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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Dell launches 14z laptop: the new midsize?

Dell launches 14z laptop: the new midsize?

Dell has announced the launch of its high-end XPS 14z thin-and-light portable, which was first shown at the IFA 2011 exhibition, and will be available from November 15. According to Dell, the 14-inch HD display "easily fits into a 13-inch laptop form factor while offering 10 percent more viewing area than a 13.

October 24, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Asus previews quad-core Transformer tablet

Asus previews quad-core Transformer tablet

Asus's Transformer tablet -- which converts quickly between a slim 10-inch Android tablet and a netbook -- has been quietly successful, and the Taiwanese company is preparing a more advanced version called Transformer Prime. This will be the first tablet to use Nvidia's impressive quad-core Tegra 3 processor, code-named Kal-El.

October 20, 2011 by in Tech Industry

HP not dead as global PC sales grow by 3+ percent

HP not dead as global PC sales grow by 3+ percent

The latest quarterly shipment figures from the leading PC industry research companies show that the "obvious" didn't happen. It seemed likely that risk-averse corporate buyers would respond to HP's announcement that it might sell or spin off its PC business by switching to its main rival, Dell.

October 17, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Notebooks, tablets, and winning with Windows 8

Notebooks, tablets, and winning with Windows 8

Notebook PCs and media tablets are clearly different beasts, and today, research companies such as Gartner and IDC count them separately. This is easy because the vast majority of notebook PCs run Microsoft Windows on Intel processors, while the vast majority of tablets run Apple's IOS on ARM chips.

October 7, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Rumour: Amazon might buy WebOS. But why?

Rumour: Amazon might buy WebOS. But why?

The spectacular failure of Hewlett-Packard's TouchPad media tablet has left the WebOS operating system, originally written by Palm Inc, with no obvious future. It could return from the dead if Amazon bought it, and used it to replace the version of Android that runs in its new Kindle Fire.

September 30, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Amazon ignites a content war with the Kindle Fire

Amazon ignites a content war with the Kindle Fire

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos duly launched the Kindle Fire at a press conference in New York yesterday, and that part was almost entirely as expected, apart from the low-ball price. The Fire will be sold at $199 in the US, undercutting its main rival, the $249 Nook Color from Barnes & Noble.

September 29, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Due tomorrow: a PlayBook-style Amazon Kindle Fire?

Due tomorrow: a PlayBook-style Amazon Kindle Fire?

There's only one day to go before Amazon is expected to launch its first Android-based media tablet at a press conference in Manhattan, and if leaked reports are correct we have a good idea what to expect. It will be a black 7-incher that looks much like RIM's PlayBook, and it will be called the Kindle Fire.

September 27, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Amazon due to change the tablet world on Wednesday

Amazon due to change the tablet world on Wednesday

Amazon has invited journalists to a press conference in New York on Wednesday, September 28, which is leading many people to jump to the most obvious conclusion: it is about to launch its long-awaited tablet version of the Kindle ebook reader. Although this is unlikely to be a direct competitor for Apple's popular iPad tablet, it could be the first non-Apple tablet to sell in volume.

September 26, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Meg Whitman confirmed as boss of HP

Meg Whitman confirmed as boss of HP

Meg Whitman, formerly of eBay, has been confirmed as president and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest IT company by annual revenues. Whitman has replaced Léo Apotheker, the former boss of German software company SAP, who had been running HP for the previous 11 months.

September 22, 2011 by in Tech Industry

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