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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Reddit and Quora, today's hot social sites

Reddit and Quora, today's hot social sites

Reddit has just published figures showing that its page views tripled last year, from 250 million in January to 829 million in December. The site benefited from Digg's awful redesign, which sent many users looking for a new home to share and comment on the latest links.

January 4, 2011 by in Tech Industry

What's the future of DAB radio in the UK?

What's the future of DAB radio in the UK?

Important people are now talking in back rooms about the future of DAB digital radio in the UK, and I'd love to know how the discussions are going. We're at a critical juncture, because it doesn't look as though DAB will meet the criteria for a switchover from FM in 2015, if ever.

December 28, 2010 by in Tech Industry

Nokia could join the Windows Phone 7 party

Nokia could join the Windows Phone 7 party

Nokia-watcher Eldar Murtazin reckons that Nokia is talking to Microsoft about using Windows Phone 7. His post in the Russian-language Mobile Review says, roughly (ie via Google Translate):In the last month behind closed doors is a discussion of expanded cooperation Nokia and Microsoft (two-way discussion, initiated by the new leadership of Nokia).

December 21, 2010 by in Tech Industry

What US consumers will be buying in 2011

What US consumers will be buying in 2011

As we approach the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, America's Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has released the results of a poll of its members on what they expect consumers to buy next year. Tablet computers will apparently be the hot product -- and 46% is a higher rating than I'd have expected -- followed by "streaming content boxes" (20%) and mobile phones (11%).

December 16, 2010 by in Tech Industry

Inventec ships 60,000 Chrome OS netbooks

Inventec ships 60,000 Chrome OS netbooks

It looks as though a dozen or so American businesses will be giving Google's new attempt at the network computer a serious trial. Taiwan-based DigiTimes reports that Inventec has "already shipped about 60,000 Chrome OS-based netbooks to Google" for the pilot programme announced yesterday (see Google: Chrome OS netbooks coming in mid 2011).

December 8, 2010 by in Tech Industry

Dell unveils a good-looking Vostro V130 ultraportable

Dell unveils a good-looking Vostro V130 ultraportable

When I did a round-up of Dell's new consumer products, the Vostro V130 laptop was missing because it was a business laptop and I was under a non-disclosure agreement, which lifted today. I'm not sure why secrecy was a factor since the V130 is basically an upgraded version of the V13 launched a year ago.

November 30, 2010 by in Tech Industry

China makes 792m handsets, 198m PCs in January-October, says MIIT

China makes 792m handsets, 198m PCs in January-October, says MIIT

It's no secret that most electronics products are now Made in China, but new figures from China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) still have a mind-boggling scale. A table compiled by Taiwan's DigiTimes reveals that in January-October 2010, China made 792 million handsets, 153 million notebook PCs, almost 45 million desktop PCs, 112 million monitors, 95 million colour TV sets, and 75.

November 26, 2010 by in Tech Industry

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