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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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

Meg Whitman could land CEO role in HP soap opera

Meg Whitman could land CEO role in HP soap opera

Anyone stuck for a new soap opera -- perhaps something like Dallas but with smaller shoulderpads -- could certainly find inspiration in the upper echelons of Hewlett-Packard, the founding company of Silicon Valley. Those who have already been entertained by the Carly Fiorina saga and the ousting of Mark Hurd might now be looking forward to a new mini-series where Meg Whitman replaces the current boss Léo Apotheker.

September 21, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Booting Windows 8 in 2 seconds

Booting Windows 8 in 2 seconds

Microsoft has been explaining its efforts to make Windows 8 start up faster, and with suitable hardware, it's now possible to get the boot time below 2 seconds. This is unlikely to make a huge difference to Windows 7 users, who should already enjoy boot times of around 15 to 45 seconds with conventional hard drives.

September 9, 2011 by in Tech Industry

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