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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Amazon tablet could add to market explosion

An Amazon tablet -- which is, admittedly, not known to exist -- could help fuel a nine-fold increase in the demand for dynamic random access memory (DRAM) in 2011, according to US-based market tracker iSuppli. With the Kindle generating an estimated (by Caris & Co) $5.

June 10, 2011 by Jack Schofield


Java security holes need fixing immediately

Oracle has just released another big security update, patching 17 vulnerabilities across various platforms -- except for Apple's Mac OS X. All the holes could be remotely exploited without authentication, which means patches should be applied as a matter of urgency, especially on systems where Microsoft Windows is being run with administrator privileges.

June 8, 2011 by Jack Schofield


Beware emails that claim to be from Twitter or YouTube

Neither Twitter nor YouTube is going to send you emails that lead to phishing or malware sites, but spammers may well be sending you emails that pretend to be from them. This morning, for example, I had one that claimed to be from Twitter (see photo below), with the Subject line: "Unfortunately 1 direct message rejected".

June 7, 2011 by Jack Schofield


Qualcomm, TI, Nvidia offer new ARM chips for Windows 8

Texas Instruments and Qualcomm, two of the biggest suppliers of ARM-based processors in the smartphone market, have announced chips intended to run Microsoft Windows 8. Their arrival (probably) next year will help answer a number of interesting questions about the relative power, performance, and price of Intel and ARM chips, and the efficiency of modern versions of Windows compared with the Linux-based Google Android operating system.

June 3, 2011 by Jack Schofield

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Taiwan's PC vendors left out of Windows 8 development

Some of Taiwan's PC manufacturers have complained to the island's Ministry of Economic Affairs because they have not been invited to participate in the early development of the next version of Windows, known as Windows Next or (but not by Microsoft) Windows 8 for tablets. Two of the world's largest PC manufacturers by units -- Acer and Asus -- are based in Taiwan, along with other suppliers such as MSI and HCT, and most of the large contract manufacturers.

May 25, 2011 by Jack Schofield

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Tesco tests in-store 'satnav' system with 3D maps

Tesco is experimenting with an in-store 'satnav' system that helps shoppers find the products they want, using an app that runs on an Android mobile phone. It should also speed up shopping by showing customers the shortest route to pick up everything they need on a 3D store map.

May 24, 2011 by Jack Schofield


Hitwise 100: High-street shops now rule online

No one should be surprised to learn that Amazon has retained the top spot in the fifth annual list of the UK's 100 'Hot Shops' published by IMRG and Experian Hitwise. However, there are three notable new entries, with the London 2012 Ticket site appearing in 35th place, followed by H&M (52) and Etsy (53).

May 23, 2011 by Jack Schofield


Mono reborn at Xamarin startup

Miguel de Icaza, co-founder of the Gnome project, creator of the Gnumeric spreadsheet and founder of Ximian, has now announced the founding of Xamarin. In a blog post, he says the startup will maintain and develop the open source Mono and Moonlight programs, build new commercial .

May 17, 2011 by Jack Schofield