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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WebGL security flaws: Context responds

WebGL security flaws: Context responds

Context Information Security's claim that HTML5's WebGL represents a security risk has been widely reported this week, with more than 30 items appearing in Google News, and Context has now responded with a sort of "Frequently Asked Questions" post. WebGL is used to deliver accelerated 3D graphics in Canvas, and is promoted by Google for web-based applications programming.

May 12, 2011 by in Tech Industry

UK government tests radical new alpha.gov.uk site

UK government tests radical new alpha.gov.uk site

The British government is stress-testing a new search-driven website that makes it easier for people to find the answers to common problems such as Should I register for VAT, How much is the minimum wage, and Where can I use my buss pass. The site has been built in only three months by a small agile team in the Cabinet Office.

May 11, 2011 by in Tech Industry

HTML5's WebGL is a security risk, says Context (Updated)

HTML5's WebGL is a security risk, says Context (Updated)

Context Information Security says it has uncovered "serious security flaws in the new WebGL technology that creates 3D graphics in a browser". The design flaws give "potentially malicious web pages low level access to graphics cards that could provide a ‘back door’ for hackers and compromise data stored on internet-connected machines".

May 9, 2011 by in Tech Industry

TalkTalk services suffer significant disruption (Updated)

TalkTalk services suffer significant disruption (Updated)

Some TalkTalk customers have had their voice and internet services disrupted, and a statement on the company's website says: "We're experiencing a technical issue this morning that means you can't access our website, or visit MyAccount, at the moment. We are sorry about this and are working hard to get this resolved as soon as we can.

May 6, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Mono's future in doubt?

Mono's future in doubt?

Attachmate, which has taken over the once-mighty Novell, has reportedly started to shed an unknown number of US-based staff. This could affect the Mono project led by Miguel de Icaza, co-founder of the Gnome project, creator of the Gnumeric spreadsheet, and founder of Ximian.

May 4, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Osama malware includes Mac attacks

Osama malware includes Mac attacks

Malware writers are usually quick to exploit hot news topics such as royal weddings and the assassination of terrorists, and Osama Bin Laden's death is no exception. In this case, malware events include the exploitation of Sohaib Athar's website -- he's the man who live-tweeted the US attack in Abbottabad without knowing it -- and scareware attacks on Mac OS X via the usual poisoned search engine results.

May 3, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Apple rumours: Sandy Bridge iMacs tomorrow

Apple rumours: Sandy Bridge iMacs tomorrow

Apple plans to introduce the new models of its iMac range tomorrow (Tuesday), according to the Apple Insider blog, describing it as a "a much-needed refresh". The new machines will have this year's Sandy Bridge processors instead of first-generation Intel Core iX chips, and Thunderbolt ports instead of MiniDisplay ports, says the site.

May 2, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Android and Facebook attract more malware attacks

Android and Facebook attract more malware attacks

Android smartphones and Facebook are attracting more attention from malware writers, according to the AVG Community Powered Threat Report Q1 2011, which is a sort of "online neighborhood watch". In the PC market, there has been "an explosion in Blackhole Exploit Kits", which are mainly used to attack sercurity flaws in Oracle's Java and Adobe Reader.

April 20, 2011 by in Tech Industry

World Economic Forum ranks the world's IT

World Economic Forum ranks the world's IT

The World Economic Forum has just published its 10th annual Global Information Technology report, and the UK is ranked 15th behind emerging "Asian tigers" such as Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong. However, Europe remains the most developed area for information and communications technologies, with Sweden taking the top spot for the second year in a row.

April 13, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Gartner predicts huge tablet sales, led by iOS

Gartner predicts huge tablet sales, led by iOS

Gartner has finally published its predictions for the tablet market, and while they will undoubtedly be wrong, they might also be just a tad foolhardy. It's no surprise that Gartner is predicting that Apple's iOS will dominate the market for the next few years, but predicting sales of 138.

April 11, 2011 by in Tech Industry

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