Jack Schofield

Jack Schofield spent the 1970s editing photography magazines before becoming editor of an early UK computer magazine, Practical Computing. In 1983, he started writing a weekly computer column for the Guardian, and joined the staff to launch the newspaper's weekly computer supplement in 1985. This section launched the Guardian’s first website and, in 2001, its first real blog. When the printed section was dropped after 25 years and a couple of reincarnations, he felt it was a time for a change....

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World Economic Forum ranks the world's IT

World Economic Forum ranks the world's IT

The World Economic Forum has just published its 10th annual Global Information Technology report, and the UK is ranked 15th behind emerging "Asian tigers" such as Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong. However, Europe remains the most developed area for information and communications technologies, with Sweden taking the top spot for the second year in a row.

April 13, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Gartner predicts huge tablet sales, led by iOS

Gartner predicts huge tablet sales, led by iOS

Gartner has finally published its predictions for the tablet market, and while they will undoubtedly be wrong, they might also be just a tad foolhardy. It's no surprise that Gartner is predicting that Apple's iOS will dominate the market for the next few years, but predicting sales of 138.

April 11, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Has Windows 7 already passed XP in the UK?

Has Windows 7 already passed XP in the UK?

Microsoft Windows 7 is the fastest-selling PC operating system of all time, which it should be because the market is bigger now than when Vista and XP were launched. There's still some uncertainty about when -- not if -- it will be bigger than XP, but on StatCounter's numbers, Windows 7 has already overtaken XP in the UK.

April 11, 2011 by in Tech Industry

DAB radio's declining sales: eForum revisited

DAB radio's declining sales: eForum revisited

One of the slides I used in a talk at this week's Westminster eForum on The Future of UK Digital Radio prompted a hostile response from someone in the audience. This wasn't a surprise -- I expected more hostility than I got -- but highlighted something that might have passed unnoticed: sales of DAB radios are in decline.

April 8, 2011 by in Tech Industry

DAB radio shoot-out at Westminster eForum

DAB radio shoot-out at Westminster eForum

"Normally, the marketing of a product follows on from the delivery of something which is marketable," quipped William Rogers, chief executive officer of UKRD, which operates 16 local commercial radio stations. This is the marketing problem that besets the UK's troubled Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) industry.

April 5, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Bath switches from AC to a DC computer network

Bath switches from AC to a DC computer network

The University of Bath has invested £80,000 in switching its library's network of computers from AC to DC, in the attempt to reduce energy consumption. Later, the system -- which will act as a showcase for this type of project -- may run on wind or solar power, both of which generate DC rather than AC power.

March 21, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Intel makes a play for the embedded market

Intel makes a play for the embedded market

People shopping for Adidas trainers may soon be able to use an in-store touch-screen interactive wall display that shows them the full range of shoes in 3-D in all available colours and sizes: the system is expected to appear in May. Those shopping for Lego can already find in-store augmented reality Digital Box displays that identify the box the customer is holding, and superimpose 3-D images of the model they will be able to build.

March 17, 2011 by in Tech Industry

'Superinvestors' are buying Microsoft shares

'Superinvestors' are buying Microsoft shares

Microsoft's share price has bumbled along going nowhere for the past decade, while the value of Apple and Google shares has rocketed to the heights. It might therefore be a surprise to find out that Microsoft is the technology stock "most owned" by "successful value oriented 'super investors' such as Warren Buffett and Bruce Berkowitz".

March 14, 2011 by in Tech Industry

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