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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Logitech burned by Google TV flop

Logitech burned by Google TV flop

Logitech has admitted that the launch of its Google TV set-top box, Logitech Revue, "was a big mistake" because the software wasn't fit for consumer use. Guerrino De Luca, Logitech's chairman, acting president and chief executive officer, didn't argue with the thinking behind Google TV, and said "the integration of television and internet is inevitable.

November 11, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Chromebook looks like another Googleflop

Chromebook looks like another Googleflop

Google's Chromebook attracted a lot of coverage as journalists with overpowered laptops reported the launch of an underpowered single-function device -- the modern equivalent of a dumb terminal -- that's limited to browsing the web. But after an initial burst of novelty sales, the Chromebook is starting to look like a flop.

November 10, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Xbox will get Metro as Microsoft integrates platforms

Xbox will get Metro as Microsoft integrates platforms

Microsoft is adding elements of the Metro user interface -- which is already familiar from Windows Phones and the forthcoming Windows 8 -- to its Xbox 360 games console. Metro's key feature is that it replaces dumb icons with "Live Tiles" that provide information at a glance, without the user having to run an app.

November 9, 2011 by in Tech Industry

IDC confirms Samsung as the top smartphone supplier

IDC confirms Samsung as the top smartphone supplier

IDC has confirmed that "Samsung became the new leader in the worldwide smartphone market" in the third quarter of 2011, with shipments "topping the 20 million unit mark for the first time". The US-based research company credits both Samsung's Android-based Galaxy range and its Bada-powered smartphones, while noting that it is expected to launch a new Windows Phone handset later this year.

November 4, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Leave Richard Stallman alone

Leave Richard Stallman alone

Free software pioneer Richard Stallman gave a talk in London yesterday, on the topic: "It's free software and it gives you freedom". Normally, this kind of thing passes without comment, because Stallman has given hundreds of talks.

November 4, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Windows 7 over a third; XP less than half

Windows 7 over a third; XP less than half

Microsoft's Windows 7 is continuing its relentless climb, and now has over a third of the desktop operating system market, as measured by a NetApplications. Meanwhile, Windows XP is continuing its relentless decline, and now has less than half of the market.

November 1, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Microsoft starts pitching Kinect for business use

Microsoft starts pitching Kinect for business use

Microsoft had a huge consumer hit with its Kinect add-on controller for the Xbox 360 games console, and it was rapidly adopted by hobbyists, academics and researchers working outside the games business. In particular, it was obvious you could use it to create something like the gestural interface in the movie, Minority Report, and someone created a virtual air guitar.

October 31, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Ubuntu aiming for phones and tablets, says Shuttleworth

Ubuntu aiming for phones and tablets, says Shuttleworth

Mark Shuttleworth, the multi-millionaire space tourist who bankrolls the Ubuntu effort to take Linux to the mass market, says that the company is now targeting "a broader range of form factors … from the phone through the tablet to televisions", thanks to its "touch framework" and Unity user interface. Products are expected in about 18 months, though Canonical was not announcing a schedule.

October 31, 2011 by in Tech Industry

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

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