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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Hollywood fails at Facebook. So what else is new?

Hollywood fails at Facebook. So what else is new?

The Social Network, the movie about Facebook, has been the weekend's hot topic following its release on Friday. I've not seen it yet, but opinion seems pretty much split between ordinary moviegoers, who think it's a great movie, and people who actually know about the subject.

published October 3, 2010 by

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Windows Phone 7 will be unveiled on October 11: can it compete?

Windows Phone 7 will be unveiled on October 11: can it compete?

Microsoft plans to unveil some mobile phones running Windows Phone 7 at its second annual Open House in New York on Monday, October 11. This won't be an exclusively phone-oriented launch but will also show off other consumer-oriented technologies, including the Xbox 360 games console, Zune media player and subscription services.

published October 1, 2010 by

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RIM gets a new PlayBook

RIM gets a new PlayBook

RIM duly unveiled its PlayBook (aka BlackPad) wireless tablet this week, as reported here, without quite explaining why anyone would buy it. However, it does take the first step towards establishing QNX as the new BlackBerry operating system for smartphones as well as tablets, as I said last week.

published September 30, 2010 by

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Not news: Apple dominates mainstream tech news

Not news: Apple dominates mainstream tech news

Something that everybody in the technology industry has known for years has now been confirmed by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism: Apple dominates the technology news scene.Technology news isn’t very important, with “less than 1.

published September 30, 2010 by

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Digg and the Deathly Redesign (updated)

Digg and the Deathly Redesign (updated)

It’s a pretty safe bet that any website that goes through a “redesign” is going to end up working worse than before: it happens all the time. However, Digg has now surpassed most previous disasters, and according to Hitwise monitoring: “Since the end of August, traffic from UK Internet users to Digg has declined by 34%.

published September 24, 2010 by

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RIM may unveil BlackPad tablet next week

RIM may unveil BlackPad tablet next week

Rumours of a RIM BlackPad tablet have been floating around for a couple of months, and the device could be unveiled at a developers' conference in San Francisco on Monday. The Wall Street Journal reports, in RIM Readies Its Answer to iPad, that the BlackPad will have a 7-inch screen and run the QNX operating system – RIM bought the company.

published September 21, 2010 by

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Less defective iPad coming... but how soon?

Less defective iPad coming... but how soon?

The rumour mills are churning with news of the next-generation iPad, with some websites suggesting (wrongly, I think) that it could even appear before Christmas. Next year sounds a more likely time for an upgrade, and Taiwan’s DigiTimes has reported that:“Component suppliers including touch panel and reinforced glass suppliers for Apple’s iPad are completing validation with Apple for the second-generation 9.

published September 20, 2010 by

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Dell's flipping Inspiron Duo Tablet brings back memories

Dell's flipping Inspiron Duo Tablet brings back memories

Dell showed its forthcoming Inspiron Duo Tablet at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF 2010) but it would be nice if it called it the Dell Flip, or at least the Dell Transformer. It’s a convertible -- it works either as a netbook PC or as an entertainment tablet -- but takes a different approach to swivelling the screen, as show in the video below.

published September 17, 2010 by

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Google Instant or Google Stupid?

Google Instant or Google Stupid?

Google isn’t the first company to work hard at making its products worse: recently, Bitly, Digg, and Twitter have all managed to make themselves slower and less usable. The difference is that Google is no longer a small start-up trying to do its best: it’s a very rich corporation with plenty of time and money to comparison-test 41 shades of blue.

published September 16, 2010 by

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A Ping by any other name would pong a bit less

A Ping by any other name would pong a bit less

As you have probably noticed from the associated geekgasm, Apple has announced a sort of social network that is tied to its own online shop and elephantine iTunes software.Although some people found it to be “a big pile of steaming dung”, a haven for spammers and, as Mashable claimed, “slower than molasses in January at the North Pole during a legitimate Ice Age,” there’s nothing as weird about it as the name.

published September 6, 2010 by

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Tablet market turns Android at IFA (updated)

Tablet market turns Android at IFA (updated)

It was nice to see Samsung get lots of publicity after showing its Android-based Galaxy Tab tablet at the IFA 2010 trade show in Berlin. But the Tab was just the first of a string of new products as companies pile in to what they hope will become a viable new market, rather than a passing fad.

published September 2, 2010 by

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