key employees translates to business loss. See figure 3:

Figure 3: In this step, interested party expectations are grouped into categories.

Step 4: Establish strategic objectives
Goals and objectives are set around the grouped categories since they were deemed to be most important by interested parties. Omnex uses benchmarking to set short-term and long-term objectives in the BOS process.

Step 5: Identify key processes and KPIs
Once the goals and objectives are set, the key processes and KPIs are determined based on a process called alignment charting. In organizations that already have objectives and KPIs, the facilitator can skip step 4.

Step 6 and Step 7: Conduct risk-based thinking and select improvement projects
The alignment charts are studied and the process variation, based on process KPIs, is determined to enable identifying specific actions to reduce risk. These actions become projects championed by designated process owners.

Join Omnex on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, for our webinar, Risk-Based Thinking in Planning (6.0) Using the Business Operating System (BOS) Approach,” a case study of an organization and an illustration of the BOS methodology using Omnex EwQIMS enterprise software.

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Cyber boost: New operating system will improve Navy computing power

Cyber boost: New operating system will improve Navy computing power

Students in a Virginia Tech laboratory test Popcorn Linux–an operating system that can compile different programming languages into a single cyber tongue. Researchers say it could revolutionize how military and commercial computing systems perform. Credit: Dr. Binoy Ravindran

With support from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Dr. Binoy Ravindran, an engineering professor at Virginia Tech, has designed a system that could revolutionize how military and commercial computing systems perform.

It’s called Popcorn Linux—an operating system that can compile different programming languages into a single cyber tongue.

“By applying Popcorn Linux to longtime, legacy Navy and Marine Corps computer systems, we can improve software without requiring thousands of man-hours to rewrite millions of lines of code,” said Dr. Wen Masters, head of ONR’s C4ISR Department. “This could yield significant savings in maintenance costs.”

Crunching huge amounts of data for complex applications like battlespace awareness and artificial intelligence requires extremely powerful processing. Unfortunately, many of the processors capable of this speak their own specialized software programming languages—and must be programmed to interact with each other.

To increase computing speed, microchip manufacturers in recent years have placed multiple processing units on individual chips. Take the iPhone 7, for example, which has four processors—two high-power (think of a Ford Mustang) and two low-power (think of a Toyota Prius)—to simultaneously dial phone numbers, open web pages, check text messages and take photos and videos.

That involves designating specialized “heterogeneous” processors to carry out specific tasks, like displaying graphics or web browsing. Each processor can be devoted to one specialty, rather than divided among several functions, resulting in much better, faster performance.

“Before, each processor was like one handyman re-modeling your entire bathroom,” said Dr. Sukarno Mertoguno, the ONR program officer sponsoring Ravindran’s research. “Heterogeneous processors, by contrast, represent an actual plumber installing the pipes and an actual painter painting the walls. Each processor has a specialty.”

But this specialization has problems—a “language” barrier. Each processor has its own set of instructions that only it understands. To address this, software developers must manually adjust code to determine which tasks should run on which processors—a tedious process, as extra features and updates are added regularly.

“This is especially true for Navy and Marine Corps software systems,” said Ravindran. “Many of these legacy systems were built in the 1970s or earlier, have numerous security patches and millions of lines of code, and represent a huge investment of time and money. How can Navy developers enjoy the benefits of next-generation heterogeneous processors without rewriting applications from scratch?”

Ravindran’s answer is Popcorn Linux, which can be used with any computer or device, and serves as a translation tool—taking generic coding language and translating it into multiple specialized program languages. From there, Popcorn Linux automatically figures out what pieces of the programming code are needed to perform particular tasks—and transfers these instruction “kernels” (the “popcorn” part) to the appropriate function.

While Popcorn Linux is still a proof-of-concept prototype created by Ravindran and his students, the system is about to enter a new phase of development.

“In our lab and academic setting, we’ve demonstrated that Popcorn Linux works well with respect to performance speed and power usage,” said Ravindran. “Later this year, we’ll work with industry partners to create a version of Popcorn Linux that can meet the strenuous industrial standards required by the Navy and Marine Corps.”

“We’re already hearing great enthusiasm from industry for Popcorn Linux,” said Masters. “We look forward to see how Dr. Ravindran and his team further develop this exciting system.”

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US to hand over control of the internet naming system as of 1 October

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The US will finally be handing over the naming system of the World Wide Web more specifically known as the Domain Naming System or DNS to nonprofit organisation Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann), on 1 October. The confirmation brings to an end the 20-year process involving the handing over a crucial part of the internet’s governance that had been with the US for a long time.

“ICANN has informed the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) that is has completed or will complete all the necessary tasks called for in the transition proposal by the end of the contract term. NTIA has thoroughly reviewed the report and informed ICANN that based on that review and barring any significant impediment, NTIA intends to allow the functions contract to expire as of October 1” reads a post on the NTIA website.

For those not familiar with the technicality of DNS, it is basically the internet’s equivalent of a phone book in which a directory of domain names is maintained. It pairs easy-to-remember web addresses (For example:ibtimes.com) with their relevant servers; without the DNS people can only access a website by typing in its IP address, which is just a series of numbers like “194.36.12.11”.

Although Icann was established in 1988 to coordinate the use of domain names across the globe, it was overseen and administered by the US Department of Commerce, in effect putting the US in charge of governing the website naming system. Now, following agreement of terms and conditions through several rounds of negotiations, most of which were to satisfy the US, the country will give up this power to Icann.

Will it affect users?

Will the change of hands make a difference to users? Not really, considering Icann has been doing the job for years, and now has only become autonomous and independent.

However, there are some within the US political setup who are not happy with the decision taken during the Obama administration’s tenure. They say it is like opening the doors to the likes of China and Russia to meddle with a system that has always been “protected” by the US. But, Icann will technically still be located in the US as it is based in Los Angeles, although the chief governor of the worldwide web naming system, will finally lose the “keys to the kingdom” from 1 October 2016.

 

 

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