Introducing Firefox OS and more…

about:mozilla is a weekly round-up of news and contribution opportunities. Here’s what’s happening this week.

Introducing Firefox OS
Firefox OS
A few months ago we introduced Firefox OS, a mobile operating system that is just as open as Firefox. We promised to give more people access to the Web in more ways than ever before and a promise is a promise! Now we are proud to announce that we are preparing to launch the first Firefox OS smartphones with our partners. The phone that is affordable for anyone will kick off its launch today in Spain. It will be offered by Movistar for just €69, including €30 of balance for prepaid customers and a microSD card. If you live in Colombia or Venezuela, you just have to wait for a few more weeks. No matter where you are, Firefox OS will revolutionize the way you use the Internet on the go.

Learn more about the features of Firefox OS.

Success and Firefox OS
As the Chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation, Mitchell Baker recaps why we build products, what they represent and how they relate to our goals — just in time for the launch of Firefox OS. Our goal is to build openness, opportunity and innovation into online life. Firefox for desktop has already done this in many ways, being a pioneer in the world of open source consumer products. As a result of giving developers huge opportunities for innovation in areas they care about, it has helped usher in a whole new era of Web computing. With Firefox OS we hope to do something similar with the world of mobile computing. We want to prove that the Web is a powerful and flexible platform that excites people.

Get to know more about how we want to provide an open alternative to the current closed ecosystems.

Why Firefox OS?
Christian Heilmann, a technical evangelist living in London, has been focused on Firefox OS for a pretty long time. As he’s worked with it, he’s also helped programmers building apps and spent hours writing about it or showing off the powerful operating system. In his latest blog post, he explains why he is excited about the launch of Firefox OS: that you get a very great phone for a low price which puts the web in your pocket. Because it does not assume a fast and stable connection, it kills the idea of mobile web connectivity only being for a privileged few in the western world.

Now that the cat — pardon, the fox — is out of the bag, you can benefit from a rewarding platform that will not charge you at the whim of company goals or shareholder demands.

Photo of the Week

Unveiling the ZTE Open phone running Firefox OS.

Unveiling the ZTE Open phone running Firefox OS. Find some more pictures in the Telefónica press room.

Upcoming events
* July 5 – Madrid, Spain: SpainJS
* July 5 – Calamba City, Philippines: Maker Party 2013: Arriba Letran!
* July 6 – Corrientes, Argentina: Hackaton Express NEA
* July 6 – Santa Cruz, Bolivia: MozCoffee Bolivia
* July 12 – Paris, France: Night Science
* Find even more near you on the Events Calendar

Get Involved
These are just some of the available contribution opportunities. Learn more about other ways to get involved and find other Mozillians in our community who share your interests.

About about:mozilla
The newsletter is written by Mozilla’s Community Engagement team and is published every Tuesday. For more on what has been happening this week also checkout the Mozilla Project Meeting. If you have anything you would like to include in our next issue, please contact: about-mozilla[at]mozilla[dot]com or send us a status message on mozilla.status.net or a tweet @aboutmozilla. You can also subscribe to the email version.

Have a good week folks and keep rocking the Web!

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Foxconn Adopts Firefox OS, C is for Cookie and more…

about:mozilla is a weekly round-up of news and contribution opportunities. Here’s what’s happening this week.

Foxconn Adopts Firefox OS
Foxconn
Firefox OS is our open mobile operating system that is on its way to change the way we’re using the web on the go. A few days ago, Foxconn announced their support for it and unveiled new mobile phones which use the OS. But since the open web doesn’t just fit in your pocket but also in your rucksack, they also announced the first Firefox OS tablets. And as though as this wasn’t already exciting enough, they stated that they intend to have it running on laptops and TVs as well.

Find out more about our partnership with Foxconn and take a look at pictures of the devices.

An Interview with Firefox VP Jonathan Nightingale
Jonathan Nightingale, Vice President of Firefox Engineering, has a mission that sounds easy: Giving over 450 million users the best browsing experience. But behind the scenes, that means that he is in a constant “fight” with Chrome and IE over new features and market share. The web magazine “Engadget” released an interview yesterday in which Jonathan explains our mission, if we are in the shadow of Chrome and why we have a different plan that will work better. After so many tough questions, it’s definitely clear who’s the real winner: The Web.

Read the full interview with Jonathan Nightingale on Engadget.

C is for Cookie
Mozilla believes in putting users in control of their online experience, yet, we also want a healthy and thriving web ecosystem. We don’t see a contradiction, but sometimes, a crucial experiment is required to prove it: We’re testing a change in Firefox that blocks cookies from sites you have not visited yet. Cookies store small pieces of data that are helpful when it comes to remembering the state of a website you’ve visited. But often, they are used to track users, which is a huge privacy concern. Taking this step once again emphasizes how much we protect your privacy.

Learn more about what this will change for you and website developers on Brendan Eich’s blog.

Explaining Open Badges Through Analogy
Open Badges is a new online standard to recognize and verify learning. You earn badges for skills you learn offline and online and you can take them anywhere. No matter if you want to show them to your future employer, friends or your family. Doug Belshaw, Badges & Skills Lead for Mozilla, came up with useful metaphors to help you understand what Open Badges is. “It’s a bit like a water company providing the infrastructure so that instead of having to go to a well, you can get water coming out of a tap. What you use that water for is entirely up to you”, he explains in his blog post.

Get to know more about Open Badges and start using them today.

WebGL Dev Derby
Our Dev Derby is a monthly Web development contest open to anyone willing to learn. This time, we want to see what you can do with WebGL, a technology that brings 3D graphics to the Web. Build 3D games, create interactive data visualizations and more – the possibilities are endless. No matter if you’re just getting started or an expert – our developer network provide you with the basics you need to get started with tackling WebGL.

Show us what you can do with HTML & WebGL and take part in our dev derby.

Photo of the Week

The WebFWD Cohort III on their Graduation Day.

The WebFWD Cohort III on their Graduation Day. Find some more pictures of the event on Flickr and a video of the eight teams on Air Mozilla.

Upcoming events
* June 13 – Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: OpenCoffee Sarajevo
* June 15 – Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: Mozilla Zimbabwe Community meet-up
* June 15 & 16 – Erfurt, Germany: Barcamp Erfurt
* June 17 – Mombasa, Kenya: Firefox Flicks Mombasa
* June 18-21 – Chittagong, Bangladesh: MozTour @ Chittagong
* Find even more near you on the Events Calendar

Get Involved
These are just some of the available contribution opportunities. Learn more about other ways to get involved and find other Mozillians in our community who share your interests.

About about:mozilla
The newsletter is written by Mozilla’s Community Engagement team and is published every Tuesday. For more on what has been happening this week also checkout the Mozilla Project Meeting. If you have anything you would like to include in our next issue, please contact: about-mozilla[at]mozilla[dot]com or send us a status message on mozilla.status.net or a tweet @aboutmozilla. You can also subscribe to the email version.

Have a good week folks and keep rocking the Web!

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