IOTA - Explaining the Qubic Computation Model: Part 3
March 29, 2019 1:36 PM In the first part of this series we have looked at a conceptual overview of the Abra specification, which describes the how data flow is achieved within the Qubic Computation Model. In the second part we used the Abra specification to start implementing Qupla, a higher level programming language for Qubic. We introduced Qupla?s most basic entities (trit vectors, look-up tables, and constants) and how they map to Abra. This third part will introduce how we can use functions and expressions to create Qupla programs. The basic entities that make up a Qupla program are (user-defined) trit vectors, constants, and look-up tables (LUTs). These entities will be used as components in expressions that describe how to transform input values into output values by having the input values processed by Qupla?s programming constructs. Expressions in turn can be grouped into functions to achieve more complex tasks.
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Explaining the Qubic Computation Model: part 2
March 28, 2019 10:15 AM In the first part of this series we have looked at a conceptual overview of the Abra specification, which describes the how dataflow is achieved within the Qubic Computation Model. In this second part, we will use the Abra specification to start implementing Qupla, a higher level programming language for Qubic. Qupla is an acronym that stands for Qubic programming language. The goals we are trying to achieve with Qupla are twofold: At first glance, Qupla has a number of things in common with existing programming languages. Some concepts, entities and constructs will look very familiar to programmers, but there are also a few twists that will be completely new. The most obvious new twist, of course, is that Qupla is a trinary programming language.
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Payment & Banking App Zeux Adds IOTA For Crypto Payments at all Shops that accept Apple Pay and Samsung Pay
March 21, 2019 9:42 AM BERLIN, GERMANY (March 21, 2019)???Payments and banking services app Zeux has teamed with the IOTA Foundation to create a system that will allow users to use MIOTA tokens as payment with merchants that accept Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. Zeux, an FCA authorized financial service company, will launch in Europe this April and in the US in 2020 at hundreds of merchants, ranging from coffee shops to grocery stores. The app company provides a simpler way to pay, bank and invest by integrating all these services onto one place. It is a digital banking solution for both fiat and cryptocurrencies and leverages a long list of third-party partners to provide integrated investment products to its customers. The company charges no fees for account opening, money transfers, top-up or crypto payment commissions.
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IOTA presenting on global trade at yesterday's event of the APPG at the UK parliament
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Welcome Marcos Andrade to the IOTA Foundation
March 09, 2019 8:58 AM Marcos Andrade lives in Altea, he is a Graphic Designer, born in Caracas, Venezuela. His passion is traditional illustration and animation. He is very creative and needs to illustrate everything that surrounds him. He leaves drawings everywhere! After studying illustration at a young age at the Academy of Advanced Arts, he decided to expand his knowledge and pursue a career in Visual Communication in Prodiseño and then moved on to doing a specialization in Multimedia at the Digital Design Center (Venezuela). He graduated and became part of a well-known motion graphic company in Latin America: Totuma. It was an enriching and fruitful stage for Marcos in all aspects, the best of which was working with long-time friends from college.
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Welcome Rajiv Shah to the IOTA Foundation
March 08, 2019 2:41 PM Rajiv Shah is a software engineer with experience in cross-platform mobile software development. His fascination with programming was sparked by work with Scratch and Lego League in elementary and middle school. After learning the basics of Java in eighth grade, he became interested in a wide range of technological fields, including machine learning, robotics, and cybersecurity, to name a few. Once he graduates from high school this year, he plans to pursue a degree in Computational Data Sciences from Penn State University. After discovering IOTA in 2017, Rajiv wanted to contribute to the code behind it. He began working on the Trinity wallet later that year under the guidance of Navin Ramachandran, Charlie Varley, and the rest of the Trinity team, and quickly became familiar with the code and underlying frameworks. Since then, he has helped fix bugs and add new features to the app. He can?t wait to see what the future holds for Trinity and IOTA.
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MAM Update: C Libraries and Release IOTA
March 07, 2019 10:52 AM As you may know, Masked Authenticated Messaging (MAM) is a second layer data communication protocol which adds functionality to emit and access an encrypted data stream over the Tangle (IOTA?s distributed ledger). IOTA?s consensus protocol adds integrity to these message streams. Given these properties, MAM fulfills an important need in industries where integrity and privacy meet. In IOTA, a user can publish a message at any time. They only need to conduct a small amount of Proof of Work (PoW) to allow the data to propagate through the network (this is necessary to prevent spamming of the network). If nodes are listening for the channel ID (i.e. address) in real time, the message (spread through the network) will be received by a subscriber when it reaches the subscriber?s node.
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IOTA opens Cordinatorless Testnet!
March 05, 2019 11:58 AM We are happy to announce the launch of znet, the first iteration of the Coordinator-less testnet. This testnet has in fact been alive for several weeks, but we would like to officially open it up to community participation and contribution. To that end, we invite community members to join the discussion on Discord, to check out the live visualization of the znet Tangle, to contribute issues and code to the CLIRI Github repo, and of course: to run CLIRI nodes and join the network. Let?s take a step back and discuss why we need yet another testnet, and what makes CLIRI special. CLIRI stands for ?Coo-less IRI?. At its core, it is a fork of IRI, with all Coo-related components removed. Its purpose is to provide a testbed for running a Coordinator-less IOTA network. This is a necessary first step towards understanding the challenges that a Coo-less mainnet will one day face.
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Qubic Update March
March 03, 2019 1:48 PM February turned out to be an even shorter month than it normally already is. First, our previous update was a few days late, and in addition some people finally took some well-deserved vacation days left over from last year. So this will be a shorter status update than usual. We?ll quickly go over the sub-projects: The focus this month was on speeding up, reducing memory requirements, and stabilizing the core, resulting in the 0.5 release. In addition a great web GUI was created that simplifies administration and configuration of Ict nodes enormously. If you want to know more about Ict, I highly recommend the presentation that Lukas gave at the IOTA Barcelona meetup. His presentation starts at the 30:00 mark, but you will find that the entire video is loaded with lots of interesting IOTA stuff.
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IOTA Becomes Founding Member of International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications
March 02, 2019 10:16 AM On February 28, in a special video shared by IOTA Foundation, director of social impact and public regulatory affairs, Julie Maupin, has introduced the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) and IOTA is a founding member. About a year ago, Dr. Julie Maupin left the Fintech Advisory Board of the German Ministry of Finance and the G20 Digital Economy Experts Task Force team and joined the IOTA Foundation. According to Dr. Julie Maupin, IOTA and more than 70 partners from six continents are coming together to help create smart global governance frameworks for blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.
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accessec Releases Integrated IOTA Tangle Based Car Wallet and Point of Sales Demonstrator - accessec
February 28, 2019 4:29 AM This week, the Darmstadt Germany-based security and identity management company accessec GmbH released its long awaited Car Wallet and PoS (Point of Sales) demonstrator. ?We have been waiting with much anticipation to finally showcase our own development and are proud of what our development team has achieved in 2018 using IOTA technology? says Sebastian Rohr, founder and CEO of the company. Having a valid and properly working Car Wallet and PoS Terminal solution at the same time enables both the automotive suppliers, OEMs and charging infrastructure companies to equip any automotive ECU or charging station PoS with compatible technology. Despite a small number of previously launched wallets to conduct payments with the IOTA Tangle or blockchain- based solutions, accessec took the solution further by adding a simple, but trustworthy mutual authentication and validation process which provides clear advantages for all stakeholders.
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Welcome Martyn Janes to IOTA Foundation
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Welcome Felix Krupar to IOTA Foundation
February 26, 2019 2:36 PM Felix Krupar is a fully qualified lawyer admitted to the German Bar with a focus on IT and Privacy Law. He joins the IOTA Foundation as Regulatory Affairs Specialist. After growing up in a small village in the Alps, Felix studied law in Munich, Sydney, and Bordeaux and completed his legal training in Berlin and Cape Town. Since then Felix has worked as a researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research in Hamburg, the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin and the University of Potsdam. He was a scholar at the Max-Planck-Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich and the Institute for Technology and Society in Rio de Janeiro. His work mostly focuses on Algorithms, Automated Decision Making and Blockchain. His doctoral thesis examines the legal treatment of algorithmically created content.
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IOTA Research Summit 2019
February 21, 2019 10:21 PM The IOTA research department recently gathered for one week of focused discussion and planning around some of the most critical aspects of the organizational roadmap, including Coordicide and attack analysis. This blog post summarizes the events, and offers some insights into the solutions and progress made during the conference. In total, eighteen members of the research team met in Barcelona, Spain during the second week of February. This was not the first time the research team has spent time together in person, but it was the first time doing so with Director of Research Moody Alam at the helm. As the team has grown and matured, Moody?s oversight of the various teams and projects that comprise the research department has become a critical role. Setting defined goals, with specific project leaders and team members are critical to success. This recent meeting was the perfect opportunity to see how all the different moving parts of the department fit together.
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February 21, 2019 8:03 PM Dr. Moody Alam is joining IOTA as Director of Research. In this role, Moody will focus on overseeing research at the IOTA Foundation. Dr. Moody Alam is a Chartered Scientist (CSci) with the UK Science Council, and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and British Computer Society (BCS). He has been a Visiting Professor in Pakistan and was formerly a Principal Researcher at the University of Oxford. He holds a Ph.D. in Distributed Artificial Intelligence and specializes in designing decentralized protocols for intelligent systems. He has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious conferences and journals. His academic services also include serving on over 15 conference and programme committees and as a journal editor (Advancement in Pattern Recognition, 2018).
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IOTA joins the biggest blockchain hackathon in the world: Odyssey
February 19, 2019 8:35 PM The IOTA Foundation has joined the Odyssey Hackathon, in Groningen NL from April 12?14, as an Ecosystem partner. The Odyssey Hackathon connects selected top teams (new teams, pre-startups, startups, and SMEs) to their potential launching customers from corporate, governmental, and non-profit sectors (among which: the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Dutch Land Registry and the Chamber of Commerce, Vattenfall, KLM, Nutreco, and many others). 100 selected teams will be building solutions prototypes with the support of the international ecosystem that includes the tech, business and legal experts, and the financial regulators.
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IOTA Partners With Cofoundery, Nova, to Launch Seed Fund Supporting DLT Start-ups
February 18, 2019 11:40 PM (BERLIN, GERMANY???February 18, 2019) IOTA Foundation, a non-profit foundation focused on distributed ledger technology (DLT) and permissionless ecosystem development, today announced a partnership with Liverpool-based cofoundery, Nova. Under this collaboration, the two companies will work together to increase the number of successful startups utilizing the next generation of Distributed Ledger Technology. The programme will enable aspiring tech entrepreneurs, through funding and mentorship, to develop innovative new business models using IOTA technology. The partnership programme with Nova is now open for applications, and entrepreneurs are invited to apply at wearenova.co.uk/partnerships/iota.
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IOTA partnered with incubator Nova to seed iota based startups
February 18, 2019 11:22 PM Distributed ledger technology partner +case-type-2+https://www.wearenova.co.uk/hubfs/partnerships/IOTA.png+https://www.wearenova.co.uk/hubfs/partnerships/IOTA-White.png Developing startups utilising IOTA Distributed Ledger Technology Focusing on the very early stages of startup development, Nova?s IOTA cofoundery provides support for tech entrepreneurs with startup ideas, or early stage startups, that could utilise The Tangle - IOTA?s distributed ledger technology. IOTA?s ledger technology is being developed to power the future Internet of Things, enabling fast, feeless micro-transactions in a permissionless economy. The technology is currently being deployed within a range of industries, such as Digital Healthcare, Mobility, Global Trade and Supply chains, Energy, Smart Cities and Telecommunications, Media & Technologies. For more information on IOTA, visit www.iota.org.
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IOTA Crypto Core FPGA 2ndProgress Report MicroEngineer Medium
February 18, 2019 2:35 PM This is the 2nd report of the Crypto Core FPGA project???(more than) 2 weeks late. Sorry :) Here is the first part in case you missed it: https://medium.com/@punpck/iota-crypto-core-fpga-1st-progress-report-caebe1dac579 In the last report I included an evaluation of the Troika hashing algorithm and came to the conclusion that it?s not running very well on binary CPU architectures???but I also wrote that there certainly is room for optimizations. Reference implementations have to be clear and understandable but not necessarily very efficient. A ?silent hero? (he didn?t reveal his identity) managed to optimize Troika significantly???he managed to get a gain of x11.63 on my Cortex M1 which is very impressive. You can find his Troika optimizations here: https://github.com/c-mnd/troika
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Welcome Corey Glick to IOTA Foundation!
February 15, 2019 10:38 PM Corey Glick is an entrepreneur, former strategy consultant, and program manager, who has more than nine years of experience advising global business leaders on how to transform themselves, their companies and the systems in which they operate. Corey joins the business development team as a senior advisor. Corey Glick has been working internationally at the forefront of cleantech and emerging technologies, helping organizations explore new, digital business models. Prior to joining the IOTA Foundation, Corey was a Director at Xynteo, a management consultancy focused on sustainable development and business model innovation. In his role as Director, he managed the development of multi-stakeholder projects, and, most recently, he led the design, development, and growth of an AI-based, flex-work matching platform.
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