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First Firefox OS phone launches on Tuesday

Few months now, we began to see blogs announcing the Firefox OS, many review has run online about the new step Firefox is taking.

The ZTE Open is the first Firefox OS phone; the Alcatel One Touch and it sales in Latin America could help Mozilla break into the rivalry market with Apple and Google.ZTE-Open Firefox OS Phone

The Telefonica’s inexpensive ZTE Open device will start selling in Spain on Tuesday running on Mozilla’s Firefox OS.

The kick-off marks the commercial beginning of trial by phone manufacturers and network operator to utilize the open source Mozilla software Firefox OS to regain the mobile market totally lost to Google and Apple.

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The mobile phone will sell at the rate of 69 Euro ($90), 30 Euro ($39) will be paid as pay-as-you-go credit, and for those who would sign a 2 year contract, 2.38 Euro ($3.10) per month. This rate is far cheaper than those on the new Android and iOS smartphones.

Specs of the new Firefox OS phone, ZTE Open

The new Firefox OS phone, ZTE Open is not built for powerful smartphone users, it spot a 3.5-inch touchscreen with resolution 480 x 320 pixel, 512 MB flash memory that could be expanded via microSD slot up to 4GB more, 256MB RAM.Firefox OS interface

In an interview, Digital director of Open Web devices at Telifonica, Youtam Benami said that the concept is not designed to win them over, but made considerably for cost-conscious smartphone buyers.

He continued, “We are excited about dynamic app search.” You can get your app from web pages rather on specified app stores; you are free to interact with web apps on the cloud. “The entire user experience is streamlined and simple.” Many users had got frustrated with the complexity on the Android. Low cost phones with long battery life are good as advantages to take emerging markets.

The ZTE Open won’t be the only smartphone on Firefox OS; Alcatel One Touch Fire is another low-end phone which will sell in Brazil, Columbia etc.

Telenor is also another carrier that will sell the Firefox OS phone in central and Eastern Europe later in the year, Deutsche Telekom will be the representative in Poland.

The Firefox OS had gotten several other supporters including Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) such as LG and Sony Electronics who would build handsets for this OS; others are a long list of carriers.

Many of these partners are looking up to use the Firefox OS to break the mobile market monopoly that Apple and Google had placed not only with their OS, but also with the app stores used as a medium to distribute softwares.

Seeing the hard times being passed through by BlackBerry and Microsoft, the Firefox OS makers admit that “it is hard to compete with the big players, but supporters thinks we ve go a recipe that will work, though in part because of the billions of people who haven’t yet entered the market and because the operating uses Web programming that means the developer and app ecosystem isn’t starting from scratch.”

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Yesware added Sync and Reminder tool for Business decision making

The Awesomeness of Yesware at Email tracking, Sync and Reminder tools that help you close deals now added.

Sometimes when you send out important Emails maybe on business proposal or about deals, you eagerly await a reply. You never knew maybe your Email was opened at all lest to talk about getting a reply. What if you have a tool that will help you track all your outgoing Email messages?The Awesomeness of Yesware Business Marketing Tool - with calendar sync and Reminder tool

Yesware has a solution to take care of that for you!

The greatest problem in business development, sales and partnership is managing your pipeline. The closely related challenge is managing, tracking and keeping up to date with the email inbox. Searching the online far and wide, no tool seems to be able to be accurate in nailing the shortcomings.

Recently, a friend told me about Yesware, although he sent it to get points into his referral account, but it did me better. I immediately installed Yesware into my Gmail account and my inbox got transformed into a nerve body, sensitive to all activities.

Yesware has a goal of helping sales people close deals via Email tracking and gauging their efficiency in email communication with customers. The app is concerned with these questions; was the message opened? When and how many times? Is there any response to my email messages?

Founded in 2010 by Matthew Bellows (CEO) and team members, Yesware have grown and by January 2013, already running 17 employees. The user base rapidly increased from 5,000 to more than 120,000. Some of the big customers that use Yesware include, Groupon, Xactly, GoodData, BrightCove, HubSpot, Demandforce, Adroll and Cloud Sherpas.

Yesware Email tracker is adding new features to its product line.

Matthew and his team have worked to build two more features to Yesware to aid the sales battle: Yesware Reminder and Calendar Sync.

The Reminder Feature

The Reminder allows user to set a future time to check in with the email recipient, the reminder will pop up important information about the prospect; number of email sent, where and when they were opened, if at all they were opened.

Rivals of this feature are Followup and Baydin. But I believe these companies has a long way to go to catch up with Yesware present popularity in helping business close business deals.

The Calendar Sync Feature

Calendar Sync will allow you sync appointments that are mostly scrambled between Google Calendar and This feature directly competes with Appiro’s Cloud Sync.

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Have you had time to check how Yesware really works? What do you think about Yesware business benefits? Can you recommend yesware to your friends and relatives? Let me know your views and suggestions.

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Mozilla Removes Firefox Favicons from all of its URLs

Mozilla is up to another thing once again. The last time we wrote about them was when they released a new version that majority of our users complained about that is it was too slow. Since then, the company has been making some changes that we normally hates 🙂

Off recent, Mozilla has removed the age-old favicon used by all of the sites in their URL’s and it will no longer be supported inside the URL address bar within the Firefox as it used to be. The favicon has long been used to add beauty to websites that doesn’t have their special favicon. And with this development, I cannot say exactly what makes them do so.

Firefox 121 favicon removed
Firefox 121 favicon removed

But according to Mozilla, they said the reason for doing so is due to security issues. Mozilla says that any unscrupulous website can publish  the favicon as a padlock to make people believes that their website is secure to browse at first glance but untrue. Mozilla explains as thus:

“Websites that use SSL certificates with Extended Validation will now have a green padlock next to the certificate owner’s organisation name.

Websites that use SSL certificates without Extended Validation will now have a grey padlock. The effective hostname will no longer appear next to the padlock. This information is redundant with our darkening of the effective hostname in the website address.

Websites that do not use SSL certificates or have mixed-content will fallback to a globe icon.”

The favicon is also used in the bookmark lists to help the user differentiate different sites from the others. In the meantime, Google has also removed the favicons from their own Google Chrome browser some times ago which is somehow similar to this effect. However, they still allows users to use them in the tab used to separate pages within their browser and bookmark list in the browser. And we just hope that Mozilla will so something similar to that as well.

Source: TNW