Following the widely publicised successes of some "sharing economy" companies such as Airbnb, the British government has commissioned an independent report with the idea of making the UK a "global centre" for sharing start-ups.
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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....
Yahoo's shareholdings in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan are now worth much more than Yahoo itself, so you can expect "activist investors" to try to liberate from $11 billion to $20 billion of the company's hidden value.
BT researchers have been running field trials using the ITU's draft G.fast standard, and have already achieved download speeds of 800Mbps over short distances. It certainly goes well beyond BT Infinity…
3TB hard drives aren't quite as reliable as some of us thought, according to new Backblaze numbers based on a 100 petabyte cloud service using 34,881 consumer-grade disks.
"Over-provisioning" isn't dead, it has just moved to the cloud. Large customers are only using half of the capacities they've paid for, according to an independent survey undertaken for ElasticHosts.
Your emotional state can influence what you type, and this could be a problem in applications from instant messaging to safety-critical systems. Computers that can detect your emotional state by analysing your typing could warn you, and adapt to your needs.
John Akers, who had died aged 79, was CEO and president of IBM when the company lost control of the PC business, and made the biggest annual loss in its history.
A petition about 'Early 2011 MacBook Pros with Graphics Failures' is still attracting signatures, but so far with no prospect of Apple tackling the problem
The British government is trumpeting a milestone for its £1.7bn ($2.9bn) Superfast Broadband project, which is taking broadband to rural areas from the Isle of Wight to the Outer Hebrides
Windows XP is in decline, on Netmarketshare's monthly numbers, but can we project how much longer it will stick around? It may be longer than you think.
Having written IE11 to support web standards, Microsoft is shimming it to handle mobile websites that are not following standards but catering for webkit quirks and/or non-standard features in Apple's Safari on iOS.
The deal between Apple and IBM is based on the idea that IBM can still make a significant impact on the IT market. However, IBM's power has been diminishing for decades, and it's far from certain that CEO Virginia Rometty can reverse the company's decline.
Google dramatically reduced idle times in Microsoft Windows to make its Chrome browser seem "peppier" but the real result was shorter battery life on laptops, and the waste of unknown megawatts of power.
Microsoft is working on a wearable 'Alice band' that helps blind people to navigate the urban environment, but it's a research project for a UK government-backed Future Cities Catapult, not a commercial development.
Businesses beware — Avast says vast amounts of personal data and photos can be recovered from second-hand Android smartphones even if users have re-set them to factory condition.
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