It will soon be the 30th anniversary of the launch of the world-changing IBM PC in August 1981, and technically it's also the 30th anniversary of MS-DOS, which was about to appear as IBM's PC DOS. This dominated the operating system business until Microsoft launched Windows 95.
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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....
Successful technologies usually diverge so that users end up with multiple products rather than one: for example, just count up the number of clocks, radios, phones and computers you have now, when until quite recently, there was usually only one per family. Indeed, one of the very few examples of a successful convergence product was the bedside radio alarm clock.
Microsoft's Terry Myerson says the company has released the Mango version of its Windows Phone to mobile handset manufacturers and carriers, who will preinstall it on new smartphones. Nokia has been waiting for Mango to appear before launching WP7 products, but the first to be publicly unveiled will be the Toshiba-Fujitsu IS12T, which is being shown at a press conference in Tokyo at 10am on Wednesday.
Gianfranco Lanci, the Italian who transformed Taiwan's Acer, is being tipped to join its Korean rival Samsung Electronics, according to an unconfirmed report in the Taiwan-based news source, DigiTimes. The story also confirms that Samsung is the world's seventh largest notebook PC manufacturer "according to IDC data".
With almost 20 million users, Google+ has got off to a great start, even if it's still mostly tech geeks discussing Google+ with other tech geeks. With Facebook now at 750 million users, and Twitter at 200 million, Google+ is still too underdeveloped to be worth a lot of investment, and it's not ready for corporate use: it's not open to users of Google Apps, and Google is actively discouraging companies from setting up shop there, pending the arrival of Facebook-style "fan pages".
Apple yet again blew away predictions to record another blockbuster quarter, with revenues jumping by 82 percent to $28.6 billion, against $15.
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Sony held its annual "Christmas in July" event in London yesterday to give the press a peek at forthcoming products, including all-in-one computers, cameras, TV sets, audio systems, and a new ultra-light, ultra-thin Vaio Z designed to out-feature all of Apple's MacBooks. Sony's two new tablets, the S1 and S2, showed up, albeit sealed in a glass case.
PC shipments in this year's second quarter grew by 2.3 percent to 85.
Hewlett-Packard has recently appeared to be on a different path with its promotion of WebOS in smartphones and media tablets such as the TouchPad. However, while that increasingly looks like a stumble, HP could reportedly be a lead partner for Intel's Ultrabook concept laptop, which has already been unveiled in conjunction with the Taiwanese manufacturer, Asus.