Daily Video: Mozilla Expands Firefox OS Phone Ecosystem

By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2015-03-04 Print this article Print

Mozilla expands Firefox OS Phone ecosystem; Microsoft gathers Windows Phone support; Aruba unveils cloud services controllers for campus networks; and there's more.

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Mozilla is expanding its ecosystem of Firefox OS-powered mobile phones with the help of partners KDDI, LG U+, Telefonica and Verizon. Firefox OS is now set to power 17 different smartphones that are delivered in 40 different markets around the world.

Firefox OS was originally known as the Boot to Gecko initiative that launched in February 2012 with the support of service providers Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom. While Firefox OS has been in the market for nearly two years, precise data on how many phones have been sold has not been publicly disclosed.

Apart from launching its new Lumia 640 and 640 XL smartphones at Mobile World Congress this week in Barcelona, Microsoft is touting its success in lining up more Windows Phone original equipment manufacturers.

Over the past year, the company has helped 25 hardware partners launch 31 Windows Phone devices, said Nick Parker, corporate vice president of Microsoft's OEM division, in a March 1 blog update.

On the first day of its Atmosphere 2015 user conference in Las Vegas March 3, Aruba introduced a new family of Aruba 7000 all-in-one cloud services controllers, one of which will do the job that five appliances currently do in branch locations.

The new controllers ensure that performance remains high but that complexity, costs and deployment times are reduced, according to Christian Gilby, director of product marketing for Aruba.

The trend of cyber-criminals attacking Websites based on the WordPress content management system and its ecosystem of software plugins will continue in 2015.

Tony Perez, CEO of Website security firm Sucuri, said that the main issues surrounding WordPress security have always been the end user, the plugins and the themes.

In many ways, the platform is following a similar trajectory to desktop operating systems, where attackers first focused on the core OS and then on popular third-party software and user misconfiguration.

While the open-source developers behind WordPress have locked down its core platform, plugins—the third-party software of the WordPress ecosystem—have become a major target.


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