Microsoft has reported record third-quarter revenues of $16.43 billion and a 31 percent jump in profits to $5.
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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....
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.
The mobile phone networks look as though they are heading for a crash, thanks to rapid increases in mobile data network traffic that they have no way to handle. But Juniper Research reckons that's not what will happen.
Both the major PC research companies, IDC and Gartner, have reported a decline in PC sales during this year's first quarter, which was otherwise marked by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami and by the launch of Apple's iPad 2, which may have sold about 2.5 million units.
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.
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.
Microsoft Windows 7 is the fastest-selling PC operating system of all time, which it should be because the market is bigger now than when Vista and XP were launched. There's still some uncertainty about when -- not if -- it will be bigger than XP, but on StatCounter's numbers, Windows 7 has already overtaken XP in the UK.
One of the slides I used in a talk at this week's Westminster eForum on The Future of UK Digital Radio prompted a hostile response from someone in the audience. This wasn't a surprise -- I expected more hostility than I got -- but highlighted something that might have passed unnoticed: sales of DAB radios are in decline.
Intel is working on versions of its Atom chip for the server market, and they should reach the market in the second half of next year. The date was confirmed by Boyd Davis, Intel's general manager of server marketing, at a private dinner in London on Wednesday night.
Gartner is projecting that by 2015, Windows Mobile will be the second most popular smartphone operating system, after Android. This will put it ahead of both Apple's iOS and RIM's BlackBerry.