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Daily Dose: U.S. IT Employment Back to Pre-Recession Levels

05.23.2011
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Good news for IT folks from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, IT employment has finally regained what it lost in the recession. During the recession, nearly 200,000 IT jobs were lost to layoffs by technology companies. This month, statistics show that employment finally returned to the 4 million high point in February 2008. IT employment is now at 4,009,900 jobs and has increased for 16 months straight.

Unfortunately, there are signs of trouble ahead. Both Cisco and HP are expected to experience tough quarters, and more layoffs may occur.More in-depth statistics can be found here.

Node.js 0.4.8 Improves Memory Performance

A new update for the popular JavaScript technology, Node.js, is now available. The update includes improved error reporting and debugger support, improved memory performance by disabling compression when using OpenSSL, and a number of bug fixes. The full release details are available at the Node.js blog announcement, and the release is available for download at the project's github repository.

Microsoft sells 1.6M Windows Phone 7 devices in Q1

According to Gartner's smartphone OS standings, Microsoft has sold 1.6 million units of their Windows Phone 7 devices in the first quarter of 2011. It now holds 3.6% of the smartphone market share in Q1, compared to Android's 36.0% and iOS's 16.8%. The sales indicate that Apple, Samsung, and HTC were the strongest performers while Nokia lost 5.5 percent of the market share. The detailed sales figures are available here.

Firefox 5 Fast on the Heels of 4, Enters Beta Channel With CSS, Speed Improvements

Firefox 5 Beta launched today, following Mozilla's plan to update their software on a rapid release schedule, similar to Google Chrome.  Just think, in three years we'll have Chrome 27 and Firefox 19.  That's going to feel odd.  

The new update includes the following features and tweaks:

    •    Added support for CSS animations
    •    Added support for switching Firefox development channels

    •    The Do-Not-Track header preference has been moved to   increase discoverability
    •    Improved canvas, JavaScript, memory, and networking performance

    •    Improved standards support for HTML5, XHR, MathML, SMIL, and canvas
    •    Improved spell checking for some locales
    •    Improved desktop environment integration for Linux users

Firefox 5 Beta is available over at the official Firefox Channel.

Java EE6 Events, a lightweight alternative to JMS

Java EE 6 has introduced events to create a lightweight alternative for JMS queues.Thanks to Jelle Victoor for the awesome link!

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