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Top web browsers 2020: Firefox sheds share, falls behind Edge

Firefox last month continued a march toward ruin, falling twice its average loss over the past year and losing its place as the world’s second-most-used browser.

According to data posted today by analytics company Net Applications, Firefox’s share in March slumped to 7.2%, down four-tenths of a percentage point. It was the fifth month in the last six in which the browser shed users – and much more importantly – a record low since Firefox climbed out of obscurity to threaten Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) 15 years ago.

This record was the second in a row for Firefox, after February’s

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Eclipse Theia takes aim at Visual Studio Code

Eclipse Theia, an “IDE platform” for building multi-language desktop and web-based IDEs from the same codebase, has reached version 1.0 status.

The Eclipse Foundation describes Theia as a “true” open source answer to Microsoft’s popular Visual Studio Code editor. Theia even runs Visual Studio Code extensions for capabilities such as Python and Java language support. However, thus far Theia is intended to be fitted into third-party products. An end-user version is on the roadmap for release later this year. 

Implemented in TypeScript and available on GitHub, Theia runs in two separate processes—front end and back end—and communicates through

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How AI helped Domino’s improve pizza delivery

When the words artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are used, people often think of advanced industries such as space exploration and biomedicine that rely heavily on research and development. The fact is, AI and ML should be something all industries are looking at, including retail. We are now in the customer service era and small differences in service can make a big difference in market share.

This past week Nvidia held a virtual version of its annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC), which has become a showcase for real life AI/ML use cases. Historically, the show has been

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Dealing with the downturn | ITworld

Last week, two numbers dominated the news: 100,000, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. – more than any other nation – and 3.28 million, the number of U.S. unemployment claims in a single week, nearly five times that of any week since 1967. When the pandemic passes, many of those jobs may return, but according the Fed and most economists, we’re likely in a recession already.

In 2010, warning CIOs of the possibility of a double-dip recession, Gartner issued this advisory: “In 2008, most CIOs were forgiven for being unprepared to deal with the global recession, but

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Tech pitches in to fight COVID-19 pandemic

As IT pros around the world go all-out to support a workforce that’s suddenly fully remote, many technology workers and companies are also joining efforts to alleviate the COVID-19 crisis in various ways, including developing products to combat the virus, tracking and predicting its spread, and protecting hospitals from cyberattacks.

Apple launches app COVID-19 app, website

Apple on Friday unveiled a screening tool and set of resources designed to help people stay updated on the ongoing pandemic and take steps to protect their health. The information provided is based on the latest Centers for Disease Control guidance.

The new COVID-19

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Slack to integrate Microsoft Teams calling feature

Slack plans to integrate Microsoft Teams calling features into its own popular collaboration app, further enhancing available connections between the rival platforms. 

“We’re working on Teams integrations for calling features,” Slack co-founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield said during a call with a financial analyst on Thursday, according to CNBC.

Details about the integration, including an expected timeframe for availability, were not immediately available. 

Slack, which announced a major redesign last week, already integrates with Teams in a variety of ways. The company announced last year that it would connect with a range of Office 365 apps in several

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