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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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

Beware emails that claim to be from Twitter or YouTube

Beware emails that claim to be from Twitter or YouTube

Neither Twitter nor YouTube is going to send you emails that lead to phishing or malware sites, but spammers may well be sending you emails that pretend to be from them. This morning, for example, I had one that claimed to be from Twitter (see photo below), with the Subject line: "Unfortunately 1 direct message rejected".

June 7, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Qualcomm, TI, Nvidia offer new ARM chips for Windows 8

Qualcomm, TI, Nvidia offer new ARM chips for Windows 8

Texas Instruments and Qualcomm, two of the biggest suppliers of ARM-based processors in the smartphone market, have announced chips intended to run Microsoft Windows 8. Their arrival (probably) next year will help answer a number of interesting questions about the relative power, performance, and price of Intel and ARM chips, and the efficiency of modern versions of Windows compared with the Linux-based Google Android operating system.

June 3, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Taiwan's PC vendors left out of Windows 8 development

Taiwan's PC vendors left out of Windows 8 development

Some of Taiwan's PC manufacturers have complained to the island's Ministry of Economic Affairs because they have not been invited to participate in the early development of the next version of Windows, known as Windows Next or (but not by Microsoft) Windows 8 for tablets. Two of the world's largest PC manufacturers by units -- Acer and Asus -- are based in Taiwan, along with other suppliers such as MSI and HCT, and most of the large contract manufacturers.

May 25, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Hitwise 100: High-street shops now rule online

Hitwise 100: High-street shops now rule online

No one should be surprised to learn that Amazon has retained the top spot in the fifth annual list of the UK's 100 'Hot Shops' published by IMRG and Experian Hitwise. However, there are three notable new entries, with the London 2012 Ticket site appearing in 35th place, followed by H&M (52) and Etsy (53).

May 23, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Mono reborn at Xamarin startup

Mono reborn at Xamarin startup

Miguel de Icaza, co-founder of the Gnome project, creator of the Gnumeric spreadsheet and founder of Ximian, has now announced the founding of Xamarin. In a blog post, he says the startup will maintain and develop the open source Mono and Moonlight programs, build new commercial .

May 17, 2011 by in Tech Industry

WebGL security flaws: Context responds

WebGL security flaws: Context responds

Context Information Security's claim that HTML5's WebGL represents a security risk has been widely reported this week, with more than 30 items appearing in Google News, and Context has now responded with a sort of "Frequently Asked Questions" post. WebGL is used to deliver accelerated 3D graphics in Canvas, and is promoted by Google for web-based applications programming.

May 12, 2011 by in Tech Industry

UK government tests radical new alpha.gov.uk site

UK government tests radical new alpha.gov.uk site

The British government is stress-testing a new search-driven website that makes it easier for people to find the answers to common problems such as Should I register for VAT, How much is the minimum wage, and Where can I use my buss pass. The site has been built in only three months by a small agile team in the Cabinet Office.

May 11, 2011 by in Tech Industry

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