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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Sony drops netbooks, shows tablets, adds Light Peak

Sony drops netbooks, shows tablets, adds Light Peak

Sony held its annual "Christmas in July" event in London yesterday to give the press a peek at forthcoming products, including all-in-one computers, cameras, TV sets, audio systems, and a new ultra-light, ultra-thin Vaio Z designed to out-feature all of Apple's MacBooks. Sony's two new tablets, the S1 and S2, showed up, albeit sealed in a glass case.

July 15, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Will HP or Asus lead the Ultrabook revolution?

Will HP or Asus lead the Ultrabook revolution?

Hewlett-Packard has recently appeared to be on a different path with its promotion of WebOS in smartphones and media tablets such as the TouchPad. However, while that increasingly looks like a stumble, HP could reportedly be a lead partner for Intel's Ultrabook concept laptop, which has already been unveiled in conjunction with the Taiwanese manufacturer, Asus.

July 11, 2011 by in Tech Industry

HP TouchPad: UK launch details and likely prospects

HP TouchPad: UK launch details and likely prospects

Hewlett-Packard held an extravagant champagne party at the Mayfair Hotel in London on Wednesday night to unveil its new TouchPad tablet, launch date and prices. Suffice it to say that the TouchPad not only follows the almost 10-inch screen size established by the Apple iPad, it also follows its prices exactly: the 16GB Wi-Fi version costs £399 with the 32GB model at £479.

June 30, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Google+ aims to subtract users from Facebook

Google+ aims to subtract users from Facebook

Google has announced that it is field testing a new social network called Google+, or Google Plus, which it calls a project rather than a product. However, watching Google's happy clappy video demos suggests it's likely to join the company's long string of social failures, which now include Orkut, Knol, Google Lively, Google Answers, Wave, Buzz, Sidewiki, Profile pages and the bought-in Jaiku (Google's not-Twitter) and Dodgeball (Google's not-Foursquare).

June 28, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Lytro camera lets you focus after you shoot

Lytro camera lets you focus after you shoot

A small Californian start-up company plans to launch a "light field" camera that will let you refocus images after you have taken them. Users will be able to shift between having a sharp foreground and a blurry background, or vice versa, or having everything sharp.

June 22, 2011 by in Tech Industry

A.P.P.L.E. sales boom on a backronym

A.P.P.L.E. sales boom on a backronym

Apple's retail sales chain, following in Gap's footsteps, has been enormously successful, and breaks records for metrics such as sales per square foot -- $4,406, compared with $3,070 for Tiffany & Co, a luxury store, and $880 for Best Buy. What isn't well known is its low-pressure solution-oriented approach to sales, which staff have been taught to remember using a backronym based on Apple's name.

June 20, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Adobe drops AIR for Linux due to lack of interest

Adobe drops AIR for Linux due to lack of interest

Linux's failure as a desktop operating system has prompted Adobe to abandon its direct support for the Linux version of AIR, the Adobe Integrated Runtime, which runs programs such as the BBC's iPlayer and Tweetdeck, a Twitter client. In a blog post today, Adobe's Director of Open Source and Standards said: "we will be focusing on supporting partner implementations and will no longer be releasing our own versions of Adobe AIR and the AIR SDK [Software Development Kit] for desktop Linux".

June 15, 2011 by in Tech Industry

IBM's Watson a winner at 15th Webby Awards

IBM's Watson a winner at 15th Webby Awards

The 15th annual Webby Awards ceremony was held in New York on Monday night, with one of the highlights being the award of Person of the Year to IBM's Watson computer, an expert Jeopardy game player. The event is noted for acceptance speeches limited to five words, and the computer came up with a classic: "Person of the year.

June 14, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Amazon tablet could add to market explosion

Amazon tablet could add to market explosion

An Amazon tablet -- which is, admittedly, not known to exist -- could help fuel a nine-fold increase in the demand for dynamic random access memory (DRAM) in 2011, according to US-based market tracker iSuppli. With the Kindle generating an estimated (by Caris & Co) $5.

June 10, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Java security holes need fixing immediately

Java security holes need fixing immediately

Oracle has just released another big security update, patching 17 vulnerabilities across various platforms -- except for Apple's Mac OS X. All the holes could be remotely exploited without authentication, which means patches should be applied as a matter of urgency, especially on systems where Microsoft Windows is being run with administrator privileges.

June 8, 2011 by in Tech Industry

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