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Swift, Apple's Programming Language, is Now Open Source

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Apple's Swift programming language, debuted last year, has seen fairly wide use since its inception, counting LinkedIn, Yahoo Weather and Clear as apps that currently make use of it. Described as "Objective-C without the baggage of C" by one Apple software engineer, the new programming language has made app creation for iPhones, iPads and Mac computers significantly easier.

The tech giant has now opened up the programming language, allowing developers and programmers outside of Apple to dig into Swift, try it on different platforms, and contribute to its ongoing development.

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Firefox Developer Edition Launches

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Mozilla's Firefox browser definitely doesn't have the popularity it once did. According to Adobe, Firefox was the second-leading browser behind Internet Explorer in U.S. desktop and mobile usage combined until around the end of 2011. At that point, Firefox was eclipsed by current leader Chrome, as well as Safari and Android browsers.

Experts attribute Firefox's downturn to the fact that they've been notoriously absent in the mobile sphere. However, Mozilla does seem to be coming up with ways to solidify their small but dedicated user base, such as the new Firefox Developer Edition.

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Google Improving OneBox Answers

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Remember Ask Jeeves? If you've been online for a while you probably do, even if you haven't turned your browser to the still-running Ask.com in many years. The central premise was that you'd type a question into the search box, and "Jeeves" would deliver you an actual answer to your question - sometimes - instead of a list of sites that might have the answer to your question.

Although it rarely worked as you hoped, recent improvements Google has made to its OneBox answers are bringing Jeeves' old vision much closer to a consistent reality.

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Google Now Like-Quick Answers Come to Desktop Search

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The lines between desktop and mobile devices continue to blur with a new post published on the Google Official Blog announcing the arrival of Google Now-like quick answers in Google Search, not just on smartphones, tablets, and mobile devices but on desktop PCs and laptops as well.

The move signals further unification among Google's interface on various devices, which makes sense - after all, why should you have to adjust your search habits based on the hardware you're using when the software remains the same?

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7+ New Categories Come to Bing Autosuggest

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A new post published yesterday on the Bing Search Blog indicated that seven new categories are going to be released on the Bing Autosuggest application - a functionality in which Bing provides you with a list of predictions as to what you might be searching for based on the text you have entered so far.

People Autosuggest shows you information snapshots about anyone with a public LinkedIn profile that you might be searching for. The addition of seven new categories will make Bing Autosuggest far more robust and useful.

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