Vic Gundotra's resignation has cast doubt on the future of Google Plus, the social networking site he launched in 2011. But despite forecasts of doom, the survival of Orkut suggests Google won't close it down.
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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....
Firefox is the only major browser that is written to serve users and the open web, and it's now more than a match for Google Chrome. And the new Australis version, due later this month, could be a good time to make the switch
The end of Windows XP support was almost as hyped as the Y2K bug, but it's hard to see any rational reasons why so many organisations stuck with an antique operating system long past its use-by date
Lookback lets developers do usability testing on iOS apps while users are doing real work, or travelling, rather than in a laboratory setting. And the Swedish start-up now has $2.2 million in seed funding to take it further
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium has introduced heuristics-based detection designed to identify malicious software based on behavior instead of on virus signatures, and "will support XP users for life".
The web's 25th birthday has been celebrated around the web, but Tim Berners-Lee has used it to start the Web We Want project to develop a Magna Carta or "bill of rights" to protect users' freedom of speech and freedom from surveillance
The open web faces a serious challenge as smartphone users move to closed apps, but Dr Jeff Jaffe, CEO of the W3C, explains how they're meeting that challenge and expanding the web into new areas
Optical discs have been left behind by the rapid growth in storage requirements, but Archival Discs may get Sony and Panasonic back in the game with 300GB discs next year and 1TB on the way.
"Infinite scrolling" is fashionable but, as usually implemented, it breaks important web features and makes things harder to find, even for Google. But Google has a demo that might help...
In the battle of the cloud giants, Microsoft's Azure is matching Amazon, at least on its own turf: Windows hosting.