The web's 25th birthday has been celebrated around the web, but Tim Berners-Lee has used it to start the Web We Want project to develop a Magna Carta or "bill of rights" to protect users' freedom of speech and freedom from surveillance
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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....
The open web faces a serious challenge as smartphone users move to closed apps, but Dr Jeff Jaffe, CEO of the W3C, explains how they're meeting that challenge and expanding the web into new areas
Optical discs have been left behind by the rapid growth in storage requirements, but Archival Discs may get Sony and Panasonic back in the game with 300GB discs next year and 1TB on the way.
"Infinite scrolling" is fashionable but, as usually implemented, it breaks important web features and makes things harder to find, even for Google. But Google has a demo that might help...
In the battle of the cloud giants, Microsoft's Azure is matching Amazon, at least on its own turf: Windows hosting.
Today's Kantar's Worldpanel ComTech report shows Windows Phone has made gains but Android still dominates the European market. "The real battle now is among the Android manufacturers," it says.
Smartphone users who are worried about the increased use of location tracking in airports, malls etc can register their phones on the Smart Store Privacy website, where many of the leading tracking companies will enable them to opt out.
The Year of Code is supposed to teach all the UK's school children to code, but even if you support this fashionable American idea, this doesn't seem to be a useful way to do it
If you paste text from Microsoft Word into an email, you may not see what the recipient will see, and this includes hidden text. Microsoft ought to fix this in Outlook.com. Until it does, the solution is 'Inspect Document', which also lets you remove hidden personal information.
Bletchley Park has secured £8 million of Lottery funding as the home of Britain's wartime codebreaking, but has now shortened its guided tours by excluding the National Museum of Computing's Colossus and Tunny Galleries, which are at the heart of that codebreaking success. It's like staging Hamlet without the prince.
Don't be misled by tech industry figures deleting all their unread emails: at best it's a temporary solution to "email overload". The real answer is to change the way you process email.
Smartphone shipments will fall by 5 percent compared with the end of last year, when suppliers pushed to capitalise on the holiday selling season. But TrendForce predicts quarterly growth for the rest of this year…
These "Laws", developed over three decades, may highlight things you're doing wrong, or help you avoid the worst screw-ups. Violate them at your peril…
Although the PC market has declined from its peak, Taiwanese manufacturers have seen better-than-expected orders and shipments over the past two months.
Lenovo has used its Yoga brand to innovate with the shape of tablets, and while the design has advantages, it's not an approach that everyone will like.
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