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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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 Jack Schofield


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 Jack Schofield


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 Jack Schofield


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 Jack Schofield


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 Jack Schofield

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Bose and Red5 products make smartphone music public

If you hate the sound of other people's music, whether from leaky headphones or portable boomboxes, things may well get worse, thanks to Red5 and Bose. Red5 has just announced "hybrid" headphones that double as loudspeakers, so you can blast your tunes to the rest of the bus/tube/train.

September 16, 2011 by Jack Schofield

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More about Project Gutenberg's Michael Hart, RIP

Michael Hart, who died on September 6, was one of the relatively unsung heroes of the digital revolution. He is generally credited as the inventor of the ebook, founded Project Gutenberg, and devoted his life to making copyright-free ebooks available over the internet.

September 14, 2011 by Jack Schofield


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 Jack Schofield


Amazon's first tablet could appear next month

Rumours have been circulating for almost two years, but we are finally approaching the time when Amazon will actually launch the first of its two tablets. And by pure luck, the timing could hardly be better.

September 2, 2011 by Jack Schofield