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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Music industry negotiating over 24-bit downloads

Music industry negotiating over 24-bit downloads

For hi-fi fans, the most depressing aspect of the digital music revolution has been the reduction in sound quality. Just when we were hoping to get better-than-CD quality sound from disc formats such as Sony's Super Audio CD (SACD) or DVD-Audio, we were hit with the double whammy of low bit-rate MP3 files and, sometimes worse, the UK's low bit-rate DAB digital radio.

published February 22, 2011 by

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Who do we invite to the UK's tech dinner with Obama?

Who do we invite to the UK's tech dinner with Obama?

The White House just posted a photo of the San Francisco "tech dinner" with US president Barack Obama. It includes Steve Jobs (Apple) and his friend Larry Ellison (Oracle), Eric Schmidt (Google), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), John Chambers (Cisco), Carol Bartz (Yahoo), Reed Hastings (Netflix), Dick Costolo (Twitter) and Stanford University President John Hennessy.

published February 18, 2011 by

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ZX81 games developer finally closes down

ZX81 games developer finally closes down

The Code Monkeys, the Yorkshire-based games developer, says it decided to cease trading on its 23rd birthday earlier this month. It was only founded in 1988, but some of its co-founders had written games for the Sinclair ZX81.

published February 16, 2011 by

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Bling bling "Royal Wedding" smartphone pouch

Bling bling "Royal Wedding" smartphone pouch

To celebrate (sic) this year's Kate and Wills wedding, Proporta will add a Gold Union Jack Smartphone Pouch to its current range of Union Jack smartphone cases. It's said to be made from "the highest quality golden coloured real leather" and measures 68 x 120 x 10mm.

published February 14, 2011 by

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HP's slide-down screen makes for tablet-like desktop

HP's slide-down screen makes for tablet-like desktop

Hewlett-Packard is adding a new twist to its range of TouchSmart all-in-one desktop PCs -- or, perhaps, a slide and a swivel. The basic idea is that the screen slides down from its usual vertical orientation into a position that's more comfortable to use for touch operation.

published February 7, 2011 by

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HP and Nokia game-changers due next week

HP and Nokia game-changers due next week

Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest IT company, and Nokia, the biggest phone manufacturer, are both expected to make game-changing announcements next week. HP will be first, with the announcement of its new WebOS-based tablets (and, perhaps, phones) on Wednesday February 9.

published February 4, 2011 by

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Without Steve Jobs, Apple will fail

Without Steve Jobs, Apple will fail

Steve Jobs taking his second medical leave of absence from Apple -- announced yesterday via an email -- led to a temporary slump in the stock price, because it raised doubts about the company's future. Every investor knows that Apple has been an unprecedented success with Jobs at the helm, and a busted flush without him.

published January 18, 2011 by

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BETT 2011: Asus Slider or Transformer? (updated)

BETT 2011: Asus Slider or Transformer? (updated)

Asus unveiled four tablet computers at CES, and my first thought was that the Slider would be the most attractive model. Having had my hands on both the Slider and the Transformer at the BETT education exhibition now on at Olympia in London, I've changed my mind.

published January 14, 2011 by

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