Project Link Networking

For the last few months, I have been involved in Project Link, one of Mozilla's Connected Devices new research projects that aims to create a personal User Agent for the smart homes. We have recently completed our first milestone where we managed to prototype a device that is able to communicate with a small set of other different devices through some wireless communication protocols like Zigbee and Z-Wave and that exposes an HTTP API for clients to get moderated access to these devices through the Link hub. So as today,…

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Improving the Firefox OS Contacts application start-up time

One of the biggest challenges that we have in Firefox OS is the performance. We have been fighting it since day one and by applying some different techniques we managed to get to a point where we have some very decent application start-up time numbers. The last application to get a considerable performance boost has been the Contacts application. During the last few weeks, the Contacts team has been working on a patch that finally landed on master yesterday. The result is an improvement of around 720 milliseconds of perceived…

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