Firefox OS Set to Enter the US and Other Developed Markets in 2016

Mozilla has developed its Firefox OS in order to target low-cost smartphone markets all around the world. Its recent statement claims that the company is considering to enter more developed markets next year.

Mozilla has stated a project with US, Japanese, South Korean and Spanish carriers to get ready for shipping high-spec smartphones starting from 2016 onwards. However, the more developed markets for smartphones are currently owned and heavily competed by Apple, Android and Windows Phone. But Mozilla seems to be taking a rather strange and out of fashion approach.

Flip phones and sliders would be the main attraction and key feature of these new Firefox OS phones, as stated by Andreas Gal, chief technology officer at Mozilla. He stated that customers like the older form factors of mobile phones and this is the main cause of why they are stuck with older operating systems.

“Development of feature phones has essentially stopped, said Gal. “This project will bring a modern smartphone OS into this market.”

The project has been announced on Sunday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, pointing out that Verizon Wireless, KDDI, LG uPlus and Telefonica will be the first carriers to start shipping these new smartphones next year.

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Uncovered Hacking Plot Points to China Buying Stolen US Military Data

The recent news reveals that the US authorities have charged a Chinese business man with hacking into the Boeing computer systems and other firms with large defense contacts, stealing their data and then selling it to China.

Mr. Su Bin has been arrested last month in Canada after being accused of working with two other suspects to steal data about military projects amongst other similar data. The prosecutors have stated that Mr Su was mostly targeting information regarding fighter jets, military cargo aircraft and weapons. The information does not come as a big surprise, given that the 2013 reports have revealed that industrial spying from China is continuously becoming a threat. Though no specific proof has been found that the Chinese government is involved in Mr Su’s case, the US still accuses China of systematically stealing American high-tech data.

“We have repeatedly made it clear that the United States will continue using all the tools our government possesses to strengthen cyber-security and confront cyber-crime,” spokesman Marc Raimondi said.

It is reported that Mr. Su runs a Chinese aviation technology company, having its office in Canada. On June 28, he apparently was detained while attempting to gain Canadian citizenship, being accused of attempting to sell the stolen data to state-owned firms in China. While the US justice department remains “deeply concerned about cyber-enabled theft of sensitive information”, Boeing has apparently released a statement in which the company admits it was co-operating with the US authorities to uncover industrial espionage hacking attempts against the US companies.

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Samsung Rumored To Prepare Its Own Google Glass Gear

Samsung is rumored to release its own Google Glass gear, since it usually has a habit of releasing similar tech found at competitors that attract attention. The Korean giants may be doing that in a lab in the heart of Korea, where they are working on a product similar to Google Glass tech, but which can bear their logo. But take care, the information is merely a rumor only, and everything is to be taken with a grain of salt before starting to dream about a Samsung Galaxy Glass device.

The rumor was started by a tweet which Eldar Murtazin, Editor-in-Chief Analyst at MRG, posted. Although his  sources may or may not be accurate, going by historical data, we are more inclined to believe whatever he has tweeted today.

Therefore, whether we will really see a Galaxy Gear Glass in the April-May timeframe next year is debatable, but very likely. Google’s Project Glass is getting more positive response than the company had expected, and has certainly appealed to that section of consumers who are fascinated with Sci-Fi and high-tech gadgets that look like they are from the future. It truly seems the Future and what was considered Sci-Fi in the past will move to the High-Tech and Present sphere.

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