For hi-fi fans, the most depressing aspect of the digital music revolution has been the reduction in sound quality. Just when we were hoping to get better-than-CD quality sound from disc formats such as Sony's Super Audio CD (SACD) or DVD-Audio, we were hit with the double whammy of low bit-rate MP3 files and, sometimes worse, the UK's low bit-rate DAB digital radio.
News and comment on what's happening in the technology industry, and the direction it's heading.
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....
The White House just posted a photo of the San Francisco "tech dinner" with US president Barack Obama. It includes Steve Jobs (Apple) and his friend Larry Ellison (Oracle), Eric Schmidt (Google), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), John Chambers (Cisco), Carol Bartz (Yahoo), Reed Hastings (Netflix), Dick Costolo (Twitter) and Stanford University President John Hennessy.
The Code Monkeys, the Yorkshire-based games developer, says it decided to cease trading on its 23rd birthday earlier this month. It was only founded in 1988, but some of its co-founders had written games for the Sinclair ZX81.
Acer has shown Iconia devices in three different sizes at the Mobile World Congress being held this week in Barcelona. The smallest is an Android smartphone with a 4.
To celebrate (sic) this year's Kate and Wills wedding, Proporta will add a Gold Union Jack Smartphone Pouch to its current range of Union Jack smartphone cases. It's said to be made from "the highest quality golden coloured real leather" and measures 68 x 120 x 10mm.
Turns out I was right about Nokia adopting Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system, and right about some of the reasons. However, I was wrong about Symbian.
Mobile phone sales grew by 31.8% to 1.6 billion units in 2010, according to figures that Gartner released today.
Western European PC shipments fell by 4.4% to 19.4 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to the 2009 quarter that was boosted by the launch of Microsoft Windows 7.
Hewlett-Packard is adding a new twist to its range of TouchSmart all-in-one desktop PCs -- or, perhaps, a slide and a swivel. The basic idea is that the screen slides down from its usual vertical orientation into a position that's more comfortable to use for touch operation.
Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest IT company, and Nokia, the biggest phone manufacturer, are both expected to make game-changing announcements next week. HP will be first, with the announcement of its new WebOS-based tablets (and, perhaps, phones) on Wednesday February 9.